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early news. Frank Coletta. Welcome to Ten's

Making headlines today:

and John Howard back in the limelight

and offering a helping hand to the embattled liable party. The Japanese whaling fleet to

return to port after killing only half of its target number of whales.

Author JK Rowling in a court battle

over a Harry Potter encyclopaedia.

And in sport, Barry Hall's

sickening punch referred directly

to the AFL tribunal.

To the latest finance now with

Frank and economists painting a

fairly gloomy outlook in the United

States. Doesn't look too good, Kath.

A growing number of economists are

worrying that a second-half

recovery is now out of reach recovery is now out of reach and

recession will be longer and more painful than current forecasts.

drag it down. Wall Street has slipped as banks

Oil is on the rise again.

Coming up in business news, the

biggest drop in home lending in biggest drop in home lending in four

years and the ANZ boss demands

answers over the Opes Prime affair. Thank you, Frank.

John Howard has offered to help the

embattled liable party during his

first speech in Australia since his

election defeat. The former prime minister stopped short of

endorsing Brendan Nelson as leader.

Speaking to the party faithful at a

dinner in Brisbane last night, the

former PM was quick to point out

his Government's achievements. The

regard for the economic strength of

our country in the United States our country in the United States is

enormous. And it hasn't grown up in

the last 4.5 months. Mr Howard in

turn slammed the Rudd Government for downplaying the Coalition's

economic gains. It was designed to

reduce debt or to strengthen the

Australian economy . It was

opposed root and branch by Mr Rudd.

Turning to the liables current Liberals'

current troubles, he says he is all

too aware of the fight on their

hands. Being in Opposition is difficult. Brendan does have a

Opposition. difficult job as Leader of the

Opposition. He fell short of

endorsing Dr Nelson as at new

leader, instead offering a helping

hand to the party as it struggles

to rebuild itself. I will do

help you. everything I can in a quiet way to

The Japanese wheeling fleet returns

to part today after killing only

half its target number of whales in

the Southern Ocean. The 'Nisshin

Maru' ship is expected to dock in

Tokyo this morning. Japan says it's

regrettable they managed to kill

only 550 whales during the 5-month

mission, down from the target 8 50m inke

inke and 50fin whales. They're

blame interference from

anti-whaling activists for the

smaller catch. Civil rights groups

have slammed Government plans to

allow bosses to become cybersnoops,

checking workers' emails without

consent. Currently private companies

companies can only read their

staff's emails with consent. The

Government is planning new laws to

allow them to secretly tap all

communications. I think that it's a

very dangerous proposal. It

infringes the right to privacy. The

extra powers would apply to

services. companies providing critical

New research reveals one in five

Australians has been touched by

alcohol-related violence. A Roy

Morgan survey has found one-fifth

of the population is directly

affected or knows someone affected

by alcohol-related violence. The

study also suggests more than 10 million Australians are concerned

about drunken violence when they about drunken violence when they go

out at night. The National out at night. The National Alliance

Against Alcohol will be launched in

Sydney today, a coalition of more

than 30 community groups.

Police are searching for a group of

teenagers who desecrated more

than 100 graves at a cemetery on

the Victorian-NSW border. Vandals

even stomped on graves during the

rampage. It's very upsetting to rampage. It's very upsetting to see

something like this in a

something like this in a sacred

site. Many of the targeted sites

were the final resting place for infants and children.

The author that brought wizardry to

life in her fantasy novels is now

suing one of her biggest fans. JK

Rowling is in New York to try to

stop the publication of a Harry

Potter encyclopaedia.

There is another Harry Potter book

in the works but author JK Rowling

does not want this one published.

It's an encyclopaedia penned by

someone else and Rowling is turning to US Federal Court to stop its

release. The British author of the

wildly popular fantasy series wildly popular fantasy series says the 400-page 'Harry Potter Lexicon'

is nothing more than a

rearrangement of her own work and

she intends to testify that it is a

rip-off. The new book is written by

one of Harry's biggest fans, Steven

Vandder Ark, who runs a Potter

website that Rowling says she

enjoys. But the author draws the

line when it comes to publishing a

book and charging $25 for it.

Lawyers for the Michigan publisher

say they won't argue that the book

infringes on Rowling's copy rights

but they claim it is legal because

the encyclopaedia uses the

information for a greater purpose -

scholarly pursuit. Don't expect

this legal chapter to be closed

until the end of the week.

A British journalist has been

rescued after being held hostage in

southern Iraq for two months.

Richard Butler was finally freed by

Iraqi troops after a fierce gun

battle with his abducters but

battle with his abducters but .

Butd but was kidnapped in early

February while on assignment in

Basra with American network CBS. He

says he's looking forward to seeing

family and friends.

