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A Christmas road tragedy - a

dead. grandmother and her grandchild are

A man and another child are

fighting for life after an horrific

car accident. 6am, Thursday, 22nd

December. Good morning, everyone. I

am Ron Wilson. And I am Ellie Southwood. Welcome to Ten's Early

News. Also this morning - talking

turkey - the Federal Government and

Opposition talk about their

willingness to negotiate the

offshore processing for asylum

seekers over Christmas. In sport,

Test debutant in-waiting Ed Cowan

still pinching himself after being

called up to open for the Aussies

in the Boxing Day Test. And in

finance, Europe's banks nap up

nearly half a trillion euros in

cheap 3-year loans to help bail out

struggling ecomonies. Here is a

check of today's weather

A toddler and her grandmother have

been killed in a horror crash when

their vehicle hit a street sweeper

in Sydney's west. A man and another

hospital. child are fighting for life in

The wreckage of this family four-

wheel drive is barely reckAble.

After it crashed into a stationary

street-sweeping machine after 9pm

last night. A grandmother and a

child, just two years old, were

killed. A man and another child are

fighting for life in hospital. A

third child survived and is

uninjured. A sedan was also

involved in the crash, but no-one

in that car was injured. All too

often police are exposed to these

circumstances and it is a tragedy

that looks like it has torn a

family apart at this time of the

year. Emergency service workers had

to cut the man and the surviving

children from the wreckage before

they were rushed to Westmead

Hospital in a critical condition.

Police can yet confirm whether or

all of the occupants of the car are

members of the one family. It is a

timely reminder for police to remind motorists, particularly at

this time of the year Christmas and

New Year, to slow down and drive to

the road conditions. Police are

accident. still examining the cause of the

Three Indonesian soldiers are being

investigated over their alleged

involvement in the Java asylum seeker tragedy. Meanwhile, the Federal Government and the

Opposition have promised to work

over Christmas, if necessary, if it

means finding a solution to the

offshore processing deadlock.

As Christmas approaches, Labor and

the Coalition seem to be joining in

the spirit of goodwill. How are you

going to spend Christmas day? I am

happy to spend it negotiating on

this issue. I am happy to have turkey with Tony Abbott on

Christmas day, but first we have to

with talk turkey. But it is just talk

with Mr Abbott insisting that a

meeting is pointless right now. If the

the only specific proposal they

have got is Malaysia, we talked

about that in the Parliament nine

weeks ago and we said no. People

lives are at stake. The Leader of

the Opposition is coming under

pressure from within. A senior

member publicly declaring a deal

with Malaysia could work. PHONE: If

Labor were prepared to make further

changes in rel to Malaysia there

could be another way in which the

principle we have argued could be

met. Mr Abbott insists there is no

split in his ranks. Effectively

Phillip is restating our position.

Mr Bowan hopes that egos are not

getting in the way of good policy,

but with no-one showing any sign of

giving in, the only certainty is

more votes will come and more

people will risk their lives. We've

had two tragedies the last month.

This is what has driven our policy.

It is what has driven me for 12

regional months to try to get a proper

regional framework up so we don't

anymore. have to go through this as a nation

Music icon Ian "Molly" Meldrum has

made another sign of progress.

Doctors have downgraded his status

from critical to serious, but

stable. Fans delighted by the news joined Melbourne Storm to send

messages of hope to the big screen

at Melbourne's Federation Square.

It is great news, but it is very

early days. It certainly is all heading?

heading? The right direction. Molly

remains in intensive care and is

expected to undergo surgery for his

chest and shoulder injuries over the

the next few days. North Korea's

new leader is expected to share

power with an uncle and the

military. Kim Jong-un has taken

over the family dynasty from his

father, Kim Jong-il, who died of a

heart attack over the weekend.

Little is known about the 28-year-

old, but sources close to Pyongyang

move and Beijing say the country will

move to collective rule. The

military has reportedly given it

backing to Kim Jong-un. It comes as

South Korean activist launch joint

Balonnes across the border carrying

leaflets criticising the power succession.

Tens of thousands of women may have

their breast implants removed after a a particular type of implant was

linked to a rare cancer.

Authorities in France and Australia

are taking the risk seriously, but British

the link. British doctors are playing down

Annick DeJoie had breast implants

made by poly-implant process. Three

years after surgery they ruptured.

