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(generated from captions) Tonight's Seven News headlines - two suspects charged after a dramatic sequel
to Sydney's cinema robbery rampage. Warnings over the dangers
of motorised bikes after a teenage boy's
terrible injuries. Sharks fans outraged by reports the troubled club
could be headed to Queensland. And the Navy's spectacular rehearsal
over Sydney Harbour. Checking finance now, and the share market
has closed higher with widespread gains
ending a 3-day losing streak. The ASX 200 was 41 points higher.

Australian takeaway chain
Hungry Jacks has begun trialling what could be
a fast-food revolution - low-fat fries. They're similar
to a healthier US option called "satisfries", which are proving popular. The American idea
uses the same potatoes, fried in the same oil, but have almost a third less fat. The batter now mitigates the amount of oil that's absorbed
into the French fry, reducing the amount
of fat and calories. Customers say
they can't taste the difference. Now here's Sarah
with Sydney's weather. Chris, Sydney sweltered today. It was our warmest day so far
this week. Tomorrow will be even hotter and the Rural Fire Service
is on high alert. Total Fire Bans have been issued
across the state, from midnight, including Sydney, the Hunter,
North Coast and north-west regions. Firies are most concerned
about the Hunter, where the fire danger is extreme. But conditions will be dangerous
across the state. The city reached 29 degrees today,
9 above average. It warmed up very quickly
this morning with temperatures reaching 33
in Parramatta, Richmond and Penrith.

From the satellite, we have
clear skies in New South Wales and dry north-westerly winds. That's pushed temperatures
at least 10 degrees above average across northern New South Wales. Bourke reached 37 degrees. Tomorrow, an active front
will push through New South Wales. Ahead of that system, the north-westerlies
will be strong and gusty. Behind it, south-westerlies
will reach gale-force. Temperatures will be very hot
and conditions very dry. A perfect storm for firefighters. Fine and hot in Darwin
and Brisbane. Rain in Hobart. The wet weather
will ease in Melbourne. Fine in Adelaide. A gale warning's current
for the coast.

Sydney will be sunny tomorrow,
and hot. It'll become very windy too, with winds turning westerly
during the day. They'll be strong and gusty.

Looking ahead - Friday will be cooler. 23 in the city.

But the weather will warm up again
on Saturday. Sunday, fine. 25 in the west. And that's Seven News at 6:00. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. In 7 News at 7pm, over on 7TWO, the fight against a pest that's
destroying the Great Barrier Reef and why it's a difficult battle
to win. Now here's 'Today Tonight'.

You're watching Today Tonight.
Great to be with you. Coming up, how to beat
speeding fines and parking tickets. The tricks and tips

from those who took on
the authorities, and won. But first,
the pressure to be beautiful has reached a stunning high or, rather, a new low. We sent a flawless young lady into several cosmetic surgery
practices to see if they'd find a fault. As Bryan Seymour reports,
they did. And, surprise, surprise -
each offered an expensive solution. Jess Bonnici
is a beautiful young woman. She has smooth skin,
stunning features, a gorgeous figure. How would you describe Jess,
how she looks? Jess was a semi-finalist
in the Miss Universe competition. She's 21, she's stunning,
she is flawless, and that's why
she's the perfect person to send in to these plastic surgeons because I think, objectively,
we'd all agree she doesn't need any work done. Well not all of us.

Your eyes are quite hollow so we can fill that up for you
with some filler. She wants to put a tiny little bit
of collagen through my cheeks just to make them pop a bit. Skin needling -
have you ever thought of that? No. What does that entail? Australians spend over $1 billion
a year on cosmetic procedures and some in the industry
are clearly determined to see us spend a lot more.

20-year-old Jess Bonnici
was a state finalist in last year's
Miss Universe Australia Pageant. She agreed to go in to several
cosmetic surgery practices to find out what they would offer
a young woman who clearly needs
none of their services. The results were surprising,
even disturbing. The doctor will see you now. Thank you. Hi. Have a seat. Hello. How are you? Good, thank you.

So, how can I help you today? I just wanted to come and see
what you guys would suggest that I could probably enhance
about my face. The first cosmetic consultant
quickly found fault with Jess.

OK, just smile for me. Smile more.

