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This program is captioned live. The final countdown - last-minute preparations underway
and tonight's party hotspots as we get set
to send-off 2012 with a bang.

Petrol price wars - a new supermarket giant promising
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Close encounter - a surfer's lucky escape
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of the year. It's Monday, 31 December, 2012. (SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Reach out for the sunrise. # Right across Australia,
this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central,
Kochie and Sam. Good morning and welcome
to the final day of 2012. . Welcome back from holidays. We are so fresh, we are ready to go here. No. Yes, we are. The alarm went off. Stop your whingeing, get on with it. I know, it's good to be back. I am very happy to be there. Surrounded by all the team.

Just under 18 hours now
until we welcome 2013 - not that we're counting.

No, isn't it going to be great. Tell us what you are going to us what you are going to be doing tonight. Have you got any great new year's resolutions. Will you make it to midnight,

Also ahead, on the final Sunrise
of the year - against the clock. Barack Obama's last-minute scramble
to save America from recession. What the so-called fiscal cliff
means for them and the impact it'll have on us. Plus...

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Some of the year's
greatest news bloopers.

We have got the Geelong book ends, Mark Beretta and Rebecca Maddern. It's feels good with Geelong book

Good morning. The countdown is on
around the country ahead of tonight's New Year's Eve
celebrations. But you've got to get in early with the best seats for Sydney's
famous harbour fireworks already taken. The forecast for 2013
is looking good with perfect weather conditions
in most capitals. which is their busiest of the year. Police are searching for a mother
missing from a boat in Sydney. At midnight, the woman's husband
and two children went to bed leaving her alone,
but by 2am she'd gone missing. A search has commenced
involving officers from Rose Bay and the Water Police as well as a lifesaver helicopter
and vessel. The boat's been towed to Balmain
for examination. Another air and ground search
will resume this morning for a 14-year-old boy missing
in forest near Armadale, south-east of Perth.

Dennis Dear went missing yesterday
while riding a quad bike in the forest where he was camping
with his father. The teenager has autism
and cerebral palsy and hasn't been seen
since 7:00 yesterday morning. We're 42 degree heat out here
so have welfare concerns for him. He wasn't carrying any food or water and it's the first time
he's been to the area. Meanwhile, emergency services will
also continue to search for a man, who fell from his canoe
into the Murrumbidgee River, in southern New South Wales
yesterday afternoon. Russian investigators believe
pilot error is to blame for a fiery plane crash which killed at least four people
in Moscow. The aircraft slid off the runway
at Russia's third busiest airport and crashed onto a highway
before catching fire. Fuel samples, data recorders and
flight documents are being examined. Flowers have been left at the crash
site in memory of the victims. And if you thought beauty pageants
were just for humans, think again. A group of pretty pachyderms
have been judged as part of an elephant festival
in Nepal. and obedience. The three animals that made it
to the final round were then judged on their
temperament and personality. For the record, an elephant
from a local national park won this year's competition. , You would have to get a big ribbon. It's a big

Ahead on Sunrise -
your comprehensive guide to the best spots to watch
the New Year's Eve fireworks. We've done all the homework for you. That's coming up. But first, here's Kochie. Thanks, Bec. , Let's take a look at the finance news.

The do you finished down. Why, because of those stupid American politicians. European markets down as well. We added 23 points on our major indices. Heading towards year's high on our market.

The clock is ticking on the US fiscal cliff. Craig James is back from holidays to keep us in touch with what is going on. Craig, well welcome back. Nice to see you, nice and tanned and relaxed. Coming back to this stupidity of American politician. What will the fiscal cliff mean for us? You are right for the stupid Americans. Hopefully those stupid Americans will come up with a deal over the next 24 hours. It does look as though that will happen. One of the Republicans Senators Leslie Graham says the President has won on this. Worse come up with a stop gap deal. Certainly the US has the potential to go back into recession. Now, if they go into recession, then potentially that means a recession for us here in Australia. Certainly what it would mean is that we would have to slash interest rates. From the first of January, if they don't come up with an agreement, spending get cuts, taxes go up and that's why the US would potentially go into a recession. Why it's taken this long to come up with an agreement, I don't know. But that's politics I suppose. Yeah x exactly. The sticking point has been the top marginaltax rate, or Obama wants it to go up for those earning over $ earning over $400,000 a year and state taxes. That's the sticking points. The Republicans don't want to touch taxation at all For the rich? Basically. That's it. Sort of in terms of the president, his sticking point is in terms of spending cuts. So everyone has got something on which they have got a concern. You have to come with an agreement. You can't have everything. Exactly. Good to have you back. Good to see you. Time for sport

Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova has
made the most of her wild card entry at the Brisbane International. Playing in her first match
since September, the former world number 25
dropped the opening set before rediscovering some of
her vintage hard-hitting form. COMMENTATOR: Oh! Have to say, Jarmila Gajdosova, she
can hit through anything, can't she? Still dealing with the recent loss
of her mother and on a 9-match losing streak, the 3-set win over Roberta Vinci finally gave her
something to celebrate. Gajdosova will now meet Maria
Sharapova in the second round. Serena Williams was among the others
to progress. Sydney Thunder has suffered its 11th
consecutive Big Bash League defeat at the hands of city rivals
the Sixers. West Indian slogger Chris Gayle
has struggled all tournament and once again went cheaply. Usman Khawaja was
the Thunders' only shining light, hitting a match-high 66
from 47 balls - form he hopes to translate
to test cricket with a call-up
to the national side imminent. Set a modest target of 133,
Daniel Hughes led the chase. COMMENTATOR: He's got enough
of this, though. And that is a big shot. With an over to spare, Brett Lee claimed the winning runs
in classic bowlers' style. The Sixers remain just alive
in the competition. , The situated Kings sit in fourth, they are still in the top four after we did our best to cheer them across the line against Perth.It was depressing. You were there. With Beretts. Beretts came, come to the basketball. It's going to be a great game. We got whooped. What was the score? I've forgotten. 34 point difference. The kids had a great day out. 7, The kids had a great day out. 7,500 people there. It was packed. A great day. It was really good. Sydney Kings band wagon got derailed. Next week is another week. Thank you, mum. Sam has put her kings Sam has put her kings top on today. Saturday night, we will be back. Just to cheer you up a

Now to today's weather. ,
JT is out and about it, getting amongst it getting ready for tonight. Gee, breakfast TV can be cruel, coming back to work on the day of new year's eve. That is tough. We are made of tough stuff. I am at Bondi Beach this morning which will be jammed pack, today, tonight and tomorrow. This is such a top location to come down and enjoy new year's eve. This morning is a great place to wake up as we look at the national forecast.

