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a big and messy bushfire that's destroyed 33 homes. And the hero volunteer
who lost his house saving others. But will a pollie's comments
on the race row spark more violence? The palace names July.
So will it be twins? And the Golden Globe goes to
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Look a sad day for Lleyton Hewitt and his fans. His 17th appearance at the Australian Open was never going to be easy. We do send commiserations.It was a tall mountain and he didn't quite get there.It was unexpected.Yes, we were all with him in spirit.But tonight, it is Bernard Tomic's turn. More on that shortly from Beretts in Melbourne, who is looking pretty good. Just concluded his Adidas sponsorship.Is it over? I thought it just started.

Also this morning -
pain at the pump. Why petrol prices have recorded
their biggest weekly jump in seven years.

Just in time for me to fill up today. It always happens.

But we'll begin with the latest
on the bushfire crisis. Here's Nat. The most destructive bushfire
to rip through New South Wales in a decade is still burning out of control,
near Coonabarabran in the state's north-west. The blaze has destroyed at least
33 homes and more than 50 sheds. Given the size of this fire, it's
not going to be put out quickly and we have got, literally,
days and days of work before we even consider
containing this fire. Buildings at the $80 million
Siding Spring Observatory were gutted

but remarkably,
scientific equipment was saved. Queensland police
are calling for calm after racial tensions flared again
near Brisbane. The Riot Squad was called
to Woodridge last night but no arrests were made.

There were concerns
for a major brawl when a large number of people
took to the streets armed. Police managed to stop that threat
and will now step up patrols to curb the escalating violence. The community has been on alert
for months after fighting
between different racial groups. A garage has been destroyed
and two houses damaged when fire erupted
in the backyard of a house in the Melbourne suburb
of Springvale. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had begun to spread
to a neighbouring house. There's no word yet
on how it started, although specialist crews
were called in because of a large number
of chemicals at the site. Voter support for Labor has jumped
to its strongest levels since the last election. The year's first Newspoll, out today
in the 'Australian' newspaper shows Labor's primary vote
has gained six points while the Coalition dropped two. Most of Labor's gains coming
from the Greens and smaller parties. On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition retains a slim lead
despite dropping three points. While Julia Gillard has extended
her lead over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister. For all those with their eyes
on the royal baby bump - Prince William and wife Kate
have confirmed their first child is due to be born
in July. While there was talk the Duchess of
Cambridge could be carrying twins, palace officials say the couple is expecting
just the one bundle of joy with no word yet on
whether it's a boy or a girl. Kate's said to be feeling
much better

since being hospitalised
for morning sickness. Ahead on Sunrise - the schools set to charge students
to use the internet in class. But first, here's Kochie. Thanks, Nat.

Australians are paying more for fuel with petrol prices recording their
biggest weekly jump in seven years. Melbourne motorists
have been hardest hit, paying an extra 11 cents a litre. Prices in Sydney and Brisbane jumped
10 cents, 9 cents in Adelaide. So what's behind the increase? Craig James is at CommSec.
Morning.

Well, Kochie, it all gets down, basically, to the discounting cycle. Now, it basically affects those in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Some weeks you can pay $ Adelaide. Some weeks you can pay $1. Adelaide. Some weeks you can pay $1.30 a litre and the next week $ $1.30 a litre and the next week $1 point 50. It is not world prices that moved but the discounting cycle. A lot of questions have got to be asked of oil retailers, is it in the interests of motorists for the prices to be jumping around so much?Thank you, we will get more on that later in that later that later in the program. Let's look at the

Apple has taken a thumping overnight. Its lower level in 11 months. That's because of rumours that they've had to curb iPhone production because of weak demand. More details on that later. European markets were mixed. To our region we added 12 and 10 points. To the

Beretts, living the dream, down at the Australian Open. My mail, Beretts is that Seven signed the V8s contract for another two years late last night. So that's good news. That is breaking news. We will follow it up today. That is music to my ears.

An Australian Open campaign that
promised so much for Lleyton Hewitt has ended in
an opening round defeat. Hewitt gave his usual
lion-hearted effort against world number nine
Janko Tipsarevic last night but it wasn't enough - the Serb trumped in straight sets
7-6, 7-5, 6-3. Hewitt admitting
he was outplayed when it mattered. Yeah, I felt like I hit the ball
reasonably well for the match. I didn't play a poor standard match. He just played too well
on the big points. It's the 31-year-old's
sixth first-round loss from 17 Australian Opens.

Roger Federer begins his quest
for a fifth Open title today. Andy Murray and Serena Williams
are among the other stars on court. Play begins at 10:30am
eastern daylight saving time. The night session from 7pm
features Bernard Tomic's clash with Leonardo Mayer plus fellow
Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova.

It is going to be a big day and a big night here at Melbourne Park.

The Melbourne Renegades will re-gain
skipper Aaron Finch for tonight's Big Bash League
semifinal against Brisbane Heat. The big-hitting opener
has a point to prove after being axed
from the Aussie one-day side. The most disappointing thing
was the way that I played. I feel like I didn't play my natural
game, probably a little bit timid
in my approach. That's the only thing I'd change. Former international Mike Hussey will be playing
for the Perth Scorchers in tomorrow night's semi against
Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars. Marcus North could be dumped
to make way for Hussey.

Guys, Janko Tipsarevic last night admitted against Lleyton Hewitt he really had to dig very, very deep. He was amaze at the ferocity and intensity Lleyton Hewitt brought to the court. But despite the two tough first sets, it wasn't enough for Lleyton. He can hold his head high. It was a gutsy match.Yes, and great viewing.Thanks, Beretts, in your very lairy shirt.Shows his pecks well.Yep, and his sponsorship deals.One of the many.He has a few. Good morning, Grant, where are you? Tibooburra?Yes, we are way out west. New South Wales most remote town. 1200 kays to Sydney, that is pretty much further than the distance from Melbourne to Sydney. It is how far I am. We are closer to Adelaide than Sydney but we are Adelaide than Sydney but we Adelaide than Sydney but we are
still in New South Wales. We are in the juncture country. The corner of three states. Got here at 3:00 yesterday afternoon, haven't seen one car drive up the Main Street of this Tibooburra. We could have laid here, all day, had a beer and not been hit by a car. Thankfully, if one pub shuts, there is another one. There are two. We are serving the local community. Tibooburra means 'Many rocks'. Many, many rocks. As we look at the forecast for the first time.

