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(generated from captions) Checking finance now - and the share market has closed
higher for a second straight day despite the uncertainty caused
by a US budget deadlock. The ASX 200 was up 18 points.

Returning to our top story - the three bushfire emergencies
north of Sydney. Chris Reason
is at Rural Fire Headquarters. Chris, what's the latest?

Police are reporting they have a four juveniles under arrest for the fires around Lake Macquarie. They caused the evacuation of six V8 scouts. They say with those given ours, charges are expected. -- 68 Scouts. There is fires, especially around Morcombe Road are a threat to houses. They say they will be was bight Tamara but to her two they will ease tomorrow but will be back on on Saturday. Now here's Sarah
with Sydney's weather. I've stepped out to Martin Place
tonight where Luke Hill has just completed
a 12-hour swim-a-thon. Luke and his brother and sister
are training to swim the English Channel
next year, aiming to be
the first siblings in the world to complete the swim together. They want to raise $500,000
for the Cancer Council. Unfortunately, their family's battle
with cancer has touched not only their mother,
but now their father - so this is an incredible effort.

Sydney soared to 32 today
thanks to gusty westerlies, but temperatures slowly cooled down
during the afternoon.

From the satellite - it was a wild spring day
around the country, thanks a front moving through. A severe weather warning
for damaging winds is still current for southern parts
of New South Wales. That system is gradually moving
out to sea, so the fire danger will ease
overnight, with cooler air on the way.

Fine in Canberra. A late shower
for Melbourne. Perth, fine.

Now, it will actually feel
quite cool tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will be sunny
with much lighter winds Tonight, those winds
will gradually ease, bringing us a cooler night. Tomorrow will be cooler too
and sunny.

On Saturday - the warm and windy weather
will flare up again with strong and gusty winds. And that's Seven News at 6:00.

And that's Seven News at 6:00. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. In 7 News at 7:00 over on 7TWO - live coverage of the bushfire
emergency in New South Wales Hello and welcome to the program. We begin tonight with the brave senior citizens
taking on the cowardly council threatening to take their homes
and sell them to the highest bidder. Glenn Connley joined the grey army
in the trenches and discovered that while
they fight clean, they fight tough. Those councillors didn't know
what hit them. I've come in here

and I've thoroughly enjoyed
every minute. By any measure, Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens
in Melbourne's leafy east are among
the best aged-care facilities in the country. We're just one big, happy family. We all help each other. I couldn't speak more highly
of the way they look after you. In this beautiful, friendly place,
you hear it over and over. It is one big happy family and I'll always remember when Vim,
the manageress there, took us around. She said, "We want you to treat this
as a home away from home," and that is exactly what it is,
a home from home. So, with our ageing population, why on earth would the owners -
the Monash City Council - even contemplate selling
these magnificent facilities out from under the feet of
our most vulnerable senior citizens? Well, they're not going
to kick me out. I'm going to sit on that chair and I'm staying here
till the rest of my life. I love that one,
with the old Holden there. 85-year-old Von
and 89-year-old Bob Tait are original residents of the independent living units
at Monash Gardens. It's not their money,
they have no right to do this. 81-year-old Frank Jennings
has volunteered here for years. After a fall late last year,
his dear wife Bron moved in. There are other ways to get money without sacrificing
the elderly citizens. Let them have their last few years
in peace. Leave us alone. What really stinks about this is the sneaky way
the council went about announcing it was thinking of selling. At the end
of their June council meeting, they closed the doors and secretly agreed
to take expressions of interest. A sale would net them a fortune. There was no consultation,
none at all before the event. Consultation after the event,
but not before the even. Jack Davis heads
Ratepayers Victoria. He was once a Monash councillor
himself. He thought he'd seen it all,
but he reckons this is a new low. That's disgusting, but it's aged care
and you must not sell aged care. It belongs to the people. The council, which includes
inexperienced mayor Micaela Drieberg and Geoff Lake, the man
Kevin Rudd booted off the ALP ticket at the last election for his foul-mouthed abuse
of a disabled woman, probably expected the oldies
to just lie down and cop it. The last thing they expected
was to go to war... MAN: What do we want? ALL: (CHANT) No sale! But war is exactly what they got. MAN: What do we want?

