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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. And

Ten's Early News. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to

Today's top stories - Kevin Rudd to

meet the Japanese Prime Minister as

he hits back at claims that he

favours China.

Caucus divided over Mr Caucus divided over Mr Rudd's

rebuke of MP Belinda Neal over

allegations of bad behaviour.

Evacuations continue across

America's Midwest as floodwaters threaten towns.

And in sport, Queensland's brutal

II. demolition of the Blues in Origin

extending First, finance. Kath, Wall Street

extending its losss? It has indeed,

Bill. A surge in the price of oil

weighed on stocks. and financial-sector losss have

Our market is likely to open lower today.

Consumer confidence hits a 16-year

low - I'll have the details

shortly! Thanks, Kath.

A defensive Kevin Rudd has hit back

at accusations that he's ignored

Japan in favour of China. He's

instead accused Japanese political

leaders of snubbing Australia. This

comes as Mr Rudd prepare said to

meet his Japanese counterpart,

Yasuo Fukuda. Political editor Paul

Bongiorno, who's travelling with the

Prime Minister, has more. The new Australian Prime Minister

drew quite a crowd at the National

Press Club. There were

representives from all the major

outlets - radio, television and

newspapers. One senior journalist

accused Australia of ignoring and neglecting the long-standing relationship.

relationship. He said it shocked

many Japanese. But the Prime

Minister hit back - he said that

six of his most senior -- ministers

have visited here in the last six

months - the neglect, he indicated,

was from the other side. How many, ah, Japanese Government ministers

have been able to visit Australia

in the same time? Perhaps you could

tell me the answer to that. I don't think there are any. And Mr

has warned Japan his Government has

not abandoned prosecuting it in the not abandoned prosecuting it in

international court over its whale

hunt. Back to you.

report. Thank you. Paul Bongiorno with that

The Prime Minister's rebuke of

Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal has

divided members of the Caucus. Mr

Rudd ordered Ms Neal to Rudd ordered Ms Neal to undergo

anger-management classs or risk

losing her political career. This

follows allegations that she was sent off the field for attacking a

player during a soccer match. I've

fallen on the ground and she's

obviously taken it the wrong way,

and she's just turned around and

kicked me while I was on the ground.

Ms Neal and her husband, John Della

Bosca bofbg, have also been accused

of abusing stuff at the Iguanas

nightclub on NSW's Central Coast.

Tony Mokbel's partner Danielle

McGuire has slipped past the media

on her return to Australia. It's

believed she arrived at Melbourne

Airport early this morning but was

spirited away into a backen

inintrance and into a taxi. She was

living with Mokbel in Athens before

he was extradited to Australia last month.

Victoria Police are hunting for a

street gang allegedly responsible for a deliberate hit-run. It's

identity. believed to be a case of mistaken

Father of two Jason Lynch's back is

broken and he may never walk again.

No good. Not quite 38 yet. Doesn't

give you much chance, does it?

Targeted by a silver 4-wheel-drive in

in broad daylight, the in broad daylight, the tattoo

artist has a vivid memory of the

hit-run attack. Walking out the

front onto the road and front onto the road and a 4-wheel-drive deliberately lined me

up and sped up and went straight

over me. They just hit him on this

side and he's done a somersault up

in the air and just... like a bag

of spuds, he's just landed on of spuds, he's just landed on the ground. Mr Lynch says he had approached the vehicle, which was

parked outside his home, after the

four occupants threatened his

16-year-old son. One passenger

identified himself as a member of 'The Winnington Crew', a Geelong street gang. They were carrying knives on them. I was like, "Are

they literally going to try and

kill him, or me?" I was frightened for my life. Police say the men

charges. face a string of serious criminal

Petrol prices in Sydney neared

$1.70 a litre overnight - it's

likely to get worse, too! We're

currently entering the top half of

the petrol cycle, with unleaded at

around $1.66. Motorists are being

warned fuel may reach as high as

$1.75 a litre in the next few days.

The Chinese Government's The Chinese Government's strict security measures could security measures could jeopardise

the broadcast of the Olympic Games.

News Limited papers claim that broadcasters who've paid billions

televise of dollars for exclusive rights to

televise the Games are angry about

endless red tape and unexplained

delays. Problems include gaining

permission for live coverage in

City. Tiananmen Square and the forbidden

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fiery

jetliner crash in Sudan. The plane

veered off the runway and burst

into flames in the capital,

Khartoum. Pilots have been trying

to land -- had been trying to land

during a thunderstorm. Civil defence officials are examining it

the wreckage to try to find out

what happened. At least 29 what happened. At least 29 people

were killed - 14 are still

Evacuations continue across the US

threaten towns. Thousands of MID ws as rising floodwaters

volunteers have turned out to help

with sandbagging rivers - they're at

record levels. The raging Seder River is

threatening town after town in Iowa.

