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Good morning,, everyone, I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Kathryn Robinson.

Welcome to Ten's Early News.

Our main stories this morning - one

of the killers of heart surgeon Dr of the killers of heart surgeon Dr

Victor Chang finally says he's

sorry for what he did.

Take a double disillusion and call Take a double disillusion and call

me in the morning - the PM to force

his radical health shaekp through

at all costs.

In sport - the Socceroos book their

place in next year's Asia Cup with

a 1-0 win over Indonesia.

In finance - we're growing faster

than expected, so the Treasurer

the spend. says it's finally time to rein in

The Malaysian man convicted of

murdering Sydney heart surgeon Dr

Victor Chang has said sorry for

what he did. Phillip Lim was what he did. Phillip Lim was

deported to Malaysia last night.

Ten reporter Brett Mason was on the

flight and he spoke to Lim.

Well, yes, good morning. Convicted

killer Phillip Choon Tee Lim has

finally uttered the words "-- the

words Victor Chang's family has

waited years to hear. He told me he

was sorry for causing pain and

suffering to Victor Chang's family

after he was gunned down in 1991.

Mr Lim told me from behind a

curtain that he was ashamed of his

actions. He made the comments after

an 8-hour flight from Sydney that

had taken some three days to happen.

Here's what he had to say. Mr Lim,

please, we'd just like to have a

quick word with you, please. I'm

sorry about what I have done, OK?

I'm sorry. You're sorry, Mr Lim?

I'm remorseful for what I have done.

That's what I say. What would you

say to Dr Chang's family, Mr Lim?

I'm sorry for the pain and grief

I've put them through. And how do

you feel? We haven't heard from you.

How do you feel to be home? The man

is answering our questions! He's

entitled to! Mr Lim, how do you

feel to be home? I'm ashamed.

That's it.

Of course, there has been

widespread criticism of how Mr Lim

Three has been deported from Australia.

Three unsuccessful attempts to get

him onboard a flight here to Kuala

Lumpur, and the flight he was Lumpur, and the flight he was

actually on this morning was

shrouded in secrecy. He was shrouded in secrecy. He was

actually contained within a bizarre

curtain that had been put up inside curtain that had been put up inside

that flight. But the overwhelming

criticism back home in Australia is

that here, Mr Lim will face none of

the regular parole conditions other

prisoners would face. He has

essentially been given a "Get out

of jail free" card.

Our tenacious reporter Brett Mason

there in Malaysia. This news just

through to the desk. A new tsunami

alart has just been sounded along alart has just been sounded along

parts of the Chilean coast in the

same areas where giant waves

ravaged towns and villages near the

earthquake. Hundreds of people have

been seen running out of Concepcion

and Constitucion. Sirens are

wailing across devastated cities.

More on this story as it develops

throughout the bulletin. The PM has

described the public-hospital

system as a total mess, and Dr

Rudd's prescription? A radical

overhaul. Under the Government's overhaul. Under the Government's

proposal, the Commonwealth will

increase its health funding to 60%, increase its health funding to 60%,

with the states covering the other

40%. The money will go to a

national body to decide which

hospitals get what support. The

Government will deliver better hospitals by establishing a

national network that is funded

nationally and run locally. He nationally and run locally. He

needs to cobble something together

to take to the election, and this

is it. But in the end, it's not an is it. But in the end, it's not an

answer. It's a plea. To trust me.

The plan still needs to be approved

by the states, and the hostile

Senate. But Mr Rudd says he'll call

a referendum to push it through if need be.

And there's been mixed reaction to

the new plan - everyone agrees

change is overdue, but the jury is

still out on whether the reforms

patients. will really improve services to

Doctors have welcomed the PM's

pledge that hospitals won't be pledge that hospitals won't be

worse off under the new plan. For

the first time, we've got a Prime

Minister taking spot for major

health reform in this country.

Emergency departments across the

country are under strain. 1 in 3 country are under strain. 1 in 3

patients is waiting longer than the

recommended time frame for

treatment. The states have echoed

Dr Doctors' concerns - will it mean

improved patient care? Our first -

and in fact only - priority in

relation to the reform of our relation to the reform of our

health system has always been to

get more money so that we can provide more patient wnts the

treatment they need faster. It's

not clear whether, under this plan,

there will be any additional money.

It's not clear whether patients

will benefit. It's not clear

whether the Federal Government will

invest in capital as well. One

thing everyone agrees on - the

current system is in desperate need

of change. Are these proposed of change. Are these proposed

changes good for patient care in

our public hospitals? That is the

question that we will look at. I'm question that we will look at. I'm

very pleased the Federal Government

will put in 60% of the funding for

our hospitals. Currently it's about

35%. Healthcare professionals

across the country are just hoping

the extra money will flow through quickly.