ALL: (CHANT) No sale! And here's the first lesson these baby-faced councillors
learnt the hard way - pick a fight with Australia's
grey army at your peril. ALL: (CHANT) Shame, council, shame! I tell you what, Jack, this council might have thought
these oldies would roll over. They probably weren't expecting
a fight like this, were they? No, no. They've taken on a good army here. If they don't win today, there won't be a councillor
survives the next council election. Speaking of elections,
they had one last year. Des Olin heads
the local ratepayers association. Elections were last October. There was no mandate
that this was even thought about and if it was,

they would have been booted out
in October. When you ran for election, did you run on a platform
of selling off aged-care facilities? Potentially seeking
expressions of interest for Monash Gardens
or Elizabeth Gardens wasn't on the agenda in 2012. It's something that
we're considering here and now. Mayor Micaela and I
played a little game. It's called
"Let's Give A Straight Answer." She lost.

Would you go to the people,
go to an election on this? We've been communicating that we are in the middle of
an expression-of-interest process. I'm not sure
what you were answering there but my question was, would you go to the people on this? We've been speaking
and communicating. Would you wait for an election
to get a mandate on this issue? Why not wait
and put it to the people? Let the ratepayers decide? We're in the middle
of an expression of interest... If there's a democratic process, people vote for you based on
what you will or won't do for them. We're in the middle of an... OK, I give up. Micaela's ratepayers could
certainly teach her a thing or two about throwing away the script
and speaking from the heart. And I'm very disgusted
with what the council are doing. Before the council meeting, concerned residents,
families, ratepayers, nurses and local businesspeople gathered outside the civic centre. Look, I'm here to support
my mother, Marge, who moved into Monash
independent living units just before my father died. My mother-in-law is 103, not out. Each had a personal story
about Monash or Elizabeth Gardens. It's not good
for Alzheimer patients. She's so confused. She doesn't know what's going on. And she's now been
at Elizabeth Gardens for two years. Her level of care
and her general health has increased tremendously. After the rally, protesters marched
on the council chamber, where emotion gave way to anger. ALL: (CHANT) No sale! No sale! When the ratepayers invited us
to the meeting, one of the Mayor's minions
tried to kick us out. So you know you can't film in here
during the meeting? Why's that? Because it'll be too disruptive. The acting CEO had a crack too. That is our...that is the decision
that has been taken. But people power won the day. We stayed.

I allow the cameraman
and the audio guy and you to stay here, but you will not move
from this position while you are in this room. I feel like a naughty schoolboy,
but yes, sir, I promise. And what we witnessed was bizarre,
to say the least. ALL: (CHANT) Shame, council, shame! Shame, council, shame!

This is democracy, Monash-style. If you want to ask a question,
you put it in writing, in advance, for approval. Then, if you're lucky,
you can read it out. Would the Mayor and the councillors
please explain... Despite residents' best intentions, question after question
was batted down. While some councillors
fiddled with their iPads, ratepayers were ignored
and fobbed off, one by one, supposedly in the name
of commercial confidence. Mayor Micaela ploughed on like
a schoolgirl reading a bad essay. And then, the bombshell. ALL: No confidence, no confidence!

When a ratepayer moved
a no-confidence motion, these big, brave councillors
upped and fled their own chamber, scared off
by a bunch of octogenarians. Next day, the Mayor's head
was still firmly in the sand. It's understandable that some of our residents
and their families are concerned and we're doing what we can
every step of the way to support them. You took them by surprise. In what way? They didn't know what was happening. Next thing, you're taking
expressions of interest. We've been communicating with
our residents and their families... They say you haven't. You can stand there
and repeat yourself 25,000 times. They say the first
they knew about it was you're taking
expressions of interest! Her mother might be old once
and want somewhere to go. Her father might. So, Monash City Council,
what's it to be? Money or care? Greed or common sense? Honesty or secrecy? Perhaps a good place to start would be listening to the people
who put you there. If the CEO, if the Mayor,
is watching this now, what would you like to say to them? Please give us a go
and leave the place open so we can enjoy it
and have a home away from home. Now, if I have to travel an hour
or half an hour or even two hours to another place, I'm not going to be able to spend that quality time
with my wife any more. They're all going to reach our age
eventually and they'll realise
what they've done.

