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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. I'm Bill Woods. Good morning. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. this Friday. A look at our top stories the Prime Minister says Vaccine backflip - will be subsidised by the Government a cancer wonder drug but only when the price is right. linked to the New South Labor Party Claims another figure over an alleged child sexual assault. is being investigated to help tackle Iraq President Bush calls for fresh ideas

to storm to victory in the Senate. as the Democrats look set And in sport - welcomed by John Howard in Canberra the England cricket team

against the Prime Minister's XI. ahead today's opening game Now here's Kath at business and finance news. with our our first look this morning. No joy for long US investors

about a potential takeover deal - Qantas stays mum I'll have more shortly. Prime Minister Howard has vowed Gardasil, will be subsidised. the cervical cancer vaccine, But he can't say when, from both sides of politics. drawing criticism

Gardasil is a vaccine few can afford At $460 a pop, say it's worth it. but developers of the drug The vaccine is a good vaccine that it works very effectively. and all the evidence says the dollar debate and Liberal Senator Jeannie Ferris. angering cancer survivor Professor Ian Frazer, The people who developed it, won a Nobel Prize for it. that our country is the one How embarrassing vaccinate its daughters. that's not going to Labor weighing in. That's pretty short-sighted to cut cervical cancer rates by 70%. when we know this vaccine is going from the Prime Minister. Prompting this intervention

being on the PBS list. This drug will end up and what price. It is a question of precisely when Manufacturer, CSL, to make a new application next year. will now be invited too long for some. The 2-year time frame there is no time. He says he wants time - and move on it immediately. He should make the decision now We know it is 100% effective. to make it available? Why are we waiting another year It has to be available now. is slowing, New figures show job creation

remains at 30 year lows. but unemployment While employment fell in October, of those looking for work. so too did the number The jobless rate is now at 4.6%. For young people,

of getting a job, ever. there has never been a better chance could push up interest rates, Economists say a strong jobs market does not believe that is the case. but the Government

Two fishermen are lucky to be alive south of Melbourne. after their boat capsized at about 6:00 last night, The pair ran into trouble overturned. when their fibreglass boat One man managed to swim to safety, to save his mate. launching a full-scale rescue effort to hospital suffering hypothermia. One of the fishermen was taken New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma. Things could soon be even worse for figure linked to the Labor party There are claims this morning another into an alleged child sexual assault. is facing a possible investigation

denies there was a cover up This all comes as Mr Iemma of Milton Orkopolous. over the sacking his party membership and reputation, Stripped of his ministry,

Minister Milton Orkopolous former NSW Aboriginal Affairs

with family and friends. spent today in hiding He's released a statement. with underage boys, Accused of numerous sex offences indecent assault and drug supply defend his innocence. he plans to vigorously Cold comfort for his colleagues. well, that was the reaction. How could this happen? To put it...

the Labor Party, The charges have shaken over claims of a cover-up. even more so now Senior ministers knew on Monday night. about Mr Orkopolous' pending arrest until 24 hours later. The Premier claims he knew nothing I find it very difficult to believe was only told on Tuesday night. that the Premier I think that's inconceivable. 19 weeks out from an election in a trouble-prone period for Labor. it's the latest are reportedly close Australia and Japan historic free trade agreement. to signing off on an The 'Australian' newspaper says outlining the deal a formal announcement could be made as soon as next week meets new Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. when the Prime Minister discussions for the past two years Both governments have been in $40 billion for Australia. with any deal worth nearly in the US mid-term elections, Following a thumping defeat

President Bush says to tackle problems in Iraq. he's open to suggestions on ways

resignation as US Defence Secretary It comes as Donald Rumsfeld's across the Middle East. has sparked celebrations a new approach over Iraq. United and ready to adopt A humbled President Bush says newly-elected Democrats on the issue he's looking forward to working with that's rattled his regime.

Whatever party we come from to ensure that these forces we all have the responsibility they need to prevail. have the resources and support that will help us achieve our goals I'm open to any idea of suggestion and defeat the terrorists. from the team photo, One notable omission

Donald Rumsfeld former US defence secretary a complicated battleground. who concedes Iraq has become The first war of the 21st century. Little understood, unfamiliar war.

