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The Federal Opposition gets tough

with the Treasurer's 'get tough'

budget. It's now threatening to

force an early election. It's 6am

on Thursday May 12. Good morning. I

am Ron Wilson. And welcome to Ten's am Ron Wilson. And welcome to Ten's Early

Early News. Also - is Gaddafi dead?

No-one has heard or seen him since

the NATO bombing two weeks ago.

Demons come under fire for tweeting Demons come under fire for tweeting

about their teammate's suspension. And

And the Commonwealth Bank registers

another massive profit, but warns

rises this year. we face two more interest rate

But first this morning, we are

getting reports that a major

earthquake has struck in southern

Spain. Details are still sketchy,

but it appears at least seven

people are dead and buildings have

toppled in the town of Lorca. The

quake was measured at a magnitude of

of 5.3. It caused houses to

collapse and damaged historic

churches and other public buildings.

out Emergency crews are trying to find

out if there are people trapped

indeed those buildings. There was a

tremor an hour or so earlier. More

details as we receive them. The

Federal Opposition insists families

are the big losers in the Federal

Budget and is threatening to force

an early election. The Prime

centre Minister visited a trade skills

centre to spruik her Government's

$3 billion investment in training.

But the Opposition turned its

attention to the $2 billion cut in

family support payments. Hopefully

people will speak up and say they

don't have a mandate to carbon tax

and to cut family benefits.

Australia's Liberal state governments have returned a

Victoria, critical verdict on the budget.

Victoria, New South Wales, they say

their road and rail projects have been

been snubbed. WA has told the

Treasurer to keep his hands off the

spoils of its new mining boom. The

Treasurer promised it would be a tough

tough budget. The States are making

sure of it. Victoria has short-

changed gien. It is very, very changed gien. It is very, very

disappointing. The nation's two

biggest States saw very little

ticked off their wish lists.

Victoria was given funding or road

and rail projects already under construction

construction but won't be able to

start new ones. In New South Wales,

money or the northern motor ways

were put on hold. Nothing in the

budget that I can see that's going

to ieth help complete Sydney's road

network or build that north-west rail

rail link. In the west, it was a

different story. The Premier says

Wayne Swan can't hadge the hopes of

the nation on WA's mining boom.

He's exaggerating the impact of the

mining boom on all of Australia.

Although, those most critical of

the Labor budget are Liberal

premiers. The party faithful are

still standing behind the Prime

Minister. It's Mr Barnett that's

enough making the mistake. He's not giving

enough attention to the boorges how enough attention to the boorges how

to manage it or spread the men fits

-- to the boom.

Queensland's Parliament will make

history today when a convicted

criminal will be loud to take to

the floor to defend himself against

contempt charges. Gordon Nuttall is

facing 12 years for corruption. He

was once a trusted friend of Labor.

Today, Gordon Nuttall, who's

serving 12 years for corruption,

may turn on his forming mates.

They're hauling him before the

House for failing to disclose

payments from businessmen. Rightly or

or wrongly, he's put a cloud over

the whole snunges. The media and

Opposition will hang on his every

word. They're expecting him to lash

out ot others. An -- out at others.

An MP says he's in a desperate

frame of mind. He did say to me

that if you put a dog in a corner

long enough and keep kicking it,

that dog will turn around and bite

you one day. The Speaker says the

former minister will return to jail

immediately if he strays from his

defence. He is going to be relevant. defence. He is going to be relevant.

Let me stress. This is not an open

slather session. The Opposition

says it's waiting to see if there

are any claims of political deals

involving other politicians.

Sparks have flown in the Victorian

funding. Parliament in a fight over medical

Health Minister David Davies

accused hospital boards of

squandering money. He then turned

on Opposition MP Jill Hennessy.

Well, I think there was. Do not

come here and mislead the committee.