The Olympic torch has had had a

smooth run through the capital of

Oman. Its only stop in the Middle

East on the way to China. Hundreds

of people celebrated with musical performances and traditional performances and traditional canss

along the 20km relay route. It was

a sharp contrast to the torch's

journey through London and Paris, which was marred by protests.

Cate Blanchett will be back at Cate Blanchett will be back at work

this weekend, just six days after

giving birth. The actress is

keeping her promise to attend this

week's 2020 ideas summit in

Canberra but she has asked Kevin

Rudd to appoint author Julianne

help her debate on the help Schultz as a second co-chair to

help her debate on the arts. Blanchett gave birth to son

Ignatius Martin on Sunday, her Upton. third child with husband Andrew

Fiery Sydney forward Barry Hall's AFL tribunal appearance could be

postponed due to surgery on his

broken wrist. The Swans will

decide today whether or not to

request a delayed hearing or have

videolink tonight. Hall front the tribunal via

Staker was graded as intentional, Barry Hall's left hook on Brent high contact, causing severe impact, and will go directly to the tribunal. It also means he won't be eligible for a 25% discount on an early guilty plea. The matter has been complicated on his broken wrist. by Hall's surgery yesterday The club will decide if it will appeal for a postponement of the hearing to give them more time. If not, it still has to decide if Hall will travel to Melbourne

or face the tribunal via a video hook-up. Broken? No idea. You still don't know yet? Nup. How are you holding up? Not too bad mate. Hall's latest whack has the potential to stall the Swans' momentum.

I think he understands we are all disappointed and he's let the club down and in particular the players. So, moving forward, it is going to be something, he is going to have to earn the respect back of the playing group which I'm sure he'll be able to do. And it could be a busy tribunal, Collingwood's Nick Maxwell copping one week. Melbourne's Brad Miller's also got one for this late bump. Geelong's Ryan Gamble is set for a week on the sidelines. Cameron Mooney his team-mate also out for a week for his clumsy trip, and Docker Steven Dodd got a week for tripping by hand. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has

expressed sympathy for his South

Sydney counterpart after the Sharks

downed the Rabbitohs 12-10 at ANZ Stadium. Bunnies coach Jason Taylor

tried everything to inspire his

winless side, even pulling the team

off the field during the second

half for some extra coaching. If

they had won they wouldn't have got

the two points because it's against

the rules. He didn't have the touch

judge's permission to do that. I

feel for Jason. Every coach goes

through a tough time and it's a

lonely situation. The Sharks' two

first-half tries enough to clinch their fourth win of the season.

Steve Folkes will stay on as

Bulldogs head coach for the

remainder of the season despite the announcement assistant Kevin Moore

will take over at season's end.

Moore continues a longstanding

family dynasty at the club. He's

the son of Bulldogs legend, the

late Peter Moore. It means a lot to

me but I don't want to get clouded

in too much emotional stuff. I've

got to put my head down and got to put my head down and work

hard. Moore is also Steve Folkes's brother-in-law.

Frank, Virgin Blue shares take a

hit after a profit downgrade. They

certainly have, Kath. The airline

stock's plunged more than 20% as

investors learned the news the

company's net profit tax would more

than half this year to $100 million.

Virgin shares plummeted to a new low.

Stocks in Toll Holdings also took a

battering with more than $830

million wiped from its market value.

Toll says it will remain a Toll says it will remain a majority

holder for at least the next 18

months waiting for market turmoil

to ease before making a second

attempt to offload its stake.

The boss of ANZ has taken charge of an investigation into role an investigation into the bank's

role in the collapse of Opes Prime.

The CEO will set up a wide-ranging

review of the bank's lending

practices as the bank comes under

increasing criticism. It seized

shares from Opes clients with

clients unaware of the share

transfers arrangements. They're facing combined losses of more

than $300 million. The bank will review its securities lending

business and will also explore whether any staff broke the law.

A look now at the weather details

for the day ahead.

Let's take a look at this morning's

newspaper headlines now. In the

'Courier-Mail', Australia's next Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, is

pictured with her five

grandchildren. The 65-year-old has

pledged to concentrate on indigenous issues as indigenous issues as she prepares

to take up her new appointment.

New evidence the Reserve Bank's

campaign against inflation has begun to slow the economy with

rising interest rates scaring off

home-buyers. More from the 'Australian'.

And the 'Age' reports on an urgent

call from the World Bank for rich

nations to help stem rising nations to help stem rising food prices.

Brisbane's been hit by a powerful Brisbane's been hit by a powerful

storm cell. We'll have the details

when Ten's early news returns.

This morning, Barry Hall's future

hangs in the balance. Calls for

criminal charges to be laid over a

king-hit as the AFL star is ordered

to front the tribunal tonight.

The former PM offers to help the embattled

embattled Liberal Party as he gives

his first public address since

his first public address since his election defeat.

A powerful storm A powerful storm cell lashes

Brisbane, dumping hail and blacking out homes.

