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Morning, everyone. I'm Ron Wilson.

Ten's Early News. And I'm Belinda Heggen. Welcome to

Heading our news today - at least

nine people killed and 50 injured

after a Turkish Airways plane smashes into a field while

attempting to land in Holland.

Pacific Brands axes almost 2,000

Australian jobs, some of our most

heading iconic clothing brands are now

heading to China.

A firefighter seriously injured in

Victoria as crews battle to contain

dangerous weather the fires before tomorrow's

dangerous weather conditions.

And in sport - the Australian

cricket team has its final cricket team has its final training

session ahead of tonight's first

Test at the Wanderers'.

Heading this morning's news - a

Turkish Airlines passenger jet with

135 people aboard has crashed in

the Netherlands, killing three crew

members, at least six passengers,

and injuring more than 50 others.

The Boeing 737 slammed into a field The Boeing 737 slammed into a field

and broke into three pieces, while

attempting to land at Amsterdam's

Schipol airport. Authorities say it

was a miracle there was no fire.

Visibility was good at the time,

and there's been no word yet on a

probable cause. Authorities are

still on the scene. We'll have more

on that story as it comes to hand.

Bonds undies and King Gee might

have been as Aussie as meat pie,

but not anymore. Belinda, what has

happened to our iconic undies? They're heading offshore, happened to our iconic undies?

unfortunately, Ron. Pacific Brands,

which owns all those names, has

decided to close its Australian

factories and throw 1,800 people out

out of work. The company says they

can make a bigger praufrt

manufacture -- profit manufacturing

everything in China. 1200 factory

jobs will go, the rest will jobs will go, the rest will be

office workers. Pacific Brands has

been struggling with its debt

levels. This is the right decision

for us going forward. There is no

major competitive advantage for us major competitive advantage for

in holding our manufacturing. We -

all of the growth that we've had

from our company of recent years

has come from products that have been

been manufactured offshore.

Pacific Brands blamed the cuts on

confidence. falling sales and consumer

The Federal Government says it

tried to talk Pacific Brands out of

cutting its workforce, but was

knocked back. The Opposition says

the job losses are a sign the Rudd

Government has failed to protect workers with its multibillion-dollar socks-and-jocks economic stimulus measures. emergency talks with Pacific Brands The Federal Industry Minister held three weeks ago. And I specifically asked, we could do was there anything further

to change its mind? to get the company is 'no'. And the answer they have given me the Commonwealth giving the company That's despite industry grants to stay afloat. $10 million a year of taxpayer-funded all Members of this House The response from disappointment at the decision. should be one of extreme was under the impression The Government had boosted the clothing industry. its economic stimulus measures the one item in our stores "You know,

gone through the roof?" "that's really he said," Socks and jocks". I said, "What's that?", Prime Minister, recovery look now? how does your socks-and-jocks led spectacularly. The cash splash has failed It hasn't created jobs.

how much worse it might be One can only imagine if we had not acted last October. more workers will suffer But the Government expects we hear news like this There will be other days on which and global recession as the global financial crisis bear down on our economy. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

Ser I'll have the rest of the day's

finance news in a few minutes. Thank you. In other news, a volunteer

firefighter is in firefighter is in critical

condition after being injure in one

of Victoria's fire zones. The

39-year-old man from South

Melbourne Hospital after a tree Australia was airlifted to Royal

branch fell on top of him. He was

helping to set up containment lines

at the Murrindindi complex fire,

north-east of Melbourne, ahead of

extreme fire weather conditions tomorrow.

Former One Nation leader Pauline

Hanson has gone to ground, Hanson has gone to ground, despite putting

putting her hand up for a seat in Queensland's Parliament. Ms Queensland's Parliament. Ms Hanson

says she'll contest the seat of

Beaudesert at next month's state

election. But she's yet to front

the media! Already, both major the media! Already, both major

parties have ruled out any

preference deals with her. The

Labor Party will not be issuing Labor Party will not be issuing

preferences to Pauline Hanson. It's not

not happening. Full stop. Lawrence

Springborg will continue his tour of North Queensland today.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on

policies. the Premier to announce new

Another highly acclaimed aerobatic

pilot has been killed in a plane

crash. The second in a month. Pip Borman, considered to be one of Australia's best air-show

performers, was rehearsing a

display for the Avalon air show

late yesterday, when his aircraft

crashed into a paddock

Shepparton only a month ago, another elite pilot and Borman's

friend Tom Moon, crashed and died

during an aerobatic display at

Temora in NSW.

