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Good morning and welcome to the New Year. I'm Michael RowlandAnd I'm Emma Alberici. Thanks for your company.Making the news today - gieb goodbye 2015, hello 2016 - the nation rings in the new year with spectacular fireworks displays throughout the country. Happy New Year!.It's the best I've ever seen. This Program is Captioned Live by CSI AustraliaA massive fire engulfs a 60-storey hotel near Dubai's fireworks display.Belgian police detain six people in connection with a New Year's Eve terror plot.The bushfire threat eases in Victoria while in Victoria evacuated communities begin to return home.Hi, I'm Alison Branley. Coming up shortly - I will take you on to the high wire at Circus Oz where performers are preparing for their upcoming Australian show.In sport - Travis Head, the hero for Adelaide with an unbeaten century at the Big Bash.A pleasant day for the eastern capitals. Australia has celebrated the end of 2015 and welcomed in 2016 with a series of parties and spectacular fireworks displays across the nation.An estimated 1.6 million people flooded into central Sydney to watch the country's largest New Year's Eve display which centred on the city's Harbour Bridge.

It seems to get bigger and better every year. This is 7 tonnes of fireworks, going off spectacularly on the stroke of mid night. I think they let off 60% of the fireworks within the space of two minutes and it clearly shows.Yeah.I just think it must be such a challenge every year to try to out-do the year before.Such a great pallet, though, to have fireworks hang on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are very few countries that offer s organisers such a brilliant platform.Look at that rain - fires rain. In Brisbane on the Banks of the river there, around South Bank, there were fantastic fireworks displays as well as the people of Queensland ushered in the new year and we are getting reports from around the country that people were general ly well behaved, there weren't any great cases of violence or any need for police to be extra special in terms of their treatment of New Year's Eve revellers. In Melbourne 500,000 people packed the banks of the Yarra River to watch 10 tonnes of fire workers. There's a Sydney-Melbourne rivalry.Do you know I slept through that entire display!And you weren't too far from where they were.I was completely oblivious so thank you to the producer force showing these pictures because otherwise I would never have seen them!Where else are we going? Hobart as well had some fireworks there at the Docks around Salamanca Place and elsewhere in that fabulous city in the Tasmanian capital and always a great scene there around the water.I think we have some pictures of Adelaide as well.Despite their forecast top of 39 degrees, they still had tens of thousands of people flock to those traditional hot spots to ring in 2016.And fireworks of a different nature happening just an hour or so ago. These rimmages coming in Dubai. This is a fire in a residential building not too far from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, that is going to be the venue shortly for Dubai's fireworks display.Which are going ahead despite the fire.There are no injuries, surprisingly from what seems to be a well entrenched fire in this very tall skyscraper.Do we know what started this fire?No, we are trying to trace this down. It only erupted in the last 90 minutes.Come on, mike ol, you know everything!I will just get on to my friends in the UAE Government, Emma, and get the drill. Just look at how far reaching that fire is and it's - if those reports are true and no-one was injuried that is a great start to 2016 for the people of Dubai.Extraordinary they're still proceed ing with their fireworks which presumably will go off quite close to this scene.It's just metres away the Burj Khalifa which is lit up with 500,000 LED lights. So all going well we will take you back to Dubai in an hour or so to watch the real fireworks. In Sydney, once again, it led the celebrations to mark the start of the new year last night. Our reporter Mark Reddie is appropriately at Bondi Beach this morning for the clean-up. What is the scene there?Yes, celebration s are very much continuing down here at Bondi Beach this morning. You can probably see behind me there's around 300 people gathering on the beach to watch the sun rise. People have entered the water because it is a perfect Sydney summers morning. Some other s here have started setting up picnics and getting out the deck chairs. So 2016 is really in full swing. Overnight we saw those fantastic fireworks on Sydney Harbour, 23,000 of them lit up the night sky at midnight. I get the high light was that red water fall we saw cascading off the bridge and those yellow fireworks booming through those pylons as well. The two major pylons on either side of the bridge for the first time lit up with video projections.That was for Taronga Zoo. It was their 100th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of the Royal botanic gardens. Those projections had animals an scenes from Taronga Zoo as well. So it was quite a special event down there.It was obviously in course - in that theme of the city of colour and we saw plenty of it between the fireworks we saw the illuminated boats on the harbour. It was absolutely spectacular.Overall, we've got crowd numbers coming in to us now - more than 1.6 million people lined the foreshore and of course you could see that from the pictures, there was absolutely jam packed.What are police telling us about the crowd behaviour last night?Yeah, NSW Police have described the behaviour as responsible and positive. So they say that generally speaking revellers were very responsive to police orders. We do know as well that there were 2,500 extra police officers patrolling the CBD. 30 people were arrest and police say that was relatively good. Half of those were drug related offences. Just up the road from me here at Bondi, a 57-year-old man was arrested at Dover Heights over an alleged bomb hox hoax. He was taken to Waverley police station and charged with public miss chief.NSW ambulance had 2,000 incidents in total but their busy period was between 12 and 2 o'clock this morning. 507 incidents. We heard on Breakfast yesterday from Saint John's Ambulance and they said that usually they respond to an incident every 25 seconds between that period. Last night it was 14 seconds. So they said it was their busiest on record but most of those are incidents were related to drug and alcohol, so they were quite minor, they say. However their busiest period was when people started leaving those vantage points and getting on public transport. Those huge crowd numbers were extraordinary.It's amazing it went off largely without a hitch, Mark Reddie looking spectacular there. Thank you for update.And in developing news this morning - a massive fire has engulfed a 6046 storey luxury hotel near - 60-storey luxury hotel near Dubai's fireworks display. The display is at the Address Hotel which is near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. There are no detail s yet on whether anyone has been injured.Belgian police have detain add further six people in connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year's Eve. Two more suspects who were detained yesterday are still being questioned. Authorities cancelled the city's New Year's Eve celebrations saying the threat was too great for them to go ahead.An alleged Islamic State supporter has been arrested in New York on suspicion of planning a New Year's Eve machete attack on a restaurant. The 25-year-old has been charged with attempting to provide material support to the jihadist group.Thousands of previously secret Cabinet documents from 12990 and 1991 have been released by the National Archives of Australia. The documents res veal a Cabinet divided on issues such as uranium mining at Coronation Hill and Kakadu, the treatment of asylum seekers an the leadership struggle between Bob Hawke and his Treasurer Paul Keating.A bushfire on SA's Fleurieu Peninsula has been downgrade after des crying - destroying six abandoned buildings and burning through more than 300 hectares. Fire crews battled etch extreme heat to contain the blaze at Mosquito Hill which had earlier threatened homes.Cooler temperatures in Victoria have provided relief for firefighters on the State's south-west coast. Residents from Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra are now returning to their homes after an earlier evacuation notice .Let's take a quick look at the finance figures.

Filling in for Vanessa this morning is Kirsten Venice. Good morning.Happy new year. Just a quick look at the weather.

Staying with the bushfire, and in WA, a bushfire emergency warning has been issued for the south-western part of secret harbour in the city of Rockingham.The department of fire and emergency services says people need to leave now and there is a threat to lives and property. The bushfire is out of control and un predictable.Let's get more now on the fire situation in Victoria. Our reporter Danny Tran is at Apollo Bay. Danny, happy new year to you. And perhaps not such a happy begin of the year for the people in that area.EmEmma, happy new year to you first of all and and it turned out to be a happy new year for some residents who were evacuated from Kennett River, Grey River, Wongarra and Sugar Loaf, they were told late last night they would be about to return home. About 7:30 some of them received a text message letting them know it was safe to do so. Some of them chose to do so last night when they got that message. Police were heading people through at Skenes Creek but the danger was not completely over, that they needed to be very vigilant. We spoke to a few of them last night.It's a great relief. I didn't think we would be allowed back in until at least 10pm so getting in earlier is great. I will be happy to see my animals in day light.We had a plan, our plan was if if we were able to see over a couple of ranges, we've got really close we're out of there. The bags were packed and the cars were pointing in the right direction. Again, essential services I take my hat thuf to them, unbelievable. Notifications the whole box and dice.So -Now the threat is not completely over. The fires are still burning out of control at Kennett River, Grey River, Sugar loaf and bong bong but at this stage there is no threat to the community.And so what are authorities saying in terms of precautions over the next couple of days?The police at the Skenes Creek road block which were just telling residents they need to be very, very vigilant. As we know, the danger isn't over and they're urging people to listen to ABC local radio and monitor the conditions.A few of the people we spoke to last night were concerned that the fire would flare up again but at this stage a cool change has come through.And it's - it looks like the threat has passed at least temporarily.Now Air BnB took on hotels, Uber the taxi industry, now the online world has come up with a new alternative to kennels and catteries.Norman Hermant reports.Before they leave for their holidays, the rad yich family has a familiar problem - what to do with Jackson, the family pet.Every time we go away it's a concern, do we ask our family and friends to look after it and then maybe they've looked after them many times.This year, the solution is close at hand.Jackson's owners have been matched through a website with a host nearby willing to look after their dog. Jackson can stop by beforehand and see where he will be staying.I feel really connected with my community through my dog so being able to help out other people in the community baef gives me a really good feeling.You will find the brains behind Pet Home Stay at and the average price is $30 a day, less than half the cost of a kennel and a lot less hassle for family and friends.This is an in between option which is a new option that's creating something totally new that people really love.The hosts pay part of their fee to the site to cover insurance and administration. But most aren't doing it just for the money.There are a lot of other ways to make $30 a day. So what attracts you to doing this?Just my pure love of animals.You have to be happy and this just makes me really, really happy.And with fun like this, your dog may not want your vacation to end. What a great trick. Nothing like a nice animal story.Watch the dog get diz yi.Let's look at the front pages of the major newspapers around the country on this first day of 2016.Let's start with the 'Herald Sun' where many New Year's Eve revellers flocked to the beaches to escape the Melbourne heat.The 'Age' looks at how Victorians brought in the new year and a fire at a CBD apartment building containing illegal rooming houses:Muse iltion Courtney Barnett helped breakthrough in the New Year at the Falls Festival.SA had another bushfire emergency and more dangerous fire weather forecast for the new year.The 'Courier Mail' says comedian Bill Cosby is facing the first criminal proceedings from a series of sexual assault allegations.The 'West Australian' says doctors are being inundate ed with requests for a fertility test that sun reliable and may do more harm than good.The NT News says diesel drivers in the Top End are paying 12 cents a litre more for their fuel than the rest of the country.Many newspapers have stories on former PM Bob Hawke who has spoken after the release of the Cabinet documents from 1990 and 1991. Mr The the 'Australian' these Bob Hawke has called for the Labor Party to cut ties with the CFMEU.Mr Hawke blamed prejudice and Graham Richardson for his political demise.The 'Canberra Times' Mr Hawke says it was his decision to criticise people for their prejudice against Aboriginal people that ultimate ly cost his job.The Bob Hawke criticising the Obama Administration for failing to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.And in 'The Daily Telegraph' Bob Hawke says after being deposed he was free to marry the love of his life.He says there was lots of bitterness in 1991, there were two challenges the second one stel by Paul Keating but in the end Bob Hawke said if he wasn't kicked out of the Lodge he may never have married Blanche and be as happy as he is today. In that sense, that political tale has a happy ending.Yes, indeed.It's always quite revel triwhen those Cabinet papers are released.Lots of tid bits focusing on the leadership tensions which were cutting the government to shreds at the time. Bob Hawke has taken a swipe at the critics of him, he ran out of puff in the last few yearses of his administration saying they were simply stories being fed by Paul, as in Paul Keating, and his acolyte, Paul Keating's supporters under mining him by putting out this message that he did nothing. He used his media conference to insist that he achieved quite a lot despite as he admits opposition from within his own Cabinet.It's extraordinary, we're seeing so much now Paul Keating giving interviews as well. These politicians in leadership previous - previous leadership positions trying very hard to really structure and take control of the narrative around their legacy. They really want to have it etched in stone, that this is the version of events that we would like out there, we don't want any deviation.Confirmation if any was needed, I don't think Bob Hawke and Paul Keating will ever kiss an make-up.One is taking the swipe at one and the other coming back -Unlike frairz and Whitlam.Yeah, they famously kiss and made up, didn't they. The scope is still there. We await for Paul Keating's response to what Bob Hawke has said. One usually follows the other. If you would like to get involved with what we're discussing on News Breakfast, please do. Perhaps you can send us your New Year resolution, if you have one! It's actually quite depressing when you think about it the New Year's resolution because it invariably involves having to say there was something about me that wasn't quite right that I am going to fix. So maybe people will say, look, my New Year's resolution is to be even better than I am.Exercise more.Do more good.You don't make resolutions because you're perfect.Indeed.Did you make having said that did you make a resolution?I am perfectly unable to keep a resolution.So I think that New Year's Eve's resolution is to accept that I'm never going to exercise anymore. I'm not ever going to be more healthy.Because you're so out of shape, Emma. It's horrible!It's finding the time.I am sure yours was about losing weight too!I need to lose another 10 stone. Lots of people would agree especially if you're juggling kids, work -Let's add another demand..Did you have a New Year's resolution?I tend not to make New Year's resolutions but I would like to spend less time tethered to these things.How are you going to go with that?I am going to give it a go.I just got the bigger one because I am come ing to to terms with the fact that any eye sight as woman of a certain age is failing me. So there's a big, big debate about there when I said I was getting the bigger phone it doesn't fit in my pocket. I don't care about. That I care that I can read it!I enjoy reading the 20-point font on Emma's computer here.Let's go to sport and PK is away too today and filling in for him and we introduce to News Breakfast is Ben Lisson.Big noo shoes to fill.Very big shoes. Did you have a New Year ease resolution.Mine was to not yell at the neighbours for partying too much.And you were trying to get to sleep.I am not used to going to bed before 12.How did the neighbours go with your missives?You didn't do it?You resisted the urge to go in there and give them a mouthful?Yeah. Tell us where you live later on and we will give a shoutout to your neighbours.Definitely not. To sport now and it's been a big night despite the fact there were a lot of fireworks and things to worry about but firstly with sport the Adelaide Strike verse moved into second position on the Big Bash table after Travis Head hit a century off 53 deliveries to guide his side to a five-wicket win. The Sydney Sixers went into bat first and were off to a handy start until Alex Ross took one of the competition's best ever catches. A magnificent diving effort bringing back memories of Glenn McGrath. The Sixers suffered a middle order collapse before Brad Haddin wound back the clock acting like it was 2010 rather than the last day of 2015. Sydney eventually made 5/176 with Haddin reaching a half century.Lovely shot there for four. There were some fireworks going on over head the stadium but Adelaide did look to be in a fair bit of trouble in its chase, losing a few crucial wickets early in the chase for 177.But that was before Travis Head came in and put the foot down and put his side into a winning position.With Head gets his side back into the mix, it set up one of the Big Bash league's greatest finishes. Let's see how the final over unfolded.That's out of there as well. Too easy! .The local boy made good. They love him.What a shot from Travis Head.Five. Five 6 s off his lost 13 balls. Another big hit on the legside it's another 6! Two in a row. He moves to 95. The game is tied.And this could be a historic win for the Strikers. One of the great innings seen in the Big Bash at the Adelaide Oval, 95 off 52.. .He gets it! He gets it sclaiment's over. It's 6!.It's a century to savour. Champagne on New Year's Eve for Travis Head.What an innings there.On to the A-League and the Central Coast Mariners have had a bright finish to a dismal 2015.The Mariners drew over 10,000 to a home game in Gosford against the Phoenix last night and received an early penalty call by Fabio Ferrara duly slotted to put his side in front before the Phoenix could re gain their composure the Mariners with in again to double their advantage. After the break, though, Wellington cut the homeside's lead in half and looked to be threat Your Honouring to derail the Mariners end of year celebrations but Michael Neil restored Central Coast's two-goal buffer and ensured the side finished the year on a winning note.And in basketball, the Cairns taipans have upset the New Zealand Breakers to claim a 7-point win last night in the NBL. The Breakers were playing well and were able to stay in touch despite a strong home crowd urging on the taipans. When New Zealand edged in front early in the third quarter it seem ed the Breakers would cruise to victory obviously a pretty decent side they've got there. Cairns, though, dug deep to snatch victory.And that was a big one for them and also last night the Illawarra Hawks were far too good for Townsville, winning by 24 points. Finally a bit of tennis around suggesting the Australian Open isn't far away. Overnight in Abu Dhabi, big serving Milos Raonic, that is 214km/h there, he looked every bit a contends wer a comfortable win over South African Kevin Anderson, and David Ferrer set up a semifinal against compatry at Rafael Nadal after trouncing world number 10 Jo Wilfred Tsonga. And that is all in sport after a busy night.Lots going on. Thank you we will see you later on.The ABC's annual pub quiz has become something of a New Year's Eve viewing tradition. The annual game show is one way to look back at the year it was and last night's winner is someone you may recognise.What colour is this dress? What was your answer?We said white and gold or -If you're black and blue.- if you're blind black and blue.The actual colour of the dress is black and blew.We got confused. We put black and gold!.The budget brand for a supermarket product!.She does the news!This was big story on 'Lateline' this year.Tom and Emma you scored a massive 37. Winners of the 2015 pub quiz, are Tom and Emma!Well done to both of you.She does the news! Well done.Thanks.You were up against comedians.Yeah, that was a much more difficult - yeah, I don't think I won any accolades on the funny score.Oh, no, no, there was a potential career open.I think any jaw hurt from all the laughing but they war good bunch of people.You can tell some jokes later on. Work up a few gags. Build on that comedic career you established last night on pub quiz.Yeah... no. Toss a few in with your interview with Josh Frydenberg next hour.We will see if he has any gags for us.Anything would happen on this New Year Day edition.Let's ask him for his best gag. Because I have given mine up.He will say Bill Shorten and that was comment a political - that wasn't a political comment! I am just trying to be funny here!.Let's look at the weather.You can can see the cloud stretching across Queensland and into the centre there that is leading to storms abheavy rain. Storms in WA near a trough is causing storms it's a monsoon low that is bring ing the rain, some of it heavy to, to the NT and Queensland. Sheer y it will be falling in - here is where it will be falling in outback too.There is a warning for the pastoral district for heavy rain. A closer look now at Queensland and rain areas in the west with some possible heavy falls.

