The following lists events that happened during
. 2007 in Australia
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Premiers and Chief Ministers [ edit ]
Governors and Administrators [ edit ]
Whole year [ edit ]
January [ edit ]
February [ edit ]
3 March – Liberal Senator
Ian Campbell resigns his cabinet portfolio as Minister for Human Services after it is revealed that he, like Kevin Rudd, had met with disgraced former Premier of Western Australia, Brian Burke. 4 March – At the request of president
Xanana Gusmão and prime minister José Ramos-Horta, Australian Special Air Service troops raid a rebel stronghold in Same, East Timor, in an attempt to capture rebel leader Alfredo Reinhado. Four Timorese men are killed in the battle, and Reinhado escapes. 6 March – The Australian government approves a proposed
A$11.1 billion sale of the national airline Qantas to an international consortium after the Foreign Investment Review Board finds that the sale would not breach foreign ownership laws. 7 March – Five Australians are killed when
Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 crashes and explodes in Java: a journalist, two Australian Federal Police officers, an Australian embassy official and a foreign aid worker. 8 March – Two people are killed when
Severe Tropical Cyclone George makes landfall near Port Hedland, Western Australia. A third death occurs three days later when a man dies of head injuries sustained in the cyclone. 9 March – Shadow Attorney-General
Kelvin Thomson resigns from the Opposition front bench after it is revealed that he wrote a positive character reference for Melbourne gangland figure and fugitive Tony Mokbel six years ago. 14 March – An electrical fault on a
Northern Line train near the Sydney Harbour Bridge strands 4,000 passengers on Sydney's CityRail train system for nearly three hours, and causes substantial delays during the evening rush hour. 16 March – Senator
Santo Santoro resigns as Minister for Ageing following a scandal involving his ownership of shares in a company related to his portfolio. He resigns from the Senate on 20 March. 18 March – More than 200,000 people walk across the
Sydney Harbour Bridge to celebrate its 75th anniversary. 23 March – Three people are killed when three trucks and four cars are involved in a major collision and explosion in
Melbourne's Burnley Tunnel. 23 March – The
PlayStation 3 games console is released in Australia, exactly a year after the Australian release of Microsoft's Xbox 360. 24 March – The
Australian Labor Party and Premier Morris Iemma are returned to power with a reduced majority in the 2007 New South Wales state election. Peter Debnam resigns as Opposition Leader & Barry O'Farrell is elected leader on 4 April. 26 March – Australian
Guantanamo Bay detainee David Matthew Hicks pleads guilty to a charge of providing material support for terrorism before a United States military commission in Cuba. 28 March – Four people are killed after a private charter boat collides with a
Sydney Harbour ferry. 29 March –
New South Wales Police arrest three people, including an Australian Army captain, for alleged involvement in the theft and distribution of M72 LAW rocket launchers to criminals.  31 March –
Earth Hour, in which Sydneysiders were encouraged to turn off their lights between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm, takes place.
2 April – The
Bureau of Meteorology issues a tsunami warning for the east coast of Australia after an earthquake in the South Pacific Ocean is detected. Precautions are taken, such as the suspension of Sydney Ferries services, but Australia is unaffected. The tsunami, however, causes devastation in the Solomon Islands. 10 April – Four elderly residents of the Broughton Hall nursing home in Melbourne die after a
gastroenteritis outbreak at the home over the Easter weekend. A fifth resident dies in hospital on 16 April. 19 April – Prime Minister
John Howard announces a report which states that unless significant rain falls in the Murray-Darling Basin within the next six to eight weeks, Australia will face a major agricultural crisis with no irrigation allocations available to farmers. 24 April – Two Australian soldiers are injured when a roadside bomb goes off in
Iraq. 26 April – Former immigration minister Senator
Amanda Vanstone announces her immediate resignation from the Australian Senate. It is announced later that day that Vanstone will take up the position of Australia's Ambassador to Italy in late June.