An enormous clean-up effort is

under way in many parts of flooded

south-western Queensland. Hundreds

of homes have been swamped in towns

like Charleville and Roma, from

filed this report. where Ten reporter Max Futcher

Locals here in Roma say this is

some of the worst flooding they can

remember. Almost a quarter of the

town is under quarter, although

those floodwaters did begin to

ruseed last night. That means a

massive clean-up effort can get

under under way. 200 homes have

been inundated. Then of course been inundated. Then of course

there's things like damage to roads and infrastructure. There's a

couple of happy stories other than

the benefits to farmers. Peter Gear,

a local teacher in CIRAT, was

getting married this weekend, but

was trapped by floodwaters. The was trapped by floodwaters. The

community rallied around and a

chopper wassent in to pick him up

from where he was stranded. I've

got to get out. I'm getting married

on Friday. So... It was an

emergency. It was an emergency.

Yeah, needed to get out. Getting

married. Clearly, once these waters

subside, there is an enormous subside, there is an enormous

clean-up eahead, both here and in clean-up eahead, both here and in

many parts of Queensland's south-

west, where a disaster has now been

declared. Max Futcher there in Roma.

An Australian woman has been found

not guilty of plotting to kill East

Timor's top two political leaders.

Angelita Pires was accused of

encouraging rebel leader Alfredo

Reinado to kill President Jose

Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister

Xanana Gusmao in February 2008.

Reinado was shot dead in the attack, Reinado was shot dead in the attack,

which left President Ramos-Horta

seriously injured. 23 olt other

people have been jailed for their part in the incident.

South Australian Premier Mike Rann

has apologised for what he calls

his friendship with a parliamentary

waitress who claims they had a

steamy affair. Mr Rann made the

apology during a Ten News state

election debate with the Opposition

Leader last night. He was asked if

the state could trust him after

allegations of an affair. If my

friendship, before I was married,

has caused any distress to anyone,

including Ms Chantelois or her

family, then I regret that and I

apologise for that. Ms Chantelois's apologise for that. Ms Chantelois's estranged husband, Rick Phillips,

faces court again today for

allegedly assaulting the Premier

with a rolled-up magazine. South Australians choose their next

government on March 20.

A plane has crashed at an air show

in India, killing the two pilots

and injuring four people on the

ground. The plane was performing

aerobatics when it veered out of

control and smashed into the top of

a building. The pilots had no time

to eject. The Indian Air Force has

been plagued by crashes lately

involving its ageing Soviet-made

MiG fighter aircraft.

Sports news this morning - New

Zealand has gone one up in the

chapel Hadlee series, winning a chapel Hadlee series, winning a fiery chash in Napier.

Pace bowler Mitchell Johnson was

fined 60% of his match fee after he and Scott Styris clashed heatedly. and Scott Styris clashed heatedly.

Glove pointing, and a bit of - well, Glove pointing, and a bit of - well, helmet to forehead, almost, it

looked like! The Kiwi had the last

laugh, though, finishing with an

unbeaten 49 from 34 deliveries. laugh, though, finishing with an unbeaten 49 from 34 deliveries.

The Socceroos have booked their

place in next year's Asian Cup.

They needed only a draw against

Indonesia to qualify. Mark

Milligan's first international goal

secured the home side a 1-0 win. Milligan's first international goal secured the home side a 1-0 win.

Playing in their new away strip for

the first time, it was a dominant the first time, it was a dominant

display by the Socceroos. Rewarded

with just one goal from former

Sydney FC defender Mark Milligan...

Quite a few goals more for the fans,

for ourselves, to make it easy for

ourselves. But winning 1-0, I am

pleased. Qualified for the Asian

Cup. The Socceroos executing 19

more shots at goal than the

visitors. A large majority of them

from Jason Culina, who was from Jason Culina, who was captaining the national side for

the first time.

They didn't have much ball, let

alone many chances. We could

possibly have got a few more. But

1-0 was enough. They secured a

passage to next year's Asian Cup

finals. Possibly his coach as last finals. Possibly his coach as last

of Australia. I'm going to finish

it off now with a great result in

the World Cup, and that's - then I

think I did what I had to do. the World Cup, and that's - then I think I did what I had to do. The

Newcastle Knights face a battle to

hang onto their sponsors and

members in the wake of its latest

drugs scandal. Highly regarded

forward Chris Houston resigned from

the club yesterday. His arrest

follows drugs charges against team-

mate Danny Wicks back in December.

Hopefully there are no more. I was

hoping there'd be Moraiti after

Danny Wicks. I'm not going to say

that. Club officials admit it's the

biggest crisis in the Knights' 23- year history.

All the morning's finance news now

with Kathryn Robinson. Some more

good news on the Australian

economy? Pretty good news, and

expected news as well, Ron. New

figures show that Australia's

economy is now the fastest-growing

in the developed world. GDP grew

0.9% in the December quarter. That

made it a very healthy 2.7% for the

year. After the tough year he had

last year, the Treasurer was very

happy with the result. These

national accounts represent a very

solid outcome for the economy - for

an economy which is the envy of the

developed world. The Opposition and

big business now say the Government

should immediately cut stimulus

spending because, if we grow too

fast, there'll be more pressure on

interest rates.

Those growth numbers support the

Reserve Bank's decision to up

interest rates to 4% this week,

with all four major banks now

passing on the 25 basis points to

borrowers, taking the average

variable home loan to around 7%.

