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(generated from captions) children. Older children left

the school grounds and bought

hot chips for them. And brought them back for their siblings to eat for lunch. And as they

entered the school, they were suspended. More than 20 in one

day. None of them, not one,

received due procedure. If it

is the case, if suspensions

were made without following policy, acceptable. It just isn't

acceptable. No parent should

have to or should not know

where their child is during the

day. Department suspension

procedures now belatedly

published in the school

newsletter prohibit sending a

child home before day's end without the parent's agreement. I spoke to one daughter had been signed out of

school and I asked the child, school and I asked the child, a 12-year-old, what's that mean?

And she said "I wasn't allowed

to go back." And I said to the

mother "What did you do?" And

she said "I went to the school

to say what's happened? And

negotiated the child to come

back on probation." There's

the nothing about any probation in

the poll seep. The child so I

was told was signed out again.

I was told that I tried to

catch up with one kid who was

riding round town on a bike. I

was told he'd been expelled, he

wasn't allowed to go back to school. None legal. Signed out to the kids school. None of this is

is being suspended. That's what

the kids call it. Signed out of

school, but suspension. Parents

are not being notified about

it. Till a day or two after.

Kids, parents aren't aware of

it because the kids don't go home and tell their parents that they've been suspended.

The parents at home think their They think they're at

kids their a safe place but the

kids have been suspended they

just walk on the Veet. In a submission to the New South Wales ombudsman Noel Beddoe

observed:

I daughter walked out of

school grounds, at the time my

daughter was 6, and my daughter

was 13. They walked them along

the highway. Katy Jasper's

kids walked out of school

bullied. Running the school because they said they'd

might not be easy, she agrees,

but if things don't improve,

her family's leaving town. It's

not an easy feat, but you can't

have kids walking out of school

either, and they might meet

danger. The school is on the

main highway A stranger or

is the school's responsibility anything could pick them up. It

as far as I am concerned.

Overwhelmingly the population

here at Wilcannia is Indigenous and there are local jobs being

planned for people that

complete their schooling. But

just to get the kids to go to the real challenge here is

school, but to encourage them

to stay there. It's hard to get

accurate figures at times on

the numbers that are there but

around at times you only have to look

number that have either been

not attending school or are not

allowed to attend school at

that time. Wilcannia's mayor

Paul Brown believes the

government and community must

do better. Rather than seeing

those kids then disappear offer

down the river and not come

back for two months, there has

to be a better way. The simple fact of the matter is if you

suspend a student often enough,

he doesn't come back. He just

gives up on the whole

business. No-one can deny there

between the community and the has been a loss of trust

school. I think that's what's

happened and we need to restore

that trust and in fact, it's up

to the Education Department to

restore that trust. So that's

why I've asked the director,

the regional director and the

principal to meet with community representatives

tomorrow. That has to be the

first step. If there have been

breaches of suspension policy, that is not problem is that it needs to be

fixed. And it's up to them to

fix it. Because it's getting a

bit too far out of hand at the

moment. And people are getting

upset about it. upset about it. I'm upset. I

upset with what's going on . will let you know that I'm very

Matt Peacock with that

report. That's the program for

tonight. We will be back at the

same time tomorrow, but for now, goodnight.

