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Hello, we're live from Rod Laver Arena for the start of the Australian Open.Coming up on Sunrise. , Sunrise.

DAVID KOCH: Firefighter dies. A Victorian man found dead
on a back-burn mission in Tasmania. Dangerous blaze. A famous space telescope
under attack, more properties destroyed,
and evacuations. Plus, gun buy-up. We think we lead the world, but we now own as many weapons
as we did before Port Arthur. Also, the Golden Globes. Live to red carpet as Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts,
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban carry Australia's hopes.

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic
in good form as the Australian Open
gets under way

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Kochie and Sam.

Hello, and welcome to the tennis. Gee, it is good time of year. We are here for day one of the Australian Open.And Beretts is right in the thick of it. He's over on Margaret Court Arena.Waahoo!Who is that practising behind you?Maria Sharapova. It is a good sign, the seagulls love the tennis and they are here.And Nat is back with the latest from the news room, from the west. Good morning.Good morning, everyone.

Two properties have been destroyed
by a large and fast-moving bushfire in northern New South Wales. The blaze is burning out of control
near Coonabarabran where an emergency warning
was issued last night. We're very concerned
about the welfare of people considering just how big
that fire is and how ferocious it's burning so it'll be basically everybody out. Staff at the nearby
Siding Spring Observatory were evacuated. There's been reports of damage
to the research base but it is believed
its major telescope was spared. Close to 170 fires are burning
across the state. More than 50 are uncontained. The Tasmanian fire emergency
has claimed its first life after a Victorian firefighter died while preparing
for a back-burning operation. The man, who was aged in his 60s
and from Gippsland, was part of a Victorian contingent
assisting in the fire crisis. He was working on foot to identify containment lines
around the Forcett fire when he died. Police say
he died of natural causes. A report will be prepared
for the coroner. A man has been shot twice
during a violent incident in Sydney's west overnight. Police responded to reports
of a shooting at Homebush just before 11pm

where they found a man
with gunshot wounds to his stomach and chest. The victim was taken to hospital
for treatment. This morning, forensic specialists
will examine the crime scene. A freak accident
at a Victorian mud race has left four children
badly injured. They were crushed by a 4-wheel-drive
that ploughed into the crowd after it lost control on a bend. Spectators at the Dalyston event
rushed to help. Just mayhem, really. Wasn't it? Just sort of people running
towards people hurt.

A 9-year-old girl and teenage girl
were airlifted to hospital with leg injuries last night. Two other children and a man
were also injured. Tropical Cyclone Narelle
is weakening as she moves further out to sea
this morning. Authorities say the worst is over and a cyclone warning was cancelled
last night for coastal areas
between Exmouth and Denham. No major damage has been reported. Forecasters are now monitoring
a new low pressure system developing in the Timor Sea. The weather bureau says it could become a tropical cyclone
as early as tomorrow or Wednesday. And there are reports Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue
will hang up the microphone. Sources say
Kylie will quit the music business after splitting
with her long-term manager. # I'm breaking it down # I'm not the same # I know you're feeling me
'cause you like it like this... # The 44-year-old has been one of Australia's
most successful musical exports. According to British media, she plans to devote more time
to her acting career.

We'll have more on that later this morning on Sunrise.

Coming up, have you ever bought
an extended warranty? You might have wasted your money. We look at the little-known laws
protecting Aussie consumers.

My mum bought one for her dishwasher last week. We'll get on to that.It is a waist of money.Really?Yes, in most instances, we'll have the good oil for

Finance, European markets were up. To the commodities:

Time for a look ahead
at the week in finance.

What should we be looking out for?

Craig James is at CommSec. Morning.
What's in store for us?

A lot is happening in terms of the tennis starting but there is also a lot happening on the economic front. We're calling it 'SuperMonday' with no fewer than five indicators to be released today. The Reserve Bank will put out figures on housing, finance and also tourist arrivals. We have got data on credit card lending from the Reserve Bank and also figures on the job ads and inflation gauges from the TD securities. A lot happening. A bit of a rest tomorrow. Wednesday, consumer sentiment figures and car sales and employment figures on Thursday. I thinkx overall this week, it is going to show Australians we are in very, very good shape. That means interest rates probably on held for the first couple of months this year.OK, Craig, a big day for finance news. Absorb that while you are watching Sam Stosur on centre court today and then Lleyton Hewitt tonight. Time for all your sport.Hey, Kochie, superMonday, Craig James has got it right. I love it when he talks tennis.

Lleyton Hewitt
is relishing the prospect of going head to head
with a top-10 player in round one
of the Australian Open. Hewitt takes on world number nine
Janko Tipsarevic tonight. But after knocking over
some big names in winning
the Kooyong Classic victory drawing the talented Serb first up
didn't worry the Aussie warrior. Nah, I didn't care. I'll knock him off and
try and take his spot in the draw. The superstars took one last chance
to let their hair down at the players party last night. The big guns hit centre court from 10:30am
Eastern Daylight Saving Time on Seven with Sharapova, Stosur and Djokovic
in action. Tonight, it's Hewitt
up against Tipsarevic live from 7pm.

That is going to be a blockbuster.

Australian coach Mickey Arthur
defended the team's rotation policy labelling critics of the plan
either naive or stubborn. The weakened Aussie side
slumped to an 8-wicket defeat in the second one-dayer
against Sri Lanka last night. Brad Haddin was forced from
the field with a hamstring injury leaving Phil Hughes
to resume keeping duties. A century from Lahiru Thirimanne
guided the tourists past their 171-run target. The 5-match series is level at 1-1. Sydney FC shed the tag
of A-League cellar dwellers with a gutsy come-from-behind win
over Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium. With Tim Cahill and Holger Osieck
watching on fellow Socceroo Brett Emerton
cancelled out Richard Garcia's early goal. Marquee man Alessandro Del Piero then set up
a stoppage-time matchwinner which was headed home
by Rhyan Grant. In the Premier League, Manchester United downed Liverpool
2-1 to stay seven points clear
on the ladder.