Also ahead - five years after Powderfinger's tearful farewell, guitarist Darren Middleton is forging a very successful solo career. He will sing for us later in the hour. First here is Emma with all the latest news.Australia has celebrated the end of 2015 and welcomed in 2016 with a series of firework displays across the nation.An estimated 1.6 million people flooded into central Sydney to watch the country's largest New Year display eve display. In Brisbane fireworks were launched from five barges while in Melbourne a pyrotechnics display lit up much of the city's sky line. A massive fire has engulfed a 60-storey luxury hotel near Dubai's New Year's Eve fireworks dis play the blaze is at the Address Hotel which is near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. No injuries have been reported and it's not clear yet what started the blaze.In WA, a bushfire emergency warning has been issued for the southern western part of Secret Harbour in the city of Rockingham. The department of fire and emergency services says people need to leave now and that there is a threat to lives and property.A bushfire on SA's Fleurieu Peninsula has been downgraded after destroying six abandoned buildings and burning through more than 300 hectares.Fire crew s battled extreme heat to contain the blaze at Mosquito Hill which had earlier threatened homes.And cooler temperatures in Victoria have provided relief for firefighters on the State's south-west coast. Residents from Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra are now returning to their homes after an earlier evacuation notice. Belgian Police have detain add further six people in connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year eve. Two more suspects who were detained yesterday are still being questioned. Authorities cancel ed the New Year's Eve celebrations saying the threat was too great for them to go ahead.Let's get more now on Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations. Nick dole was one at one of the city's best vantage points, Mrs Macquarie Chair.This is the tail end for what was for many a very big day. Many people camped out for hours and in some cases days to get the best vantage point of the fireworks. It was called City of scal colour that was the theme for the night.Happy new year.It was colourful in and around the city. .Apart from the colour on the foreshore it was certainly lit up around the harbour, seven tonnes of fire works, worth $7 million but the Government says it's well worth the money for the extra tourism that that brings in. And many of the people here where I am at Mrs Macquarie's Chair say that they have come far and wide for they'res. They have been want ing to come to see Sydney's fire workers and tonight was the culmination of a life-long dream for some and it certainly sounds up as though it lived up to their expectations.How can you follow that. London you a lot to look up to. It was amazing. I have waited 52 years for. That and gob smacked.Happy new year.From Argentina.How was it?Incredible. Really incredible.Good show?Amazing.Just amazing. Happy New Year! Where are you guys from?From the UK, from London.Why did you come to come to Sydney?It's amazing.The best ever fireworks we have ever seen.So you had heard a lot about themThey're amazing. You can't beat that. It was incredible.What are you guying up to tonight? Partying on?Probably.Around 1.5 million people have come to the Sydney CBD and around the harbour area. That is a big logistical effort getting them all home. The lockout has been lift sod there is not a mad crush of people to get into night clubs and other bars but for those who aren't kicking on tonight it's straight on to public transport. That will be quite an ordeal in itself. But over 4,000 extra buses and trains have been put on to try to get people home safely.He did very well in the circumstances there.Yes, those sorts of things are always so stuff tough.Never easy.People have to remember that these reporters are doing their job.Give them a break.Without giving too much away that was his fifth or sixth take was the exuberance was so big and wide ranging that Mrs Macquarie's Chair that there were some people saying things that we couldn't broadcast on a breakfast TV program.There is this bizarre urge by people to get in front of those cameras when we're out and about. We kind of understand it, but it can be extraordinarily frustrating.Good on Nick Dole.Take 7!Got to get it out.Yes, not nearly as much fun for the people doing the work out there as it is for the people trying to photo bomb them. Well done, Nick Dole.Now, in Melbourne, about half a million people packed into the city to welcome 2016. Reporter Robert Baird was there.A baking hot day here in Melbourne and some heightened security concerns has failed to dampen the enthusiasm of revellers here in Melbourne. Hundreds of thousands turned out to see in the new year along the banks of the Yarra River at sites throughout the Melbourne CBD and across greater Melbourne, anywhere with a good vantage point of the fireworks atop Melbourne's tallest buildings here. We were promised they would be higher, bigger brighter and more dense, more colour ful than ever before and they fail didn't fail us.Anybody with a view of the fireworks from nearby would have heard them echoing throughout the river valley and the crowd certainly roared in appreciation any time particularly good display was on. Earlier in the evening there was a really great family atmosphere that was on, where people from across the world had come to see in the new year with a bang.Where are have you come from?Yeterlands.Sydney.We come here every year, it's fantastic place to me. No troubles just fun.

There was a noticeably increased security presence here this year compared with previous years. There were larger numbers of circumstance Police on the streets and the barriers controlling the way pedestrians moved around the busy CBD area were withdrawn somewhat to allow for better flow, including around Flinders Street station where people were getting on to trains with free trains running to get people home safe. That security presence may have played some role with the night appearing to go off without significant incident. It was a friendly, jovial atmosphere and whatever is put on for next year's fireworks display and the entertainment will be pretty hard to top this year's display here in Melbourne.Could be more Australian than celebrating New Year's in than from the beach.The locals were all in agreement about what they were really excited about.Fireworks.Fireworks.Enjoyin about.Fireworks.Fireworks.Enjoyi the fireworks with the grandchildren.Watching their responses.The at months fear, the people, the fireworks, the lot.You can't go wrong here.Happen - happy New Year!

