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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Kath Robinson.

Welcome to Ten News. Today's main

stories - the asylum seekers

onboard the 'Oceanic Viking' are

due to come ashore this morning,

but questions remain about the deal

they were offered.

The surgery went on for a day and a

half, but it's been a success. And

now the wait begins for the future

of Trishna and Krishna.

In sport, how much is too much? Is

$15 million too much to pay for an

argument today. Olympic gold medal? That's the

Then in finance, the RBA hints that

it is less likely its early

Christmas present to everyone this

rise. year could be another interest rate

Checking the weather now:

The Sri Lankans onboard the

'Oceanic Viking' could be in

Australia within weeks amp finally

agreeing to leave the ship. The

Federal Government is struggling to

give a straight answer on whether

its done a deal with the asylum

seekers to fast-track their arrival

in Australia. We definitely don't

want them to stay in Indonesia

permanently, right, so that much

understanding is agreed between

Indonesia and Australia. Meanwhile,

Indonesia says strained relations

are not the reason President Susilo

Bambang Yudhoyono cancelled his

visit to Australia this week. He's

now planning a trip in February.

Accidentator Nick Xenophon has

launched a major atok on the church

of scientology, accusing it of

being a criminal organisation. He

used parliamentary privilege to

attack the church after being

contacted by a number of former

scientologists who accused it, of

what he describes as "shocking

crimes." The independent Senator

called for the church to be

Parliament. investigated by the police and the

Melbourne's miracle conjoined twins

have slept separately for the first

time after surviving marathon

surgery, but doctors warn the girls

face a long road to recovery.

The epic surgery took 32 hours -

twice as long as expected, but the

result for Trishna and Krishna

exceeded all expectations. It's an

amazing thing to see two

individuals when you've got to know

them as one. After being joined at

the head since birth, the three-

year-olds have spent their first

night in separate beds. A 16-strong

medical team at the Royal

Children's Hospital worked on the groundbreaking operation through

the night, finally finishing

yesterday afternoon. Everything

with the preparation work and the

planning just all came together.

For the guardians who found the

girls in a Bangladeshi orphanage

two years ago, cautious celebration

and relief. We are all excited, but

again, I remind everybody that the

next 48 hours is crucial. It's what

we always hoped for and we now have

to wait and see how the girls go

over the next few weeks. Over the

coming days, the strrs will remain

in an induce -- the sisters will

remain in an induced coma. That's

to manage how they recover. But the

mammoth battle is far from over,

with the very real risk of

complications as the girls start

their new individual lives.

The nation's first catastrophic

bushfire warning has been issued

for SA with temperatures set to

soar above 40 again today. With

more on that, I'm joined by the

Weather Channel. It is another

shocker for SA today. That's right.

It is day 12 of the heatwave for

northern parts of SA today with

temperatures around 14 above the

average. Now, some places heading

for 45, and the record-breaking

heat wave has been blistering SA

soils for two weeks now, but today

we have the added feature of strong

winds across the Pastoral and

Flinders district, which is why the

catastrophic fire warning is there.

Also a lot of heat in Queensland.

Is that tied in to the weather

system? That's right, 80% of the

main land is affected by the hot

air mass affecting western parts of

Queensland and NSW once again today

with temperatures up to around 11

above the average. Check it out.

Temperatures across the inland

heading to the mid-40s once again,

and this is expected to continue

until early next week. Thank you.

US President Barack Obama has been

holding face-to-face talks with his Chinese counterpart, jintjintjint,

but Mr Obama had -- Hu Jintao, but

Mr Obama had to choose his words.

China is key to keeping America's

economy in motion.

In a face-to-face meeting with the

Chinese counterpart, President

Obama brought up the controversial

topic of human rights. He told

President Hu Jintao that Americans

believe all men and women possess

certain basic rights. They are

universal rights and that they

should be available to all peoples,

to all ethnic and religion

minorities. As President Obama

spoke, the Chinese President looked

on, stone-faced. The two leaders

also discussed trade, climate

change and the nuclear programs in

Iran and North Korea. But the

American delegation can't push

China too hard. The country holds

more than $800 billion in US debt.

