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New headaches for the Defence Force.

Army bosses say charges may be laid

Alexed sex scandal. against cadets involved in an

Good morning, I'm Ron Wilson. I'm Good morning, I'm Ron Wilson. I'm

Katherine Robinson.

Also this morning, the Federal

Government is to spend almost $15

million to upgrade a Tasmanian army

seekers. barracks to house up to 400 asylum

In sport - rising star James

Magnussen has clocked the world's

quickest 100 m freestyle time this

year to claim the Australian

sprinters crown. In finance, the

treasurer blocks an $8 billion

offer by the Singapore government

to take over our Stock Exchange.

Here is a check of today's weather.

A high will maintain South East

winds and showers across eastern

parts of NSW and Queensland. parts of NSW and Queensland. winds and showers across eastern

Heavy showers and storms across the

north.

A cooler change expected for the west. Australian Defence Force officials

say they will prosecute those

involved in an alleged sex scandal at the Australian Australian at

Defence Force academy in Canberra.

A female recruit was filmed,

without her knowledge, having sex

with another cadet. Unill at this

time it happens to you, you don't believe that it does happen.

The Defence Force had intended to

treat the matter as minor, because

no ACT law made the filming illegal.

charges Officers now say they can press

charges under Federal laws. The

people have been found guilty of

crime, it could result in

termination of their military

careers. It follows reports into

the behaviour of 'HMAS Success'

described as an alcohol-fuelled

predatory sexual culture.

The Federal Government will take

pressure off Australia's

overflowing refugee detention

centres by opening another one. A

military shooting range 30km north

of Hobart will be redesigned to

take 400 men.

It will only be used for six months

while permanent processing centres are completeded.

Meanwhile, a bus load of asylum seekers

seekers from Christmas Island has

Villawood Detention Centre in arrived under police escort at the

Sydney's west overnight.

The Government has been trying to

ease overcrowding at the centre

after riots there last month. It is

not known which country this group

is from.

The Prime Minister has been pushing

her carbon tax to Queenslanders.

She is taking the chance to catch

up the flood recovery. On a number

of fronts, Ms. Gillard found many

Queenslanders are not happy.

It is a hard sell talking carbon

tax to workers, but a little easier

at a natural gas fire powered

station on the Darling Downs, station on the Darling Downs,

described as the most efficient in

Australia, with half the emissions Australia, with half the emissions of

of others. It is actually a price

that will be paid by companies that generate that will be paid by companies that

generate a lot of carbon pollution.

The Government might buy out some

local coal-fired power stations. It

was a good time to talk over

alternatives blossoming on the

Darling Downs. Coal seem gas is a

newly emerging industry in this

country. Protesters were expressing a different view.

Hands off Tara! More on coal seam

gas held at a coffee shop.

Julia Gillard met with flood

victims. For so many people in

Queensland, this is going to be a

long journey back. Local asked for

more money for the flood recovery.

The Prime Minister and treasure are

discussing the Commonwealth's contributions to the disaster

Authority. clean-up with the Flood Recovery

The political future of SA's Police

Minister Kevin Foley looks shaky.

He has been attacked twice in the He has been attacked twice in the

past six months following the most

recent incident allegations were

made that Mr Foley often gets into

arguments at bars.

There are reports this morning his out. parliamentary colleagues want him

Come on, guys...I'm not absolving

myself of responsibility for being

somewhere where I shouldn't have

been. I give back when somebody has

a mouth-off at me. It is my nature.

Mr Foley says despite advice from

his family and psychologists, he

will not quit politics.

The Victorian Government is

expected to come under pressure to

extend construction deadlines for

the State's desalination plant with

the project running up to 12 months

behind schedule. Completion of the

project, designed to drought-proof

Melbourne, has ironically been held

off because of heavy rain.

The contract stipulates the plants

must be producing desalated water

by December. The deadline is

unlikely to be met, and the

builders are facing penalties of

hundreds of millions of dollars. Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo

is reportedly negotiating the terms

of his surrender after days of

presidential rival. fierce fighting with his

France says it is on the brink of

convincing Gbagbo to step down. It

says the Ivory Coast crisis could

be over within hours.

Air strikes against the heavy

weapons held by forces loyal to

Abidjan. Laurent Gbagbo lit up the skys of

The UN, together with France,

engaged in earnest bombardment.

Their engagement after hundreds of

civilian deaths, hugely

controversial. But the UN say they

are not taking sides. We are

completely impartial. In addition

to that, what we did was just implementation of mandates to protect civilians.

taken sides. But then that sounds like you have

They

They are also the ones who shot at

the peacekeepers, which is a war the peacekeepers, which is a war

crime. In all international

conventions. The UN says the last

chapter of the war is being written.

