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The big water plan that went up in

flames gets another roasting as an

influential group says the Murray-

Darling Basin plan lax substance and accountability.

Good morning everyone. It's 6am on

Friday, October 2. Welcoming you to

Ten News. Also making headlines.

Left for dead. New claims today

that our allies ignored calls for help from Australian troops

unattack in Afghanistan.

And in sport, Gai Waterhouse

believes she can upset Bart

Cummings and hot favourite, So You

Think in tomorrow's Cox Plate.

Then in business, as Network Ten

unveils a huge profit turn around,

the competition watchdog says it

raid on the company. will review James Packer's share

raid on the company. raid on the company. will review James Packer's share

A look at the weather for you:

Our top story this morning - it's

supposed to ensure Australia has a

plentyful water supply, but the

controversial Murray-Darling Basin

plan has received another knock

back. It's enraged farmers to the

point where copies of the plan have

been set on fire at meets. The

latest meetings are taking place in

Queensland today. Our reporter is

with us with more. What's the

latest on all this criticism? Yeah,

good morning. The Murray-Darling

Basin Authority has recommended

huge cuts to water entitlements,

some on average of up to 37% and

understandably, farmers are furious

saying that the livelihoods are at

stake. More meetings will take

place in Queensland today with

farmers but already seeing fiery

scenes in and around Griffith where

farmers burnt copies of the report.

The Federal Government has also

come under criticism from the

report which says its leadership

lacks authority and accountability.

The chair of the report says that

is making it very difficult to

understand and assess the level of

real progress which is being

achieved at the moment. achieved at the moment. But as I

said earlier, we can expect more

fiery scenes in Queensland today.

Clearly the farmers are upset, but

the water plan is now under fire

from the Opposition as well? Not

surprising there. The Federal

Government has committed around

$5.8 billion to fixing this problem.

But so far, much of the money has

gone unspent and former Water

Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it

is time that the Government put its

money where its mouth is.

The centrepiece of our plan was

massive investment, over $6 billion

of investment in water-saving

infrastructure. Lining channels and

replatesing open channels with

pipes, and it is that part of the

water-saving infrastructure

investment that Labor has

completely failed to carry out. It

from over. seems that this bush battle is far

from over.

A retired Australian SAS soldier

has launched a scathing attack on

our allies. Rob Maler was badly

injured and a US soldier killed

during a September 2008 battle in

Afghanistan. In an interview with

News Limited today, he details how

special forces troops were left for

dead by two heavily armed Dutch

helicopters during an ambush by the

Taliban. He says that despite

pleading with the Dutch pilots for

help, they refused to drop under

the 5,000 metre safe height and

engage the enemy.

The longest serving female prisoner

in NSW will find out if she'll

receive compensation for being

wrongly convicted today. She's

suing the State Government for malicious prosecution after she

wrongfully spent ten years in

prison. Then known as Roseanne Cat,

she was convict Ford attempting to

poison her husband in the NSW town

of Taree. Six of the eight

convictions were quashed in 2005.

A Bulgarian appeals court will

allow key witnesses to be re-

interviewed over the fight which

saw an Australian man jailed for

murder. 23-year-old Jock Palfreeman

was found guilty last year of

stabbing a man to death and

wounding another during a street

brawl in 2007. He claims that he

when to the aid of a gypsy and that

five key witnesses altered their five key witnesses altered their

statements. Two of those were the

boys who actually attacked Jock and

the Roma boy, and three of them

were actually policemen who changed

their stories for the court. Jock

Palfreeman will return to court in November.

Labor is making good on a promise

to independent MP Andrew Wilke with

plans to tackle problem gambling.

Treasurers and gaming ministers

from each State and Territory will

meet in Melbourne forming an expert

group. Up to 500,000 Australians group. Up to 500,000 Australians

are affected by problem gambling each year.

A Perth police officer is facing

the sack after he allegedly fired

his taser gun at colleagues. The

53-year-old sergeant, who has been

in the force since his teens, was

taking part in an initialliation

ritual earlier this year. He was

stood down at the time along with a

senior constable. He's been served

with a loss of confidence notice

following an internal investigation following an internal investigation

and has 21 days to reply.

The death of Queensland champion

jockey Stathi Katsidis remains a

mystery after autopsy results were

inconclusive. The 31-year-old I was

found dead at his home on Tuesday

morning by his fiancee. He had

spend the previous night drinking

heavily with friends. His family is

now awaiting toxicology results,

which could take months. The

week. funeral is expected to be held next

Sports news and two of racing's

heavyweight trainers will go head-

to-head in tomorrow's Cox Plate.

