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(ALL CHANT) (EXPLOSION) MAN: Oh, my God. MAN: Have a look at this. New Year's Eve celebrations. Hello, and welcome to our special at 2010 - The Way It Was Settle in as we look back as we begin welcoming in 2011 and then stay with us with the big family fireworks show following our program. which will light up Sydney Harbour with the inspirational story We get things under way Jessica Watson, of the remarkable 16-year-old, became the youngest person who in May of this year to sail solo around the world. of homecomings. And now, the most extraordinary The crowd is on their feet, lining the Sydney Harbour, young girl home. welcoming this brave (CHEERING) Welcome home, Jessica. Well done. you know, thousands of people... All of a sudden you've got, Everything's so vivid, you know, noises, faces for so long. you haven't seen colours, MAN: Hey, Jess, how you doing?

(WOMAN LAUGHS) Well done, Damo! Well, there you go. the autograph later. I'll come and get MAN: Nice, Damo. Great feeling. Could you hear people shouting at you into the harbour? when you were coming

There was people waving. for your attention. Everyone's kind of clamouring or where to... Yeah. I didn't know where to wave Of course it was, yeah. Was it emotional? It was a huge day. Um... that I even made it through You know, I'm very surprised without just, um... a very, very emotional day. ..as we did - it was It was incredible. and Mike Perham... MAN: She's called over Jesse Martin

..maybe to steer the boat. MAN: That's a great moment.

boat, once I got across that line, Jesse and Mike were first on the had got together so, you know, Mum and everyone and a few fresh things my favourite foods to come straight on board the boat that finish line. as soon as I got across Look at them. WOMAN: Mum and Dad can't wait. Welcome back to our shores, Jessica. MAN: She's waited 210 days. what a feeling for them. What an embrace, It was absolutely amazing. It was pretty amazing, you know. At the same time,

and let go of 'Pink Lady' it was just so strange to step off at the same time. but it was absolutely amazing as a good friend, You talk of 'Pink Lady' as almost a human being. all the time I get...people pick up on it What's this 'we'? and say, "What do you mean 'we'? weren't you?" "You were out there by yourself, 'Pink Lady' - we're a team. It was 'we', it was me and Oh... (LAUGHS) Did you get angry with 'Pink Lady'? take it that far, Um, probably wouldn't quite kind of conversations, yeah. but sort of one-sided and say what? But you'd talk to the boat we need to do better than this"? "Come on, coming up to a storm, bad forecast, Yeah, yeah, and, you know,

a bit of a talk - you'd, look, sit down and have a bit of a storm, you know. "We're gonna be dealing with "Gotta be strong through this." that's how it was. So, as terrible as it sounds, and listen to what you said? Did she always toe the line Chucked me upside down a few times. Not always, no. Not always. We all know what you've achieved. We can say that you sailed solo all of that. around the world, 210 days, You tell me what you've achieved. Yeah, look, I'm proud of it, for different reasons but I suppose I'm proud of it I hate the accolades. than everyone else is, you know - Yeah. (LAUGHS) You hate the accolades? Why? so many times, you know. You can only hear...only hear it for different reasons. Like I said, I'm proud of it But I never did it for that. What did you do it for? you do it for the challenge. Challenge. You know, very male-dominated, I suppose, And as a little girl, sailing, to the world, and I did want to prove look, this is what young girls, young people, can do

when you set your mind to it. who believed in a dream. You said you were an ordinary girl young people that you speak to? Is that message resonating with and I love...I absolutely love it. Yeah, no, I really love that, the accolades, I hate all that, Like I said, I hate comes up to you and says, you know, but I do love it when somebody that I can do this." "You've shown me or sailing around the world. It doesn't have to be sailing big or small. It's whatever the dreams are, somebody comes up and says, I absolutely love it when I can make it possible." "You've showed me that You're a mum. Let's fast-forward the tape.

I don't...don't go there. Oh, no, I'm 17. No. No. No, we're fast-forwarding. No, I'm 17. And your daughter's... It's not something I think about. "Mum, I want to do this." If your 16-year-old, though, said, that's my least favourite question You know, if there's one question you do if your kid...?" is that, "Would you... What would It's a few years down the track. I don't think about it, I'm 17. I'm 17. So, from your heart and soul... 'heart' and 'soul' around too much. We don't really throw words like We avoid using words like that. We keep it nice and simple. OK. From your perspective... what you've achieved? ..are you proud of I am. I'm very proud of it, you know, for different reasons. It's incredible, you know. As much as I hate the accolades and awards