Tonight, there's a ceasefire, and

reports that President Gbagbo is

from negotiating the terms of his depart

from power. One of his ministers,

speaking from Abidjan, where he

says he fears for his own life,

admitted anything could happen now.

TRANSLATION: Everything tra is

possible. We have heard so many

rumours from the UN. Our television

Channel has been attacked. Channel has been attacked.

Currently, we cannot broadcast. The

President's enemies, the the rebels

loyal to Alassane Ouattara, this is

the last stage of a carefully

planned take-over.

In AFL, St Kilda coach Ross Lyon

has applied the blow torch to his under-performing Saints. But the has applied the blow torch to his

under-performing Saints. But the

coach stopped just short of

labelling his side as soft.

A loss and a draw to start the new

season hasn't pleased the St Kilda

coach, after consecutive Grand

Finals, his goodwill has run out.

We need to harden up a bit. We have

not been as hard as we have been.

The chance to do that will come

against Essendon on Sunday, a side

they have not beaten in the past

five encounters. There is added

motivation to stop the rock.

Skipper Nick Riewoldt's 200th game.

I think it was round 3, fingers

crossed I get through. As the value

of the new substitute rule

continues to be questioned, Port

Adelaide veteran Chad Corns is the

latest to slam the controversial

change. I cannot see any benefit in

it at all. I think it is ridiculous, actually.

Unbeaten Geelong could be bolstered

by the return of up to three key

play makers for this weekend.

Defender Matthew Scarlet is a

certainty. If they are all

available, we will have some

difficulties at selection, which is,

I guess, a nice problem to have.

West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey is

the AFL's round 2 rising store,

nosing Tom Liberatore. Shuey is a

three-goal performance in the coast

East win over Port Adelaide was

enough to earn the Victorian this week's nomination.

It feels weird, third year, and

ineligible for the award. But it is

an honour for the AFL to be rieked.

Tom Liberatore played a starring Tom Liberatore played a starring

role over the Bulldogs win over the

Brisbane Lions. Rising

Rising star James Magnussen has

clocked the quickest time this year

to take out the 100 m freestyle at

the Australian Swimming

Championships. James Magnussen

outpaced James Roberts and reigning

titleholder Eamonn Sullivan to

claim the hotly contested Sprinters

crown. I wanted to make my mark as

an individual swimmer. I feel like

I'm ready to take on the world.

Jess Schipper outpaced Stephanie Rice.

Time for all the morning's finance news.

And the treasurer has stepped in to

scuttle the planned take-over of

the Australian Stock Exchange.

Watch this space.

The treasurer has not made his

final decision, but he has told the

Foreign Investment Review Board

that the take-over of the ASX

Singapore counterpart is not in our

national interest. The announcement,

only the government's opinion,

effectively blocks the $8.4 billion effectively blocks the $8.4 billion

deal on the spot. The ASX says it

will continue its dialogue with

Singapore over other forms of communication.

And it is widely forecast - the

Reserve Bank kept the rate steady.

According to the RBA, the summer's

floods in Queensland have had a

huge impact as well as the Japanese disaster, which continues to

negatively affect our trade. The

rate decision was welcomed by the rate decision was welcomed by the

fragile retail sector. We would

certainly hope that they continue

that level of restraint. The last

thing we want to see is massive

series of interest rate increases,

particularly in the run-up to

Christmas. The RBA governor Glenn Stevens

Stevens expects a mild boost from

the Queensland rebuilding work over the

the next few months.

Let's take a look at the boards.

Hong Kong shares closed up. Safe-

haven buying has pushed the gold

price to a record high overnight.

It was trading at 1,450. It has surpassed surpassed that since.

The Aussie dollar has come back a

touch. Our market is set to open flat flat today. touch. Our market is set to open flat today.

National weather information on

your screen right now. National weather information on your screen right now.

Brisbane - showers.

Sydney - showers easying.

Canberra - mostly sunny. Melbourne - mostly sunny.

Hobart - fog and sunny.

Adelaide - sunny.

Perth - cloud increasing. Darwin

Darwin - late thunder.

A check of the newspaper headlines.

The Australian reveals unions are

threatening a guerrilla warfare threatening a guerrilla warfare

campaign against Qantas if the

airline brings in managers to

replace ground staff. 'The

'The Sydney Morning Herald' - the

Sydney Attorney-General plans to

get tough on graffiti.

