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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Top

of the mornin' to ya on this St

Patrick's Day, 17th March. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Frank Coletta. The

Federal Government facing a nasty

hangover as Senators plan to battle

bifg-drinking with an alcopop tax.

The news the raunchy photos

probably aren't Pauline, but could

be part of a political dirty-tricks campaign.

And in sport - the West Tigers open

their 2009 NRL account with a

come-from-behind win over Canberra.

Business - Rio Tinto'sdler 30

billion deal with Chinalco comes

under more pressure after a major

shareholder says a deal would be bad for business.

Heading our news this morning - the

Rudd Government faces an

embarrassing defeat today on its

controversial alcopops tax. Key

Senators last night withdrew their

support for the tax because not

enough is being spent on tackling

alcohol abuse.

The last drop of support for the The last drop of support for the

alcopops tax has been drained - the

Greens and Independent Senator xen

xen xen will vote it down -- Nick

Xenophon will vote it down because

the Government won't allocate more

money on harm-reduction programs.

This failure to get the legislation

through is entirely on the

Government's head. They've had 11

months to get their act together on months to get their act together on

this, and they've failed to deliver

on some very basic issues. The

measure had has made popular

pre-mix drinks more expensive, but

a parliamentary inquiry says it's

unclear whether that has had any

impact on binge-drinking.

Distillers may get a refund. I

wrote to the Prime Minister 12

months ago about this. We put a

motion through the Senate 12 months

ago warning the Government that it

shouldn't take the Senate for

granted. The Government was planning

to force the vote late last night,

but it has been delayed until today

- possibly in an effort to strike

an eleventh-hour deal.

The most likely outcome is that the

crossbenchers will support the

Coalition's move to scrap the tax,

but allow the Government to keep

the money collected so far.

We do want to make sure this money

stays with the Government. The last

thing we want to see is this money

go back to the industry.

Pauline Hanson says she's willing

to show her belly buten to the

to show her belly buten to the

nation to prove nude photos aren't

her. Former soldier Jack ja Johnson

claims she posed for him 30 years

ago. The truth is that is not me in

those photos. She's launched legal

action against three media outlets

for running the pictures.

Meanwhile, Queensland's Premier has

been caught out on one of her

biggest election promises - Anna

Bligh promised to create 100,000

jobs over the next three years, but

it's been revealed most of them

have already been forecast by Treasury.

Not announced - forecast. This is

what you expect from Labor governments. They're all smoke and

mirrors and spin. Yesterday, LNP

supporters were kicked out of the

Brisbane mall for handing out

political material.

Victoria takes another step towards

Victoria takes another step towards

recovery today as fire-ravaged

Kinglake reopens to the public. Access restrictions to the

Victorian town have been lifted

after body recovery teams finished

sifting through the ruins. Just in

time, too, say cash-strapped

business owners. It will help us -

the businesses in the area -

because it's been a long six weeks.

Curious sightseers are being warned

to be respectful and not to

trespass onto properties.

WA Police will urge the community

to support them during their rally

outside Parliament House today as

they protest against violent

attacks on them. The protesters

will demand mandatory sentencing

laws be fast-tracked. WA's Police

Minister says the laws will be the

first debated when Parliament

resumes today. The protest comes

after three men were acquitted of

paralysed. an attack which left an officer

Josef Fritzl has pleaded guilty in

an Austrian court to incest, rape

and false imprisonment, but the

73-year-old denied charges of

slavery and murder. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale has

more from St Poelten.

His story is one of cruelty and

incest that made international

headlines last year. Today, for the

first time since his evil was

exposed, the world's media has seen

exposed, the world's media has seen

Josef Fritzl in the flesh. Covering

his face with a large blue folder,

Josef Fritzl was surrounded by

armed police as he shuffled into

court. Refusing to respond to

journalists' questioning, he kept

his expression hidden from the

world , just as he kept his

daughter hidden for 24 years in a

dungeon under the family home. He

pleaded guilty to incest and false

imprisonment, and partially guilty

to rape. The 73-year-old has faced

death threats, and so has his

lawyer, who insisted to the jury

his client is not a monster, but a

man who'd been abused himself as a

child. The court was closed as the

harrowing evidence began to protect

the privacy of Elisabeth and the

six surviving children she

delivered in her prison. The delivered in her prison. The

seventh died as a baby. Fritzl has seventh died as a baby. Fritzl has

pleaded not guilty to his murder,

and also to had charges of

enslavement. Outside, hundreds of

media crews reported the story to

all corners of the globe. And

protesters performed disturbing

street theatre to raise awareness

of child abuse in Austria. The case

will run for five days, with video evidence of the victims being

submitted in court. A verdict is expected on Friday.

