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Tonight - another P-plate tragedy. This program is captioned live.

in a horror smash in Sydney's west. Three teenagers killed It's a tragic incident, in a crash like this. young people involved

for the wheat kickbacks scandal? Who's to blame The final report handed over. for firefighters And rain brings a reprieve

before another heatwave kicks in. and Deborah Knight. Ten News with Ron Wilson Good evening. Also tonight - police close to laying charges of 8-year-old Bryce Rolls. over the hit-and-run killing And the incredible ultrasound images with a baby elephant. taking us inside the womb

But first this evening - come to a tragic end end-of-school year celebrations in western Sydney. with three young lives lost and two 18-year-old girls died A 17-year-old boy this morning. after their car and a truck collided are still in hospital. Two other teenagers of Loyola Catholic College The victims were all former students in Mount Druitt. at a friend's house They'd spent the night when disaster struck. and were heading home

officers responding to the crash. A gruesome scene confronted police P-plate driver from Mount Druitt The body of a 17-year-old of his Magna. in the shattered wreckage trapped inside. Four critically injured passengers died later in hospital. Two girls, aged just 18, and a 17-year-old boy A 17-year-old old girl are now in a serious condition. Being a father myself this type of injury to young people it's very tragic for me to see

to the families involved. and my heart goes out and the truck driver, Residents rushed to help the victims who is under observation in hospital. when he got out of the truck. The driver was in a state of shock

He was very upset. the T-intersection just before 7:00am The teenagers were travelling through

collided with the truck. when their vehicle has shocked the residents, While the horrific accident they're not surprised.

minor accidents here There have already been a number of

at this intersection. in from the right-hand side Cars have only been allowed to travel for less than 12 months, a lot of locals out residents say it catches been any give-way signs installed. and are wondering why there hasn't There is no suggestion of alcohol, of impropriety on the road. there is no suggestion nothing other than an accident. It would appear to be a 17-year-old male learner driver Near Newcastle, police have charged two of his friends after an accident that killed

head injuries earlier this month. and left two more with serious driving occasioning death He's been charged with dangerous and grievous bodily harm. Tim Potter, Ten News. Some welcome relief for firefighters flames in the Blue Mountains. who've been battling those ferocious thanks to favourable weather The emergency has eased

but another heatwave is on the way.

in the job for much longer, With politics beckoning he won't be took time out to thank his troops so today, the Fire Commissioner in the Blue Mountains. who've been slogging it out have been fighting the blaze About 400 volunteers 13,000 hectares in the Grose Valley. which has now burnt out And their task is by no means over, to hit the mountains next week. with a heatwave forecast

in some parts by Wednesday, Expected to go into the 40s

perhaps Thursday. to put in containment lines, Overnight, crews have worked hard Blackheath back-burning near Faulconbridge, to Mount Tomah, and along the Bells Line of Road it rained. but this morning they hit a snag, and become damp Conditions overnight have changed

which has limited our operations. conditions were better. By afternoon

and the air. The battle resuming from the ground is the main firefront Behind me in this valley crews are trying to contain.

It's burning in inaccessible bushland from townships. and still several kilometres weekend both here and around NSW. It's clearly going to be a busy in NSW under appalling conditions, We've had to deal with over 66 fires very dry, very windy, very hot

and the losses have been negligible. Daniel Sutton, Ten News. the prime suspect Police say they're close to charging Sydney boy, Bryce Rolls. in the hit-run killing of 8-year-old three years ago Bryce was knocked down and killed in Kogarah. as he was walking to his aunt's house a prime suspect Detectives have now identified

Prosecutions considering with the Director of Public to lay charges. whether there's enough evidence currently in Queensland, The suspect is a 33-year-old man,

and stealing offences. awaiting trial on more than 100 fraud has been back in court Freed child killer John Lewthwaite on a popular Sydney beach. explaining why he was naked could see him back behind bars. The outcome of the case These are the police naked in the sandhills at Wanda Beach who found the convicted child killer one afternoon in August.