'Courier Mail' - 70 foreign

ambassadors will learn about the state's business and trade opportunities. The

The 'Northern Territory News' - a

man collecting crock eggs in a

swamp has been diagnosed with a

potentially deadly disease found in crocodile urine. Federal Federal Independent Rob Oakeshott

is under pressure from the powerful

poker machine lobby today. More trouble

trouble for Toyota - running out of parts

parts and has to close factories. VOICEOVER: Tired eyes. Drowsiness. Loss of concentration. Driver fatigue. (HORN BLARES) Wake up to the signs. Stop. Revive. Survive.

Headlines every 15 minutes.

A female airforce recruit claims

sexual abuse is widespread in the

Australian Defence Force.

The 18-year-old was filmed without

her knowledge, as she had sex with

another cadet. The event was

streamed on the internet. Other

cadets took photos and distributed them around the Duntroon Australian Defence

Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

It seems like this is just another

tally on the board against female

treatment. This just highlights

that it is not just the navy. It is

Defence as a whole. It is not going

to help female recruiting. The

scandal follows the report into the

behaviour of 'HMAS Success' which

described an alcohol-fuelled

predatory sexual culture. Federal Independent Rob Oakeshott

has signalled he will vote against

the Government's poker machine

reforms. The rural MP has been

under pressure from pubs and clubs

in his electorate, claiming the

reforms will cost hundreds of jobs.

The plan is the brainchild of Tasmanian

Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie. The

The AFL is close to sealing a broadcast rights deal which could

set a new record for Australian sport.

It could well be the first billion

dollar package which would reshape the

the sporting land escape.

The dale could change the way we watch

watch sport.

The AFL TV rights are in the final

stages of negotiation and the magic

billion dollar figure looms large.

The five-year deal would see the

coverage split between the Ten

Network, Channel 7 and Foxtel.

Included is a component from

Telstra for online coverage. High

on the agenda would be an

increasing in the number of games

shown live. But some media analysts say

say the money on offer is too much.

The expenditure on television sport

is over a third of programing

budget in Australia. That is far

too high a figure. The networks

need to bring it down to more

realistic level. The viewers are

expected to be the winners in the

battle. But Collingwood's best-

known supporter says some of the

cash bonanza needs to be ploughed

back into grassroots footy. This is

where the game was born. You cannot

desert Melbourne, Victoria, and

spend all this money nationally and

- I think it is trouble if they

don't do that.

The AFL says the deal is expected

to be done within weeks.

Two senior WA public servants have

gone on trial charged with stealing

close to $2 million.

It is alleged husband-and-wife, Joy Anne Johnston and Antony Roy

Chapman, used their positions to defraud state and Federal

Government agencies over eight

years. It is claimed Chapman

pocketed money from the sale of

land at a Technology Park where he

was general manager. Companies

owned by Johnston allegedly billed

government agencies for boing news

consulting services. The pair

pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The NSW Government says it will try

to fast-track funding to fix up the

nation's deadliest highway. Andrew

storn says they will push forward

improvements. Improvements to the

worst 150km is scheduled to start

in 2013. The State's Deputy Prime

Minister says there is money

available in the Federal budget

every year for the next three years

but will have to convince Wayne

Swan to free it earlier. At least

seven people have died from fast-

moving spring storms with high wind,

hail and lightning in the south of the United States.

Many of the victims were crushed by fallen

fallen trees, either on their homes

or cars. One man in Memphis was

electrocuted down the power line

and a man in Mississippi died when

his car crashed into a felled tree.

20 tornadoes were reported around

the region.

The radioactive contamination of

sea water around northern Japan has

made an immediate effect on the

country's fishing industry.

Supplies of sea food from near the

damaged Fukushima power reactor

have dried up. Many retailers

across Japan say people are avoiding sea food altogether.

Highly contaminated water has been

pumped into the ocean by crews

trying to carry out repairs to the Fukushima plant.

Three more bodies have been

discovered along a remote beach in

the United States hay has been used

as a dumping ground by a serial killer.

The discoveries bring to eight the

number of victims found in the area

since November. All the victims so

far have been prostitutes, who

solicited for business on the

Craigs List website and who were

lured to long island, east of New

York city, to meet their clients.

To the NRL, and Penrith's woes

continue as they prepare to take on

Canberra on Saturday.

Luke Lewis has been sidelined with

a thumb injury.

The Raiders will be missing Josh

Dugan but Matt Orford has been

given another chance.

Matt Orford is under heavy fire

from all quarters.

Widespread calls ignored by

Canberra coach David Furner.