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Cairns, a few showers. Mackay, possible storm. Possible showers for Bundaberg. Brisbane, fine and 29. Fine for the Gold Coast. Fine in Tamworth. Partly cloudy in Dubbo. Sydney, sunny. Canberra, fine. Sunny in Albury. Ballarat, sunny and 27. Fine for Warrnambool. Melbourne, sunny. Partly cloudy in Launceston. Hobart, partly cloudy.

Early fog turning sunny
in Mount Gambier. Adelaide,
sunny. Ceduna,
mostly sunny. Afternoon storms
in Katherine. Darwin,
showers. And over to Western Australia - sunny in
Bunbury. Perth,
sunny.

Chance of a morning storm
in Geraldton. Carnarvon, chance
of a storm. Chance of a storm
in Exmouth. , What a great way to start the last day of 2012. Out on a stand up paddle board, I don't know if you were watching during the week. I had a go at that down at Bells Beach. We lost another radio mic. I've got to stop doing this. How many microphones have you ruined in 2012? To be fair, we sort of guessed that it might happen so we got a waterproof one this time. We just had to dry it out and it's back on-line. I think there is three radio mics and one IFB. Bring on 2013, JT. He is quite good on that paddle board. He is balanced. They are big waves. Thank you,

Ahead on Sunrise -
the looming fiscal cliff. But after the break - the New Year's Eve party
is already underway. And we've got your most
comprehensive fireworks guide, including the secret locations
for the best viewing spots.

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taking place across the country ahead of New Year's Eve. And we've done all the hard work
for you to find the best spots to celebrate. Sunrise correspondents are standing
by with the latest information. Edwina Bartholomew joins us
from Sydney. ,

Nick Etchells in Melbourne
and Leisa Goddard is in Brisbane. he

Good morning to you all. Let's start with Sydney where fireworks will take place
at 9pm and midnight. And Eddy, the display
is always amazing. How can it be topped this year?

o If you thought you had seen fireworks, just you wait. 9 PM and midnight, but 9 PM, will be just as big a show as midnight nowadays because all the families come down. This year, there are Seven barges dotted around the harbour. Of course, the centrepiece which will be the bridge. Koalas on there, Bees, butterfly, even a lip shaped this year and a musical note this year in honour for the ambassador for the fireworks, Kylie Minogue. She will set off the fireworks. You will guarantee that most of it will be set to her music, she will be taking centre stage. 1. taking centre stage. 1.5 million people expected there. There are already people there camping out, expected to be seen by a billion people. It has gone high-tech. You can text the bridge so your message appears on the pylons of the bridge and download an app that ties in with the music. You can hold that up and it will all flash in synch right around the harbour. Let's go to Melbourne where the early display will take place at 9. early display will take place at 9.30. Organisers are promising some never before fire work effects. What can they do. This is the question that we all ask this time of year. How can it be bigger and better this time of year. Blokes always have a very solution to that, more explosive, that's what they have gone for, 8. they have gone for, 8.5 tonnes of the stuff, it will cost $ they have gone for, 8.5 tonnes of
the stuff, it will cost the stuff, it will cost $2.5 million. How is this for a couple of numbers, they have got 50 pie row technicians working on this show and 25 computers. They do have some new technology down here this year, including we have got descriptions of how they work. It's hard to envisage. There are some new envisage. There are some new shells that explode in the shape of hands and feet and some other shells that burst and fade from left to right in burst and fade from left to right in various colours, and explode together. I am eager to see how that one looks. The city council has decided to try and spread everybody out a little bit this year to make things more comfortable and getting home easier. They have got three new live sites that we haven't had before. They are saying about half a million people but I would anticipate probably a little more than that, guys. It sounds good. Brisbane, fireworks will light up the night at 8. will light up the night at 8.30 and then at Sydney might. Leisa, were are the best spots for people to see them. Tonight you will have hundreds and hundreds of people jammed up here at kangaroo point. Anywhere along the river will be a river will be a perfect vantage point. People will be there to see one of the best New Year's Eve fireworks show that Brisbane has ever put on. They are keeping a lot of what is in store for us, secret. Laser, fireworks, all set to music. It will be a show that you won't want to miss and again lots of people out there this morning, already trying to secure their spots. We will see that throughout the day but the river will be the focus for the celebrations. Great. Thank you, Great. Thank you, guys. Get in early. Stake your claim. Also give us some tips on how you protect your patch. You get there early, you put the sheet down And the tarp and the esky. You keep sent You keep centuries on your corner. What do you do when you have to go to the Luo? That's a tough one too, isn't it. How do you go to the toilet? Oh.

Ahead on Sunrise -
D-Day for President Obama. Can the US leader stop America
from sliding into recession? But after the break,
rescued hiker fined. The lost bushwalker
who's been punished by police. But did he deserve it?

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A bushwalker who got lost
in the Blue Mountains carrying only potatoes
and naan bread in his backpack has been slapped with a $500 fine
for being ill-prepared. The 29-year-old had to be rescued
by helicopter after concerned friends
called police when he didn't return
from his 3-day hike. Police Rescue fined the man because he put himself
and search teams at risk by not taking adequate provisions. What do you think.
Did the man deserve to be fined?

Like, if he went just for a walk for a couple of hours, maybe potatoes and bred would have done but three days. You don't plan to get lost, do you Three days. You don't plan to get lost You are meant to take in one of these beepers. If you are going for a three day hike. Did he cook the potatoes. You can make fire out there. No, it's hifi No, it's high fire danger. Of course, you are not allowed to make

The Australian Tax Office
is under fire this morning with news staff are snooping
on people's personal tax files. There's reportedly been
a 45% increase in unauthorised access
of private details. While some of the breaches
are allegedly due to fraud, others are simply down to curiosity. Some ATO staffers have even looked
up tax files of celebrities. Are you outraged that ATO staff
could be accessing your files? Or would you look
if you had the opportunity? , Both. I am outraged and I would have a look. I couldn't help myself. I just assumed if you workedity ATO, you have access to that information and you do have a look. That's how much tax David Koch pays. If you had my tax return sitting in front of you, wouldn't you have a little snoop. No. She deducts that, good one. Next door neighbour.