Closed Captions by CSI NARRATOR: This Adelaide lock-up of a great family wine empire. contains all that remains what's really good here is... Ah, but you know sparkling burgundy - the big one! ..a bottle of Andrew Garrett Mm-hm. Yeah? When Andrew Garrett went bankrupt, was repossessed by the bank. everything his family owned has finally been handed back. Years later, what couldn't be sold It's history. I mean, it's all relics. Embattled winemaker Andrew Garrett luxury Adelaide Hills estate. has lost his fight to stay in his the $4 million Leawood Gardens home Sheriff's officers arrived at late this afternoon... All these luxury things, but you don't need them. you don't... I mean you want them, moving again and again, Financial pressure, you know, always looking for money. I think, without doubt, has scarred the boys. the experience of the past has to be scarring. The humiliation in the press Losing the house was terrible, that happened. but, um, it wasn't the worst Andrew Garrett is starting again with dreams of his next empire. Here we have St John's, Paddington. of Andrew Garrett, mark five. The home of the reincarnation but he's looking for investors He may have been bankrupt, in inner-city Sydney, to back his vision for a winery roll out around the world. the first of 400 he wants to Andrew is without doubt I've ever met in my life. the most optimistic person there's a way to do it. If you want to do it, You go through barriers. You just don't give up. what he does that it's... Andrew is so passionate about ..easy for someone to believe all that he says he can do. that he can do a privileged Adelaide family. Andrew was born into the printing industry, His father worked in known for her community service. and his mother was a town leader, of my children. Andrew was by far the most difficult for being exasperating, He had the greatest ability I can think of. I suppose, is the only word he's been intensely interesting. But I suppose one can also say that the finer things in life. Andrew has always liked I remember him saying, when we were young, that he wanted to be a millionaire by the time he was 30. School was St Peter's College, at the heart of the Adelaide establishment. Here he made friends with the sons of South Australia's illustrious winemaking families. ANDREW: I used to go and play around in winery cellars, getting thoroughly filthy, and I just love the smell of wineries. It's something that's really earthy and rich, and it gets into your blood. MAN: South Australia had been a very dynastic wine industry. So your credibility came from being the son of a winemaker and/or the son of a winemaking family. And Andrew was unusual because he was neither. Starting out as an apprentice winemaker, Andrew was at a party when he met a girl from the suburbs who would share his dreams. She stands out from a crowd. She's a very elegant woman. Quite tall, so she towers above most people. He used to throw me around, which no-one was ever game enough to do. So with rock'n'roll we'd gyrate over the dance floor. Averil Baker was the perfect partner for Andrew's ambitions. And, using her flat as collateral, they convinced a sceptical bank manager to give them a start-up loan. The bank manager said, 'Where's your business plan?' And I said, 'What do you mean, business plan?' The bank manager thought, 'These are crazy kids. They have no idea.' But he lent us $3,000 to start the business. And I just winged it from then on. I just operated on pure gut feel. Gut feel, exuberance and sheer hard work. Even their wedding and honeymoon didn't slow them down. Here we were in New York, and, for about seven days, we sat in our suite ringing every agent in the yellow pages. I'd ring up and say, 'Hello, I'm Andrew Garrett. I'm a winemaker from Australia. I'd like to speak to your brand manager.' And they'd say 'Oh, what? I can't understand a word you're saying.' I said I... You know, in my best Australian accent. 'You come from Austria? Austria?' 'No, no, no. I said Australia. Australia.' 'Australia? Australia makes wine?' You know, Australian wines never fail to amaze me. They really are quite sensational. Quietly sensational. ROB GEDDES: Andrew's wines had this liveliness about them. They had better varietal character, which meant they smelled better and they tasted better. He also understood how to have cleaner flavours. So rather than thick, soupy white wine, you wound up with wines that had a fresh fruit, crisp acidity and liveliness to them. And Andrew's early successes were very driven by just the sheer energy of the personality. His aggressive marketing was unheard of. He promoted his wines directly to the drinking public, even putting pictures on his labels. The $3,000 loan was blossoming into a multi-million-dollar empire. Andrew was visionary. Always went for the stars. I was a great workhorse and was happy doing the books, doing the typing, doing tasting notes. Their famous 1986 vintage didn't only produce award-winning wines. All that I know is what Andrew's told me, that 1986 was a great year for him because he had that and me. I remember when Nick was born. He was born in the heart of vintage. At the time of going into the theatre I was trying to organise some deliveries of the grapes, and so I was on the