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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. MELISSA DOYLE: A cold, blustery
and bumpy night on the high seas as 'Wild Oats XI' continues to lead
the Sydney-Hobart fleet. Police frustration as the national
road toll continues to climb. Australia looking to build a healthy first innings total
against Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day Test. The surprising health warning to men not to get too stressed
during summer. Wait till you hear why.

The Aussie mum who died and the man who brought her
back to life. (SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Reach out for the sunrise. # Right across Australia,
this is Sunrise on Seven. Now live from Brekky Central -
Mel and Larry. Good morning, and welcome to
Sunrise. Just one more sleep until Friday -
which is almost the weekend.

I'm calling it. After Christmas, you can't use one more sleep anymore. 12 more sleeps, 11 more sleeps. You can't use it randomly for every day of the week.You can use it. I use it for car races.And then use TGIF. OK, good news, folks, one more sleep until Friday.You happy with that? I'm going with that. I'm a team player, guys.Anything can be count at this time of year.

Great to have your company. Also ahead today - proof of life - An Australian man kidnapped
in the Philippines last December appears in an online video. We'll find out more about the group
which holds him hostage. Then, the power of a flower... Kind of smells
like there's dead possum in here. That's exactly what it... I was trying to pin it and
that's exactly what it smells like. Our Nick Etchells checked it out
for himself. We'll see what he thought,
later this Sunrise. But first, let's get
all the morning's news. Here's Edwina.

'Wild Oats' is maintaining its lead in the 68th Sydney to Hobart
yacht race with the leaders
off the coast of Eden, on the far south coast
of New South Wales. The race kicked off with
a controversial start yesterday when last year's line honours
winner, 'Ragamuffin', jumped the starting gun. The yachts will continue
to make their way down the eastern coast today but they're currently
well off the race record.

Police are again pleading with
drivers to take care these holidays after a series of deadly crashes. Five people died
on New South Wales roads yesterday. A 27-year-old RFS volunteer
was killed when his car crashed
into another vehicle at Marsden Park in Sydney's west. A husband and wife visiting
from Fiji were also killed when their four-wheel drive flipped
near Holbrook in the state's south. Two people have been conveyed
to hospital

With serious injuries, and another three people, including the driver, have been taken to altbry Base Hospital. -- Albury Base Hospital.

north of Townsville. The national Christmas road toll
stands at 17. The black box has been recovered
from a plane which crash-landed, killing three people,
in central Burma. Five Australians survived
the fiery accident including Anna Bartsch, who's described the landing as a
fast and bumpy roller-coaster ride. We just felt the first bump and
then a few...big bumps and sliding and very fast.

The pilot reportedly
mistook the road for a runway A tour guide, an 11-year-old child
and a motorbike rider were killed. Anna and her boyfriend,
Stuart Benson, will begin their journey
home to Adelaide today. Japan's newly elected Prime Minister
has shown off his cabinet as he pledges to revive
his country's flagging economy. Shinzo Abe named a cabinet
filled with his allies, promising to battle deflation
and a strong yen. He was elected Prime Minister
by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday, making him the country's
seventh Prime Minister in less than seven years. He previously served
as prime minister in 2007. You'd think the cold would bother
heat-loving African lions but these animals in Ukraine have
been happily frolicking in the snow. Despite daytime temperatures
dropping to -7 degrees, the animals have been energetic
and playful. Their keepers say the lions
are actually very well adapted to the colder climate. But they make sure the park's
58 animals have somewhere nice and warm
to sleep for when temperatures
plunge even lower at night. Coming up - the cocktails
that can kill. An important warning to Aussies
travelling this holiday season. But first,
here's Beretts with the sport. Thanks, Eddy. Good morning. Several AFL players have been
thrown out of the MCG yesterday in ugly scenes
in the infamous Bay 13. The current and former
Melbourne footballers were enjoying the cricket until things turned sour
later in the day. Pictures show Jeremy Howe
putting his singlet back on before being escorted out
by security. Current Geelong player Jared Rivers
needed holding back after being told to leave. While Richmond's Ricky Petterd
paid special attention to some of the other MCG patrons. The AFL is yet to investigate
the incident. While not everyone got
to see the whole day's play, for those who did, it was
a dominant Australian display. The inner circle learned
Clarke's fate at the last minute. I'm playing, so bad luck to 'Uzzy'. Bill Lawry handed Jackson Bird
his baggy green. his war story about batting with
the selection chairman a big hit. If you'd have batted
with John Inverarity, you'd have run him out too. (ALL LAUGH) Bird made it a debut to remember,
striking in his second over. COMMENTATOR: Bird gets his first!
What a moment. Sri Lanka in early trouble
when Dilshan took a wild slash. Got him, a ripper! This wedding number
raised a few eyebrows. Looks like Peter Siddle's brother. The real Peter Siddle ending
any hope of a successful union between Sri Lanka's
two best batsmen. That is a beauty. Sangakkara brought up 10,000 test
runs, Mike Hussey took a screamer - inspiration, perhaps,
for Matthew Wade, who etched himself
into Boxing Day folklore... Wade is after it. He dives and takes a beauty! Wade keeping his eye on the ball
for more than 20m. Mitchell Johnson
also thrilled the MCG crowd, almost managing a hat-trick. Johnson...bang on it
and he's bowled a no-ball. Lyon mopping up as Sri Lanka's tail
threw away their wickets. Sri Lankans need
a strong cup of tea. I'm not sure
what they were doing out there. On a perfect pitch,
Dave Warner knew what he was doing. Gone for the big one.
And it's long. It's a beauty! That could go all the way. The aggressive opener
went after Sri Lanka's attack before pushing his luck
once too often. You're kidding? Hughes and Cowan
had a communication breakdown. There's a mix-up here. Phillip Hughes
is at the non-striker's end... ..and he's run out! Cowan was caught soon after for 36,
answering Sri Lanka's prayers. But a late blow for the tourists, with confirmation keeper
Jayewardene's got a fractured thumb.

