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A magnificent day on a magnificent Harbour - the two iconic structures - the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. What a place for a party. Hello, everyone. I'm Cameron Williams. Welcome it too this very special New Year's Eve edition of A Current Affair, live from the Opera House. Of course, the countdown to 2013 is well and truly on, as Australians right around the country prepare to see out the old and welcome in the new. For the very latest, I'm joined by reporters Nick Coe on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne, and Katie Gregory is at Brisbane's Southbank. With me is Aneurin Coffey, Sydney's New Year's Eve producer. Great to have you all with us. Nick, it's often very warm this day in Melbourne, but pretty friendly temperature this year? You're not wrong there, Cam. In the last seven years, on five occasions on New Year's Eve, the temperature has been somewhere between 37 and 43 degrees. We're all breathing a collective sigh of relief here. It's only been in the mid-20s, which means more people, hopefully, will come into the CBD tonight to celebrate and welcome in 20thropy. In fact, there'll be about 500,000 people here by the best estimates, and everyone is very much looking forward to making the most of the Yarra here. It's a beautiful day, as I said. Spots are filling up fast along the river, where you will get the best view of the fireworks.Of course, the Yarra really comes alive with those fireworks. It's a fantastic venue. But where are the very best positions to head tonight?In fact, there two fireworks sessions tonight:

The kids can have a relatively early night. The main gig is at midnight when, from 22 separate sites, there will be fireworks fired along the Yarra here, all the way to the MCG and beyond. We're told that the very best place to watch those will be from Yarra

told that the very best place to
watch those will be from Yarra Park. In other words, the MCG car park. So there are still plenty of spaces still there, if you want to come on down in the next couple of hours and get the best view of what we're promised will be an amazing lights show tonight, Cam. Fantastic stuff, Nick. Enjoy the party, mate. Katie, what are the crowds like in Brisbane at the moment? Brisbane really knows how to party!They sure do, Cam. But at the moment, the cloudy start seems to be putting some people off coming down here to Southbank. Hopefully the crowds will build a little bit later. They are expecting around 80,000 people here along the south bank. That's not including the people that will be gathered along the rest of the river as well. It is a dry event here at Southbank, so it's a family-friendly vibe at the moment. Lots of picnic rugs, tents, and of course live

Lots of picnic rugs, tents, and of
course live music.What sort of show is Brisbane going to put on tonight?Well, it's promising to be a massive show. It's been six months in the making. It's the same director as the last four years. He's saying it's going to be bigger and better than ever. Of course, as well as the fireworks, there is going to be a bit of a laser show as well off the city buildings behind me. There's also a barge just out there with fireworks on it as well, and a couple of those spread along the

as well, and a couple of those
spread along the river. In all, around five tons of fireworks, 10,000 different pyrotechnic events. The family show is at 8:30 here tonight. Then the countdown show is at midnight. The best viewing spots for tonight - here at southbank where I am, but also at the Kangaroo Point cliffs as well. It's going to be a big night here, hopefully, if the rain stays away. I've watched it from Kangaroo Point - great place to be on this night. And the Goldy - the Gold Coast is getting ready for a big night as well, Katie?Exactly. Not to be forgotten, Cam, the Goldy are planning a big one as well. Surfers Paradise Beach is the spot to be there. Fireworks from 9:00pm, and also the big show at midnight. It is a soup superhero-themed show this year, so the kids are invited to come along dressed as their favourite superhero. Bound to be a fun night down there on the Gold Coast, but hopefully a big night here as well on Brisbane River.I'm sure you're primed for a big one, Katie. Have fun tonight. Happy New Year. Aneurin - kind of job done for. You it's been hectic - I guess it's a year-long project as the producer to get this going, but you can sit back and relax and enjoy your own show?Absolutely. Not quite relaxed, but getting pretty close by now. 15 months down the track, we've got it where we need it, and just need to go off with a bang now.We've heard so much that it's going to be, of course, the usual magnificent display of fireworks, but there's something new with the fireworks this year?There are several new effect this year. We've got bees, hands, feet, shells, we've got all sorts of animal creatures, and we've got the Telstra Colour Moments throughout the evening, which people can can join in with with their smartphone apps.Later we're speaking with Kylie Minogue. Must have been great fun to have her creative input. You can see as you walk around Sydney the little touches of colour. We'll hear her music later tonight?Absolutely. It's been an absolute joy working with Kylie. She was ecstatic when we contacted her to be involved. It's been a real joy. She's been involved in the soundtrack, and obviously, as you say, all the colours. It's been great.I know you're struggling with your voice, but a couple more questions. First of all, the important ones. The two fireworks shows tonight - when are they?The 9:00 fireworks run for eight minutes.