Now, Cabinet papers from 1990 and 1991 have been released this morning, they reveal a Government grappling with not only the onset of a severe recession, but also climate change and the issue of asylum seekers.Former PM Bob Hawke has been talking to our political reporter Tom Iggulden about the last batch of Cabinet papers for his Government. And how he was deposed by Paul Keating.Paul Keating has finally succeeded in his bid to oust Bob Hawke and is set to become Australia's youngest PM.Parliamentary Labor Party have just elected a new lead leader, consequently a new PM of Australia, Paul Keating. Bob Hawke as a senior member of the deposed PM's Club, are we seeing too many changes of leadership?Well, obviously the Australian electorate is not happy about the frequency of the change. But it's going to reflect the realities that exist at any time. I mean, if the Caucus or the Coalition party room come to the view that they are more likely to do better with someone else, then basically self-interest will determine that as the decision they take.Do you still maintain you could have won a fifth election?I believe I could have, yes.Did Paul Keating make a mistake by knocking you off before you had a chance to fight that election?Well, he won the election. And good luck to him on that.But of course I could have won. I had beaten every Liberal leader they had put up and the goods and services tax, I think, was anathema at that stage.Despite your early successes in early periods of Government there is still a perception your last term was something of a do-nothing government.That is not the general perception, it's one that Paul and his acolytes trying to spread as a basis of say ing they needed to change leadership. But of course as I quoted independence sources said the opposite was true, that many of the decisions that were taken during that period were amongst the most important that were taken since Federation.The rate of unemployment has hit a 12-month high.We have confirmed the extent of Australia's downturn. Unemployment has jumped to its highest level for more than two years.Arguably the recession is something that will snick the minds of most of Australians when they look back at your Government?I don't think it will be the most Ebb Road but it will be and should be remembered. I think if you look at all the commentaries both by Australian writers and international institutions, the transformation that we introduced after the economic summit in '83 is regarded as the out standing achievement.How much responsibility do you take for the recession? How much is Paul Keating's responsibility? And how much did it have to do with the change of leadership at the end of '91?We all have a responsibility to bear in that not only within Australia but generally speaking we all underestimated the resilience of the market economy after the crash, the stock market crash of October '97.We thought, well, we are just going to have to keep interest rates low because this has been a very, very substantial crash. And we did underestimate. We should have started increasing interest rates earlier and then we wouldn't have needed to take them up as high and rapidly as we did. That was a mistake we all tended to make.Malcolm Turnbull is ing - facing a similar economic picture to the one you faced at the end of your time as PM - shrinking Government revenues and what advice would you give to him?I am not here to tell Malcolm how to run his business.The now 86-year-old Bob Hawke there. While Mr Hawke was addressing the release of those Cabinet papers he did say there was at least one positive outcome to his toppling at the hands of Paul Keating.We didn't let those things get in the way of doing the things which I believe needed to be done.But I simply accepted the fact when we got to the end of '91 that the numbers were up and I conclude on this note - I really basically and extraordinarily grateful for Paul because if I hadn't been thrown out then I would not have had the opportunity of marrying the woman with whom I had fallen in love.Bob Hawke there at the National Archives at the release of those Cabinet documents. He sees a happy ending to what was a tumultuous year for him in 1991 and as he said earlier his latest contribution to those ever increasingly bitter legacy wars between him and Paul Keating, the bad blood continues all of these years later:And you can't see it ending any time soon. He is doing alright for 86, he is still as energetic and passionate .As he ever was.He still makes appearances at Labor Party functions. He is always add and has always been a crowd puller for Labor Party.And curiously he has called for Labor to cut its ties with the CFMEU, the building and construction Union, a timely piece of advice perhap, given the focus on the CFMEU in the final report of the royal commission into trade unions.I think of the 37 people who have been recommended for civil or criminal investigations, I think around 12 of them are actually from the CFMEU or connected in some way to the CFMEU. So Bob Hawke there giving some advice to the Labor Party to perhaps sever ties with that particular union. We will be talking to Josh Frydenberg, the Resources Minister and Cabinet Minister in the Government very shortly and no doubt he will have quite a bit to say about the report, the final report of the royal commission. Obviously the resources industry is a big - is big in the - in the construction sect other as well.Bob Hawke's words are always keenly listened to by members of the Labor Party so we will see how those remarks played out. They have toured more than 100 towns-Ansteys in 27 countries playing to more than 3.6 million people.Now Circus Oz has kicked off its latest Big Top season in Sydney. Our reporter Alison Branley was lucky enough to meet two of its stars.I'm here with Matt and Olivia from Circus Oz, their latest show but wait there's more opened s this week at the entertainment quarter in Moore Park. Tell me about the latest show. What is it all about?It's a circus show that features a live bands, lots of acrobatic, no animal, all human live action, lots of stunts and comedy and it takes a bit of a take on the modern consumer society that we live in, has a bit of a dig of that and a laugh.Circuses of today are so different than the past. What does Circus Oz do to try to stay relevant?We have always had a pretty unique Australianness to us and we have always been a musical comedy circus if that makes sense. There's a lot of funny stuff. We have a lot of beautiful acts in the show and there's some stuff where we take ourselves quite seriously and other stuff where we we do not take ourselves seriously at all. We like to have a dig at authority and things like that.Olivia, watching you perform, some of the things you do a really physical. What kind of preparation do you do and what does all the performing do to your body?I do hours and hours of training and I've taken a lot of time to get to where I am. I am training up to eight hours a day with an hour's lunch break and during show time several hours prior to the show doing warm-up and training and do the show each night.Does it ever result in injuries for either of you?It can do. Injuries a part a part of life in circus. They happen. Our challenge is to maintain a sustainable amount we do in the show. We usually have a bit in reserve because if you go at 100% that is when injuries sometimes happen so we pull it back a bit to keep it in reserve.Small injuries are pretty common but large injuries, touch wood, aren't so common and we do whatever we can to minimise that risk.And can you tell me about where the show has been before coming to Sydney?This particular version of the snow has been to all around Australia. We have done tours in Queensland, in NSW, over Victoria Road, we have done two seasons in Melbourne and we've been to the US. We've been to America and Montreal in Canada as well.So it's done a lot of touring.This is the first time in Sydney, though.That is right.Exciting. In the Big Top.And so for audiences who are coming is there anything that you think is the highlight that is a must see?Me!It's Olivia!:There is so much great stuff in the show 2, flying trapeze is quite a highlight.It's classic slap stick knock about, fast paced dynamic with a lot of really good skills.We have a uni cycle adagio.You know how hard it is to ride a uni cycle, picture two people on a uni cycle with one McClymont ing around the other.What are some of the traditional circus element s people will see in the show and what are some of the different things?Just being in the tent invokes a lot of that circus feeling.Popcorn.And chock tops. The tent is a brash noise you place. We don't tell people to be quiet and sit down. Get into it. So there's that kind of atmosphere that is here very much.Very much the ring kind of style as well.So there's a lot of - we play a lot of tribute to traditional circus in many ways and find other ways to keep it moving and keep it fresh.We will let you get back to rehearsals. Thank you.Circus Oz runs at the entertainment quarter until January 24.Thank you very much, Alison Branley. To sport here is Ben Lisson.Thank you. Firstly, in sport, the Adelaide Strike verse moved into second position on the Big Bash table after Travis Head hit a century off just 53 deliveries to guide his side to a five-wicket win.The Sydney Sixers went into bat first and were off to a handy start until Alex Ross took one of the competition's best ever catches, a magnificent dive ing effort bringing back memorieseses of Glenn McGrath. The Sixers suffered a middle order collapse before Brad Haddin wound back the clock with a half century to help his side to 176 runs.Adelaide looked to be in a fair bit of trouble in its chase losing a few crucial wickets but that was before Travis Head put the foot down and put his side in a winning position. He didn't ly scored three consecutive 6s in the final over to guide his side to the win and to help himself to an unbeaten century.And after he paid tribute to his captain Brad Hodge.Credit to Hodgy, he got me going. I've been probably going pretty not so great in this tournament so far and I haven't felt like I've contributed to a team. It's nice to get some runs but it's shu au 134 to get the win.But it was good inn,.Less also last night the A-League and the Central Coast Marine verse had a bright finish to a dismal 2015. The Mariners drew over 10,000 to a home game in Gosford against the Phoenix last night and received an early penalty call which Fabio Ferrara duly slotted to get his team in front.After the break, though, Wellington cut the homeside's lead in half and looked to be threatening to derail the Mariners' end of year celebrations. But nickel Neil restored Central Coast's two-goal buffer and ensured the side finished the year on a winning note. Really important win there for the Mariners.And finally a bit of tennis around which suggests that the best event in Melbourne, the Australian Open is not too far away. Overnight in Abu Dhabi big serving Milos Raonic that was a 214km bomb there, he looked every bit a contend wer a comfortable win over South African Kevin Anderson. And David Ferrer set up a semifinal against compatriot Rafael Nadal after trouncing world number 10 Jo Wilfred Tsonga. That is all in sport.Thank you, Ben. Lots of views coming in about New Year's Eve last night, rex from Stan more in Sydney have emailed you both look fantastic.Thank you, Rex.He likes your shirt.He asked did I get an new shirt for Christmas. No, it's an old one. Thank you for the fireworks update. I too had an early night.Lots of wowsers here on News Breakfast. We had to go to bed early to be fresh.So we can entertain those people who are rnl just getting home.Wake up, Australia!Or go to bed.No, wake up.Keep the TV.Watch us and go to bed at 9 o'clock.And then you can feel completely in the no and rest easy.Including on the weather front. Sheer Kirsten Veness.You can see on the satellite a lot of cloud is stretching across the centre into Queensland. That is generating heavy rain in parts leading to heavy rain and storms. That is due to the monsoon low tlcht is a severe weather warning for the north-east pastoral district which may lead to flooding. Around the States -

We can bring you now pictures coming in from Dubai. This massive fire that engulfed a very tall hotel in the city in the United Arab emiratings. You can see that building called the Address Hotel, fully booked for New Year's Eve, bursting into flames, all 60 storeys of it, or most of the hotel, thankfully injuries have been fairly limited at this stage.I think they're saying - authorities - that there have been around 14 injuries but there's also been one person with a heart attack. As a result of this fire which apparent ly has engulfed 20 storeys of this apartment and hotel complex, I think it's about 600 apartments, 200-room hotel is what they're saying. 6 3-storeys. About 2km away from the Burj Khalifa, where the fireworks display, the tallest building in the world isn't it, where the firework s display was going to or is going to be the focus of New Year's celebrations. They are not calling off those fireworks - that fireworks event.That is meant to take place in just a few minutes time. We will bring you those fireworks displays from Dubai as soon as we can, once they start. But, some early fears there that the firework s may understandably have to have been called off there in Dubai because of thats innive fire. Thankfully all the residents were evacuated before the fire seriously took hold. Some of the tourists there said some of the flames burst up so quickly and engulf ed the hotel so quickly so thankfully the evacuation took place quickly. We can show you the count down clock in Dubai as we count down towards what is expected to be a massive fireworks display in that city. 500,000 LED lights and lots of fireworks to go with it. We're back on Breakfast after this very short break. This program is not captioned.

Welcome back to News Breakfast. Welcome to 2016. Thank you very much for watching. This morning making the news goodbye 20 is a, hello the new year, the - 2015, hello the new year. The nation brings in the new year with spectacular fireworks display.The best firework s display we have ever, ever seen. This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia A massive fire enguxs a 60-storey hotel near Dubai's New Year's Eve fireworks display.Belgium police detain six people in connection with a New Year's Eve terror plot.A bushfire emergency south of Perth with homes and lives under threat at Secret Harbour.In sport, Travis Head the hero for Adelaide, an unbeaten century against the 6ers in the Big Bash.Heavy rain in the centre of the country and parts of the NT but a pleasant day ahead for the eastern capitals. Australia has celebrated the end of 2015 and welcomed in 2016 with a series of parties and spectacular fireworks displays across the nation.An estimated 1.6 million people flooded into central Sydney to watch the count count rice largest New Year's Eve display which centred on the city's Harbour Bridge. There you see the seven tonneses of fireworks going up in smoke in very spectacular fashion, always drawing huge crowds both in various vantage points around the harbour and on the many boat ous might have seen there on the harbour itself. Always a highlight not just of Australia but of the international fireworks Dell celebrations. Such an iconic image there.And it really is - I am not sure fit's the biggest fireworks display in the world, the one in Sydney? It would have to be close.It's one of the best. Certainly one of the best.It seems that they measure the fireworks in how many tonnes of pyrotechnic s as Michael said 7 tonnes there, and we can take you now I think to Dubai, where we're following a story this morning that's been fairly troubling. They're about to hit the 2016 mark in Dubai. But we're also letting you know tonight over there, this morning here obviously, that a fire broke out in a nearby building, very nearby to where the fireworks are about to be launched.Very close to the Burj Khalifa where the fireworks will be launched momentarily. This hotel is called the Address, populated bay lot of international tourist, flames engulfed the hotel a couple of hours ago. Everybody was evacuated. There are some minor injuries being reported by authorities but that is a great outcome because just looking at the extent of the flames here -It's extraordinary.Authorities apparently so far are telling us there's only been about 14 or 15 injuries an another person who had a heart attack. Let's look at the fireworks now in Dubai that are extraordinarily going ahead regardless of that fire only 2km away.These are being launched from the very top of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. 830m tall, about 1.5 tonnes of fireworks are going up around earlier that building was lit up with 400,000 LED lights.If you are into the statistics by way of comparisons 1.6 tonnes of pyrotechnics in Dubai being used. That compares to Sydney's 7 tonnes.They're not even trying, are they?. NoDubai is a city with lots of foreigners there as well. It is in the United Arabem - Emirates connected to the global economy and in that sense very lots of very tall architecturally striking wildings there, the Burj Khalifa being one of those.And Dubai is certainly a place in the world where they are trying to out-do the rest of the world in terms of stunning buildings and other -And lots of money to be spent on fire workers. We will bring you up to date with everything else that is making the news. In WA a bushfire emergency warning has been issueed for the south-western part of Secret Harbour in the city of Rockingham. People need to leave now and there is a threat to morning to both lives an plot.And a bushfire on SA's Fleurieu Peninsula has been downgraded after destroying six abandoned buildings and burning through more than 300 hectares. Fire crews battled extreme heat to contain the blaze at Mosquito Hill which had earlier threatened homes.Residents on Victoria's surf coast who were evacuated yesterday have been allowed back to their homes. The blaze burning in the Otway Ranges is still out of control but a change in weather conditions saw the flames turn away from the threatened towns of Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra.Thousands of previously secret Cabinet documents from 1990 and 1991 have been released by the National Archives of Australia. The documents reveal a Cabinet divided on issues such as uranium mining at kor cock - at Coronation Hill in Kakadu and the litreship struggle between Bob Hawke and his Treasurer Paul Keating.Belgian Police have detained a further six people in connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year's Eve. Two suspect s are still being questioned this morning. Authorities cancelled that city's New Year's Eve celebrations saying the threat was simply too great for them to go ahead.And let's look at the finance figures.

And filling in on the weather front this morning for Vanessa is Kirsten Veness.Good morning.Just a quick look at the weather.