Just keeping an eye on the yacht tracker, we will explain where they are. But 'Wild Oats XI' is just outside of

Down the bottom in orange, that is the race record in 2005. They superimpose that so you can see the race record. And then the red and white, that's 'Wild Oats XI' and then 'Lahana' and 'Black Jack' and then 'Loki'. They made good time overnight. It will give you an idea. As they go south to Bass Strait, they can still catch up. But the prediction is they will get in at 11am tomorrow, the

Get to see what else you got open on your iPad.Yes, I wonder what channelal. Mpts it could be Parko surfing or it could be a career breaker. Let's just leave it for now? Just one more sleep until Friday, it's Friday, it's fine.Morning Parko. Kochie is not here, the big screen, and the apple iPad and the gadgets. It will be OK with Kochie's history. Let's go to JT, with the morning, hi.Its isn't it spectacular. Beretts Whiz on the angry Birds, I am sure that was open. We are at Bells Beach, the start of the Great Ocean Road, one of the truly fameess beaches -- famous beaches in Australia. We are going to heat things up in the green room, if you have seen 'Point Break' you will have seen 'Point Break' you have seen 'Point Break' you will
know know what that means. Perth could see the hottest seven-day stretch in history, a whole fire ban for WA as we look at the forecast across Australia.

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Afternoon thunderstorms forecast for Perth, which should bring some relief.

One more sleep, two more sleeps at this time of year, it is a bit of a mindfield, because you also have the afternoon naps this time of year. You could be going through two or three afternoon nap as day. So how many sleeps is it?How old are you? It is Christmas, still that time of year, you often got a full belly that needs to churn through that food. Look, I'm looking at three sleeps today, before the weekend. OK, we got a segment coming up this morning, what happens to men who stress at this time of year. So you, my friend, are probably the healthiest.Mate, and the good news is, you can have a little roast between now and your next weather cross.Perfect, I'll see you in half an hour.

Coming up on Sunrise - tech geeks buzzing
about rumours of an iPad 5. Then, "No hope of being released". An Australian man kidnapped
and held hostage in the Phillipines appears in
a new proof-of-life video. But next - a live update
on the Sydney-Hobart fleet after the controversial start
to the Bluewater Classic.

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is holding the lead this morning. The annual race has had one
of the most controversial starts in history. 'Wild Thing'
was not allowed to start and 'Ragamuffin Loyal'
appears to have avoided a penalty for a false start. Seven News reporter Jodie Speers
joins me now. Jodie, all the talk is about
the 'Ragamuffin Loyal' incident. What does the CYCA have
to say about it?

Good morning, Mel. Look, the CYCA has ruled 'Ragamuffin Loyal' did am deed jump the gun yesterday. It would have been fairly obvious to anyone who was watching the coverage yesterday, the red line went up for the start and it was quite obvious 'Ragamuffin Loyal' had actually gone over that line. But because the yacht wasn't recalled, it looks like there will be no actual penalty for them. David Wick, the sailing master only found out last night. He said he got an e-mail and had a heart attack when he found out there was a false start. He had no idea. They are in second place now. If they get into the lead, the talk about the false start changes.And wild wile, front-- 'Wild Thing', front page news, there was so much information going around yesterday it was confusing at best.Yes, the crew of 'Wild Thing' was devastated yesterday. They were they were hoping to race and it was an 11-th hour decision they were ruled out. They are considering legal action. It will be interesting where they go with that. They were very disappointed. There are two disappointed. There are two sides to the story. Grant Wharington, the skipper of 'Wild Thing', said all the paperwork was in order after the modifications were made to the boat but the CYC says it is not the case and they had to chase the paperwork. Allegations of a conspiracy by Grant Wharington, he said they are just trying to get big boats like his out of the race.But talking racing, how far ahead is 'Wild Oats XI' this morning?A steady but fairly narrow lead. It blasted out of the harbour yesterday and managed to stay in front but certainly got a few boats hot on its tails. Those big boats seem to be just going past Eden this morning, my tracker tells me 'Wild Oats XI' is 21 nautical miles north of East Cape followed by 'Lahana' and 'Loki' rounding out the top three.And once they get to Bass Strait it will change?It depends on the weather, Larry. There has been forecast for nor'easterly wind which would help to push the boats down to Hobart at a high speed. At the moment, the lead boats have a west nor westerly of 8 knots. It is smooth sailing. They smooth sailing. They had a tough start but it has been a nice night. They are hoping the winds will change shortly and help push them down at a higher speed.Thanks, Jodie, really appreciate it. Is that bet centerNice eaty night, cocktails on the -- nice easy night, cocktails on the poop deck.Is that what you did?Yes, relaxing.

Still ahead for you this Sunrise - an important warning
for Aussie travellers. How drinking cocktails overseas
could be putting your life at risk. But next - busted - the 'footless driver'
not-so-fancy free after handing himself into police.

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all-day breakfast every day. Good food, great service,
excellent coffee. Yesterday we showed you a picture of a P-plater driving down
Melbourne's Eastern Freeway with both feet
hanging out the car window. After seeing himself on TV, the driver has turned himself
over to police. Police have called the man's
behaviour 'ludicrous'.

And he had mate in the car?Really? And he had mate in the car?Really?! As well?One in the passenger seat and one or two in the back. That's what made me angry.I bet you they were all blokes.But to risk your mates and other people's lives round you, it is what makes me angry.It is what I said too.

It comes as the Christmas road toll
reached horror levels overnight. Fatalities on the nation's roads
have doubled in less than 24 hours. There have now been 17 deaths
on our roads since Christmas Eve.

Look, if you can answer this question you would solve it all. But why is the message not getting through? Is it like a lot of things? We know what we should and shouldn't be doing but we just don't do it.I drive a lot more carefully around Christmas, I am not quite sure why it is. But you see those stories and you think how heartbreaking it would be to lose a loved one during the Christmas period, this time of year, I look more closely at drivers on the road and more careful what I do. You would think anyone with a heart and soul would have the same reaction.If somebody gets cancer or something you can't control that much and you lose them, it is tragic but to lose them in circumstances that could have been avoided. You know? Please slow down.It is worth putting your trip off at this time. If you don't have to go to see family in the country.And don't rush.Enjoy it, take it

Summer is an exciting time
for sports fans. But apparently,
too much excitement can turn deadly. Heart attacks are expected to spike
over the coming days as men get a little too enthusiastic
about the Boxing Day Test match. Apparently men are three times
more likely to have a heart attack while watching their team play - especially if the team loses. Do you get stressed
while watching sport?

We're looking pretty good for this Boxing Day.Come on!Serious research.So you're sitting on the couch...Yes.Probably with a beer, possibly having the little lady cook for you and you are getting stressed?I don't know where you live... Ydler like to live where you live.Here is as suggestion, take a nap through the cricket.JT does, three an afternoon.But he is, what? Like? 70?And this story will knock me over with a feather.