Kochie, Sam, Nat, it is a huge day here. Of course, massive night tonight. First day of the open, nothing like it. 550 players from all over the world. 46 countries represented. The biggest cash prize of any grievous bodily harm in the world. -- Grand Slam tournament in the world.And equal pay, which is great. Girls still playing three sets?Yes, they still are Kochie. For the same amount of money.The other thing, you know how you stood us up for dinner last night.Yes, that's right.You Now here there was a players party on. We know where you were.I was studying for today, learning names. More research.Yes, of course. Let's get weather. Good morning, Grant Denyer.Good morning, young lady. To keep that sense of good Australiana going, we are at Broken Hill, on a wonderful station. We are pushing sheep up today to show you how it is done. It is a bit up there, when it is 85,000 acres, it is a long way. Welcome to Mount Gibbs. It is a fantastic property for a special reason. Kochie, you are going to love this when we reveal why this station is special, as we look at the forecast for the first time.

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But can Sam Stosur find her form? Plus, a new year, a new career. Why millions of Aussies
are looking to switch jobs in 2013. And more destruction. Our team has live updates
from the fire hot spots.

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A firefighter has died while helping to protect homes
from bushfires in Tasmania. The Victorian man was conducting
a back-burn south-east of Hobart. It's believed
he died of natural causes. In central western New South Wales, homes have been destroyed
near Coonabarabran. This morning,
astronomers will assess damage to the Siding Spring Observatory where the main telescope
has been saved. Fires are also still burning
in Queensland after a sweltering hot weekend
there. Temperatures reached record highs
of almost 50 degrees in the central west. Our team has you covered. We're joined by Nick Etchells,
Hugh Whitfeld and Leisa Goddard. Nick, what more can you tell us
about the dead firefighter?

Well, he was a man in his 60s from Gippsland here in Victoria. He had been part of a contingent of 60 or so firefighters who went from Victoria to help in Tasmania. He had been on the southern end of the Forcett fire, near turana and was apparently surveying the containment lines. He was found two or three kilometres from the fire front. As you mentioned, it is not being treated as suspicious. Police say he died of natural cause. Obviously, a very natural sad turn of events to the fires. The Tasmania premier released a statement saying this, " released a statement saying this, "I hope this family can gain some comfort from the sincere gratitude at his willingness to assist us during this bushfire crisis." during this bushfire crisis.", guys. Hugh, what is the latest on the blaze that forced the evacuation of the staff from the Siding Spring Observatory? Remind us what that observatory does?Yes, well, look this fire began in the national park surrounding the observatory. Yesterday in strong winds and 40 degree heat it took a run at the observatory. It is aeroeye in the sky and tracking who is around or might be around. Yesterday afternoon in the tough conditions, the fire in the tough conditions, the took a real run. The staff and visitors were evacuated to here in Coonabarabran last nights. Now at this stage, we know the fire went over some time around 6 p.m. over some time around 6 p.m.Last night. And we know by web cams set up around the observatory, that some of the out buildings have been destroyed. But the main telescopes and the scientific research equipment seems to have survived unscathed. A number of rural prorpts arounds the observatory haven't. It will be up to fire crews this morning to go in and conduct a reconnaissance, in essence and look what has been destroyed. But lots of nervous people around town this morning. Still concern for the community around Bugadali. The road between here and between here between here Baradeni is closed. Amazing pictures. Queenslanders Amazing pictures. Queenslandersers had a hot weekend. Will it continue? What some the situation with the fires?I am happy to report it is much better and will get better during the day. There is a southerly change thanks to you from New South Wales. Wewile feel the effects around midday. The Sunshine Coast by 3:00. It will be very humid here today. Temperatures will be around the 30s but by tomorrow and Wednesday, we should see temperatures in the high 20s. A huge relief after what we have been through for the past weekend. You have to spare a thought for everybody inout back. Thargomindah hit a new record, 49 degrees. Almost 50, you can't imagine. And spare a thought for the people in Birdsville, overnight their temperature was 33. While we were complaining here in Brisbane, they were doing it tough. It is going to be hot, 33 degrees at night. It will continue to be hot out there. We are seeing predictions for electrical storms, which means the risk of more fires. There are 40 burning across the state.33 at night?That is amazing. Thank you, we will check in later.

Still ahead this morning, has John Howard's gun amnesty
failed? Plus, a consumer warning. Extended warranties
could be a waste of money. Find out why. And basketball glory. A schoolboy becomes an internet hero
with an amazing shot on the bell.

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And that's the opening morning of the Australian Open. Day one, Margaret Court Arena. There is Betts brts in the red shirt on the bottom left. -- Beretts is in the red shirt.Melbourne is sparkling this morning. It always buzzes.There is a real buzz around Australia for the Australian Open. It's great.

Making headlines this morning, new figures showing
Australians own as many guns now as we did at the time
of the Port Arthur massacre. That's despite amnesties
and buy-backs which have seen more than
1 million weapons destroyed since 1996. The University of Sydney findings
come after Australia's
gun-control efforts were highlighted in the wake of last month's
Sandy Hook school massacre in the US.

So, do our gun laws
need to be even tighter?

Are you surprised that those numbers have got back more than Port have got back more than Port Arthur. Nearly 20 years ago, how much has the population increased in that time. They are talking bough the number of guns, not per person.We are being held up by the Americans as this is what you can do. To hear we've got more guns now is a bitf a worry. -- is a bit of a worry.

Back in November, we showed you photos
of Prince William at work on his Royal Air Force base. At the time, some of the pictures
were cropped for security. But British newspapers
have discovered Prince William's cheeky nickname
is on his coffee mug at the base. Kate nicknamed him 'Big Willy'. He calls her 'Waity Katie' Do you have a special name
for your partner?

That's what the web site is saying, it could have been worse. It could have been Small Williinge.Thank you.Does Andrew have a name for you?I think it is definitely time for the ad break.OK, Beretts is over on Margaret Court Arena with the shot of the day. This is incredible for anyone playing basketball?

Watch this
from a youth basketball game. In the final seconds, 8 Grader Matt DeMember threw
the ball backwards over hit head. It went through the hoop
just before the buzzer to the cheers of Matt's team-mates
and the crowd. He's become an internet hero with more than 3 million views
on YouTube.

That is every basketballer's dream shot.Absolutely. He looks like the centre of the team. He has certainly got the muscle there, that's for sure. Thank you, mate.

News, sport and weather
are after the break on Sunrise. Then, it's time for a change. Why millions of Aussies
are looking for a new career.

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And, she's struggling to find form. Beretts talks to Samantha Stosur
about her Australian Open chances. This is Sunrise

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Welcome back to Sunrise live
from Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena for day one of the Australian Open.