Danielle Isdale reporting from Austria.

The space shuttle 'Discovery' and

its crew of seven should reach the

International Space Station this

morning after yesterday's

successful lift-off from Cape

Canaveral in Florida. Last-minute

launch-pad repairs took care of the

hydrogen leak, which had delayed

the take-off for four weeks. The the take-off for four weeks. The

crew will deliver a set of solar

wings and water-recycle equipment

station. to the astronauts aboard the space

Heading sport this morning - nine

players charged out of Round 1 in

the NRL will today decide whether

submit early pleas. they'll defend their cases or

Gareth Ellis Wests Tigers' English recruit Oh and a big hit! There's Ellis! There's Ellis again! of his own, Taniela Tuiaki added some aggression crossing for his first four pointer of the night. 'Tanyella The Tank'! And there is no stopping with two in quick succession. But Canberra hit straight back as simply as that. Goes straight through them, in the space of two minutes! He's got a double coming off the bench Tigers hooker Robbie Farrah

and making an early impact. And he scores immediate points! The scores locked up the break with a 26-18 lead. Two more tries and Canberra went into Half-time fireworks were a sign of things to come. Todd Payten showed quick hands to put Lawrence over. Good catch and pass, Toddy Payten and Chris Highinton. Taniela Tuiaki was unstoppable on the way to grabbing his second for the night.

The game put out of reach with this

long-range effort. Time score - 34-26.

After four days' rest, the Australian Test team has returned

to the nets ahead of the third Test

against South Africa, beginning in

Cape Town on Thursday. With Brett

Lee and Stuart Clark returning,

Australia's young pacemen have been

desperate to put forward their

claims for inclusion on the Ashes

tour - much to Michael Clarke's

detriment. We are hunting as a pack,

and we're really enjoying ourselves out there, and we're getting the

rewards. Australia will retain a

similar XI to the one which wrapped similar XI to the one which wrapped

up the series, although a spinner

could come in for Andrew McDonald. Australia's best swimmers begin

their quest for a place at the

World Championships today when the

national titles begin in Sydney.

national titles begin in Sydney. Stephanie Rice leads an all-star Stephanie Rice leads an all-star

field and, after scoring three gold

medals in Beijing, says she's ready

to return her focus to the pool.

That was the only time that I would

be able to have seven weeks off

before London. So I needed to know

that I was motivated and ready

enough to get through another four

years. Many of those competing are

only just returning to full-time

programs after an extended break

following the Olympics.

All the action from the Australian

swimming titles can be seen live on

Ten HD:

Carlton will decide this morn

whether to contest midfielder Nick

Stevens's 2-match ban for striking

in Saturday's practice match.

Stevens faces a fortnight out in

for an incident involving Nick

Suban. He can reduce the penalty by

one match if he pleads guilty. That

would rule him out until Round 3,

with the Blues' vice-captain

already serving a one-match ban

from last season.

Time for all the finance news with

Frank Coletta. Almost no-one too

keen to see Rio Tinto become

Chinese takeaway? To be sure, to be

sure, Ronnie. Rio's plan to sell

itself to China has hit yet another

hurdle. A shareholder says the deal

hands too much to the Chinese

Government. It's worried the $ $30

billion deal will see the Chinese

Government embed itself so deeply

into the company, it would be hard

to ever untangle. Expect to hear

more argument about the deal today

when the Australian China Business

Council holds its yearly meeting in Canberra.

Almost too good to be true,

financial shares have led a filgt

straight day of gains on Wall

Street. -- fifth straight day.

Police searching for a young girl

have found human remains - it looks

like she was yet another croc

victim. Details when Ten's Early

News returns. This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News - the Federal Government

may need a stiff drink today

because it faces certain defeat of

its plans to introduce an alcopop

tax to battle teenage binge-drinking.

More than a month after Black

Saturday, survivors from Kinglake

will be allowed home for the first

time today. Police warn sightseers,

"Stay away - you will not be welcome."

And covering his face enshame - Austria's incest father pleads

guilty to most of the crimes

levelled against him.

The Rudd Government faces an

embarrassing and costly defeat on

its controversial alcopops tax

today. Last night, the Greens and

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon

vowed to vote down the bill because

the government refuses to meet

their demands for more money to

tackle alcohol abuse. Without the

legislation, the tax is effectively

illegal. I wrote to the Prime

Minister 12 months ago about this.

We put a motion through the Senate

12 months ago warning the Government that it shouldn't take

the Senate for grant stkpwhrd. A

final vote was delayed until today.

The Senate is likely to scrap the

tax, but allow the Government to

keep the $300 million it's

collected so far.

Pauline Hanson says she's willing

to show her belly buten to the

nation to prove nude photos

splashed across the media are not

her. The man who took them is

standings by his story, but doubts

are starting to emerge.