Heading sport this morning - the

Australian cricket team looks set

to hold off naming the final

make-up of their Test XI until just

before play, with three uncapped

players named in the 12-man squad. The players arriving at the

Wanderers' ground ahead of their

final training session before the

first Test begins late today,

Australian time. The showers from

yesterday seem to have cleared, but

the same can't yet be said for the

make of the final XI. It was very

soft and tacky yesterday. There's

been no rain this morning, which is

obviously a good sign for the start

of the game. Hopefully I'll get a

look at it this afternoon and we'll

have a better idea of what our

final XI might be by the end of

training today. Regardless, the

Australians have admitted spinners

Nathan Hauritz, with Marcus North

likely to assure him of a place in likely to assure him of a place in

the team. We've known each other

since we were 12-13 years of age.

It's quite nice, really, to think

that two young kids from wan rue

are able to hopefully play in a

Test match for Australia. South

Africa favoured to claim the

world's number-one Test match

ranking, and the trophy that goes with

with it. But the Proteas are

clearly taking nothing for granted.

We know Australia are really

competitive and they've got some world-class

world-class players. We're going to

have to earn it. Michael Clarke

says he's confident he'll be fit to play.

A crowd of more than 40,000 is

expected to turn out tonight to

watch Ben Cousins make his watch Ben Cousins make his return

to Australian football. It'll be

the first time since September 2007

that Cousins has played a match,

and even the opposition is getting

behind the former eagle. It's such

an honour for Ben to come back and

play football again. To play in

Melbourne - Collingwood-Richmond is

always a big game. He'll be looking

forward, as much as everyone else

will be. Tonight's

Richmond-Collingwood NAB Cup match

will be shone across Australia will be shone across Australia on

Network Ten. Check local guides for

broadcast times.

You've sent our undies offshore for

China. Any good news? I do, Ron. New figures today show construction

work in Australia rose to record

highs in December. Approvals rose

10% in the quarter, and there are

still more than $39 billion worth

of work on the books planned for

this year. Construction is an

important indicator, because the money from that sector flows

through the economy, and it should

help cushion us from some of the

downturn this year.

To the markets in detail now - Wall

Street's plunged overnight as the

US President's first address to crest

crest failed to shed any now light

on how he plans to stabilise the economy.

Are the 'Courier-Mail' leads with

praise for a Brisbane bus driver,

who dropped a group of unruly students

students at a police station.

The 'Financial Review' says a

Treasury review of executive pay

will recommend reducing gold and

handshake -- golden handshakes for

departing executives.

And 'The Australian' says the Rudd

Government spent $1 million on

sending people on happiness

conferences in the last month.

Two men have been committed Two men have been committed to

trial for the rape of an Australian

woman in Scotland. All those

details when Ten's Early News returns. This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early

Early News - a plane crash in the

Netherlands - 9 killed when a

Turkish Airlines plane slams down

into a muddy field in Holland into a muddy field in Holland and breaks apart.

Jobs crisis - some of our top

Aussie brand names are turning

Chinese - thousands of jobs to

disappear as Pacific Brands shuts

up shop.

And two men sent to trial in

Scotland over a brutal attack on an

Australian woman snatched off the

street in broad daylight.

First up this morning - a passenger

jet has crashed near Amsterdam, killing nine people and injure killing nine people and injure more

than 50. Three crew were among the

dead aboard the Turkish Airlines flight. Only

Only a few hundred metres short of

its destination, within sight of

the runway, and the Boeing 737

crash-landed. At this stage, there

is no explanation. The weather was

fine. And there were no reports of

any mechanical problems. 9 people

died here at the scene.

died here at the scene. Several

others are in critical condition.

And dozens more are walking wounded.

But the very fact that the But the very fact that the vast majority of shocked passengers escaped

escaped is a remarkable slice of

good fortune. Dutch fire crews and

teams of paramedics were quickly teams of paramedics were quickly at

the scene. Schipol airport is one

of the busiest in Europe, and is

well-prepared for an emergency response.

The passengers may have been saved

by a combination of geography and

timing. For the approach to the

runway here is over completely flat

and open Dutch farmland. And the

737, of course, was at the very end

of its journey, meaning it had only

a limited supply of fuel left on

board. Greatly reducing the chance

s of a fire on impact. The search

for crews is new -- clues is for crews is new -- clues is now

under way. Prompted by the lack of

fire, one question is whether the

plane may have actually ran out of fuel. The big news this morning here in

Australia, of course, is the loss

of some of the most Aussie of

brands - your Berlei bras, your

Bonds, your King Gee - they're all

going overseas, Belinda Heggen.