Des Hasler's not assuring Anthony

Watmough's future. The coach fuming

over the Test forward's latest off-

field misdemeanour for relieving

himself outside a Manly cafe on the

weekend. It is misdemeanour after

misdemeanour after misdemeanour.

Referee boss Bill Harrigan has

granted video ref Chris Ward a

lifeline despite he made the wrong

decision, denying this Bulldogs try

against Melbourne on the Monday

night. They won comfortably in the end.

No sign of Robbie Farrer at West

Tigers training. The captain is

battling a groin injury. I'm not

sure how long he will play before

he gets the surgery. He will be

ready for a big one Friday night.

Australian golf number one Robert

Allenby will launch his US Masters

campaign in a star-studded group.

He will tee off alongside four-time

champion Tiger Woods and Graham

McDowall for the first round of

this year's tournament.

Compatriot, Geoff Ogilvy, has drawn

a hot group, paired with defending

champion and world No. 3, Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson.

Soccer and after two losses in the Asian Champions League, Melbourne

Victory has managed a crucial draw in China.

China, which leads group E, hit the

front after just 1 minutes.

- 13 minutes.

The Victory equalalised through

Kevin Muscat.

The hosts were left a man short for

the final 20 minutes.

Zoric was sent off for this ugly

tackle. US stocks have see sawed

overnight buoyed by M & A activity.

Here with all the details is

Richard English from Macquarie

Private Wealth. This positive move

was somewhat tempered by fears out

of Europe as well, Portugal especially? Good morning, Kath.

That is so. With respect to

Portugal, its most successful

exporter has been an overpaid

football player.

In economic terms, it is a minor league player.

The battle for growth has been

handed, and the US is leading the handed, and the US is leading the

charge. We have had a raft of

economic data out of the States

proving that that economy is in expansionary

expansionary mode. Germany is the

economic engine, and it is humming

along effectively as a motor car along effectively as a motor car

that it produces and exports. A bit

of Scandinavia and France getting

in on the act. Global growth will

not be derailed by anything coming out out of Portugal.

The do you closed around 6 points.

Expect a fairly flat open given the

offshore leads. Yesterday, we

reached six-week highs.

Expect a little less excitement on

the market today. Dometsic economic

news - we have housing finance data

due for release of February. Given

the flooding at the start of this

year, I'm not expecting the report to

to be one for the gallery. Thank you.

Well, Toyota has denied reports it

will have to shut down all of its northern American factories because

of parts shortages caused by the

Japan quake. A spokesman says

temporary shutdowns are likely to

take place later this month,

affecting 25,000 workers.

South Korean car makers high UN die

and Kia have raised their sales

estimates for the year as they take advantage of Toyota's weakness.

The career of SA's much battered Police

Police Minister Kevin Foley looks

shaky. We have that next. Details

of how badly the Queensland floods affected

affected our international trade.

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You are watching Ten's Early News.

The main store cies - new headaches

for the Defence Force.

Army bosses say charges may be laid

against cadets involved in an alleged sex scandal.

The Federal Government will suspend

almost $15 million to upgrade a

Tasmanian army barracks to house up

to 400 asylum seekers.

In sport, James Magnussen has

clocked the quickest 100 m clocked the quickest 100 m freestyle this year. And

And in finance - the Treasurer

blocks an $8 billion offer by the

Singapore government to take over

our Stock Exchange. He says it is

not in our national interest.

Australian Defence Force officials Australian Defence Force officials

say they will prosecute those

involved in an alleged sex scandal

at the Australian Defence Force

Academy in Canberra. A female Academy in Canberra. A female

recruit was filmed without her recruit was filmed without her

knowledge having sex with another cadet.

Until it happens to you, you don't actually actually really ever believe that

it does happen. The Defence Force

had intended to treat the matter as

minor because it wasn't illegal in the

the ACT. Officers now say they can

press charges under federal laws.

With those alleged to have be

involved, if they are found guilty, it

it could result in termination of

their military careers. The scandal

follows a report into behaviour

aboard 'HMAS Success', described as

an chl-fuelled culture.

A plan to get poker machines un.der

control may have trouble getting

the votes it needs in the national

parliament. Local MPs are having

considerable trouble selling this

one to their own communitys? Yes,

particularly the Independents. Rob

Oakeshott has come under a lot of

pressure in his regional NSW

electorate to vote against this

proposal rormv reform. He is

meeting with clubs NSW today, and

they are arguing that over 200 jobs

could be lost on the NSW mid-north

coast if these changes were to come

into effect, and that over $20

million worth of revenue could be

drained from the region. This is

similar to what another Independent

Tony Windsor is hearing from his

electorate. He is indicating that

he probably won't vote for it. The

problem for the Government is that it

it makes it quite unstable.

