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Aussie diggers dig in for another

decade. The PM warns we could be in

Afghanistan until 2020 but says we

have no other choice. Good morning,

everyone. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm

Frank Coletta. Searching for

answers. Police wait for an autopsy

report to find out how a champion

jockey died. It sent shockwaves

through Australia's racing world.

England striker Wayne Rooney

confirms he wants out of the Red

Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson says he's

disappointed. And James Packer sets

his sights on a TV encore as he his sights on a TV encore as he

snaps up $250 million worth of

shares in Network Ten. It's netted

him almost 16% of the company.

Australia could by tied up in the

war in Afghanistan until 2020. The

PM told we could have a role there

for another decade. The Defence for another decade. The Defence

Minister has been quick to point

out our role will be much reduced.

In nine years of war, it's the

first time our Parliament has

debated the role of our 1550 troops

in Afghanistan. Now our leaders set

the case for staying the course. If

the insurgency in Afghanistan were

to succeed. If the international

community were to withdraw. Then Afghanistan could once again become

a safehaven for terrorists. The

Defence Minister tried to ease that

concern, saying Afghan forces

should be fully trained within four

years, enabling them to take the

lead. She sees Australia,

Australia's engagement in

Afghanistan, particularly on the

civilian development assistance capacity-building front, extending capacity-building front, extending

for a number of years to come. The

PM says coalition forces are making

progress with the right strategies.

There are some hard days to come

but I believe we're making progress

and I'm cautiously optimistic about

that. The Opposition Leader agreed,

warning withdrawal would lead to a

collapse of government, a regional

meltdown and would slight our 21

dead soldiers. The debate will be

joined now. Our challenge this week

is to be just as effective and

professional in our tasks as our

soldiers are in theirs. Meantime,

Australia's Defence Force chief

says three soldiers facing

manslaughter charges are being

given every possible support. The

soldiers are facing a court martial

after a night time raid which left

six Afghan civilians, including

five children, dead. Air Chief

Marshal Angus Houston said the case

is unprecedented and has raised

difficult and complex issues.

Police have today awaiting autopsy

results to determine how Stathi

Katsidis died. It sent shakewaves

through the racing community. He

was found facedown in his Brisbane

home yesterday morning. He was just

days from the biggest race of his

career. His health was good. He's a

very fit boy. He did have problems

in keeping his weight down and he

worked very hard at keeping his

weight down. Police say his death

is not suspicious and have ruled

out suicide. Katsidis had just

spent the night partying with

friends. An inquest in to the

shooting death of Melbourne

teenager Tyler Cassidy has heard he

phoned police to alert them a

gunman was on the loose. The 15-

year-old was armed with two knives

at the Northcote skatepark and had

threatened to kill the police

officers before he was shot six

times. It was also revealed Tyler

had not recovered from the death of

his father and had struggled to

cope mentally ever since. The

inquest continues today. WA women

forced to give up their new born

babies for adoption have welcomed

an official apology. The State

Government publicly expressed

regret for allowing authorities to

take babies from unmarried women

between the 1940s and 1980s. I'm

actually a bit overwhelmed, really, actually a bit overwhelmed, really,

because I'm so happy. From today

onwards we can step forward and

take some steps forward for that

healing process to take place. WA

is the first State orItator to

issue such an apology -- Territory

to issue such an apology.

Australia's Commonwealth Games

competitors dug deep and raised

more than $9,000 for

underprivileged children. They

wanted to repay in some small

measure the welcome and hospitality

that they received in India. They

wanted to help some of the disadvantaged children,

particularly with education. India

has one of the largest pools of

skilled workers in the world but

35% of its citizens are illiterate.

Sport this morning. Manchester

United coach Sir Alex Ferguson is

shocked and bemused by Wayne

Rooney's decision to leave the Red

Devils. The 24-year-old want out of

the club with two years still to

run on his contract after

reportedly falling out with

Ferguson. You can speculate, you

can have opinions, it won't matter

a dickey bird. Simply because the

player says he's adment he wants to

leave. Rooney, who was left out of

the starting side on Saturday, has

won three Premier League titles

with Manchester United. Lote Tuqiri

has once again a rugby league

international after being called in

to Australia's Four Nations squad

in place of the injured Jarryd

Hayne. He's got the call-up

following 67 rugby union Tests for

the Wallabies. It's been a pretty

memorable year for myself and a

game shy of the grand final. And

now to get called up in the squad

makes it even better. The 31-year-

old played his last rugby league

Test match in 2002. Australia and

India meet in the second one-day

cricket international this

afternoon after rain forced the

first match to be abandoned.