She had more fitted, but, they, too,

were faulty. The symptoms were

tiredness, she says. "I started to notice swollen glands, in

particular on the side of my left

breast. I was proitnd Thought I was

sick." Implants from PIP are now

causing even greater alarm in

France. Officials are causing they

may be linked to a rare form of

cancer after nine patients were

diagnosed with it. Women there are

being told to seek advice if if

their silicone came from PIP. For

40,000 women here with such

different. All we can say is that implants, the advice is very

we've looked at this thoroughly,

we've done all of the tests that we

think are absolutely necessary and

we can find no safety issues.

PIP went into administration last

year and all use of its implants

banned. The silicone used wasn't

made regulated and thought to have been

made for mattress filling. French

authority also announce on Friday

implants whether to tell women who have PIP

implants to have them removed. If

they do, it could have far-reaching

implications across the world. The

official death toll from the

Philippines' tie phon has risen to

have more than 1,000. The authorities

have begun the grim process of

trying to I'd any bodies while

morgues are working around the

clock to stop a doze outbreak.

Hundreds of families have lost

everything in the flash floods and

landslides. Many are spend ago

fifth day camped at a gym names you

which has been turned into an

evacuation centre in the country's

south. Leaders from around the

world are expected to attend

tomorrow's State funeral for former

Czech president and anti-communism

hero Vaclav Havel. Tens of

thousands of mourners crammed

around hiss her as it made its way

to Prague Castle. His flag draped

casket was escourted by an Honour

Guard to the police where he served

more than 12 years as president.

The revolutionary leader is

remembered for his role in

rebuilding Eastern Europe and ending

ending Communist rule in the former

Czechoslovakia. He died on Sunday

at the age of 75.

The world's largest Menangle Park

has been lit in New York City

marking the start of the you wish

holiday Hanukkah. Hundreds packed

Central Park for the much-

anticipated event. In Washington DC

another joint Menangle Park was lit outside

outside the White House. One candle

will be lit on each of the

celebration's eight days. It is a

tradition dating back to the second century

century BC. Hanukkah commemorates

the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Sports news and selectors have name

add 12man squad for the first

cricket Test with Shaun Marsh and

Dan Christian vying for a batting

spot. Newcomer Ed Cowan has been

assured he will open the innings,

following the axing of Phil Hughes

and Usman Khawaja. While recalling

Ben Hilfenhaus, that gives

selectors another bowling option.

He is the new face at the top of

the order - the boreded running

machine is still,ing to terms with

his premotion. The instant reaction

was shock. The hairs on your arms

stand up and it doesn't quit sink

in and it still hasn't. Four

centurys in his last four matches,

Cowan's flush of form continued

with a tonne for the Chairman's XI

against India. But the 29-year-old

insists his selection is not

limited to the latest rash of runs.

I got nine first-class hundreds in

the last few years. It is not 4

lungs and all of a sudden you are

in the Test team. I think in the

side we need a bit more steadiness

and we are looking to Ed to provide

that. At the nets, paceman James

Pattinson give Ricky Ponting a

sample of his stinging deliveries.

The former skipper left shaking,

but no lasting damage. By any

measure, Shane Watson's calf injury

was too much of a risk. Shaun Marsh

still has to prove his fitness

after a back injury.

The all-important long-range

weather forecast for the Sydney-to-

hob yacht race will be released

today. Crews have been put through

safety training dill drills.

Favourites 'Wild Oats XI' are well aware

aware of the dangers. I did the '98

Hobart and it is still very fresh

in my mind about the situations

that can arise. While 'Wild Oats

XI' is aiming to take honours in

the Bluewater class foirk the sixth

time in seven starts -- Blues water

classic for the sixth time in seven starts.

starts. John Terry has been

officialy charged by the crown

prosecution service for racial

comments. He is vowing to clear his

nim. The verbal ex change occurred

during Chelsea's 1-nil loss to

Rangers during object. It is time

for the morning' finance news with

Ellie Southwood. Now we are hearing

that the nation is in the grip of a

housing crisis. There are not enough

enough homes, Ron, to go around.