The Tasmanian MP, Andrew Wilkie,

has based his porfor the government, made

made a containing it on pokey

reforms. He wants mandatory

commitments, cut on these pokey

machines so make sure that people

can't lose or bet too much, and a

limit on how much you can take out

of an ATM near a gaming machine,

limited to $250. Also today, the

Treasurer doesn't want the

Australian Stock Exchange in the hands

hands of the Singaporean government?

government? Yes, he hasn't made a

decision yet. But it is looking

increasingly unlikely that he will

block this proposed erge merger,

which could be an $8.4 billion

merger between ASX and the

Singaporean Stock Exchange. He says

it is not in Australia's national

interest. He has given the

operators of the Singaporean Stock

Exchange until Monday to mount

another argument to convince him

that this is an Australia's

national interest but it would be

overturning a unanimous decision by

the Review Board. Even if Mr Swan

overrules this, he has to get it

through Federal Parliament. Given

noises made by the Greens and

coalition and Independents, it is

unlikely that the Government will

be able to pass this legislation.

The Federal Government will take

pressure off Australia's

overflowing refugee detention

centres by opening another one. A

military shooting range, 30km north

of Hobart, will be redesigned to

take in 400 men.

The Government says the $15 million

centre will only be used for six

months while permanent processing

centres are completed.

The Opposition says Labor's

policies are creating a refugee

crisis on Australian soil.

A bus load of asylum seekers from

Christmas Island have arrived under

police escort at the Villawood

Detention Centre in Sydney's west overnight.

The Government has been trying to

ease overcrowding after riots last month.

The Victorian Government is

expected to come under pressure to

extend construction deadlines for

the state's desalination plant.

The project is 12 months behind schedule.

Completion of the building has

ironically enough been held up by heavy rain.

The contract stipulates the plant

must be producing water by December.

That deadline is unlikely to be met

and the builders face penalties of

up to hundreds of millions of dollars unless the Victorian

Government agrees to an extension.

Ivory Coast stubborn president is

reportedly finally negotiating

terms for his surrender this morning.

The UN says Laurent Gbagbo and his

family have been hiding in a bunker

beneath the presidential Palace as his

his forces slowly lose ground to

the opposition. He wants a

guarantee on his safety from the French Government.

For four months he has refused to

accept the result of an election

which saw him defeated. That has

parked widespread violence.

Anti-Gaddafi rebels in Western

Libya appear to be losing their

battle against government troops

despite getting NATO support, the

rebels have been forced out of one

of two western cities which rose up

earlier in the revolt.

It was shelled into submission, and

now Zahwir is a ghost town. When I

was last here three weeks ago,

there was a mosque on this site

which has been completely destroyed. There

There is not a trace of this mosque

left. The mosque was used as a hospital

hospital to treat rebel fighters.

And it has paid the price for

siding with Colonel Gaddafi's

enemies. It is being completely

destroyed. There is another stop on

the official Gaddafi's bus tour,

and it is to the hop.

In the corridor, we keep coming

across nurses chanting pro-Gaddafi

slogans. A month ago, doctors told

me that scores of people had died

in the fighting.

There is a new man in charge. How

come you don't know how many people

died. You are the director of the

hospital. I don't know what is

happening. The leader's image has

been hastily reerected with

surgical tape. Outside, the nurses

chant the colonel's name.

The rebellion I witnessed in Zahwir

has disappeared.

And disputed fizz rat at a further

east could be - Misurata, further

east, could be next.

Sports news and West Coast midfielder

midfielder Luke Shuey is the AFL's

round 2 rising star nosing out Tom

Liberatore. His three-goal

performance in the Coast win over

Port Adelaide was enough to earn

the Victorian this week's nomination.

It feels a bit weird being in my

third year and ineligible for the

award. But it is an honour from the

AFL to be recognised. Tom

Liberatore played a starring role

in the Bulldogs' win over the

Brisbane Lions with 28 touches and

10 tackles. NRL and Sea Eagles

coach Des Hasler has hinted Anthony

Watmough is on his last chance at

the club. The Test forward, along with

with Terence Seu Seu, was arrested

after the pair urinated on a

mentally shop front at the - Manly

shop front at the weekend.

Both players have been fined a

week's wages and stood down on

Saturday's game. In Anthony's case

it is misdemeanour on misdemeanour

on misdemeanour on misdemeanour on

misdemeanour. That is something

that the club will take into its

assessment. Watmough is said to be

deeply embarrass bd I the incident.

