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This program is captioned live. Tonight, a man shot dead at
a Western Sydney transport company. returning home
to see their lives in ruins. But the danger's not over - crews prepare
for more extreme weather. Taronga Zoo explains why
an elephant crushed his keeper. And is America's deadly flu epidemic
heading to Australia?

VOICEOVER: This is Seven News
with Mark Ferguson.

Good evening. We begin with breaking news, and one man is dead
and another wounded following a shooting at the office of a western Sydney
transport company late today. Mike Duffy is at the scene
at Wetherill Park. Mike, is it known
what triggered the shooting?

It's not clear yet, Mark. A large number of police are here at Dynamic Transport
on Hassall Street trying to track down
those responsible. Witnesses say they heard
several shots fired in the area just before 4:00. One man died here at the scene. The other was taken to hospital
with a gunshot wound to his arm. Friends and family of the victims
have been gathering here, clearly devastated
by what's happened. Seven News understands
detectives are investigating whether the shooting
is bikie related. Police have been speaking to staff who were inside the warehouse
at the time of the shooting. Those who work nearby say emergency services were here quickly
after the bloodshed. Ambulances, police cars -
all the squads were here. I just walked down and had a look and just hearsay
two people had been shot.

Police have set up
a large crime scene around this Wetherill Park
factory complex with their investigations
set to last long into tonight, Mark.

Residents who lost everything
in the Coonabarabran fire storm have begun
the heart-breaking return home, wiping away tears as they inspected
the blackened ruins. Tonight, the bushfire remains
a threat - heading north - and likely to burn
for several weeks. The Seven News team has comprehensive coverage
on the devastation and predictions
of more extreme conditions ahead. First, Hugh Whitfeld reports.

This was Bob Fenwick's
home, sheds, machinery - life. This valley in front of us
is where our stock were. Well, they're all gone. I lost around 30 head of cattle
and about 250 sheep. Bob was fighting the fire
on Sunday night as his own home burned. Today, still dressed
in his RFS gear, the volunteer and farmer
flew in the Seven News chopper It's not much.

The noise is terrifying - so frightening
you just can't describe the noise and not just the wind,
but trees going bang and different frightening noises
you never hear any other way. Bob and his wife, Jeanette.
built this place 30 years ago. Bob and his wife, Jeanette,
built this place 30 years ago. Now it's one of 33 homes destroyed.

I know that my

I know that my losses are fantastic when I see all those other houses up there. Those people have no way to go.

The Timor Road, ground zero for Sunday's
devastating blaze, is still officially closed. But residents are unofficially
returning to their properties to assess the damage. Like Peter Starr -
his 80-year-old house is destroyed. There's actually a lot of memories
we left in here I just couldn't get to in time, so it's pretty sad. He managed to escape
as the fire came at his property. One house stands,
but this one is gone. Next door, the garage is destroyed
but the home still stands. It's perfectly OK,
just don't have utilities. All the power and utilities
come from here. So, I have a house
but can't actually live in it. The world-famous
Siding Spring Observatory resembles a war zone. The visitors centre,
popular with families and tourists, reduced to a heap. You can see it's gone through here
hot as hell, so considering those buildings
are still intact is pretty amazing. Some of the first people
to see it first-hand - the Fire Commissioner
and Acting Premier. Even though you've got that enormity
of the fire run up the back, it would have crested over here, you have just had embers
all over the place and running around
trying to put them all out. They choppered in this morning as the Government offered
emergency assistance payments. But the miraculous thing is
that despite the property loss, and there have been
33 residences destroyed, there has been no loss of life.

This fire has no single front but is burning more than 100 kilometres around. It is burning in pockets like is that spark up from nowhere, pushing towards homes and people all the time.

The fire flared again
this afternoon, this time on the southern side
in hills close to property. Strike teams were called in
to protect homes but like so much of this country,
it's rugged and almost impossible to fight
on the ground. Extra crews are on their way. This emergency is far from over. The state's worst bushfire
in a decade could still burn for days. We'll have firefighters
patrolling it literally for weeks unless we get some really good,
heavy widespread rain. Some already on the frontline
have been fighting fires for days. One dedicated crew has gone
from Campbelltown to Nowra and now Coonabarabran. We're always tired, mate.
We've been going all week. Had a couple of days off but we had a good drive up here
yesterday and a good sleep last night.