gave evidence Senior Constable Michelle Gibson she saw Lewthwaite's naked buttocks and placed his hat over his groin, and when he turned to face her she saw his genitals. with wilful and obscene exposure. She charged him as part of an intelligence operation. The police were watching the area telling the court Constable Aaron Rutledge took photos a light blue hat and sunglasses. Lewthwaite was wearing only

box today But Lewthwaite went into the witness

by the public, denying he could be seen naked in the sandhills with a friend. saying he was just sunbathing that Lewthwaite is being victimised The defence case says against him that police only took action their computer system after consulting and discovering his sordid past. After Lewthwaite was charged,

of a young girl was revoked his lifetime parole for the killing and he was returned to prison. of the exposure charge, If found guilty return him to jail for up to a year. the Parole Authority could decide to were at court today Lewthwaite supporters but none would reveal whether they were with him at the beach. The magistrate will hand down his decision on Monday. John Hill, Ten News. We're about to find out

if highly paid officials will face criminal charges

over Australia's 'wheat-for-weapons' scandal. The final report of the year-long inquiry has now been handed to the Governor-General. How did it happen and who's to blame? The final report of Commissioner Terence Cole should untangle the deceit that saw nearly $300 million in wheat sale kickbacks

paid to Saddam Hussein's brutal regime. In the course of the 11-month inquiry

the reputation of monopoly wheat trader AWB has been trashed, senior figures, such as former chairman Trevor Flugge, guilty at least of being cavalier. The report should determine whether AWB management knew of the kickbacks and acted alone in breaching United Nations sanctions and whether the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was negligent or complicit.

The inquiry saw the Prime Minister called into the witness box to give evidence, along with ministers Alexander Downer and Mark Vaile. Newspaper reports today have suggested the ministers will be cleared of any wrongdoing. It's been leaked to the newspapers. Well, has it? Well, I don't know, because I haven't seen it. Labor hasn't seen the report yet either but... The inquiry has been given rorted terms of reference. It has been limited to reporting on the conduct of AWB.

It has not been allowed to make findings concerning the conduct of Howard Government ministers. All along, the Howard Government has been seeking a verdict of AWB guilty, Government innocent.

The AWB saga won't end with the public release of the report next week. Criminal charges and trials are likely to follow, our international wheat sale system could be overhauled,

and the political accusations will continue. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Day two at the Gabba -

and while England started an Ashes fightback, their fans are less than impressed.

They've blasted cricket organisers for poor treatment. One English couple branding Aussie fans as racists. They flew 16,000km to end up in tears.

Been looking forward to this for 12 months. In fact, it's a lifetime ambition to come to an Ashes tour, so I was so looking forward to it. Excuse me. But their dream, they say, became a sideshow - the Test wrecked by toxic fans. The racist chanting against anybody, not just Poms - we expected some of that - but against black and Asian people. We're just not used to sitting amongst that. There was so much beer flying around,

people being ejected around us. Yesterday, 45 badly-behaved fans were ejected from the Gabba, two arrested. Others say that's cricket. It was until the last couple of hours, wasn't it, when the beer kicks in. As the Walkers pondered whether to try again, at least the crowds around them were having a better morning, most heeding yesterday's warnings to turn up on time and leave the bags at home.

Many were still caught out.

I came here for cricket, not origami. The major problem with security, some fans say, is inconsistency. Bags that were allowed in yesterday weren't today. Now he's telling us I can't go in with it when I walked in yesterday with the same bag. We're delighted with the hospitality Australia is affording us at the moment, thank you. The Barmy Army still on a high after a first day flogging.

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It's great. You can still buy tickets outside - just don't get stung. For the record, the Walkers eventually swapped theirs for other seats.