And Zimbabwe's High Court refuses

to order the release of election

results in a major blow to the Opposition.

To finance now with Frank To finance now with Frank and

banking stocks weigh on Wall Street

overnight. Yes, Kath. Hardly a stellar day for investors anywhere.

Coming up - we'll tell you where

air fares are headed. I'm hoping down! Thanks, Frank.

Barry Hall appearance before the AFL tribunal tonight is in doubt

with the Swans considering

appealing for a delay. The full

forward's striking charge has been

referred directly to the tribunal

after it was decided the knock-out blow was intentional.

Back on his feet but still

receiving medical treatment for the

blow which one expert says could

have killed him, but Brent Staker

has ruled out pursuing a lawsuit.

What about legal action? Is that

something you're thinking about as

well? Not at all. His parents are

less forgiving. To be king-hit when

there's nothing it - pretty weak I reckon.

reckon. Some are demanding criminal

charges be laid. You can't draw a

white line around grass and be

immune from the criminal code. Such

a blow, capable of damaging the brain,

brain, could have a long-term

impact. It's not a trivial injury.

They can have lasting effects,

certainly lasting up to six months,

even a year. Having delivered a

king-hit of his own on Geelong's

Neville Bruns in 1985, Leigh

Matthews was reluctant to comment.

That's more reason I shouldn't have

anything to say about it. Surgery

on Hall's broken wrist could see tonight's tribunal appearance postponed. The Sydney Swans are

deciding whether to request a

delay. It's pretty hard to defend my

my actions. It's there in black and white. John Howard says he's ready,

willing and able to help the

Liberal Party and leader Brendan

Nelson with the difficult job of

being in Opposition. The former PM

threw his support behind the embattled party during his embattled party during his first

speech in Australia since his election election defeat.

I will do everything I can in I will do everything I can in a

quiet way to help you. I think

former prime ministers should give quiet assistance.

Mr Howard stopped short of

officially endorsing Dr Nelson as leader while attacking the Rudd

Government, claiming it has

downplayed the Coalition's economic achievements.

Japan is blaming interference from anti-whaling activists for its

smaller than intended catch in the

Southern Ocean. Whaling ship the

'Nisshin Maru' returns to Tokyo

today after killing around 550

whales during the 5-month hunt. It

was aiming to slaughter as many as

8 50m inke whales and 50fin whales.

The whalers say the low catch is regrettable.

Residents in parts of Brisbane are

cleaning up this morning after a

wild hail storm whipped through the

city's south. The storm originated

in the Gold Coast late in the Gold Coast late yesterday

afternoon before moving north. Logan

Logan and Bayside suburbs suffered

the most with 18,000 homes losing

power. Electricity crews are

returned power to the majority of

homes by this morning. Civil rights groups have attacked

Government plans to allow bosses to

become cybersnoops, checking

workers' emails without workers' emails without consent.

They say the move infringes on

privacy and is open to misuse.

Ever thought of dropping that quick

email to a friend to express

frustration about the boss? Be

warned the boss could be reading it. The Federal Government is considering new laws to considering new laws to give private companies power to secretly

tap their staff's communications.

I think that it's a very dangerous

proposal. It infringes the right

to privacy. Security agencies like

ASIO and the AFP already have the

power to monitor their employees'

communications without consent. The

Government wants that extended to

companies providing critical

services such as transport, finance

and power, so potential

cyberattacks can be thwarted.

Enough information could be gained

about the systems and how they operate to launch a full-scale

attack. But Internet rights groups

are concerned the new laws will be

used for corporate eavesdropping,

even witch-hunts to sack workers.

They want guarantees any new powers

will be used only for what they

were intended. That is for actually

protecting the networks against

hacking attempts and so forth and

that they wouldn't be able to use these powers to engage in employee discipline. The new laws are

expected to be in place by the middle of next year.

Zimbabwe's Opposition has been

dealt a major blow after the

country's High Court refused to

order the immediate release of

long-delayed election results. The

judge says the outcome could not be

published until reports of irregularities in some seats had

been investigated. Movement for

Democratic Change leader Morgan

Tsvangirai says he beat President

Robert Mugabe outright. He's unched

Zimbabweans to show their disgust

-- urged Zimbabweans to show their

disgust by launching a general strike. Millionaire Silvio Berlusconi has

won a third term as Italian won a third term as Italian Prime

Minister after his centre left

rival Walter Veltroni conceded

defeat. Twot were locked in a

battle for power with exit polls

showing Berlusconi narrowly ahead.

The 71-year-old media tycoon first

stormed to power in 1994.

The creator of the world's

favourite teen wizard is taking

one of hiing biggest fans to court.

JK Rowling is in New York trying to

stop an encyclopaedia, the 'Harry

Potter Lexicon', from hitting the

shelves. JK Rowling says her rights

are being violated by Steven

Vander Ark who plans to publish the book.