Meantime, Brett Lee is back after a Meantime, Brett Lee is back after a

5-month elbow injury, aiming to

play in the World Cup next year.

Played the 2003, missed the 2007.

The chance to play the 2011 World

Cup would be the pinnacle, I think.

Legendary spinner, Muttiah

Muralitharan, has arrived in

Brisbane with the Sri Lanka team

for three one-day internationals

and a Twenty20 match. All the

morning's finance news now with

Frank Coletta. We've unexpectedly

become part of the finance news

this morning. We've made the

headlines. Economists will be

watching Network Ten's share price

this morning when the stock market

opens. It follows a shock raid

thought to be orchestrated by James

Packer who is reported to have

bought more than 15% of the company

for $200 35 million. Channel Ten is

seen as prime targ -- $235 million.

Channel Ten is seen as a prime

target. The raid was made after the

market closed. UBS is believed to

be acting on James Packer's

instructions and a company is

offering $1.50 a share. The market

is always surprised when there are

big lines of stock like this go

through. It will create a fair

level of excitement. He largely

sold off his stake in the Nine

Network two years ago, ending half

a century of control. He has since a century of control. He has since

gambled the family's fortune in

coneeno very muchers. And -- casino

ventures. He knows value and when

to buy and sell. This is generally

good news for media, the media

industry generally because a guy

like James Packer has stepped back

in to it. Network Ten isn't making

any formal statement but all eyes

will be on the stock market when it

opens to see how the share price's

affected after this surprise news.

The recipe for success over the

past decade has included

'Masterchef'. $20 million is being

spent to add Ten News as well and

HD One and 11. And now the big TV

drama starring James Packer. Well,

it looks like interest rates will

go up when the Reserve Bank board

meets again next month. The minutes

of its October meeting were

published yesterday and they

revealed half of the board members

were absent for the crucial rates

decision, three of the six members

didn't turn up. It was the lowest

turn youtd in four years D. Spite a

robust debate to put rates up, they robust debate to put rates up, they

were left on hold and economists

believe the only way is up now.

Australian shopkeepers have lost

more than $10 billion from theft

over the past four years. New

figures on shoplifting show thieves

favour lipstick and baby formula

but we're all losing out because of

the 5-finger discounts. Prices have

gone up to compensate for those

losses. However, the trend is

falling as shops spend even more on

security measures. Wall Street has

take an fall on the back of results

and outlets.

What's making headlines around the

country today? A breathtaking image

of rain and heavyclude on Uluru

which holds special significance to

the local people. James Packer's

move to buy more than 15% of

Network Ten. And a special report

on the hours leading up to the

death of jockey Stathi Katsidis.

Still ahead - ultimately, she

binned her job and reputation. The

woman who caused anger from feline

followers around the world for

doing this appears in court but

feels the claws of the law. We'll

tell you what happened when we return. BUT THEY DON'T LOVE ANYONE ELSE.

Our top stories today is a warning

from the PM that Australia could be

in Afghanistan for at least another

10 years. In the first

parliamentary debate, both Julia

Gillard and Tony Abbott said there

was no other choice. If the

insurgency in Afghanistan were to

succeed, if the international

community were to withdraw, then

Afghanistan could once again become

a safe haven for terrorists. We are

prepared to accept choices by the

Afghan people that we don't like.

Our key stipulation is merely that

Afghanistan should never again

become a base for international

terrorism. From today, other MPs

will have a chance to make their

own statements. Former Queensland government minister Gordon Nuttall

will continue giving evidence at

his corruption trial today. It's

alleged he received $150,000 from a

businessman in return for favours.

He denies the allegations, saying

the only thing he's guilty of is

getting projects through the

bureaucratic maze. A mother from

NSW has been jailed for 2.5 years

for sending her 16-year-old

daughter to work in a brothel. The

42-year-old from Wollongong forged

the teenager's birth certificate

and sent her to work at a brothel

in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs to help

fund the family business. She's the

first mother in the State's history

to be convicted of profiting from

her own daughter's prostitution.