Pauline Hanson is embarrassed and

angry. The truth is, that is not me

in those photos. But the man who

sold those photos is standing by

his story. Former soldier Jack

Johnson says Hanson posed for him

as a teenager when they dated in

the 1970s. I honestly, in my heart

of heart, I believe it's Pauline

Hanson. But he admits, the details

are sketchy. The resort where the

raunchy shoot supposedly took place

wasn't billed until a decade later.

I do not know of anyone by the name

of Jack Johnson. Pauline Hanson

says this is what she looked like

in the '70s - happily married with

babies. I truly believe that this

is another attempt to keep me away

from the floor of Parliament, to be

your voice, your representatives.

And by God, I'm going to get there.

But, if it is a conspiracy, both

major parties deny any involvement.

Ms Hanson is suing three media

outlets. And I'm not surprised that,

after 30 years, there are some

holes in his narrative. But this -

I made this decision to publish

these photos because this was about the photos.

Opposition family spokesman Tony

Abbott says homelessness could

become a social catastrophe. Mr

Abbott said on the ABC last night

financial difficulty was now the

main cause of homelessness. I think

that this is the - the potential

social catastrophe that faces us if

the recession is as bad as many

people fear. I mean, losing your

job is a problem. Losing your home

is a disaster. Mr Abbott says the Opposition doesn't support the

proposed emissions-trading scheme

while the country remains vulnerable.

The fire-ravaged town of Kinglake

in Victoria has reopened to the

public. Access restrictions have

been lifted after body-recovery

teams finished sifting through the ruins. ruins.

Just over five weeks since the

deadly fires destroyed the town,

another step towards recovery. We

want to move on. A lot of people

are getting very toey because we

can't move on. The guys are all

keen to start doing things -

rebuilding, getting things up and

running. We don't want our town to

die. The cash-starved shop owners -

it's a relief. It will help us, the

businesses in the area. Curious

sightseers are being warned not to sightseers are being warned not to

wander onto properties. If you're

going to come up here, please, just

respect the residents up here and

have regard to the trauma that

they've experienced. Nearby

Marysville remains closed.

Residents, however, came together

to farewell a friend. On Black

Saturday, World War II veteran

Colin Paul defended the house he

built with his wife Alice. He was

found dead days later by his son.

DNA testing will be carried out

today on human remains believed to

be those of an 11-year-old girl be those of an 11-year-old girl

taken by a crocodile. A search

squad found the remains in Black Jungle Swamp near Darwin yesterday.

It's expected testing will confirm It's expected testing will confirm

they belong to Briony Goodsell, who

wept missing while swimming. Her

sister and two friends reported

seeing the tail and head of a

crocodile before Briony wept under.

The -- went under.

The clean-up effort on Queensland's

Morton island has begun again after

coming to a sudden halt yesterday.

Crews ran out of plastic bags to

store the oil spilled from a cargo store the oil spilled from a cargo

ship, so 300 workers were left with

nothing to. Do two people were

treated for heat exhaustion.

Austrian father Josef Fritzl has

hidden his face in a court

appearance in St Poelten. The

73-year-old is charged with using

his daughter as a sex slave for 24

years. He pleaded guilty to incest

and false imprisonment, but not to

murder and enslavementment his daughter's evidence will be daughter's evidence will be

presented on tape. Fritzl faces

life in jail if convicted of the

murder of one of her babies.

The economic crisis is no friend to

some high-flyers. The reapo men

have been busy taking the toys

away from some of the boys who can

no longer afford them. But that has

meant bargain prices for others.

With a crowd this big, it's hard to

believe the economy is in a slump.

These bidders were hoping to steal themselves a bargain.

This as-new Ferrari 599 retails

above $600,000. Auctioned off after above $600,000. Auctioned off after

a company went broke, it went under

the hammer for $420,000 to an

online bidder. Almost 100 luxury

cars were auctioned. More than 80%

of them repossessions by the banks.

Car after car, the finance

companies were forced to cop some companies were forced to cop some hefty losses.

3,000 people here. And 90% of the

stock is sold under the hammer. The

number of luxury cars at the quarterly auctions has doubled

since the last elent vent back in

November. They believe there'll be

even more under the hammer at their

next sale in June. There are some

people still with cash. It's almost

like two sides of the economy. If

you do have cash, there are plenty

of bargains to find.

The NRL's first Monday-night game

for 2009 didn't disappoint, with

the Wests Tigers downing Canberra

by eight points. Taniela Tuiaki

scored a double to lead the home side to a 34-26 win.

The Tigers' winger is in

devastating form, having scored

four tries last weekend. Tim

Sheens's side next plays the

Cowboys in North Queensland on Saturday.