His parting words for people across Iraq little consolation sectarian violence than ever before. who are witnessing more sparked street celebrations. In Pakistan Mr Rumsfeld's resignation at the White House They're hoping changes in the Middle East. will welcome a new era of peace But according to John Howard will have little effect the mid-term elections

in Iraq. on the longtime strategy Although they are looking for ways in which their tactics change,

is not going to change. their strategy in the jungles of Borneo A major rescue is under way to save hundreds of orang-utans. Dozens of the endangered apes are being driven from the jungles by land clearing and fires.

Conservationists have taken almost 50 of the animals to a refuge for medical checks, before relocating them to safer regions. They're demanding the Indonesian Government stamp out the illegal forest clearing to protect the orang-utans. Entertaining the enemy - England's cricketers have enjoyed an evening with John Howard in Canberra. The players gathering at the Lodge

ahead of today's tour opener against the Prime Minister's XI. The England squad warmly received in the nation's capital by an excited John Howard. This is without doubt the most eagerly anticipated sporting contest in Canberra's history

in the 32 years I've been coming here. Visiting captain Andrew Flintoff promising the PM the Barmy Army is on its way.

We're expecting a few supporters over Christmas. LAUGHTER

I'm sure you'll know when they're here. The all-rounder, already battle scarred from ankle surgery, now has the Aussie skipper declaring him an Ashes series target. If we can restrict him and put him under pressure right through the series, then hopefully a few of their other players might start feeling that pressure as well, and if we can start taking more than one player down, it will give us a great chance of winning.

On the streets of Mumbai, locals parading a green and gold donkey bearing Damien Martyn's name, an effigy of an Australian player as its jockey. The Martyn hate campaign in full swing after he herded the head of Indian cricket

off the Champions Trophy winners dais. It's not a good look and I didn't like seeing it the first time or the second time. India's cricket powerbrokers

meeting to discuss the matter overnight. They'll write to the Australian embassy and the International Cricket Council demanding there's no repeat of Sunday's presentation fiasco.

Brendan Fevola arrived back in Melbourne last night after facing the music in Ireland on Tuesday. The Carlton forward full of regret after the notorious trip which saw him kicked out of the Australian side after a pub brawl in Galway. Just like to sincerely apologise for my actions in Ireland. I broke the rules and I'd like to apologise to the AFL.

Fevola will not be sanctioned by the Blues when he returns for training later this morning. A-League leaders Melbourne have recorded their 10th win of the season, 1-nil over Perth Glory, leaving fans at the Telstra Dome on the edge of their seats. With just two minutes remaining, midfielder Grant Brebner unleashed a superb shot. The Scotman's first A-League goal, enough to secure the three points.

Victory now hold a 12-point lead over Adelaide at the top of the table, while Glory remains second from the bottom. More finance news now and Kath, Qantas moves to quash some market speculation? Qantas has moved to brush aside rumours

a private equity firm is considering a takeover bid for the airline.

Boss Geoff Dixon says he's not aware of any companies buying up shares in the Flying Kangaroo. Qantas shares are currently at a 4-year high

amid reports a buyout firm is circling the carrier. But with foreign ownership capped at 49% a full takeover of the airline may not be possible unless laws are changed. The Federal Government

is likely to increase the size of its Telstra 3 share offer to $10 billion. That's following the success of the retail stage of the sale which ended yesterday. We will have already exceeded our $8 billion target over the first three stages of the sale. The sale moves into its fourth and final stage on Wednesday with the institutional offer, which will see investment and superannuation funds bid for stock. Telstra shares slipped 6 cents yesterday, to close at $3.91.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning. The Government assures mortgage holders the strong jobs market won't push up interest rates, unemployment hitting a 30-year low. Fresh claims another New South Wales Labor Party figure is under investigation for alleged child sexual assault.

President Bush calls for key legislation to be passed before the Democrats take control of the American House of Reps. And concert countdown - fans in Sydney prepare for U2's first Sydney show. Some ticketholders camping out to secure prime position. To the financial markets now and the US back in the doldrums?

