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Many ABC presenters never question the global warming scare. Take Annabel Crabb, who this week interviewed professional alarmist Al Gore. Crabb didn't challenge Gore when he falsely likened Tony Abbott to US politicians bribed by big tobacco. Before denying a connection between this week's fires and global warming. Nor did she challenge this.But the science shows, clearly, that when the temperature goes up and when the vegetation and soils dry out, then wildfires become more pervasive.In fact, the world's temperature has been flat for 15 years. And Australia's rainfall has increased. Nor did Crabb correct this.And here in the United States, we had an event called Hurricane Sandy that was devastating.In fact, even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admits there's no proof warming has caused more hurricanes. The ABC should stop preaching and start questioning. And that's the show. Thanks for watching. I'm Andrew Bolt. No fear, no favours. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media - This program is captioned live.

Hello and welcome to Meet the Press. I'm Kathryn Robinson. It's the bright and colourful logo that cost taxpayers $4. 6 million. The symbol, designed to herald a new-look Centrelink, was signed off on by the former Labor government and rolled out earlier this year at a time when the budget was already starting to show signs of strain. Was it money well spent or a bad decision that would ultimately lead us to the dire budget position we're in today? Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen is our guest today. Also - just what do you do when you lose everything, literally everything, you own? We meet a family from the Blue Mountains as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives after last week's vicious firestorm. Olympic champion Sally Pearson joins us to talk sport and sponsorship. Why our female athletes are often overlooked for major deals. Two of crickets harshest critics are on the couch to preview the next Ashes series. And life after Kieren - Symantha Perkins on life after surviving a celebrity divorce.I needed to take control and think about myself for a change. That's what I did by signing on with Jenny Craig. But first this morning, Treasurer Joe Hockey's time in opposition was largely spent warning that the nation's budget was spiralling dangerously out of control. This week he moved to fix things by dramatically plunging us further into the red. He also moved to repeal the Milnes Resource Rent Tax, effectively scrapping a number of low-income support schemes. Mr Hockey says it's the only way to fix the mess left by the previous government. Chris Bowen was the Labor government's money man for a short period. Also here today, political editor of, Malcolm Farr, and Tory Shepherd. Good morning to you all.Good morning, Kath.Mr Bowen, reports this morning that this new Centrelink logo was signed off under your watch in 2010-11 cost an extraordinary amount - $4. 6 million - at a time when we probably shouldn't have been spending that money. Was it justified?I have seen those reports. I read those reports this morning. When I was minister for human services, we brought together Medicare, Centrelink and the Child Support Agency, in a very good reform which provided better customer service and saved the government money. When you're doing that, there's a whole range of flow-on effect there is. That logo was rolled out sometime after that. I'm not aware of the circumstances of that. Obviously clearly cost when is it comes to marketing should always be kept to a minimum. You will see from time to time, governments of all persituations, doing market research and getting new logos, but they should be kept to a minimum. The key issue here was the very significant, not easy reform, bringing together three big government agencies. It's all worked very smoothly and there's been much better efficiency and service delivery as a result.Do you think the price was justified? You need to look at what that entailed. Was it the entire roll-out of everything across the new entity? I don't know. I only read that report this morning. Clearly, in my view, marketing and logo costs should be kept to a minimum.Do you know what it means? I think it reflects the broad range of services that Centrelink provides and the broad range of people they provide it to, I guess, by reading it in the paper this morning.All that in a squiggle. Could we go on to the Reserve Bank's reserve fund? If I can try and simplify it? This is an amount of money, usually expressed as a proportion of its assets, put aside for any contingencies that might come up, particularly with the currency. Now, you criticised Joe Hockey's move to add $8. 8 billion to the Reserve, going essentially from the budget bottom line to the Reserve Bank. Mr Hockey said - and used a previous advice from Treasury - Mr Hockey said, "Please release that Treasury advice in full. "Can you do that?Let's make a couple of points here, Malcolm. I would like to say the Treasurer is scoring cheap political points here. He's not. He's scoring expensive political points. $8. 8 billion for him to make a political point. He says the Governor of the Reserve Bank asked him for $8. 8 billion. My response is simple - release the letter. Release the letter from the Governor of the Reserve Bank, asking for $8. 