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It's the kind of territory where we made our way into this town on a wide, wide-open dirt road, which is funnily enough called a highway in Australia. It is a big country. Luckily it Luckily it is dirt because the tar seemed to boil over 40. I love that you don't see a car but there are two pubs. That is the heart of Australia.Just in case. Coming up on Sunrise - disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong
set to break his silence to Oprah Winfrey. Plus Labor bounces back. The first Newspoll of the year puts the ALP within striking
distance of the Coalition. And nature's fury. A Live briefing
on a ferocious bushfire that's destroyed more than 30 homes.

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is positively different to the big rental car companies. Go with the underdog and save. Firefighters are still battling
an out-of-control blaze in north-west New South Wales that's destroyed
more than 30 properties. The fire, near Coonabarabran, has swept through the region
at high speed. More than 100 fires are burning
across the state, with many still
to be brought under control. Over half a million hectares
have been burnt. For more, we're joined
by Shane Fitzsimmons from the
New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Edwina Bartholomew
is in Coonabarabran. And Nick Etchells is in Melbourne. Shane, what are the main areas
of concern this morning?

Sam, we've still got just under 122 fires right across New South Wales. 29 of those remain uncontained. Obviously, the fire of most concern, and requiring the majority of resource, because of the enormity of it, is the fire up at north-west of Coonabarabran. A lot of work to do there yet. Certainly, hours and days of work ahead before we can call that fire contained. It is all about taking advantage of the more favourable weather conditions. We've got over the next few days. Before we see a return to hotter, drier conditions with the weekend.Shane, how are the crews holding up? how are the crews holding up? It has been a bit of a slog, hasn't it? David, crews, and certainly David, crews, and certainly across Coonabarabran, they were absolutely flogged the other night in the most atrocious of conditions. But they are absolute professions. They are getting rested. We have seen a sigant can amount of extra crews coming in from out of the area. 150 firefighters from greater Sydney, Hunter region and other parts of the north coast have all descend", in there to help their colleagues. They will rotate on crew changes and it is more dangerous than when the ferocity of the fire was bearing down on everybody because there is so much heavy timber and trees and heavy burning and very susceptible to collapse. We are very mindful of safety, we want to keep our safety record at the highest levels because that's what we owe to our firefighters and for examples.I imagine even though they are being rotated they must be exhausted. How long before the Coonabarabran fire is in hand?I think we will be days uzway before we come close to saying it's contained. Then, the patrolling and the mopup work will go on, literally, for weeks. Unless we get good, heavy, widespread rain fall, you are talking about extremely dry landscape and vegetation that is highly susceptible to ignition and fire highly susceptible to ignition and fire sprids. They are fired, fizzily and emotionally tired. They know they have got neighbours and friends and family who have lost so much. This is their community. It hurts them, not to mention the physical and arduous task they have been performing.Send our best to them. Thank you Edwina, how are the people around Coonabarabran coping? You are there.They evacuated 100 people yesterday. We are at the staging area where the 18 air caoft that have been fighting the - - aircraft that have been firing the fire have been based. 200 will be on the fire today. Many of the firefighters from the local community. Some have even lost their homes and are continuing to fight this fire to save others. It has been described as the most ferocious in New South Wales in just over a decade. We are talking about 33 homes lost, 50 sheds containing expensive machinery. That number is likely to rise as they get a clearer idea of how far the fire ground stretches. It started with a strike of lightening and moved so quickly. At one point, the fire At one point, the fire front was moving at 100km/h. There was a smoke flume rising into the air, 14 kilometres, to the point it had its own weather system. Quite a phenomenon here. The only good nise, the Siding Spring Observatory, this $ the Siding Spring Observatory, this $80 million facility we were talking about yesterday, it seems from initial reports all the telescopes have been saved. They just lost some of their buildings. Not so much for other properties here, they don't have an idea because they haven't been able to get back to their homes.And another story we will touch on, the fire service captain lost his home while fighting others. So that is sad for that community. Nick, what is the latest on the huge grass fire burning out of control south-west of Melbourne?This was at Little River. A big concern yesterday for several reasons. Little River is halfway between Melbourne and Geelong, which is quite a densely populated area. There were big There were quite a densely populated area. There were big concerns for the homes in the area, surrounding this grassland. The second reason is the speed at which this thing moved. It just took up and ran at a speed that was very difficult for firefighters to control. They had to deploy a lot of resources to try to get it contained. The third reason is arson. As you know, there have been a lot of fires in Victoria this season have been deliberate ely lit. Police do believe this one was deliberately lit also. In the deliberately lit also. In the end it took 40 fire crews and the Elvis skycrane to bring it under control. Thankfully they did that without any loss of property, guys.OK, gang, we will check you later in the morning.

Still ahead this morning - what Will and Kate's baby will have
in common with the late Princess Di. Plus James Bulger family fury. UK child killer Jon Venables
makes a fresh plea for freedom. And tomato sauce, corkage
and concert booking fees - we reveal the things Aussies
don't like paying extra for.

The sunrise over Tibooburra where Grant is this morning. And one of the two hotels, still got the lights on.Got the party lights on.,Well, Sunrise is in town.Turn it on.

Making headlines this morning - the plan to charge parents for
their kids' internet use at school. The 'Herald Sun' reports to supplement
the basic internet access provided free by the Government. And with the free services
under review, principals warn they won't be able
to absorb the added costs. So, should parents be forced to pay or should the Government provide
internet access for free in schools?

I think the Government has got to do that.Surely, it is a part of learning now, isn't it?That's exactly right. It is like paying for ink wells 40 years ago. Sooexactly like that! New ink wells. Or the take the classes down the local cafe and get the free Wi-Fi.Kbr

Also making news - the added costs
we're being forced to pay and we're not happy about it, Jan. 'The Daily Telegraph' says gone are the days when we received
tomato sauce for free when we bought a pie.

Or the fish sauce when you bought fish and chips.

And it says one
of the most annoying add-ons is the handling fee charged for
concert tickets purchased on-line and printed at home.

