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Good morning. I'm Frank Coletta.

And I'm Catherine Kennedy. Welcome

to Ten's Early News. Today,

politician make their way back to

Canberra to prepare for tomorrow's

crucial party meetings as the

WorkChoices. Liberals face a split over

Final insult - reports of a

last-ditch attempt by James Hardie

to rob Bernie Banton of his

compotation.

A peace pact - Israeli and

Palestinian leaders announce a

joint agreement at the Middle East peace conference.

And in sport, a golden goal, but

David Beckham's trademark free kick

not enough to prevent a hard-fought

win for Sydney FC.

Our first check of finance now with

Catherine. Good morning. US stocks

rebounded strongly and are trading

higher this morning after the

country's number-one bank, Citigroup, received a $7.5 billion

capital injection from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, helping

stocks recover some of their recent

crisis. losses from the subprime mortgage

When I come back - new Qantas crews

to work more hours for less money. Frank. Thank you.

Politicians are on their way back

to Canberra as the major parties

prepare for crucial meatings

tomorrow. For the Liberals, it will

be to decide just who will lead the

party as three contenders shore up

support for a tilt at the top job.

Meantime, Prime Minister-elect

Kevin Rudd is expected to tour The

Lodge as he prepares to unveil his hand-picked cabinet. for the last time, Leaving the prime ministerial offices in his wake, John Howard left a frenzy of workers classified material and papers removing settles in to his new digs. before the new PM He's also left a leadership tussle, blaming the old guard a contender for the deputy position for the Coalition's failure, to demonstrate his credentials. in a bid I often go for the jugular in a way some other people in politics don't do so. and Andrew Robb for the position. He'll battle Julie Bishop PHONE RINGS and Brendan Nelson Both Malcolm Turnbull to shore up support working the phones to become Opposition Leader. for their bids

on Thursday to vote, The party will meet is expected to announce his ministry, the same day Kevin Rudd breaking with Labor tradition. which he's selected himself, Based on merit -

not where you are from historically, or what groupings you come from, or whether you belong for folding chairs or whatever. to the united union Brad Hodson, Ten News.

Meantime, Mr Rudd says he will enforce performance benchmarks

against all Labor MPs and Senators,

and he claims any minister who

performs poorly will be sacked. We

put down a plan for the future, long-term future, the foundation

for Australia's future, in some

critical areas. World-class

education system, long-term funding

for hospitals, action on climate

change, action on water and laying

out the infrastructure for the 21st

century and broadband. What I'm

determined to do with the Cabinet

colleagues is to say "Well, here

are some performance benchmarks in

terms of how this is implemented

over the next three years." The

troubled Queensland Liberals are

again facing leadership woes. After months of speculation - and John-Paul Langbroek long-time aspirant Tim Nicholls leader Dr Bruce Flegg. have issued a challenge to current at a party meeting tomorrow. That will officially take place this sneak attack here - is not us, The people who've tried from everything. I'm not going to run away relief for some, The instability has provided comic pranksters posting the role on eBay.

It's been revealed James Hardie

made a last-ditch attempt to rob

Bernie Banton of more compensation

as he lay on his death bed. The

building company reportedly yauzing

a doctor's report it had kept

secret for seven years to try and

and show it didn't owe him anything

more. Hardieys claim the report showed Mr Banton had health

problems before being diagnosed

with mesothelioma. The challenge

was not successful. A State funeral will be held next Wednesday, for

the 61-year-old who died yesterday morning.

A man left for did dead after being

hit by a car while joging is

pleading for witnesses to come forward. Pedestrians just kept

walking by the 43-year-old as he

lay in agony.

Exercise fanatic Robbie Stanty can

barely rrl the impact that left

bullbar marks across his body. He brakeled,

brakeled, and I looked up and, bang,

got hit, and I flew in the air and

hit the ground and that's all I

remember. Struck while jogging on

Monday night, Mr Stanty was left

for dead by pedestrians walking by.

People were driving past People were driving past and

walking past and no-one stopped. It

took more than an hour before good

Samaritan Jason Dean came along.

When I asked him how long he'd been

there and if anyone had actually

stopped, he said no, but he'd seen

and heard people walk past. He said

he thought that they must have just

thought he was a drunk. Police

looking for a white 4-wheel-drive,

possibly a tiyota Hilux, that possibly a tiyota Hilux, that had

front or side damage. I'd stop for

an animal if I hit an animal.

Two Australian sailors will face a

US court today after a brawl over football football codes. Philip Graeme

Ferres and Kolis Barba are accused

of assaulting a man over an

argument over whether Aussie Rules

is better than American football.

A major breakthrough at the Middle

East peace summit. Israeli and

Palestinian leaders agreeing to

reach a pact by the end of next

year. American President George W.

Bush announced the deal on the first day of the Annapolis peace

talks in the United States. But

tens of thousands of people in the

Gaza Strip have rallied against the

pact, with Hamas rulers promising

to reject the decision. A

Palestinian demonstrator was killed when

when violence erupted during a

protest in the West Bank.

Pakistani President Pervez

Musharraf has farewelled his troops

as he prepares to shed his army

uniform. A guard of honour greeting

him as he arrived at armed forces

headquarters near the capital,

Islamabad. In a bid to end the

country's political turmoil,

General Musharraf will step aside

as military chief to become a

civilian head of state.

