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Lels of a political shoe-in than a

political shoe-off. Former prime

minister John Howard dodges a pair

of shoes as a protester let's loose

during a live TV debate.

Good morning everyone. It's Tuesday,

October 26. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm

headlines... Kath Robinson. Also making

Dramatic end to a day-long siege as

a man starts a blaze, stabs himself

and then jumps into a river. This

hospital. morninging he's recovering in

In sport, Tim Pain has been dropped

for Brad Haddin who returns from

squad. injury for the Twenty20 cricket

Then in finance, pundits bet on a

rate rise on Melbourne Cup day as

heavy hipts come straight from the horse's heavy hipts come straight from the

weather now: horse's mouth. A check of the

First this morning, the ABC has

apologised to John Howard after an

audience member threw his shoes at

the former prime minister. It

happened during a live broadcast last night.

Coalition MPs have long accused ABC

journalists of being against them,

but the mischief this time came

from the audience - live on TV. And

a special with the former prime

minister John Howard. No, no, no.

Someone please remove that

gentleman. You've got blood on your

hands. Get out. Obviously, we

apologise for that. It echoed an

earlier notorious shoe-throwing incident involving US President

George Bush. It was an eventful

night for Mr Howard, sprung with a

question from former quaum inmate

David Hicks. I was denied a fair

trial, I was tortured. Do you

believe that I was treated humanly

and that the military commission

was a fair system. Thank you? We

put a lot of pressure on the

Americans to accelerate the charges

being brought against Tom Hicks,

and he remind people -- David Hicks,

and I remind people that he did

plead guilty. I think that the idea

very misplaced. that we should see him as a hero is

(APPLAUSE). Both Hicks and Howard

are currently promoting books

recounting their time in the public eye. The former prime minister wouldn't

comment as he left the ABC studios

last night, but the shoe-throwing

incident was the main talking point incident was the main talking point

for the audience when we spoke to

them. Hilarity. And he laughed a

lot too. I actually thought that

lot too. I actually thought that

maybe he would have had a different

reaction to that, but he's got a

thicker skin. He'd have to. I think

it was a little bit unfortunate

that he when to those levels and

stoop today those levels. Mr Howard

was gracious. I think that he

handled himself as well as he has

throughout, whether you're a fan or

politician. a critic. You know, he's a good

Meanwhile, the concern Prime

Minister has made a passionate

pitch for putting a price on carbon

pitch for putting a price on carbon

pollution. Julia Gillard says it's

an essential reform. She told

industry leaders last night that

delaying it will only push

electricity prices even higher.

Inaction on carbon means higher

prices. She says that power prices

have risen 40% in the last three

years because infrastructure

investment has stalled. She also

claims Australia's reforming

tradition is being threatened by economic hansenism.

A surge in for larity for the

coalition has been confirmed by a

second poll. The latest poll shows

Labor losing two points and the Labor losing two points and the

coalition gaining two on the two-

party preferred vote. But Julia

Gillard remains preferred Prime

Minister with 53 points to Tony

Abbott's 32. Both have gained

ground because of undecided voters

making up their minds. Yesterday's

Nielsen Poll in Fairfax newspapers

Nielsen Poll in Fairfax newspapers showed a similar result.

showed a similar result. A tense

stand-off between police and a man

in Brisbane has ended in dramatic

circumstances. The yachty stabbed

alight. himself after setting his boat

These are the final moments of a

16-hour siege with police believing

they were close to a peaceful

resolution, the 54-year-old boat

owner did this. His cabin and

himself on fire, emergency crews

moved to douse the flames before

the boat owner took a bayonet and

twice stabbed himself in the

stomach. Keeling over, a barrage of

rubber bullets rang out as tactical

response police tried to subdue him.

Burn, stabbed and shot, and with

nowhere to go, he fell into the

river where he was rescued by

police. He hasn't been officially

named, but Brisbane's 'Courier-

Mail' newspaper has identified him

at 54-year-old New Zealander

Nicholas Williams. It's believed he

began the siege in an attempt to

draw attention to a family dispute.

Just a bit of a cry for help, I

would think. He's an excellent

bloke, mate. A bloody good bloke. I

just talk to him everyday. A bit of

conversation. Not much. Did he seem

like a nice bloke? Yeah, he seems

like a very nice bloke. Brisbane's Riverside precinct, the city's

busiest hub, was placed into

lockdown. The man vowed he could

hold out for weeks, even playing

his guitar. But it came to an end

around 9pm. Police are yet to lay

any charges against the boat owner

who is currently listed as stable

in the Brisbane Hospital.

