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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. as Michelle Leslie arrives in Sydney. Frenzied scenes to Afghanistan - The PM's secret mission to our troops on the ground. the message John Howard took becomes an 'Australian Idol'. And the girl from Bendigo with Tracey Spicer. Ten News

Good morning. After three months in a Bali jail, has finally arrived home. Michelle Leslie as she touched she down in Sydney. The model sparking a media frenzy Following a short stay in Singapore once again, and a chance to taste freedom a Qantas flight to Sydney last night Michelle Leslie boarded Sean Mulchay. accompanied by her minder of possessing drugs The model, convicted last week but set free by the Indonesian courts months behind bars. because she had already served three a relative unknown Michelle left Australia celebrity status, but returned with a new-found coverage about her fight for freedom courtesy of three months of news from a Bali jail.

pressing in for the best shot. With cameramen and photographers by the attention. She seemed overwhelmed left the young model exhausted. Mulchay says the whole ordeal have been extremely intense, The last few days

the exit from Indonesia, the release from the prison,

out of Singapore, into Singapore, and that was the final straw. back into Australia to the media to make a path for Michelle Security men struggling at an airport media conference.

The ebig of the last throosz months

have really turned my life upside The ebig of the last throosz months

down. I'm happy to see my family

and Scott and my friends and I'd

like to thank everybody who stood

by me and supported me while I've

been away. Some have called you a

false Muslim but you put out an

apology last night. What would you

like to say about that? Thank you. from the young woman But there was no answer but has taken off the veil, who professes to be a Muslim

once again. instead following Western fashion She's very upset and offended by it. is a ridiculous thing to say. Being called a fake Muslim it's far from helpful It's a hurtful thing,

comments. and it's really inflammatory to live up to her promise Michelle Leslie has failed on what really happened in Bali to shed new light on the night of her arrest. whether proceeds of crime laws Leslie's lawyers will now decide before considering several offers. allow the model to sell her story John Hill, Ten News. Australian drug trafficker Van Nguyen The mother and brother of condemned his Singapore jail today. are expected to visit and Van's twin brother Khoa Kim Nguyen by Australian officials. were whisked away from Changi Airport considering taking the case The Federal Government's to the International Court of Justice to try to stop the execution, would need Singapore's support. but such a move with almost 400 grams of heroin, Mr Nguyen was arrested his twin brother's legal debts. claiming he wanted to pay off

Under tight security, to our troops in Afghanistan. John Howard has made a surprise visit

deploying more soldiers The PM is considering to rebuild the war-torn country. For security reasons, first visit to Afghanistan John Howard's

and sudden. was unannounced, secretive the Prime Minister Wearing a bulletproof vest to Camp Russell, detoured on his way to Pakistan to our SAS troops based there. bringing a simple message Thank you. A very genuine thank you. first deployed to the danger zone Australian soldiers were four years ago. your safety, security and wellbeing At the end of the day than anything else. is more important to me His trip didn't stay secret for long. The PM flew into the capital Kabul, by President Hamid Karzai. welcomed with an honour guard are immensely grateful The Afghanistani people to come all this way, for Australian sons and daughters to serve in Afghanistan. travel thousands of miles Australian troops and engineers And the President wants even more

committed to his country. reconstruction team. This time for a provincial

is still under consideration. That issue Mr Howard says At the very least, there already in place he'll leave the current task force for as long as it takes. stationed in Iraq as well, That goes for our defence force may be sooner rather than later. although there, our withdrawal have agreed at a conference in Egypt Iraqi Shi'ite, Kurd and Sunni leaders for foreign troops pulling out. there should be a set timetable Exactly when is unclear. Danille Isdale, Ten News. Controversial workplace reforms for the Howard Government. are causing major problems are causing major problems

to hand down its findings A Senate committee is just about into proposed reforms Leonie Mellor joins us. and Ten's political reporter is expected to call for changes Leonie, the report to the Government's hardline?