And the Monash Council will announce their decision on the sale
of those retirement homes at the end of next month. Let's hope they see sense. Now the call
to name and shame child criminals - repeat offenders as young as 10
know how to beat the system. But, as Leisa Goddard reports, even their parents want to drop
the tough love and just get tough. He pulled this knife on me
near my stomach. Greatest fear, mate.

Is he is going to end up
in a juvenile home, mate, for either killing someone
or hurting someone bad? I was ready to pack my child away. Parents under the microscope. They need to change the way
they behave, they parent. Tonight, heartfelt confessions
from mums and dads forced to face
a very uncomfortable truth that they could be raising
future child criminals. I have questioned myself. According to child psychologist
Nic Marcon, the path to criminality
is set very early. We had him sit down and take a long, hard,
'Super Nanny'-style look to scrutinize three parents
who are at their wit's end. Look, I've been doing this
long enough to know, OK, you do not change
a child's behaviour by you having nothing left to give. Kylie and Tony Oniga love
6-year-old Jacob unconditionally, but he's out of control.

Year 1 and he's been suspended
three times in two weeks. Throwing a rock at somebody,
kicking teacher in the shins, swearing at the teacher,
throwing pencils around the room, Then there's Marlene from Melbourne. Her 15-year-old son James
has run away 500 times, repeatedly pulled a knife on her
and stolen cars. My biggest worry is, um, he is going to end up either dead
or in jail because the crowd he is going with
have criminal records. One is 6, the other 15. Both risk falling
into a life of crime. We can now reveal the check list
of risk factors experts have drawn up -

broken into five categories. First, community. They are the areas that tend to be lower socio-economic,
lower unemployment. Family.

You need to look at the child too. Finally, there's school. Criminologist Wayne Petherick says a staggering 40% of school bullies end up
in the criminal justice system. 25% of those bullies
will spend time in prison by the time
they are 30 years of age. And 40% will grow up to have
three or more criminal convictions. We've tried everything with him. We've tried bribing him,

The best thing that she can do
is to get her life right, get her emotions right,
get her strength back and then she has got the energy
to start making changes that are actually
going to effective. Changes, he says,
like learning good communication. Sounds basic,
but he says it's the key.

The question really is,
"Why are you running away? "What's making you run away?" And if you get rid of that, the kid's not going to
have to run away. What do you think
of your mum and dad? Do you think
they should have been tougher? They should have been,
but too late now, I think. For Kylie and Tony,
there are red flags everywhere. We think what the hell have we done
wrong for our son to be like this? I know everybody is focused
on the child, the child is doing the wrong thing, but without the parent doing what
they need to do for themselves first they are never
going to change the child. Change, he says,
requires counselling. But getting help,
particularly free help, is increasingly difficult. Government cuts limit the number of bulk-billed counselling sessions
a year to just 10.

When Jacob is a teenager,
it'll be too late. Leisa Goddard reporting there. Now, it's 30 years to the day
since our proudest sporting moment and, as you probably saw
on the news, the hosts' extraordinary victory
in this year's America's Cup wouldn't have been possible without a fair helping
of Aussie talent. Georgia Main joined
one very proud father for this morning's
thrilling final race. COMMENTATOR: Pressure
with incredible poise. We're nearly there. They're heading across
towards the finish here. The most improbable comeback
in this sport as Oracle Team USA
will retain the Cup. Great!
You beauty! David Slingsby
hasn't had much sleep, up at the crack of dawn this morning to watch his 29-year-old son, Tom,

After winning an incredible
seven races in a row and levelling the series, it came down to this.

Tom's title now is 'strategist'. He's looking around, trying to really put the boat
in the best position for wind and tide. That's so damned good. To see your kid succeed is a wonderful experience
for a parent. And,you know, it's what
it's all about. Over at San Francisco Bay,
it's full-scale celebrations but as is tradition, Tom always
calls his dad after a race. Hello. Hey, Dad. Tom! how are you going, mate? Good comeback, hey? I have a lot of people around me. Yeah. (CHEERING)

And I didn't want to feel sorry
for the Kiwis all the way through, but I think I can feel sorry
for them now. Never feel sorry for the Kiwis, Dad. No, well, we're very, very proud
of you. Cheers, Dad.