8 billion. If he can't, then he's got something to hide. Now, I have FOI'd the letter. I have written, FOIing the letter. I shouldn't, but I have. He could pick up the phone and say, "Is it alright if I release your letter? " In my experience, the Governor would say, "Yes. Release it. " He can clear this up today. He's playing political games, trying to load up this year's deficit. Trying to say, "Labor's deficit is bigger," and trying to make an artificial reduction in the deficit in future years and trying to extract more dividends from the Reserve Bank in future years.He says the Reserve at the moment is 3. 8% of assets. That's really low in the volatile global atmosphere. You know, the current - the Australian dollar might suddenly zoom well past parity. That would be a disaster for us. 3. 8%. Isn't that too low? It's low because the Australian dollar re-evaluated very strongly and had an impact on their reserves. They make a lot of money some years and pay a big dividend to government some years. With no argument, in more recent years, they've had a rougher time of it. Yes, it is appropriate it can be built up over time, so the Governor, when I was treasurer, said to me, "We would like to keep the profits. " I agreed to that. At no point did Wayne Swan or I receive any advice from the Reserve Bank or the Treasury that it would be appropriate to make a payment to the Reserve Bank on the contrary, the former treasurer received explicit advice that that would be a retro great step.But things could change very, very quickly. We have seen from the United States. And governments would respond appropriately and speabl. But if Mr Hockey believes there's a case for blowing out this year's deficit by almost $9 billion and all the costs with that, he could justify - "Everything I told you about government spending, forget about all that, that was in the old days" - that's not good enough. He has to justify this. He has come nowhere near justifying this extraordinary step to transfer $9 billion from the rank. If he's got nothing to hide, if there -- from the Reserve Bank. If he's not nothing to hide, release the letter today.Just before we move on, just to put it to bed - in your opinion, did the RBA need that almost $9 billion?I don't think that's been justified, Kath, no. I think there is a case, clearly I agree, for improving the reserve funds over time by gradually allowing that to build up by keeping their profits. That's the case. But a k's 9 billion transfer this year, they have gone nowhere justifying that. Nowhere near it.And speaking of large amounts of money, Mr Hockey has effectively given himself a $500 bm line of credit.Very conveniently. It's a smart move - he can blame you for the debt and give himself room to move?No doubt that's what he's planning politically. This is a Government which campaigns every day, every broadcaster in the country, it will pay off the debt. One of the first steps is to increase the credit card limb to half a trillion dollars, again with no justification. Now, we had forecast in our economic statement, the pre-election statement and my statement before the election was called, that net debt would hit $370 billion. Now the Treasurer is apparently briefing and leaking out that it might go past $400 billion. That's not how you do it. You release the midyear economic forecast so all the figures are there for all to see, and for it to be explained how it's going to surpass $400 billion. He hasn't done that. On top of that, he's asked for half a trillion dollars. Again, I don't believe he's come anywhere near yet justifying that extraordinary increase in the debt limit.There was an argument we don't need a limit at all.The fact of the matter is, we have a debt limit. That's the law of the land. If you're gonna have a debt limit, you have to justify it, particularly a new Government which was elected on the platform, on the slogan of "We'll pay off the debt". I believe they have to justify a very significant - a 67% increase in the debt limit - they would have to justify now. Let me make it clear. We, in the Opposition, will be responsible. We're not gonna have anything near the situation we've just seen in the United States. We will act in the national interest. But if Mr Hockey's asking for this big increase, he's gonna have to do a lot more to justify it. The first thing he could do is release the media economic many forecast, not a couple of days before Christmas, but before the legislation on the debt cap is voted on.Tony Abbott yesterday said the carbon tax was socialism dressed up at environmentalism. Are you a socialist?I don't regard myself as such. He says that but at the same time introduce as big, generous paid parental leave scheme which they tax on companies and Australia's superannuation recipients are going to pay.Would you describe that as socialism? Well, I would describe it as folly and retrospective - sorry, a double taxation on Australia's part-pensioners. I think that's something the Labor Party will stand against.OK, we need to take a short break right now. But then we'll be back to our interview with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen after this We've got all the brands that
