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Good morning. I'm Tim Webster. And I'm Frank Colletta.

This morning's top story, the

calling of 9 worst weekend on NSW

roads in 15 years. Seven dead,

including an entire family.

The most important international

meeting since the second world war.

The climate change summit is about

to get under way in Denmark.

In sport, Adam Scott takes out the

Australian Open in Sydney.

And in finance, Tim Johnston

finally to face the tough questions

Perth. before FirePower's liquidators in

And the weather:

Investigations will continue this

morning into the cause of a

shocking car accident south of

Sydney which killed five members of

the one family. The couple, their

3-month-old baby, and two relatives,

were killed when their car slammed

into a water tanker. It does affect

the emergency services, our staff,

when we arrive on the scene and

find something sz horrific as this.

Just hours later, two women were

killed when their car rolled off

the road in Grafton. Their teenage

daughters who were in the car

suffered minor injuries.

Tony Abbott has hit the ground

running. He's challenged Kevin Rudd

to explain the Emissions Trading

Scheme and says he wants to

publically debate the Prime

Minister. Foil At the coal face of

the emissions trading debate,

literally. We can not allow the

emissions tax to jepardise the

future of the great Australian

industry. The Opposition leader's

hard stanction didn't stop them

from scooping the vote at the by-

elections and retaining Brad field

and Higgins. It send a very strong

message to Kevin Rudd and to

Federal Labor. This is a clear

rejection of the Green's stance. It

is a clear rejection of the single

issue. Tony Abbott continues to

folks on the ETS as the point of

difference, and now he's challenged

the Prime Minister to face off

against him in a series of

election-style public debates on

tackling climate change. Mr Rudd

has explained the emissions tax

more to Barack Obama than he has to

the Australian people. I would

suggest that the current leader of

the Opposition calms down, puts in

the hard yards and actually

change. develops a poll sip on climate

Stkpwhril meanwhile plrbgs

Today's Newspoll in the Australian

shows that Tony Abbott has already narrowed the gap.

28% of those polled believe that

Tony Abbott will be a better

Turnbull. Opposition leader than Malcolm

Turnbull. Opposition leader than Malcolm

What to do about the nation's

ailing health system will be the

top topic at the COAG meeting

talking about aged care. Today's

meeting also talks about the

release of the hospital and reality

reform commission. That commission

recommended that the Rudd

Government reform all Primary

Health Care.

Thousands of delegates have begun

pouring into the Danish city of

Copenhagen for the Climate Change

Summit. The gathering is being

called the most important

international meeting since the end

of WWII.Isisise is there.

-- - as the eyes of the world focus

on Copenhagen, the Danish capital

is being overrun. Here over the

course of a fortnight, negotiations

of 15,000 delegates from 192

nations and the globe-changing

decisions of 98 world leaders will

be closely monitored by some 5,000

journalists. The UN conference is

poised to thrash out a new all-

encompassing deal to replace Kyoto,

to force significant reductions in

greenhouse gas emissions to combat

global warming. I don't think it's

going to fail. That depends on

commitments from developing

economies like India and China and

other big pollutors like the USA.

I'm fairly optimistic that we'll

succeed. Always, you have this

period of caution before things

emerge into the light, and I think

we're in the period of caution

right now, but optimistic caution.

The first week is for all of the

behind the scenes negotiations. The

big decisions will be made towards

the end of the conference, and the

last day, December 18, will see

dozens and dozens of world leaders

make a united appearance, and

hopefully a united agreement. The

Pope is leading the prayers for a

workable result. "It is important

"says His Holiness, "To adopt

generations." measures for poor people in future

More than 3,000 protesters have

clashed on the streets of Athens on

the anniversary of police killing a

teenager. Hooded youths set garbage

bins alight. 80 people were

arrested. Last year, thousands of

people rioted, destroying shops and

attacking public buildings and

burning cars in rampages that

continuesed for several weeks.