It hasn't always been
smooth sailing. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Tom went into competition
as world number one but finished 22nd.

It was devastating. He was down and out
for a short time, but he turned it all around. It just increased his determination
to win in London. They train a couple of times a day
in the gym - boxing, it's tough work.

It's a work ethic that has seen Tom
win six world championships and a gold medal
at the London Olympics. It was an individual gold medal,
though. Now to win the America's Cup
with a huge team, ah, it's a pretty awesome feeling. I ticked two of my career goals off
in 13 months, so pretty stoked.

Headhunted along with six Aussies,
on board and behind the scenes, by Oracle boss
billionaire Larry Ellison. It's been a huge honour
sailing for Oracle. And sailing's a professional sport -
you race for your team, But, one day, I'd like to see
an Australian team going, and I'd love to be part of it. Oh, it was sensational. We know, we've got the combination of Jimmy Spithill steering the boat,
skippering, and Tom Slingsby - two of the world's best sailors
at the top of their game, and that became obvious. On the 30th anniversary of 'Australia II's victory
in the America's Cup, skipper John Bertrand remembers
that winning feeling. We've got some fabulous talent
in this country.

Coffee just doesn't seem appropriate
for a celebration like this. Cheers!
Congratulations. Thank you very much. It was wonderful
to share it with you guys.

Georgia Main there
with one very proud family. Up next, the Aussie mum
who saved lives in Iraq - why have her heroics been wiped
from the record books?

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Thanks, Nat. Now the extraordinary Aussie mum who's life resembles
a Hollywood thriller - where do we begin? The supermum raising triplets?
The brilliant legal mind? Her exceptional bravery
serving in Iraq? And there's even a twist - her heroics were erased from history
by the callous British military.

They're her army
of little superheroes - triplets Noah, Oscar and Aaron. Be careful there. A former military-major-turned-mum, nowadays, for Rabia Siddique
and her husband, Anthony, the only battles
are getting to school on time.

Now Rabia has written
a tell-all book that's captured the imagination
of movie makers. 2005, in the terrorist hot spot
of Basra, Iraq, where Rabia, an Australian lawyer
with Muslim heritage, was based in the British army. I gained their respect
quite quickly. I worked very closely
with the Iraqi judiciary.

The terrorists refuse to negotiate with anyone other than her. I was not a trained hostage negotiator, but there you are. She was choppered
into the middle of an angry mob where she got an agreement
to set the soldiers free. Then, outside,
all hell breaks loose.

We could hear bombs going off,
rocket-propelled grenades, we could hear screams,
we could hear gunfire, and out of the corner of my eye,
I could also see fire. Inside the

Inside the compound, she is taken hostage.I looked at this man with the weapon pointed between my eyes. I looked straight in his eyes and I remember thinking "if you're going to shoot me you're going to have to look me in the eyes and should be dead".The then, in this fashion road rescue mission, British forces gained control. But for Rabia,
the triumph is short-lived. They had decided it would be
too much of a political hot potato to have acknowledged that a foreign, Muslim,
female lawyer was sent in. While her colleague is awarded
the highest military honour, Rabia's role in the incident
is erased from the records. Could I live with myself
if I didn't take a stand? In a David-and-Goliath legal battle, Rabia took on
the powerful UK Ministry of Defence for discrimination and won,

her fight for equal justice
grabbing headlines around the world.

While she is now happy to leave her

battles behind, her legacy lives on. More than anything I have my boys will be proud of me. What an inspirational woman. Melissa Doyle has the news headlines
in a moment.

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Now with a look ahead
to the 7pm News over on 7TWO, here's Melissa Doyle. Helen, coming up next over on 7TWO,

live to the New South Wales
bushfire emergency plus coverage
of Melbourne's wild weather, Queensland's extreme heat
and Adelaide's destructive storms. The Australians who helped the USA
win the America's Cup plus our reporter in New Zealand
on how the country's coping. Chilling video
of the Washington Navy Yard shooter as the FBI solves the mystery
of the inscription on his gun. And pictures of a rare whale
super pod off Queensland. Seven News at 7:00 is next,
over on 7TWO, Helen.