and I sit there going, "I wish somebody else had got this award, "somebody who really needed it," but it is, it's amazing. And I suppose it shows me that it wasn't so much about me. It was about all the people who shared the voyage as well. Jessica, New Year's Eve - you talk about messages to young Australians and what you've achieved. What is your message to people listening to you? I remember, you know, last year, and the Southern Ocean, and sitting there New Year's Eve with my party popper and that was about it. There wasn't much going on down there on New Year's Eve. Um, and I remember, you know, my new year's resolution was pretty simple - get back to Sydney. And I'm a big believer in resolutions and goals instead of, you know, dreams and luck. Now you're heading into 2011, what's your resolution? I've got a lot of them, there's a very long list. You know, there's challenges, a long list of adventures coming up, but also, not so excitingly, I've got school to finish, a bit of study to get out of the way, finish learning to drive, so... (LAUGHS) There's exciting things happening, but there's a few ordinary ones. Jessica Watson, a teenager with a yearning for life's blue horizons. Sadly for some this year, no wide horizons. Only darkness and desperation - the men trapped in mining disasters. We witnessed the wonders of the rescue mission in Chile, and the tragedy that unfolded in New Zealand. If any few paragraphs could sum up the anguish last month in Greymouth, they came from Fairfax reporter Andrew Stevenson. 29 men had lost their lives. Senior foreign correspondent Rob Penfold joins us now from Los Angeles. Rob, you saw firsthand the wild celebrations of the rescue in Chile. What a terrible contrast we saw in New Zealand. Yes, it was, Pete. I can only imagine that when it first happened, probably the people in New Zealand thought perhaps, perhaps it might be like Chile. But, sadly, it just wasn't the case. You know, there was so much excitement, worldwide excitement, about what happened in Chile, I'm sure that they did live in hope in New Zealand there for quite a while. Rob, after the Chile disaster, you said that you wish it were different, but as a foreign correspondent, one is rarely in the good news business. Chile was better than good news, wasn't it? It really was, Pete. It was such a great news story. Of course, it started off badly, of course, with everyone thinking that the miners had gone, and it was only, what, those 17 days later that eventually, of course, we knew they were there, and from then on, what was looking like a really sad news, tragic story turned into a terrific one. So, I suppose, as a reporter, you're there, of course, to tell us what's happening. But you can't help but invest in this and become emotional when you see what the families are going through, and I would imagine seeing the little kids waiting for their dads to come up. Yeah, that was quite an extraordinary scene, of course, when that first miner came up and his young boy went up to his dad and grabbed him. Of course, you've got to remember, this little fella was thinking for 17 days that his dad was lost, he was gone, he thought he'd never see him again. So, there were some wonderful, wonderful emotional scenes there. (MAN SHOUTS) (ALL CHANT) Back here in Australia, we had a front-row seat to what was going on in Chile, thanks to Brant Webb and Todd Russell, the survivors of the Beaconsfield mine disaster. WOMAN: Such an emotional moment. How are you doing, watching that?

Unreal, believe me. No, the three of us are sitting in here, loving that. It's the most incredible, incredible moment. Look at those scenes. They got to see, watching from afar, of course, what it was like for a family to sit and wait. Of course, they, being in the mine themselves, that was probably an interesting time for them to see just what it was like from the other side of the fence. Rob, take the reporter's hat off for a moment. What did you feel and, I suppose, your emotions, when you saw that last miner emerge from 600m underground? (CHEERING AND WHISTLING) Well, I think I was probably like everybody. Being there, amongst the families for all that amount of time, you can't help but get involved in the whole thing, and we were so taken by it. You know, it was a real sense of relief, more than anything else. I really was worried, right to the very end, that they would get them up safely. We've watched you for so many years reporting from all around the world. Where does Chile rank in your reporting storybook? Well, I said at the time, you know, and I think you've got to take your emotions right at that very moment, and I said, really, this is right up there with being on top of the Berlin Wall when that came down.

That was terrific to be there as well. There was people actually smashing down the Berlin Wall as I'm standing up on it. And also being there in Soweto when Nelson Mandela came home for the very first time. This was up there. This... I had the two top stories of my life. They were the two best, and now I have number three, and that's being in Chile when the miners came up, one by one. It was just part of a great experience for me, you know. Now I've got the top three. Rob, here in Australia we love a hat-trick and that's a nice way to end. Thank you, Rob Penfold, for taking us back to Chile and your reports from there. OK, Pete. Thank you. Well, there was one disaster this year

that began with a split-second explosion

then dragged on and on for three agonising months. (EXPLOSION) SONG: # What have we done to the world? # Look what we've done # What about all of the peace that you pledged your only son? # This oil spill is an unprecedented disaster. There's no-one who wants this thing over more than I do. I'd like my life back. WOMAN: They've murdered the Gulf. Everything is dying. It's either dying or dead. They can't fix this.

What a relief when the oil flow was finally choked off. Stay with us - plenty ahead, including a special insight on the year in politics from Laurie Oakes. I described him as the 'Bradman of Boredom'. And, you know, that's fatal for a politician. Also, Ken Sutcliffe's take on the big sporting events. (MAN SHOUTS) We've also got the royal engagement, Australia's first saint. But next, showbiz - the stars in the spotlight at the Oscars. The Jones family suffer under these terrible outdoor living conditions. Well, WE love it here.

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They've been saying, "Hooray for Hollywood," well before the first Academy Awards ceremony 82 years ago. Now, the Oscars have become the entertainment event of the year, and they wouldn't be the same without our own Richard Wilkins. Mariah. Richard, Australia. Hey, Richard. Good to see you. Oh, Sandra Bullock, how are you feeling? How are you? I'm feeling good. It's one of those jobs, actually, that does get a little easier each year because as you get to know more of the people, more of the power players, more of the publicists and the managers, you become less hard to walk past on the red carpet. George Clooney comes over with his hip flask. He always takes a little hip flask of that Maker's Mark in with him. He says, "It's a long show. What are you gonna do?" Mariah Carey came over and said, "Where's your make-up?" And she gives me a little...said, "You just need a little up here." That beauty school...beauty school comes to some use for her sometimes. But she's sweet. Yeah, you build a relationship with some people, because most of them are kind of nice people.

So Best Picture, it was a David and Goliath battle - 'Avatar' versus 'The Hurt Locker' -

with a family connection to spice things up as well. It was just fabulous. You couldn't write a script as good as that one. James Cameron, you know, makes the biggest-grossing movie of all time. And let's put a little pat on the back for Sam Worthington in there, the Aussie who, you know, was swept to international fame and glory. He makes the biggest movie of all time, eclipsing 'Titanic', which was his last film, and who's he up against for Best Picture? Bloody ex-wife, who's made this little independent film,

'The Hurt Locker', which was fabulous, and she won. (BOOM!) Oh, boy. Best Actor, Jeff Bridges. Hollywood loves a comeback. Jeff Bridges, of course, has done some time in the wilderness, but 'Crazy Heart' was just a wonderful, wonderful role, and this country singer, down on his luck. He was almost sort of playing himself, and your heart went out to the guy. (SINGS) # I don't know if you're my friend # Or a long lost lover coming back again # Where did you go? # Baby, I don't know... # Do you have any place to stay tonight? Don't you dare lie to me. Come on.

