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Good morning. Welcome to Ten's

Early News. Good morning. Welcome to Ten's

Today, flags to be flown at

half-mast as thousands prepare to

fare well Bernie Banton. Kevin Rudd

vows to unite the world on climb

yoot change as cracks appear at the

summit in Bali.

United States. Hirk force winds devastate the

And in cricket, a Test balance as And in cricket, a Test balance as Stuart

Stuart MacGill goes under the knife.

A quick check of the weather A quick check of the weather now:

Finance now and Richard has a check

Not of the markets.

Not much joy on Wall Street. Stocks edging lower.

Our market will be watching the

Reserve Bank's interest Reserve Bank's interest rate

decision out today. BHP Billiton

faces serious competition in the

bid for Rio Tinto. I'll have those

details shortly.

And best os campaigner Bernie

campaigner Banton will be -- asbestos

campaigner Bernie Banton will be

fare welled today. Thousands are

expected to pay their respects to

the battler who took on the giant

James Hardie.

An extraordinary life and one celebrating. Bernie Banton passed An extraordinary life and one worth

away last Tuesday but his legacy

will live on. We're not going away.

We're going to fight until we get We're going to fight until we

justice for victims and their

families. His battle with James

Hardie for compensation for

asbestos disease sufferers made

legal history. I described them as legal history. I described them as

fleas before, I can't find a better

expression. His legacy, a $4

billion fund for future asbestos

victims. This is really... a momous

day. Flags will be flown at

half-mast across NSW today in a

sign of respect usually reserved

for those who have held public

office. Bernie Banton was a fighter

for a fair go. For people for a fair go. For people who

couldn't fight for themselves. The

funeral starts at 10:30 this

morning at Sydney's Acer Arena. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says

Australia will use its Australia will use its new

membership in the Kyoto club to

take an active role on the

international stage on climate

change. Mr Rudd says he aims to

bridge the gap between bridge the gap between developed

and non-developed nations and non-developed nations on

emission controls. The PM heads emission controls. The PM heads to

the UN Climate Conference in Bali

emerged next Tuesday where a split has

emerged on the issue of mandatory

emissions targets. Japan and Canada

indicating they may join the US in

resisting calls for binding targets. The Federal Opposition has accused

the Government of gagging

environment minister Peter Garrett

on climate change. The Treasurer

will take questions on the subject

in Parliament, shielding Mr Garrett in Parliament, shielding Mr Garrett

who lost the portfolio to Penny

Wong. It would seem to me, climate

change is as much an economic change is as much an economic issue

as an environment issue. It is

thought Mr Garrett is paying the

price for a stumble on the climate

change issue during the election

campaign.

will Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard

will outline the Government's

frairs agenda when she meets with a

top official. They're expected to

discuss a plan to withdraw

Australian troops from Iraq by the

middle of next year.

Home-buyers are expected to be

spared another interest rate hike.

The bank raised the official cash

rate to 6.75% last month, the

second increase this year.

Economists predict that rates will

remain on hold but warn that

board another rise is riekly when the RBA

board meets in February.

The NSW Department of Community

Services is again in the spot light

after the body of a new born baby

was found beside a road. DoCS says

it received a call from a family

asking for help to find

accommodation in the area the night

before the body was discovered. A

today. postmortem will be carried out

MAN SHOUTS

over the death of the newborn, After being questioned took exception to our camera. this man, known to us as 'Todd', (Bleep) Why? CAMERAMAN: Settle down, mate. He tried to punch our cameraman he's not a suspect. but police have told Ten News the mother of the child Earlier, the woman believed to be was also interviewed. under a tree. The baby boy was found dead became the focus This empty plot of land shortly after 8:30 in the morning of the major investigation in the grass. when a man noticed a towel no more than two days old. Inside he found the newborn, for evidence. Officers scoured the vacant block to this hotel, Their inquiries eventually led them only metres down the road. It's also been searched. helping with the investigation The woman may have four other children. She's receiving medical attention.

A post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow at Newcastle Morgue

when the baby was born as police try to establish Josh Murphy, Ten News.

Australian students are slipping

down the world rankings when it

comes to reading skills. According

to the latest OECD tests across 30 to the latest OECD tests across

developed nations, the reading

scores of Australian students has

fallen by around 15 points over the

past 6 years. In 2001, Australia

was ranked 2nd behind Finland. Now

we're being outperformed by South

Zealand. Korea, Hong Kong, Canada and New

Drug trafficker Tony Mokbel will

spend Christmas in a Greek jail

cell after a court postponed a

Australia. The decision on his extradition to

Australia. The 41-year-old was

arrested near Athens after skipping

bail last year while on trial for drug smuggling. Australian

authorities now want him to face a

further 20 charges, including two

of murder. His extradition hearing

has been postponed until March. has been postponed until March.

