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Madonna.

And there is the chink
in the armour, is it? Not confident.
No, not confident. (READS QUESTION) 'Like a Virgin'.
You went with 'Like a Virgin'.

Is your version of 'Like a Virgin'
going to bring you $20,000? Is Question 5 correct for $20,000?

No! This is the thorn in your side
that just will not let you go. (LAUGHS) You blitzed the field
in the double points decider. You answered
all the correct questions and you just can't conquer
the final five, can you? It's too hard, man. Unfortunately, 'Express Yourself'
is the song she's referring to. Let's just touch on Question 4 now. (READS QUESTION) You said 'fairy penguin'. Is that correct?

Fairy penguin, incorrect.

Kiwi. Small in size, big in egg.

Horror films, Freddy Krueger. Every boy watches them.
No idea.

Well, you went
with 'green & white'. Is 'green & white' correct
for Question 3? Of course it isn't. No, it's not. It was 'red & green'. And there ends your horror story as this machine will not let you go. It's not fair. What are we going to do
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You get to play for it again. Two new players, though,
will challenge you. $11,500 so far
safe money in that pocket. We can't wait to see you back. We'll see you too next time
when Tom goes for another crack on the Million Dollar Minute. We'll see you then.

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This program is captioned live. Tonight, the spy scandal deepens, with Indonesia suspending
co-operation with Australia over people smuggling. A Sydney mother charged
with murdering her son in a case that's shocked
experienced investigators. Some of the most distressing
circumstances that detectives working on the case
have ever seen. An 80-year-old woman attacked
with a meat cleaver outside her Auburn home. Sydney's new property trend - suburbs where more than half
of homeowners have a mortgage. And a warning over high heels after a surge in women
sliding into surgery.

VOICEOVER: This is Seven News
at 6:00 with Chris Bath. Good evening. Australia's relationship
with Indonesia has now been plunged into crisis
over the phone-tapping scandal. In the past hour, Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has suspended
all military co-operation and people smuggling operations because he is still waiting for
an explanation from Tony Abbott.

An Indonesian fighter jet roars
above the North Territory today. But this is a friendly incursion -
a joint training exercise. The relationship's been excellent, they're extremely friendly and we're getting along very well. But it could well be the last
joint exercise for some time as the Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono turns up the heat. In an unscheduled news conference
late today, suspending all military co-operation
with Australia shelving joint operations
against people smuggling and demanding an official
explanation on claims Australian spies tapped his phone
in 2009.

TRANSLATION: I want an explanation. Making clear his anger
over the spying allegations. This is against human rights. It's immoral
and unethical behaviour. Earlier Mr Abbott had again declined
to offer an apology instead repeating his message
of yesterday... As I said yesterday, I deeply and sincerely regret
the embarrassment that media reports have caused
President Yudhoyono. ..earning this sharp rebuke. I believe the embarrassment
should belong to the government of Australia. Mr Abbott referred to revelations
in 2004 that Indonesia had tapped the phones
of Australian politicians. People didn't overreact then and I certainly don't propose
to overreact now. But he might think Indonesia
just has. Live now to political editor
Mark Riley. Mark, what does this political
crisis mean for Tony Abbott?

It is

It is now a full-blown political crisis. Domestically and internationally. Domestically it interrupts the people smuggling policy and is an embarrassment. Internationally, these things normally have a... Australia has two options that it responds diplomatically with a gesture that shows it means business or it goes with its cap in hand with a diplomatic mission to try to smooth things over. I think for Tony Abbott the second option is the An 80-year-old woman is one
of 2 people seriously injured in a suspected meat cleaver attack
in western Sydney this afternoon. Hugh Whitfeld is at the scene
in Auburn. Hugh, what happened?

Chris, this was a violent family
dispute which played out in the street before stunned neighbours
at lunchtime. The 80-year-old woman was found
in her front yard, bleeding heavily from deep
stab wounds to her head and neck. A 43-year-old man was found
on the side of the road with similar, bloody injuries. Witnesses say
he was chased down the street by a man with a meat cleaver. They're believed to be brothers. Police later pinned the attacker
to the ground and arrested him. A big wound here, all the blood,
all his head and all his body. I can't tell you the exact size
of this weapon but what I can tell you is that obviously the weapon that
was used in this particular attack did result in quite
horrific injuries. The elderly woman's brother arrived
here not long after the attack and was told the news by police. Both victims are in a serious
but stable condition in hospital. The arrested man is still
talking with police. Chris.

Six months ago, a Sydney couple earned widespread
sympathy telling police their 7-year-old boy had died
after falling off a pogo stick. Detectives had their doubts, and today charged the boy's mother
and her partner with his murder.

