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Good morning, I'm Frank Coletta.

And I'm Evan Batten. Welcome to

Ten's Early News. Kevin Rudd to visit storm-devastated areas visit storm-devastated areas of

Brisbane as the wild weather

clean-up continues. Funding boost -

local councils to go on a $300

million spending spree under a

Government plan to stave off

recession. And Australians all let

us rejoice. Nicole Kidman us rejoice. Nicole Kidman arrives

for tonight's premiere of Baz

Lurhmann's epic. Wall Street slides

as Citigroup slashes thousands of

recession. jobs and Japan sinks in to

But first the PM will visit

storm-devastated areas of Brisbane

this morning. Kevin Rudd decided

to have his flight diverted back

from the US to take a first-hand

look at the widespread damage. As

the massive clean-up continues,

locals are sharing amazing stories

of survival. Jamie loves his dog

with good reason. While Jamie's

friends managed to run inside to

avoid the ferocious storm, he was

forced in to this dog's cage. Kept

getting up worse and worse. Amid

the still chaotic scenes, the still chaotic scenes, some

tried a dose of normality but this couple

couple still had no power returning

home after a walk. No. Nup. home after a walk. No. Nup. Nothing

yet. The night after the storm, and

emergency workers were out in force.

This is one of the worst affected

streets. There is the roof right in

the middle of the road there. The

workers have arrived. They're

starting to get rid of it. They're

now being joined by an army of workers. They're going to be

working well into the night.

Melinda told her holidaying parents

their roof has gone. The mayhem not

destroying a strong community. Number has been injured here.

That's the important thing. Local

councils across the country will go

on a $300 million spending spree as part of the Federal Government's

bid to stave off a recession. The

PM will announce the extra funding

at an historic meeting of mayors to

be held in Canberra today. I

haven't come here for the handshake,

the feed or the photo on the steps

of Parliament House. A handout from

the Government. So would you. The

mayors will be urged to spend the money on local infrastructure

projects as soon as possible projects as soon as possible to

help boost the economy. Struggling

car dealers could be given a

lifeline by the Federal Government.

It's considering a $2 billion debt

guarantee to entice banks and other

credit providers into the car

financing business. A special

funding pool would beset up to help

fill the shortfall caused by the

withdrawal of the car industry's

two biggest lenders, GE Money and

GMAC. A man's expected to be

charged over a fatal hit and run in

Melbourne. Father of two John

Martin was struck while walking

home from an engagement party on

Saturday night. His family made an emotional

the emotional appeal to the driver of

the driver to come forward. Hours

later police arrested a 58-year-old

man and seized the vehicle for forensic testing. The man has been

released and is expected to be

charged on summons for failing to

stop at an accident. A man has died

after falling off his bike and into

the path of a train in Melbourne

overnight. The cyclist was trapped

under the country service for more

than 90 minutes. A train of that

magnitude, it's the heaviest type

be of locomotive V-Line run. We had to

be mindful of the fact of it

slipping and doing further damage.

Sadly the man died later in hospital. Firefighters in Southern

California are trying to establish

containment lines as they make

headway across raging wildfires.

The fires have destroyed 14,000

hectares. Although the wind have

died down, high temperatures still

pose them quite a challenge. At

this point in time it's still concontained. We're still hitting

it -- uncontained. We're still

hitting it hard with air and ground

resources. 800 houses have burned

to the ground. Baz Lurhmann's epic

film 'Australia' will make its

long-awaited world praem yare

tonight. Nicole Kidman has arrived

in Sydney for the big event but

city streets will be shut down as city streets will be shut down as

Kidman and co-stars Hugh Jackman,

Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson walk

the red carpet. The stars of 'Maz

gafbger 2' have -- 'Madagascar 2'

have turned out. James Bond, Hugh

Jackman. Where is Russell? Is he in

town? You're mates, aren't you?

Yeah, we're mates. I can't find him.

He changed his number. Russell,

you changed your number. Bastard.

It was down to me and Hugh Jackman

for the lead in 'Australia'. He had

a better accent. Can you do the

Australian accent? No. No, mate.

He's got nothing.

D-Day has arrived for Ben Cousins. Officials will meet in Sydney today

to decide whether to reregister the

30-year-old after his very public

battle with drug addiction. make their call on Ben Cousins The AFL's heavy hitters will this afternoon, the clearest indication yet yesterday, gave will be reinstated. the troubled champion

to an opportunity Everybody's entitled to get back playing, through a mental illness whether they're ill or through other illnesses, of the commission. that will weigh on the minds to be on the Gold Coast Cousins is believed awaiting the decision. St Kilda is seen as the club on the 30-year-old. most likely to gamble has thrown his support And Saints Captain Nick Riewoldt the Brownlow medallist. behind recruiting