A British teacher jailed in A British teacher jailed in Sudan

for letting her students name a

teddy bear, Mohammed, has arrived

hugs from her home. Gillian Gibbons returning to

hugs from her family. She was

imprisoned for more than a week,

but after apologising, she was

freed on a Presidential pardon. It

has been an ordeal, but I has been an ordeal, but I would

like you to know that I was well

treated in prison and everybody was

very kind to me. She now plans

very kind to me. She now plans on

resting with her friends and family.

Severe weather is being blamed for

at least 15 deaths

at least 15 deaths in the United

States as a wild combination of

heavy rain and powerful winds hammer

the country's north-west, rescue

helicopters and boats have been

called in to save more than 60

people stranded by the severe

flooding. A state of emergency has

been declared for Washington. The

storm is now heading south and

dumping snow across the Midwest. dumping snow across the Midwest.

Stuart MacGill's career hangs in

the balance. He's been diagnosed

with a serious wrist problem. The

36-year-old will have surgery

tomorrow and will be out of action

for at least six weeks. The 2-match series against Sri Lanka was a disaster for Stuart MacGill - his bowling suffered as he struggled to grip the ball. Now the problem's been diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, and he'll need surgery to fix it. The veteran leggie will miss the Melbourne and Sydney Tests against India, his career is now in danger of being cut short. The axe has already come down on the one-day tri-series.

While it's been a feature of almost 30 Aussie summers, Cricket Australia denies the format has become stale. Over the next couple of years we're going to explore this head-to-head concept which is, I guess in summary, looking at the two visiting teams each playing five one-day matches and then each playing some Twenty20 matches. This year's tri-series tournament and Sri Lanka between Australia, India

will be the last for the moment. Adam McNicol, Ten News.

West Coast's new hardline stance on

player behaviour has cost Andrew

Embley a place in the team's

leadership group. His team-mates

voting him out of the voting him out of the club's new

leadership team. The key thing is obviously

obviously showing key leadership in

acheefpbing what we want to achieve

on and off the field with our

success, and the players have to be

more committed to that than anyone

else in the club. Dean Cox and

Tyson Stenglein were named as

Darren Glass's advice captains. Now,

the consolidated minerals saga could

could be over. Palmary Enterprises

looks set to receive it for $1.3

billion. The Ukrainian group boosting

boosting its bid last night.

Palmary's President urging Consmin

to accept the deal saying shareholders have waited long

enough. Pallinghurst has pulled out

and will sell its stake to Palmary. and will sell its stake to Palmary.

BHP Billiton could be facing BHP Billiton could be facing serious competition in its efforts

to take over Rio Tinto. Chinese steel makers are openly

considering launching a counter

offer. The President of the biggest

steel maker in China yesterday

declared that the likelihood of a

counter bid was high. It follows

concerns of a merger on the

Chinese economy and iron ore pricing. National weather for Wednesday:

now, an exceptionally rare south

China tiger has made his debut at a

South African zoo. The first of his

kind born outside his native

country. The 11 day old country named

named Tiger Wood is the new star

and is lapping up all of the

attention. He's quite a healthy

baby and is firm and has broad

shoulders and is pushing himself up.

He looks very healthy. They're

making the most of the lovable cub

before he learns to fend for

himself in the wild. himself in the wild. Looking at the headlines in the newspapers, corruption allegations against against former Queensland minister

Gordon Nutall have widened. WorkCover director Harold Shand now

charged with providing secret

funding. The financial review says

that despite low sales figures,

retailers are optimistic about retailers are optimistic about the

outlook. And Cate Blanchett wowed

the crowd at last night's premier

of 'I'm Not There'. She plays in a

part in the movie about Bob Dylan.

This program is captioned live.

The Prime Minister unveils his bold

plan for climate change has

divisions deepen in the Kyoto club.

Fare welling a hero - thousands to

pay tribute today to Bernie Banton at a State funeral.

An emotional reunion as a British

taper arrives home after being jailed in Sudan.

And in sport, a swarm of bees

forces evasive action in Sri

Lanka's cricket Test against

England. Now a look at the markets.

Another day of losses on Wall

Street with investors concerned

about slowing economic growth.

When I come back, the latest winner

in the big grossery store wars.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says

Australia will take an active

international role on global

warming using the new Kyoto

membership to unite the world on

climate change. Mr Rudd heads to

the UN Climate Conference next week

where divisions have emerged among

developing countries. It comes amid

claims that Garrett has lost the

trust of the Prime Minister on a key environmental Environment Minister Peter Garrett can expect a few questions from the Opposition on climate change, but they're not expecting any answers, following a stumble on the issue during the election campaign. I fail to understand why, in fact, Prime Minister Rudd in Mr Garrett does not have confidence to be taking questions in the House of Representatives on climate change. It's understood the Treasurer will instead take those questions, shielding Mr Garrett, who lost the Climate Change portfolio to Penny Wong. It would seem to me, climate change is as much an economic issue as an environment issue. After helping Labor win power the union movement is now demanding the Government take action on WorkChoices, workers who stood up to the Coalition during the election honoured. We want the Labor Party to introduce legislation

as quickly as possible.

