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Early News. Buildings crumble Early News. Buildings crumble and

roads ripped up as a massive

earthquake rocks New Zealand.

Inquiries to begin in to a toxic

gas blast in a gold mine. The Queen

sets a new royal milestone as Britain's oldest monarch. And in

sport, Australia easily beats New

Zealand in Hobart to regain the Chappell-Hadlee trophy. A quib

weather check: -- quick weather check:

To Frank with a look at the markets.

A real struggle on Wall Street? Certainly has. A new manufacturing

survey has cast doubt on the

American economy's long-term health,

weighing on Wall Street.

Despite the credit crunch, an

Aussie company is steeling itself

for a move in to America. New Zealand's east coast has been

6.8 rocked by an earthquake measuring

6.8 on the Richter scale. The quake

hit the coastal town of Gisborne

last night, crushing buildings and

ripping up roads. Thousands of

people were terrified by the

powerful earthquake, no serious

injuries have been reported but at

least 20 people have been treated

for minor wounds. All of a sudden

there was one hell of a shake.

Nothing like this before. The quake

struck just before 9 last night, 50

kilometres out to sea. Measuring

6.8 on the Richter scale, powerful

tremors ripped up roads and

collapsed buildings. Homes and

businesses lost power as stunned

residents spilled out on to the

streets. We could see our building

has come down on to us. The roof

collapsed on this business. The

quake could be felt strongly in the capital, Wellington, and tremors

were reported on the South Island.

Police had secured the city and

power was being restored by morning.

A violent rapist remains on the run

this morning. Raymond Barry

Cornwall, who served 14 years for

four armed sex attacks, has

breached strict release conditions.

The 52-year-old removing a tracking

anklet and fleeing his halfway

house in Sydney's west 30 minutes

after arriving. He's 175

centimetres tall, of light build,

with brown hair and has the words

'Ray Liz' tattooed on his arm.

David Hicks will today find out the

conditions of his control order.

Hicks will be released from an

Adelaide prison next week. A

magistrate will rule on the

conditions of a control order being

sought by police. The AFP claim

Hickicise a dangerous man. A court

told he described Osama bin Laden

as lovely. Federal, State and Territory leaders have met for the

first time, promising a new era of

cooperation. The group setting up

seven committees. We're not going

to waste this opportunity. It

doesn't come, it probably comes

once in a generation. Hasn't come

in 100 years. We adopted an

approach oaf working with each other to tackle the nation's

problems, not each other. An extra

$50 million has been committed to

tackling elective surgery waiting lists. The Federal Government also

promising an additional $50 million

for drug and alcohol rehabilitation for indigenous communities. More wild weather is expected to hit

Melbourne today as residents clean

up from yesterday. A storms cells

moved across the CBD and the outer

suburbs, leaving a trail of

destruction and the downpour caught

motorists by surprise. Over 1,000

jobs in Melbourne itself and

Waverley's had 321 of those to date.

severe The page sufl still going off. A

severe storm warning has been

issued for Victoria. Up to issued for Victoria. Up to 100

millimetres of rain predicted to

fall in some areas. An

investigation's begun in to how 11

men were orecome by toxic fumes

during a route -- overcome by toxic

fumes at a routine blast. The mine

in emergency lockdown. As

paramedics and concerned family

members arrived at the scene.

Everyone's been evacuated and

we've shut down the underground

operations until we go through an

investigation process and establish

the cause of what happened. A 41-year-old man was flown to

Melbourne in a critical condition,

while the remaining 10 were treated

at Bendigo Hospital. The miners

overcome by toxic fumes, while

having lunch in a crib room below

the surface. It follows routine

rock blasting. But the mine's

operators say they're not convinced

the two are connected. We do do

regular blasting on site and there

was a blast today and this actually

happened well after the blasting.

