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The massive operation of the Bali bombings. to evacuate Australian survivors

plans for weekend terror attacks. The tourists warned by locals about

over its terrible toll in Bali. And Newcastle a city in shock It was meant to be a good holiday. the worst of our lives. It's turned out to be This program is LIVE captioned. This is Seven News with Ian Ross. Good evening. In a massive effort, in the latest Bali bombings Australians critically injured

have been air-lifted out, the best care possible. and tonight are receiving is now expected to rise to four. The Australian death toll are fleeing Bali, Hundreds of Australian tourists The large-scale medical evacuations flown to intensive care units have seen wounded Australians in Singapore and Darwin. many survivors As well as the physical injuries, with the emotional damage. are now struggling to come to terms

is the face of suffering. Jessica Fitzgerald from Western Australia The 13-year-old schoolgirl and shrapnel embedded in her body. has severe burns But it's worse. is dead, Her 16-year-old brother Brendan

and her father clings to life, she'll never know. all of it for reasons are struggling to understand why too. Other Australian victims needed shrapnel removed from her leg. Julia Aleta were eating dinner in Jimbaran Bay She and her mother when the bombs went off close by. She heard the first bomb blast. She stood up. but she ran. She ran. I said, "Stay calm"

just run after her. And my instinct was because there were people there, We ran up to the restaurant very caring, and they were very hospitable, and they took care of us. and they took care of us. But we never looked back.

was her first overseas trip. The Bali holiday was another of the soft targets. Vicky Griffiths, also from Newcastle, some plastic surgery I've got to have where it's all torn, around the outside of the eye in my back and I've got some ball bearings that I have to get taken out. but won't be returning. She's been coming here for 30 years,

defiance of what's been happening. The last three years we've come in

they've worn us down this time. But I think anymore. I don't think we can be defiant have lost friends here. Vicky and her husband Kim The real grieving is yet to begin. when we go home, I think it will be worse and that. dealing with the loss of our friends arrived to help - Health Minister Tony Abbott the "Minister for Evacuations". last night, Oh, look, it's very sad. by the Indonesians But they were looked after

in Australia. and they'll be looked after now they were being treated At Bali's airport, stretchered onto waiting aircraft. right up to the moment they were more than a holiday destination - It looked like a war zone terrorism's front line once more. touchdown in Darwin. And a few hours later, a critically injured couple, A private air ambulance transported again from Newcastle. Hercules with another seven patients, That was followed by an Air Force all part of a disaster response plan with severe shrapnel injuries. activated to treat those They've come from bombs that have been designed specifically of human misery and human damage. to cause the maximum amount

around 40 walking wounded The hospital is expecting to receive in the days ahead. have been airlifted to Singapore, Burns patients from Newcastle. including Bruce Williamson His wife Jennifer Australians killed in the blasts. is one of the two confirmed is now by his father's bedside, Their son

that their travel colleagues, while fears are growing Colin and Fiona Zwolinski, are among the dead.

a media conference Bali police have just held Bali police have just held

to update their investigation. Seven's Adrian Brown joins us now. Adrian, what's the latest? Good

evening. Well, no major

developments to report. Police gave

a conference in which they gave

brief outlines of the deskriplgz of

the three bombers, including their

height, but nothing major.

Indonesian police indicated they

believe the bombs could have been

triggered by phones. Which is the

scare for Australians still in Bali? And Adrian, there's been a fresh modus operandi of JI.

That's right. It seems that a

That's right. It seems that a

number of Australians living here

have been receiving hoax SMS mess

plgs in English warning of attacks.

Now, DFAT is stressing these

messages have nothing to do with

them, and the language and grammar

is poor, and these appear to be

hoaxes, but a disturbing

development nevertheless. In a disturbing development, Australian tourists have revealed safe to go out on the weekend. local people warned them it wasn't terrorists were planning to strike. They'd heard rumours on the ground here in Bali, Australian Federal Police

caused by a suicide bomb sifting through the debris at a packed family restaurant. and know what they're looking for. They've been here before to track the terrorists We've been trying

with the Indonesian national police since the Bali bombings. Indonesian police

of three suicide bombers. have recovered the severed heads for us to show, The photos are too gruesome publication will help identify them. but they hope they were Jemaah Islamiah operatives It's believed with three supervisors,

Azahari Husin. along with JI's master bomb-maker, now on the run,

with 10kg of TNT, and ball bearings. The devices were each packed They weren't made in Bali, according to Australian tourists. but their existence was widely known, attacks were imminent. They say word on the street was two days prior Security guards had told us Kuta on Friday and Saturday night. that it wasn't safe to go out in On Friday they said, "Oh, look, don't go out "'cause there are going to be bombings on Friday, Saturday night."

