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Good morning. Welcome to Ten's

Early News. All eyes on Canberra

this morning as thousands of

spectators and police line the

Olympic relay route. No relief for

home buyers - high inflation

figures pretty much wipe out any

chance of a rate cut. Three killed

during an elephant's rampage in

India. And in sport, Matthew India. And in sport, Matthew

Indian Premier League. Hayden's devastating innings in the

Right now let's look at the markets.

Wall Street edging higher with the

Wall Street edging higher with the

late trade? It has thanks late trade? It has thanks to

stronger than expected profits from Boeing.

We'll look at the inflation numbers

in detail and what impact they'll

have on rates. Thousands of people

are already lining the streets of

Canberra for the Olympic torch

relay which starts in just a few

hours. Hundreds of police will also

be there along the 16-kilometre

route in a bid to avoid the violent

clashes we saw across Europe. Leone

is at Lake Burley Griffin and joins

us now. It appears Canberra woke up

very early this morning? That's

right. There's quite a bit of

activity around the place here in

Canberra. I don't know if you can

see given it's fairly early,

thousands of protesters behind me

with the Chinese flags, the pro-Chinese supporters and quite a

few pro-Tibetan supporters,

cheering quite loudly and already making quite a bit of noise. making quite a bit of noise. That's

the concern that police have here

this morning. There's been buses

coming in from interstate. In about

10 minutes time, we'll see the

first event get under way when we have the pre-dawn fire works

display across the waters of Lake

Burley Griffin. There will be hot Burley Griffin. There will be hot air balloons. But the official

event kicks off after 8:30 when

last year's Young Australian of the

Year lights the torch. It will

travel across the lake, around the

streets of Canberra, past

Parliament House and the war

memorial before being handed to Ian

Thorpe who will light the cauldron.

Up to 10,000 protesters on both Up to 10,000 protesters on

sides of the argument were expected

of to attend. What chance of a repeat

of the violence that we've seen

elsewhere in the world? That's elsewhere in the world? That's the

real concern for police. As I real concern for police. As I said, thousands of them have been coming

in from interstate. We hear there's

over 5,000 pro-Chinese supporters

expected. And there's many people

coming in from other parts. Crow

can probably hear the fire works

displays going off. Police say all

their intelligence points to the

fact there could be trouble here

today. They have erected barricades

along the 16-kilometres of the

route. More than half the ACT

Police Force will be on hand as

well as their interstate colleagues.

They've been given special powers

to make sure they can search anyone

they feel they need to and seize

any weapons. There's still

confusion over the role of this

Chinese flame attendants during the

relay? This is despite the police saying on numerous occasions their

role will be purely ceremonial.

Yesterday we heard the Beijing

relay spokesman say that they'll be

deployed to intervene should there

be any violence or anything like

that. Police quickly stamped down

on the man and said, "That's not

the case. Their role will be purely

ceremonial." We'll find out soon

enough. Thank you. Now, thousands

indeed of Chinese from Melbourne and

indeed across the country have

arrived in Canberra this morning,

some still arriving to support some still arriving to

this troubled relay. Up to 50 bus

loads boarded at the city's Telstra

Stadium after thousands of emails

were sent around the Chinese

community. Because we love our

country and the Olympics is all the

human being's game. The plan is to

outnumber the other protesters. outnumber the other protesters.

That is pro-Tibet. Other news now That is pro-Tibet. Other news now -

Australians will gather across the

country tomorrow morning for Anzac

Day dawn services. Ceremonies and

marches will be held, paying

tribute to the thousands of men and

women who fought and died in

conflict. Up to 4,000 Australians

are expected to mark the country's most important victory on the Western Front in northern Western Front in northern France. Many are making the journey to

Gallipoli and Turkey for the dawn

service at Anzac Cove. The ABC has

confirmed it won't delay the

broadcast of the Gallipoli serves

to other networks. A national

memorial service will be held this

morning to honour those who lost

their lives aboard HMAS 'Sydney'.

Relatives of the crew will be

joined by the PM and the Opposition

Leader to pay their respects. The Leader to pay their respects.

service will be held at St Andrew's

Cathedral in Sydney. A man has been

stabbed during a brawl in Brisbane

overnight. Witnesses say what began

as an argument turned ugly after a

few drinks. It's believed a

disagreement between two mates

quickly escalateed. Just after 10

last night, the pair were drinking

at a home near Ipswich. First I was

on the vereneda when I see them

throw the punch and then I went

inside and told mum to come inside

and she said that they're fighting.