An ambulance spokesman said the men

had breathed in fumes. An

investigation has been launched investigation has been launched in

to the incident, while 10 of the

miners have been released from

hospital. Allowing children to have

even a sip of Christmas champagne

could lead to underage drinking,

according to a new research. A

study has highlighted the strong

influence parents have on teenage

drinking. Children who were allowed

to have even a small sip of alcohol

at home were twice as likethry to

become regular alcohol drinkers in

their early teens. Japan says it's

going ahead with plans to kill up

to 50 humpback whales in the

Southern Ocean. It has denied any

deal with the US. Meanwhile, a ship

provided by the Japanese Government

will leave from Western Australia

on Monday on an ant arbtic research

cruise. The -- Antarctic research cruise. The International Whaling Commission says it won't involve

the capture or killing of animals.

Disappointment of the families of

the 1998 Omagh bombing after the

only man charged over the deadly

attack was found not guilty. Sean

Hoey was accused of making the bomb

which was used by a splinter group

of the IRA to kill 29 people. All

stkpwibs charges against the

Northern Ireland man were -- 56

charges against the Northern

Ireland were dropped because the

judge wasn't satisfied all the

explosive devices were made by the

whole explosion. Queen Elizabeth II

has become the oldest ever UK

monarch. Born on April 21, 1926,

she takes the title from Queen

Victoria who lived for 81 years and

243 days. It's been an interesting

life for the Queen. She was born in

to the royal family and rose in the

hierarchy when her father took the

throne in 1936. She married Prince

Phillip in 1947 but did not become

Queen for another six years. She is

eight years behind Queen Victoria

as the longest-serving monarch.

Retired leg-spinner Shane Warne has launched a savage attack on the launched

cricketing establishment, labelling

the former coach, John Buchanan, a

goose, and saying Australia will

pay the price for being arrogant.

They were good enough to win back

the Chappell-Hadlee trophy from the Kiwis. The confetti had barely landed emphatic Chappell-Hadlee Trophy win after the Aussies'

the celebrations on ice when Ricky Ponting was putting at the MCG. to focus on bigger rewards and out of the way now, That series is done now the trophy's back in Australia now and we've got a couple of days off for Boxing Day. to start getting ready of the Black Caps Yesterday's 114-run demolition coming on the back of an unbeaten century from the skipper. I was excited today, mainly for the reason that my family have come down and I never usually get too many when they're around. Hayden got the ball rolling for the Aussies with a swashbuckling 29. COMMENTATOR: Oh, what a shot! Ponting then went on a boundary blitz... And that's some sort of stroke from Ricky Ponting. ..as Andrew Symonds joined the party. Crunched again! Wildly outclassed all tour, Kiwi wickets fell at will - Lee with 3-for and a screamer. Oh, what a catch! New Zealand head home embarrassed, minus the Chappell-Hadlee crown. David Adamson, Ten News.

Some Christmas cheer at Some Christmas cheer at Carlton.

Nick Stevens resuming training

after overcoming a

career-threatening neck injury.

Stevens was forced to sit out last

season. At last he's back on the

training track with his team-mates.

If everything tweent plan I'd If everything tweent plan I'd be

back to play footy. I thought what

if he turns around and say I

couldn't play again but I was

fortunate enough to gee ready to go. Danieltion chick has held talks

with East Fremantle . The New

Zealand Breakers continue to enjoy

their best season in the NBL.

They've beaten Wollongong in

Auckland. It was closer than they

would have liked. But Kirk Penney

and Phil Jones combining for 57 points.

The Breakers led by just one point

heading in to the dying stages Orien heading in to the dying stages but

Orien Greene came up big in the

crunch. New Zealand taking it

105-103. Frank is going to come 105-103. Frank is going to come up

big in the crunch. Bluescope

expanding in the US? We could

almost say it's a case of what

credit crunch Bluescope has not

been put off and is continuing its

push in to the North American

market. The business which

generates about $1.4 billion in

yearly sales doubles the size of

Bluescope's American operations now.

The steel-maker says the company

isn't geared towards the ailing

housing sector and would benefit

from rising demand in the North

American steel market. Embattled

shopping centre group Centro has

concedeed it failed to properly

disclose more than $1 billion in

debt in the months leading up to

its $5 billion market meltdown.

Centro admitting to the ASX

overnight it had incorrectly

classified the debt as non-current

in its full-year accounts back in

June. Centro could face legal June. Centro could face legal

action now over this non-disclosure.