Find some time to figure out another bedroom for you. This is mine? Yes, sir. I've never had one before. What, a room to yourself? A bed. Sandra Bullock stole the show, didn't she, as Best Actress? Wonderful film, based on real-life events, playing a character called Leigh Anne Tuohy, who takes this big, sort of down-on-his-luck, huge guy, this big footballer,

into her family, and, of course, it's a heart-warming story. I remember interviewing her on the red carpet and I remember seeing her now ex-husband, the outlaw, Jesse James, in the background there. I didn't notice his wandering eyes at the time, but did when we had a look back. But she was a deserving winner, very gracious, thanked her loving husband from the stage, and, of course, it all went pear-shaped pretty soon after that. Richard Wilkins, thanks for your time. Thanks, Pete. In just four months from now, the bells will be ringing and the trumpets sounding at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. After an eight-year courtship, the couple finally announced their engagement in mid-November, and Allison Langdon covered the big event. I'd been planning it for a while but as every guy out there will know, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going, so I was planning it and then it just felt really right out in Africa and it was beautiful at the time and I just... I had done a little bit of planning, to obviously show my romantic side. It was a total shock when it came, and very excited. (LAUGHS) I loved that he very open and he was very affectionate towards Kate, sort of really lovely pats on the knee, sort of a reassurance to her. And I loved that he was very open about how he actually proposed and he talked about how he carried the ring around in his back pocket for three weeks when they were travelling through Kenya and how very nervous he was. And can you imagine if he had lost that ring? I literally would not let it go. I kept hold of it everywhere, 'cause if it disappeared, I'd be in trouble. MAN: And it's a family ring. It is a family ring, yes. It's my mother's engagement ring, so I thought it was quite nice, 'cause obviously she won't be around to share any of the fun and excitement with all of this. This is my way of keeping her sort of close to it all. I just hope I look after it. If she loses it, she's in trouble. It's very, very special. It was such a touching moment, wasn't it, to look down at Kate's hand and see that beautiful ring, that beautiful sapphire surrounded by the diamonds. It's such an exquisite piece.

And at last we heard from Kate Middleton, a woman of silence for eight years. How do you think she handled herself? I thought, at times, she appeared a little bit nervous but I thought that was really endearing.

She's been very guarded, but I think she's had to be. Um, there's been no leaks about their relationship. Even that time in 2007 when they actually broke up, Kate didn't say a word to anyone. And to Prince William, considering what happened with his parents and how that relationship played out, I think that's very important, I think that's why Kate has remained silent for so long. So it was lovely hearing from her, and it was great to see their relationship and see how they interacted. It is...it's obviously nerve-racking 'cause I don't know what I'm...um, sort of... I don't know the ropes, really. William is obviously used to it. But, um, now I'm willing to learn quickly and work hard. She'll do really well. Yeah. Will do very well. MAN: Children - do you want lots of children? Is... You know, see what comes? What's your...? I think we'll take it one step at a time. We'll get over the marriage thing first and then maybe look at the kids, but obviously we want a family. So, um, we'll have to start thinking about that. Ally, you covered the courtship, you spent a lot of time in England. How are the Brits feeling about Prince William and Kate Middleton? I think they're excited. They've been waiting for years for this to happen. And everyone loves Prince William over there,

and they've got a great affection for Kate too, you know. Kate's the commoner who's marrying into the royal family, have been waiting so long so I think that the British people for this marriage to take place and it is going to be an enormous affair. A royal wedding comes with plenty of cachet, especially if you're a wedding dress designer. Can you imagine what it would do to the career of someone who was chosen

to actually design the dress for Kate Middleton? It would be such a fantastic moment, a career highlight, surely, but then you've got to be careful. If you get it right, you're made for life, but if you get it wrong, you're ruined. You've spent a couple of days with royal correspondent James Whitaker. (LAUGHS) He was interesting. Was he putting it on or was he giving us a real insight into life in the royal family? I don't think there was anything put on with James Whitaker when I caught up with him, and he was an extraordinary man. I couldn't believe the things that were coming out of his mouth. Her grandfather was a coalmine worker. Her mother was an air hostess. Fine people, the hosties, but you know, they are known as 'trolley dollies'. But at the end of the day, he loves the royal family. He loves Prince William and Prince Harry, and he adored Diana. He saw the things that happened to Diana in the royal family and I think he's just very cautious and doesn't want to see that happen to anyone else. Do you think he was being protective, almost? I think he was being protective. He doesn't dislike Kate. He finds Kate a little bit boring, you know, and he kept liking to refer to the 'Waity Katy' reference that everyone in Britain gave her. I don't think he dislikes Kate at all, but I do think he worries for her and how she will survive in the royal family. Is Kate the sort of woman that you would want your son to marry? Look, I...I think so. I think... You know what? I'm not sure we've seen or heard enough of Kate yet to make up our minds because she's been so quiet. I think we'll see a different side to Kate over the next coming months. Allison, it's all ahead of us and we're all going to observe and comment and digest, aren't we? No-one does weddings like the Poms, you know, and the grandeur of the event, it's just going to be extraordinary. London will come to a standstill, and the fact that it's at Westminster Abbey, which is such a beautiful place and has very strong memories for Prince William, it's gonna make it a very touching ceremony and such an extraordinary event. Allison Langdon on the royal engagement and what we can expect for the wedding on the 29th of April. Well, each year is studded with sometimes spectacular, sometimes frightening displays of the natural forces that surround us. It's a reminder that when it comes to the weather, the world has a mind of its own. MAN: Have a look at this! Debris just going so high in the sky. I'm heartbroken.