Now we've got three days
on the fire front. Conditions were
in their favour today but everyone here knows things can,
and probably will, flare up again. They're trying to do backburns
for the next couple of days to be prepared for what
they're expecting on Friday - a big change. A big change, bringing with it more intense heat
and strong winds. The fire is already just a couple of hundred meters
from Michael Phillips home. He's prepared should the firestorm
swing his way... an underground
seismic observatory that doubles as a fire bunker. There was a time we were advised
to leave, very strongly, but I did have a plan B
with a hole in the ground. Surrounded by layers of steel,
fibreglass and sand, Michael is convinced
nothing would get through. Do you reckon
you'd be alright down there? Absolutely. No, I've put a lot
of thought into survivability. But for Michael and this town,
the danger is far from over.

Now live to Hugh Whitfeld
at Bugaldie, just north-west of Coonabarabran. Hugh, what's the latest there?

Mark, the biggest problem
for fire crews is the wind keeps changing here. Yesterday, it was the eastern
and northern side of the fire that was the biggest concern - that's how this house was destroyed. Today the winds changed and the southern side
was heading for houses. 50 fire trucks and 200 firefighters still haven't been able
to control the fire that's so far burnt out
42,000 hectares. I'll be back later in the bulletin with more from Peter Starr
and his incredible tale of survival.

Seven's Edwina Bartholomew
is at Coonabarabran. Edwina, you've found
one of the worst hit areas.

Mark, there are about seven homes
along this road, alone, that look like this. There's absolutely nothing left. Windows melted
and the ruins are still hot from when the fire
raged through here on Sunday. The Munge family who live here tried to protect as much
as they could before fleeing - a fire they say
was as fast as a freight train.

A few cups, pots with no plants
and a tea strainer are all Phil and Chris Munge
can find in their family home. It's surreal. I can't believe it. I keep on thinking
it's there still. If I pick up a piece of tin,
it'll be there underneath. Married for 43 years, it took them 30
to buy their own patch of land. It was their son, Christian, who
broke the news there's nothing left. He came home
and he said it was gone. "It's gone." "What's gone?" "The house is gone." And, um...
It's gone! ..what do you say to your son? Thank you.

but couldn't save their property. Everything happened
in the blink of an eye - very, very quickly, yeah. It was faster than you could run. If you were on foot,
you wouldn't have outrun it. Strangers have become saviours here. (CHAINSAW BUZZES) Crews from Coffs Harbour
and Bellingen have been clearing the road. Further up, there are twigs
where a forest once stood - kangaroos frozen like statues
and a joey looking for its mother. John Damen's property was spared,
but his friend's wasn't. It sold two days before the fire. The contracts were signed on Friday
but not exchanged, so it'll have to be revalued
and sold as land only now. Right at the top of the hill, This is what I've got. The clothes on your back
and that's it. Yeah...yeah.

Now the once-rolling green hills
are blackened. I can't afford to rebuild it, so, yeah, I'll have to move
into somewhere else. As for Phil and Chris,
they are staying put. We've got really good memories. We've got lovely memories,
and we've got each other. Their house on the Guinema Road
is still home to them.

As we've reported,
the bushfire remains out of control. Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers
joins us live now. What's concerning you most
about this fire? As we have

As we have said, the fire keeps flaring up all over the place. there were flare up playback in Coonabarabran it self. It has been moving towards communications towers. That is the last thing the community can lose. The aircraft has been laying retardant and actively protecting that infrastructure. We have also got fires in other areas. They make it is a lot of fire in that area and the weather is going to worsen later in the week, particularly for southern NSW.The situation is looking bad in the north-west. What about the rest of the state?The rest of the stage is going pretty well. The fires that it occurred earlier last week - they are not causing problems but they are not actually out at the moment and to the concern is as we get into Thursday, it warms up, Friday is shaping up as another problem day with a strong winds, we need to make sure those fires cannot get out.