An international report has

confirmed what most Aussies already confirmed what most Aussies

know - Australia ranking in the top

three most desirable countries to

live in on a United Nations index.

The annual report taking into

account wealth, life expectancy and educational levels. The

Scandinavians just beat us to the

top spot, believe it or not -

Iceland coming in first, while Norway was second. He's been in the spotlight since

touching down on Australian soil,

and overnight, David Beckham took

his amazing flair onto the football pitch.

pitch. Watched by a sell-out crowd

in Sydney, the Galaxy star

producing a brilliant trademark

goal in a match that absolutely had it all.

He came, and boy, did he deliver.

It's a bender! It's a classic! It

is a Beckham! A cool David Beckham

producing a stunning trademark

kick. The capacity crowd getting

exactly what they paid for. It's

the first time I've been to this

country, a country I've wanted to

come for many years. And to score

here and to have the fans, the

amount of fans that turn up tonight,

I think it's a credit to the country. Earlier, Beckham sent a shock

shock through camp Galaxy, crashing

to earth on his troublesome left

ankle. I was worried at first

because I felt as if I'd twisted my

ankle again. Thankfully, it wasn't

as bad and got caught under the guy

that slid in. When the first tackle

on David, it was unnecessary. Why

would you kick it like that? That

triggered it all. The friendly

anything but on the pitch. Galaxy

midfielder Kevin Harms attacking

Juninho, and was sent for f from

the field for this unsportsman-like

footprint. The push and shove

showed in the 8-goal extravaganza.

A double in front of the

80,000-strong crowd, numbers he

hopes to see for a regular fixture. hopes to see for a regular fixture.

I guess they did come to see

Beckham. But every time we scored

or did something nice, the crowd

were on their feet. It would be

good to see something similar on the weekends as well. Soccer definitely the win there

are!

To the A-League now, and Melbourne To the A-League now, and Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat has escaped any additional suspension

for his angry reaction at beast

being sent off at the weekend. He

was given a red card for a rough

tackle, then kicking an

advertising placard on the way to

the lockers. Rugby league, and Willie Mason Rugby league, and Willie Mason has

put his lucrative boxing bout on

hold to concentrate on his new club,

the Sydney Roosters. Mason says he prefers

prefers to fight later down the

track, giving him more time to

train, which he believes would show

greater respect for the sport of

boxing. The Bulldogs' refuse tool boxing. The Bulldogs' refuse tool

allow a-- to allow Mason to

participate in the fight was a

prime reason for his defection to

the Sydney Roosters. Catherine,

Qantas strikes and a pale deal for

new cabin crew? The airline will hire

hire 2,000 international hire 2,000 international flight attendants over the next three

years, but but the crew will

receive substantially lower rates

of pay. Qantas striking a deal with the Flight Attendants

Association to allow it to pay new

attendants the same rate as Jetstar

crews for the first time. The new

staff will have to work around 30%

more hours than Qantas long-haul

crews for 25% less money. The

airline faces possible strike

action in the new year from

engineers fighting for a pay

increase. Wesfarmers has dampened expectations of a speedy overhaul

of Coles. Richard Goyder telling

shareholders it could be five years

before shoppers noticed any changes

to the supermarket's 700 stores

nationwide. Mr Goyder is yet to

appoint a bus for the Coles supermarkets, liquor and supermarkets, liquor and convenience store division, but an

announcement is expected to be made before Christmas.

The weather now in your capital city:

For a look at today's newspapers:

Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' reports on building giant

on building giant James Hardie's

final attempt to block Bernie Banton's

Banton's compensation just days

before he died. Thrblgts 'Financial

Review' looks a at the impact of

ongoing credit market fears. And

changes to NSW planning laws will force neighbours into mediation to

avoid going to court. One of

Melbourne's top trauma surgeons

suspended. The details when Ten's

Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's already Early

News on this Wednesday morning.

Federal politicians make their way

to Canberra as Prime Minister-elect

Kevin Rudd vows to enforce

performance benchmarks on his MPs.

Liberal Party turmoil hits

Queensland - leader Bruce Flegg to

be challenged today for the top job.

Mideast peace deal - Israeli and

Palestinians agree to work towards

a pact by the end of next year. And

And in sport, a golden goal, but

Beckham beb's trademark free kick

not enough to prevent a hard-fought

win for Sydney FC. Finance now, and

Catherine, a late rally on Wall Street? That's right, Frank. US

stocks rebounded strongly and are

trading higher this morning after the

the country's number-one bank, --

number-one bank, Citigroup,

received a $7. fev billion

injection from Abu Dhabi injection from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

When I come back - what BHP

shareholders can expect at the company's AGM today.

Thank you. Politicians are flocking

back to Canberra today ahead of

major party meeting tomorrow. A

split has formed over WorkChoices - party members party members reportedly divided

over whether to try and block Labor

moves to reinstate unfair dismissal laws. Meantime, Prime

Minister-elect Kevin Rudd says he's

prepared to sack poorly performing

ministers. Mr Rudd will today tour

The Lodge ahead of an announcement tomorrow on his happened-picked Cabinet.

