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The death toll from the Christmas

Island asylum-seeker shipwreck

rises to 30, and there's news that

Ashmore Reef. another boatload has turned up off

It's 6:00am, December 17. Good

morning, everyone. I'm Wilson.

And I'm Frank Coletta. Welcome to

morning: Ten's Early News. Also this

Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef,

accused of terrorist links and held

in prison for 25 days, has returned to Australia to claim compensation.

In sport - Australia's tail end

comes to the rescue as, once again,

our top order fails to fire.

And then in business and finance -

this time the Federal Government

launches its long-awaited reform to

superannuation. But critics say

young people. it's not going to be popular with

First this morning - WikiLeaks

founder Julian Assange has walked

free from a London jail just under

an hour ago. He was released on

conditional bail by a High Court

judge. Ten's Europe correspondent

Danielle Isdale was at the

courthouse for the judgement.

Dannii, how did it all unfold this

morning? Well, Julian Assange

emerged from the court to make what

felt like an awards acceptance

speech - what he has won is his

freedom, after nine days of

solitary confinement in prison. He

had plenty of thankyous to make -

he thanked his supporters the world

over, he thanked his high-profile

backers, and they were many in

number, who went guarantor for him,

who put forward the hundreds of

thousands of dollars required for

surety to ensure his freedom. They

scrambled to do that this afternoon,

and were successful in doing so,

which meant he could walk free,

albeit with plenty of restrictions.

Let's have a listen to what he had to say.

I hope to continue my work, and

continue to protect my innocence in

this matter and to reveal, as we

get it, which we have not yet, the

evidence from these allegations.

Well, as you say, a bit like an

acceptance speech, wasn't it? Where

will Mr Assange spend Christmas? In

a pretty plush English country

mansion, as it is. His friend,

Captain Vaughn Smith, will put him

up with his family. He will have a

12--hour daily curfew, will have to

wear an electronic tag to be

monitored during those times, and

won't be able to roam free across

the 600 acres - he will be confined

to certain buildings. He will also

have to report to police daily.

Bail was granted despite the fact

that prosecutors who wanted him that prosecutors who wanted him

extradited to Sweden to face these

series of sexual assault

allegations, including rape, bay

basically said no conditions were

sufficient to ensure he would not

free. The justice agreed with his

defence team, who basically said

that for Mr Assange to abscond now

would totally undermine his

supporters, the work that WikiLeaks

reputation. does, and absolutely destroy his

OK, Dani. Thank you. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale

reporting live from London.

The WikiLeaks flood of previously

secret diplomatic information

continues to flow to the world.

According to Fairfax newspapers,

cables are reveal Indonesia

threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by US President Barack

Obama unless he overturned the ban

on its controversial Kopassus army

special forces unit. The unit is

blamed for human-rights abuses.

Fairfax says the US did lift its

ban, despite fierce criticism from

groups. international and US human-rights

The death toll from the Christmas

Island asylum-seeker shipwreck has

risen to 30 as the frantic search

continues today for survivors.

There are reports the bodies of a

man in his 20s and a young boy have

now been pulled from the

Home Affairs Minister Brendan

O'Connor says authorities didn't

know it was there until it was too

late. As soon as the Customs and

Border Protection personnel were in

a position to be deployed to

respond to the distress calls, they

did so. Eight children, including

four infants, were among the dead.

But amid the devastation are

stories of survival - this man the

only surviver to make it to shore

alone, taking him a miraculous leap

from the front of the ship. He was

thrown out or jumped to the rocks,

and totally unharmed. A coronial

inquest will investigate crash.

Meanwhile, another boat of asylum

seekers has been intercepted in

Australian waters - the vessel,

carrying 56 people, was spotted

north-west of Ashmore Island

yesterday afternoon. The group has

been transferred to Christmas

Island for processing.

The political posturing over the

shipwreck has begun, with a

squabble breaking out over the squabble breaking out over the

Prime Minister's offer of a

parliamentary working group. Julia

Gillard says the group made up of

Labor, Coalition and Greens MPs,

would get regular briefings by investigators on Christmas Island,

but the Opposition has knocked back

the offer. It's a time for the

Government to manage the issues

directly. It's not a time for new

committees. A criminal

investigation and a number of

internal Government inquiries are

already under way.