1 June – The Australian Government climate task force releases its report, recommending Australia implement an
emissions trading scheme by 2012. Prime Minister John Howard declines to set a target for greenhouse gas reduction until after the 2007 election.  5 June – Eleven people are killed, 12 seriously injured, 50 others wounded and 13 still missing after a
V/Line train collides with a truck at a level crossing near Kerang, Victoria.  6 June – Fugitive
Tony Mokbel is recaptured in Greece after being missing since March 2006.  8–10 June –
Major storms strike Newcastle, the Hunter Region and the Central Coast, killing at least nine people and causing major flooding. The coal freighter Pasha Bulker is forced to run aground on Nobby's Beach, a major Newcastle beach.
  
September [ edit ]
October [ edit ]
4 October – The controversial
Gunns Bell Bay Pulp Mill is given the go-ahead by federal Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with some conditions imposed on its development and with the Shadow minister for Environment and Water 's backing.  8–11 October – Severe thunderstorms have pounded South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, with hailstones the size of tennis balls and destructive winds being recorded in
Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Lismore. 
November [ edit ]
December [ edit ]
Arts & Literature [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
29 January – Former
host and CEO of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Nine Network, Eddie McGuire, returns to screens as the host of Nine's new game show . Also debuting on the same night, but at a different time, is the 1 vs. 100 Seven Network's big money game show . The Rich List 9 February – The
Australian Football League signs a five-year broadcasting contract with the Seven Network, Network Ten and pay TV provider Foxtel, in a controversial deal that will see half of the AFL matches played each week broadcast on Foxtel instead of free-to-air television. 12 February –
Jodi Power, a family friend of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, made allegations in a paid interview on Channel Seven's that Corby's sister Mercedes had previously asked Power to transport drugs to Bali and that Mercedes had confessed to smuggling compressed cannabis concealed inside her body into Indonesia. Mercedes is interviewed by Today Tonight Channel Nine's rival program on 14 February. A Current Affair 1 April – When it was announced on
, The Weekend Sunrise Seven Network pays $3 million for the broadcast rights to the fourth series of , a popular sitcom which had previously aired until their final appearance on the Kath & Kim ABC in 2005/06 as . Da Kath & Kim Code 16 April – Australia's Leader of the Opposition
Kevin Rudd and Minister for Workplace Relations Joe Hockey discontinue their weekly appearances on Seven's breakfast news program after four years. The decision follows possibly politically-damaging accusations that Sunrise Sunrise had requested that Rudd appear at a dawn service for ANZAC Day in Long Tan, Vietnam, with the service held an hour early to accommodate the time difference for live television.  18 May – After a tumultuous 15-month reign, the
CEO of the Nine Network, Eddie McGuire, resigns. 1 June – The very last ever episode of
goes to air on the Bert's Family Feud Nine Network after an 18-month run. The show was axed due to the strong competition prize win of rival Seven Network game show . Deal or No Deal 22 June –
is axed by Mornings with Kerri-Anne WIN. Only Nine or NBN will continue the show. is replaced by Mornings with Kerri-Anne a talk show with Susie Susie Elelman in Wollongong debuted on 25 June, just one week after Seven's introduced. The Morning Show The Morning Show will definitely be hosted by Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies. 5 July – High-budget drama series
makes its debut on the Sea Patrol Nine Network. 23 July – Top-rating soap opera
makes a super international revamp over to continue its long-run on the Neighbours Network Ten. 30 July –
Aleisha Cowcher wins Big Brother Australia 2007 becoming the second ever female winner. 19 August – Fourth series premiere of
at 7:30 pm, now on the Kath & Kim Seven Network, attracts an audience of 2.521 million nationally, making it the most watched television programme so far in 2007  and the highest rating ever for a first episode in the history of Australian television.   6 September –
Julian Morrow and Chas Licciardello from along with nine other production crew members are The Chaser's War on Everything arrested in Sydney during the APEC summit for entering a restricted area. Those arrested were travelling in a fake Canadian motorcade and Licciardello was dressed up as Osama bin Laden. 15 October –
Seven HD is introduced, becoming the first HD-only channel operated by a Melbourne-based commercial television network. 21 October – The
Nine Network includes the " worm" audience reaction graph in their broadcast of the election debate between John Howard and Kevin Rudd, despite agreements to the contrary. The National Press Club cut Nine's transmission feed, and the ABC cut their backup feed. Nine continued to transmit by adding the worm to the Sky News broadcast.  2 November –
Network Ten's news anchorperson Charmaine Dragun is found dead near Sydney, apparently due to a suicide. 25 November –
Natalie Gauci is based only on Sony BMG after taking out the title as Australian Idol. 30 November –
Daryl Somers quits the-highest rating Seven's styled-reality show Saturday Night Fever . Dancing with the Stars 16 December –
Ten HD launches.