China's partnership has proved

critical in our effort to pull

ourselves out of the worst

recession in generations. Following

his official meetings, President

Obama toured the forbidden city -

one of China's national treasures.

Then he joined delegations from the

dinner. two countries for a lavish State

US troops in Iraq have had a

surprise visit from the terminator.

California governor Arnold

Schwarzenegger served dinner and

worked out with the troops at Camp

Victory just outside Baghdad. One

in every nine soldiers still in

Iraq comes from his home State.

Arnie also held talks with Iraq's

Prime Minister before jetting off

to the home town in Austria to

visit the graves of his parents.

Sport this morning and injured

paceman Brett Lee admits thaiz I

will us triious -- illustrious

cricket career could be over with

an elbow injury. If it happens that

I don't play any more cricket from

this day onwards, I can walk away

knowing that I've given it my best.

I always give 100%. Lee admit that

is being a father, spending so much

time away from home will also be a

factor in his decision.

Every Olympic gold medal costs the

nation $15 million, and a new

report claims it is just not worth

it. Now, a major row is brewing

between sporting groups over the

allocation of funding.

Our Olympic heroes - we love them.

But do they do us any good? I think But do they do us any good? I think

it is incredibly important when it

comes to Australia's reputation

stkwrofr seas. But a new report stkwrofr seas. But a new report

claims our Olympic gold medals at

an average of $15 million each in

funding are hardly worth it. And

finishing in the top five at the

next Games is a false goal. We say

this very clearly, weapon don't

think that that's the necessarily think that that's the necessarily

appropriate definition of success

for elite sport. He says that water

polo gets more funding than golf,

bowls and tennis combined, yet,

they are life-long sports improving

the health of millions. The Olympic

movement is preparing for a fight.

This funding is vitally important

to the entire nation T is not just

for the benefit of the sports men

and sports women. In short, this

report is a headache for the

minister with demand for schools

sports training, budgets are tight,

but no government wants to be

blamed for a slump in our Olympic blamed for a slump in our Olympic successes. The Government's

official response is expected early next year.

Western Bulldogs star recruit Barry

Hall is still a month away from

training with his new AFL club. The

former Swan was a no-show at Dogs training yesterday after having

ankle surgery last week. It's a

situation which hasn't impressed

the new coach. He probably should

have had the op probably when he

finished his footy mid-year, but he

didn't. The 32-year-old won't start

running again until mid-December.

Time now for the morning's finance

news with Kath, and the line in the

sand keeps the mood moving all the

time. What are the latest chances

of an interest rate rise before Christmas?

It is not such a sure thing, but

one thing is certain is that rates

will rise from where they are, but

when is the question. In the

minutes, the Central Bank said that

it is conscious of balancing the

risks of raising rates too quickly.

The news weighed on the Aussie

dollar, but still, over half of the

market is pricing in a 25 point

pre-Christmas hike. Any move will

be highly dependant on consumer and business confidence.

To corporate news, and OneTel

founder Jodie Rich should find out

if he has a future as a company

director. ASIC launched action

against Mr Rich and Mark Silverman,

seeking to have both men banned.

The two men have rejected ASIC

claims that they mislead the OneTel

board which included James Packer

and Lachlan Murdoch about the financial state of the company which collapsed in 2001.

Up to 100 jobs are in jeopardy as a

booming manufacturing company in WA

considers moving offshore. Complete

Portables builds 30 portable

buildings a week and wants to

triple the Perth production but

says that State Government delays

and red tape is forcing it overseas.

The last thing that I want to do is

go offshore. I'm a patriotic WA,

but I've got no choice. The local

jobs will be lost to Thailand or China.

Now let's check in at the markets

and one day after the great US

sales results, negative comments sales results, negative comments

about the receipt covery from Home

Depot and Target spooking investors.

Briefly now in other business news

-- Macquarie Group says the cash

component of executive salaries may

be boosted if shareholders reject

planned remuneration. The chairman planned remuneration. The chairman

of Centro to fight ASIC allegations.

AMP chief executive graig Dunn has

promise today increase employee

super contributions as they bid the

takeover for AXA. And super funds

have helped with their campaign to ban commissions to financial

advisors. ban commissions to financial advisors.