The Minister is misleading the

committee. The Minister is

misleading the committee. And so it

went. The Health Minister has

promised the Coalition will build

bigger and better new hospitals

than those planned by the previous

government. The Syrian army has

shelled residential areas in the

country's third-largest city,

killing at least 19 people. Heavy

tank and gunfire rocked at least

three neighbourhoods in the city of

Homs, which has seen some of the

largest anti-government largest anti-government

demonstrations. An estimated 750

protesters have now been killed in

Syria. Activists say 9,000 others

have been detained bit secret

police. Questions are being asked

about the whereabouts of Libyan

leader Colonel Gaddafi, who hasn't leader Colonel Gaddafi, who hasn't

been seen or heard from since April

30. His last public statement was a

speech on Libyan TV. Soon

afterwards, a NATO air strike his his

his house, killing a number of

people, including his on. The US is

speculating the leader may have

been injured or killed in that air

strike. The rebels may have finally

Misrata. taken the besieged western city of

Sports

Sports news. And Melbourne has

received a 'please explain' from

the AFL after several place took to

Twitter after Jack Trengove's 3

manufacture match suspension. On

hearing of his 3-week ban, his

teammates quickly vented their

feelings be known. feelings frustrations. Ricky Petterd let his

This response earning the club a

'please explain' from the AFL. Even

Even so, the case has players

asking where the tackle line is.

Yeah, look, it was probably, it's

probably a little bit harsh. But the

the rules are clearly there and I try

try not to go down that path. It

looked a pretty good, legitimate

tackle to me. It was unfortunate

obviously that a player got hurt. A tough

tough call. A grey area. The AFL

make things really clear as to how

they deal with those particular

incidents. You can agree with the

rule or not, but they have judged the

the rule, as they said they L Leigh

Montagna will serve a 1-march

suspension. He says it was a split- second

second decision. The NRL report

into Melbourne's salary cap scandal

has recommended a lifetime ban for the

the Storm's former chief executive Brian

Brian Waldron. It comes as the NRL

fined five clubs for breaches last

season. The Dragons, Rydeers, Eels and

and Wests Tigers were all issued

fines. The Tigers topped the list,

but will fight their penalty. Today

is another reminder for them that

their transactions will get put

under the spotlight and it's highly

likely we will find them. Melbourne

must now return their 2010 World

Cup Challenge trophy. The Victory

had a 1-1 draw with Jeju United.

The South Korean side hit the lead midway

midway through the first half,

before a strike by Diogo Ferreira gave

gave the Victory a share of the points.

COMMENTATOR: What an equaliser! The

draw wasn't enough for Victory. The

match was also skipper Kevin

Muscat's last as a player before he

retires to pursue a coaching career.

Time for the finance news. And the

Commonwealth Bank has ginned the billion-dollar

billion-dollar club? Yeah, fair to

say their head office is not on

struggle street. It made a cool $1.7

$1.7 billion in the past six months.

It pointed out that consumer and

business confidence is still

fragile. The CEO said the fallout from

from the global financial crisis

still weighs on the world's recovery.

recovery. He says despite the lack

of customer confidence, he expects Australian

Australian boroughers will face two more

more interest rate rises this year.

The big four banks between them

made $12 billion profit in just six

months. It's enough to make you

choke on your corn flaicks, because

that figure is up $800 million on

the same period last year.

China's CPI rose 5.3% in April. A

bit more than forecast, but that

was down 0.1% from the month before.

The Government put in place strict

price controls earlier this year,

which did slow things down. What is a

a worry, though, is that food price

went up 11.5% on last year. Six

stocks fell for every one that rose

in New York.

It's a slow start expected,

according to the Spy Futures.

Almost time to get the skis out and

practice, Frank, with these temperatures.

He's quite a sight on the piste.

Still ahead - the police who

allegedly shot at a woman who came

at them with a knife. And workers

at Toyota's Melbourne factory told

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Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early

Early News. A freight train has

been forced off its tracks by a

safety switch in Sydney. RailCorp

says the train went through a red

signal light at Rhodes station, activating

activating a catch point which

derailed the train. Emergency crews

were on the scene. The train driver

was not hurt. Police investigators

in WA will try to work out if two

officers overreacted when they shot

a woman in Perth's eastern suburbs

yesterday. Police were called to a

home in Armadale around lunchtime.

They say a woman lunged at them

with a knife and they respondented

by shooting her. She was taken to hospital hospital with serious injuries.