Oh, absolutely. could get back to the heights - It would excite anyone if he and a premiership player he's a Brownlow medallist he can get back to that and I think we all hope

and if he could get back to that, with him than against him. then naturally you'd rather play one bad boy a fresh start - The club has already offered Nathan Carroll dumped Melbourne defender from Demon to Saint. beginning the transformation Nathan Templeton, Ten News.

the first cricket Test against Jason Krejza's hopes of playing in

the first cricket Test against New

Zealand starting on Thursday appear

to be diminishing at the wet

weather takes hold in Brisbane. The

Aussies made the most of a break in Aussies made the most of a break

the rain to complete a net session. The

The forecast for the rest of the

week could result in an all-out pace

pace attack and no spinners. If the pace attack and no spinners. If the

weather keeps going this way,

there's bound to a little bit of

grass on it. Pacemen will be useful

on that wicket. If Krejza is to be

left out, Australia could opt to

play both all-rounders Andrew

Symonds and Shane Watson. Tim

Cahill is playing down concerns

he's endoubt for tomorrow's World

Cup qualifier against Bahrain

because of a foot injury. Cahill

was replaced five minutes from time

yesterday for Everton, but has

arrived in camp in Manama confident

of being fit for the clash. Yeah,

it's painful sometimes. I've had

some injections here and there. And

some treatment. But that's what

you've got to do these days to play.

And I'm happy enough and enjoying it.

it. Scott McDonald has been ruled

out of the match with a virus,

leaving Josh Kennedy the only

recognised striker in the squad.

Good luck. Wall Street is falling

on pretty dire economic news?

Things are looking pretty bleak. US

stocks have traded lower overnight

after Citigroup announced it's

slashing 53,000 jobs worldwide. Our

biggest export market has slipped

in to recession for the first time

in seven years, Japan. Citigroup is

slashing 53,000 jobs in the most

brutal round of lay-offs since the

start of the banking crash. The

cuts are on top of the 23,000 lay-offs announced earlier this

year as the company struggles to

make-up losses from bad investments. Wall Wall Street expects similar

announcements from other banks,

especially after news that Japan

has officially slipped into

recession. The world's second

largest economy has been battered

by weak exports and cuts in

corporate spending. The markets

were hoping for some concrete

action when world leaders met in

Washington this weekend. But with

the White House in a lame duck

position, not much was decided. To expect to really positive result

out of a communique, where 20 big

countries are trying to decide the

financial recovery of the world is

impossible. In light of the

continued downturn and the massive

lay-offs sweeping the country, the

top bankers at Goldman Sachs are

opting out of their opting out of their year-end

bonuses which typically amounted to

tens of millions of dollars. The

executives say it's the right thing to do.

Coca-Cola Amatil has rejected Lion Nathan's $ate billion Nathan's $ate billion merger

proposal. The soft drink giant says

the offer was too low and didn't

have support of its key shareholder,

the Coca-Cola Company. Lion Nathan

must decide whether to sweeten must decide whether to sweeten the

bid or walk away. The tie-up would

have overtaken Fosters as

Australia's biggest beverage company.

Looking at the weather for you now.

Checking today's newspaper front pages. The 'Courier Mail' has more

on the severe storm that hit

Brisbane with residents fearing for

their lives as homes were torn apart. 'Sydney Morning Herald''s

Business Day reports Chinese steel mills

mills are looking at taking a stake

in Fortescue Metals. The 'Age' has

pictures of two young Melbourne

boys who have been missing boys who have been missing since

visiting their mother in Sweden a

month ago. Why the Navy's all at

sea this Christmas. All the details

in a moment. Stay with us.

Seeing the devastation for himself

- Kevin Rudd to take a first-hand

look at the damage caused by wild

storms across Brisbane. Local

councils to be given a $300 million

funding boost to sure up economic

growth. The AFL to make a decision

later today on whether Ben Cousins

can resume his playing career. US

stocks fall as Citigroup announces

brutal cutbacks and Japan slips in

to recession. First the PM has

diverted his flight back from the

US to inspebt storm-devastated areas of Brisbane -- inspect

storm-devastated areas of Brisbane.

Locals at The Gap are still without

power. They're being forced to

drink bottled water after the roof

of a reservoir was torn off and the

supply there contaminated. No. No power. Residents have begun to share

share their amazing stories of

survival as well. Yeah, just kept

getting worse and worse. I backed

up in the dog cage and saw sticks

and debris flying past. A wind tunnel coming through here. The

army has been called in to help

clear the rubble. Residents are

being warned there could be more

storms coming in later this week.