A man has died and another two

people are in hospital after they

were struck by lightning while

playing golf in NSW. The 65-year-

old victim was struck at hawks next

NEST during an afternoon of wild

weather. Storm fronts passed across

NSW and Queensland. Storms lit up

the skies and dropped buckets of

hail. About five minutes, it had

hit really heavy. Our offices

started flooding. There's hail

everywhere. If was pretty crazy. In everywhere. If was pretty crazy. In

Brisbane, 18,000 lightning strikes

were recorded in two hours, and

without power. left almost 100,000 properties

And freezing air and water have

created an unusual ice sculpture

near Cleveland in Ohio. Actually,

there's a real lighthouse under

there somewhere. The wind and water

off Lake Erie covered it during the

night, and it froze solid. No

telling how the lighthouse keeper's

going to change the bulb. Unusually

cold weather continues to pound the

east half of the US, pushing

temperatures well below normal.

cricket? Well, do I have to report on the

Australia's top order has failed -

again. Collapsing on Day 1 of the

WACA in Perth. third Ashes cricket Test at the

England sent the home side in to

bat, and it proved an inspired

choice. Knocked him over! Knocked

him over! Ricky Ponting a man on a

mission, but once again he barely

got into double figures. What a

ripper! While Ponting fell to a

blinder, Clarke had only himself to

blame. Four down in the first hour,

Hussey showed signs of fight. Safe,

and plenty, in fact. Maximum. Smith

fared as well as the man he

replaced, out for seven. Australia

5/69. The Hussey -Haddin union

fruitful once again. There's no-one

placed down there. You know what?

You can't have a fielder in the

crowd! Both adding half-centuries,

the tail outshining the top order

in a topsy-turvy day. I don't think

it's as below paras what some it's as below paras what some

people would think. I've played in

a few Test matches here where the

first-innings totals have been in

the mid-200s. Tomorrow will tell

the tale if we're below paror not.

Meanwhile, Doug Bollinger says

there's no point mouthing off at

selectors over his sacking from the

Ashes squad. The paceman was

devastated not to be given a second

chance, especially since he took

eight wickets at the WACA against eight wickets at the WACA against

the West Indies last summer. You

don't want to kind of rock the boat

while you're in that situation. As

I say, you've got to keep going,

mate. You don't want to start

bagging people, then you look like

a sore loser. You've got to get out

there and do your best. Bollinger

will push for a recall when the

Blues take on Queensland this weekend. weekend.

Stephanie Gilmore has capped a

dominant 2010 by winning her third

surfing Triple Crown. For the first

time ever, the women's event

culminated at Pipeline, which saw a

number of surfers come unstuck. number of surfers come unstuck.

There was no stopping the Aussie

world champ. She could come out of

this one! Steph Gilmore coming out!

In the men's event, 10-times world

champion Kelly Slater scored the

only 10-point ride on his way to

the quarterfinals. Local board-

rider Dusty Payne pulled off a

stunning last-ditch win over Mick

Fanning to qualify for next year's world Tour. Fanning to qualify for next year's world Tour.

Time for the morning's finance news

with Frank Coletta. News about the

James Hardie crisis after all these

years? Former executives and

directors of James Hardie should

find out today if they've

successfully appealed their fines

and ban orders. 10 executives were

found to have breached corporations

law. They'd approved a media

release back in 2001 which said an

asbestos fund had been fully funded

when it was actually short by more

than $1 billion. Executives were

fined up to $75,000, and banned

from holding office for up to seven

years. The NSW Supreme Court is

expected to announce the outcome of

those appeals this morning. Details

throughout the day here on Ten.

Shares in BP have sunk on the news

that the American Government will

launch legal action against the

company over the Gulf of Mexico oil

spill. The US wants billions of

dollars in damages from BP, and

eight other companies from the

spill which was the worst in US

history. The British company's

share price dropped almost 2% overnight. Thousands of individual overnight. Thousands of individual

Americans and small businesses have

already sued BP. The company says

it will continue to cooperate with

all government investigations.

Stronger-than-expected housing and

factory data buoyed investors early

in trade on Wall Street. The US

market has held those gains into this morning.

Still ahead - a burglar tunnels

through three shops to get to his

target - but if he gets to bring

along something to crack -- he

forgets to bring something to crack open the safe.

And we'll cross live to Wall Street

when Ten's Early News returns. Stay with us. (FRENETIC MUSIC) WOMAN: For simple credit solutions, online or instore: WOMAN: For a cash advance with a simple fixed fee, convert your thinking. Cash Converters. (Laughs maniacally) This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News:

Accused terror suspect Dr Mohamed

Haneef flew back into Australia

overnight for mediation talks with

the Federal Government. He wants

compensation for his arrest over

his alleged connection to the

Glasgow terrorist attack.