What's gone wrong? Some of them

will disappear. Pacific Brands, the

company which makes them, has

announced it's shutting down its Australian plants and sending all its production off to China. its production off to China. That's

cost Australia more than 1,800 jobs,

and we've been told to brace for

even more job losses. This

This is the moment when

hundreds of manufacturers were told

they would no longer have jobs. They're the latest casualties of

the global economic the global economic slowdown.

Finally feelin' the pinch of it. We

struggled on for a while, and now

we're feelin' the pinch. All up,

850 jobs will be cut across the

country, 1,200 in manufacturing,

after Pacific Brands posted a $150

million loss for the half-year. The

company's drowning in debt, owing

the banks $8 tep million. We have

persevered where others have stopped manufacturing well before

us. But this is the only

responsible decision available to

us. The union slammed the company's

decision and called on the Government to intervene. Some Government to intervene. Some of

these businesses are profitable,

successful businesses. It's not the

case that a decision by this

company to wholesale pull out of Australia can be justified. Pacific

blames the cutbacks on falling

retail sales and plummeting

consumer confidence.

The Rudd Government says it tried

to talk Pacific Brands out of

cutting its workforce, but was told

nothing could be done. The

Government says it's prepared for Government says it's prepared for

the expected rise in unemployment, but the expected rise in unemployment,

but workers have been warned even

more jobs will be lost. The news we

heard today that there will be

other days in which we hear news other days in which we hear news

like this as the global financial crisis and global recession bear

down on our economy. Meanwhile, the

Opposition says the job cuts are

proof the Government failed with

its first stimulus package, which

it claimed boosted the sales of it claimed boosted the sales of

socks and jocks. So, if, by their

own benchmarks, their package

didn't work, then the Government

stands condemned for wasting $10

billion of taxpayers' money.

Treasurer Wayne Swan says the

situation would have been much

worse without the stimulus package.

And Ron, I'll be back in a few

minutes with the rest of business. Thanks, Belinda. Other news -

extreme fire weather forecast for South Australia today has forced South Australia today has forced

the closure of all public schools

and has fire crews on full alert.

Meanwhile, a South Australian

firefighter volunteering in

Victoria is in critical condition

after being hit by a falling tree

branch. The 39-year-old was helping

to contain a blaze near Alexandra,

north-east of Melbourne, when the

accident happened.

Pressure is mounting on

Queensland's Premier to announce

new policies as she heads into day

four of the election campaign. So far, Anna Bligh has only attacked

the Opposition's ideas. the Opposition's ideas. He's lost the last two elections,

but this time, Lawrence Springborg

has hit the ground running. In two

days, he's announced two policies -

the latest - 1,000 extra police officers over the next three years.

Queenslanders deserve to feel

secure in their own homes. It secure in their own homes. It won

immediate support. We believe it is

a good policy, we believe it's good

for police and also the public. But

apparently, not for the State's

coffers. Mr Springborg, in just the

first two full days of the election

campaign, has embarked on a project

of reckless spending of almost $1.2

billion - Mr Springborg, the world

has changed. Where is the money

coming from? Heckled in Brisbane

yesterday, Premier Anna Bligh is yesterday, Premier Anna Bligh is

yet to announce a single policy. We

roll out the campaign, people the

people of Queensland will see lots

of new ideas from our Government.

Ms Bligh's plans for today remain

top-secret. Her opponent will

continue his campaign to woo voters

in North Queensland. I can't get enough of your love, baby.

Two men have been committed to stand

trial in Scotland over the rape and

attempted murder of an Australian

woman. The 24-year-old was abducted

in broad daylight and subjected to

a 7-hour ordeal. Ten's Europe correspondent is in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

Well, Edinburgh, of course, is more

famous for its churches and its

castles than its crime, so when

news broke of an horrific sexual

assault of an Australian woman here last last week, many locals were shocked.

But yeah, it's just scary. Really

scary. Yeah, I've lived there for

10 years, never heard of anything 10 years, never heard of anything

like this happen, and it's really,

really freaky. I've got people

expecting me home now. I don't walk

through here without people through here without people

expecting me on the other side. The

24-year-old told police she was

taken from a pedestrian underpass,

sprayed in the face with a noxious

substance and, disoriented, was

dragged into nearby scrubland next

to a busy supermarket and a

children's playground. It was there,

for seven hours, she was repeatedly for seven hours, she was allegedly

repeatedly raped and asauplted

before she managed to e-- -- and assaulted before she managed to

escape. A 20-year-old man and a

26-year-old man have appeared for a second time in Edinburgh xfr sheriff Court charged with

attempted murder and rape. Today, in a closed-court hearing, they

were remanded in custody and

committed to stand trial here in Edinburgh.