The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader crossed paths in Sydney, Brendan Nelson revealing he's not too proud to ask for guidance from his old masters. I will be taking advice, not only from John Howard

but also from Peter Costello and others.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Queensland's Liberal Party is still

in turmoil despite a day locked in

leadership talks. Former leader

Bruce Flegg has stepped down, along

with his deputy Mark McCardle to

allow a vote on the replacement.

That leaves the Liberals leaderless

this morning. Coincidentally, 'Monty 'Monty Python' great Eric Idle was

staying in the same hotel and

decided to throw his comment into

the ring.

REPORTER: Theirantics have REPORTER: Theirantics have been

described as 'Monty Python'. I

think it is slightly insulting to

'Monty Python', don't you? I think

we're slightly more successful! The

wrangling is set to continue today.

A postmortem examination will be

carried out today on the body of a

new born baby found dumped in a

paddock. The body was discovered in

a shopping bag by the side of the

road. It's believed the parents of

the baby and four children were

receiving emergency housing

assistance from the Department of

Community Services and were staying

at a nearby hotel. The mother has

been interviewed by police and

undergone hospital treatment. No

charges have been laid at this stage.

Flags will be at half-mast on all NSW government buildings today to

mark the passing of Bernie Banton. Thousands of people are expected Thousands of people are expected to

pay tribute to the asbestos

campaigner at a State funeral campaigner at a State funeral at

Sydney's Acer Arena. Mr Banton was

diagnosed in August and died last

week surrounded by his week surrounded by his family.

Firecrews are investigating

whether a lightning strike sparked

a house fire in Sydney overnight.

Firefighters were called to the

home just before 2am. The house was

engulfed in flames. No-one was

inside at the time. The blaze

caused the roof of the home to collapse.

The British teacher jailed in Sudan

for letting her students name a

teddy bear, Mohammed, has arrived

back in the UK. For more on the

story, Danielle Isdale joins us. Gillian Gibbons has had an

emotionally reunion with her family.

That's right. And it probably all

seemed a bit surreal for Gillian

Gibbons, but then, she has just

spent the last 10 days in a

Sudanese jail after being charged

with offending Islam for allowing

her school students to name the

class teddy bear, Mohammed. After

all of that, it probably takes a

bit more to surprise her. More even

than the hoards of media waiting for

for her return to Heathrow Airport this this morning, waiting for her to

touch down a free woman. Waiting to

hear her speak for the first time

about her ordeal. Let's take a look at

at some of what she had to say. If

anyone ever imagined that this

would happen, I'm just an ordinary

middle aged school teacher. I went

out there to have a bit of an

adventure and got a bit of more of

an adventure than I bargained for. Gillian Gibbons apparently said

that she would do it all again?

That's right. Gillian Gibbons said

she loved Sudan, she loved the

people and the culture and is sorry

if she offended anyone there if she offended anyone there and

she's sad to leave. Back home in

the UK, she's homeless and jobless.

Her house has been rented out to

somebody else and her job at a

somebody else and her job at a

primary school was given out to

somebody else because she felt that

she would stay in Sudan for two

years. But now of course she's home,

so she has to start all over again.

First things first, she'll have a

restful and uneventful Christmas

with

with her family, and then job

hunting whether here or overseas

remains to be seen. Thank you for that report.

US President Bush has been forced

to defend his hardline on Iran

after a new intelligence report

found the country stopped the

nuclear weapons in 2003. nuclear weapons in 2003. The United

States claimed that they restarted

it in 2005. Iran will be dangerous if

if they have the knowledge

necessary to make a nuclear weapon.

The report warns Iran is enriching uranium

uranium and could develop a bomb.

Reni Maitua is on his last chance

at the Bulldogs after missing training on Monday following a

weekend on the drink. The squad

yesterday taking to the park

without the forward. He's been

dropped at Premier League, made to

enter a behaviourial agreement and

to seek alcohol counselling. Most of anyish

anyish ies that Rene has had with

the club, there's an element of

alcohol related to it. The coach

Steve Folkes will decide when

Maitua rejoins the side.

Hawaii's Sunset Beach has Hawaii's Sunset Beach has played

host to the O'Neil World Cup of

surfing. 7.5 theet metre faces

forlsed the competitors to surf

smaller waves found in the channel,

an area that's usually dead flat.