The worldwide ridicule being heaped

on Tiger Woods keeps getting more

embarrassing for him, mainly

because his score card keeps

climbing. A fifth woman has come

out and claims to have had a

relationship. The Internet is

having a field day. It's reported

that he paid Rachel Uchitel a seven

figure sum to keep quiet.

It's taken nine years, but Adam

Scott has finally won a golf

tournament in Australia. He took

out the Australian Open yesterday.

After a horror 2009, his form

returned in Sydney and a business-

like final round got the round done. like final round got the round done. returned in Sydney and a business-

Two shots clear heading into the

final round, but Adam Scott's lead

was gone after the opening hole.

Stuart Appleby doing the rest of

the work to scare things out at 14- the work to scare things out at 14-

under. Foil It wasn't long before

Scott found his form. A brilliant Scott found his form. A brilliant

tee shot at the second backed up by

a stunning approach to the third

and he was back in control. While

Appleby headed in the wrong

direction. He needed a cracking

back nine. But it never came,

leaving Scott to wrap up his first

ever professional win on home soil.

COMMENTATOR: That's the kind of

Australian Open. play he's produced here at the

Australian Open. play he's produced here at the

It was pretty amazing, really. What

a day. It was so tough out there.

It was a grind. It wasn't pretty at

times, but sometimes that's how it

is. It's been a long time coming

for me to win down here. I've been

sweet. close, but this one feels pretty

The West Indies are taking it up to

Australia as the fight for the

second cricket Test heads into the

fourth day. They bowled Australia

out for 248. Day three got off to a

disasterous start for the Aussies

with Shane Watson out. Brad Haddin

put Australia in touch.

The West Indies made a brisk 23

night. without loss before stumps last

Time for the finance with Frank,

and the bank merchants in Australia,

are the merges over?

Australia's competition watchdog

says more bank takeovers are

unlikely. Graeme Samuel says that

the regulator will probably never

approve a takeover of Bank of

Queensland, Suncorp-Metway or Bank

of Adelaide by one of Australia's

big four. He even cast doubt on

whether the regulator would have

approved Westpac's stakover of St

George bank if it occurred today

rather than before global financial crisis.

The founder of Firepower has

arrived in Perth. After weeks of

delaying tactics, Mr Johnston is to

come forth. He had his two

passports taken from him when he

returned to Australia after a year

and a half overseas. The collapse

of the Firepower group of companies

cost investors about $100 million.

The latest round in interest rate

rises do not appear to have had a

major impact on the property market. rises do not appear to have had a major impact on the property market.

This is usually the busiest time This is usually the busiest time for auctions.

Adelaide was down a bit, apparently

because of the Test cricket. Adelaide was down a bit, apparently because of the Test cricket.

Wall Street had the economic news

it was waiting for. The battered

economic market may be starting to

heal. There are modest economic

reports, consumer sentiment and the

trade gap. The US market is at 14-

month highs with the Dow Jones adding 22 points.

Briefly in business news, and the

Oliver Job Index has shown a 5.9%

surge in job ads over November.

BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have

agreed to terms on the $116 billion

iron ore venture in WA. And

Anchorage promises to not sell Anchorage promises to not sell

Mitre 10 quickly if the bid is successful. Mitre 10 quickly if the bid is successful.

Now for a look at the weather:

Checking today's newspapers. The

'Daily Telegraph' looks at

allegations of a secret police

investigation into alleged sexual

abuse of elite swimmers dating back to the '60s.

Business day say there is could be

more rate increases.

The Australia ran the Australian

says a Japanese company has signed

up to $900 million.

And the 'Financial Review' say that

is Wayne Swan wants to change the

way people are paid.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten News.

NSW has had the worst weekend on

its roads in at least 15 years.

Seven people were killed in just

three hours. Five of them were

members of the same family.

Police are still trying to piece

together what caused the smash that

claimed a Sydney family. A husband,

his wife, 3-month-old child, and

his two sisters, died instantly. It

would appear there was a collision,

a mainor scrape between them and

another four-wheel drive vehicle.