The master, Bart Cummings, has the

red-hot favourite, So You Think,

but Gai Waterhouse says she can

cause an upset with More Joyous.

While Gai Waterhouse had a busy

morning at Flemington, Bart

Cummings created a media frenzy.

The quick answer is... If he was Mr

Ed, he can talk to me, but I can

only go by what I see and he looks

just as good as he has been in the

last three months. REPORTER: What

makes this horse so special? He's a

bit better than the rest. The

master trainer confident that the

gun four-year-old can make it back-

to-back Cox plates. Having proven

the fact that he can win the race

last year, so my confidence is

better this year. But the 82-year-

old is reluctant to declare the old is reluctant to declare the

odds on Pahlavan Certainty. No-one

is over the line in this game. If

it was, the bookies would be broke.

Waterhouse says that More Joyous

can beat the favourite describing

her mare as more magical than the

Melbourne morning. She's absolutely

magical. She doesn't touch the

ground weapon she gallops. The

four-year-old eating up well after

the gallop. I thought that she

worked very well to say the least,

exceptionally well. Rugby league is

set to finally have a new ruling

body with an indpept commission to

take over from the ARL and News

Limited in December. Meantime, the

Kangaroos coach, sheenssheenssheeps,

has defended the selection of Lote

Tuqiri for Sunday's clash with

Papua New Guinea saying he needs a

new winger. Lote Tuqiri has become

the first plan to play for the

Kangaroos, the Wallabies and then

the Kangaroos again. He's now

referred to as a triple

international. Not too many times

an older bloke like myself gets a

chance, so I put myself in the

frame and hopefully I can stay here.

The convert was selected over

Dragons Premiership winning Clive

Churchill Medallist, Darius Boyd.

The toast of Australian rugby after

taking out the John Eales Medal.

The players and partners were

looking spiffy with him collecting

269 votes to win the award by 76

from Matt Giteau. I really enjoyed

the game time and tried to make the

most of it and it is a good bunch

of guys and you're enjoying your

work. Pocock also picked up the

Australia's Choice Award voted by the public online.

Also looking pretty spiffy this

morning, Frank Colletta joins us

now with the finance news. The

debate which could affect all of us who have a mortgage?

Certainly a talking point. The

Treasury Secretary has joined what

is a wide scale attack by Joe

Hockey to regulate the banks and

the mortgage rates that they charge.

The shadow treasurer raised the

idea, winning Greens support, but idea, winning Greens support, but

stumping some of his colleagues.

It takes bank bashing to a new

level. The shadow treasurer

threatening a big stick if they go

too far in the mortgage rates that

they charge. If the Government

doesn't move to put pressure on the

banks, then the Parliament will.

Banks are threatening to lift rates

regardless of any move from the

Reserve Bank. He says that they've

conned the Government into saying

that the costs are growing when the

evidence appears otherwise. But

what to do about it? There are a

number of levers available.

Obviously legislation is part of it.

Such talk stumped the colleagues

and Treasury Secretary. It would be

rather difficult to have a Central

Bank independently operating

monetary policies through interest

rates, and at the same time,

another body, ie the Government,

regulating the interest rates. That

doesn't sit too well together. The

Treasurer described it as a

challenge to the independence of

the Reserve Bank. It is an attack

upon the pillars of our prosperity

and therefore an attack on

prosperity itself. The Greens do

already have a bill that would

control unfair mortgage increases

and key Independents appear onside.

With the coalition onboard, that

could be through before Christmas.

Meantime, Australia post could

expand its banking services. With

almost 4,000 branchs, it would be a

threat to the big four. Plans

considered include offering loans

and selling super.

The competition watchdog has

revealed it is prepared to review

James Packer's share raid on

Channel Ten. It came as the network

announced a profit of $150 million.

The Ten Network says it is

committed to maintaining steady

growth. The executive chairman says

that Ten's strategy is to provide

audiences with high-qualityenter

trainment, sports and news. audiences with high-qualityenter trainment, sports and news. They

posted a net profit of $150 million, with revenue from television

growing by 12%.. A very strong

balance sheet with our debt

position now very much under

control post the global financial crisis. control post the global financial

crisis. It's not a bad figure in

most businesses. Compared to the

sector, it's a little

underperforming. There was no

comment on the James Packer. The

chairman told a teleconference he

had spoken with Mr Packer and they

had agreed to meet soon. We welcome

the interest in our company and the

return to the free-to-air industry,

and we take that as a positive for

the other shareholders. Ten's board

has also reaffirmed the commitment

to expanding the news coverage as a

key element of the multichannel

strategy. The company says that

digital sports channel, One HD, is

increasing the audience. The chief

executive has also announced

another youth-based channel, 11,

will start broadcasting on January

11, 2011.