Singer Ashlee Simpson and her

fiance are reportedly expecting

their first child. The news comes

just days after the 23-year-old

announced her engagement to Pete

Wentz, the bassist from the band

Fall Out Boy. Simpson's representatives have not commented

on the reports.

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor will face a breach notice and possible fine for giving his

players a sideline pep talk in last

night's encounter with Cronulla, a

rev-up that did inspire a late push

but it wasn't enough to hand the

Bunnies a breakthrough win. South Sydney still chasing their first win of the season, and they had all the early chances. COMMENTATOR: He puts it down.

But it was Cronulla who broke through first. A step and a dive and he'll pick up four points as a result. A chance for Luke Covell, who timed it beautifully. Pressure finally paying off for Souths, John Sutton pulling one back just before the break. He puts a step on at the line, gets across to score. Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor ditched the box for the sidelines in the second half - his presence inspiring. The Bunnies across again through Beau Champion. Good ball to Smith a chance for Champion.

Taylor pulling his side off the field for some words of wisdom. (Inaudible) But it wasn't enough to muster a winning performance, the Bunnies squandering a late chance to lose by two points.

Troubled Parramatta halfback Tim

Smith has quit rugby league, saying

he suffers from bipolar disorder.

Smith walks away from a lucrative

contract with the Eels and plans to

return home to the Gold Coast.

However, I am not coping with the

constant media pressure and public

scrutiny. The hardest thing about

this has been telling my team-mates.

Smith, though, has not ruled out a possible return to the game.

Well, Essendon has finally had some

good news on the injury good news on the injury front.

Scans have revealed skipper Matthew

Lloyd has a build-up of fluid in

his injured calf and not a tear.

You have to do your time and often

it's the hardest one to get over, a calf, because you put so calf, because you put so much

weight on it but fingers weight on it but fingers crossed

it's not too bad. Lloyd remains a chance

chance to line up for the Bombers

against St Kilda on Friday

against St Kilda on Friday night.

To finance now and say it isn't so

- Qantas set to increase fares.

Well, the airline is likely to follow Virgin Blue's fares by

increasing its fuel surcharge

increasing its fuel surcharge to combat those higher world oil

prices. The cost of jet fuel for

airlines has increased more than

60% in the past year. Virgin

announced last week it would be

forced to raise one-way fares by

up to $12 next month due to those

surging oil prices. Qantas has surging oil prices. Qantas has now

confirmed it's also considering a

price hike and is keeping a close

eye on fuel prices.

A mega oil and gas merger is on

the cards. Australian Worldwide Exploration has confirmed it's

holding exclusive negotiations to

take over ARC Energy. The deal take over ARC Energy. The deal

would form a $2 billion oil and gas

company. A formal announcement on

the talks is expected by the end of this month.

The series of interest rate hikes

appear to have taken their toll on

home lending. Latest figures show housing finance has slumped with

loans falling 5.9% in February -

that's the biggest drop in four

years. There's also been a downturn

in the second-hand housing market

with mortgage approvals for

established homes suffering their

biggest drop in seven years. The

figures suggest the Reserve Bank's

campaign against inflation is

proving successful, with economists

all but ruling out another interest rate rise next

A look at the weather details for today.

Brisbane - cloudy and 25, a

possible shower in Sydney, 20 degrees. Canberra sunny, 19 there.

Drizzle clearing in Melbourne, 21.

Hobart increasing sunshine but a

cool 17.

It should be sunny in all other capitals.

Alarming new research on

alcohol-related violence. Details next. And the CommSec finance report when the early news returns.

You're watching Ten's early news. Making headlines John Making headlines today: John Howard back in the limelight

and offering a helping hand to the

embattled Liberal Party.

The Japanese whaling fleet The Japanese whaling fleet to

return to port after killing only

half its target number of whales.

Author JK Rowling in a court battle

over a Harry Potter encyclopaedia. And in sport - Barry Hall's

sickening punch referred directly to the AFL tribunal.

Now to Frank for a check on the

markets. Good morning to you all.

More talk centring on the US

economy this morning with a growing

number of economists worrying that

a second-half recovery is now out

of reach and that recession will be

longer and more painful than current forecasts.

Could it get any worse in Asia?

RBA governor Glenn Stevens delivers

a major speech on the local market today.

Coming up - a preview of the day

ahead courtesy of CommSec. I'm

tipping you'll talk about

everything. We will. Thank you, Frank.

John Howard has offered to help the embattled Liberal Party during his first speech in Australia since his election

election defeat but the former

prime minister stopped short of

endorsing Brendan Nelson as leader.

Speaking to the party faithful at a

dinner in Brisbane last night, the

former PM was quick to point out

his Government's achievements. The

regard for the economic strengths

of our country in the United States

is e thunderstorms and it --

enormous and it hasn't grown up in

the last 4.5 months. Mr Howard the last 4.5 months. Mr Howard in

turn slammed the Rudd Government

for downplaying the for downplaying the Coalition's economic gains.