To AFL, and Carlton midfielder Nick

Stevebs is facing another delay to

the start of his season. Already

banned from Round 1 after an

indiscretion last year, the

vice-captain has copped a further

ban for striking. After this

off-the-ball incident in Bunbury,

WA, the Match Review Panel has

handed Nick Stevens a 2-game ban

for striking Nick Suban. He could

be ruled out until Round 3 of the

season proper, with the hot-headed

Blue already facing a one-match

ban from last year. In other incidents, Simon wigens has been

cleared of a rough-conduct report

not captured on camrp ru. Clint Bartram can accept a reprimand for

this front-on report. And

Collingwood's Clint Brian can Collingwood's Clint Brian can

breathe easier. It collected him

high. The Match Review Panel deemed

the buic of the ruckman's contact

was to Joel Selwood's left shoulder,

and not his head. And all involved

in the Hawks' malai have been cleared.

Victoria has one hand on the

Sheffield Shield trophy heading

into the last day of the side.

Cameron White had a century

yesterday. 100 for Cameron White,

pushed through the off side to the

boundary. Excellent innings from

the Victorian captain. Queensland

was bowled for just 200 - a

first-innings deficit of 310. The

Vics resumed their second innings

this morning with a lead of almost

400 and needing just a draw.

Bank stocks led a rally on Wall

Street overnight as investors look

to extend the recent advances to a

fifth straight session. Here with

the details is Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. A definite note of

optimism in the marketplace at the

moment. Why? Yes, Frank. Confidence

is rising. There's possible changes is rising. There's possible changes

to trading rules, and then you've

got global banks saying that got global banks saying that business is starting to get back on

track. Also, key figures talking

publicly about the US recession,

starting to ease some of the fears starting to ease some of the fears

- we had Ben Bernanke on '60 - we had Ben Bernanke on '60

Minutes' in the US last night, and

then President Barack Obama is set

to appear on Jay Leno's 'Tonight

Show'. The Dow at the moment up by

60 points. The Nasdaq weak now,

though, down by 14 points. Will

that extend to our market today! We

hope so. The SPI says we're set to

open around 30 points higher. Good

markets in aish saw and Europe

overnight. Base metals all working

in the favour of our miners today.

The oil price up another 2.5% to

just blow US$47.5 a barrel. But the

gold players might be a bit weak

today. Juliana Roadley from CommSec,

thank you. Thanks.

Watch out, Elle - the Japanese have

invented a robot which could

replace you on the catwalk. Can

that happen? We'll show you this

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This program is captioned live.

Top stories every 15 minutes Top stories every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News - today, the

Federal Government left with a bad

taste in its mouth after Senators

reject its controversial alcopops tax.

Pauline Hanson claims she's the

victim of a smear campaign,

offering to prove she's not the

teenager in those nude pictures.

And in sport - the Wests Tigers

open their 2009 NRL account with a

come-from-behind win over Canberra.

And in business news - Rio Tinto

under more pressure as a major

investor saysets $30 billion deal

with Chinalco would be bad for business.

The Rudd Government faces an

embarrassing defeat today on its

controversial alcopops tax. Key

Senators last night withdrew their

support for the tax because not

enough is being spent on tackling alcohol abuse.

The last drop of support for the

alcopops tax has been drained. The

Greens and Independent Senator Nick

Xenophon will vote it down because

the Government won't allocate more

money on harm-reduction programs.

This failure to get this legislation through is entirely on

the Government's head. They've had

11 months to get their act together

on this. And they've failed to

deliver on some very basic issues.

The measure has made popular

pre-mix drinks more expensive, but

a parliamentary inquiry says it's

unclear whether that's had any

impact on binge-drinking. So far,

$300 million has poured into

Government coffers. However, if the

legislation doesn't pass this week,

distillers may get a refund. I

wrote to the Prime Minister 12

months ago about this. We put a

motion through the Senate 12 months

ago warning the Government that it

shouldn't take the Senate for granted. The Government was

planning to force the vote late

last night, but it has been delayed

until today, possibly in an effort

to strike an eleventh-hour deal.

The most likely outcome is that the

crossbenchers will support the

Coalition's move to scrap the tax,

but allow the Government to keep

the money collected so far. We do

want to make sure this money does

stay with the Government. The last

thing we want to see this money go

back to - the industry.

Please, can we just believe her?

Pauline Hanson is threatening to

show her bellybutton to the nation

to prove those nude photos aren't

her. Former soldier Jack Johnson

claims Ms Hanson posed for him 30

years ago when they were dating.

He's standing by his story, but

admits to being hazy on the details.

Ms Hanson is adamant. The truth is

that is not me on those photos. OK!