they?The 9:00 fireworks run for
eight minutes. Four barges on the Harbour, and a bit on the Bridge. Midnight is 12 minutes, off seven barges, off city buildings, and every square inch of the Bridge we can crammer a cracker onto.Nine's coverage of the 9:00 fireworks starts at 8:30. Where's the best place to watch?Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Milsons Point, anywhere around the Harbour is a great view. Or at home on Nine.We've been watching the barges go up and down the river full of fireworks. It will be a spectacular show.It is indeed. Happy New Year.You too.

will be a spectacular show.It is
indeed. Happy New Year.You too. 2012 has been a memorable year for stories, and the people behind those stories. Ben McCormack takes a look back.

those stories. Ben McCormack takes
a look back. Turn your cameras off!Get your hand out of myself.I want my baby! Like something out of a horror movie.It's the landlord not doing their job.Good morning, Greg!Oi!

I don't hate anybody, mate.Gutted. That's what I get up for every morning.I'm worried about what's going to happen.I'm sorry for the mistakes I've made in my life.Any further comments from me, you can get on ACA tonight.Stay away from me.Father Jones, are you expecting to go to jail to the snrnish he should be stopped.Their not wealthy people. They're battlers. You're arrested for impersonating a police officer.

Do you want to look like a hooker? ALL: Schoolies!Big cuddle.Oh, my God.

Jump up here...I'd be on cloud nine.Thank you.Wow.In your dreams.Thank you so much.Just to know where she is...

Personally, I'm...Tracy Grimshaw was the first to interview the DJs responsible for that radio prank that went so terribly wrong. There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about her family and what they must be going through. And the thought that we may have played a part in that is... It's gut-wrenching.

This is not going to be good. Deborah McKnight had an extraordinary will to survive. Trapped under her car for three days after a crash, she started to cut off her own leg.It was difficult, but I had to do it. I didn't have any choice. I knew I wasn't going to get out any other way if no-one found me.A major development in the 'Hey Dad..!' scandal, and the arrest of its former star, Robert Hughes.After we broke the Robert Hughes sex scandal two years ago, police finally moved late this year. Robert Robert -- Robert Hughes has been charged in London in relation to 11 offences, in relation to gross indecency and sexual assault. Can I ask, how are the kids getting by?They miss their dad, you know? When they're angry, sometimes I get the, "I wish dad was here!" It's like, "So do I. But he's not."Sam Stynes spoke honestly and openly about the final days of her footy- legend husband, Jim Stynes.Since I know I'm going, I'm keen to go. Let's get this show on the road. Maybe - he was literally keen to go. We were like, "Thanks, honey. Don't want to stay around with us." He wanted to go on his next journey, through death. He was genuine.This is the death certificate, finally... It says the cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo.After 32 years and four inquests, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain finally got what they'd fought so hard for - the truth about their daughter's death.Is today's finding something that you would celebrate? Is "celebrate" the right word?I celebrate the final triumph of truth, but I don't celebrate her death. And the two are so intertwined - I have no idea what I feel about that.I don't blame you. Thank you.Thank you, Tracy. I'm trying to remain positive, but it's so out of character, that I'm just fearing that, you know, something's happened, someone's done something to her.The country held its breath when a young woman from Melbourne disappeared while walking home from Friday night drinks with workmates.This is where Jill was standing when she was talking to the man in the blue hoodie. It's around 1:43am.