It was designed to reduce debt or

to strengthen to -- the Australian

economy. It was opposed root and branch

branch by Mr Rudd. Mr Howard says

he's all to aware of the fight the party now has on its hands. party now has on its hands. Being in Opposition is difficult. Brendan

does have a very difficult job as

Leader of the Opposition. But he

fell short of endorsing Dr Nelson

as the new leader, instead offering

a helping hand to the party as it

struggles to rebuild itself. I will

do everything I can in a quiet way to help you.

Civil rights groups have slammed

Government plans to allow bosses Government plans to allow bosses to

become cybersnoops, checking

workers' emails without consent. Currently private companies can only read their staff's emails with aa profl but the Government is

planning new laws to allow them to

secretly tap all communications. I

think it's a very dangerous

proposal. It infringes the right to

privacy. The extra powers would

apply to companies providing

critical services like banking and defence.

The Japanese whaling fleet returns

to port today after killing only

half its target number of whales in

the Southern Ocean. The 'Nisshin

Maru' ship is expected to dock in Tokyo this morning. Japan says it's

regrettable they managed to kill

only 550 whales during the 5-month

mission, down from the target 850

minke and 50 fin whales. They're

blaming interference from blaming interference from anti-whaling activists for the smaller catch.

New research reveals one in five

Australians has been touched by

alcohol-related violence. A Roy

Morgan survey found one-fifth of

the population is directly affected or

or knows someone affected by

alcohol-related violence. The

study also suggests more than study also suggests more than 10

million Australians are concerned

about drunken violence when they go

out at night. The National Alliance Against Alcohol will be launched in

Sydney today. It's a coalition of

more than 30 communities groups.

Police are searching for a group of

teenagers who desecrated more

than 100 graves at a cemetery on

the Victorian-NSW border. Vandals even

even stomped on graves during the

rampage. It's very upsetting to see

something like this in a sacred

site. Many of the targeted sites were the final resting place for

infants and children. The author that brought wizardry The author that brought wizardry to

life in her fantasy novels is now

suing one of her biggest fans. JK

Rowling is in New York to try to

stop the publication of a Harry Potter encyclopaedia.

Potter encyclopaedia. There is another Harry Potter book in

in the works but author JK Rowling

does not want this one published.

It's an encyclopaedia penned by

someone else and Rowling is turning

to US Federal Court to stop its release. The British author of the

wildly popular fantasy series says

the 400-page 'Harry Potter Lexicon' is nothing more than a

rearrangement of her own work and

she intends to testify that it is a

rip-off. The new book is written by

one of Harry's biggest fans, Steven

Vander Ark, who runs a Vander Ark, who runs a Potter website that Rowling says she

enjoys but the author draws the

line when it comes to publishing a

book and charging $25 for it.

Lawyers for the Michigan publisher

say they won't argue that the book

infringes on Rowling's copy rights

but they claim it is legal because the encyclopaedia uses the

information for a greater purpose -

scholarly pursuit. Don't expect this legal chapter to be closed

until the end of the week.

The limb pib torch has had a smooth

run through the -- Olympic torch

has had a smooth run through the

streets of Oman, its only stop in

the Middle East on its way to China.

Hundreds of people celebrated with

musical performances and

traditional dances on the 20km

route. It was a sharp contrast to

the torch's journey through London

and Paris, which was marred by protests.

Millionaire Silvio Berlusconi has

won a third term as Italian Prime

Minister after his rival Walter

Veltroni conceded defeat. The Veltroni conceded defeat. The two

were locked in a close battle for power power with exit polls showing

Berlusconi narrowly ahead for both

the lower house and the Senate. The

71-year-old media took union first

stormed to power in 1994.

-- tycoon, first stormed to power

in 1994. Fiery Sydney forward Barry Hall's

AFL Tribunal appearance could be

postponed due to surgery on his

broken wrist. The Swans will

decide today whether or not to

request a delayed hearing or have

Hall front the tribunal via videolink tonight. Barry Hall's left hook on Brent Staker was graded as intentional, high contact, causing severe impact, and will go directly to the tribunal. It also means he won't be eligible for a 25% discount on an early guilty plea. The matter has been complicated by Hall's surgery yesterday on his broken wrist. The club will decide if it will appeal for a postponement of the hearing to give them more time. If not, it still has to decide if Hall will travel to Melbourne or face the tribunal via a video hook-up. Broken? No idea. You still don't know yet? Nup. How are you holding up? Not too bad mate. Hall's latest whack has the potential I think he understands we are all disappointed