Family members want to know why

police used their guns instead of a

taser. Thousands of police officers will

will fan out across Australia this

weekend in a crackdown on alcohol-

related violence. An average of one

person a day has been killed

because of alcohol over the past 12

months. The New South Wales Coroner

has called for a new limit on how

long clubs and pubs can serve

drinks. People consumed an average

of 22 drinks. Australia's south-

east remains in the grip of an

early wintry blast. New South Wales

and Victoria have shivered through

one of the woldest starts to May.

The icy -- the coldest starts to

May. The icy blast caught many off-

guard. Pretty cold here! Snow falling

falling as low as 700m in Victoria.

The dump a welcome sight for

operators of Australia's ski

resorts. We have had 15cm. It's

fantastic, dry, light. Everything we

we want. Even Melbourne's outskirts

received a light dusting. We have

had a few people out the front,

dancing in the snow. It's

Melbourne's coldest day this early

in the year since 1970. In New South

South Wales, temperatures dropped

to freezing in Sydney's west and to freezing in Sydney's west and

the Blue Mountains. But forecasters

still expect a warmer-than-average

winterment Most locations in East

Gippsland have record their coldest

May days on record. Keep the

woollies out for a while yet. We're expecting

expecting the cold air continues

over the next couple of days. The

Federal Opposition continues to

insist families are the big losers

in the Federal Budget. It's

threatening to force an early

election. The Government meanwhile

has been out selling its message of tough

tough love. A budget for boom times,

but the Opposition believes it's

taken a blow torch to families. It

is a budget which is not responding

to the real concerns of the Australian Australian people. What we are doing

doing now is bringing our spending

down... Cutting $2 billion of

support to families has the

Opposition seeing red. The

Government freedsing some payments to Government freedsing some payments

to house -- freezing some payments

to households earning $150,000 a

yearment They talk courage but

display no courage. They talk

surplus, but deliver deficit. This shadow

shadow treasurer is out there with

Alice in Wonderland. The budget's about

about getting the economic settings

right. We are bringing the budget

to surplus in 2012/13, back into

the black as promised. One measure

not in dispute - the $2.2 billion investment in mental health

continue toss receive widespread

support. I think it's a very

special day in Australian mental health

health history. The Opposition is

going to do everything it can to put pressure on the minority Gillard

Gillard Government to call an early

election. Well, hopefully people

will speak up and say, "Hang on,

they don't have a mandate for a carbon

carbon tax, a mandate to cut family

benefits." Australia's Liberal

State governments have come out

swinging against the budget. New

South Wales and Victoria say they were

were dudded when it came to funding

vital road and rail projects.

Western Australia says the

Commonwealth can't expect the whole

country to ride the wave of a

mining boom. mining boom.

The Prime Minister is in Victoria.

Victoria has been short-changed

again. He's exaggerating the impact

of the mining expansion on all of

Australia. Federal Opposition will

deliver a reply othe budget tonight. In

In Athens, thousands have scuffled

with police over new government austerity

austerity measures. It's against

moves by the Government to reduce

its debt levels. The Government has

been trying to avoid total

bankruptcy. At least 17 people were

injured and five arrested. Italian

officials aren't taking tonight's

alignment of four planets seriously, but

but the people of Rome are.

Thousands of people have left the

city because a long-depd scientist predicted

predicted there would be a major

earthquake in Rome tonight. Many

shops have been closed and highway

traffic has been heavy out of the

city. Raffaele Bendandi, who died in

in 1979, predicted the quake, but

officials have been quick to point out

out it's not possible to do that.

In the past day, there have been 22

tremors recorded in Rome, which is

actually eight fewer than normal.

Chinese rail authorities will start

trialling today of a new high-speed

link between Beijing and Shanghai. link between Beijing and Shanghai.

The Chinese Government has spent

about $115 billion on fast training

this year, even though critics say

it's dangerously fast and too

expensive. It will travel at

300km/h, not its top speed of

380km/h. It will start next month, 380km/h. It will start next month,

halving the current travel time to

less than five hours.