So exciting. It is news time now though with Nat. Thank you.

Two properties have been destroyed after homes and lives
came under threat from a fire in northern New South Wales. It comes as firefighters in four states
continue to battle hundreds of bushfires. For the latest on the fire threat, I'm joined by Seven News reporter
Hugh Whitfeld and Sunrise correspondent
Nick Etchells. Hugh, first to you. What's the latest on this fire
near Coonabarabran?

Well, Nat, this fire is still heading towards the small community of Bugaldie. It was evacuated north to Baradine. There was threat to Baradine at some stage last night, which has lost power in this whole episode. It is the same fire that went through the siding springs rr observatory yesterday afternoon. From the web cams that broadcast live all the time, we saw the fire come through and pass over and spot fires remain. People there were evacuated yesterday afternoon. The fire crews had to get out as well. Because the situation just became too dangerous. There are some buildings at the observatory that have been destroy", have been destroy",. We understand the main fire equipment has survived the fire. A number of rural properties and homes around the area have been destroyed as well.Amazing pictures there. Thank you. Nick, what do we know about the death of the Victorian firefighter who was in Tasmania?Well, he was part of a contingeaboutant ouf -- contingent of 60 firefighters that had gone to Tasmania to help fight the crisis. Tasmania to help fight the crisis he was observing a containment line around Forcett. He was found deceased 2 to 3 kilometres from the fire front. Authorities say it is not suspicious and they believe he died of natural causes. Obviously, got a matter of great regret to the various fire services and also the Premier of Tasmania who has released a statement, telling the family she hopes they can take some comfort from the gratitude of Tasmania.OK, look, thanks very much for the update, Nick and Hugh on the fire situation.

Four children and a man
are recovering in hospital after they were injured
in a freak accident at a Victorian mud race. A 4-wheel-drive
ploughed into the crowd after it lost control on a bend. Spectators at the Dalyston event rushed to help those
trapped underneath. A 9-year-old girl and teenager
were airlifted to hospital with leg injuries. Two other children
and a 40-year-old man were also badly injured. Tensions will be high when the Australian Open begins
this morning. But last night, tennis stars
took some time to relax in style at Crown's IMG players party. Crowd favourite sixth seed Li Na was
accompanied by two Chinese dragons for the pre-tournament soiree. Swimming great Ian Thorpe was there
to soak up the glitz and glamour, as was Shane Warne
and fiancee Liz Hurley.

Also, I think Beretts, who blew us off for dinner and went there.There he is in the background there, hope you enjoyed it. We had a couple of Supways, thanks, Beretts.

Europe improved over the weekend.

Time for sport.

With the party boy.Can I be very clear, I was bunkered down, preparing for the coverage starting today. Like year 12.Gee, is that a pig flying there?No time for play, all work, that's me.

Fresh from his first
ATP Tour victory in Sydney, Bernard Tomic is oozing confidence
heading into the Australian Open. The 20-year-old says
he feels unstoppable and has even fired a cheeky dig
at his likely third-round opponent, Roger Federer, warning the Swiss maestro
not to look too far ahead.

I would love to get in that position, to play Roger in the third position, to play Roger in the round. He's got to get there as well. You don't know what can happen. I mean, tennis is a funny sport.Loving the confidence.

Samantha Stosur is one of
the headline acts on court today up against Chinese Taipei's
Kai-Chen Chang. Coverage begins at 10.30am
Eastern Daylight Saving Time.. And the night session from 7pm
sees Lleyton Hewitt up against world number nine
Janko Tipsarevic.

That is going to be a slug' fest, a mighty contest.

Sri Lanka has drawn level
in the one-day series with a comprehensive 8-wicket win
at Adelaide Oval. Australia's 170-run total
never looked like being enough despite an early wicket
from Clint McKay. Brad Haddin was forced from
the field with a hamstring injury as an unbeaten century
from Lahiru Thirimanne guided the tourists to victory. The highlight of the night
belonged to a member of the crowd who took
a spectacular one-handed catch off a six from Haddin.

That was a beauty.

Sydney FC has breathed life
into its A-League season with a dramatic come-from-behind win
over Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium. Goals in the dying minutes from
Brett Emerton and Rhyan Grant delivered Sydney an unlikely win. In the Premier League, Manchester United scored
a 2-1 win over Liverpool. And reigning champions
Manchester City recorded a comfortable 2-0 win
over Arsenal. Seven has expanded its coverage
of Australia's elite horseraces. In addition to broadcasting
the Spring Carnival, Seven has secured the rights to all
of Spring's major Group One events including the Caulfield Cup
and Cox Plate. The deal also includes
Sydney's Easter Racing Carnvial featuring the $3.5 million
Golden Slipper.

That is huge news. And adds to our amazing stable of sport. Of course, the Australian Open, a big part of that, which gets under way today. Don't forget Lleyton Don't forget Don't forget Lleyton Hewitt tonight from 7 p.m. from 7 p.m.. If all goes well, Tomic tomorrow. Lleyton Hewitt tonight, hopefully Bernard Tomic tomorrow. Let's check your weather with Grant, who is going to be watching from up the bush.Absolutely. All aerialerize pointed -- aerials are pointed towards Melbourne. At this time of the day, last week, it was 38 degrees. At Broken Hill, Mount Gibbs is where we are. At 85,000 acres, it is a special station. Not because it is the biggest or because it is RM Williams station or anything, but something very important and big actually happened here on this place, back in the late 1800s. Because this station, the station hand called Charles Rast. Now, Charles used to be a boundary rider, just run along and checking fences and looking after stock. He kicked over a bit of dirt now and then kicked over a bit of dirt now and then and thought, I wonder if there is anything in this dirt, this ground. Sent off a little sample to Adelaide and he and a few other station hands few in a few dollars and started a company called Broken Hill Pruprouitary. -I didn't know that.What a great story.BHP was started by a bunch of station hands? Yes. He had a slight sense of minerals, he worked in a chemist back in Germany. He came here because he had a bit of fluid on his lungs. They said head out to where the country is dry and clean yourself up. He work as a station hand, noticed something shimmering in the hills. There you goy, B -- there you go, BHP.