Now the weather for the rest of the day:

Now for a look at the papers. The

shark net debate. As an endangered

grey nurse dies in the nets off

Bondi Beach. More on a letter presented

presented in court by Federal

Police in which David Hicks

describes Osama bin Laden as lovely.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' claims

senior RailCorp executives were

warned four years ago about

widespread corruption and rorting

of individual labour contracts.

Cate Blanchett up for another award

for a movie.

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11 miners exposed to toxic gas at

Victorian gold mine, one airlifted

to hospital. Emergency crews survey

the damage after an earthquake

rocks New Zealand's North Island. Melbourne

Melbourne continues to clean-up

after wild storms lash the city.

And in sport - Australia crushes

New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee

series decider in Hobart. Right

now a check of all the action. now a check of all the market

action. Any sign of a recovery? Yes.

A similar pattern all week on Wall

Street. A bad start followed by a late rally.

Another major insurer feeling the

pinch. More on that shortly.

Melbourne will be a focal point for insurance claims today.

Investigations will begin today in

how 11 men were overcome by toxic

fumes at a Victorian gold mine. The

miners became affected by the gas

after a routine blast. 10 of the

men were treated at a nearby

hospital while one seriously

injured miner was flown to Melbourne. Everyone's been

evacuated and we've shut down evacuated and we've shut down the underground operations until we go

through an investigation progress

and establish the cause of what

happened. It's believed the

controlled explosion released

carbon dioxide and carbon mun

obside. Emergency services are

assessing the damage from an

earthquake off New Zealand's North

Island. The six.8 magnitude quake

rocked the coastal town of Gisborne,

bringing down roofs and cutter

power to the area D. spite the mess,

there's only been reports of minor

injuries. Tremors from the quake

are being felt down the South

Island in Christchurch and Dunedin. Melbourne

Melbourne residents are bracing for

more thunderstorms and heavy rain today.

today. The clean-up continues after

yesterday's wild weather. Storm

cells moved across the CBD and

outer suburbs, leaving a trail of

destruction. There's been over

1,000 jobs in Melbourne itself and

Waverley's had 321 of those to date.

The page unfortunately is still

going off. A severe storm going off. A severe storm warning

has been issued for Victoria, up

to 100 millimetres of rain is

predicted to fall in some areas

with flood warnings for the State's

north-east. A middle-aged man is

fighting for life this morning

after a 45-tonne forklift toppled

on to him. The worker was moving

sea containers an an industrial

transport company when the forklift

fell, trapping him in the cab. The

gentleman himself was supporting and holding himself, suspended

upside down. Both legs were pinned

and his left arm was pinned as well.

The injured man was rushed to

hospital with multiple hospital with multiple injuries.

Doctors forced to amputate one of

his arms. Police are at the scene

of afffatal car crash in Melbourne.

Two vehicles collided just before 5

this morning in the city's this morning in the city's south,

"Killing a passenger. Both drivers

have been taken to hospital. Kevin

Rudd has ushered in a new era of

cooperation with the States with

fresh commitments to tackle

hospital waiting lists. $50 million

put on the table. Emerging after a moment in history - for the first time since Federation, wall-to-wall Labor. the end of the blame game. Today marks the beginning of a new period of cooperation between Canberra and the States and Territories. We're not going to waste this opportunity. It probably comes once in a generation. It hasn't come in 100 years. Now this is the beginning of a new era and if we work to it we can get a much better, much more productive relationship. They came, they saw and they formed a committee - seven, in fact. The working groups on key issues will each be headed by a federal minister and co-chaired by the State with the greatest at stake in that area. We had an excellent discussion about climate change. We adopted an approach of working with each other to tackle the nation's problems, not tackling each other. Health the first workhorse - an extra $50 million brought to the table to help cut elective surgery waiting lists. How that will be done will be discussed in the new year. There'll be four more of these meetings in 2008. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

Mohammed Haneef will find out today

if he can return to work in

Australia. A court in August overturned a decision by then

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews

to cancel his visa on character grounds. Government lawyers

appealed that ruling last month and

a decision is due this morning.