All but one member of Melbourne's

home-grown terror cell could be

free within a year. The Victorian

Court of Appeal yesterday reduced

the sentences of six men jailed on

terrorism charges, but charges

against the group's leader, cleric

Benbrika were with held. His 15-

year jail sentence with a minimum

of 12 years, is unchanged. The men

were convicted in Australia's first major terrorism case after the

court was told that they were

Melbourne. planning a major strike in

Six cars were destroyed in a car

bombing in western Sydney overnight.

Firecrews were called to the

dealership and found them well

alight. It's not clear what started

the fire but police are treating

the fires as arson.

An 11-year-old boy has been

cautionled by police after driving

off in the family car and sparking

a day-long search in Sydney's west.

The boy took off in a Nissan Pulsar

sed an from his home in Mount

Druitt last night. The car was seen

several times being driven

erratically. The boy was handed

back to his parents. The car still

has not been recovered.

Sport this morn and Australian

selectors have opted for a Twenty20

side consisting entirely of players

from NSW and Victoria. Six players

from each State are set to face off

with Sri Lanka on Sunday.

No longer can there be complaints

of NSW bias in the Australian team

with Victoria equally favoured. The

Twenty20 team of 50/50 split

between Blues and Bushrangers.

Tasmanian Tim Pain the ung luckiest,

losing the keeping spot to a

returning Brad Haddin. Brad is

still the number one keeper batsman

and richly deserves to come in.

Michael Clarke survives, despite

calls for Cameron White to take

over the top job. Statistically a

poor performer, selectors continue

to justify his position. He plays a

tkphroting role with the bat.

Obviously his left arm orthodox is

important to us so we see him

playing a role in Twenty20 cricket.

Australia's Test stars can stake

their claim for the Ashes, although

a reluctance for change is there in

the carefully chosen words. We're

confident that the young players

coming up will fill the shoes weapon necessary. We're also

confident that the senior players

are playing good cricket. The Australian rugby league team

heads to Melbourne this afternoon

to prepare for the Four Nations

clash against England. While the

Kangaroos outclassed Papua New

Nice to have you back.

Thank you, good to be back. You missed me a little?

Unfortunately, I don't have the

greatest news. The odds are firming

on an interest rate rise on

Melbourne Cup day. The Reserve

Bank's case for a hike was buoyed

after the biggest jump in wholesale

prices in two years thanks to

soaring electricity costs, but the

Treasurer is warning the big banks

not to increase their rates above

any official hike. And I believe

any rise outside the cycle would be

very cynical from the major banks.

I just don't think that it can be

justified. The economic boom is

being fuelled by the huge prices

we're getting for our minerals.

More details have been given on the

$8.4 billion merger plans between

the ASX and the Singapore Stock

Exchange. While the deal still

faces regulatory and political

hurdles, if successful, it will

form one of the biggest stock

markets in the Asia Pacific region

and deliver cost savings of $30

million. The ASX I sists that the

deal is a merger and not a takeover,

despite it buying all ASX shares

$48 a pop. The ASX soared almost

25% when the news broke.

Wall Street has closed higher.

Strong homes sales data, a weaker

US dollar and Government stimulus

pushed the Dow Jones into the black.

European markets all closed in positive territory.

Well, just love the whole husky

voice thing Kath has going on. It's called Laryngitis!

Checking today's newspapers, the

'Courier-Mail' has more on the

siege that paralietzed central

Brisbane yesterday. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' says authorities

are having minimal success reducing

the number of overweight or obese

children, often lowers the numbers

dramatically and then piling them

straight back on again.

And The 'Australian' looks at a set

back for Australia's largest

defence project. The construction

of the new airwarfare destroyer ships.

Still ahead, dramatic pictures of a

tornado as it rips through a small

town. Find out what happened next

when Ten News returns from this short break. We need to be smart about what you need. We can't take everything. Just the essentials. We need some nappies and some clothes. Can't take all your toys. Just the special ones. We need to go to Nanna's house 'cause it's safer there. You don't have to be afraid. Just stay close to Mummy.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Our top story this morning:

John Howard has joined the like of

former US President George Bush by

dodging shoes thrown by opponents

to the war in Iraq. For Mr Howard,

it happened last night live on ABC

television. And now a special with

former prime minister... No, no,

you're not going to do this.