That's right, Tracey. These

proposed changes have caused a huge

outcry. We've seen rallies in the

past week. Another one this morning outcry. We've seen rallies in the

when a group of wurgers cycled from past week. Another one this morning past week. Another one this morning

Sydney to Canberra to present a when a group of wurgers cycled from

petition to Parliament House. A Sydney to Canberra to present a

report is expected to be handed

report is expected to be handed

down this afternoon and call for report is expected to be handed

changes - better safeguards for

workers, better protection for out

workers to ensure they're not

exploited. Bosses will also have to

explain in plain language workers'

rights if a company moves to explain in plain language workers'

terminate agreem. Barnaby Joyce rights if a company moves to

will play a key real in this. He terminate agreem. Barnaby Joyce

wants to ensure penalty rates are will play a key real in this. He

paid for working public holidays

like Christmas day. His vote is

crucial if the government wants to

get the leiforms through the Senate crucial if the government wants to

by Christmas. There are signs the

government is listening and will by Christmas. There are signs the

agree to the recommendations but government is listening and will

Labor says it's not enough. These

concessions are nothing more than Labor says it's not enough. These

window dressing. John Howard is

waging an extreme ideological war

waging an extreme ideological war against Australian workers and he's

not going to let the back bench get

in the way. The concessions are

in the way. The concessions are nothing more than tinkering at the

edges. This seems to be having a

direct and dramatic impact on the

polls. That's right. There are two

polls out today and both show Labor

would have won in a landslide had

would have won in a landslide had an election been held at the

an election been held at the weekend. The first one, AC Nielsen shows:

Now, the turn-around is primarily

because of these industrial

because of these industrial relations proposals, voters saying

a majority of them are dissatisfied

a majority of them are dissatisfied with the proposed changes and the

with the proposed changes and the privatisation of Telstra is also

privatisation of Telstra is also

privatisation of Telstra is also showing as a key factor. Now I

guess not surprisingly these issues

guess not surprisingly these issues have changed Kim Beazley's standing

have changed Kim Beazley's standing have changed Kim Beazley's standing in the eyes of voters. His approval

in the eyes of voters. His approval ratings are up, John Howard's are

ratings are up, John Howard's are down but voters are still saying

down but voters are still saying John Howard is the preferred Prime

John Howard is the preferred Prime Minister but only by a margin of two points. The girl from Bendigo has become Australia's newest Idol. 20-year-old Kate DeAraugo has taken out the prized reality TV crown in a glittering finale at the Sydney Opera House. Ten's Angela Bishop is with the very happy winner.

Thanks, trace A. it's the morning

after the biggest night of her life

after the biggest night of her life for miss Kate DeRaugo, 'Australian

Idol' 2005. What's it feel like

this morning? It's out of control.

I don't know how to feel. It was a

big night. lots of emotions and

big night. lots of emotions and crazy things but so excited to be

here. There was talk on Centre Bet

and the radio and the like that

Emily had gone in as the favourite

Emily had gone in as the favourite were you aware of that the Emily were you aware of that the Emily

were you aware of that the Emily were you aware of that the Emily and I didn't pay attention to that.

We concentrated on the week and

having fun. We didn't know who was

having fun. We didn't know who was going in as the favourite. What was

going in as the favourite. What was going through your mind when you

sang that last song and it was in

the hands of the voters? On Sunday?

Yes. Yeah, I don't know. I think

last night was the first time I

went on the stage and went

went on the stage and went kpwaerbgs I've done all I can do.

kpwaerbgs I've done all I can do. Let me relax and sing a song."

Let me relax and sing a song." Judges, I've done all I can do. I

enjoyed last night. It was my

favourite performance. You always

said you wanted to come off and say,

"I enjoyed that performance." I got

"I enjoyed that performance." I got it in the nick of time. You've got

a busy week. How soon before the

single and album comes out? I'm not

sure of the dates. I'll figure all

that out today at some stage. I'm

that out today at some stage. I'm

that out today at some stage. I'm sure somebody will tell me

eventually. Into the studio

tomorrow recording and hopefully

tomorrow recording and hopefully the album will be out pretty soon.

the album will be out pretty soon. How would you like to inspire young

Australians? I said it last night.

Australians? I said it last night. Idol, obviously I've managed to get

myself hopefully an amazing career

with albums and all sorts of things

with albums and all sorts of things

with albums and all sorts of things but it was inspiring in a sense I

thought I'd never be anything and

fade away for to working something

I didn't really want to be and I

proved myself wrong and I would

love to show one day somehow -

love to show one day somehow - because there are so many kids who

because there are so many kids who believe the same thing. They sit at

believe the same thing. They sit at believe the same thing. They sit at home and think I'm never going to

be anything. I'm not good enough.

It doesn't matter what people tell

It doesn't matter what people tell you, always try. Here I am. I'm not

you, always try. Here I am. I'm not perfect and I managed to do it. I'd

love to help kids do the same thing.

A very nice message there from Kate

A very nice message there from Kate DeRaugo, 'Australian Idol' 2005 and

DeRaugo, 'Australian Idol' 2005 and I think your single's out next

Monday if youv I've got it right.