Mr Rudd's also given his MPs a bit

more homework, setting them a task

to visit homeless to visit homeless sheltders in

their electorates and report back

on the number of

on the number of people being

turned away. The turn-away rate for

people who present at homeless

shelters is horrific. Something like 80-9%. The Minister-elect has already asked

his MPs to visit a public and

private school in their yeaia to

investigate computers needs.

Cyber security will be stepped up

at Parliament House in Canberra in

an effort to fend off foreign an effort to fend off foreign

hackers. The Defence Signals

Directorate will oversee suert for

a proposed new wireless Internet

system oen the site, just weeks

after China allegedly tried to hack

into confidential Australian

Government computer networks.

A the historic pact includes cooperation against terrorism and

closer ties in a number of areas

such as intelligence-gathering and also defence.

Stunning claims today that James

Hardie made a last-minute attempt

to deny Bernie Banton compensation. The building company reportedly

tried to use a doctor's report it

hid for seven years to claim it

didn't owe him anything. Thousands

are continuing to pay tribute to

the asbestos campaigner who died

yesterday. A State funeral will be

held next Wednesday at Sydney's Olympic Park acer Olympic Park acer raina. While

Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has

hinted of a more permanent honour.

Turaise and I want to just honour the man, and I will I'll be

thinking very carefully about how

we honour the memory in the future

as well. The public has been

invited to it attend the funeral at

the 21,000-seat venue.

A coup is on to overthrow the

Liberal leadership in Queensland. A

meeting this morning should

determine if embattled leader determine if embattled leader Bruce

Flegg is the latest party scalp.

The Liberals' most-election clean-out hits Queensland, with

another attempt at a leadership

spill. I've been frustrated at our

inability to be able to cut through

and provide that alternative. First-termer Tim Nicholls and Gold

Coast counterpart John-Paul

Langbroek openly declaring their bid to bid to oust gaff-prone leader Bruce

Flegg. Kevin Rudd-style. We are part

part of a new team with new ideas

with for the future of Queensland.

The spill creating open warfare

with the party of eight locked with the party of eight locked at

4-4, Dr Flegg and his deputy

fighting back. The people who've

tried the sneak attack here is not

us. I'm not going to run away from

everything. Yesterday, his

challengers called for a morning meeting today. Bruce meeting today. Bruce Flegg meeting today. Bruce Flegg thought

he'd get in first with his own

meeting last night, but only his

supporters showed up. John-Paul

Langbroek approached many times and

would have the unanimous support of

the party to take up leadership.

Unfortunately, he has Unfortunately, he has decided

through his own reasons to dog the

issue. The Libs' top job now fetching $12 on eBay. Sperm donors will be given

unprecedented choice under laws

expected to be passed by the NSW expected to be passed by the NSW

Government today. The legislation

gives donors the right to demand

their sperm only go to specified ethnic, religious and cultural

groups or heterosexual couples. State Health Minister Reba Meagher

says the changes are aimed at

protecting the child's protecting the child's best

interests. Others claim the laws

allow donors to discriminate

against certain race groups,

lesbians and single mothers.

One of Melbourne's top trauma

surgeons has been suspended from

work after allegations he performed

excessive surgery on patients.

German-born surgeon professor

Thomas Kossman was stood down from

the Alfred Hospital's trauma unit

overnight. A spokesperson says a

report into the professor's actions does does not does not find the surgeon's work

led to any patient deaths.

Police hold grave fears for a

Queensland woman missing since

Friday. Michelle Rigg's boyfriend

reported the 28-year-old missing on

Monday night. Neighbours say hear

her car has not moved for days. her car has not moved for days.

Police have now towed it for

forensic testing. It's believed the forensic testing. It's believed the

couple has argued recently. But neighbours believe Michelle Rigg

would -- -- doubt she would leave would -- -- doubt she would leave

without her two dogs.

Residents on Sydney's north shore

have returned to their homes after

gas began leaking from a factory

fire late last night. It closed

Military Road in Neutral Bay as it

worked to contain the leak. A worked to contain the leak. A check

of the area has been completed to ensure there are no pack pockets of gas.

A major development on the opening

day of a mideast peace conference

in the US. Israeli and Palestinian

leaders promising to reach a peace pact by the end of next year.

There is no time to lose, President

Bush said, as he launched the

latest attempt to bring peace to

the Middle East. The time is right

because a battle is under way for

the future of the Middle East. And

we must not see victory to the

extremists. Standing with Israeli

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President

Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Bush laid out his vision, acknowledging this summit

is just the first step. Achieving

this goal is not gonna be easy. If

it were easy, it would have

happened a long time ago. The talks

are happening at the US naval

academy about 50 miles outside of academy about 50 miles outside of Washington. Leaders from more than Washington. Leaders from more than 40 nations are here ready to 40 nations are here ready to urge

Palestinians and Israelis to find a

path to peace. President Bush says

the solution is two states living

side by side. He hopes the

Annapolis conference will start

that process , securing his legacy.