Strong corporate earnings came Wall

Street there. The greenback started

to regain ground against all

currencies. There's more talk that the Federal Reserve could provide

another round of stimulus to the economy.

Well, the sky isn't fauing after

all.

Never let them get away with a

single word if I can avoid it. Foil

Still to come - going out on a high.

Find out why more than 100 tonnes

of cannabis wept up in smoke in one

of the world's drug capitals. Our

news is back after a quick break. This program is captioned live. You're with Ten News.

Our top story this morning:

A plan to ensure our environment

gets its fair share of water is

once again under fire. The Council

of Australian Governments says that

the Murray-Darling plan lacks

substance and accountability. The

Opposition is also critical. Lining

chams and replacing open channels

with pipes, and it is that part of

the water-saving infrastructure

investment that Labor has

completely failed to carry out. The Government has recommended huge

cuts to water use in the food bowl.

Another debate is set down for Queensland today.

Melbourne's train operator is

defending the way it deals with

suspected fare evaders. A young woman appears to have been thrown

to the ground and kept there with a

knee to her back. It's just like

somebody has called her a terrorist

or something. Just a fare invader,

nothing else. Metro Trains says

that the woman was agitated,

assaulted an inspector and tried to

flee after being caught without a ticket.

WA has turned on a home coming to

remember with Australian

Commonwealth Games athletes being

recognised in a special parade in

Perth. It was a fitting celebration

for the most successful Games ever

for WA with the 38 athletes

bringing home 27 medal - 16 of which were gold.

The last couple of weeks have been

absolutely amazing and especially

coming back to this kind of

reception is pretty sensational.

The athletes are hoping that they

can repeat their success at the London Olympics.

A British broadcaster is under fire

from the military for creating a controversial documentary about

Prince Harry, which is set to air

tonight. It shows what might happen

if the Taliban kidnapped the prince

while he was serve not guilty Afghanistan.

These pictures are from a British

TV movie called 'The Taking of

Prince Harry'. Britain's army chief

wants the program banned because it

depicts the Taliban kidnapping the

prince while serving in Afghanistan.

He say that is the show puts all

troops at risk but the producers

are rejecting criticism that

they're giving how-to tips to the

Taliban. It is wrong to say that

the ideas reason already out there.

Prince Harry secretly served ten

weeks in Afghanistan in 2007 until

his cover was blown and he was

forced to fly home early. Taliban

insurgents held journalist Terry

Van Dyk. I done recall them saying

that they can kidnap him. They

mocked him and the British. Prince

Charles is reportedly upset to

learn that his youngest son is

being portrayed as a hostage, but

Prince Harry is said to be more

amused than outraged. He's more

concerned about the... How good

looking is the guy who actually

plays him in the movie? Prince

Harry has said repeatedly that he

wants to return to the frontline.

It's not likely seeing himself

kidnapped will change his mind.

A Belgian school teacher has been

sentenced to 30 years prison for

murdering a rival lover by

sabotaging her parachute. The 26-

year-old cut crucial wires on a

main and reserve parachute, which

sent the mother of two plummeting

to her death. Women had been in a

secret and intimate relationship

with a skydiving instructer. It was

found that she was motivated by jealousy.

Police in Mexico have smoked

134toons of marijuana, but it was

strictly by the books. They were

packed and ready to be moved across

the border for sale in the US. 11 suspected drug traffickers were

arrested in the raids. It will take

two days to burn all of the drug.

US First Lady Michelle Obama has

rolled up her sleeves and dived

into the White House veggie garden.

Local school children helped the

First Lady pick turn Is, sweet

potatoes and the first pumpkins potatoes and the first pumpkins

grown at the White House. The

vegetables will be donated to

various food shelters in Washington.

The garden is designed to help

children improve their eating

habits, while also feeding the

Obamas and their guests.

You might have noticed that Friday

is the day for clowning around,

especially in Mexico City. 700

clowns in various colourful

costumes have pulled on the

oversized shoes and tripped their

way into the Mexico for the

International Clown Convention. But

in one of the greatest upsets, the

clowns couldn't break the world

laughing record. Well, they weren't

very funny. Then they gave up the

giggle just short of the 20 minute benchmark.

When did you go to Mexico?

Just the oversized shoes that gave

it away.

Two of racing's heavyweight trainer

also go head-to-head in the Cox

Plate. Bart Cummings has the

favourite, So You Think, but Gai

Waterhouse say that is she can

cause an upset with More Joyous.