That's as hard as it can get in the

conditions. You have to sneak in

and find a way. You definitely and find a way. You definitely want

to feel confident about your

strength and health and get cleaned

up. The world number one and the

new champion, Mick Fanning, triple

crown leader and Bede Durbidge and crown leader and Bede Durbidge and

Taj Burrows were among the

Australians to move through to the final day.

Bizarre scenes in Sri Lanka's

cricket Test against England. Play

was temporarily suspended due to a

swarm of bees. There's a swarm of

bees going straight across the

ground. Everybody is lying on the

floor. There they go. It couldn't

have been flies, they've played in

Australia before. They're used to

them! All of the England players

and the Sri Lankan batsmen, and the

umpires, two of them all on the

deck. So far in England's tour of

Sri Lanka, player has been stopped

by snakes, locusts, dog and now

bees. England will be chasing 350

for victory if you really care

about that any more. Finance now,

Metcash seems to have survived the

price war? It seems that the

grocery wholesaler has increased

its market share despite heavy

discounting from Coles. Net cash

lifting it to 30%. Andrew Reitzer

says the positive result shows that

they can with stand the competitive

pressures. With the Reserve Bank

unlikely to raise interest rates,

attention is turning to the new

year. Most economists believe that

the RBA will wait until January

before deciding on the next move.

There will be some signs

inflationary pressures are being contained.

contained. Analysts say a rate hike

in February is still in February is still a real possibility.

Now for the weather forecast. Tony Mokbel's extradition case delayed

delayed by an Athens court. We'll

have that story next. And the Commsec finance report when the

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This slt Early News. Our top

stories, flags to be flown at

half-mast as thousands prepare half-mast as thousands prepare to

farewell Bernie Banton.

Kevin Rudd vows to unite the world

on climate change as cracks appear

at the summit in Bali.

Hurricane force winds and

widespread flooding devastate the

United States.

And in sports news - a Test career

in the balance as Stuart MacGill goes under the knife.

A quick check of the weather now:

Richard is here for another look at

the markets. There's not much on

Wall Street this morning with

stocks hit by concerns of slowing economic growth.

Retail sales figures slow beyond

expectations. The details shortly

with Commsec.

Flags are at half-mast on all NSW Government buildings today to mark

the passing of Bernie Banton.

Thousands of people are expected to

pay tribute to the asbestos

campaigner at a State funeral at

Sydney's Acer Arena. Mr Banton was

diagnosed in August and died last

week surrounded by his family.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says

Australia will use its new

leadership in the Kyoto club to take an active role on take an active role on the

international stage on climate

change. Mr Rudd says he aims to

bridge the gap between developed

and non-developed nations and non-developed nations on

emissions controls. The PM heads to the UN Climate Conference in Bali

on Tuesday where a split has

emerged on the issue of mandatory targets. Japan and Canada

indicating that they may join the

US in resisting calls for binding targets.

The Federal opposition has accused

the Government of gagging Peter

Garrett on climate change. The

Trelsurer will take on questions

on the subject in Parliament,

shielding Mr Garrett who lost the

portfolio to Penny Wong. It would

seem to me, climate change is as

much an economic issue as an

environment issue. It is thought Mr

Garrett is paying the price for a

stumble on the climate change issue

during the election campaign.

The Queensland Liberal Party is

expected to elect a new leader

today. Yesterday, six hours of

crisis talks failed to come up with

a replacement for Bruce Flegg.

The eight Queensland Liberal MPs

arrived at a luxury Brisbane hotel

determined to end weeks of public

inflighting. Bruce Flegg and Mark

McCardle stepping aside as leader

and deputy of the party, declaring

all positions vacant. The leadership

leadership tussle has leadership tussle has been

described as 'Monty Python'esque.

And ironically, who happened to be

staying at the hotel. I think I staying at the hotel. I think I

make a good leader. But he didn't

want to be the messiah. I think

it's slightly insulting to 'Monty

Python', I think we're more

successful! Later, the eight MPs

emerged, but still no decision on

the leadership. The Premier calling the leadership. The Premier calling

on the Liberals to end the farce. on the Liberals to end the farce. I

hope we see some resolution to the

debacle in the Queensland Liberal

Party today. Frankly, I think

theirantics have become an

embarrassment for Queensland. The meeting

meeting will resume this morning.

A man has been abducted at

knifepoint and robbed in Sydney

overnight. The 30-year-old was

approached by a white car at

Westmead. The driver forced him

inside before stealing the victim's

laptop, wallet and mobile phone. He

was then freed uninjured.

The NSW Department of Community

Services is again in the spot light

after the body of a new born baby

was found beside a road. DoCS said

it seefbled the call from a family

looking for help to find

accommodation the night before the

body was discovered. A postmortem

will be carried out MAN SHOUTS After being questioned over the death of the newborn, this man, known to us as 'Todd', took exception to our camera. (Bleep) CAMERAMAN: Settle down, mate. Why? He tried to punch our cameraman but police have told Ten News he's not a suspect.