The hike adds around $50 a week to

a $300,000 mortgage. The rise in

rates now forcing around one-fifth

of Australians to abandon their

dream of buying their first home in

the next two years, according to

mortgage 'Choice'. It's better news,

though, for those relying on

interest earned on savings deposits.

Many of those are retirees, with

many banks increasing rates on

those accounts. Economists

anticipate another 3 or 4 rate

rises this year.

The automotive industry is

suffering globally, but new sales

figures show that isn't the case in

Australia. Car sales were up 17%

last month, compared with the same

time last year deferment spite all

the bad publicity reepbltdly,

Toyota is still the market leader.

Overseas the nue,s isn't as good -

more recalls have been announced -

this time from Nissan and General

Motors. They're recalling more than

1.5 million cars because of safety concerns.

Let's take a look at how Wall

Street's trading now - stocks are

higher after a positive employment

and services-sector report. A move

by Greece to cut 7.2 billion

dollars from its budget is

supporting stocks globally.

Victorians are going to ban

semitrailers from travelling in the

right lane on some highways. Details about that, next.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News.

One of the killers of Sydney heart

surgeon Victor Chang has apologised

for what he did. Phillip Lim

arrived back in Malaysia early this

morning after finally being

deported from Australia at the end

of his 18-year sentence for Dr

Chang's murder. Onboard the

aircraft, he told Ten News he

regretted his actions. Mr Lim,

please, we'd just like to have a

quick word with you, please guys,

I'm sorry what I have done, OK. I'm

sorry. You're sorry, all Mr Lim?

Yeah, I'm remorse for what I have

done. That's what I say. What would

you say to Dr Chang's family, Mr

Lim? I'm sorry for the pain and

grief I've put them through.

Malaysian Police say they won't

monitor or question Lim now he's

back in Malaysia because they

consider he's paid his debt by

serving his sentence.

The Prime Minister wants to cut the

GST revenue he gives to the states

in return for taking over two-

thirds of their health budgets. The

PM is so serious about his health

shake-up, he says he's willing to

call a referendum to force it through.

A bleak and blunt diagnosis for our

public hospitals. The current

system is a total mess. The

prescription - The Government will

deliver better hospitals by

establishing a national network

that is funded nationally and run

locally. The Commonwealth will

increase its funding to 60%, and

the states will foot the remaining

40%. That money will go to a

national health and hospitals local

network, who will decide which network, who will decide which

hospitals get what. This what the

chief bureaucrats' big day out, and

he didn't disappoint himself.

Funding will increase by $90

billion over the next five years.

Where's the money coming from? We

are looking at how we cost it right

through to 2020. The aim is to

deliver more doctors, more nurses

and more resources. There'll also

be more simple procedures done in

doctors' surgeries to free up

hospital beds, and there'll be a

big push to speed up elective-

surgery waiting times. The plan

needs to be approved by the states

and a hostile Senate. But if they

don't say yes... Then we will take

this reform plan to the people at

the next election, along with a referendum. The Opposition Leader's

finding the PM's plan a little hard

to swallow. He needs to cobble

something together to take to the

election, and this is it. But in

the end, it's not an answer. It's a

plea to "Trust me."

And the reaction to the new health

plan has been mixed. While everyone

agrees change is overdue, the jury

is still out on whether the reforms

will really improve services to

patients. For the first time, we've

got a prime minister taking

responsibility for major health

reform in this country. Are these

proposed changes good for patient

care in our public hospitals? That

is the question that we will look at.

Healthcare professionals across the

country hope any extra money that

does flow through will arrive quickly.

State schools will reopen across

flood-ravaged south-western

Queensland today. The State

Government has advised all parents

in flood-affected areas to exercise

extreme caution when travelling to

and from schools. Hundreds of homes

have been swamped in Roma and

Charleville. In Roma, almost a

quarter of the town is under water.

Floodwaters began to recede last

night so the clean-up can begin.

Many parts of Queensland's south-

west remain disaster-declared. A

group of 63 people has been

arrested in Indonesia for planning

to illegally enter Australia. The

Afghanis were discovered on a house

on Lombok Island after their boat

broke down in the islands of East

Lombok. Four people were arrested,

suspected of sheltering the group.

Another boat with 47 people aboard

was intercepted by a navy vessel

north of Australia this afternoon.

It was the 18th this year.

A new plan to improve road safety

in Victoria has truckies being

asked to move over. Under new road

rule, big trucks will be banned

from using the right-hand lane on some roads.

Come July, truckies caught driving

in the right-hand lane on

Melbourne's freeways will be

slapped with a $350 fine. We've got

to share the roads. We've got to

assure the community that our roads

are being made safer, and this is a

tangible step in that direction.

The plan applies to trucks over 4.5

tons on sections of the Princes

Freeway, the West Gate, the Eastern

Freeway and EastLink. I think it's

about time, yes. I suppose. They do

the right thing. Don't be so pushy.

It's welcome news for motorists,

but truckies aren't happy. It's

ridiculous. It'll bugger up the

traffic even more. Sometimes we

just can't, ah, keep goin'. Trucks

have as much right on the road as

what cars do. They believe the

Government has given the new law

the go-ahead without doing the

groundwork. That this should be a

trial, should be a properly

structured trial that allows the

evidence of whether this makes the

roads better, safer, more efficient or not.