There's no end to the rioting in

France. Hundreds of young people

have been arrested as they fight

for their future. The sound of tear

gas pellets being fired in to

crowds of French protesters. Across

France, unions claim up to three

million people are taking part in

demonstrations. They're fighting

President Sarkozy's plans to raise

the retirement age and delay

pension payments for two years. In

a suburb of Paris, the young are

trying to mobilise their future. In

central Paris, protesters erected

blockades. Their banner reads,

"Sarkozy only understands a few

words - strike and blockade." The

President says, "The bigs oversight

would not -- biggest oversight

would not to do my job." There have

also been clashes in Lyon but

President Sarkozy has given an

assurance public order will be

restored. The British Government

has unveiled massive defence

cutbacks totalling more than a

billion pounds. The country is in

the midst of a big austerity drive

as it tries to balance the books.

17,000 jobs will go across the army,

navy and air force. The flagship

aircraft carrier HMAS 'Royal Ark

Royal' is being retired as well --

'Ark Royal' is being retired. Two

bullets have been fired in to the

Pentagon but failed to penetrate

the glass. Security was increased

around the building after a gunman

fired on the main entrance in March.

10 people have been killed and

thousands left homeless after Super

Typhoon Megi tore through the

northern Philippines. Torrential

rain and 225 kilometre an hour

winds destroyed buildings and

flattened crops. Severe flooding is

also now expected. The US flight

attendant who became famous for

quitting his job and hurling

himself down the aircraft's

emergency chute has pleaded guilty

to criminal misture. He was ordered

to pay $10 thousand troor his

former employer and to undergo

counselling. The British woman who

was caught on camera throwing a cat

in to a wheelie bin has now faced

the wroth of the legal system, as

well of that of animal lovers. She

was fined and banned from keeping

pets. She's had hate mail, she's

had death threats, she's had

menacing phone calls. She's lost

her job at the bank. Appearing at a

Magistrates Court, perhaps the

least of Mary Bale's worries.

Identified on the CCTV clip that

was broadcast around the world, the

woman who put a cat in a wheelie

bin and walked away. She pleaded

guilty to animal cruelty, was fined

and banned from keeping cats of any

and banned from keeping cats of any

kind. The RSPCA who brought the kind. The RSPCA who brought the

prosecution said she could have

caused grave injury. The potential

for harm to the cat was great. We

don't know what was in the wheelie

bin and Mrs Bale didn't. The cat

has been extremely lucky to come

out unharmed. Obviously very

distressed but with no lasting

injuries. She was ordered to pay

costs, as well as her fine, a total

of nearly ?15,000. Despite a

lengththsy period of soul-searching,

she can't still explain her

behaviour but wishes to repeat her

apology to the owners and bitterly

regrets her actions. The court heard how international media

interest in the case has caused Mrs

Bale to be vilified in some

quarters. But today it seems that

the cat at least is none the worse

for her experience.

Australia and India will aim to get

the one-day cricket series started

later today after the opening march

was washed out without a ball being

bowled. Brett Lee says he's ready

to return to international cricket

after a long lay-off with injury.

After five months of down time with

an elbow injury, Brett Lee wants

clear viz bltsd on the national

selector's radar -- visibility on

the national selector's radar.

Cup next year clearly in his sights.

Played the 2003. Missed the 2007.

The chance to play the 2011 would

be the pinnacle, I think. And

legendary spinner Muttiah

Muralitharan has arrived in

Brisbane for Sri Lanka's three one-

dayers and a twaepbts match against

Australia. The -- Twenty20 match

against Australia. The captain says

criticism of his bowling action is

unjustified. He's wonderful and the

things he's achieved, it's a joy to

see him play and for us to have him

in our side is a huge boost of

confidence. Sri Lanka will open the

tour with a one-dayer against

Queensland on Friday. Reigning

champion So You Think has firmed as

favourite for Saturday's Cox Plate

after a favourable barrier draw.