Yeah, I can see some crows feet
that we can fix for you with Botox. Oh, OK. So how much does that cost? Botox is $13 per unit. Your eyes are also quite hollow and we can fix that up for you
easily with some fillers. Oh. So how much do they cost? They're $500 per millilitre.

OK. So if I was looking into maybe
something got to do with my body or breast augmentation? Oh, well, breast augmentation
is $9,500. $10,656 -
a pretty price tag to be sure. But the next consultant
did even better. Cheeks are $770.

I think we got $550 for lips,
maybe $440 for the cheeks $12,480 for fillers, implants
and skin needling.

Skin needling,
I take a small little needle and I create little mini pricks
all over the face. Yep. In turn, that creates
mini skin traumas to the face. But it produces also
a natural collagen. OK, now, do you personally feel
that you need any work in the cosmetic surgery universe? No. Personally, no. I think you should be comfortable
with who you are. And 20 years of age - you shouldn't even be thinking
about plastic surgery. In this day and age, girls are so much more insecure
about the way they look and you've got plastic surgeons who
are preying on their insecurities, making them feel bad
about themselves by goading them
into this sort of surgery. The editor of 'Cleo' magazine,
Shari Markson, unearthed the unethical practices
of some cosmetic surgery staff in a feature piece written by 'Cleo' reporter
Phoebe Hooke - another beautiful girl, effectively told
she was not pretty enough. So, is my nose in proportion? No, no absolutely not. I'm sure you're aware that your nose
is very dominating of your face and we need to fix that immediately. I don't want to see some
kamikaze hawk thing going on. It's terrible. This is a beautiful girl, 24,
doesn't have a line on her face and each surgeon gave her
a long shopping list of things that they think she needed done. It was thousands of dollars of work. There is some good news - one of the consultants
looked at Jess and told her...

Manuela Matt
is the first point of contact at the Refine Cosmetic Clinic
at Bondi Junction near Sydney. Manuela, what did you think
when young Jess walked in your door? I was quite shocked
to see somebody so pretty come in wanting to have a consult.

Did you feel any pressure,
anything odd about her approach? No, she was totally easygoing,
she felt like a mother figure. She wasn't trying to pressure me
into anything. She was sort of more trying to
steer me away from doing it more than anything. And what did you mean by that,
why couldn't you help her? She was, there was nothing to fix. She was 20 years old,
she was absolutely beautiful, she could've been a model, you know. There was nothing
I would have wanted to do on her. I did say, you know,
"Stay out of the sun", you know, "Use some really great
skin-care product," but surgically, absolutely no way. While many blame magazines
and the media for unrealistic portrayals of women, Markson believes the responsibility
must ultimately rest with those wielding the knife. Because young women, they're not grown up enough
to make these decisions. You know, they are desperate
to get ahead in the world, they're desperate
to be more beautiful, they're desperate
to fulfil their dreams and, so, they can't judge properly about whether they need these
cosmetic surgery procedures or not.

Bryan Seymour with that story. There are calls tonight
to appoint a separate ombudsman to oversee complaints
against cosmetic surgeons. Sounds like a good idea. Now to the deadly drug problem
crippling our health system. It's not methamphetamine
and it's not heroin. It's legal, but it's not alcohol. According to researchers, huge numbers of Australians
are dying because of their addiction
to prescription painkillers. It's claiming more lives
than road accidents.

Simon was a happy-go-lucky
country boy. He loved skiing, shooting. But his passion was driving,
he just loved cars. But at 18, a car accident left Simon Millington
with more than a broken ankle, fractured pelvis and vertebrae. It was the beginning
of a 16-year habit to the highly addictive
pain reliever OxyContin.

We were astounded
with the amount he could get and the readily availability of them and how easily doctors were conned
by his persuasive nature. There were stints in rehab
and attempts to detox. I remember one night
sitting by his bed and we were talking about
the medications he was on and how they were changing his life,
how he was becoming dysfunctional, how he wasn't a loving,
contributing member of our family and I sat with Simon until 4:00 and, at the end of it, he said,
"Mum, you're welcome to go to bed, "as long as you give me
one more oxy." Then I knew at that time we, and he, were powerless
over his addiction. In 2010, Simon's accidental
addiction cost him his life.