Thanks very much. The former rocker facing death by firing squad - details when the morning news returns. And a traditional warriors' welcome for George W. Bush in Mongolia. Design and build the home of your dreams Enjoy the historic views of one of Canberra's oldest homestead properties Live just 15 minutes to the heart of the city Have it all at Wells Station Country living in the city (Crowds shouts) Viva the four airbags! (Crowd shouts) Viva the fuel economy! (Shouts) Viva the 21 storage spaces! (Crowd cheers) Viva! Viva! MAN: The new Holden Viva range offers a revolutionary new level of features from $17,990. Viva - the revolution. This program is captioned live. Queensland police are pleading with motorists to take care after a startling 10 fatalities in the past 27 hours. Three men were killed when their car lost control and smashed into a semi-trailer on the Warrego Highway west of Brisbane. The truck driver wasn't hurt. An elderly driver died after his car crashed into a fence on Brisbane's northside. Police believe he may have suffered a heart attack. Two people were killed near Bundaberg, while four others died in single-vehicle accidents on Brisbane's outskirts and on the Darling Downs Tonnes of missing mail has been uncovered in a massive scam in London. Two directors of a private mail firm have been jailed for dumping hundreds of thousands of letters. Lost in the post - 368,718 letters, magazines and parcels tossed into skips or left in crates on the floor of this warehouse, all in a 2-week period and all destined for the dump. Mail Logistics, a private company, was paid to deliver it in bulk, mainly to addresses abroad. But much of it never got any further than this industrial estate in West London. There was so much mail here that they used a forklift truck

to shovel it into three huge skips. They even had their own pulping machine to break it down before it was sent off to landfill sites. Amid the mountain of mail were blood samples from St George's Hospital, sent for analysis. The University and Colleges Admission Service says it lost offers of places to students and even Tottenham Hotspur was a victim with some of its mail never arriving. The two directors of the company, Inderpal Narula and Royston Heaton, were today jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to defraud. Police believe their scam earned them a fortune. We will never really know how much was put into skips but I think we can say it clearly ran into the millions. Defence lawyers claim fraud was endemic within the industry but the Royal Mail say it was their investigators who uncovered the scam in the first place. '70s glam rocker Gary Glitter could be facing death by firing squad in Vietnam. The 61-year-old is accused of having sex with two girls, one aged 12. If the charge is proven it will be considered rape under Vietnamese law, meaning an automatic death sentence. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has previously been jailed for possessing child porn. A traditional warriors' welcome for American President George W. Bush, when he wound up a 4-nation Asian tour in Mongolia.

The President's motorcade was flanked by charging warriors as it neared the Mongolian President's camp, just outside the capital. His party visited the leader's ger, a circular tent of heavy felt, tasting fermented mare's milk and listening to folk music. Then more entertainment by traditional dancers and a tentative meeting with a yak, before the long flight back to Washington. Grant Hackett becomes the first swimmer to win the triple crown at the Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards, that's when Ten's morning news returns. Plus, how an exploding gas cylinder led to a 3-match ban for Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi. WOMAN: The true meaning of Christmas for us is about sharing and caring Just seven years old, she suffers from chronic hunger Lack of food causes her great pain You can help change the life of a child like Napendaeli by becoming a sponsor this Christmas. health care, education When you sponsor a child in need, It was a wonderful feeling knowing we could make such a difference to a child's life. Sponsor online or call World Vision on 13 32 40 now. This program is captioned live. Former non-executive director of failed telco One.Tel, Lachlan Murdoch, today faces questioning over the company's collapse. The son of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch is one of the star witnesses in the One.Tel saga. News Corp ploughed almost $400 million into the business. On the day of the collapse in 2001, Lachlan Murdoch claimed he had been profoundly misled by One.Tel management. ASIC is suing its founder Jodee Rich and finance director Mark Silbermann for $92 million. To finance news, and the Australian share market is easing after following Wall Street higher at its open. Jacqui Maddock at Commonwealth Securities. The Australian share market broke new records this morning.

Yes, that's right. We saw the

benchmark ASX to00 index reach a

brand new record high this morning

on the back of a surge in our

mining sector. BHP and Rio Tinto

posted good gains after gold prices

posted good gains after gold prices reached a new 18-year high and we

reached a new 18-year high and we saw strong performances amongst

another met ldz, particularly

another met ldz, particularly copper. Usually the investors get

cautious when we see the market

cautious when we see the market reach new records but all the are

there we will reach these levels

again and hopefully next time

again and hopefully next time sustain them. Michael Clarke is back in Sydney, ready to fight his way back into the Test XI. The former wonder boy of Australian cricket has been dumped from the Australia side for Friday's third Test against the West Indies. Michael Clarke's dream of never being dropped ended after his 20th Test but he's now treading a path familiar to most of the Australian team.