Another wave of extreme heat
is set to hit New South Wales in two days, with hot north-westerly winds expected to fan
the Coonabarabran fire zone. Sally Bowrey has the latest.
Sal, how hot will it get? Mark, forecasters are warning many parts of the state will top
40 degrees on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures in Coonabarabran should reach 36 on Thursday
and 38 on Friday, and rain isn't likely
to bring relief on either day. Authorities say extreme fire dangers could trigger another
Total Fire Ban. Places like Gloucester and Cessnock are expected to hit a searing
43 degrees on Friday, and lightning could be a problem
for firefighters. On Saturday, alone, we saw 100 fires
sparked by lightning strikes. And Sally,
what's the outlook for Sydney? Mark, the western suburbs will climb
into the late 30s on Thursday and hit a scorching 42 on Friday. It'll be slightly cooler
in the city but could still reach 37 degrees. The cool change will hit
on Friday afternoon, but the bad news is it could take
awhile to reach the west. But it will really cool things off, with the mercury dropping back
into the mid 20s. And I'll have more
later in the bulletin, Mark. OK, thanks, Sally.

Taronga Zoo has revealed high testosterone levels
are likely to blame for one of its elephants
attacking a keeper. Lucy Melo was nearly crushed
to death last October when the calf pinned her
against a pole.

Lucy Melo was back where she belongs
today, offering a snack
to 2-year-old Pathi Harn - the elephant calf which left her
in hospital with serious injuries. Not that the 40-year-old zookeeper
bears any grudge - quite the opposite. Head down. Head down, Pathi.
Good boy. I just want to reassure everyone that I'm well and truly
back to work. Thank you, Pathi.
That's very kind of you. And looking after these elephants
is my top priority. Keeper and elephant were ending
a bathing training exercise in October when the calf suddenly
moved his head, pinning Lucy Melo against a bollard. The zoo has since been trying
to find out what went wrong. There was no ill intent, there was no evidence of any
ill intent from Pathi Harn. But tests of Pathi Harn's
testosterone levels showed an unusual spike -
higher even than adult males - possibly explaining
a change in behaviour. It doesn't look that threatening. From here, it looks
quite slow and dawdling. But the zoo says he's unpredictable and they're taking
extra safety measures. Worldwide, he's the fastest
developing elephant we know of. Taronga is confident the reinforced
concrete and steel in this pen is more than adequate
for Pathi Harn, and in a few years time, he and the other males
will be shipped off to Dubbo zoo. But not before some lessons
on good behaviour from Lucy Melo.

Health experts are warning a deadly flu that's spread
across the United States will inevitably hit our shores. Doctors want Australians
to be prepared and make sure they're vaccinated.

Australian tourists
heading to America are shocked they haven't been warned
about the country's flu epidemic. Yes, I am very much concerned
about it and I didn't know and we weren't warned. Obviously,
it's a bit of a concerning thing, having that many people passing away
over that area especially considering
we're going there. The US winter flu,
which has hit 47 states, could be the worst
the country has ever seen. Dozens of people have died,
including 20 young children. One doctor in Minnesota, where there have been 27 deaths
due to the flu, said today
the spread of this virus this winter has been pretty much unparalleled. Australians in the US
have been struck down, including actor Hugh Jackman, but his Golden Globe
acceptance speech has been criticized for not helping
the country's efforts to curb the spread of the disease. Sorry, I'm tail end of this flu and I was kicking myself
for not getting the flu shot but it appears actually
you don't need one - I feel great! The three strains of flu
that have taken hold across the US are the same as those
that hit Australia hard last winter. We are a global community,
international travel is common, these things spread early
and they spread fast. The Australian Medical Association
warns it's only a matter of time before the US killer flu
returns to Australia and it advises people at risk to get their vaccinations
as early as March. Those most at risk include
young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illness
and the elderly. Vaccine giant CSL says it has produced
more than 4 million shots ahead of the Australian flu season.

Still to come tonight
in Seven News - why the NRMA wants a better deal
for Sydney drivers.

Also, what Lance Armstrong told
Oprah Winfrey in his TV interview.

And Dame Edna takes over
a dance class in central Sydney. That's next.

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Returning to our top story and police have just spoken
about the double shooting at Wetherill Park this afternoon, in which one man died
and a second was wounded. A strike force has now been set up
to investigate, with bikie links
among the lines of the inquiry. As a

As a result of the shots being fired, a 45-year-old male has sustained fatal gunshot wounds and has died as result of the incident. A 31-year-old male has been conveyed to Liverpool Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right arm.