and he's let the club down

I think he understands we are all

and he's let the club down and in particular the players. So, moving forward, it is going to be something, he is going to have to earn the respect back of the playing group which I'm sure he'll be able to do. And it could be a busy tribunal, Collingwood's Nick Maxwell copping one week. Melbourne's Brad Miller's also got one for this late bump. Geelong's Ryan Gamble is set for a week on the sidelines. Cameron Mooney his team-mate also out for a week for his clumsy trip, and Docker Steven Dodd got a week for tripping by hand. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has

expressed sympathy for his South

Sydney counterpart after the Sharks

downed the Rabbitohs 12-10 at ANZ

Stadium. Bunnies coach Jason Taylor

tried everything to inspire his

winless side, even pulling the team

off the field during the second

half for some extra coaching. If

they'd won they'd wouldn't have got

the two points because it's against

the rules. You've got to have the

touch judge's permission to do that

and they didn't. I feel for Jason

at the moment. He's going through a

tough time and every coach goes

through it and it's a very lonely situation.

The Sharks' two first-half tries

enough to clinch their fourth win of the season.

Well, the Adelaide Thunderbirds are

go after recording their first win

in the new trans-Tasman netball

series. Solid defence and an 87% shooting percentage providing shooting percentage providing the

key for Adelaide who outclassed the

West Coast Fever 54-41.

It was tighter in last night's

other game with the Southern Steel

edging past the Central Pulse 52-50 in extra time.

It was bound to happen. The spate

of interest rate rises has taken

its toll with a rapid downturn in

home lending. Craig James joins us

from CommSec. The Reserve Bank's

actions have scared off the buyers.

They certainly have, Frank. Not

only did we see the biggest drop in only did we see the biggest drop in

housing loans that we've seen in

four years but an increasing

number of people who have taken out

loans aren't progressing with those loans. We've seen evidence that people are going downmarket,

revising their views. Craig, the

RBA releases the details of its

April board meeting today. What do

you expect? Hopefully we'll see

detail about why they left detail about why they left interest

rates on hold a couple of weeks ago and hopefully some information

about what lies ahead for interest

rates. Of course the May board

meeting is fast coming into sight.

And what can we expect from the

local market today? Frank, I don't

think we're going to see too much

in terms of the market today. US

markets were fairly flat overnight.

There's a lot of earnings results

in the US later this week as in the US later this week as well

as economic data and that's going

to provide guidance over the latter to provide guidance over the latter

half of the week. Thanks for that. That's CommSec's Craig James. The weather details now for Tuesday.

The 'Australian' has more on John

Howard's speech to the Liberal

Party on Brisbane overnight at a

dinner held in his-on or.

In the 'Financial Review', the

Government will consider overhauling the AusLink plan. And the 'Daily Telegraph' reports that NRL star Tim Smith's mother pleaded with the player's manager to send her son home due to his mental mental illness. A major setback for Zimbabwe's Opposition party. We'll have the details when the early news returns. Lachlan Kennedy The A-C-T's Auditor General is to investigate the General is to investigate the territory Government's Government's handling of this year's hot air balloon festival. The A-C-T Opposition believes the Government's decision to give the management of the event to another group, came despite any formal business plan or

plan or event budget being provided. claims the deal wasn't done in a transparent manner, been detailed despite questioning in parliament. The nine-day festival begins on Saturday

Lake Eucumbene could soon be on the state's heritage list permanently. permanently. A twelve month heritage order was placed on the

area last June, after drought caused the resurfacing of the Old ADA-MINABY township and

people began stealing relics from it. But Planning and heritage officials are now looking to permanently extend the order, to ensure the area the order, to ensure the area is kept intact The A-C-T's Aboriginal Cultural Centre has re-opened, after a one million dollar refurbishment.

The Government funded work will enable the improvement of indigenous programs at the Yarramundi site, as indigenous programs at the Yarramundi site, as well as its ability to host conferences and workshops for the general community workshops for the general community A Canberra man has won one point six million dollars from Saturday night's lotto draw. The man in his fiftties, who was on holiday in country new south wales, purchased the ticket after being told by his wife to ticket after being told by his wife to enter the draw. by his wife to enter the draw.

The couple says the win is just starting to sink in, and they have made no firm plans on how to spend their winnings. TO SPORT The O'Connor Knights are just coming

back down to earth, after taking out their first ever pre-season Federation Cup soccer final.

The knights did concede an early goal to defending champions Canberra F-C, before running away with It was the Belwest foxes won got up in the women's

comp, downing Belconnen United 4-2 in a penalty shootout

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showers stick to the coast coast Nationally... a shower or two for Brisbane... mainly or two for Brisbane... mainly fine in Sydney ...

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shower or two for Nowra Nowra Looking ahead: It should be fine and mostly sunny for the remainder of the week, with temps sticking close week, with temps sticking close to the 19 degree mark. A few chilly 4 degree mornings are likely, with a

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You're watching Ten's early news. Making headlines this Making headlines this morning.

Barry Hall's tribunal appearance

could be postponed as he faces

calls for criminal charges over that king-hit.

