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Cultural icon Barry Humphries
is a one-man show creating 'love 'em or hate 'em'
characters like Dame Edna and Sir Les Patterson.

Barry Humphries,
welcome to One Plus One. Thank you, Jane. Cabaret
is one of your many interests, You've said that you've never
been busier in your life. Is that how you like it?
Well, it is. But I don't feel, really,
any different from how I felt when
I was a young man starting out, doing the things that I do. You see, I'm really
a solo theatrical performer. I'd never really been able
to describe exactly what I do. I kind of loiter on the stage
and I do what amuses me. In fact, I'm very lazy. I studied law briefly
at the University of Melbourne and then I studied philosophy,
and then fine arts, and...
somehow drifted into the theatre. So what do I do? Well, I wander onto the stage
and I talk about... In those days,
I talked about Melbourne. And Melbourne in my youth
was very boring. Melbourne is so very close
to absolute annihilation. It is so very nearly
dull beyond belief. Old picture frames. Is that what made you
leave Australia, the boredom?

A little bit. But what made me leave,
more than anything, was what made most Australians
perform their journey, and that is because
we all had grandparents or relations who came from there. So we were salmon
returning to the spawning ground. Also I thought the only way
to learn to be a good actor was to go where
there were a lot of good actors, much better than me. One of my very few gestures
of modesty. This upbringing that you had, you played a lot of pranks
as a young person. Yes, and they're very funny
at the time. And to relate them
is totally unamusing. But who did you play pranks for? For example, I think you put a meal
into a garbage bin... For myself.
To see people's responses? I always thought,
if it amuses me, it'll amuse others. That's my golden rule. So, really, I'm totally selfish.

All I ever do
is for my own entertainment. Particularly now, as I draw towards the end
of my eventful life, and I will insist
on doing these farewell tours. In the hope that someone like you
will finally buy a ticket. Viewers,
this is a catty remark of mine because I discovered, just before
this important interview, that this charming young woman
has never seen me on the stage. And I thought
I've got to keep going.

Who was the first character
that you ever came up with? I was a magician. I wanted to be... There's a comic strip in
The Women's Weekly called Mandrake. A suave figure with a moustache -
it went like that - a top hat. It used to say,
'Mandrake gestures hypnotically,' and you saw him going like that, and the baddie disappears. I thought I want to be able
to make people disappear. Was there anyone in particular? School bullies. We did have one bully at my school.

And that was me, luckily.

But, there were other kids
that were not very nice people, But, um, Mandrake I wanted to be.
A magician. So my parents brought me a magic set and I could clumsily turn a
yellow handkerchief into a red one. Uh, I could make an egg vanish. I could do things with dice.

None of them convincing, but provided vast entertainment
for the uncles and aunties, you see. But your mother
was interesting figure. She was.
Did she want to perform? My mother, I think,
was a frustrated artist. Now, frustrated artists
are dangerous people. Hitler was one. I think frustrated artists
either become interior decorators or mass murderers. Luckily,
one of them became my mother. She was a bit
of an interior decorator, but, to my knowledge,
she wasn't a mass murderer. Indeed it's been hushed up. She was part of what you based the character of Dame Edna
on, wasn't she? Oh, yes. I denied this for many, many years. Did you deny that
because you didn't want to upset her? Yes, clearly. I thought that the audience
seemed very, very wide awake. I really
try not to upset anybody, and I generally succeed.

I was accused
really early on of being cruel, that I was unkind
to defenceless suburb dwellers. Australia, frankly, takes the prize as the best place on Earth
to satirise. But, in fact,
they really lapped it up. We needed to hear
a little criticism in Australia. It was all too bland somehow. I suppose
when you were first setting out, there was a lot of criticism of you. I think people would say you're
showing Australia in a bad light, or you're putting the bad side
of Australia forward. Have we got over that?