Demand for housing across the

nation outstripped supply by

186,000. That is up an extra 28,000

from last year. The report from the National Housing Supply Council

also revealed the gap between

supply and demand could reach

640,000 dwellings by 2030. We need

single-dwellings. Another key

problem is house prices

outstripping wage growth. House

prices in most capital cities have

more than doubled over the past

decade. One of the nation's best

win producing regions will be spare

add coalmine. The West Australian

Government has upheld an

Environmental Protection Agency

decision to reject a proposed

coalmine near margmrg. The mine was

rejected over concerns about the

aquifers in the regions that would

affect grape growing and tourism.

Gerry Harvey has moved to Boss confidence

confidence in his company by rising

the share price. The price of $1.8

is good value, he says, despite the

extremely tough conditions that

retailers are facing. He thinks

consumer also spend up during the

post-Christmas sales. Taking a look

at the global market nous. After

solid begins yesterday, stocks have

taken a backward step over

continuing concerns about Europe

and some US data that showed the

housing market recession was worse than first thought.

Investors got worried in Europe

when banks quickly snapped up cheap Central

Central Bank loans. There are

suggestions the banks are on shaky

grounds and may not use the money to bow up the debt.

There are the national weather

details on your screen

Still ahead - fears a deadly new

flu virus could fall into the hands of

dollar of terrorists. And where the strong

dollar is flying Australians this

Christmas - the details when the

Early News returns. episode keep improving and just

show what I

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been A toddler and her grandmother have

been killed in a shocking crash in

Sydney's west overnight. A four-

wheel drive carrying five members

of the same family smashed into a stationary street-sweeping machine

at Eastern Creek. A 3-year-old girl

has been critically injured and is

fighting for her life in hospital,

while her 6-year-old sister is

suffering spinal injuries.

It is a timely reminder for police

to remind motorists especially at this

this time of year, Christmas and New

New Year, to slow down and drive to

the road conditions. Police are

still trying to work out the exact cause

cause of the accident.

The Federal Government and

Opposition are talking up their

commitment to finding a compromise

on offshore processing of asylum

seekers. Both parties claim they

are willing to work on Christmas

issue. day if necessary to resolve the

issue. How are you going to spend

Christmas day? Well, I am happy to

spend it negotiating on this ish

how. I am happy to have turkey with

Tony Abbott on Christmas day, but

first we have got to talk turkey.

But the pair remain divided with Mr

Abbott refusing to talk unless the

Government puts forward a specific

proposal. Meanwhile, the bodies of

more than 50 victims of the latest

asylum seeker tragedy now have been

Rioli covered off Indonesia. The

Queensland State Government says

they plan to chase most of those

workers who were overpaid in the

State's worst pay roll bungle. It

is claimed around 24,000 staff owe

about $1,000 each. However, it is

believed a group of about 206

employees collectively owe a

massive $5.3 million. Getting the

money back could be tough, though,

with unions questioning the amount

some workers are claimed to owe. In

total, the Government misspent

around $75 million when a new pay

roll system was introduced last

year. Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has

returned to the spotlight with a

bang after emerging from five

months of home detention. The

"human headline" broke his silence

in typical form, using his first

editorial back on Melbourne radio

to continue his name them and shame

them campaign. These men have no

right to be able to go about their

foul business under a cloak of

court-sanctioned secrecy. Too many

children are still at risk. Hinch,

revealing who received the penalty for

revealing the names of serial sex

offenders, celebrated his freedom

Kilda bar. last night with a party at a St

Scientists are being asked to keep

a formular for the world's most

deadly flu virus top secret. The

terrifying strain was created using

American Government funds, but now

officials are worried it could fall

REEL: into the hands of terrorists. MOVIE

REEL: Last night there were 32

cases.

Like a scene from the movie

'Contagion'... Is this what we are

looking at? This is no ordinary flu

- a virus that could unleash mass death

death anywhere it spreads. It makes

it potentially the most dangerous

flu ever created in the world. The

man behind it is a Dutch scientist

who dramatically altered the H5N1

bird flu making it airborne. Tests

on ferrets show it spreads without

contact and would likely do the

same in humans killing 60% of the

people it infected. We would take a

closer look at what would happen if

scenario A or scenario B came about.

Now the US officials who sponsored

the research want it kept quiet,

asking the respected journals

'Science and Nature' not to publish

the strain's blueprint fearing it

could appeal to terrorists. I wish

the work had not been done with to

begin with but now we are here it

makes the most sense. Bird flu has

only killed 350 humans. This

research was intended to stop that number

number rising. Instead, it is

spreading panic and fears of many

to leak out. to more fatalities if it ever managed

The second round of election voting

has resumed in Egypt, but there weren't

weren't as many people flocking to

the polls this time around. The

vote follows days of violent

clashes in the tweets of Cairo that

claimed the lives of 14 people.