1 January – Cricketer
Justin Langer announces his retirement from Test cricket following the 2006-07 Ashes series, after similar announcements from teammates Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. 5 January –
Australia wins the Fifth Ashes Test against by 10 wickets at the SCG in Sydney, New South Wales – achieving a 5–0 "whitewash" of every Test in the series for the first time in 86 years. 18 February – Season premiers
Melbourne Victory FC win the second A-League association football grand final at Telstra Dome in Melbourne, beating Adelaide United 6–0, with Archie Thompson scoring 5 goals. 1 March – Jockey
Chris Munce is sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in Hong Kong for taking bribes in exchange for racing tips. His lawyers are appealing. 4 March –
Troy Bayliss and British rider James Toseland each take a race win at the 2007 Australian Superbike World Championship round at Phillip Island. 9 March –
Brisbane Bullets clinch their first title in twenty years by defeating Melbourne Tigers 103–94 in Game 4 of the NBL Grand Final series. 10 March – Motorcycle racer
Casey Stoner wins the first grand prix of the MotoGP season and the first ever 800cc grand prix, beating world champion Valentino Rossi at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. 17 March – The
Carlton Blues win the 2007 NAB Cup, the pre-season competition of the Australian Football League, beating the Brisbane Lions. 18 March –
Kimi Räikkönen wins the 2007 Australian Grand Prix for the Scuderia Ferrari team. 18 March – The
Gold Coast Titans play their first ever match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium. They lose 20–18. Their first home game is against the Cronulla Sharks one week later. 18 March – 1 April – The
2007 World Aquatics Championships were held in Melbourne. 20 March –
West Coast Eagles midfielder Ben Cousins is suspended indefinitely by his club after missing two days of training in a row. He later attends a four-week rehabilitation clinic in the United States. 23 March –
Tasmania wins the Pura Cup cricket competition for the first time, beating New South Wales by 421 runs at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. 31 March – Retired swimmer
Ian Thorpe is accused in French sports newspaper of having tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone in May 2006. L'Equipe FINA demands an investigation into the allegations, which Thorpe denies. Thorpe is eventually found to have no case to answer 8 April –
Will Power becomes the first Australian to win a Champ Car race after taking victory at the opening round of the season at the Vegas Grand Prix in Las Vegas. 10 April –
Rugby League legend Andrew Johns announces his retirement following a neck injury. 15 April – Australian cyclist
Stuart O'Grady wins the Paris–Roubaix Classic.  28 April –
Australia wins the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, beating Sri Lanka by 53 runs.  23 May –
Queensland defeat New South Wales 25–18 in the first State of Origin match in the 2007 series. 7–29 July – The
2007 AFC Asian Cup football (soccer) tournament takes place in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Socceroos took part for the first time since joining the AFC in 2006. The Socceroos were drawn in Group A with Thailand, Iraq and Oman. They successfully reached the quarter finals, but were defeated by Japan in a penalty shootout. 21 July –
Ben Cousins makes his AFL comeback for the Eagles against rivals the Sydney Swans. 23 July –
Denis Pagan is sacked as the coach of Carlton Football Club.  25 July – After
26 years as Essendon coach, it is announced that the contract of Kevin Sheedy will not be renewed at the end of the season.  29 July – Australian cyclist