Police in parerous preparing for a

third night of violent riots that

have left more than 70 of officers have left more than 70 of officers

injured. Rampaging youths have

hurled mollative cocktails and

stones and set fire to dozens of

cars. Police responding with tear cars. Police responding with tear

gas and rubber bullets, arresting

five people. The riots come after

two local teenagers were killed in

a crash with a police car. Yourik

Sarkisian is promising to take a

firm line against the rioters.

A woman was arrested for allowing

one of her young students to name a

teddy bear Muhammad. The teacher is

facing 40 lashes for the crime in Sudan.

LA Galaxy star David Beckham lived

up to the hype in last night's thrilling Hyundai club challenge

against Sydney FC. The $250 million

man delivering the goods in front

of a packed Telstra Stadium.

COMMENTATOR: It's a bender! It's a classic!

classic! It is a Beckham. It was,

but Beckham's trademark free kick

was one of eight goals scored on

the night. Sydney FC striker Alex

Brosque baging a double in the 5-3 Brosque baging a double in the 5-3 victory.

The Melbourne Storm will start its

premiership defence next premiership defence next season

without clive Churchill Medal

winner is Glen Inglis. He'll go

under the knife today for surgery

on his left shoulder after being

diagnosed with torn cartilage. The operation diagnosed with torn cartilage. The

operation will keep him sidelined

for the entire pres isen and the

opening rounds of the NRL. He's

expected to be on the sidelines for expected to be on the sidelines for

between three and four months.

Mark Philippoussis says he's

prepared to go through qualifying in

in a bit to kick-start his career

at next year's Australian Open.

While 'The Scud' has a While 'The Scud' has a protected

ranking on 112, his current rating

outside the top 1,000 leaves him in

danger of missing out on direct

inclusion. I'm training my butt off.

I love this game. If I didn't, I

wouldn't put myself through every

time. He is training with coach

Darren Cahill and remains hopeful

of wildcards to the major veents on

the calendar. Finance news, and BHP

Billiton is holding its AGM today.

Should be interesting. The boss of

BHP is expected to do a big sell to

shareholders on the proposed shareholders on the proposed

takeover of Rio Tinto. BHP is under

pressure to increase its offer

after a bullish response from its

main rival. Rio Tinto boss telling

shareholders the current bid shareholders the current bid

undervalues the company. Rio shares

have also soared on the back of an

announcement it plans to triple its

iron ore production to 600 million

tons a year by 2020. The battle for

Symbion health continues in a

surprise move - shareholder

Healthscope has raided Symbion's

share registry to gain a 10% blocking blocking stake against major

investor Primary Health Care,

following a collapse to carve up Symbion's assets due to an unfavourable ruling from the

Australian Tax Office.

The weather in your city:

Two Aussie sailers to face an

American court of a brawl over

football codes - that's next. And

the CommSec finance report when the

Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten's Early News. Top stories on this Wednesday morning -

politicians make their way back to Canberra to prepare for tomorrow's

crucial party meetings as the

Liberals face a split over WorkChoices.

Final insult - reports of a

last-ditch attempt by James Hardie

to rob Bernie Banton of his

compensation. A peace pact -

Israeli and Palestinian leaders

announce a joint agreement at the

Middle East peace conference.

And in sport, a golden goal, but

David Beckham's trademark free kick

not enough to prevent a hard-fought win for Sydney FC.

Time now for more finance with

Catherine. Thanks, Frank. US Catherine. Thanks, Frank. US stocks

rebounded strongly and are trading rebounded strongly and are trading higher this morning after the country's number-one country's number-one bank,

Citigroup, received a $7.5 billion

capital injection from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, helping

recover some of their recent losses from the subprime mortgage crisis.

When I come back, we'll cross

thrive CommSec for a market update.

See you then. Politicians are See you then. Politicians are

flocking back to Canberra today

ahead of major party meetings

tomorrow. While the Liberals

prepare to vote on a new leader, a

split has formed over WorkChoices.

Party members reportedly divided

over whether to try and block Labor

moves to reinstate unfair dismissal moves to reinstate unfair dismissal laws. Meantime, Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd says he's

prepared to sack poorly performing

ministers. Mr Rudd will tour The

Lodge today ahead of an announcement tomorrow on his

hand-picked Cabinet. Kevin Rudd's

also given his MPs a bit more

homework, setting them a task to

visit homeless shelters in their

electorates and rart rort back on

the number of people who are being

turned away. The turn-away rate for

people who present at homeless

sheltsers horrific. Turn-away rates of something like 80-90%. The Prime

Minister-elect has already asked

his MPs to visit a public and

private school in their area to

investigate computers needs.

Troubled Queensland Liberals are

again facing leadership woes. After

months of speculation, long-time

aspirant Tim Nicholls and John-Paul

Langbroek have issued a challenge

to current leader Dr Bruce to current leader Dr Bruce Flegg. That will officially take Part

place at a parting meeting to be

held today. The people who've tried

the sneak attack here is not us.

I'm not going to run away from

everything. The instability has

provided some comic relief for some provided some comic relief for some

- pranksters posting the role on eBay.

A man left for dead after being hit

by a car while joging is by a car while joging is pleading

for witnesses to come forward. Pedestrians walked by the

43-year-old as he lay in agony.