And Seder Rapids next in And Seder Rapids next in line. 200

while volunteers fill while residents have been evacuated,

More rain in the forecast isn't while volunteers fill sandbags.

going to help. In Ceder Falls, the

sandbags did hold. Overnight, the

river tops 102 -- topped 102 feet,

and downtown, didn't flood. But in

neighbouring Waterloo it did spill

over, force official to close down

the city. Dozens of homes and farms

are now under water. I always wanted to live in the ocean, but

not like this. In Indiana, much of the watt has recedeed and thousands

are cleaning up. In hard-hit

Columbus, May is trying to piece

together her life. All you could do

is cry. We cryed a lot. And now, as rivers crest farther downstream

across much of the Midwest, many

fear the worst devastation is still to come. Queensland has kept rugby league 's

State of Origin series alive by

thrashing NSW in Game II last night

in front of more than 52,000 fans. If

Game I was all NSW, then this was Game I was all NSW, then this was Queensland's

Queensland's turn. The opening try

in just the seventh in just the seventh minute.

Queensland get the first try of the

displaying night. Maroons centre Greg Inglis

displaying his extravagant skills.

And before the dust had settled,

the 21-year-old was in the clear

again. Darius Boyd - he will get a

double on debut! If a 16-0 half-time scoreline didn't rattle

the Blues, then Karmichael Hunt did.

Queensland's total dominance

continuing after the break - a

barge-over try to big Ben Hannant,

then a perfectly weighted kick from

halfback Scott Prince. Try! Try for

Queensland! For Israel Folau! Toby

Thurstans's conversion equalling Mal

Meninga's record of seven goals in

an Origin match. The Maroons

keeping NSW scoreless for just the

second time in Origin history.

Certainly the scoreline shocks us,

shocks us all, I suppose. So, um...

yeah. It does. The team, yeah. It does. The team, um,

responded really well from the overcriticism

overcriticism of Game I and

disappointment of that, and have come up with a fantastic performance tonight. Carlton coach Brett Ratten has

launched a scathing attack on his

Port Adelaide counterpart. Last

week, Mark Williams accused the

Blues of using president Richard Pratt's money to buy their way out

of trouble. On Sunday, Carlton

staged a dramatic come-from-behind

win. Yesterday, Ratten hit back.

Personally, I didn't think Mark

would be such a bad loser. But yeah,

that's the way it goes. Ratten

mistakenly believed that Williams

had made the comments after the game.

Australian golfer Adam Scott will

play in one of the super groups for

the opening rounds of the US Open,

going head to head with Tiger Woods,

who's coming back from knee surgery.

And the world number two, Phil

Mickelson - part of a new approach

which sees the world's top players

grouped together. It's exciting

for the fans, exciting for the

players. Um... we all are looking

forward to it. Um, I haven't heard

one negative thing about it yet. Woods hasn't played since the US

Masters - that was back in April.

The cash keeps on piling up in

cricket's Twenty20 phenomenon - and we have the proof right here.

Here's what $20 million in US money

looks like - it's what Texan billionaire Allen Stanford is

using to bangeral a winner-take-all

match between England and the West

Indies' game in November. The loser Indies' game in November. The loser

goes home unhappy, the winner goes

home very happy. The 11 players on

the winning team are expected to

each collect US$1 million. And that

is for less than three hours' work.

There you go. Not bad. More finance

now. Kath, consumer confidence

tumbles on a serious note. It has,

bi, to a 16-year low. Consumer

sentiment plummeted by 5.6% in June,

its lowest level since 1992. The

Westpac Melbourne Institute Index

has fallen to a seasonally adjusted

84.7 points, almost 30% lower than

this time last year. Petrol prices

are being blamed for the plunge in are being blamed for the plunge in sentiment, with high mortgage sentiment, with high mortgage and

rising food prices also stretching

family finances. The number, though,

is also evidence that monetary

policy is working.

Rio Tinto's claim to its iron ore operations in the West African

nation of Guinea is under threat.

It's been revealed the Guinea Government Government is reviewing Rio's

rights to its $6 billion sumandue

project. Rio says it's received project. Rio says it's received a

letter questioning the validity of

the decee that issued the mining concession. Guinea claims the original agreement

original agreement contains irregularities. This morning's newspaper front

pages - the 'Daily Telegraph' has more

more on embattled MP Belinda more on embattled MP Belinda Neal being forced to being forced to take those anger-management classes.

Investment firm Babcock & Brown has

lost more than $330 million this

year, according a to the year, according a to the 'Herald's

'Business Day'. And the 'Sydney Morning Herald' has more on

Queensland's brutal win over NSW in

the State of Origin game.

Protesters clash with riot police

over petrol prices - details over petrol prices - details when

the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

This morning - whaling high on the

agenda as Kevin Rudd meets with the Japanese Prime Minister. Police hunting for a driver after

a fatal hit-and-run in Sydney overnight.

Towns in America's Midwest under

threat from floodwaters - residents

have been forced to flee their homes.

And in sport, the Maroons pile on

the points to force a deciding

match in the State of Origin. For another check of the markets,

here's Kath. Bill, thank you and good morning again.

A surge in the price of oil and financial-sector losses have

weighed on Wall Street overnight.

Retail sales set to plummet - those details in under 10 minutes, Bill.