When a late-night flight from the

Middle East, Dr Mohamed Haneef

slips back into the country. Far

from disappearing through a side

door, the former terrorism suspect

was all smiles. This is a victory

of sorts. Very relieved. Very happy

to be back in Australia. Ironically,

it was at Brisbane Airport three

years ago the Indian-born doctor

was arrested over alleged

connections to the Glasgow Airport

attack. He was detained without

charge for 12 days, and held in

custody for three weeks. Now, he

will meet with government officials

for mediation and compensation

talks. Anybody would be nervous, as

such. You won't answer any further

questions at this time We are very

happy to be back here. Everyone is

tight-lipped. Dr Haneef's sleel

team wouldn't say how much damage

they're seeking, only that it's

commensurate to the client's pain

and suffering. He is considering

returning permanently to Australia,

offering this to his backers.

Grateful for their support. I'm

really glad so many people have

come out and spoken on behalf of me when I was incarcerated.

Rescue efforts are continuing off

Christmas Island this morning as

the death toll from the asylum-

seeker boat crash rises to 30. It's

been revealed mayday calls received

from the boat were made just

minutes before the accident on

Wednesday, but Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor says

authorities didn't know it was

there until it was too late.

As soon as the Customs and border

protection personnel were in a

position to be deployed to respond

to the distress calls, they did so.

Meanwhile, another boat of asylum

seekers has been intercepted in

Australian waters. A vessel

carrying 56 people was spotted north-west of Ashmore Island yesterday afternoon.

For more, weir are talking live now

to Ten reporter Matt Doran on

Christmas Island. More bodies --

more survivors sent down to Western

Australia for treatment overnight?

Good morning, Ron. That's correct.

Another four adult males were flown

out to Perth just a short time ago

- suggestions those four men were

part of the crew onboard the doomed

Indonesian fishing vessel are yet

to be confirmed, but I can tell you

that they left Christmas Island

flanked by immigration and Customs

officials, and with a host of

injuries. One man with severe head

injuries, and another with a broken

leg. Two others with arm and upper-

body wounds. Ron, they will join

the two women who are undergoing

treatment at the Royal Perth

Hospital. One suffering abdominal

injuries, and the other with

pulmonary injuries after swallowing

diesel and seawater. Both of those

remain in a stable condition. When

we spoke yesterday, you were

talking about the atrocious

conditions up there at the tail end

of a cyclone through the area.

Given that, and everything else

that's going there, what recovery

efforts will be undertaken this

morning? Those conditions are are

no better this morning, Ron - I can

tell you that. And we'll be sure --

they will be sure to hamper the

search-and-retrieval efforts as

they try to get under way at the

base of the cliffs where I'm

standing now in just a few hours'

time at daybreak. I can tell you

that late yesterday, another two

bodies were pulled from the water -

one man in his mid-20s, we're told,

and a boy - a little boy just 10

years old. It's understood a

volunteer diver actually pulled

those bodies from the water. I

actually caught up with him late

yesterday, and he was, as you might

imagine, too traumatised to speak

on camera. But he actually said

that the task is well beyond - the

task facing them now is well beyond

that of volunteer divers. It's very

treacherous down there and very

difficult to get into these cliffs,

and the caves beneath the cliffs.

They've actually called in teams of

police divers. It's expected that

they will arrive at some stage

today. This gentleman has told me

that he believes there are a number

of other bodies trapped down in

these caves beneath the cliff where

the wreckage occurred the other day,

and that'll be a task - a grim task

for these police divers to pull

those bodies out over the next few

days. I'm sure it will be. Thanks,

Mat. Matt Doran reporting for us

live from Christmas Island.

The Prime Minister has admitted our

high-tech border surveillance

systems didn't detect the doomed

asylum-seeker boat. Critics have

called for a judicial inquiry. They

want to know how it could have been missed.

Trech areerous swells and poor

visibility brought about the tragic

end. But it also prevented early

detection by our border patrols,

which could have saved so many

lives. Clearly, it's going to take

some time to establish exactly what

has happened here. A wooden vessel

in rough seas is almost invisible

to radar, while the vessel's

journey under heavy cloud and

darkness disabled our aerial surveillance. Asylum-seeker boats

should not wash up on Christmas

Island in storms. Tony Kevin wrote

a book on the tragic revents that

led to the drowning of 353 asylum

seekers onboard the Siv Ex back in

2001. He believes this later

incident deserves nothing less than

a judicial inquiry.