It's not just
your street-based user. It's your mums and dads,
your brothers and sisters, people who have been in jobs
who have been injured, people involved in car accidents. We're all made of the same stuff and these chemicals are so strong that they can take hold
of your life. It's turning ordinary people
into criminals. Sam Biondo from the Victorian
Alcohol and Drug Association says too many deaths are being caused by an addiction
to prescription medication. That's at least three or four
jumbo jets - that's a national catastrophe. Mr Biondo is backing plans for a real-time
prescription monitoring system. A national database
to stop doctor shopping - going from one doctor to another
to feed their addiction. Doctor shopping

and the misuse of medications by
a group of individuals is an issue. It's a big issue.

The overwhelming proportion
of the problem is your mums and dads
and those dealing with chronic pain. It's estimated 500,000 Australians
are addicted to prescription-only painkillers
and sedatives. In Victoria alone, after analysing deaths from drugs
in the first half of this year, the Coroners Court found prescription drugs contributed
to 82% of overdose deaths while illicit drugs contributed
to 44% of deaths caused by overdose. The research found
that benzodiazepines, often prescribed
for anxiety or sleep problems, contributed to more deaths
than heroin last year. I definitely noticed that I went
straight into abuse mode with them. What started as pain relief
turned into a full-blown addiction for this Brisbane couple. They met at a recovery program. These things can be sourced
on the street from your drug dealer. Margaret and her husband
were invited to be a part of the consultation to set up the
prescription monitoring system. She can only hope that
the new government will act. That was in January and, since then,
nothing has happened. We need to do something. I know there's been a lot
of other celebrities who've died and received a lot of news
as a result of their deaths but, to us, Simon was our celebrity
and we were his biggest fans. His life mattered to us
and to his little girl.

Georgia Main there. Now to an issue
we've been following closely for more than a year - the crisis in the bush. With farmers going bankrupt
almost daily, you can't blame those
who take the easy way out when a foreigner offers big bucks. So why are we giving them
such a hard time?

This is just takeover -
it's not investment. The Chinese
are very, very calculated. I'd say he's a traitor
to his country. He is getting rich by selling his country off
to foreigners. I think, you know, it's a joke.

Chris Todd is selling Australia and it's making him
some pretty high-profile enemies. If someone's there to buy it
and pay the right money, as I said, they can't... ..foreign owners
can't take the land away. A real estate agent, he specialises in selling
Aussie farms to foreigners. China are showing interest,
the Arabs. There's Dutch
are also looking at Australia. Chris says it's easy for politicians
to take a swipe at him but he says the reality is
our farmers are in deep trouble and this is why - rural debt in Australia
stands at $66 billion. At least 80 million-dollar-plus
farms are in receivership. Australians sat up and took notice when the iconic cotton farm
Cubbie Station was sold to the Chinese last year. It's estimated
7 out of 10 farmers want out. We've had it on the market. We can't get anybody from Australia. Bill Jones grew up
working this dairy farm in Victoria. Now he is desperate to sell. They've purchased
at least two farms around here that I know of
in the last six months and there's 8 to 10
they've purchased in Gippsland. Who's buying what, and for how much,
is hard to track. There is no national register
for land sales under $244 million.

But here is a snapshot
from an industry report which shows there was
a $757 million buy-up in the first three months
of the year alone. To give you some idea as to just how much of Australia
is up for grabs, one real estate agency alone
has more than 4,500 listings. Now, take into account some of these properties
cover millions of hectares of land, some larger
than small European countries. Half of Australia's arable land is foreign-owned, probably now,
as we talk. Bob Katter is direct -
he thinks it stinks. Foreign investment is a code word
for selling out your country. People say, "Oh, you can't take
our land overseas, "we keep the land. "What you grow on the land,
you can take overseas." Senator John Williams says,
put simply, selling our land
is selling our food security. If the Chinese Government came in
and bought a property, a wheat property, and, let's say, that year
they grew $2 million worth of wheat but it cost them $1 million
to grow it, that property could then sell
that wheat to China for $1 million, the same as what it cost. Their profit is zero,
they pay no tax and China gets their wheat
at half price. The world is running out of food. Julian Cribb is author of the book
'Beating the Global Food Crisis'. The Chinese have started showing
a real interest because the Chinese are very worried
about their food security.