Thanks, Kath. Prime Minister Kevin Thanks, Kath. Prime Minister Kevin

Rudd says he won't rule out legal

action to stop the whale slaughter

in the Southern Ocean. During his

visit to Japan, Mr Rudd says he'd

be working with diplomats to find

solutions. But he's refused to solutions. But he's refused to

rule out taking it to court.

Whaling will be high on the aIenda Whaling will be high on the aIenda

today when he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in

Tokyo. Meantime, Mr Rudd has hit

back at claims that he's snubbed

Japan in favour of China - instead,

he's accused Japanese political

leaders of ignoring Australia. How many Japanese Government ministers

have been able to visit Australia

in the same time? Perhaps you could

tell me the answer to that. I don't think there are any.

Today's meeting with Mr Fukuda is

the last big event of the PM's 5-day visit to Japan.

The Prime Minister's rebuke of

Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal has divided opinion among members of

the Caucus. Kevin Rudd has ordered

Ms Neal to undergo anger-management Ms Neal to undergo anger-management

classes or risk losing classes or risk losing her political career.

Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal continues

continues to be in the spotlight

for all the wrong reasons. This

time, it occurred on a soccer pitch. 20-year-old

20-year-old mum of one 20-year-old mum of one Amy Parslow says she was shocked at Ms Neal's on-field behaviour. I've fallen on the ground and she's obviously taken it the wrong way, and she's just turned around and kicked me while I was on the ground. where my boot made contact with the other player's boot - it was a minor incident. The referee, though, saw it more seriously, sending her off the field, and suspending her for two weeks. It follows the now notorious night at Iguanas nightclub on the central coast of NSW. State minister John Della Bosca, Ms Neal and her husband,

have been accused of bullying staff. Last month in Parliament, she abused a pregnant Liberal MP saying, "You will make your child a demon." There appears to be a pattern of unacceptable behaviour here. The Prime Minister says Ms Neal has agreed to anger management counselling.

To learn how to de-escalate a conflict when it occurs, and I think, frankly, that it'll be a good thing. None of us are guaranteed a future in politics. Catherine Kennedy, Ten News.

Police are searching for a driver

involved in a fatal hit-and-run in

Sydney's south-west overnight. A

15-year-old boy was struck on the

Hume Highway at Casula just before 1:00am,

1:00am, and died at the scene. The

road was closed for more than four

hours. Officers are looking for a

dark-coloured sedan, possibly with

damage to the front end.

Beaches on the Gold Coast will

reopen today - they'd been closed

after a pack of sharks was sighted

chasing bait fish near the shoreline.

Unaware of the danger below, surfers surfers on the Gold Coast swimbugicide the sea's most

deadliest predators. It just goes

back and you see lots of fish

underneath you. I just think that

if -- it is bad luck. The pack of eight hungry sharks were lureed to

the shore by huge schools of bait

fish. Lifeguards were dwik close beaches. Usually they're preoccupy

would their food source, which is

great. If they're coming in close,

we'll call people in for a while

and let surfers know as well.

Although one shark took time to

work off the feed. They're usually

accompanied by members of the

whaler shark family. Often in very,

very close to the beach. The sharks

are expected to stay near the coast in the coming days with lifeguards

keeping a close eye on the

shoreline. View it for what it is -

it's a great spectacle. Come out of

the water for the short time

they're pazing, and then get on

with what you're doing.

A new report has found that more

aged-care residents need higher

levels of attention than ever

before. Figures show that 70% of permanent residents now permanent residents now need high-level care, and that's more

than 30,000 people. A decade than 30,000 people. A decade ago,

just 58% of aged-care residents

required that level of support.

A Dalby farmer west of Brisbane has

broken the world record for planting wheat. Phillip Coggan and

a few of his mates started a few of his mates started the

attempt yesterday morning and have

ploughed 660 hectares by 1:00am.

The previous mark was 570 hectairs

- set on a Ukraine farm. Although

it's still unofficial at this stage,

Mr Coggan is confident they have

set the new record - money raised

will go to medical research. Risish floodwaters continue to

threaten towns across the US

Midwest. Thousands of volunteers

are sandbagging their homes, with

more rain expected. Rivers in Iowa

are at record levels, and hundreds

of residents have been ordered to

leave. River spilt into a nearby

town and flooded homes. Official

have been forced to close down the

city. More damage is expected as rivers peak downstream.

Protesters have clashed with riot

police in Spain. Hundreds of

striking farmers took to the

streets in the country's south, angry over soaring fuel prices.

They hurled fruit boxes and vegetables at police, who were

forced to defend themselves with

shields and batons.

An amazing piece of technology has

been shown off in the US and London.

People in New York now have a

window to the UK via a

transatlantic telescope. It's

called a tulectroscope. It allows visitors in both cities to interact

with each other in ream time. It's designed to look like an underground tunnel, but it's

actually a combination of broadband

networks and HD cameras that allow a picture-perfect view across the Atlantic.