She's magicallal doesn't touch the

ground when it gallops. No-one

knows the line in this. If they did,

the bookies would be broke. The

defending champion, So You Think is

the shortest priced Cox Plate

defender in 45 years.

Australia ian rugby's top honour

for David Pocock with the John

Eales Medal. He collected 269 votes

from the pierce to win the award by

76 votes from Matt Giteau. I've 76 votes from Matt Giteau. I've

really enjoyed the extra game time

and tried to make the most of it,

and it is such a good bunch of guys and it is such a good bunch of guys

that you're enjoying your work and

enjoying turning up every weekend.

Kurtly Beale won the rookie of the

year award.

Former F1 World Champion Kimi

Raikkonen is coming to grips with

his new career in the world rally

championships. Today, his rally

ended before it began after he

crashed in the warm-up stage. The

impact left his car battered.

Sebastian Loeb will be going for

the sixth straight win in Spain

this when.

Back to frank and the weekly trip to Wall Street. to Wall Street.

Let's go there. If you're about to

head to the US on holiday to take

advantage of the US dollar, you'll

have no trouble finding a table for

dinner. While we are spending, the

Americans are cutting back on

things like eating out and only

buying the necessities. Let's go

live to New York and speak to our

Wall Street finance reporter Alexis

Christoforous. Some key data is out.

Consumer spending and also

employment? That's right. We have

got the Fed's latest survey on the

economy. It is called the beige

book and it showed economic growth

continued in September and early

October, but only modestly in most

parts of the country. It showed

consumers are still being frugal

with their money and buying only

the necessities. And one thing all

the reedge ops of the country had the reedge ops of the country had

in common - there is very little,

if no hiring going on. But there is

a sign that the lay-offs are easing.

Fewer people applied for

unemployment benefits last week,

but the drop was not enough to

reverse an increase the previous

week. The Government says that new

applications for jobless benefits

fell by 23,000 to 452,000. But the

number is still very high. Can you

take us through the day on the

market? Well, we started out pretty

nicely because of another fresh

batch of strong earnings from

companies like Caterpillar, eBay

and Travellers and McDonalds. More

people are eating at the golden

amps. They said that the profits

jumped 10%. It's the envy of many

restaurants here. Once again it is

breakfast and $1 menus help today

attract more customers. Near the

close, we've given back the gain

with the NASDAQ back 15 points.

Thank you very much Alexis

Christoforous there in New York.

Supermarket giant Coles has

announced it is growing its food

business. It unveiled first quarter

sales of $6 billion. That's

increase of 6.2% year-on-year and

the sixth straight quarter that its surpassed Woolworths

fofpltstkpwhril to other business news:

Here's a snapshot of the national weather:

Plenty more still to come in the

next half hour of Ten News.

Including... Wicked witches, crazy

chimps and a nice cold beer. Can

you tell its Friday? We can. See

you after the break.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten

News.

The big water plan that wept up in

flames gets another roasting as an

influential group says the Murray-

Darling plan lacks substance and accountability.

Left for dead - new claims today

that our allies ignored calls for

help from Australian troops under attack in Afghanistan.

And in sport, South West Water

believes she can upset -- Gai

Waterhouse believes that she can

upset Bart Cummings in tomorrow's Cox Plate.

And in finance, Network Ten unveils

a huge profit turn around. The

competition watchdog says it is set

to review James Packer's share raid on the company.

A top story, it's supposed to

ensure that Australia has a

plentyful water supply, but the

Murray-Darling Basin plan has

received another knock back. It's

enraged farmers to the point that

copies of the plan have been set on

fire at public meetings. The latest

debates are taking place in

Queensland today. Our correspondent

is in our Brisbane newsroom with

more. What's the focus of the

latest criticism? Good morning, Ron.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority

announced huge cuts to water

entitlements, some up to 37%.

Farmers are furious and fear that

their livelihoods will be put at

stake and there will be significant

job losses. The Federal Government

has come under attack from the COAG

report which says that the role is

not clearly defined and lacks

authority. We will be having more

farming meetings up here to discuss

the plan. We've already seen fiery

scenes in regional NSW. Down there

in Griffith, farmers burnt copys of

the plan and we can expect more

scenes today. As might be expected,

the Opposition have jumped on the

band wagon as well? No surprises

there. Around $5.8 million has been

set aside by the Gillard Government

to implement the changes but, much

of the money is yet to see the

ground or the light of day, and the

former Water Minister, Malcolm

Turnbull, wants to see the

Government put the money where its

mouth is. The centrepiece of our

plan was massive investment, over

$6 billion of investment in water-

saving infrastructure, lining

channels, replacing open channels

with pipes and that, it is that

part of the water-saving

infrastructure investment that

Labor has completely failed to

carry out. This bush battle is far from over.