Could the man drought be a myth? Apparently, single men
are struggling to find dates and many are even paying
for professional dating tips. The news comes
as Sydney matchmakers reveal just how fussy some ladies are
when it comes to love. One woman apparently turns up
to dates with a checklist and pen, asking questions
and ticking off the boxes.

Sam!

Sam!. . We work with somebody who I think does

Another woman won't date a man unless he owns a house
in a particular suburb. And one refused date a man
because he drove a Japanese car. What do you think - are women
these days too hard to please? , Yes. You girls, what is wrong with you young girls for doing this. I have never thought of that but that's a good idea. We have been told our entire lives that we shouldn't settle. Jo no, don't compromise. We have one colleague who says unless there's fireworks within five minutes, gone. No, no, that's right. I broke up with a man who couldn't drive a manual car. It was just a turn off. He couldn't handle a gear stick so what did that say about him? Well, Well, it was - let's not go down that. That wasn't the reason. It was a turn off that he couldn't drive a manual car. I think that's fair enough. For God's sake. Is that what lover has come down, whether you can use a gear stick or not. And another who wore white And another who wore white socks. I could sit here all day, with a suit. Could you write it down. They are yelling, we have to keep going. It's not Weekend Sunrise, keep moving.

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Welcome back to Sunrise. Let's get the 6:30 headlines now.
Here's Bec. A mother has gone missing
from a boat in Sydney overnight. Police and a lifesaver helicopter
have been searching for the woman since the early hours
of this morning. The 49-year-old's husband
and two children went to bed around midnight but when the man went to check
on his wife two hours later, she'd disappeared. The family's boat has been towed
to Balmain for examination.

A search for a teenager missing in
Queensland will resume this morning. 19-year-old Dillon Daure
was last seen leaving the Buderim Tavern
on the Sunshine Coast, between midnight and 1am
on Saturday. His clothes were discovered
at a local primary school yesterday. The young fella could be anywhere,
he could be injured, so we've got to actually concentrate
on likely areas where he might be. Volunteers have already searched
six square kilometres, making their way through forest
with the help of residents. Police won't say if Dillon
was under the influence of alcohol.

A man has been shot in the stomach
in Sydney's south west overnight. Emergency services were called
to Busby just after 11pm. Paramedics treated
the 21-year-old at the scene before taking him
to Liverpool Hospital. The matter is under investigation and we are appealing
for anyone who has information to contact Crime Stoppers. Forensic officers
are examining the crime scene. Five Vietnam War medals
have been stolen from a home
just south of Brisbane. Thieves broke
into the house at Mount Cotton around 2:00 yesterday afternoon. The medals are usually kept
in a handmade wooden box and are of great sentimental value. Clear skies are promised across
most capital cities tonight as revellers welcome in 2013
with a bang. But the best views of
Sydney's famous harbour fireworks have already been snapped up with families camping out overnight. Emergency services
and transport officials are gearing up
for their busiest night of the year. There'll be road closures
and clearways across Sydney from this morning. A dolphin in the Ukraine has learned
an unusual trick, jumping out of the water
and crawling beside a pool. The animal's trainer says it tried
the stunt by itself at first and seemed to like it,
so he helped turn it into a skill. The dolphin just needs a flat,
smooth surface so it doesn't hurt itself.

What a great trickment do they do that at Sea World? No, a few people might be doing that later on tonight. Bec is getting in the party mood already, tune in early tomorrow. You could be in for a treat with Bec. She told us a bit earlier she was going to be home by 2. No, I said quarter past 12. The Dow Jones down 158 points as the world nervously weight to see what the US politicians can do to avoid the fiscal

Time for sport. Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova has
made the most of her wild card entry at the Brisbane International. Playing in her first match
since September the former world number 25
dropped the opening set before rediscovering some
of her vintage hard-hitting form. COMMENTATOR: Oh! Have to say, Jarmila Gajdosova, she
can hit through anything, can't she? Still dealing with the recent loss
of her mother and on a 9-match losing streak, the 3-set win over Roberta Vinci finally gave her something
to celebrate. Gajdosova will now meet
Maria Sharapova in the second round. Serena Williams was among the others
to progress.

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina
has called on referees to ensure that Alessandro del Piero is given proper protection
on the field. The star-signing has been ruled out
of tonight's clash with Adelaide having suffered repeated fouls in Sydney's win over the Mariners
last Thursday. Meanwhile, the weekend's flood
of goals continued in the Premier League. They all went Liverpool's way on its visit to the bottom-of-ladder
Queens Park Rangers. Within half an hour
the result was sealed. COMMENTATOR: Firm header.

3-0 now. In the night's other game, Chelsea took the points
on the road against Everton. Frank Lampard netting a brace
in the 2-1 win. Now to today's weather.

James Tobin is down at Bondi where it will all be happening today, tonight and tomorrow morning. You are getting in early. It will be universally one of the biggest nights of the year. Pace yourself. Don't go out too hard, too early. Enter exhibit A

. Oh dear. I mean, some call it Bondi Beach, others call it the backpackers of Ireland and the UK. Top of the morning. It's a beautiful spot. Morning fellows. Morning. Let's go to the national forecast.

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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Mitchell
off the north-west coast of WA is causing patchy rain
in the Pilbara and Gascoyne. A nearby trough is triggering
a few storms in the Kimberley and hot north-east winds
in south-west WA. A trough in the east is causing
showers and storms in the Northern Territory
and Queensland. Mostly fine for Brisbane today. Heating up on Wednesday.
Showers developing on Thursday. Sunny for Sydney.

Cooling down with showers
developing on Wednesday. Canberra, sunny and 33. Mostly sunny for the rest
of the week. Temperatures to stay in the low 30s. Melbourne, mostly fine. Showers developing on Wednesday.
A really hot one on Friday. Hobart, partly cloudy. A cooler day tomorrow and Wednesday.
Heating up before the weekend. Adelaide, sunny and 32. Mostly fine for the rest
of the week. Temperatures to reach the low 40s. Sunny in Perth. Showers developing on Wednesday.
Sunny on Friday. Showers, storms for Darwin. Afternoon showers and storms
for the next few days. Temperatures to stay in the low 30s.