Also making news - the cashed-up females who want
their money where they can see it - in their wardrobes. Apparently, young women who don't have to worry
about kids or mortgages are spending their cash
on designer clothes, bags and shoes. The price of an outfit
for just one night out can be up to $1,000.

I think this is ludicrous, I wouldn't spend this much on an outfit. Yesterday I spent $ outfit. Yesterday I spent $50 on a pair of shoes.Marked down from $ pair of shoes.Marked down from $55. Why spend that much money on one thing to wear it a few times?Is it the way it has been.No.Stacks for cash.However there were lots of women at the Boxing Day sales, I did research yesterday, lots of women shopping at expensive stores like Chanel and Oroton?You went in?No, from the outside. I was at Lowes. It surprised me lots of women with designer bags and in stores like that. With where do they get the money from?They don't are a emergency.I never had a heart attack watching sport but have nearly had a heart attack when Silvy comes home with the shopping.You are so soft.

We have the news, sport and weather
for you after the break on Sunrise. Then, the next generation is coming. We investigate rumours of an iPad 5. And, a graffiti transformation. What you can do
with 3,000 cans of spray paint.

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The Boxing Day sales are on again, but this year, think bigger than new shoes,
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December 30. Get the Boxing Day bargains
you really want - new cars,
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December 30.

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Next hour on Sunrise - it's rare,
beautiful and smelly. We take a look at the giant flower
causing a stir in Melbourne.

Look, it is very unusual.Really smelly. Really stinky. But now it's time for it news headlines with Eddy.Thanks very much, Larry. 'Wild Oats' is maintaining its lead in the 68th Sydney-to-Hobart
yacht race with the leaders
off the coast of Eden on the far south coast
of New South Wales. The race kicked off with
a controversial start yesterday when last year's line honours
winner, 'Ragamuffin', jumped the starting gun. The yachts will continue to make
their way down the east coast today but they're currently
well off the race record. A man will front a Melbourne court
later today charged with murdering
two elderly people in a house fire. Emergency services were called
to the blaze in Yarraville last Saturday. The bodies of the husband and wife
couple were discovered inside the home where the couple
had lived for decades. Police reported their injuries
didn't appear to be self-inflicted and described the incident
as gruesome. The 24-year-old man
is also facing one count of arson. Video has emerged of an Australian man being held
hostage in the Philippines. Warren Richard Rodwell appeared
in the video posted online saying he was kidnapped
more than a year ago. He's being held
by a militant Islamic group in the southern Philippines. In the video he says he understands
that negotiations are underway for his release. The video is thought
to have been posted as proof that he is still alive. Fire has ripped through a resort
on Thailand's Phuket island, badly damaging 12 rooms. The hotel was evacuated
and all guests are safe. It took firefighters 45 minutes
to control the blaze which broke out at 5:30
in the morning in a building
which houses the hotel's restaurant. The victims of the US school
massacre have been remembered on Christmas at a church service in Newtown. Teddy bears, stockings, flowers
and candles were left in memory of the 20 children
and 6 adults shot dead. but it's the birth of Jesus
and we find strength in that. At a church where
eight of the victims attended, the priest told worshippers they must begin everything
all over again. The man who created hit TV series
'Thunderbirds' has died aged 83. Gerry Anderson passed away
in his sleep after battling dementia
for the past two years. He was a film and TV producer
for more than 40 years but 'Thunderbirds'
was his most famous product. The series, which relied
on marionette puppetry, became popular across the world. Shoppers in the UK have had to brave
not just the crowds but the cold too as they snapped up Boxing Day
bargains on London's Oxford street. Almost 100,000 people were expected
to pass through the doors of the city's main shops. But it's the tourists
who fork out the most cash - spending 10 times more
than the average local. Time for sport.

Australia is dominating
in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The locals dismissed Sri Lanka
for just 156 thanks in no small part
to brilliant catching. Wade, not to be upstaged by Hussey. COMMENTATOR: Is that a top edge?

Yes, Sangakara had a nervous look. Wade is up for it and take as beauty!Just an amazing catch.

At stumps on the opening day, Australia was just six runs shy
of the visitors' total. The score at the MCG could have been
mistaken for the Big Bash League but the actual Twenty20 match
was at the SCG. The world champion Sydney Sixers
were restricted to 154, Ben Laughlin bagging four wickets as the locals struggled
to break free of their recent slump. Former Australia captain
Ricky Ponting again enjoyed batting on Boxing Day, though not in the baggy green
this time. COMMENTATOR: And again.
Into the deep. That should go over the ropes. 50 up for Ricky Ponting. Ponting finished unbeaten
with 63 runs off 52 balls in a man-of-the-match performance. The Sixers are now all-but-out
of title contention.

Just been using the yacht tracker to project the finish times, 'Wild Oats XI', they have brought the finish time forward by an hour. So 10 p.m. time forward by an hour. So 10 p.m.. Picking up pace, just 14 knots just off Mallacoota on the off Mallacoota on the east coast of the country. 'Ragamuffin Loyal', about 4 and a half hours finish time. Then 'Lahana', 'Loki', 'Ichi Ban' and 'Brindabella'.How much quicker is it?It is not quicker is it?It is not 2005 record pace but it could be. At the moment, 'Wild Oats XI' is closing in on the record. The trick is when they hit Bass Strait, how the wind is and they pick up time. But if it goes up to 20 knots, then game on.How is the weather looking for that? Good winds in Bass Strait?It looks like it could do the right thing.Yes. So just one more sleep?Yes, one more sleep. And now to the man who sleeps many times a day, just told us, James Tobin, isn't it God's country at Bells Beach?Those winds nowhere to be seen here, a little light onshore breeze, a little bit of a swell down there. Bells Beach, one of the great point breaks of Australia. I thought, " Australia. I thought, "Why not try something I have never done before and do it live on national telly?". And that is standup paddleboarding in the surf. Laz, as you know, I gave it a crack last week just on very calm, flat water so today I am going to give it a go in the swell. What could possibly go wrong?Yes, my mind goes back to Samoa when I had two radio Mics and ear pieces and destroyed the equipment.That is now known as the $ now known as the $2 million weather cross.And I hear about it. Let's look at the for cast, shall we?

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A trough over Queensland
and north-east New South Wales is triggering showers and storms,
potentially severe in Queensland. A broad trough over Western
Australia and the Northern Territory is generating widespread showers
and storms. Perth is experiencing
more hot weather today as a 4-day heatwave strikes. That's forced the Bureau
to introduce a total fire ban across most of Western Australia.