Well, rugby league's State of

Origin series is set for a

thundering showdown in Sydney next

month after Queensland's 30-0

defeat of NSW last night. 21-year-old centre Greg Inglis was

the star for the Maroons - he set

up the first-half - two of them -

and that put the home side well on

their we to victory, levelling the

series at a game apiece. The Blues

smashed us up in the first game,

but tonight we got on the front

foot and never took the foot foot and never took the foot off

the pedal. Winger Darius Boyd

playing his first Origin match,

scored two of Queensland's four tries. Carlton coach Brett Ratten has

given his Port Adelaide counterpart

Mark Williams a serve or two. But

the comments, following the Blues'

dramatic comeback on the weekend,

have proved to be off the mark. Winners may be grinners, but Brett Ratten's smile didn't last long as the Carlton coach gave Mark Williams some of his own medicine. Personally, I didn't think Mark would be such a bad loser but, yeah, that's the way it goes. Ratten mistakenly believed Williams made the comments after the game. He didn't stop there, clearly not happy with Williams accusing the Blues what he's got going on over there. Well, maybe it might be to deflect The Blues face the Pies on Sunday, with Collingwood's Travis Cloke accepting a reprimand, for making contact to the face of Melbourne's Matthew Warnock. The year from hell continues for the bottom-placed Demons - they've lost Brent Moloney to a season-ending shoulder injury.

The Crows have held their first closed session in two years but deny it's got anything to do with this week's match against the Buddy Franklin-inspired Hawks. for a while, Oh, no, it's been programmed in so we've had them in the past and we'll probably have more in the future. So it didn't really have anything to do with Hawthorn. Kelli Underwood, Ten News.

Mixed results for the Aussies at

London's Queen's Club overnight. Lleyton

Lleyton Hewitt beat Mardy Fish in

straight sets. Chris Guccione is

out of the tournament. No French

Open hangover for Rafael Nadal - he

dropped just four games beating

Swede Jonas Bjorkman.

All the big guns were firing - the

second seed, Novak Djokovic, is

through to the third round in

straight sets. 4-time winner Anastasia

Anastasia Rodionova also through in three.

-- Andy Roddick.

The fallout continues from the WA

gas blast? It's hit the industry

pretty hard, Bill. Alumina and

alcoa are the latest to slash their

profit forecasts after an explosion off Western Australia cut energy

supplies. Alcoa downgraded its

second-quarter earnings forecast by

3 cents a share. Alumina spabgts

$17 million drop in its first

underlying earnings. Gas supplier

to WA has been crippled since the

explosion at the Apache energy

plant and could be disrupted for

several months.

Shares in Babcock & Brown have

plunged by 9% to just over $9.50.

The first time they've fallen The first time they've fallen below

the $10 mark in three years. The

fall was triggered by uncertainty

over the refinancing of Babcock over the refinancing of Babcock &

Brown and power, and fears of

further write-downs that further write-downs that could

threaten its profit forecast of

$750 million.

A new report warns retail sales

growth will plunge over the next few

few years as households cut back

their spending. Access Economics

predicts retail growth will slow

from 4.5% to just 2.1% in 2008-09

as high interest rates and soaring

petrol prices weigh on sentiment.

But it's not all bad news - the

economic forecaster says the

injection of cash from tax cuts

should offset the negative impacts.

Still to come on Ten's Early News - red

red tape puts the Olympic broadcast

at risk - that's next. And the

CommSec finance report when the

Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten's Early News. Making

headlines this morning - Kevin Rudd

to meet the Japanese Prime to meet the Japanese Prime Minister

as he hits back at claims that he

favours China. Caucus divided over

Mr Rudd's rebuke of MP Belinda Neal

over allegations of bad behaviour. Evacuations continue across America's Midwest as floodwaters threaten towns.

And the sports news overnight -

Queensland's brutal demolition of

the Blues in Origin II.

Time for the market check. Kath,

oil surging again - surprise,

surprise. It has, Bill. Wall

Street's not happy, closing in the

red after the spike in oil fuelled inflation fears.

Coming up - we'll cross to CommSec

for what's in store on our local

market today. And it doesn't look

like it's going to be a good one.

Even those midyear sales have

attracted a lukewarm response. Thank you, Kath.

A defensive Kevin Rudd has hit back

at accusations that he's ignored

Japan in favour of China, instead

accusing Japanese political lead of

snubbing Australia. This comes as

Mr Rudd prepares to meet his

Japanese counterpart, Yasuo Fukuda.

Political editor Paul Bongiorno, Political editor Paul Bongiorno,

who's travelling with the Prime Minister, has more on this story: The new Australian Prime Minister drew quite a crowd at the national press club. There were representatives from all the major outlets - radio, television and newspapers. One senior journalist accused Australia of ignoring and neglecting the long-standing relationship. He said it shocked many Japanese. But the Prime Minister hit back. He said that six of his most senior visitors - six of his most senior ministers, rather - have visited here in the last six months. The neglect, he indicated, was from the other side. How many Japanese government ministers have been able to visit Australia in the same time? Perhaps you could tell me the answer to that. I don't think there are any.

his government has not abandoned prosecuting it in the international court over its whale hunt. Back to you.

Paul Bongiorno with that report Paul Bongiorno with that report from Japan.