The AFL has issued Melbourne a

'please explain' after a number of

players turned to Twitter to criticise

criticise tamemate Jack Trengove's 3-march

3-march suspension. Among those in

hot water are Ricky Petterd and Colin

Colin Sylvia. It left some doubt as

to what constitutes a legal tackle.

to what constitutes a legal tackle.

Thousands of fans joined golfing

greats to pay their final respects

to Seve Ballesteros at his funeral to Seve Ballesteros at his funeral

in Spain this morning. A guard of

honour was formed by local schoolchildren

schoolchildren as a procession

moved towards the church in his

local village. Seve, who won five

majors, died of cancer last weekend

at the age of 54.

US stocks were dragged lower this

morning as the market followed the

sharp drop in commoditys prices.

Here with the details for us is

James Rosenberg. What's going on with

with commoditys? One minute they're roaring

roaring along, the next, no-one wants

wants them? It's volatile.

Particularly the last few days or

so. Yesterday our market greeted

Chinese data that suggested demand

for our commoditys remain robust,

with open arms. The US took it as a

signal that the Chinese may have to

rise interest rates to curb

inflation. There's also

inflationary fears in Germany and the

the UK and so forth. Fears that

rising rates may dampen demand for

commoditys. That's pretty much

across the board. The ones most

affected are the one that is have

had a bit of a bounce in the past few

few days. Silver down. The oil price

price did moderate quite a bit.

Potential a bit of good news for

motorists. Outside of that, really

the only positive we can take on it

for our market, at least for

exporters, is that the kearns

moderated as well - it was back down moderated as well - it was back

down -- the currency moderated as

well. How is the market shaping up

today? Well, it's gonna be pretty

difficult, given the lead we have

had from Wall Street. The futures

had from Wall Street. The futures

are down quite a bit. The focus

will be on the employment data. In

March, we had a big increase in full-time

full-time jobs. We think that will

moderate a little bit, largely

because of the effect. 15,000 new

jobs, but really that will only be

enough to keep the unemployment

rate at 5.5%. Thank you. Pleasure. Toyota's troubles continue.

Production at its Australian plant in Production at its Australian plant

in Altona has been cut by half because

because of ongoing parts shortages because of ongoing parts shortages

caused by the Japanese earthquake

and tsunami. Toyota is also expected

expected to lose its spot as the

world's top-selling auto maker to

GM this year because of those

disasters. Local boss say the

Melbourne factory should return to normal

normal in the first week of June.

Some very chilly temperatures

around, as we go to the forecast now.

Belgians are furious authorities

there are going to release the wife

of a notorious paedophile killer from

from prison. And Qantas is flying into

into heavy weather. Engineers will

walk off the job tomorrow. Now

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You're watching Ten's Early News. The

The Federal Opposition gets tough

with the Treasurer's get tough

budget. It's now threatening to

force an early election. An

earthquake has struck southern

Spain this morning. The deteds toll

keeps rising -- the death toll keeps

keeps rising. In sport, a number of

Melbourne Demons players come under

fire for tweeting about their teammate's

teammate's suspension. And the

Commonwealth Bank unveils another

massive profit but warns we face

two more interest rate rises this

year. An update on the earthquake

that struck Spain this morning. The

Prime Minister has issued a statement statement saying 10 people are

known to be dead. The town of Lorca

and surrounding areas have widespread

widespread damage. A church clock tower

tower fell into the street. The 5.2

quake struck just before 3 o'clock

this morning Australian eastern

time and was felt in the capital,

Madrid. It followed a smaller

tremor almost two hours earlier.

The Federal Government is feeling

the heat after their responsible

budget. The Opposition is

threatening to force an early

election. Here's our political

reporter. The Coalition will reply

to the budget later today. It has

been scathing about it so far? That's

That's right. It was scathing of

the budget before it was even handed

handed down, when all we had were a few

few leaks. So it's not really

surprising, I suppose, that it's

been absolutely scather of it since

it's been handed down. Tony

Abbott's accusing Wayne Swan of waging

waging a class war for means

testing, setting the benchmark at

$150,000. Tonight in his budget

reply he's expected to take a more positive

focusing positive outlook. He will be

focusing on cost of living

pressures. He will be talking about

government debt levels, outlining a

cut to 12,000 public service jobs.