It is a magnificent beach. It just makes you want to have a Kombi or a panel van, grab a chocolate milk and maybe a Chico Roll, sit back and catch some rays before you jump in for a paddle board.Busy down at Bells today. Good luck getting to the beach. Shoo yeah.You have a the beach. Shoo yeah.You have Chico Roll?Yes, pick one up in Jam Juc.I want to know who is carrying the paddle' board for you? The crew? Come on, there he is.

Which way do you hold it again?Good luck. See you in half an hour.We gave each other paddleboarding lessons for Christmas, my brother and sister.At Bells?No, somewhere flat. Hey Christmas is over, Ohhh...

but you can still
give yourself or a friend a treat by taking advantage
of Jetstar's Boxing Day sales. Flights between Melbourne
and Brisbane have been discounted
to $45 per person. You can fly between Sydney
and Hamilton Island for $69 or pay $99 to fly
between Adelaide and Cairns. There are also some fantastic prices
for international fares. You can pay just $99 to travel
from Darwin to Bali or Sydney to Christchurch. And it costs $199 to fly
from Melbourne to Bangkok. To book:

The sale ends midnight tomorrow
Australian Eastern Daylight Time unless sold out.

Gee, they're going to go too.Yep, good.

After the break on Sunrise -
the iPad 5 - find out if the rumours are true. Plus, the cocktails that kill. The death of a tourist sparks
a warning for Aussie travellers. And, the graffiti garage. Streets artists transform a car park
into an incredible piece of art.

G'day.
Hi. Did my wife book you or...? Yeah. Just a few little jobs
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I'll get started, then.
Yeah. Again?

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There's Sydney Olympic Park, looking out over the west of Sydney. Partly cloudy and 24 degrees today.

Australians are being warned about the dangers
of drinking cocktails overseas. It follows the death
of a Swedish tourist who was poisoned by a mojito
laced with methanol in Indonesia. His fiancee says
it's impossible for tourists to know what bartenders are using
to make the mixed drinks. Recently, a teenage Sydney girl
was left blind after drinking a cocktail
containing methanol while on a schoolies trip in Bali. from St Vincent's Hospital
Emergency Department joins us now. Good morning.

I'm surprised a lot of this stuff is being sold overseas. Is the iges issue?Tourists are always pray to predators and it is about money. Methanol is freely available overseas, it is an industrial solvent. It is very, very toxic and can be lethal.But why put it in a drink?It is an alcohol. It is one carbon less than ethanol so it works like drinking alcohol.So what is your advice? Is there any way to detect what your drink has in it or is it better to skip the fancy cocktails when you are overseas?I don't think that is doable. The methanol is broken down to forbic acid, it poisons the eye, the brain cells. So what should happen if you feel things aren't right, 12 or 24 hours later you have got to try to get some help. If you have to, ring someone in Australia or ring the poison centre. You know something's not right, could be going badly wrong.Is it your advice? There was a case last year where it burned or insides, the drink?The bad thing is (A) losing your vision. Up to 30% (A) losing your vision. Up to 30%, if you get photo phobia and don't like the lights, you could be in trouble and as I say, die. Interesting, as first aid, we do it in hospital is to drink normal alcohol, it blocks the metabolism of alcohol, which by alcohol, which alcohol, which by the way is no longer in methylated spirits because of this. But if you with worried about this poisoning, believe it or not, have a few shots of vodka from a bottle while someone rings Australia to get help or whatever.I am glad you know what you're talking about. I have got no idea about those drinks, it sounds foreign. And happy Christmas.Scary stuff, thank you, Mel.

If you didn't get an iPad
for Christmas, you're in luck. There are reports saying Apple could release its new model
as early as March. The fifth generation of the iPad will reportedly be thinner
and much lighter than the iPad 4, released in October. Editor of CNet Australia,
Seamus Byrne joins me now. Good morning.

Seriously? I know when Apple is releasing something new releasing something new because they do it when I get used to be old thing. It is time to get something else. What do we know about the new iPad?There has been a rumour Apple was going to move from the once-a-year cycle to more recent. And was it so they could give you the new plug, which meant you had to upgrade your old bits and and pieces or a snaou newcycle? In March, there is a chance we might get a full version of the nigh iPad, which will be thinner and lighter again.Some people are excited about this. Others are really, really grumpy. Why?Yes, well, my personal take on this whole thing, you should never get upset when is company decides to start being much faster with how quickly they give us new technology. I mean, it is understandable that people want to have the latest thing. They want that latest thing to last as long as possible. But in this sort of case, it means, " this sort of case, it means, "Now it is old again" But it is the case with laptops. There is never a good time to buy something new.Why would I buy the iPad 5 when I can hang out for the iPad 287, which will be available at the end of next year? Getting into a rhythm, do I need the upgrade, I am happy with the one I have currently got. Shift to point, I will buy one or stick with this one for 18 months or two years, I will wait will wait for the third or fourth update.What is the lifespan, we want it for a few years?There will be some people who are smart and try to sell the old version and think if I buy every new version and sell the old one on eBay, then it gives me a chance to get some of the money back and I can stay on top. But for most people you want to buy it and know it will last a few years. Block out the talk with the new ones when you feel you are happy with the new one. Don't feel compelled to upgrade. We'll see you on Monday to talk about iPad six. Here is Mel s-p that's quick.

It's normally considered
a scourge of city life. And wherever you go
it's hard to avoid graffiti. But a businessman in Melbourne has covered his entire
car park completely - and I mean completely -
in art. Our Nick Etchells visited
the car park to find out why. (FUNKY R&B MUSIC PLAYS) From spray-paint train tags
to this. Look at the colours,
look at the creativity in here. It's just incredible. It's graffiti at its best,
an exquisite expression of art. And this is one of the world's
unique graffiti projects, known simply as... The Melbourne Underground Project. Which is basically
a 3-storey car park painted by international artists
from all over the world. It's the brainchild of media
industry legend Harold Mitchell and this canvas is actually
his own company's car park. I thought with the space here,
what can you do? We can park our people in it,
our clients and such like, and I walked in to the car park
and thought "What a boring place,
what else could you do?". And, of course, you can bring
the walls to life and that's just what we've done. And haven't they what. Walking around, it's apparent
graffiti ain't graffiti. Take this for example. As graffiti blogger Dean Sunshine
explains these days there's a lot more to it
than just spray cans. It's cut out and painted by hand
and then put up. OK, so is on a sort of a film
or something and then just... It's on paper. It's just on paper.
..plastered on. And then Urban Cake Lady,
that's done this, hand paints it all
and then gets wheat paste and puts it up on the street. Harold Mitchell brought
in the best artists, not just from Australia,
but all over the world. From Paris. And I'm from New York. They did all this
over just a couple of weekends using - get this -
3,000 cans of spray paint. Their brief?
Do whatever the heck you like. Your piece has got
a bit of a story to it. You've got a rooster here
smoking a pipe and what's all this? This is basically his family photos so basically this whole section
is like his lounge room. His mistress, Camilla. And the kids.