phones... And I said 'Hello! I'm here. About to give birth.' With no time to slow down, it wasn't long before Nick was joined by baby brother Tom. Winemaking's a family industry because, you know, it's just the way you're brought up, really. ANDREW: Building my own business was always about a legacy for... ..a heritage for my children. When I was young I'd always been groomed, or hopefully, one day, manage the family business. Tom will make the wine. I'd love to sell it. AVERIL: There was just no question that was what was going to happen. In the same year Tom was born, Andrew bought a piece of winemaking history - Penfolds' legendary Magill winery. In five short years, the heritage he was building for his sons had grown beyond his wildest dreams. It seemed like nothing could stand in his way. (Fire alarm bell rings) REPORTER: Formerly the home of the Penfolds-owned Romalo Seaview champagne, the Andrew Garrett winery was well alight when metropolitan fire crews arrived a little after 10:30. On St Patrick's Day 1988, Andrew received a call. A stray spark from a welder's torch had set his precious winery ablaze. As I came up over O'Halloran Hill, which has a fairly commanding view over the city, I could see that Adelaide itself was covered in a pall of smoke. And I followed the tail of that smoke back to the point that was my Magill winery burning down. So that was... (Stifles tears) ..a very ordinary experience. I can remember him getting out of the car and basically putting his hands to his head and thinking, 'Oh, my God.' The fire exposed their vulnerability. They'd grown so fast, their insurance couldn't cover their losses. As the debts mounted, they were forced to sell a majority share of their company. Hi, I'm Andrew Garrett, and here we are again down at sunny downtown McLaren Vale at McLarens on the Lake, week four of the wine show. Andrew was now the public face of a brand he didn't control. For the next three years, he and Averil danced to the tune of their new corporate masters, the giant multinational Suntory. Meanwhile, back at home, their two young sons were discovering the magic of wine for themselves. Tom came home from school one day with red stains all over his shirt. I said 'What happened? What...?' He said 'Oh, Mum, I've picked the mulberries at school and I'm making mulberry wine.' I crushed all the mulberries into a tiny container. I put them in a stocking and squeezed all the juice out of it, and then chucked a teaspoon of baker's yeast in it. No-one knew I was doing this. Of course being whole berries, so there was a lot of skins and stuff, so the yeast was very strong fermentation. So it produced CO2 quite rapidly. The pressure had got so huge in the tubs that they'd exploded and painted all the walls this really dark mulberry kind of red. It was fantastic. When Andrew found the mess in the sink that I'd made, he realised that I'd started making wine. So the next time I made mulberry wine, which was the next year, he actually gave me a yeast to use so it didn't explode. By now, Andrew had finally walked away from corporate life. Forced to give up his name, he would see his famous label, Andrew Garrett Wines, sold to Foster's. Then in 1996, eight years after the fire, he found the perfect setting for a new family winery. A stunning 200-hectare property overlooking Adelaide. Springwood Park. NICK: It was semi-scrub, you could walk along an open track or you could go bush-bashing through all these native gums. It was a beautiful, beautiful place. I felt we were the luckiest family because it was a beautiful home, everything was going well for us, we were very happy, and it was my haven. NICK: I thought that he's just bought this house that he absolutely loved, got the property which he wanted to grow grapes on to make wine. And I thought that, at that point, it was time for him to just take a step back. But Andrew had much bigger plans. REPORTER: If Andrew Garrett gets his way, this will be the view from a new hotel, winery and tourism centre that he wants to build on his property at Brown Hill. It was a mega-development on a scale the Adelaide Hills had never seen before. But over the next five years, Andrew ran foul of every planning law in the city. Everything that we tried up there was knocked back and stepped on and frowned upon. I mean, the rest of the world will change and move on, but Adelaide's really set in its ways. Andrew still had this incredible positive view that it was all going to be terrific and that it was going to succeed. And most probably he didn't listen to me as much then as he did in the beginning. If he could have stopped when he was on the top and been satisfied with what he had... ..then perhaps he may not have fallen quite so far. Instead Andrew barrelled ahead. True to form, he kept expanding, borrowing millions to invest in vineyards across Australia. But the hand of fate turned again when hailstorms destroyed his 2002 vintage... ..and the bank, losing confidence, called in its loans. We were told that the finance was not going ahead. They were pulling the rug from under our feet. And the only collateral we had was our home. And that was when Andrew started fighting. And the shit hit the fan. The clock is ticking for winemaker Andrew Garrett...