A check of the national weather conditions now:

Checking today's newspapers. The

Age looks at the critical 48 hours

ahead for Krishna and Trishna after ahead for Krishna and Trishna after

the operation to operate the pair.

The 'Financial Review' says that

the outgoing chief executive of the

watchdog has slammed links between

the State Government and property developers.

The Australian' says talks between

the Chinese leader and the US

President have revived hopes of a

deal at the UN Copenhagen Summit

noifplt and failed coast gold

financier City Pacific paid itself

$25 million last year for managing

a fund. a fund.

A company which offered to give

away free money says it was

surprised there was a riot when it

cancelled the idea. Really? More

about that after the break. working with our partners

This program is captioned live.

You're watching Ten News.

The main story this morning is all

about the young Bangladeshi

conjoined twins T could be weeks

before surgeons give the final all-

clear over the separation of

Trishna and Krishna. The next 72

hours could prove critical, even

though the doctors were very

pleased with the success of the

marathon surgery. The last stage

went very smoothly. Everything with

the preparation work and the

planning just all came together.

The success was also a relief for

the childrens' carers. We were all

excited but I f I remind everybody

that the next 48 hours are crucial.

The girls remain unaware of the

outpouring of love from around the

world. They remain in an induelsed

coma. That's so that we can help

with the opportunity of helping

them to recover and control it

gently so that they come out of it smoothly.

The 'Oceanic Viking' stand-off is

about to come to an end, but the

political brawl continues. The

remaining asylum seekers will

disembark the boat this morning,

but the Federal opposition has

demanded details of the so-called

special deal put to the Sri Lankans

to coax them off the ship.

United Nations workers enter the

Penang detention centre in

preparation for the arrival of the

final 56 Sri Lankans onboard

Australia's 'Oceanic Viking'. The

long-awaited solution begs

questions. If it is true that there

was no special or preferrential

deal, why did they leave the

vessel? Dealing with each vessel

involves particular circumstances.

Indonesia is being less coy about

those "circumstances". We

definitely don't want them to stay

in Indonesia permanently. Meaning

that the Tamils may arrive in

Australia within weeks. It send out

a signal to the people smugglers a

mile high that Australia is a soft

touch, that the Rudd carpet has

been rolled out. That Kevin will

fix you up, come on down. Labor

says our people smuggler problem is

just a drop in the ocean compared

with other western countries. Last

year, Australia had 4,500 asylum

seeker claims. The United States

had 50,000. Europe, 330,000. This

Government will not panic. This

Government will not respond to the

hysteria that's been drummed up by the Opposition.

Senator Nick Xenophon has

claufrpblged a major attack on the

Church -- launched a major attack

on the Church of Scientology. He

used parliamentary privilege to

attack the church after being

contacted by a number of former

scientologists who accused it of

what he describes as "shocking crimes.".

Australia's first catastrophic

bushfire warning has been issued

for South Australia with

temperatures above 40 degrees

expected today. The "catastrophic"

category rates conditions similar

as to the conditions preceding the

Black Saturday bushfires. Fears for

the safety of anyone caught in the

path of the fires in the districts

of North-west Pastoral and Flinders.

The scorching heat means that a

bushfire is likely to move extremely quickly.

And at the other end of the country,

Queenslanders have sweltered

through another stinking hot day.

Even late thunderstorms brought no relief.

A stormy end to a sweltering day in Queensland. The south-east copping

a taste of what's ahead for

residents this summer, enduring

unseasonably hot temperatures. For

those without air conditioning,

it's hopeless fly trying to

concentrate. The parents want their

kids to be air conditioning.

They're not going to learn in 40

degree. It reached 34 in Brisbane,

and 40 in some areas on the

outskirts of town. That's about six

degrees above average. The

heatwaves prompting renewed calls

for all classrooms in Queensland to

be air conditioned. It's a lot

easier for the kids to concentrate

when they're not hot and sticky and

worried about being uncomfortable.

There's pressure too for retailers

trying to keep up with demand.

We've certainly see a pick-up in

the last few days. The weather has

certainly brought it on. And it's

not over yet. Temperatures to

remain in the 30s until Monday.

That sort of extreme heat can also

be expected today in inland parts

of NSW, spreading to the rest of

the State by the end of the week.