Australia's local councils will

share in $300 million funding as

part of the Federal Government's

plan to boost the economy. The PM

will announce the cash injection

today at a meeting of more than 500

mayors in Canberra. The Federal Government has invited more than 500 mayors to Canberra, and the local government leaders hope they'll get more than just a free dinner. No, we haven't come here for the handshake, the feed or the photos on the steps of Parliament House. They want the Treasurer to fund community infrastructure. We've got a bridge about $20 million. You can't do that out of rates. Everything from libraries to roads, to bridges, to, you name it, it's all a problem. They've travelled from all over the country and they don't want to go home empty-handed. The Prime Minister will return to Canberra later today with the mayors hoping he'll come bearing gifts in the form of a spending boost for local government. I hope we get a handout, perhaps, from the Government. It's overdue. We'll make a decision on what we announce when I get to the conference. Well, bring on the wrestle. There's not enough money there to satisfy 565 mayors. The West Australian Government has formerly lifted the State's

controversial ban on uranium mining.

The decision which takes The decision which takes affect

immediately opens the way for

dozens of new projects right across

the State. The Australian Navy will

shut down over Christmas due to a

staffing crisis. All ships not

deployed on operations have been

ordered home, while the number of

sailors onboard docked ships on duty

duty watch will also be reduced.

Working hours are also being made

more flexible with personnel

affected by the ABC Learning child

care crisis allowed to work from

home. Two men are in hospital after

crashing their car at high speed in

to a bus shelter in Sydney's north.

Both men were trapped in the wreck

for about an hour before the for about an hour before the

passenger was flown to hospital in

a critical condition with head

injuries. The driver was taken by

ambulance with chest and stomach

injuries. Petrol prices continue to

fall right across the country and

are predicted to hit the $1 a litre

mark. A drop in the cost of crude

oil, combined with a steadying

Australian dollar, has seen Australian dollar, has seen fuel

prices fall more than 20 cents in

the past few weeks. Economists say

motorists will soon be paying

almost $70 a month less at almost $70 a month less at the

petrol pump than they were in July July.

July. A break in the weather is

helping firefighters make helping firefighters make progress

against rager wild-- raging

wildfires in California. Thousands

of residents have been forced to

evacuate. Firefighters are starting

to make headway against three

raging wildfires in California. The

winds have died down, allowing winds have died down, allowing more

planes in the air and making it a

little less dangerous for thousands

of firefighters. Thick haze and the

smoke are engulfing the areas.

Flames have scorched more than 55

square miles, forced over 10,000

people to evacuate and destroyed

over 800 homes from Santa Barbara

to LA. At this point in time, to LA. At this point in time, it's still uncontained and hitting it really hard with ground and air

resources. In this hard-hit area

wrrbgs an inferno incinerated

almost 500 mobile homes, residents

say it looks like a nuclear bomb

hit. I've got to start all over

again. I don't have nothing left.

Nothing. As firefighters worked to contain the blaze, investigators

say the wildfire which destroyed

200 homes was started in an area

where teens hang out. They have where teens hang out. They have not ruled out arson.

Disgraced footballer Ben Cousins

will find out today whether he'll

be allowed to resume his AFL career

next season after a very public

battle with drug addiction. The

30-year-old was suspended for 12

months by the AFL and had his

contract with West Coast torn up.

His fate will be decided at a

kpwhigz hearing to be held in

Sydney. Everybody's entitled to an

opportunity to get back playing,

whether they're ill through a

mental illness or through other

illnesses. So that's certainly

something that will weigh on the

minds of the commission. St Kilda

is believed to be the front runner

for Cousins' signature should he be

cleared for a return. The likelihood of Australia fielding

two all-rounders in the first

cricket Test against New Zealand is

increasing with every downpour in Brisbane.

From all-white to black-tie, Australia's cricketers marked the start of the new international season in style at an all-star party - the red carpet in stark contrast to their rain-soaked nets session And with rain forecast for the remainder of the week, the odds of Australia going with two all-rounders firms, with both Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson champing at the bit to play. Would there be a chance of having a hit out the middle at all? After impressing in India, Jason Krejza is likely to miss the XI, courtesy of a wet Gabba pitch unfriendly to spinners. If the weather keeps going this way, there's bound to be a little bit of grass on it, so I think pacemen will be useful on that wicket. And Brett Lee will lead the attack after shaking off the effects of a stomach bug contracted in India that resulted in him needing blood tests. Apparently he lost six kilos, but I'm not sure that's quite true - he's looking pretty good to me. So yeah, he's ready to go come Thursday. So too is vice-captain Michael Clarke. Andrew Brown, Ten News.

Billy Slater has been named the

Rugby League International

Federation's inaugural player of

the year. Slater collecting the

award following a stunning NRL and

representative season which he's

hoping will continue in Sunday's

World Cup final to be played

against New Zealand. It's a pretty

big honour. And I probably won't

realise it for a while to come yet.

But I'm sure when I look back on my

career, this medal will be sitting

up on the bar I'm sure. I'll up on the bar I'm sure. I'll look

at it with fond memories. Manly's

premiership winning mentor, Des

Hasler, named coach of the year.