What a great way to bake up. Good morning. You are live on Sunrise, Australia's breakfast TV program. What a great spot. How long have you been in been in the country? I have been quite a while. I've just been travelling for been travelling for about three years. Started in Cairns and worked my way down. It has been pretty good. I don't know if I will be sleeping here for tonight. I am amazed. The lifesavers just went past and said nothing We saw them early on, flattening the sand out. If you can keep it, you've got the best spot in is Sydney It's nice waking up on TV though. Happy new year's. See you back here soon Do they charge them for being there, JT. I would JT. I
I would have thought so. Have you slept here before. There were loads of people down here. There you go, if you are watching. They took their own things. There are a few people thought, we would stay out the night and see what it's like. All right. Months Mon council is charging $ Months Mon council is charging $125 a family to sit on one of their points and watch the fireworks. Do you get a buffet with that down there or is it just so you can go and sit. There is a lot of work for a council that Hasan to go on. $ that Hasan to go on. $50 a head.Beretts the councillor. Are they all going to dress in black tie to do the clean up. There are costs. Have you got a BA. $ Have you got a BA. $50 a head, they are going to make a profit. Is there a worse council in Australia? I Australia? I of not getting into the new year spirit than Mosman council to do that.I would imagine most councils are charging? No. No. The crew is shaking their heads. Is it to keep the riff-raff out. Can't you see. Can't you see.? You can see, there is a fair case to go towards the clean up. As Beretts defends the council. There goes my DA. Great. You are a stirrer, Kochie.

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, Everything costs these days of the user pays. They are very fancy road-works. You should have to see the roadblocks and the council staff are friendly. You are too much Beretts. I think you will get your $ I think you will get your $50 worth. That's all I'm

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Get set for a laugh at some of
the best news bloopers from 2012. But next - eleventh hour talks as America teeters on
the edge of recession. But has President Obama done enough
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the Jetstar Skycam. A very good morning to you
on the final day of 2012. A few clouds around today, but
heading for a mostly fine top of 29.

The US is a step closer to plunging
into deep recession as it teeters on the edge
of the so-called fiscal cliff. President Barack Obama has
held urgent last-minute talks with his political opponents. He has until midnight New Year's Eve
to reach agreement. If there's no compromise, middle class tax hikes
will automatically kick in along with huge spending cuts. It's a big problem for Americans. Even the hit show 'The Simpsons'
has tackled the issue. I guess it's time
I explained to these good people the upcoming fiscal cliff. Think of the economy as a car. The rich man is the driver. If you don't give the driver
all the money, he will drive you over the cliff. It's just common sense. , I think he has got it in one,

Seven News reporter Kathryn Morgan
joins us from the US. Good morning. How close are both sides
to a deal? , Law makers have been working behind the scenes all weekend, trying to scramble together, some sort of deal that they could take to their colleagues in the Senate. The major sticking points as you've mentioned earlier, the Republicans don't want extra tax hikes on the wealthy. The extra tax hikes on the wealthy. Democrats do. The President came out this morning urging both parties to work together. But he is also laying a fair bit of blame on the Republican Party's refusal to compromise over those tax hikes. Let's take a list tone what the President had to say. I was mod I was modestly optimistic yesterday. We don't see an agreement. Now the pressure is on Congress to produce. If they don't, what I've said that in the Senate, we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are and there should be an up or down vote. Everybody should have a right to vote on that. If Republicans don't like it, they can vote no but I think there is a majority support for making sure that middle class families are held. We sit here in Australia and shake our heads, and say these idiotic American politics. What are they doing? The average American? Are they thinking they got smashed during the global financial crisis. They are just seeing a bit a recovery in their house prices. Then all of a sudden, worse get slammed with this. As you can imagine, they are not happy about it. These are people who they've elected to positions of power. As far as most Americans are concerned, the politicians aren't doing the jobs that they have been elected to do. If America does go over this fiscal cliff, that means that every single American will take homeless money in their pay cheques. There will be huge cuts to defence spending. Welfare will be affected so people are really concerned and as you mentioned, the fact that we have only just started to see a little bit of recovery to the economy, the very prospect of going into yet another recession is quite terrifying and Americans are angry and they want their politicians to do something. It is just extraordinary. Kathryn, thank you for that. It makes our politicss look like saints cht basically the impact will be if they don't have an agreement, big increases in taxes, big cuts in government spending of the that will slow the American economy by something like 4 or 5% something like 4 or 5%. That's only growing at 2% at the moment, so it will go into recession. That means Europe of Europe which is already in recession, will go into a deeper recession. China will slow down, our commodity prices will fall. The only saving Grace here is that probably the Reserve Bank would have to slash interest rates but we would likely with the rest of the world go into recession as well. Sam, it is just ridiculous that these American politicians have let it get to this. Frightening for us. Thank you, Kochie. We will talk to you

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in Australia.

Claire Crocker runs the service.
Good morning. Who uses your services? And what do you give them in return?

We have people contacting us for a whole range of issues, attending medical appointments is just one thing we can do if people actually want someone to come with them for privacy reasons or support. A lot of time is resolving a very specific and defined health need that someone might have. We are contacted by a whole range of people, both private patient, public patients, all patient, public patients, all walks of life, contact us for help for something very defined. How much do you charge these people? It really depends on the nature of the issue that they are coming to us with, the time of day because we are a 24 hour service. The complexity involved but it can be from around $ involved but it can be from around $50 for some very quick assistance which is what we have charged people after-hours when they might have had an emergency at a hospital at night and they have just - they just feel like they are not getting through the system the way that that he need to, up to $ to, up to $200 or more, depending on the time involved for us. Doctors say you are profiting from people who normally can't afford to pay your fees. What is your reaction to that? People contact because they have want a particular issue that they want help with. Most of the people are very vulnerable. They have explored every other option that they can. And they are coming to us as a last resort as a last resort because they need the help. We talk to them in great detail is, what their definition of success is and what they feel is an appropriate charge for that service. It's very much a relationship with the clients that want our assistance and that feel that we can help them. OK. Claire, thank you very much for your time

When it comes to making
live television, one thing is for sure - anything that can go wrong
usually will go wrong. But you can count on a good news
blooper to become a YouTube hit. Here's a look at some
of the best from this year.