Lib and I were complaining about that last night.When you going? Going to the cricket. Going to the cricket so they send you tickets so Lib says, " Lib says, "We use our paper and ink." And I ink." And ink." And I said, " ink." And I said, "It is more convenient." And she said, " convenient." And she said, "Why charge us."When you book a flight, they charge you a $ they charge you a $7 credit card surcharge.Which is a flat thing.To surcharge.Which is a flat thing. Should be a pusage.If you are on a cheap fare and pay $ cheap fare and pay $seven, that is cheap fare and pay $seven, that is 100%.

Shame them.No more sauce charges. Yes.

After the break - a live report from the scene
of a racial stand-off in Logan, south of Brisbane. Plus news, sport and weather
together. Then, breaking his silence - Lance Armstrong to come clean
to Oprah Winfrey. His Golden Globes admission
is coming up.

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News headlines with Nat. Good morning. Firefighters say it will take days
to contain a dangerous bushfire burning in north-west
New South Wales. The blaze near Coonabarabran
has destroyed at least 33 homes and more than 50 sheds. Thousands of cattle have perished. Other people have been through it
you learn from their experiences, and you think,
"That may happen to me one day?" It has.

It's the Australian bush,
you just have to live that way. Families who have lost everything
in the fire have been told it's still too dangerous
to return home. Victorians are being urged to
recheck their bushfire plans ahead of a predicted scorcher
on Thursday. It comes after a grassfire
threatened homes at Little River near Geelong
late yesterday. The blaze burnt out about 400
hectares before it was contained. The sky crane 'Elvis' helped
firefighters on the ground. Police fear the fire
was deliberately lit.

Melbourne is expected
to reach 39 degrees on Thursday with severe bushfire conditions. The Queensland Riot Squad
has spent the night in Logan, near Brisbane, following a third straight night
of racial violence. Sunrise reporter Leisa Goddard
joins us now with the details. Leisa, what's behind this fighting?

Well, it's an ongoing feud between two families, an Aboriginal family and a Pacific Island family who leave metres apart. It flared up on Friday after cars were vandalised and flared up again Sunday. Last night, they tore fence palings down and used them as weapons. Luckily, police got control of the situation and they saturated the area with police overnight. We believe there has been a peace deal brokered. There has been an uneasy.com here. Priticly you got the premier calling for people to cool down. The local mayor saying she has had enough and wants a zero-tolerance policy and now local politicians are saying, " now local politicians are saying, "Did Any do a day's work? It is business as usual." And it is ugly on all sides.

There's been a frightening armed
home invasion in Sydney's south-west overnight. Four men wearing balaclavas forced
their way into a home at Yagoona. One of them was carrying a gun. They threatened two men
and a woman inside, demanding cash
before making their escape. A crime scene has been established and police will continue
their investigations this morning.

Finance news now.

The Dow Jones index is currently trading up around 14 points. Apple has been hammered overnight on some reports they've had to cut back iPhone production because of a lack of sales.

Here's Beretts with sport.Kochie. (audio breaking up)

Lleyton Hewitt is frustrated
and disappointed after bowing out
of Australian Open in round one. The 31-year-old went into last
night's clash with Janko Tipsarevic in vintage form but couldn't reproduce
it against the world number nine. Tipsarevic prevailed
in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-3. Frustration, disappointment,
they are the... ..obviously first feelings. More so when you do put in
all the hard yards.

Beretts has got e bit emotional about that result, I'll pick up from there.

Bernard Tomic now stands alone as
our best hope in the men's singles. His clash with Leonardo Mayer
headlines tonight's action from 7pm
eastern daylight saving time.

Check your local guides, as they say.

Australian vice-captain
Shane Watson wants to resume his test career
as an opening batsman. The injury-prone all-rounder
has given up bowling indefinitely after breaking down with a calf
strain in the Boxing Day Test. He's focussed on breaking back into
the national side as an opener. If the team requires me
and wants me to bat down the order, bat three or four, I'm very comfortable and happy
to do that. But my preference, definitely,
is to open. I do love to be able to go out,
taking that first ball. Watson's statement of intent places more pressure
on test opener Ed Cowan who failed to fire
against Sri Lanka.

And, thankfully, there were no Sri Lanka cricket names there.I was going to leave all the tennis to you. Let's go to Tibooburra, which we can say. Grant is out there for weather this morning.Still not that easy to say. I tell you what it is, it is the definition of 'Isolation'. See, I can told you you can lay in the middle of the road and not be hit by a truck or road train.The 6:45 road train is due soon?

It is Murphy's law, I lay here and show you how no-one drives through the town

bank! But it is the most isolated town in New South Wales. Just a population of 75. It has enormous and wonderful rich history. We are in corner country, the juncture of three states. Look at this pub, the Family Hotel. Lit up like a Christmas tree. Beautiful, 1882 was the licence. Can you imagine how hard it would have been for the people who were out here, pioneering in an era of 1882. The temperatures in here are extraordinary. Hey, Dan! The artwork.Like the mural. Woops... It is absolutely fantastic artwork. Everywhere you look. Higher...This is award-winning stuff, guys. Who did this?Pugh, 1967.The three time Archibald winner? He touched, it up, so to speak, every time he came.Every time he came to Tibooburra, he did a bit extra.When you start a job that is only meant to be five minutes and it takes a week and a part to do it. You got no parts. You dig a hole, the wrong size pipe and got no fittings, ring Broken Hill for them. How often does the electrician come? Once every three months.Can you imagine the convenience of this. We got a picture yesterday, that he showed us yesterday, of the last couple of days of the extraordinary heat. Have a look the temperature on the gauge! 58 degrees!That was in the backyard in the sun, I had been doing a bit of work out there, you doing a bit of work out there, couldn't pick uch a hammer, chisel, screwdriver so I wanted to pick up a -- so I wanted to check.Where we are going tomorrow it is regularly like that?Yes, the station, they recorded 54 degrees in the shade on the verandah the other day.

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Troughs are keeping central
Australia hot and generating showers
and storms in WA, the Northern Territory
and Queensland. Brisk southerly winds
on the South East Queensland and northern New South Wales coast
are bringing showers. A high is keeping southern
New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia mostly clear
with cool southerly winds. Possible showers in Brisbane.
Showers clearing on Thursday. And returning on Saturday
with a hot change.

Look at that, so hot the other day, the birds were, literally, falling out of the sky and dying. That is how hot it was. Kid you not.Is that true?Really? They just spinning a yarn.Yes, little budge regards were -- budgery gars were falling out of the sky, literally, trying to find any shade they could. They were literally falling out of the sky.I hope they have got air conditioning in that pub. Thanks, Grant.