The horse will start from gate five,

prompting some of his rivals to all

but concede the weight for age

crown. I don't think we can beat So

You Think. There wouldn't be a

jockey in Australia who wouldn't

want to be on his back. More Joyous want to be on his back. More Joyous

is second favourite and will start

from barrier three in the 10-horse

race. Hawthorn has axed 11 players

from its senior and rookie lists in

a massive overhaul of its playing

talent. After three knee

reconstructions, the Hawks have

delisted Beau Muston, as well as

2005 first-round pick Beau Dowler.

Travis Tuck who, still has to serve

a drugs suspension has also been

cut but he has until March to prove

cut but he has until March to prove

his worth as a rookie. David Hale

has signalled the end for siemer

Taylor and Skipper. And Petersen has been moved on.

It's been revealed half of the

Reserve Bank board turned up for

its latest meeting to decide on

interest rates. It was the lowest

turnout in four years and was

revealed in the meeting minutes.

Richard English had a look. What

else did the minutes tell us? The

minutes revealed, and probably more

than just holiday-makers boarding

planes to Hawaii that should

celebrate the strengths of the

Aussie dollar, because there were

four clear factors at play. The

third quarter inflation reading.

There's no doubt at all the

strength of the Aussie dollar laz

kept inflation in control. We've

gut a current reading of underlying

inflation of around 0.5% for the

quarter. If that is, in fact, the

case and thauzy dollar maintains

its strength, there's probably less

urgency on the RBA to act. urgency on the RBA to act.

Interesting. Also interesting, we

are in the news today with reports

James Packer snapped up a swathe of

Network Ten shares overnight.

What's likely to happen when the

markets opens? Absolutely. Not withstanding the obviously quality

of the programs, make no doubt at

all this is the return of James

Packer to the media sector. He's

previously held significant

holdings in rival networks. $1.50

is the offer price against the

currents share price of $1.41. It's

well shy of the previous highs of

$1.90. We're going to see activity $1.90. We're going to see activity

and it will probably drive price

and something we'll be following

very closely indeed. Richard

English making sure he'll appear on

Network Ten in the future. Thank

you. If you think you have any

money sitting in unclaimed funds,

now is the time to act. The

Australian Tax Office is set to

swoop on $13 billion in lost and

unclaimed super and that will

happen in nine days' time. If you

have an accountblance of less than

$200, and the fund cannot contact

you, then that money has to now go

to the ATO. Accounts which you have

not contributed to in the past five

years will also line Government

coffers. You will still be able to

lay claim to your super down the

track by proving your identity.

Before we go to the break, a story

that we like to keep you fully

abreast of the news. Yes, a Sydney

hair salon is luring customers by

adopting what we call a shroitly

different slant on the idea of --

slightly different slant on the

idea of taking a bit off the top.

Hot Cuts has already booked solid

for several weeks by men eager to

have their hair cut by topless

stylists. It's a male-type salon.

Your style cuts, colours as well.

We don't do actual shaving, though.

Some other hairdressers have voiced

concerns that the salon may be

breaching occupational health and

safety concerns. They're not

wearing the right footware. Whose

safety? Frank, thank you. We need a

couple of minutes break to let

Frank cool down a bit. What's the

address of that place? so it's Australia's favourite washable paint.

BUT THEY DON'T LOVE ANYONE ELSE.

Headliepz every 15 minutes. Aussie

diggers -- headlines every 15

minutes. Aussie diggers dig in for

another decade. The PM warns we

could be in Afghanistan until 2020

but we have no other choice. Police

wait for a an autopsy report to

find out how a champion jockey died.

England striker Wayne Rooney

confirms he wants out of the Red

Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson says he's

disappointed. Then in the business

disappointed. Then in the business

world - James Packer sets his

sights on a TV encore as he snaps

up shares in Network Ten, netting

him almost 16% of the company.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith is

trying to hose down predictions

Australia could be tied up in the

war with -- in Afghanistan until

2020. For more on this, let's cuesz

now to James Boyc -- cross now to

James Boyce. I remember the critics

saying it will be Australia's new

Vietnam, but it's turned out to be

twice as long for Australia. Has

this shocked anyone this

announcement? It could come to a

shock to some people that maybe

there's no specific deadline. The

PM did say they want to stick to

the sort of timetable of having the

majority of our fighting troops out

of there by the year 2014 but we

can't expect to abandon Afghanistan

altogether, we would still have to

provide some sort of mentoring. We

would keep some of our soldiers and

Federal Police over there to help

train the Afghan national army and

their national police force, as

well as having soap sort of

security involvement there and

intelligence involvement so we

don't leave Afghanistan to be taken

over again by the insurgents and

Al-Qaeda. Now, Steven Smith, the

Defence Minister, got on television

last night to try and hose down

that speculation that maybe the

troops that may stay there would be

actively fighting a war beyond 2014.