Emma Dallimore, Ten News. Tim Webster joins us now and Ricky Ponting labelled 'a new era Bradman'? Yes, what a label but he certainly tried to live up to it today almost producing a double century. That shortly. Plus how the tail-enders emulated him. Also, the young amateur golfer who fancied himself as a cricketer

continues to surprise the big names at the Australian Masters. Also, the NRL's contract tug of war between the Gold Coast and Melbourne gets even uglier. An Australian Federal Police officer attacked with a machete in Fiji. Details next. Also tonight - label lies. Food companies caught out misleading consumers about nutritional values.

And bursting with Christmas cheer - thousands watch Sydney put on a spectacular show of lights.

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Australia's top cop in Fiji has been injured and his family terrified in a home invasion. The 48-year-old AFP officer was flown to Brisbane for treatment after being hacked with a machete during the attack.

His wife and children were shaken but unhurt as up to 10 men ransacked their home.

The incident follows a warning by Alexander Downer

that Fiji was two weeks away from a coup. Australian naval forces are on increased alert to evacuate Australians. We currently have three Australian naval vessels in the south-west Pacific. I'm not prepared to specifically say where they are.

Australia is again calling on the Fijian military

to support the country's democratically-elected government. Two former drug squad detectives have been jailed

for trying to traffic up to $1 million in heroin. Their conduct described as a shameful betrayal of the police. Stephen Cox, described by the Supreme Court judge as a natural born leader,

led his fellow detectives into prison. The former drug squad crew chief supplied heroin on a regular basis to a dealer recruited by police to be an informant. Cox also brought fellow detective Glen Sadler in on the deal.

Along with convicted colleague Ian Ferguson, the 'three musketeers' conspired to traffic 5.5kg of heroin with a street value of almost $1 million. Their illegal dealings occurred between 1999 and 2002, a time in Melbourne's history which Justice Kaye said was flooded with heroin.

Cox and Sadler were reprimanded for committing the very crime which they were sworn to eliminate and for betraying their oaths of office. The judge said it was disappointing that two men of previous good character who'd led useful and beneficial lives stooped so low. Stephen Cox, the instigator, was sentenced to seven years with a minimum of four. Glen Sadler, who profited more from the crime,

was given 10 years with possible parole in 6 years. Kate McGrath, Ten News. A week-long police blitz on truckies has seen eight arrests with serious charges. Police and the RTA targeting the heavy vehicle weighing station at Marulan, north of Goulburn. Sniffer dogs found heroin, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines in the rigs. The charges include drug possession and supply.

Licence checks also detected two suspended drivers and three other men who were wanted by police. When it comes to food labels - you can't believe what you read. Food companies have been busted lying about the nutritional value of their products and there are no laws to stop it. It's meant to be as simple as picking up the packet and checking the nutrition panel.

But the food you eat may not be as healthy as you thought. Tests on 70 common foods found the actual nutritional content didn't match the figures on the panel. If it's things like fat, the kilojoule content, the nutrients we are really trying to avoid, that's where we should be most concerned if there's inaccuracies. Even with a 20% margin of error - 84% of the foods checked had incorrect quantities for fats,

salts and kilojoules. Trans-fat in one brand of potato chips, 13 times higher, while two-thirds of low-fat products had more energy than stated.

The original approach was for food companies to just report the average

so, in fact, we weren't surprised when we saw a degree of variation. It's been happening for years because there's no set standard for compliance.

Authorities are working on much tougher food label regulations. Next year, state food ministers are hoping to sign new national rules meaning nutrition panels will have to be a lot more accurate. But it might help to encourage better quality control at the food manufacturer end but also I think what's been overlooked is there's not a lot of surveillance that goes on. Despite their inaccuracies,

dieticians believe nutrition panels are a useful guide

for health-conscious consumers. If it's a known brand, their quality, their name resides on that label and I think they're far more likely to be accurate.