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(UPBEAT MUSIC) (PEOPLE WHISTLE MELODY) SONG: # The beaches can save your soul # The sun is in your control # Come on, baby # Come on, baby # Don't you know # Don't you know # I'll give you what you need... # (PEOPLE WHISTLE)

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(RINGS BELL) COMMENTATOR: There's the kick-off to the season. MAN: The Storm has engaged... ..two sets of books... The stripping of three minor premierships... The team shall not accrue any further points. MAN: Australia wins its first Asian Cup. Sensational performance! MAN: Hussey has deposited that into the stands, for Australia's most famous win ever. MAN: World champion from Australia... MAN: Not bad for a number two driver. Cheers.

(APPLAUSE, VUVUZELAS DRONE) MAN: Well, a red card on Tim Cahill, and Australia are down to 10 men. Disaster for the Socceroos. Surely the winning goal for Spain!

(CHEERING) MAN: 70 games to 68 in the fifth set. MAN: Inglis away and Boyd's going on. Darius Boyd! MAN: Five times the champions. MAN: It's gonna be a draw. It's unbelievable. (WHISTLE BLOWS, CHEERING) MAN: And the Dragons win the grand final. No-one loves those mud, sweat and cheers moments more than Australians. on the telly in record numbers. We pack stadiums and switch Ken Sutcliffe. To take us through the year in sport, brought us great joy, Ken, the Winter Olympics very challenging but the weather made it just to get to the start line. the Summer Olympics, Peter, it was almost because Vancouver had the Olympics. such warm weather coming into from all over the country. They were trucking in snow for the Australians, of course. And it was a terrific Olympics Torah Bright went there with so much expectations on her shoulders. Look, there's not much of her, but it's all courage, and in that pipe, when she was doing all that snowboarding, you just sit there and you're full of admiration. MAN: The Cab 720. MAN 2: Oh! Torah Bright has gone 'Smack!' That is fantastic! Lydia Lassila, she overcame horrific injuries to get gold as well. Well, four years earlier, at the Winter Olympics, I mean, her career looked as if it was all done and dusted.

She came to grief, a terrible crash, in the freestyle aerials. And, look, we just didn't think she'd ever get back. But unbelievable tenacity. but it's all ticker. Once again, not much of her, WOMAN: And she's stops it! what you came here to do! Lydia Lassila, you've done She comes away with a gold medal. Now, you're at risk who have great performances, when you start isolating people the very essence of sport. but to me, that epitomised everyone's nerves were rattled The Commonwealth Games, I think would actually be ready. as we wondered whether India big sporting events, You know, most sporting events, I put my hand up for - "Let's go!" that keen about going to Now, that's one that I wasn't because of security and because I just didn't know how they would get their act together. But in the end, it was a good Commonwealth Games, and we saw some outstanding performances, as we always do. Once again, you risk leaving out a name when you isolate particular performances, but I thought Sally Pearson, once again, that just shows you, you know, from setback to triumph. I think that's things that inspire a nation. You know, she had that false start, she looked as if she'd won the 100m, then they said, "No, you're second," then, "You're third." They couldn't make up their mind, but she regrouped. (STARTER'S GUN FIRES) and Sally got a good start. MAN: Away, to win the 100m hurdle. And then she goes on she's over the last. She's doing the job beautifully,

It's rolled gold, it's in the bank! and I love that, I think that shows a real spirit, for me. and that was a real highlight Of course, the pool, Alicia Coutts. with swimming, Look, a girl who fell out of love swimming, had a few injuries, and fallen back in love with had a few personal issues, five Commonwealth Games gold. comes back and wins it's been for our girls. MAN: What a golden haul And it's appropriate that Alicia Coutts takes her fifth gold medal and Australia win the 4x100m medley relay. And who could ever forget 'Skippy', Geoff Huegill? The amazing thing about Skippy, he loves his food, and he was way, way overweight when he rekindled his interest and his love for swimming again. And we used to joke with him and say, "Listen, you look like you've swallowed a water buffalo." And he'd take it as a bit of fun. But it must have cut him because in the end he lost 40 kilograms. Amazing. MAN: Geoff Huegill of Australia goes in for the kill! (CHEERING) A happy ending for Geoff Huegill! sports stories, It's one of the great but it's a great sports story he conducts himself. because of the way not to like him. Nobody out there...it's impossible Anna Meares in the cycling. Talking about great performances, Three gold medals and, once again, triumphed over adversity a wonderful athlete who has throughout her career. MAN: We're aiming now at 34.326. That's her own record. Is she gonna beat it? Whoa, is she gonna beat it?! and you sort of say, She's one you put up there "One of the very, very best." But not only that, as a sportsperson, as a one who knows how to come back from setbacks, and not only knows that,

knows what you've gotta put in to get the reward. Uh...she is truly a great champion. Ken Sutcliffe with all the grins and groans of our year in sport. Well, far from the playing fields, other Australians are in a much more dangerous arena - Afghanistan. Report Mark Burrows was embedded with our troops this year and saw firsthand the risks they endure. We were in southern Kandahar province

and I met a few Australians who were looking after counterintelligence and they started telling us really what goes on, careful when we were walking around and they told us to be very, very these hidden roadside bombs. because of these IEDs, We were driving along one day and all of a sudden the convoy stopped,

and they had found an IED to blow it up, so they sent in some engineers and it was about 150m, 200m away. we were inside a vehicle, They detonated this bomb, inside the vehicle. and we felt the blast you heavily in the chest. It was like someone really punching what it would be like So it gave us quite a sick feeling to be a lot closer to an IED. So, sure, we were...we were nervous. Mark, from your reports, what stood out for me was the Battle of Derapet, a ferocious, deadly battle that our troops say will go down in our military history. Why was that battle so significant? Well, it was significant because of the intensity, it was significant because of the length of the battle. It lasted for well over three hours. Um, there were soldiers that came out of a patrol base, a very small patrol base. They went down into a valley, they engaged the Taliban, the villagers had all left 24 hours before 'cause they knew there was going to be a battle on. In that battle, Jared MacKinney died, he was shot.