Those Kiwis have gone one up in the

Chappell-Hadlee series, winning a

fiery clash in Napier. Chappell-Hadlee series, winning a fiery clash in Napier. Australian

pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has

been fined 60% of his match fee been fined 60% of his match fee

after he and Scott Styris clashed

heatedly before the Kiwis added the final insult. final insult.

A rare test of Australia's ability,

and a significant test of Mitchell

Johnson's temper. Then a bit of Johnson's temper. Then a bit of

glove-pointing, and a bit of - well, glove-pointing, and a bit of - well,

helmet to forehead, almost, looked

like. The mid-pitch confrontation like. The mid-pitch confrontation

coming as Scott Styris teed off in

the dying overs. He'd just hit

Johnson for two boundaries in his Johnson for two boundaries in his

fine over. A better result is fine over. A better result is

another boundary, if he can get it.

And he can. And he can.

Styris was only recalled to the

side after captain Sebastian Vettel

-- Daniel Vettori withdrew with

injury. He made the utmost of the

opportunity. His innings was opportunity. His innings was

breathtaking - his last shot his breathtaking - his last shot his

sweetest. What a way to finish it!

It took New Zealand past

Australia's 275 - a total which Australia's 275 - a total which

rarely looked enough on a batting-

friendly Napier pitch. Probably friendly Napier pitch. Probably

felt all night we were a little bit felt all night we were a little bit

behind. I didn't think 275 runs was

enough on that wicket. The ground

is so small, and the wickett was

good throughout the game. is so small, and the wickett was good throughout the game.

Richmond youngster Trent Cotchin

has ended talk of a move to the new

Gold Coast team by re-signing with

his current club for a further

three years. The 19-year-old, who

was taken as pick 2 in the 2007

national draft, will now remain at

Punt Road until the end of the 2013

season. The midfielder declared he

wants to finish his career with the Tigers.

Wall Street has shown modest gains

this morning. Here with all the

details is John Milroy from

Macquarie Private Wealth. John,

there's been some good news on the

employment front in the US? Yes,

good morning, Kath. All about jobs

overnight, really. A couple of bits

of information you refer to - a

private employer survey suggests

that while jobs fell by 20,000 in

February, that's the lowest total

in two year, with jobs added in

manufacturing and services. That

was backed up by another survey

which suggested that activity in

the services sector is like 3

provide a better outlook for the

jobs prospects there. On Friday,

more jobs information with the non- more jobs information with the non-

farmers' payroll data from the

government. We'll get a sense of government. We'll get a sense of whether the frigid US weather

during the winter has had an impact

as well. What are we looking at

locally today? Not much from the

corporate front here, with the

reporting season ending last week.

We will get? Some -- we will get

some information on - the SPI up

about 27 points, suggesting a

pretty strong start. Thank you,

John. John Milroy from Macquarie Private Wealth. Thanks.

In other business news - the

infrastructure association of

Queensland says...

An air-traffic controller is in

trouble. He reportedly let his

child issue flight clearances at a

busy airport traffic tower. We've

got that, next. And the economy's

bubbling along quite nicely - we'll

have all the GDP numbers next when

the Early News returns.

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You're watching Ten's Early News.

The main stories this morning - one

of the killers of heart surgeon Dr

Victor Chang says he's sorry for

what he did.

The PM pulls on the rubber gloves -

he says he'll force his radical

health shake-up through the states

at all costs.

In sport - the Socceroos book their

place in next year's Asian Cup with

a 1-0 win over Indonesia.

Then in finance - we're growing

faster than expected, so the

Treasurer says it's finally time to

rein in the spending.

The Malaysian man convict offend

murdering Sydney heart southernen

Dr Victor Chang has said sorry for

what he did. Phillip Lim was

deported to Malaysia last night.

Ten reporter Brett Mason was on the

flight, and he spoke to Lim.

Well, yes, good morning. Convicted

killer Phillip Choon Tee Lim has

finally uttered the words Victor

Chang's family has waited some 20

years to hear. Arriving on a

deportation flight here in Kuala

Lumpur, he told me that he was

sorry for causing pain and suffering to Victor Chang's family

after he was gunned down in 1991.

Now, Mr Lim told me from behind a

curtain that he was ashamed of his

actions. He made the comments after

an 8-hour flight from Sydney that

had taken some three days to happen.

Here's what he had to say.

Mr Lim, please, we'd just like to

have a quick word with you, please.

Guys, I'm sorry what I have done,

OK? Mr Lim, please... I'm sorry.

You're sorry, Mr Lim? Yeah, I'm

remorse... For what I've done.

That's what I say. What would you

say to Dr Chang's family, Mr Lim?

I'm sorry for the pain and grief

I've put them through. And how do

you feel? We haven't heard from you.

How do you feel to be home? Can you

stop it? The man is answering our

questions!! He is entitled to!! Mr

Lim, how do you feel to be home?

I'm ashamed. That's it.

Of course, there has been

widespread criticism of how Mr Lim

has been deported from Australia.