Rising star James Magnussen has

clocked the quickest time this year

to take out the 100 m freestyle at

the Australian Swimming

Championships. James Magnussen

outpaced James Roberts and Eamonn

Sullivan to claim the hotly

contested sprinter's crown. I

wanted to come out this year and

make my mark as an individual

swimmer. I feel like I'm ready to

take on the world. Jess Schipper

held off a fast finishing Stephanie

Rice to retain her 200 m butterfly

title. The Queensland floods are

certainly hitting Australia's bottom

bottom line? They are. Australia's

international trade balance fell

into the red in February. The

deficit of $205 million was the

first since March last year.

Kpworts rose 5% and - imports rose

5% and exports were weaker than

expected. Our production is ramping back up.

And still on the Queensland floods, insurance

insurance companies have upset

Ipswich flood victims but not

turning up to a public forum to

discuss why payouts have been

delayed. The forum, fronted by Bill

Shorten, was supposed to be a

chance to ask questions. Many

people are waiting for payouts

three months after the floods

destroyed everything they owned.

I'm living in a camp stretcher.

Insurance council claims final

decisions will be reached in days. Let's

Let's take a look at the boards.

Safe haven buying has pushed the

gold price to a record high

overnight.

Here is how the weather is looking

in your part of the country today.

Checking news websites around the

world. Guardian says evidence that

angerer can cause health problems

has prompted more people than ever

to seek help for anger management.

A 92-year-old woman has been

recognised as the oldest marathon

runner in history, finishing the

Honolulu Race in nine hours. Go

gran! And the Jakarta Post - the

lack of sex education forcing

people to look for answers on the

internet is being blamed for

turning people off sex in Asia.

There are fears a new serial killer

is on the loose in the US. GOOD MORNING, Amy La Porte with you, checking your ACT Police are looking for witnesses after an attempted abduction in Gungahlin late Monday afternoon. Police say a sedan followed a teenage girl on Anthony Rolfe Avenue... Two men then got out of the car, attempting to drag the girl into the vehicle. But members of the public intervened and fought them off. A secret ACT Government- commissioned report has leaked more concerning claims about the Territory' prison. The report on the ALEXANDER MACHONOCHIE centre has shown there are a lack of formal support services and an informal needle exchange program already underway. The ACT Government has responded to the claims the Canberra Times& saying the anonymity of the sources cast doubt on the report's accuracy. They say they'll publish the findings of the report this week& responding to the nearly 70 reccomendations. A forty seven year old Charnwood woman will have the opportunity to plead her case after allegedly

opportunity to plead her case after allegedly being her case after allegedly being caught by police five times over the legal blood alcohol limit. Last week, she was stopped on the Tuggeranong Parkway,

after being spotted driving erratically& it took police 2 kilometres of lights and sirens before she pulled over. She then claimed she was en route to picking up her children from school. A three day health forum wraps up in Canberra today. Nearly 300 health experts from across Australia have capital to discuss the need for a new infectous disease Australia. TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, And sprint champion Melissa Breen will be the fifth woman to compete in the famous Stawell gift... with a backmark of around 11 or 11 or 12 metres. The 20 year old says she thinks she'll be good for hundred metres, but expects the boys will chase her down. The hundred and 30th Stawell gift will be run

over the easter weekend. NOW TURNING TO TOSAY'S WEATHER DETAILS Checking the satellite now, cloud over coastal New

South Wales in brisk southerly winds is bringing a few showers. Turning to the capitals city, and Canberra is looking at some cloud around and a top of 21... Showers easing around Sydney and 23. Checking the major centres now, and mostly sunny and 26 the top in Dubbo... Showers for Woillonong. Sunny skies on the way for Wagga. In the Central West, 21 the top in Bathurst ... A chilly top of 17 for Bowral. 23 degrees and fine in Mudgee... A top of 19 on the way for Cooma. Turning to the weather for the run into your weekend... Mostly fine temps on the way for the Capital tomorrow. 21 degrees the top. Much the

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Headlines on the quarter hour.

A man has been bashed to death at a

home south-east of Melbourne.

Police were called to an address at

Frankston at 6.30 last night to

find the 42-year-old had been

seriously assaulted but he was still

still alive. He died a short time

later. Homicide Detectives have set

up a crime scene at the man's home.

A female airforce recruit claims

sexual abuse is widespread in the

Australian Defence Force.

The 18-year-old was filmed without

her knowledge as she had sex with another another cadet.