Let's have a listen. The PM also

made it very clear she sees

Australia's engagement in

Afghanistan, particularly on the

civilian development assistance

capacity-building front, extending

for a number of years to come. I

think that's where the so-called

2020 deadloin has come from. Now,

James, not so much a debate as a

statement of position by both party

leaders yesterday, and they both

had bipartisan support for the war

effort there, but did Tony Abbott

have any points of difference when

he addressed Parliament? It did

feel like Julia Gillard's speech

was more about giving us an update

of what was happening over in

Afghanistan, whereas Tony Abbott

got to get on the front foot and

sound more like an orter, giving us

a real feeting of what it feels

like to be over there. Tony Abbott

did keep the bipartisan support

except on one area, where he did

state quite clearly the Opposition

wants to maintain its abilities to

criticise the Government where it

feels that any time the soldiers

have been let down by lack of

equipment or a lack of fighting

numbers over there and says that

will continue into the future. Ron.

Thank you, James. Police are today

awaiting autopsy results to

determine how Stathi Katsidis died.

It sent shockwaves through the

racing community. The jockey was

found facedown in his Brisbane home

yesterday morning. He was just days

from the biggest race of his career.

His health was good. He's a very

fit boy. He did have problems in

keeping his weight down and he

worked very hard at keeping his

weight down. Police say his death

is not suspicious and have ruled

out suicide. Katsidis had just

spent the nights partying with

friends. An inquest in to the

shooting death of Melbourne

teenager Tyler Cassidy has heard he

phoned police to alert them to a

gunman on the loose. The 15-year-

old was armed with two knives at

the Northcote skatepark and

threatened to kill police officers

before he was shot six times. It

was revealed Tyler hadants

recovered from the death of his

father and had struggled to cope

mentally ever since. The inquest

continues today. Protesters against

the planned scuttling of the HMAS

'Adelaide' say the ship should be

recycled. The No Ship action group

met with angry locals at Avoca

Beach last night. They're accusing

the Government of not considering

the full environmental impact and

are concerned about lead paint

onboard. I can't say there will be

no significant changes to Avoca

Beach because I don't have the data

to make that assumption.

InGovernment will be free to

scuttle the ship once all

fibreglass insulation is removed.

WA women forced to give up their

newborn babies for adoption have

welcomed the apology. The State

Government expressed publicly

regret for allowing babies to be

taken from unmarried women between

the 1940s and nen 80s. I'm

overwhelmed. We can step forward

now for the healing process to take

place. WA is the first State or

Territory to issue such an apology. Australia's Commonwealth Games

competitors received such a warm

welcome in Delhi that they decided

to leave behind a legacy. They dug

deep and raised $9,000 for

underprivileged children. They

wanted to repay in soap small

measure the welcome and hospitality

they received in India. They wanted

to help some of the disadvantaged

children, particularly with

education. India has one of the

largest pools of skilled workers in

the world but 35% of its citizens

are illiterate.

Manchester United coach Sir Alex

Ferguson is shocked and bemused by

Wayne Rooney's decision to leave

the Red Devils. The 24-year-old

want out of the club with two years

still to run on his contracts after

reportedly falling out with Sir

Alex. You can speculate, you can

have opinions. It won't matter a

dickey bird, simply because the

player says he'sedment he wants to

leave. -- adamant he wants to leave.

It's believed the cashed-up

Manchester City are plotting to

snare him. Lote Tuqiri is once

again a rugby league international

after being called in to the squad

in place of Jarryd Hayne. He's got

the call-up in his return season to

the NRL following 67 rugby union

Tests for the Wallabies. It's been

a pretty memorable year for myself

and a game shy of the grand final.

And now to get called up in the

squad is, makes it even better. The

31-year-old played his last rugby

league Test match in 2002.

Australia and India will meet in

the second one-day cricket

international this afternoon after

rain forced the first match to be

abandoned. Brett Lee is back after

a 5-month elbow injury, aiming to

play in the World Cup next year.