She has launch legal action against

three media outlets for running the pictures.

Meanwhile, Queensland's Premier has

been caught out on one of her

biggest election promises - Anna

Bligh promised to create 100,000

jobs over the next three years. But

it's been revealed most of them

have already been forecast by

Treasury. Not announced - forecast.

This is what you expect from Labor governments. They're all smoke and

mirrors and spin. Yesterday, LNP

supporters were kicked out of the

Brisbane mall for handing out

political material.

Victoria takes another step towards

recovery today as fire-ravaged

Kinglake reon -- reopens to the public. Body-recovery teams have

finished sifting through ruins.

Just in time, too, say

cash-strapped business owners. It

will help us, the businesses in the

area, because it's been a long six

weeks. Curious sightseers have been

warned to be respectful and not to

trespass onto properties.

Josef Fritzl has pleaded guilty in

an Austrian court to incest, rape

and false imprisonment. But the

73-year-old denies charges of

slavery and murder. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale has

more from St Pole Poelten.

incest that made international His story is one of cruelty and

headlines last year. Today, for the

if first time since his evil was

exposed, the world's media has seen

Josef Fritzl in the flesh. Covering

his face with a large blue folder,

Josef Fritzl was surrounded by

armed police as he shuffled into

court. Refusing to respond to

journalists' questioning, he kept his expression hidden from the

world , just as he kept his

daughter hidden for 24 years in a

dungeon under the family home. He

pleaded guilty to incest and false imprisonment, and partially guilty

to rape. The 73-year-old has faced

death threats, and so has his

lawyer, insisted to the jury his

client is not a monster, but a man

who'd been abused himself as a

child. The court was closed as the

harrowing evidence began - teebgt

too protect the privacy of

Elisabeth and the six surviving

children she delivered in her

prison. The seventh died as a baby.

Fritzl has pleaded not guilty to

his murder, and also to the charges

of enslavement. Outside, hundreds

of media crews reported the story

to all corners of the globe! And

protesters performed disturbing street theatre to raise awareness

of child abuse in Austria.

The case will run for five days

with video evidence of the victims

being submitted in court. A verdict

is expected on Friday.

Japanese scientists have unveiled

their latest robot, and apparently

it's a victory for equality. The

seductively named HRP4C is their

first-ever female robot, and will

sell for $30,000. She has eight

motors in her head to control

facial expressions, and another 30

in her body. Making the parts

smaller to fit with the average

Japanese woman's figure was more

difficult - the robot will star on

the catwalk at a Tokyo fashion show next week.

Nine players charged out of Round 1

of the NRL will today decide

whether they will defend their

cases or submit early pleas. Gareth Ellis Wests Tigers' English recruit as a one man wrecking ball. started the game

There's Ellis again! Oh and a big hit! There's Ellis!

of his own, Taniela Tuiaki added some aggression of the night. crossing for his first four pointer 'Tanyella The Tank'! And there is no stopping with two in quick succession. But Canberra hit straight back as simply as that. Goes straight through them, in the space of two minutes! He's got a double coming off the bench Tigers hooker Robbie Farrah and making an early impact. And he scores immediate points!

the break with a 26-18 lead. Two more tries and Canberra went into of things to come. Half-time fireworks were a sign to put Lawrence over. Todd Payten showed quick hands Toddy Payten and Chris Highinton. Good catch and pass,

The game was put out of reach with

this long-range effort from Tim Molten.

Final score - 34-26.

After four days' rest, the

Australian Test team has returned

to the nets ahead of their third

Test against South Africa,

beginning in Cape Town on Thursday.

With Brett Lee and Stuart Clark

returning, Australia's young

pacemen have been desperate to put

forward their claims for inclusion

Clarke's detriment. in the Ashes tour - much to Michael

We are hunting as a pack, and we're

really enjoying ourselves out there.

We're getting the rewards. Australia

will retain a similar XI to the one

which wrapped up the series,

although a spinner could come in

for Andrew McDonald.

Australia's best swimmers begin

their quest for place in the World

Championship today when the

national titles begin in Sydney.

Stephanie Rice leads an all-star

field and, after scoring three gold

medals in bay jing, says she's

ready to return her focus to the

pool. That was the only time that I

would be able to have seven weeks

off before London, so I needed to

know that I was motivated and had

edready enough to get through

another four years. Many of those

competing are only just returning

to fulltime programs after an

extended break after the Olympics.

Carlton will decide this morning

whether to contest midfielder Nick

Stevens's 2-match ban for striking

in Saturday's practice match.

Stevens faces a fortnight out for

an incident involving Fremantle's

Nick Suban. Stevens has a poor

record but it reduce the penalty by

one match if he pleads guilty. That

would rule him out until Round 3,

with the Blues' vice-captain

already serving a one-match ban

from last season.