It was a strange case
from the start - a 7-year-old boy found dead in bed a day after supposedly
falling off his pogo stick inside his Oatley home unit. Police found that suspicious. Today, exactly six months later, they arrested his 25-year-old mother
and her partner. They've been charged with murder,
production of child abuse material and failure to care for a child. Detectives will allege that
the injuries suffered by the child were not accidental

and NOT the result of
falling from a pogo stick. The mother, pregnant again, was formally refused bail
at Fairfield Local Court. This has obviously been
a tough time. Anything to say for your daughter? No detailed allegations
on how the boy really died were offered to the court but police say it's grim. The circumstances
surrounding the death of this child involve some of the most
distressing, um, acts that we've ever seen. The 29-year-old partner,
a self-styled rap artist, was already before the courts
on 25 physical abuse charges. He's accused of:

The boy was allegedly forced to run
along Bulli Beach to exhaustion then beaten with a stick
when he stopped. When the 25-year-old woman's case
finally came before the court this afternoon, she refused to take her place
in the dock, choosing instead
to stay in the cells. She will appear with her co-accused
by video link at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.

A mercy flight is tonight about to bring
Aussie king hit victim Matt Scarff home from Bali. Seven's Nick Etchells
is in Darwin. Nick, what's involved? Chris, a doctor and a nurse
who specialise in intensive care flew out of Darwin this afternoon. Their CareFlight air ambulance
is due to be landing in Bali in about half an hour to pick up
their seriously injured patient. Surf instructor Matt Scarff
will be flown tonight to Royal Perth Hospital, with his sister Anna by his side. Matt was king-hit while going to the aid of a woman
outside a Bali nightclub at the weekend. He has a serious head injury
suffered when he hit the ground and remains in an induced coma. Intensive care treatment means
on the ventilator, controlling his breathing, with all the monitors to make sure
the oxygen stays at the right level and that all his vital signs
are in good care. A public appeal has raised $50,000
to fund the mercy flight, and to help pay
for Matt's rehabilitation.

Nearly $20,000 has gone into the accounts today. A homicide detective accused
over a secret gambling scam has gone on the attack,
claiming corporate bookmakers are trying to rip off
mum-and-dad punters. The Police Integrity Commission
also heard phone taps where another officer was told he'd end up in the crime show
'Underbelly'.

Senior Constable Marc Smith leaves
the Police Integrity Commission. Do you now regret your involvement
in this gambling scheme? It did bring unwelcome notoriety, just as his mate had warned
during a tapped phone call.

Smith and homicide detective
Anthony Williams paid other officers
for personal information to set up hundreds of
online betting accounts, mainly to be used by
two professional punters who'd been restricted
from using the gambling agencies. Mr Williams has nothing to say,
thank you. Phone calls played
on day two of their hearing reveal how officers were paid
for their information but weren't keen to know
how it was being used.

Rather than simply defending himself when he took the stand
this afternoon, Williams went on the attack, taking aim at the online bookmakers
he's accused of ripping off. Asked why he called one company
"a joke" after it closed down
a suspect account, Williams said:

The hearing continues tomorrow.

Sydney's property market's
showing a strong shift suburbs, where more than half of homeowners
now have a mortgage. New figures show the
Macarthur region leads the trend, with new homes
a magnet for young families.

It's the rural fringe giving way
to Sydney's hunger for housing. As quickly as blocks are prepared
at the old Oran Park race track, buyers are speeding
through the door. We've had strong demand ever since
we opened the doors at Oran Park. The last six months there
has been a noticeable increase. Almost 53% of homes in Camden
are held by mortgages - the highest rate
in New South Wales - because of its growth
and affordability. is probably about
the low $500,000 mark. In less than a decade, Oran Park is expected to grow
from paddocks to a town of over 25,000 residents living in 8,000 new homes. There are lower prices,
entry level market, first home buyer territory. But it's not just Camden
that's booming. The fastest growth
in mortgage repayments has been in Marrickville, Penrith,
Botany Bay, Gosford and Penrith,

reflecting rocketing real estate
in those areas. Sydney easily has
the nation's biggest loans led by Woollahra,
over $3,000 a month. No surprise given
we have a 126-plus suburbs in Sydney with a median price
over a million dollars.

Taking an aspirin before bed could
reduce the risk of heart attack. While the benefits of the drug
are well-known, researchers now believe
timing may also be key in the fight against heart disease.

It's long been hailed as
a wonder drug for people at risk of
heart attack and stroke but WHEN aspirin is taken
could make a real difference. With this study,
we can maybe improve more with this well-known drug. 290 heart patients were given
100 milligrams of aspirin once a day to ward off a heart attack. Half took the aspirin
AFTER they woke up in the morning. The other half took the same dose
at bedtime. The study found the drug reduced
blood clotting more effectively when taken at night. We have known that you're more likely to have
a heart attack in the morning than later in the day, so there certainly is
some sense behind this. This is the first study to explore
when aspirin should be taken, and researchers warn
until larger studies are done, patients should continue
to follow doctor's orders. The most important thing is that
they take it in the first instance. While the research is still in
its early stages, who take aspirin
for their heart health. If it was my own grandfather
or grandmother, I would advise her
to take it before bedtime.