The fight turned ugly when one of

the men drew a knife. I seen Terry

come back inside, with blood coming

out of him, of his stomach. And it

made me feel sick. Police arrived

at the scene and observed one male

person that sustained muttple stab

wound to his torso. Paramedics

drove the 48-year-old victim to

hospital where he remains in a

stable condition. Police have set

up a crime scene around the house

and are hunting the alleged attacker. Please are attacker. Please are still

conducting inquiries in relation to

the other male person involved in

the incident. We're aware of who

the person is. 20 people have been the person is. 20 people have been

evacuated after a fire in an

underground car park in Sydney's

west overnight. It's unclear how

the fire started in the car park.

Twaudz below a block of flats Twaudz below a block of flats in

Abbotsford. The crew say the fire

has now been contained. Rock

throwers could face up to five

years jail under a crackdown by the

NSW Government. The new laws follow

a series of incidents across the

State. One left a woman with State. One left a woman with brain

damage. Theset also wants to

introduce tougher fines for violent

drunks and ban them from pubs drunks and ban them from pubs and

clubs. An elephant has gone on a

rampage in southern India, killing

three people. The aggravated

charged through a Hindu temple, three people. The aggravated male

knocking down a thatched roof and

trampling its victims, before

trying to batter its way through a

steel gate. The animal was being

used during a fersival ceremony

before it -- festival ceremony

before it killed three people and

one of its handlers. Super model

Miranda Kerr was flanked by top

designers at one of Australia's

most iconic sites. Kerr happily posing for the paparazzi. In

between official duties, the New

York-based model is hoping to catch

up with family and introduce them

to new boyfriend, movie star

Orlando Bloom. Rugby league's most

powerful woman is in Australia

hoping to snap up some NRL players

for her English

for her English Super League club. Her visit coincides with

uncertainty over the future of

Cronulla halfback Brett Kimmorley. She's a mother of three who looks anything but a ruthless rugby league powerbroker.

But Kath Hetherington is here on a mission. Certain positions are sort of key to us. We're looking for a halfback probably, and probably a prop. What we're doing is we're looking, seeing what's about and then making some decisions when we go back home. Cronulla half-back Brett Kimmorley is perhaps in her sights. He's been linked with a midseason swap to St George Illawarra - his coach calling it speculation, but at the same time, not ruling it out. As I said, I spoke to Brett this morning and he didn't know too much about it, and it's just something we'll work through. The Sharks get their captain, back from suspension. Paul Gallen banned for raking the face

of Gold Coast forward Anthony Laffranchi, but he maintains it was nothing personal. on their head I probably would have done it to any other player at the same time.

But it's obviously something I've just got to learn from and get on with it. AFL now and Richmond is calling on

its golden past to drive it in to

the future with favourite sons taking

taking part in the club's centenary

celebrations. Matthew Richardson

has ruled out a Richo-Buddy

Franklin match-up at the MCG. If I

went to Buddy, they would clear the

50 out quickly. I don't think that

will be happening. The umpire

responsible fore that crooked bounce

bounce last Saturday night has been

dropped this week. A powerful

innings from Matthew Hayden has

lifted the Super Kings to a narrow

victory over the Mumbai Indians in

the Premier League this morning. He

showed no respect for the Indians' bowling.

COMMENTATOR: That's a cheeky shot.

Hayden was run out by Test nemesis

Harbhajan Singh. And his innings

proved vital with the Kings' total

of 208 pushed right to the final

ball. Let's go to finance now.

Inflation hits a record high? Yes,

it has. The CPI surgeing to a

16-year high of 4.2% annually which

is well above the RBA's target band.

Soaring rents, petrol and food

prices are behind the stronger than

expected result which is

potentially bad news for rates. The

probability of an August hike has

risen to 60%. The Aussie dollar

reached a 24-year high, breaking

the 95 US cent level. The Treasurer

says high inflation will not affect

next month's budget. Kerry Stokes

has lost the latest round of his

fight to win control of Perth's

daily newspaper. He was defeated in

his attempt to sack four of the newspaper's directors over their

performance. An extraordinary

meeting of shareholders last night

voted in favour of the existing

board. Kerry Stokes says he accepts

the result but may still be offered

a place on the newspaper's board in

a compromised deal. The national

picture for the rest of the day:

Looking at the newspaper headlines

now. The 'Daily Telegraph' has more

on the tough new laws for pubs and

clubs under a crackdown on problem

drinking. The ANZ has revealed it

set aside $2.4 billion to cover the

increasing toll of bad loans. And

in the 'Sydney Morning Herald',

Hillary Clinton's campaign for the

US presidency is still alive, after

a 10-point win over Barack Obama in

the Pennsylvania primary. Claims Kerry Packer was Heather Mills's sugar

sugar daddy. The Packers understandably upset.