Exercise fanatic Robbie Stante can

barely recall the impact that left

bullbar marks across his body. It

braked... and I looked up and,

braked... and I looked up and, bang,

I got hit, and I flew in the air

and hit the ground, and that's all

I remember. Struck while jogging on

Monday night, Mr Stante was left

for dead by pedestrians walking by.

People were driving past and

walking past and no-one stopped. It

took more than an hour before good

Samaritan Jason Dean came along.

When I asked him how long he'd been

there and if anyone had actually

stopped, he said no but he'd stopped, he said no but he'd

actually seen and heard people walk

past. He said they thought he must

have thought he was drunk. Police

looking for a white 4-wheel-drive,

possibly a Toyota Hilux, which

could have front or side damage.

I'd stop for an animal if I hit an animal.

Consumer groups have slammed a Consumer groups have slammed a

decision allowing two states to

grow genetically modified crops.

NSW and Victoria have overturned a

ban on man-modified canola, saying

it will let farmers better compete

on the world market. Critics say

the science is unsafe and there's the science is unsafe and there's

no way to contain the crops once

they're grown. It's also claimed

the decision will burden farmers

with extra costs.

Stunning claims today jaipltz

Hardie made a last-minute attempt

to deny Bernie Banton compensation.

The building company reportedly

tried to use a doctor's report it

hid for seven years to claim it

didn't owe him anything. Thousands

are continuing to pay tribute to

the asbestos campaigner, who died

yesterday. A state funeral will be

held next Wednesday at Sydney's

Olympic Parkacyer arena. While

Prime Minister elebgd Kevin Rudd

has hinted at a more permanent

offer. Ther, ese and I want to

honour the man, and his memory. The

public has been invited to attend

the funeral at the 21,000-seat venue.

One of Melbourne's top trauma

surgeons has been suspended from

work after allegations he performed

excessive surgery. He was stood

down from Alfred Hospital's trauma

unit last night. A report into the unit last night. A report into the professor's actions does not find

the surgeon's work led to any patient patient deaths.

A major road in inner Sydney has

been closed amid fears a building

on the street could collapse.

Occupants of a restaurant noticed

large cracks appearing in the walls

Ural this morning. Motorists are

being warned to expect delays along

sections of Crown Street as

authorities assess the structural authorities assess the structural damage. Two Australian sailors will face a

US court today after a brawl over

football codes. Philip Graeme

Ferres and Kolis Barba are accused

of assaulting a man during an

argument over whether Aussie Rules

is better than American football.

There's a heavy police presence on

the streets of Paris as they

prepare for a third night of riots.

The violence began after two youths

were killed when their motorbike crashed

crashed into a police car. So

crashed into a police car. So far, close to 80 officers have been injured.

It's late afternoon in one troubled

suburb of Paris. The authorities

bracing themselves for another

round of violence. Demonstrators

are gathering for a march in memory

of two teenagers who died last

Sunday. The as atmosphere tense and

ominous. -- this, the aftermath of

the previous night's rioting. There

isn't much left of the local

library. It was torched by youths

on the rampage, hurling petrol

bombs at riot police. More than 80 officers were injured, and there

are reports some of the youths were

carrying firearms. GUNFIRE What

sparked all this was the death of

two teenagers who died motorbike two teenagers who died when their motorbike was in collision with a

police car. The authorities say it police car. The authorities say it

appears to have been an accident.

Others think differently. The two

nights of rioting that's followed

are the worst since nationwide

disturbances in 2005. disturbances in 2005.

There's been a major breakthrough

at the Middle East peace summit.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreeing

agreeing to reach a pact by the end

of next year. US President George W.

Bush announced the deal during the

Annapolis peace talks being held in

the US. But tens of thousands of

people in the Gaza Strip have

rallied against the deal, with

Hamas rulers promising to reject Hamas rulers promising to reject the decision. A Palestinian

demonstrator was killed when

violence erupted during a protest in the West Bank.

A terrifying ordeal for a driver

in the US - the woman had just

gotten into her car when it fell

into a sinkhole when had into a sinkhole when had suddenly opened up outside a convenience

store. She was trapped for about 30 minutes minutes before being rescued by

firefighters. A second car was also

swallowed - authorities trying to

work out just what caused the sinkhole. sinkhole.

We know he's been in the spotlight

since touching down on Australian

soil, and overnight, David Beckham

took his amazing flair onto the

feetble pitch, watched by a sell-out sell-out crowd in Sydney.

It was a match that had it all.

He came, and boy, did he deliver.

COMMENTATOR: It's a bender! It's a

classic! It's a Beckham! A cool

David Beckham producing a stunning trademark kick. The capacity crowd

getting exactly what they paid for.

It's the first time that I've been

the to this country, a country I've

wanted to come for many years. And to score here and to have the fans, the mowen out of the mowen out of fans that turn up

tonight, I think it's a credit to

the country. Earlier, Beckham sent

a shock through Camp galaxy,

crashing to earth on his trubltsome left

left ankle. At first, I felt at if

I'd there twisted my ankle I'd there twisted my ankle again. Thankfully, it wasn't as bad, and

it got caught under the guy that

slid snifpblt on the first tackle

on David was uninessary. Why would

you kick it like that? That

triggered it all. The friendly

anything but on the pitch. Galaxy

midfielder Harms attacking Juninho.