The Prime Minister cut her holiday

short to be briefed on the

Christmas Island disaster. Terrible

conditions. Storms, lightning, rain

- absolutely atrocious. A criminal investigation and numerous

inquiries are already under way,

but the Prime Minister's offer of a

joint parliamentary group has been knocked back by the Opposition.

It's a time for the Government to

manage the issues directly. It's

not a time for new committees. The

political posturing on asylum

seekers won't remain on simmer for

long.

The NSW Government says Sydney

residents should get used to the

idea of keeping their elbows tucked

in tight. It says Sydney's

population is expected to rise to 6 million by 2036. population is expected to rise to 6

million by 2036. The extra people

will need 770,000 new homes,

another 760,000 jobs will need to

be created, and planners hope half

those jobs will be created in the city's west. those jobs will be created in the

city's west. Sydney's second CBD,

and indeed the Western Expressline

and the Parramatta-to-Epping rail

link are very important parts of

the growth of Parramatta. The

report also says a higher

proportion of Sydneysiders will be

older, and households will be

smaller.

Queensland's Attorney-General is

considering appealing the sentence

handed down to former Government

minister Gordon Nuttall. The

disgraced MP has been sentenced to

an extra five years' jail for

official corruption and perjury.

But could be eligible for parole in January 2014.

The 57-year-old is already serving

seven years' jail for similar

offences, but the Government says

it wants to make sure the new

sentence reflects the serious

nature of the crime.

Authorities in Nepal have recovered

all 22 bodies from the plane crash

there on Wednesday. The aircraft

operating between the town of

Lamidanda and the capital,

Kathmandu, lost contact shortly

after take-off, and appears to have

crashed into a mountain. An

American is believed to be among

the victims - all of whom were

pilgrims returning from a shrine.

It's the second deadly air crash in

Nepal over the past five months.

A burglar in the US has gone to

great lengths to break into a

liquor store. He punched and kicked

his way through the walls of a

karate shop, and an empty tanning

salon, to reach his target. But

that's where the planning seemed to

have ended. He then spent 15

minutes hitting the cash register

with a hammer - a lousy $100 bucks

inside. He took some lottery

tickets instead - well, lottery

officials say they know the codes

of those tickets, and they've cancelled them as well.

Might go and buy a lottery ticket -

a tail end has saved Australia from

embarrassment at the WACA. The top

order once again collapsed.

embarrassment at the WACA. The top order once again collapsed. England

won the toss and elected to bowl.

The gamble paid off as recalled

opener Philip Hughes only managed

two, and Ponting fell to a Paul Collingwood classic.l to a Paul

Collingwood classic. What a rip

areer! What a rip areer!!

The struggling Clarke also fell

cheaply. Australia all out for 268.

England 0/29 at stumps.

Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic will

go head to head in the semifinals go head to head in the semifinals

of the Australian Open wildcard

play-offs tomorrow. The pair needed

three sets to overcome their

respective opponents yesterday, and

while Dokic claimed she's still not

fully fit, Molik says she can't

wait for the showdown. I'll looking

forward to it. We haven't played

for many years now. I can't are

remember the last time - may have

even been juniors. We've always had

a pretty healthy rivalry. It should

be a really good match. Peter

Luczak progressed to the men's

semifinals, with a straight-sets

win over James Lemke. semifinals, with a straight-sets win over James Lemke.

More on finance now with Frank.

What's happening on Wall Street

this morning? Let's go there, Ron.

Labour and housing markets have

been the focus on Wall Street. For

the latest, I'm joined now live

from New York by Alexis

Christoforous. Unemployment was

down, but the number of new homes

being built was up? And it's

because of that, Frank, that we

have stocks higher right now. Got

some encouraging reports on the

economy - fewer people applied for

unemployment benefits last week.

It's the third drop in four weeks,

and it signals that the number of

lay-offs is starting to ease. And

on the home front, home

construction rose slightly in

November, but we'll take it - that

comes after two months of declines.

The building of single-family homes

climbed 7%, but apartment

construction fell 9%. Aside from

those reports, take a look at FedEx,

because this stock rallying today -

it's seen as a barometer of the US

economy, and FedEx thinks the

global economic recovery is

becoming more balanceed. The

package-delivery giant posted lower

quarterly profits, but it's raised

its outlook for the fiscal year.

FedEx says that shipping demand

from both consumers and businesses

is picking up, and that's a good

sign overall for the economy.

Alexis, a bit of Christmas cheer

there. What does the market think

of the news that a deal has finally

been struck for the new tax bill?