To some extent. We were always a little touchy and that was to do with
our remote geographical situation. Australia
is still an isolated country in spite of the internet.

We're still constantly
seeking reassurance. Think how many
of our artists and sportsmen are described
as 'internationally acclaimed'. You were doing an interview show
as Dame Edna. And you said that
we all still feel obliged to please our parents
all our life long. Was that borrowed from somewhere? My parents weren't theatre-goers.
A bit like you.

But they would go and see musicals. And when English comedians
came to Australia, they'd go along and see them. And these comedians sometimes,
as they say in the business, worked blue. They had a little risque material.

And I would hear the audience laugh
in a special sort of way, like a guilty way. And the comedian on the stage
would say something I didn't understand, and I'd see my parents
exchange an embarrassed look.

My father's eye downcast, my mother shooting
a rather stern look at him. 'You're not laughing at that,
I hope' sort of look. So I knew
there were two kinds of humour. I knew that there was
the obvious physical humour of someone who came onto the stage
and actually looked funny, like a clown, and there was another kind of humour
that dealt with taboo subjects. And although I didn't know the word, these subjects
were generally sexual. I thought, 'How wonderful
it must be to be on a stage, causing an audience to laugh.' It never occurred to me
to become a tragedian.

I don't want to stand on the stage
with a silent audience snuffling into Kleenex tissues. Is it hard to be subversive today?
No. It's not hard to be subversive. But do you see many acts
that are subversive? Not sufficiently.
Why is that? Uh, because I think that
even the most outrageous comedians follow unwritten rules.

I tested, in a sense...

..this subject at a press conference
about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and I was asked, well, 'Have you any special rules
for the Festival?' and I said, 'Oh, yes, one.' I said,
'Comedians may not use the F-word.' But does it go beyond...? The people who objected to that
were comedians. Now, the point of comedy
is not just looking funny. It's use of language. We have at our disposal
a great language, haven't we?

And the imaginative,
creative use of that language can be at the service of humour.

So I was really only joking. I was joking about bad comics who've only got one word
in their vocabulary. But it helped me sort it out,
you know. I thought, 'Well, I won't use him,
I'm never going to employ her,' because, finally, they revealed
they had no sense of humour at all. Of course I didn't mean it. I've invented a character
called Les Patterson whose vocabulary consists
of little else. I want to take you outside
the character of Barry Humphries. You have been married four times.
I'm afraid so. Luckily, I enjoy being married now.

And, you know,
it's really given me pleasure to make so many women so rich. (Giggles)

When you look back at your career, and your personal life, can you say
whether one or the other has been more rewarding? I think my career
has been always a joy to me. I enjoy it very much,
even if I'm not successful at it. But as you get older, and this will happen to you... have to cross certain things
off the list. You have to say,
'I always thought I would go on a walking tour of Patagonia.

I always thought
I would read the complete novels of George Meredith or Henry James.'

But, at a certain point,
you have to say...

'I'm not gonna get to Patagonia.

I have to resign myself
to these gaps in my education, in my experience. I'm not going to sleep...
with Kylie Minogue.

So you have to let it go.
You let it go. Much as Kylie
will be relieved to hear.

Barry Humphries, thank you so much for joining us
on One Plus One.

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This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services Today, no changes to negative gearing. Malcolm Turnbull says Labor's tax plan will hurt mum-and-dad investors. Labor's reckless changes will reduce property values. They'll devalue every home, every property in Australia.I think mum and dads around the country will be deeply concerned that the government of Australia has no plan to help their kids with housing affordability. Also ahead: The German Chancellor meets Syrian refugees in Turkey amid EU efforts to deter migrants. North Korea says it will suspend nuclear tests if the US stops military exercises in South Korea. And pop icon Prince farewelled and cremated in a private ceremony. Hello. A quick look at the weather:

The Prime Minister says he doesn't think voters will be surprised to hear he's ruling out making changes to negative gearing. Under Labor's policy, only new properties could be negatively geared after 2017, but Malcolm Turnbull says he won't be matching that plan. Labor's reckless changes will reduce property values. They'll devalue every home, every property in Australia. And they'll result in increased rents, because they'll reduce the number of rental properties available. So it's an extraordinary trifecta of outcomes that the Labor Party is proposing in their recklessness. They're going to drive down home values, drive up rents and discourage have
investment and that's why we won't have a bar of it. But it is important for Australians to understand that there is going election.
to be a big choice in this election. If you vote for Labor, and Labor wins government, that means higher rents, lower home values, less investment. Now, we believe - Scott and I and David believe - that we need to see more investment in Australia. That's why we're not putting up capital gains tax, the way the Labor Party is. If you want people to do less of something, you jack up the tax on it. What Labor clearly wants is there to be less investment in Australia, because they're jacking up the tax on investment.The Federal Opposition says it will stick by its negative gearing policy. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen says the public should be concerned about the government's plans.I think mum and dads around the country will be deeply concerned that the government of Australia has no plan to help their kids with housing affordability. I mean parents and grandparents around the country say to me regularly, "How are my children and grandchildren going to be able to afford to buy into this housing market" which somebody like the Reserve Bank governor says is crazy? We have come up with a calibrated policy which grandfathers existing investments, every single existing investment, and says if you want to negatively gear in the future, that's fine, but on new housing, work with us to increase housing ply, and will see first home-buyers put on a more level playing field. The level of first home-buyers in Australia is the lowest it's ever been and the level of investors buying is the highest it's ever been. There's a link. Expert after expert, economist after economist, has recognised this. Malcolm Turnbull is out of touch, has his head in the sand and refuses to deal with it.Turkish and European leaders have met on the Turkey-Syria border to announce their recent deal is slowing the flow of migrants into Europe. Migrants who arrive in Greece can now be sent back to Turkey if they don't qualify for asylum. But Turkey says the deal will collapse unless its sit stens receive visa-free travel to Europe. What a difference nearly a year makes. Angela Merkel, who once said Syrians could come to Germany, is still under pressure back home and now she's here to try to ensure a controversial deal to send hundreds of thousands of Syrians back to Turkey doesn't fall apart. The banner above the visitors declared Turkey the world's biggest home to refugees. It's home to 2.75 million syrups who have fled the war. Only 280,000 are in camps, though. Human rights organisations claim the deal between Turkey and the European Union breaks EU laws and the UN's convention on refugees. At this camp, the media were not allowed in to talk to the refugees. We managed to ask these Syrians if they wanted to stay here or go to Europe. They responded with one word. "Leave". With very heavy security and so many, this may have been a smooth-running visit, but beneath it all are really hard questions, Beth for Turkey and for Germany, also the European Union. The Turks are unhappy unless they get delivery of visa-free access for their citizens. At the news conference, hardly any reference was made to via-free access to the EU. Diplomatically, the Turkish Prime Minister made his point. TRANSLATION: What's important is that all parties live up to their responsibilities. The most important issue here is the free visa arrangement in line with the Turkey.