The Prime Minister's rebuke of

Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal has

divided members of the Caucus. Mr

Rudd ordered Ms Neal to undergo

anger management classes, or risk

losing her political career. This

follows revelations that Ms Neal

was sent from the field for

allegedly attacking a fellow allegedly attacking a fellow player

during a soccer match. I've fallen

on the ground and she's obviously

taken it the wrong way, and taken it the wrong way, and she's

just turned around and kicked me

while I was on the ground.

Ms Neal and her husband, John Della

Bosca, have been accused of abusing

stuff at -- staff at the Iguanas nightclub on the state's Central Coast.

Victoria Police hunting for a street gang allegedly responsible

for a deliberate hit-run. It's

believed to be a case of mistaken

identity.

Father of two Jason Lynch's back is

broken and he may never walk again.

No good. Not quite 38 yet. It

doesn't give you much chance, does

it? Targeted by a silver

4-wheel-drive in broad daylight, 4-wheel-drive in broad daylight,

the tattoo artist has a vivid the tattoo artist has a vivid

memory of the hit-run attack. Walking out the front onto the road Walking out the front onto the road

and a 4-wheel-drive deliberately

lined me up and sped up and went

straight over me. They just hit him

on this side, and he's done a on this side, and he's done a

somersault up in the air and just ,

like a bag of spuds, he's just

landed on the ground. Mr Lynch says he

he had approached the vehicle,

which was parked outside his home,

after the four occupants threatened

his 16-year-old son. One his 16-year-old son. One passenger

identified himself as a member of

'The Winnington Crew', a Geelong

street gang. They were carrying

knives on them. So I'm like "Are

they going to literally are try and

kill him, or me?" I was just

threatened for my life. Police

rupeeling for witnesses and say the

men face a string of serious criminal

criminal charges.

Petrol prices in Sydney neared

$1.70 a litre overnight, and it's

likely to get worse. We're

currently entering the top half of

the petrol cycle - unleaded at

around $1.66. Motorists are being

warned that fuel may reach as high

as $1.75 a litre around the capital

cities in the next few days.

The Chinese Government's strict security measures could jeopardise

the broadcasting of the Olympic

Games. News Limited papers claim broadcasters who've paid billions

of dollars for exclusive rights of dollars for exclusive rights to

televise the Games are angry about

endless red tape and unexplained

delays. Problems include gaining

permission for live coverage in

Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Investigators are still trying to

determine the cause of a fiery jetliner crash in Sudan. The plane veered off the runway and burst

into flames in the into flames in the capital,

Khartoum. Pilots had been trying to

land dure tag -- during a land dure tag -- during a thunderstorm. Civil defence officials are examining the

wreckage to try and find out what

happened. At least 20 people were

killed and 14 are still missing.

Evacuations continue across the US Midwest as rising floodwaters

threaten towns. Thousands of

volunteers have turned out to help, with sandbagging. The raging Cedar River is

threatening town after town in Iowa,

and Cedar Rapids is next in line.

City officials have evacuated some

200 residents, while volunteers

fill sandbags. More rain in the

forecast isn't going to help. In

Cedar Falls, the sandbags did hold

- overnight, the river topped 102

feet, and downtown, didn't flood.

But in neighbouring Waterloo, the

river did spill over, taking out a

railway bridge and forcing city

officials to close down the city

and five other bridges. I and five other bridges. I always

wanted to live in the ocean, but

not like this. In Indiana, much of

the river has receded after the

worst flooding the state has seen

in decades. In hard-hit Columbus, residents are trying to piece

together their lives. All you could do

do is cried. You cryed a lot. As rivers crest further downstream across much of the Midwest, many

fear the worst devastation is still

to come.

Queensland has kept rugby league's

State of Origin series alive State of Origin series alive - and

they did it well, thrashing NSW in

Game II last night in front of more

than 52,000 fans. If

If

Game I was all NSW, then this was

Queensland's turn. The opening try

in just the seventh minute.

Queensland get the first try of the

night! Maroons centre Greg Inglis

displaying his extravagant skills.

And before the dust had settled,

the 21-year-old was in the clear

again. Darius Boyd - he will get a

double on debut! If a 16-0 half-time

half-time scoreline didn't rattle

the Blues, then Karmichael Hunt did. Queensland's

Queensland's total dominance

continuing after the break - continuing after the break - a

barge-over try to big Ben Hannant,

then a perfectly weighted kick from halfback

halfback Scott Prince. Try! Try for

halfback Scott Prince. Try! Try for Queensland! For Israel Folau! Queensland! For Israel Folau! Toby Thurstans's conversion equalling Mal

Meninga's record of seven goals in an Origin match. The Maroons

keeping NSW scoreless for just the

second time in Origin history.

Certainly the scoreline shocks us Certainly the scoreline shocks us -

shocks us all, I suppose. So, yeah.

It does. The team, um, responded really well from the overcriticism

of Game I and disappointment of

that, and have come up with a fantastic

fantastic performance tonight.