Played the 2003. Missed the 2007.

The chance to play the 2011 World

Cup would be the pinnacle, I think.

And legendary spinner Muttiah

Muralitharan has arrived in

Brisbane with the Sri Lanka team

for three one-day internationals

and a Twenty20 match. More on

finance now from, I was going to

say Frank Packer, no, Frank Coletta.

James Packer making an interest

news back tine free-to-air

television? Yes. Economists will be

watching Network Ten's share price

closely this morning when the stock

market opens. It follows a shock

raid thought to be orchestrated by

the billionaire businessman who is

thought to have snapped up more

than 15% of the company. Channel

Ten is seen as a prime target.

Promising plenty of growth and an

improving performer on the stock

market. The raid was made after the

market closed. UBS is believed to

be actsing under James Packer's

instructions and a company is

offering $1.50 a share. I think the

market's always surprised when

there are big lines of stock like

this go through and it will create

a fair level of excitement. The

former media mogul largely sold off

his stake in the Nine Network years

ago. He has since gambled the

family's fortune in casino very

muchers and now his bet on Ten has

lifted the network's value.

Hoofrpblgts knows value and when to

buy --. He knows value and when to

buy and sell, I think. This is

generally good news because a guy

like James Packer has stepped back

in to the industry. Network Ten

isn't making any formal statement

but all eyes will be on the stock

market when it opens to see how the

share price is affected after this

surprise news. The network's recipe surprise news. The network's recipe

for success has included

'Masterchef'. $20 million is being

spent to boost Ten News to 2.5

hours each week night and add to hours each week night and add to

that One and the launch of new

entertainment Channel 11. The big TV drama, starring James Packer. Some analysts are suggesting

interest rates will go up when the

Reserve Bank board meets again next

month. The minutes of the RBA's

aubt meeting have been published

and they revealed half of the bort

members were absent for the crucial

rates -- board members were abson

for the crucial rates decision. As

we know, the cash rate was kept on

hold. Mixed views from leading

economists today. Some say the only

way is up. But others are not so

sure and say an expected steady

third-quarter inflation reading may

keep rates where they are. Wall

Street has taken a fall on theback

of reports from tech titans.

Still ahead - the high-tech turtles.

Find out how satellite tracking is

giving scientists a new insight in

to their lives.

GOOD MORNING, ALEXANDRA BRYANT WITH THE LOCAL HEADLINES.. It has been revealed the aborted judicial commission into the alleged conduct of former chief magistrate Ron

Cahill cost A-C-T taxpayers almost twenty thousand in direct costs for only one week. Shadow Attorney-General, Vicki Dunne says with the costs of the judicial commission now revealed, it makes it even more important that Attorney General Simon Corbell explain his actions to the people of the A-C-T. Meanwhile, Greens Attorney General spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury says the final outcome as "far from ideal" but unavoidable.

Rattenbury sats the aborted judicial commission into Ron Cahill leaves unanswered questions about the administration of justice in the Territory.

We could soon see changes to the building industry, with a report commissioned because of rising complaints, called for tighter supervision. The recommendations include compulsary inspections of particular stages, with builders also required to ensure subcontractors hold suitable qualifications. We're being urged to nominate outstanding Canberrans for the 20-11 Canberra Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations are open to individuals and groups in

any field, including the arts, education, community work and business. Nomination forms are available from Canberra Connect shopfronts, community centres, local members' offices and libraries. AND, the Goulburn Aquatic Centre will reopen early next month, with a fresh new look. The upgrades includes re-grouting and tiling as well as painting around the concourse and pooldecks. With a shade sail in the grassed area coming soon. TO SPORT NOW, And Raiders duo Josh Dugan and Jarrod Croker missed out on a call up to replace an injured Jarryd Hayne in the Kangaroo's squad. Wests Tigers winger Lote Tiquri got the call instead. The Kangaroos face Papua New Guinea in their opening Four Nations campaign on Saturday night. With coach Tim Sheens to announce the team on Friday. Checking the satellite: Cloud is building into the

odd thundery shower in the northeast. Skies are mostly clear in the west in dry southerly winds. Around the country: Mostly sunny in Canberra 18. 19 in Melbourne. Possible Showers in Sydney. Closer to you: 24 and mostly sunny in Dubbo today. Morning cloud in Wollongong. Sunny in Wagga 22. Same for Bathurst. Morning cloud in Goulburn. 21 and sunny in Bateman's Bay. Morning fog and frost in Cooma. 23 and fine in Nowra. Warm and sunny in Parkes. Over the next few days: A foggy start in Canberra BUT THEY DON'T LOVE ANYONE ELSE.