Wall Street has fallen overnight

after one of the world's biggest

banks, Citigroup, announced it will

slash 53,000 jobs. For more I'm

joined liefbg by Juliana Roadley

from CommSec. Good morning, it's

been another night of heavy losses? Yes,

Yes, if you look at the numbers you

think everything was OK. The

industrial production numbers for

October coming in better than

expected. But you must remember

last month we saw that number

falling to a 60-year low. Looking

at the auto manufacturing, very

weak numbers. Often at the 3.9%.

Off over 18% this year. The lowest

levels we've seen since 1991.

Putting pressure on the markets.

The bad news coming through from

Citigroup - they need to cut a lot

off their balance sheet. They're

going to be cutting their expenses

by around 20%. The market all

taking this in to its stride. The

Dow down around 29 points. The

Nasdaq down 8. Our market closed

2.5% lower yesterday. What can we

expect today? Well, I think we're

going to open in the red going to open in the red again

today. Unfortunately we've seen a

slide in base metal prices. If you

lock at BHP and Rio trading

overseas, no great moves there. We

have seen that the gold price has

come off around $2, the oil price

off around $1.20. Base metals,

copper down by 5%. Keep your eye on

Lion Nathan. We have a lot of AGMs

around town, Lion Nathan is one.

After yesterday's possibility of a

merger coming through for Coca-Cola

Amatil. And we'll get the minutes

of the last board meeting from the

RBA. Flat retail figures have

raised the prospect of more rate

cuts? They have and NSW possibly to

blame some very weak numbers coming

through from NSW with their retail

sales. Now, we would expect to see

a bit of a pick-up. We've seen a

drop in petrol prices. And we've

seen a drop in interest rates.

We're still factoring in another

possible 50 basis point cut in

December by the RBA. After that

we'll have to see if we can see a

bit of momentum coming back on the

boards. Thank you. Our biggest

export market, Japan, is officially

in recession for the first time in

seven years. The second biggest

economy in the world contracted by

an annualised 0.4% in the September

quarter, worse than expected. The

news is considered a major blow to

Australia's chances of withstanding

the global economic downturn.

Checking the weather for you on this Tuesday:

The final cut's been made and the

wait's just about over. Nicole

Kidman arrives for the world

premiere of 'Australia'. Details when we return.

You're watching Ten's Early News.

Kevin Rudd to tour storm-devastated

areas of Brisbane as the

areas of Brisbane as the wild weather clean-up continues. weather clean-up continues. A

funding boost - local councils to

go on a $300 million spending spree

under a Government plan to stave

off recession. The wait's nearly

over - Nicole Kidman arrives in

Sydney for tonight's world premiere

of the epic film, 'Australia'. Wall

Street lower as Citigroup slashes

thousands of jobs and Japan sinks

into recession. Let's take a look at the weather:

The PM has diverted his flight back

from the US to visit

storm-devastated areas of Brisbane

today. As the massive clean-up

continues, locals are sharing

amazing stories of survival. Jamie

loves his dog with good reason. While Jamie's friends managed to

run inside to avoid the ferocious

storm, he was forced in to his

dog's cage. Kept getting worse and

worse. Amid the still chaotic

scenes, some tried a dose of

normality but this couple still had

no power returning home after a

walk. No. No power. The night after

the storm, and emergency workers

were out in force. This is one of

the worst affected streets. There

is the roof right in the middle of

the road there. The workers have

arrived. They're starting to get rid

rid of it. They're now being joined by

by an army of workers. They're

going to be working well into the

night. Melinda has told her

holidaying parents their roof is

gone. Amazingly, the mayhem not

destroying a strong community.

There's nobody been injured here.

So that's the important thing. Local councils across the country

will go on a $300 million spending spree as part of the Federal

Government's bid to stave off a

recession. The PM will announce the

extra funding at an historic

meeting of mayors to be meeting of mayors to be held in Canberra today. I haven't come here for

for the handshake, the feed or the

photo on the steps of Parliament

House. Perhaps a handout from the

Government. The mayors will be

urged to spend the money on urged to spend the money on local infrastructure projects as soon as

possible to help boost the economy.

The West Australian Government has formerly lifted the State's

controversial ban on uranium mining. The

The decision which takes affect immediately opens the way for

dozens of new projects across the

State. A man is expected to be charneled

charneled over a fatal hit and run

in Melbourne. Father of two John

Martin was struck while walking

home from an engagement party on

Saturday night. His family made an

emotional appeal to the driver of

the car to come forward and just

hours later police did arrest a

stkpwait-year-old man and seized a

vehicle -- 58-year-old man and

seized a vehicle for forensic

testing. A man has been released

but is expected to be charged with

summons for failing to stop at an

accident. A man has died after

falling off his bike and into the

path of a train in Melbourne

overnight. The cyclist was trapped

under the country service for more

than 90 minutes. A train of that

magnitude, 130 tonne train, is the

heaviest locomotive V-Line run. We

had to be mindful of the fact

had to be mindful of the fact of it

slipping and doing further damage.