Carlton coach Brett Ratten has

launched a scathing attack on his Port Adelaide counterpart. Last

week, Mark Williams accused the

Blues of using president Richard

Pratt's money to buy their way out

of trouble. On Sunday, Carlton

staged a dramatic come-from-behind

win, and Ratten hit back yesterday. Personally,

Personally, I didn't think Mark

would be such a bad loser. But,

yeah, that's the way it yeah, that's the way it goes.

Ratten had, however, mistakenly

believed that Williams made his comments after the comments after the game. The cash just keeps on piling up in cricket's Twenty20 phenomenon. cricket's Twenty20 phenomenon. And we have some proof right here! This

is what US$20 million looks like -

and it's what Texan billionaire

Allen Stanford is using to

bankroll a winner-take-all match between England

between England and West Indies'

all stars XI in November. One night,

one game, winner-take-all US$20

million. The loser goes home

unhappy, the winner goes very very

happy. The 11 players on the

winning side are going to be happy,

because they'll collect US$1

million for less than three hours' work.

As we've heard this As we've heard this morning, numbers out yesterday showed

consumer sentiment has plummeted to

a 16-year low. For more, I'm joined

by from CommSec. Interest rates and

petrol prices seem to be worrying

consumers? That's right, Kathryn.

The Westpac Melbourne Institute

consumer sentiment index dropped by 5.6%, the

5.6%, the weakest result since

December, 1992. Higher living costs,

in particular petrol costs are, are

impacting consumer sentiment. Shows

monetary policy might be working. What's expected in today's What's expected in today's

employment figures? We're expecting

another 20,000 jobs to be created

in May, with unemployment easing

to 4.1%. Employers are increasingly

finding it hard to attract new staff, especially

staff, especially with our ageing

population. We should expect the

job market to remane tight. OK. It

wasn't a good night on Wall Street

- are we likely to follow suit

today? Yes. The Futures index

unfortunately is pointing to a loss

around 1.66%. Oil jump US$5 a barrel overnight. That should give

a boost to the energy sector. Gold stocks should perform well

stocks should perform well also. OK.

Thank you for the update. Thank you. Another

Another look at what's made Another look at what's made the

newspaper front pages today - the

'Courier-Mail' - surprise, surprise

- has more on Queensland's big win

over NSW in last night's State of

Origin match! Who would have thought?! Who would have thought?

The 'Financial Review' says the The 'Financial Review' says the Tax

Office will use new strategies to

crack down on small-business

operators not declaring cash transactions. And the Adelaide

'Advertiser' says petrol prices are

hurting tourism operators on the city's

city's fringes.

After the break - a record price paid for a diamond necklace. Details when the Early News returns. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... COMING UP IN THIS NEWS UPDATE,

THREE RISING STARS TO LINE UP WITH NEW SOUTH WALES - A-C-T RAMS THIS WEEKEND

BUT FIRST, A 24 YEAR OLD DUNLOP MAN, HAS FACED

COURT, AFTER BEING CAUGHT DRIVING HOME AFTER, HE WAS CHARGED WITH DRINK DRIVING AND SPEEDING. THE MAN'S FORD UTE, WAS CLOCKED AT ONE HUNDRED AND 40 KAYS IN AN 80 ZONE, ON SOUTHERN CROSS DRIVE, IN PAGE. AFTER A PURSUIT, POLICE FOUND HE WAS MORE THAN EIGHT TIMES, OVER THE BLOOD

THE BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT. THEY THEN FOUND HE'D ARRIVED HOME, BEHIND THE WHEEL OF HIS CAR. DOCTORS ARE WARNING THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT, AGAINST,

GIVING MORE WORK TO OUR NURSES. HEALTH MINISTER, KATY GALLAGHER SAYS, SHE'S

LOOKING AT SETTING UP WALK-IN CENTRES, IN CANBERRA, WHICH ARE RUN BY NURSES, TO COPE WITH DOCTOR SHORTAGES. BUT THE A-M-A SAYS THAT WOULD COMPROMISE PATIENT CARE. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, A NEW HOUSING PLAN FOR THE

TERRITORY, WILL MAKE THINGS MORE AFFORDABLE. THE MODERATE-INCOME, LAND BALLOT, HAS BEEN SCRAPPED, AND REPLACED WITH HOUSE - AND - LAND PACKAGES,

COSTING UP TO THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. TO SPORT, AND RISING A-F-L STARS, XAVIER MCMAHON, SAM

RISING A-F-L STARS, XAVIER MCMAHON, SAM GUMLEY, AND

JEREMY KIRKWOOD, WILL STEP ONTO THE BIG STAGE THIS WEEKEND, WHEN THEY LINE UP FOR THE NEW SOUTH WALES - WALES - A-C-T RAMS. THE RAMS, WILL PLAY VICTORIA COUNTRY, IN SYDNEY ON SATURDAY, IN ROUND TWO OF THE UNDER 18 CHAMPIONSHIPS. THE TRIO, HAS BEEN SELECTED, AFTER INTENSE

INTENSE TRAINING AND TESTING, IN THE A-F-L'S TALENTED PLAYER PROGRAM. GENERALLY FINE CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY AS A COLD FRONT MOVES TO THE EAST. ANOTHER FRONT WILL CROSS OVER THE REGION TOMORROW LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - MOSTLY FINE IN CANBERRA AND