Doctors say high heels have caused a surge in the number of women
being treated in hospital. Surgeons warn the problem goes beyond
twisted ankles, with some fashion victims
facing painful operations.

This is a price
you'd never want to pay for expensive high heels - agonising orthapedic surgery. They go in and break your bones
and realign them all, putting pins and rods
and screws through them. TV personality Susie Elelman has strutted her stuff
on the red carpet for years. My mantra was,
"Beauty pain is no pain at all." Now she's learning to walk again. The biggest damage that's often
done with women wearing stilletos is the planter plate underneath, and that's going to take me
six months to get repaired. Weekend hospital admissions of
young women rolling on their ankles now exceed sick children. Ankle sprains, where they tear
the ligaments around the ankle, or you can fracture bones in the
foot or the ankle. Then there's the chronic pain. Susie's vast collection of heels - the reason why both of her feet
were reconstructed. These are the sort of ones
that really do the damage. So next time you're contemplating
a 5-inch spike under your heel, just think of the 2-inch nail that could end up going through
the front of your toe. If you want your feet to last
as long as the rest of your body, then don't be a slave to high heels.

Still to come
in Seven News at 6:00 - details leaked about how much
ABC stars are getting paid. Also, why millions of Aussie workers
are too scared to take a break. And 30 years on, the flying circus
reuniting for a new round of laughs. That's next.

The ABC
has launched an investigation into the leaking
of its stars' salaries. 'The Australian' newspaper reports 'Q&A' host Tony Jones is Aunty's
top earner, with $355,000, followed by newsreader
Juanita Phillips on $316,000 and '7:30' host Leigh Sales
on $280,000. ABC boss Mark Scott says a secret Senate hearing had decided
ABC salaries should stay private.

Mr Scott, who earns $679,000 a year,
has apologised to staff.

Nearly four million
Australian workers are too busy to have lunch breaks,
it's estimated. Health experts are worried we're
becoming an over-worked nation, in fear of being sacked
if we take time out. Seven's finance expert Scott Pape
reports. Finding time to take a break
in the middle of the day is something millions of Australians
struggle with. But exercise at lunch
has enormous mental health benefits. They come back to work
feeling more energetic, they're less tired,
they can concentrate better, they work more efficiently. New research
by the Australia Institute shows just how hard we're working - 3.8 million Australians
regularly miss out on a lunch break. One in four employees
check work emails or take work phone calls
outside office hours, while half of all employees don't take their full
annual leave entitlements each year. All that unpaid overtime
is worth $110 billion annually. Australians are working an average of seven hours a week
of unpaid overtime. Part of the problem is the
growing number of casual workers. When you're worried
about your job security, you're more likely to start early
and stay back late. And with these things,
the office follows you around 24/7. People who are working extra hours are doing so
because of the workplace culture, where people stay back and that's perceived as a sign
of their commitment to the job. There was a time when Australians
celebrated the long lunch. Now it seems most people
can't even manage a short one.

Weather experts in Italy have described a cyclone
that's killed 16 people as "apocalyptic". Cars across Sardinia were submerged
as roads turned into deadly rivers. Major infrastructure collapsed under the force
of the once-in-a-century torrents. The equivalent of one year's rain
fell in just 90 minutes. 30 years after their last project, the comedians from Monty Python
are reuniting. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
and Michael Palin are planning a new stage show.

I know a dead parrot when I see one. It is resting.It is a remarkable bird. Sport next with Jim Wilson who's live inside the Gabba
on Ashes eve. Chris, the Aussies know
they have to start well if they're to win back the urn. Coming up, the captain's final word
before the battle begins. Plus, off the leash - our cricket insider the legendary
Matt Hayden joins us live. And a fuming Lucas Neill hits back
at fans who booed him last night.

CROWD: (CHANTS) Barmy Army!
Barmy Army!

(ROCK VERSION
OF 'WALTZING MATILDA' PLAYS)

Righto, boys. Put it up!

Come on, Australia. Go green and gold.

Welcome back to the Gabba,

In the background it is a rehearsal for the pregame entertainment. The scene is set for an explosive opening
to the Ashes series tomorrow. George Bailey sent a minor scare
through the Australian camp, leaving training
with a sore hand this morning. Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook
posed with the urn but the Aussie skipper was reluctant
to make any bold predictions. I'm certainly not going to sit here
and promise the world and tell you
everything is going to be different. It's going to be a tough battle,
like it was is England. Australia's obviously got
a very good record here in Brisbane and it's our job
to try and change that.