The major in charge of the operation intense battles since Vietnam, said it was one of the most when we were on Afghanistan soil, and that happened and talk to these soldiers and it was amazing to go up from 6RAR Delta Company, only knew about that battle and before Australians via a press release. press release. It was a two-paragraph and then add faces to the battle, But we were able to go up there and we actually got to see them these irrigation ditches running through

and the intensity of the fire. and it was fantastic. That was an amazing story to do to talk to anybody involved. We were given free access We were able to speak to Jared MacKinney's mates who were there, who unfortunately couldn't save his life, and, uh, we really felt their grief too. But they had to keep going. (GUNFIRE) You're a father, two boys.

How would you feel if one of your boys - both of them - said, "I want to go and fight in Afghanistan"? Oh, look... My oldest boy, in fact, is in cadets now and I see him dressed in a... He's only 15, I see him dressed in a military uniform and go off to school. but it'd be incredibly tough. And he's only a cadet, I really don't. I really don't. I don't know how the families do it, every day, They go through that worry it is an incredibly dangerous war, and it is a serious war, in harm's way every other day. and those soldiers put themselves for wives to go through that, And for families to go through that, it's incredible. I don't think I could. actually lose their loved ones. And then, of course, some of them have the resolve and the resilience I just simply don't know how they to bounce back from it. the daily dangers of Afghanistan Mark Burrows, an eyewitness to and the sacrifices of our Australian troops. (LAST POST PLAYS) next on WIN News. Good evening... next on WIN News. Good evening... As two thousand and eleven two thousand and eleven approaches thousands will make quitting thousands will make quitting smoking

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What a 12 months it's been in federal politics. a Labor Prime Minister We began the year with who had record approval ratings, our first female Prime Minister, and ended with a new Labor leader, the ALP hanging on to power, just.

the year of turmoil, To take us through the pulse of politics for 45 years, the man who's had his finger on Laurie Oakes. What went wrong with Labor almost swept from power? that saw it, in a matter of months, an astonishing story, Peter. Oh, look, it's At the beginning of the year, Kevin Rudd considered having in February. a double-dissolution election If he'd done that, he would have romped home, he'd still be Prime Minister. But he and Julia Gillard decided they shouldn't go to the polls then because the Emissions Trading Scheme they were proposing was unpopular, Tony Abbott had branded it a big, new tax,

so they chickened out. And as a result of that, later in the year, Rudd had to drop the ETS. He was seen as a hypocrite

because he'd said that climate change was the greatest moral challenge of our time. The voters deserted him in droves. Because of that, he was toppled as Prime Minister and Julia Gillard went into an election where it was a dead-heat election, because the public was disillusioned in the Labor Party, with what had happened were ready to govern, not convinced the Liberals

and we had a tied election. did he? Kevin Rudd didn't see it coming, It was clinical, it was brutal. No. Had you seen anything like it?

some big political stories, Look, I've covered as any of them, and this was as dramatic of the Whitlam Government. including the sacking And the reason it was so dramatic was because it came like a bolt out of the blue. Kevin Rudd seemed to be riding high, he'd got through what was supposed to be the last Caucus meeting of the year without even any criticism. And the next night, he's road kill. It was astonishing. One of the plotters said to me later, he said it was like watching a bushfire explode. As soon as members of Caucus knew that Julia Gillard had gone to Kevin Rudd's office and said, "I want your job," then someone else said to me they were crawling over each other to try and get to the gun to shoot Kevin with. Kevin Rudd had got caught up in his own verbiage. He'd become a really dull person who couldn't communicate. I described him as the 'Bradman of Boredom'. And, you know, that's fatal for a politician. Was that an exciting night? It was certainly exciting. There's nothing like that. A story like that really gets your adrenaline going, especially when you're doing live crosses to bring the news to viewers. You concentrate on the drama, but when Kevin Rudd came out and gave his press conference late at night, you could see the strain and then you suddenly realise the human dimension of it. I have a few urgent things, now, to attend to. Thank you. MAN: What brought this on, Prime Minister? This is a bloke's life being destroyed, basically. And the next day, he had his final press conference, when he sort of choked up and there were tears. It was very emotional. The Stolen Generations came in from over there. You had to feel for this bloke. You know, human feelings were paramount.