A retired Australian SAS soldier

has today launched a scathing

attack on our allies. Rob Maler was

badly injured and a US soldier

killed during a September 2008

battle in Afghanistan. In an

interview with News Limited today,

he details how special forces

troops were left for dead by two heavily-armed Dutch helicopters

during an ambush by the Taliban. He

says that despite pleading with the

Dutch pilots for help, they refused

to drop under the 5,000-metre safe

height and engage the enemy.

The longest serving female prisoner

in NSW will find out today if she's

to receive compensation for being

wrongly convicted. She's suing the

State Government for malicious

prosecution after she wrongfully

spend ten years in prison. Then

known as Roseanne Catt, she was

convicted for attempting to poison

her husband in the NSW town of

Taree. Six of the eight convictions

were quashed in 2005.

A Bulgarian appeals court will

allow key witnesses to be re-

interviewed over the fight which

saw an Australian man jailed for

murder. 23-year-old Jock Palfreeman

was found guilty last year of

stabbing a man to death and stabbing a man to death and

wounding another during a street

brawl in 2007. Jock Palfreeman

claims he when to the aid of a

gypsy and that five key witnesses

altered their statements. Two of

those were the boys who actually

attacked Jock and Roma boy, and

three of them were policemen who

changed their stories for the court.

Jock Palfreeman will return to

court in November.

Labor is making good on a promise

to Independent MP Andrew Wilke with

plans to tackle problem gambling.

Treasurer and ministers from each

State and Territory will meet in

Melbourne forming an expert group.

Up to 500,000 Australians are

affected by problem gambling each year.

The cups trial of Gordon Nuttall is

reaching a conclusion today. He's

pleaded not guilty to numerous

charges of perjury, official

corruption and trying to influence

favour with business. It's alleged

that he corruptly received about

$150,000 in payments.

Two of racing's heavyweight

trainers will go head-to-head in

tomorrow's Cox Plate. The master,

Bart Cummings, has the red-hot

favourite, So You Think, but Gai

Waterhouse says she can cause an

upset with More Joyous.

While she had a busy morning at

Flemington, rival trainer Bart

Cummings created a media frenzy at

his hotel. His quick wit on show

when asked how So You Think is. If

he was Mr Ed, he would talk to me.

But I can only go by what I can see

and he looks just as good as he has

done in the last three months.

REPORTER: What makes this horse so

special? He's better than the rest.

He's confident that he can make it

back-to-back Cox Plates. Having

proven the fact that he can win the

race last year, so my confidence is

better this year. But the 82-year-

old is reluctant to have the odds

there. No-one is sure in this game.

If they were, the bookies would be

all broke. Waterhouse says that

More Joyous can beat the favourite

describing the matter as more

magical than the Melbourne morning.

She's magical. She's absolutely

magical. She doesn't touch the

ground when she gallops. The four-

year-old eating up well after the

gallop. I thought that she worked

exceptionally well to be honest.

Rugby league is set to finally have

a new ruling body with an independent commission to take over

from the ARL and News Limited in

December. Meantime, Kangaroos coach

Tim Sheens has defended his

selection of Lote Tuqiri for sun's

clash with Pahlavan new gipy saying

that he needs a specialist -- with

Papua New Guinea saying that he

needs a specialist winger. He's the

first to play for the Wallabies,

the Kangaroos and then the

Wallabies again. Now referred to as

a triple international. Not too

many times that an older bloke like

myself gets another chance. So I

put myself in the frame and

hopefully I can stay here. The

convert was selected over Dragons

Premiership winning Clive Churchill

medallist, Darius Boyd.

David Pocock is the darling of

Australian rugby this evening after

taking out the John Eales Medal. He

collected 269 votes from his peers

to win the award by 76 from Matt

Giteau. I've really enjoyed the

extra game time and tried to make

the most of it, and I guess it is

such a good bunch of guys that

you're enjoying your work and

enjoying turning up every weekend.

He also picked up the Australia's

Choice award voted by the public online.

Frank has more on finance now and

the big four banks are in the

spotlight over interest rates again.

This is a big talking point.