Someone please remove that

gentleman. You've got blood on your

hands. Obviously, we apologise for

that. That's all right, don't worry.

The former PM kept his cool during

the incident while the protester

was removed from the studio.

And staying with politics, Julia

Gillard has made a passionate pitch

for put ago price on carbon

pollution. She says it's an

essential reform and delaying it

will only push up electricity

prices even further.

The Prime Minister last night told

industry leaders there is no

escaping a price on carbon.

Inaction on carbon means higher

prices. Power prices have risen 40%

in the last three years, she says,

because infrastructure investment

has stalled. The reform must go on.

But she claims Australia's

reforming tradition is being

threatened by economic hansonism

from the coalition.. The risk of a

return to economic populism is real.

But the coalition is pushing a

reform of its own, tough new

banking as interest rates are tip

today rise next Monday. Massive

profits and large bonuses are

acceptable only if Australians feel

they're getting a fair go from the

banks No argument in principle from

the Government. It is always worth

while examining what more could be

done to promote competition in the

banking system. Surviving on the

grace of the Independents, the

Prime Minister has a new factor to

consider. The increasing

frustration of her own backbench,

especially on the Labor left. One

senior player warning that the

party's gag on back benchers

damages Labor. They're not allowed

to talk about things and really, we

don't want zombie politicians. The

PM insists her rules limiting

speaking out will remain.

Parts of Sydney's iconic Circular

Quay are riddled with concrete

cancer and may have to be

demolished. According to a

structural report, sections of the

Quay are either rusting, being

washed away or eaten by termites.

The walkway between Wharfs four and

five is currently closed for

repairs because it is sagging and

unsafe.

Privacy campaigners have issued a

warning over airport scanners which

produce a naked image. The trials

were done in 2008. The Government

plans to introduce them at all

international airports early next

year. Victoria's deputy

commissioner says that the

temptation to see naked pictures of

celebrities going through the

scanners will be almost

irresistible. A full privacy review

has been there.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has hit

off the coast of Indonesia. It

struck last night with a small

Island South Pangai, bearing the

brunt of it. So far there, are no

reports of casualties of damage. A

tsunami warning has been lifed.

Meanwhile, a volcano on Java is

threatening to erupt. Authorities

believe that it could become active

at any moment. 11,000 people who

call the mountain home are being

moved to safety shelters on higher

ground, but some are refusing to

brudge. It's Indonesia's most

active volcano and has erupted

regularly since 1548.

Some dramatic pictures now filmed

in the midst of a tornado in the US.

Witnesses in the town near Dallas

describe seeing hail stones the

size of baseballs.

We are in a tornado. This is what

it sounds like when a tornado

overtakes on the motorway. We are

in the tornado. As the freakishly

strong force of nature touched down

in the small town south of Dallas,

it left a mess on the interstate.

Train cars were overturned and the

high school's football pitch was

ruined. Unbelievable. This man took

shelter in the freezer of a

restaurant as the twister wound its

way through town. I was just

standing there in shock like, this

can't be happening and the only

thing that I could do was bang on a

door and we looked at it for a

while and it happened so fast. The

next thing that you know, you could

hear the wind coming through the

house and it felt like a big

suction and then sounded like a

loud train and it only lasted not

very long, but after that, after we

came out of the rest room of my

house, the house was just gone. The

tornado was reported at the low-end

of the scale. It seems Texas got off lightly this time.

The father of missing ten-year-old

Australian girl Zahara Baker has

been arrested in North Carolina.

She was reported missing on October

9 and police now believe she's been

murdered. Her father, Adam Baker, a

former Queensland sugar mill worker

moved to the US two years ago with

her when he met his concern wife

online. He's been charged with

writing worthless cheques, assault,

communicating threpts and failing

to return rental property. Police

say that the charges do not relate

to the girl's disappearance.

Twoomtwoom's Baptist church is

expected to overflow as family and

friends bid a farewell to jockey

Stathi Katsidis. An autopsy has

failed to determine an exact cause of death.

Meantime, on a happier note, racing

royalty has taken a trip down

memory lane to officially launch

the Melbourne Cup carnival. Through

wars and depressions and droughts

and rains, that the Cup has always

been a constant in successive

generations. The 150th Cup trophy

has also returned to Melbourne

after a seven-month tour of the

globe. More than 400,000 are

expected through the greats at

Flemington during the four-day carnival. carnival.