BRISBANE TODAY - BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY IN SYDNEY - SHOWERS FOR MELBOURNE CLOSER TO HOME - A FEW SHOWERS EASING IN DUBBO 19 THE EXPECTED TOP - AN EARLY SHOWER OR TWO FOR WOLLONGONG 20 - DRIZZLE AND A TOP OF 16 FOR WAGGA

A FEW SHOWERS EASING IN BATHURST 17 - SHOWERS OR DRIZZLE FOR GOULBURN 14 THE TOP

DRIZZLE AND 15 DEGREES ON THE WAY FOR COOMA - BECOMING FINE AND 19 FOR NOWRA TODAY LOOKING AHEAD - TOMORROW - WE CAN EXPECT SHOWERS. SATURDAY - WE SHOULD HAVE EARLY SHOWERS MOSTLY CLEARING. AND SUNDAY - WILL BE PARTLY CLOUDY

This program is captioned live. This

is Ten's Early News. This morning's

top stories - whaling high on the

aIenda when Kevin Rudd meets with

the Japanese Prime Minister today.

Police hunting for a driver after

a fatal hit-and-run in a fatal hit-and-run in Sydney overnight.

Towns in America's Midwest under

threat from floodwaters - residents

have been forced to flee their homes.

And in sport, the Maroons pile on And in sport, the Maroons pile on

the points to force a State of

Origin decider.

For a final look at the markets,

though, here's Kath. Bill, thank

you. Wall Street has closed well

and truly in the red after a spike

in oil fuelled inflation fears.

Which jewellery store closes its

doors in the coming weeks? I'll let

you know in under 10 minutes. Thanks, Kath.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he

won't rule out legal action won't rule out legal action over

the whale slaughter in the Southern

Ocean. He said he would be working

with diplomats to find solutions,

but refused to rule out taking

this dispute to court. Whaling will

be high on the agenda today when he

meets with the Japanese Prime

Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, in Tokyo.

Mr Rudd has hit back at claims that

he's snubbed Japan in favour of

China, instead accusing Japanese political leaders of ignoring

Australia. How many Japanese

government ministers have been able

to visit Australia in the same

time? Perhaps you could tell me the

answer to that. I don't think there

are any. Today's meeting with

Fukuda is the last big event of the

PM's 5-day visit to Japan.

The Prime Minister's rebuke of

Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal has

divided opinion among members of

the Caucus. Kevin Rudd has ordered

Ms Neal to undergo anger-management classes, or risk losing her political career. political career. Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal

continues to be in the spotlight for for all the wrong reasons. This

time, it occurred on a soccer This time, it occurred on a soccer pitch. 20-year-old mum of one Amy Parslow says she was shocked at Ms Neal's on-field behaviour. I've fallen on the ground and she's obviously taken it the wrong way, and she's just turned around while I was on the ground. There was an occasion where my boot made contact with the other player's boot - it was a minor incident. The referee, though, saw it more seriously, sending her off the field, and suspending her for two weeks.

It follows the now notorious night at Iguanas nightclub on the central coast of NSW. Ms Neal and her husband, State minister John Della Bosca, have been accused of bullying staff. Last month in Parliament, she abused a pregnant Liberal MP saying, "You will make your child a demon." There appears to be a pattern of unacceptable behaviour here. The Prime Minister says Ms Neal has agreed to anger management counselling. To learn how to de-escalate a conflict when it occurs, and I think, frankly, that it'll be a good thing. None of us are guaranteed a future in politics. Catherine Kennedy, Ten News.

Tony Mokbel's partner, Tony Mokbel's partner, Danielle McGuire, has slipped past McGuire, has slipped past the media

on her return to Australia! It's

believed Ms McGuire arrived at Melbourne Airport early this

morning, but was spirited away

through a back entrance and into a

taxi! She was living with Mokbel in

Athens before he waugz extradited

to Australia last month! -- he was.

Police are searching for a Police are searching for a driver

involved in a fatal hit-and-run in

Sydney's south-west overnight. A

15-year-old boy was struck on the

Hume Highway at Casula just before

1:00, and died at the scene. The road

road was closed for more than four

hours. Officers are looking for a dark-coloured sedan with possible

damage to the front end.

Investigators are still trying to

determine the cause of a fiery

jetliner crash in Sudan. The plane veered off the runway and burst

into flames in the capital,

Khartoum. Pilots had been trying to land during a thunderstorm. land during a thunderstorm. Civil defence officials are examining

the wreckage to try to find out

what happened. At least 29 people

were killed and 14 are were killed and 14 are still missing.

Josef Fritzl's 19-year-old daughter,

who spent her entire life locked in

a cellar, has now woken from her coma. Kersten has been reunited

with her family, and doctors say

she will make a full recovery.

For 19 years, this was the For 19 years, this was the only world she knew - a cellar at the bottom

bottom of her father's Austrian

home where she never saw the sun. home where she never saw the sun.