James Boyce, Ten News. The festive spirit was in the air in the heart of Sydney last night. Thousands of families packed Martin Place to enjoy the free Christmas concert put on by the city council. The lighting of the giant tree the main attraction,

with Lord Mayor Clover Moore doing the honours along with one of Santa's littlest helpers. (All shout) 4, 3, 2, 1, Merry Christmas! The CBD providing the perfect backdrop for a spectacular show of fireworks. And the jolly man in the red suit made a special appearance,

spreading Christmas cheer through the city streets from his sleigh. The City of Sydney has spent $500,000 on this years festive decorations. Frank Coletta stepping into the

weather breach this evening. It's

calm enough now but it's going to

go nuts at the Opera House on

Sunday. It's building up. 48 hours

to go. I'm here with Andrew G. The build-up is

build-up is sensational every year

but more special this year, I think.

My word. We were hear two or three

days ago and they were building

this like the world's biggest

Meccano set. It's bigger than ever

this year. Are the nerves jangling?

If I wasn't under such heavy

medication, I'd be terrified. Don't

say that at five o'clock!

say that at five o'clock! Something

stellar as well was this picture

from Manila in NSW yesterday. Fine

work, Don. Look at that. That was

me playing golf, actually! Well

done, Don. You can send a similar

pic to us if you have it.

Skywatch today - the temperature

range was 24 to 28 in the greater

range was 24 to 28 in the greater west. Skywatch showed us a

spectacular sun rise and then the

sun disappeared behind fluffy white

clouds and then the blue sky

reappeared this afternoon. In ten

minutes, we may catch up with an

Idol or two. See you then. A rare honour from the Queen for an Australian hero's bravery in Iraq.

And a womb with a view - incredible ultrasound images reveal the hidden world of animal pregnancy.

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You're watching the news at

You're watching the news at 5:00.

Time to check the traffic. It's

gone snarly at Yaguna. What's

happening there is this There seems

to be a police operation on the

Hume Highway before Bass Hill. We

had delays for traffic down towards

the shops. All three traffic lanes

are stalling past the train station.

We've been further out past Bass

Hill and into Lansdowne and it seems traffic

seems traffic is easing a little.

It's taking 25 minutes to get

through Bankstown. We'll head down

to I thinkle burn. Details with Deb

after -- Ingleburn. Details with

Deb after the sport. Baghdad is under curfew after the worst attack on the Iraqi capital since the war began. 160 people were killed in a wave of coordinated bombings.

Baghdad's bloodiest day

since the war began more than there years ago. A crowded marketplace was hit by three suicide car bombs and two mortar attacks. The streets of the Shiite-dominated Sadr City district were littered with burning bodies, the aftermath of coordinated explosions. Hundreds of people were injured. The suspected culprits - Sunni militants.

Both sides of Iraqi politics called for calm but retribution was swift in a close-by Sunni neighbourhood. GUNFIRE A curfew has been imposed on the capital and airports closed. It's the worst sign yet for troops still on the ground. There is every chance that our troops are going to be sucked into the quagmire

of a vicious sectarian civil war. The more we can do to elevate the influence and authority of those who've been elected by the Iraqi people, the closer we will come to a longer-term solution. That solution, right now, seems a long way off. Josh Murphy, Ten News. A rare honour for an Australian helicopter pilot awarded the distinguished Flying Cross

for his outstanding service in Iraq. Major Scott Watkins came under attack from insurgents on the ground flying to safety after his co-pilot was shot. The Distinguished Flying Cross to be decorated Major Scott Watkins. It's the first time since the Vietnam War an Australian soldier has won the medal for outstanding performance and bravery In November 2004, while on exchange with the British Army,

Major Watkins came under fire during two missions. On one occasion, his copilot was shot and he had to fly the Lynx helicopter to safety through a hail of bullets. One of the rounds went underneath my seat and almost severed the collective, which is one of the principal controls in a helicopter.

The second round hit Keith, my copilot, in the arm, and the third round passed just after the engines. Two days later, he helped arrest a group of militiamen who were carrying bomb-making equipment ready to use in roadside blasts. People say, "You were very brave in doing what you did," and I just ask, "What else would I have done?" His wife wasn't quite so blase. At the time she was pregnant with their second child.