Hundreds of dental patients have

been tested for HIV and hepatitis

after dirty medical instruments

were used at Queensland's Bundaberg

hospital. They were rinsed and

placed in a steriliser but it

wasn't turned on and the equipment

was then used on about 235 patients.

This is not acceptable. It is basic

stuff. All of the patients have

been tested. The first results are

due on Friday.

Human rights groups say dozens of

activists have been detained by

Chinese police to silence any

criticism of the country during the

US President's visit. Barack Obama

has been touring Beijing's

Forbidden City and holding talks

with Hu Jintao. The China Human

Rights Defender Group claims that

activists have been warned against

openly making trouble during Mr Obama's visit.

A company that promise today give

away free cash, but then cancel Ted

last minute is claiming it is not

to blame for the near riot which

followed. Thousands gathered near

the Eiffel Tower in Paris gathered

when they heard that the company

were going to hand out tens of

thousands of euro. It was called

off after a risk to public order, off after a risk to public order,

and sure enough, the angry crowd

sparked up. The promoters say that

they can't be held responsible for

other people's actions.

Scientists are hoping to unlock the

wonderous theory of time. They

flicked the switch earlier this

year, and now they've tinkered with

it and they're ready to go again

this weekend. Doomsday opponents of

the experiment have cheerily

suggested that the machine could

create a black hole which could

suck in the earth.

Fresh from the successful stint in

Gaelic football, 2005 Premiership

winning Irishman, spn Tadhg

Kennelly has come back to the Swans.

He achieved a life-long goal of

leading Kerry to the championship

in Gaelic football. I just want to

get a good preseason under my belt

and be injury-free. There's been a

lot of changes in the team and I'm

looking forward to see how the

younger blokes are getting on. He

says that the Australian lifestyle

was the major reason for the return.

Collingwood recruit Darren Jolly

admits that he's already feeling

the pressure at his new club after

living in relative anonymity. The

28-year-old is still coming to

terms with the scrutiny that comes

with being a Magpie.

It's unlikely Darren Jolly was ever

swamped like this at a November

training session in Sydney. The

Pies swooped on the Swans

Premiership ruckman in trade week

in the hope he'll bring support for

Josh Fraitzer. I suppose the cup

have put a lot of faith in me. The

Western Bulldogs big signing, Barry

Hall, was a no-show at their opening session, still on crutches

after ankle surgery last week. It

means the 32-year-old won't be able

to run for another month, which

hasn't impressed the new boss. He

probably should have had the op

probably when he finished the footy

mid-year. And Adam McPhee is

expected to return west after

walking out on Essendon. The Best

and Fairest will nominate for the

preseason draft, where his original

club Fremantle is expected to swoop

and offer a $1 million three-year

deal.

West Indies batsman and former

Queensland Bull Nathan Nash hopes

that local knowledge will help him.

He returned to Queensland Cricket

headquarters for the first time

since his departure and believes

that his year at the Gabba will

prove invaluable to the tourists.

Played at the Gabba and if they had,

it could have been one match. I've

had the experience there and played

a few finals there for Queensland

as well. The Windies take on the

Bulls in the opening tour match today.

A mixed night on Wall Street as US

investors showed little' rction to

a lower-than-expected inflation

report. Here with the details is

Nick Walter from Macquarie Private

Wealth. And the sector that pushed

it higher yesterday is pushing it

low today? That's right, the index

was down 50 points at one point.

Investors over there did shrug off

poor news from Home Depot and that

is a bellwether for consumer

activity in the US. They came out

with a revised profit forecast. But

investors shrugged that off, in

addition to weaker industrial

numbers. The index seems to have

come back closer to zero and that's

pleasing because that indicates

that they held the previous day's

gains. OK, well back home now, it's

been your view that rates will stay

on hold until next year. You would

have been buoyed by the RBA's

minutes yesterday? Yes, the Reserve

Bank meeting minutes were closely

skrutinised in Australia and they

released the minutes yesterday.

Investors took the details of those

notes and they skate that on

balance, at the moment we expect

that the Reserve Bank won't raise

rates in December. They've never

done it three times in a row, have

they? Just quickly, before you go,

yesterday we had early gains on the

market but a late sell off in the

banks led to some recovery worries,

what are you expecting today? The

Futures index indicates a positive

start today, but only a small

positive start. Fairly quiet day

expected today. There's not a lot

of announcements or data expected. OK, thank you.