Australian selectors have opted for

a 12-man Twenty20 squad filled

entirely with players from NSW and

Victoria. It means Tasmanian Tim

Pain has been dropped from the

keeping spot in favour of the

returning Brad Haddin. Brad is returning Brad Haddin. Brad is

still the number one keeper batsman,

and richly deserves to come back in.

Pain has filled the role in all

forms of the game adds Haddin

recovered from an elbow injury.

The Australian rugby league team

heads to Melbourne to prepare for

the Four Nations clash against

England. While the Kangaroos

outclassed Papua New Guinea,

England can virtually kiss the

tournament goodbye with another defeat.

They're going to be desperate after

the loss and I think they're going

to come all guns blazing, so it

will be a difficult task. And

speaking of difficult tasks,

Anthony Watmough was the only

Kangaroos star to take the plunge

from the platform. The more

cushions the better, though, for

Lote Tuqiri, when he stepped

gingerly into the same pool.

The $8.4 billion tie-up with the

Singapore Stock Exchange with the

ASX may sound like a takeover, but

we're assured it is a merger. Let's

check in with John Milroy with Macquarie Private Wealth. What

detail has emedium-termed here?

What we know is that it is cash

inscripted, and that is $22 cash

from the Singapore Stock Exchange

and 3 opinion 4 shares for the ASX

share. Combined, it will be $16 and

it will be dual lied both in

Australia and in Singapore, but the

primary listing will be in

Singapore. We know that Wayne Swan

has to approve the deal and it

might make interesting watching of

Parliament when the legislation

goes through to exempt the

Singapore Stock Exchange from the

15% shareholder cap. Well, turning

matters to home on the economic

front now, PPI jumped to the

highest level in two years. CPI out

tomorrow. It doesn't bode well for interest rates? It's interesting. Probably muddying the waters

moreing that anything. The lift was

there for the charges for gas,

water and electricity. And if that

doesn't flow through to the CPI,

which prints tomorrow, and the

domestic demand is there, it gives

policy makers plenty to think about

when we sit down on Melbourne Cup

day to think about the interest

rate settings. The market is

mineful that the RBA is there.

Watching carefully. Not just

looking at the jockey's silks.

Thank you very much.

Now to business in brief:

A check the weather on the screen now:

Well, it's what everyone is talking

about this morning. The protester

who put the boot in by throwing his

shoes at John Howard in a live TV debate.

Coming up on the early news, we're

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This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten News.

Former Prime Minister John Howard

dodges a pair of shoes as a

protester let's loose during a live

TV debate.

A dramatic end to a day-long siege

as a man starts a blaze, stabs

himself and then jufrs into a river.

This morning he's recovering in hospital.

In sport, wicket keeper Tim Pain

has been dropped for Brad Haddin in the 12-man Twenty20 cricket squad.

If finance, pundits bet on a rate

rise on Melbourne Cup day.

The ABC has a I polgised to John

Howard after an audience --

apologised to John Howard after an

audience member threw his shoes at

the former prime minister. It

happened during a live broadcast last night.

Coalition MPs have long accused ABC

journalists of being against them,

but the mischief this time came

from the audience, live on TV. And

a special with the former Prime

Minister John Howard. Oh, no, no,

no. Someone please remove that

gentleman. You've got blood on your

hands. Obviously, we apologise for

that. It echoed an earlier

notorious shoe-throwing incident

involving the former US president,

George Bush. It was an eventful

night for John Howard sparked with

a question from former quaum inmate

David Hicks. I was denied a fair

trial and tortured. Do you believe

that I was treated fairly and the

military system was fair? We put a

lot of pressure on the Americans to accelerate the charges being

brought against David Hicks, and I

remind the people watching this

program that David Hicks did plead

guilty. I think the idea that we

should see him as a hero is very

misplaced. Both Hicks and Howard

are currently promoting books

recounting their time in the public eye.

Let's cross live now to Canberra

for more on the story and our

political correspondent, James

Boyce. This was quite a spectacle

last night, but for John Howard, he

seemed to be surprisingly unphased

by the whole situation? Yes. It

seemed to have everything, David

Hicks and shoe-throwing. Basically,

I actually thought that he seemed

more calm than Tony Jones when the

shoes were thrown in that direction.

And it seemed to come across to the

audience too. He seemed relaxed as

he explained his positions to them

and didn't seem to have any regrets

from his time in Office, and that

certainly seem today rub off on the

audience members we spoke to

outside. We laughed a lot actually,

and he laughed a lot too. I

actually thought that maybe he

would have had a different reaction

to that, but he's got a thicker

skin. He'd have to. I think it was,

you know, a little bit unfortunate

that he went to those levels and

stoop today those levels. Mr Howard

was gracious. I think that he

handled himself as well as he has

throughout. Whether you're a fan or

a critic, he's a good politician.