New figures show job creation is slowing, but unemployment remains at 30 year lows. While employment fell in October, so too did the number of those looking for work. The jobless rate is now at 4.6%. For young people, there has never been a better chance of getting a job, ever. Economists say a strong jobs market could push up interest rates, does not believe that is the case. but the Government Morris Iemma is deepening The crisis for NSW Premier linked to the Labor Party with claims another person an alleged child sexual assault. is being investigated over It comes just days

Minister Milton Orkopolous after former Aboriginal Affairs child sex offences, was charged with numerous throwing the party into chaos.

I felt sick in the stomach. After being stunned I've got to say Meantime, in Western Australia, Norm Malborough has quit Small Business Minister he was being influenced in Parliament after the corruption watchdog found by former premier Brian Burke. The Prime Minister has vowed Gardasil, will be subsidised. the cervical cancer vaccine, at a cost of $460 a pop. The drug is currently only available end up being on the PBS list, Mr Howard promising it will or at what price. but couldn't say when both sides of the political fence. The delay drawing criticism from there is no time. He says he wants time - and move on it immediately. He should make the decision now Manufacturer CSL is expected to make an application next year. both houses of the American Congress, With the Democrats winning control influence the country's direction attention is turning to how they'll

Robert Gates will handle Iraq. and how the new Defence Secretary voters change sides Leaves change colour, and power changes hands. The Democrats are now in charge here whether these august corridors and no one really knows or hum with harmony will echo with warfare

has already started. but the choregraphy The entire Cabinet, minus Donald Rumsfeld, to give a speech, conveniently in Kansas behind the boss. stand on the steps without uttering a word, "We're down," they said "but not out." that will help us achieve our goals I'm open to any idea of suggestion and defeating the terrorists democratic governments succeeds. and ensuring that Iraq's How the tone has changed. was off to his power lunch The President he would never have to break bread, with the woman he thought let alone do business with. George Bush on the left. Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House on the right. She once called him a dangerous liar. a dangerous liberal. He once called her the new Congress The Democrats can use to initiate laws chair committees but the White House wields the veto. and it's inside the Oval Office But there's another power struggle inside the first family.

to run the Iraq war, Robert Gates, the man now appointed with global consequences. call it a family affair through the Arab world Fury is spreading following the Israeli attack of one family in Gaza. that killed 18 members

with sirens wailing, Led by ambulances of grieving Palestinians tens of thousands poured into the streets to bury the victims.

Screaming for revenge against Israel and America, the mourners carried the bodies past the shelled apartments, ahead of funeral prayers and burial. From Germany, a love story with a real twist. Romeo in this tale is an Australian black swan. But this one's fallen for a plastic paddle boat that looks like a swan. He won't let it out of his sight, patiently paddling alongside where ever it goes. over winter, Worried about his survival to safer quarters at the local zoo, officials moved both of them to leave the boat and join his own. where Romeo still refuses tonight, U2 burst on to the stage in Sydney to be held at Telstra Stadium. the first of three concerts are already queuing outside. Diehard fans for three days. One couple even camping out Being a U2 fan isn't always easy. nine years for an Australian tour First you have to wait nearly for eight months. which is then postponed And to top it all off, in the cold. you have to queue three days

Wednesday afternoon. We've been here since 1:30 And how's the weather been? Fresh, very fresh.

wouldn't have it any other way. But this group of Sydneysiders sort of uniting I guess. Everyone's here for the same reason, a couple of bad singers Throw in a few sleeping bags, is well worth the wait. and front row in the standing area hit the stage in Sydney tonight. Thankfully the real rock stars is anything to go by, And if the opening show in Brisbane fans are in for a visual feast. head to Adelaide next, Bono and the boys before two final shows in Melbourne. in Melbourne last night Brendan Fevola arrived back on Tuesday. after facing the music in Ireland

after the notorious trip The Carlton forward full of regret kicked out of the Australian side which saw him after a pub brawl in Galway. Just like to sincerely apologise for my actions in Ireland. to apologise to the AFL. I broke the rules and I'd like by the Blues Fevola will not be sanctioned later this morning. when he returns for training

kicks off its Ashes tour The England Cricket team

in Canberra today. against the Prime Ministers XI

by the Prime Minister The players warmly received at the Lodge last night won't be so accommodating. but the captain of the Aussie team opposing skipper Andrew Flintoff Ricky Ponting declaring his