Now, what to look out for today business-wise.

Here's how the weather is shaping

up in your part of the country today:

A cruiseship with more than 100

people onboard is stuck in the ice

in the Antarctic. We'll tell you

more about that after the break.

This program is captioned live.

These are the headlines on Ten News.

The Sri Lankans onboard the

'Oceanic Viking' have agreed to

come ashore, but the concern now is

that the message has gone out that

Australia is an open door.

It took more than a day and a half,

but now Trishna and Krishna are in

separate beds about to undergo an

even longer recovery process.

In sport, we love winning gold

medals, but are they worth the

money we pay for them. The

Government has been told to give up

the quest for Olympic glory.

Then in finance, the RBA hints it

is less likely everyone will get an

early Christmas present this year

of another rate rise.

The Sri Lankans onboard the

'Oceanic Viking' could be in

Australia within weeks after

finally agreeing to leave the ship.

The Federal Government is

struggling to give a straight

answer on whether its done a deal

with the asylum seekers to fast-

track their arrival in Australia.

We definitely don't want them to

stay in Indonesia permanently,

right? So that much understanding

is agreed between Indonesia and

Australia. Meanwhile, Indonesia

says strained relations are not the

reason that President Susilo

Bambang Yudhoyono cancelled his

trip to Australia. He's now

planning a trip in February.

Senator Nick Xenophon has launched

an attack on the Church of

Scientology, accusing it of being a

criminal organisation. He used

parliamentary privilege to attack

the church after being contacted by

a number of former skientolgyiss --

scientologists who accused it of

"shocking crimes." He called for it

to be investigated by the police and Parliament.

Melbourne's miracle conjoined twins

have slept separately for the first

time after surviving marathon

surgery, but doctors warn that the

girls face a long road to recovery.

The epic surgery took 32 hours -

twice as long as expected. But the

result for Trishna and Krishna

exceeded all expectations. It is an

amazing thing to see two

individuals when you've got to know

them as one. After being joined at

the head since birth, the three-

year-olds have spent their first

night in separate beds. A 16-strong

medical team at the Royal

Children's Hospital worked on the

groundbreaking operation through

the night, finally finishing yesterday afternoon. Everything

with the preparation work and the

planning just all came together.

For the guardians who found the

girls in a Bangladeshi orphanage

two years ago, cautious celebration

and relief. We are all excited, but

again, he remind everybody that the

next 48 hours is very crucial. It's

what we always hoped for and we've

just got to wait and see how the

girls go over the next few weeks.

Over the coming days, the strrs

will remain in an induced coma in

intensive care. That's so that we

have the opportunity to help them

manage how they recover. But the

battle is far from over, with the

very real risk of complications as

individual lives. the girls start their new

The nation's first catastrophic

bushfire warning has been issued

for SA with temperatures set to

soar above 40 degrees again today.

With more on that, I'm joined by

the Weather Channel. It's another

shocker for South Australia today.

That's right, it is day 12 of the

heatwave for northern parts of SA

today with temperatures around 14

degrees above the average. Now,

some areas heading for 45 and this

record-breaking heatwave has been

blistering South Australian soils

for almost two weeks now. But today

we have the added feature of strong

winds across the Pastoral and

Flinders diswhich is why the

catastrophic warning has been put

in place. There's also a lot of

heat in Queensland S that tied in?

That's right. 80% of the main land

is affected by the hot air mass

which is extraordinary. It's

affecting parts of NSW again today

with temperatures up to around 11

above the average. Check it out

there. Temperatures in the inland

heading to the mid-40s and this is

Thank you. expected until early next week.

US President Barack Obama has been

holding face-to-face talks with his

Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao. Mr

Obama had to choose his words

darefully. China holds billions of

dollars in US debt and is key to

keeping America's economy in motion.

In a face-to-face meeting with his

Chinese counterpart, President

Obama brought up the controversial

topic of human rights. He told

President Hu Jintao that Americans

believe all men and women possess

certain basic rights. They are

universal rights and that they

should be available to all peoples,

to all ethnic and religious

minorities. As President Obama

spoke, the Chinese President looked

on, stone-faced. The two leaders

also discussed trade, climate

change and the nuclear programs in

Iran and North Korea. But the American delegation can't push

China too hard. The country holds

more than $800 billion in US debt.