Well, he's certainly thick-skinned.

The current Prime Minister has been

talking more about her plan for

putting a price on carbon

pollution? Yes, Julia Gillard was

speaking to an industry dinner here

at Parliament House here last night

where she said that inaction on

carbon prices will actually lead to

higher prices for people using

electricity. Now, the way she

explained that was by saying that

over the past three years, prices

for electricity have actually gone

up 40% due to crumbling

infrastructure and there's no rebates for the Australian

community, whereas under the old

ETS scheme and any future scheme

there, would be some form of

compensation for consumer as they

try to roll across to a more green-

style electricity. She accused the

Opposition of economic Hansenism on

this saying that they're trying to

appeal to populism. We spoke about

a glum poll for Labor yesterday.

Another poll has come out with more

bad news for Labor? Yeah, it

doesn't get any better. In fact,

this one is this one is worse. Newspoll say

that is on a two-party preferred

basis, the coalition is ahead 52%

to 48%. That's the first time

they've been ahead in Newspoll

since the August 21 poll, and on

preferred Prime Minister, Julia

Gillard remains the top dog there,

53% to 32% over Tony

53% to 32% over Tony Abbott. This

poll was taken earlier this month

at around about the time of the

Murray-Darling basin plan coming

out and the pollster believes that

that has played a crucial roll here.

-- role here. Of the rural voter,

they saw a huge decline for Labor

and the primary vote is down to

around 31 points, so they've got

problems there trying to explain

how they're going to fix the water

issue amongst rural voters. Thank you very much.

A tense stand-off between police

and a man in Brisbane has ended in

dramatic circumstances. The yachty

stabbed himself after setting his

boat alight.

These are the final moments of a

16-hour siege with police believing

they were close to a peaceful

resolution, the 54-year-old boat

owner did this. His cabin and

himself on fire, emergency crews

moved to douse the flames before

twice stabbing himself in the

stomach. Keeling over, a barrage of

rubber bullets rang out as tactical

response police tried to subdue him.

Burn, stabbed and shot, and with

nowhere to go, he fell into the

river where he was rescued by

police. He hasn't been officially

named, but Brisbane's 'Courier-

Mail' newspaper has identified him

as 54-year-old New Zealander

Nicholas Williams. It's believed he

began the siege in an attempt to

draw attention to a family dispute.

Just a bit of a cry for help, I

would think. He's an excellent

bloke, man, a bloody good bloke. I

just talk to him everyday. A bit of

the conversation, not much. Did he

seem like a nice bloke? Yeah, he

seems like a very nice bloke.

Brisbane's Riverside precinct was

placed into lockdown. The man vowed

he could hold out for weeks, even

playing his guitar. But it came to

an end around 9pm. Police are yet

to lay charges against the boat

owner, who is kurply listed as

stable in the Brisbane Hospital.

All all but one member of

Melbourne's home-grown terror cell

could be free within a year. The

Victorian Court of Appeal yesterday

reduced the sentences of six men

jailed last year on terrorism

charges. But charges against the

group's leader, Cleric Benbrika,

were with held. The 15-year jail

sentence, with a minimum of 12

years, was unchanged. The men were

convicted in Australia's first

major terrorism case after a trial

was told that the cell was planning

a deadly strike in Melbourne.

A 22-year-old man was killed when

his motorcycle collided with a car

in Melbourne overnight. The man was

riding through an intersection when

the accident occurred. He died in

hospital. Police are investigating

whether he missed a red light prior

to the collision. 42 motorcyclists

have died on Victorian roads this

year with ten this month alop.

And six cars have been destroyed in

a car bombing in a western Sydney

carryard. Firecrews were called to

the dealership to find the vehicles

well alight. It's still not clear

what started the fires but it took

more than an hour to bring them

under control. Police are treating

the fires as arson.

Australian selectors have opted for

a Twenty20 side consisting entirely

of players from NSW and Victoria.

Six players from each State are set

to face-off with Sri Lanka on

Sunday. No longer can there be

complaints of NSW bias in the

Australian team with Victoria

equally favoured. The Twenty20 team

of 50/50 split between Blues and

Bushrangers. Tasmanian Tim Pain the

unluckiest losing the keeping spot

to a returning Brad Haddin. Brad is

still the number one keeper batsman

and richly deserves to come back in.