But at this stage, we're not sure

why and how that occurred. The

sedan was heading east when it hit

a water tank. The rig's 56-year-old

driver was treated for shock in

hospital. He was travelling back to

the mine for another load. The

semi-trailor tried all he could to

avoid the collision. He applied the

brakes and tried to swerve to miss

the vehicle, but the vehicle was

travelling out of control. Other

family members travelling behind

saw the tragedy unfold. It's a

fairly horrific situation and a

fairly, well, a situation that we

don't like to go to because our

basic aim is to save people. Three

hours later, two women died in

northern NSW when their ute crashed

near Grafton. It's left the roadway

and it's rolled. Unfortunately, the

driver and another passenger have

died at the scene. Three teenage

passengers were taken to hospital

with minor injuries.

Tony Abbott will have at least

three new faces on the front bench

when he unveils the shadow ministry.

Barnaby Joyce is tipped to take a

role, which will prevent him from

bad mouthing the Liberals and

crossing the floor on votes. Today,

you will see a unified Opposition.

These things go hand in hand with

being part of the shadow Cabinet,

and don't forget that everyone who

is part of the shadow Cabinet is

part of the decision-making process.

Opposition leader denies the move

is designed to shut the maverick

Senator up.

Meanwhile, the newly installed

Opposition leader has done what

Malcolm Turnbull could not do and Malcolm Turnbull could not do and

received a positive poll result T

shows that he narrowed the gap in

the preferred PM stakes. He's nine points the preferred PM stakes. He's nine

points higher than Malcolm

Turnbull's last poll. points higher than Malcolm Turnbull's last poll.

Kristina Keneally will attend her

first COAG meeting today. She'll

join Prime Minister and other

leaders to discuss reforms in the

health system. It follows a report

of the national hospital and health

reform commission. That recommended reform commission. That recommended

that the Rudd Government fund would that the Rudd Government fund would

run all primary health but stop

short of a full Federal take over

of the hospitals.

World leaders are gathering in

Copenhagen to tackle one of the

biggest problems the world has

faced since WWII - global warming,

of course. Can it be reversed? Some

experts say that the world will be

five degrees warmer by the end of

the century. It needs developing

countries to limit their emissions

growth and an agreement to help

pay for it. funnel cash to poorer countries to

The anti-whaling ship, the 'Steve

Irwin' is preparing for its annual

ship to stop the whaling. It is

preparing to set sail from

Australia. There is no need for the

killing of whales for research. I'm

very proud of Paul and the team and

the crew are heroes. Japanese

whalers are already enroute to the

Southern Ocean where they're

expected to kill more than 1,000 whales.

A Melbourne family have managed to

escape after their home caught fire.

Emergency crews were called to the

Newport house to find it well

alight. We just got out. Somebody

told me a long time ago, if I had

12 minutes, there's no good in

saving anything. Neighbouring homes

were saved from major damage and an

investigation is under way to

determine what caused the blaze.

Police have been forced to use

capsicum spray after protestered

turned violent at an anti-Israel

demon -- demonstration in Melbourne.

The protesters broke their

agreement. They said it was going

to be peaceful and in the end,

we've had to force them back. A

number of people were arrested but

released without charge.

In Queensland, police have busted a

major drug lab in the middle of

suburbia. Police found chemicals

and paraphernalia at the lab A40-

year-old man will appear in court

in Brisbane later today.

Developers of the world's first

vertical cemetery in Victoria claim

being buried upright is an

environmentally friendly way to

rest in peace. Public reaction has

been mixed.

On the surface, this block of land

west of Melbourne will look no

different when it becomes a

virtical cemetery, challenging the

very notion of resting place. Up to

30,000 bodies will be buried

standing up, all in the name of the

environment. You use a

biodegradable body bag rather than

a carbon intensive coffin and the

process uses far less energy. A

cart will transport the body to an

upright grave 70cm wide. There will

be no funeral service and no head

stones. For Alex Poor, resting in

peace upright doesn't phase him.