China's partnership has proved

critical in our effort to pull

ourselves out of the worst

recession in generations. Following

his official meetings, President

Obama toured the Forbidden City,

one of China's national treasures.

Then he joined delegations from the

dinner. two countries for a lavish State

A ship taking tourists around A ship taking tourists around

Antarctica has become stuck in the Antarctica has become stuck in the

frozen ice. Just over 100 people

are onboard the ice breaker

including tourists, scientists and

a film crew making a documentary

about emporer ping wins. The

Russian company which owns the boat

says there's no danger and they says there's no danger and they

just need a stronger wind to help

them get moving again.

The space shuttle 'Atlantis' will

dock with the International Space

Station today. The astronauts began

the second day by checking the

shuttle's heat shield for damage.

They'll also be preparing the space

suits for three space walks planned

for tomorrow. The crew is

delivering tonnes of spare parts

and equipment to the space station

days. before returning to earth in 11

Emp Olympic gold medal costs the

nation $15 million, and a new

report claims it is just not worth

it. Now, a major row is brewing

between sporting groups over the

allocation of funding.

Our Olympic heroes. We love them.

But do they do us any good? I think But do they do us any good? I think

it is incredibly important when it it is incredibly important when it

comes to Australia's reputation

overseas. But a new report claims

our Olympic gold medals at an

average of $15 million each in

funding are hardly worth it. And

finishing in the top five at the

next Games is a false goal. We say

this very clearly - we don't think

that that is the necessarily

appropriate definition of success

for elite sport. He says water polo

gets more funding than golf, bowls

and tennis combined. Yet, they are

lifelong sports, improving the

very surprised. health of millions. I must say I'm

Western Bulldogs star recruit Barry

Hall is still a month away from

joining full training with his new

AFL club. The former Swan was a no-

show at Dogs training yesterday

after having ankle surgery last

week. It's a situation which hasn't

impressed the new coach. He should

have had the op probably when he

finished his footy mid-year, but he

didn't. The 32-year-old won't start

running again until mid-December.

Time for more in finance now with

Kath, and how are the odds shaping

Christmas? up on the possible rate rise before

They've definitely lengthened. It

is inevitable that rates will rise,

but just when it will happen is now

open to question according to the

Reserve Bank's minutes. They said

that they're conscious of balancing

the risks of raising rates too

quickly, which could stifle growth.

The news weighed on the Aussie

dollar, but still, over half of the

market is pricing in a 25-point

pre-Christmas hike. Any move will

be highly dependent on consumer and

business confidence.

One Tel founder Jodie Rich should

find out today if he has a future

as a company director. ASIC as a company director. ASIC

launched action in the Supreme

Court against Rich and former

director Mark Silverman, seeking to

have both men banned. The two men

have rejected ASIC claims that they

mislead the One Tel board including

James Parker and Lachlan Murdoch

about the finances of the company.

Let's look at the markets now:

Here's a weather check for you:

At American car nut has pimped his

ride. He's created what is probably

the world's fastest street legal

neighbours. Pitty the neighbours?

You bet ya! A MAN, ARMED WITH A KNIFE, HIS 20S, WAS WEARING A A PETITION HAS BEEN WHICH IS BEHIND THE WATER TO LAKE JINDABYNE, TO THE ALLIANCE SAYS, IT'S UP ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH AND 24 FOR WOLLONGONG - 28 PARKES - 20 DEGREES THE TOP

This program is captioned live.

The main story this morning is all about the young Bangladeshi

conjoined twins. It could be weeks

before surgeons give the final all-

clear over the separation of

Krishna and Trishna. The next 72

hours will prove the most critical,

even though the doctors were very

pleased with the success of the

marathoner surgery. The last stage

went very smoothly. Everything with

the preparation work and the

planning just all came together.

The success was also a relief for

the children's carers. We are all

excited, but again, I remind

everybody that this next 48 hours

is very crucial. The girls remain

unaware of outpouring of hope from

around the world where their story

has touched the hearts of people

everywhere. They remain in an

induelsed coma. That's so that we

have the opportunity of helping

manage how they recover and you can

control it and land them nice and

gently so that they come out of it smoothly.