Well, reaction on Wall Street was

muted, Frank, because passage in

the Senate was a foregone

conclusion. When it passes the

House, we may see more of a reaction. House Democrats are

expected to vote on that tax-cut

package as early as today, but they

are expected to push for some

changes, including a vote to raise

the estate tax. But despite

objections from some Democrats,

that legislation - which would

spare all Americans a tax hike next

year - is expected to pass the House. House. Frank.

Alexis Christoforous in New York,

thank you very much.

Well, some people collect cars.

Others stamps. It's just come to

light that collectors have been

trading an actual king's head.

We've got that, next. And pouring

fuel on the fire - share markets

punish BP after the news it's being

sued by the American Government.

Details when the Early News returns. (GENTLE PIANO MELODY) MAN: Mates? Yeah, I've got a few. Lost a few over the years too. There's one friend, though - He's a real mate. Sure, he's a bit rough around the edges, but when it comes down to it, I love him. I love him for just being...him.

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These are our main stories this morning:

The death toll from the Christmas Island asylum-seeker shipwreck

rises to 30, and there's news that

another boatload has turned up off Ashmore Reef.

Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef

accused of terrorist links and held

in prison for 25 days, has returned

to Australia overnight to claim compensation.

In sport - Australia's tail end

comes to the rescue as once again

our top order fails to fire against the Poms.

And then in finance - the Federal

Government launches its long-

awaited reforms to superannuation,

but critics say it's not going to

be popular with young people.

But first, let's go to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

He's walked from free from a London

jail just a short time ago. He was

released on condition bail by a

High Court judge. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale was

at the courthouse for the judgement.

She joins us now. Tell us how it

all unfolded. Well, Ron, Julian

Assange walked from court and made

a speech as if he'd won some sort

of award. What he did win was his

freedom after nine days in solitary

confinement in a Victorian prison.

He thanked his supporters from all

over the world. He thanked his

legal team, and he thanked his high-profile backers, who went

guarantor for him. They scrambled

this afternoon to pull together the

hundreds of thousands of dollars

required for surety for his bail to

ensure his release, and they did do

that, but he has been released with

some serious restrictions. However,

he was very happy about the

decision understandably. Let's have

a listen to what he had to say.

I hope to continue my work and

continue to protect my innocence in

this matter, and to reveal, as we

get it - which we have not yet -

the evidence from these allegations.

So Dani, where will Julian Assange

spend his Christmas? Not a bad

upgrade from a jail cell - he'll

spend it in a 600-acre, 10-bedroom

mansion in country England. His

friend, Captain Vaughn Smith,

former journalist, owns that

property, and Julian Assange will

spend Christmas with him and his

family there. They won't be

upgrading security, but that's

where he'll be spending Christmas.

He will wear an electronic tag,

will have to report to police daily,

and will have a daily cur12-hour

curfew. Prosecutors argued no

matter what strict conditions would

be placed on Julian Assange, he

would still be a flight risk. The

justice agree would his defence

team that for him to abscond now,

he would totallyally undermine his

supporters, his work with WikiLeaks,

and his repareitation. That's why

he will stay and fight this. Thank you.

The death toll from the Christmas

Island asylum-seeker shipwreck has

risen to 30 as the frantic search

continues today for survivors.

There are reports the bodies of a

man in his 20s and a young boy have

been pulled from the water.

Emergency service volunteers will

join Customs and Border Protection

personnel this morning in the hope

of finding more victims. Locals

took small comfort from the fact

their rescue efforts had helped

save lives. We got this great big

mound of life jackets there, and we

formed a human chain and down to

the cliff's edge. Many put their

own lives at risk. You know, a lot

of my mates have got skin off all

their shoulders. One guy nearly

lacerated his whole finger off. We

got washed 10 foot across the rocks.

It's been are revealed mayday calls

received from the boat were made

just minutes before the accident on Wednesday. Home Affairs Minister

Brendan O'Connor says authorities

didn't know it was there until it

was too late. As soon as the

Customs and Border Protection

personnel were in a position to be

deployed to respond to the distress

calls, they did so. Eight children,

including four infants, were among

the dead. But amid the devastation

are stories of survival. This man

the only survivor to make it to

shore alone, taking a miraculous

leap from the front of the ship. He

was thrown out - or jumped to the

rocks - and totally unharmed. A

coronial inquest will investigate the crash.

Meanwhile, another boat of asylum

seekers has been intercepted in Australian waters. The vessel,

carrying 56 people, was spotted north-west of Ashmore Island

yesterday afternoon. The group has

been transferred to Christmas Island for processing.