The push and shove a sideshow to

the 8er-goal extravaganza. Man of

the match Alex Brosque baging a double in front of the 80,000-strong crowd. Numbers he

hopes to see again for a regular

A-League fixture. I A-League fixture. I guess they did come

come to see Beckham. But every time

we scored or did something nice,

the crowd really got on their feet.

It was good to see. But it would be

good to see something similar on

the weekends as well.

Melbourne Victory captain Kevin

Muscat has escaped any additional

suspension at his angry reaction at

being sent off at the weekend. He

was give an red card, then kicked

an advertising placard and yelled

abuse on his way the sheds. The FFA

has decided only to impose the

mandatory 1-match suspension for

that red card.

Rugby league, and Willie Mason has

put his lucrative boxing bout on

hold to concentrate on his new club

the Sydney Roosters. Mason says he

prefers to fight later on down the

track, giving him more time to

train, which he believes would show

greater respect for the sport of

boxing. The Bulldogs' refusal to

allow Mason to participate in the

fight was a prime reason behind his

defection to the Roosters.

There are predictions of a severe house

house shortage in Australia of

200,000 homes by 2010. For more,

Craig James from CommSec joins us

live. This will obviously

exacerbate the housing-afford cis. Population continues to increase,

but we're not building enough new

homes and apartments. The problem

lies with investors, who are

staying in the share market rather

than the property market. The solution to reduce stamp duty at a

state level. It's hoped that new

Federal Laborer leader can

influence the states. This - Home

sales in September were very good,

up in the order of 10%. We're not

hopeful of a similar result hopeful of a similar result in

October, particularly with fears of

higher interest rates in buyers'

minds. What can we expect from the

Australian share market today? Dow

Jones is sharply higher. Base metal

prices, gold, oil - you name it, and the resource and the resource sector was lower.

Looks like a lower day for our

market. The futures pointing to a

25.4 at the start of the day. The

mining and energy areas the ones to

watch. Thanks for thup date. Thank you. The Wednesday weather now:

The newspapers now - The newspapers now - Adelaide's advertiser Sezer a significant

number of households are ignoring

State water restrictions in State water restrictions in order

to keep their gardens alive. And

Qantas has announced it will hire

2,000 flight attendants over the

next three years, but on

substantially lower wages. And Brisbane's 'Courier-Mail' reports

more on the leadership turmoil

gripping the Queensland Liberal Party.

A radical anti-whaling group it too

set off for the southern Ocean. All

the details when Ten's Early News returns. A PAT ON THE BACK FOR LOCAL MAINTANCE CREWS WITH A NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTING THEIR HARD WORK - THAT STORY SOON A HIGGINS TAXI DRIVER WILL STAND TRIAL FOR THE ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A FEMALE PASSENGER. FIFTY-FIVE YEAR OLD SHAHZAD KAYANI WAS YESTERDAY COMMITTED TO FACE THE SUPREME COURT .. IT'S ALLEGEDED HE INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHED THE TWENTY YEAR OLD WOMAN ON THE TWENTY-NINTH OF APRIL

THIS YEAR. MEANWHILE THE A-C-T OPPOSITION'S ASKING WHAT IT TAKES FOR A PERSON TO BE JAILED IN THE CAPITAL. IT COMES AFTER A MAN WAS GIVEN A SUSPENDED SENTENCE EARLIER THIS WEEK, FOR THE ROBBERY OF FOUR ELDERLY WOMEN .. HE ALSO LEAD POLICE ON A LENGTHY PURSUIT IN JULY THIS YEAR. THE OPPOSITION SAYS THE SENTENCE IS AKIN TO LASHING VICTIMS WITH A FEATHER, AND WILL ONLY LEAD TO REPEAT OFFENCES. THEY'VE ALSO RENEWED CALLS TO TOUGHEN A-C-T SENTENCING GUIDELINES. A NEW REPORT'S HIGHLIGHTED THE HARD WORK OF A-C-T MAINTENANCE CREWS. IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR .. MORE THAN SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND SQUARE KILOMETRES OF LOCAL ROADS AND CAR

PARKS WERE RESURFACED, MORE THAN TWENTY-SIX THOUSAND SQUARE METRES OF FOOTPATHS WERE CHECKED, AND ALMOST THREE THOUSAND POTHOLES FILLED. MUNICIPAL SERVICES MINSTER JOHN HARGREAVES HAS PRAISED HIS WORKERS FOR THE EFFORT, AND HAS OUTLINED EVEN MORE MAINTENANCE PROJECTS FOR THE COMING YEAR. FARMERS ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES HAVE BEEN GIVEN

THE GREEN LIGHT TO GROW GENETICALLY-MODIFIED CROPS. THE NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY LIFTED THE BAN ON G-M CANOLA CROPS AFTER A FOUR-YEAR MORATORIUM, THE FIRST STATE TO MAKE THE MOVE. PRIMARY INDUSTRIES MINISTER IAN MACDONALD SAYS IT WILL HELP BOOST LOCAL PRODUCTION AND ALSO THE ENVIRONMENT, WITH THE NEED FOR PESTICIDES REDUCED. CANBERRA LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER BRETT CARTWRIGHT'S ARRIVED IN JAPAN, AHEAD OF SUNDAY'S FU-COO-OAK-A

MARATHON. THE EVENT'S LIKELY TO BE THE THIRTY-FOUR YEAR OLD'S LAST CHANCE TO QUALIFY FOR THE BEIJING OLYMPICS, AND HE'S AIMING FOR A PERSONAL BEST TIME TO ENSURE HE MAKES IT. CARTWRIGHT ALSO SAYS HE'S MORE PREPARED FOR SUNDAY'S

RACE THAN HIS PREVIOUS MARATHONS, HAVING RUN A HUNDRED AND SIXTY KAYS A WEEK FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS. NOW TO THE WEATHER...