Three unsuccessful attempts to get

him onboard a flight here to Kuala

Lumpur, and the flight he was

actually on this morning was

shrouded in secrecy. He was

actually contained within a bizarre

curtain that had been put up inside

that flight. But the overwhelming that flight. But the overwhelming

criticism back home in Australia is

that here, Mr Lim will face none of

the regular parole conditions other

prisoners would face. He has

essentially been given a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card.

The Prime Minister has detailed his

new health-reform plan and labelled

the kurpbs system a total mess.

Joining me for more on this is

Ten's political correspondent

Amanda Hart live from Canberra.

What detail did the Prime Minister

give on his hospital reform? Well,

Ron, the Prime Minister is calling

this the biggest shake-up of the

healthcare system since the

introduction of Medicare. The key

words he wants us to remember is

"fund nationally, but run locally."

So the Commonwealth will take - or

fund - 60% of public hospitals,

ending the blame game between the

Feds and the states. But to do this,

it will have to take one-3rd of GST

revenue from the states. The money

will then be distributed to newly

formed local-hospital networks, and

the Federal Government hasn't ruled

out raising taxes in order to pay

for this massive overhaul. What's

been the reaction both from the states and from the medical

industry? Well, doctors have

cautiously welcomed this overhaul.

The Opposition has criticised the

move, saying it's simply going to

add another level of bureaucracy,

and patients are going to have to

wait way too long for any changes

to be implemented. Let's have a

listen to what Tony Abbott had to say.

He needs to cobble something

together to take to the election,

and this is it. But in the end,

it's not an answer. It's a plea. To

"Trust me." Now, the reaction from

the state and territories leaders

has also been mixed. Some are

giving it a tick of approval. Some

clearly aren't. But they'll have

until next month's COAG meeting to

make a decision. Ron. Amanda Hart, thank you.

A man will appear in court today

after a run-in with police which

ended with his teenage brother

being shot in the leg. The 16-year-

old was driving a suspected stolen

ute when an officer opened fire on

them. The boy is in stable

condition and remains under guard

in hospital. Police won't say if the officer had been threatened.

A lot of the details such as this

will become a lot clearer once the

police have been interviewed.

Police allege the two are connected

to a string of crimes in the Newcastle area.

A group of 63 people has been

arrested in Indonesia for planning

to illegally enter Australia. The

Afghani migrants were discovered in

a house on Lombok Island after

their boat broke down in the waters of East Lombok. Police also

arrested four people suspect offend

sheltering the group. Another boat

- this one with 47 people onboard -

was intercepted by a navy vessel north of Australia yesterday

afternoon. It's the 18th this year.

The mother of murdered British

youngster James Bulger says she's

glad one of his killers is back in

jail. Denise Fergus says Jon

Venables belongs behind bars.

When Jon Venables and Robert

Thompson calmly walked James Bulger

to his gruesome death, they not

only murdered a little boy, but they simultaneously altered the

course of their own lives. Each

served just eight years in prison

before being let out on strict

terms in 2001. There had been a

breach of Jon Venables's licence

conditions, and as a result of this,

the entirely appropriate and timely

action was taken by the probation

services, and others, to withdraw

him from the community and to

return him to custody. Although

James Bulger's mother was made

aware of Venables's return to

prison before it became public, she

too is unaware of the reasons why.

Irrespective of what they are,

Denise Fergus has said on Twitter

today that Jon Venables is back

where he belongs. Staff on the

ground tell me you have to have a

very good reason for recalling a

lifer to prison. Normally, it would

be charged with a serious offence -

charged, not convicted - or the

behaviour is causing real concern

to the supervisor. To many, his

return to prison will come as a

relief. Although it raises, once

again, the key question of why he

and Thompson were ever let out in

the first place.

An air-traffic controller at New

York's JFK Airport is in big

trouble for allowing a child to

speak directly to pilots. In fact,

in one transmission, the boy even

cleared a plane for take-off.

Pilots at New York's Kennedy

Airport probably couldn't believe their ears.

It wasn't just one quick comment.

There were at least five

transmissions. In one, the child

actually clears a plane for take- off.

The pilot didn't seem to mind, but

the Federal Aviation Administration

has launched an investigation. In a has launched an investigation. In a statement, the FAA said:

Kennedy is the nation's sixth-

busiest airport. Air-traffic

controllers are often called upon

to direct numerous planes

simultaneously. A child in the

control room would be a major

distraction. In order for his son

or whoever the kid is to make those

radio call, he had to relinquish

control of the microphone and stop

talking to other pilots. Access to

the tower itself and access to

radio frequencies - the air traffic controllers union has condemned the incident.

Here's something that little bloke

would have loved to have cleared

for take-off - the space shuttle

'Discovery'. It's just completed

its slow roll from the assembly

building to the launch pad at the

Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It's about to make its 33rd trip to the International Space Station.

It's taking equipment for the space

labs, and there are three

spacewalks planned. "Blast off" is April 5.

New Zealand has gone one up in the

Chappell-Hadlee series, winning a

fiery clash in Napier. Australia

posted 275, which never looked

enough on a batting-friendly pitch.