Protesters are calling for the

ruling military to step aside and

allow the next Parliament to form a

national unity government that

would lead the country until a new

president is elected. A third and

in early January. final round of voting will be held

Handlers at a German zoo must have

has been extra nice this year. Santa

has given them an extra Christmas

present. A 7- month-old Joey has

just emerged from the pouch.

it Unwilling to leave her mother when

it was time to be weighed she found

be comfort in a furry friend. She will

be named at an official ceremony

next year. We have done a tore poll

and we reckon that Bulletin kid

could be the name.

-- Blinkey could be the name. Or

not. It is said that Ed Cowan who

is due to open the batting is not

just due to his form. He will join

David Warner to open the innings at

the MCG against indY I think I have

got nine first-class hundreds in

the last 2.5 years. So it is not 4

sudden luns in four weeks and all of a

sudden you are in the Test team.

And Shane Warne will be the latest

bronzed Aussie unveiled at the MCG

today. He becomes the 11th series

of statues on the concourse. Hobart

remains undefeated at the big bash

leg after a solid 42-run win over

Sydney at Bellerive Oval. Pakistani

paceman RanaNaveed starred for the

home side. He bagged 4/22 to help

the restrict the Sixers to 127. He

didn't get a hat-trick, but it was

very close. Tonight the Melbourne

Renegades host the Perth Scorchers.

If rough weather is predicted for

the Sydney to Hobart there will be

measures to deal with it. Safety

Safety training and strict

regulations were made compulsory

after the tragic 1998 race when six

sail lords lost their lives.

Organisers now -- sailors lost

their lives. Organisers now take no

day chances. We pick 10 boats on the

day that will spot check and have

the safety audits go and check them,

just to re-enforce the importance

of safety. Race favourites 'Wild

Oats XI' well aware of the dangers.

I did the '98 Hobart and it is

still very fresh in my mind about

the situations that can arise.

While 'Wild Oats XI' puts the

finishing touches on her safety

training as she aims for six line

honours in seven starts, the rest

of the fleet is plotting how to win

overall handicap honours. This

yacht is hoping for southerlys to

get the upper hands. If they get a

multitude of conditions, yes. If it

is just wind, that brings us and

Tony into play a lot more as well.

Ellie Southwood, speaking of stormy conditions,

conditions, your spoken banks

rushed to get hold of the cheap

loans. It all looked good, Ron,

until investors worried about what

they will do with the money. The

European Central Bank started

offering cheap loans overnight and

it has been flooded with offers.

European banks snapped up more than

$449 billion euros, well ahead of

the 310 billion expected. The plan

is for the banks to buy bonds from

debt-laden countries such as Italy

and Greece, that would help Europe

drag itself out of the debt crisis.

Consumers are taking advantage of

their hard-earned Australian

dollars and spending their

Christmas holidays overseas.

Airlines are reporting higher

demand over the holiday period and

travel agent flight centre is

enjoying double-digit growth in

overseas travel. The US and

Thailand are the most popular

destinations. Briefly in other

business news - Vodafone has been

put on notice over its leaking of

customer details. The company has

been ordered to comply with the

Telcom's protection code or face

heavy penalties. Bluescope Steel is

from expected to receive $100 million

from the Federal Government next

year to help boost the Australian

steel industry and Emirates is

adding another A-380 on the

Auckland-Melbourne-Dubai group to

reap demand. Let's take a look at -

This morning' headlines are next,

plus Prince William and the Duchess

of Cambridge make a very special

visit. I will have the latest from

the world's financial markets when

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These are our main stories this

morning - a Christmas road tragedy.