Unfortunately, the man died later

in hospital. The Australian in hospital. The Australian Navy

will shut down over Christmas due

to a staffing crisis L. ships not

deployed on operations have been

ordered home. The number of sailors

on docked ships on duty watch will

be reduced. Working hours are being

made more flexible with personnel

affected by the ABC Learning child

care crisis allowed to work from

home. A break in the weather is

helping firefighters in their

battle against raging wildfires in

California. The blazes have

destroyed more than 800 homes destroyed more than 800 homes and

forced thousands of residents to

evacuate. Firefighters are starting

to make some headway against three

raging wildfires in Southern

California. The ferocious winds

have died loun, allowing more

planes -- down, aing more planes in

the air. Thick haze and the smell

of smoke are engulfing metropolitan

LA and dozens of schools are closed.

Flames have scorched more than 55

square miles, forced over 10,000

people to evacuate and destroyed

over 800 homes from Sant ruBarbara

-- Sapbtda Barbara to LA. We're

hitting it hard with ground

resources and air resources. In

this hard-hit area, where an inferno incinerated almost 500

mobile homes, residents say it

looks like a nuclear bomb hit. I've

got to start all over again. I

don't have nothing left. As

firefighters worked to contain the blaze, investigators say that the

wildfire which destroyed 200 homes,

was started in an area where teens

hang out. They have not ruled out

arson. Well, Evan and I have arson. Well, Evan and I have got

our invites, Baz Lurhmann's epic

film, 'Australia' will make its

world premiere tonight. Nicole

Kidman and Hugh Jackman join a

star-studded list of guests on the

red carpet. The star of the most

expensive Australian film ever made

touches down for the premiere of 'Australia'. It's tipped to be one

of our great epics. Kidman and Hugh

Jackman will be joined by other

Australian celebrities. There will

be simultaneous screenings in

Darwin and Queensland, to celebrate

key locations from the film. The

movie premiere season is in full

swing. Yesterday the stars of

'Madagascar 2' strolled the red

carpet. Chris Rock is hoping the

next movie could be set down-under.

I think Australia's the right place.

We should have to do the voices

here too. While Ben Stiller claims

it was his voice which cost him a

starring role in 'Australia'. Twouz

down to me and Hugh Jackman for the

lead in 'Australia'. He a better

accent. Can you do the Aussie

accent? No. Give it a go? No, mate!

D-Day has arrived for disgraced AFL

player Ben Cousins. Officials will

meet in Sydney to decide whether to

reregister the 30-year-old after a very

very public battle with drug addiction. The AFL's heavy hitters will make their call on Ben Cousins this afternoon, yesterday, gave the clearest indication yet the troubled champion will be reinstated. Everybody's entitled to an opportunity whether they're ill through a mental illness or through other illnesses, so that's certainly something that will weigh on the minds of the commission. Cousins is believed to be on the Gold Coast awaiting the decision. St Kilda is seen as the club most likely to gamble on the 30-year-old. And Saints Captain Nick Riewoldt has thrown his support behind recruiting the Brownlow medallist. Oh, absolutely. It would excite anyone if he could get back to the heights - he's a Brownlow medallist and a premiership player and I think we all hope he can get back to that and if he could get back to that, then naturally you'd rather play with him than against him. The club has already offered one bad boy a fresh start - dumped Melbourne defender Nathan Carroll beginning the transformation from Demon to Saint. Nathan Templeton, Ten News.

Spinner Jason Krejza's hopes of

playing in the first cricket Test against

against New Zealand start on

Thursday appear to be diminishing

as the wet weather takes hold in

Brisbane. The Aussies made the most

of a small break in rain to have a

net session. If the weather keeps

going this way, there's bound to be

a little bit of grass on it. I

think pacemen will be useful on

that wicket. If Krejza is to be

left out, Australia could opt to

play both all-rounders and they play both all-rounders and they are

Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson.

Tim Cahill is playing down concerns

he's in doubt for tomorrow's World

Cup qualifier because of a foot

injury. Cahill was replaced five

minutes from time with Everton's

1-1 draw with Middlesbrough

yesterday. He's confident of being

fit for the cup clash. It's painful

sometimes. I've had injections here

and there and some treatment. But

that's what you've got to do that's what you've got to do these

days to play. I'm happy enough and

enjoying it. Celtic's Scott

McDonald has been ruled out of the

match with a virus. That leaves

Josh Kennedy as the only recognised striker in the Socceroos squad. A

bumpy night on Wall Street after

dire economic news? There's serious

concerns, particularly after US

stocks traded lower overnight after

Citigroup announced it's slashing

53,000 jobs worldwide. One of the

world's biggest banks has been hit

hard by financial turmoil,

suffering four consecutive quarters

of heavy losses. Investor sentiment

also sunk on news Japan has slipped

in to recession for the first time in

in seven years. Japan is

Australia's biggest export market.