And the political posturing over

the shipwreck has begun, with a

squabble breaking out over the

Prime Minister's offer of a

parliamentary working group. For

more, let's cross to Canberra

political reporter Amanda Hart live

in Canberra. Only yesterday they

were saying they didn't want to

plital is sz the whole issue. Now

the bickering has be gun. What's

the issue? Ron, the Prime Minister

wants the Greens, the Opposition

and the Independents all to work

together in this group, which would

receive briefings on this tragedy

and help the Government formulate a

response. One of the divisions that

no doubt this group -- questions

that no doubt this group will be

asking is how did the vessel slip

past border security unnoticed? It

is an unusual step, but the Prime

Minister says it's important that

all the comprehensible facts are

available. Given the make-up of the

parliament at the moment, a

bipartisan group isn't such a

surprise. The Opposition says that

it will continue to be getting

briefed by the Government, but has

slammed this working group. Let's

have a listen. It's a time for the

Government to manage the issues

directly. It's not a time for new

committees. A criminal investigation is already under way.

Amanda, the ALP national president

has also weighed in to this whole

asylum-seeker policy debate? Yeah,

Ron - Queensland Premier Anna Bligh,

who as you mentioned is also the

ALP national president, has raised

questions about whether Christmas

Island really should be our

country's biggest detention

facility. The Prime Minister won't

be drop on this, but she has

reaffirmed her commitment to a

regional processing centre on East

Timor. Amanda, thank you very much.

Canberra political reporter Amanda Hart.

A man has died and two other people

are are in hospital after they were

struck by lightning while playing

golf in NSW. The 65-year-old victim

was struck at Hawks Nest during an

afternoon of wild weather. Storm

fronts passed across NSW and

Queensland. Storms lit up the skies

and dropped buckets of hail. Within

five minutes, it had hit heavy. Our

offices started flooding. There was

hail everywhere. It was pretty

crazy. In Brisbane, 18,000

lightning strokes were recorded in

two hours, and left almost 100,000

properties without power. It's hard

to keep ahead of the competition if

you're a collector of unusual

antiquities. This is the skull of

one of France's most beloved kings.

Henry IV. It's been missing ever

since the French Revolution. Henry

IV brought peace between the

warring Catholics and Protestants,

and built famous landmarks such as

Pont Nerf Bridge in Paris. His head

is believed to have been bought and

sold secretly by collectors through

the years. It will now rejoin the

rest of poor old Henry in the St Denis Basilica.

Australia's top order failed again

- perhaps they lost their heads -

collapsed on Day 1 of the third

Ashes cricket Test at the WACA in Perth.

England sent the home side in to

bat, and it proved an inspired

choice. Knocked him over! Ricky

Ponting a man on a mission, but

once again he barely got into

double figures. Oh, what a rip

areer! What a ripper!! While

Ponting fell to a blinder, Clarke

had only himself to blame. Four

down in the first hour, Hussey

showed signs of fight. Safe. And

plenty, in fact. (APPLAUSE)

Maximum! Smith fared as well as the

man hery replaced, out for seven.

Australia 5/69. Hussey -Haddin

union fruitful once again. You

can't have a fielder in the crowd.

Both adding half-centuries, the

tail outshining the top order in a

topsy-turvy day. I don't think it's

as below paras what some people

would think. I've played in quite a

few Test matches here where the

first-innings totals have been in

the mid-200s. I guess tomorrow will

tell the tale about how, if we're below paror not. tell the tale about how, if we're below paror not.

Doug Bollinger says there's no

point mouthing off at selectors

over his sacking from the Ashes

squad. The paceman was devastated

not to be given a second chance,

especially since he took eight

wickets at the WACA against the

West Indies last summer. You don't

want to rock the boat while you're

in that situation. As I say, you've

got to keep going, mate. You don't

want to start bagging people. Then

you look like a sore loser. You've

got to get out there and do your

best. Bollinger will push for a

recall when the Blues take on Queensland this weekend.

Joel Parkinson and gil Gilmore have

both notched up trifectas of hur

wien triple crownss. both notched up trifectas of hur wien triple crownss.

A number of surfers got unstuck at

the Pipeline, but there was no

stopping the Aussie champion. Oh,

she could come out of this one!

Steph Gilmore coming out! And this morning, world champion Kelly

Slater knocked out the only other

contender to take out the men's

event when he dominated Australia's Ace Bucan. event when he dominated Australia's Ace Bucan.

Frank, as expected, the Federal

Government announced sweeping

changes on superannuation? It's

claimed those sweeping reforms

could save Australians $7.2 billion

in fee. As we forecast yesterday,

the Government says the changes

will streamline the sector to lower

costs for workers further.