Doubts have emergeed about a shark

attack at a Sydney beach. Scott

Wright made headlines with claims

that cuts to his arm were caused by

a shark at Bondi, making him the

beach's first victim in 78 years.

But the 34-year-old has now been

charged with breaking tine a number

of houses and sources have told

Fairfax newspapers he injured his

arm while climbing through a glass

window. Australia's film industry

is making a comeback. New figures show film and television show film and television production

spending has grown by more than

$250 million to $625 million in the

past financial year. The survey

shows 24 local and three

co-produced feature films were shot

in Australia, including Baz Lurhmann's

Lurhmann's 'Australia'. That's the

title of the film. It was set in

the Kimberley region. On that

subject, Australia actor Cate

Blanchett is in line for another

award. She's been dominated for

Screen skpn actors Guild Award.

Blanchett also picked up a

nomination for her portrayal of Bob

Dylan in 'I'm Not There'. The

awards will be handed out next

month. Less than 24 hours after

reclaiming the Chappell-Hadlee

trophy, Australia's attention has

now turned to the Boxing Day Test

against India. Inspired by an

unbeaten 134 by Ricky Ponting, the

Aussies cruised to victory.

Celebrations are being put on ice

ahead of next week's first ahead of next week's first Test.

Now the trophy's back in Australia

and we've a couple of days off to

start getting ready for Boxing Day.

After heads to in to camp on Sunday.

Sri Lanka has ripped through the

England batting line-up. And

dismissing the visitors for 81. COMMENTATOR:

There you go. That's a

between the two sides. The rain

came a little late. Not even a

elephant could save them. Can't be

a circus. I don't understand it

either. England forced to follow on.

0/2 in their second dig and 416

runs behind. There's a line in

there somewhere but it's early yet.

Sydney FC have been provided

Sydney FC have been provided with

some extra incentive. Spreading

some more Christmas joy at the

Children's Hospital, Alex Brosque

forced to defend Juninho after the

Marinersed he would struggle to get

a start if he played for them. I

don't think anyone has the vision

he has in this league. The ability

for him to find someone is the

reason he's played at a World Cup

and won one. Central Coast can say

what they like. A win would see

Sydney move in to the top four.

Another insurer hit hard by the

hail storms in Sydney? Melbourne hail storms in Sydney? Melbourne as

well. This time it's Suncorp Metway

feeling the pinch after IAG

downgraded its profits. John

Mulcahy admitting a downgrade is

likely next month with freak hail

storms expected to cost the company

up to 170 million dollars. Suncorp

says it's received more than 23,000

claims following the devastating

storms and a dent in its profits is

all but certain. Time now for our

weekly chat of what's making news

on Wall Street and joining us live is

is our financial expert in the US.

Good morning. It's been an amazing

week so far. Firstly, the Fed Reserve has moved to protect

sub-prime borrowers? They have indeed.

indeed. The Federal Reserve unveil

adplan to protect high-risk bowoers

from shady lending practices. This

plan includes new rules. Lenders

would have to prove the borrower's

income is for real before making a loan.

loan. Believe it or not, this is

not something they had to do before.

And borrowers had to set aside

funds for taxes and insurance

thrfpt would be rules limiting this

on borrowers. Unfair and deceptive

lending hurts not only communities

and borrowers but the overall

economy. Thimay come as a bit of a

surprise - Morgan Stanley facing

its first loss in 10 years? Yes.

The broker giant posting a $9.4

billion quarterly loss. Again, what

gets the blame write-downs for the

bad bets on mortgage debt. It

announceed it will sell a $5

billion stake to a firm in China. Microsoft, Yahoo and Google settling claims over online

gambling? That's right. Those three

companies are going to pay the

Justice Department $31 million. The

Government accused the tech giants

of promoting illegal gambling by

advertising the sites and US

anti-trust regulators approved

Google's $3 billion buyout of

Double Click. The deal still faces

substantial anti-trust scrutiny in

Europe. Right on the money. Europe. Right on the money. Thank

you very much.