Whether you're lying down or

standing up is not that important.

After all, we've had our time, as

it were, on this planet earth. it were, on this planet earth.

We've had feedback from religious

groups who are positive. But it is

not a concept everyone is

comfortable with? I don't think it

is as dignified as being buried

flat. Not conventional, so probably

not of interest to me.

Today has been designated a

national day of mourning in Russia

for the victims of a nightclub fire

over the weekend. At least 112

people are known to have died when

on stage pyrotechnics --

pyrotechnics were there. The owner

of the club and the person who

provided the fireworks were charged with negligent.

Two contestants of a British

reality show filmed in Australia

have been charged with cruelty.

They killed and cooked a rat,

serving it with rice for the other

contestants. The RSPCA arrested and

charged the men after filming ended.

If found guilty, the men will face

up to three years in jail. The

network could also face some charges.

Aussie golfer Adam Scott has

finally had a taste of success at

home taking out the Australian Open.

He claimed his first tournament

victory since April last year. It

was a stunning turn around to what

he called an embarrassing 2009. It

wasn't pretty at times, but

sometimes that's how it is. It's

been a long time coming for me to

win down here. I've been close, but

this one feels pretty sweet. Adam

finish at 15-under par after a

final round of 72.

Australia faces an uphill battle to

win the second cricket Test against

the West Indies. In a stark

contrast, the Windies took the

upper hand and claimed a narrow

first innings lead.

He went to the crease with a Test

tonne on the mind. But two balls in,

and Shane Watson's celebratory

plans were shelved.

He cut a despondant figure and he

slowly trudged back to the pavilion.

It was a resurgent windies who had

the match evenly poised at lunch.

Hussey found almost impossible to

break the shackles. He took almost

three hours to make 41. Clarke

found things far easier. He threw

his wicket away on 71 as Australia

started to stumble with just

sporadic support from the tail. The

task was left with Haddin.

COMMENTATOR: He goes high in the

air. It's going to be six.

He lost his last ally with

Australia 12 runs in arrears. The

Windies survived without loss.

Ford driver James Courtney, has

taken out the final round of the V8

supercar season. The street circuit

claimed plenty of his rivals.

COMMENTATOR: Dapbl to the back of

the car. What a disaster. Despite

crashing out, Jamie Whincup wrapped

up the second straight championship.

The win was court knee's second of the sisen.

Wallabies centre Craig Cooper is

facing burglary charges. His form

was one of the few bright spots on

the Wallabies tour, but the

Australian Rugby Union say that

they won't take any action until he

appears in court on Friday.

Stocks in the US ended the week on

a high note, but all the signs are

there for a slower start to the

week. Here with the details is Richard English from Macquarie

Private Wealth. The American

unemployment rate falling on Friday

ended the week on a high.

Absolutely, and as you know, there

really has been a glaring missing

link to the US economic recovery to

date and that has been the falling

unemployment figures. On Friday,

perhaps we turned a corner with

news that unemployment fell from

November down from around 10.2% to

10%. That, coupled with strong

Chinese manufacturing data propeled

the markets. The US dollar was

strengthening. Gold taking a rare

hit and down around 1.5%. Just in

relation to the importance and

significance of the employment data

news, for the first time in a long

time, the book is open as to

whether the Federal Reserve will

increase the US cash rates. In

terms of hitting the ground running,

what is in store for the market? In

November, it was the resources that

drove the activity. Increasing

commodity prices. We see no reason

why it won't be that sector which continues to drive the market Thank you. forward.

Thank you. forward.

Now a quick look at the weather:

Raise raise raise raise Wild scenes

in Italy. Authorities catch the

number two boss.

And in finance, another story. The

former head of a milk company has

been found to have a secret stash

of art worth more than $200

This program is captioned live.

You're watching Ten News. This

morning's top stories. A terrible

weekend on NSW roads. Seven killed,

including an entire family.