Earlier, the woman believed to be the mother of the child was also interviewed. The baby boy was found dead under a tree. This empty plot of land became the focus of the major investigation shortly after 8:30 in the morning in the grass. when a man noticed a towel Inside he found the newborn, no more than two days old. Officers scoured the vacant block for evidence. Their inquiries eventually led them to this hotel, only metres down the road. It's also been searched. The woman helping with the investigation may have four other children. She's receiving medical attention. A post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow at Newcastle Morgue as police try to establish when the baby was born and how he died. Josh Murphy, Ten News.

Telstra has been caught out

supplying smuty videos through its

WotNext website. News Limited

reports that they're charging $1

to download amateur pornography

video clips of naked women sun

bathing and wrestling. The

website is supposedly for young

bands to post their music videos. Australian students are slipping

down the world rankings when down the world rankings when it

comes to reading skills. According

to the latest OECD tests across to the latest OECD tests across 30

developed nations, the reading

scores of Australian students has

fallen by around 15 points over the

past six years. In 2001, Australia

was ranked 2nd behind Finland. was ranked 2nd behind Finland.

We're now outperformed by South

Korea, Hong Kong, Canada and New Zealand.

Drug trafficker Tony Mokbel will

spend Christmas in a Greek jail

cell after a court postponed his extradition to Australia. The

41-year-old was arrested near 41-year-old was arrested near

Athens after skipping bail last year

while on trial for drug smuggling.

Australian authorities now want him

to face a further 20 charge, including

including two of murder. His

extradition hearing has been

postponed until March.

Severe weather is being blamed for

at least 15 deaths in the United States

States as a wild combination of

heavy rain and powerful winds tear

through the north-west of the country.

Flood waters are up and trees are

down across large sections of the

Pacific North West. It shows what

mother nature can do. Hurricane

force winds and 10 inches of rain left residents in Washington left residents in Washington State

reeling and forced the governor of

the State to declare a state of

emergency. Many roads are emergency. Many roads are

impassable. Power lines are down

and schools and businesses are and schools and businesses are

closed for the second straight day.

About 80 miles south of seat

Seattle, a military chopper was used

used to pluck mill. Utility crews

are out this morning surveying

damage and say it could be several

days before the power is restored

and now the system is headed

towards the midwest where severe

weather has already dropped up to a foot of snow.

An Australian woman has lost her

case against Japanese police who

she alleges mistreated her. The

woman who won't be identified says

police did not get her medical help

and offered her no food or drink

after she was raped by an American

serviceman. She says she will take

the matter to a higher court.

A chimp has left college students

feeling like churches after a

scientific experiment. The primate

proving faster at recalling the sequence

sequence of numbers and boxes than

his human counterparts who seemed to struggle.

It appears chimps have a

photographic memory. Just to photographic memory. Just to put

you in the picture, humans lost

theirs with the development of complex language. Stuart MacGill's career hangs in

the balance. He's been diagnosed

with a serious wrist problem. The

36-year-old will have surgery tomorrow. He'll be out of action

for at least six weeks. The 2-match series against Sri Lanka was a disaster for Stuart MacGill - his bowling suffered as he struggled to grip the ball. Now the problem's been diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, and he'll need surgery to fix it.

The veteran leggie will miss the Melbourne and Sydney Tests against India, his career is now in danger of being cut short. The axe has already come down on the one-day tri-series.

While it's been a feature of almost 30 Aussie summers, Cricket Australia denies the format has become stale. we're going to explore this head-to-head concept which is, I guess in summary, looking at the two visiting teams each playing five one-day matches and then each playing some Twenty20 matches. This year's tri-series tournament between Australia, India and Sri Lanka will be the last for the moment. Adam McNicol, Ten News.

West Coast's new hardline stance on

player behaviour has cost Andrew

Embley a place in the team's leadership group. His team-mates

voting him out of the club's new

team. The key thing is team. The key thing is obviously

showing strong leadership in

achieving what we want to achieve on

on and off the field with our

skaels. And those players have to

be more committed to that than

anyone else in the club. Dean Cox and Tyson Stenglein were named at

Darren Glass's vice captains.

With the Reserve Bank widely

expected to keep rates on hold

after yesterday's board meeting, attention is now turning to the

possibility of an interest possibility of an interest rate

rise in February. With more, I'm

joined live by Craig James from

Commsec. Is a rate rise in February

all but certain, and what factors

would the Reserve Bank consider? would the Reserve Bank consider?