National weather now:

The man charged over the Omagh

bombings found not guilty. And the

CommSec finance report when the

Early News Returns.

Buildings crumble and roads ripped

up as a massive earthquake rocks

New Zealand. Inquiries to begin in

to a toxic gas blast at a gold mine.

11 workers overcome by fumes. The

Queen sets a new royal milestone as

Britain's oldest monarch. And in

sport, Australia easily beats New Zealand

Zealand in hobts to regain the Chappell-Hadlee Chappell-Hadlee trophy.

Right now another look at the markets.

markets. While a new manufacturing

survey has cast some doubt on the

American economy's long-term American economy's long-term health,

Wall Street has proved to be quite

sesilient. The Dow Jones has

recovered. -- resilient. The Dow Jones has recovered.

We will get a lead when we talk to

Martin Arnold from CommSec in a

moment. Emergency services are assessing

assessing the damage from an

earthquake off New Zealand's North

Island. The quake rocked the

coastal town of Gisborne, bringing

down roofs and cuting power to the

area. There's only been reports of

minor injuries. Tremors from the

quake could be felt down the South

Island in Chris church and Dunedin. Investigations -- Christchurch and

Dunedin. Investigations

today at how 11 men were overcome

by toxic fumes at a Victorian gold

mine. 10 of the men were treated at

a nearby hospital. One seriously

injured miner was flown to

Melbourne. Everyone's been

evacuated and we've shut down the

underground operations until we

gethrough an investigation process and establish the cause of what

happened. It's believed the

controlled explosion released

carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Federal, State and Territory Labor

leaders have met for the first time,

promising a new era of cooperation.

The group setting up seven

committees on three issues. We're

not going to waste this opportunity.

It doesn't come, it probably comes

once in a generation. It hasn't

come in 100 years. We adopted an

approach of working with each other to

to tackle the nation's problems,

not tackling each other. An extra

$50 million has been committed to

tackling emergency waiting lists.

Unfair dismissal claipz will be

settled by a travelling squad of

Industrial Relations Commission

members. Under the Labor Government

proposal, a team of 43IRC members

will rule on claims in a bid to

prevent high-cost court proceedings.

It will fill the gap between the

restoration of unfair dismissal

rights and the launch of the new

informal umpire in 2010. Police are

confident of making more arrests throughout Australia, after smashing

smashing a child porn ring with

international links. Those already

in their net, include teachers and

former police officers 24 Australians have been arrested, accused of downloading images of children being sexually abused from websites based mainly in the United States. We're sifting through about a million images at the moment - over a million images - and we're trying to determine whether there are any Australian children in those images. Police say some of the images are horrific. While some involve teenagers, and even infants. many are of young children Not images of just children in sexual poses. These are images of children and tortured. that are getting raped and abused In NSW, police swooped on a home, removing a child. It's our understanding that that individual was actively preparing this child for abuse. 7 in Victoria, 10 of the arrests occurred in NSW, three each in Queensland and WA and one in South Australia. They include a teacher, a forensic psychologist, an RSPCA worker and a former NSW police officer. It's really, really disgusting and it's a warning to all parents to be very, very careful about what their kids are doing on the Internet. Police expect to make more arrests. Investigations are also continuing overseas. Catherine Kennedy, Ten News. Former Guantanamo Bay detainee

David Hicks will today find out the

conditions of his control order.

Hicks will be released from an

Adelaide prison next week. The AFP

claims Hickicise still a claims Hickicise still a dangerous

man A. court told he had described

Osama bin Laden as lovely. Letting

children have even a sip of

Christmas champagne could lead to

underage drinking, according to new research. A study has highlighted

the strong influence parents have

on teenage drinking. Children who

have been allowed even a small sip of

of alcohol at home were twice as

likely to become regular alcohol

users in their early teens. Disappointment for the families of

the 1988 Omagh bombing, after the

only man charged over the deadly

attack was found not guilty. Sean

Hoey was accused of making the bomb

which was used by a splinter group

of the IRA to kill 29 people but

all 56 charges against the Northern

Ireland man were dropped because

the judge wasn't satisfied all explosive

explosive devices were made by one

person. Police handling of the

investigation has also investigation has also been

criticised. During the trial, it

was revealed two officers lied

about how they gathered forensic

evidence. Queen Elizabeth II has

become the oldest UK monarch. Born

on April 21, 1926, she takes the

title now from Queen Victoria who

lived for 81 years and 243 days.