And the news is seen as a major

blow to our chances of withstanding

the global slowdown.

Coca-Cola Amatil has rejected Lion

Nathan's $8 billion merger proposal.

The soft drink giant said the offer

was too low and didn't have the

support of its key shareholder, the

Coca-Cola company. Lion xp Nathan

must decide whether to sweeten the

bid or walk away. The tie-up would

have overtaken Fosters as

Australia's biggest beverage

company. To business in brief now:

More rain moving in to Brisbane

today and a top there of 26 degrees.

Struggling car dealers could be

thrown a $2 billion lifeline from

the Federal Government. Australia's prospects of withstanding the

global downturn have suffered a blow with Japan officially sliding

into recession. And the 'Daily

Telegraph' says NSW Labor has drawn

up 32 seats it'sen danger of losing at

at the next election due to a

backlash over its mini budget. We

have very good news on petrol

prices coming up in a moment.

GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON. FIRST UP, THE C-F-M-E-U, HAS BEEN REFUSED ACCESS TO REFUSED ACCESS TO A BUILDING PROJECT IN CANBERRA, DESPITE COMPLAINTS O-H AND -S, IS IGNORED. IT COMES, AFTER TWO INCIDENTS, OF BUILDINGS AROUND THE CAPITAL THIS YEAR. THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNS RAISED, OVER BREACHES IN WORKPLACE SAFETY, AT THE A-F-P SITE AT THE EDMUND SAFETY, AT THE A-F-P SITE AT THE EDMUND BARTON

BUILDING. BUT THE UNION, WAS TOLD TO WAIT FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR, WAS TOLD TO WAIT FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR, WHEN IT TRIED TRIED TO ENTER THE SITE SITE YESTERDAY. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT, WANTS TO HEAR LOCAL'S OPINIONS, WANTS TO HEAR LOCAL'S OPINIONS, ON A PLAN TO ON A PLAN TO BUILD THE CAPITAL'S BIGGEST CAR PARK,

AT THE CANBERRA HOSPITAL. THE GOVERNMENT, IS PLANNING A 41 MILLION DOLLAR, NINE

NINE STOREY CARPARK, TO HELP DEAL WITH THE HOSPITAL'S DEMAND, OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS. THE PLANNED PARKING ARE,A WOULD REPLACE WHAT IS THERE NOW... AND WOULD PROVIDE CLOSE TO 19 HUNDRED SPACES PROVIDE CLOSE TO 19 HUNDRED SPACES FOR VISITOR'S CARS. NOW... AND WOULD PROVIDE CLOSE TO 19 HUNDRED SPACES 19 HUNDRED SPACES FOR VISITOR'S CARS. THE A-C-T EMERGENCY SERVICES SAYS, RESIDENTS SHOULD EXPECT A HIGH FIRE DANGER PERIOD THIS SUMMER. PEOPLE IN CANBERRA, AND SURROUNDING REGIONS, ARE BEING URGED TO CLEAN OUT THEIR GUTTERS OF LEAVES, AS THE WEATHER STARTS TO WARM UP.

LOOKING TO SPORT, AND THE MAN BEHIND CANBERRA'S

AND THE MAN BEHIND CANBERRA'S A-LEAGUE BID, IVAN SLAVICH, IS MEETING WITH FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA IN SYDNEY TODAY, TO DISCUSS THE CAPITAL'S HOPE OF FORMING A TEAM. SLAVICH, WILL JOIN A GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE, AND TWO OTHER BUSINESS PEOPLE, WHO ARE SUPPORTING WHO ARE SUPPORTING CANBERRA'S BID FOR A TEAM BY 20-10. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER...

WEATHER... A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE WEST IS LIKELY TO SYSTEM OVER THE WEST IS LIKELY TO DEVELOP FURTHER,

AND DRIFT SLOWLY EAST ACROSS THE COUNTRY,

RAIN TO THE REGION. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - RAIN DEVELOPING IN CANBERRA

- SHOWERS FOR MELBOURNE - FINE AND SUNNY CONDITIONS MELBOURNE - FINE AND SUNNY CONDITIONS FOR PERTH AND PERTH AND HOBART. CLOSER TO HOME NOW - LOTS OF RAIN ABOUT SOUTHERN NEW NOW - LOTS OF RAIN ABOUT SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES

TODAY - DUBBO IS HEADING FOR A TOP OF 21 - RAIN DEVELOPING AND 17 FOR ORANGE 20 THE EXPECTED TOP FOR BATHURST - LATE RAIN FOR - LATE RAIN FOR BOWRAL 19 - 23 DEGREES FOR GOULBURN RAIN DEVELOPING WITH A TOP OF 20 FOR MUDGEE - 23 FOR COOMA AND PARKES - THREDBO HEADING FOR 15 LOOKING AHEAD - TOMORROW - WE CAN EXPECT SOME Rain CAN EXPECT SOME Rain WITH A TOP OF 23 THURSDAY - WILL BE WET WITH A POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM - POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM - 22 AND ON FRIDAY - THERE'S THE CHANCE OF A SHOWER - 22 .