And we're like, "Oh, yeah. Whatever."

And it ended up happening, so it's pretty sad. Even locals were too scared to go out. One of the bouncers at Paddy's said he's not working Friday, Saturday night because he thought there might be a terror attack. Some suspect the rumours they heard may have been because of the upcoming anniversary of the 2002 bombings. It's probably not because he had any inside information,

but because it's the weekend closest to the anniversary. It will take police weeks to sift through the evidence they find at these crime scenes, vital for determining just who is behind these attacks. Australian tourists have packed Denpasar Airport, desperate to get out of Bali. While most say they won't ever return, others have chosen to stay on, determined not to be frightened away by terrorists. Hundreds of Australians crammed Bali's airport, destination "anywhere but here". Everyone's pretty much freaking out at home and I just think it's probably safer for us to leave. Thought I'd get out now in case anything else happens. Trying to escape the dream-holiday-turned-nightmare in the flash of a terrorist's bomb. It was just a mess, and people were running....

People were running and screaming away. A lot of people with, you know, blood on them. The queues stretched around the terminal as they waited hours for the chance to get a seat home. There were extra flights, but it wasn't easy. We've got friends that can't get out. We're stuck here. And for some, leaving last night was leaving for good. Never. Never. It was my holiday of a lifetime. I've waited about 10 years for it, and I'll never come back again. Balinese today opened their shops and restaurants to quieter streets. As tourists flee, their livelihood is fading before their eyes.

REPORTER: No customers? Despite the fear and devastation you can see here in Kuta Square, there are Australians determined to stay here in Bali - some to simply finish their holiday,

others to send a message to the terrorists. Helen Moffatt believes there's nothing to fear. No, it doesn't feel unsafe. I'm not scared to go out at night or anything like that, or not scared to go on tours.

Glen Mumford is more direct. To be frank, we don't want the bastards to win. Australians who fled the chaos in Bali have arrived home to emotional welcomes at Sydney airport.

Most of those coming home cut short holidays to get aboard a Qantas relief flight. Frightened and very fragile, these Australians were the first to line up

for two special Qantas flights out of Bali.

We're here to try and help you guys as much as possible. On board, they filled in forms for the Australian Federal Police. Many were still dazed from the attacks. Back home, families and friends waited.

We've had no sleep until we knew what was happening. I'm pretty stressed out, just waiting for her to come home. They arrived to the open arms of loved ones. Everyone had a story. We just heard a gigantic explosion and everyone in our cafe just all dived to the floor. Then everyone started running. No-one knew if we were running to another bomb. We were at my cousin's wedding and everyone was panicking. My son's only 14 and he's still stuck there with his mother. One of my friends lost both his parents. Another one lost his mum. The trauma of this tragedy has divided emotions. REPORTER: Will you go back? Never, no.

Yes. That's Aussie resilience. I think we do, we go back. It is just so sad for the Balinese. They will be devastated by this. Qantas says a third relief flight is making its way out of Bali.

It's due in at Sydney tonight around 9 o'clock. Among those arriving home are Newcastle families who were caught up in the attacks. They've returned to a city in shock over its terrible toll from the blasts. Jordan and Dane Griffiths have just lived the stuff of nightmares. It was meant to be a good holiday. It turned out to be the worst of our lives. Dane saw the blast in Kuta. The whole front of the restaurant flew across the road. Not knowing about the bomb at Jimbaran Bay, he thought his parents Kim and Vicky were safe. But their terrible injuries are now being treated in Darwin. Mum's getting an eye operation now. Yeah, she's getting plastic surgery now. And Dad's getting his skull fixed. Jordan and Dane flew into Sydney today.

So did Isaac and Ben Zwolinski.