A warning from the PM that

Australia could be in Afghanistan

for at least another 10 years. In

the first parliamentary debate on

the 9-year war, both Julia Gillard

and Tony Abbott said there was no

other choice. If the insurgency in

Afghanistan were to succeed, if the

international community were to

withdraw, then Afghanistan could

once again become a safe haven for

terrorists. We are prepared to

accept choices by the Afghan people

that we don't like. Our key

stipulation is merely that Afghanistan should never again

become a base for international

terrorism. From today, other MPs

will have a chance to make their

statements. Former Queensland

government minister Gordon Nuttall

will continue giving evidence at

his corruption trial today. It's

alleged he received $150,000 from a

businessman in return for favours.

He denies the allegations, saying

the only thing he's guilty of is

getting projects through the bureaucratic maze. Here is

something turtley different. We're something turtley different. We're

all used to having GPS in our cars

now but now logger head turtles are

sporting GPS on their shells to track movements. It's giving

scientists a glimpse in to their

hidden world. It's a turtle hunt.

For decades, scientists have tagged

and monitored logger head turtles

but until now they've remain admaritime mystery. Technology,

though, is turning the tide. We can

lock at how it uses the paddock.

Where are the key refuges that it

goes to. This one is a recorder.

With a combination of this one and

satellite tracking device, we get

3-dimensional information. This is

just the fifth male to be satellite

tracked and already scientists are

amazed. The male partners are much

more adventurous. It took off. Did

another circuit around the island.

Came back. Spent some time here.

It's done three circuits. What the

heck a turtle would do that for,

haven't gut a clue. Up until now,

finding the turtles has been pure

lea scatter gun approach but

scientists will return again in

February when they find the turtle,

they'll remove the dwois, add a new

battery and stick it -- device, add

a new battery, and stick it on the

next turtle. The turtle was

returned home. Around 600 green and

logger head turtles will be checked.

Controversial slow down zones are

proving a success. Just under 40%

of the logger heads are still

carrying fractures from the past

and none of them have been recently

fractureed. It's a bill of health

scientists believe is worth every

cent. Tom Bosley, the actor who

played Howard Cunningham on 'Happy

Days' has died in the US.

Affectionately known as Mr C,

Bosley warmed hearts in the role

over its 11 seasons and was named

in the top 10 greatest TV dads of

all time. His real family says all time. His real family says

Bosley died of heart failure and

had been suffering lung cancer. He

was aged 83. Actress Rachel Taylor

has thanked the Australian public

for its support over her stormy

relationship with Matthew Newton.

Fronting the local media for

thefirst time since she was

allegedly asaultded by Newton, the

Hollywood star -- assaulted by

Newton, the Hollywood starlet told

journalists he was getting on with

life. I understand that's where

everyone's interest is. I'm not too

worried about it because I'm really

busy. Taylor is in town promoting

the Aussie film 'Summer Coda', in

which she co-stars with Alex

Dimitriates. Every day Aussies will

get a chance to have their photos

taken by a world famous

photographer, David La Chapelle,

today. The man who snapped away at

stars such as Madonna and David

Beckham, will be at Sydney's

overseas passenger terminal at 1

o'clock this afternoon for anyone

want agfree portrait. If you live

in Melbourne, La Chapelle will be

hitting Queensbridge Square on

Saturday. I hate to bring up the

crbs word but it seems some

people's thoughts are turning to

Christmas. Over in the UK, an opera

singer has used some technical

wizardry to record a duet with Bing

Crosby, bringing back a life --

guest of life of Christmas past. --

ghost of Christmas past. It's a

timeless Christmas classic but it's

been given a modern makeover.

Thanks to studio technology, Bing

Crosby who died 33 years ago is

singing with a Welsh opera star.