A trough is generating
very hot winds and severe thunderstorms in south-west Queensland,
northern New South Wales A front is bringing brisk winds
and showers to Tasmania and is helping bring rain
to southern New South Wales and South Australia. Troughs are causing heavy storms
in WA. and the Top End. Showers and 31 in Brisbane.

These Gets to 46 degrees during the day so we will try to run the sheep early. Remember, you got a mic on, remember, the whole country is listening.My dogs won't work if I don't swear.OK, we'll try.They just woke up.You, you just woke up.You, just woke up.You, you want dust? You wait until you see this. It is a fine, fine red powder. These are adopeer, a hardy goat, they are a South Africa sheep. When they breed, they breed more triplets and doubles so you get more bang for your buck. Your are not wrong, it is dusty... Great.What a great shot that is. The dog is jumping over them as well. Great stuff.Bizarre looking, aren't they?

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about her Australian Open chances. Plus, we're wasting our money. Why you should think twice
about buying an extended warranty. And, from music to acting. Kylie Minogue's surprise
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Yes, the tradition continues, Melbourne looking beautiful through the Jetstar sky cam, sunny and 23. We are getting ready for day one of the tennis, a sparkling day. A cracker of a day, the Rod Laver Arena there and the city skyline in the background. Not too many people here, just the staff arriving. There is a real sense of excitement ahead of it. The first Grand Slam of the calendar year.

The next time you're asked to buy
an extended warranty you might want to think again. Aussies are wasting
tens of millions of dollars buying warranties for goods
already covered for free under Australian Consumer Law. Almost all goods and services
are covered by consumer guarantees so you are essentially paying
for rights you already have.

Did you know that?

To tell us more, Ingrid Just
from Choice joins us from Sydney. Ingrid, good morning. Is it ever worth purchasing
an extended warranty?

Look, perhaps, if it is a brand-new technological item that hasn't had much time on the market. You might want to think about it. But you're right. The Australian consumer laws are really strong. Your protected is a product is faulty and doesn't work, if it doesn't match the description that has been advertised. You are entitled to a refund, repair or replacement. Those Australian consumers laws which have been strngt ngd over the last couple of years really stand you well.OK, the laws covering these goods. Their definition is that you are covered for a 'Reasonable amount of time'. What is a reasonable amount of time. Julie Barr, Nat's mum, just bought a dishwasher. Came with a two-year warrant. She bought an extra three years on top should she?Not necessarily. For a dishwasher you expect it to work for a reasonable period of time. It remates to the quality. I use the anational aelg of a mickey -- analogy of a Mickey Mouse watch, you spect it to work for two years. But a $2,000 watch, a more reasonable time is five or ten years. That is why they put the caveat on it. It depends on the quality of the product.Who decides that? If you have a dispute with your mafrers who decides?If the product is faulty and it doesn't work, go back to the retailer. It is the retailer who needs to sort it out for you. If you have problems there, contact the office of fair trading in your state.OK. Alright, you've, let's just go through quick tips for people, so they get to know their rights. Keep your proof of purchase, go back to the retailer, as you said, and speak to the manager or write a complaint. While we have got you on another topic, you put out a study today showing smoothies aren't perhaps as healthy as you thinkIt is that time of year when you are looking for a cooler drink and want to get fit and healthy. We looked at 95 of these drinks at popular places like Boost Jaous and New Zealand Natural and we founds 85 to be high in sugar. 5 were high in saturated fats and some are more kilojoules than a meal. Use ones with fresh juice, not ice-cream and avoid the sugary punch.Thank you.

Sam Stosur is in the spotlight
at this year's Australian Open but not for the right reasons. She may be our highest ranking
tennis player but recent poor form has left critics questioning
if she can make a comeback. Beretts, you sat down with Sam. How is her confidence
leading into this week's Open?

Sam, she's really positive. Despite the fact she lost her last five matches on Australian soil, she is ranked nine in the world and 5 here. But she has had ankle surgery and it has been a tough road back. But she is measuring herself on the way back. I think we might see something surprising at this Australian Open tournament.

Sam Stosur appears to be having
another nightare run. Not to be -
takes out the Aussie favourite. But she says she's better prepared
for this year's Australian Open than the last. So how does she get ready? Just take us through.
What is in your bag? I usually always have
six or eight racquets. All my grips.

I grip my racquet before every
single match. I've got my Usana vitamins
that I take every day. Everyone knows I wear my sunnies. So I've got a few different ones
to pick from. And different tapes and stuff. I've been taping my ankle a lot so I keep this all with me
so I can tape it all beforehand. Sam, how are you feeling,
physically, leading into the Open?

It's been a really different training period for me. We all know I had the ankle surgery. I was forced not to do as much as I would like to have done at the start. So a bit impeded.

and says she's playing catch-up after opting to have surgery
on a bone spur in her ankle last November. Tell us about the ankle. How's that? Well, there's nothing wrong with it
now. Now it's just a matter
of getting that court time that I've missed out on. Now, doing it now
during all these tournaments. You've gotta get out of the court and I think that's the only thing
that's going to make me better.

And get to where I want to be, getting the practise done and the time, and keep on improving.

She's lost her last five matches
in Australia. And there are questions about her ability to handle the pressure
of a home crowd. She's not concerned. There's absolutely no better feeling
than walking out onto a centre court and you've got a whole crowd
going, cheering your name. I don't think it gets better
than that. But what about
her own high standards? I do feel better than I did last
year.

I feel like I just got to improve my tennis now to do it more so than worrying about all the expectations. There is no greater expectation on me than probably what I put on myself.

So who's her biggest competition
at this year's Open? Well, her pick is the same
as everyone else's and, ironically, the opponent
she beat out for the US Open title in 2011. I think it's pretty hard
to go past Serena at the moment. She won Brisbane just a few days ago on a pretty much
an unbeaten winning streak. I think she's the in-form player
to watch. At the moment though, Stosur's focus remains
on her own game. What's your aim
for this Australian Open? I haven't put a result on it. I don't really go into any
Grand Slam saying, "I'm going to get to X round
or I'm never going to be happy." If I can go out there, try and play well and play
as close to my potential as possible and do what I know I can do
I'll be happy.

Guys, I have not seen Sam Stosur as relaxed and confidence leading into an Australian Open. I supect she might have eased herself back on to the ankle, minimum time on court, getting her ankle set to go and ready to go in her own time. On the practice court, today she is up against Kai-chen Chang from Chinese Taipei.You think it is part of the trap?Yes. Keeping her powder dry, good girl.Yep.