This is Ten's Early News. Kevin

Rudd takes a first-hand look at the

damage inflicted by wild storms

across Brisbane. Local councils to

be given a $300 million funding boost

boost to help stave off a recession.

D-Day - the AFL to make a decision later today on whether Ben Cousins

can resume his playing career. US

stocks fall as Citigroup announces

brutal cutbacks and Japan slips

into recession. But first, the into recession. But first, the PM

has diverted his flight back from

the US to inspect storm-devastated

areas of Brisbane today. Locals at

The Gap, one of the worst-hit

suburbs, are still without power. They're being forced to drink

bottled water after the roof of a

reservoir was torn off and the

supply contaminated. No. Nup.

Nothing yet. And residents have

begun to share their amazing

stories of survival. Yeah, just

kept getting worse and worse. I

backed up in the dog cage and I saw sticks

sticks and debris flying past. It

was pretty much like a wind tunnel

coming through here. The Army has

been called in to help clear the

rubble while residents are being

warned there could be even more

storms later this week. Local

councils will share in $300 million funding

funding as part of the Federal

Government's plan to boost the

economy. Mayors are being urged to

spend the money as soon as possible. The Federal Government has invited more than 500 mayors to Canberra, and the local government leaders hope they'll get more than just a free dinner. No, we haven't come here for the handshake, the feed on the steps of Parliament House. or the photos They want the Treasurer to fund community infrastructure. We've got a bridge that needs replacing and that's going to be about $20 million. You can't do that out of rates. Everything from libraries to roads, to bridges, to, you name it, it's all a problem. They've travelled from all over the country and they don't want to go home empty-handed. The Prime Minister will return to Canberra later today with the mayors hoping he'll come bearing gifts

in the form of a spending boost for local government. I hope we get a handout, perhaps, from the Government. It's overdue. I guess it's going to be a big wrestle over the same bucket of money, I guess that's the difficulty. There's not enough money there to satisfy 565 mayors. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

Struggling car dealers could be

given a lifeline by the Federal

Government as well. The Government

is considering a $2 billion debt

guarantee to entice banks and other

credit providers into the car

financing business. A spec funding

pool would -- special funding pool

would be set up. Two men are in

hospital after crashing their car

at high speed into a bus shelter at high speed into a bus shelter in

Sydney's north. Both men were

trapped in the wreck for about an

hour before the passenger was flown

to hospital in a critical condition

with head injuries. The driver was

taken by ambulance with chest and

stomach injuries as well. Suspected

welfare cheats are gambling

millions of dollars in casinos

across the country. A Centrelink

investigation has found thousands

of welfare recipients spent at

least $50,000 each on casino chips

over an 18-month period. One

Victorian man receiving $220 a week on the dole spent almost $19

million at Melbourne's's Crown

Casino. Police are checking whether

there is money laundering going on.

Petrol prices are tipped to drop. A

drop in the cost of crude oil has

seen fuel prices fall more than seen fuel prices fall more than 20

cents in the past three weeks. In

parts of Sydney, the prices dropped

to below $1.10 a litre. Economists

say motorists will soon be paying

almost $70 a month less at the

petrol pump than they were back in July. Fire Federal July. Fire Federal Governmenters

are trying to establish contain

want lines as they make headwake

against wildfires. Although the

wind have died down, high

temperatures still pose them a real

challenge. At this point in time,

it's still uncontained. We're

hitting it really hard with ground hitting it really hard with ground

and air resources. 800 houses have

burned to the ground burned to the ground and

authorities have not ruled out

arson. 80 thun rr people have been

evacuated -- 80,000 people have

been evacuated as a tropical storm hits Vietnam. Residents in coastal

areas have fled to higher grounds

and thousands of fishermen were

called ashore. So far, no

casualties have been reported. The

storm has now weakened and is no

longer threatening the capital.

Barack Obama has met with Senator

John McCain for the first time

since his election win. The

President-elect says the two men

will work together to help move the

country forward. A good

conversation about how we can do

some work together to fix up the

country. And also to offer thanks

to Senator McCain for the his

outstanding service. The Democrats

says he'll appoint at least one

Republican toon his cabinet. -- to

his cabinet. Ben Cousins will find

out today whether he's allowed to

resume his AFL career next season.