The world's second-largest cruise

ship has just arrived in Sydney

Harbour. The 'Queen Mary 2' is too

Harbour. The 'Queen Mary 2' is too

big to use the overseas passenger

terminal and will instead berth at the

the naval base at Garden Island.

The last visit to Sydney turn under

to a debacle as authorities closed

key roadways and vantage points as key roadways and vantage points as

thousands of people flocked to the harbour.

Sport - Australian vice-captain

Michael Clarke says he's confident

he will take the field in tonight's

first crickets Test against South Africa,

Africa, despite an ongoing back complaint. Australian selectors

have opted for speed over spin in

the 12-man squad, with slow bowlers Luke McGuane and Nathan Hauritz

missing out. Very soft and tacky yesterday. There's been no rain

this morning, which is obviously this morning, which is obviously a

good sign for the start of the game.

Hopefully I'll get a look at it

this afternoon and we'll have a

better idea of what our final XI

might be by the end of training

today. Phillip Hughes, Ben Hilfenhaus

Hilfenhaus and Marcus North are set

to play their maiden Tests.

Richmond recruit Ben Cousins will

return to the field tonight almost

18 months after his last senior

match. It caps a remarkable

comeback for the former Eagle,

who's already had a major impact on his new club. is expected to turn out A crowd in excess of 40,000 as Ben Cousins returns to big-time football. We expected that when we drafted him - that there'd be a lot more hype.

And there have been plenty of benefits - membership's up, we had huge support at our Family Day, the other day. And I think it's only going to be seen by the greater audience and the media tomorrow night how he's actually had a great impact on us. Even tonight's opposition is right behind the Brownlow Medallist. I think it's such a great honour for Ben to be able to come back from where he has been in the last few years, and come and play football again. And playing in Melbourne, it's such a big game, Collingwood-Richmond always is, and I guess he'll be looking forward to it as much as everyone else will be. Both Richmond and Collingwood have named near full-strength sides for the match, which will be historic in more ways than one. For the first time, the AFL will trial a countdown clock at the stadium, allowing fans the chance to see exactly how long is left in a match.

We're interested to see whether the fans who come along think that it adds to the experience of being at the game.

Luke Schneider, Ten News.

The player manager of rugby union convert

convert Fraser Anderson claims

Cronulla had no right to terminate Cronulla had no right to terminate

his client's contract. Anderson had his client's contract. Anderson had

asked the Sharks to remain at asked the Sharks to remain at the

club until June, despite agreeing

to a deal with a Japanese rugby

side. But Cronulla opted to let him

go immediately. The manager, Lance

Thompson, claims they had noing no

right to do so, as Anderson's deal

in Japan had not been finalised.

The Australian share market hit

5-year lows for the second time in 5-year lows for the second time in

as many days yesterday. Mostly due as many days yesterday. Mostly due

to weakness in the blank banks.

Joining me with the details is

Juliana Roadley from CommSec. Good

morning. What was the problem with the

the market yesterday? It had been

training higher. The miners lost

grounds towards the close, Belinda.

There are some worries that, even

if we get some overseas investment

into our miners, some of these

smaller miners will not survive.

There was also the worry of the job

losses - Pacific Brands. You also

had President Obama speaking in our

trading session during that time.

Unfortunately, he really failed Unfortunately, he really failed to

inspire many of the traders, and

that caused our market to sell off

as well. We've seen Wall Street

down today. What can we expect

today? Wall Street giving back some

gains yesterday - the Dow off by 92,

the Nasdaq down 20. European the Nasdaq down 20. European

markets were weaker. Our market is expected

expected to open up 10 points

higher. Higher base metal, gold and

oil prices. The key thing that will

drive our markets today is

reporting - we have so many

companies reporting - Telstra, IAG, companies reporting - Telstra, IAG,

Lend Lease, the shopping-centre

owner Westfield, VillageShow, Lion

Nathan, Toll Holdings, just a too

name a few. Big day. Juliana

Roadley from CommSec, thank you. Thanks.

Still ahead on Ten's Early News - this morning's headlines, including the latest on the plane

crash in Holland. And the shock

news about Bonds jobs all going to China.

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Top stories every quarter-hour on

Ten's Early News - a plane crash

Ten's Early News - a plane crash in

Holland kills at least 9 people,

including the pilots. The Turkish

Airways jet smashed into a field as

it tried to land.