This is Ten's Early News. Tight

security in Canberra - as security in Canberra - as

spectators and protesters line the

streets for the Olympic torch relay.

Four pro-Tibetan activists charged

over a high-profile protest in

Sydney. The Bombers accuse the

Magpies of foxing ahead of

tomorrow's Australian zack game.

Now let's check the -- Anzac game.

Now let's check the rather volatile

markets. Wall Street is ahead this morning, thanks to morning, thanks to stronger than expected

expected profits from Boeing.

I'll come back in about 10 minutes

with another update. Thank you.

Thousands of protesters are

expected to line the streets of

Canberra this morning. Many already

there for the Olympic torch relay.

Security will be tight. More than

500 police officers controlling the

16 kilometre route. Sports people

and Australians from a range of fields will

fields will each run a 200 metre

leg. Chinese organisers are leg. Chinese organisers are still

at odds with the Australian police

over the role of the notorious flame attendants. Canberra's skyline alight in celebration of the Beijing Olympic torch relay's only Australian stop. (Chants) But outside the Chinese embassy, just a few blocks from the flame's route, candles spell out a message of protest. It's meant to be a journey of harmony, but as the Olympic flame touched down in the nation's capital, it's brought controversy with it. Flame attendants are deployed alongside and behind the torchbearer to respond to any immediate threat. Confusion remains over the role of Chinese flame attendants. Australian organisers are keen to avoid a repeat of heavy-handed reactions to protests seen on other legs of the relay. All of security will vest with us. I don't know if I could be any clearer than that. The continued distraction surrounding the troubled relay is dividing torchbearers.

If you're going to protest on issues like this it shouldn't be centred around a particular event, it should be something that's done consistently. The Olympic torch is the symbol of what they're trying to say.

Brad Hodson, Ten News.

Four pro-Tibetan demonstrators have

been charged over a high-profile

protest in Sydney. A banner with

'Enjoy compassion, always Tibet'

written across it was unfurled on

the famous Coca-Cola sign at Kings

Cross. They'll appear in court next

month. Thousands of Australians

will gather across the country

tomorrow morning for Anzac Day dawn

services. Ceremonies and marches

will be held to will be held to pay tribute to the

men and women who have died in

conflict. Many are also making the journey to the Gallipoli

battlefield in Turkey for the dawn service

service at Anzac Cove. A man is

dead and another fighting for life

after a 3-car crash in Melbourne.

The driver of a Ford Falcon crossed

on to the other side of the road,

colliding head-on with two vehicles.

He died instantly. We are coming in

to winter and are appealing for

people to slow down. A 59-year-old

man was taken to hospital with

serious injuries, while a third

driver suffered minor injuries. Three

Three men are likely to receive

bravery awards after rescuing a

young family from their burning

home. It's the third time the

hearing impaired family has been

forced to flee a house fire. In

just minutes, the timber home was

destroyed. Its five occupants

escaping with their lives as three

strangers risked theirs. Screams, blood-curdling screams. It was an

inferno. Very hot. The heroes spotted

spotted smoke pouring from the home

while driving along the highway.

Brendon Johnson pulled the family

from the flames. They were from the flames. They were just

yelling and crying and he was burnt, all

all up his arms and face by the

look of it. She was badly cut.

While Darren and Nick ran through

the burning house to save two

children, aged 9 and 7. She kept on

pointing towards the back of the

house. I didn't think about it. Me

and the other guy that came with me,

we just went for it. It's the third

time the family's had a home

damaged by fire. They were forced

to move 18 months ago after one of

the blazes. Petrol prices are

soaring ahead of the Anzac Day long

weekend, raising fears we could

soon be paying $1.60 a litre.

Prices jumped 20 cents a litre in

some parts of Victoria yesterday.

They hit a record high in Brisbane

and reached $1.54 in and reached $1.54 in Perth.

Motoring groups are calling for the

Government to intervene. The Ten

News traffic helicopters has been

repeatedly hit by a laser beam over

Sydney. Traffic reporter Vic

Larusso was hit in the eye. My

pilot alerted me of a green pilot alerted me of a green laser

being shot up in the direction of

the helicopter. We did turn around

and looked down and several attacks

on us from a green laser. It wasn't

the malicious attack that we

thought. The lasers are part of a

local council sculpture that sends

the green beams on to netting but

they bounce dangerously in to the

sky. James Packer has dismissed

claims that his late father Kerry claims that his late father Kerry

was a sugar daddy to Paul

McCartney's ex, Heather McCartney's ex, Heather Mills.