The themes are seemingly endless. There's the bees.

An ageing rapper. A demon. Even an air duct graffitied to look
like a train that's been graffitied. You take out the cars and it's more like a museum
or a disco or something. If you walk around
I'm sure everyone here could pick at least four or five
things they love. That's the thing with graffiti
isn't it? Anything goes,
there really aren't any rules - And let these guys loose
with 3,000 cans of spray paint and they can turn anything
into a work of art. And watch where you leave your stuff
because I really mean anything.

Wow! Mpts Wow! Mpts That's great. It would help you remember where you parked your car. I parked it by the demon or the rooster.

Coming up -
a live update from the Sydney-Hobart and a preview of day two
of the Boxing Day Test. Then, when rare and beautiful
isn't so sweet. Find out why a flower is attracting
big crowds in Melbourne.

She's stinky!

But next - Are you serious - Rihanna spends Christmas
with Chris Brown. Nelson has the details,
when we return.

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Hi, Nelson. Taylor Swift is being recognised
for more than just her music. What can you tell us?

Well, seems like every time she turns round, somebody is giving her an award for something and she puts on her surprised face. But this is a nice accolade she got. DoSomething.org rated their most giving celebrities, she is ranked No. giving celebrities, she is ranked No.One. Interestingly, Miley Cyrus is No. is No.2. She does a lot of work with rescue dogs and kill shelters and helping dogs out of those precarious situations. Other notable names include Channing Tatum, GAG GAG, P!nk, Selena Gomez. So congratulations to all of them.Well done. What is going on here? Rihanna and Chris Brown are clearly back together, hey?Clearly. Granted, no-one wants to spend Christmas alone, and doing something charitable, Rihanna donated a lot of money to a hospital in bar bades, or hem -- Barbados and she was photoed with him. There she is defiantly smoking while she defiantly refused to wear a belt or shirt. She called it 'Life' don't reserve judgment. No, they flaunt it! I feel like I have lost sympathy. Rub it in everybody's faces.It is uncomfortable.I don't think they are asking for sympathy anymore. They are very defiant about it. He is still on parole. So I presume he's minding his Ps and Qs.It is not up to us to decide anyway, it's up to Oprah. Thousands of Americans have threatened Piers Morgan for his stance on gun control. He came out heavy on thise, a fiery -- on this. He heavy on thise, a fiery -- on this. He was talking to guns activists and referred to one of his guests as 'An unbelievably stupid man' called it hogwash and took to Twitter to say:

This is in response to the fact that gun rights activists took to the White House web site, I was not aware you could do this but you can. You can file a petition to have someone deported if you get enough signatures, then the White House has to address it. They easily surprise the 25,000 signatures required on this E petition, claiming Piers Morgan is engaging in a 'Hostile attack against the US constitution' this is a subject, as you well know, divides people.We would have him. It is such a black and white issue. We are antiguns in this country. On Piers Morgan's side.That gun lolly is so powerful. When they flick the switch on a campaign like that, not one or two phone calls you are talking thousands and thousands of e-mails. If he turns up next year hosting the Morning Show because you said, " said, "We'll have you" I'll be upset with you.It's the Morning Show with Peirs and Kylie" Peirs and Kylie".Whether he was in an American, whether he would take such a strong stand?

A cold, blustery and bumpy night
on the high seas as 'Wild Oats XI' continues to lead
the Sydney-Hobart fleet. Police frustration as the national
road toll continues to climb. Australia looking to build

a healthy first innings total
against Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day Test. The surprising health warning to men not to get too stressed
during summer. Wait till you hear why. The Aussie mum who died and the man who brought her
back to life.

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this is Sunrise on Seven. Now live from Brekky Central,
Mel and Larry. 'Wild Oats XI' is continuing
its lead in the Sydney-Hobart race after a controversial start
to the event. Live to Jodie Speers. Jodie, there's been a lot of talk about 'Ragamuffin Loyal's
false start?

There has, indeed, Ed Eddy. The sailing master on that yacht, David Wiick said he almost had a heart attack when he was told in an e-mail they had jumped the gun at the start of the race. It is not looking like there will be a penalty because they there will be a penalty because weren't recalled at the start. An update, 'Wild Oats XI' has a update, 'Wild Oats XI' has a 15 mile need over 'Ragamuffin Loyal', which is handy, 'Lahana' is ahead of 'Loki' and 'Black Jack' a north-easterly wind is expected to come and push the boats at a pretty cracking pace towards Hobart.Thank you very much for keeping an eye on it for us.

An elderly couple are shaken after their home in Sydney
was firebombed overnight. Molotov cocktails were thrown
through the front windows of the property in South Granville,
in the city's west, around 10:30 last night. All of a sudden we hear a big bang,
and glass breaking, we thought something happened
in my son's room. They managed to evacuate the house before fire crews extinguished
a small blaze sparked by the cocktails. No-one was injured in the incident, but police are urging any witnesses
to come forward. Police are again pleading with
drivers to take care these holidays after a series of deadly crashes. Five people died
on New South Wales roads yesterday. A 27-year-old RFS volunteer
was killed when his car crashed
into another vehicle at Marsden Park in Sydney's west. A husband and wife visiting
from Fiji were also killed when their four-wheel drive flipped
near Holbrook in the state's south. Two people have been conveyed
to hospital with serious injuries and another three people,
including the driver, have been taken
to Albury Base Hospital. In Queensland, a man was killed in a
single vehicle crash near Bluewater north of Townsville. The national Christmas road toll
stands at 17. The black box of a plane
which crash-landed, killing three people
in central Burma, has been recovered. Five Australians survived the fiery
accident, including Anna Bartsch, who's described the landing as a
fast and bumpy roller-coaster ride. Chris and Brian Bartsch had hoped to
hear from their travelling daughter on Christmas Day but when she rang,
they were left in shock. In quite a strong sort of voice, "Mum, listen,
this is very important - we're OK." Not what you'd expect
on Christmas Day. 31-year-old Anna went on
to tell her parents that she and her boyfriend,
Stuart Benson, had survived a plane crash
in central Burma. The Air Bagan passenger jet
carrying 63 passengers, five of them Australian, was attempting an emergency landing
when it crashed into trees. A wing snapped off
and the plane burst into flames. and very fast.