, Light costs go up too so we could see fewer people driver Everyone who doesn't have a reason to be out in, inside their home, you heard from the mayor, a number of people haven't left. That worries them. If you haven't left. Don't go out. You probably can't get out of the city anyway because the roads are overwashed. All of the barnction do need to be taken seriously. Power outages could be a problem - that's never a good idea x folks. The beach's MPO is moving - wow. I saw peel. Today's snow is cipling one of the low lands, one of three inches fell in Seattle. That is not true. We did call the Sherrif's Office. A plane corb, 29th and king drive. Let's go to sky Pam. Yeah, you see the lower on the lower left-hand side of the screen is a wing - is that on top of a car there, can you see.Yeah, it looks like a giant hole in the middle of the street. Yeah, we are - we haven't seen any ambulance, we see a fire truck. Again, we are You can see cars may have hit each other but Man, can you imagine, you are driving down king drive and a plane comes down in the middle of the road. Oh. We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show. Are you kidding? They might want to tell the news folks when they are doing this and shutting down king drive. Are you kidding me? I will not be making any comment. Oh my God, that hurt. I will not be making any comment. Oh my God, that hurt. Elaine Campbell who became a symbol for organ donation is celebrating her 21st birthday. Those details coming up.Look. They are big. This one is about 12 are big. This one is about 12 pounds but they can grow to be about (Screams)

We saw her knickers almost. It wasn't her knickers. I wasn't even looking. That man walking into the pole. I can't watch it. No matter how many times you see it, it still hurts. We should do some for us. We don't have any. Sure.

all the fun and excitement
of the New Year's Eve fireworks. But after the break -
out of this world - the wedding present that has
Kate Winslet going sky high.

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An Aussie heart-throb
could be in line to play Hollywood's most-coveted
and risque role? , Sam Hann that, your favourite lit ray work of 2012, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' when it comes to the big screen, could Christian Grey be played by Chris Hemsworth. That is the hot rumour going around. There is a lot of buzz about it. Never mind Robert Pattinson, or Channing Tatum, they are saying that Chris is the front runner. Would lieu the front runner. Would the front runner. Would would you like to see him. I reckon he has the lock of I reckon he has the lock I reckon he has the I reckon he has the look. I didn't finish the book but it annoyed me too much but I didn't picture Chris Hemsworth. Didn't finish the Didn't finish picture Chris Hemsworth. Didn't finish the first one or the third one. Any of them. I pictured someone dark ter. Maybe he will colour his hair.

, Kate Winslet is getting married again to a bloke called Ned Rocknroll. They have been given a wedding present that is out of the world. They had a surprise wedding here in New York. Leonardo DiCarprio, walked her down the aisle. He is the nephew of sir Richard bran of sir Richard Branson, he gave them tickets on his intergalactic flight so they may be blasting off to the edge of outer space with other celebrities like Russell Brand. Yes, Kate Winslet probably rings around the house singing soirb I love rock'n'roll. # I am thinking about being stuck in a space capsule is Russell Brand. How annoying. Thank you,

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Just ahead this morning... The final countdown - last-minute preparations underway
and tonight's party hotspots as we get set
to send-off 2012 with a bang. Petrol price wars - a new supermarket giant promising
cheaper fuel across the country. Close encounter -

a surfer's lucky escape
from a monster shark. Plus, pick up professionals - Aussie blokes calling in the experts
for tips on how to date. And, bust-ups, meltdowns
and rising stars - the best entertainment stories
of the year. It's Monday, 31 December, 2012.

(SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Reach out for the sunrise. # Right across Australia,
this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central,
Kochie and Sam. Good morning and welcome
to the final day of 2012. Just under 17 hours now
until we welcome 2013, not that we're counting. , Let's get all the latest news now. Here is Bec.

Convicted paedophile Denis Ferguson
has died in a Surry Hills unit. New South Wales police
have confirmed the 64-year-old's body was found
yesterday afternoon. Ferguson was jailed for 14 years for sexually assaulting
three children in a Brisbane motel in the late '80s. Police have found the body
of a woman who went missing from a boat
in Sydney overnight. Water Police and a lifesaver
helicopter were called in to search for the mother after her husband
reported her missing around 2am. He'd left his wife two hours
earlier to go to bed, Her body was recovered near Rose Bay
a short time ago.

A motorcyclist has died in hospital following a crash in Melbourne
last night. Police say the man lost control
of his bike at South Yarra and struck a power pole
just before 11pm. Was quite loud and a bit of a thud and an awful screech of plastic
hitting the road. He was taken
to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he died this morning. Emergency services and transport
officials are gearing up for their busiest night of the year,
as revellers welcome in 2013. Edwina Bartholomew is in Sydney. Nick Etchells is in Melbourne And Leisa Goddard is there for us
in Brisbane. Good morning to you all. Edwina, we'll start with you
in Sydney. what do organisers have planned
for tonight? ,

Well, Bec, given about 6 hours, it will be chockers down here at the rocks. Just one of the prime positions right around the harbour foreshore to see the fireworks. The official show starts at about 6 o'clock. Then at 9 o'clock, a full 8 minutes of fireworks, 7 barges dotted across the harbour. They have got fireworks coming off 7 buildings. The bridge, there will be a musical note in honour of the creative ambassador of this year's fireworks, Kylie Minogue, a bit of music to set the show to. Organisers, advice from them, be prepared, come down here with plenty of water. Most of the area is alcohol free. So remember that. Nick, where are the best vantage points in Melbourne? Well, the city council here has added another three live sites this year. They are at Treasury gardens and Flagstaff gardens and here at Docklands, that's in addition to Yarra park by the water and Fed Square, and various positions around the city. What they are hoping is they can spread the crowds out a bit. Make it easier for people to get home. They have also promised a bigger show than ever before. A 2. bigger show than ever before. A 2.5 million dollar event this is and we have got 8, have got 8,500 tonnes of fireworks, the biggest fireworks display to be put on here for new year's in Melbourne. Get in early, hopefully the trains and trams are running all night.Hopefully. What have revellers been promised in Brisbane. The Count down has started here. In just under 5 hours, we will see two barges towed down the river. Worse be and corresponded off Southbank. Worse be the start of two 10 minute shows. The first one at 9 o'clock. At midnight, we will see fireworks bust out of the river. They are expecteding hundreds of thousands of people to line the river bank but the place to be front and centre will be will be Southbank and people down there already, trying to secure the spots. Tonight will be about getting that spot and holing it. Kochie, you may like this, the sound track will be 60s music so the big tip is, will we hear 'Great balls of fire'. Where have you come from? You just blow in here to sun Where have you come from? You just
blow in here to Sunrise and sledging me already, you girls, is it - my new year's resolution is to stand up for myself against the women of Sunrise because I'm just under the thumb. All right. Keep it that way. I will have to intervene here, thank you, for joining us.