REPORTER: The many creditors of embattled winemaker Andrew Garrett say they're one step closer to getting him declared bankrupt. Andrew Garrett readily admits this is his toughest ever challenge, a kind of medieval siege. Convinced he'd been unfairly targeted, Andrew took his creditors to court. He would now throw all his time and money into beating the bank. I knew my business. I understood it very deeply. I've survived the storms. I've got so many court appearances I don't know whether I'm Arthur or Martha, and I'm supposed to be a winemaker. There are very few winemakers who are great businessmen. Really the nature of the business and the nature of their craft means that if you've got a talented winemaker, you stick him back at the farm and you leave him there. REPORTER: He still occupies the family home, a 600-hectare picturesque multi-million-dollar property in the Adelaide Hills. Things were spinning out of control. For the next three months, Andrew's undoing was nightly news. REPORTER: It's been a heavy fall from grace for Andrew Garrett. His legal battles... REPORTER: ..takes teenage son Tom to his expensive private school in his $200,000 Maserati...

REPORTER: His long fight is taking its toll on the Garrett family. They lapped it up. They loved it. And the more they fed on it, the more newspapers were bought, the more people watched the show. I didn't want to read all of this stuff in the paper or see it on the news. I didn't need it... need to be reminded of it. We were sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon, and someone knocked on our back door. They'd obviously jumped our fence. And it was someone that we were in debt to, and they brought a bikie with them and threatened us. REPORTER: As eviction time rapidly approaches, the emotional cracks are opening up. Andrew just kept hitting those brick walls, and to me it seemed like he had to actually hit rock bottom before he could find a way back out again. A lot of people were saying, 'Move everything out. Get your clothes, get all your paintings, get everything and move out completely and utterly.' Andrew said, 'No. We're negotiating with the bank and we're going to win, because we're right.' REPORTER: If there was any hope Andrew Garrett might somehow hold onto his house, it disappeared today. The bank had arranged for this fleet of removalists to turn up and remove all of our possessions from Springwood Park. So that was a very traumatic time. I was at school. Averil came to pick me up, and she had a VCR, one of my gaming systems and a suitcase full of my clothes. Said, 'We're out.' Still freezing up here. It's always a few degrees colder. Yeah, I know. Today, Averil and her sons can only walk around the fringes of the property they loved and lost. Remember planting these aggies? Yeah. Planting them? The last time they were here, this driveway was host to a media circus. Put sheep out there on the driveway. We had fake sheep. And Tom put them with a sign. What was the sign that you put on it? 'We the sheep are sick of media coverage.' Yes, and then it made page three or something, which I thought was kind of ironic. Just so many memories and good times. And a beautiful property. Just the most stunning property. Most beautiful trees I've ever seen. It was just lovely. The best thing that we had when all of the shit hit the fan and everything went pear-shaped was the fact that we always had this really strong family bond. It wasn't so bad having lost all of these things. 'Cause that's what we lost, we lost things. You can get things anywhere. After more than 20 years of empire-building, the Garrett family were left with nothing. Everything they owned, even their clothes, had been repossessed by the bank. With their accounts frozen, they lived day to day with family or friends. Then, nine months later, came the final blow. Financial pressure, moving again and again, you know, always looking for money, it was all terrible. But that wasn't the worst thing to happen. We split up as a family, and that was awful, that was terrible. We discovered that Andrew had had an affair. I felt that, after all we'd been through from day one of our marriage, that I couldn't live like that anymore. So our life together was over. I don't really want to cover that. So I won't. Nicholas and I, I mean, we felt quite betrayed. Obviously Averil felt very betrayed. You know, we were given the option which parent we want to go with. We both chose Averil. This is one of our larger homes. And it's split-level! The entry, and we've got the formal living on the right. Five years later, Averil now sells homes for a living. One in each room. The most disappointing thing for me was we were always living for tomorrow. That we were working hard for our future, and it never happened. I suppose I do regret that they are not taking over my dream, our dream. That's 11.95. And maybe they're better positioned to create their own dream. Beautiful weather. Nick and Tom are now making their own way, studying at uni while working part-time. I'm lucky in the bottle shop because my name tag just says Tom, not Tom Garrett. I often get people coming in saying, 'Hello, could I get a bottle of the Andrew Garrett sparkling burgundy, please?' I always just see that with a bit of humour. There's no winery left to inherit, but the passion for wine runs deep in Tom's blood. He's about to graduate as a winemaker in his own right, and has already made his first vintage with leftover grapes from other people's vineyards. Averil and Andrew tried to give me a place to make wine and you know, fruit to make wine with. I mean, all those things were taken away, but I've still got all the knowledge they taught me through my childhood and all the experiences that I gained, which I think is much more important. Andrew now lives alone in Sydney, but keeps in contact with his sons. ANDREW: No, there's no question that all of my happiest times were with Averil and the boys. NICK: What I want from my relationship with Dad in the future is, instead of a business relationship or talking about business or anything like that, is to have a relationship where it is just father-son. They get a bit frustrated with me because I continue to be the big-picture person that I've always been. And they've seen me lose the big picture, so they tend to take whatever I say