is the number one target. If we can restrict him right through the series, and put him under pressure of their other players then hopefully a few that pressure as well, might start feeling

more than one player down, and if we can start taking

of winning. it will give us a great chance will use a pink grip And Australian opener Mathew Hayden during each Test to create awareness of breast cancer. For every run he scores, $20 towards finding a cure. his bat sponsor will donate Big plans for Miss Finland, the Golden Slipper VRC Oaks Double. the first filly to win handing trainer David Hayes The new queen of the turf and in brilliant fashion. his first Oaks success

spent the night in hospital Meantime, jockey Kerrin McEvoy in race one. after this sickening fall bleeding on the brain, McEvoy suffered and a cracked vertebra a bruised temple

but remains in a stable condition. The business and finance news now for asbestos sufferers? and finally a resolution for James Hardie asbestos sufferers. And a win

has finally received tax free status The building products company compensation fund, for its multibillion-dollar meaning victims will now be paid. It's one of the final hurdles in a bitter compensation row that's lasted more than five years at the end of the tunnel. and Bernie Banton can see some light This is just another step to get justice, and that's what it is, justice for victims and their families. After months of bitter argument and last-minute changes by James Hardie, the Tax Office has relented, exempting the company from paying tax on its $4 billion compensation fund for asbestos victims. It will get a tax deduction for doing so

and it should pay those victims immediately. My only regret is it took so long. It's expected the fund will compensate victims for the next 50 years Even people who are not even sick from the disease will now be able to claim compensation. I'd anticipate money will start to come into the compensation fund pretty early in 2007. That's when I'll start celebrating -

when I've physically got that cheque - because I'll be running to the bank to get a fast clearance on it. James Boyce, Ten News. National weather:

The Prime Minister agrees to put a cancer wonder drug on the PBS. But there's a catch, the details when we come back.

A look at our top stories this Friday. Vaccine backflip - the Prime Minister says a cancer wonder drug will be subsidised by the Government but only when the price is right.

Claims another figure linked to the New South Labor Party is being investigated over an alleged child sexual assault. President Bush calls for fresh ideas to help tackle Iraq as the Democrats look set to storm to victory in the Senate. And in sport - the England cricket team welcomed by John Howard in Canberra ahead today's opening game against the Prime Minister's XI. Now here's Kath with business and finance news. Prime Minister Howard has vowed the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, will be subsidised. But he can't say when, drawing criticism from both sides of politics. At $460 a pop, Gardasil is a vaccine few can afford but developers of the drug say it's worth it.

The vaccine is a good vaccine and all the evidence says that it works very effectively. The dollar debate

angering cancer survivor and Liberal Senator Jeannie Ferris. The people who developed it, Professor Ian Frazer, won a Nobel Prize for it. How embarrassing that our country is the one that's not going to vaccinate its daughters. Labor weighing in. That's pretty short-sighted when we know this vaccine is going to cut cervical cancer rates by 70%. Prompting this intervention from the Prime Minister. This drug will end up being on the PBS list. It is a question of precisely when and what price. Manufacturer, CSL, will now be invited to make a new application next year. The 2-year time frame too long for some.

He says he wants time - there is no time. He should make the decision now and move on it immediately. We know it is 100% effective. Why are we waiting another year to make it available? It has to be available now. New figures show job creation is slowing, but unemployment remains at 30 year lows. While employment fell in October, so too did the number of those looking for work. The jobless rate is now at 4.6%. For young people, of getting a job, ever. there has never been a better chance could push up interest rates, Economists say a strong jobs market

does not believe that is the case. but the Government New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma. Things could soon be even worse for figure linked to the Labor Party There are claims this morning another into an alleged child sexual assault. is facing a possible investigation

denies there was a cover up This all comes as Mr Iemma of Milton Orkopolous. over the sacking his party membership and reputation, Stripped of his ministry, What have you got to say? Mr Orkopolous. He's released a statement. with underage boys, Accused of numerous sex offences

indecent assault and drug supply defend his innocence. he plans to vigorously Cold comfort for his colleagues. well, that was the reaction. How could this happen? To put it... the Labor Party, The charges have shaken over claims of a cover-up. even more so now Senior ministers knew on Monday night. about Mr Orkopolous' pending arrest