Employers will be forced to

increase compulsory contributions

from 9% to 12%. The Opposition has

also come out against the plan - it

claims the overhaul will hurt young workers by essentially cutting

their take-home pay. My super

should be rolled out in 2013.

Shares in BP have sunk on the news

the US Government will launch legal

action against the company over the

Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The US

Government wants $8 billion from --

wants billions from BP and eight

other companies. Thousands of

individual Americans and small

businesses have already sued BP.

The company says it will continue

to cooperate with all government

investigations. Its share price dropped 2%.

Stronger-than-expected housing and

factory data buoy areed investors

early on the market. The US market

has held those gains into this morning.

Still ahead - you'd think Rome

would be used to tourists by now,

but when the tourists are Juan

Martin del Potro, Angelina and Brad

Pitt, -- Johnny Depp, Angelina and

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Accused terror suspect Dr Mohamed Accused terror suspect Dr Mohamed

Haneef flew back into Australia overnight for mediation talks with

the Federal Government. He wants

compensation for his arrest over an

alleged connection to the Glasgow terrorist attack.

When a late-night flight from the

Middle East, Dr Mohamed Haneef

slips back into the country. But

far from disappearing through a

side door, the former terrorism are side door, the former terrorism are

suspect was all smiles. This is a

victory of sorts. We're really very

happy to be back in Australia.

Ironically, it was at Brisbane

Airport three years ago the Indian-

born doctor was arrested over

alleged connections to the Glasgow

Airport attack. He was detained

without charge for 12 days, and

held in custody for three weeks.

Now, he will meet with Government

officials for mediation and compensation talks. Anybody would

be nervous, as such. You will

answer any further questions

tomorrow. Really happy to be back

here. And everyone is tight-lipped.

Dr Haneef's legal team wouldn't say

how much compensation they're

seeking, only that it's

commensurate with the damage to

their client's reputation, pain and

suffering. Dr Haneef is considering

returning permanently to Australia,

offering this thankyou to his

backers. Grateful for their support.

And really glad so many people have

come out and spoken on behalf of me

when I was being incarcerated.

Rescue efforts are continuing off

Christmas Island this morning as

the death toll from the asylum-

seeker boat crash rises to 30. It's

been revealed mayday call received

from the boat were made just

minutes before the accident on

Wednesday, but Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor says authorities didn't know it was

there until it was too late. As

soon as the Customs and Border

Protection personnel were in a

position to be deployed to respond

to the distress calls, they did so.

Another boat of asylum seekers has

been intercepted in Australian

waters. A vessel carrying 56 people was spotted north-west of Ashmore Island yesterday afternoon.

And for more, we are joined by Ten

News reporter Matt Doran, who's

actually on Christmas Island. He's

speaking with us live. More of the

injured survivors have been spent

sent out to Perth overnight? Good

morning, Ron. Another four adult

males were flown out to Perth just

a few hours ago. Suggestions those

four men were part of the crew

onboard this doomed Indonesian

fishing vessel are yet to be

confirmed. I can tell you they left

Christmas Island flanked by Customs

and Immigration officials and with

a host of injuries. One man had

severe cuts and bruising to his

head. Another with a broken leg.

Two others with seemingly pretty

serious upper-body injuries. serious upper-body injuries.

They'll join another two women who

are undergoing treatment at Royal

Perth Hospital. One suffering

severe abdominal injuries, and the

other with pulmonary injuries after other with pulmonary injuries after

swallowing a great amount of diesel

and seawater in this horrendous

crash. Both of those remain in a

stable condition. Matt, what's the

plan for the recovery effort this morning?

Ron, the atrocious conditions here

on the island will again hamper the search-and-retrieval efforts once

they get under way at the base of

the cliffs behind where I am now in

in a few hours' time. Late yesterday, 2 another two bodies

were pulled from the water. A man

in his 20s and a little boy just 10

years old. I spoke with the

volunteer diver, Ron, who actually

had to - who was tasked with

pulling those bodies from the water.

He was understandably, obviously,

traumatised. What he said was that

there were at least, in his view,

another couple of bodies which are

trapped in the caves just beneath

the cliffs here on Christmas Island,

and that will be a task for a team

of police divers who are making

their way to the island as we speak.

They'll have to get down underneath

those cliffs and try to find some

way to bring those bodies back to

the surface. OK, Matt. Thank you.

Our reporter Matt Doran reporting

live from Christmas Island.