In the last week, police have twice asked homeowners to search their properties. In particular, they've asked us to look through areas like this, the creek bed at the back of my place.Another missing woman, and another tragic outcome. Chris Allen was live from Brisbane as Gerard Baden-Clay was arrested for his wife's murder.A short time ago, he was taken by detectives, we understand, from here to the watch- house.We detailed a transaction on his credit card involving an escort agency which, until now, has not been identified. We also...Justin Armsden's investigation into the Craig Thomson affair uncovered new evidence.What we have found is that, later that evening, his Commonwealth Bank MasterCard was used for services with boardroom escorts - also in the amount of $770.Salvatoro, there's a few questions we wanted to ask you on behalf of some of the women who say you've taken their money. Have you got any reaction to that?Don't touch him! (BLEEP) off. Take it out! Get your cameras off!We exposed our share of con men this year.Sitting in this wheelchair for the rest of my life, while these bastards enjoy this...Do you think he's ever going to see any of the $6 million that you owe him?Call the police. They attacked me. They kicked me. Stay away! Stay away from me! You've never been a police officer. Where did you get the police equipment from?At the end of this healing session, you won't have any cancer cells in your body.Howard Gipps confronted the Reverend Trevor Robinson, a callous con men who claimed he could cure cancer by calling down spirits from the heavens.That is the biggest load of codswallop I have ever heard, and you are actually charging cancer patients to do this?Yes.We tracked down a drink-driving cabbie. I'm not driving the taxi.We saw you get into the taxi. We saw you drive the taxi. We saw you get out of the taxi.No, no, no.A footy icon having an affair with his best mate's wife.Can't jump over the back fence, mate.Hello, Matthew. And an Olympic fraudster.I've got a gold medal for you for being an Olympic con artist.Tell them what you said about me, you liar. Saying I wanted to go to bed with ya. I refused!This year, we came across plenty of nasty neighbours.I'll ring the coppers on you, mate. Get away from me!Don't (BLEEP) come over me making all this (BLEEP) up, alright?What's going to sort this out?Pff. Them moving?He's not moving.Neither am I!(BLEEP) off or I'm gonna knock your (BLEEP) right down your (BLEEP).Listen, that's enough.Chris Allen found himself in the firing line, caught in the middle of a very ugly family dispute over a will.I'm gonna bury you!And then there were those girls from 'The Shire', caught on camera having a fight in the middle of a suburban shopping mall.

There were the Housing Commission tenants with the best views in Australia, and calls to have them kicked out. A place like this is worth millions, but the residents here pay hundreds.Please don't sell this place.

How do you cope with the fact that she's never called you "dad"?Oh... I haven't thought of that.Leila McKinnon's moving interview with Ricky Stuart and his wife Kaylie about their personal battle caring for their autistic daughter, Emma, led to an autism forum.I'm lost. I just don't know how to work it out and make it better.We helped where we could - a Renault for Trent, the teenager with leukaemia, and another for police officer Natalie Newman, battling terminal ovarian cancer.Can I hug you?Of course you can!Tle telehim to be serious! Who could forget little Josh? So sick, but still so full of life. Back up, camera guy. She's coming with me.A new car to help his family, and a whole bunch of toys to help him celebrate turning eight. I love you guys!Then, there was little Holly... This brave 3-year- old living with the constant agony of severe eczema. We followed her to France for life-changing treatment.But from that little girl who broke our hearts, to this. Well, it's enough to put a smile on our face as well, hey?It's a pretty low act, though, isn't it? Yes, it is.When someone robbed 99- year-old Faye's haberdashery shop, Brady Halls came to the rescue.We want to reimburse you and give you back the money.No!We want to do that for you. It's not charity, but we want to make sure that you continue working here, and that rotten bugger who stole the money - they can keep it, and that's for you.Thank you. That's not fair. It's alright. We've got plenty of money at Channel Nine. And we threw the best birthday party we could for a special little boy. ALL: Happy birthday!This happy day was brave Talin's final wish. He died a few weeks later.

I've been exposed in a lot of ways, but not in this way.(LAUGHS) Those superstar coaches all spoke to Tracy Grimshaw.If you just joined us, we're learning D.But she got a special lesson from Keith. We've just got to the "SU" in "superstar". Got a ways to go. You're not up for anything tonight. I'm up for anything, let me tell you!Dreadful. She's on heat. She's shocking.We learned to believe it's a 3.5-hour operation.5.5-hour. Oh, OK, Dr Newton's just arrived. True to form, Bert was still cracking jokes just hours before open-heart surgery.I've got a lot to live for.And we said goodbye to one of our favourite authors. Ffrpbgs I may just look you in the eye and say thank you, thank you, thank you - 21 books you've followed me, and I can't understand why, but I'm hugely, hugely grateful. Thank you so much for your support.