A grandmother and her grandchild

are dead. Another woman is fighting

for lift after a horrific car

accident. Talking turkey -- the

Federal Government and Opposition

talk up their willingness to talk

over Christmas about the offshore

processing. Test test Deb bant in-

waiting - Ed Cowan still pinching

himself after being called up to

open for the Aussie in the Boxing Day

Day Test. And European banks will

be able to bill out struggling

ecomonies. A grandmother and her

grandchild have been killed in a

shocking car dent. They smashed

into the back of a stationary

street-sweeping machine at Eastern

Creek. A sedan then collided with a four-wheel

four-wheel drive. A 3-year-old girl

has been critically injured and is

fighting for life in hospital while

her 6-year-old sister is suffering spinal

spinal injuries. It is a tragedy

that looks like it has torn a

family apart at this time of the

establish year. Police are still trying to

establish the exact cause of the

accident. Three Indonesian soldiers

are being investigated over their

alleged involvement in the Java

offshore processing tragedy. --

Java asylum seeker tragedy. Meanwhile Meanwhile the Federal Government

and Opposition have rowed to work

over Christmas if it means finding

a solution to the offshore processing deadlock.

As Christmas as, Labor and the

Opposition seem to be joining in

the spirit of goodwill. How are you

going to spend Christmas day? Iwate prefecture

prefecture am happy to spend it

negotiating this issue. I am happy

to have turkey with Tony Abbott but

first we have got to talk turkey.

But it is just talk with Mr Abbott

insisting that talking is fruitless right

right now. If they only want to

talk about Malaysia, we talked

about that in Parliament weeks ago

and we said no. There is a point.

Lives are at stake. The Opposition

are coming under pressure within, a

senior member publicly declaring that

that a deal with Malaysia should

make. If Labor were prepared to

make further changes in discussion

with Malaysia, there could be other

ways in which the principle we have

argued could be met. Mr Abbott

insists that is no split in his

ranks. Effectively, Philip is

restating our position. With no-one

showing any sign of giving in, the

only certainty is more boats will

come and more people will risk

their lives. We've had two tragedies

tragedies the last month. This is

what has driven our policy. It is

what has driven me for 12 months to try

try and get a proper region until

framework up so we don't have to go

through this as a nation anymore. Music

Music icon Ian "Molly" Meldrum has

made another sign of progress.

Doctors are downgrading his status

from critical to serious but stable.

Fans, delighted by the news, joined

Melbourne Storm players to send

messages of hope to the big screen

at Melbourne's Federation Square.

It is great news, but it is very

early days, but it certainly is all

heading? The right direction. Molly remains

remains in intensive care and is

expected to undergo surgery for his

chest and shoulder injuries over

the next few days. North Korea's

new leader is expected to share

power with an uncle and the

military. Kim Jong-un has taken

over the family dynasty from his

father, Kim Jong-il, who died of a

heart attack over the weekend.

Little is known about the 28-year-

old, but sources close to Pyongyang

and Beijing say the country will

move to collective rule T military

has reportedly given its backing to Kim

Kim Jong-un. It comes as South

Korean activists launch giant

balloons across the border carrying

leaflets criticising the power succession.

Thens of thousands of women may

have to have their breast implants

removed after a particular type of

implant was linked to a rare cancer.

Authorities in France and Australia

are taking the risk seriously, but

British doctors are down playing

the link.

Annick DeJoie had breast implant

made by poly-implant process. Three

years after surgery, they ruptured.

She had more fitted, but they, too,

were faulty. "The symptoms were

tiredness", she says. "I starred to

notice swollen glands, in

particular on the side of my left breast.

breast. I was frightnd. I thought I

was sick." Implants from PIP are

now causing even greater alarm in

France. Officials are warning they

may be linked to a rare form of

cancer after nine patients were

diagnosed with it. Women there are

being told to seek advice if they silicone

silicone came from PIP. For 40,000

women here with such implants, the

advice is very different. All we

can say is that we've locked at

this thoroughly. We have done all

of the tests that we think are

absolutely necessary and we can find

find no safety issues. PIP went

into administration last year and

all use of its implants banned. The silicone

silicone used wasn't regulated and

thought to have been made for mattress filling. French

authorities will announce on Friday

whether to tell women who have PIP

implants to have them removed. If

they de, it could have far-reaching

implications across the world. The

official death toll from the

Philippines' typhoon has ricin to

more than 1,000. Authorities have

begun the grim process of trying to

identify bodies, while morgues are

working around the clock to prevent

a disease outbreak. Hundreds of

families haveless everything in the flash floods and landslides. Many

are spending a fifth day camped at

a gym gymnasium that has been

turned into an akvation centre in

the country's south. Leaders from

around the world are expected to

attend the State funeral for the

Czech president and communist hero

Vaclav Havel. Tens of thousands of

mourners walked along hiss her. --

walked along hiss her. He is

remembered for his role in

rebuilding eastern Europe and

ending communist role in the former

cheque Yes.. He died on Sunday at

the age of 75. The Duke and duchess

of Cambridge have been getting into

the Christmas spirit of giving.