Treasury officials have joined an

attack on a plan by Joe Hockey to

look at the banks if they raise the

rates. He sparked plenty of

comments there. He says that the

banks are coning the Government

over how much it costs them to

raise money. There are a number of levers available, obviously

legislation is part of it. It's an

attack upon the very pillers of our

prosperity and therefore, an attack

on prosperity itself. But the

Greens already have a bill that

would control unfair mortgage

increases and say that it would

pass by Christmas if the coalition supports it.

Meantime, the International

Monetary Fund has warned Australia

that it needs to raise rates and

cut Government spending. It says

that strong growth is set to

continue, but inflationary

pressures are building. He believes

that we're set to remain an attractive destinatimain an

attractive destination for foreign

investment due to the sluggish

rates in Europe.

A decision will be announced on two

Queensland gas projects worth $30

billion. The Gladstone and Curtis

liquefied gas projects would

combine 16 tonnes a year, equal len

to 90% of Australia's current gas

exports. It's expected to create

about 18,000 jobs. The competition watchdog has

revealed it is prepared to review

James Packer's share raid on

Channel Ten. It came as the network

announced a profit of $150 million.

The Ten Network says it is

committed to maintaining growth.

They say that ten strategy is to

provide audiences with a mix of

high quality entertainment, sports and news. high quality entertainment, sports

and news. The network had a net

profit of $150 million with revenue

from television growing by 12%. profit of $150 million with revenue from television growing by 12%. A

very strong balance sheet with the

debt position now very much under

control post the GFC. It's not a

bad figure in most bys, compared to

the sector, it's a little bit of an

under performer. There was no

comment on the entry of James

Packer on the register. The

chairman told the teleconference he

had spoken with Mr Packer and they

had agreed to meet soon. We welcome

their interest in our company and

the return to the free-to-air

industry. We take that as a

positive to our other shareholders.

Ten's board has also reaffirmed the

board to expanding the news

coverage as a key element of the

multichannel strategy. The company

says that digital sports channel

One HD is increasing its audience.

The chief executive has also

announced a second youth-based

channel, 11, will start

broadcasting on January 11, 2011.

Let's check the boards now:

The green back start today regain

ground against most currencies and

more talk that the Federal Reserve

could provide another round of stimulus there.

Weather forecast on the screen there:

Let's check some international news

websites for you. The Japan Times

says that old fashioned hammocks

are becoming a regular sight on the

busy city streets of Tokyo with the

locals flocking to the slings.

The Gulf News reports that a mobile

phone number which consists of only

the number 5, was bought in Kuwait

for more than $750,000.

And here's a tip as we head into

the when. Britain's Guardian has a

study which shows that a man will

fine a woman more attractive if

she's wearing something in the colour red.

Coming up on Ten News, monkey

business. Afrplts cheeky chimp is

on the loose and running into

trouble with the law. Find out what

happens next in this police video

right after the break. GOOD EVENING, I'M ALEXANDRA BRYANT WITH A LOCAL UPDATE.. ACT Policing is looking for witnesses after, Lanyon homestead was damaged for the second time in three weeks. Police say the ofenders took a number of items sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

While numerous buildings within the homestead were sprayed with graffiti and a marquee was slashed.

Meanwhile, Police are also looking for information after two aggravated robberies in Canberra Wednesday night. An eighteen year old man was approached by three people in Wanniassa, and threatened with scissors. While a woman wa attacked by two men while walked to her car in Fyswhick early yesterday morning. A-C-T drivers have set the trend when it comes to thinking green on the car lot. New research from car insurer AAMI, shows sixtyper cent of Canberra drivers would consider environmental factors, such as air pollution rating or fuel efficiency, before buying a new car. Meanwhile, Canberrans are being urged to support a new campaign raising awareness of business and offices that

recycle. The ACT Smart Business and Office awareness campaign identifies more than two hundred local green businesses. The campaign will soon hit our air waves. AND, We're now just a week out from the Tremendous Trek, that will see people walk form Canberra to Gundagai, all in the name of charity. They'll walk one hundred and three kays from Friday to sunday next week, promoting health and raising money for CanAssist, a charity asisting cancer patients living in rural new south wales.

TO SPORT, And Raiders forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Dave Shillington have been named in the Kangaroo's side to play Papua New Guniea on Sunday. Learoyd Lahrs will make his test debut, when the Aussie's open their Four Nations campaign. While for Shillingotn it will be his third test cap. Both players have been named on the bench.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEATHER DETAILS.. Checking the satellite: Masses of cloud forming on and west of the New South Wales ranges, is triggering thunderstorms. Skies are clear elsewhere. Around the country: Mostly sunny in Canberra, 24. Partly cloudy in Sydney. Showers in Melbourne and Adelaide. Closer to you; Chance of storms in Dubbo, 26. Partly cloudy in Wollongong 23. Warm and sunny in Wagga. Chance of storms in Bathurst. We could see a late shower in Goulburn. Mostly sunny in Bateman's Bay, 25. Chance of storms in Mudgee. Warm and sunny in Cooma.