She thought she was trapped
in a burning plane. The crash site was 3km short
of the Heho Airport. The pilot reportedly
mistook the road for a runway due to bad weather. An 11-year-old child and
a tour guide on board were killed along with a motorcyclist
on the ground. Chris and Brian are just thankful
their daughter survived. You can lose
all your material possessions and your passports and money but all of that's replaceable. But it was so quick that...it was
hard to think anything. We though... When we stopped,
we thought, "Very, very lucky." It'll be a relief to see her
back on Australian soil. The other three surviving
Australians are from Queensland and weren't seriously injured. Two bear cubs have been rescued
in Russia's far east after their mother was killed
by hunters. The 3-month-olds would have died as they're too small
to take care of themselves. The cubs have been named
Mashka and Mishka and will stay with rangers
until they get bigger. Coming up - the rare beauty
attracting big crowds in Melbourne. But there's a twist - it stinks. We look at one of the strangest
tourist attractions in Australia. But first, here's Beretts. Thanks, Eddy.

Another rare beauty.A strange attraction.I have never been called a rare beauty, a strange attraction, freak, whatever.

Several AFL players have been
thrown out of the MCG yesterday in ugly scenes
in the infamous Bay 13. The current and former
Melbourne footballers were enjoying the cricket until things turned sour
later in the day. Pictures show Jeremy Howe
putting his singlet back on before being escorted out
by security. Current Geelong player Jared Rivers
needed holding back after being told to leave. While Richmond's Ricky Petterd
paid special attention to some of the other MCG patrons. The AFL is yet to investigate
the incident. Fortunately, the action on the field
was more positive - Australia poised to take a first
innings lead early on day two. David Warner wasted little time helping the hosts bolt towards
the Sri Lankan first innings total of 156,

tallying another half-century
along the way. COMMENTATOR: Gone for a big one.

It's a beauty, it has gone all the way.

When play resumes, Michael Clarke
will be just 35 runs short of Ricky Ponting's Australian record
for test runs in a calendar year.

Good luck, Pup, today.

Brisbane has edged away from the
bottom of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 victory on the road
in Adelaide. The Roar had the best opportunities of the physical game at
Hindmarsh Stadium.. seeking their fourth win
of the season. It wasn't until the 65th minute that Brazilian forward Henrique
broke the deadlock. COMMENTATOR: Henrique! (CROWD ROARS)

And Brisbane, finally. The loss is second-placed
Adelaide United's second in a row. Manchester City's hopes of
back-to-back Premier League titles took a hit with a shock 1-0 loss
to Sunderland. COMMENTATOR: He shoots.
Score, does he? Yes, he has! It's the third consecutive time City
has lost at the Stadium of Light. Cross-city rivals
Manchester United survived a scare against Newcastle, coming from behind three times
to steal the points 4-3. The Red Devils now sit seven points
clear on top of the ladder.

Jodie Spears gave us a great update on the Sydney-to-Hobart. It is moving so fast. I am going nuts on my yacht tracker. They are just passing Mallacoota. 'Wild Oats XI' is coming back on pace, doing 15 knots down the coast. As they head towards Bass Strait, you can see them picking up pace.

leading yacht is leading yacht is 'Wild Oats XI', and the orange mark is the race from 2005. They will be off the street. Gee we have to move the ticker. 'LOYAL' is up behind, we go from there, let me zoom that in. 'LOYAL' is up behind, we go from
there, let me zoom that in.

Careful you don't flick us over to channel 6.You thought Kochie could do tat. What does it mean if the finish line inlet me just take you there.

, over the last few hours the finish times have come ripping

Come with me, been racing 18 hours. Look at all those numbers.Now, the projected finish time is 8:38, the projected finish. Now, when we went on air this morning, that was 11:00. That is how quickly they are reeling it in at the moment. 14. it in at the moment. 14.4 knots is the speed.Time flies when you are flowing up behind the scenes.I touched the iPad, behind the scenes, not Brett, and I got in trouble. Apparently, colleagues are not allowed to touch iPads, only if you are a Prince Philip.Certainly not on yacht tracker when the Sydney-to-Hobart is on.

When you are in a partnershipchAnd crocheting.com is where it all began.

.Let's go to JT who has got the weather for us. This is what? You are going to surf for us. But we are talking about the weather and how quickly the boats will pick up the pace.Well, the weather is sensational here at Bells Beach. It is going to be a magnifantsent day -- magnificent day. Blue skies, a little cloud cover. Dolphins have been out here and they will join me on the paddleboard. Gee, there are a lot of, " lot of, "We love Beretts" Signs in belong.I was putting them up all Christmas.We got lots of claps because we are associated with Sunrise. And we drove around skac Buckley's Cave, it is where the expression, " expression, "You've got Buckley's expression, "You've got Buckley's" Came from. I reckon I have got Buckley's and Ben and Nick from the Tourky Buckley's and Ben and Nick from the torque -- Torquay surf live saving club have come down just in case I need help.

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To anyone in WA, extreme weather conditions forecast for the next few days. In fact, they are talking about the chance of it being the hottest seven iative days on record -- consecutive days on record, with fire bans across most of WA. Especially the young and the elderly, just look after them and look after yourselves. Take on plenty of fluids and stay cool, if you can. We are going to be staying pretty cool, I am sure, because there is Buckley's chance of me staying up. Buckley was an escape convict who went and lived with the Indigenous people until he got caught but Buckley's chance is what we have got today.The good news is Beretts has got the dolphins on yacht tracker and following them closely. Back soon.

Suggestions of a conspiracy
have rocked the 68th Sydney-Hobart after the yacht 'Wild Thing' was
prevented from starting the race. Skipper and owner Grant Wharington
was told his team couldn't race just two hours before the start. It's claimed he hadn't submitted
the appropriate paperwork about modifications to his yacht to the racing committee. Wharington maintains he had. Pretty disappointing for us
and our team who's worked so hard to get this incredible boat
into the position it's in now. I don't know whether there's
any kind of conspiracy going on. Controversy is also brewing over a decision to review
'Ragamuffin Loyal's false start which could mean the team avoids
a crucial time penalty. Lots going on.