Denise hew whoot worked as a call

girl with Mills in the '80s, made

the allegation in a the allegation in a documentary.

James Packer claims it's a cheap shot

shot at someone who can't defend

themselves. British researchers say

women who eat cereal for breakfast are

are more likely to have sons than

daughters. They've found stron

links between highner aerpblg

intake among fathers around the

conception and the birth of boys.

The study focused on 740 first-time

mothers in Britain. Presidential

hopeful Hillary Clinton says the

tide is turning after her victory

in Pennsylvania. The former first

lady beat rival Barack Obama by

double digits but she's now facing

a shortage of cash to keep her

campaign afloat. People have been

flocking to Hillary Clinton dot com

to help this campaign. Obviously we

are being outspent. The Democratic

race moves to North Carolina and Indiana.

Indiana. One day out from the AFL's

Anzac Day game, the baiting has

begun. Essendon coach Matthew

Knights accusing Collingwood of foxing. Rookie coach Matthew Knights has certainly not taken a backwards step, aiming up at the Magpies' injury claims. I've got Scott Lucas, Mark McVeigh,

Sam Lonergan, Courtney Dempsey, Leroy Jetta - they'd play at the moment with one leg, and they play off a 3-day break, All our players, from the Essendon perspective,

just can't wait to get into this game, and I'm not sure Collingwood are too beaten up,

to be brutally honest. He then went further, naming names. I would have thought Scott Burns would be doubtful. I'd expect Anthony Rocca to play and I'd expect Didak to play. I noticed Dane Swan was running around with a wrap on his quad or whatever,

but I'd expect him to play. And he was right. The only changes - Maxwell and Cook in, out goes Reid and Holland. At the Bombers, Courtney Johns replaces Lovett-Murray.

And in the match at Subiaco, Geelong's dropped Rooke, Prismall and West and in comes Taylor, Gamble and debutant Shane Mumford.

The Dockers have included Headland and Murphy for Thornton and Matthew Carr. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Growing uncertainty over the future

of Cronulla halfback Brett Kimmorley after his coach Kimmorley after his coach didn't

rule out the number 7 could join St George Illawarra before the season

is over. Ricky Stuart says it's

speculation but he conceded he's

open minded about players changing

clubs mid-season. Every coach is all

all about improving his group of

players, his roster. I'm no

different to any other coach.

Kimmorley is also attracting

attention from English clubs.

Adelaide United on its way to

play-off qualification in the Asian Champions

Champions League. The Reds extended

their lead in their lead in Group erbs with a 4-1

route of Binh Duong. Nathan Burns

the architect. He set up three impressive goals.

No such joy for the Melbourne

Victory. Their campaign is over. A

2-0 loss to Gamba Osaka. Definance

news now - a profit plunge at ANZ?

A big one. Bad loans have taken

their toll on ANZ's bottom line

with the bank announcing a 7% dip

in earnings. First half net profit

has droped to $1.9 billion this

year. The first time it's fallen in

more than a decade. The bank set

aside a record $2.4 billion to

cover the increasing bad loans. Shareholders will receive an

interim dividend of 62 cents. Stock

closed up 4.2%. The boss of BHP has

launched a scathing attack on Rio

Tinto. Marius Kloppers took aim at

Rio's chief, slamming the company's

fast performance and growth

potential. He claims BHP has

outdone Rio in volume growth, earnings

earnings per share growth and share

price performance. It comes as brbs

HP brought out positive results. --

BHP brought out positive results.

The forecast for Thursday -

The count down to that torch relay

- we'll cross to Leonie Mellor next

in Canberra. And the CommSec

returns. finance report when the Early News

Today, all eyes on Canberra, as

thousands of spectators and indeed

police line the Olympic relay route

this morning. No relief for home

buyers it seems - high inflation

figures wiping out any chance of an

interest rate cut. Three killed

during an elephant's rampage in

Matthew India. And the sports news -

Matthew Hayden's devastating

innings in the Indian Premier

League. A quick look at the weather:

To the markets, though - how did

Wall Street close? After wavering

higher. in early trade, stocks have closed

Coming up - we'll look that

inflation numbers in detail and

what impact they'll have on rates.