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Welcome back. You can join our conversation any time by jumping on Facebook or using the Twitter hashtag #mtp10. More now with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen. Mr Bowen, if I can continue our discussion on carbon tax that we left before the break, yesterday Tony Abbott urged Bill Shorten to change his stance on the carbon tax. He said he changed his mind on the leaders of the Labor Party during last year, he might be able to change his mind on the carbon tax. Is there any way that you think he would change his mind? Well, millions of people voted Labor, fully in the knowledge that Labor believed that climate change was real. And we believed in a market mechanism to deal with it. Now, everybody agrees that the carbon tax, the fixed carbon tax, should be terminated. The debate is about what follows it. Now, we see this pretty crazy direct action plan and we'll be providing parliamentary scrutiny to that. We'll have a shadow cabinet and a Caucus process in terms of the way forward. But we're guide by some pretty important fundamental principles. Mr Abbott famously described himself as a weather vain on this issue. His word, not mine. He apologies to Malcolm Turnbull. We will be taking a much more consistent approach, which will be based on our beliefs and our values that we need to act on climate change, that it's economically sensible to have a market-based mechanism to do so.Are there any circumstances you would change your mind on that?That climate change is real? No. Well, obviously, we have a policy development process leading up to the next election. We're only just out of the last election, in terms of a whole range of detailed policies right board. What I'm outlining to you are values and markers which will guide that policy development.But you're gonna have to make a decision soon. The legislation to dismantle carbon pricing is gonna be up.There will be legislation to dismantle the carbon price, sure. We need to see the detail of what follows that. They need to explain much better what direct action will mean. Maybe Greg Hunt can Wikipedia or something. They need to tell us how it will work, how it will achieve thes. There's not a scientist or economist who believes direct action can achieve the reduction targets that have been set out for it. We will be providing parliamentary scrutiny to that. There's been a lot of Coalition MPs in the headlines lately over entitlements, over weddings, so on and so forth. But has Labor missed the opportunity to really stick the boot in over this?I don't believe so, Tory. I believe we have taken a responsible approach of pointing out where we think there are errors and where we think the system could be improved. We haven't done what the Liberal Party did and referred people off to the Australian Federal Police willy-nilly and done those sorts of things. We've pointed out that some of these areas are, in my view, open-and-shut, black-and-white breaches. And it would be much better if people like Tony Abbott and George Brandis acknowledged that. Instead of saying, "I didn't do anything wrong but I will pay the money back anyway. " That doesn't earn them points. It would be better if they said, "A wedding is not appropriate or an ironman event is not appropriate. " On other occasions, we've said, "Well, no, I think Polly Pedal, given it's an community activity and raising money and a community engagement, is OK. " We have also said that they're the Government, they can put forward suggestions to improve the system, and we would look at this sympathetically and in goodwill, because there is a case for improving the system. A very strong case, because the grey areas have been exploited.So you're not running dead because some of your blokes could go for a run as well? Malcolm, I can assure you the Liberal Party has been through all of our travel claims. They have been shopping them around to you guys, trying to get some of us in a similar situation. And by and large, they've failed.If I can go to another form of transport, that's airline traffic and Badgerys Creek. I don't know if you saw this tweet from your colleague, Ed Hughesic, in the Western Sydney seat of Chifley. "I love the courage of my inner-city colleagues telling the west to support Badgerys. " Here's a challenge - drop the Sydney Airport curfew. Now, you're the ranking officer in Western Sydney. Is there a split again within the NSW Labor Party for Badgerys and anti Badgerys?I don't believe so. Ed is a very strong voice for Western Sydney and he expresses those views very clearly. Now, what we've seen this week is again speculation that apparently Joe Hockey is pushing Badgerys Creek Airport for inclusion in the next budget. Well, he could have told the people of Western Sydney that before the election. They had a big Western Sydney strategy. He could have told the people of Lindsay, Chifley, McMahon, and more that he wanted an airport in Western Sydney. He didn't do that. I think that is entitled to be looked at with some degree of scepticism.What do you think about lifting the curfew?Our policy is not to do that. The curfew has been in place for a long time. But Ed is entitled to very strongly put his views and the views of his constituents.What does it say about relations within the party? Is everything happy-go-lucky or is there still a bit of intoxicate yoickity?You'll always --Toxicity?You'll always see an element of contest within a party. Having just been through an election defeat and then elected a new leader under a new system, we have seen a sense of unity in the party - I think largely engendered by that new system, where people have put aside differences of the past and are all committed to working towards being a strong and effective Opposition and being a strong and effective next government of Australia, based on good policies. So, a policy