The former PM offers to help the

embattled Liberal Party as he gives his first public his first public address since his election defeat.

A powerful storm cell lashes Brisbane, dumping hail and blacking out homes. And Zimbabwe's High Court And Zimbabwe's High Court refuses

to a order the release of election

results in a major blow to the Opposition.

To finance now with Frank with the

final check of the markets. Let's

check how they closed Kath.

Wall Street has slipped again today, bank stocks dragging bank stocks dragging it down, the

Dow Jones closing down 23 points

in the red. The NASDAQ falling 13.

There was nothing positive to report in Europe either.

Barry Hall's appearance before the

AFL tribunal tonight is in doubt with the Swans considering whether

to request a delay. His striking charge has been referred directly

to the tribunal after it was

decided the knock-out blow was intentional.

Back on his feet but still

receiving medical treatment for the

blow which one expert says could

have killed him, but Brent Staker

has ruled out pursuing a lawsuit.

What about legal action? Is that

something you're thinking about as

well? Not at all. His parents are

less forgiving. To be king-hit when less forgiving. To be king-hit when

there's nothing in it is pretty

weak, I reckon. Some are demanding

criminals charge be laid. You can't

draw a white line around some grass

and be immune from the criminal

code. Such a blow, capable of

damaging the brain, could have a

long-term impact. It's not a trivial injury. They can have

lasting effects, lasting up to six

months, even a year. Having

delivered a king-hit of his own on

Geelong's Neville Geelong's Neville Bruns in 1985,

Leigh Matthews was reluctant to

comment. Maybe that's "no" more

reason why I shouldn't have

anything to say about it. Surgery

on Hall's broken wrist could see

tonight's tribunal appearance

postponed. The Sydney Swans are deciding whether to request deciding whether to request a

delay. It's pretty hard to defend

my actions. It's there in black and white.

John Howard says he's ready,

willing and able to help the Liberal

Liberal Party and leader Brendan

Nelson with the difficult job of

being in Opposition. The former PM

threw his support behind the

embattled party during his first

speech in Australia since his election defeat.

I will do everything I can I will do everything I can in a

quiet way to help you. I think former prime ministers should give quiet assistance. quiet assistance.

Mr Howard stopped short of

officially endorsing Dr Nelson as

leader while attacking the leader while attacking the Rudd Government, claiming it downplayed Government, claiming it has downplayed the Coalition's economic achievements.

The funeral of former Labor Senator

John Button will be held in Melbourne

Melbourne this morning. The former

Hawke and Keating minister died

from pancreatic cancer early this

month. He was 74. Residents in parts of Residents in parts of Brisbane are

cleaning up this morning after a

wild storm ripped through the

city's south. The storm originated

through the Gold Coast late

yesterday afternoon before moving

north. Logan and Bayside north. Logan and Bayside suburbs

suffered the most with 18,000 homes losing power. Electricity crews

have restored power to the majority

of homes by this morning.

Civil rights groups have been

attacked -- have attacked

Government plans to allow bosses to

Government plans to allow bosses to

become cybersnoops, allowed to

check emails without consent. They

say the policy is open to misuse. Ever thought of dropping that quick email to a friend to express frustration about the boss? Be warned, the boss could be reading it. The Federal Government is considering new laws to give private companies power to secretly tap their staff's communications. I think that it's a very dangerous proposal. It infringes the right to privacy. Security agencies like ASIO and the AFP already have the power to monitor their employees' communications without consent. The Government wants that extended to companies providing critical services, such as transport, finance and power so potential cyber attacks can be thwarted. Enough information could be gained about the system and how they operate

to launch a full-scale attack. But Internet rights groups are concerned the new laws will be used for corporate eavesdropping, even witch-hunts to sack workers. They want guarantees any new powers will be used only for what they were intended. That is for actually protecting the networks against hacking attempts and that they wouldn't be able to use these powers to engage in employee discipline. The new laws are expected to be in place by the middle of next year.

Leonie Mellor, Ten News.

Japan is blaming interference from

anti-whaling activists for its

smaller than intended catch in the

Southern Ocean. Whaling ship the 'Nisshin Maru' returns to Tokyo today after killing around 550

whales during the 5-month hunt. It

was aiming to slaughter as many as 850

850 minke whales and 50fin whales. The whalers say the low catch is regrettable.

Tributes are flowing for five young

British women who died when a gap

year adventure turned to tragedy in

South America. The hit-and-run

lorry driver involved in the horror crash is still missing.

This is all that was left of the

bus after a lorry careered into it,

ripping apart the left-hand side of the

the vehicle. The crash killed five

young Britons and left 15 other

people injured. A Spanish tourist

was one of the first at the scene.