Commuters have rescued a man
from an oncoming train after he fell onto railway tracks
at Chatswood station. when he slipped off the platform
during last night's peak hour. Witnesses say
he appeared to be on drugs. The next train
was less than four minutes away. The man was taken
to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition. The NRMA is demanding a return
to the regular petrol price cycle, saying erratic changes aren't fair
on Sydney drivers. Prices spiked Australia-wide
last week, but retailers say
they had been unusually low.

The Petrol Commissioner says
there's no need to be alarmed by sharp price increases
in Sydney and Melbourne. In fact, we've seen bigger jumps
from that on a day-to-day basis. The national average price
jumped 6.3 cents a litre. Part of the reason for that
was that we saw some very heavy discounting
in the previous cycle. Those discounted prices, however, have been below
the wholesale price for fuel, and, at some point, the operator of a business
needs to make a profit. But CommSec economist Craig James
says the Commissioner needs to act. It doesn't make a lot of sense and it's time for action
by a lot of the regulators. But service station owners
seized on commentary from CommSec analyst
Savanth Sebastian.

That certainly adds to the confusion
of the public. You've got two people in the same
organisation with different views. The NRMA says it's a struggle for motorists to get into the rhythm
or any routine of filling up on cheaper petrol when the price cycle
can hardly be described as that. Because that usually implies
regular price movements. It's really tough
for the motorists to keep up. A lot of them feel like
they're being toyed with. What was once a weekly cycle
can now stretch to 19 days.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong
has reportedly admitted to being a drug cheat. He's said to have made
the confession during an interview
with Oprah Winfrey which will be screened on Friday. Oprah says their interview went
for nearly three hours and he came ready. If so, it would be the first time
Armstrong has admitted to wrongdoing despite the strong evidence
against him. Earlier, Armstrong also apologised to staff
at his Livestrong Cancer Foundation, telling them he'd let them down.

St James Palace has announced the Duchess of Cambridge
is due to give birth in July. The statement put an end
to speculation that Kate could be having twins, but it didn't reveal whether
she's having a boy or a girl. The Palace said Kate's condition
continues to improve after she was admitted to hospital with severe morning sickness
while just a few weeks pregnant last month.

Australia's most famous housewife,
Dame Edna Everage, has made a brief appearance
in Sydney's CBD, showing off her slimmer figure
and newfound Zumba skills. She's lost 15kg since embarking
on a weight loss journey nine months ago. Even this tracksuit, which is
the smallest size they make, is falling off me. Dame Edna admitted she's never done Zumba dancing
before but says it came naturally to her.

And you can see an exclusive
interview with Dame Edna tomorrow morning on 'Sunrise'
from 6am. Still to come tonight in this
one-hour edition Seven News - back to Coonabarabran, where devastated locals
are returning to see what's left.

Racial clashes in a suburb
where families are at war.

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Welcome back to this one-hour edition
of Seven News and Today Tonight. The Coonabarabran bushfire
dealt a mixed hand to astronomer Peter Starr. One of the houses on his property
was destroyed, but another home and
his private observatory survived. Hugh Whitfeld has talked to
a stargazer who is thanking his lucky stars.

Emerging from this fire are some incredible tales of survival and also the escape for some of these properties that have been untouched while Holmes and sheds right next door burnt to the ground. This is Peter's home. As you can see, it is basically untouched but the flames were licking at the back fence on Sunday night. Peter was here as he saw the fire roared down this hill. He got out as the fire got closer and closer. He got an emergency phone call and made the decision to leave. Thankfully he did, because the fire got so close, it burned the house to the ground right next door.I am pretty sure I saw this house on fire and went back to town thinking, everything is gone. What are you going to do? Just seconds to spare, a helicopter dropped a big bucket of water on it so I read -- I am extremely lucky. Still got a house.He basically lived in two houses. He had his gym and Office in here. It was full photo albums. It was heartbreaking and tough. They cannot return home. There is no power or sewerage. It will be days before it is safe enough to come back as the choppers continue to fly around, putting out burning embers and flare ups. Those days to come will be very tough.

Racial tensions remain high
in Woodridge, near Brisbane, as police try to calm down two groups of warring,
armed young men. They only just managed
to stop bloodshed last night and this afternoon made
their first arrest. Days of threats,
years of tension exploded.

On one side - young Indigenous men. On the other - Tongans. They used to be friends.

Those who didn't have weapons
found them. They ripped palings off a fence
and charged forward.