Time now for all the finance news

with Frank Coletta. And almost

no-one is making it easy for the

Chinese to take away our Rio Tinto?

That's exactly right, Ron. Rio's

troubled plan to sell itself to

China has yet run into yet another

hurdle. One of the company's

biggest shareholders says the deal

hands over too much control to the

Chinese Government, worried the $30

billion will see the

billion will see the Chinese

Government embed itself so deeply

into the company that it would be

hard to ever untangle. The

Australian China Business Council

holds its yearly meeting in Canberra todayment

Telstra shareholders are getting a

bit jittery about the announcement

of the national broadband network

the Federal Government could reveal

its preferred bit bidder for the

project as early as this week. The Government is determined Telstra

won't stand in the way of the new

network. The company was excluded

from the project late last year,

and its shares have since fallen 27%.

Financial shares have led a fifth

straight day of good gains on Wall Street.

Got a lazy half-million dollars?

You might just be able to pick

opcheap-ish car, if you're quick.

There he goes. Good on you, Frank. Details when Ten's Early News

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LOOKING TO AXE PUBLIC SERVICE JOBS. PUBLIC SERVICE JOBS. THE COMPANY SAYS, THERE'S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR

CONTRACTORS, TO GET WORK AROUND CANBERRA, WITH A

GET WORK AROUND CANBERRA, WITH A NUMBER OF PROJECTS PROJECTS COMING UP LOCALLY THIS YEAR. POLICE AROUND THE TERRITORY, WILL CONTINUE TO WILL CONTINUE TO TARGET PEOPLE DRINK DRIVING, IN THE REGION. THE A-F-P, HAD A BLITZ ON DRINK DRIVERS OVER THE WEEKEND, WITH 19 PEOPLE, CAUGHT OVER THE LEGAL BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT. ONE OF THOSE CAUGHT, WAS A 17 YEAR OLD P-PLATER, WHO

YEAR OLD P-PLATER, WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT DRIVING ON WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD, AND ALLEGEDLY BLEW POINT OH - SEVEN - FOUR. ANOTHER DRIVER BLEW POINT TWO - ONE - ONE. THERE'S CONCERN, AMONG ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, THAT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN HUME, WILL THREATEN LOCAL WILDLIFE. THE A-C-T CONSERVATION COUNCIL SAYS, IT DOESN'T OPPOSE THE PLANS, BUT IT WOULD LIKE THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT, TO ORGANISE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IMPACT STATEMENT, BEFORE GOING AHEAD, WITH THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT.

DEVELOPMENT. TO SPORT, AND AFTER WINNING THE W-N-B-L GRAND FINAL ON FRIDAY, THE CAPITALS', MARIANNA TOLO, LOOKS SET TO PLAY ON, WITH THE CANBERRA CANBERRA SIDE. THE 19 YEAR OLD, IS AMONG THREE CAPS PLAYERS, WHO'S CONTRACTS RAN OUT AT THE END OF THE SEASON. THE SEASON.

NOW TO TODAY'S WEATHER DETAILS... FINE CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST AS A HIGH OVER THE BIGHT MOVES EAST, CROSSING THE REGION AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK.

LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - FINE AND SUNNY IN CANBERRA TODAY - MOSTLY SUNNY IN SYDNEY - CLOUDY IN ADELAIDE - WET IN THE OTHER CAPITALS CHECKING OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - PLENTY OF SUNSHINE ACROSS THE REGION TODAY - 27 THE EXPECTED TOP FOR DUBBO SUNNY WITH 23 DEGREES FOR BOTH BATHURST AND GOULBURN BATHURST AND GOULBURN - 22 FOR BOTH BOWRAL AND GOULBURN - 22 FOR BOTH BOWRAL AND BATEMANS BAY CLEAR SKIES WITH AN EXPECTED TOP OF 25 FOR MUDGEE - 23 FOR COOMA - FROST THEN SUNNY IN THREDBO LOOKING AHEAD - THE NEXT FEW DAYS ARE LOOKING FINE,

AND SUNNY, GRADUALLY GETTING WARMER. TOMORROW AND THURSDAY - WE'RE HEADING FOR A TOP OF 27 AND 29 IS THE EXPECTED TOP EXPECTED TOP FOR FRIDAY

. This program is captioned live.

Headlines every quarter-hour on

Ten's Early News - the Federal

Government's alcopop tax now faces

certain defeat, with the Senate

refusing to swallow it last night.

The fire-ravaged town of Kinglake

reopens to residents today. Police

warn curious sightseers to show

respect or stay away.

And Josef Fritzl hides his face in

shame as he faces court in Austria

for the 24-year kidnap and rape of

his daughter.