Coming up, a child killer's fresh bid
for freedom almost 20 years after the crime. Plus, time to come clean. Lance Armstrong to do a tell all
interview with Oprah Winfrey. And the hoon driver
banned for life. Was the penalty too harsh? But now it's time
for your Fresh Food Update I love my stone fruits, this time of year.Don't we.Particularly the apricots.I am here in the heart of the apricot growing region. Why set up the farm here?Well, as you can see, this ground full of limestones and gives great colour.And great sugar content too?Exactly. Woolworths need top-quality fruit and our business is to meet that demand.It

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One of the UK's
most notorious murderers could be released from prison,
aged just 30. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson
were only 10 years old when they lured toddler James Bulger away from a Liverpool
shopping centre. They tortured and murdered him. Both killers were released in 2001, but Venables was returned
to prison after being found in possession
of child pornography. Now he's pleading with authorities
to be released again. Sunrise UK correspondent
Martin Frizell joins us. Good morning, Martin. James Bulger's parents aren't happy. Will have an opportunity to object to their son's killer
being released?

Yes, Sam, I covered this story, the abduction and then subsequent trial almost 20 years ago or so and the horror still resonates today. They will have a chance to say what they think about him being released because they have seven days to do that. But I can tell you now, they are mortified and disgusted. They want to remember the twenty-first anniversary in peace. They don't want him out.How likely is it Venables will be released?Probably not. The parole board has to decide if he would be a threat to the public or himself, there are vigilantes out there who would love to know who he is. Draconian laws say we can never reveal his truety -- true identity. He wants to be out but the parole board will decide. The family of James Bulger say because he has been involved in sexual charges, he could use that as a motivation to kill another child. Goodness, we have to leave it there. Thank you.

A Perth hoon driver has been
banned from driving for life. David Lloyd Coxe was filmed performing a burnout in front
of a crowd of people in January last year. Yesterday, Coxe appeared in court pleading guilty
to three charges against him. The 29-year-old is the former
president of a Perth car club but now will never be allowed
to drive again. Motoring expert John Cadogan
joins me now. Good morning, John. How common is it for someone to have
their licence revoked for life?

Morning, Natalie. No, it is not Morning, Natalie. No, it is not very common at all. What is far more common and worrying on Australian roads is there are a bunch of people out there electing to drive. They have been banned for five, ten, 15, 20 and even 25 years. It is a problem for you if you have a crash with them.This ban, is it likely to stop any of the hoon drivers? Will it serve as a lesson, do you think? It may serve a message but it is policy. It is like crime and punishment in the beer garden. This guy a lakely to reoffend and get in the car and drive again. What are they going to do if he reafunds? Ban him for a second time?It is a hard one. And Sydney taxi drivers have protested over the new law making it compulsory for them to wear seatbelts, is a national plan needed We almost have national homogenised laws but this rule to not have one is crazy. If you have a crash and you are as slow as 40 or 50km/h and your head hits the windscreen, there is no afterwards. The risk of assault and the seatbelt being used as a weapon in a taxi is much less than that.Thank you than that.Thank you for your time.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong
has apologised to staff at his charity, Livestrong, about the doping allegations
against him. While no details have been released, one of those present says the
apology was sincere and heartfelt. It came ahead of a tell-all
interview with Oprah Winfrey being filmed at his home in the US. The world exclusive
will be broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network
on Friday. The interview coincides with the release of
a new Australian Government report recommending stronger anti-doping
powers to weed out drug cheats. For more on the interview I'm joined by cycling commentator
Matthew Keenan. Matt, good morning to you. You've commentated some of the tours
Lance Armstrong competed in. How much do you think he will admit?

You're in that circle.I don't think he'll go all the way and admit the whole lot, based on what we've heard from some of his colleagues. It is intriguing, the fall from grace of Lance Armstrong. He has gone from Lance Armstrong, seven times Tour de France winner and under the Lichbstrong banner to being Pinocchio and falling. What questions Oprah will ask? When she interviewed Marion Jones, she didn't go hard.She doesn't give people a grilling. He has gone to his house, she is going to she is going she is she is going to be on his territory, not neutral territory. Even if he goes a little way towards admitting it, or apologising, will it be enough? If he told parkies in the past he will still tell them?I don't think he will get the sympathy he is looking for. If he tries to put on the waterworks, think about the people who walked away from the sport because they couldn't compete with the cheats. Yes, he has raised a lot of money for cancer search, but it has been based on a lie. So don't be too sympathetic.OK, as somebody who is in the sport, are you devastated by what he's done and what he is going to admit?Not devastated by what he did when he was doing it. Devastated by the way he's conducted himself. What is disappointing is the fact that for is a system that enabled this to happen. As much as Lance Armstrong is the story at the moment, the bigger story, how did we sraet the environment for him to do it and and even the Australian side of the fence, Matt White and Steven Hodge. That is the question.These new powers to be given to Australia's doping agency, ASADA, do you agree with the changes?I agree with the recommendations. The challenge is to implement them. Like any good strategy, it is well and good on paper but you have to deliver. One of the things I do like, they recommend more testing at a local level and club races and amongst the juniors as well. Which sets the culture, you are not going to get away with it. We are going to catch you. But one thing that was concerning, most of the recommendations are generic and you expect them. But one, the directors of Cycling Australia and getting training what it is like to operate on a board, which shows, those who on a board, which shows, those conducted the review don't have a lot of faith in the people who are driving the sport.That's interesting. Thank you. Been fascinating watching the Oprah interview.Can't wait, but every barbecue, the conversation comes back to Lance Armstrong, and people saying, " saying, "Everybody was doing, he was the best of the cheats.".

race tension boils over
on a suburban Queensland street. We're live to a neighbourhood
in turmoil. Plus, facing the fury
of the fires... We heard the roar
of the fire coming, probably a couple of kays away. Just the absolute roar of the fire
was unbelievable. Live updates on the emergency
in New South Wales and Victoria. And Hugh's big night -
your Golden Globes wrap is next?

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brought to you by Australian Pork, with half the fat of red meat
and a valuable source of iron. Get some pork on your fork. Hugh Jackman has done us proud
at the Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Actor
for 'Les Miserables'. His good friend Nelson Aspen
joins us with the highlights. Good morning. He made a shocking admission
in his acceptance speech?