Prince William and Katherine took

time out of their busy schedule to

visit an aid organisation in London

much to the delight of the staff and

and clients. The casualy dressed

newlyweds anticipated in a group

session on how to get a job. They

then took to the kitchen to show

off their culinary skills.

Selectors have named a 13-man squad

for the First Test with Shaun Marsh

and Dan Christian vying for a

batting spot. Newcomer Ed Cowan has

been assured he will open the

innings, following the axing of

Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja while

recalling Ben Hilfenhaus gives

selectors another bowling option. He

He is the new face at the top of

the order - the bered run machine

still coming to terms -- bearded run

run machine till coming to terms

with his selection. The instant

reaction was shock. The hairs on

your arms stand up and it doesn't

quite sink in and it still hasn't.

Four centurys in his last four

matches, Cowan's flush of form

continued with a tonne for the

Chairman's XI against India. But

the 29-year-old insists that his

selection is not limited to the

latest rash of runs. I got nine

first-class hundreds in the last

2.5 years. It is not four hundreds

in four weeks and all of a sudden

you are in the Test team. I think

in the side we need a bit more

steadiness and we are looking to Ed

to provide. That At the nets,

paceman James Pattinson gave Ricky Ponting

Ponting a sample of his stinging

shaking, deliveries. The former skipper left

shaking, but no lasting damage. By

any measure, Shane Watson's calf

Shaun injury was too much of a risk while

Shaun Marsh still has to prove his fitness after a back injury.

The all-important long-range

weather forecast for the Sydney-to-

Hobart yacht race will be released

today. Crews are being put through safety

safety training drills. Favourites

'Wild Oats XI' well aware of the

dangers. I did the '98 and it is

still fresh in my mind about the

situations that can arise.

While 'Wild Oats XI' are aiming to

take line honours in the blue blue

for the sixth time in seven tarts.

England football captain John Terry

will face criminal charges for

racially abusing Queens Park

Rangers player Anton Ferdinand. The

31-year-old has been formally

charged by the Crown Prosecution

Service, however he denies he made

any racial comments and is vowing

to clear his name. The verbal

exchange occurred during Chelsea's

12-nil loss to Rangers back in --

1-nil loss to Rangers back in

object. The nation is in the grip

of a housing crisis, Ellie

Southwood? We are well short of the

number of houses that we need. We

are outstripped supply by 186,000

dwellings. That is up 28,000 from

last year. The National Housing

Supply Council revealed the gap

between supply and demand could

reach 640,000 dwellings by 2030.

The council found the increasing

the need for single-person dwellings as

the population age also be one of

the major factors behind the crisis.

Another problem is house prices

outstripping age growth. House

prices in most capital cities have

more than doubled over the last

decade. One of the nation's best

win-producing regions will be

spared a coalmine. The West

Australian Government has uphell an Environmental Protection Agency decision

decision to reject a proposed

coalmine near Margaret River. The

minute was rejected over concerns

to the aquifers in the region,

which would affect grape growing and

and tourism. Gerry Harvey has moved

to best market confidence in his

company by spending $1 million to

buy more shares in Harvey Norman.

Mr Harvey says his company's share

price of $1.88 is good value,

despite the extremely tough

decisions this retailers are facing.

He also believes that consumers

will spend up during the post-

Christmas sales and expects online

examination to soften. Taking a

look at the global markets now and

after solid gains yesterday, stocks

have taken a backward step over

continuing concerns about Europe

and some US data that showed the

housing market recession was worst

than first thought.

In Europe, all of the main markets

were lower because investors got

worried when cheap Central Bank

loans were snapped up. There are

suggestions that the banks are on

shaky ground and may not use the money money to buy up the

Let's take a look at today's weather forecast

Let's take a look at some

international news website. The

'The New Zealand Herald' says a

ground breaking study has found it

is possible to smoke your way to

quitting by using virtually

nicotine tpro cigarettes. The Gulf

News is sharing the ideal Christmas

gifts for him, ranging from a Dolce

& Gabbana man bag to a digital

photo frame. When I get a bag like,

that he can get one too. Give me

one like that and I will send it

back. And in the 'USA Today'

reports that digital camera sales

remain strong even in this era

where many consumers find photos

from their mobiles are good enough.