Kersten Fritzl was one of seven

children fathered by Josef children fathered by Josef Fritzl

with his daughter, Elisabeth. The

family's dark and disturbing

secrets only revealed to the world

when Kersten was taken to hospital in

in April, suffering from in April, suffering from organ

failure. But with medical care,

she's now been brought out of a

coma and has been reunited with her

mother and the three brothers and

sisters who lived upstairs sisters who lived upstairs while

she was held captive below.

TRANSLATION: The meeting between

kersen and the family a couple of

days ago was a very touching moment.

For all of us, Kersten's surprising

recovery was a great relief. It's recovery was a great relief. It's

emerged kersson also anxious to

start doing some of the things ordinary teenagers want to do.

TRANSLATION: She would like to go TRANSLATION: She would like to go

to a Robbie Williams concert. She

was in bed listening to Robbie

Williams until 3:00 in the morning.

73-year-old Fritzl, meanwhile, a 73-year-old Fritzl, meanwhile, a

man whose story has horrified

people around the world, remains in

prison pending prosecution.

Rising floodwaters continue to threaten towns across threaten towns across America's

Midwest. Thousands of volunteers

are sandbagging their homes with

more rain expected. Rivers in more rain expected. Rivers in Iowa

are at record levels, and hundreds

of residents have been ordered to

leave. This river burst its bank,

spilling into a nearby town and

flooding homes. Officials have been

forced to close down the city. More damage is expected as rivers peak downstream.

A farmer west of Brisbane has

broken the world record for

planting wheat. Phillip Coggan and

a few of his mates started the

attempt yesterday morning, attempt yesterday morning, and

they'd ploughed 660 hectares by

1:00am. The previous mark was 570 hectares

hectares - that was set on a

Ukraine farm. It's still unofficial

at this stage. Mr Coggan is confident, confident, though, they have set

this record - and money raised from

it will go towards medical research. Rugby league's State of Origin series is set for a series is set for a thundering series is set for a thundering

showdown in Sydney next month after

Queensland's 30-0 defeat of Queensland's 30-0 defeat of NSW

last night. 21-year-old centre Greg

Inglis was the star of the show. He

set up the two first-half tries

that put the home side well on

their way to victory , and levelling

the series one game all. The Blues

just smashed us up in the first

game, but tonight we got on the front foot and front foot and really never took

the foot off the pedal. Winger

Darius Boyd, playing his first

Origin match, scored two of

Queensland's four tries. Some mixed results for the Australians results for the Australians at London's Queen's Club overnight. Lleyton Lleyton Hewitt beat Mardy Fish in straight sets. Chris Guccione, however,

however, was defeated. No French

Open hangover for Rafael Nadal.

Back on grass, he dropped just four games, games, beating Swede Jonas Bjorkman.

In fact, all the top players were

in pretty good shape - second seed

Novak Djokovic won through to the third round in straight sets. The

4-time winner at this event, Andy

Roddick, also through - and in three sets.

Australian golfer Adam Scott will

play in one of the supergroups for the opening rounds of the US the opening rounds of the US Open.

Scott will go head to head with -

check this out - Tiger Woods, check this out - Tiger Woods, who's

coming back from knee surgery, and the

the world number two, Phil

Mickelson - part of a new approach

which sees all the top players in which sees all the top players in

the same group. It's exciting for

the fans, it's exciting for the

players. We all are looking forward

to it. I haven't heard one negative

thing about it yet. You can catch

the US Open live and exclueven on Ten from tomorrow morning.

Live and exclusive right now is Live and exclusive right now is finance. Consumer confidence not so

good? It's plunged to a 16-year

low. Consumer sentiment plummeted

by 5.6% in June, its lowest by 5.6% in June, its lowest level

since 1992. The Westpac Melbourne

Institute index has fallen to a

seasonally adjusted 87 points,

almost 30% lower from the same time

last year. Petrol prices and rising last year. Petrol prices and rising

food prices are stretching family finances.

finances. It is also evidence that

monetary policy is working. And

clipz will close its doors in

Australia and New Zealand in coming

weeks - clipz - leaving 100 people

out of a job. It went into administration

administration last month, with

more than $25 million in debt. A

good segue into the next story. good segue into the next story.

A 38-carrot di-- carat diamond

necklace which belonged to

Christina Onassis has sold at

auction for $7.5 million. It auction for $7.5 million. It was

the highlight of the Onassis

jewellery auction in London. It was

snatched up by a private collector

from Russia. Christina was the only

daughter of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

Now a quick recap of the Now a quick recap of the morning's

top stories - Kevin Rudd to meet

the Japanese Prime Minister as he

hits back at claim that he really favours China.

Caucus divided over the PM's rebuke

of Federal MP Belinda Neal over

allegations of bad behaviour.

Evacuations continue across

America's Midwest as floodwaters

threaten towns.

And that's it for Ten's Early News. Don't

Don't forget 9am with David and Don't forget 9am with David and Kim,

the morning news at 11:00, and

we'll wrap it up for you at 5:00.

I'm Bill Woods. Bye for now. I'm Bill Woods. Bye for now. I'm

Kathryn Robinson. Have a good day. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia. www.redbeemedia.com.au

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