So where is the Sydney-Hobart
race up to right now?

Let's cross to the commodore of the Sunrise Cruising Yacht Club. We touchen on it before but now we have a better view. It looks like television now?This is the yacht tracker. It is updateed continuously so you can see where they are

Remember, we are 18 hours into the race. We came from a point, the record marker here on of 'Wild Oats XI' from 2005 was way ahead of the fleet. They were never going to reel it in and now look at it. That is 'Wild Oats XI' there, that's 'LOYAL', that's 'Lahana' and that is 'Black Jack'. They are the leading yachts. They have closed the gap as they move to Bass Strait. They have pasted Mallacoota. They are in Eden, you find them coming into Eden with broken rigging if they have problems with the

So at the moment, 'Wild Oats XI' is on pace record. Over the last few hours their finish time has been updateed. It has gone from what was 11am at 5:30 this morning it is now 8:00, which is based on their current speed of 15 knots. current speed of 15 knots.Hitting Bass Strait, they are speeding up. That is the whole Speed Slicering up and -- the whole fleet is speeding up. When the wind picks up, it is when it gets exciting.

. Thank you, Gilligan.

CYCA Commodore Howard Piggott
joins me now. Good morning. Let's talk about 'Ragamuffin's
false start first. Run us through
what happened yesterday and what penalty the yacht faces?

There is some grey around this. We don't understand where you are at? Simply put, 'Ragamuffin Loyal' broke the start. The bow was over the line when the gun went. So the signal was given that there was a recall. Under the sailing instructions, the recalled a vice has to be given out 5 minutes after the start. So she's shown, over the start, over at the start line. But the signal at five minutes after start appears not to have been properly given to notify the skipper of 'Ragamuffin Loyal' that he had broken start. For that reason, the race director, sorry, the race chairman, has decided to record him as over at the start, but put an application to readdress to the international jury so those issues can be put to the jury which will give a balance of perception when were it is. There is an obligation to make an attempt to contact the boat and advice them they were over. Because of the large number of boats on the start line and the fact that that the signal can possibly get lost in the excitement of the start, that is, the recall signal from the start boat. So it is trying to put it fairly and properly to an international jury to resolve the matter because of the circumstances. Howard, if they avoid a penalty, there is going to be some pretty unhappy crews who will miss out on a place because of that decision, when clearly, they crossed the line early?Well, that's a matter for the assessment of the international jury.OK. What is your response to the other claims this morning by 'Wild Thing' skipper Grant Wharington, there is a conspiracy against his super maxy? It was front-page news.It is nonsense. And I wish we could talk about something more exciting like this great race. Let's do that. Beretts was excited how they are coming along, the race record is within grasp at the moment?It looks like it is, may well happen. Look, overnight, at midnight until 3am, they came very close together. In fact, I understand 'Ragamuffin Loyal' was right up with 'Wild Oats XI' and then the breeze slowly came in and has been accelerating. They are doing 15 knots. All the leading boats are up to 15 knots of boat speed so tracking well. The next consideration is the transition, when the westerly comes through and how they will deal with the how they will deal with the east coast of Tasmania. During the nights, lot of sail changes. It has been quite sloppy out there and the guys really new are speeding up and a record is a possibility. So it depends how they deal with the next wind change.We will continue to watch it closely, as you are. Thank you for your time this morning, Howard.Thank you.

as the road toll continues to climb. New South Wales
has the highest figures. There were five deaths
yesterday alone. Five lives have also been lost
in Victoria over the period. And tragically,
the national total has reached 17. Superintendent Robert Ryan
from the NSW Police joins us. Good morning.

The road toll has jumped
significantly over the last day. What has caused the spike?

The road toll yesterday is predominantly a result of excessive speed and driver error. If you have a look at the number of accidents, the majority of them are single-vehicles leaving the roadway at speed.So, I guess, I at speed.So, I guess, I don't know who can answer why. Is it because drivers are taking more risks? Why do they do it? We all know not what to do but we obviously don't follow the instructions?Safety message is put out in the lead-up to Christmas and at other times during the year are intended to inform drivers of the sorts of risks they recollect face on the road. There is a small minority of those drivers who simply disregard their own safety and the safety of others.Yes, look, the safety of others.Yes, look, safety of others.Yes, look, the
numbers are just horrifying. Robert, thank you for your time. I only hope people will get the message.We ask people do heed the messages, drive according to the conditions and obey the road rules.Absolutely. the road rules.Absolutely. As you guys always say, better to leave -- better to arrive late than not at all.There is no need to all.There is no need to rush and have a happy new year.Thank you.

An Australian man being held hostage by a terrorist group
in the Philippines has appeared on a video,
as proof he is still alive. Holding a dated newspaper, Warren Rodwell says he was kidnapped
more than a year ago and holds no hope of being released.

I am alive.

I am waiting to be released. I have no idea
what's going on outside. I am just held prisoner
in isolation. The kidnappers,
who have links to Al-Qaeda, have demanded a $23,000 ransom. Rodwell's wife reportedly says she
has no way of raising the money.

Sunrise foreign editor
Dr Keith Suter joins me now. Good morning. Keith, he says he doesn't
think he'll ever come home. What do you think?

Well, I'm surprised he is still alive, to be quite honest. He was kidnapped a year ago, in rugged jungle, a lot of malaria and dengue fever. He is a tough person, exAustralian army. It has kept him going. When he was kidnapped a year ago, the kidnappers were asking for $ ago, the kidnappers were asking for $2 million. They have reduced it to $ $2 million. They have reduced it to $23,000. They want to keep the guy alive because he represents cash to them. By making it more realistic figure, $ figure, $2,000, which the Australian government won't pay, there are intermeadieries who will do it for you. The Australian Government says we do not pay, we pay we do not pay, we pay once and every Australian around the world is like lane to be kidnapped. But there are intermeadieries who will say yes, the man is still alive, give us the man is still alive, give us the $29. They hope -- the $ $29. They hope -- the $23,000. It is a flourishing business, kidnapping. $ a flourishing business, kidnapping. $23,000 is a lot easier to pay than $ $23,000 is a lot easier to pay than $2 million.There is no mechanism in governments?No, the Australian government won't but there are intermeadieries who will and it has been done in the past.The Philippine as very popular destination for Australians. Is it a warning?There are 7,000 islands in the Philippines, most are safe. But the Australian government has warned people to avoid the area. He was told to get out, he said, " told to get out, he said, "No, I'm ex army I can look after myself. ex army I can look after myself." He put up a struggle but cause kidnapped. We have the alkidey group still operational there. But the rest of the Philippines, very nice and safe place to visit. Thank you.