The home side chased down the total

with four balls to spare. Pace with four balls to spare. Pace

bowler Mitchell Johnson was fined

60% of his match fee after he and 60% of his match fee after he and

Scott Styris clashed heatedly. A

bit of glove-pointing, and a bit of

helmet to forehead, almost, it look

like. The Kiwi, though, had the

last laugh, finishing with an

unbeaten 49 from 34 deliveries. unbeaten 49 from 34 deliveries. The Socceroos have booked their

place in next year's Asian Cup.

They needed only a draw against

Indonesia to qualify. But Mark

Milligan's first international goal

secured the home side a 1-0 win. Milligan's first international goal secured the home side a 1-0 win.

Playing in their new away strip for

the first time, it was a dominant

display by the Socceroos, rewarded

with just one goal from former

Sydney FC defender Mark Milligan.

Should have scored a few goal more

for the fans, for ourselves, to

make it easy for ourselves. But winning 1-0, I am pleased,

qualified for the Asian Cup. The

Socceroos executing 19 more shots Socceroos executing 19 more shots

at goal than the visitors. A large

majority of them from Jason Culina,

who was captaining the national

side for the first time.

They didn't have much ball, let

alone many chances. We could have alone many chances. We could have

possibly got a few more but 1-0 it

was. Enough to secure the was. Enough to secure the

Socceroos' passage to next year's

Asia Cup finals. I'm just going to

finish it off now with a great finish it off now with a great

result in the World Cup. And that's

- then I think I did what I had to do. - then I think I did what I had to do.

More on finance now with Kathryn

Robinson. More evidence the old

Australian economy bubbling along? Australian economy bubbling along?

It is indeed, Ron. New figures show It is indeed, Ron. New figures show

Australia's economy is now the

fastest-growing in the developed

world. GDP grew 0.9% in the

December quarter. That made it a

very healthy 2.7% for the year.

After the tough year he had last

year, the Treasurer was pretty

happy with the result.

These national accounts represent a

very solid outcome for the economy.

For an economy which is the envy of For an economy which is the envy of

the developed world.

The Opposition and big business now The Opposition and big business now say the Government should

immediately cut stimulus spending

because, if we grow too fast, there

will of course be more pressure on will of course be more pressure on interest rates.

Those growth numbers support the Those growth numbers support the

Reserve Bank's decision to lift

interestest rates to 4% this week,

with all four major banks now

passing on the 25 basis points to

borrowers, taking the average

variable loan to around 7%. The

hike adds around $550 a week to --

around $50 a week to a $300,000

mortgage. One-fifth of Australians

will have to abandon their dream of

buying a first home in the next two years, according to Mortgage Choice.

Better news for those relying on

interest earned on savings deposits

- particularly retirees - with many

banks increasing rates on those

accounts. Economists anticipate

another three or four rate rises

this year.

The car industry is suffering

globally, but new sales figures globally, but new sales figures show that isn't the case in

Australia. Car sales were up 17%

last month, compared with the same

time last year. Despite all the bad

publicity recently, Toyota is still

the market leader. Oversea, the

news isn't as good, though. More

recalls have been announced, this

time from Nissan and General Motors.

They're recalling more than 1.5

million cars because of safety issues.

A look at the markets now on Wall

Street - it is running out of puff

in this morning's session, with

just under 90 minutes to go.

Remember the utegate scandal last

year? Do indeed. Big story. The ute

at the centre of that political

storm will be going on display.

Safe to say Malcolm Turnbull won't

be dropping in for a visit. Safe

bet. Details when we come back. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON. FIRST UP, THE YOUNG WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING 19 YEAR OLD CAMERON ANDERSON IN KINGSTON IN TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT SAYS SHE WAS RAPED BY THE APPRENTICE CHEF BEFORE SHE STABBED HIM. THE MAN'S BODY WAS FOUND OUTSIDE A LOCAL CHILD CARE CENTRE THE MORNING AFTER THE PAIR HAD BEEN DRINKING TOGETHER. THE GIRL'S LAWYER HAS TOLD THE MAGISTRATES COURT SHE WAS RAPED, AND THERE'S NO WAY SHE AGREED TO SEX,

BECAUSE SHE'S A LESBIAN. MEANWHILE, THE HIGH COURT, HAS RULED AGAINST, A MAN, WHO CLAIMED WORKING FOR JAMES HARDIE CONTRIBUTED TO HIS DEATH. PAUL COTTON'S ESTATE, BEGAN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE ASBESTOS MANUFACTURER, AFTER HE DIED IN TWO THOUSAND AND TWO.