Coming up, an update on the fires after more properties
were destroyed. Plus, children at risk. The popular online gambling game
exploiting a legal loophole. But next, live to the red carpet
in Los Angeles. We'll rate Australia's chances
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The Golden Globes will get under way
in just a few hours and there are a number of
Australians up for awards this year. Our US bureau chief Mike Amor
is on the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton in LA. Mike, who are our best bets
to bring home a Globe?

Well, Kochie, and Sam, they should just give the award to Hugh Jackman right now. He is absolutely certain to win best actor in a musical, of course, for 'Les Miserables'. It is still a few hours away before the biggest names in Hollywood will walk down this red carpet. You can see Matt Lauer, the host of the 'Today' show in the US. And Naomi Watts is nominated for her role in 'The Impossible'. And Nicole Kidman, nominated twice for best actress in 'Paperboy' and a TV series. Keith Urban nominated for best song. Probably unlikely to win. He is up against Adel for 'Skifall' but a lot of Australians this year. It is going to be a good year for Australians.I think you are right. Is there anyone you are excited to see on the red carpet this year? This is going to be the place where all the hottest chicks in Hollywood will be. I am quite happy to be here and watch them parade past me. Let's be honest. I'm looking forward to seeing Jacki Weaver, she is not nominated but her movie is. I spoke to her last night. She is just gorgeess.A lot --She is just gorgeous.A lot of movies nominated that haven't opened here. We have got to catch up.

A Victorian man found dead on a
back-burn mission in Tasmania. A famous space telescope
under attack, more properties destroyed,
and evacuations. We think we lead the world, but we now own as many weapons
as we did before Port Arthur. Live to red carpet as Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts,
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban carry Australia's hopes. Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic
in good form as the Australian Open
gets under way

# Reach up for the sunrise #Across Australia, this is Sunrise on Seven. Now, live from Melbourne, Kochie and Sam.Melbourne has turned on a beautiful day today. Hello again, welcome to day one of the tennis.

Beretts is right in the thick of it. He's over on Margaret Court Arena as the first Grand Slam of the year
begins. And Nat is back from a break with
the latest from the Seven newsroom.

Good morning. Two homes have been destroyed
by a large and fast-moving bushfire in northern New South Wales. The out-of-control fire
near Coonabarabran burned close to properties
last night while the small township
of Collarenebri also came under threat. Out of control
and moving dangerously fast, the blaze ripped through
Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran. Smoke choked the air as the fire raced towards
12 rural properties. We're very concerned
about the welfare of people considering just how big
that fire is and how ferocious it's burning so it'll be basically everybody out. Burning in dangerous conditions
and rugged terrain, the fire destroyed two homes and damaged
a renowned research observatory. It's extremely serious. The fire is on around a 4km front. It's just impacting the
observatory area just before 6:00. Live webcams
at the Siding Spring Observatory show the fire and smoke moving in. Staff escaped and made it to safety.

It ised believed most of the scientific equipment was saved.

The total cost won't be known
until it's safe to return. We're expecting the wind to come
from the south direction and it's going to be
a very strong change and that whole fire front will shift
and head north. Close to 170 fires
are burning across the state. More than 50 are uncontained, including one
just 6km from Collarenebri. In the state's south, exhausted crews have worked
around the clock to save homes and lives near Nowra. The commissioner flew in yesterday
to say thank you. Thanks, fellas.
Keep it up, keep it up. How you going? Alright? Well done, gang. How you been travelling? Today's cooler conditions
a desperately needed chance to consolidate containment lines. A Victorian firefighter has died while helping to protect homes
from a bushfire in Tasmania. The man from Gippsland
is aged in his 60s and died of natural causes while working on foot
to establish containment lines. His body was found
on the Tasman Peninsula near the Forcett fire. A report will be prepared
for the coroner. Brave bystanders have come
to the rescue of four children, crushed by a four-wheel-drive. They were watching a mud race
at Dalyston in Victoria's south-east when the vehicle lost control
on a bend. and say the driver was devastated
by the freak accident. Four children and a 40-year-old man
were badly injured. Two were airlifted to Melbourne
for treatment. A man has been shot twice
during a violent incident in Sydney's west overnight. Police responded to reports
of a shooting at Homebush just before 11pm where they found a man
with gunshot wounds to his stomach and chest. The victim was taken to hospital
for treatment. Forensic specialists
will today examine the crime scene. New research has revealed
Australians own as many guns now as the did at the time
of the Port Arthur massacre. That's despite more than 1 million
guns being handed back and destroyed in the aftermath of the tragedy. A steady increase of imported guns
over the past decade means there's now around 3.2 million
firearms in Australia. Anti-gun advocates warn that
doesn't include illegal firearms and say the findings should serve
as a wake-up call. And from one extreme to another, the US city of Seattle
has come together to smash the record for the world's
largest snowball fight. Organisers trucked in
over 73,000kg of the white stuff, dumping it in front
of the iconic Space Needle tower. Around 6,000 official participants
with good throwing arms spent hours
slinging snow at each other all in the name of charity.

Coming up, big news
in the entertainment world. Kylie Minogue is turning her sights
from singing to acting. So, can the princess of pop
find success in a new career? But first, here's Kochie.

Yes, big news in terms of Sunrise finance. Not only do you get a CommSec cross at 6, but now, 7:00. That is coming up in a tick. But let's look at the markets first.

The entertainment industry has Kylie Minogue, we have Craig James, who is back with us for a regular 7:00 update. We can't get enough of you, Craig.

Those of us lucky enough
to be travelling overseas love the high Aussie dollar. But yet another home-grown business
is under pressure from the dollar's strength. Craig, what's happening
to Casella Wines?