In the middle of it all -
an unarmed superintendent. It's just instinct.
What needed to be done. I wear a blue shirt
like my officers do. There's an expectation
of stepping up at that. Fathers wounded
during violence the night before were in the crowd. Saone Palou
was still wearing a bandage covering eight stitches. My intention, our intention - make sure we kept the peace
and kept them apart. One of the Samoans sang out,
"It's not over yet, "we're out for blood.

Extra police are there. They were needed this afternoon went troublemakers hurled abuse from a calf. It angered the crowd. Elders calmed the situation. The Tongans say
they don't want trouble.

This is not going to be fixed
in a day, this is not going to be fixed
in a week. It started last night with a handshake between leaders
of both communities at the intersection where
their young men and women brawled. The latest unemployment figures
out on Thursday Some analysts are forecasting that figure will go even higher
later this year. But it's not all doom and gloom - Today Tonight's Pippa Gardner
reports on the jobs outlook for 2013.

There are some jobs
that haven't been invented yet. There are jobs out there. I can assure you
my consultants are busy. The experts tend to agree. Forget what you read - Australia is not in the grip
of a jobs crisis. Instead, the nation is suffering from a severe case
of economic hypochondria. We believe that the job market
is going to hold up a whole lot better
than what people expect. Try telling that to
the thousand Qantas workers who have lost their jobs or the 12,000
Victorian manufacturing workers who last year got the sack. And the 20,000 public servants
in Queensland who've joined the dole queue. Still, the experts tell us as a nation, we are in
remarkably good shape. We speak to small businesses
and large businesses and they're telling us that
the job market is tight, still hard to attract
and retain staff. ANZ job advertisement figures
released today don't paint a healthy picture - down 20% on this time last year. But that doesn't necessarily equate
to fewer jobs, explains Craig James from CommSec. Job ads don't have
the same sort of predictive power that they may have had in the past. Take a look back
over the past decade and things now are far from dire. In January, 2003,
unemployment hovered just above 6%. After five years of solid growth, the rate dipped to
a historic low of 4% - a result of booming world economies. Things changed for the worse
during the GFC. Even so, the current jobless figure
is a moderate 5.2%. Demographer Bernard Salt. The Australian job market
has traditionally been quite firm. 5% unemployment rate is not that bad
when you compare it with overseas. But Australians don't compare
ourselves with overseas, we compare ourselves with ourselves and if there is a 1% point
in the unemployment rate, we are very concerned about that. The outlook may not be rosy, but it's not all doom and gloom
out there. While some industries
are shedding jobs, the majority are holding onto staff and it will take a serious economic
nosedive for that to change. So if you're looking for
good, long-term opportunities, what jobs should you look for? The latest quarterly report
from recruitment firm Hays predicts the most in-demand jobs
for 2013 will be IT mobile specialists, with an increase in companies moving
to let employees work remotely. Healthcare professionals, particularly registered nurses
and physiotherapists, due to our ageing population. Energy and finance experts. And despite fears
the resources boom is over, mines still have good opportunities
for skilled workers.

There are positions out there. Obviously we have faced redundancies and some sectors have been hit
more so than others but generally, with the right skill
and the right attitude, you should be able to find yourself
a good opportunity. The idea of going into a job
at the age of 22 and being at that job at 62 - that is a 20th-century concept. That's why it's vital
to have a strong skills set and be prepared to do
a complete career shift and go where the jobs are. Transferable skills
are really essential but there has to be something
that links the two skills so, for example, quite a lot
of sales representatives in the pharmaceutical industry
have come from a nursing background because they've got that tendency to be able to have quite similar
mindset and skill set. The greatest skill you can have
in the workforce is not necessarily a degree. It's the capacity to change,
to adapt, to go with the flow, to find a new opportunity. That, to me, is the real skill set
of the 21st century.