Cleared from a hamstring injury, Michael Clarke led the team
onto the MCG but it was Jackson Bird and
Mitchell Johnson who set the pace, bowling out Sri Lanka for a 156. Seven sport reporter Nathan
Templeton joins us from the MCG. Nathan, it was a memorable debut
for Jackson Bird.

Absolutely, Beretts. What a way to start a test career and a stage to do it on? The MCG on Boxing Day. Jackson Bird is a swelgzman but he playing for the Victorian big bash. We are claimic him as a Victorian, not a Tasmania. And what better person to receive your baggy green from than the most one eyed at of all. Looked the part at this level. If he performs well again in the second innings could find him selve entrenched in the bowling attack for some time to come.And Mitchell Johnson, what? 4/ Johnson, what? 4/63? Just magnificent.He is much maligned, mighty Mitch but when he gets it right he is almost unplayable. There were brutish deliveries, he fractured the thumb of one player. Meaning Sangakkara has to take the gloves now. It was Mitchell Johnson back to his best. One of his wickets in particular, he did have a lot of help from the wicket-keeper, Matthew Wade. Look at this, he sprinted 30 metres back to the boundary before diving at full length to take one of the greatest catches we have seen at the MCG. It is no wonder his cousin got excited there in the grandstand, they were watching with other member players. They got excited. It was a memorable moment because it was Mitchell Johnson's 200th test wicket.The stuff of Boxing Day legends. Thank you.How exciting! Thanks, Beretts.

One of the world's rarest flowers, growing for six years at the
Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, is blooming.

It looks pretty,
but don't stand too close - it's pollinated by flies
and smells like rotting meat. Sunrise correspondent Nick Etchells
joins me now. Nick, despite the smell the flower
is drawing a massive crowd.

Yes, but look, if you put a dead cat in someone's garage, everyone runs that way. You put a flower in a glasshouse that smells like a dead cat, everybody cat, everybody runs in. But it is a fascinating thing. Only a handful of times in the world have we had plants like this actually flower, other than in the wild. It happens for only two days every few years so you want to get in quick and they have been doing that.

The lines are long
and the stench is strong, this has got to be one
of the strangest tourist attractions in Australia. We've come every day
for the last week. Just waiting for it to flower? Just waiting for it to progress,
yes. Called the titan arum, this peculiar plant
is currently undergoing a very rare and brief
transformation. For the first time in its seven
years of life, it's flowering. And that means it's showing
this extraordinary yellow protrusion or fluorescence but what the crowds have really come
for is the unusual odour it emits, a smell that lasts
for just two days. It smells like it does...
Sorry I've got something up my nose. A fly?
A fly. It attracts flies apparently? It attracts flies. It needs flies and beetles
to pollinate it so the flower emits a smell
they find irresistible. Kind of smells
like there's dead possum in here. That's exactly what it... I was trying to pin it and
that's exactly what it smells like. It wasn't scented at all
a few days ago but now it's fully open,
it is quite heavily scented and will last for two or three days
to attract those pollinators. Most of the people here have come
again and again in recent days, popping in like anxious relatives
waiting for the birth of a baby. Well, it's a once-in-a-lifetime
experience, isn't it. It's flowering
but I'll probably come tomorrow because I think the smell
will probably increase. It's certainly a strange way
to spend one's Christmas vacation. You've seen it now, why come in when it smells
like MORE like a dead possum? (LAUGHS) Oh, it's just the curiosity
of it really, isn't it. And so the green thumbs
and sticky beakers line up to take a whiff, snap a photo

and pause to consider
the flower's Latin name - Amorphophallus titanum. And translate that into English? (LAUGHS) Er...

..you could say it's something to do
with a phallic... er...sort of... er...symbol. (LAUGHS)

Too rude. What does it mean, Larry? It means large misshaped phallic symbol. One of my old girlfriends sent it to me for

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Time for a news hit. Here's Edwina. An elderly couple in Sydney's west have had a Molotov cocktail thrown
through their bedroom window overnight. The attack sparked a small blaze, which was extinguished
by fire crews. Live to Hugh Whitfeld
who is at the house. Hugh, was it a targeted attack.

ing. Well, the family that lives inside this home certainly thinks so. An elderly couple and their two children were inside the home at 10:30. The elderly mother says she was praying at the time when the Molotov cocktail was thrown the window, the small bomb-like device smashed and caused a small fire. Fortunately, no-one was injured but this family is certainly shaken.

We had a really frightening night,
no-one had any sleep.

Now, there is damage to the outside of the home. The window is smashed. The blinds are broken. But this family says that they have a fair idea who did this. There has been a dispute brewing between the son and a nearby neighbour over the last couple of weeks over a bad debt, worth $ worth $1500 potentially. Mese are yet to make any arrests but -- police are yet to make any arrests but the family has a fair idea what is going on.

A man has been charged
with murdering two elderly people following a house fire in Melbourne
last Saturday. Emergency services were called
to the blaze at Yarraville and found the bodies inside. Police say their injuries
didn't appear to be self-inflicted. The 24-year-old is also facing
one count of arson. He was remanded in custody after
facing a bail justice last night and is due to reappear
in court today. Police are again pleading with
drivers to take care these holidays after a series of deadly crashes. Five people died
on New South Wales roads yesterday. A 27-year-old RFS volunteer
was killed when his car crashed
into another vehicle at Marsden Park in Sydney's west. A husband and wife visiting
from Fiji were also killed when their four-wheel drive flipped
near Holbrook in the state's south. Two people have been conveyed
to hospital with serious injuries and another three people,
including the driver, have been taken
to Albury Base Hospital. In Queensland, a man was killed in a
single vehicle crash near Bluewater north of Townsville. The national Christmas road toll
stands at 17. Nelson Mandela has left hospital after spending nearly
three weeks there, receiving treatment
for a lung infection. The former South African president
will now be cared for at his home in Johannesburg. The 94-year-old has a history
of lung problems and has been frail
for several years.

Sydney-Hob