contest internally in the Labor Party is not a bad thing, because it means you get a better policy as a result of the contest of ideas.Just bass on the past for a second - we heard this morning that Kevin Rudd may have to face up to another inquiry over the home insulation deaths, the deaths of four young men. Is that something that is gonna stain Labor for the foreseeable future? This is obviously a very, very difficult issue and where anybody has died, it is gravely concerning. And Labor, as a party with deep commitment to improving workplace safety, will always have that. I would say we've had eight inquiries into the insulation scheme. We've had coronial inquiries, we've had an Australian National Audit Office inquiry, which had access to Cabinet documents. And every recommendation of those inquiries had been adopted and accepted. We take this matter very seriously. When I see draft terms of reference being leaked out to Sunday newspaper, I do think that does question whether this is more a political process or a process designed to get to better workplace safety. If it's a process to get to better workplace safety, then, of course, we would fully support it. But just as we supported and cooperated and adopted the recommendations of eight separate inquiries.Mr Bowen, we are almost out of time, but just wanted to get your response to news this morning that an Australian soldier has been wounded in Afghanistan after an Afghan soldier opened fire on coalition forces. Your response to that? And after this incident, and many like it, do you think we should have pulled out earlier? Well, clearly, Kath, every Australian's thought it is would be with the soldier and with their family, who have put their lives on the line. And from those reports, luckily it's not a fatal incident. But nevertheless it is a very serious one and our thoughts are with him and with his family, and with all our serving troops in Afghanistan. In relation to withdrawing, I think the timetable for withdrawal is a bipartisan one and an appropriate one. Our task in Afghanistan was, and continues to be, important, but it's also important we have a timetable for withdrawal, which we do have, and to my understanding is bipartisan and supported by both parties. Chris Bowen, thank you for taking time out of your Sunday.Always a pleasure.Next - we travel to the fire-ravaged Blue Mountains and meet a family who now have to start their lives from scratch. Is your vision
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Do you know what you would do if a roaring bushfire was desepding on your home? Would you -- descending on your home? Would you stay and fight or flee? And, if you ran, what would you try and save? And have you thought about where you would start if you were literally left with only the clothes on your back? These are the very real questions residents of the NSW Blue Mountains are contemplating after the worst bushfires in almost 50 years. Here's News Corp's Moira Geddes. This is your home? Your house, your lives were here. Just describe to us what it used to look like, because obviously now it's devastation.We used to have the best part of a 2-storey house, or a 2-tier house, with the kids' bedrooms up above. We would have our bedrooms pretty much at the front. Then you would step into the lounge area, the games area, where the kids used to get on the Xbox and have a good old time, mucking around.I found these earlier this afternoon.Which would be your daughter's, no doubt?Yep.Some little ballet slippers, or something. I don't know whether it would have any meaning for her? Yeah, it would.Thank you.Has this changed you as a person in regards to what you view as important now in your life?Um...The important things are the two kids sitting up in the car.The two kids have always been the most important things to us. We have always been family.You were here in the house when the fires basically started to encroach the proxt take me through the step-by-step process of what went through your head and what you did to get out, basically? Basically, as soon as I saw that there was flame in next door's backyard, it was, like, literally grab the kids, grab the dog, scream, run, "We're going, now! " Literally ran. I don't think I have ever run up that bloody driveway faster. Got in the car. Spot fires were basically everywhere. And it's just like, "Kids, we're going. We're going now. We're getting out. I don't care which way we have to go, we're going. "Was there someone to assist you?The community centre here in Springwood, awesome job. Came in and registered, you walked out, spoke to Telstra, NRMA, social... The horrible thing was it was well organised because it has been done before. But thank heavens it was well organised.Had you had to do that on your own, do you think you would be as resilient, as strong, as up-beat as you appear to me right now?I hope I never had to go through that ever again, but if I had to, no, I don't think I would be. The reason why we're strong is because we have so many friends and loved ones around us. The community spirit in this environment here is just phenomenal.Will thereby a time to grieve the loss of this -- will there be a time to grieve the loss of this home?Every five seconds.To me, I'm gone.I'm still going. I think I will be better - I know it sounds stupid - once this is gone. Once it's back to land, kind of thing. I can look at other people's and I feel desperately sorry for them but I can detach from that. I need this to not be