The night after it happened, the baby just turned all night long. I didn't breath properly until he got back from Iraq. Fortunately, her husband's next post is a little less hostile - Canberra. Laurel Irving, Ten News. A former Russian spy who was poisoned earlier this month has died in hospital. Alexander Litvinenko had been in a critical condition since he was given an unknown chemical in a London restaurant. The 43-year-old was an outspoken critic of the Russian regime

after defecting from the country eight years ago. Litvinenko's friends claim the Kremlin poisoned him in a Cold War-style assassination attempt

but doctors were unable to determine the cause of death. A fascinating view into a hidden world. Scientists going using 4D technology to reveal startling images of animals in the womb.

Just four months into her pregnancy, scientists capture an amazing first-time look inside an elephant's womb. It's still so small, it could fit in the palm of a human hand. The foetus has another 18 months of growing inside its mother but, like humans, the legs are already kicking. The legs move in a slow, running-type motion. Strengthening muscles and joints for the big adventure ahead.

A 'National Geographic' team recorded the stunning vision using cutting-edge ultrasound technology. Here, a dolphin at 12 months - ready to be born. As he moves down the birth canal, his fins are still folded to ease delivery. The revolutionary scan shows length, width and depth over time to produce moving images.

Conducting these ultrasounds on an elephant can be tricky. The animal remains awake while a camera is inserted. But on the dolphin, it is much easier. It's trained to float on its side and is scanned externally showing the animal first forms leg buds which grow into flippers. The images opening a living window on evolution. Ali Donaldson, Ten News.

Campaigning wraps up - Victorians decide who'll be their next Premier. That's next. Also, the state's rice farmers fighting back labelled chronic water wasters. And an uphill battle for Princess Mary as she takes baby Christian for a suburban stroll.

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This program is captioned live. The top stories this newshour - police say they're close to charging the prime suspect in the hit-run killing of Sydney boy Bryce Rolls. The 8-year-old was knocked down and killed three years ago. The 33-year-old suspect is currently in Queensland awaiting trial on fraud charges.

Some welcome relief for firefighters who've been battling those ferocious flames in the Blue Mountains. The emergency has eased thanks to favourable weather, but there are fears of a flare-up with another heatwave on the way. And three teenagers have been killed in a horror crash with a truck in western Sydney. Two other teenagers are in hospital. They were all former students of Loyola Catholic College in Mt Druitt and were on their way home after celebrating the end of school.

Victoria's Labor Government is tipped to win a third term in tomorrow's State election. Premier Steve Bracks spending the last day on the hustings visiting schools while his Liberal rival Ted Baillieu wooed shoppers in one of Melbourne's most marginal seats. Both leaders heading to the poll with confidence. We are committed to standing up for families in this State, standing up for a fair go at work,

for a better education system, standing up for improved health

and standing up to have a cleaner environment in the future. That's really where we stand tomorrow. I'm pumped and I will continue to be pumped and I'm happy to pump up anyone else's feelings as well, if that's needed. Latest polls show Labor winning with a reduced majority. Australian rice growers have been labelled 'wasteful'

for farming the water soaked crop in the middle of our worst ever drought. But in the heart of rice country in the Riverina, growers are fighting back. The morning sun through rain-free clouds. It'd be beautiful if it wasn't so heart-breaking. This year, the drought cost farmer Rob Houghton $200,000 in lost crops. This is the worst drought I've experienced in my 20 years of farming.

Despite the dry, he's planted rice and soon he'll flood it with liquid gold. 8% of Australian rice is exported overseas and its growers are being slammed for persevering with such a thirsty crop.

It's disappointing. We do take it quite personally but everyone is entitled to their opinion. It's up to us to deliver the facts. And the fact is, he says,

Australian rice growers only use the water they are allocated once everyone else has gotten theirs. It's a very challenging industry and one that doesn't mind sticking its neck out and spending a lot of money on research and development. That money is going to Riverina rice breeders who are busy trying to create new kinds of rice which require less water to grow. Cross-breeding is slow, fiddly work

and the drought has put the pressure on. Up to this date, water hasn't been an issue in rice production so we're trying to simulate an environment where we want to grow rice, and that is with minimal water. But a totally water-free breed of rice is at least 20 years away. In Leighton, Danielle Isdale, Ten News.