But then you thought, "Well, he knocked off Kim Beazley from the leadership." You know, you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Laurie, before we talk about the question that turned the election campaign on its head, here's a reminder. Is it true that Mr Rudd indicated to you that if, closer to the election, polling showed that he was an impediment to the re-election of the government, and if leading Labor figures such as John Faulkner agreed that he was an impediment, that he would then voluntarily stand aside and hand over the leadership to you before the election? Is it also true that you agreed that this offer was sensible and responsible? Is it true that there was then a brief break during which Mr Rudd went outside and briefed a couple of colleagues on what he thought was a deal, while you contacted your backers, and that when the meeting resumed, you said you'd changed your mind, you'd been informed that he didn't have the numbers in Caucus, and you were going to challenge anyway? I'm gonna disappoint you by not looking back. I've made it very, very clear that I will never be speaking publicly about my discussions with Kevin Rudd on that night. I think that's an appropriate mark of respect between colleagues, so it's not my intention to canvass any of the matters that were discussed in that room. I'd got that information just that morning about what had happened at the meeting between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. It had been kept a very tight secret. And I did know that this was an important speech for Julia Gillard because her whole election campaign was going to be built on Labor's claim to be the saviour of the economy. But, you know, as a journalist, when you get information, you know, it's your job to report it, and I thought the... to report the story, I needed Julia Gillard's reaction and I thought the best way to get that is confront her. As a political journalist, do you live for leaks? I do live for leaks. (BOTH LAUGH) I love leaks. Not just because they get the adrenaline flowing and it's exciting when you get a good leaked story, but also, that does make our democracy work. If politicians and senior public servants were absolutely certain that nothing they wanted to stay secret would get out, then they could do anything. It's the fact that if they do the wrong thing, if they're corrupt or stupid or incompetent, then that is likely to leak out, that, to use Don Chipp's immortal phrase, "Keeps the bastards honest." Both leaders went into the campaign, as you described them in one of your columns, as "political pygmies". Yeah. Did either of them improve their stature by election day? No. No. I called them political pygmies because neither of them had put forward a big idea in the campaign. The only big idea was the National Broadband Network, which was... Kevin Rudd. ..left over from Kevin Rudd, yeah. So neither Julia Gillard nor Tony Abbott

had an exciting idea between them. And they didn't produce any exciting ideas through the campaign. It turned out to be an election about nothing. Which is why the whole business of what had happened to Kevin Rudd dominated, it's why the leaks got so much prominence, it's why when 'Lurch' Latham did his little cameo act during the campaign, because there were no big issues. And because there were no big issues, no reason to vote for one leader or the other, the Australian people... Well, as I said, it turned out to be a dead-heat election. But that brings me to the point - have you ever been tempted at all to go into politics? No, it's a miserable life. Absolutely miserable life. Politics always ends in tears. Kevin Rudd will tell you that. So you'd rather report on it? Absolutely. Ever been approached, Laurie? No, no, and I'm not surprised. (BOTH LAUGH) Hypothetically, if you held the balance of power, what would you want, what would you bring to the Parliament?

I mean, the problem with Australian politics is the divisions between the Federal Government and the State Government. Each can use the other one as an excuse and nothing gets done. And if I held the balance of power, that's what I would be trying to fix, but it's very hard to fix, 'cause you'd sort of need to hold the balance of power in all the States as well as the Federal Parliament to fix it. It's...the system has got a lot of checks and balances, and sometimes they check too much and don't balance enough. Is there an old saying or an old quote that you live by?

Look, there was a terrific political journalist in the 1940s called Warren Denning and he wrote a book called 'Inside Canberra', and if I could read you from my book... Please. ..where I quote him. He said that "A political journalist has to be alive to "every trace of abnormality, able to sense that things are going wrong, "that something is out of tune, that somebody is up to something." Well, that's mostly what my job is - working out when somebody's up to something. Every day. Every day. And they're always up to something. The passion, the enthusiasm, seems to burn so fierce for you still, after 45 years. Why do you love coming to work? Because politics is important. Nothing is more important. It affects everything that happens in our daily lives. But also, it's exciting.

I-I reported crime before I went on to politics, and I'll tell you the drama involved in politics, and the characters - larger-than-life characters -

leave the 'Underbelly' stories for dead. Nine's political editor, Laurie Oakes, whose book, 'On the Record' is available now. Stay with us - our New Year's Eve family fireworks spectacular isn't far away. For now, though, a complete change of pace. Every Australian born this year was, of course, very special. But there were a few who stood out from the rest. ('BABY ELEPHANT WALK' BY HENRY MANCINI PLAYS) Baby elephants, they're really cute.

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Sister Maria Casey knows the long history leading to that moment. to convince the Vatican. She was in charge of the campaign (READS) "Saint Mary MacKillop. May God..." (CHEERING) It was a wonderful affirmation of the decision to canonise Mary and a recognition that she deserved to be canonised. And it was also an affirmation, I think, of the work of the sisters, the legacy that she left that is still continuing. Do you remember looking up and seeing Mary MacKillop, the wonderful image of her looking down on St Peter's Square? When the Holy Father announced, again after the petition had been read to him, would he now list her in the canon of saints, which is the meaning of 'canonisation', and we were back in our places and I looked up and I said, "Mary, at last." And because of the nature of that picture, the eyes follow you. So it just seemed as though she was looking down. Did you feel she was looking at you and saying, "Thank you"? (LAUGHS) I wasn't sure what she said, but I knew that there was such a sense of joy around the place that it was wonderful. What do you think she would've made of the fuss? I don't think she'd ever have wanted it, but she would have said, "If this is God's will," which was her great philosophy in life, "then this is good." And if it helps people in this day and age that they have somebody who cares about them, and we have ample evidence that she cares about so many people in need still, that I think she would have been happy. Another powerful moment for me was when you greeted the Pope. What did you say to him? That's what everyone wants to know. Uh, having greeted each other, I thanked him for his decision to canonise Mary MacKillop and make her the saint for the universal church now and for the whole world. And he was very happy about that, as you probably saw from his face. He remembered very fondly his visit to Australia, and, of course, his visit here. He said, "I came to her tomb." I said, you know, Australians thank him, and he sent his blessing to all of Australia,

and to the sisters. And then he remembered that he had met me before, when I met him, as I said, early in 2009. And, so, it was very... it was amazing, with all of the thousands of people that he has met, that he'd say, "Yes, I remember your old face." (LAUGHS) That must have been an extraordinary moment for you. It was - it was a very, very ordinary, chatty moment. There was no distinction, you know - "You're the Pope and I'm just somebody unknown "from the other side of the world." It was just one to one. A real connection. A real connection. And it wasn't just a formality. After this process, this long process, I'm asking you to go into your heart and soul and tell me the sense of achievement you must feel.