Almost 2,000 Australian jobs axed

as Pacific Brands sends some of our

most iconic clothing brands to China.

A firefighter seriously injured by

a falling tree enVictoria - it comes comes as fire crews prepare for

tomorrow's dangerous weather conditions.

And in sport - the Australian

cricket team has its final training

session ahead of tonight's first

Test at the Wanderers'.

First this morning - a Turkish

Airlines passenger jet with 135

people aboard has crashed in the people aboard has crashed in the

Netherlands, killing three crew

members, at least six passengers,

and injuring more than 50 others.

The Boeing 737 slammed into a field

and broke into three pieces. While

attempting to land at Amsterdam's

Schipol airport. Authorities say it

was a miracle there was no fire.

The black boxes have been recovered.

Authorities will work through the

night to recover bodies and begin

their investigation.

Well, they were as Australian as

meat pies and Holden cars, the old

What's happened? Unfortunately, yes, Bonds undies. But no more, Belinda.

Pacific they're heading overseas, Ron.

Pacific Brands, which owns all

those names, has decided to close

1,800 its Australian factories and throw

1,800 people out of work. The

company says they can make a bigger

profit manufacturing everything in

China. 1,200 factory jobs will go.

The rest will be office workers.

Pacific has been struggling with

its debt levels. We have looked at

this long and hard, and it is the

right decision for us going forward.

There is no major competitive

advantage for us in holding our

manufacturing. We - all of the

growth that we've had from our

company of recent years has come

manufactured offshore. from products that have been

Pacific Brands blamed the cuts on

falling sales and consumer confidence. falling sales and consumer Meanwhile, the Federal Government confidence.

says it tried to talk Pacific

Brands out of cutting its workforce,

but was knocked back. The

Opposition says the job losses are

a sign the Rudd Government has

failed to protect workers with its

economic stimulus measures. multibillion-dollar socks-and-jocks

emergency talks with Pacific Brands The Federal Industry Minister held three weeks ago. And I specifically asked, we could do was there anything further to change its mind? to get the company is 'no'. And the answer they have given me the Commonwealth giving the company That's despite $10 million a year of taxpayer-funded industry grants to stay afloat.

all Members of this House The response from disappointment at the decision. should be one of extreme was under the impression The Government had boosted the clothing industry. its economic stimulus measures the one item in our stores "You know, gone through the roof?" "that's really he said, "Socks and jocks." I said, "What's that?", Prime Minister, recovery look now? how does your socks-and-jocks led spectacularly. The cash splash has failed It hasn't created jobs.

how much worse it might be One can only imagine if we had not acted last October. But the Government expects more workers will suffer

as those at Pacific Brands. the same fate There will be other days on which we hear news like this as the global financial crisis and global recession bear down on our economy. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

I'll have the rest of the day's business news in a few minutes, Belinda, business news in a few minutes, Ron.

Belinda, in other news, a volunteer

firefighter is in critical

condition after being injured in

one of Victoria's fire zones. The

39-year-old man from South

Australia was airlifted to Royal

Melbourne Hospital after a tree

branch fell on top of him. He was

helping to set up containment lines

at the Murrindindi complex fire

extreme fire conditions expected north-east of Melbourne ahead of

tomorrow. Former One Nation leader Pauline

Hanson has gone to ground, despite

putting her hand up for a seat

Queensland's Parliament. Ms Hanson putting her hand up for a seat in

says she'll contest the seat of

bodepezert at next month's state

election. She's yet to front the

media. Both parties have ruled out

any preference deals. The Labor

Party will not be issuing

preferences to Pauline Hanson. It's

not happening. Full stop.

Queenslanders head to the polls in

if you weeks' time.

Barack Obama's maiden speech to

Congress has gone down well. The US

President said more money would be

needed to bail out troubled banks

and get the economy going again.

But he promised Americans better

days ahead. Tonight, I want every

American to know this - we will

rebuild. We will recover. And the

United States of America will

emerge stronger than before.

Rhetoric aside, the Administration

is moving quickly to launch its

economic recovery plan, with

particular help for struggling

home-owners. The Aussie cricket team looks set

to hold off naming the final

make-up of their Test XI until just

before play, with three uncapped

players named in the 12-man squad:

Ben Hilfenhaus. Phillip Hughes, Marcus North and

the showers from yesterday seem to

have cleared, bebut can't jet be

said for the makep of the final

said for the makep of the final XI.

Very soft and tacky yesterday.

There been no rain this morning, a

good sign for the start of the good sign for the start of the game.