Showers and a possible storm in Parkes.

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The top story this morning - a plan

to ensure our environment gets its

fair share of water is once again

under fire. The Council of

Australian Governments says that

the Murray-Darling plan lacks

accountability. The Opposition is

also critical. Lining channels and

replacing open channels with pipes,

and it is that part of the water-

saving infrastructure investment

that Labor has completely failed to

carry out. The Government has

recommended huge cuts to water use

in the food bowl. Another debate is

set down for Queensland today.

Some Aussie Oprah fans are going to

extreme lengths to meet the Queen

of TV during her trip down under. A

ticket lottery for two highly-

sought after shows is expected to

be held within days.

Ever since that announcement...

We're going to Australia. Ultimate

Oprah Winfrey fans around the

country have been busy. Take Peter

Depler, a breakfast radio host in

regional Victoria. He's hoping his

decision to legally change his name

to Oprah, will mean that the TV

Queen will speak to him on air. The

paperwork has been processed and

that means that as of the next few

weeks, my name will be Oprah. True

Oprah fans know sha she has a

fondness for brownies and one small

business in Brisbane reckons that

theirs are world beaters. When I

started the business, I really

always envisioned that she would

actually try the brownies. To seal

the deal, O shaped brownies. The

idea of staying at a real Aussie's

house is actually pretty appealing

to me. Vaughan and Gilbert Morgan

reckon that their home might tick

some boxes. When she wakes up in

the morning, the sun would be

coming from the corner here and

there would be a little mist in the

valley and Wallabies would be

romping around just in front of the

bed. Oprah will do two shows in the

forecourt of the Sydney Opera House

on Tuesday, December 14. There's

been such an overwhelming demand

for tickets that her team is busily

trying to fit in more seats.

The hit Broadway musical, Wicked,

is heading west, promising a musical extravaganza unlike

anything seen in Perth. Tickets go

on sale. It will hit Brisbane and

Adelaide early next year.

They didn't quite fly into Perth on

broom sticks, but for the stars of

the musical phenomena, 'Wicked',

this was the next thing. 'Wicked'

is the untold story of the two

witches of Oz. The musical

extravaganza that's been seen by 25

million people around the world. I

do think that there's something

magic about 'Wicked'. There's the X

factorness about it. Now, after a successful run in Sydney and

Melbourne, it will finally open in

all its emerald glory here in Perth.

It's got great music and great

It's got great music and great

heart, so it's really fun to play.

28 truck will cart sets and

costumes across the Nhullabor. The

show costs $12.5 million to stage.

Bert Newton, who replaced the late

Rob Guest, as the wizard of Oz, say

it is is a spectacle unlike

anything we've seen before. In some

of the number, the hair on the back

of my head still stands up. And in

my case, that's not easy.

Now, what could be better on a

Friday than an ice-cold tinny? But

a bat of the beers is brewing A new

home-grown lager is preparing to

challenge XXX as Queensland's beer of choice.

The Great Northern Brewing Company

Super Crisp Lager is a mouthful,

but the taste remains a mystery

with only two bottles of beer on

the wall, Carlton and United are

relying on the local appeal for now.

Designed, developed and brewed in

Queensland for Queenslanders.

Producers have launched the home-

grown brew to take advantage of the

State's lucrative beer market. Now

there from the Plough In is one of

the few who have tried it and pre-

ordered more than a palate. I was

very impressed and thought that it

was a great product and something

that represents Queensland that I really enjoy. Consequently,

competition is brewing. The Great

Northern aims to challenge rival

XXX Bitter's popularity. XXX says

that they're simply focused on

their own business and don't spend

too much time thinking about what

the competitors are doing. Although

drinkers appear willing to give the

new beer a shot. There's always

room for more beer! I reckon it

would give XXXX a run for its money,

depending on how it tasted. That

will be revealed when it hits the

shelves in two weeks.

A chimpanzee has had a brush with

the law after escaping from his

home. The 136kg chimp broke free

from the cage and decided to go for

wander around his neighbourhood in

Kansas City. But when a police car

approached, Suko grabbed a rubbish

bin and pushed it into the vehicle

and smashed the windscreen. He

managed to eskwaid some tranquiliser darts before

eventually deciding to return home.