Let's get more now on the fire situation in Victoria. Our reporter Danny Tran is at Apollo Bay for us this morning. Danny, good morning to you. What is the latest there?Good morning, Michael. It was a very happy new year for residents from Kennett River, Grey River, Sugar Loaf and Wongarra who had been evacuated to Apollo Bay last night they were told they would be able to return home.About 7:30 some in the area received a text message saying it was safe and they chose to make the trip that night. Police were letting through a few of them at the road block at Skenes Creek, checking ID and telling them to stay very vigilant, listen to ABC local radio and monitor the conditions. But very many happy few were going through. Obviously the fire danger isn't over yet. But at the moment there is no threat to the community.That is fantastic news. But of course fire authorities still very vigilant because that very big fire is still burning deep in the Otways there.That is right. The fire is still burn ing at this stage. We put in a call to the State control centre this morn but they're saying the status quo hasn't changed from the warning and it is no longer a watch and act, it is an advice message. Residents are feeling quite relieve bud they are a bit concerned it would flare up again. It looks like the conditions are in that favour.Thanks for the update.Now at the stroke of midnight the seal oft confidentiality was lifted on Cabinet documents in Queensland from 1985.They reveal new details about the Joh Bjelke Peterson's battles.1985 was a red letter year for the Nationals and their leader, Joh Bjelke Peter son, recently knight and awarted an honorary doctorate, triggers protests. But they were a feature of the time, a young Drew Hutton is here being arrested at a blockade for a visiting US warship.I will be coming back again to do it.Thank you.There was uproar too over changes to the liquor Act which would re the licences of publicans who allowed in deviants sexual pervert s or child molesters. It was seen as an attack on the gay community.It wasn't hard to see why given the views of welfare services Minister gref Muntz who thought home sexuals in dujed in a devious lifestyle. There was no bigger fight nan the SEQEB dispute. 1,000 workers were sacked. Sir Joh declared a State of emergency and contractors were brought. InIt ratcheted up tensions with stand-offs outside SEQEB depots. Bans on street marches were defied. Days of blackouts paralysed the south-east.Cabinet moved to deregister the ETU, and force workers on to voluntary contracts with no strike clauses and outlawed picket lines.Shortly after that, the arrests began.The ailing economy tanked further as other unions went out in sympathy. Coal mines shut, government telephones when unrepaired, Cabinet even had its alcohol supply cut off.Brewery workers have cut off all alcohol splice.The industrial umpire recommended the workers be reinstated infuriating Sir Joh.In the end, he won, power was restore and the workers were not reinstated.But the seeds of a far bigger defeat were already being sewn. In 1985, Cabinet agreed on a law extinguishing land rights claimants including those of one Eddie Mabo.It's got to be stopped this land nights business.The legislation went on to be overturned in the historic Mabo ruling, that High Court case would take another three years but paved the way for Native title rights across the country.And made Eddie Mabo a household name.Disputes between successive governments and indigenous leaders, gay rights activists and the ETU have flared in the generation s since but undoubtedly 1985 was a defining year.It's the start of a new year and one thing is for certain, there will be a Federal election some time in the next 12 months. The big question is will it be sooner or later? Emergency and resource Minister Josh Frydenberg is going to tell us. He is going to reveal all and he is with me now. Happy New Year and thank you so much for coming. InNice to be with you, Emma and happy New Year.You were e) vac waeted from Lorne?We were there on a family holiday as we've been going for many, many years.When the plumes of smoke came up there was lot of anxiety up there and the advice from the CFA was to come back to Melbourne, so we did that. Hopefully we will go back in the next few days.Now, let 's talk about some of the issues that have been concentrated in Canberra in these last couple of weeks before we get anything specific about your particular portfolio. Does the report into the trade union from the royal commission, does this validate your Government's desires to really get into workplace reform?I think this royal commission was a damning indictment of the culture within the union movement.As the royal commissioner himself, Dyson Heydon, said, there was a culture which was anti-thetical to the rule of law. You have seen detail of blackmail and bribery, short changing worker, secret commissions. This is quite significant revelations. We've got 79 recommendations which the Government will consider. And you've got 93 referrals for potential breaches of law to the appropriate authorities. So Malcolm Turnbull, Cash cark, George Brandis will be - Michaelia Cash, Brandis band will be cease of this issue in this election year.Do you think given this report Australian s will be much more inclined to back you on workplace reform?I think Australians understand that there is a cost to this lawlessness.And that is falling productivity on our building sites and higher costs and hospitals an schools and roads either don't go ahead or are more expensive for taxpayers or consumers as a result of this lawlessness. For example, the Australian Building and Construction Commission came into existence after the Cole royal commission. Before the Australian building construction Commission came into exist answerence, 224 days were lost to industrial disputation for every 1,000 employees. Two years later, after the ABCC came into existence, that number fell from 224 to just 24. That was a $6 billion annual productivity dividend for the Australian economy. And that is why Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash are absolutely focussed on bringing back the ABCC and putting that legislation again before the Senate.Do you have the stomach to fight another election on workplace reform?I think Malcolm Turnbull's words were pretty un equivocal on this, which is we are prepared to take these issues to the Australian people at an election if we don't get legislation through the Senate. Because the Australian people understand there can't be one law for them and another law for the unions.What is it in particular you want to see as an outcome as a result of this royal commission?As I said there are 79 recommendations which the Government will consider.In broader terms?But in broad terms we want to see boosted productivity on our construction sites, and a greater adherence to the rule of law and greater transparency an accountability. That is why we have registration - a registered organisations bill, that is why we have the ABCC wanting to bring that back because we think that is the architecture you need to hold these rogue union leaders to account.Jamie Briggs and Mal Brough account.Jamie Briggs and Mal Broug Brough, both of them going between Christmas-new any period. Explain for us the timing of those announcements?These are matters that have been dealt with by the PM. When it comes to Jamie Briggs, the PM has made it clear that he was a capable Minister and that he has a valuable contribution to make to the Coalition going forward.and when the Labor Party was saying that about Peter Slipper and what a great Speaker he was, you were all pouncing on the fact that that wasn't the point?I don't think there is any analogy there, Emma. I know Jamie well. He is a good friend, he is a colleague. He is a decent person and he's been a very capable Minister. I am sure he will come back stronger in the future.Having learnt the benefits of this pretty tough experience. As for Mal Brough, he hasn't resigned, he stood aside pending the police investigations and we will just let them run their course. He's ban very effective Minister both during the Howard Government and in his brief time now in the Turnbull Government.What about the claims that this was about covering up unpopular announcements about Medicare and Gonski?I think it's got nothing to do with Medicare and Gonski. These are issues that the PM unfortunately had to deal with. He dealt with them very strongly, adequately. He brought a number of his fellow Cabinet Ministers into the process and those issues have now been dealt with and we get on with governing in this as you say election year.On Gonski, the Australian public would have the right to feel a little let down by your Government given that during the election campaign in 2013 the then education spokesman Christopher Pyne and if then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had promised a unity ticket on Gonski.Firstly, Simon Birmingham has made it clear nothing has changed. This is a beat-up by the Labor Party and we have actually supported greater funding for education consistently and as the PM's also made clear a key issues here are quality of teach teacher, autonomy for schools an obviously building towards a national curriculum.These are some of the issues that we are focussed on. But I think we are undoubt edly committed to a very strong and a vibrant and well resourced education sector and Simon Birmingham will have more to say about that this year.Let's talk about the Top End. That is your responsibility, the north of Australia. There was so much discussed about that in the last election in terms of what was going to be achieved. We have seen a white paper come out and in the last Budget $5 billion of infrastructure spending was allocated to the region. What are we going to see in 2016?Northern Australia as we define it for the purpose of our white paper is the tropic of cap Roy corn. So it takes in those parts of WA and Queensland and we include all of the nefrmt ice 40% of Australia's land mass but only 5% of Australia's population.What you will see from us is key economic infrastructure being built up in the north whether it's water infrastructure, whether it's communications infrastructure, energy structure or transport infrastructure because, Emma -You're going to do all those things in 2016? What is the priority?The priority is $5 billion Northern Australia infrastructure facility which is essential -But in term of what you will be building?We've asked for local communities and State governments to put forward their projects, Infrastructure Australia has already put forward a number of projects and will be introducing legislation this year to implement this concessional loans scheme which is this $5 billion infrastructure facility. I can give you one good example. 60% of Australia's rainfall falls above the tropic of Capricorn but we only save 2% of it. Imagine if we were able to capture more of that water in dams and there's a whole lot of different proposals for more dams in the Top End we could irrigate the north and become that food bowl thar Asia that we so - for Asia that we so often talk about. Our perform imity to Asia means it can benefit from the growing middle class, the growing population s in Asia and Australia is very well placed to provide those services and that food that is needed.It's a long term proposition, though.IrrelevantIt's a medium and a long-term proposition. We never said they could be done overnight but the pay-off for Australia is huge.When are we going to have an electionThat is my pay grade. I would have thought Malcolm Turnbull would be looking closely at all his options. But whenever we bring it on we're determined to win because Australia needs a Coalition Government to remain in power, to implement many of the good policies that we have.But you would be very happy for a double dissolution based on the workplace reforms?They're questions for Malcolm Turnbull and his leadership team to consider. I am absolute ly certain that we are ready for an an election whenever it is called.Would you welcome an early election?This is a question for Malcolm Turnbull. Aim not going to give us an answer.Give us the scoop, Josh.But I think, Emma, that there will be an election obviously this year but I think -But you are not afraid of a double dissolution election.We are not afraid of an election whenever it's brought on.Josh Frydenberg, thank you and again happy New Year.Happen happy New Year to you too.To the major newspapers around the country. The 'Herald Sun' has many New Year revellers dloked to the beaches. The 'Age' looks at how Victorians brought in the new year. It says a New Year's Eve fire at a CBD apartment building contains illegal rooms houses.In today's 'Mercury' musician Courtney Barnett helped lubry in the new year at the Fall's festival at.The 'Advertiser' says 2015 ended with another bushfire emergency and more dangerous fire weather forecast for the new year.The 'Courier Mail' says US comedian Bill Cosby is facing the first criminal proceeds from a series of sexual assault allegations.The 'West Australian' says doctors are being inundated with requests for fertility test that is unreliable and may do more harm than good.The 'Northern Territory News' says diesel drivers are paying 12 cents a litre more for fuel than the rest of the country.Many of the papers have stories on former PM Bob Hawke who has spoken after the re release of Cabinet pipes from 1990 and 1991. The 'Australian' says Bob Hawke has called for ALP to cut ties with the CFMEU.In the 'Sydney Morning Herald', Mr Hawke has blamed prejudice and power broker Graham Richardson for his political demise.The 'Canberra Times' says Mr Hawke believes it was his decision to criticise colleagues for their prejudices forwards Aboriginal people that ultimately cost him his job.In 'The Guardian Australia', Bob Hawke crits sizes the Obama Administration for failing to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.And 'The Daily Telegraph' says Bob Hawke was relieved to be knived by Paul Keating because it freed him to marry the love of his life.Just a couple of years after losing the top job, Bob Hawke did include marry Blanche. Now let's go to sport and there were fireworks with a bat at the Big Bash last night. Filling in for PK today is Ben Lisson.Paul will be pleased that cricket is leading the way this morning with sport. It was plenty around and it was a busy New Year's Eve to keep on top of it all.And a fantastic match.A Adelaide Strikers moved into second position on the Big Bash table after Travis Head hit a century off just 53 deliveries to guide his side to an incredible win. The Sydney 6ers were off to a handy start until Alex Ross took one of the competition's best ever chach catch, a magnificent diving effort there. Bringing back memories of Glenn McGrath. The Sixers suffered a bit of a middle order collapse before Brad Haddin wound back the clock acting like it was 2010 rather than the last day of 2015.Sydney eventually made 5/176 with Haddin reaching a half century off that boundary there.While fireworks were going off overhead, above the stadium, Adelaide looked to be in a fair bit of trouble in its chase early on losing a few crucial wicket es early on. But that was before Travis Head put the foot down and put his side into a winning position.With Head gets his side back in the mix it set up one of the Big Bash league's greatest finish. Let ago look at how the final over unfolded.13 off 6. That is out of there as well. Too easy. Local boy made good. They love him.Five 6s of his last 13 balls. He is 11 short of 100. Another big hit on the leg side. It's another 6! Two in a row. He moved to 95 the game is tied. This could be a historic win for the Strikers at one of the great innings seen at the Adelaide Oval.Oh, he gets it! It's over. It's a 6! It's a century to savour. Champagne for New Year's Eve for Travis Head!An incredible innings and an amazing finish to 2015 in cricket. On to the A-League and the Central Coast Mariners have enjoyed their new years after earning a rare win over the Phoenix last night. The Mariners drew over 10,000 fans to Gosford and received an early penalty call against Wellington. Fabio Ferrara slotted the goal to put his side in front before the Phoenix could get their head around the setback the Mariners were in again to double their advantage. After half-time, though, Wellington cut the home side's lead and looked ready to make a push to draw the game. But Michael Neil restored Central Coast's two-goal buffer minutes later and ensured the side finished the year on a winning note. In basketball, the Cairns taipans have upset the New Zealand breakers to claim a 7-point win last night in the NBL. The Breakers were looking good and were able to stay in touch despite a strong home crowd urging on the taipans. When New Zealand edged in front early in the second quarter it seemed the Breakers would cruise to victory but Cairns dug deep to snatch the unlikely win. Also last night the Illawarra Hawks were far too good for Townsville, winning by 24 points.And finally tennis and the Australian Open is not far away, much to this reporter's enjoyment. With the players return ing to competitions in preparation for the major event, it was one overnight in Abu Dhabi and big serving Canadian Milos Raonic who just unleashed a 214km/h serve looks every bit a contender for Open with a comfortable win over Kevin Anderson. David Ferrer set up a semifinal against compatriot Rafael Nadal after trouncing world number 10 Jo Wilfred Tsonga.And that is all in sport.Thanks, Ben . We will see you later on. Filling in for Vanessa this New Year Day is Kirsten Veness.Good morning. Let's look at the satellite and you can see some cloud stretching across Queensland right into the centre. That is generating heavy rain in parts leading to flooding and storms. A a bit of cloud over WA is also causing some storms. A monsoon low that is sitting over the NT and Queensland that is bringing all that rain. The area to watch, though, is outback SA with a severe weather warning for north-east pastoral district for heavy rain. That may lead to flash flooding. 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Stay with us, shortly we'll have more of the Hawke Government Cabinet papers that have just been released by the National Archives. They cover the years 1990 and 1991 when the Government was grappling with the onset of the recession we had to have and new emerging challenges from a thing called climate change. We'll hear from the man in the centre of it, Bob Hawke in the centre of it, later this hour, but first a news update.A series of fireworks displays across the nation to welcome in 2016. An estimated 1.8 million people flooded into Sydney to see the fireworks display. In Brisbane, 30,000 fireworks were launched.AA fire which tore through a 63-storey skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates is about 90% under control. All occupants of the building have been evacuated and no indication as to what caused the blaze.Despite the size of the fire, only 14 people suffered non--life-threatening injuries.In Rockingham, people are being warned to leave now with a threat to both properties and lives.RescueResidents of Victoria's Surf Coast have been allowed back in their homes. A change in conditions saw the flames turn away from the towns of Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra.And Belgian police have detained a further six people in regard to an alleged terrorist plot on New Year's Eve. Authorities say the threat was too great for the New Year's Eve celebrations to go ahead.Our reporter Nick Dole was at one of the best vantage points in Sydney, Mrs Macquarie's Chair.This is the tail end for what for many was a very big day. Some people camped out for hours, in some cases days, to get the best vantage point. It was called City of Colour. Happy New Year.It certainly was colourful in and around the city.Apart from the colour on the foreshore it was certainly lit up around the harbour.7 tonnes of fireworks worth $7 million, but the Government says it is well worth the money for the extra tourism that that brings in, and many of the people here where I am at Mrs Macquarie's Chair say they have come far and wide for years, they've been wanting to come to see Sydney's fireworks and tonight was the culmination of a life-long dream for some and it certainly sounds as though it lived up to their expectations. How can you follow that, hey? London, you've got a lot to look up to. Man, that's amazing, absolutely amazing. I waited 52 years for that - well, gobsmacked.Happy New Year from Argentina!How was it?Really incredible.Good show? Amazing, just amazing.Happy New Year!