Skipper Michael Clarke survives,

despite calls for Cameron White to

take over the top job.

Statistically a poor performer,

selectors continue to justify his

position. He plays a floating role

with the bat and he's obviously

left arm orthodox is important to

us and a great fieldman. We still

see him playing a role in Twenty20

cricket. Australian Test stars can

stake the claim for the Ashes,

although a reluctant for change is

evident in the carefully chosen

words. We're confident the young

players coming up are going to able

to fill the shoes when necessary.

We're also confident that the

senior players are playing good

cricket and capable of winning the

Ashes. The Australian rugby league

team heads to Melbourne this

afternoon to prepare for the four-

nations clash against England.

While the Kangaroos outclassed

Papua New Guinea 42-0, England can virtually kiss the tournament

goodbye with another defeat.

They're going to be desperate after

the loss, and I think we're going

to come in all guns blazing so, it

will be a difficult task. And how

is this for a difficult task?

Anthony Watmough was the only

Kangaroos star to take the plunge

from the 10-metre platform. The

more cushions the better for Lote Tuqiri.

After a couple of preseason set

backs, Andrew B, gut says he's

raring to go with the new NBA

season. The maul walkie Bucks

centre has been had three spells in

the games since his horrific arm

injury in April. He says that the

talented Bucks roster will be

tougher than last season. We're so

deep this year, we can play 12 deep,

but everyone knows in NBA, you can

only play an eight or nine man

rotation, so there will be someone

who gets the grumpy end of the

stick. More finance now with Kath

Robin and news with what could be

an eachway bet on Melbourne Cup day.

The odds are firming on an interest

rate hike on the big Melbourne Cup

day. Reserve Bank governor glen

Stevens has made it clear that

further increases are on the way as

the economy returns to the boom

before the GFC. But the Treasurer

is warning the big banks not to

increase the rates above any official hike. official hike.

And I believe any rise outside the

cycle would be very cynical from

the major banks. I just don't think

that it can be justified. The

economic boom is being fuelled by

the huge prices we're getting for our minerals.

More details have been given on the

$8.4 billion merger plans between

the ASX and the Singapore Stock

Exchange. While the deal still

faces regulatory and political

hurdle, if successful, it will form

one of the biggest stock markets in

the Asia Pacific region and deliver

cost savings of $30 million. The

ASX sinnists that the deal is a

merger and not -- insists that the

deal is a merger and not a takeover.

The ASX share price soared almost

25% when the news broke.

Taking a look at the markets now,

Wall Street has closed higher.

Strong home sales data, a weaker US

dollar and expectations of further

Government economic stimulus pushed

the Dow Jones into the black:

National weather picture is looking like this today:

Still ahead, true Aussie heroes

take a bow. Including the young boy

who used his game console as a

make-shift torch to help his family

escape a night time car crash. He's

just a hero, smart and I love you. just a hero, smart and I love you.

Hear the story when we return. The A-C-T Government is patting itself on the back, after the territory's positive results in a new report. The Commonwealth Bank's State of the State: State and Territory Performance Report shows the A-C-T and W-A outperformed the rest of the country in a number of key economic indicators. Treasurer Katy Gallagher says the strong economic performance, clearly demonstrates the Govermment's prudent financial and economic management. Two large dogs have been put down, after they were responsible for three attacks in Belconnen on

sunday. A sixty kilo Mastiff and a thirty five kilo pitbull-Staffordshire cross, attacked a female with two toddlers in Charnwood just after 2p-m. While a thirty year old woman was later bitten in the leg in the same street. And a pregnant woman was attacked by the same two dogs in Fraser.

Anyone who was attacked by the dogs is urged to contact crimestoppers. Meanwhile, Police are also investigating an aggravated

robbery on Saturday night, in which Cox Plate takings, were stolen from the Erindale ACTTAB.