Artists from around the world are
braving sub-zero temperatures to compete in an ice sculpture
contest in China. More than 1,000 people are taking
part in the competition at Harbin, which is known
for its huge ice park. Hundreds of ice and snow sculptures
have been created, including a 48 metre castle. Coming up this morning -
the petrol price wars. A third supermarket to enter the
market to rival Coles and Woollies. So is this good news for drivers? But first, here's Kochie. Thanks, Bec.

, The dounl finished Saturday morning, down 158 points. European March down 158 points. European markets down, why? Because of the tension on the fiscal cliff. Everyone is saying what is wrong with the American xho? It's the home of capitalism. This is one graph. This explains it all. The red line here, in America, is their spending, government spending as a percentage of their budget. The blue line is what they earn in tax revenue. Now, if your family budget looked like this, spending up here, income down here, you would be in deep do do as well, wouldn't you. It has happened over 70 years. This goes back 70 years so they have just been living beyond their means and they are at a point where they have to do something about it. If they don't, the world goes into recession. I don't think worse be that stupid to let that happen but markets are really nervous at the moment. Let's take a look at our region on Friday.

Beretts, it is extraordinary, isn't it? Americans just keep spending and spending and there has to be a limit and they are facing that now. Time for sport.

Is that our final graph of 2012? Is that it Oh. Do you want one for eight o'clock, Do you want one for eight o'clock,. Do you want one for eight Yes, give us another one. Where is that girl in Brisbane, do you want one for eight o'clock, you want one for eight o'clock,? That girl in Brisbane, do you mean Leishmann why, Leishmann why,. Good morning, Leisa,

Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova has
made the most of her wild card entry at the Brisbane International. Playing in her first match
since September, the former world number 25
dropped the opening set before rediscovering some
of her vintage hard-hitting form. COMMENTATOR: Oh! Have to say, Jarmila Gajdosova, she
can hit through anything, can't she? Still dealing
with the recent loss of her mother and on a 9-match losing streak, the 3-set win over Roberta Vinci Gajdosova will now meet
Maria Sharapova in the second round. Serena Williams was among the others
to progress.

Sydney Kings coach Shane Heal
has promised to thrash his team in training today after what he described
as their worst performance of the NBL season. With the Kings hapless, the Perth Wildcats dominated
throughout yesterday's clash, opening up a 25-point lead midway
through the second quarter. Reigning MVP Kevin Lisch
talled 22 points in Perth's 95-61 point win.

, He killed us. They did have a Big Day Out, Perth, every time. There is Beretts and Kochie. Just there we were, just hanging around. I get excited, seeing you on the TV. I don't know why I got so excited. Look, there you are again. Here we are again, Bec. Get Leisa Goddard there. That poor girl in Brisbane, Leisa Goddard, former Goddard, former foreign correspondent. She sledged me. Get on with it, stop digging your way

, Let's go to that boy at Bondi. Good The last day of 2012, Bondi Beach is a hive of activity. You've got the is a hive of activity. You've got the surfers and the swimmers, nippers out there, even people using a metal detector, French girls having a shower at the beach. It's all happening. Enchts oh. They are cleaning their teeth. You've got the muscle beach of Bondi. I would love to give you a close up of the fit muscly guys but I know you are not in that, I work with your lesser half. Other people like three Pies for lunch. I am not judging him. I had a few Pies at lunch with him yesterday as well. To each their own. Let's look at the

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Mackay, possible storm. Possible showers for Bundaberg. Brisbane, fine and 29. Fine for the Gold Coast. Fine in Tamworth. Partly cloudy in Dubbo. Sydney, sunny. Canberra, fine. Sunny in Albury. Ballarat, sunny and 27. Fine for Warrnambool. Melbourne, sunny. Partly cloudy in Launceston. Hobart, partly cloudy. Early fog turning sunny
in Mount Gambier. Adelaide,
sunny. Ceduna,
mostly sunny. Afternoon storms
in Katherine. Darwin,
showers. And over to Western Australia - sunny in
Bunbury. Perth,
sunny. Chance of a morning storm
in Geraldton. Carnarvon, chance
of a storm. Chance of a storm
in Exmouth.

, Just to explain, Trent is Bec's lesser half. And also our cameraman at weather. I will tell you what, Bondi Beach is fascinating at the moment. We have got the backpackers sleeping on the beach, the French girls washing their hair. I want to say thank you very much for that, they were here five minutes ago, they said sure. I am sure they are sticking around. They have got great dental hygiene, they have been going at it for a while. It will be fun down here for New Year's Eve. I tell you what. In the words of Beretts, Bonsior which means good night. Mersi, JT New Year's Eve is set
to go off with a bang around the country tonight. Spectacular fireworks displays will
take place in a number of cities. Joining me now are the brains behind
the incredible displays - Fortunato Foti in Sydney,
Andrew Howard in Melbourne and Max Brunner in Brisbane. In Sydney, fireworks will take place
at 9pm and midnight. Fortunato, what can you
tell us about this year's display?