He did. He certainly was the man of the moment. But imagine how the world would just be a different place today if he didn't play the part of Jean Valjean. Take a look. Tom, I have never told you this, three weeks before we started filming, we had a terrible day of rehearsing, you will remember it. I came home to Deb and said, " came home to Deb and said, "I got to tell him, ring him, there is something else for this roll. I have bitten off more than I can chew." Baby, I am going to say it in front of the entire world, thank you for always be right, baby.He is such a nice bloke. But I think he needs someone to come out and say, " someone to come out and say, "He yelled at a bus driver or in a store." yelled at a bus driver or in a store.".(laughs) store.".(laughs).You know, he's too nice.Too nice.Too nice. You think, mate, you got to be more human. You can't say the right thing all the time.Well, I will tell you he is being very humble in that case. Because Tom Hooper, the direct director, confided to me, if Hugh didn't take on the roll, the project would never have taken off. It was only Hug: only Hug. only Hug.H. It was going to happen with Hugh at the helm or not at all. He is the nicest person.You hear him interviewed, he is so damn rr nice.A weekend away.He doesn't yell at bus drivers, he is really nice.He is so nysbut he needs to. Our other Aussie nominees didn't have as much luck as Hugh.It is why they serve so much alcohol, not everybody can go home with a gong. Nicole Kidman missed out and Keith Urban lost out, Naomi Watts miss out to Jessica Chastain for best actress. It is only the beginning. We still have the whole awards season to get through.OK, Nelson, I think we will check in with you a bit later on? Fashion. There is so much, we are running out of time now but we will check in later. Thank you. This is Sunrise and these are the top stories: The fight against a big and messy
bushfire that's destroyed 33 homes. And the hero volunteer
who lost his house saving others. Queensland police avert
an all-out neighbourhood brawl. But will a pollie's comments
on the race row spark more violence? The palace names July.
So will it be twins? And the Golden Globe goes to
Hugh Jackman, 'Les Miserables'. Now he's setting his sights
on the Oscars. Lleyton Hewitt slugged out of
the Australian Open.

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this is Sunrise on Seven. Now, live from Brekky Central,
Kochie and Sam. Hello again. Lleyton Hewitt was always going
to find it tough but tonight
it's Bernard Tomic's turn. More on that shortly. Also this morning -
pain at the pump. Why petrol prices have recorded
their biggest weekly jump in seven years. But right now, the latest on
the bushfire crisis. Here's Nat.

We're a little early.That's OK. More news is never enough.A wrap up? Yrn

Good morning. Cool overnight conditions
have helped firefighters battling a monster blaze
in northern New South Wales. The fire near Coonabarabran has
already destroyed at least 33 homes and it could take days to contain. The inferno ripped through bushland,
west of Coonabarabran, destroying home after home
in its path. We heard the roar of the fire
coming, probably a couple of kays away. Just the absolute roar of the fire
was unbelievable. Families escaped just in time. Smoke and embers and everything
closed in the road, um...it was very hard to see. You had to drive
with your headlights on. New South Wales'
most destructive bushfire left behind a blackened landscape. Dozens of houses and more than
50 sheds reduced to rubble. Also in the firing line - the $80 million
Siding Springs Observatory. Australia's most important
eye in the sky captured the moment
the fire and smoke swept through. Staff left, and firefighters too,
before the devastation. A thermometer on site
went off the charts at 100 degrees. Outbuildings were destroyed but scientific equipment
appears to be intact. It went over quite a few
of the telescopes and kept going. Thousands of cattle perished. Stock wandering in the paddocks
they'd been burnt... ..too much. I'm a farmer
and I can't believe what we saw. And the danger isn't over,
the fire's still burning - huge plumes of smoke
can be seen from space. Nearby town Baradine
could be without power for days. and we have got
literally days and days of work before we even consider
containing this fire. Families who have lost their homes
can't assess the damage - the road in is still closed.

And for an update on the fires
raging across New South Wales, we're joined now by the state's Rural Fire Service
commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons. Good morning, Commissioner. Where are firefighters focusing
their efforts this morning?

It is about focusing on containing as many of these uncontained fires as we can. Still 29 fires across New South Wales, all requiring close attention of firefighters. Of course, the enormity of that fire ground up in Coonabarabran, 40,000 hectares. If you did the detailed run around the edge, you are probably up somewhere around 2en had kilometres of fire edge that needs to be attended to. That needs to be contained. And then that containment needs to be consolidated as much as we can before we see a return to these hotter, dry conditions and probably back into severe fire danger ratings towards the end of this week.So, at the moment, there there more homes under threat? We heard about the 33 destroyed?I suspect as we get more detailed analysis in the field today there is every likelihood the number could still rise in terms of the number of homes lost. At this stage, the fire activity is not threatening homes directly and we have no warnings out. But clearly, we've got to monitor that situation closely. There is a lot of work being done in fire grounds with back-burning, suppression and mopping up activities and that will be going on for days.Yes, thank you for your time.You're welcome.

Queensland police are working
to stop racial feuding after another night of tension
in Logan, south of Brisbane. The Riot Squad was called
to the community last night but no arrests were made. A large number of people took
to the streets, armed with weapons, but police they managed to stop
a major brawl from starting. They'll continue talks
with community leaders this morning and will increase patrols. A Melbourne driver has allegedly blown more than three times
the legal alcohol limit after crashing his car through
several shop fronts in Brunswick early this morning. The car veered onto a footpath and smashed through the windows
of a bridal boutique, cake shop and a hairdresser, before colliding with a pole. The 24-year-old driver returned
a breath test reading of 0.154%. For all those with their eyes
on the royal baby bump, Prince William and wife Kate
have confirmed their first child
is due to be born in July. While there was talk the Duchess of
Cambridge could be carrying twins, palace officials say the couple is expecting
just the one bundle of joy with no word yet
on whether it's a boy or a girl. Kate's said to be feeling
much better since being hospitalised
for morning sickness. And if you think your public
transport commute is tough, take a look at this. People on New York's famous subway
have been left red-faced after some travellers stripped down for the annual No Pants Subway Ride. While some couldn't help but stare, others found the entire trip
uncomfortable. The event is now spreading
across the world. there are two rules
for those taking part - no pants
and you must keep a straight face.