Hundreds of spectators and

protesters are lining the streets

of Canberra already. The Olympic

torch relay is hours away. torch relay is hours away. Police

are out in force, hoping to avoid a

repeat of the violence we've seen

in other parts of the world. Leonie

Mellor is at Lake Burley Griffin.

The day's celebrations The day's celebrations already

beginning? That's right. There's

been a huge build-up just in the

last half an hour. You can probably

see the huge crowds behind me. Just

a short time ago we saw the

magnificent fire works display magnificent fire works display over

the waters of Lake Burley Griffin.

That was the first event kicking

series off today. There will be a whole

series of events, including hot air

balloons going up in to the skies. The main event starts afterate:30

of when last year's Young Australian

of the Year lights the torch. It

will pass around the streets of

Canberra before passing to Ian

Thorpe who will light the cauldron.

There were bus convoys from other

cities of pro-Chinese demonstrators

or supporters this morning - what's

the mood like among the human

rights activists and rights activists and various

spectators? Fairly vibrant. There

have been thousands of pro- have been thousands of pro- Chinese

supporters there. They want to

dampen any voice from the

probably pro-Tibetan supporters. You can

probably see thousands of them behind

behind me. Security is tight here.

Police said yesterday that all

intelligence they had pointed to

the fact there could be trouble.

They are prepared for that and

prepared to clamp down on it very quickly should it happen. Talking

about possible trigger points,

there is still some confusion over

the role of Chinese flame

attendants? This is debite police

and authorities saying on numerous

-- despite police and saying on numerous occasions -- despite police and authorities

the Australian authorities. At a security will be provided only by

press conference yesterday, the

Beijing relay spokesman himself

added to the confusion by saying

the flame attendants, those

controversial men in blue and white

tracksuits, would intervene should

there be any immediate late to the

torch or torch-bearers. They would

place their bodies in between the

flames and any protesters. That

sparked some serious looks of

concern from the police who said

that it's not the case. If that did

happen those flame attendants would

face the full efebts of the law. It

may not be only the protesters who

we see arrested here today. Thank you.

you. Meantime, thousands of Chinese from Melbourne and across the

country are arriving in Canberra

this morning to support the

troubled relay. Up to 50 bus loads

boarded at the city's Telstra Stadium after thousands of emails were sent around the Chinese

community. Because we love our

country. And this Olympic is all

the human being's game. The plan is

to outnumber the pro-Tibetan

protesters. In other news -

Australians will gather across the

country tomorrow morning for Anzac

Day dawn services. Ceremonies and

marches will be held, paying

tribute to the thousands of men and

women who have fought and died in

conflict. Up to 4,000 Australians

are expected to mark the important victory on the Western Front in

France and many are making the

journey to Gallipoli. It's been

reported the boss of a failed share

trading company deposited almost

$11 million in to a tax haven

before his firm collapsed.

Chartwell Enterprizes went in to receivership on Monday. Owing mum and

and dad investors up to $40 million.

Director Graeme Hoy and his

business partner Ian Rau have

business partner Ian Rau have since

gone in to hiding. A man has been

stabbed during a brawl in Brisbane

overnight. Witnesses say what began

as an argument, turned ugly after a

few drinks. It's believed a disagreement

disagreement between two mates

last night, the pair were drinking quickly escalateed. Just after 10

at a home near Ipswich. First I was

on the verandah when I see him

throw the punch and then I went

inside and told mum to come inside

but she said they're fighting. But

the fight turned ugly when one of

the men drew a knife.. I seen Terry

come back inside, with blood coming

out of his stomach. P And it may me

feel sick. Police arrived at the

scene and observed one male person

Perth. Motoring groups are calling in Brisbane and reached $1.54 in yesterday. They hit a record high litre in some parts of Victoria a litre. Prices jumped 20 cents a a fears we could soon be paying $1.60 the Anzac Day long weekend, raising Petrol prices are soaring ahead of Petrol prices are soaring ahead and ban them from pubs and clubs. tougher fines for violent drunks wounds to to this torso -- multiple stab had sustained muttple stab wounds

for the Government to intervene. An

elephant has gone on a rampage in southern India, killing three

people. The aggravated male charged

through a Hindu temple, knocking

down a thatched roof and trampling

its victims before trying to batter

its way through a steel gate. The

elfpbtd was being used in a

festival . It killed three of festival . It killed three of its handlers.

handlers. Reports former Dragons

captain Trent Barrett could make a

return to the NRL next season. It's

believed he will ask for a release

from the final year of his contract

because his wife is pregnant and

his family is homesick. The move

could see Barrett back in the red

and white with Wayne Bennett

looking for a solution to that

club's halves problem. Danny

Vukovic is free to play at the Beijing Olympics after successfully

appealing his ban for striking

referee Mark Shield in the A-League

grand final. An independent appeals

committee has reduced the

suspension from nine months to four

months. The key for Vukovic is that

the sentence will be served in two

parts - before and after the

Beijing Games. That allows him to

be part of the campaign. A powerful

innings from Matthew Hayden has

lifted the Super Kings to a narrow

win over the Mumbai Indians in the

Premier League this morning. He

showed no respect for the Indian bowling.