Hopefully I'll get a look at it

this afternoon and we'll have a

better idea of what our final XI

might be by the end of training

today. The Australians have shone their hand by admitting Luke

McGuane and Nathan Hauritz. The

part-time off-spin of Marcus North

likely to ashore him of a place in

the team. We've known each other

since we were about 12-13 years of

age. It's quite nice, really, to

think that, you know, two young

kids from wan rue are able to

hopefully play in Test match

together for Australia. South

Africa favourite to claim Africa favourite to claim the

world's number-one Test match

ranking and the trophy hat goes ranking and the trophy hat goes

with it. But the Proteas are

clearly taking nothing for clearly taking nothing for granted. We know Australia are really competitive and they've got some world-class players and they're not

going to give it to us easily.

We're going to have to earn it.

Clarke Australian vice-captain Michael

Clarke says he's confident he'll be

fit to play.

A crowd of more than 40,000 is

expected to turn out tonight to watch Ben Cousins make his return

to AFL. It will be the first time

since September 2007 that Cousins

has played a senior match and even the opposition is getting behind the former Eagle.

I think it's such a great honour

for Ben to be able to come back from

from where he has been the last few from where he has been the last

years and come and play football

again. To play in Melbourne - such

a big game, Collingwood-itch mnd

always is. He'll be looking forward

as much as anyone else will be.

Tonight's NAB Cup match will be

shone across Australia on Network Ten. Check local guides Ten. Check local guides for telecast times.

Cashed-up Japanese rugby clubs are

trying to sign NRL players. trying to sign NRL players. Fraser

Anderson will be hoping to

finalise his deal as soon as possible.

Anderson's manager Lance Thompson claims he had asked to stay at the Sharks until June, with the Kobelco Steelers because his contract hadn't been finalised to show Anderson the door. and that Cronulla had no right NRL boss David Gallop says switching codes, while he's powerless to stop players the best of both worlds. they can't have to rugby league You can't be under contract in the off-season. and be playing in a rival code Gallop has been in Auckland, where the Warriors have announced the Round 4 clash against Souths to missing back-rower Sonny Fai. will be a tribute a real cultural sort of festival - We're going to have and enjoy the day and really celebrate Elsewhere, Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne believes new coach Daniel Anderson could help end a 23-year premiership drought. From day one, nothing was put up about the past and everything was about the future and looking forward. And Willie Tonga is loving life in Townsville - a try in his first game for the Cowboys after a final year at the Bulldogs was plagued by injury. Bit sore - it's my first run, I think, in nearly 10 months, that first game out of the way so it was good to get to this weekend. and I'm looking forward Glen Lauder, Ten News. While we're all worried about our

undies going offshore, plenty of

other finance news this morning,

Belinda? Some good news finally,

Ron - new figures out today show Ron - new figures out today show

construction work in Australia rose

to record highs in December.

Approvals rose 10% in the quarter,

and there are still more than $39 and there are still more than $39 billion worth of work on

billion worth of work on the books planned for this year. planned for this year. Construction

is an important indicator, because is an important indicator, because

the money from that sector the money from that sector flows throughout the economy, and it

should help cushion us from some of

the downturn this year.

In other business news this morning:

To the markets now - Wall Street's

plunged overnight, as the US President's first address to

Congress failed to shed any new

light on how he plans to stabilise the economy.

Still ahead on Ten's Early News -

the latest headlines, more on the

passenger-jet crash in the

Netherlands, and a New Zealand town

terrorised by a bunch of toga-wearing drunken students.

We've got that next. FIRST UP, THE FEDERAL MEMBER FOR EDEN MONARO, MIKE KELLY, HAS WELCOMED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S WELCOMED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MORE FUNDING, FOR MARYMEAD A-C-T, HELPING INDIGENOUS FAMILIES IN QUEANBEYAN. MORE THAN 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN SET ASIDE, FOR FAMILIES IN THE REGION... WITH A FULL TIME SUPPORT PERSON, TO BE RECRUITED TO RUN THE SERVICE UNTIL JUNE. A NEW A-C-T STUDY SHOWS, THE NUMBER OF KIDS SUFFERING FOOD ALLERGIES, HAS DOUBLED IN THE PAST NINE YEARS. EXPERTS BEHIND THE STUDY SAY, MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO THE STUDY SAY, MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP FIND A CAUSE AND A CURE FOR ALLERGIES, WHICH CAN BE FATAL IN MANY KIDS. THE STUDY ALSO FOUND, PARENTS SHOULD NOT AVOID