know, start to rebuild and things like that. You know, we have already been on the internet, doing silly things like telling the kids to pick a house kind of thing. You're going to stay here?Yeah. Despite the future risk?Yep. As silly as it sound, it doesn't matter where you are. There's risk of some sort.Do you look at the properties either side and think, "Gee, I wish that was us"? Sometimes. Yeah, a little bit.My mate across the road, he's fine. Look around and go, "We're not a victim, a survivor. " We survived this. There's others who had a worse time than we have. There's always a positive.And down here, the clean-up has started.It has. Things are slowly starting to pile up.Yeah, waiting for scrap metal guys, who are apparently gonna bring in a bin or something.And you guys have committed to doing the clean-up yourselves, with a group of friends?Family, work colleagues.People we vaguely know, who are friends of friends of friends of...How does that make you feel that that community spirit is being lent out to you?Humble. Yeah, humble. Overwhelmed by the generosity of people. It's just - you know, it's typical Aussie, isn't it? You do what you've gotta do to help those who can't do it themselves kind of thing. And if it was someone else in the same boat, we would be doing the same thing back for them.Part of the grieving is to actually clear out. I don't want a site here I can keep coming back to and to have memories. If I have my shed here, I will come back every day, look through the same rubble and try to find a trinket that I can say, "I remember what that was. " No, I want it gone and have a clean slate, start again. We're day seven now, after the event. To me, that's seven days of the new life.You're remarkable survivors. A story, to every other Australian out there... I know at the end of the day, though, it hurts.Hurts like hell.Yeah. There's two kids in that car up there that will see this, obviously, afterwards. They're the reason why you do it. There is no other reason why you would do this, to this level, apart from those two kids. That's my view.Are you concerned about their emotions for your wellbeing?Yeah, definitely. Yeah, especially my son.Why is that?He's constantly asking how we are, and not necessarily reflecting on himself and seeing if he's OK. But we're here to support him when he wants that love. We'll be leer. When he's ready. Lots of hugs. That's for sure.Moira Geddes with that report there. Next - why bad-boy sports stars are still considered more bankable than our female athletes. Golden girl Sally Pearson and Diamonds vice-captain Bianca Chatfield join us next. Adding that little extra touch can make you feel special. Now you can bring that same feeling into your home with Air Wick Reed diffusers. Delicately releasing essential oils to create
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We are out there every day, we are training really hard, working really hard to participate in our sport when it comes around to competition. But I must admit - and I'm sorry to say this - but I think it's sometimes the media. We are out there every day doing exactly what the males do, but we're not getting the coverage. I think a lot of the time what's on TV is obviously dictated by the media and people aren't getting a choice of what they want to see. They're getting told to watch things on television. Unfortunately, some of - well, my sport especially - isn't getting covered on TV for people to watch. And I'm out there every single day working hard to become the best athlete in the world but it's not getting covered all the time by television or papers. And that's sad for me to understand that as well, because I want to be a great role model to young kids. But if I'm not getting covered by the media, then it's hard for me to put myself out there as well. So, unfortunately, that's what I believe. And for me to be on here today is really exciting to be able to explain what my issues are with the coverage of female sport. I know netball is doing a lot better these days, but I would like to see my sport being picked up as well. Well, let's bring Bianca in now, who knows a thing or two about netball. Do you feel the same way, Bianca?I do feel the same way, and I think it's just the reality of where sport is at for females at the moment. You know, we are fortunate that our games are covered and we're getting great attendance to our games, but I think we just have to, I guess, realise where it is at the moment and get a little bit smarter and try and do things differently to try and bring in the sponsors. So, rather than rely on sex appeal and players to be going out there and modelling for campaign, get smarter and get out there with sponsors, where we can potentially run some leadership work with kids and the sponsors come on board to support that as well. So that we're supported as athletes but we're also using our ability as role models to influence people.Many would say that it's not the success on the court, on the track, in the pool that translates to sponsorship, it is sex that sells. Is that the way you see it? Is there any way of changing that idea?Look, I definitely think that's how it is at the moment. And there is ways that we can change it. And with the Diamonds, we're fortunate enough, we have just got Coles on board as a sponsor for the team. And that's exactly what they're doing. They're using the girls now to go out and run a healthy living program, so they're getting the girls out there, with kids, to be able to influence that way. And rather than using the girls as models in their campaign. You would love to be able to do all of that, ideally, but I think we have to