Hmm... Why? Is it raising money for charity?No, it is just a thing they do. New Yorkers... You know what they're like! Ahead on

the schools set to charge students
to use the internet in class. But first, here's Kochie. SunriseAustralians are paying more for petrol, prices recording their biggest weekly jump in seven years. Melbourne motorists have been hit the hardest paying an extra 11 cents a litre, jumping 10 cents in Sydney and 9 cents in Adelaide monopoly Craig, from CommSec, what is behind the increase?Kochie, you thing it is a disaster around the world, and oil prices have gone up but it gets down to vagaries of the dig counting cycle. It is affecting Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. It can take 12 to 13 days to get from the high point to the low point and then the price jumps 10 to 13 cents a litre. Perth has got a cycle of falling for six days and rising on the seven days. A lot of other motorists are asking, " the seven days. A lot of other
motorists are asking, "Why can't we have the same thing." A question has to be asked of the petrol commissioner, why the vagaries? And other areas of Australia, the petrol price is stable and there has to be prices -- -- questions asked of the regulators.The price is that big? You can get down to $ You can get down to $1. You can get down to $1.30 and all of a sudden up to $ a sudden up to $1. a sudden up to $1.50. For a lot of motorists, trying to budget, it doesn't make a lot of sense.I reckon we should quiz our petrol commissioner. He has been so forthcoming in the past. Let's get him on. Thank you, Craig. Now to Wall Street.

Apple shares have taken a bit of a craning because there are reports they had to cut back iPhone they had to cut back production because of a lack of sales. The European markets were mixed. To our region, another takeover bid for Billabong, another outsider coming in.

Time for sport with Beretts in Melbourne. And Beretts, all the mail around the business community is your V8 deal was done late last night and it's going to stay on Seven.News on that shortly, Kochie. One of our favourite mornings at Rod Laver Arena, the Goolagong Tennis Academy, all the indigenous kids get to come in here and experience the Australian Open. Evonne Goolagong is here and we will chat with her after 7:30.

An Australian Open campaign that
promised so much for Lleyton Hewitt has ended
in an opening round defeat. Hewitt gave
his usual lion-hearted effort against world number nine
Janko Tipsarevic last night but it wasn't enough, the Serb trumped in straight sets
7-6, 7-5, 6-3. Hewitt admitting he was outplayed
when it mattered. Yeah, I felt like I hit the ball
reasonably well for the match. I didn't play a poor-standard match. He just played too well
on the big points. It's the 31-year-old's sixth
first-round loss from 17 Australian Opens.

Roger Federer begins his quest
for a fifth Open title today. Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka
are among the other stars on court. Play begins at 10:30am
eastern daylight saving time. The night session from 7pm features Bernard Tomic's clash
with Leonardo Mayer plus fellow Aussie
Jarmila Gajdosova.

It is all right here on Seven.

Hawthorn recruit Brian Lake

is working on winning back the trust
of his new team-mates following a drunken night out. Lake and wife Shannon
were fined for public drunkenness after being jailed
on Saturday night. The Hawks opted not
to suspend Lake, instead ordering him to help victims
of the Tasmanian bushfires. As a mature player
for the Hawthorn Football Club, I should know to leave a bit earlier
than I did with my wife. Yes, I'll learn.
I hope everyone learns.

At Richmond,
the Tigers have promised to keep supporting
wayward youngster Dustin Martin as he continues
to battle off-field issues.

Kochie, looks like you're right.

V8 Supercar fans should finally
get news on the TV broadcast rights later today with the Seven Network
expected to extend its deal, beginning with Adelaide's
Clipsal 500 in March. It's further strengthens
the Seven sports line up this year with Bathurst, Melbourne Cup,
AFL, Sydney to Hobart and Australian Open Golf.

So, very good news, and V8 supercar fans are going to be very relieved about that. Of course, a big day of tennis coming up. Bernard Tomic tonight, the big match of the day, coming up tonight.And good luck to JP Smith, a young Oddi, I got to chat with after the show finished yesterday. He was hitting up against Matt Reid, goes to the university of Tennessee, one of the Australians not at the glamour end of the rankings and just grinding it out, following his cream dream.What is his name again?JP Smith.I think Beretts' shirt was so loud, it Beretts' shirt was so loud, it was affecting hid audio. We didn't lose you that time.It is like a sun flare.Wooooh! Let's get some weather now. Grant is in Tibooburra. A very quiet town.Is that right, Misty, great stuff. Just sharing a story with a local one. Coloured shirt, nothing wrong with

, exactlyrectomy. You know how remote , exactlyrectomy. You know how remote you are when you are in a place -- exactry light. Look what the road sign is attached to. Look at that, Queensland Road, hanging off the branch of the tree, that is an official council road sign. It is called Queensland Road because we are 50 kays from the

You know how, when you need You know how, when you need need some essential services and pop up to the shop and grab a couple of things like the bread and the milk, you are annoyed because they close early Sunday or 24-hour trading has finished or something like that, when you need essential services check out how it has to happen here in Tibooburra. I pill pop over to the local pub, also the general store, no, it is locked. I wonder when they will open again? Oh... March, a bit of a dilemma. Yeah, when Jonno has to go on holiday here, there is kind of no-one to replace him at all. That's why, when we say before, the electrician comes once every three months, make sure you stock up before Jonno goes on holidays. Let's look at the forecast.

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Beautiful pubs. I think that is, obviously, the backbone and a lot of the heritage of Australia, the foundation, that serviced the stockmen that sat on these massive stations. A big thirst was earned in this territory. Easy to do a pub crawl in a town like this, considering the pub is over there. Literally. Tibooburra, that is how the other live, Australia.It is literally a crawl. We will check in with you very soon.

This is the 11th day

fire crews have been fighting
bushfires across Australia and there's little relief in sight. A massive blaze continues
to burn out of control in north-west New South Wales. And a grassfire in Victoria
has damaged a large area. Let's go to Edwina Bartholomew
and Nick Etchells. Edwina, how serious
is the fire there?