set The challenge the Government has

set for him is to outline all the

cuts he would make. He's not

necessarily obliged to do that. The

Opposition is not going to give the

said Government a free ride. Joe Hockey

said the Opposition is going to put

all the pressure is can on Julia

Gillard to go back to the polls Z

and we have seen a very sharp

reaction from the States? Well,

this has been divided along party

lines for the most part. Barry

O'Farrell said this dumps all over

western Sydney and its threatened

key from you projects. His Liberal

counterpart in Victoria, Ted

Baillieu, said that Victoria's been

short-changed $2 billion and some

of its key infrastructure projects

are also at threat. Let's have a

listen. Nothing in the budget that

I can see that's going to either

help complete Sydney's road network

or, frankly, build that north-west

rail link. The Victorians have been short-changed again. It's very, very

very disappointing. Acting

Queensland Premier, Paul Lucas,

he's actually welcomed the Federal

Budget and has said this is all

that Queensland needs to help

recover from its summer of natural

disasters Z OK, thank you very much.

Reporting live from Canberra. Queensland's Parliament will make Queensland's

history today when a convicted

criminal will be allowed to take

the floor to defend himself against comtempt

Gordon comtempt charges. Former minister

for Gordon Nuttall is serving 12 years

for corruption. He's expected to

make some controversial allegations.

He was once a trusted friend of

Labor. Today, Gordon Nuttall, who's

serving 12 years for corruption,

may turn on his former mates.

They're hauling him before the

House to face 41 charges of

contempt of Parliament for failing

to disclose payments from

businessmen. He has put a cloud over

over the institution. The

Parliament will hangen his every

word. They're expecting him to lash

out at others. An Independent MP

who visited Nuttall in jail says

he's in a desperate frame of mind.

He said, "If you put a dog in a corner

corner long enough and keep kicking

it, it will turn around and bite

you." The Speaker says the former minister

minister will be returned to jail

immediately if he strays from his

defence about why he shouldn't be

find over $80,000. He is going to be

be relevant. Let me stress this is

not an open-slather session. Ons is

waiting to see -- the Opposition is

waiting to see if there are any

claims of deals. Sparks have flown

in the Victorian Parliament in a

birt fight over medical funding.

While explaining losses suffered by

the boft during the global

financial crisis, David Davies

accused hospital boards of squandering

squandering money. He then turned

on Opposition MP Jill Hennessyment

You were on that board. Was there any

any loss? I believe there was. The

Minister is misleading the

committee. Yes, the Health Minister

has promised the Coalition will

build bigger and better hospitals

than those planned bit previous

government. Questions are being

asked about the whereabouts of Colonel

Colonel Gaddafi, who hasn't been

seen or heard from since April 30.

His last public statement was a speech

speech on Libyan TV. Soon

afterwards, an air strike hit his

house, killing his son. Leaders

have started speculates that the

Libyan leader might have been

injured or killed in that air

strikes. Reports this morning suggest

suggest rebels may have taken the

city of Misrata. Belgian is up in

arms with news the former wife of

paedophile murderer Marc Dutroux is

to be released from prison. There's

news that Michele Martin will be

transferred to a convent on France

on her release. Michele Martin was

sentenced for 30 years for helping

girls. her husband kidnap and kill 13

And police in Slovakia have shot

and arrested a would-be cannibal.

The man had scoured the internet

for someone willing to commit

suicide and be eaten. But the

potential victim changed his mind

and alerted authorities. An

undercover policeman then posed at

a victim. The cannibal started

shooting at police. One officer was

hit and is in a serious condition.

Melbourne has received a 'please

explain' from the AFL after several

players took to Twitter to

criticise Jack Trengove's 3-match

suspension. The club is unhappy

with the verdict and will appeal. with the verdict and will appeal.

On hearing of Jack Trengove's 3- week

week ban, his teammates quickly

vented their frustrations. Ricky

Petterd made his feelings known.

James Foley went the netball line.