Look, obviously there is the family fireworks at 9 o'clock, four barges on the harbour and rooftops and the bridge. This year, there - we had a define a fire work competition where two young children were picked after designing a fire work and we have designing a fire work and we manufactured those fireworks and worse be fired at 9 o'clock fireworks. That's fireworks. That's first, from there we go on to midnight where we have a special moment that leading up to The Count down to mitd might, that The Count down to mitd might, The Count down to mitd The Count down to The Count down to midnight that will happen from the opera house to the Sydney Harbour bridge, using ten jet skis, who will carry fireworks to the bridge. How cool. You are the man when it comes to fireworks. This is the 13th year that your family is going to be responsible for these fireworks. You also have three generations working on this year's display. You must be very proud? Look, yeah, it's a long family history in fireworks which dates back to 1793. My daughter finished school this year and decided she want to come and help set up the fireworks. She has been working on it for the first time as well as my father still working and other 8 other family members involved in the business other family members involved in the business today. So there is a lot of history there and hopefully it will continue. It's good to see the girls coming through. In Melbourne an early display at 9 o'clock, the main event at midnight. Andrew, you are promising some never before effects. What can we expect? Yeah, that's right at the moment, at midnight. We are firing from 25 locations across the city, 18 city buildings and a lot of new effects fired from the top of the city buildings. We are also firing effects to close the show at the live sites at Treasury gardens, Flagstaff gardens and Docklands around a live light stage show. Last year, Andrew, hot weather almost saw the fireworks cancel. How are conditions looking tonight? Fantastic actually. We have had very good weather all week setting up and the weather forecast for today looks very pleasant. It should be a very comfortable night for everyone. OK, can't wait. Let's go to Brisbane. The midnight fireworks are preceded by an earlier display at 8. preceded by an earlier display at 8.30. Maximum, how 8.30. Maximum, how long have you been preparing for this? Well, it starts back in July this year where we develop a theme and come up with a sound track and come up with a sound track and from there the real work begins as we prepare the fireworks. And then there is a flurry of activity over the last week to get the barges ready. How will this year's display compared to last year. They compared to last year. This year we have got a bigger display. We have got some great new effects, a range of aquatic fireworks that rise up from the river. We have got some lazers and coming back from the north bank of the river, coming through the smoke of the fireworks, back to the audience at Southbank which can be enjoyed, the entire Clem Jones prom naid. We can't wait. Thank you for all your hard work. Have a great night. Thank you very much. Thank you, Sam, it's a

We've often talked about the petrol
duopoly of Coles and Woolworths. Now there could be a third
supermarket player entering the fuel market. American discount giant Costco
is just days away from being given the go ahead to
roll out its first service station in Australia.

Brisbane and Sydney are being
flagged as possible locations. And there are predictions Costco
could be offering fuel for as low as 99 cents a litre. But will Costco's entry do anything
to bring down petrol prices overall?

Good morning to you. Surely cheaper prices
and more competition is a good thing for consumers. Does the NRMA support a new player
in the mix?

Yeah, we do. Look, we have been saying for years now, the market in Australia needs more competition. When you've got a situation where Coles and Woollies own almost half of the service stations in Australia, you are going to have problems with prices. That's what we have seen consistently. Right now the only ones who are putting up a bit of a fight are the battler independents and they are fighting away, keeping prices down but they can't do it alone. So a bit more competition is a good thing. Costco in the United States distribute fuel as we can see there from the pictures. They sell $ from the pictures. They sell $10 billion worth of petrol a year. Do you reckon it will start to force down prices? They have a different model though? You model though? You have to become a member. They have a different member. I am not sure if they are going to transform the model they have in America directly to Australia. They have a fair bit of buying power. There is no harm in having a bit more competition in the market, particularly somebody who can go toe to toe with Coles and Woollies. We have needed that for a while now. We have needed somebody else to come in and help the independents, there is not enough pressure on them. Some of the grocery chains are offering 8 cents a litre now which is pretty cut throat. Now, how do you expect petrol prices to go over the next few the next you expect petrol prices to go over the next few weeks, new year, new price sick will. Fill up today if you can. If you are in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, prices will be at the lowest point they can be. We will see some of the lower prices. So those prices have come around so fill up today or tomorrow, but don't hold off any longer than that. Then we expect prices to go back up and up worse go. We expected them to go as high as $ as high as $1. as high as $1.50. Little Thank you for that. Happy

Single parents are expected
to be worse off under changes to government payments
expected from tomorrow. Almost 80,000 families
will be affected, most of them single mothers. The changes to payments for single
parents with children aged 8 to 15, will mean families could lose
as much as $100 a week. But the move will save the
Government more than $700 million. Therese Edwards

is from the National Council of
Single Mothers and their Children. Good morning, Therese. Up to $100 a week seems
like a lot of money. How will single parent families
cope?

It absolutely is devastating for some of our most I suppose poorest families that are already struggling with rent to find affordable housing, putting food on the table and just adequate health care were some of the concerns that were coming through. Can they get payments from anywhere else to make up the shortfall? To make up the difference? No. And unfortunately I, for the mothers who are supplement plenting their parenting payment with work, they stand to lose even more. They can't work more hours. For many families it's a real gateway into poverty and real difficult times ahead. I am sure there I am sure there are many people out there that are really confused by this. Is there anything that they can actually do? Where they can get advice if they are unclear about their entitlements? Certainly Especially as a first payment hits on a Saturday. It's very important for families to contact Centrelink, the department of human services and also our website has some fact sheets. Contact as many people as possible, be be prepared because on Saturday the 5th, certainly the family budget will be stretched even more. Certainly ask as many questions as you can. Thank you for your time

If you'd like some more info about changes to the single parent
payment, just head to our website. Another surfer has had
a close encounter with a shark on a New South Wales beach. The latest incident comes just
two days after a man lost a finger while trying to fight off
a bull shark. He'd been surfing
on the mid north coast. Late yesterday and closer to Sydney,
there was another shark scare. This time, surfer Danny Sheather
was knocked off his board by a 2.5 metre shark. The two incidents have closed
some beaches over the weekend. And the lucky surfer,
Danny Sheather, joins me now. As well as shark scientist
Vic Peddemors from the New South Wales Department
of Primary Industries. Gentlemen, good morning to you both. Danny, let's talk about
your run in first. What was going through your head when you were thumped
off your board? , qulr