The Rudd Government faces an

embarrassing and costly defeat on

its controversial alcopops tax

today. Last night, the Green Partys and Independent Senator Nick

Xenophon decided to vote down the

bill because the Government refuses

to meet their demands for more

money to tackle alcohol abuse.

Without the legislation, the tax is

effectively illegal.

I wrote to the Prime Minister 12

months ago about this. We put a

motion through the Senate 12 months motion through the Senate 12 months

ago warning the Government that it

shouldn't take the Senate for

granted. A final vote was delayed

until today. The Senate is likely

to scrap the tax, but allow the

Government to keep the $300 million

collected so far.

Perhaps this should come with a warning for choirn - Pauline Hanson

says she's willing to show her

belly buten to the nation to prove

nude photos splashed across the

media are not her.

Pauline Hanson is embarrassed and

angry. The truth is, that is not me

in those photos. But the man who

sold those photos is standings by

history - former soldier Jack

Johnson says Hanson posed for him

as a teenager when they dated in

the 1970s. I honestly, in my heart

of heart, I believe it's Pauline Hanson. But he admits the details

are sketchy. The resort where the

raunchy shoot supposedly took place

wasn't billed until a decade later.

I do not know of anyone by the name

of Jack Johnson. Pauline Hanson

says this is what she looked like

in the '70s - happily married with

babies. I truly believe that this

is another attempt to keep me away

from the floor of Parliament, to be

your voice, your representatives.

And by God, I'm going to get there.

But, if it is a conspiracy, both

major parties deny any involvement.

Ms Hanson is suing three media outlets. And I'm not surprised that,

after 30 years, there are some

holes in his narrative. But this is

- I made this decision to publish

these photos. This was about the photos.

Opposition family spokesman Tony

Abbott says homelessness could

become a social catastrophe. Mr

Abbott said on the ABC last night

financial difficulty was now the

main cause of homelessness. I think

that this is the potential social

catastrophe that faces us, if the

recession is as bad as many people

fear. I mean, losing your job is a

problem. Losing your home is a

disaster. Mr Abbott says the

Opposition doesn't support the

proposed emissions-trading scheme,

while the country remains

vulnerable.

The fire-ravaged town of Kinglake

in Victoria reopens today. Access

restrictions have been lifted after

body-recovery teams finished

sifting through the ruins.

Just over five weeks since the

deadly fires destroyed the town,

another step towards recovery. We

want to move on. A lot of people

are getting very toey because we

can't move on. The guys are all

keen to start doing things,

rebuilding. Getting things up and

running. We don't want our town to

die. The cash-starved shop owners -

a relief. It will help us. The

businesses in the area. Curious

sightseers have been warned not to

wander onto properties. If you're

going to come up here, please, just

respect the residents up here and respect the residents up here and

have regard to the trauma and the

losses that they've experienced.

Nearby Marysville remain closed.

Residents, however, came together

to farewell a friend. On Black

Saturday, World War II veteran

Colin Paul defended the house he

built with his wife Alice. He was

found dead days later by his son. (The 'Last Post' plays)

DNA testing will be carried out

today on human remains believed to

be those of an 11-year-old girl

taken by a crocodile. A search

squad found the remains in Black squad found the remains in Black

Jungle Swamp near Darwin yesterday.

It's expected testing will confirm

they belong to Briony Goodsell, who

went missing while swimming. Her

sister and two friends reported sister and two friends reported

seeing the tail and head of a crocodile before Briony went under.

Work has begun on a big energy

project to ease Victoria's summer

electricity shortages. The new $640

million gas- fired power station in

the state's west will supply enough

power to 250,000 homes. More power power to 250,000 homes. More power

when we need it, particularly on

hot afternoons. It guarantees we'll

have more airconditioners, more

demand at 3:00-5:00 in the

afternoon. The project expected to

create 350 jobs during construction,

and should be open by the end of

the year.

Austrian father Josef Fritzl has

hidden his face during his court

appearance. The 73-year-old is

charged with using his daughter as

a sex slave for 24 years. He

pleaded guilty to incest and false pleaded guilty to incest and false

imprisonment, but not guilty to

murder and enslavement. His

daughter won't be in court. Her

evidence Will presented on tape.

Fritzl faces life in jail if

convicted of murdering one of her convicted of murdering one of her babies.

Bargain-hunting car buffs have

driven off with big discounts on

almost 100 repossessed luxury cars. High-performance vehicles

including Porsche Turbos and Aston

Martin Vantage and an Audi R8 were

auctioned off in Sydney overnight.

A Ferrari worth $600,000 was the

bargain of the night, fetching a

paltry $300,000.