It's been quite a life for the Queen.

Queen. She was born in to the royal

family and rose to the hierarchy

when her father took to the throne

in 1936. She married Prince Phillip

in 1947. She's saigt years in 1947. She's saigt years behind

Queen Victoria as the longest serving monarch.

Retired leg-spinner Shane Warne has

launched a savage attack on the

cricket establishment, labelling

John Buchanan a goose and saying

Australia will pay the price for being arrogant. They were good

enough to win back the Chappell-Hadlee trophy from the Kiwis Kiwis yesterday. The confetti had barely landed

after the Aussies' emphatic Chappell-Hadlee Trophy win the celebrations on ice when Ricky Ponting was putting to focus on bigger rewards at the MCG. That series is done now and out of the way now, the trophy's back in Australia and we've got a couple of days off now to start getting ready for Boxing Day. coming on the back of I was excited today, mainly for the reason that my family have come down and I never usually get too many when they're around. Hayden got the ball rolling for the Aussies with a swashbuckling 29. COMMENTATOR: Oh, what a shot!

Ponting then went on a boundary blitz... And that's some sort of stroke from Ricky Ponting. ..as Andrew Symonds joined the party. Crunched again! Wildly outclassed all tour, Kiwi wickets fell at will - Lee with 3-for and a screamer. And he could be out! Oh, what a catch! minus the Chappell-Hadlee crown. New Zealand head home embarrassed,

A little Christmas cheer at karlt

Carlton. Nick Stevens resuming

training after overcoming a career-threatening

career-threatening neck injury. He

was forced to sit out last season.

They said if everything went to

plan I'd be no worries to get back.

I must admit once you're sitting

around in the waiting room, I still

thought what if he says I can't

play again? But I was fortunate

enough. Daniel Chick has had talks with East Fremantle a bid to

continue his career in the WAFL. The New Zealand Breakers continue

to enjoy their best season in the

NBL. They've beaten Wollongong in Auckland. It was closer than they

would have liked but the Breakers

broke the Hawks. Shooting guards Kirk Penney and Phil Jones combining for 57 points.

The Praikers led by just one

heading in to the -- Breakers led

by just one heading in the final stages but Orien Greene came up big in the crunch. with more I'm joined by Martin Arnold from CommSec. What impact could this have on Centro's stock? Investors are never happy when companies fail to disclose enough information about their activities. In the current, very tight lending environment, company debt levels and information on funding is very important. So, while the underlying assets for Centro are still very

robust, it's unlikely we'll robust, it's unlikely we'll see the

rally of the last couple of days

continue. Investors will be feeling

there may be more skeletons in the closet.

closet. The financial wealth of

Australians has hit fresh highs.

What's behind this result? It's the

strength of the economy and the

local jobs market that's local jobs market that's pushed

financial household wealth up 2.5%

in the three months to in the three months to September

and it's really the investors that

are the biggest beneficiaries. So

with the strong share market, while

there has been a few bumps along

the way, it's up around 10% for the

year. What can we expect from the

market today? Should be a pretty positive day for the market.

There's been some good gains on

Wall Street overnight and that

should transition through to the

Australian market. But there's been

some mixed moves on base metal and

oil markets, so the gains oil markets, so the gains will be

limited because of the holiday thin

trading. Around about a 30-point

positive start at the start of

trading. Thanks for the update.

Thanks very much. Here is the

weather for the rest of the day:

At headlines - the Queensland

Government has hidden disturbing

details of sex abuse and child

prostitution as a result of the

failure of alcohol restrictions in Aboriginal communities. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' has a feature on Centro's $5

Centro's $5 billion market slump.

And the Adelaide Crows bring

Christmas cheer to children in

hospital. There are doubts cast

over a reported shark attack in

Sydney. Details when the Early News returns.