with a grain of salt, lots of grains of salt. 'Cause they don't believe I can do it again, whereas I believe I can. I have no problems in making and building empires. I'm an empire-builder. And Andrew can already see his next empire. An international network of 400 urban wineries, starting here with an underground hotel set amongst barrels of fermenting wine. It's an exciting future. Be nice to sort of iron out the peaks and troughs of this roller-coaster ride and just have a nice sort of gentle path. You know, just want to live life well and easily, without too much grief. Certainly less grief than I've experienced in the past. I really hope that he fulfils his dream, because I feel that we were... ..curtailed of our destiny. I just wish him all the very best. Some wine for you, Nanna? Averil has moved on. But in the house she shares with her new partner, Graeme, there's still a bottle of Garrett wine at the table. Bon appetit, everybody. Sorry about that. This is the one that Tom made. No, it's big, big wine. It's a monster. So it'll be good. It'll hold really well. And that tannin structure will be awesome. Lovely sort of herbaceous characters on the nose. It is herbaceous. Got a nice sort of cedary character to it. Still got that smokiness on the nose. Closed Captions by CSI

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Good evening Virginia Haussegger

Good evening Virginia Haussegger with an ABC news update. More rain, more

pain. The flood emergency gripping

country New South Wales is set to

worsen with heavy falls forecast later

later this week. Thousands of people

remain cut off by floodwaters. At

Coonabmle the Castlereagh River

didn't rise as high as feared. But

farmers in outlying districts are

counting the cost. A total counting the cost. A total of 34

shires across New South Wales have

now been declared natural disaster

zones. The latest Wikileaks continue

to confound the to confound the government. Despite revelations that Kevin Rudd urged

revelations that Kevin Rudd urged the US to use force against China if necessary The federal

necessary The federal government

insists Australia's relationship Beijing

insists Australia's relationship with Beijing has not been damaged. After fo

four days and a huge international

effort the massive fire in northern

Israel is out. It took the world's

largest flying fire extinguisher a

747 'super-tanker' from the

747 'super-tanker' from the United States as well as some luck with

overnight rains to bring the blaze

under control. And for the first

under control. And for the first time in his professional career, Tiger

Woods has

Woods has finished a season without

Woods has finished a season without a victory. The American squandered a

four stroke lead at the world

challenge before losing in a playoff

to us open champion Graeme Mcdowell.

To Canberra's weather

to us open champion Graeme Mcdowell. To Canberra's weather a chance of

isolated showers 14 overnight with a

top of 25. Sydney 25 Melbourne 29 Adelaide. 32

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