There's no certainties when it

comes to interest rates and that

was shown last night when the Bank

of Canada surprisingly cut interest rates by 0.25%. And

economists in the US talking about

a 50 opinion point slow down. If

the US is slowing down sharply, we

won't be lifting interest rates

here in Australia. We've seen only

modest gains in recent sales, what

is the blame for the drop in spending

spending here? The main factor is

higher petrol prices but also the

concerns about interest rates going

up here in Australia. Add in

another factor, that retail sales

have been strong in the last couple

of months and consumers may have

paused for breath. And the

housing market is still

struggling? Approvals to build new

homes fell by 2.8% in the last

month and investors are favouring

the share market rather than the property market. That's going to put further pressure on the put further pressure on the rental market and they're rising at about 6% looking at what's making headlines in the newspapers. Sean Buckley has been linked to drug baron Tony Mokbel. The 'Herald Sun' claims the businessman gave $1 million in secret secret payments. The Sydney morning Herald says that Chinese steel

makers are naiking a counter bid

for Rio Tinto. And Rodney Adley

speaks for the first time about his

2.5 years behind bars.

An emotional home coming for the

teacher behind bars in

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A REVIEW OF THE R-F-S STRUCTURE WOULD BE

CONDUCTED BY NOVEMBER. .. THE OPPOSITION QUESTIONING WHETHER IT WOULD BE TAKING PLACE AT ALL.. BUT EMERGENCY SERVICES MINISTER SIMON CORBELL SAYS THE E-S-A IS STILL NEGOTIATING THE TERMS OF THE REVIEW WITH VOLUNTEERS. VOLUNTEERS. HE HOPES TO HAVE IT UNDERWAY IN THE NEAR FUTURE. SAFETY IN OUR HOME DRIVEWAYS WILL BE THE FOCUS OF AN EVENT IN DICKSON TODAY. THE N-R-M-A IS RELEASING ITS ANNUAL REVERSING

VISIBILITY INDEX, TO POINT OUT THE BEST AND WORST CARS FOR BACKING OUT. THE INDEX AIMS TO INFORM PARENTS ON REVERSING SAFETY, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF YOUNG KIDS KILLED IN DRIVEWAY ACCIDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SANTA CLAUS WILL BE TAKING TIME OUT FROM HIS BUSY SCHEDULE, FOR A VISIT TO THE MACQUARIE PRIMARY SCHOOL TODAY. HE'LL BE ON HAND TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR'S SANTA MAIL SERVICE, SO HE CAN RECEIVE EVERYONE'S CHRISTMAS WISH LISTS.

A-C-T SCHOOL KIDA WERE AMONG A HUNDRED AND TWENTY

THOUSAND CHILDREN AROUND THE COUNTRY TO WRITE TO SANTA LAST YEAR. AND IN SPORT

A-I-S YOUNG GUN CAYLA FRANCIS HAS BEEN NAMED THE LATEST W-N-B-L PLAYER OF THE WEEK.

THE EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD CENTRE WAS REWARDED FOR HER MASSIVE THIRTY FOUR POINT HAUL IN HER SIDE'S WIN OVER CHRISTCHURCH LAST FRIDAY.. SHE ALSO SCORED A STRONG FIFTEEN POINTS AGAINST PERTH ON SUNDAY. WHILE PLEASED WITH THE AWARD, FRANCIS SAYS HER

MAIN MAIN GOAL IS TO HELP THE A-I-S MAKE THIS SEASON'S W-N-B-L FINALS. NOW TO THE WEATHER... A SLOW-MOVING TROUGH ACROSS NEW SOUTH WALES IS MAINTAINING UNSTABLE CONDITIONS, CAUSING

ISOLATED SHOWERS TO PERSIST OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS A FEW SHOWERS AND IN CANBERRA AND SYDNEY AGAIN TODAY .. BECOMING SUNNY IN MELBOURNE .. POSSIBLE EVENING STORMS AND 31 IN BRISBANE ..

A FEW SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS IN ORANGE AND DUBBO TODAY .. MORE SHOWERS AND 23 IN WOLLONGONG .. WAGGA FINE AND A TOP OF 31 DEGREES BATHURST SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF STORMS .. A SHOWER OR TWO IN GOULBURN AND BATEMANS BAY .. MOSTLY FINE IN PERISHER POSSIBLE SHOWER IN PARKES EXPECTING A T OP OF 30 .. IN PARKES EXPECTING A T OP OF 30 .. MORE SHOWERS IN EXPECTING A T OP OF 30 .. MORE SHOWERS IN MUDGEE AND COOMA TO THE OUTLOOK .. AND POSSIBLE SHOWERS TOMORROW A TOP OF 26 DEGREES .. // SHOWERS AND STORMS FRIDAY, STORMS FRIDAY, GETTING UP TO 29 .. // AND POSSIBLE SHOWERS AND STORMS FRIDAY, GETTING UP TO 29 .. // AND

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This program is captioned live.