Cadel Evans comes second in the final standings of the 2007 Tour de France. 23 August – A horse is diagnosed with
horse flu (equine influenza) in a quarantine station at Eastern Creek. Further horses are diagnosed at the quarantine centre, Centennial Park and outside New South Wales over the next few days, resulting in the cancellation of race meetings Australia-wide and suspension of horse transportation for 72 hours on 25 August.  26 August – Melbourne Aussie rules fans farewell
Essendon Football Club coach Kevin Sheedy and captain James Hird, as the Bombers are defeated by Richmond 17.17 (119) to 13.14 (92) at the MCG.  30 August –
News Limited papers reveal that Andrew Johns was arrested in London for possessing ecstasy. He later admits to using recreational drugs throughout his career. 30 August – The 2007
Spring Racing Carnival at Randwick Racecourse is cancelled to the equine influenza outbreak. 30 August –
Jana Rawlinson (née Pittman) wins the women's 400m hurdles at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan. 1 September –
Nathan Deakes wins the 50 km walk at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan. 23 September – Motorcycle racer
Casey Stoner gains an unbeatable lead in the MotoGP world championships when he finished third in a race in Tokyo.  29 September – The
Geelong Football Club (24.19.163) defeat Port Adelaide (6.8.44) to win the 111th VFL/AFL premiership. It is the first premiership since 1963 for the Cats, the first premiership won by a Victorian team since 2000 and the largest ever winning margin in VFL/AFL grand final history. 30 September – The
Melbourne Storm defeat the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (34–8) at Telstra Stadium, to win the 100th NSWRL/ ARL/ NRL premiership. 6 October –
England knock the Wallabies out of the quarter finals of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. 7 October – The
2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was won by defending champions Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup for TeamVodafone ahead of two other Ford Falcons. It was the first Ford whitewash of the Bathurst podium since 1988. 14 October – New world champion,
Casey Stoner took victory at the Australian MotoGP Grand Prix, at Phillip Island, the first Australian to win his home event since Mick Doohan in 1998. 21 October –
Sébastien Bourdais becomes the first driver to win the Gold Coast Champ Car motor race twice with his victory at the 2007 Lexmark Indy 300. 27 October –
El Segundo ridden by Luke Nolen wins the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. 6 November –
Efficient wins the 2007 Melbourne Cup. 17 November –
Australia wins the 2007 Netball World Championships when the Aussies beat New Zealand's Silver Ferns (42–38) in Auckland. 19 November –
Ben Cousins is banned from playing top-flight AFL for 12 months after being charged of bringing the game into disrepute. 21 November – The
Olyroos football team qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 28 November – Sydney hosts the
Asian Football Confederation awards. 2 December –
Garth Tander wins the 2007 Dunlop Grand Finale, scoring enough points to overhaul Jamie Whincup to win the 2007 V8Supercar Championship Series at Phillip Island, his first series title, and the second successive title for the Toll HSV Dealer Team. 16 December –
Craig Parry wins the Australian Open golf tournament. 28 December –
achieves line honours for the third year running in the Wild Oats XI 2007 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Rosebud is declared the handicap winner the following day.