Around ten to ten, two male offenders, one armed with a firearm, dremanded money from the safe. Patrons were made to lie on the ground and face the wall throughout the incident. The offenders made off with a large amount of money and were last seen heading in the direction of the rear car park near Woolworths. AND, Tickets for Australia's biggest horsepower party, the Street Machine Summernats have gone on sale this week. Promoter Andy Lopez says they've almost finalsied the entertainment, and promises it will be an awesome event. Summernats 24 will run from the seventh till the nineth of January. IN SPORT, The Brumbies could move to Stromlo Forest Park or the University of Canberra, with the two sites front runners as the club looks to find a new home. Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan say while they've only just started talks, the team has some of the worst training facilities and are in desperate need of a new base. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEATHER DETAILS.. Checking the satellite: Patchy cloud on the coast and ranges in cool southerlies is causing isolated showers, mainly in central parts. Around the country: fog then fine in Canberra, 22. Sunny in Sydney. Possible showers in Brisbane. Late showers in Melbourne. Looking locally: Morning fog in Dubbo, chasing 25. Warm and sunny in Wollongong. 24 and fine in Wagga.

A foggy start in Bathurst. 22 and sunny in Goulburn. 23 the high in Bateman's Bay.

Light morning frost in Cooma 22. Sunyn and 25 in Nowra. Same for Parkes. Over the next few days: Beocming cloudy in Canberra

tomorrow, chasing a top of 21. Cloudy Thursday,

This program is captioned live.

Our top story on Ten News.

John Howard has joined the likes of

former US President George Bush by dodging shoes thrown by opponents

of the war in Iraq. For Mr Howard,

it happened last night live on ABC

television. A special with the

former Prime Minister. No, no.

Someone please remove that

gentleman. You've got blood on your

hands. Obviously we apology aiz for

that. That's all right. Don't worry. that. That's all right. Don't worry.

The former prime minister kept his

cool during the incident while the

protester was removed from the studio.

Rachel Taylor hasn't ruled out

further action against her former

fiansyey Matthew Newton. The pair -

- fiance Matthew Newton. The pair

were reunited in court for an

apprehended order which will

prevent him making any contact with

her for two years. He allegedly

bashed her in a hotel in August.

I'm enormously humbled by the

support I've had and today was a

first and necessary step. And thank

you so much. After the hearing,

Newton return today rehab to

continue his treatment.

Twoomba's Baptist church is

expected to overflow as family and

friends bid a final farewell to

jockey Stathi Katsidis. He was

found dead in his home. An autopsy

has fail today determine the exact calls of death.

On a happier note, racing royalty

has taken a trip down memory lane

to officially launch the 150th

Melbourne Cup carnival. Past and

present winners were there to mark

the milestone. Through wars and

depressions and droughts and rains,

the Cup has always been a constant

in successive generations. The

150th Cup trophy has also return

today Melbourne after a seven-month

tour of the globe. More than

400,000 people are expected through

the gates of Flemington during the four-day carnival.

Less than 24 hours after it was

launched, over 7,000 Australians

have joined an online research have joined an online research

register for breast cancer. But the

National Breast Cancer Association

say it is needs a million people to

sign up to find a cure.

1,000 people in pink to launch a

new online database. Multiply 1,000

by 1,000 and that's how many participants are needed in the

research pool. We've been talking

to researchers over many years, and

one of the things that they keep

telling us is that it is so

difficult to get women into the

studies. It asks volunteers to

provide basic personal information.

Once you've signed up, you can be

contacted by researchers who need

participant force the studies. Do

you have to have been touched by

breast cancer? No, this is

something for everybody to be in.

This is used by Australia but could

be used by researchers around the

world. If a trial comes up and we

ask you to join, can you choose to

join or not. The register 4 website

is up and running now, so if you're

over 18 and want to take part, the

National Breast Cancer Association

guarantees that your details will

be secure and only accessed by Australian researcheccessed by Australian researchers.

One in nine women will be touched

by the disease. While more people

are dig nolsed, more are surviving.

Thousands of people have rallied

across New Zealand to keep the

filming of 'The Hobbit' in the

country. There are threats by

Hollywood to move it to noction

location. Director Peter Jackson

say that is a union attempt to

change the working conditions is

changing the working viability. To

tell the studio why investing $500

million in our country is a good

idea when they've just seen the

disgusting and frivolous action

that's happened, I done know what

to say. It literally don't know

what to say to them. Warner Bros

executives have arrived to talk to Jackson.

A boy who helped to pull his family

from a wrecked car has been

rewarded for his heroism. He was

just one of several people honoured in Melbourne.