The remains of an Australian World

War II pilot discovered in the

wreckage of his shot-down spitfire

off the coast of France last month

have been identified. RAF flight lieutenant Henry Lacy Smith of

Kogarah in Sydney was shot down

while supporting the deday landings

in 1944. Smith's relatives have

been notified. He will be buried

with full military honours in France.

Rome have gone gaga over a couple

of tourists from the US. When the tourists are Angelina Jolie and

Johnny Depp, it's not surprising

there was a fuss. The A-listers

were in the eternal city to promote were in the eternal city to promote

their new film, 'The Tourist'.

Angelina's plane from Germany was

delayed by heavy snow. But when she

turned up, she had an extra

surprise for fans - she'd brought

along the old man for the ride as well.

A late fight-back from the tail end

has saved Australia from complete

embarrassment on Day 1 of the third

Ashes cricket Test at the WACA.

England won the toss and elected to

bowl. The gamble paid off as

recalled opener Philip Hughes only

managed two, and Ponting fell to a

Paul Collingwood classic. What a

ripper! What a ripper!! That's Paul

Collingwood, I reckon. The

struggling Clarke also fell cheaply.

Australia all out 268. England 0/29

at stumps.

For anyone who ever asked "Who ate For anyone who ever asked "Who ate

all the pies, Frank?" The answer is

a crowd gathered in a pub in Wigan

for the annual world pie-eating

championship. Underdog Neil Collier

smashed the previous world record

by 12 seconds, and intended to celebrate in style.

Probably have a couple of pies and

a couple of pints and, ah, you

know... What do you say - this is

one of the proudest days of your

life? It is. Just goes tee show you life? It is. Just goes tee show you

that if you put your mind it,

anything's achievable. Hey?!

Another highlight for English sport.

Another highlight for English sport.

Clearly our cricketers aren't doing

so well. Perhaps we could win enter that that contest next year.

Wall Street has been focused on

labour and housing-market reports.

Here with the details is John

Milroy from Macquarie Private

Wealth. Unemployment in the US fell,

but the number of new homes rose?

Yes, good morning, Frank. Quite

right. Unemployment claims have

fallen for two out of the last

couple of weeks. Of course, what's

also happening there is the number

of firings are falling as well. At

some stage, that might catch up

with that stubbornly high

unemployment rate, near enough to

10%. On the homes data, November

housing starts up a little, but

future housing starts down a touch.

That may be weather-affect as they

move through into their winter

weather. Good news in the

manufacturing data from a Fed

survey, and all up that's left the

US markets higher. How are we going

to close out the week here? The SPI

up about five points or so, Frank.

A positive start, at least

initially. A couple of things to

focus on - AGM from ANZ out today.

Again, the comments we're looking

for are both on reforms announced

earlier in the week and also the

outlook for credit growth. NAB

suggesting that next year, at their

AGM, yesterday, will be slightly

steady progress. Also, an early

present for the banks as well. The

global banking regulator in terms

of Basel3 regulations - countries

like Australia and Denmark might

get leeway in terms of capital

requirements that were announced

recently. Thanks for that. John

mill row there at Macquarie Private Wealth. Frpgts .

Those meat pies with the peas and

mash on top, Ron. Still got crumbs

there. Jeez, it was tasty.

As we head into the last weekend

before Christmas, let's check on

the weather with Reuben Mourad at

the Weather Channel. Are you able

to squeeze some sunshine into the

mix for us this weekend? It's been

a while since we've seen it. A wild day yesterday. a while since we've seen it. A wild day yesterday. A lot of this

moisture being pushed in across

Western Australia is set to hit the

eastern seaboard over the next few

weeks. The weekend is unfortunately

looking grey and soggy for much of

Queensland and NSW. The rain

outlook - more widespread heavy

falls across parts of Queensland

and NSW. We'll also see the return

of some widespread showers and thunderstorms across south-eastern

Australia. So temps will also be a

little bit on the cooler side

across parts of southern NSW, the

ACT, Victoria and Tasmania. Warm

further north - again, some more

widespread, heavy falls. In fact,

for areas like Brisbane, another

round of storms possible this

afternoon. Into Saturday and Sunday

too, wet with a forecast top of 31 degrees.

Ron, keep the brawlo out. And keep

the wetsuit and the canoe out, I

reckon. Thanks, Reuben Mourad at

the Weather Channel. reckon. Thanks, Reuben Mourad at the Weather Channel.

It's a weekend, that's the main thing.

That's Ten's Early News. I'll Ron Wilson.

I'll see you at 9:00am. I'm Frank

Coletta. Have a fabulous Friday and

a great weekend.

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