A day off for Thanksgiving in the US has pushed down the Australian market.

The Danish Royals have made their only official public appearance on their Australian trip,

introducing Prince Christian to some native animals. Our reporter Luke Waters was at the wildlife park north of Hobart. Yes, Bonorong Wildlife Park, about 40km north of Hobart, was the mystery location for today's photo shoot. They affectionately call him the 'Kingaroo' in his homeland,

and today 13-month-old Prince Christian stole the show as he patted, stroked and gently prodded

some native Australian animals. Camera flashes were a temporary diversion for the young prince but he was closely watched by the prince and princess throughout the 20-minute photo shoot. REPORTER: Do you feel like you're in the zoo sometimes? Especially today. Earlier today,

Princess Mary paid a brief visit to her niece's West Hobart primary school. Flanked by family, security guards and with Christian in tow, Mary was greeted by a healthy media contingent

as she left the school on foot. Now, the young prince seemed unfazed in the role of guest of honour at his cousin's school, even enjoying the ride home. Now, it is believed the Danish royals will remain in Australia for about another two weeks, but will return to Denmark for Christmas. It's opening night for the 23rd School Spectacular. The sell-out performance featuring more than 3,000 talented dancers,

singers and musicians from 300 public schools across the state. Some on stage as young as 5. The theme of this year's show is 'Shine'. The School Spectacular is known as the world's biggest variety show helping launch the careers of several Australian performers.

I don't know

I don't know if Anthony Callea got

a head start from the school

spectacular but we did help him on

'Australian Idol'.

Fond memories for you at the grant

final, Anthony? It's a great night.

The atmosphere here is amazing

outside. That was a chapter. This

is a new chapter. This is the new

chapter. It's out tomorrow,

chapter. It's out tomorrow, I

believe. I spent a good year

working on this album and co-wrote

14 of the 15 tracks. I can't do

anything about it any more after

tomorrow when it comes out. Why the

name? Having that year off and

reflecting on the first year and a

half was massive for me. I'm

looking forward to what's ahead.

It's definitely a new chapter for me. A tip

me. A tip finally? Last week I was

going for Damian so Jess this week.

Don't ask me. What would I know.

Thank you, Anthony. Let's quickly

look at the top temps in NSW today.

At 5:55, we'll have two Idols in

the Grand Final on Sunday. Now back

to the desk and three Idols. See -

he's very nice, isn't he? We like

him. He looks good too. Sharp! Very handsome man. Sport now and Ricky Ponting got on with the job with the bat. Yes, the runs flowed for most of the Aussies including the tail-enders Ahead - how Ricky Ponting almost made it a double century.

And a young amateur continues to upstage the pros at the Australian Masters.

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This program is captioned live. Skipper Ricky Ponting has steered Australia to a mammoth first innings total in the opening Ashes test.

Ponting out just shy of a double century

as the Aussies, right through to tail-enders, smashed England's attack. Steve Harmison started day one with a wide. COMMENTATOR: There's no doubt if he bowls a wide here this place will go mad. Day two deja vu. Well, he tried hard - it is a wide! The Gabba crowd tough markers but Ricky Ponting could do no wrong quickly past 150. It's a magnificent 150 to follow up the three figures last time. Hussey into stride with some precision driving, the middle of his bat a hot spot. The morning session a batting exhibition until Flintoff took matters into his own hands. He gave Ponting a scare... It was a brute of a ball from Flintoff. .then knocked over Hussey with a gem on 86. Oh, he's got him! Right through him. Clarke took a liking to Giles... Michael Clarke takes a sixer. ..and Ponting followed suit.

Two boundaries in an over got him into the 190s. But Hoggard made sure the double century never came. Big shout! He walks across in front! He's got him! He's gone for 196. Three balls later, he trapped Gilchrist in front too. He's got him! He's given him. Hoggard gets two. Harmison was trying anything to get a wicket. Oh, he's hit the stumps at last! Well done.