And we're very excited to welcome
the legendary Matt Hayden to Seven News for the Ashes series. Matt, the Aussies have targetted
Kevin Pietersen,

What do you say to them?They have been very vocal. We don't like being told how to suck eggs. It will be a challenge.Kevin Pietersen called your home city care, we just want to take it off him and send him home.Did Mitchell Johnson Huth do play?He had to play. -- Mitchell Johnson had to play. We have got to punch them hard and fast and wind.Ian Botham says 5-0.He is dreaming. Fair dinkum, they did not win 3- zero in England. That is a bad call. Australia, if they can win they will do well up in the series and take the momentum. This is the game that sets the tone. It does. We are on the eve of something really special. A lot of test matches you don't want to see but tomorrow will be a cracker. Terrific, you are our insider for the series.

Lucas Neill's on-field outburst
has been condemned by Football Federation boss
David Gallop. Neill's reaction to booing fans overshadowed the Socceroos 1-0 win
against Costa Rica last night. He was in good spirits this morning, but after weeks of speculation
about his captaincy, Lucas Neill snapped last night after fans heckled him
every time he went near the ball. What the (BLEEP) are you booing? I can't tolerate that. I'm an Australian, coming to
Australia to play for Australia and to be booed by Australians - it's unacceptable. Although Neill regrets the language
he used, that's all he's sorry about. It's a one-off
and I'm passionate about Australia, I'm passionate about what's happened
last night, so there'll be no apology from me. To be fair to Lucas,
he's handled himself really well. I would have probably spat the dummy
a lot earlier than this week. It took the gloss away
from a 1-0 win to kick-off Ange Postecoglou's
reign as coach and Tim Cahill's record-equalling
29th goal for Australia. with that trust forehead of his. This is a great platform
to build from so now we can't drop our standards. The Socceroos will reassemble
in March. The key piece in Brad Arthur's
rebuilding project at Parramatta has arrived. He's spent two years on
a Mormon mission - Despite internal upheaval
at Parramatta, he'll honour his 2-year deal
with the Eels. Haven't seen any footy. So quite eager, anxious to see a bit
and get involved.

I can tell you, there is green on the

the centre wicket. Nathan Lyon will play... You probably just want to talk about Parramatta. I want to talk about the Rolling Stones. Still to come
in Seven News at 6:00 - the hardened rockers
coming back to Australia. And I'll tell you how long Sydney's
sunshine is going to last. Your forecast next.

hello again, Daniel gibson with
you.. . well a very warm day again today...in fact lets call it
hot! tomorrow cooler, still the chance of a late shower, 23 for cooma, 26 for Canberra and
you can see those loate showes there in the afternoon
braidwood 26, yass storms and 29. the forecast has some fine
weather turning on saturday a

and the share market
and the Australian markets have hit a 5-week low. The ASX 200 closed down 45 points. all lost ground.

The Rolling Stones are returning
to Australia for the first time in eight years. The Stones have confirmed
they're bringing their '50 and Counting' tour
Down Under in March, at the revamped Adelaide Oval. It's great to be invited by you
to Adelaide to reopen the historic Oval
on March 22. The only open-air stadium event that the Rolling Stones will be
playing on their Australian tour. Dates for Sydney shows will be
announced in coming weeks.

Now here's Sarah
with Sydney's weather. It was a lovely, warm day
in Sydney today thanks to the northerly winds
and sunny skies.

Overnight minimums
were mostly close to average.

From the satellite - a cooler change is bringing
some light showers across Victoria and western NSW with some storms on the NSW ranges. Large hail and heavy rain
is possible along the south-coast and Snowy Mountains with a severe
thunderstorm warning current. Tomorrow, a trough along
the NSW ranges will generate a few showers
and storms over the ranges. 5-10mm.

Around the nation - expect a shower or two
in Melbourne and Hobart. Fine weather for
Perth and Brisbane. The chance of a storm
in Canberra.

Sydney will dip to 18 overnight. Tomorrow is looking mostly fine. 25 degrees.

Those afternoon showers are
more likely in the western suburbs, where temperatures will climb
into the 30s.

To the 7-day forecast - showers and storms will become
more likely on Friday. The weekend is a bit of a mixed bag. It's looking warm and humid
with showers on Saturday and even a possible storm. The showers should ease off
on Sunday, with a cooler change coming
through later in the day.

And that's Seven News at 6:00. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. In Seven News at 7:00 over on 7TWO, the police officer in big trouble
over threats caught on camera. Now here's 'Today Tonight'.

Great to have your company.
Thanks for joining us. Tonight, Generation X-cess. Forget everything
you've previously learned about teaching your kids
to drink safely. How parents are our last hope
to bring an end to scenes like this.

That eye-opening report shortly. But we begin with the doctor who's either
the busiest in Australia or seriously abusing
the Medicare system. He claims to have seen
500 patients in a single day, which means if he'd worked 12 hours
without a break,