1 January –
Leonard Fraser, 55, serial killer 2 January –
A. Richard Newton, 55, electrical engineer and academic 4 January –
Ben Gannon, 54, film producer 4 January –
Ken Lorraway, 50, triple jumper 12 January –
Sir James Killen, 81, Liberal politician 24 January –
Harry Melbourne, 94, confectioner (inventor of Freddo Frog) 27 January –
Trevor Allan, 30, rugby union player and commentator 9 February –
Andrew McAuley, 39, kayak adventurer 13 February –
Elizabeth Jolley, 83, author 28 February –
Billy Thorpe, 60, musician 7 March –
Morgan Mellish, 36, journalist 9 March –
Ron Evans, 67, footballer and chairman of the AFL 11 March –
Angela Webber, 52, comedian and writer 23 March –
Damian McDonald, 34, Olympic cyclist 30 March –
Basil Catterns, 90, WWII soldier 1 April –
John Billings, 89, medical doctor 2 April –
Jeannie Ferris, 66, Liberal senator 10 April –
Kevin Crease, 70, South Australian newsreader 13 April –
Joe Lane, 80, bebop jazz vocalist 15 April –
Justine Saunders, 54, actress 17 April –
Len Fitzgerald, 76, VFL/SANFL footballer 17 April –
Bruce Haslingden, 84, Olympic cross-country skier 20 April –
Audrey Fagan, 44, Chief Police Officer of the ACT 21 April –
Lobby Loyde, 64, musician 13 May –
Kate Webb, 64, war journalist 14 May –
Aaron McMillan, 30, classical pianist 16 May –
Allan Hird, Sr., 88, VFL footballer 20 May –
Norman Von Nida, 93, golfer 21 May –
Peter Hayes, 54, lawyer 24 May –
Bill Johnston, 85, cricketer 27 May –
Ron Archer, 73, Test cricketer 29 May –
Norman Kaye, 80, actor 4 June –
Tom Burns, 75, ALP politician 8 June –
Lynne Randell, 57, 1960s pop singer 10 June –
George Burarrwanga, 50, lead singer of the Warumpi Band 12 June –
Frank Scarrabelotti, 109, Australia's oldest man 6 July –
Eileen Wearne, 95, sprinter and Australia's oldest Olympic athlete 9 July –
General John Baker, 71, former Chief of the Australian Defence Force (1995–1998) 11 July –
Richard Franklin, 58, film director 11 July –
Glenda Adams, 68, writer 12 July –
Stan Zemanek, 60, radio broadcaster 16 July –
Tom Brooks, 88, NSW cricketer and international umpire 22 July –
Walter Jona, 81, Victorian politician 27 July –
Leo "Lucky" Grills, 79, comedian and actor 7 August –
Wolfgang Sievers, 93, photographer 12 August –
Ronald N. Bracewell, 86, physicist and radio astronomer 17 August –
Tanja Liedtke, 30, dancer 8 September –
Vincent Serventy, 91, writer and conservationist 13 September –
Neville Jeffress, 87, advertising executive and founder of Media Monitors Australia 13 September –
Clare Oliver, 26, cancer activist 18 September –
Len Thompson, 60, Collingwood VFL player 20 September –
Myra Nicholson, 112, Australia's oldest person 21 September –
Bob Collins, 61, former ALP senator 29 September –
Lois Maxwell, 80, Canadian actress who played Miss Moneypenny in the early James Bond films, spent later years of her life in Perth. 1 October –
Chris Mainwaring, 41, West Coast Eagles AFL player 12 October –
Kim Edward Beazley, 90, ALP politician and father of Kim Beazley 23 October –
John Ilhan, 42, founder of Crazy John's mobile phones 27 October –
Charles Batt, 86, Tasmanian politician 2 November –
Charmaine Dragun, 29, Network Ten WA newsreader 3 November –
Peter Andren, 61, Independent MP for Calare 6 November –
George Grljusich, 68, sports announcer and commentator 25 November –
Matt Price, 46, journalist and newspaper columnist 27 November –
Bernie Banton, 61, asbestos campaigner 1 December –
Ken McGregor, 78, tennis champion 5 December –
John Winter, 83, Olympic high jumper 10 December –
Gordon Samuels, 84, Governor of New South Wales (1996–2001) 15 December –
Clem Jones, 89, Lord Mayor of Brisbane (1961–1975) 20 December –
Robbie Williams, 45, first Indigenous Australian to sit on the Brisbane City Council 21 December –
Ken Lee, 75, founder of Bing Lee electronics superstores 22 December –
Charles Court, 96, Premier of Western Australia (1974–1982)
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ 2007 – Year of the Surf Lifesaver, Australian government. Archived 12 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Police hurt as revellers riot, The Age, 1 January 2007
^ Super storm lashes WA, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 4 January 2007. Archived 24 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Burn-out crowd goes on the rampage, The Age, 12 January 2007.