agreement on return of refugees to Turkey.Angela Merkel claimed the deal was in everyone's interests. TRANSLATION: We want to make sure the refugees do not need to take the illegal route. We don't only want to stop the illegal migration. Of course that is our goal. We also want to prevent people from choosing this dangerous route and want to offer them more opportunities close to their home region and therefore we want to improve the cooperation between the EU and Turkey. Children will be the main focus of the first tranche of money being released by the EU this summer, a billion euro aimed mainly at education. If the deal runs its full course, 6 billion euro will be paid out. Angela Merkel made reference to Turkey needing to fulfil and another 72 preconditions before it could get visa-free access to the EU. The leaders left with a lingering doubt over whether that part of the deal will come to fruition. Potentially, it could still be a deal-breaker. Detectives say they're looking for a Group of youths spotted near a suspicious fire outside a home in Sydney's south-west.ers? Say an 80-year-old woman and a 90-year-old man escaped from their Canley Vale house after being woken by a smoke alarm last night. Firefighters put out the fire at the home's front door, which is believed to have been caused by an accelerant. The elderly couple say it was terrifying.We couldn't believe it. If you've have seen your house going on fire... I thought we were going to lose the whole house. You know what I mean? It was a massive, big blaze, you know? What happened, we were in bed, you know, just listening to the football with our trannies, we weren't asleep, and the next thing the alarm, the smoke detector, oh, screaming, you know? And I said to the hubby, I said, "Oh, Jesus, that's a fire. You know? It means fire." And I jumped out of bed because the bed is just there and this was just one massive blaze all up here, everywhere.I only think that they might be trying to scare us into selling our house.Well, we haven't got an enemy in the world.No. We've got no enemies. They're all good around here, you know? They're all very good.Are you scared now to be in this house?No!No, no. No way. No way. No way.No way. I'll still stay here.I'll probably hear every little bit of noise, I'd be up, I suppose.The Victorian government has unveiled an $84 million package to crack down on the state's worst criminals. The government says it will implement all the recommendations from a review conducted by former Victorian Supreme Court justice David Harper after last year's murder of a schoolgirl. The teenager was killed by a serial sex offender who is now term.
serving a 38-year minimum prison term. The package will include a $55 million 20-bed facility to house the state's most dangerous and risky offenders. A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed at a shopping complex in Bega on the NSW far south coast. Police say the 42-year-old was in a wheelchair and she argued with a 27-year-old woman in a lift at the centre yesterday. Officers say the younger woman went to a car to grab a weapon. She then returned to stab the other woman in the neck. Paramedics treated her before she was flown to Canberra hospital. Police say the younger woman has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and is expected to face court later today. A coral scientist has described the bleaching damage to the Great Barrier Reef as horrific and says mass extinction is a real threat. The comments by Dr Charlie Veron come a day after the Federal Government's minister, Greg Hunt, signed the Paris climate accord and claimed Australia is beating its climate change targets. But with scientists revealing that only 7% of the reef remains untouched by coral bleaching, Australia's environmental record remains under scrutiny. Scientists have been forewarning of this for a very, very long time. I wrote a book about it a decade ago and, um, we're not getting through. We're saying this is going to happen and then when it does happen, everyone seems surprised about it.An announcement is due any day on which regional town will become the third trial site for the government's cashless welfare card. A town in WA had pinned its hopes on hosting a trial but, despite miss
widespread support, it's set to miss out. Charlotte Hamlyn is in Leonora in WA's Goldfields.This is a community plagued by drug and alcohol abuse and violence. Leaders here in Leonora say they're desperate for change and are willing to try anything to address some of the social issues facing this community. They'd pinned their hopes on becoming a trial site for the Federal Government's cashless welfare card. It limits the amount of cash a person on welfare can access and restricts where their welfare payments can be spent. For example, the card wouldn't be accepted at hotels or bottle shops. A trial has already begun in the South Australian Tyne of Ceduna and is about to get under way 3,000km north in the Kimberly townships of Wyndham and Kununurra. Here in Leonora, the number of reporteded assaults has tripled over the past five years. There have also been four recent cases of suicide, including earlier this year when a 15-year-old girl took her own life. Leaders here say alcohol is to blame. The violence and um, anti-social behaviour around Leonora is the worst it's ever been. I mean I've years
lived in Leonora for almost 50 years and I've never seen it like this ever. You know, it's at a stage now where, um, you know, the town is almost in crisis, um, not knowing, you know, the best way forward.We've had a lot of bad luck in this community.