Thanks, Mel. Tomorrow night, we go undercover
into pubs and clubs to see just how our liquor-licensing
laws are being used and abused.

Is it easy to get plenty of drinks? Way too easy.Someone who's doing that does not deserve to hold a licence. That story tomorrow.

Spencer! What are you doing?!

What the hell is wrong with you? Spence! April,
ECG and a drug screen, please. Guys, what's going on?
You need to tell them the truth. Just stay out of this. Spencer has bipolar. Being on meds
is like walking through a thick fog. Everything's dull. I have sold the last seat on the bus to a journalist
from 'Summer Bay Life'. I really wish you hadn't done that.
Why? Because now I'm gonna have a
journalist listening to everything
that I say and watching what I do. That's it! Give us a geez! Right. It's...

What happened? I don't owe you anything.
What's your problem? You are! What do you want from me? I'm usually more than happy
to stay out of your business, Brax, but this is really
messing with your head. I told you I'd deal with it! I thought we could
trust each other completely.

Come on.

Now, don't say
we don't do anything for ya, mate. Oh, thanks.
There you go. Best seat in the house.
A bit better than the hospital, hey? Yeah, it is. Except now
all I want to do is surf. Baby steps, hop-a-long. Baby steps.
Just let us know if you want us
to do anything for you. You can do my physio for me
if you want. I'm practically doing that
for you anyway, goof. Yeah, right. Thanks for the help.
I owe you one. Yep. Oi, you got a minute?
Hey, Brax! How you going?

What's his problem? He's got a lot on his mind,
that's all. When doesn't he? What's with you?
What have you found out
about the Barretts? Like I told you on the phone,
Andy Barrett's gone underground. No-one knows where he is.
Or if they do, they're not talking. What else do you know about him? Anything from juvie maybe
that might help? Just that Andy Barrett's
always had a grudge over us. Like, he was always going on about
our dad being the reason
his old man took off. Apparently they had
some sort of scam together. I punched his head in over it
a few times. Too bad he's gonna get
a lot worse this time. We've gotta find him first. Relax, will ya?
He can't hide forever.

The discharge papers are done. So I'm free to go?
Mm-hm. How did your psych assessment go
this morning? Yeah, it was great. Full of laughs. Hey! April was just asking
a question. No need to be defensive. I wasn't being defensive. I was joking. Oh.

Usually it's me failing
at the comedy around here. Refreshing change.

OK, well, as the doctor said, you'll need to get your
medication levels checked regularly and come in for an assessment
in a couple weeks. I wrote everything down
so he doesn't forget.

Not that you would.
I won't forget. I just thought that... Never mind. Thanks.
I'm gonna get changed and go. OK.
Yeah. Oh.

That was a bit awkward. I don't know if I can do this. Do what?
Help Spencer. Everything I do and say is wrong. Maybe you just need to
stop trying so hard. Is that what I'm doing?
Well, yeah. I did the same thing
when I was caring for Dex. I wanted to help him so much,
I just kept putting my foot in it. Again and again.
Oi! Oh, great. So this feeling
doesn't really go away? Well, no-one's expecting you
to be perfect at this, Sash. Good, because I have no idea
of what I'm doing. The truth is,
getting better is up to him. All you can do is be there for him
and hope he makes the right choices.
Yeah. I think you'll surprise yourself
how strong you can be.

Hey. Ready to go? Yeah. Did you want to get something
to eat? Sure. Um, did you guys wanna come? We have plans.
But you guys go, be lovebirds. We don't want to cramp your style.
OK. See ya.

Found it.
Yes! Whoo-hoo! Good on ya, mate! Yeah, it was misspelled
and in the wrong folder. Mm-hm. OK, well, that's fine.
Don't say anything, John. So wasn't.
No, no. Well, this is great news.
Thank goodness we've got you here. There you go.
All's well that ends well. Right, open it up for me 'cause
we've got a lot of cramming to do. Right. Um, "Good afternoon, ladies and
gentlemen, welcome..." (MUTTERS) Scroll down, scroll down.

That's all there is.
What do you mean,
that's all there is?