^ Croatian, Serbian fans clash at Australian Open, PM ( ABC Local Radio), 15 January 2007.
^ Major power shortages black out large parts of Victoria, PM ( ABC Local Radio), 16 January 2007.
^ Turnbull rises, Vanstone falls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 2007.
^ BDO flag ban stupid, says PM, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2007.
^ Sydney given 'doomsday' climate change warning, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 31 January 2007. Archived 20 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Inquest begins into Balibo Five death, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 5 February 2007. Archived 14 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Press release: James Hardie pays initial A$184.3 million to AICF, James Hardie Industries, 9 February 2007.
^ Australia PM slams US candidate, BBC News, 12 February 2007.
^ Weapons theft is not widespread: Houston, The Age, 5 April 2007.
^ Australia PM pledges climate plan, British Broadcasting Corporation, 3 June 2007.
^ ". 'No boom gates' at level crossing crash scene" Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 June 2007 . Retrieved . 5 June 2007
^ "Tony Mokbel recaptured". News Limited. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 7 June 2007 . Retrieved . 6 June 2007
^ 15 June: Pat Anderson and Rex Wild release the Little Children are Sacred report which reports 'widespread sex abuse' of children throughout communities of the Northern Territory. The report makes 97 recommendations.Source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/aboriginal-history-timeline-2000-today#ixzz4BXGxCkXV (ABC News Australia) Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
^ (ABC News Australia) Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
^ (ABC News Australia) Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
^ One dead, gunman at large, The Age, 18 June 2007.
^ "John Laws Calls It Quits". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 25 June 2007 . Retrieved . 25 June 2007
^ 130 yet to be contacted over polio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 15 July 2007.
^ Terror suspect doctor granted bail, The Age, 14 July 2007.
^ Steve Bracks resigns as Premier, The Age, 27 July 2007.
^ Thwaites may follow Bracks out, The Age, 27 July 2007.
^ Free at last: charges dropped, but doubts remain, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2007.
^ Australia PM defends nuclear sale, BBC News, 17 August 2007.
^ Wright, Tony: How Costello planned the PM's demise, The Age, 15 August 2007.
^ Rudd regrets strip club visit Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., SBS, 20 August 2007.
^ Government to appeal Haneef visa ruling, The Age, 21 August 2007.
^ Topsfield, Jewel: Get 12 answers right and you're an Aussie citizen, The Age, 27 August 2007.
^ Govt gives green light to pulp mill, ABC News, 4 October 2007.
^ , ABC News, 9 October 2007.
^ Toy with 'date rape' drug pulled, 7 November 2007.
^ Hannef wins back visa, The Age, 21 December 2007.
^ Carey in running for Booker International, news.com.au, 13 April 2007.
^ Seven 'sorry' for Sunrise split, , 16 April 2007. The Age
^ a b Seven Network (20 August 2007). "Seven – Daily Ratings Report". ebroadcast.com.au. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007 . Retrieved . 20 August 2007
^ Daniel Ziffer (20 August 2007). "Foxy morons blitz ratings". Melbourne: The Age . Retrieved . 20 August 2007
^ The Worm turns, and sneaks back on screen to bite Howard, , 22 October 2007. The Sydney Morning Herald
^ Liggett, Phil: O'Grady dream comes true, , 16 April 2007. The Daily Telegraph
^ Australia wins World Cup final, , 29 April 2007. The Age
^ Pagan did it tough at Carlton, , 23 July 2007. The Age
^ Kevin Sheedy sacked by Essendon, , 25 July 2007. Herald Sun
^ Call for calm amid horse flu outbreak, , 26 August 2007. ABC Online
^ Hird reflects on an 'incredible ride' Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., AFL, 26 August 2007.
^ Stoner crowned new MotoGP champion, , 23 September 2007. The Age