11 miners exposed to toxic gas in

a Victorian gold mine. One airlifted to hospital. airlifted to hospital. Emergency

crews survey the damage after an

earthquake rocks New Zealand's east

coast. Melbourne continues to clean up up after those wild storms that

lashed the city. More rain today.

And in sport, Australia crushes New

Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee

series decider in Hobart. Frank

for a final look at the markets now.

A similar pattern all week on Wall

Street. A bad start followed by a late rally.

The fallout from the Qantas plan to

take repair work to Malaysia. All

the details later. An

investigation's goodgon in to how

11 men were overcome by toxic fumes

at a routine blast during a

Victorian gold mine. One airlifted

to hospital. The mine in emergency to hospital. The mine in emergency

lockdown, as paramedics and

concerned family members arrived at

the scene. Everyone's been

evacuated and we've shut down the

underground operations until we go through an investigation process

and establish the cause of what

happened. A 41-year-old man was

flown to Melbourne in a flown to Melbourne in a critical condition. While the remaining 10

were treated at Bendigo Hospital. The miners overcome The miners overcome by toxic fumes

while having lunch in a crib room

below the surface. It followed

routine rock blasting. But the

mine's operators say they're not

convinced the two are connected. We

do do regular blasting on site and

there was a blast today and this

actually happened well after the

blasting. An ambulance spokesman

said the men had breathed in gases. said the men had breathed in gases.

An investigation has been launched

in to the incident, while 10 of the

miners have been released from

hospital. Melbourne residents are

bracing for more thunderstorms and

heavy rain today. The clean-up

continues after yesterday's wild

weathert. Storm cells moved across

the CBD and outer suburbs, leaving a trail of

a trail of destruction. Over 1,000

jobs in Melbourne itself and

Waverley has had 321 of those to

date. The page unfortunately is

still going stkpwhraufplt a severe

storm warning has been issued for

--... A severe storm warning has

been issued for Victoria. A middle-aged

middle-aged man is fighting for

life this morning after a 45-tonne

forklift toppled on to him. The forklift toppled on to him. The

worker was moving sea containers an

an industrial transport company,

when the forklift fell, trapping

him in the cab. The gentleman

himself was supporting and holding

himself suspenned upside down. Both

legs were pinned and his left arm

was pinned as well. The injured man was rushed to hospital with

multiple injuries. Doctors were

forced to amputate one of his

forced to amputate one of his arms.

A violent rapist remains on the run. Raymond

Raymond Barry Cornwall, who served

14 years for four armed sex attacks, has breached strict release

conditions. The 52-year-old

removing a tracking anklet and

fleeing his halfway house in Sydney's west 30 minutes after

arriving. He's 175 arriving. He's 175 centimetres tall, of light build with brown

hair and has the words 'Ray Liz squats tattooed

squats tattooed on his arm.

Emergency services are assessing

the damage from an earth-quake on

New Zealand's North Island. It

rocked the coastal town of Gisborne.

We're joined by a local reporter

now. Thank you for your time this

morning. How is it shaping up morning. How is it shaping up this

morning? There is extensive damage here

here in Gisborne today. Two

here in Gisborne today. Two

buildings in the central business

district have collapsed. That's an

area that's been cordoned offer by

police. Also a water main that runs

under one of the main streets has subsided. Other buildings also

haven't faired so well. haven't faired so well. Smashed upon the footpath. There is plenty

of broken glass around as well. of broken glass around as well. So

there's plenty of danger on the

streets this morning. Other buildings also have cracked foundations

foundations and have been deemed

no-go zones by the fire department.

It looks like a lot of work to get

the town up and running. What's the

plan? Structural engineers are

making their way through the

Central business district, Central business district,

determining which workers can go

back. Which buildings are too

dangerous to step inside as well.

There's a lot of pressure from the

retailers to get back tine their shops today with Christmas just

around the corner. Thank you.

There's been a very large

earthquake, six.8 on the earthquake, six.8 on the Richter scale in Gisborne. Federal, State

and Territory Labor leaders have

met for the first time. The group setting up

setting up seven committees on key

issues including health, housing

and climate change. We're not going

to waste this opportunity. It

doesn't come, it -t probably comes

once in a generation. We've adopted

an approach of working with each other

other to tackle the nation's

problems, not tackling each other.