Late last year, the human services minister visited Leonora and a nearby town to assess the towns' suitability for a trial of the cashless welfare card but there's been no word from the minister since. The more likely frontrunner to host the next trial is Geraldton is in WA's Mid-West. The local shire here in Leonora says it will continue to plead with the minister to consider it as a fourth possible trial site. Charlotte Hamlyn there. Aged discrimination in the workplace can impact the careers of young and old with assumptions that experience comes with age while new ideas are the realm of the young. New research shows the stereotypes are not just wrong but damaging. Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher says research has found that most successful companies are the ones where age doesn't matter.So that meant that older people were given opportunities to be on projects, younger people were given senior roles. They had a really flexible attitude towards age. Age, in that sense, didn't matter. People were recognised as having experience, not necessarily a number after their name. There are industries where youth is sort of seen as, as being, you know, the name of the game. I mean, you know, advertising perhaps would be another one of those industries where it is, you know, seen as being dynamic. Because, unfortunately, we seem to associate dynamism and new ideas with young... With youth. But it doesn't necessarily follow. I think in IT there are people who have had long and successful careers and, ironically, are still very valuable because they know all those old systems. So people bring lots of different things in different ways and, you know, some people are not very innovative when they're 20 and some people are incredibly, you know, innovative when they're in their 70s. So it really isn't about age. But I think the most interesting thing with our findings is that people aren't innovative in isolation, are they? So new practices and new ideas generate in together
organisations because people work together and so what we found was where there was success it was because people were able to work alongside people who had, you know, many years' experience with people who were new, just coming out of university with the latest knowledge and both were valued. So what we suggest in our research is that really we need to have more of an opportunity-based view of experience and think about what has that person done, where have they been? You might be a journalist and you've had lots of opportunities to travel overseas, see different, you know, environments, and you bring that. It's really that that matters, not how old you are. It's a
true that younger people are facing a lot of challenges at the moment. The labour market is not great for them. Housing prices are extraordinarily high. But blaming older workers for that is not the answer because, you know, older workers are also facing challenges. Some people would like to leave work but they can't afford to because interest rates are so low. So it's a bigger, wider issue and really saying, you know, it's the baby boomers' fault or Gen Y, this is really what we've got to get away from.North Korea says it's willing to halt its nuclear weapons test if the US suspends its annual war games with South Korea. The North Korean foreign minister warned any attempt to pressure or punish the country will only increase its resolve to resist and defend its sovereignty. It comes after the communist country fired what appears to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off the north-east coast. The US State Department says a ballistic missile launch would be a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions. Police in the US are still hunting for at least one gunman who killed eight members of the same family in Ohio. The bodies have been found across four crime scenes in the village of Peebles. Residents have been told to lock their doors as the search continues. The state's attorney-general says two babies and a 3-year-old choild have survived the assault. Authorities have not given a possible motive have
for the killing spree. No arrests have been made. Ild have survived the assault. Authorities have not given a possible motive for the killing spree. No arrests have been made. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a university professor in north-western Bangladesh. The English professor was hacked to death on his way to work by two Islamic
assailants on a motorcycle. The Islamic State group says it targeted the professor because he was calling to atheism. But his colleagues say he never spoke nor wrote anything about religion or Islam. Bangladesh has seen a spate of killings by Islamist militants targeting secular or atheist writers in recent months but the government denies IS has a presence in the country. The US President Barack Obama has urged young people to reject pessimism and not to pull back from the rest of the world. Mr Obama was speaking at a question-and-answer session with 500 youth leaders in London on the final day of his last visit to Britain as president. All the world's a stage and this particular player is nine months away from his exit. Today, Barack Obama visited the Globe Theatre on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. But then it was on to meet the future great writers and leaders, a Town Hall meeting of 500 people and Westminster.
a sprinkling of Stardust in Westminster. Histone at the start was light.I guess you all know why I came this week. It's no secret. Um... Nothing was going to stop me from wishing happy birth toy to Her Majesty. (LAUGHTER) And meeting George. Who was adorable. It gives me new ideas...But then young
he wanted a conversation with this young crowd, drawn from colleges across the UK, to motivate, to encourage, to make them feel everything was possible.When I speak to young people, I implore them, and I implore you, to reject those calls to pull back. I'm here to ask you to reject the notion that we're gripped by forces that we can't control. And I want you to take a longer and more optimistic view of history and the part that you can play in it.He lauded the EU for the role it had played in maintaining peace in Europe, though that was as close as he got to the Brexit argument. Then a stream of questions, which the President, with jacket off and sleeves rolled up, spent a good chunk of time answering.If your successor comes to you and she says, so... (LAUGHTER) This has been a quite extraordinary event. For over an hour, the President has taken random questions from young people here in London and his message is upbeat. He seems to be saying there has never been a better time to be alive and there are no problems that can't be solved without commitment and hard work. Seven years in, he still believes in yes we can. And then he went with David Cameron to play a game that is so often no, I can't, the unfeweriating sport that is golf, but a strong passion of the President. After yesterday, it might be gracious for Mr Cameron to let Barack Obama win. Prince Charles has visited the home and grave of William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. The Prince greeted people outside the playwright's former home in Stratford-upon-Avon before laying a wreath inside the Church of Holy Trinity. The occasion is being marked across Britain with parades, services and stage performances. Fans say Shakespeare's work is just as vital today as it was 400 years ago. Science and technology moves on. Nature moves on and other things do their thing. We don't. We actually fear,
have all the angst and love, the fear, everything that goes with Shakespeare and what came out of that time is still relevant to every single person alive and here today.I think it just... The human aspects of his work is what really touches most people, because you can relate to it despite the fact that it is from the 1600s.Well, I live in Stratford and you couldn't possibly miss this when it's on your doorstep so it's just fabulous.Prince's publicist has confirmed the American superstar's remains have been cremated during a private ceremony. Prince has maintained the privacy in depth that he sought in life, with a low-key memorial service attended by a small group of family, friends and fellow musicians. Former band mates of the artist's were among those spotted arriving at his estate in suburban Minneapolis. According to his publicist, Prince's final resting place will be kept private. The cause of his death remains unknown. The poem Flashes From The Front dramatically puts the listener in the place of an Australian war correspondent in World War I. Poet Yvonne Harper writes about the hardships experienced by soldiers at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Video producer Jenny Grin-Lington joined forces with actor Greg Aitkin to bring the poem to live.