It's believed they've lost both parents - father Colin, the manager of a tunnelling company, and mother Fiona. Neighbours are shocked. Very sorrowful. It's very difficult to come to grips with it. This is Bruce Williamson just moments after the blast. His wife Jennifer was killed. He's now in a Singapore hospital. So, too, prominent Newcastle lawyer Paul Anicich, and wife Peni. It's believed Paul has since suffered a stroke. Paul's condition is serious. He's suffered blast injuries and shrapnel wounds. All these victims are friends with children at the same school, St Francis Xavier College. So how will the community here deal with something as terrible as this? Well, the victims, their families and friends say they have to and they'll help each other do it. They say they were tight before. This will make them closer still. We'll stand together and get through it, for sure. The Federal Government has defended its travel alert system in the wake of Saturday's bombings. Political editor Mark Riley joins us from Canberra. Mark, Canberra did issue repeated warnings more terrorist attacks were likely in Bali. Yes, Ian. In fact, two fresh warnings were issued just last week.

But they were only general in nature, and the Prime Minister says there as no specific intelligence pointing to the latest attacks. The dangers of travelling to Bali had been clear, but clearly disregarded by thousands of holidaying Australians. In the end, you can't stop people going. This is a democracy. We have no right to say to people,

"We will not allow you to leave Australia."

The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued regular travel warnings since the 2002 Bali bombings, just last Thursday warning that terrorists were - of planning attacks against Westerners in Indonesia, And only 24 hours before the bombings, saying - All those travel advisories are there for judgment. At the end of the day, there's no direction here. Australians make up their own minds. Indonesian police warned in June that Jemaah Islamiah was recruiting suicide bombers. In July, intelligence agencies predicted JI might copy the London bombers, setting off backpack explosives in crowded places. Each time, new advisories were issued,

but with limited effect. I wouldn't at all be surprised if a number of people don't even bother with these sorts of things. I mean, rarely does a month pass by that you don't get a warning of this sort. Now, those warnings may be upgraded. We will make a judgment as to whether there should be any further change to the travel advisory. Mr Howard spoke to his Indonesian counterpart overnight, and they've vowed to step up the fight against terrorism.

And they're determined not to allow these bombings to drive a wedge between their countries. The rest of today's news is after the break, including wild grand final celebrations as Sydney's west turns into Tiger town. And the plan to ease pain at the pump with a daily cap on petrol prices.

From Balmain to Campbelltown, the party is still going tonight

after the Wests Tigers claimed the NRL premiership. Victory saw streets turn into a sea of black and gold Victory saw streets turn into a sea of black and gold as fans roared their approval. The full-time whistle triggered a full-on blast. (chanting) Tigers, Tigers, Tigers! The streets of gold and black territory erupted. CROWD CHEERS At the Wests club in Ashfield,

the League champions thought they'd try another sport. At Balmain, the boys were traffic-stoppers.

After waiting so long, all the fans shared the prize. This belongs to all of you! After a full night celebrating, there were more fans to meet. Come on. Get 'em out here! We want 'em out! Then, one by one, they came - the bleary eyes of the Tigers. CROWD CHEERS CROWD CHEERS The noisiest welcome was for the spoils of victory. We are the premiers! And the roadshow continued to the heart of Tiger territory. Here at the hollowed ground at Leichardt Oval, the returning grand final heroes have had a more restrained welcome - nah, just kidding. Come out! Bring 'em out! They came with League's holy grail to show to the faithful. CROWD CHEERS And a chance for the coach to show off his drill sergeant technique. We chewed 'em up and spat 'em out. We chewed 'em up and spat 'em out. As in every great contest, for each fist raised in triumph, there's a broken heart. Back in Tigerland, though, it's as if the victory dance will never end. CAR HORN TOOTS Car'n the Tigers. The long weekend is dragging on even longer

for drivers heading back to Sydney tonight. Traffic on the F3 is crawling as holiday-makers return from the North Coast. It looked quicker to jog along some stretches of the freeway. Traffic flow is expected to be just as frustrating at the end of the week when the school holidays finish up. Pain at the petrol pump has prompted calls

for a system of locking fuel prices in 24 hours in advance. Oil companies would face hefty fines if they raise prices in the middle of the day. The system already operates in Western Australia. Now a New South Wales MP wants it to apply here. I think this sort of protection and scrutiny is something that will stop price gouging. is something that will stop price gouging. It will certainly stop profiteering. Premier Iemma says he's awaiting results from a consumer watchdog investigation into the West Australian law. Time for sport with Nick McArdle. Game over, but no sign of the celebrations coming to an end? If today is any indication, they're in for the long haul. Hard to imagine it getting any better for the Tigers. But for Scott Prince, it has, with news he'll wear the green and gold.

And an exclusive tonight - the moment Benji Marshall was reduced to tears.