Nathan Jones labelled the decision

ridiculous, and Col listen Sylvia

questioned the state of the --

Colin Sylvia questioned the state

of the tackle. A 'please explain'

from the AFL. Even so, the case has

players asking where the tackle line

line is. Yeah, look, it's probably

a little bit harsh. But, you know,

the rules are clearly there. And I

try not to go down that path. It

looked a pretty good, legitimate

tackle to me. And it was

unfortunate obviously that a player

got hurt. So it's a tough call, that

that one. A grey area. The AFL make

things really clear as to how they

deal with those incidents. You can

agree with the rule or not, but

they have judged the rule as they

said they would. Montagna will

serve a 1-match suspension. He said

it was a split-second decision and

admits it's unacceptable to make

contact with an injured player. The

NRL report into Melbourne's salary

cap scandal has recommended a lifetime

lifetime ban for the Storm's disgraced former chief executive

Brian Waldron. It comes as the NRMA

fined five clubs for salary cap

breachs last season. The Dragons,

Raiders, Eels, Titans and Wests Tigers

Tigers were all issued fines. The

Tigers topped the list but will

fight their $187,000 penalty. Today

is another reminder to them that their

their transactions will get put

under the spotlight and it's highly

likely we will find them. After

being stripped of two premierships,

Melbourne must return their 2010

World Club Challenge trophy.

Melbourne Victory had a 1-1 draw

with Jeju United. The South Korean

side hit the lead midway through

the first half, before a strike by

share of the points. Diogo Ferreira gave the Victory a

The draw wasn't enough for Victory.

The match was also skipper Kevin

Muscat's last as a player.

More on finance now. And the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Bank, well, it's

another one of those billionaire

club members now snfrpblt our big

banks are really hurting, aren't

they? Not! The Commonwealth Bank...

Consumer and business confidence is still

still fragile. The CEO says he

expects Australian borrowers will

face two more interest rate rises

this year. The Commonwealth's

profit result means the big four

banks have made $12 billion profit

in just six months. It's enough to

make you choke on those corn flakes.

That figure is up $800 million on last

last year. Qantas faces a 1-hour

strike tomorrow by engineers. And

next week, pilots say they plan to

go on strike too, unless they get

guarantees about their jobs.

They're worried that pilots from

New Zealand and Singapore will replace

replace them. Qantas also starts wage

Transport wage discussions today with the

Transport Workers anticipate Union,

which covers its other workers.

That union is muttering about

possible industrial action. Energy

prices tumbled once again. Six

in New York. stocks fell for every one that rose in stocks fell for every one that rose

Frank, be afraid, very afraid. Four

planets are lining up early

tomorrow, and there's predictions

of death and destruction. We have that

that next. You and I will be on

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service has gone broke. We will

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to take part in the U-N ACT police have signed up reducing road trauma. initiative aimed at Road Safety campaign is The Decade of Action for reducing the trauma particularly aimed at suffered by young people in the 18 to 25 demographic. Each year nearly 1 point 3 million people die as a

result of a traffic-related collision and Canberra's

road toll for 2011 now stands at 7. It comes after a spate of fatal crashes around the ACT and the Southern Tablelands.. With a Canberra couple from Florey dying after a Motorbike crash near Gunning last week. Meantime, Southern New South Wales residents are they're heading out on the being warned to behave if town this weekend... Operation Unite will be The latest stage of alcohol fuelled violence carried out, targeting and anti social behaviour. Tablelands will be involved Police across the Southern asking revellers to heed in the crack down and are the warnings.. Ashley Cooper is leading And the Brumbie's Adam the charge on AND off the field. Organ Donor register He'll be signing on to the Brumbies fans to do their today.. And is encouraging Australian's still waiting bit for the 1 thousand 700 for life-saving organ transplants. Staff from Medicare Australia will be wandering the stands of this weekend's clash with the Johannesburg Lions at Canberra Stadium.. Now having a look at today's weather details... A strong frontal cloud band is bringing heavy showers and isolated hail to southern New South Wales with snow on the Mountains. degrees and chance of To the national maps ... 12 tomorrow. Possible late showers around the capital top of 17 showers for Sydney with a Chance of showers and 14 in To the major centres ... Dubbo tomorrow... Cooler still in Wagga.. A fine day in Wollongong, with a top of 16... Clearing showers and 10 degrees the top in Bathurst... Fine and 17 in Batemans Bay. Possible showers and 11 in Cooma... Snow for Thredbo and minus 1. To the three day outlook for Canberra now... Chance of showers and 13 degrees the top tomorrow. Sunny skies on Saturday... Much the same forecast on Sunday. 15 degrees the predicted top. That's the latest news, sport and weather, I'll have more updates for you throughout the day... Dettol believes a healthy home starts with healthy surfaces and should be free from the harsh chemicals some products may leave behind. To help keep your family healthy, try new Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser. It kills 99.9% of germs on surfaces without the harshness of some other cleaners. New Dettol Surface Cleanser. For healthy tips and more, visit:

Headlines on the quarter-hour. A freight

freight train has been forced off

its tracks by a safety switch in

Sydney's inner west. RailCorp says

the train went through a red signal

light at Rhodes station, activating

a catch point, which intentionally

derailed the town. Emergency crews

were on the scene and the train

driver was not hurt. An elderly

woman was killed when a car crashed

into the wall of a retirement

village in Melbourne's east this

morning. A man was behind the wheel

of the car. The driver was not

injured. Thousands of police

officers will fan out across

Australia this weekend in a

coordinated crackdown on alcohol- related

related violence. An average of one

person a day has been killed because

because of alcohol in the past 12

months. The New South Wales Coroner

has called for a new limit on how

long bars and clubs can serve

drinks. A survey has shown people

arrested for alcohol-related crimes

consumed an average of 22 drinks.

Australia's south-east remains in the

the drip of an early wintry blast.

New South Wales and Victoria have

shivered through one of the coldest

starts to May. The icy blast caught

many off guard. I hit snooze a few

extra times. Pretty cold here. The

dump a welcome sight for operators of

of Australia's ski resorts. We have

had 15cm of fresh snow. It's been

fantastic. It's dry, light,

everything we want out of the

season. Even on Melbourne's

outskirts, a light dusting. We have had

had a few people out the front,

dancing in the snow. It was

Melbourne's coldest day this early

in the year since 1970. In New South

South Wales, temperatures dropped to

to freezing in Sydney's west and

the Blue Mountains. But forecasters

still expect a warmer-than-average

winter. East Gippsland have record

their coldest first 10 days of May on

on record. But keep the winter

woollies out for a while yet. We're

expecting to see the south-westerly

winds continuing over the next

couple of days. And people living

to the west of Sydney are waking up

to a fresh dusting of snow this

morning. These pictures were taken near

near Lithgow, on the Great Western

Highway. The storm closed the road

between Lithgow and Bathurst

overnight. A grader had to come in

to clear it. The RTA is warning

caution in the area this morning.

The Federal Opposition insists family

family rs the big losers in the

budget -- are the big losers in the

budget. The Prime Minister is

spruiking her Governments $3

billion in training. But the

Opposition turned its attention to

the $2 billion cut in family support

support payments. Hopefully people

will speak up, say, "Hang on, they

don't have a mandate for carbon tax,

they don't have a mandate to cut family

family benefits." Some freezes

apply to households with combined earnings

earnings of more than $150,000 a

year. An earthquake has killed at

least seven people in southern

Spain. It was in the town of Lorca.

A church clock tower crashed into

the street, narrowly missing people.

It struck at a depth of 10km and

hit nearly two hours after a

smaller 4.4 manufacture magnitude

quake rumbled through earl ier --

mag nude quake rumbled thrum

earlier. Two or three planets line

up quite on, but rarely four. It's

led to dire predictions of death and

and disaster. Given a cloudless

morning, they should be visible in

the eastern Australian sky after

5:00. And that alignment is causing

chaos in Rome. Thousands have left

the city because a long-dead

scientist predicted there would be

a major earthquake there tonight.

Shops have been closed and traffic is

is heavy out of the city. A scientist

scientist predicted the quake

tonight. But officials point out

such a prediction is impossible.