Predictions are by 2050,
which is just 37 years away, the world will have
9 billion people - a billion of those unable
to feed themselves - so that makes Australian farms
look like promised land. The Arab states
cannot feed themselves because they live in a desert so, consequently,
they're buying up farmland. And not just farmland
but our food chain. Foreigners now own and control major food manufacturers
and processors. At the moment,
a very small number of corporations are basically controlling
world trade in food.

Farmers like Bill Jones
know it's bad but he can't afford
to worry about it. I'm sick of busting my arse
and not making any money.

Leisa Goddard reporting there, and it's not all bad news
on the land. In recent weeks, there's even been cause
for a little cautious optimism. Finally, the two big
supermarket chains have sat up and taken notice
of stories like these. From the middle of next year, all Coles-brand frozen vegetables will be sourced
from Australian farmers and packed by local company Simplot. It follows a similar move
from Woolies, whose entire
Select tinned fruit range will soon be grown in Australia, saving jobs and trees which would otherwise have been
ploughed back into the ground. It's a small step, but let's hope it's just the
beginning for Coles and Woolies. Up next, beating parking
and speeding fines. Tips from those who took on
the authorities, and won.

Thanks, Kochie and Sam. Most of us are happy to wear
a speeding ticket or parking fine if they've genuinely done
the wrong thing. But we've seen plenty of examples
of the authorities getting it wrong, even using dirty tricks
to catch us out. Well, Kristy Wettenhall
meets a couple of motorists who've turned the tables.

How does the car magically appear
in Manningtree Road in Hawthorn when the car was physically here
in Balwyn?

I believe it's 100% human error. It could happen to anybody.

For father of two Platon Maniotis,
August 16 began like any other day - at home with his girls. His silver BMW parked safely in
the driveway of their Balwyn home. As it turns out, he's lucky he had the CCTV
to prove where his car was that day. Because,
according to Boroondara Council, at 8:40am on this very morning his car was in
an entirely different suburb - illegally parked
outside this Hawthorn school. You can image Platon's surprise when
he copped a $72 fine in the mail.

Wrote a nice couple-line email
saying the car was parked in the driveway
at that time and it's not possible the car
can be at two places at once and I left it like that. But despite having no evidence
of its own, Boroondara Council
promptly rejected his claim. And I've asked them
for some evidence and they've just said
they don't put a fine on the window, neither do they take photo evidence due to being a school zone,
the privacy issues. It was Platon's word against theirs
until he remembered the CCTV. Date and time stamped, it clearly shows Platon's car is,
indeed, in his own driveway at 8:40am - the exact time
of the alleged offence. Funnily enough, the council has now agreed
to cancel the fine. But, be warned. There'll be no change
to the way it does business. About half the people
that I come across who challenge their fines feel that they have been
hard done by. Traffic lawyer Sean Hardy says mistakes like these
are all too common. And it's not just
parking infringements but speeding tickets too. As one Melbourne marketing executive
has recently proved, even the biggest fines
can be beaten. It was here on Black Spur Road
in Victoria's Yarra Ranges where police claim they clocked Mark Challis
doing 133km/h in an 80 zone - a whopping 53 kays over the limit. You'd think it would be a tough one
to challenge, but Mr Challis took his case
to the Supreme Court and won. The police need to use
a laser device which is calibrated in the 12-month period
prior to its use. Quite simply, they didn't. And it's not just the odd case
here and there that's proven problematic. In Queensland, there's now a question mark hanging
over tens of thousands of fines - doled out under the state's
new TruCAM technology. The system allows officers
to video cars at the same time
they clock the speed. But TruCAM footage
doesn't pair the two together. The speed is added manually later. Speed camera consultant Scott Cooper
has now challenged two fines and won.

The problem with the TruCAM device is that adding information later on
is not on. It is wide open to abuse,
it is wide open to mistakes.

Kristy Wettenhall there. And the best advice, of course,
is just to do the right thing. And a reminder, if you have a story
you'd like to share with us, or a video, just head to our website. Alright,
the news headlines are next. Plus, meet the golden oldies who took on their heartless
local council and sent them packing
from their own meeting.