The 30-year-old was suspended for

12 months by the AFL and had his contract

contract torn up with West Coast. Everybody's entitled to an

opportunity to get back playing,

whether they're ill through a

mental illness or through other

illnesses. So, that's certainly

something that will weigh on the

minds of the commission. St Kilda is believed to be the front-runner

for Cousins' signature should he be

cleared for a return. The likelihood of Australia fielding

two all-rounders in the first crib

td Test against New Zealand is

increasing with every downpour in

Brisbane. The threat of rain

throughout the week makes a

seamers-led attack seem more appealing. From all-white to black-tie, marked the start Australia's cricketers

of the new international season in style the red carpet in stark contrast to their rain-soaked nets session

hours earlier. And with rain forecast for the remainder of the week, the odds of Australia going with two all-rounders firms, with both Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson champing at the bit to play. Would there be a chance of having a hit out the middle at all? After impressing in India, unfriendly to spinners. If the weather keeps going this way, there's bound to be a little bit of grass on it, so I think pacemen will be useful on that wicket. And Brett Lee will lead the attack after shaking off the effects of a stomach bug contracted in India

that resulted in him needing blood tests. Apparently he lost six kilos, but I'm not sure that's quite true - he's looking pretty good to me. So yeah, he's ready to go come Thursday. So too is vice-captain Michael Clarke.

Australian fullback Billy Slater

has been named the Rugby League International Federation's

inaugural player of the year. He

collected the award following a

stunning NRL and representative

season which he's, of course, is

hoping will continue in the World

Cup final. It's a pretty big honour.

I probably won't realise it for a

while to come yet. I'm sure when I

look back on my career, this look back on my career, this medal

will be sitting up on the bar. I'm

sure I'll look at it with fond

memories. Des Hasler was named

coach of the year.

Wall Street has fallen overnight

after one of the world's biggest

banks, Citigroup, announced it was

slashing 53,000 jobs. For more I'm

joined live by Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. Good morning. It's been

another mixed night on global

markets? Yes, it has. In the US I

think everyone was hoping for good

economic data. We gut an OK number on the industrial production

numbers, up by 1.3% in October. You

have to remember that's of a

60-year low in September. The

manufacturing auto numbers, while

they were yet again weak, down

nearly 4%. We know the auto-makers are

are struggling in the US and this

is more evidence of that. Looking

at those numbers, they are looking at

at cutting jobs and about 20% of

their costs. Their shares are lower.

And our market closed 2.5% lower

yesterday. What's expected yesterday. What's expected today? Well, unfortunately, we've seen

another fall in base metal prices.

Comer off by 5%. Alminion at Comer off by 5%. Alminion at a

3-year low and that will --

aluminium at a 3-year low. And

there's a raft of AGMs coming out

with information today. Watch out

for news from those companies,

especially Lion Nathan, to see what

happened behind their so-called

failed bid for Coca-Cola Amatil.

Those flat retail figures have

raised the prospect of yet more

rate cuts? It looks like the numbers

numbers were a lot weaker than

expected. Numbers from NSW very

weak. We're still factoring in a possible 50 basis point cut in

December by the RBA and we'll have

to wait and see whether all these

cuts have boosted any spending

before they move any further. Thank

you for the update. Thanks. Our

biggest export market, Japan, is officially in recession for the

first time in seven years. The

second biggest economy in the world

contracted by an annualised 0.4% in

the September quarter, worse than

expected. The news is considered a

major blow to Australia's chances

of withstanding the global economic

downturn. The West Australian

Government has formerly lifted the State's controversial ban on

uranium mining. The decision which

takes affect immediately opens the

way for dozens of new projects

across the State. To business in brief:

We should have an idea of any

future rate cuts from that. future rate cuts from that. Have

you got your tux ready? I have. Baz

Lurhmann's film, 'Australia', will make

make its premiere in Sydney tonight.

Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman will

be on the red carpet. The star of

the most expensive Australian film

ever made touches down ahead of

tonight's world premiere. Baz Lurhmann's romantic action

adventure is tipped to be one of

pour great epics. Kidman and Hugh

Jackman will be joined by other Australian celebrities for the

much-anticipated event. There will

be simultaneous screenings in

Darwin and Queensland to celebrate

key locations from the film. The

movie premiere season is in full

swing. Yesterday the stars of 'Maz gafbger

gafbger 2' strolled the --

'Madagascar 2' strolled down the

red carpet. I think Australia's the

right place. I think we should have

to do the voices here too. While

Ben Stiller claims it was his voice

which cost him a starring role in

'Australia'. It was down to me and

Hugh Jackman for the lead in

'Australia'. He has a better acsent.

Can you do the accent? No. Give it

a go? No, mate! Stick to just doing

the cartoons and the like. Good on you.

Recapping this morning's top

stories. Disaster zone - Kevin Rudd visits

visits storm-devastated areas of

Brisbane as the wild weather

clean-up continues. Local councils

to go on a $300 million spending

spree under a Government plan to

stave off recession. That's it for

Ten's Early News. I'm Frank Coletta.

Ging for now. And I'm -- goodbye

for now. And I'm Evan Batten. Have a good morning.

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