Yes, this is the front-page story on the 'Financial Review' today. The third largest wine exporter, Casella. In 2007 posted a profit of $ Casella. In 2007 posted a profit of $ Casella. In 2007 posted a profit of $45 million but last year a loss of $ $45 million but last year a loss of $3 million. The story is the high Aussie dollar. When it started, the Aussie dollar was at 57, now it is $ Aussie dollar was at 57, now it is $1. Aussie dollar was at 57, now it is $1.05. It is putting a lot of pressure on businesses. This is only one business in a lot of trouble because of the high Aussie dollar. Basically, that translates, their export price has basically doubled because of the currency. It cuts their competitiveness. Good to see you. See you the same time tomorrow. I tell you who loves the high Aussie dollar, the 550 of the world's best tennis players here at the Australian Open, they are licking their lips. Lleyton is one and he is relishing the prospect.

of going head to head
with a top-10 player in round one of the Australian Open. Hewitt takes on world number nine
Janko Tipsarevic tonight. And after knocking over some
big names at the Kooyong Classic says he didn't lose any sleep over
drawing the talented Serb first up. Nah, I didn't care. I'll knock him off and try and take his spot
in the draw. The superstars took one last chance
to let their hair down at the players party last night. The big guns hit centre court from 10:30am
Eastern Daylight Saving Time on Seven

with Sharapova, Stosur and Djokovic
in action. Tonight, it's Hewitt up against
world number nine Tipsarevic live from 7pm.

Australian coach Mickey Arthur
defended the team's rotation policy labelling critics of the plan
either naive or stubborn. The weakened Aussie side slumped
to an 8-wicket defeat in the second one-dayer
against Sri Lanka last night. Brad Haddin was forced from
the field with a hamstring injury leaving Phil Hughes
to resume keeping duties. A century from Lahiru Thirimanne
guided the tourists past their 171-run target. The 5-match series is level at 1-1.

Sydney FC shed the tag
of A-League cellar-dwellers with a gutsy come-from-behind win
over Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium. With Tim Cahill and Holger Osieck
watching on fellow Socceroo Brett Emerton cancelled out
Richard Garcia's early goal. Marquee man Alessandro Del Piero then set up
a stoppage-time matchwinner which was headed home
by Rhyan Grant. In the Premier League, Manchester United downed Liverpool
2-1 to stay seven points clear
on the ladder.

Guys, there is a buzz about it today. It is the opening Grand Slam of the year, the biggest, the richest. The one the players love the most. I bumped into Jim Courier yesterday, he is back, Bruce McAvaney, Sandy Roberts, all your favourites. A great couple of weeks on Seven.And you helping out too in the centre of it, love it. And Grant is out in the thick of it too near Broken Hill?Yes, just wrangling some sheep here, trying to push them a couple of kays towards the house on this property, Mount Gibbs at Broken Hill, 85,000 acres. She is big. It is normally what? 46 degrees in another hour's time. So she's fairly tough tear tourt. -- territory. This country produces a lot of minerals for Australia, Broken Hill, and the early people who did it, on horses, doing what we are doing now, are the ones who found the mineral and founded BHP. This is the birth place of the Australian mining business. And the metal-making mecca and empire that we know today. Just trying to push the sheep over the highway as we speak, the Silver City skp speak, the Silver City Highway. As we look at the forecast.

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See, there you go. I'm the worst emmoyy in the world. Stop and read the weather and I've already let the sheep get ahead without me. Guys, see you in half an hour with more. Great countryside, fascinating mining history. A fabulous story about the under dog and how the station hand has a chance to make it big. BHP started right here.Thank you, Grant.

A firefighter has died while helping to protect homes
from bushfires in Tasmania. The Victorian man was conducting
a back-burn south-east of Hobart. It's believed
he died of natural causes. In central western New South Wales, homes have been destroyed
near Coonabarabran. where the main telescope
has been saved. Fires are also still burning
in Queensland after a sweltering hot weekend
there. Temperatures reached record highs
of almost 50 degrees in the central west.

Let's go first to New South Wales
Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. Shane, what areas
are of most concern this morning?

Good morning, Kochie. Across New South Wales, we are still dealing with more than 170 fires. 50 of those remain uncontained. With the extraordinary amount of lightening across north eastern New South Wales again, overnight, we can expect to see fires popping up today. Obviously, the fire that's concentrating most of the attention and resources today is the fire up in Coonabarabran, to the west of Coonabarabran. North-west of Coonabarabran, a very large and destructive fire that's burned through there overnight. It is in the order of something like 35 to 40,000 hectares. A lot of work will be going on, come daylite today, in order to assess the extent of damage to the likes of the observatory and of course, everyone's property and homes throughout that region. Alright, Shane, we'll leave it there. All the best to you and the team for the rest of the day too. Appreciate it.

Now to our reporters Hugh Whitfeld,
Nick Etchells and Leisa Goddard. And Rob Scott is on cyclone watch
in WA. Hugh, give us an update on
the situation around Coonabarabran.

Well, these crews are about to head back out, David, very shortly, to the fire front. It is about a kilometre to the south of the small town of Bugaldie, at the moment, which is to the north here of Coonabarabran. Bugaldie was evacuated yesterday afternoon. People headed to Baradine. Also evacuated, the Siding Spring evacuated, the Observatory and the rural properties around it in the area of Coonam. It was around it in the area of Coonam. It was described as a fire storm, 70 kilometre winds pushing it through the kilometre winds pushing it through kilometre winds pushing it Warrumbungle national park. The scientists and tourists were told to get out. The fire crews went through and had to get out as well. It was all caught on the web cameras that feedback streams on cameras throughout the observatory. We know a number of buildings have been destroyed but it appears the main scientific equipment and telescopes have been saved. At Li two properties have been -- at least two properties have been destroyed but properties have been destroyed we'll get a better idea when an aerial survey comes back. We will see how bad the damage is and how many properties have been destroyed. Nick, many properties have been destroyed. Nick, what can you tell us about the firefighter who tragicically lost his life amHe was working on the southern end of the Forcett fire, on the Tasman Peninsula near Port Arthur. I understand he was checking out the containment lines when he died. He was two or three kilometres from the fire front so it is not suspicious. Police believe, the man in his 60s died of natural causes. He was part of a contingent of sixty or so Victorian firefighters who went to Tasmania to give a hand.A cool change is forecast for Queensland. What has the heat been like the like the past couple of days and what is the fire situation?It has been extremely hot up here. If you think about the outback, Queensland Rail suspended one of its Spirit of Outback train services because it was fearful it was so hot the tracks would warp. It was also swelterering here in the south-east. But thankfully, relief is on the way, a cool change is coming through and full effects by midday. But it is much cooler here today. If you look up, there are clouds above me. They are predicting the pocket of showers and storm -- the possibility of showers and storms. But come come the weekend, it will be back up into the high 30s. So a short reprieve. What are the conditions like there? Despite the past weekend, we have the hot air masses sitting over central Australia. Over the weekend we saw 49.6 in Moomba, in South Australia, Australia's hottest recorded temperature in 15 years. Later this week we will see the heat pushing south and east across the country. For Adelaide and Melbourne, temperatures pushing back up to around 39 on Thursday. Then the heat will push into New South Wales with Sydney pushing up to 35 and 40 in the west. More heat on the way for later in the week and it could be associated with gusty winds as well. Let's go to Let's go to WA, Rob, it looked like the state dodged a bullet with Cyclone Narelle?Yes, absolutely Kochie. As late as last we could she was a category five, the most severe system that exists but this morning we are waking up to a category 2 system. She has been weakening moving out to sea. This morning, she is located 450 south-west of car narben. At her peak, she had 300km/h wins at her centre. She brought high tides, heavy rain and winds to the coast. But there is no landfall from Cyclone Narelle and no real damage so all the warnings have been cancelled. But the Weather Bureau is turning its attention to a low-pressure SESm here, beginning to form -- low-pressure system forming in the Timor Sea.Thank you.