We recorded 2 to the original sound

track and then we kind of had

headphones on. The orchestra took

over at certain places. It was very

difficult and it wasn't as easy as

I thought it would be. But our

voices do seem to blend. Despite

being the biggest-selling single of

all time, Bing Crosby never

achieved a UK number one. This year

that could change as the track is

set to challenge the X Factor for

the Christmas hot spot. Whoever

wins will have a huge opportunities.

They're very dedicated followers of

it. I'd like to think that Bing

Crosby can get his first Christmas

number one. It is better than the 8

to 1 odds given for an actual white Christmas.

Reigning champion So You Think has

firmed as favourite for the Cox

Plate after a favourerable barrier

draw. He will start from gate 5,

prompting some of his rivals to all

but concede the weight for age

crown. Don't think we can beat So

You Think, but funny things do

happen. There wouldn't be jockey in

Australia who wouldn't want to be

on his back. More Joyous is second

favourite and will start from

barrier 3. Hawthorn has axed 11

players from its senior and rookie

lists in a massive overhaul of its

playing talon. After three knee

reconstructions, the Hawks have

delisted Beau Muston, as well as

Beau Dowler. Troubled youngster

Travis Tuck has also been cut but

he's got until March to prove his

worth as a rookie. The trade week

recruitment of David Hale has

signalled the end for big men

Skipper and Petersen will be moved

on. Disgraced American sprinter

won't be allowed to defend his

Olympic 400 metre gold medal after

using a banned substance found in a

male enhancement product. He

received a 21-month retrospective

suspension which clears in time for

London. Under a rule adopted in

2008, any athlete sanctioned for

more than six months, is

automatically banned from the next Games.

Only half of the Reserve Bank board

turned up for its latest meeting to

decide on interest rates. It was

the lowest turnout in four years

and has been revealed in the

meeting minutes. What else did the

minutes tell us, Richard? The

minutes revealed it's probably more

than just holiday-makers getting on

the plane to Hawaii that should

celebrate the ongoing streng ofgt

Aussie dollar. There were factors.

The third quarter inflation reading

is one of them. I have no doubt at

all the streng ofgt Aussie dollar

has kept inflation under control.

We currently have a fairly benign

reading of 0.5% for the quarter. We

are right about that and if the

dollar continues to be strong,

there's less urgency on the RBA to

act when they meet next month. We

are in the news today with reports

James Packer has snapped up a whole

heap of Network Ten shares

overnight. What's likely to happen

when the market opens? Casting to

one side for a moment, the

obviously quality of the programs,

this is clearly a strategy by James

Packer to return to the sector.

He's previously had a significant

holding in a rival network. The

offer price $1.50, versus current

share price, $1.41, there's a

premium built in to that but it's

well shy of recent highs of $1.90.

It is something we'll be following

very closely indeed. Thank you,

Richard English. Here is something

nobody will argue with, apparently

we all need to work a little bit

less. Leading CSIRO researcher, a

very learned man, says Australians

need a lifestyle overhaul. Speaking

at a Townsville conference, he's

advocated a 4-day working week and

more time with our families. I'm

going to take him at his word and

wrap up the finance news right now.

Look out for the first quarter

sales figures from Woolies and

Country Road. The AGM is on today.

I'd be glad to see you work some

time, Frank. We'll keep an eye on that one.

Recapping our main stories - the PM

has warned Aussie diggers face

another 10 years fighting the

Taliban in Afghanistan. Other

Government Ministers are playing

down the extended role. Tributes

continue to flow for Stathi

Katsidis. And Australia's

Commonwealth Games athletes have

dug deep for underprivileged

children in Delhi. The team was so

touched by India's hospitality,

they donated thousands of dollars

to local education. A special look

in to the private thoughts of

Nelson Mandela, who is releasing a

collection of his private memoirs,

mostly from his 27 years in prison.

This was the key moment for me, in

Nelson Mandela's life. This was

when he was most at risk because he

starts negotiating from prison on

his own. What could have happened

to him? He could have been played

in to compromising himself in ways

that would have in irredeemable.

And he didn't make one mistake. An

incredible insight in to the man

who went from prisoner to President.

That's on the Morning Now's at 9 ap.

That wraps things up for -- 9am.

That wraps things up for us. I'm

Ron Wilson. Thank you for your

company. And I'm Frank Coletta.

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