I think all but maybe McGrath and Gilchrist in our side have been dropped and managed to come fight their way back through domestic cricket and probably come back into the Australian team better players. I know every time I've been dropped from the Australian cricket team there's always been a reason. It means I haven't been performing at the level that's required

from an Australian cricketer. The performance of newcomers, Mike Hussey and Brad Hodge, forced the hands of national selectors. With concerns over Clarke's confidence, the 24-year-old's been sent back to New South Wales to regain the touch that won him the Allan Border Medal as Australia's Cricketer of the Year. I suppose now we considered was the time to give him a bit of time out and go back to State cricket, get his batting in order and hopefully we'll see him back sooner than later. Drama at the second Test between Pakistan and England thanks to an exploding gas bottle. EXPLOSION A cylinder inside a drinks dispenser the culprit amid fears of a terrorist attack. After the London bombings, English players were a little shaken. You know, you don't expect things like that when you're out in the middle and suddenly a big noise happens. It takes you a little bit by shock. Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi used the 10 minute stoppage to scuff the pitch, making things a little more difficult for English batsmen. But his antics didn't escape Kevin Pietersen or the umpires. Afridi pleaded guilty at a hearing after play and was banned for the next Test and two one-dayers. Tania Armstrong, Ten News. Grant Hackett has become the first swimmer to win the triple crown at the Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards. At a glitzy reception in Sydney, Hackett was named the Swimmer of the Year, the Swimmers' Swimmer and he also won the People's Choice Award. But a shoulder injury will sideline Hackett for much of 2006. I look forward to an even bigger year next year. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be a part of it because of my shoulder but I certainly am going to be sitting on the sideline and hope to be a part of it in some way. Libby Lenton was confirmed as Australia's leading female swimmer. Australian rugby league fullback Anthony Minichiello has won the Golden Boot Award for the world's best player. The Sydney Roosters' star edging out Great Britain prop Stuart Fielding and Kiwis' captain Ruben Wiki. Meanwhile, the Australian rugby union team is trying to put a lid on the constant speculation over captain George Gregan. For a player reportedly due to announce his retirement this week, George Gregan didn't look like a player winding down his career as the Wallabies prepare for this weekend's Test against Wales. All the talk about the captain

becoming a distraction for team management. I think George made it quite clear in a statement yesterday that he's not retiring and therefore, we don't feel there is a need to answer any more questions on that matter anymore. Gregan will captain Australia for the 50th time on Sunday. Jones more concerned about who'll play five-eighth in the wake of Matt Giteau's knee injury. The utility back may be sent home as early as tomorrow. He might need to have surgery on his knee and if that's the case, we want to get him home as quickly as possible to get the surgery and get him right as quickly as possible for the Super 14. Giteau's most obvious replacement, Mat Rogers, didn't train today. He's also nursing a knee injury. Youngster Lloyd Johansson, in the running for the number 10 jumper, should Rogers miss the Welsh Test. Others preferring to stay right out of contention. No. Might even get a goalkick too. No, that blue moon won't be rising yet. Leanne West, Ten News. Next the weather around the country.

At Uncle Tobys we've discovered a delicious way to capture the goodness of 100% natural wholegrains. CONVEYOR BELT WHIRRS Uncle Tobys Vita Weeties with honey and malt. Hey, Cedric. Remember when we could hose down the driveway? The good old days? More like our bad old ways, Simon. Right. Well, those days are gone for ever. We'll always have to value our water. And there are many ways we can do that. We all know using drip irrigation instead of sprinklers is one good way.

To find out more about saving water, check our website. So keep up the good work and stop the drop. BOTH: Always. This program is captioned live. National weather:

With Christmas just around the corner, the world's Santas have been getting into shape at the Santa Games. More than 50 of them gathered in the Swedish Lapland

for their annual games. And of course, you can't keep wide-eyed kiddies away from anything that smells of Christmas.

After the Santas had all run the course of sled-kicking, reindeer racing and porridge eating events,

the winner's medal went to Estonia's Santa. Merry Christmas!

That brings you up to date with all the news. Stay with Ten for updates throughout the day

and the full details in Ten's news hour tonight. I'm Tracey Spicer, good afternoon. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au