AND WHILE THE COURT FOUND IT WAS A POSSIBLE CAUSE, COTTON WAS ALSO A HEAVY SMOKER, SO THE COURT FOUND, ASBESTOS WAS NOT A PROBABLE CAUSE OF HIS LUNG CANCER. AMBULANCE TIMES ARE IMPROVING IN THE A-C-T, ACCORDING TO EMERGENCY SERVICES MINISTER SIMON CORBELL. THE SERVICE CAME UNDER FIRE LAST YEAR, AFTER AUDITOR GENERAL TU PHAM REVEALED, ONLY 37 PER CENT OF HIGH EMERGENCY CALLS, WERE REACHED WITHIN THE EIGHT MINUTE BENCHMARKS. THE MINISTER SAYS, TIMES HAVE REMAINED STEADY, OR IMPROVED SLIGHTLY, DESPITE A GROW IN AMBULANCE DEMAND. AND FEDERAL EDUCATION MINISTER JULIA GILLARD SAYS, IT'S UNLIKELY, UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING U-C AND A-N-U, WILL BE TESTED, BEFORE BEING RANKED ON THE MY-UNI WEBSITE. THE DEPUTY P-M ANNOUNCED THE NEW PROGRAM YESTERDAY, WHICH FOLLOWS THE LAUNCH OF THE CONTROVERSIAL MY SCHOOL

WEBSITE LAST MONTH. BUT SHE SAYS, STANDARDISED TESTING FOR UNI'S IS UNLIKELY ... THE MY-UNI SITE WILL USE TEACHER QUALITY AND ACADEMIC RESULTS, TO RANK INSTITUTIONS. THE SITE SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY 20-12. TO SPORTS NEWS, RAIDERS PROP SCOTT LOGAN SAYS, IT'S THE GREEN MACHINE'S FORWARD STRENGTH, THAT WILL SEE THEM OVERRUN THE PANTHERS, WHEN THE N-R-L SEASON KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKEND.

HIS COMMENTS COME, DESPITE THE SQUAD SET TO GO ON WITHOUT TOM LEAROY-LAHRS IN ROUND ONE... HE'S SUFFERED A MEDIAL LIGAMENT STRAIN, AND LOOKS LIKELY TO MISS TWO GAMES. BUT LOGAN SAYS, THE GOOD FRONT ROW ROTATION COULD GIVE THE RAIDERS THE UPPER HAND THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... STARTING WITH THE SATELLITE - A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE TO THE SOUTH WILL WEAKEN AND CONTRACT TO THE TASMAN SEA OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION NOW - FINE AND MOSTLY SUNNY FOR CANBERRA TODAY - PARTLY CLOUDY FOR SYDNEY - BECOMING CLOUDY OVER MELBOURNE CHECKING WHAT TO EXPECT ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - LATE RAIN FOR DUBBO WITH A TOP OF 29 - FINE WITH SOME CLOUD ABOUT FOR THE GONG 24 MOSTLY SUNNY WITH AN EXPECTED TOP OF 25 FOR BATHURST - MOSTLY SUNNY AND 26 FOR BATEMANS BAY MORNING CLOUD FOR MUDGEE WITH A TOP OF 27 - LATE RAIN AND 30 FOR PARKES - MOSTLY SUNNY FOR THREDBO FRIDAY SOME RAIN, POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM. MIN 16 MAX 24 SATURDAY POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM. MIN 17 MAX 26 SUNDAY POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM. MIN 12 MAX 23 .

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News - one of the killers of

Sydney heart surgeon Dr Victor

Chang has apologised for what he

did. Phillip Lim arrived back in

Malaysia early this morning after

finally being deported from

Australia at the end of his 18-year

sentence. Onboard the aircraft, he

told Ten News he regretted his actions.

Mr Lim, please, we'd just like to

have a quick word with you. Guys,

I'm sorry what I have done, OK? You

don't have to answer him. No, I'm

sorry. You're sorry, Mr Lim? Yeah,

I'm remorse for what I've done.

That's what I say. What would you

say to Dr Chang's family, Mr Lim?

I'm sorry for the pain and grief

I've put them through.

Malaysian Police say they won't

monitor or question Lim now he's

back in Malaysia because they

consider he's paid his debt.

The Prime Minister wants to cut the

GST revenue he gives to the states

in return for taking over two-

thirds of the health budgets. The

PM is so serious about his health

shake-up, he says he's willing to

call a referendum to force it through.

A bleak and blunt diagnosis for our

public hospitals.

The current system is a total mess.

The prescription - The Government

will deliver better hospitals by

establishing a national network

that is funded nationally and run

locally. The Commonwealth will

increase its funding to 60%. And

the states will foot the remaining

40%. That money will go to a

national health and hospitals local

network, who will decide which

hospitals get what. This was the chief bureaucrat's big day out, and

he didn't disappoint himself.

Funding will increase by $90

billion over the next five years.

Where's the money ecoming from? We

are looking at how we cost it right

through to 2020. The aim is to

deliver more doctors, more nurses

and more resources. There'll also

be more simple procedures done in

doctors' surgeries to free up

hospital beds, and there'll be a

big push to speed up elective-

surgery waiting times. The plan

needs to be approved by the states

and a hostile Senate. But if they

don't say yes... Then we will take

this renorm plan to the people at

the next election, along with a

referendum. Thing on leader's

finding the PM's plan a little hard

to swallow. He needs to cobble

something together to take to the

election, and this is it. But in

the end, it's not an answer, it's a

plea to "Trust me."

And reaction to the new health plan

has been mixed. While everyone

agrees change is overdue, the jury

is still out on whether the reforms

will really improve services to

patients. First time we've got a prime minister taking responsibility for major health

reform in this country. Are these

proposed changes good for patient

care in our public hospitals? That

is the question that we will look

at. Healthcare professionals across

the country hope any extra money

that does flow through will arrive quickly.