90% of the stock is sold under the

hammer. 3,000 people here. Most of

the cars had been repossessed by

finance companies from fallen high-flyers.

The NRL's first Monday-night game

for 2009 did not disappoint, with

the Wests Tigers downing Canberra

by eight points. Taniela Tuiaki

scored a double to lead the home

side to 34-26 wen.

Win. The Tigers winger is in

devastating forplg, having scored

four tries last weekend. Tim Sheens's side next plays the

Cowboys in North Queensland on

Saturday.

AFL, and Carlton midfielder Nick

Stevens is facing another delay to

the start of his season. Already

banned for Round 1 after an indiscretion last year, the

vice-captain has copped a further

ban for striking. After this

off-the-ball incident in Bunbury,

WA, the Match Review Panel has

handed Carlton's Nick Stevens a

2-game ban for striking Fremantle's

Nick Suban. He has a poor record

but can reduce the ban by one man

if he pleads guilty. He's already

serving a one-match ban for

striking Hawthorn's Rick Ladson is

in the final game of the regular

season last year. Fellow Blue Simon

wigens has been cleared of a

rough-conduct report not captured

on camera. Melbourne's Clint

Bartram can accept a reprimand for

this front-on report. And

Collingwood's Chris Bryant is

breathing easier. That bump

collected him high. But the Match

Review Panel deemed the bulk of the

ruckman's contact was to Joel Selwood's left shoulder, and not

his head. All Hawks and Eagles

involved in Friday's melee have been cleared.

This season's Indian Premier League

is in the balance after security

talks broke down. A revised

schedule had been rejected by the

Indian Government, saying it

couldn't provide adequate security

because of a clash with the

nation's elections. The tournament

is due to start on April 10, but

will be cancelled if an agreement

can't be reached.

Bank stocks did lead an early rally

on Wall Street as investors look to

extend the recent advances to a

fifth straight session. Things have

changed as we near the close.

Juliana Roadley from CommSec joins

us. There was a note of optimism in

the marketplace, but not so much

late oren?, No, but the banks are

still holding on. Profit-taking in

other areas in the last hour of

trade - initially we had

differences in trading conditions

in the US, and the banks saying

that businesses were getting back

on track in 2009. And key figures

in the US talking publicly about

the US recession, starting to help

ease some of the fears. Last night,

Ben Bernanke was on '60 Minutes'.

Now, President Barack Obama set to

appear on the Jay Leno 'Tonight

Show'. At the moment, the Dow up by

10 points, the Nasdaq down by 26

points.

What does it mean for us locally?

Hopefully we'll have an OK day on

our market. The SPI sees our market

opening only 10 points up at the

moment. Base metals had a great

night on the London Metals Change.

The oil price holding onto good

gains at $47.50 a barrel. The gold

price losing its shine. Today, we

get the minutes from the last

Reserve Bank meeting, where they

decided to leave rates on hold. It

will be interesting to see what the

devil is in that detail. Indeed.

Thank you, Juliana Roadley. Thank

you.

Barack Obama has vowed to block

those outrageous bonuses being paid

to AIG. The company received a

federal bailout of $260 billion -

$250 million of that went straight

into the pockets of executives.

President Obama is angry about

insurance giant AIG's decision to

pay out millions of dollars in

bonuses. How do they justify this

outrage to the taxpayers who are

keeping the company afloat? The

company took more than $170 billion

in federal bailout funds, and used

some of that money to dole out $165

million to executives. Some law-makers say that decision

rewards incompetence. AIG's chief

executive defended his decision. He wrote Treasury secretary Timothy

Geithner saying "The company has

contractual obligations to give

those bonuses, and could have been

sued if it didn't make the appointments." -- the payments."

But that didn't convince the

President. I've asked Secretary

Geithner to use that leverage and

pursue every single legal avenue to

block these bonuses ask make the

American taxpayers hope. The White

House knows it must ease the

outrage over AIG if it wants the

support it needs to pump millions

more banking dollars into the system.

Briefly in other business news:

Ron, St Patrick's Day - some green

figures, which is quite appropriate.

Thank you, Frank. Everyone's a

little Irish on St Patrick's Day.

Recapping today's top stories - the

Federal Government facing a nasty

hangover - the morning after

Senators rejected its controversial

tax on alcopops. Accusations fly in

Queensland, with the news it probably isn't Pauline Hanson in

those raunchy photos. Hanson

claiming she's the victim of a

smear campaign.

And residents of Kinglake will

finally be allowed to return home

today, more than a month after the

Black Saturday bushfires destroyed their town.

That's it for Ten's Early News. May

the road rise up to meet ya and the

wind be at your back on this Saint

Patrick's day. I'm Ron Wilson. See

you tomorrow morning at 6:00. And