It is incredibly serious, Sam. It is now Berning Affairing over -- burning over 40,000 hectares and fuelled by the really dry bush out here. At one point, the fire front was burning at an incredible rate of 100km/h. That has died down slightly now but this fire is far from contained.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC) We heard the roar of the fire
coming, probably a couple of kays away. Just the absolute roar of the fire
was unbelievable. (MUSIC CONTINUES) They come and told us we gotta go so we went to the bottom of the hill
sat at the bottom of the hill and just watched it come
over the top. There was a change of colour
in the smoke and we imagine that might have been
the house going up. There are bushfires
and then there's this - described as the most ferocious
blaze in the last decade. There was little locals could do
but escape - fast. The fire put out such
a heat signature

The

the smoke and inembers and everything, closed in the road, very hard to see, you had to drive with your headlights on.In the path of the fire, homes, and Siding Spring Observatory, now sitting in its own moonscape. As it swept through, the building's web cam catchtured the intensity. One thermometer measured 100 degrees but the equipment seemed to have survived.Went to have survived.Went over the top of the telescopes and kept going.It created its own lightening and weather phenomenon rarely seen. The fire put out such
a heat signature that it could be seen
on weather radars. It's like it created
its own weather system 58 By nightfall the fire had burnt
33 homes, 50 sheds, 40,000 hectares and it's still raging.

Stock, wandering in the paddocks have been burned. Too much, I'm a farmer, I can't believe what we saw. Locals have been evacuated to towns, not sure when they can return home, not knowing what they will return to.Other people have been through it, and you learn from their experiences and you think that may happen to me one day. It has. And just got to, it is the Australian bush, you just got to live that way. Now, often something like this doesn't hit home until you put a face to it. Local RFS captain Bob Fenwick was out firing the fight when he lost his home. They built it, now there is very little left but a pile of bricks and twisted roof metal, Sam. Hopefully, he and other families can get to their homes and look at the damage. A story repeated many times.We really do feel for that community. Nick, what is the latest on the Victorian grassfire?It was a big concern yesterday. Primarily because it happened at Little River, halfway between Melbourne and Geelong. A lot of housing around there. It happened in grassland and quickly grew to 250 hectares of firefront there. It took 40 fire crews and as you can see, Elvis the skycrane, managed to get it under control, thankfully before any property was lost. Police do believe the fire was deliberately lit.That is very annoying to hear. Thank you both, will check in with you soon.

Police have managed to avert
more racially fuelled violence in a suburb south of Brisbane. Officers were forced to step in as
Aboriginal and Pacific Islander men wielded fence palings
in the face-off at Woodridge. It's the third incident in the area
in three days as tensions simmer
between the groups. Police say they'll increase patrols
until the dispute is resolved. Sunrise reporter Leisa Goddard
is in Woodridge. Leisa, what's causing the tension?

Kochie, you've got two families, an Aboriginal family and a Pacific Island family who live 200 metres apart. They are warring against each other. Groups of people coming in. We have seen violence Saturday night, Sunday night and again last night. This morning residents are waking up to a heavy police presence. A few minutes ago, we saw an Aboriginal lady being essorted by three or four police officers as she walked through the streets. It is how serious they take it. If they leave and take the blockades away from the streets they fear the violence will erupt. Not helping it, a MP, Andrew Lanney hit Twitter and basically

So, as if this wasn't ugly enough, he has caused a social media frenzy he has caused a social media where you have got people saying, " where you have got people saying, "He is only sayt what we are thinking." And others say it is a disgrace. Fingers crossed it will stay calm.Why are they warring? Do we know the reason?There is some dispute as to why they are warring. They are saying it is a racial dispute. Last month, we had a 17-year-old inal boy killed on a train track after some sort of fight. train track after some sort of fightch. So they believe some tension has been building in the past few weeks about that. We are yet to hear the bottomm of it. Thanks for the update.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
have confirmed when their baby is due. Sunrise royal editor Rob Jobson
joins us from London. So when's the big day going to be?

The palace has said it will be some time in July. Which Deis good news for the royal family, lathe last royal birthday was first July, it was Princess Diana's birthday. The same day as diWilliam's mum, Kate got it right again.You speculated on the reports of royal twins but that Lebanon has been officially dismissed?Yes, the statement today they are saying it is clearly one child. The reason we were speculating is because she had this acute morning sickness. It is quite common for this to happen with women who are expecting twins. Clearly it has been ruled out now. There is no problem about them picking which twin becomes the next king or queen. We saw her out and about on the weekend, do you think Kate will keep up her schedule of public appearances between now and July?I was speaking to someone about this today, it is clear Kate does want to keep up the appearances. She is after all, pregnant, not sick or ill. Yes, she had a problem with acute morning sickness. And a lot of people carry on working because of needs must. She is keen to be seen to be doing her bit and we will see her out and about.Do you think she will be a stay-at-home mum once the baby is worn?It is interesting, there is speculation they don't want to hire a nanny. I think that is going to be impossible. I think they will need 1 and a half nannies, will need 1 and a half nannies really. She is one half of the most famous couple in the world and the public will expect to see her working soon after having the baby and be back on the road. I don't think she will be a stay-at-home mum, even if she wants to.We will want to see the baby, it will have to get out and about. Thank you. Here is Kochie.

He had a dream lead
into this year's Australian Open, winning the Kooyong final. But Lleyton Hewitt has faltered
on day one at Melbourne Park. He's been knocked out
in the first round, Frustration, disappointment,
they are the... ..obviously first feelings. More so when you do put in
all the hard yards. Hewitt was among eight Aussies
to bow out yesterday. Professional tennis coach Roger
Rasheed joins us from the Open. Roger, you coached Hewitt for years.

We were all shattered last night watching it. He took it up to Tipsarevic didn't heYes, and he was always going to. He prepared well. He had the Australian summer to get ready. He was in good nick and his body was good. Hitting the ball well. There is no doubt, there was a an taountd for Lleyton to be a set up. I thought the critical 30 minutes was going to be the telling factor. It went to 69 in the first. To Tipsarevic's credit, he stepped up his tennis and went for it. All of a sudden, upped the ante and accelerated the weight of shot by 10 or accelerated the weight of shot by 10 or 15 kilometres and took control of the match from that time on.Only Sam Stosur advanced yesterday. Eight Aussies out?Yes, look, what do you do? It is almost like we have, we don't have a lot of players at the absolute top end of the game. Sam was fantastic. It was never going to be easy. It was going to be an extraordinary day for her to mentally lock in and get it done and get over the line. She did it, to her credit. She was down a break in the first set. I think the weight is lifted and she will play quality tennis. The other Aussies, a couple of 5 setters, Ebden was 2 sets up. Millman, who did well in Brisbane, lost late yesterday. It is a tough one.Can I have Sam Stosur's arms, thanks? She's got great guns, hasn't she?You got to do pushups, kaugs, simple. In the ad breaks do pushups. In the odd interview, get down and give me some.I got to toughen up. Do you think Bernard Tomic can keep his nerve under all the pressure? Absolutely. He loves this sort of space. He has shown it from day one. The good thing is the level and the way he is playing the tennis, the way he is hitting the ball, she has ahort -- he has authority. He is owning the tennis court. He is owning it tonight. It will be a comfortable three-set win for him. Excellent, Roger, good to catch up as usual. Sam Stosur is in such great nick.Doesn't she! I want her arms mismMe too.OK, that would be weird.Yes, that would be a bit weird.