The Premier claims he knew nothing until 24 hours later. I find it very difficult to believe was only told on Tuesday night. that the Premier I think that's inconceivable. Josh Murphy, Ten News. will meet in Western Australia today State attorneys-general to discuss the ongoing detention David Hicks. of Australian terror suspect Major Michael Mori Hicks' US military lawyer

and answer questions will address the group surrounding the case. about the drawn-out legal process without charge Hicks has been detained in 2001. since being arrested in Afghanistan Phillip Ruddock Federal Attorney-General will not be attending this meeting father Terry next week. but has agreed to meet with Hicks' American President George W Bush with the Democrats has begun mending fences of the US Congress. as they prepare to take control Leisa Goddard-Roles, joins me live. Ten's US bureau chief, broken bread with the Democrats? Leisa, the President has literally

Saddam and had lunch today with

some democratic leaders including at some democratic leaders

the new Speaker of the house. the new Speaker of the house. He said

it was a constructive meeting. The it was a constructive meeting.

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those challenges. We were not to

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love lost between these two. She love lost between these two. She has

described him as a dangerous liar. He

has described her as a dangerous liberal.

in the US mid-term elections The Democrats' win around the world, has been greeted warmly as the beginning of the end with some European leaders seeing it of a 6-year world nightmare. in the Pakistani capital Thousands took to the streets to welcome the outcome and the resignation of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The also called for President George W. Bush

to be put on trial like Saddam Hussein. It's really just a full moon, but officially its being called Guinness World Records Day.

Among the odd attempts is this New Zealand contribution called Zorbing. It comes in two classes - the longest ride and the fastest. Or how about the most rattle snakes you can hold in your mouth at once? Then there's the rather tame record for the tallest house of cards in a single judo chop? or how about the most blocks smashed the most people kissing, The French naturally went for didn't have to do anything, while Kathie Junge smallest waist. she just has the world's Entertaining the enemy - evening with John Howard in Canberra. England's cricketers have enjoyed an The players gathering at the Lodge against the Prime Minister's XI. ahead of today's tour opener in the nation's capital The England squad warmly received by an excited John Howard.

This is without doubt sporting contest the most eagerly anticipated in Canberra's history I've been coming here. in the 32 years promising the PM Visiting captain Andrew Flintoff the Barmy Army is on its way. over Christmas. We're expecting a few supporters

LAUGHTER when they're here. I'm sure you'll know scarred from ankle surgery, The all-rounder, already battle

him an Ashes series target. now has the Aussie skipper declaring If we can restrict him right through the series, and put him under pressure of their other players then hopefully a few

that pressure as well, might start feeling

more than one player down, and if we can start taking

it will give us a great chance of winning. confident of a first up win tomorrow. But England for now remaining in full swing The Martyn hate campaign the head of Indian cricket after he herded winners dais. off the Champions Trophy

It's not a good look the first time or the second time. and I didn't like seeing it India's cricket powerbrokers the matter overnight. meeting to discuss to the Australian embassy They'll write and the International Cricket Council of Sunday's presentation fiasco. demanding there's no repeat Brendan Fevola arrived back in Melbourne last night

on Tuesday. after facing the music in Ireland

after the notorious trip The Carlton forward full of regret

kicked out of the Australian side which saw him after a pub brawl in Galway. Just like to sincerely apologise for my actions in Ireland. I broke the rules and I'd like to apologise to the AFL. by the Blues Fevola will not be sanctioned when he returns for training later this morning. A-League leaders Melbourne their 10th win of the season, have recorded 1-nil over Perth Glory, on the edge of their seats. leaving fans at the Telstra Dome With just two minutes remaining,

unleashed a superb shot. midfielder Grant Brebner The Scotman's first A-League goal, enough to secure the three points. over Adelaide Victory now hold a 12-point lead

at the top of the table, second from the bottom. while Glory remains for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, A big turnaround reporting a net profit of more than $1 billion for the first quarter. Despite being cashed-up a television network in Australia, News Corp says it's unlikely to buy

to the local markets. but remains committed

good times to continue this year. The media giant is expecting the It's pinning its hopes on the film 'Borat' the box office around the world. which it expects to top

a 12% lift in interim profit Takeover target Rinker has posted

to US$410-million. But the building products group in the United States, that does 80% of its business has warned that full-year earnings will be at the low end of expectations. The company is fighting a $16.8 billion hostile bid from Mexico's Cemex. The rise in earnings may put more pressure on Cemex to lift its bid. Now national weather:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying:

The Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning. The Government assures mortgage holders the strong jobs market won't push up interest rates, unemployment hitting a 30-year low. Fresh claims another New South Wales Labor Party figure is under investigation for alleged child sexual assault. President Bush calls for key legislation to be passed before the Democrats take control of the American House of Reps. And concert countdown - fans in Sydney prepare for U2's first Sydney show.

Some ticketholders camping out to secure prime position. New figures show job creation is slowing, but unemployment remains at 30 year lows. While employment fell in October, so too did the number of those looking for work. The jobless rate is now at 4.6%. For young people, there has never been a better chance of getting a job, ever.

Economists say a strong jobs market could push up interest rates, but the Government does not believe that is the case. The crisis for NSW Premier Morris Iemma is deepening with claims another person linked to the Labor Party is being investigated over an alleged child sexual assault. It comes just days

after former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Milton Orkopolous was charged with numerous child sex offences,

throwing the party into chaos. Meantime, in Western Australia, Small Business Minister Norm Malborough has quit after the corruption watchdog found he was being influenced in Parliament by former premier Brian Burke. The Prime Minister has vowed the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, will be subsidised.

The drug is currently only available at a cost of $460 a pop. Mr Howard promising it will end up being on the PBS list, but couldn't say when or at what price. The delay drawing criticism from both sides of the political fence. He says he wants time - there is no time. He should make the decision now and move on it immediately. Manufacturer CSL is expected to make an application next year.

Two fishermen are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized south of Melbourne. The pair ran into trouble at about 6:00 last night, when their fibreglass boat overturned. One man managed to swim to safety, launching a full-scale rescue effort to save his mate. There were knocking noises coming from under the hull so we knew that there was someone alive underneath.

One of the fishermen was taken to hospital suffering hypothermia. Following a thumping defeat in the US mid-term elections, President Bush says he's open to suggestions on ways to tackle problems in Iraq. It comes as Donald Rumsfeld's resignation as US Defence Secretary

has sparked celebrations across the Middle East. United and ready to adopt a new approach over Iraq.

A humbled President Bush says he's looking forward to working with newly-elected Democrats on the issue

that's rattled his regime. Whatever party we come from we all have the responsibility to ensure that these forces have the resources and support they need to prevail. I'm open to any idea of suggestion that will help us achieve our goals

and defeat the terrorists.

One notable omission from the team photo, former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld who concedes Iraq has become a complicated battleground. Little understood, unfamiliar war. The first war of the 21st century. His parting words little consolation for people across Iraq who are witnessing more sectarian violence than ever before.

In Pakistan Mr Rumsfeld's resignation sparked street celebrations.

They're hoping changes at the White House will welcome a new era of peace in the Middle East. But according to John Howard the mid-term elections will have little effect on the longtime strategy in Iraq.

Although they are looking for ways in which their tactics change, their strategy is not going to change. Fury is spreading through the Arab world following the Israeli attack that killed 18 members of one family in Gaza. Led by ambulances with sirens wailing, tens of thousands of grieving Palestinians poured into the streets to bury the victims. Screaming for revenge against Israel and America, the mourners carried the bodies past the shelled apartments, ahead of funeral prayers and burial. One of Santa's reindeers has hit the stores a little early. Security cameras caught the deer racing into an Iowa Target store. Stunned shoppers and employees watched as it ran up and down the aisles, losing control near the cosmetics.