COMMENTATOR: That's a cheeky shot.

My goodness. Hayden was run out by his Test nemesis, Harbhajan Singh.

His innings proved voital. The

King's total of 208 was pushed

right to the final ball. Mumbai

came up six runs short.

Troubling news for home borrowers

yesterday. Inflation reaching above

the Reserve Bank's target range.

And the rising cost of fuel and rent are to blame for the higher

than expected CPI? We've seen rents rising

rising at their fastest pace in 18

years and it's no surprise that

looking at the fuel, fuel prices

are rising and having a strong

impact on the CPI. The Reserve

Bank's preferred measure of 6-month

rolling averages of the CPI came in

at 4.7%, the highest reading we've at 4.7%, the highest reading we've

had since 1991. This has raised the possibility of another rate hike

down the track? That's right. The

chances of a rate hike have certainly

certainly improved. No rate cuts

are coming this year. We can see

strong domestic demand and soaring

global fuel and food prices. The

Reserve Bank will have no

alternative but to raise rates. We

smbgt to maybe see a rate hike as

early as May. And a strong boost to

our terms of trade. The one shining

light from yesterday's numbers -

the Aussie dollar pushed to a

24-year high? The Aussie is

certainly travelling further and further

further close to parity. We expect

to see it get up to 96 US cents to see it get up to 96 US cents by

June. It may travel even further

with the boom in trade. And we

should see it come down towards the end

end of the year with the fact that

the US is expected to recover.

Certainly good news for imports and

not as great news for exports. Good

news for travellers if you want a

holiday. Thank you. Thank you.

Here is the national picture for today:

The morning's newspaper headlines -

the 'Courier Mail' reports that

Anna Bligh orchestrated a pay rise

affalmost $100,000 for her chief of

staff. Kerry Stokes loses his bid

to oust the board of West Australian newspapers. More from

Business Day. And former AFL player

Tony Liberatore's divorce battle.

The new face of David Jones unveiled. Canberra's leg of the Olympic torch relay is about to get underway.

Big crowds are already gathering at Commonwealth Place for a free community breakfast and dance relay's kick off at eight performances, ahead of the thirty. traffic delays are expected Mass road closures and workers in Civic and Parkes along the relay route, with eight fifteen. urged to arrive before the eighty torchbearers for Meanwhile the placement of announced. the event has been olympic swimmer Libby Highlights will include Hotel, Australian of the Trickett near the Hyatt Kings Avenue, and Canberra year Lee Kernaghan along Michael Milton at the skiier-turned cyclist Northbourne Avenue. corner of Barry Drive and may change, depending on Organisers say the route

Olympic flame security threats to the hit back at Government The A-C-T Opposition has tax cuts for first home criticism of its planned buyers. rubbished the plan, calling Chief Minister Stanhope has home buyers between FIFTEEN moves to save most first as a stunt that couldn't be and FORTY thousand dollars afforded. Seselja says Mr Stanhope's But Opposition leader Zed suggests he doesn't care rejection of the tax cut, about first home buyers could soon find themselves Rogue bar patrons in Cooma without a watering hole. banding together to form a Local bar owners are customers, who shouldn't be list of threatening well-behaved patrons can allowed entry, to ensure drink in peace. Vikings have expressed TO SPORT The Tuggeranong finishing second in this their disappointment over

pre-season competition. this year's Canberra rugby

defend their title, due to champs were unable to

to scrap the final, because a pre-tournament decision ANZAC Day weekend. because it fell on the trial served it's main However the club says the the John eye Dent Cup, purpose, as a warm up to Dent Cup, which kicks off a warm up to the John eye WEATHER NOW on May three. TO THE forecast to stay ... until Fine inland weather is a cold front brings showers

weekend. windy conditions over the Sydney... a foggy morning Nationally.. showers for cloudy for Canberra... for Melbourne ... partly Adelaide cloudy for Duboo ... mostly Locally... fine and partly mostly sunny and 23 for partly cloudy for Duboo ... Wollongong ... a few clouds Wagga... showers for

mostly fine for Batemans 18 the top for Goulburn ... clouds about Bega

Bay ... sunny skies for Perisher cooler around Cooma... Partly cloudy for Parkes... Nowra around Cooma... showers for cloudy conditions today... Looking ahead: Partly and mostly sunny skies for should be clearing to fine is forecast to head to the Friday. ... but wet weather staying in the local region region late on Saturday,

next week (that's the region for the start of national and local news HERE)