He's a better thrower than what he is a bowler. Eventually it came when Warne gloved a pull shot through to Jones. Now then, yes. With Harmy firing up the Barmy Army, England found a gear. Anderson snaring Clarke for 56 on the stroke of tea but his namesake, Stuart Clark, rubbed some afternoon salt in their wounds. That has gone. He smashed 39 off just 23 balls.

The declaration coming with 602 on the board. Strauss and Cook beginning the chase

England making a disastrous start,

McGrath picking up Strauss and

Clark. NSW is in a strong position on the first day of it's Pura Cup clash with Western Australia. Matthew Nicholson grabbed three early wickets against his former state

to have the Warriors reeling at 3/27. Chris Rogers and Adam Voges leading the recovery before Stuart MacGill pressed his Test claims with three late wickets. A short time ago the Warriors were 7/256. The Steve Turner contract dispute is destined for the courts as things got even uglier today even the AFL's draft system was dragged into the controversy. On a day when the Titans announced Luke Bailey and Scott Prince as co-captains the club hit back at Storm Ceo's Brian Waldron's claims the Gold Coast have treated Turner like "a piece of meat".

Well, that's a bit duplicitous coming from a former AFL administrator

who ships 18-year-olds all around the country. So I find that a little bit ambiguous. Continuing a testy day, Roos coach Ricky Stuart says revenge isn't on his mind in tomorrow's Tri-Nations final against New Zealand. REPORTER: Why? Why what? Why isn't it on your mind? I've got no reason for it to be on my mind. Why would it be on my mind? Officials are still disappointed by ticket sales. A crowd of only 25,000 expected.

21-year-old amateur, Aaron Pike, has continued his charge at the Australian Masters. He's opened up a three shot lead after 12 holes of his second round. England's Justin Rose is in second spot at 9-under after shooting a 66 but several other big names are not far behind. An English Rose bloomed in the perfect spring weather after starting five shots behind overnight leader Aaron Pike. Rose set the early pace with some brilliant stroke play on his way to a second-round 66 and a halfway tally of 9 under. COMMENTATOR: Oh, magnificent shot from the Englishman. Aaron Baddeley recovered from a 38 on the front 9 with an often brilliant inward half and is within striking distance. Oh, that's just a superb shot. Peter Lonard took the bunker-to-bunker option as Huntingdale bared its teeth. That's just a no-no. Lonard, though, hit back with brilliant iron play that's seen him win two gold jackets. Come on! That is very good. John Senden's mixed bag included this bad miss, then an angry response from the tee. The Australian Open champion hit back with a number of birdies and again is in contention. Defending champion Robert Allenby made a move with three successive birdies but gave them back when the putter stopped working.

But Aaron Pike was the man they had to catch - far from overawed by the spotlight, he relished it. The 21-year-old based in Darwin quickly moved to 10 under and then extended his lead by 2 by the halfway mark. The big names forced to chase the big amateur who stretched the lead to 3 after 10. World number 15 Paul Casey struggled with his game but played the shot of the day for a long-range birdie.

Do it! APPLAUSE Rob Waters, Ten News. Plenty of questions remain for the V8 supercar teams after the first practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit. Drivers struggled to adjust to the long straights and tight turns. FPR's Jason Bright with the fastest time of the day, team-mate Mark Winterbottom third-fastest behind Garth Tander.

I think if you can do 37 laps around here and not make a mistake,

you're going to win the race by quite a long way. Ten's coverage of the event begins tonight. And the all the racing action from Bahrain can be seen here on Ten later tonight after 'Sports Tonight' and again tomorrow night with highlights on Sunday afternoon.

To the tips and Michael Sullivan's selections for Randwick tomorrow:

And in 'Sports Tonight' - Ricky Ponting opens up about his sensational innings and Australia's crushing day two performance. Stay with us our own weather idol Frank Coletta is here next with the weekend weather.