AN INLAND TROUGH WILL MOVE EASTWARDS AGAIN TODAY, RETURN TO UNSTABLE CONDITIONS, WITH AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THUNDERSTORMS. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - THE CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM AND 27 IN CANBERRA TODAY - MORNING MORNING SHOWERS FOR SYDNEY AND BRISBANE - MAINLY FINE IN HOBART THE CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS IN DUBBO .. POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS IN WAGGA .. MORE SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG HEADING FOR 24 DEGREES .. 23 IN ORANGE A FEW SHOWERS IN BOWRAL .. 25 THE TOP IN BATHURST AND BATEMANS BAY .. POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS IN GOULBURN SHOWERS ON THE WAY FOR COOMA AND PARKES .. THUNDERSTORMS IN THREDBO TO THE OUTLOOK .. AND A FEW SHOWERS TOMORROW A TOP OF 25 DEGREES .. THE SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE ON FRIDAY .. // AND THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ON SATURDAY A TOP OF 27 DEGREES UTLOOK .. AND A FEW SHOWERS TOMORROW A TOP OF 25 DEGREES .. THE SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE ON FRIDAY .. // AND THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ON SATURDAY A TOP OF 27 DEGREES

This program is captioned live. You're

watching Ten's Early News. The top

stories on this Wednesday - Federal

politicians make their way to

Canberra ahead of major party-room meetings as Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd vows to enforce

performance benchmarks on his MPs. Liberal Party turmoil hits

Queensland - leader Bruce Flegg to

be challenged today for the top job.

Middle East peace deal - Israelis

and Palestinians agree to work

towards a pact by the end of next year.

And in sport, a stunning strike

from soccer's superstar, but not

enough to stop Sydney FC scoring a big win.

On to finance now with Catherine. A

late rally on Wall Street? That's

right, Frank. US stocks rebounded

strongly after Citigroup received

a $7.5 billion capital injection

from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority,

helping stocks recover some helping stocks recover some of their recent losses from the subprime mortgage crisis.

When I come back - why the big

banks want an end to Government's banks want an end to the Government's anti-merger policy.

Look forward to it. Thank you.

Politicians are on their way back

to Canberra as the major parties

prepare for crucial meetings to be

held tomorrow. For the Liberals, it

will be to decide just who'll lead

the party, a three contenders shore

up support for a tilt at the top job. Meantime, Prime Minister-elect

Kevin Rudd is expected to tour The

Lodge as he prepareds to unveil his hand-picked Cabinet. Leaving the prime ministerial offices for the last time, John Howard left a frenzy of workers in his wake, removing classified material and papers before the new PM settles in to his new digs. He's also left a leadership tussle, a contender for the deputy position blaming the old guard for the Coalition's failure, in a bid to demonstrate his credentials. I often go for the jugular in a way some other people in politics don't do so. He'll battle Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb for the position. PHONE RINGS Both Malcolm Turnbull and Brendan Nelson working the phones to shore up support

for their bids to become Opposition Leader. The party will meet on Thursday to vote, the same day Kevin Rudd is expected to announce his ministry, which he's selected himself, breaking with Labor tradition. Based on merit - not where you are from or what groupings you come from, historically, or whether you belong

to the united union for folding chairs or whatever. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

Meantime, Mr Rudd says he will

enforce performance benchmarks

against all Labor MPs and against all Labor MPs and Senators.

And he claims any minister who

performs poorly will be sacked. We

put down a plan for the future, long-term future, the foundation

for Australia's future in some critical areas. World-class education system, long-term funding

for hospitals, action on climate

change, action on water, and laying out the infrastructurer for the

21st century and broadband. But

what I'm determined to do with the

Cabinet colleagues is to say "Well,

here are some performance

benchmarks in terms of how this is

implemented over the next three

years." A radical conservation

group will set off for the Southern

Ocean today to stop a Japanese

shipping fleet to kill 1,000 shipping fleet to kill 1,000 whales.

The founder says it is prepared to ram the Japanese whaling ships to ram the Japanese whaling ships to

get its message across.

A coup is on today to overthrow the Queensland Liberal leadership.