Here's proof our big two
supermarkets will stop at nothing to drive increased market share. Woolworths has introduced
bus stop shopping, where you can order your groceries
while waiting for a ride. Today Tonight's Adam Marshall

A grocery shop at your fingertips
while waiting for a bus. Kill two birds with one stone. You have to wait anyway
sitting at the bus stop, might as well do some shopping. That's the way things are going. It's probably a good idea but I have to talk to my wife
about that. Is she the shopper?
She's the shopper. It's the Woolworths bus shop. Around 100 shelters
across the country have been transformed
into these virtual supermarkets in the lead-up to Australia Day. Really important part
of the calendar and we know people are back at work,
they're really busy and this is helping our customers
to do that extra bit of shopping while they're waiting for a bus. Would I use this?
No, I wouldn't use this. It just looks like a prompt. Or some clever marketing? Maybe even a gimmick? Absolutely not. This is yet another way to help
our customers who are really busy to shop when they're on the go. So, how does it work? Well, you need a smartphone. You download the Woolworths app
and open up to the scanner. You choose the item you want
and scan it and it gets added
to your shopping list. You pay for it
with your credit card. You can either pick it up in-store or you can get it delivered
right to your front door. It's as easy as that. Have you got a smartphone? Smartphone? No. It's all too technical for me. People of this day and age
are looking for convenience and user-friendly applications
and strategies like this. And expect to see more. Just take a look at this Tesco shop
in a subway in Korea. Aegis in it

Aegis in it somewhere, looks like a shopping aisle but it is an illuminated billboard with codes. We're on the constant lookout
for new things to help customers and, unfortunately,
you'll have to watch this space. The Woolworths bus shop will close
after Australia Day. Help is a step closer tonight for a little girl
we told about last night. She suffers from
a life-threatening tumour which wraps around her heart. was discovered last March when the 4-year-old was treated
for bronchitis. Australian surgeons say
it's too risky to perform a biopsy We've got three doors open to us. As we speak, Ruby's images
are being sent to Los Angeles. They now need to focus
on funding the trip. Checking finance now and the share market
has closed slightly lower, weighed down by mining stocks
after metal prices lost ground. The ASX 200 finished
just 3 points down.

Sport now with Matt Carmichael, and it's Bernard Tomic's time
tonight. Mark, he's the hot favourite. We'll have all
the Australian Open action next, including the classic 5-set battle
between two Aussie best mates.

Plus, the injury scare
for Serena Williams.

And Michael Jennings
joins the Roosters but will the Dragons
get Craig Bellamy?

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Undefeated this summer, Bernard Tomic begins his
Australian Open campaign tonight.

Marinko Matosevic is under pressure,
while Luke Saville is out. But Sydney's James Duckworth
is through, winning an epic battle
with best mate Ben Mitchell. They upstaged
Andy Murray and Roger Federer, while there was a major scare
for Serena Williams.

It was a day for the stars
to strut their stuff - Victoria Azarenka, Andy Murray
and Roger Federer all winning in straight sets. But there was a dramatic fall
for Serena Williams, who twisted an ankle
and crashed to the court. The odds-on title favourite says
she was in shock, but limped on. Even on one leg, Williams pummelled
Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0, 6-0. I'll be out there unless
something fatal happens to me. There's no way
I'm not gonna be competing. There was a look at the future
for Australia. 18-year-old Luke Saville
lost in four sets. The Ben Mitchell fan club says
he will be our number one. Without a shadow of a doubt. His best mate, James Duckworth,
disagrees. COMMENTATOR: Gets it.
Big backhand winner. Their 10-year friendship was on hold as Mitchell battled back
from two sets down, sending it to a fifth... We're going all the way. ..for 4 hours and 26 minutes in a classic duel
they'll never forget. It reached 6-6 in the decider until a bittersweet ending
for Mitchell and the victorious Duckworth. They didn't want it to end. Two great mates,
sparring partners... ..battled it out here on Court 2. Really excited to win. Also at the same time,
I feel for Benny. It's a tough loss for him. Last night, Lleyton Hewitt vented
at the chair umpire, then cursed his luck for facing
world number nine Janko Tipsarevic. It's Hewitt's second
first-round exit in three years. He played as well as he could play,
no doubt about it.

It's an Aussie double tonight
on centre court. Bernard Tomic's up first
followed by Jarmila Gajdosova live on Seven from 7pm. Jim Courier expects to call
a convincing Tomic victory.

A starts his Australian Open campaign on Rod Laver Arena. Leonardo Meyer is a clay-court specialist. If he has all types of time to dominate. I think this will be a comfortable victory for the young Australian as he gets under way he might at Melbourne Park. Look for Tomic in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena.

The Roosters have signed
Michael Jennings for four years after the Blues centre was
finally released by Penrith today. After missing out on Jennings, the Dragons' $6 million bid
for Craig Bellamy appears doomed. The Storm coach is expected
to stay in Melbourne. I think we're really looking good
for the next five or six years. We've got a lot of young guys there. Michael Weyman's recovered from
knee surgery that ruined his 2012.