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A toddler and her grandmother have

been killed in a shocking crash in

Sydney's west overnight. A four

wheel drive, carying five members

of the same family, smashed into a stationary street-sweeping machine

at Eastern Creek. A 3-year-old girl

has been critically injured and is

fighting for her life in hospital,

while her 6-year-old sister is

suffering spinal injuries. It is a

timely reminder for police to remind motorists, especially at

this time of year, Christmas and

New Year, to slow down and drive to

the road conditions. Police are

still trying to work out exactly what

what caused the accident. The

Federal Government and the

Opposition are talking up their

commitment to finding a compromise

on offshore processing of asylum

seekers. Both parties claim they

are willing to work on Christmas

issue. day if necessary to resolve the

Well, I am happy to spend it

negotiating on this issue. I am

happy to have turkey with Tony

Abbott on Christmas day, but first

we have got to talk turkey. But the

pair remain divided with Mr Abbott

refusing to talk unless the

Government puts forward a specific

proposal. Meanwhile, the bodies of

more than 50 victims of the latest

asylum seeker tragedy have now been

recovered off Indonesia.

A $75 million drug operation has

been shut down after the syndicate

lost track of its shipment. 300kg

of psuedo ephedrine arrived from

China into Sydney that were hid in

the frames of shipping containers.

A member of the public tipped off

police when they were sent some of

the drugs by mistake. Their intense

was to retrieve the drugs before

the containers had spread far and

wid and for some reason they missed

that opportunity. Police are

confident they will soon make arrests.

The Queensland State Government

says it plans to chase up most of

those workers who were overpaid in the

the State's worst pay roll bungle.

It is claimed around 24,000 staff

owe about $1,000 each, however it

is believed a group of 206

employees collectively owe a

massive $.3 million. Getting the

money back could be tough, though,

with unions questioning the amounts

some workers are claimed to owe. In

total, the Government's misspent around

around $75 million when a new pay

roll system was introduced last year.

Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has

returned to the spotlight with a

bang after emerging from five

months of home detention. The

"human headline" broke his silence

in typical form, using his first

edz tore yell back on Melbourne

radio to continue his -- editorial

back on Melbourne radio to continue

his name them and shame them

campaign. These men have no right

to go about their foul business

under court-sanctioned secrecy.

They must be named. The campaign

children cannot end because too many

children are still at risk. Hinch,

who received a penalty for

revealing the names of serial sex

offenders, celebrated his freedom

last night with a party at a St

Kilda bar. Firmer Olympic swimmer

Phil Rogers says he is heartbroken

by the theft of medals from his

Adelaide home. Thieves forced their

way in through a window taking the

bronze he won at the 1996 Olympics,

as well as medals from Commonwealth

Games and World Championships. Oh, gutted.

gutted. Gutted. Depressed. It is

just heart-wrenching. Rogers says

the medals are irreplaceable and

useless to the thieves since they

can't be sold or melted down for

met the of any real worth.

Scientists are being asked to cope

a formular for the world's most

deadly flu virus top secret T

terrifying strain was created using

American Government funds, but now

officials are worried it could fall

into the hands of ter riss. MOVIE

REEL: -- Terrorists. MOVIE REEL:

Last night there were 32 cases.

Like a scene from the movie

'Contagion'... Is this what we are

looking at?:. This is no ordinary

flu - a virus that could unleash

mass death anywhere it spreads. It

makes it potentially the most

dangerous flu virus ever craved in

the world glfplt the man behind it

is a Dutch scientist who

genetically altered the H5N1 bird

flu making it airborne. Tests on

ferrets show it spreads without

contact and it would likely do the

same in people. We will be taking a

closer look at what would happen if

scenario A or scenario B came about.

Now the US officials who sponsored

the research want it kept quiet,

asking the respected journal

'Science & Nature' not to publish

the strain's blueprint, fearing it

could appeal to terrorists. I wish

the work had not been done to begin

with, but now that we are here it

makes the most sense. World wide

bird flu has only killed 350 humans.