Where are you guys from?From the UK, from London.Why did you want to come to Sydney for New Year's Eve.Because 2000 amazing. Best fireworks in the world, best we've ever, ever seen.So you've heard a lot of about them Yes, incredible. You can't beat that.What are you guys up to tonight, partying on?Yes.Around 1.5 million people have come to the Sydney CBD and around the harbour area. That's a big logistical effort getting them all home. The lockout has been lifted so there is not a mad crush for people to get into nightclubs and other bars. But for those not kicking on, straight onto public transport, that will be an ordeal in itself, but over 4,000 extra buses and train s to get everyone home safely.Full marks to Nick Dole in the combat zone. What could be more Australian than celebrating from the beach. In Adelaide, sizzling temperatures drove thousands to beachside events and the locals were all in agreement about what they were really excited about. Fireworks.Enjoying the fireworks with the grandchildren, yes, watching their responses.The atmosphere, the people, the fireworks, the lot.You can't go wrong here. ALL: Happy New Year!

A New Year, but for many the same threat remains from high temperatures across the south-east of the country.One area that knows that better than most is Victoria's Surf Coast which we all saw sadly on Christmas Day. Frank Buchanan, mayor, joins us from Apollo Bay. Good morning.Very well, thank you.Places like Kennett River had to be evacuated and happily it seems as though the area dodged a bullet yesterday?Yes, certainly did.The wind change came along and took the threat inland again.There is still a huge fire out there, but the immediate threat to the coast is just dissipated a little bit.How are people holding up?Oh, our community is fantastic.The offer of support they have given evacuees and visitors has been great and of course all the emergency ser vess people, we can't thank them enough, it has been fantastic.They've done fantastic work and just going back to the tragic events that unfolded on Christmas Day, how are the people in Wye River and Separation Creek faring? Of course those who lost their homes have a big challenge ahead?Look, they've certainly gone past the shock stage now to wondering how and when we can rebuild the place, it is a huge task ahead.We still is a relief situation happening because the fire is still going, but we're also starting to think about a recovery and how we can rebuild.Tourism, as you know, Frank, is very important to that neck of the woods there. How important is for people with their fire management plans in place to still come and keep local business as live?I think it is very important.As soon as it's safe for people to come and it is safe in Lorne and Apollo Bay right now, so people are encouraged to come down here, but locals certainly should have their fire plan and I think the best thing that has ever come out of any fire situation is the leave-and-live program.That's why we have no lives lost to this stage in this fire. It's fantastic.We saw that almost in textbook form play out on Christmas Day, didn't we?Oh, certainly did.Of course, as you say, that fire in the Otways is still burning. It may be burning for really months ahead. Are you worried, given we are seeing all these forecasts of a really hot summer this month and in February that the danger is far from over for your communities?Look, I think we are fire alert for the rest of the summer, that's exactly right.Until we get a huge amount of rain that puts this fire out, this one will stay alive.Frank Buchanan, on behalf of all of us here at Breakfast, we wish you and all the local communities there the best in the weeks ahead.Thank you very much. Appreciate that.Cabinet papers from 1990 and 1991 have been released this morning. They are he veal a Government grappling with not only the onset of a severe recession but also climate change.Former prime minister Bob Hawke has been speaking to political reporter Tom Iggulden about the last despatch of papers from his Cabinet and how he was deposed by Keating coat. Paul Keating is set to become Australia's youngest PM. The parliamentary party has just elected a new leader, consequently a new PM of Australia, Paul Keating. Bob Hawke, as a senior member of the deposed PM's Club. Are we seeing too many changes of leadership?Well, obviously the Australian electorate is not happy about the frequency of the change, but it's going to reflect the realities that exist at any time.I mean, if the Caucus or the Coalition partyroom are of the view - some to the view that they are more likely to do better with someone else, then basically self-interest will determine that that is the decision they take.Do you still maintain you could have won a fifth election?I believe I could have, yes.Did Paul Keating make a mistake by knocking you off before you had a chance to fight that election?Well, he won the election and good luck to him on that, but of course I believe I could have won it.I had beaten every Liberal Leader they had put up, and the goods and services tax, I think, was an asthma at that stage.Despite your early periods of Government, there was still a perception that your last term wassing is of a do-nothing government?It's not the general perception, it was one that Paul and his acolytes tried to spread as a basis for the need of change of leadership, but of course, independent sources said that the opposite was true, that many of the decisions that were taken during that period were most important to be taken since Federation. Unemployment has hit a 12-month high.Unemployment has jumped to its highest level for more than two years.Arguably the recession issing is that will stick in the minds of most Australian voters when they look back on your period in Government. Would you agree with that?I don't think it would be the most remembered.Of course it will be and should be remembered but I think if you look at all the commentaries both by Australian writers and international institutions, the transformation that we introduced after the economic summit in '83 is regarded as the outstanding achievement.How much responsibility do you take for the recession? How much is Paul Keating's responsibility? And how much did it have to do with the change of leadership at the end of '91?We all have a responsibility to bear not only within Australia, but generally speaking we all underestimated the resilience of the market economy after the crash, the stock market crash of October '97, and we thought, well, we've just got to keep interest rates low because this has been a very, very substantial crash, and we did underestimate, we should have started increasing interest rates earlier and then we wouldn't have needed to take them up as high and as rapidly as we did, so it was a mistake we all end - tended to make.Malcolm Turnbull is facing a similar economic pick too Uhr to the one that you face pd toward the end of your time as PM, shrinking government revenues and economic storm clouds on the horizon. What advice would you give to him?I'm not here to tell Malcolm how to run his business.Now for a look at today's papers, we are joined by Mohammed Elleissy from the Interaction Multifaith Network. Happy New Year.Thank you for coming in.Not a problem, happy new year to you. Good on you for coming in on New Year's Day.I work well with nursing the hangover market. You are taking with unfor the team, but you got to bed early last night, big tick.Yes.Sorry, let's start with the news that is dominating so much of today's newspapers and that is the Hawke Cabinet papers?Why he, it's funny, I think this is becoming a yearly trend.They open up the Cabinet papers.Look, not a lot of news happening right now, let's go look at 1991 or 1990So we can put today in perspective.It is interesting that a lot of things are still around.Hawke believes that Richo and the fact that he attacked some of his Cabinet colleagues about prejudice around Aboriginal mining and land rights, and things like that, he believes that's the reason he was knocked off.That's always interesting.Obviously people are knocked off because they lose support and someone else is able to get the numbers but he pin it is down to these two very issues and I think every PM now that we've lost might start to have the same reflection.Well, what we've seen recently with Tony Abbott, they really want to set their own legacy, set the narrative so people will remember them for what they want them to remember them for and not to have any skewed idea of what was the real reason behind them losing their job.Yes, the next front page was quite interesting, because he puts a new spin on this one.The 'Daily Telegraph'Well, the one where he says I'm really happy it happened. The silver lining, after being dumped as PM.When we got to the end of '91, the numbers were up and I conclude on this note I really basically am extraordinarily grateful for Paul because if I hadn't been thrown out, then I would not have had the opportunity of marrying the woman with whom I had fallen in love.So there you go. He is grateful for Paul Keating for setting up the marriage to Blanche a couple of years later.And Tony Abbott will say in a couple of year's time, "I'm happy I got dumped because I wouldn't have got to buy that fridge." Yes, go surfing. And the marble table. That's another story.That night on December 1991 when Paul Keating rolled Bob Hawke and it's never going to end. NoA tit-for-tat battle in these legacy wars. Always someone waiting in the wings.Who is it now. So the 'Australian'?They are talking about the asylum seeker issue which came up in the Hawke Cabinet, and they were sort of warned that the refugee program would be swamped because of activist courts being lenient, they didn't think they had a valid claim and it's really interesting looking at the numbers they had. In 1980 it was 214 people and by '89, 3,77 and in the Gillard years it was about 50,000. It's interesting that they saw it as an issue at the time but I think also it wasn't as in the public mind as it is today as well, so they probably had - I think they were taking action on that without necessarily having...Well, it was a bipartisan issue. It really only started to become the febrile political stoush that it did I think during the Howard years? Yes, and things have got a bit more willing ever since then.MmmAbsolutely. To the 'Herald Sun', it has a story on this chap. You have to explain him for people who live outside Victoria. Sam Kekovich.Sam Kekovich is a famous footballer but also famous for selling lamb. Yes, that's how they know him.The lamb guy. Who knew?In the worst possible nightmare I could have, he is best mates with Donald Trump whose campaign has inspired had imto take a tilt at Australian politics and the scary thing is that it's possible and he has been offered a number of times to run in a federal seat and he will be meeting with Donald Trump in a little while.Presumably for the Liberal Party?Liberals or Nationals. Donald and him are like this.Yes, because Donald likes his lamb.He is the second Australian to be invited to Trump Tower along with Kerry Packers.Dear Nationals, please don't take him.He loves Donald Trump, he reckons he is the best thing ever.He is 75, fighting fit, politics would make a more colourful twist, Mo, if he were to...I will become a vegetarian if he runsI will told you to that If Donald Trump becomes President, there is every chance we could have a presidential visit to Australia.That's a meeting I would like to attend. Trump meets Sam Kekovich. Nowing is that has annoyed me for many years, floating around in the bottom of pockets and drawers?What is the point of those 5 cent koints?What is the point?And the worse thing, damaging allegations have come out - not allegations but proof. They costs 7 cents to make.A 5 cent coin is hurting the economy.We are spending more money to make them, but the Treasury says there is no plan to withdraw them from circulation.And what does Treasury say in defence of this economic anomaly. They like annoying Australians, probably. That's their defence.But also this can't be good for the Budget bottom line. There is a low-hanging piece of fruit.It must cost quite a bit of money, losing 2 cents for every 5 you are producing. Let's not forget that the Government phased out 1 and 2 cent pieces. Yes, these things were called 1 and 2 cent pieces, phased out.Also $1 and $2 notes. That's right. So really it makes sense for 5 cents to go the same way.That's right, and pm parking meters won't accept them, and supermarketsThey have to accept them up to $5. I'm still annoyed that things are stilling is-99. $1.99.That's a tax thing, though, apparently.Is it?I'm not sure or a markets gimmick, one of the two. Yes, it is an imposed tax, that extra one cent. They are taking an extra one cent from me. Call it $2.But in a lot of people's eyes, if something was billed as $49.99, it seems much more doable than $50. Really?That's Michael Rowland's... Your expert analysis.I've got a career in advertising. Do they annoy the bejesus out of you. A lot of supportYes, say no to 5.New Year's Day pra brake brake. You candom for ABC News Breakfast. You can come back on the couch when hopefully they are axed.Thank you.The former Managing Director of ABC Brian Johns has died at the age of 79. Mr Johns had been battling cancer and died at a Sydney hospital earlier this morning. Brian Johns took charge of the ABC in 1995 and serving as Managing Director until 2000. He also worked as a senior journalist, academic and a bureaucrat.On behalf of all of us here at the ABC, our thoughts and sympathies with Brian's family.To India where authorities are taking drastic action to deal with the p pollution levels.Today the city begins a controversial trial restricting private cars to travel on alternate days.. As our South Asia correspondent James Bennett reports.Today marks the beginning of a dramatic development on New Delhi's streets.Unless your vehicle licence plate ends in an odd number, you risk a fine of about $40 Australian for driving it.Tomorrow the even-number ed plates' turn.This city has seen pollution levels of PM2.5, the deadliest airborne particles that are 14 times the WHO's safe recommended limit and the city is, according to the World Health Organisation, the most polluted in the world.Not surprisingly, it is taking a major toll on the health of children in particular, but also those who ply these cities roads for a living. There are so many cars on the roads nowadays and the numbers just keep on increasing and with that the pollution level. It makes my liver hurt and sometimes I'm not able to sleep at night.There is at least one death per hour due to air pollution-related diseases.Studies have shown that the lungs of every third child in the city is impaired so clearly what you're already looking at today is a very serious public health crisis.Despite all of the alarming health evidence compared to Beijing, for example, you still see relatively few people in Delhi wearing one of these and that's seen many people question the commitment of Delhiites to doing is about the issue. The national government has recently imposed pollution controls on coal-fired power plants while the Supreme Court has even slapped a temporary ban on the sale of large luxury diesel vehicles in the national capital.But the main question is around where Delhiites themselves are going to embrace the odd-even plan. A list of exceptions as long as the highway. Motorcycles, scooters, cabs, Tuckeys like this one,. Tuk-tuks, and women and politicians who don't have to follow by the rules and that's leading many to question whether or not the average Delhiite themselves is prepared to give up their car every other day.Actually, I'm lucky, I have two cars, one with odd number, one with even, so I avoid this issue. TRANSLATION: I think the odd-even scheme being implemented, I won't be able to run my taxi for a month.I will manage, I will manage.I will use the public transport.It is good actually, good initiative.
TRANSLATION: If people don't follow this rule, then I can't fine all the cars, but I would like to appeal to the people of Delhi that this is for you, for your children. All of us are suffocating in this dirty air .In answering the sceptics, people point back to 2005 and say New Delhi can and has cleaned up its air before following a similar out rage over pollution. The city ordered that every single bus and every single tuk-tuk change to compressed natural gas. TRANSLATION: I think if they switched all the cars to CNG, it will definitely have an impact.Whether or not Delhi's drivers do play by the rules, what this trial has already achieved is to generate a level of public debate that is unlikely to die down until the thrilled that
air quality improves.I'm thrilled that we have quite a few viewers being in touch this morning. Frankly I thought it was my mum and your mum watching on New Year's Day morning, but apparently there are others. Alex Day tweets, "Buying five items for 99 cents will save you 5 cents. 100 items saves a dollar." There you go.He is ontoing is there.There you go. So Alex Day, clearly... he is, yep, he is barracking for the 5 cent - to retain the 5 cent. I can't speak this morning even though I went to bed early. He wants the 5 cents.Happy New Year's for Ben Lisson filling in for PKGood morning.Good morning. Far too much math for this time of the morning. To sport, a Travis Head century off just 53 deliveries has helped the Adelaide Strikers move into second position on the Big Bash table over a 5-wicket win over the Sydney Sixers. The Sixers were off to a hand kri start until Alex Ross took one of the best catches the competition has seen, a magnificent catch that many young kids would be looking to emulate down at the beach. Brad Haddin wound bag the clock with a half-century to help his side to 176 runs in its innings. Adelaide struggled early in its chase, losing a few crucial wickets but that was before Travis Head put the foot down and put his side back into the winning position. He then spectacularly scored three consecutive 6s in the final over to guide himself to, his side to the win and to help himself to an unbeaten century.Also last night in the A-League, the Central Coast Mariners have had a bright finish to a dismal 2015. The Mariners drew over 10,000 to a home game against the Phoenix last night and received an early penalty call which Fabio Ferrara slotted to put his side in front. The Mariners were in again to double their advantage. After the break, though, Wellington cut the home side's lead in half and looked to be threatening, but the Mariners were able to finish off and get the win.And that's sport.Thanks very much, Ben. Lots going on.Too much.Checking the weather and over to Kirsten.On the satellite, you can see a large area of cloud in the centre that is generating heavy rain in parts leading to flooding and storms. A monsoon low bringing that rain the a severe weather warning for outback and north-east pastoral district, for heavy rain which may lead to flooding. To Queensland:

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Welcome back to ABC News Breakfast. Happy New Year. Making the news today. Goodbye to 2015, hello to 2016. The nation rings in the New Year with spectacular fire displays throughout the country.Happy New Year! Amazing. Best fireworks in the world.The best we've ever, ever seen. This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia A massive fire rips through a Dubai hotel engulfing a 60-storey skyscraper.Belgian police detain six people in kks with a New Year's Eve terror plot.A bushfire emergency south of Perth with homes and lives under threat at Secret Harbour.In sport, Travis Head the hero for Adelaide, an unbeaten century against the Sixers in the Big Bash.Heavy rain in the centre of the country, hot and windy in Perth but a pleasant day ahead for the eastern capitals.Australia has celebrated the end of 2015 and welcomed in 2016 with a series of parties and spectacular fireworks displays across the nation.An estimated 1.6 million people flooded into central Sydney to watch the country's largest New Year's Eve display which centred of course on Sydney's magnificent Harbour Bridge. 7 tonnes of fireworks there going up in smoke in brilliant fashion at the stroke of midnight and they seem to do it every year, Emma, but certainly the case last night, last year's celebrations were better than 2014 and 2014's were better than 2013They get better and better.What pressure, though, to up your game every year.Year in, year out. It is a very KPI for fireworks organisers. Not just Sydney, threat's not forget fireworks displays happening right around the country, including in Brisbane, with 30,000 fireworks launched from five barges with lots of people flocking to the river front to take that in.And in Melbourne, a pyrotechnics displaying up much of the city's skyline.To Hobart and thousands made their way to the city's waterfront precinct to party away 2015. Lots of action around Salamanca Place.Despite their top of 39 degrees, Adelaide had a big night, tens of thousands floking to traditional hot spots to ring in 2016.In Dubai, as we mentioned at the top of the hour, fireworks of a different nature when this multistorey hotel complex went up in smoke about three or four hours ago. Not too far away from the Burj Khalifa, the site of Dubai's fireworks display for New Year's Eve. That happened about an hour or so ago. Thankfully most of the people staying in that hotel were evacuated and their injuries were fairly minor, which was a great outcome because looking at the extent of the smoke and fires, the situation could have been a whole lot worse.Yes, only about 15 people, I think, were injured and one person had a heart attack, so that's the worst of it, so very lucky indeed. About 20 storeys of that hotel and apartment block went up in flames.We don't know why yet, don't know the cause of the blaze.Still waiting for news on that. Meanwhile we can take you to Moscow where that city is preparing for its always spectacular fireworks display as well. There you see the city of bhos co-.I think they've just begun, have they, the Moscow fire works, just about to begin.I think President Putin is delivering his end of year address to the nation.This could be hours away !And then there was this...So when the President finishes that address and those fireworks start, we will endeavour to get you back to Moscow, looking very nice lit up in the midnight sky. Sydney has once again load the nation's celebrations to mark the start of the New Year and reporter Mark Reddie is at appropriately at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Good morning, Mark. What's the situation there?Good morning, Michael.New Year's Eve celebrations have certainly turned into New Year's Day celebrations here at Bondi Beach. 300 people gathered to watch the sunrise, joggers out in force, people setting up camp on the beach and the barbecue has just been ignited as well, so very much an Aussie start to the 2016 year.This morning when I spoke to a few people, they started on their New Year's resolutions quite early.Here is om of what they had to say. Probably just to eat a little bit healthier, not listen to too much that's going around me, stuff like that, just more positive thoughts, yeah.Yes, we're going to... Try to.Try to make a healthy start and see how we go.It is always the typical New Year's resolution, but we will just see how we go, I think this year. Beach.Yes, maybe stay here on the beach. Get some sun. Cook some food, hang out at the beach.Gee, places I would really like to be this morning, Mark. Thank you for that. While we talk about New Year's Eve, the fireworks in Sydney last night, what are police saying about the behaviour of the crowd there on the foreshore?Yes, Michael, police have a very positive response to revellers.They say that they were very well behaved, responsible and positive is how they've put it, and as we saw last night, that fantastic red waterfall cascading off the Harbour Bridge, 23,000 fireworks lit up the night sky.It was absolutely spectacular, and as we've spoken to people here this morning, generally speaking they've been very impressed with the fireworks display, although some thought it was a little bit overate rated, so every year we getting is different, but every year we have speculation as to what the central motif would be, and this year it was the blidge,ing is different and having the Bridge as the main focal point. Police made 30 arrests overnight, half of which were drug-related but generally speaking they said they were very pleased with the behaviour of revellers.Mark Reddie at Bondi Beach, thanks for that. Taking you back to Moscow where the fireworks display has well and truly begun in the Russian capital and, wow, look at that, almost rivaling Sydney's, Emma, almost, almost.It's not.Almost, almost.Isn't it funny, though, how we come out every year, look at these fireworksAm I bit a of a scrooge, but I just go, "Oh, yeah." Here we go, they are all the same?Aren't they? Sorry, but they do.London, New York,ryio, they all look the same?They are lovely and it is lovely to see kids' faces watching them and wondering about them, but, really - no, thisser' lovely, it is a lot of money.It is a lot of moneyAnd I do feel like a scrooge.$7 million in Sydney, although the argument for that is that the tourism effects are magnificent because those scenes around Sydney Harbour are shown everywhere in the world. Potentially attracts lots of people to come to Sydney and you might be watching this Emma and thinking, "Wow, Moscow would be a great place to visit." Based on that fireworks displayI think how hard is public transport, how hard will it be to get back to where I'm staying, the throngs of people.A reality check with Emma AlbericiYou can watch it on TV, equally entertaining.The wowser to my left can reflect on the comments and we can bring you up to date to sadly a serious situation emerging in WA. A bushfire emergency warning has been issue for the south western part of Secret Harbour in Rockingham. The Department of Fire and emergency services are rn waaing people to leave now, insisting a threat to lives and property.Residents on Victoria's Surf Coast who were evacuated yesterday have been allowed to go back to their homes.The blaze is still burning out of control in the Otways, but a change of wind conditions saw the fire turn away from the town of Grey River, Kennett River and Wongarra.A fire burning in the south of Adelaide at Fleurieu Creek has been contained. Firefighters managed to save homes with I have come under threat.Thousands of previously secret Cabinet documents from 1990 and 1991 have been released by the National Archives of Australia.The documents reveal a Cabinet divided on issues such as uranium mining at coronation Hill in Kakadu, the treatment of asylum seekers and the leadership struggle between Bob Hawke and his Treasurer Paul Keating.Belgian police have detained a further six poo emin connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year's Eve. Two more suspects who were detained yesterday are still being questioned. Authorities cancelled that city's New Year's Eve celebrations, saying the threat was simply too great for them to go ahead.Taking a look at finance:

Let's see how your New Year's Day weather is shaping up, kicking off in Brisbane:

Let's get an update on the fire situation in Victoria now and we'll hear from our reporter Danny tran in Apollo Bay in a moment, but first we'll cross to Victorian emergency management Commissioner Craig Lapsley who joins us from Melbourne. Craig Lapsley, very happy New Year to you and is certainly is not as bad as it could have been for the residents of the Coast there?Yes, Emma, that's right.We welcome 2016 in with a milder conditions.Yesterday was one of those days, severe fire danger rating across the Wye Riverfire area, saw they had a pre-warned evacuation to the communities of Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra, all very small coastal communities but very important coastal communities.The fire where it was was only 400m to the north of Kennett River.The communities welcomed the fact to shall told that it would be best for them not to be there, because if it had got out t would have run hard, fast and not given them enough time to do what they needed to do.They left by, and were back by 10 o'clock last night.The reason the fire didn't move, the weather was a little bit behind what we thought it would be, the winds weren't as strong, but six teams on the ground, run the biggest aircraft on the fire, absolutely doused that fire, still hot, we are not, only holding it, not extinguishing it and we won't extinguish it unless we get really good rain and that's not in the forecast for the woo ek we can see anyway.What is the advice to holiday-makers who might still have a trip planned to the region in the coming weeks?The Great Ocean Road is open to Lorne and people should enjoy right from tore we Anglesea right through, we have been saying that all week that people can go et to Lorne.The bit that is closed at the moment is the bit between Lorne and sceens Creek which is where the fire is, that's through Wye River and has been significantly impacted by fire, a little coastal village.We are aiming to try to get the road re-open ed in the next couple of days.The residents of Wye River are back in, so those that live in Wye River are back and they can start to tidy up their backyards and what is means to them.Remember, 116 houses out of 300 that aren't there, burnt to the ground, so it is a different landscape, it looks different, it feels different, sore we've allowed the residents to get back in first.We hope toe open the Great Ocean Road irl this week, that will be confirmed shortly and that means people will be able to get down the Great Ocean Road, all the way from Lorne to Apollo Bay.That will be predicated on the fact that we have this control strategy right, but the Foo irwill still burn deep-seated in the forest, part of the Otways, almost like the wilderness . It has a tree canny so thick, heating unt beneath and we still can't extinguish itBut the fire is still back in the bush, but the Great Ocean Road we aim to get that opened very soon.You must be thrilled to see the forecast of rain for tomorrow and pretty much consisting for the rest of the woo ek?We have rain and showers across the State, but can't see the big dump of rain that will change itWe will see some rain, showers, more humid conditions but I'm not sure we will see it change as to how dry it is in Victoria.The forecast is that there will be moisture in the system, it will bring some rain, 35 degrees, very moist, very humid conditions and then we'll see what happens after this week, but certainly a week where we can take a bit of respite in some respects but also do our Best efforts to get on tomorrow of this fire in the critical parts of it.We are bringing firefighters in,We have one of the best air fleets, we have brought in a Chinook helicopter that has a bucket that swings underneath, never operated it before.7,000 tonnes of water swinging underneath, a fantastic machine, that's on top of what we've got with the large air tankers.NSW has been fantastic for us, allowing some of their aircraft to come over the border because they've got a slightly different seasonalA strong operation, and we are bringing in firefighters from New Zealand which are absolute experts in deep-seated forest firefighting.Craig Lapsley, the emergency management Commissioner, we really appreciate the clear-headed information you keep giving us and we do hope that the beginning of the New Year is a little less troublesome for you.Thank you.Now let's get more from our reporter Danny tran in Apollo Bay. Danny, what's the situation like there? Do you see many of the locals coming back?Emma, we are on the road to Apollo Bay yesterday, we did see a lot of people on the road out, but we have still seen a couple of people coming in.I think it's been made very clear to everyone, especially through channels like the mayor, that the Great Ocean Road is open for business, but it was the news last night that really had a lot of people quite happy.It was a very good New Year actually for residents of Kennett River, Grey River, Sug loaf and Wongarra who had evacuated to Apollo Bay and were told they could return at about 7:30 last night, they received a text message to say it was safe to do so.A few of them chose to make the trip last night and police were letting a few through the roadblock, they were checking ID, bs and asking people to remain vigilant because the fires are still burning, we spoke to a few of them last night. It is a great relief. I didn't think we would be back in until 10pm, so to get in at this time is great. I have lots of animals running over my farm, so to get in earlier to see how they are will be great.Cars and bags packed and pointed in the right direction, so he we are good.Essential services, take my hat off to them, unbelievable, unbelievable.Notifications, the whole box and dice.Interesting, isn't it, Danny that even that gentleman there talking about the notifications, you mentioned text messages. It sounds like the way they are notifying locals and holiday-makers has become very sophisticated?Yes, it has indeed, Emma.I expect in previous years it might have been word or mouth or the emergency relief sern ter, but last night when we were in the middle of the town, we all received the same text message saying that residents from Kennett River, Grey River, Sugarloaf and Wongarra could safely go back. It happened at 7:30. Shortly afterwards we did start seeing a line of cars start coming through, police checking their ID; and the ones we spoke to, as you would have heard before, were saying we were aware and we are ready to go back in and to see the lay of the land.Very comforting for everyone to know that authorities can be in touch so swiftly. Danny Tran there at Apollo Bay, thank you very much.It is the start of the New Year and one thing is very much for certain, there will be a federal election some time in the next 12 months .The big question is will it be sooner or later. Earlier I spoke with energy and resources Minister Josh Frydenberg?We've got 79 recommendations which the Government will consider, and you've got 93 referrals for potential breaches of law to the appropriate authorities, so Malcolm Turnbull, Michael ia Cash, George Brandis will be seized to this issue in this election year.But given this report, do you think Australians will be much more inclined to back you on workplace reforms?I think Australians understand that there is a cost to this lawlessness and that is falling productivity on our building sites and higher costs and hospitals and schools and roads either don't go ahead or are more expensive for taxpayers or consumers as a result of this lawlessness.I will give you an example.The Australian Building and Construction Commission came into existence after the Cole Royal Commission.Before the Australian Building and Construction Commission came into existence, 224 days were lost to industrial disputation for every 1,000 employees.Two years later after the ABCC came in existence, that number fell from 224 to just 64, a $6 billion productivity for the economy.That's why Michaelia Cash merm was to bring it back.Malcolm Turnbull's word is pretty unequivocal, we are prepared to take these ish shus to the Australian people at an election if we don't get the legislation through the Senate, because the Australian people understand there can't be one law for them and another law for the unions.Josh Frydenberg there with Emma earlier. At the stroke of mid night, the seal of confidentiality was lifted on Cabinet documents in Queensland from 1985They reveal new details about National Party battles with the union movement and the gay rights movlt. Matt Wordsworth reports.1985 was a red letter year for the Nationals and their leader Joe Bjelke-Petersen, recently ka nighted and awarded an hand rah - an hon rah ri doctorate.A young Dru Hutton is being arrested at a blockade for a visiting US warshipAnd I will be coming back again to do it.There was uproar, too, over changes to the Liquor Act which would remove the licences of publicans who allowed in deviants , sexual perverts or child moleststers. It is seen as an attack on the gay community.Quite obviously poofter bash.Geoff Muntz thought homosexuals indulge in a deviant lifestyle and didn't think they would be allowed in public swimming pools." InNo bigger fight than the SEQEB dispute. 1,000 workers were sacked after a long-running fight over the use of contract labour. Sir Joe declared a state of emergency and contractors were brought in. It ratcheted off tensions withstand-offs outside depots. Bans on street matches were defied. Days of blackouts paralysed the south-east. Cabinet moved to deregister the ETU, forced workers onto voluntary contracts with no strike clauses and jou lawed picket lines.Shortly after that the arrests began.The ailing economy tanked further as other unions went out in sympathy. Coalmines shut, government telephones went unrepaired, Cabinet even had its alcohol supply cut off.Brewery workers have cut off all alcohol supplies and the Government is now on the wagon.The industrial umpire recommended the workers be reinstated infuriating Sir Jo.In the end, he won, shower was restored an the workers were not reinstated.But the seeds of a far bigger defeat were already being s ewn.In 1958 Cabinet agreed on a law extinguishing land rights claims, including those of one Eddie Mabo.It has got to be stopped this land rights business.The legislation went on to be overturned in the historic Mabo ruling. That High Court case would take another three years but paved the way for native title rights across the country and made Eddie Mabo a household name.Disputes between successive governments and Indigenous leaders, gay rights activists and the ETU have flared in the generations since, but undoubtedly 1985...Don't worry about that...was a defining year. 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Let's go to sport now, Ben Lisson, lots of cricket gold at the Big Bash game last night, some of the best shots I've seen in years.Wasn't it? I love that the way the Big Bash just invents shots every ball, find the way to hit the boundary.Sometimes everyone elegant, but brutally effective, overhead shots, behind shots.The kinds of thing you try in the backyard, but these guys are doing it for plenty of money in front of thousands of people, so they make it work, and last night we had an excellent example of Big Bash cricket and the Adelaide Strikers have gone into second position after Travis Head hit three 6s in a row to win the game in an incredible final over. The Sydney Sixers went into bat first and were off to a handy start until Alex zplomp Ross took this amazing screamer. The Sixers suffered a bit of a middle order collapse after that before Brad Haddin wound back the clock, hit an unbeaten half-century with plenty of 6s in his innings as well. There were fire works above the ground, but the home side looked to be in a bit of trouble in its chase, losing a few key wickets, but that was before Travis Head put the foot down and put his side into a winning position.With Head getting his side back in the match, it set up one of the better finishes the competition has seen, so let's take a look at how the final over unfolded.13 off 6.Too easy.The local boy made good, they love him. What a shot from Travis Head.Five 6s off his last 13 balls. 7 to win.Another big hit on the legside. Another 6, two in a row, he moves to 95. The ga imis tied and this could be an historic win for the Strikers and one of the great innings seen in the Big Bash at the Adelaide Oval. 95 off 52. Oh, he get it is! He gets it! It's over. It is a 6.That's his hundred. A century to save your. A champagne moment on New Year's Eve for Travis Head.An incredible innings and an amazing year of cricket.The Mariners had a rare win over the Phoenix last night. Over 10,000 fans were drawn to Gosford. Fabio Ferrara slotted the gole to put his side in front before Phoenix could get their heads around the setback, the Mariners were in again to double their advantage. After half-time, Wellington cut the home side's lead and looked ready to push to draw the game, but Michael Neil restored Central Coast's two-goal buffer and ensureded side finished the year on a winning note. In football, the Cairns Taipans have jut set the Breakers to record a 7-point win in the NBL. The Breakers were looking good and were able to stay in touch despite a pretty strong crowd urging on the Taipans. In the third, it seemed the Breakers would cruise to victory. Cairns dug deep to snatch the unlikely victory. Also last night the Illawarra Hawks were far too good for Townsville, winning by 24 points.Tennis, the Australian Open isn't far away with players returning to competitions in preparation. Overnight in Abu Dhabi big serving Canadian Milos Raonic who just unleashed a 214km/h bomb there, looks every bit the contender with a comfortable win over South African Anderson. David Ferrer set up a match with Rafael Nadal after trouncing Jo Wilfried Tsonga.A great atmosphere.Yes, we don't hear too much about the players losing,No, the Australian Open organisers are happy.Yes, a few people have had niggles and injuries and pulling out of the tournaments in the lead-up, so the Hopman Cup and the Brisbane International to get a look at some of these players. Those tournaments begin on the weekend.Good stuff. See you later on.Filling in for Vanessa this morning is Kirsten ven, Veness.Good morning. Cloud stretching across the centre of the country today, generating heavy rain leading to flooding and storms. A bit of cloud over southern WA as well, near a trough causing storms. A monsoon low sitting over the NT and into Queensland that is bringing all that rain, but it's outback SA that could be set for the big downpour in the north-east pastoral district with between 50 and 150mm to fall across the day. Taking a look around the states now:



If you ever wondered how lions keep cool in the heat, here is the answer. At Melbourne Zoo lions have been eating a specialisy treat to help them cool down in the summer. Perhaps a novel idea, could work for pets, maybe kids' lunches, you could wrap it in ice, or maybe don't defrost some of your frozen food. I don't know. There you go.He certainly is looking as though he is enjoying the frozen treat there, thank you.We were at the zoo recently and they told us that the lion people, whatever you call themTamers.Well, the zoo keepers.The lion managers in a different sense.They were telling us that all the lions their manes are riddled with knits.Oh, really?Yes.A brave zoo keeper to try to get them out.That's what they were saying, no-one would ever go and get them out."Come here, Leo." Let me put that knit comb through your manes.A bit of trivia for you.I learning is new every day and that's in that category this morning.That's why they invited me here.Let's get more on Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations. Reporter Nick Dole was in one of the best vantage reports, Mrs Macquarie's Chair many ofWell, this is the tail end of what for many was a very big day.Many people camped out for hours, in fact, in some cases days to get the best vantage point of Sydney's fireworks.It was called City of Colour, that was the theme for the night. Happy New Year!Certainly was colourful in and around the city. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) .Apart from the colour, on the foreshore it was certainly lit up around the harbour.7 tonnes of fireworks, worth $7 million, but the Government says it is well worth the money for the extra tourism that that brings in, and many of the people here where I am at Mrs Macquarie's Chair say that they have come far and wide for years, they've been wanting to come to see Sydney's fireworks and tonight was the culmination of a life-long dream for some and it certainly sounds as though it lived up to their expectations. How could you follow that, hey? London, you've got a lot to look up to. Oh, man, that is amazing, absolutely amazing. I've waited 52 years for that. Wow! GobsmackedalHappy New Year from Argentina.From Argentina.How was it?Incredible, really incredible.Good showAmazing, just amazing. ALL: Happy New Year!