Delegates from around the world

have begun arriving in Copenhagen

for the Climate Change Summit. It's

going to be a big week for the environment.

In sport, Adam Scott wins the

Australian Open golf in Sydney

taking his first tournament in 20 months.

In the business world, Tim Johnston

finally arrives in Perth to face a

please-explain over the collapse of Firepower. Investigations will continue this

morning into the cause of a shocking car accident south of

Sydney which killed five members of

the one family. The couple, their

3-month-old baby, and two relatives

were killed when their car slammed

into a water tanker. It does affect

the emergency services, our staff

when we arrive on the scene and

find something as horrific as this.

Just hours later, two women were

killed when their car rolled off

the road at Grafton on the State

aes north coast. Their teenage

daughters who were also in the car

suffered minor injuries.

Tony Abbott has hit the ground

running. The newly appointed

Opposition leader has challenged

murd about the Emissions Trading

Scheme and says he wants to

challenge the Prime Minister.

At the coal face of the emissions

trading debate, literally. We can

not allow Mr Rudd's emissions

trading tax to jeopardise the

future of this industry. The

Opposition leader's hard stance

didn't stop the Liberals from

scooping the vote and retaining the

seats of Brad field and Higgins. It

send a very strong message to Kevin

Rudd and to Federal Labor. This is

a clear rejection of the Green's

stance. It is a clear rejection of

the single issue. Tony Abbott

continues to focus on the ETS as

the point of difference with Kevin

Rudd, now, the Opposition leader Rudd, now, the Opposition leader

has challenged the Prime Minister

to face off election him in a

series of election-style public

debates on tackling climate change.

Mr Rudd has explained the emissions

more to Barack Obama than he has to

the Australian people. I would

suggest that the current leader of

the Opposition calms down, puts in

the hard yards and actually

develops a policy on climate change.

develops a policy on climate change. Meanwhile, Mr

Meanwhile, Mr Abbott starts the Meanwhile, Mr Abbott starts the

week as head of the Opposition with

a rare thing for the Opposition. He

outpolled his predecessor, Malcolm

outpolled his predecessor, Malcolm

Turnbull, by 10 points. outpolled his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, by 10 points.

What to do about the nation's

ailing system will be the hot topic

at today's COAG meeting in Brisbane.

The Prime Minister will meet with

State and ter e territory leaders

to talk about aged care and

emergency room waiting times. A report recommended that the Rudd

Government fund and run all Primary

Health Care, but stopped short of

urging a full Federal takeover of

the hospitals.

Thousands of delegates have bebegin

pouring into the Danish city of

Copenhagen for the Climate Change

Summit which begins tomorrow. It is

called the most important world

meeting since the end of WWI.

As the eyes of the world focus on

Copenhagen, the Danish capital is

being overrun. Here, over the

course of a fortnight, the

negotiations of 15,000 delegates

from 192 nations and the globe-

changing decisions of 98 world

leaders will be closely monitored

by some 5,000 journalists. The UN

conference is poised to thrash out

a new all-encompassing deal to

replace Kyoto, which would force

significant reductions in

greenhouse gas emissions to combat

global warming. I don't think it's

going to fail. That depends on

commitments from developing commitments from developing

economies like India and China and

other big pollutors like the USA.

I'm fairly optimistic that we'll

succeed. Always, you have this

period of caution before things

emerge into the light, and I think

we're in the period of caution

right now, but optimistic caution.

The first week is for all of the

behind the scenes negotiations. The

big decisions will be made towards

the end of the conference, and the

last day, December 18, will see

dozens ands of world leaders make a

united appearance and hopefully a

united agreement. The Pope is

leading the prayers for a workable

result. "It is important," says His

Holiness, "to adopt reasonable

measures, especially towards poor

people and future generations."

More than 3,000 protesters have

clashed with police on the streets

of Athens on the anniversary of the

police killing a teenager. Hooded

youths smashed shop windows and set

garbage bins alight. 80 people were

arrested last year. Thousands of

people rioted destroying shops,

attacking public buildings and

burning cars in rampages which

continued for several weeks.