This research was intended to stop

that number rising. Instead, it is

spreading panic and fears of many

more fatalities if it ever mained to to leak

The second round of election voting

has resumed in Egypt, but there

weren't as many people flocking to

the polls this time around. The

vote follows days of violent

clashes in the streets of Cairo

that claimed the lives of 14 people.

Protesters are calling for the ruling

ruling military to step aside and

allow the next party to form a

national unity government this

would lead the country until a new

president is elected. A third and

final round of voting will be held

in early January. The world's

largest Menangle Park has been lit

in New York City marking the start

of the you wish holiday of Hanukkah.

Hundreds packed central back --

Central Park for the much-

anticipated event. In Washington DC

another giant Menangle Park was lit

outside the White House. It is a

tradition dating back to the second

century BC. Hanukkah commemorates

the rededication of Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Handlers at a German zoo must have

been extra nice this year. Santa

has given them an early Christmas

present - a-month-old koala Joey,

which has just emerged from the

pouch. Unwilling to be separated

from her mother when it was time to

be weighed, the little Joey found

comfort in a furry friend. The

newcomer will be named at an

official ceremony next year. What

is German for Blinky Bill? Cricket

and Ed Cowan says his promotion to

open the booting for Australia in

the first test test is not just due

to his recent form. The 29-year-old

has replaced Phil Hughes and will

join David Warner to open the

innings at the MCG against India.

In the last 2.5 years, so it is not

four 100s in four weeks and all of

a sudden you are in the Test team.

And Shane Warne will be the latest

bronzed Aussie to be unveiled at

this MCG today. Hobart remains

undefeated in the Big Bash League

after a solid 42-run win over

Sydney at Bellerive Oval. Pakistani paceman

paceman Rana Naveed starred for the

home side. He bagged 4/22 to help restrict

restrict the Sixers to 127. They

were chasing 169.

COMMENTATOR: That's bowled him.

That is just a big celebration for

a magnificent delivery. He didn't

get a hat-trick, but it was very

close. Tonight, the Melbourne

Renegades host the Perth Scorchers.

Competitors in the Sydney-Hobart

will today find out the long-range

weather forecast for the blue water

classic. If rough weather is

predicted crews are prepared after

being put through rescue training drills.

A familiar scene on Sydney Harbour

before the big race and for good

reason. Safety training and tribute

regulations will make compulsory --

were made compulsory after the

tragic 1998 race when six sailors

lost their lives. Organisers now

take no chances. On the day of the

race we pick 10 boats that the race

committee will spot check and have

the safety auditors go and check

them just to re-enforce the

importance of safety. Race

favourites 'Wild Oats XI' well

aware of the dangers. I did the '98

Hobart and it is till very fresh in

my mind, you know, about the

situations that can arise. While

'Wild Oats XI' puts the finishing

touches on her safety training as

she aims for six loin honours in

seven starts, the rest of the fleet

is plotting how to win overall

handicap honours. This yacht who

was third overall last year, they

are hoping for southerlies to get

the upper hand. If they get a

hulttud of conditions, yes. --

multitude of conditions, yes. If

there is win that brings us and

Tony into play more as well.

Here is a story to put a flush in

Ellie' cheeks this morning. NRL

jerseys have been getting tighter

in recent years, but the Penrith

panthers have taken people to a

whole new level, Ellie. Jerseys

were spray pained on following

requests from fans to train without their shirts.

They were happy to oblige. Ivan

Cleary has been driving the squad

with an intense pre-season program.

Ivan is big on discipline. So the

discipline side of things has made

a mass difference. Michael Gordon

says that he wants Lachlan

Accounts' position when he --

Lachlan Cootes' position when he

returns from an injury. There are

concerns that banks may not use the

money to buy up for debt. European

banks napped up more than $489

billion well ahead of the 310

billion expected. The plan is for

the banks to buy Bonds from debt-

laden countries, such as Italy and

Greece, that would help Europe drag

itself out of the debt crisis.

Consumers are taking advantage of their hard-earned Australian

Christmas holidays overseas. dollars and spending their

Airlines are reporting higher

demand over the holiday period and

flit centre is evenying double-

digit growth in overseas travel.

The US and Thailand are the most

popular destinations. Briefly in

other business news - Vodafone has

been put on notice over leaking --

over its leaking of customer

details. The company has been

ordered to comply with the Telcom's

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