This is Ten's Early News. This morning, the Prime Minister unveils

his bold plan for climate change as

divisions deepen in the Kyoto club.

Farewelling a hero - thousands to

pay tribute to Bernie Banton at a State funeral today. An emotional reunion

An emotional reunion as a British teacher arrives home after being

jailed in Sudan.

And in sport - yes, a swarm of bees

has forced evasive action in Sri

Lanka's cricket Test against England.

But now a final look at the markets.

Another day of losses on Wall Street. Investors are Street. Investors are concerned

about slowing economic growth.

Analysts are tipping that rates will

stay on hold until February el I'll

have more later.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says

Australia will take an active international role on global

warming using the new Kyoto

membership to unite the world on

climate change. Mr Rudd heads to

the Climate Conference next week

where divisions have emerged on

emissions targets. It comes emissions targets. It comes amid

claims that Peter Garrett has lost

the trust of the Prime Minister on a key environmental issue. Environment Minister Peter Garrett can expect a few questions from the Opposition on climate change, but they're not expecting any answers, of gagging the frontbencher the Government accused following a stumble on the issue during the election campaign.

I fail to understand why, in fact, Prime Minister Rudd

does not have confidence in Mr Garrett in the House of Representatives to be taking questions

on climate change. It's understood the Treasurer will instead take those questions, shielding Mr Garrett,

who lost the Climate Change portfolio to Penny Wong. It would seem to me, climate change is as much an economic issue as an environment issue. After helping Labor win power the union movement is now demanding the Government take action on WorkChoices, workers who stood up to the Coalition during the election honoured.

We want the Labor Party to introduce legislation as quickly as possible. The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader crossed paths in Sydney, Brendan Nelson revealing he's not too proud to ask for guidance from his old masters.

I will be taking advice, not only from John Howard but also from Peter Costello Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

Queensland's Liberal Party is still

in turmoil despite a day locked in turmoil despite a day locked in

leadership talks. Former leader

Bruce Flegg has stepped down, along

with his deputy Mark McCardle to

allow a vote on their replacements. That leads the Liberals

That leads the Liberals leaderless. Koints dentally, 'Monty Python'

great Eric Idle was staying in the

same hotel and decided to throw his hat in the his hat in the ring.

REPORTER: Their antics have been

described as 'Monty Python'. I

think that's slightly insulting to

'Monty Python'. I think we're slightly more successful! slightly more successful! The

wrangling is set to continue

today! A postmortem examination

will be carried out today on the

body of a new born baby found

dumped in a paddock. The body was

found discovered in a shopping bag

by the side of the road. It is

believed the parents of the believed the parents of the baby and four other children were

receiving emergency housing assistance from the Department assistance from the Department of Community Services and were staying at

at a neeb hotel. The mother has

been interviewed by police and undergone hospital treatment. No

charges have been laid at this stage.

Homicide detectives have charged a

man with a stabbing murder of a

17-year-old in Melbourne. The 21-year-old handed himself into

police last night. He's been charged charged with one count of charged with one count of murder

and one of attempted murder.

Student Yan Yu died after being stabbed outside a Seven Eleven store

last Thursday. Zu will appear in

the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning.

Asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton

will be farewelled today at a State funeral in Sydney. Thousands are

expected to pay their respects to

the battler who took on corporate

giant James Hardie.

An extraordinary life and one worth celebrating. Bernie Banton passed

away last Tuesday, but his legacy

will live on. We're not going away,

we're going to fight until we get

justice for victims and their

families. His battle with James

Hardie for compensation for

asbestos disease sufferers made

legal history. I described hem as legal history. I described hem as

fleas before, I can't find a better

expression for them. His legacy - a

$4 billion fund for future asbestos

victims. Friends, this is really...

a momentous day. Flags will be

flown at half-mast across NSW today

in a sign of respect usually

reserved for those who have held

public office. Bernie Banton was a fighter

fighter for a fair go. For people who couldn't fight for themselves.

The funeral starts at 10:30 this

morning at Sydney's Acer Arena.

An early morning wake-up call for a Melbourne

Melbourne family. Their car port

collapsing on top of their two

vehicles. The tiled roof of the

car port fell several metres. The home's home's owner and his family were home's owner and his family were

asleep at the time. No-one was hurt.

I hope that the rest of the house

is safe. We have other children

inside and we hope that it is OK

and safe. The collapsing car port

caused a brick wall to fall on to

the property next door. Council engineers will inspect the building

this morning to work out why the

structure collapsed.

Firecrews are investigating

whether a lightning strike sparked a house fire in a house fire in Sydney overnight.

Firefighters were called to the

house before 2am. The house was engulfed in flames. The blaze

caused the roof of that home to collapse. Sydney airport workers are suspected of being involved in a

drug smuggling ring after nearly

6kg of cocaine was found in a US

plane. The drugs were discovered in

a toilet. It is believed they were

left there for collection. The

flight had left Los Angeles flight had left Los Angeles airport

late last month.