Two of racing's heavyweight

trainers will go head-to-head in

tomorrow's Cox Plate. Bart Cummings

has the red-hot favourite, So You

Think, but Gai Waterhouse says she

can cause an upset with More Joyous.

She's magical. Absolutely magical.

She doesn't touch the ground when

she gallops. No-one is over the

line in this game. If it was, the

bookies would be all broke. The

defending champion, So You Think,

is the shortest priced Cox Plate

favourite in 45 years.

Wallabies flanker David Pocock has

taken Australian rugby's top

Mondayor after winning the John

Eales medal. The partners and

players were looking sharp I've

enjoyed the extra game time and

tried to make the most of it and it

is such a good bunch of guys you're

enjoying your work and turning up

every weekend. Kurtly Beale won the

Rookie of the Year award.

Kimi Raikkonen is still struggling

to come to grims with his new

career in the world rally

championships. Today, his rally

ended before it even began after he

crashed in the warm-up stage.

crashed in the warm-up stage.

The impact left his car battered.

Sebastian Loeb will be going for

the sixth straight win this weekend.

Here's an understatement. It's been

an interesting week here at Network

Ten to say the least. The network

has unveiled annual profits of $150

million, but what does that all

mean for new majority shareholder

James Packer. Let's chat to our correspondent at Macquarie Private

Wealth. How was the announcement

received on the market? Good

morning. All the exciting news was

at Channel Ten this week with the

announcement of James Packer

acquiring an 18% stake in the

Channel Ten network. The market

reaction was positive and the stock

surged 11%. One of the best

performing stocks in the top 100

this week. Also that very positive

profit number this week, and all in

all, some very good news out of

Network Ten. How is the market

looking heading into the weekend?

It's been a very ranged bound week.

And Micked leads from Wall Street

bouncing in and out of territory.

It is a quiet day on the economic

territory today so depending on

where the US closes in the next few

minutes will be the biggest driver

of where we trade today and we'll

hear from Woodside on the quarterly

production numbers and that will

have an influence over the energy

sector as well. Thank you, have a

great weekend. That finishes

frank's Friday finance figures for

you. That's a bit of alliteration.

It's a bit of something!

With the weekend on the horizon,

let's go to the Weather Channel.

What limb treats have you got in

store for us? I don't know about

treats. What I do have is showers,

thunderstorms and a cool thunderstorms and a cool change.

Let's check it out across the

nation as we head through Friday

and then into the when. We have the

change sweeping across the south of

the country. And we can see it on

screen here. But before that change

does arrive, we have these

northerly winds dragging in some

warm air with Melbourne topping up

at 29 this afternoon. Then

overnight, we're going to see the

cool change sweep on through. You

can see the wind direction is

coming from the south-west and that

will drum up some cooler southerly

airflow. The results of that is

cooler temperatures in the south-

east. Here on Saturday, Victoria,

Tasmania looking relatively cool

compared to what we have seen over

the past couple of days. That will

have a big impact on the WS Cox

Plate in Melbourne. We'll get to

that in just a moment. Firstly,

let's concentrate on NSW over the

weekend. Saturday bringing showers

and thunderstorms, pretty much

widespread across the State. This

will include Sydney, Newcastle and

Wollongong, and as we get to Sunday,

the showers a storms will contract

further north up into the north-

east of NSW and the northern inland

and pushing into the southern areas

of Queensland to include the

Darling Downs and of course, the

south-east coastal district around

Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We can

see this on the forecast, of course,

as we head into the weekend. We've

got the storms there eventuating

for Brisbane with tops of 26.

Canberra looking wet along with

areas of Sydney topping up at 27 on

Saturday. And once that change goes

through, we're going to see the temperature drop on sun.

Of course, we've got Melbourne

expecting the cool change overnight

tonne and into tomorrow and we have

Bart Cummings, who has the raging

favourite in the Cox Plate with So

You Think, but my tip if you're

heading to the race track is a

little bit more simple. Wear something warm. little bit more simple. Wear something warm.

OK, I'm sure that I ordered

something warm. Thank you very much.

Never listens to a thing that I say

foifplt Recapping the stories, a

plan to revive the Murray-Darling

basin has received a roasting by

the Council of Australian

Governments. It says that it lacks

substance and accountability.

A former Australian SAS soldier

says that our allies left him for

dead after he was ambushed by the

Taliban. He pleaded with Dutch helicopter pilots to engage with

the enemy, but they refused foism

And NSW's longest serving female

prips oner will find out if she'll

be conpen stated for being wrongly

convicted. She spent ten years

behind bars for a crime she didn't

commit. That's the early news. Done

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