There have been 22 tremors recorded

in Rome today so far, which is

actually eight fewer than normal. Police

Police in the United States have

been led on a high-speed chase by a

woman in a stolen tow truck. The

woman sped off in the truck after

its driver had pulled over to help

tow her car. Police chased the

woman. She jumped out, and, while

still moving, made a run for it.

And she was caught, almost bare- handed.

The NRL report in meebl's salary

cap scandal has recommended a

lifetime ban for the Storm's former

chief executive Brian Waldron. The

NRL has fined five clubs for salary

cap breachs in 2010, z Dragons,

Eels, Raiders, Titans and wiergz all

all in trouble.

-- and Wests Tigers all in trouble.

Today is another rep minder to them

that their transactions will get

put under the spotlight and they're

highly likely we will find them.

Melbourne was stripped of two

premierships and now they must

return their 2010 World Club

Challenge trophy. A lot of people

have learned a lot of lessons. There's

There's no doubt they had the wool

pulled over their eyes. They were

asleep at the wheel. Cronulla have

lost Jeremy Smith for up to a month

with a knee injury. A strain. So he

could be out for possibly two to three

three weeks, maybe four. With the

bye coming up, we should be OK.

Justin Hodges continues his

remarkable comeback from a career-

threatens akillese injury, re-

signing with the Broncos for another

another threesons. I play my best

footy here. This is where I want to

finish my career. Thousands of fans

joined golfing greats to pay their

final respects to Seve Ballesteros

at his funeral in Spain this

morning. A guard of honour was

formed by local schoolchildren as

the procession moved towards a

clurch in his local village. His --

towards a church in his local

village. Seve, who won five majors,

died of cancer last weekend at the

age of 54.

America's stocks were dragged lower

this morning, as the market

followed the sharp drop in commoditys

commoditys prices. Here's James

Rosenberg. I have to ask - what's

going on with commoditys? One

minute they're roarer loorning, and

the next no-one wants them? It's

difficult. Yesterday, we were all

full of enthusiasm, with the

Chinese data suggesting their

demand for our raw materials was

strong. Last night the US was

concerned about the inflation yearp impact

impact that may have --

inflationary impact that may have.

When inflation comes, the next

thing you have is interest rates. And

And then you have reduced demand for

for commoditys. So the markets are

somewhat getting ahead of

themselves in the reaction last

night. We did see some big sell-

offs across the board, particularly

in silver and oil. Hopefully we

will see a bit of moderation in the

petrol pumps on the back of that.

How is our market shaping up? Well,

not terribly good. The focus will

be on employment. The unemployment

numbers for April will be out,

expected to be 4.9%, with a modest

increase of 15,000 new jobs. A

little bit lower than the month

before, maybe because of the

stronger cearns. -- currency. The

futures are down by 50 points.

Sometimes on days like this it's a

good time to start hunting for a

darg. We will be out there looking.

Thank you. Let's spare a thought

for the iconic US postal service,

which has just recorded a loss of

$2 billion for the past three

months alone. The post office

delivers 660 million pieces of mail every

every day. But even though its

motto is 'through rain, hail, sleet and

and snow', it can't defeat the internet

internet and the fact that most

people now send email instead. It's

told the US Government to not

bother sending an overdue notice in the

the mail, because it will soon be

broke and unable to pay its bill

due in September. Panasonic has

announced it will allow Skype on their

their sets. There are signs of an

improvement in retail sales. DJs

and Myer have seen their shares

rise. And Virgin Australia is

certainly on a roll. Just days

after the airline was renamed, the

American Department of

Transportation says it will not

block Virgin's alliance with Delta

on flights between Australia and

the US. That's finance, news up to

the minute for you. Well, the forecast:

Recapping our top stories on this

morning's news. The Federal

Government is feeling the heat

after its tough love budget. The

Opposition says it fails families.

The States say they have been

dudded. NATO forces are scratching

their heads to find out what's happened happened to Colonel Gaddafi. He

hasn't been seen in weeks. Some

suspect he was killed in a bombing

raid. And the Italians are feeling

a bit jittery this morning. The

nation has felt 22 themers and

locals are in fear an age-old prediction

prediction that the big one will

hit today. That's the