Brett Lee demanded it
and got what he wanted, with Dave Gilbert quitting
after 11 years as Cricket New South Wales CEO. Shane Watson's due to come back
from injury with the Blues in the Sheffield Shield next week, confirming he wants to return to
test cricket as an opening batsman. My preference is to open,
there's no doubt about that. I do love to go out there
and face that first ball. Mike Hussey will play for Perth
in tomorrow's Big Bash semi against Shane Warne's
Melbourne Stars.

Golf's number one now has a contract
to fit his standing in the game. Rory McIlroy's deal with Nike
is believed to be worth a staggering $250 million
over 10 years. The Ulsterman replaces
Lance Armstrong in a stable including Tiger Woods
and Roger Federer. The Seven Network has signed
a new deal to remain the home of V8 Supercars. Seven secured the rights
for the next two years, with Nissan and Mercedes-AMG
joining the grid this year. The season-opening Clipsal 500
is 43 days away. I

I think I'd jinxed Lleyton Hewitt last night. I think, come on, Bernard Tomic. Up next in this one-hour edition
of Seven News and Today Tonight - mothers of school massacre victims
speak out about gun control laws. And the comedian
trying to hijack the Logies - find out what he has planned. That's next.



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To breaking news, and a teenager has handed himself
into police over the weekend attack
on schoolboy Liam Knight. A metal rod pierced Liam's skull after a party at Forestville
was gatecrashed. Detectives are currently questioning
a boy at the Sydney Police Centre. Liam remains on life support
at Royal North Shore Hospital. The Gillard Government's promising
to spend big on education and disabilities
this year as it seeks to pull off
an election win. The first major opinion poll
for 2013 has Labor off to a good start as it moves to within
striking distance of the Coalition.

A new political year begins
with an old political cliche. You know, there's only one poll that
ever counts and that's the election. But the first major poll
of the election year delivered good news for Labor. Its primary vote up 6%, while the Coalition fell 2%, reducing the 2-party preferred gap
by 6 points. This positions us well
in an election year but it's one poll. This is going to be
a difficult year. It will be tough in an election year
to change the government. Despite dumping
her budget surplus promise, Julia Gillard extended her lead
over Tony Abbott as preferred PM. Mr Abbott does not have
the demeanour or the judgement to be prime minister. Labor's re-election strategy
is already clear - mix negative attacks on Mr Abbott
with positive messages on policy and big-spending promises. Billions of dollars will be found
in the budget for education reforms
and disability insurance. These are the sorts of decisions
that, if not made, would be a matter of enormous regret
for this nation. But will they be enough for Labor? They need
around 42% of the primary vote to win and govern
in their own right. Still a long way to go.

US President Barack Obama
is preparing to announce his plan to tackle America's gun laws a month after
the Sandy Hook school massacre. in the hope that no other families
experience their pain. I do not want to be someone sharing my experience and
consoling another parent next time. Gun sales have soared
since the shooting, and President Obama faces
a tough fight to persuade America's Congress
to ban semiautomatic weapons.

With Hollywood's awards season
in full swing, a comedian here is planning to make a mockery of
Australian television's big night. Jordan Raskopoulos
is hardly a household name, but he intends to rig the voting to try to win himself
a Silver Logie. Today Tonight's David Eccleston
has more. You can say that it's not fair,
but it doesn't have to be fair. This is a democracy!

This could be Jordan Raskopoulos's
greatest acting performance. A self-proclaimed TV nobody
wants your vote to make a mockery of Australian television's
night of nights. I think the word 'mock'
is too harsh. I think 'Lampoon' is probably
more akin to what I'm doing. So, you think
people who watch this performance will actually want to vote for you? I believe that the 'Logize'
are an Australian institution that has had it too good
for too long. The fat cats
who work in that industry and keeping it away
from the small people. The comedian and part-time actor is in line to be nominated
for a Silver Logie in the Most Popular Actor category after a supporting role
in the Julian Assange story. Someone else is on the line.
Shut the line down! If he wins,
Jordan would join elite company. Paul Hogan in 1973. Simon Baker in '93. And Chris Hemsworth in 2005. But he's banking on help
from the public - in return,
promising to allow his supporters help write his acceptance speech. So, if I vote for you? You could write a line or a phrase
or a thankyou to your mother, anything.