not whinge about what is happening at the moment, but get out there and try and change it, and try and approach corporate and sponsors that want to put us out there in the right light, in the way we want to come across.Sally, you have said.Sorry, go on.I was gonna say, you have been quoted that you think there's a problem with potential sponsors knowing how to actually translate the business. What would you suggest to them?I think that's definitely right. I think sometimes the athlete might have to work a little bit harder with putting themselves out there to brands as well, and explaining to some brands and corporate brands of how they can use the athlete. Because sometimes the brand don't know how to use an athlete to market their product. And I think sometimes we have to explain to them what we can offer them and how we can push their brand in the direction they want to go. So I think sometimes, as we were saying before, just being smart about it and explaining to everyone out there who we are and what we can do outside of our sport as well.Just finally, I mean, you both are beautiful girls, you're both successful girls, off the track as well. How do you feel when a sportswoman actually plays to her looks and uses her looks to her advantage? Say, in the case of Anna Kournikova, or more recently, Stephanie Gilmore, the Australian surfer?That's a Hard one. You know, if they've got it and they can support themselves to be the best athletes they can be, you don't want to begrudge them for that. But you also don't want to use that purely as a way of selling yourself out there to make some money. It is a really tough one. And I think the people around us, supporting athletes, need to get out there and be smarter about how they do market us and what we can offer companies. Exactly what Sally said before.Sally, your final thoughts?It is definitely hard to comment on that. Because as you said, sex is selling toxt. But also I think there is a bigger -- at the moment. But also I think there is a bigger market in the healthy living side of the market as well. I think we can push that. Especially for the young kids and obesity problems at the moment, I think that's an important way to move into and explain to young kids about how to live healthily and grow up and eat the right foods and exercise as well, just get off the couch, out of the front of the TV and computer games, and really push that way of living. Unfortunately, sometimes the only option for athletes to get out there is to use their looks to get what they need. And unfortunately sometimes that is the only way to go. And to make a living, we love what we do, and the only way to do that is to get sponsors on board and earn a living that way. And sometimes it may be the only option for some people. But I don't think it is the only option. I think there is a lot more out there and I think it's just a way of athletes going to the brands that they're with and explaining how they can be a different role model and pushing what they know outside of the sport, and just telling people who they are.OK. Sally and Bianca, thank you very much for your insights today on this. Let's hope it starts a dialogue. Two fabulous role models there - Sally Pearson and Bianca Chatfield.Thank you.Thanks, Kath. And Sally Pearson's book, 'Believe', will be out next month. Still on sport - are two Ashes series in one year too many? Two cricket tragics join me on the couch next to thrash out next month's Right now, you can get Sydney's
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Well, the memories of our last, some might say, disastrous Ashes campaign, haven't had a chance to fade and already our boys are lining up to take on the English boys again. The English team have arrived in Australia. So, will they claim the historic title, and if the Australians do, what is the future of the Aussie team? My next guests think they have most of the answers. My next guests, Malcolm Conn and Richard Hinds, thank you for joining us today. What can we expect from this Ashes series, Malcolm?Australia were disappointing in England. Certainly playing at home on faster, bouncier pitches, I think our fast bowlers can make it tough for England. If our flakey batting line-up can make some runs, it will be a close series.How good do you think England will be?I think they're good, not as good as they were two years ago. They're on a slightly downward spiral. It's a time Australia could find them a little bit vulnerable. They're a team that win the big moms. Australia need to win those -- moments. Australia need to win those crucial sessions. Let's talk about the selection of the team. There's a few dilemmas ahead?We're playing white ball cricket at the moment, both in India and Australia. It's always not a perfect guide. George Bailey's form has been exceptional. He may end up all of a sudden being reeled into the red ball team as a test player. And Shaun Marsh has been talked about as well. Whoever comes in has gotta stand up. Australia has gotta bat better. We're talking about one-day form for the test, because it's the only form being played at the moment. We're looking at India, the Ryobi Cup. I want to see the three Shield matches, starting on Wen, where we see David Warner face the red ball, see David Cowan. Let's look at first-class cricket first and then make decisions on that.Davy Warner has made three hundreds in eight days.At North Sydney.I know it's a postage stamp.My kids under-#15s, when they put the cones out on the boundary, it's wider than that.Hitting the roof. I think his confidence will be well up. He's had a bad time on and off the field. A lot of that is hit fault. He's such a