Tight security in Canberra as

spectators and thousands of

protesters line the streets for

Olympic torch relay, not far away

now. Four pro-Tibet activists have

been charged after a high-profile

protest in Sydney. And in sports news

news - the Bombers accusing the

Magpies of faubsing ahead of

tomorrow's Anne -- foxing ahead of

tomorrow's Anzac Day game. Wall

Street has closed in the black

thanks to stronger than expected

profits from Boeing.

Coming up - we'll take a look those inflation numbers in detail Coming up - we'll take a look at

and what impact they'll have on

rates. Thousands of protesters and

spectators lining the streets in

Canberra this morning for the

Olympic torch relay. Security tight.

More than 500 police officers

patroling the 16-kilometre route.

Sports people, Australians from a

range of fields, in fact, will range of fields, in fact, will each

run a 200 metre leg. Chinese

organisers are still at odds with

Australian police over the role of

the notorious flame attendants. in celebration Canberra's skyline alight only Australian stop. of the Beijing Olympic torch relay's But outside the Chinese embassy, (Chants)

from the flame's route, just a few blocks a message of protest. candles spell out a journey of harmony, It's meant to be in the nation's capital, but as the Olympic flame touched down it's brought controversy with it. alongside and behind the torchbearer Flame attendants are deployed to respond to any immediate threat. of Chinese flame attendants. Confusion remains over the role to avoid a repeat Australian organisers are keen seen on other legs of the relay. of heavy-handed reactions to protests

All of security will vest with us. if I could be any clearer than that. I don't know

surrounding the troubled relay The continued distraction is dividing torchbearers. on issues like this If you're going to protest it shouldn't be centred around a particular event, that's done consistently. it should be something of what they're trying to say. The Olympic torch is the symbol

And four pro-Tibetan demonstrators

have been charged over a have been charged over

high-profile protest in Sydney. A

banner with 'Enjoy compassion,

always Tibet' written across it was

sign in Kings Cross. Thousands of unfurled on the famous Coca-Cola

Australians will gather across the

country tomorrow morning for the

Anzac Day dawn services. Ceremonies

and marches will be held, and marches will be held, paying

tribute to the men and women who

fought and died in conflict. Up to 4,000

4,000 Australians are expected to

converge on the Western Front in

northern France. And many making

their way to Gallipoli. A national

memorial service will be held this

morning to honour those who lost

their lives aboard HMA their lives aboard HMA srbs

'Sydney'. 645 died when the warship

went down off the coast of Western

Australia in 1941. Relatives of the

crew will be joined by the PM crew will be joined by the PM and the Opposition leader to pay their

respects. The service will be respects. The service will be held

at St Andrew's cathedral in Sydney.

A man and dead, another fighting for

for life, after a 3-car crash in

Melbourne. The driver of a Ford

Falcon crossed on to the other side

of the road, culling head-on with

two other vehicles. We're coming in to winter and appealing for people

to slow down. A 59-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious

injuries. Three men are likethry to

receive bravery awards after

rescuing a young family from their

burning home. It's the third time

the hearing impaired family has

been forced to flee a house fire.

In just minutes, the timber home

was destroyed. Its five occupants

escaping with their lives as three strangers rivered theirs.

Blood-curdling screams. It was an

inferno. Very hot. The heroes

spotted smoke pouring from the home,

while driving along the highway.

This man pulled the family from the

flames. They were just yelling and

crying and hoe was burnt, all up his

his arms and his face. She was

badly cut. While Darren and Nick

ran through the burning house to

save two children, aged 9 and 7.