The 'Oceanic Viking' stand-off is

about to come to an end, but the

political brawl continues. The

remaining asylum seekers will

disembark the boat this morning,

but but the frid ral Opposition has

demanded -- the Federal Opposition

has demanded details of the deals

to coax them off the ship.

United Nations workers enter the

detention centre in preparation for

the arrival of the final 56 Sri

Lankans onboard Australia's

'Oceanic Viking'. The long-awaited

solution begs questions. If it is

true that there was no special or

preferrential deal, why did they

leave the vessel? Dealing with each

vessel involves particular

circumstances. Indonesia is being

less coy about those

"circumstances". We definitely

don't want them to stay in

Indonesia permanently. Meaning the

Tamils may arrive in Australia

within weeks. It send out a signal

to the people smugglers a mile-high

that Australia is a soft touch.

That the Rudd carpet has been

rolled out. That Kevin will fix you

up - come on down.

Labor says our people smuggler

problem is just a drop in the ocean

compared to other western countries.

Last year, Australia had 4,500

asylum seeker claims. The United

States had 50,000. Europe had

330,000. This Government will not

panic. This Government will not

respond to the hysteria that's

being drummed up by the Opposition.

The Senator Nick Xenophon has

launched a major attack on the

Church of Scientology, accusing it

of being a criminal organisation.

Senator Zeinab used parliamentary

privilege to attack the church

after being contacted by a number

of former scientologists who

accused it of shocking crime and

called for it to be investigated by

both the police and the Parliament.

Australia's first catastrophic

bushfire warning has been issued

for South Australia with

temperatures above 40 expected

today. The catastrophic category

rates the risk as similar to the

conditions preceding Victoria's

Black Saturday bushfires. South

Australia's country fire service

fears for the safety of anyone

caught in the path of bushfires in

the districts of North-west

Pastoral and Flinders. The

scorching heat means a bushfire is

likely to move extremely quickly.

And at the other end of the country,

Queenslanders have sweltered

through another stinking hot day.

Even late thunderstorms bringing no relief.

A stormy end to a sweltering day in

Queensland. The south-east copping

a taste of what's ahead for

residents this summer, enduring

unseasonably hot temperatures. For

those without air conditioning,

it's hopeless trying to concentrate.

The parents want their kids to be

in air conditioning. They're not

going to learn in 40 degree heat.

It reached 34 in Brisbane. 40 in

some areas on the outskirts of town.

That's about six degrees above

average. The heatwave has prompt

renewed calls for all classrooms in

Queensland to be air conditioned.

It's a lot easier for the kids to

concentrate when they're not hot

and sticky and worried about being

uncomfortable. There's pressure too

for retailers trying to keep up

with demand. We've certainly seen a

pick-up in the last few days. The

weather has certainly brought it on.

And it's not over yet. Temperatures

to remain in the 30s until Monday.

That sort of extreme heat can also

be expected today in inland parts

of NSW spreading to the rest of the

State by the end of the week.

Hundreds of dental patients have

been tested for HIV and hepatitis

after dirty medical instruments

were used at Queensland's Bundaberg

Hospital. The instruments were

rinsed and placed in a steriliser,

but it wasn't turned on. The

equipment was then used on up to

235 patients. There are real

concerns and apologies. This is

simply not acceptable T is basic

stuff. All of the patients have

been tested. The first results are

due back on Friday.

It was a case of who let the dogs

out in Melbourne overnight with

police nabbing three alleged puppy

nabbers. 17 puppies were found in a

car in Ringwood by the police dog

squad after neighbours reported a

burglary at the nearby pet shop at

around 1am. A very happy ending for

us and the puppies but particularly

the puppies. They're safe and

they'll find good home. A boy and

girl aged 17 and a 20-year-old

woman are being spoken to by the police.

US President Barack Obama has urged

China to meet with the ousted

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai

Lama. In wide-ranging talks with Hu

Jintao, the US President also

hammered home his human rights

message. While we recognise that

Tibet is part of the People's

Republic of China, the United

States supports the early

resumption of dialogue between the

representatives of the Dalai Lama

to look at differences that the two

sides may have. Despite the growing

relationship between the two

countries, clearly divisions remain

between them on many major issues.