The Italian Government is

continuing to notch up successes

against organised crime. Giovanni

Nicchi, believed to be number two

in the Sicilian mafia has been

arrested. The 28-year-old was

nabbed in a hideout in the centre

of the Sicilian capital of Palermo.

The mafia is thought to be heed by

Matteo Messina Denaro, known as the

play boy boss because of his

fonness for fast cars and women and watches.

The ridicule heaped on Tiger Woods

keeps getting worse for him. A

fifth woman has now come out and

claimed to have had a relationship

with the golfer. Reports from the

US say that Woods has paid Rachel

Uchitel a seven figure sum to keep

her quiet. Tiger's name has been her quiet. Tiger's name has been

changed to Cheetah Woods and jokers changed to Cheetah Woods and jokers

are saying thing like "Tiger fares

well on the fairway, but doesn't

farewell on the driveway.".

It's taken nine years, but golfer

Adam Scott has finally won in

Australia. He took out the

Australian Open. After a horror

2009, his form came back in Sydney. Australian Open. After a horror 2009, his form came back in Sydney.

Two shots clear heading into the

final round, but Adam Scott's lead

was gone after the opening hole.

COMMENTATOR: That is a complete

misread. Stuart Appleby doing the

rest of the work to scare things up

out in the front at 14-under.

It wasn't long before Scott found

his form, though. A brilliant tee

shot at the 2nd backed up by a

stunning approach to the 3rd, and

he was back in control. While

Appleby headed in the wrong

direction. COMMENTATOR: The lead is

now four to Adam Scott. He needed a

cracking back nine. But it never

came, leaving Scott to wrap up the

first-ever professional win on home

soil. COMMENTATOR: That's the kind

of play he's produced here at the

Australian Open. of play he's produced here at the Australian Open.

It was pretty amazing, really. What

a day. It was so tough out there.

It was a grind. It wasn't pretty at

times, but sometimes that's how it

is. It's been a long time coming

for me to win down here. I've been

close, but this one feels pretty sweet.

The West Indies are taking it up to

Australia as the fight for the

second cricket Test heads into the

fourth day. Day three got off to a

disasterous start for the Aussies.

Shane Watson was out just four runs

short of a century, but Brad Haddin

put Australia in touch. The West

Indies made a brisk 23 without loss

before stumps last night.

One of the most spectacular goals

in hockey history has delivered

back-to-back champions trophies for back-to-back champions trophies for

the kookaburras. Fergus Kavanagh

was on the back of a 60 metre lob.

A lot of skill involved to knock

that over the top. That's a cracker.

The Aussies trailed by two goals

only to outscore the Germans by 10-

0. Time for finance now with Frank,

and the day of bank mergers in the

country seem to be over.

It appears Australia's competition

watchdog said that more bank

takeovers are now unlikely. The

ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel, says

the regulator will probably never

approve a takeover of Bank of

Queensland, Suncorp-Metway or Bank

of Adelaide by one of Australia's

big four. He even cast doubt over

whether the regulator would have

approved the takeover of St George

by Westpac if it occurred today.

The latest round of interest rate rises do The latest round of interest rate

rises do not appear to have had a

major impact on the property auctions.

The founder of failed company,

Firepower, has finally arrived in

Perth after weeks of delaying

tactics. Tim John son ston is to

come face to face with regulators.

He had his two passports taken from

him when he returned to Australia.

The collapse of the Firepower group

of companies cost investors around

$100 million in total.

The dairy business obviously pays

well. Police in Italy have seized

art worth $151 million, which

belong to the former head of the

dairy group, Parmalat. Calisto

Tanzi was sent away for ten years

last year after one of Italy's

biggest causes of fraudulent

bankruptcy. Parmalat's 2003

collapse wiped out the savings of

more than 100,000 small investors.

19 paintings have been found in

attics of two of his home including

works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet.