There was a fresh twist after the

boy used his birthday present to

help rescue the family. The car

rolled and landed on the roof after

colliding with a kangaroo in the

dark. He used his game as a

makeshift torch to fine his parents

and brothers. I still can't believe

what he did. He's just a hero and

smart. I love you. Russell Fraser

leapt to the aid of a stranger he

noticed unconscious on the side of

a road, only to be stabbed by the

woman's alleged attacker. Cut

arterary into the heart, two

collapsed lungs and cut liver. The

good samaritan thrilled with being

named a community hero. I've got

something other than scars to

remind me. Maddison kept her mother

alive while they waited for

paramedics after she lost consciousness aftehe lost

consciousness after an asthma

attack. 60% of people who have died,

so these people are dead, get

resuscitated alive back to an

emergency department in this state.

That's got a lot to do with the

community who know CPR.

First, they were all about jam and

Jerusalem. Now then the, the movie

'Calendar Girls' brought the

Women's I constitute up to date

with tales of going topless for

charity. Now, they're going forward

with an assault on the pop charts.

The new Women's Institute album may

have 14 tracks but it starts and

ends with a WI classic. Although,

admittedly, this is a funkier

version. Than the usual rendition

traditionally sung at the beginning

of every WI meeting.

# I see trees of green. #

The album is 'Voices of the WI' and

the five singers are call the

harmonies. We spend all of our time

e-mailing each other. How are the

scones going? How is your mum? It's

full of each other in our lives.

It's such a brilliant organisation

to belong to and you meet so many

lovely people and the sort of

friends that you have for life.

This is the first time that the WI

has produced an album eligible to

be in the charts. But the harmonies

aren't phased. Next is a Christmas

single - yes, you guessed it 'Jerusalem'.

Australian selectors have opted for

a 12-man Twenty20 squad filled

entirely with players from NSW and

Victoria. It means Tasmanian Tim

Pain has been dropped from the

keeping spot in favour of the

returning Brad Haddin. Brad is

still our number one keeper batsman,

and richly deserves to come back in.

Brad has filled the role in all

forms of the game as Haddin

recovered from an elbow injury.

The Australian rugby league team

heads to Melbourne this afternoon

to prepare for the Four Nations

clash against England. While the

Kangaroos outclassed Papua New

Guinea 42-0, England can virtually

kiss the tournament goodbye with

another defeat. They're going to be

desperate after the loss, and I

think they're going to come in all

guns blazing, so it will be a

difficult task. But they seem to be

up to the difficult tasks. Anthony Watmough was the only Kangaroos

star to take the plunge off the 10-

metre platform. The more cushions

the better for Lote Tuqiri when he

stepped gingerly into the same pool.

John Milroy is back from Macquarie

Private Wealth to discuss the $8.4

billion ASX tie-up with the

Singapore Stock Exchange. What more

can you tell us about the merger?

As always with these things,

there's a bit of what we do know

and what we done know. What we know

is just under 3.5 Stock Exchange

changes for each Australian Stock

Exchange share making a merger in

the order of $16 billion should it

come in. To be dual-listed in

Singapore, but the primary listing

will be in Singapore. What we don't

know is whether the approval

process will go. It has to be

approved by Treasurer Wayne Swan

and also a change of Parliament. A

bit away from the implied price of

$48. So the PPI jumped to the

highest level in two years

yesterday. CPI is out tomorrow. You

said this has muddyed the waters

somewhat for the RBA? It has. It

begs the question whether the CPI

is due to the Government rises of

gas, electricity and water, and the

domestic demand is subdued. Do

policy makers need to raise rates

to address that? In addition, we

know in the retail sector of Coles

and Woolworths last week, inflation

in the food sector remains subdued.

We'll have to wait until Melbourne

Cup day to find out if the rates go

up. Noi

Now to business in brief:

That is finance now. NAB business

survey for September is also out.

Good to see you. Good to have you

back. Now, it's going to be

impossible for you but you

shouldn't talk again before tomorrow's bulletiin before tomorrow's bulletin.

Very hard. No talking, stop!

Now for a look at the weather!

Let's recap the top story this is

morning. Less of a political shoe-

in than a political shoe-off.

Former Prime Minister John Howard

dodges a pair of shoes as a

protester let's loose during a live TV debate.

A dramatic end to a day-long siege

in Brisbane as a man starts a blaze,

stabs himself and then jufrs into a

river. This morning, he's

recovering in hospital.

And dramatic pictures from America

as a tornado rips through a town

near Dallas. Witnesses say they saw

hail stones the size of baseballs.

That's it for Ten News. The first

15 minutes of the program are now

up on the Ten News website ready

for download. I'm Ron Wilson. The

next bulletin at 9am.

Have a great Tuesday. We'll see you

tomorrow at 6am.

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