She kept on pointing towards the

back of the house. I didn't think

about it. Me and the other guy, we

just wen for it. It's the third

time the family's had a home

damaged by fire. The family forced

to move 18 months ago after one to move 18 months ago after one of

the blazes. James Packer has

dismissed claims that his late

father Kerry was a sugar daddy to

Paul McCartney's erbs x, Heather

Mills. -- ex, Heather Mills. Denise

Hewitt made the allegation in a

documentary. James Packer has

slammed the claims. Presidential

hopeful Hillary Clinton says the

tide is turning after her victory

in the Democratic primary in

Pennsylvania. She beat Barack Obama

by double digits. She's now facing

a shortage of cash to keep her

campaign afloat. People have been

flocking to Hillary Clinton dot com

to help this campaign to help this campaign because

obviously we are being outspent.

The Democratic race now moves to

North Carolina and Indiana. Not far

now from the AFL's Anzac Day game

and the baiting has begun. Matthew

Knights has accused Collingwood of foxing. Rookie coach Matthew Knights has certainly not taken a backwards step, aiming up at the Magpies' injury claims. I've got Scott Lucas, Mark McVeigh, Leroy Jetta - they'd play at the moment with one leg, and they play off a 3-day break, All our players, from the Essendon perspective, just can't wait to get into this game, and I'm not sure Collingwood are too beaten up, to be brutally honest. He then went further, naming names. I would have thought Scott Burns would be doubtful. I'd expect Anthony Rocca to play and I'd expect Didak to play. I noticed Dane Swan was running around with a wrap on his quad or whatever, but I'd expect him to play. And he was right.

The only changes -

Maxwell and Cook in, out goes Reid and Holland.

At the Bombers, Courtney Johns replaces Lovett-Murray. And in the match at Subiaco, Rooke, Prismall and West Geelong's dropped and debutant Shane Mumford. and in comes Taylor, Gamble Headland and Murphy The Dockers have included for Thornton and Matthew Carr. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Growing uncertainty over the future

of Cronulla halfback Brett

Kimmorley after his coach did not

rule out reports the number 7 could

join St George Illawarra before the

season's over. Ricky Stuart says

it's just speculation but he

conceded he's open minded conceded he's open minded about players

players changing clubs mid-season.

Every coach is all about improving

his group of players, his roster.

I'm no different to any other coach.

Kimmorley is also attracting attention from English clubs.

Adelaide United on its way to

play-off qualification in the Asian

Champions League. The Reds xened

over their lead in Group E with a win

over Binh Duong. Nathan Burns the

home soil. architect. He set up three goals on

COMMENTATOR: Brilliant work by

Nathan No such joy for the Melbourne

Victory. Their campaign is over. A

2-0 loss to Gamba Osaka. In finance

Everyone's talking about it. The news - inflation a record high?

CPI surgeing to a 16-year high

which is well above the RBA's

target band. Soaring rents, petrol

and food prices are behind the

stronger than expected result which

is potentially bad news for

interest rates. The probability of

an August hike has risen to 60%.

The Aussie dollar reached a 24-year

high on the news. The Treasurer

says high inflation will not affect

next month's budget. There are

predictionskery Stokes could now

launch a hostile bid for pert's

flagship Daily Newspaper. The

billionaire lost his battle for two

seats on the board of the 'West

Australian'. A wild west show down

a year in the making but

disappointment for Kerry Stokes. I

thank my fellow shareholders for

their support. I accept the results

of the voting. The number one

shareholder wanted to boot out most

of its board members, giving him

and Peter Gamill two seats at the

table. The vote went almost 60-40

against the move. We've got some

messages from our shareholders. And

we're certainly going to react to

them. The chairman's now promising

a shake-up, conceding 7 should have

one member on the board, not the

boss. We recognise we have a 20%

shareholders and we will try and

work with him. Business experts

believe Mr Stokes wouldn't be

content and could eventually launch

a hostile takeover. He wants to be

the king of the West and he won't

rest until he's the chairman and

controlling shareholder. We

continue to own 20% and we'll

continue to take a very active

interest. That's the latest in

finance news. Our market is set to

open fairly flat. If you didn't

have such a terrible cold, which I

hope improves very soon, I'm sure

you'd be among Australia's fashion

elate to to greet the new face of

David Jones. Super model Miranda

Kerr, the 23-year-old from Kerr, the 23-year-old from country

NSW was flaned by top designers at

one of -- flanked by top designers at

at one of Australia's iconic sites.

She's hoping to introduce her

family to her new boyfriend, Orlando Bloom.

Recapping - the IOC has backed

Australia's decision not to use the

Chinese torch attendants in this

morning's relay. No relief for home

buyers. High inflation lowers the

chance of an interest rate cut. chance of an interest rate cut.

Garlic and horseradish. Thank you.

That's it. Goodbye for now. Have a

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