Their backs were straight, their heads held high, our troops were on the move From the camp and off to war at last. They'd volunteered to fight the Hun And to a man they'd proffer a love for country that was unsurpass ed -- they'd prove a love for country that was unsurpassed. All in, a voice came booming down. The troops moved to command and went on deck in readiness to land. Just as the moon was casting its last light on Anzac Cove, our men were rowed towards a fate unplanned. The same old shrapnel whizzing by, The same polluting stench. The same old flies and lice that itched The same old awful trench. They had to keep moving. Though sorely afraid, once the whistle had blown to advance. From the trenches they rose like the flooding spring tide to engulf the green pastures of France. Both sides fell in their thousands from enemy guns that disturbed bones of men gone before. They were fathers and brothers and cousins and sons who were loved, but were lost to the war. Time for the sport now with Natalie.

Geelong coach Chris Scott has praised his side for the way they Port
responded to a slow start against Port Adelaide and a brawl that broke out at quarter time. The melee occurred right on the siren in
after Patrick Dangerfield was kneed in the back. At the time, Geelong were four goals down but they bounced back to record a 48-point victory. I wonder what response they've got. Both sides, snaps this, he gets it. He's got a couple.The Western Bulldogs continued their blistering start to the season but may have lost another key player to injury. Matt Suckling hurt his knee and ankle in a marking contest during the Dogs 53-point thumping of the Brisbane Lions.Yeah, they did, and we didn't capitalise on our opportunities which probably cost us in the first quarter. It was a good response to play the full four quarters out. The last kick inside 50 has burped us in the last couple of weeks. We've got to keep working on that during the week.A late Cory Norman yellow card has denied Parramatta victory over North Queensland. They bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to lead the premiers midway through the second half but the Eels went down a man when Norman was sin-binned for a professional foul. The Cowboys took full advantage of the situation.