However, that didn't stop President

Obama doing the tourist thing on

Beijing's Forbidden City.

Scientists are hoping to final lip

unlock the secrets of space and

time, assuming that the machine

doesn't break down again. The large

hadron collider is supposed to

recreate the Big Bang, but it

packed up as soon as they flicked

the switch earlier this year. Now

they've tinkered with it and are

ready to go. Doomsday opponents of

the experiment have cheerily

suggested that the machine could

create a black hole which could

suck in the earth.

An American car fanatic has pimped

his ride to the extreme. He's

created what is believed to be the

fastest street legal car in the

world. Joe will kins from Texas,

where else! Put some fire in the

vintage 1939 Ford by installing a

jet engine in the boot. In theory,

he could pop down to the shops at

500km/h, but starting the engine

would melt everything in the street.

He's now thinking of going to the

land speed record. salt flats in Utah to set a new

Fresh from his successful stint in

Gaelic football, 2005 Premiership

winning Irishman Tadhg Kennelly has

returned to take his place with the

Swans. He sign add two-year deal

after achieving a lifelong goal of

leading Kerry to an all-Ireland

championship. I'm always up for a

challenge, but I just want to get a

good preseason under my belt and be

injury-free. There's been a lot of

changes in the team and I'm looking

forward to seeing how the younger

blokes are getting on, you know.

Kennelly says the Australian

lifestyle was the reason for his return.

Collingwood recruit Darren Jolly

admits he's already feeling the

pressure at the new club after

living in relative anonymity. The

28-year-old is still coming to

terms with the scrutiny that comes

with being a Magpie.

It's unlikely Darren Jolly was ever

swamped like this at a November

training session in Sydney. The

Pies swooped on the Swans

Premiership ruckman in trade week

in the hope he'll provide long

awaited sup fort for Josh Phraser.

I suppose there's some pressure.

The Western Bulldogs big signing,

Barry Hall, was a no-show at the

opening session, still on crutches

after ankle surgery last week. It

means the 32-year-old won't be able

to run for at least another month,

which hasn't impressed his new boss.

He probably should have had the op

probably when he finished his footy

mid-year, but he didn't. And Adam

McPhee is expected to return west

after walking out on he iss. The

Best and Fairest winner will

nominate for the preseason draft

where his original club, Fremantle

deal. is expected to swoop and offer a

West Indies batsman and former

Queensland Bull, Brendan Nath

expects that local knowledge will

earn him selection. He returned to

Queensland for the first time since

his departure and believes his

years at the Gabba will prove

invaluable to the tourists. I know

a lot of guys who may have played

there, and if it was, it was maybe

only one match, and I've got a lot

of experience there. The Windies

take on the Bulls in the opening

tour match today.

A final check of the markets now

and it's been a mixed night on Wall

Street as US investors showed

little reaction to a lower-than-

expected inflation report. Here

with the details is Nick Walter

from Macquarie Prieveyapt Wealth.

And the retailers were dragging on

the market. The Dow Jones was down

50 points at one stage, and

investors did shrug off the news

from Home Depot, which is a

bellwether for consumer activity in

the US. They came out and readvised

their profit forecast slightly down

compared to the previous forecast.

And investors shrugged off other

numbers, but the index rose late in

the trade to close close to the

previous's -- close to the previous

day's news. Just quickly, the RBA

released its minutes yesterday.

What is your reading on a pre-

Christmas rate rise? Well,

investors certainly scrutinised the

commentary that comes from the

meeting minutes and they were

released yesterday. It's clear that

the Reserve Bank are trying to

balance the effects of the

withdrawal of the stimulus and

concerns about inflation in 2010.

It is certainly our expectation at

the moment that there won't be a

rate rise in December, and that the

Reserve Bank will keep rates on

hold until February of next year.

OK, thank you.

moment. And Ron, that is finance to the

moment. Thank you very

Thank you very much. A check of the

weather before we go and some real

scorcher temperatures around today:

That's it for Ten News. The first

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I'm Kath Robinson. Thank you for

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