It's hard to imagine, isn't it? A new mobile gambling game
could make that a reality. It's called Slotomania and it's become one of Australia's
biggest selling iPhone and Facebook apps, even among children. You have to use real money
to get credit but because
you can't cash out what you win the game isn't restricted
by Australia's online gambling laws. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon
is on a mission to change that and he joins me now. Nick, good morning to you. Why do you think you are the first
to make a stand on this and what are you doing about it?

Well, I have been going on about this game and other games for the last 14 months. There is clearly a loop pole. That is why next month when the parliament resumes I am putting up legislation to change the law. I hope it gets through, both the Opposition and the Greens have expressed concerns about these types of games.Incredible. How similar is to using a real poky machine? What are the risks if nothing is done?If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a technical thing you can't take it out but you can lose real money. The company that runs it, runs the it, runs the Ceasar's cucasino. In Las Vegas.You have run a similar campaign before and no action was taken. Why is it different this time?I think it will be different. I did a press conference with Tony Abbott last year about online gambling and he expressed concerns and the Greens expressed concerns, with help of the independents, we might get it through the parliament. All the best.

Kylie Minogue is set to take a break
from her music career to concentrate on acting. The pop princess has shocked
the music industry and fans. Her manager Terry Blamey
has confirmed Showbiz commentator Peter Ford
is in Melbourne with more. Peter, eyebrows were first raised

Why make a big announcement? Why just go and do acting?She pretty much is doing that but the story got out so they had to confirm it. And the split with her and her long-term manager, Terry, it is over. It has been a great partnership in music industries kree. Normentally -- normally in show business, the relationship is very symbiotic and a tense one. They both made a lot of money for each other and it had to be acknowledged it has come to an end. But Kylie is not retiring. She will sing again. I think recently, doing the fireworks in Sydney, she did the Abbey Road sessions with the orchestra and doing the arty movies, I think she wants to go and expand herself as an artist and take on new challenges.She has clarified a bit in a Tweet overnight?Yes, she has. She said it is changing times. She will sing again. What has she got to prove? She just had an incredible year of 25 years of being out there and celebrating great success in the pop world. She is now a middle-aged woman and she is aware it is a young person's game. While she will record again and probably sing again, I don't think she wants to be classified just as a popstar. She is a very astute businesswoman. She is anertest the way she creates and designs things and want to do more of that. She won't become a Hollywood A-list superstar. She is wise enough to know at 44 it is not going to happen. I think Naomi Watts said at 44 you are ancient in Hollywood. But she will do the arty movies and challenge herself. (Kochie laughs)OK, 44, middle age. It isic like dog years, every year is worth seven.Peter! Stop!Stop while you're behind, Peter. Over to you.Thank you, the 44-year-old.

The Australian Open begins today and we're right among the action
here in Melbourne. The world's best will be competing for one of the most coveted
Grand Slam titles. Australia's men are looking good with Bernard Tomic
and Lleyton Hewitt both confident and strong. But in the female draw, Sam Stosur is still battling
to reclaim her form. Professional tennis coach
Roger Rasheed joins me now. Good morning. Roger, you know Hewitt's game
better than most.

First of all, I didn't like the 44-year-old call, Kochie. I must admit, I feel the same as everyoneential in there. Not good. Look, Lleyton's form, coming in, I enjoyed watching him play. In Brisbane, I enjoyed watching him play. In Kooyong in Melbourne, he was excellent. He got to business. He took his games seriously. I enjoyed his mraoumpt on the court, a big thing. His movement and his serve, he does well. He went about it exactly how you would like as a coach. He was happy, Tennis Australia is happy. We will see something goGoode from him tonight. It is a big part of his game. He is a terrier, chases everything. Moving is important. Bernard Tomic, coming off the back of the win in Sydney, his first title win, how do you think he will fair with the pressure of a Grand Slam in Melbourne?He said to Roger Federer, " said to Roger Federer, "I'm not sure if he will get to the third round to meet me." I think it was tongue in cheek. A massive turn around. To his credit, as a young man, he has taken a good hard look at himself, quietly gone about doing the work and stepped on to the tennis court. His start is sensational for a young man from where he was in October. I like what he will do early. I can't see what he will do early. I can't real troubles if he plays that type of tennis. Both Lleyton and Bernard love the big occasions, and that is a positive.Someone who doesn't enjoy the crowds and pressure of Melbourne is Sam Stosur. She had a terrible run the last couple of weeks. Will she liftShe will lift today. She hasn't got a winnock stream against Kai-chen Chang. She lost in the third, I think, in lost in the third, I think, November in Japan. Sam loves the crowd here. Because you want to play so well in front of your home crowd, you don't get too many chances to do that it has put strain on. I think she will get through the match and free her up. Forget what happened the last few weeks, I think we will see good signs again here.OK, good to see you, good calling.OK, thanks Port man.Port man?Yes, Port Adelaide ambassador. In the blood.

You're watching Sunrise live
from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne where the Australian Open begins
today. Coming up - has our gun amnesty failed? We now own as many weapons
as we did before Port Arthur. We're live to the red carpet in LA.

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Now back to Sunrise, with Kochie and Sam, live at the tennis.Day one of the tennis, that's Rod Laver Arena. Looking sparkling this morning. Melbourne has turned on a great day for us.