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A time for all the weather details

with Frank Coletta. Tim Bailey is

on a plane heading up to Jessica

Mauboy's hometown of Darwin Mauboy's hometown of Darwin for the

big end-of-Idol concert. I can't

believe the excitement. Every year.

As you say, Tim is gone to Darwin

for the Sunday night performance.

He'll be a big part of it. I can't

believe every year how

believe every year how big this

gets. 48 hours out and they're

going crazy here. Big crowd

watching just the set-up and

rehearsals. We'll get into that in

a second. I can talk about the weather for the weather for the weekend. For Idol

night - 25 degrees and a little bit

of cloud. Almost perfect. Tomorrow,

29 degrees and obviously a little

bit warmer, not too much cloud

around. The rainfall situation - we

had 1mm at Mona Vale today. A

little bit of drizzle across the

Blue Mountains, which was very

welcome of course. Talk bridge got

a mill metre as did Mount

a mill metre as did Mount Seaview.

The overall dam storage level has

dropped to 38.9% and Warragamba dam

is now 36.9% so they've fall yelp

progressively over the past few

weeks. Here at the Opera House,

we're at 23 degrees currently.

Cloud is forming over incompetent

land WA triggering thundery showers

and cloud forming near the NSW and Queensland border which is

Queensland border which is triggering some storms. Tomorrow, a

heat low will generate another very

hot day over the interior with late

thunder in the west. A high will

clear drizz frl the southern WA

coast and that keeps SA, Victoria

and NSW dry. Rainfall for tomorrow

- afternoon torms, a slight chance

over the northern NSW ranges. Here

they are. You're two Idols, Grand

Final time coming up on Sunday. They don't look too They don't look too nervous but

there were sweaty palms when we

introduced ourselves earlier. Get

ago little bit nervous now. All

this all round us is a nervy time.

Exciting. A great turnout. It's 48

hours away from the Grand Final and

you're signing autographs. It's the

build-up now and everybody is

getting really excited. Everyone's coming to that point coming to that point where it's,

you know, it's going to be a fun

night. Great performances on Sunday

night. Your best performance so

far? Nessun Dorma stood out for me.

Warm up the vocal cords. Your best?

'Beautiful' and 'When You Believe'.

A quick 15

A quick 15 seconds from you.

(Sings) # But in my secret

# My secret lies

# What is her name?

# No-one shall know, no, no

# But on your

mouth I will sail

# And the morning light shall dawn.

# And the morning light shall dawn. (Sings) # There can be miracles when you believe

# Though hope is real, it's hard to care

# There can be miracles when you

believe... #

We could listen to this forever.

But we have to do the weather:

I cannot wait. I know you, Ron and

Deb, also cannot wait. Grand Final

night on Sunday. Bring it on. It's 10 years ago tonight that Crowded House said farewell to the world

in a giant bash at that very same Sydney Opera House. Angela Bishop tracked down Neil Finn and Nick Seymour

to mark the anniversary

and found them a long way away making more music. It was the night Crowded House called it a day. On this day in 1996, the steps of the Sydney Opera House became a giant concert venue. (Sings) # Don't dream it's over. # It was a gorgeous night. Sydney can turn it on. Sydney knows how to do a party. In honour of the anniversary, the farewell to the world concert has being released on DVD. I didn't want the band to break up and I thought there was a massive irony that this was our final gig and it was the biggest gig we've ever done in Australia and for that night, we were the coolest Aussie band ever. 10 years on and, incredibly, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour are again creating music together. It's not Crowded House, it never can be without Paul Hester, but there are a lot of people waiting with bated breath to see just what it will be. They've chosen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath in England to make their music and the atmosphere is weaving its magic. The feeling that there's ancient history around every corner and there's also good artisans and artists. Thomas the Tank Engine - he lives around the corner with the Vicar of Dibley.

And they like the feeling of being back together. That's the news at 5:00. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm Deborah Knight. Thanks for your company. Have a great weekend. See you Monday. Goodnight.

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