talent. If Australia's gonna make an impression, he's gotta stand up and do something.We've lost the last three tests. If we lose the fourth test, how dire will it be for cricket in Australia?I think we're prepared to lose it, it's how we lose it. I don't think it's necessarily losing the series itself will be a catastrophe. If we lose it 3-0 or 4-0, if the last two matches are commercially important for Australia, if they're dead rubbers, there's gonna be a lot of questions asked and of the administration, I think, Malcolm. James Sutherland has been in the job for 12 years. He's done a good job. I know James and think he's a really passionate cricket person. When you have been in there for that long, lost three Ashes series in a row, questions have to be asked. The board have come out on Thursday, said James has the job for the next couple of years. He's indignant about what's being said about the expenditure that's been going on. But up can't get away from the fact, if you have been in the job for 12 years and the team loses four Ashes series in a row, where does it leave him?Heads will roll?Not roll. But he's gonna be under a lot more pressure. Australian Cricket has been asleep at the wheel. The states didn't promote enough young talent. That's gonna cost us now.That's another issue we could flesh out. But we're out of time. Malcolm and Richard, thank you very much.Pleasure. Coming up - back in control - Symantha Perkins shares her story about life after divorce. SONG: # The family came in
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They were the original golden couple of Australian swimming, but after 15 years of marriage, Kieren and Symantha Perkins announced their split. It's been a tough 18 months for the mum of three, but now Symantha Perkins is putting her health and kids first. The former TV journalist and new face of Jenny Craig told News Corp's book editor, Fran Metcalf, about how her new life as a single mum. When I did first separate, um, as anybody who's been through a marriage breakdown knows, really in the first instance, it's about the kids and making sure they're OK and how they're coping. But I really wasn't too worried about myself at that point. I, um, I really was focussed on them. Um, and then, you know, about six months ago I really was looking in the mirror and not liking what I was seeing. And I have also struggled a lot with - during my life with chronic pain, as many people know, have had chronic migraines since I was five years old. I just didn't have a lot of energy and was struggling from day to day. So I thought I needed to do something to get fit and healthy again.And how has Jenny Craig been going for you?Um, it's been great. It's been fantastic. I have never felt happier. I have never felt healthier and even the kids are saying, "Mum, it's great to see you smiling again. " So, gotta be happy with that.And how much weight have you lost?So far, I have lost 11 kilos in three months.What's been the hardest part about being a single mum and juggling kids?I think the hardest part is finding time. Um, no-one goes into a marriage thinking that it's going to end, obviously. And being a suddenly single mother at 42 years of age was an absolutely daunting prospect. I've got three kids at three different schools, various ages - 15, 16 and then an 8-year-old - so I'm madly busy and also trying to juggle a career. So, trying to find time for me, like lots of women these days, I was just putting myself absolutely last, at the end of the, you know, meals and the lunchtime, school runs, the dogs, answering my emails, um, the laundry, the dishes. You name it, everything else came before me. Which is how most women operate, I think. And we feel a little bit guilty about putting ourselves first. But to be a better mother and to make sure I was around for my kids and to see them get married hopefully one day and maybe hold my grandchildren, I needed to take control and think about myself for a change. And that's what I did by signing on with Jenny Craig.So, how have you changed what you're eating?Well, before I used to skip breakfast and probably also lunch, because I was always concentrating on getting the kids to school and sort of putting myself last. So now I actually eat six small meals a day and just make sure that I'm never short on a snack or something to make sure that I'm never running low. And, really, that's the way to do it. I'm just organised now with my meals. And I actually had to get used to eating more food rather than skipping meals all the time. Where to from here, Sam? Are you planning on losing more weight? Where do you see yourself in 12 months' time?Well, I would like to lose just about five more kilos. Who knows, you know? I'm feeling really good at the moment. And, yeah, I mean, obviously I would like to maintain my health and fitness now and, yeah, just keep going and, yeah, feel really good about myself, yeah.Now that you're feeling fit and healthy and on your way, do you have a new love interest?Um, well... I'm waiting! I'm waiting! Never say never. But, no, at the moment, I really have no time. Sometimes I don't get even time for a shower during the day, sadly, so, no. But never say never. You know, just waiting for that Prince Charming to knock down my door. So, you know, if anyone's out there! And that is all for this edition of Meet the Press. You'll find a transcript of this program shortly on our website - We'll leave you now with some of the best pictures captured by the News Corp team this week. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Thanks for your company. See ya next time. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media -