Welcome back. Now here's Melissa Doyle with
the Seven News at 7pm headlines. What's causing Australia's
extreme weather? From record September heat
to spring bushfires and tornadoes. Seven meteorologist David Brown
explains what's going on. Changes in store
for university funding. What students and their parents
need to know. The fight against a pest that's
destroying the Great Barrier Reef. Why it's so difficult to win. Plus, the big renovation at one of Australia's most famous
sporting grounds. That's next on Seven News on 7TWO.

Tomorrow night, we join
the grey army in the trenches as they give their greedy
local council the fright of their lives in a battle over retirement homes. Wait till you see
how these local pollies react.

They have no right to do this.Let them have their last few years it in peace.No justification. None at all. And no sale.Disgusted. My mother and what is 103, a not out. She is so confused she does not know what he is going on.Leave us alone.

That special investigation
tomorrow night. But for now,
that's all we have time for. Hope you enjoyed the show.
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It's like old times. You and me, kicking goals.

These last few months hurt. I don't think I can think about us. I thought that me and Tamara
had something. It's Tamara's choice to make. If she picks Casey,
you just gotta cop it sweet. SUMMER: He doesn't have
anywhere to go. I thought we could hire him a van. He's trying
to get his life together. Well, that's great. But it ain't
gonna happen in my backyard. Josh has been sleeping on the beach. Is there any chance
you can help him? If I were you, in this weather,
I'd want a roof over my head. That's just it -
this isn't your problem. Now, I'm offering you help. If I was in your position,
I reckon I'd take it, eh?

Hey. Hey, everyone. Come in. Josh is crashing here.

OK. So I sleep on the couch, or what?
No. Casey's room. Remind me never to go to hospital. That's Kyle.
Don't pay any attention to him. I'm gonna take a shower. Is that OK? Yeah. Take a left.

Well, this is a very interesting
turn of events.

What's the deal there?
You tell me.


So why the sudden change of heart? Maddy asked me to help him. He was sleeping on the sand -
what was I supposed to do? Uh, take him home to his parents,
maybe? Not an option. got a problem with it,
or what? No,
but I thought that maybe you would, 'cause not that long ago,
you threw him out of hospital. Yeah, and weren't you the one that
encouraged me to apologise to him? Ah, yeah, but that takes apology
to a whole new level, doesn't it? Weren't you the one that said you couldn't walk away
from a kid in trouble? So, what - you're allowed
to help a kid out but I'm not? Brax, I'm not having a go, but... Brax, you're doing a good thing, but he's just not someone who I thought
you would be interested in helping.

So it's secret Brax business.

If you wanna talk about it,
you know where I am.

Now, I've checked our ticket sales,
John. We've only got one seat left. Our first bus tour
and we've sold nearly all the seats. Surely we can find someone
to take the last seat? Well, instead of focusing
on the one that we haven't sold, we should really think about
all the seats we have sold. That's pretty damned impressive,
though, hey? Yes! Yes, it is. Just think - in 24 hours-ish,
we'll be on the bus showing tourists
the highlights of Summer Bay. Yes. Gosh. That makes it sound so real,
doesn't it? It makes me realise
I need to go over my research so I'm ready for any questions
they may throw at me. I would have thought
after the grilling Jett gave you on our trial run,
you could handle anybody. Yes, well, you'd think so. So... You know, it's amazing,
after all we've been through, that we're actually gonna do it. I know! So, we're leaving the Diner. Marilyn...

..I really, um...

..appreciate you
coming onboard with this.

It's my pleasure. So... So we leave the Diner
and we travel north...

You tossed and turned all night.

You alright?
Yeah. I'm good. There's your tea. And how long's the kid staying for? Dunno. What's Casey gonna say about it? I'm not planning on
making an announcement. (KNOCK AT DOOR)

Thanks. Hey! Hey. Oi. What are you doing home? I live here, don't I? Yeah, so do a lot of people,
apparently., I got discharged. You should have called me, 'cause
I would have come and picked you up. Oh, it's OK. Tamara helped me.

Well, I'll get going. Well, thanks for...
That's alright. See ya. See ya.

Welcome home, Case.
Cheers. You're out of hospital.