ALL: Happy New Year!Where are you guys from?From the UK, from London.Why did you want to come to Sydney for New Year's EveBecause its amazing Best fireworks in the worldBest fireworks we've ever, ever seen.So you heard about them?Yes, heard loads, you can't beat that. Just incredible.What are you guys up to tonight , partying on?Probably.Around 1.5 million people have come to the Sydney CBD and around the harbour area. That is a big logistical effort getting them all home. The lockout has been lifted so there is not a mad crush of people to get into nightclubs and other bhars, but for those who aren't kicking on, it's straight onto public transport. That will be an ordeal in itself, but over 4,000 extra buses and trains have been put on to try to get people home safely.Emma is lightly disappointed Nick wouldn't go pet into the proceedings of the night.I was just saying, wouldn't it be great if one of the reporters one day said, "Oh, stuff it." And get involved. If you can't beat them, join them.Let's go to SA and could be more Australian than celebrating New Year as from the beach.In Adelaide, sizzling temperatures drove thousands to beachside events and locals were all in agreement about what they were really looking forward to. Fireworks.Fireworks.Enjoying the firework s with the grandchildren, yes, watching their responses. The atmosphere, the people, the fireworks, the lot. You can't go wrong here. ALL: Happy New Year! Fantastic events there from the beaches in SA overnight.And I just keep thinking I went to bed so early, it's, you know...You missed out on it allYes.I played it very well, I was in bed by 8, having to be up fairly early for the show, fell asleep fairly quickly. 5 to midnight, boom, boom, the tish, tish, the house behind us having a New Year's Eve party. So I did get to see in the New Year's, a bit groggy, but hello neighboursThank you, neighbours.Pay back at some stageA few people have tweeted and they agree with me, they agree too much money involved in the fireworks. More Grinches out thereWe in, no says, "Fireworks are lovely, but same old, same old and who wants to be stuck in those crowds." Mike ki said, "I was in bed listening to Depeche Mode and asleep by 12. Now watching the fireworks I recorded.What a way to spend New Year's Eve. That is a bandy haven't heard from for ages. Whatever floats your boat. In the last 20 minutes sore so. Keep the views coming in. Fireworks are a big monumental waste of money, as Emma the Grinch said this morningI didn't say they were a monumental waste of money, I just pointed out that they are very costly, lots of crowds, most people end up watching it on the teleanyway - well, most people don't, but so-, millions.You went to the so-kaulted kiddies' fireworks.I wanted to get to bed.They would have been pretty good for the kidsThey were pretty quick.The emphasis is on quick. Over in 5 minutesMmmTo take you to the Cabinet papers from 1990, 1991 which have been released this morning. Reveal a Government grappling with the onset of severe reinvestigation but also climate change and the issue of asylum seekers.Former prime minister Bob Hawke has been talking to Tom Iggulden about the last batch of government papers for his government and how he was deposed by Paul Keating. Paul Keating has finally succeeded in his bid to oust Bob Hawke and is set to become Australia's youngest PM. The Parliamentary Labor Party have just elected a new leader, consequently a new PM of Australia, Paul Keating

Australia, Paul Keating Bob Hawke, as a senior member of the deposed PM's Club, are we seeing too many changes of leadership?Well, obviously the Australian electorate is not happy about the frequency of the change but it's going to reflect the realities that exist at any timeI mean if the Caucus or the Coalition partyroom are of the view, come to the view that they are more likely to do better with someone else, then basically self-interest will determine that that is the decision they take.Do you still maintain you still could have won a fifth election?I believe I could have, yes.Did Paul Keating make a mistake by knocking you off before you had a chance to fight that election?Well, he won the election and good luck to him on that, but of course I believe I could have won itI had beaten every Liberal Leader they had put up, and the goods and services tax, I think, was an an asthma at this stage.There is still a perception, isn't there, that your last term wassing is of a do-nothing government?It is not the general perception, it is one that Paul and his acolytes tried to spread as a basis for saying they needed a change of leadership,s but of course as I quoted independent sources said the opposite was true, that many of the decisions that were taken during that period were amongst the most important that were taken since Federation. Unemployment has hit a 12-month high.Today, a confirmation of the extent of Australia's economic downturn. Employment has jumped to its highest level for more than two years.Arguably recession will being is that will stick in the mind of most Australian voters when they look back on your period of government?I don't think it's the most, it will be and should be remembered but I think if you look at the commentaries by both Australian writers and international institutions, the transformation that will we introduced after the economic summit in '83 is regarded as the outstanding achievement.How much responsibility do you take for the recession, how much is Paul Keating's responsibility, and how much did it have to do with the change of leadership at the end of '91?We all have a responsibility to bear in that not only within Australia but generally speaking, we all underestimated the resilience of the market economy after the crash, the stock market crash of October '97, and we thought, well, we are just going to have to keep interest rates low because this has been a very, very substantial crash, and we did underestimate, we should have started increasing rts earlier and then we wouldn't have needed to take them up as high and as rapidly as we did, so that was a mistake we all ended to make.Malcolm Turnbull is facing a similar economic picture to the one you faced toward the end of your time as PM, shrinking government revenues and economic storm clouds on the horizon. What advice would you give to him?I'm not here to tell Malcolm how to run his business.Former prime minister Bob chauk, Hawke speaking to the ABC's Iggulden. From today, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will be stripped of childcare Ben knits.The Federal Government's no jab, no pay policy doesn't allow people to register as conscientious objectors, and here to discuss is the Vice President of the Australian Medical Association doctor Stephen Parnis. Happy New Year. You, into.Not always an easy task on New Year's morning, so thank you for being here.Let's start with this story about the linking of the benefits with the immunisations.Obviously a move you would welcome? Indeed. It's a recognition, I think, by both sides of politics because this had Opposition support, that public health is a major government responsibility. The vaccination rates are not as high as we would like them to be, and there has been a 20-year history of linking a vaccination history with social security benefits, so it'sing is we do welcome.Are you surprised, though, there is still this rump of people in Australia who despite all of these warnings, and all of the solid medical evidence continue to refuse to vaccinate their kids?Yes, it is a relatively small group, they fall into two camps.One group is less literate with regard to health, they have lower incomes and these are the group that I think this measure will target, but then you've got the other group, the group who are more affluent, more educated, who think they know better than the science, and I don't think that this particular measure will particularly affect them or their children.Have we seen outbreaks of disease in pockets of Australia as a result of people increasingly not vaccinating their children?Yes, we have.We are seeing increased evidence of cases of things like whooping cough compared to when I graduated 20 years ago.There was an outbreak, I believe of I think the measles in northern NSW not that long ago in an area that had a particularly low rate of vaccination, so these things are occurring and they aring harm.It is New Year's Day. The Australian Medical Association has a special message for all the smokers out there, Steph then?We do, New Year is a good time to make resolutions and withins for your health are particularly part of that, most spokers are trying to quit, we are saying good on you, it's not easy, but the benefits are profound.Two-thirds of people who smoke these days are likely to die from smoking.Two-thirds?Two-thirds, and aside from that, there are immediate benefits that occur that people will find, it is never too late.And there seems to have been an increase in the prevalence of e-cigarettesMmmHas that been a very effective way of stopping smoking?Well, they actually are not appropriate as smoking cessation agents.The evidence is still out on what their potential harms are.Cigarette companies have a big financial stake in e-cigarettes and promoting these like there is no tomorrow because they see this as a way of circumventing the laws on other cigarettes.We are saying be incredibly cautious, these are not the way to stop smoking.If you do want to stop smoking, usually the best port of call is to start by seeing your GP, but there are a number of things out there that can help you, millions of Australians have stopped and they are the ones who say that they will never go back.On that note, Stephen Parnis, thank you for joining us. Again , happy New Year.To you as well.Barack Obama has featured in Jerry Seinfeld's series comedians in cars getting coffee.This is a great series.Mr Obama shared his thoughts about fame and popularity. This is called The Beast. It is a Caddie, basically on a tank frame.Oh my god. Yeah, see, so I could call up a nuclear submarine from right here. You don't have that?I don't have that It is a cool feature, plus seat warmers, soThat's standard? That's pretty standard?That's pretty standard. This I like, though. I'm going to get that. You can have that.What is it that you really want to do that they don't let you do? I would love to just be taking a walk and then I run into you, you're sitting on a bench, right? And suddenly I say, "Hey, Jerry how are you doing?" You say, "I'm doing pretty good. Nothing. It's a Saturday morning." "That moment when you lost your anonymity and anonymity is noting is you think about as being valuable.With all due respect, I remember very well not being famous. You think it was OK?It wasn't that great? You think being famous is better? Yes?Yeah. I always wanted to be in a show about nothing and here I am.There is nothing, nothing, nothing in this. Come on, let's go get some coffee.Yes.Do you remember when you still have your anonymity, Michael.Yes, and I've still got it.And the paparazziKnocking at my door and following me to the beach.I look forward to those days, one day, maybe manyThat looks fantastic and it speaks volumes about the security that they couldn't actually go into the roads, they had to simply go on the internal track of the White House.But that was long enough,Indeed, for the show about nothingJerry still wearing the dag by Dad Jeans and those white sneakers, and that's Barack Obama's casual dress as well.Let's leave that thereOf the ABC's Pub Quiz is a tradition, the annual games show is one way to look at the year that was, last night's winner was someone, if you look very closely, you may just recognise.What colour is this dress. What was your answer?We said white and gold, or... If your blindBlack and blue.But you saw white and goldYes,The actual colour of the dress is black and blue.Oh, right.Tom and Emma, what have you got?We got confused. We put black and gold.. The budget brand for supermarket products.She does the news. Yes, this was a big story on 'Lateline' this yeah.And Tom and Emma, you scored a massive 37. Winners of the 2015 Pub Quiz are Tom and Emma.(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Well done to both of you. Truth be known, you were carried by Tom bollard. Well done, congratulations.Thank you.Always very good to win the New Year's Eve Pub QuizGreat honour, terrific honour.Because you are into the news. Ben Lisson, you would go pretty well on a sports quiz?I would, not sure about too much else, thoughI like to be the handy substitute when it comes to quizes, just the person to chip in for sports questions and then out.It is handy. I'm that one person nobody wantsI should just try to go around to sports quizes and just find them.Could be a new vocation for you. There has been a lot going on in sport?Yes, the Adelaide Strikers had a massive victory, a Travis Head century off just 53 dlivr ris helped them to move into second position on the Big Bash table over a five-wicket win over the Sixers. The Sydney Sixers went in to bat first and were off to a handy start until Alex Ross took one of the best catches the competition has seen, a magnificent diving effort that I would love to practice at the beach in the coming weeks. Brad Haddin helped the six ertion to a healthy total of 106 runs. Adelaide struggled early in its chase, losing a few crucial wickets but that was before Travis Head put the foot down and put his side into a winning position. He then spectacularly scored three consecutive 6s in the final over to guide his side to the win and to help himself to an unbeaten century. What an innings and after the match, he paid tribute to his captain, Brad Hodge. Credit to Hodgy, he stayed out there and got me really going, haven't gone so great in this tournament so far and I haven't felt like I've contributed to the team, but awesome to get the win, massive for us.The Mariners have had a bright finish to a dismal 2015. The Mariners drew over 10,000 to a home game against the Phoenix last night and received an early penalty call, Fabio Ferrara getting the first goal from the spot kick. Before the Phoenix could regain their composure, the Mariners were in again. Wellington looked to press for an equaliser, but Michael Neil came to rescue for the Mariners, ensuring the side finished the year on that turnover goal. The Australian Open isn't far away, so there is a bit of tennis around. Overnight in Abu Dhabi, Milos Raonic with a cheeky 214km/h serve there looks every bit the contender with a comfortable win over South African Kevin Anderson. David Ferrer set up a semifinal with Rafael Nadal after trouncing world No. 10 Jo Wilfried Tsonga. That's it in a busy night in sportAnd a busy morning.You've done very well, your first time filling in for PK.Thank you very much.So much so, you can come back for next week.I will take that. Sounds like fun.Kirsten has been filling in on the weather front Good morning. One day only. A lot of rain in the centre of the country affecting quite a few states so I will start with Queensland, shall I?Yes.

And Michael, that's it for you for this year - oh, last yearYes, I'm off.For the time beingI'm off on three weeks leave and I'm very unhappy about that - to leave you all in the lurch, yes, heading off for three weeks. From PK sitting in this chair and Ben doing sport and Kirsten for the weather.OfOn behalf of the viewers, it's been fantastic. You are fantastic in the morns, always so chirpy, I'm learning a thing or two from you.Coffee, lots of coffee. You don't like me very much. You've nicked off just as I have arrivedEmma, always in this situation on January 1st. Thank you for all of your support and generous responses over the last 12 months, it has been happily received here. Before I go, believe it or not, we've got a bit of music to finish up on. It is now five years since the band Powderfinger finished. There was a tearful farewell with the group on stage. Darren Milton is now forging a very successful solo career. He ka imin earlier this year, last year, to play a song or two, still making fantastic music and he has got a new song, it is called The Lines, and he gave us a very special performance in the studio. Have a great 2016. We are back very soon.Have a great trip. (.(Sings) # I went down a road I didn't know # Just to see how far I would go # You drove past in the night but you lied so low # You didn't see me all alone # I follow the lines, but the lines are hard to see # Or is that just me? # I spent some time just trying to work this out # Seems I need more now # It seem s I need more now # So you tell me # Let the waters carry you home # Home # Don't let this moment bury you whole, whole

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#If I turn around, well, there is still no guarantee # That I'll find you with me # And I've spent some time just trying to work this out # I feel no closer now # No, I feel no closer # So you tell me # Let these waters carry you home, home # Don't let this moment bury you whole, whole # And if I tell you a story now # Just keep your mind open # Because all this glory # Well, it has faded and broken # I tell you right now # It will all be

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This Program is Captioned Live by CSI AustraliaThis morning - towering inferno, a skyscraper goes up in flames in Dubai just before the midnight fireworks. Also ahead - across Australia and around the world people are celebrating the new year.Cabinet documents revealed today show the Hawke Government considered a carbon tax as a way of combating climate change.And a dazzling century from Travis Head gives the Adelaide Strikers a dramatic last-over victory. Hello and welcome to Mornings, I'm Joe O'Brien. Taking a quick look at the weather first in the capital cities:

First this morning - there's been an emergency bushfire situation just south of Perth overnight. The emergency alert was issued last night for southwestern parts of Secret Harbour in an area bounded by Lowlands crezent, Cobblestone Circuit, Radar Break and Drumnds Approach in Rockingham. It's out of control and unpredictable. Burning embers are likely to be blown around homes but there is optimism the situation may have improved in the last hour or so. Damon Childs from WA's fire and emergency services joins me on the phone. Good morning, what's the latest?We still have an