After 20 minutes the deer finally found its own way out - the same way it came in - through an open door. U2 burst on to the stage in Sydney tonight, the first of three concerts to be held at Telstra Stadium. Diehard fans are already queuing outside. One couple even camping out for three days. Being a U2 fan isn't always easy. First you have to wait nearly nine years for an Australian tour which is then postponed for eight months. And to top it all off,

you have to queue three days in the cold. We've been here since 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

And how's the weather been? Fresh, very fresh. But this group of Sydneysiders wouldn't have it any other way. Everyone's here for the same reason, sort of uniting I guess. Throw in a few sleeping bags, a couple of bad singers and front row in the standing area is well worth the wait.

Thankfully the real rock stars hit the stage in Sydney tonight. And if the opening show in Brisbane is anything to go by, fans are in for a visual feast. Bono and the boys head to Adelaide next, before two final shows in Melbourne.

Brendan Fevola arrived back in Melbourne last night after facing the music in Ireland on Tuesday. The Carlton forward full of regret after the notorious trip

which saw him kicked out of the Australian side after a pub brawl in Galway. Just like to sincerely apologise for my actions in Ireland. I broke the rules and I'd like to apologise to the AFL. Fevola will not be sanctioned by the Blues when he returns for training later this morning. The England cricket team kicks off its Ashes tour against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra today. The players warmly received by the Prime Minister

at the Lodge last night but the captain of the Aussie team won't be so accommodating. Ricky Ponting declaring his opposing skipper Andrew Flintoff is the number one target. If we can restrict him

and put him under pressure right through the series, then hopefully a few of their other players might start feeling that pressure as well, and if we can start taking more than one player down, it will give us a great chance of winning. And Australian opener Mathew Hayden will use a pink grip during each Test to create awareness of breast cancer. For every run he scores, his bat sponsor will donate $20 towards finding a cure. Golf, and India's Jyoti Randhawa has upstaged an all star field in round one of the Champions Tournament in Shanghai. Randhawa fired a course record 65 and sits one shot clear of former US open champion Michael Campbell, Youg-eun Yang and Mark Warren who's putter was running hot at the scenic 16th.

World number one Tiger Woods failed to fire. Big plans for Miss Finland, the first filly to win the Golden Slipper VRC Oaks Double. The new queen of the turf handing trainer David Hayes his first Oaks success and in brilliant fashion.

Meantime, jockey Kerrin McEvoy spent the night in hospital

after this sickening fall in race one. McEvoy suffered bleeding on the brain, a bruised temple and a cracked vertebra but remains in a stable condition. The country's big banks have begun passing on this week's rate rise to customers. The National Australia Bank is the first,

lifting its base home loan rate to 7.57% and its variable rate to just over 8%

The RBA raised rates on Wednesday in a move widely tipped by the market. Rates have risen three times this year and are currently at 6.25%.

They say the early bird catches the worm but this Melbourne Cup day winner had a much earlier showing at Doomben two years ago. I liked my dress. I wanted to wear it again. It's the biggest controversy since 1965 when English model Jean Shrimpton wore a dress above the knee. It's a little bit cheeky, and two years ago, I'm not so sure about that. I say let the budgie go.

Let the budgie go! She's got a budgie in her hat. Oh, I don't know. It's just not on. She looks gorgeous.

If she can win it two years ago and win it now, then fantastic. Hundreds of women threw their hats into the fashion ring. It's a balancing act. Some beaming, thanks to Mother Nature. Do you think the baby bump will push you over the edge? It may well do. But only the cream of the crop could make it through. 19-year-old Sarah Schofield from Victoria taking out the national title - the use of a convertible among the prizes proving problematic.

Don't you have a licence? I don't, but now I've definitely got incentive to get it. But just how did the fillies fair? There's a lot of tacky in the women. Tacky! Don't do it to yourself, love. It may have seemed like a long time coming but this year also saw the introduction of an industry-based millinery award. Millinery is something that sometimes slips by, although every photograph has a hat.

The achievement capping off a fabulous Fashions on the Field. Allan Raskall, Ten News. National weather:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Vaccine backflip. The Prime Minister says a cancer wonder drug will be subsidised by the Government but only when the price is right. Claims another figure linked to the New South Labor Party is being investigated over an alleged child sexual assault. President Bush calls for fresh ideas to help tackle Iraq as the Democrats look set to storm to victory in the Senate.

That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, thanks for your company. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Have a great weekend.