GIVING KIDS PEANUTS... THE RESEARCH SHOWS, THIS COULD VE FOR KIDS ALLERGIES. AND POLICE ARE WARNING DRIVERS IN GOULBURN AND ACROSS NEW SOUTH WALES, THEY WILL BE TARGETING DRINK DRIVERS, THIS WEEKEND. POLICE, ARE BEGINNING A 72 HOUR, STATE - WIDE CRACKDOWN ON DRINK DRIVERS, TO COINCIDE, WITH A NEW THREE HUNDRED AND 20 THOUSAND DOLLAR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. THE CRACKDOWN, WILL CONTINUE UNTIL SUNDAY MORNING. AND YOUNG BOWLERS AROUND CANBERRA, ARE BEING ENCOURAGED, TO ENTER THE TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT - OH - NINE JUNIOR A-C-T CHAMPIONSHIPS. THIS YEAR'S COMP, IS ON FROM THE 15TH TO THE 17TH OF APRIL, WITH LOCAL CLUBS, SENDING OUT THE CALL THIS WEEK, FOR COMPETITORS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE. ENTRIES FOR THE COMPETITION CLOSE ON THE 10TH OF MARCH. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER.... A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ACROSS THE REGION WILL MOVE EAST INTO THE TASMAN SEA TOMORROW AND WILL MAINTAIN FINE WEATHER FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - FINE AND MOSTLY SUNNY IN CANBERRA - MOSTLY FINE FOR SYDNEY - AN EARLY SHOWER, THEN A FINE DAY FOR PERTH CHECKING OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS SOUTHERN WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - PLENTY OF SUNSHINE ABOUT TODAY - 33 THE EXPECTED TOP FOR DUBBO SUNNY AND 27 FOR BATHURST - MOSTLY SUNNY AND 23 FOR

BATHURST - MOSTLY SUNNY AND 23 FOR BOWRAL - 17 DEGREES THE TOP FOR PERISHER CLEAR SKIES WITH A TOP OF 29 FOR MUDGEE - 24 DEGREES FOR NOWRA - MOSTLY SUNNY AND 17 FOR THREDBO LOOKING AHEAD - THE NEXT FEW DAYS ARE LOOKING PRETTY GOOD - TOMORROW - WE CAN EXPECT A TOP OF 30

32 DEGREES ON THE WAY ON SATURDAY AND 30 AGAIN FOR SUNDAY . This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News - a deadly plane Early News - a deadly plane crash

in the Netherlands - 9 killed when

a Turkish Airlines plane slams into

a muddy field and breaks apart.

Australian jobs crisis - some of

our top brand names to head to

China. Thousands of jobs to

disappear as Pacific Brands shuts

up up shop.

And two men ordered to stand trial in Scotland over the brutal in Scotland over the brutal attack

of an Australian woman in broad daylight.

First this morning - the black box

flight recorder of a Turkish Airlines passenger plane which

crashed overnight has been found. 9

people are known to have died.

Several others are critically injure in hospital.

Only a few hundred metres short of

its destination, within sight of

the runway, and the Boeing 737

crash-landed. At this stage, there

is no explanation. The weather was

fine. And there were no reports of

any mechanical problems. 9 people

died here at the scene. Several died here at the scene. Several

others are in critical condition.

And dozens more are walking wounded.

But the very fact that the vast

majority of shock passengers

escaped is a remarkable slice of

good fortune. Dutch fire crews and

teams of paramedics were quickly at

the scene. Schipol airport is one the scene. Schipol airport is one

of the busiest in Europe, and is

well-prepared for an emergency response.

The passengers may have been saved

by a combination of geography and timing.

timing. For the approach to the

runway here is over completely flat

and open Dutch farmland. And the

737, of course, was at the very end

of its journey, meaning it had only

a limited supply of fuel left on a limited supply of fuel left on board - greatly reducing the

chances of a fuel on impact.

The search for clues is now under

way. One major question prompted by

that lack of fire is whether the that lack of fire is whether the

plane may actually have run out of fuel.

Economic news also in the headlines

this morning - you know the

recession is hitting hard when it

gets ya in the undies, Belinda.

It's not just undies, Ron -

footwear, sleepingwear, bedding.

Pacific Brands, the company which

makes them all, has announced it's makes them all, has announced it's

shutting down its Australian

factories and production is going to

to China. That's cost Australia

more than 1,800 jobs, and we've

been told to brace for even more losses.

This is the moment when hundreds of manufacturing

manufacturing workers were told

they no longer had jobs. They were

the clothing makers for brands like

bonds, King Gee and Berlei. Finally

feelin' the pinch of it. We've

struggled on for a while. And now

we're feelin' the pinch. All up,

1850 jobs will be lost across the

country, 1,200 in manufacturing,

another Pacific Brands posted a

$150 million loss for the half-year.