Well done, Ben McCormack, wrapping up all the stories and the people who made 2012 such a year to remember, and some wonderful interviews by Tracy as well. Now to our very special guest, superstar Kylie Minogue, who's the creative ambassador for Sydney's New Year's Eve

ambassador for Sydney's New Year's
Eve party. Kylie, great to have you with us.Thank you!What a wonderful night.It's just like any other night, you know - just standing in your backyard. I'm beyond excited. I've been counting down the days to this evening, and I just can't wait. It's going to be fantastic.You've been on all the world's biggest stages, but tonight, all of Sydney is yours.

world's biggest stages, but tonight,
all of Sydney is yours.It's true. I've been on some. But this is a first, and I'm just going to put it out there that it might be the greatest night of my life.I hope it is, because if you're having great night, we're having a great night.Good.You've been so involved with the colours, the theme, the music - it's all yours, isn't it?I couldn't quite say that, but the team I've worked with have been really helpful, very supportive, and made it super easy for me - some decisions here and there. I'd say the easiest decision was saying "yes" and agreeing to be part of this. It's just such an honour to be asked.Life keeps moving forward, but it must be a little bit hard for you to say goodbye to 2012, with the year that you've had. It's been amazing.It's been a crazy, crazy year. You're right, it's a little bittersweet saying goodbye to this year, but actually, I am ready to embrace 2013. Fully.Which is the theme of the night.Yes, which I live - I think it's, you know, lucky for me that that's the theme this year, because it's something that I think I relate to very well.And you've got someone very special to embrace tonight at midnight. Andreas is with you.Andreas is here, yeah. I think he'll be first in line. You better watch out.Do they paint his abs on, or are they real?I spray- paint them on every mourning!Good, pleased to hear that. So is every other bloke in Australia. Kylie, you've got lots of projects coming up in 2013. Have you got a resolution of any type?Resolution? Spend more time with family, like I always say. Learn to speak Spanish. Think I said that last year as well!Spend more time in Australia? Spend more time in Australia - that is also another one that pops up very often. That would be my top three, actually, yeah.Alright. Kylie, we are very grateful that you gave us some time before the big event tonight. Have a wonderful party.Thank you, and you, and everyone at home, everyone around Australia - it's such an honour to be here and share this with you all. How about a little practise embrace just before midnight?Let's do it! I should be so lucky! Thank you very much, Kylie.You're welcome. Wonderful to see you. We'll be back with more of this special edition of A Current Affair in just a moment.

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Happy New Year's Eve. Tomorrow, we welcome in 2013.We'll have all the best fireworks and celebrations from all around Australia.See you in the New Year, Cam. Welcome back. Great to have your company, as the clock counts down to 2013. It's a circus with a difference, because there's not a clown or an animal in sight. 'Empire' is a daring production that's here after taking New York by storm. Erin Willing has this exclusive preview.

Colour... Comedy... Contortion... This is 'Empire'. The acrobatic show that's taking burlesque to a whole new level. And tonight, we've got your exclusive behind-the- scenes look. And it's all performed here, under the roof of an antique Spiegeltent. The artists perform on a tiny little stage, and their acts have to be seen to be believed. Fresh from its Broadway debut in New York, the show tells the story of Oscar and Fanny, the washed-up theatre producer and his showgirl wife, looking to turn their luck around.I sent my wife around the world looking for the very best acts that the world could offer. They found a collection of quirky characters with some very unusual tricks.It's a very unique, exciting show.We have this dreamy, beautiful, high-skilled circus act. Then we have these very earthy, gritty, edgy comedy also. So on the other hand, you'll be dreaming. On the other hand, you'll be laughing your face off.Among the artists is Elena Lev-Bakkar. The Russian-born gymnasts pushes the boundaries, performing inside a giant bubble. It's heavy. It'ssary heavy. But once you're in it, you feel like you're in your own little space. You can't see anybody, you can't hear much, but you feel safe.Elena is just one of 17 international artists performing in the show. They've come from everywhere - Ethiopia, China performers, American performers, Russian performers, we have a French couple...From the characters to the costumes, producer David Foster says it's all about expecting the unexpected. There seems to be a lot of feathers.Yeah, and they're black feathers. They're not your usual bright feathersers, not like a show from Rio de Janeiro. There's a dark edge to it. And you have these cool masks that go with the stuff.Unlike other performances, David says the experience begins the moment you arrive.You walk in the door. It's Sydney. It's susummer. It's hot. Suddenly you walk in here - there's stained glass, velvet, wood. It's a European feel.With the seating right up to the stage, you certainly won't miss a minute of the action. The show, promoted by Nine Live, kicks off in Sydney this week, before travelling around the country. We are here to give it to them - an exotic, circus menagerie.That's good! Burlesque in a Spiegeltent? What could possibly go wrong?! Stay with us on ACA. We'll be back live from the Opera House after this break.