I suppose one of the overwhelming feelings I had was the sense of being very humbled. (READS) "..inspiring other women..." I grew up in a very small farming area. Very ordinary. Never, ever did I think that I would finish up in Rome and kneeling there to hear that. And right through my life, I had a great interest in Mary MacKillop but never expected that that would be my task, to bring her to the final list of sainthood. So I felt very humbled and yet very deeply at peace and very proud that everybody at last would recognise the goodness of this woman, the holiness of this woman, and that she had something to say to a world that has a lot of problems, something that so many people can relate to, young and old, and everybody in between. (CHOIR SINGS)

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Thanks for being with us tonight. I hope you have a happy, safe and healthy new year. Stand by now for the spectacular family fireworks show. To finish our program, a special tribute to those who won't be with us in 2011. ('AVE MARIA' PLAYS) Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au

(music plays). (Sings) # Raise your glass.

Hello, and welcome to nine's

exclusive telecast of the New

Year's Eve fireworks. I'm joined by

the gorgeous Alicia Gorey. Thanks.

Let's go forgot jersey boys. --

let's go to the jersey boys.

(Sings) # Looks like nothing's

going to come

Way. (Sings) # So I'm just gonna

sit on the dock of the bay,

watching the times.

(Sings) # Cheri, Cheri, baby, Cheri,

Cheri, baby.

(Sings) # Cheri, baby. (Sings) # Cheri, baby.

(Sings) # Cheri, can you come out tonight?

(Sings) # Cheri, baby. (Sings) # Cheri, baby.

(Sings) # Cheri, can you come out tonight?

(Sings) # Why don't you come out.

(Sings) # Come out,

(sings) # Come out.

(Sings) # I'm gonna make you mine.

(Sings) # You,

(sings) # Cheri, baby.

(Sings) # You think it's

Sings sense why don't you talk?

(Sings) # Come on, (sings) # You look so

(Sings) # Come on.

(Sings) # You're nice and

(Sings) # Girl, you make me lose my mind.

(Sings) # Big girls don't cry, big girls don't cry.

(Sings) # Big girls, don't cry.

(Sings) # They don't cry.

(Sings) # Big girls don't cry.

(Sings) # they don't

(Sings) # My girls, don't cry.

(Sings) # My, oh, my.

(Sings) # My girls, -- my girl didn't

(Sings) # Silly girl.

(Sings) # Shame on you. (Sings) #

Silly girl. (Sings) # Shame on you. (Sings) # Silly girl.

(Sings) # Shame on you, you told a

lie. Big girls do cry.

(Sings) # Big girls don't cry.

(Sings) # They don't cry.

(Sings) # Big girls don't cry.

(Sings) # That's just an

(Sings) # Big girls don't cry, big girls don't cry.

(Sings) # Walk, walk, walk.

(Sings) # Oh.

(singing). Sings sing he said.

(Sings) # Walk like a man, talk

like a man, walk like a man. (singing).

(Sings) # Walk, walk, walk.

(singing). CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.

How fantastic are they? Stay hooned

-- tuned here right on Channel Nine

for the rest of our New Year's Eve

celebrations because the jersey

boys will be performing just before

the midnight fireworks. Now it is

time to welcome the Lord Mayor.

Thank you for putting on this

magnificent party and and this

absolutely fabulous weather. We're

very relieved. It's an absolutely

wonderful Sydney night and been

very blessed. Sydney loves to

celebrate New Year's Eve in style

and plenty of people are streaming

in. What can we expect to see on

the bridge and around the harbour

this year? I think within of the

special things we'll see around the

harbour is the harbour of light

parade, which is very special. Each

year the team promises something

that's more magic and better than

the previous year, and he tells us

that's what we'll be getting this

year. It is going to be very pufl.

- - wonderful. Efficient -- every

year we're having a theme, this

year is make your mark. Tell us a

little bit about that. Make your

mark, we've use -- we've marked to

spot on the bridge. You can see X

marks the spot of the fabulous

celebrations in the world, and our

Sydney celebrations. But on a more

serious tone, going into in -- into

a new year and new decade, it's

about making our mark. I'm hoping,

and that's why we're wearing green,

is that we'll be able to work with

the other Governments and

Governments around the world to

actually address global warming and

do something about it particularly

in the north and terrible floods

and heatwaves in Australia. We're

hoping that the theme will be

carried through and we have WWS, is

our charity partner. They've been

working for man net nor 350 years.

There's the whole green theme we're

-- we really hope people will

embrace -- embrace. That's the

message, everyone can make a mark

in a small way. Thank you very much

for putting on a beautiful party

and we appreciate your time. Thank

you, and I hope you have a

wonderful, happy and sustainable

new decade. Happy new year! And to

you. It is time to get messages

from friends and family. Happy new

year! Have a fantastic new year.

Have a fantastic 2011. Happy new

year, everyone! Have a fantastic

new year! Have a great new year!

LAUGHTER. Happy new year! Happy new

year! Happy 2011! Happy new year!

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This program is captioned live.

Great images. Welcome back to

nine's coverage of the New Year's

Eve fireworks. Cameron Williams

couldn't be with us tonight but

Alicia Gorey is here. Yes. I am.