It just keeps getting better for Tigers' captain Scott Prince. Fresh from his man-of-the-match performance in the grand final, he's been named in the Kangaroos' squad for the Tri-Nations. He's the only Tigers player in the squad.

Andrew Johns is there but Darren Lockyer will be the skipper.

Cowboy Luke O'Donnell's selection should do a little to ease the pain of a grand final loss. And what an amazing 24 hours for Scott Prince. Life just keeps getting better for Wests Tigers skipper Scott Prince. The title, a Clive Churchill medal winner, and now, to top it all off,

he's the first Kangaroo tourist for the joint venture.

Did you believe me when I rang you? No, I didn't. Great stuff, mate. I just think it's the icing on the cake, isn't it? How good is it!

The grand final didn't start sensationally for his side. COMMENTATOR: Thurston to Bowen. Bowen scores! But the silliest of balls by Bowman brought it back to 6-6 before that man Benji Marshall made the play of the day. Marshall's got Richards coming up outside.

His flick inside was pure magic as Pat Richards, pumped up on painkilling needles, pushed his injured ankle to get away. And that is one of the great grand final tries. Benji found his brothers after the match, then summoned his sensational step to slip out of the sheds to find his family, where the tears flowed. It's unbelievable.

And it got better. His brother and mother Lydia among those performing a haka from his home town of Whakatane.

The job she's done for me to turn out like I have - I love her so much, and love my brothers as well.

He wasn't the only hero.

La Franchi has scored for the Wests Tigers. It's the best week of my life - win a premiership and get married on Friday.

So couldn't ask for a better week, I suppose. Prince's night just as perfect as he put it out of doubt with two dummies that helped set up Fitzhenry, before big Todd Payten finished them off with the final try. A lot of my mates got on me for the last try scorer, so I'll be going NSW-wide to collect those free beers. That tour started with a salute on stage before the lap of honour, where they looked for loved ones in the crowd,

and then continued those celebrations into the night. I was going off like a mad woman. I think I've lost my voice, I was singing that much. And she wasn't alone. New South Wales paceman Stuart Clarke

has been called into the Australian one-day side for the series against the Rest of the World starting Wednesday. The two sides came face to face in Melbourne this afternoon the Aussies less than impressed with Brian Lara's claim they're vulnerable and could be easy pickings. At present they are a bit wounded after the Ashes

and we're going to be looking to apply the pressure.

Injury is a problem for Australia - Brag Hogg has a bad knee and Shaun Tait has a shoulder problem that needs surgery. Cameron White and Stuart Clarke are the replacements. Aussie Troy Corser is the new World Superbike Champion. Second spot at Imola gave Corser an unbeatable lead in the championship after race 2 was cancelled because of a thunderstorm.

And a very lucky escape for all the drivers in this crash in the NASCARs in Alabama. Michael Waltrip was the luckiest of all. That's his car rolling. Bit

affa headache for those guys, but

probably not as big as

probably not as big as the Tigers.

Not even close. It could be a couple of weeks still. Nuala has Sydney's weather after the break, but first, finance. And the markets had a quiet day with a public holiday in some States. Bird flu fears boosted drug-maker Biota, but travel-related stocks fell after the Bali bombings.

Tomorrow on Sunrise, Good evening. What a day. The heat hit seemingly out of nowhere, setting a day record for 3 October. Great weather for the Labour Day holiday. But a change is on the way tonight, that's going to cool us down for the return to work tomorrow. 34 degrees was the record-setting top today, 12 degrees above average. There was little to no sea breeze, which meant the coast was just as hot as inland suburbs. Milder in the mountains, up to 24. On the charts, very warm northerly winds under this high are responsible for today's summery weather.

A gusty southerly change moving up the coast will bring some cloud, a little drizzle and cooler temperatures tomorrow. But it's back to warm northerlies under this high on Wednesday.

Interstate - On the waters - Tomorrow's forecast bears little resemblance to today's scorcher. Following the change overnight, it will be milder and overcast tomorrow, with the chance of some morning drizzle. Temperatures will be over 10 degrees cooler than today.

Back to the low 20s. Then true to the changeable nature of spring, it's back up to a toasty 29 on Wednesday. Onshore winds will bring the odd shower on Thursday with rain likely on Friday and perhaps into the start of our weekend as well. Some relief for pollen sufferers. High levels today should drop down to low to medium tomorrow.

34. What's going on? Thanks. And that's Seven News to now. I'm Ian Ross. Thanks for your company. Goodnight.