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Hey, babe, we gotta go over that
bush fire survival plan today. Um, I'm kind of busy. Uh, why don't we just
do it tomorrow some time? Yeah, alright, I'll pencil it in. Thank you, sweetheart.
(GLASS SMASHES) Do you want a cup of tea?
I'd love one. (FLAMES CRACKLE AND ROAR)

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Welcome back, on this magical New Year's Eve. It really is superb here, as we prepare to celebrate the start of 2013. Of course, the Nine Network will have all the colour and excitement live and exclusive, beginning with the New Year's Eve family fireworks at 8:30. Wherever you're celebrating tonight, take care, be safe, enjoy the party. I'm Cameron Williams. Happy New Year! Goodnight. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media - www.redbeemedia.com.au.

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IN CASE HE STARTS TO SWELL UP.

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YOU CAN HAVE MY EPINEPHRINE.

ARE THERE ANY
CHOPSTICKS?

YOU DON'T NEED CHOPSTICKS.
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THAILAND HAS HAD THE FORK

SINCE THE LATTER HALF
OF THE 19TH CENTURY.

INTERESTINGLY, THEY DON'T
ACTUALLY PUT THE FORK

IN THEIR MOUTH-- THEY USE IT

TO PUT THE FOOD ON A SPOON

WHICH THEN GOES
INTO THEIR MOUTH.

ASK HIM FOR A NAPKIN.
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DO I LOOK PUFFY? I FEEL PUFFY.

HEY, LEONARD.
OH, HI, PENNY.

AM I INTERRUPTING?

NO.
YOU'RE NOT
SWELLING, HOWARD.

WOLOWITZ:
NO, NO, LOOK
AT MY FINGERS.

THEY'RE LIKE
VIENNA SAUSAGES.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE COMPANY.

THEY'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

SO, YOU'RE COMING
HOME FROM WORK.

THAT'S GREAT.
HOWWASWORk?

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IT'S A CHEESECAKE FACTORY.

PEOPLE ORDER CHEESECAKE
AND I BRING IT TO THEM.

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CARBOHYDRATE DELIVERY SYSTEM.

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I GET MINIMUM WAGE.

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I WAS WONDERING

IF YOU COULD HELP ME
OUT WITH SOMETHING.

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HAVING SOME FURNITURE

DELIVERED TOMORROW AND I
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H-HELLO.

(SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

I'M SORRY?

HAVEN'T YOU EVER BEEN TOLD

HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE
IN FLAWLESS RUSSIAN?

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GET USED TO IT.

YEAH. I PROBABLY WON'T.

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HI.

HEY, RAJ.

STILL NOT TALKING TO ME, HUH?

DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY,
IT'S HIS PATHOLOGY.

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HE CAN'T TALK TO
ATTRACTIVEWOMEN.

OR IN YOUR CASE,
A CHEESECAKE-
SCENTED GODDESS.

SO THERE'S
GONNA BE SOME

FURNITURE DELIVERED?
YEAH, YEAH.

IF IT GETS HERE AND
I'M NOT HERE TOMORROW,

COULD YOU JUST SIGN FOR IT

AND HAVE THEM PUT IT
IN MY APARTMENT?

NO PROBLEM.
GREAT.

HERE'S MY SPARE KEY. THANK YOU.

PENNY, WAIT.
YEAH?

UH...

IF YOU DON'T HAVE
ANY OTHER PLANS,

DO YOU WANT TO JOIN US

FOR THAI FOOD AND ASUPERMAN
MOVIE MARATHON?

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WHERE LOIS LANE

FALLS FROM THE HELICOPTER

AND SUPERMAN SWOOSHES DOWN
AND CATCHES HER.

WHICH ONE WAS THAT?

ONE.
ONE.
ONE.

YOU REALIZE
THAT SCENE

WAS RIFE WITH
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