The event was streamed on the

internet. Other cadets took photos

and distributed them around the

Duntroon Defence Force academy in Duntroon Defence Force academy in Canberra.

It seems like this is just another

tally on the board against female

treatment. This highlights that it

is not just the navy. It is Defence

as a whole. It is not going to help female

female recruiting. The scandal

follows a report into behaviour

aboard 'HMAS Success' which

shriebed an alcohol-fuelled

predatory sexual culture. The Prime

Minister has been pushing her

carbon tax to Queenslanders and

taking a chance to catch up on the

flood recovery. On a number of

fronts she found many Queenslanders

are not happy. It is a hard sell

talking carbon tax to workers, but

a little easier at a natural gas

fired power station on the garling

douns, described as the most -

Darling Downs, described as the

most efficient in Australia, with

half the emissions of others. It

will be a price paid by companies that

that generate a lot of carbon

pollution. The Government might buy

out local coal fired power stations.

It was a good time to talk about

alternatives blossoming on the

Darling Downs. Coal seam gas is a

newly emerging industry in this

country. Protesters were expressing

a different view outside. Hands off Tara!

More on coal seam gas at an informal

informal meeting at Dalby, held in

a coffee shop. In Toowoomba, Julia

Gillard met with flood victims. For

so many people in Queensland, this

is going to be a long journey back.

Locals asked for more money for the flood

flood recovery. The Prime Minister

and Treasurer are discussing the Commonwealth's contributions to the

disaster clean-up with the flood recovery authority. Federal independent Rob Oakeshott

has signalled he will vote against

the Government's poker machine reforms.

The rural MP has been under

pressure from pubs and clubs in his

electorate. They claim the reforms

will cost hundreds of jobs.

The plan is the brainchild of

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie,

and it would force gamblers to set

a betting limit before they play.

Tf AFL is close to sealing a broadcast rights deal which could

set a new record for Australian

sports. It could well be the first sports. It could well be the first

billion dollar package which would

reshape the sporting landscape.

The deal could change the way we watch sport.

The AFL TV rights are in the final

stages of negotiation, and the

magic billion dollar figure looms large.

The five-year deal would see the

coverage split between the Ten

Network, Channel 7 and Foxtel.

Included is the component from

Telstra for online coverage.

The high on the agenda would be an

increase in the number of games

shown live. But some media analysts

say the money on offer is just too much.

The expenditure on television sport

is over a third of programing

budget in Australia. That is far

too high a figure. The networks

need to bring it down to more

realistic level. The viewers are

expected to be the winners in the

battle. But Collingwood's best-

known supporter says some of the

cash bonanza needs to be ploughed

back into grassroots footy. This is

where the game was born. You cannot

desert Melbourne, Victoria, and

spend all this money nationally and

- I think it is trouble if they

don't do that.

The AFL says the deal is expected

to be done within weeks.

Bad news from the UN about the

ozone layer over the Arctic.

It has thinned by a record moment

during the northern winter. The UN

weather Office says the ozone hole

grew about 40%, blaming compounds

in air pollutants and very cold in air pollutants and very cold temperatures this year in the

stratosphere.

The loss has preceded the previous

record of 30%.

The growth has been described by

atmospheric scientists as sudden and unusual.

Radioactive contamination of sea

water around northern Japan has had

an immediate effect on the an immediate effect on the

country's fishing industry.

Supplies of sea food from near the

damaged Fukushima nuclear power

reactor have dried up. Many

retailers across Japan are saying

that people are avoiding sea food

altogether. The Government has

introduced safety standards for

fish to restore confidence.

Highly contaminated water is being

dumped into the ocean by crews

trying to carry out repairs to the Fukushima plant. The Ivory Coast

leader Laurent Gbagbo is reportedly

negotiating the terms of his

surrender after days of fierce

fighting with his presidential rival.

France says it is on the brink of

convincing Laurent Gbagbo to step

down. It says the Ivory Coast

crisis could be over within hours.

Air strikes against the heavy

weapons held by force loyal to

Laurent Gbagbo lit up the skies over Abidjan.

The UN, together with France, engaged

engaged in some earnest bombardment.

Their enagement after hurpds of

civilian deaths, hugely

controversial, but the UN say they

are not taking sides. We are

completely impartial, literally

speaking. In addition to that, what

we did was just implementation of

mandates to protect civilians. But

then that sound liex you have taken

sides. -- but that sounds like you

are have taken sides. The peacekeepers.