What this guy is doing
is lampooning the Logies, which is going to create
a huge embarrassment. Probably already is. Most Logies are decided
entirely by the votes of the public and viewed by TV executives
as the ideal way to inflate the popularity
of one of its personalities... The winner is... ..encouraging viewers to vote early
and vote often. Entertainment reporter
Craig Bennett. Look, over the years, there's certainly been
a cyclone of controversy around who wins what at the Logies, and these extraordinary campaigns, especially in more recent times
with social media people, whereby people, out of the blue,
can wind up winning a Logie Award. For instance, the Chaser guys - they mounted this campaign,
not too dissimilar to Jordan's, to basically make
a newsreader on SBS - somebody near to none of us
have heard of - to make him a Gold Logie winner. Then there was the Karl Stefanovic,
who won gold. I mean, the 'TODAY' show literally became
a vote-for-Karl campaign. I mean, it was outrageous! It was that controversy and the rise of lobbying for votes
on social media which has forced 'TV Week'
to change the rules. This year, you can only vote once
for a Gold Logie nominee, but for all the other awards
up for grabs, it's history repeating - vote as many times as you like. It's a loophole Jordan Raskopoulos
is happy to exploit in the hope
of leaving many a red face. I look forward
to taking your award from you and using it to hold open my door. 'TV Week' won't buy into
Jordan's stunt but claim every single vote for the
awards night will be scrutinised.

Still to come tonight
in Seven News - an update on the bushfire burning
through the state's north-west. And Sally will have
Sydney's weather forecast. That's next.

Welcome back to this special edition
of Seven News and Today Tonight. Returning to the Coonabarabran
bushfire emergency, and Hugh Whitfeld joins us live
with breaking news. Hugh what's the latest?

The news is not good. They have just revised the figure for the number of homes that have been destroyed in this catastrophe, and the number is 44 stop that is 40 families that will be returning home to scenes like this. Their homes wiped out by a fire that was so fierce, no-one could stop it on Sunday night. To that it continues to burn. Near the epicentre, the deputy Premier and the fire commissioner toured today. Every home in the fire's Park has been taken. Further out on the flanks, some homes have been destroyed but the next door made by his fine. So a long road ahead and the southern side of this fire still very much of concern tonight and it could be days before it is under control.

Sally Bowrey's next
with Sydney's weather The heat is on the way.

With the mercury set to rocket
in the 40s across parts of Sydney this week as hot winds start up again
across New South Wales. A bright and sunny day
across the city. Those onshore winds stopped us
getting too hot. The breeze didn't quite reach
all off the west, but it kept most of us
below 30 today. The warmest temps
were at Richmond and Penrith. From the satellite - we've got some pretty active storms
firing up over western Queensland, with 120km/h winds
near Longreach last night. Tomorrow, the high will shift out
into the Tasman, push hot winds
across New South Wales again.

the south-east, it should be
fine tomorrow except for a shower or two
in Hobart. While on the water:

Staying fine in Sydney tonight. It will be a touch warmer
than it was last night thanks to the north-east winds.

Clear night skies
and a touch of moisture in the air could pave the way for a bit of fog through the western suburbs
tomorrow. Then northerly winds will push
things into 30s in the west.

Then we have another burst of heat heading our way from the interior that will reach Sydney on Thursday, with the southerly change hitting on Friday, triggering a shower or storm, with a cooler weekend on the way. That's Seven News for this Tuesday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Goodnight. Supertext captions
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At times he is a prodigy. Unbeaten in eight outings since Christmas. Bernard Tomic is up first tonight. Welcome to Victorian and at NSW viewers. Australia's number one man is on Rod Laver Arena tonight. He is polarising. He has been applauded and criticised. He is confident and he says he has never confident played better.On this Tuesday night, please welcome, from Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.

And his opponent from Queensland Australia, Bernard Tomic.

He is a formidable talent. Tonight he is on the biggest stage.He likes that, doesn't he, Jim? He likes being on the big stage. It looks like a big draw. Are you convinced with his strong Australian summer so far?It's been a great start. I think we are in convinced the beginning phases of the next step of Bernard Tomic's acceleration into his career. Is he taking responsibility for that talent and pushing himself to the