He celebrates his new deal with another try!North Queensland scored two tries while Norman was off the ground and then another one for good measure.Definitely a turning point in the game. 14 the
points, I think we were up 16-14 at the time.Do you think it was maybe an overreaction?I'd have to have another look at it. Um... I haven't seen many of them go to the bin this year. That's all.The Waratahs got their Super Rugby season back on track with a 49-13-point drubbing of the Western force in Perth. The 'Tahs overcame a shaky start and led by 11 at the break before putting the foot on the gas in the second half. Calais spinning out and away goes Israel Folau, a record-breaking moment.That try saw Israel Folau become the Waratahs' overall leading try-scorer. NSW crossed the paint four times to score a bonus point. Karmichael Hunt scored his first try of 2016 but it wasn't enough to stop the Reds slumping to a loss. The Stormers scored three tries in a 7-minute second-half burst to secure a 40-22 win. Manchester United is through to its first FA Cup final in nine years following a heart-stopping 2-1 victory over Everton. The Red Devils took a 1-0 lead into half-time only to concede an own half.
goal Midway through the second half. The scores locked at one-all, the match looked destined for extra time but there was one final twist to come. Oh, a chance to win it! And Manchester United are surely heading to the FA Cup final!The breakthrough came with just seconds remaining in stoppage time. United will play either Crystal Palace or Watford on May 21.We were out of the game, but then we were back in the game and we come and assert our face, only the last part was not always good. But then, um, Anthony scores a fantastic goal, so... We are lucky that we scored in the last minute, but we deserved to win. In the EPL, Hazzard scored a brace in chel's sea's win over Bournemouth. Liverpool squandered a 2-0 lead at half-time settling for a 2-2 draw and the pain keeps coming for Aston Villa. The newly relegated side went down 4-2 against Southampton. Brisbane Roar marquee player says I had match-winning goal against Melbourne Victory will count for nothing if Brisbane don't get past Western Sydney today and vans to the grand final. The German midfielder scored the deciding goal in last week's elimination final against Victory but says his team are set on putting in a top performance over 90 minutes and session
they worked on that in the first session after the win. John Aloisi says his team will go into the semi at Parramatta Stadium as the underdogs. In netball, the Queensland Firebirds maintained their unbeaten treeck, winning 58-46. An experienced Firebirds line-up led by six goals after the first quarter and expected to gain momentum against a decomplete -- deplete ed Thunderbirds attack. The Firebirds proved too strong for the home side to win by 12 goals. The Firebirds set a new benchmark in the league, recording 17 straight wins. Time for a look at the

a high is directing cold winds with showers along the NSW coast and trapping low cloud over Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. A trough over Queensland is triggering isolated showers, more frequent in the tropics. And a cold front is approaching WA's develop.
south-west, causing showers to Looking around the country, in Queensland, possible storms in the tropics and along the south-east coast. Hot and dry in the west. In NSW, showers along the coast and a possible storm in the north-east. Warm and dry west of the Ranges. In Victoria, generally clear across the state, cool in the east. In Tasmania, the odd light shower in the west, cool and dry elsewhere. In South Australia, clear skies throughout the state. Warm in the south, hot in the north. In WA, showers developing in the elsewhere.
south-east, generally clear skies elsewhere. And in the Northern Territory, hot with a slight chance of storms in the tropics. Warm in the south. Looking ahead to tomorrow's forecast for the capitals: Brisbane a possible shower, Sydney partly cloudy, Canberra mostly sunny, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide sunny, Perth showers and a sunny day for Darwin.

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