Wall Street finally had the news it

was looking for. The battered

market may be starting to heal. The

week ahead may bring model economic

reports. Let's take a look at the board.

Bills in brief now:

-- business in brief now:

And a look at the weather: Raise

Still ahead. Two English TV

survival show contestants killed

and ate a rat in Australia. They've

been charged with animal cruelty.

The details when we come back.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten News.

NSW has had its worst weekend on

the roads in at least 15 years.

Seven people were killed in just

three hours. Five of them were

members from the same family.

Police are still trying to figure

out the cause of a smash which

killed a Sydney family. A husband,

his wife, three-month-old child and

two sisters died instantly. It

would appear there was a collision

between the sedanA minor scrape in

the sedan and another four-wheel

drive vehicle. But at this stage,

we're not sure how or why that

occurred or who is at sault. The

sedan was heading towards

Wollongong when it slammed into a

water tank. The rig's 56-year-old

driver was treated for shock. He

was empty and travelling back to

the mine to get another load and

the car came out of the bushes. The

semi-trailor tried all it could to

get out of the way of the collision.

It applied its brakes and swerved

to mills the vehicle, but the

vehicle was travelling out of

control and crossing to the other

side of the road. Other family

members travelling behind saw the

tragedy unfold. It's a fairly

horrific situation, and a situation

that we don't like to go to,

because our basic aim is to save

people. Three hours later, two

women died in northern NSW when

their ute crashed near Grafton. It

left the roadway and it rolled.

Unfortunately, the driver and

another passenger have died at the

scene. Three teenage passengers

were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Tony Abbott will have at least

three new faces on his front bench

when he unveils the front bench.

Barnaby Joyce is tipped to take a

role which would prevent him from

crossing the floor. Tauld you will

see a autoified Opposition. These

things go hand in hand with being

part of the shadow Cabinet, and

don't forget that everyone who is

part of the shadow cabinet is part

of the decision-making process. He

denies that the move is there to

shut the Senator up.

Meanwhile Tony Abbott has done what

Malcolm Turnbull could not do. The

Newspoll shows the gap has been reduced. Newspoll shows the gap has been

reduced. 28% of those polled also reduced. 28% of those polled also

believe that Tony Abbott will be a

better Opposition leader than Malcolm Turnbull. better Opposition leader than Malcolm Turnbull.

Kri is, tina Keneally will attend

her first COAG meeting today to

discuss reforms to the health

system. The report recommended that

the Rudd Government fund and run

all Primary Health Care, but stops

short of recommend ago full Federal

takeover of the hospitals.

World leaders are gathering in

Copenhagen to tackle one of the

biggest problems the world has ever

faced and seeing if global warming

can be reversed. The Copenhagen

meeting needs rich countries to

agree to deep cuts in emissions and

developing countries to limit their

emissions growth and an agreement

by the richer country to funnel

cash to the poorer countries to

help pay for it all.

A Melbourne family has managed to

escape after their home and two

others caught fire this morning.

Emergency crews were called to the

Newport house about 2am to find it

well alight. Just got out. Somebody

told me if you had 12 minutes, it's

no good saving anything.

Neighbouring homes were saved from

major damage. An investigation is

under way to determine what caused under way to determine what caused the blaze.

Today has been designated a

national day of mourning in Russia

for the victims of a nightclub fire

over the weekend. 112 people are

known to have died when on stage

pyrotechnics caused the nightclub

to go on fire. The owner of the

nightclub and the person who

provided the fireworks have been

charged with nefrpblg.

Two British reality TV contestants

have been charged with animal

cruelty in Australia. The pair

killed a rat on the show, 'I'm A

Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here',

which is filmed in NSW. The RSPCA

say that the animal was killed for

entertainment purposes. You put the

pieces of rat into the oil and then

you seal it and then you put in the

pre-soaked beans. It sounds like

any other dish Russelled up by a

professional chef. But Gino D'

Acampo's dish could land him a jail

term along with Stuart Manning. The

pair caught, cooked and filleted

the rat and served it to the other

celebrities who seemed to enjoy it.