An extra $50 million has been elected for

elected for hospital waiting --

hospital waiting lists. Former

terrorism suspect Mohammed Haneef

will find out today if he can

return to work in Australia. A

court in August overturned a

decision by then immigration minister

minister Kevin Andrews to cancel

his visa on kairbt grounds.

Government lawyers appealed that

ruling last month. A decision is due

due on that this morning. Doubts

have emergeed about a shark have emergeed about a shark attack

at a Sydney beach. Scott Wright hit

the headlines with claims that cuts

to his arm were caused by a shark

at Bondi. The thrur-year-old has

now been charged with breaking in

to -- 34-year-old has now been

charged with breaking tine a number

of houses and sources say he injured his arm while climbing

through a glass window. Cate through a glass window. Cate

Blanchett is in line for another

award. She's been nominated for

best actress. The Aussie recognised

for her performance in 'The Golden

Age' and picked up a nomination for

her portrayal of Bob Dylan in 'I'm

Not There'. The awards will be

handed out next month. Less than 24

hours after reclaiming the hours after reclaiming the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, Australia's

attention has already turned to the

Boxing Day Test against India.

Inspired by an unbeaten 134 by

Ricky Ponting, the Aussies cruised

to victory. Celebrations have been

put on ice ahead of next week's

Test. Now the trofesy back in

Australia it's great. We have a

couple of days off now to start

getting ready for Boxing getting ready for Boxing Day. And Sri

Sri Lanka has ripped through the

England batting line-up in their

Test match. They posted 499 in the

first innings and then dismissed

the visitors for 81.

There was rain but it came too late

to save England. Not even a to save England. Not even a

visiting elephant could save them.

It can't be a circus? England

forced to follow on in this game

and were 0/2 in their and were 0/2 in their second

innings. Sydney FC has been

provided with some extra incentive

ahead of Saturday's very important

A-League game against the Central Coast. Spreading more Christmas

choi at the Children's choi at the Children's Hospital,

Alex Brosque was forced to defend

Juninho after the Mariners said the Juninho after the Mariners said the

Brazilian would struggle to gain a

start if he played for them. I

don't think anyone has therision he

has in this league. The ability to

find someone is the reason why he's

played at World Cup and won a World

Cup. A win this coming weekend

would see Sydney move tine the top

four. Toll's take over bid too

much? Certainly. Shares in Toll

Holdings copped a beating on the

ASX after it revealed its bid of

$300 65 million for a company.

Investor concerns that Toll may have overpaid for the company

forced its stock down 2.8%. The

offer is at a offer is at a 41% premium to its

share price. Toll, however, has

defended the high premium, saying

it just reflects the company's

desire to acquire. Qantas desire to acquire. Qantas

maintenance unions are calling for

talks with management after the

airline announced it was

establishing a repair base in

Malaysia. Unions seeking assurances

that the joint venture with

Malaysia Airlines won't send jobs

offshore. But Qantas says the base

will only deal with any overflow of

maintenance work in maintenance work in Australia.

Embattled shopping centre group

Centro's concedeed it failed to

properly disclose more than $1 billion in debt in the months

leading up to its $5 billion market

meltdown. Centro admitting to the

ASX overnight it had incorrectly

classified the debt as non-current

in its full-year accounts back in June. A bit June. A bit of trouble there

certainly. That's all in the

morning's finance. It's been a long

year in that department. National weather

Quick recap. Buildings crumble,

roads ripped up as a massive

earthquake rocks New Zealand.

Inquiries to begin tine a toxic gas Inquiries to begin tine a toxic gas

blast in a gold mine. 11 workers

overcome by fumes. A new royal

milestone for the Queen. She's

officially Britain's oldest monarch.

That's the Early News for the week That's the Early News for the week

and the year from the team. Have a

merry Christmas. I'll be back on

the weekend news. Thank you for

your company. Have a great day and happy and safe festive season.

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