It was first, it was really weird. I wasn't sure what was going on, it hit me pretty hard so I got a bit of a shock from that and then once I went in and told my mate about it, I realised on the bottom of my board what had happened so somebody alerted the life guards. At the time it wasn't so scary, looking back I guess I am pretty lucky. You've got the board with you there today. We got it down here. Vic, what sort of shark do Vic, what sort of shark do you Thai was Looking at the bite patterns on the bottom of the board, there is a nice large gaps between the teeth. This would be the lower teeth of the shark which would suggest that it's a great white. It's a juvenile great white judging by the size of the Westpac helicopter radioed in which is about 2. is about 2.5 metres. Danny, how do you feel, a great white and it's the bottom teeth. I don't know even know where the top teeth would be. How do you feel? Yeah, well I found that out this morning, but it's a bit after shock, I am a bit rattled about it actually but yeah, an encounter with a great white, I guess it doesn't happen every day. Vic, are there Vic, are there more sharks at this time of year, is a great white a little bit unusual around Sydney? Well, great whites aren't really unusual around Sydney this time of year. There is a large aggregation north of Newcastle which is where juveniles hang around, it's sort of a nursery area. They are coming down the coast, heading down towards Hobart at this time of year. The sides range that was involved, was 2. sides range that was involved, was 2.5 metres, white sharks change their diet from eating fish to mammals. There is no mum telling them what to eat. Hit and miss, so in this case, a lucky miss. It's really learning what to eat at that size. They have to learn what is edible and what is not but whether edible and what is not but whether there are more sharks around is highly unlikely. Over 90% of the world's sharks have disappeared over fishing. It is unlikely to be more sharks around these days than there were, let's say, ten years ago. OK, thank you both for your time. Danny, I would like you to go and buy a lottery ticket now. I will be going right there after this. Not back in the water for a while. I sound like your mother. I will be

And for more information
on shark safety at the beach, just head to our website. , Just on our Just on our year's eve, mid tonight is way past our bed time.

to watch the 12 o'clock fireworks
on New Year's Eve, more and more of us
are in bed by that time choosing to ring in the new year with the family friendly
9pm fireworks instead. Some of the outer suburbs have even
done away with midnight fireworks all together. So, is 9pm the new midnight?

, Are we all just sleeping. No. I will be up because this is the first time I have ever been in Sydney for the fireworks so I am excited. Of course I have seen it on television. I haven't seen it in the flesh. There is no way I'm missing it. It is spectacular.It is fabulous. But a lot of us, want to be professional in the morning I suppose. We go to bed at 9 PM. Just fight through. I'm going to go to bed at 12. I'm going to go to bed at 12.30. Has anyone topped the stingyest council in Australia for new year's yeef. Mosman council is charging $ yeef. Mosman council is charging $50 a head, $ a head, $125 a family to sit in a public park and watch the fireworks? But the road-works in Mosman are speckts. That's right. If you are a resident, do you get a discount. No. I wonder how they police that? How do you stop people going down to the area and have a ticket. You have a turnstile. There are golden gates. Storm troopers there to keep out the riff-raff. In defence of the council, there is a lot of clean up that has to go. You better be able to eat off the road. In Mosman, if you don't live there, do you have to sit in a separate part of the cafes. Beretts Has a DA with the councils, so he is being nice to the council. But very friendly

Still to come - the break-ups,
the meltdowns and the new stars. What a year in entertainment
it's been. We'll go through
all the ups and downs, next. But after the break -
the latest news, sport and weather. You're watching Sunrise
on the final day of 2012.

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Ahead, the hiker fined
for taking a bushwalk without the right precautions. News headlines now
with Rebecca Maddern. Good morning. Police have found a body
during the search for a mother who went missing from a boat
in Sydney overnight. Sarah Coates is at Rose Bay. Sarah, what do we know about how
this tragedy unfolded?

Rebecca, we know that the woman was with her husband and two children aged 9 and 12 in their 41 foot yacht, moored in Sydney's east. The father and kids went to bed around midnight, leaving the 49-year-old woman up by herself. Then at about 2 am, the woman's husband woke up and discovered she was missing. He immediately called police who launched a search of the bay with four boats and a chopper involved. The family who we understand aren't from Sydney was escorted off the boat and taken to Rose Bay police station while the yacht was towed to Balmain for testing. At 6. Balmain for testing. At 6.30 this morning, police roped off a crime scene00 the restaurant here at Rose Bay and the marine area come and brought a body to the water's edge. We understand the woman's family are still at still at Rose Bay police station. They have been informed of the news so it's going to be a very, very sad start to 2013 for these people. Yes, it is indeed. We will leave it there, thank

Police believe there are
no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of convicted
paedophile Dennis Ferguson. The 64-year-old's body was found
yesterday afternoon in his inner Sydney apartment. Ferguson was jailed for 14 years for kidnapping and sexually
assaulting three children in a Brisbane motel
in the late '80s. Police will prepare a report
for the Coroner.

Emergency services are searching for
a teenager missing in Queensland. 19-year-old Dillon Daure was last
seen leaving the Buderim Tavern, on the Sunshine Coast,

between midnight and 1 am
on Saturday. His clothes were discovered at
a local primary school yesterday. The young fella could be anywhere,
he could be injured. So we've got to actually concentrate
on likely areas where he might be. Volunteers have already
searched six square kilometres, making their way through forest
with the help of residents. Police won't say if Dillon
was under the influence of alcohol. The countdown is on
around the country ahead of tonight's New Year's Eve
celebrations. But you've got to get in early with the best seats for Sydney's
famous harbour fireworks already taken.

The forecast for 2013
is looking good, with perfect weather conditions
in most capitals. Emergency services are also
preparing for the night, which is their busiest of the year. Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova has
made the most of her wild card entry at the Brisbane International. Playing in her first match
since September, the former world number 25
dropped the opening set before rediscovering some
of her vintage hard-hitting form. COMMENTATOR: Oh! Have to say, Jarmila Gajdosova, she
can hit through anything, can't she? Still dealing
with the recent loss of her mother and on a 9-match losing streak, the 3-set win over Roberta Vinci finally gave her something
to celebrate. Serena Williams was among the others
to progress. Sydney Thunder has suffered its 11th
consecutive Big Bash League defeat at the hands of city rivals
the Sixers. West Indian slogger Chris Gayle
has struggled all tournament and once again went cheaply. Usman Khawaja was
the