But the Australian RSPCA did not

and soon after he was camped King

of the jungle, they were arrested

and charged with animal cruelty

offences. They could go to prison

for up to three years. A former

'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of

Here' contestant, Anthony Warhol

Thompson sim pathises. They were

not know that it was a tame and

domestic rat and they ookkooked it

in a risotto. This is a show which

builds a reputation on forcing them

to have bush tucker.

The Philippines Government has

imposed martial law in the southern

province following the country's

worst political massacre. Thousands

of troops have taken control in the

Mindaneo province. It follows the Mindaneo province. It follows the

slaughter two weeks ago of 57

people travelling in a convoy of a

political rival of the mayor. 30

journalists were also among the

dead. dead.

More than 10,000 Latins have lit up

the sky -- lanterns have lit up the

sky in Indonesia. The spectacular

sight could be seen for many

kilometres.

Aussie golfer Adam Scott has had a

taste of success at home after

taking out the Australian Open. He

extended the lead to five to claim

the first tournament victory since

April last year. The win was a

stunning turn around in what he

calls an embarrassing 2009. It

wasn't pretty at times, but

sometimes that's how it is. It's

been a long time coming for me to

win down here. I've been close, but

this one feels pretty sweet. Adam

finished at 15 under par after a

final round of 72.

Australia faces an uphill battle to Australia faces an uphill battle to

win the second cricket Test against

the west ipdies. In stark contrast

to the opening part, the Windys

claimed a narrow first innings lead.

to the opening part, the Windys claimed a narrow first innings lead.

He strolled to the crease with a

Test tonne on the mind. Shane

Watson's celebratory plans were

shelved. COMMENTATOR: That's the

pressure. He cut a despondant

figure as he slowly came back to

the pavilion. The Windies claimed

3/81 to have the match evenly

poised at lunch. Hussey endured a

torrid time, finding it almost

impossible to break the shackles.

He took almost three hours to make

41. Clarke found things far easier.

He threw his wicket away on 71 as

Australia started to stumble with

just sporadic support from the tail.

The task was left with Haddin. He

lost his last ally with Australia

12 runs in arrears. The Windies

survived to stumps without 12 runs in arrears. The Windies survived to stumps without loss.

Wallabies centre Craig Cooper is

facing burglary charges. The 21-

year-old has been released from the

surfer's paradise watch house. He

was one of the few bright spots on

the Wallabies recent tour. Both the

Australian Rugby Union and the

Queensland Rugby Union are not

commenting until he appears in court on Friday.

Stocks in the US ended the week on

a high note, but all of the signs

are there for a slower start to the

week. Here with the details is

Richard English from Macquarie

Private Wealth. The American unemployment rate fell on Friday

and that ended the week on a high

Absolutely, and really the missing

link in the US economic recovery

has been declining unemployment.

And Friday, we saw news that

perhaps we're turning the corner.

Unemployment is down from 10.2% to

10%. That coupled with strong

manufacturing news out of China

propeled the US markets to a three-

week high. The US dollar was also

strengthening. And gold taking a

rare hit. Just briefly to say that

in relation to the US employment

figures, they are so significant

that for the first time in a long

time, the book is now open as to

whether the Federal Reserve will in

fact increase the US cash rate.

Have you got any good news for the Have you got any good news for the

kick off of the week here locally?

For November, it was really the

resources sector which drove the

market forward and we see

increasing commodity prices and

increasing demand out of China and

no reason that the big miners in

there will continue to drive the market forward there.

Thank you very much.

Tim, the SPI Futures is up 23

points so it should be a good start.

It's been nice doing business with

you. It has. We'll see what happens later. Today's weather:

That's it for the Early News. Don't

forget 9am with David and Kim and

the morning news at 11am and Ten

News at 5:00. Bye for now. I'm

Frank Colletta. Have a great day.

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