He said, "There was blood

everywhere. A tyre of the truck

burst at the exact time the bus was

passing and so it tour the bus

apart." They were travelling from

Ecuador's capital, Quito, to the coastal town of

coastal town of Puerto Lopez and

were about to embark on were about to embark on a volunteer

project. The 12 Britons who

survived are being treated for minor injuries. Plans are being

made to get them home as soon as made to get them home as soon as possible. The driver of the lorry

involved fled the scene. Ecuadorian authorities have launched an

investigation into the crash to

find out exactly how five young

lives were cut short so tragically.

lives were cut short so tragically. Zimbabwe's Opposition has been

dealt a major blow after the

country's hieblgt refused to order

the immediate re-- High Court refused to order the refused to order the immediate

release of long-delayed election

results. The court said they could

not be published until reports of

irregularities in some seats had

been investigated. Movement for

Democratic Change leader Morgan

Tsvangirai says he beat President

Mugabe outright. He's Mugabe outright. He's urged

Zimbabweans to show their disgust by launching a general strike.

Actress Cate Blanchett will be back

at work this weekend just six days

after giving birth. The actress is

keeping her promise to attend this

week's 2020 ideas summit in

Canberra. She's asked Kevin Rudd to

appoint author Julianne Schultz to

help her debate on the arts.

Blanchett gave birth to son

Ignatius Martin on Sunday, Ignatius Martin on Sunday, her

third child with husband Andrew Upton.

A British journalist has been

rescued after being held hostage in

southern Iraq for two months.

Richard Butler was finally freed Iraqi Richard Butler was finally freed by

Iraqi troops after a fierce gun

battle with his abductors. battle with his abductors. Butler

was kidnapped in early February

whilst on assignment in Basra with

American TV network CBS. He says

he's looking forward to seeing family and friends.

family and friends.

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor

will face a breach notice and possible fines for giving his

players a sideline pep talk in last

night's encounter with Cronulla, a

rev-up that did inspire a late push

but it wasn't enough to hand the

Bunnies a breakthrough win. South Sydney still chasing their

first win of the season and they

had all the early chances.

COMMENTATOR: Going at the line quickly. He puts it down. But it was Cronulla who broke through first. A step and a dive and he'll pick up four points as a result. The Sharks in again off the back of Brett Seymor's boot.

A chance for Luke Covell, who timed it beautifully. Pressure finally paying off for Souths, John Sutton pulling one back just before the break. He puts a step on at the line, gets across to score. Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor ditched the box for the sidelines in the second half - his presence inspiring.

The Bunnies across again through Beau Champion. Good ball to Smith a chance for Champion. Taylor pulling his side off the field for some words of wisdom. (Inaudible) But it wasn't enough to muster a winning performance, the Bunnies squandering a late chance to lose by two points.

This is a steno test. This is a

steno test.

Troubled Parramatta halfback Tim

Smith has walked away from rugby league saying he suffers

league saying he suffers from bipolar disorder.

He plans to return home to the Gold

Coast, walking away from a lucrative contract with the Eels.

However, I am not coping with the

constant media pressure and public

scrutiny. The hardest thing about

this has been telling my team-mates.

He has not ruled out a possible

return to the game.

Well, Essendon has finally had some

good news on the injury front.

Scans have revealed skipper Matthew Lloyd

Lloyd has a build-up of fluid in

his injured calf and not a tear.

Often the hardest one to get over,

a calf, because you're a calf, because you're putting so

much weight on it. Fingers crossed it's

it's not too bad. Lloyd remains a

chance to line up for the Bombers

against St Kilda on Friday night.

Lining up now is Frank with finance and

and ANZ eyeing off Asia. Yes, the

bank says it's committed to

aggressive expansion into Asia as

part of its strategy to become a

regional superbarpbg. ANZ has

reportedly been shortlisted to bid

for a family-controlled Hong Kong

bank but faces tough competition

from local companies. ANZ boss

Michael Smith has unveiled a plan

to double the bank's profit over the next four years through growth in Asia.

Shares in Sino Gold have taken a

battering after a battering after a production

downgrade from its flag ship mine

in China. Shares falling 12% at the

close to $5.71. That's the

company's biggest one-day slump. It

followed a forecast drop in

production for 2008 of about 20,000

ounces due to increased costs, but

it wasn't all bad news. Sino

revealed its ginseng resource has

grown to 5.3 million ounces which

it claims makes it one of the

world's biggest gold deposits. The rerch

rerch bank release details of its April board meeting today.

A slow start to the day due locally. Thank you, Frank.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories:

Back in the limelight - John Howard gives his first public address

since his election defeat, offering

a helping hand to the embattled Liberal leader. The Japanese whaling fleet to

return to port after killing only

half its target number of whales in

the Southern Ocean. And

And author JK Rowling in a court battle

battle over Harry Potter encyclopaedia. Well, that's it for Ten's early

news. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Have a

great day. I'm Frank Coletta. The

team will be back tomorrow. See you then. Lose close Supertext Captions

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