State schools will reopen across

flood-ravaged south-west Queensland

today. The State Government has

advised all parents in flood-

affected areas to exercise extreme

caution when travelling to and from

schools. Hundreds of homes have

been swamped in Roma and

Charleville. In Roma, almost a

quarter of the town is under water.

Floodwaters began to recede last

night so the clean-up can began.

Many -- begin. Many parts of

Queensland's south-west remain disaster-declared. From

A new plan to improve road safety

in Victoria has truckies being

asked to move over. Under new road

rule, big trucks will be banned

from using the right-hand lane on some roads.

Come July, truckies caught driving

in the right-hand lane on

Melbourne's freeways will be

slapped with a $350 fine. We've got

to share the roads. We've got to

assure the community that our roads

are being made safer. This is a

tangible step in that direction.

The plan applies to trucks over 4.5

tons on sections of the Princes

Freeway, the West Gate, the Eastern

Freeway and EastLink. I think it's

about time, yes. I suppose. They do

the right thing. Don't be so pushy.

It's welcome news for motorists,

but truckies aren't happy. It's

ridiculous. It'll bugger up the

traffic even more. 'Cause sometimes

we just can't, ah, keep going.

Trucks have as much right on the

road as what cars do. They believe

the Government has given the new

law the go-ahead without doing the

groundwork. That shis to be the a

trial, should be a properly

structured trial that allows the

evidence of whether this makes the

roads better, safer, more efficient or not.

And we've just got an update

through on the tsunami warning in

Chile we reported earlier. We've

just heard the alert has now been

lifted. There had been fears one or

two strong aftershocks this morning

could have caused a tsunami along the country's coastline.

The ute at the centre of one of

Australia's more bizarre political

scandals will take pride of place

at the Queensland Museum in

Brisbane today. The 1996 Mazda

Bravo was at the stkr of the

utegate scandal. The Opposition

claimed the PM's office had made

representations on behalf of car

dealer John Grant because Mr Grant

had loaned the ute to Mr Rudd for

his campaign. The resulting scandal

led to the downfall of then- Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull.

New Zealand has gone one up in the

Chappell-Hadlee series, winning a

fiery clash in Napier. The

Australian pace bowler Mitchell

Johnson has been fined 60% of his match Johnson has been fined 60% of his

match fee After he and Scott Styris

clashed heatedly, before the Kiwis

added the final insult.

A rare test of Australia's ability,

and a significant test of Mitchell

Johnson's temper. And then a bit

of... Glove-pointing. And a bit of

- well, helmet to forehead, almost,

looked like. The mid-pitch

confrontation coming as Scott

Styris teed off in the dying overs.

He'd just hit Johnson for two boundaries in his final over.

Styris was only recalled to the

side after captain Daniel Vettori

withdrew with injury. He made the

utmost of the opportunity.

His innings was breathtaking. His

last shot his sweetest. What a way

to finish it! It took New Zealand

past Australia's 275 - a total

which rarely looked enough on a

batting-friendly Napier pitch.

Probably felt all night we were a

little bit behind. I didn't think

275 was enough on that wicket. little bit behind. I didn't think 275 was enough on that wicket.

Richmond youngster Trent Cotchin

has ended talk of a move to the new

Gold Coast team by re-signing with

the club for a further three years.

The 19-year-old, who was taken as

pick two in the 2007 national draft,

will now remain at Punt Road until

the end of the 2013 season. The

midfielder declared he wants to

finish his career with the Tigers.

Stocks on we'll have turned

negative in the last few minutes as

the session draws to a close. Here

with all the details is Hill Milroy

from Macquarie Private Wealth. John,

overall, the session has been

pretty good until now. What's

behind this late sell-off? Yes,

good morning, Kath. Hard to know.

Got off to a strong start early.

The key for the early moves to

positive territory were the jobs

data overnight from two surveys

showing jobs fell 20,000 in

February, but that was in line with

expectations. Although the lowest

level for two years. That's

something positive as well for the

emerging US recovery. Also, the

institute of supply management

index came through as well

overnight. That showed some

positive outlook for the services

sector and the prospects for jobs

growth. In addition to that, the

Greece news overnight gave a boost

to the overseas markets in Europe. to the overseas markets in Europe.

OK. With this late sell-off on Wall

Street, what does that mean for our

market today? Kath, markets still

probably basking in the glow of the

strong GDP number from yesterday.

The SPI is just on all square here

at the moment. Not much of a lead-

in already. Some data out RE the

trade balance, and we'll expect a

narrowing of that during the course

of January. As always, many thanks.

John Milroy from Macquarie Private

Wealth. My pleasure.

In other business news today:

Ron, that's finance up to the

minute. Kathryn, thank you very minute. Kathryn, thank you very much.

That's it for Ten's Early News. Our

next bulletin is at 9:00am, just

before 'The Circle'. I'm Ron Wilson,

and I'll see you again at 9:00. And

I'm Kathryn Robinson. Thanks for

joining us today. We'll see you

again tomorrow. Bye-bye. Kafpgz Caption.

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