The Liberals' most-election

clean-out hits Queensland, with

another attempt at a leadership

spill. I've been frustrate, I guess, spill. I've been frustrate, I guess,

at our inability to be able to cut

through and be able to provide that

alternative. First-termer Tim

Nicholls and Gold Coast counterpart John-Paul Langbroek openly

declaring their bid to oust

gaf-prone leader Bruce Flegg, Kevin

Rudd-style. We are part of a new

team with new ideas for the fuech

of Queensland. The spill creating

open warfare with the party of

eight lock adit 4-4. The people

who've tried the sneak attack here

is not us. I'm not going to run

away from everything. Yesterday,

his challengers called for a

morning meeting today. Bruce Flegg morning meeting today. Bruce Flegg

thought he'd get in first with his

own meeting last night, but only

his supporters showed up. John-Paul Langbroek has been approached many times

times and would have the unanimous

support of the party to take up

leadership. But unfortunately, he

has decided through his own reasons

to dog the issue. The Libs' top job

now fetching $12 on eBay.

It's been revealed James Hardie

made a last-minute attempt to rob

Bernie Banton of compensation as he

lay on his death bed. The building

company reportedly using a doctor's

report in the latest

report in the latest compensation

dispute to show it didn't have to

owe him anything. Hardie claimed

the report shows Mr Banton had

asbestos-related health problems

before being diagnosed with

mesothelioma. A State funeral will mesothelioma. A State funeral will

be held next Wednesday for the

asbestos campaigner, who died yesterday yesterday morning.

Sperm donors will be given

unprecedented choice under laws

expected to be passed by the NSW

Government today. The legislation

gives donors the right to demand their sperm only go to specified ethnic, religious and cultural

groups, or heterosexual couples.

State Health Minister Reba Meagher

says the changes are aimed at

protecting the child's best

interests. Others claim the laws

allow donors to discriminate

against certain race groups,

lesbians and single mothers.

A major development on the opening

day of a Middle East peace

conference in the US. Israeli and Palestinian leaders promising to reach

reach a peace pact by the end of next year.

There is no time to lose, President

Bush said, as he launched the

latest attempt to bring peace to

the Middle East. The time is right

because a battle is under way for

the future of the Middle East, and

we must not creed victory to the

extremists. Standing with Israeli

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President

Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Bush laid out his

vision, acknowledging this summit

is just the first step. this is just the first step. Achieving

this goal is not gonna be easy. If

it were easy, it would have

happened a long time ago. The talks

are happening at the US naval

academy about 50 miles outside of

Washington. Leaders from more than

40 nations are here, ready to urge

Palestinians and Israelis to find a

path to peace. President Bush says

the solution is two states living

side by side. He hopes side by side. He hopes the Annapolis conference will start

that process securing his legacy. that process securing his legacy.

She was a woman known for her

extravagance. Now, some of Marie extravagance. Now, some of Marie

Antoinette's jewellery is going

under the hammer. But it does come with a hefty price tag. These

pearls belonged to the former Queen

of France and were made into a

necklace after her death. The

necklace will be auctioned next

month and could fetch up to $1 million.

Someone who could afford that

jewellery, LA Gal axe star David

Beckham, has lived up to the hype

in a thrilling Hyundai club

challenge against Sydney FC. The

$250 million man delivering the

goods in front of a packed Telstra Stadium.

Stadium. COMMENTATOR: It's a

bender! It's a classic. It is a

Beckham. Beckham's trademark free

kick one of eight goals scored oen

the night, FC striker Alex Brosque

bagging a double in the 5-3 victory.

The Melbourne Storm will start The Melbourne Storm will start its

premiership defence next season

without clive Churchill Medal

winner Glen Inglis. Going under the

knife for surgery on his left

shoulder, which will keep him size

sidlined for the opening rounds of

the NRL season. He's expected to be

on the sidelines between 3-4 months.

Mark Philippoussis says he's

prepared to go through qualifying

in a bid to kick-start his career

at next year's Australian Open.

While 'The Scud' has a protected

ranking of 112, his current rating

outside the top 1,000 leaves him in

real danger of missing out on direct inclusion.

direct inclusion. I'm training my

butt off. I love this game. If I

didn't, I wouldn't put myself

through it every single time. The

31-year-old is training with coach Darren Cahill and remains hopeful

of wild cards to the major events

on the calendar. Fraef calls to an

end for too the 4-pillars policy?

That's right, the boss of ANZ has

am challenged the incoming Federal

Government to abolish the Government to abolish the Federal

merger policy. ANZ boss Michael

Smith says global competition

should dictate the market, not

domestic considerations. He's suggested Australian banks increase

their size in order to push into

Asia rather than just protecting

their positions at home.Er as's

wine production is expected to be

hit hard by the prolong drought. Production will likely remain below the

the 1.9 billion-litre peak it

reached in 2004-2005 for at least

the next five years, according to the Federal Government's peak

industry body. The drought has slashed production by 25% this year,

and the effects of the dry spell

could be felt beyond 2012.

And that's

That's all the finance news, Frank.

Plenty. Thank you.

We'll take a look at weather now after finance:

A quick recap now of the morning's

top stories - politicians making their way back to Canberra their way back to Canberra to prepare for tomorrow's crucial

party meetings as the Liberals face

a split over WorkChoices. Final

insult - reports of a last-ditch

attempt by James Hardie to rob Bernie Banton of his compensation.

And a peace pact - Israeli and

Palestinian leaders agree to work

towards a peace deal by the end of next year

And that's it for Ten's Early News.

I'm Frank Coletta. Bye for now. And

I'm Catherine Kennedy. Enjoy your day.