Ahead on Sunrise, why millions of Aussies are
looking to switch jobs this year. News headlines now with Nat. Hello again. A Victorian firefighter has died while working to protect homes
in Tasmania. The man, aged in his 60s
and from Gippsland, was part of a Victorian contingent
assisting in the fire crisis. Police say
he died of natural causes. The man's family and colleagues are
being offered support this morning. that's already destroyed
two properties continues to burn out of control
this morning. The blaze near Coonabarabran came dangerously close to 12 homes
last night. It's the order of something like
30,000-45,000 hectares and a lot of work will be going on
come daylight today in order to asses
the extent of damage. There's reports of damage
to a nearby observatory where staff and visitors
were evacuated. 170 fires are burning
across the state. 50 are uncontained.

Tropical Cyclone Narelle
has weakened to a Category 2 storm as she moves out to sea. The cyclone warning was cancelled
last night for coastal areas
between Exmouth and Denham with no major damage reported. But the danger's not over just yet. Forecasters warn a low-pressure system
that's developing in the Timor Sea could become a cyclone
over the coming days. Police in Victoria
are investigating a crash that left four children in hospital. They were injured
in a freak accident at a mud race in Dalyston. A four-wheel-drive
ploughed into the crowd after it lost control on a bend. Spectators rushed to help those
trapped underneath. Two girls were airlifted to hospital
with leg injuries.

The world's tennis stars
stepped out in style last night at Crown's
Australian Open players party. World number two Maria Sharapova
was looking fit and fabulous, shrugging off suggestions a
collarbone injury could set her back in the tournament. Daniela Hantuchova wowed the crowd
with this little yellow number. But China's Li Na
made the grandest entry accompanied by two dancing dragons. Shane Warne and fiancee Liz Hurley
also stopped by, as did swimming great Ian Thorpe. It was a great night. Beretts It was a great night. A special way to kick off the Open, for sure.

Samantha Stosur believes she's just one win away
from recapturing her best form as she prepares to begin
her 11th Australian Open campaign. Stosur gets an ideal chance
to snap her five-match winless run on home soil today against world number 84
Kai-Chen Chang. And the world number nine
is confident performance anxiety
won't be an issue.

I feel like I've just got to improve my tennis now to do more so than worrying about all the expectation.

Seven's live Australian Open
coverage begins at 10:30am Eastern Daylight Saving Time. The night session from 7pm
sees Lleyton Hewitt up against world number nine
Janko Tipsarevic.

That is going to be a classic.

Sri Lanka has drawn level
in the one-day series with a comprehensive 8-wicket win
at Adelaide Oval. Australia's 170-run total
never looked like being enough despite an early wicket
from Clint McKay. Brad Haddin was forced from
the field with a hamstring injury as an unbeaten century
from Lahiru Thirimanne guided the tourists to victory. The highlight of the night
belonged to a member of the crowd who took
a spectacular one-handed catch off a six from Haddin.

Sydney FC has breathed life
into its A-League season with a dramatic come-from-behind win
over Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium. Goals in the dying minutes
from Brett Emerton and Rhyan Grant delivered Sydney an unlikely win. In the Premier League, Manchester United scored a 2-1 win
over Liverpool. And reigning champions
Manchester City recorded a comfortable 2-0 win
over Arsenal. Seven has expanded its coverage
of Australia's elite horseraces. In addition to broadcasting
the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Seven has secured the rights to all
of spring's major Group One events including the Caulfield Cup
and Cox Plate. The deal also includes
Sydney's Easter Racing Carnival featuring
the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.

It is a huge queue and great -- a huge coup. This is extraordinary behind me. These are the future Lleyton Hewitts, Bernard Tomics, and Sam Stosur. It is the kids program, a smaller racquet less pressure in the ball so it doesn't bounce so high. A program is about to start, you can register now and get involved in MLC Hotshots. It is where the future comes from, and it is great to see them today with us here in Melbourne Park. Let's head way, way north now to Mount Gibbs with Grant?Yes, just way north and west. Good stuff, kids, getting a great start. Turn the tennis ball machine on them. Toughen them up. Like in the country. I got me RM on the thorn bush. Welcome to Mount Gibbs skp station, taplace where

BHP was founded after a German boundary rider found minerals. John, come on over. You know what the country people can be like. They can be dry and quiet. How's it going? Good.You reckon it will get hot today?Yeah.What's the dog's name? Tess.Have you got, um, you got black sheep in there?Yep.Nice wool?No good.Dry enough?Getting dry.(crickets chirp) dry.(crickets chirp).What about warm enough?Getting hot.Next week? Hot.Let's have a look at the forecast.

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A trough is generating
very hot winds and severe thunderstorms in south-west Queensland,
northern New South Wales and the southern Northern Territory. and is helping bring rain
to southern New South Wales and South Australia. Troughs are causing heavy storms
in WA and the Top End.

Yep, John ain't joking, 46 degrees, she is normally in a couple of hours time. He is not that dry. He is a ripper of a bloke. It is unusual country, hard country and genuinely the start of BHP, right here?Yes, right here. They all worked on Mount Gibbs, boundary riders and bookkeepers and dam sinkers and bookkeepers and dam sinkers formed a syndicate.Seven of them? Yes, seven of them.Australian, overseas visitors really?Yep, boat people.That's right. Do you go around the property now and kick the dirt and wond, what is going to pop out next?You do. There are seven mining leases still on this property. Yes, it is still not all discovered. There is a tungsten mine in the throws of starting up.Your next fortune just awaits under the next shrub.We like to think so. Better let you get back to driving sheep?Yes.With 85,000 acres, you got quite a bit of work to do.What a great bit of history.Inresopy for success, rise early, work hard, strike oil.Well done, Mary-Lou Clampert.I will get my rope on.

Ahead this Sunrise - Kate's cheeky nickname
for Prince William. Plus, thinking about
changing your career? You're not alone. Millions of Aussies
want to do the same. We'll explain why. But next,
Aussie stars tipped to win big. We're live to the Golden Globes
red carpet in LA.

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taking care of business. You're the wolf, Gary.
You're the eagle. You are the eagle-wolf. Are you sprouting...
wolf hairs, Gary? Hi, I'm Gary. No. You're going places, Gary! Where are you going?

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