You're looking very dapper. We're

doing our best aren't we? There are

so many people out here. There are

celebrations all around Australia

and whenever you are, thank you so

much for joining us. We're coming

to you obviously from beautiful

Sydney Harbour. There are one and a

half million people around here at

the great vantage points to see the

fireworks. All the way around to

Taronga zoo, and we have the

cameras all around the harbour. And

up in the sky. So you are

definitely not going to miss a

thing. There you go. You get a good

view of the maps of where the

vantage points are, where the

fireworks will go off. I have

stopped counting fireworks. We'll

say sa million. Quite hard to

believe, 1.5 million people around.

If you're not here, stay at home

and stay on the couch because you

have the best seats in the house.

Earlier today we spent some time

talking to some of the kids who are

down here at the Opera House and we

asked them what are they looking

forward to tonight. I like to see

big colourful fireworks. The

fireworks I'd like to see are

purple and green ones. I want to

see colourful fireworks that will

go off the buildings and the

harbour bridge. I would like

rockets. I think I'd really like -

I think it might be like two

fingers holding up the peace sign.

Happy new year! All: Happy new

year! Happy new year, everybody!

Good on them. They've been waiting

around the harbour all day for this

great night. One of the people who

have one of the best views of the

fireworks is Jaynie Seal who is

standing by at the Botanic Gardens.

Good evening. Good evening. Good

evening to you all. We are here at

the Lord Mayor's picnic with 1,000

children and their families. We're

having a great time, aren't we?

LAUGHTER. We spent the day at the

Botanic Gardens with characters

from Aboriginal legend. We heard

stories about dinosaurs, caves,

forests. We have the king and Queen

here. We also did some face

painting. There was plenty of

singing and dancing going on,

wasn't there? Lots of food.

CHEERING. Lots of drinks. The

weather was absolutely perfect. We

are all going to set off the 9pm

fireworks along with the king and

Queen themselves. Very, very soon.

And of course this afternoon the

children did put their wishes for

the new year into this very special

wish book. Are you having a good

time? All: Yes! We'll see you soon for go 9pm fireworks!

Thanks so much. Can't wait for the

family fireworks which are

happening very soon so stay where

you are. I am very pleased to tell

you that I have one of nine's super

stars standing beside me, Katherine

Hicks. Happy new year. To you, too.

You play Heidi in rescue. This year

was a huge year for rescue but 2011

do is going to be bigger. Yeah.

There's a lot of new dynamics for

the third season, so it will be

exciting for viewers. Heidi's a

little bit of a Tom boy. She likes

to keep the boys in check on the

show. Do you identify with that? Is

that what you were like when you

were growing up? Yeah I was a bit

of a Tom boy growing up. I don't

look like one tonight. You don't

look beautiful. Thank you. This is

a beautiful Alex Perry dress I am

wearing. I feel very special. I can

relate to Heidi's character. The

characters, I have to keep in check.

That comes out of a natural

relationship we have anyway. It

seems like you get along really

well. Do you look forward to going

to work every day? Yeah, absolutely.

Not only do I love acting but I

move the people I work with. So

going to work doesn't feel like

work. Sometimes you pinch yourself

and think, my God, it's amazing. As

a viewer I can't wait for the next

series. Seems to get a little hairy

at times particularly for your

character as a helicopter pilot.

What's one of the the riskier

situations you've been in? In

season 3 my character is a fully

fledged chopper pilot. She's doing

all the air rescues and evacuations.

I think the scariest thing head to

do this season was an episode where

my character crashs the helicopter

into the ocean and Daniel and

myself had to spen a day filming in

the middle of the ocean about 3Ks

offshore. That definitely was

terrifying. How do you prepare for

something like that? I don't think

you do. You just kind of grin and

bear it. There was no way I was

going to get pulled out of the

water. I was too frightened. I

wanted to be tough about it. Can

you give any secrets away for

what's happening to Heidi in the

next series, any reman tick

interests or something you can tell

us? There are a few romantic

moments between Heidi and Jordan

which has been brewing for a couple

of seasons. I think they have a

sneaky pash. We've all been

wondering. Good. LAUGHTER. So you

love working on rescue. What about

you away from the TV show, what do

you like to do? I just actually

came from Perth. I spent Christmas

there and I spent a lot of time at

the beach. That's one thing I love,

is going swimming and going to the

beach and horse riding and

bushwalking just outdoors stuff.

Any new year's resolutions for you

and Heidi, would they be similar? I

think they're similar. I want to

enjoy myself as much as I can this

year and work hard but also make

time for the people who are special

for me and to do things for others.

Happy new year. We appreciate your

time and have a great time. My

pleasure. Happy new year. Rescue is

one of the many shows that's going

to feature on nine yex year in 2011,

nine being the home of drama. In

2011, nine is the home of drama.

For the first time, three movie

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underbelly files and, coming soon,

the event of the year. The most

ambitious new series, underbelly razor.

In 2011. What are you doing? This

is my job. The best of Australian

drama. Get out of -- get out of my

way. Will be reborn. And there's

brand new series. I'm one of the

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Of all of your favourites. Everyone

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This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Sydney Harbour for

the New Year's Eve fireworks. This

is a terrific night, first year

hosting for me but your first night

on Sydney Harbour for the fireworks.

Yes. I feel quite spoilt actually.

Taking it all in. We have a great

location and we're joined by the

cast of jersey boys. What an awence

here tonight. 1.5 million people. I

know, I think this is it. I think

this is officially the best

audience ever. The view is amazing,

the audience is great and everyone

at home. Don't think it gets better

than this. Millions across the

world see it and many in Australia.

Those that haven't tell us about it.

Jersey boys is the story of franky.

Four boys from the wrong side of

the track that worked hard to get

out of jersey, from new Jerry, to

get ot of there, to make something

of themselves. They hit a few bumps

along the way but I think what they

really left is their legacy and

their music and their amazing