The cost of broad band Internet and

phone services could rise by 50%

under plans for a high speed

national network. The owner of a

new fibre optic network could charge other telephone companies

nearly $60 a line a month to access it. This means that the average

monthly bill for broadband and

phone services could increase phone services could increase by up

to $150 a month. to $150 a month.

A British teacher jailed in Sudan

for letting her students name a

teddy bear, Mohammed, has teddy bear, Mohammed, has arrived

home. Gillian Gibbons was

sentenced to 15 days jail before

she was pardoned.

This is a city that has made its

feelings clear. The signs of

support are still there, but the

situation is now different. situation is now different. The

police closing down streets,

preparing for a home coming.

Because, early this Because, early this morning,

Gillian Gibbons arrived back Gillian Gibbons arrived back in

the UK, and with her son and

daughter at her side, she had her

say. Could anyone ever imagine that

this would happen? I'm just an ordinary middle aged primary

school teacher. I went out there school teacher. I went out there to

have a bit of an adventure and got

a bit more of an adventure than I

bargained for. The adventure was to

teach in Sudan. But allowing her

class to name a teddy bear,

Mohammed, led to her aries and

conviction for insulting the

prophet. It has been an ordeal, but

I would like you to know that I was

I would like you to know that I was

well treated in prison and

everybody was very kind to me. everybody was very kind to me. Then, final goodbyes before Mrs Gibbons

was taken out of the airport and

into her life back in the UK.

Severe weather is being blamed for

at least 15 deaths in the United

States as a wild combination of

heavy rain and powerful winds hammer

the country's north-west. Rescue

helicopters and boats were called

in to save more than 60 people

stranded by the severe flooding. A

state of emergency has been state of emergency has been

declared for Washington. The storm

is now heading south.

Reni Maitua is on his last chance

at the Bulldogs after missing training

training on Monday following a

weekend on the drink. The squad

yesterday taking to the park

without the forward. He's been

dropped to Premier League, made to

enter a behaviourial agreement and

to seek alcohol counselling. Most of any

any issues that Reni has had with

the club that have been publicised, there's an element of alcohol

related to it. Coach Steve Folkes

will decide when Maitua rejoins the side.

Hawaii's Sunset Beach has played

Hawaii's Sunset Beach has played host to the O'Neil World Cup of

surfing. Wild 7.5 metre waves

forced competitors to surf the smaller waves in the smaller waves in the channel.

That's an area which is usually

flat. It is as hard as it can get

for the conditions, and you've got

to sneak in and find a way to get

cleaned up. You definitely want to

feel confident about your strength

and health. World number one Mick

Fanning, triple Crown Leader Bede

Durbidge and Taj Burrows were among the Aussies to progress. the Aussies to progress.

Believe it or not, bizarre Believe it or not, bizarre scenes

in Sri Lanka's cricket Test against

England. Play temporarily suspended

due to a swarm of bees. There's a

swarm of flies or bees going across

the ground. Everybody is on the

floor. There they go. All 11

players in the field, that's the

English players, both Sri Lankan

batsmen and the umpires hit the deck. So

deck. So far in England's tour of

Sri Lanka, player has been stopped

by snakes, locusts, dog and now of

course bees. England will be

chasing 350 for victory when they finally start to play some cricket.

That will be this afternoon our time.

Finance now and home owners Finance now and home owners are

likely to be spared another rate rise. For now. Analysts are widely

tipping that the Reserve Bank will

hold off another increase until February. That's when the February. That's when the release

of the crucial December quarter

price index in January.

Many economists are agreeing that a

rate hike in February is all but

certain if inflationary pressures mount.

mount. The RBA lifted interest

rates ten times since 2002 and

twice this year.

The 14 month takeover target

The 14 month takeover target for

Consolidated Media .

Consolidated Media . The Ukrainian

group boosted the bid last night

from $4.70 to $5 a share. The from $4.70 to $5 a share. The

President now urging Consmin to

accept the deal saying that

shareholders have waited long

enough. Pallinghurst have pulled

out and will sell its stake to

Palmary.

Now, a rare Chinese tiger Now, a rare Chinese tiger has

become the first of his kind to be born outside his native country.

The 11 day old who has been named

after a certain golfer is the new

star of the cat world and is lapping

up the attention. He's quite a

healthy baby and is firm. He has

broad shoulders and is pushing

himself up. He looks very healthy.

They're making the most of

lovable cub before he learns to

fend for himself in the fend for himself in the wild.

A quick check of the weather now:

That's the Early news. Don't forget

9am with David and Kim. We'll wrap

up the day for you at 5:00. Thank

you for your company. you for your company. Have a great day

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