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When you're doing a lot
of exercise and you're dieting,

you need a lot of motivation
to create lots of different recipes

that are still really interesting
and, of course, really tasty.

So I've got here Nadia,
all the way from Texas, from Curves,

explaining some of the different
varieties of foods we can eat

to make sure that you're at your
prime when you're exercising.

That's exactly right. We're gonna
make a nice big salad today.

It's got a lot of
different vegetables in it

and a really good Asian dressing
to bring it all together.

It's a great one you can serve
for your whole family.

When you want to be healthy,
it doesn't have to be boring.

Not at all.
This is definitely not boring.

It's got a lot of flavour.
So, what can I do for you?

You want to start chopping
some of those vegetables?

I'll make the dressing here.

And you can add as many
of these vegetables as you want.

You've got cucumber and cabbage.
Here I've got some sesame oil.

These vegetables
don't have a lot of calories,

but they have a lot of power
to help us fight disease.

So we want people to eat
as many of these as possible.

Because they're going to help you.

Also, they're full of fibre

so they'll help you stay full,
manage your weight.

And then just have a lot of
nutritional value in them as well.

OK, well, I'll keep chopping there.
What are you putting in your...?

I have, er, lime juice, sesame oil,
brown sugar, soy sauce,

with some ginger, garlic,
jalapeno and olive oil.

Very flavourful.

OK, so we'll keep chopping up the
vegetables, finish off that sauce,

and, I guess, after that
we can talk about

some of the proteins
we're gonna be adding to this.

Exactly right. Let's do that.

Alright, so we've got
our salad ingredients chopped up.

Now we're gonna add
our chicken and cashews.

So, adding some protein to this.

Cashews are healthy fat
and also protein.

And then we're also
going to add our chicken,

and we precooked the chicken

but we'll just go ahead
and remove the skin.

Oh! That's my favourite part!
I know.

While you're dieting,
it's good to remove the skin

because it's high in fat,
high in calories,

so, you know,
once you're at your goal weight,

you can add some skin back
in there in moderation,

but, er, when you're dieting it's
better to kind of reduce that a bit.

OK, well, I'll put that bowl
just there for you.

So cashews, again,
we've just roasted them,

haven't we, just so
they're nice and crunchy.

Nice and toasty.
Give the salad a bit of texture.

And tell us about spinach.

I mean, spinach is one of
those amazing things,

in particular, for women, isn't it?

I mean, green leafy like this
is very important.

That deep green leafy
is so rich in antioxidants.

It's really important for cancer
preventions. It's very healthy.

Women's health, you know,
it is really important.

There's a variety of things that are
important for women's health.

Getting to a healthy weight

helps you really prevent
a lot of diseases

that are common amongst women
and all adults today.

We'll add those in.
Some pasta?

Yeah, some pasta. Again,
it's about the balance of nutrients.

So we'll add in some pasta.

We've got our protein
and the healthy fats as well,

and then we've also got
this great dressing here

that's got some healthy fat,
and just full of flavour.

Yeah, it is.
So delicious.

I've got these tongs.
Mix that all together.

Nice big salad.

Look, even if you're only eating
for one or two,

look, this can last
for a couple of days.

It can last for a couple of days.
I love to do that.

Or you could serve it
for your whole family like that.

Well, we're gonna serve it
for our whole family today.

Right here, the great big plate.

Do you want to hold that for me?
For sure. I'd love to.

Family style's the best, isn't it?
Yeah, I love it.

I mean, especially, look at
the colours, with the cabbage.

The colours on that
are just gorgeous.

Just like so.

A bit of chicken there.

That sesame oil - I can smell it.
It smells delicious, doesn't it?

Look at that. Bring that to the
table, anyone's gonna be impressed.

Very much so.

I think we should have a try.
Yeah, that sounds great to me.



Loads of flavour.

Great for the whole family
or, in this case, our lunch.

Sounds like a good idea.

here so I can move past it and, you