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It's time for a news hit.
Here's Nat. Firefighters are hoping
to take advantage of improved conditions today as they battle
a ferocious fast-moving bushfire in north-west New South Wales. So far it's been confirmed 33 homes
have been lost to the blaze I suspect as we get more detailed
analysis in the field today, there's every likelihood that
that number could rise in terms of the homes lost. Firefighters will try
to contain the fire before extreme conditions return
at the end of the week. Firefighters in Victoria fear a blaze that threatened homes
near Geelong yesterday was deliberately lit. The grassfire at Little River has
burnt out about 400 hectares of land but has now been contained. The public is being asked
to keep watch for firebugs with temperatures
around Melbourne and Geelong expected to soar to 39 degrees
on Thursday.

Queensland police will step up
their patrols after more violence in Logan
last night. Two warring families
have been fighting since a car was attacked
over the weekend. Last night, the Riot Squad
was called in as large crowds
gathered on the street, some armed with makeshift weapons. The local mayor and the Premier
have both weighed in on the brawl, calling for an end to the violence. Voter support for Labor has jumped
to its strongest levels since the last election. The year's first Newspoll, out today
in the 'Australian' newspaper shows Labor's primary vote
has gained six points while the Coalition dropped two. Most of Labor's gains
coming from the Greens and smaller parties. On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition retains a slim lead
despite dropping three points. While Julia Gillard has extended
her lead over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister. Actress Jodie Foster has made
an unexpected admission as she was honoured for her 47-year
career at the Golden Globes. The crowd was in tears as the star
paid tribute to her dying mother. She also confirmed
for the first time she's gay. I did my coming out years ago,
back in the Stone Age. Her announcement was applauded
by the A-list crowd.

Beretts is at the tennis.

Lleyton Hewitt is frustrated
and disappointed The 31-year-old went into last
night's clash with Janko Tipsarevic in vintage form but couldn't reproduce it
against the world number nine. Tipsarevic prevailed in
straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-3. Frustration, disappointment,
they are the...

Bernard Tomic now stands alone as
our best hope in the men's singles. His clash with Leonardo Mayer
headlines tonight's action from 7pm
eastern daylight saving time.

The Melbourne Renegades
will re-gain skipper Aaron Finch for tonight's Big Bash League
semifinal against Brisbane Heat. The big-hitting opener
has a point to prove after being axed
from the Aussie one-day side. The most disappointing thing
was the way that I played. I feel like I didn't play
my natural game, probably a little bit timid
in my approach. That's the only thing I'd change. Former international Mike Hussey will be playing
for the Perth Scorchers in tomorrow night's semi against
Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars. Marcus North could be dumped
to make way for Hussey. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly made
a tearful apology to staff
at his Livestrong foundation for putting
the cancer charity at risk. Armstrong made the apology before leaving to tape his tell-all
interview with Oprah Winfrey but it's believed he stopped short
of offering a doping confession. The Texan was stripped of his seven
Tour de France titles last year for involvement in one of the most
sophisticated doping programs in sporting history.

Great time down here, early in the morning at the Australian Open, here on Rod Laver. The kids from the Goolagong Foundation are just hitting up, from all over Australia. Evonne is here. Always great to see one of our favourite treasures here at the Australian Open. Tell us about these wonderful kids you've got?First of all, I want to say, we've got to stop meeting like this. But on the other hand, what a wonderful opportunity for these kids. There are players who play in the tournaments in the Australian Open, nev get the opportunity to play on centre court. Here they are, every year, on centre court for an hour. It is just wonderful for them. There are great lit stars of the future. A couple of years ago you had Ash Barty here who went on to win junior Wimbledon and went to five sets yesterday?Yes, a great role model. She came out a couple of years go and hit with the kids and." years go and hit with the kids and said, " said, "They are quite good." said, "They are quite good.". It is about finding the young person who wants to help themselves. The kids who try hard, we give them scholarships for free coaching lessons. We can't help everybody but at least seven in each area we go to, three different places within each state we did this year for the Learner and Ledger pramx targets kids between 5 and 10. If they stay in school, and we take them to camp, from there if they stay in school, that is the most important. I believe education is the most important thing to get them in their lives and find their dreams. Stay in school, and then we introduce them to the national camp. All these kids here, it has grown. We had 15 last year. Now we have 26 kids from all the indigenous, well a lot of indigenous ones around Australia.I know there are kids from your program aorx who aebgs -- who are working here at Tennis Australia. Always great to see you here, enjoy the Australian Open. Now, a mate of ours, Grant is further north, up in your part of the world, how is the weather looking up there?Fantastic. I love Evonne too, she gets the whole centre-of-Australia character, she is from Barellan, and the community supported her. We went to that town, a wonderful little town and spirit. There are so many locations, like we are at Tibooburra, full of innovation and exciting ideas, ballsy concepts where people blaze across the country and dared to do what others didn't. This isn't one of those stories. It is probably one of the bonehead store as. Captain Charles Sturt, see that boat? A great explorer wanted to be the first man to stamp his foot in the centre of Australia and sail in the inland sea. He dragged that from Adelaide, 900 kilometres, dragged it, 900 kilometres to sail in the inland sea but it didn't exist. There was one, but just 8 to 900 million years earlier than that boat was made. There it There earlier than that boat was made. There was an inland sea, jelogically, geographically but he failed on that. To that we say, " failed on that. To that we say, failed on that. To that we say, "Deerh!." Missed it by that much.

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Captain Sturt, we salute you. And other pioneers who blazed the country open from Tibooburra, Australia's most remote town.I love stories like that.I went to Charles Sturt University, so it makes me worry about my