The UN now says the last chapter of

the war is being written. Tonight

there is a ceasefire and reports

that Laurent Gbagbo is negotiating

the terms of his departure from

power. One of his minister,

speaking from Abidjan, where he

says he fears for his own life,

admitted anything could happen now.

TRANSLATION: Everything is possible.

We have heard so many rumours from

our enemys from the UN. Our

television Channel has been

attacked. Currently we cannot attacked. Currently we cannot

broadcast. I cannot confirm the

possible departure of the president.

For the president's enemy, the

rebels loyal to Alassane Ouattara,

this is the last stage of a carefully planned take-over.

Three more bodies have been

discovered along a remote beach in

the United States which has been

used as a dumping ground by a

serial killer. The discovers bring

to eight the number of victims

found in the area since November. found in the area since November.

All the victims identified so far

have been prostitutes who solicited

for business on the Craigs List

website and who were lured to Long

Island, east of New York City, to meet clients.

St Kilda coach Ross Lyon has

applyed the blow torch to his

under-performing side as they

prepare to face Essendon on Sunday.

St Kilda is winless and reeling

from the season-ending knee injury

to vice captain Lenny Hayes. Lion

was blunt. We have not been as hard

as we have been. St Kilda have not

beaten Essendon since 2008.

Australian golf number 1 Robert

Allenby will launch his US Masters

campaign in a star studded group.

He will tee off alongside four-time

champion Tiger Woods and US Open

champion Graham McDowall.

Geoff Ogilvy has drawn a hot group

paired with defending champion and

world No. 3 Phil Mickelson. You can

catch all the action from Augusta

live from Ten and One HD on Friday

morning.

Soccer and after two losses in the

Asian Champions League, Melbourne

Victory has managed to a crucial

draw a team in China. The Chinese

team leads group esm and hit the

front after just 19 minutes.

The Victory equalised through Kevin

Muscat just after half time.

Zoric was sent off for this ugly tackle tackle on Hernandez.

US stocks closed slightly lower

today after spending much of the

session in the black. Here with all

the details is Richard English from

Macquarie Private Wealth. This positive

positive mood was tempered by fears

out of Europe, especially Portugal?

Well, good morning, Kath.

Absolutely so. With the greatest of

respect to Portugal, its most

successful export has been an

overpaid football player. In

economic terms it is a minor league

player. As for any concerns out of

China, the baton has been handed

for global growth from the

developing economies of the world

to the developed. It is the US

which is leading the charge. We

have received a raft of economic

data out of the States showing that

the economy is in expansionary

phase. But it is not going it alone.

Back in Europe, Germany is the

economic engine and it is humming

along as effectively as the motor

car its produces and exports.

Scandinavia and France are getting

in on the act.

Richard, how is our market shaping

up today? Flat start today, Kath,

given the leads that we have had

offshore vofrt. Yesterday, we were -

- overnight. Yesterday, we were hitting it.

Less excitement on the news. Housing

Housing data due for release from February.

Given the natural flooding

disasters at the start of the

calendar year, that is not one for the gallery.

Now, as we heard earlier, the

rollout of the Government's

national broadband network could be delayed

delayed because of the resignation

of one of the company's top people.

Patrick Flanagan has quit his post

as head of construction of the NBN company.

company. Meantime, NBN has told all

14 companies which put in tenders

to lay fibre cable that their bids were way too high.

Moving to the ASX take-over deal

and Treasurer Wayne Swan has not

made the final decision. But at

this stage he has told the Foreign Investment Investment Review Board that the

take-over of the ASX by its

Singaporean counterpart is not in

our national interest. The

announcement blocks the $8.4

billion deal on the spot. The ASX

says it will continue its dialogue

with Singapore over other forms of cooperation.

A group of independent book store

owners have ended a franchising

agreement with the collapsed Angus

& Robertson group over a dispute

over gift vouchers.

JB hi-fi will open a new store to

test the new brand of merchandising

format before rolling it out nationally.

The Chairman of the Australian

competition and consumer commission,

Graeme Samuel, who earned his

reputation as a cartel-buster, has

announced his resignation.

Recapping our top stories.

The Australian Defence Force is

under fire after a female recruit

was allegedly secretly filmed

having sex. Officers say they may press press charges.

Tasmania is in line for Australia's

next offshore detention centre.

The Federal Government will convert

a shooting range to cope with

booming illegal refugee arrivals.

And fresh allegations SA's Police

Minister is a hot head in the pub.

The claims come after Kevin Foley

was assaulted for a second time. It

could cost him his job.

That is it for Ten's Early News.

I'm Ron Wilson. Our next news is at

9am. Have a great day.

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