They owe the banks $810 million. We

have persevered where others have

stopped manufacturing well before

us. But this the only responsible

decision available to us. The union

slammed the company's decision and called called on the Government to

intervene. Some of these businesses

are profitable, successful

businesses. It's not the case that

a decision by this company to

wholesale pull out of Australia can

be justified. Pacific blames the cutbacks

cutbacks on falling retail sales

and plummeting consumer confidence.

Meantime, the Rudd Government says it tried to talk Pacific Brands out

of cutting its workforce, but was

told there was nothing that could

be done. The Government says it's

prepared for the expected rise in

unemployment as a result, but workers workers have been warned even more

jobs will be lost.

There will be other days on which

we hear news like this as the

global financial crisis and global

recession bear down on our economy.

The Opposition says the job cuts

are proof the Government failed

with its first stimulus package,

which it claimed boosted the sale which it claimed boosted the sale

of socks and jocks. So, if, by

their own benchmarks, their package

didn't work, then the Government

stands condemned for wasting $10

billion of taxpayers' money. Treasurer Wayne Swan says Treasurer Wayne Swan says the

situation would have been much

worse without the stimulus package.

I'll be bang in a few minutes with

the rest of finance.

Thank you.

Extreme fire weather forecast for

South Australia today has forced the

the closure of all public schools

and has fire crews on full alert. Meanwhile, a South Australian

firefighter volunteering firefighter volunteering in

Victoria is in critical condition

after being hit by a falling tree

branch. The 39-year-old was helping

to contain a blaze near Alexandra

north-east of Melbourne, when the

accident happened. Today is day four of the Queensland election campaign, and pressure is

building on the Premier to announce

new policies. So far, Anna Bligh has

has only attacked the Opposition's ideas.

He's lost the last two elections,

but this time, Lawrence Springborg

has hit the ground running. In two

days, he's announced two policies -

the latest - 1,000 extra police officers over the next three years. Queenslanders

Queenslanders deserve to feel

secure in their own homes. secure in their own homes. It won

immediate support. Look, we believe

it is a good policy. We believe

it's good for police, and also the

public. But apparently, not for the

State's coffers. Mr Springborg, in

the first two full days of the

election campaign, has embarked on

a project of reckless spend almost $1.2

$1.2 billion. Mr Springborg, the

world has changed. Weir where is

the money coming from? Heckled in

Brisbane yesterday, Premier Bligh Brisbane yesterday, Premier Anna

Bligh is yet to announce a single

policy. We roll out the campaign,

the people of Queensland will see

lots of new ideas from our

Government. Ms Bligh's plans for

today remain top-secret. Her

opponent will continue his campaign

to woo voters in North Queensland.

I can't get enough of your love, baby.

Two men have been committed to stand

trial in Scotland over the rape and

attempted murder of an Australian

woman. The 24-year-old was abducted

in broad daylight and subjected to

a 7-hour ordeal. Ten's Europe correspondent Danielle Isdale is in

the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Well, edbrun, of course, is more

famous for its churches and its

castles than its crime, so when

news broke of an horrific sexual

assault of an Australian woman here

last week, many locals were shocked.

But yeah, it's just scary. Really

scary. Yeah, I've lived here for

years and never heard of anything

like this happening, and like this happening, and it's

really, really freaky. I've actually got people expecting me

home now. I don't want walk through

here without people expecting me on

the other side. The 24-year-old

told police she was taken from a pedestrian

pedestrian underpass, sprayed in

the face with a noxious substance,

and, disoriented, she was drag

under to nearby scrubland, next to

a busy supermarket and a children's

playground. It was there, for seven

hours, she was allegedly repeatedly

raped and assaulted before she managed

managed to escape. Now, two men,

Michal Marchlewski, 20 years old,

and Tomasz Kryczyk, 26 years old,

have appeared for a second time in Edinburgh Sheriff Court, charged

with attempted murder and rape.

Today, in a clezed-court hearing,

they were remanded in custody and

committed to stand trial here Edinburgh.

The findings of an inquest into the

death of miner Larry Knight are

expected to be handed down by a

Tasmanian coroner today. A rock

fall at the Beaconsfield goldmine

nearly three years ago killed Mr

Knight and thraped fellow miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb for two

weeks. The inquest in Launceston

has heard nine weeks of evidence

from almost 40 witnesses.

To our toga terrorist - a gang of toga-wearing uni students has gone

on a rampage in New Zealand. 2,000

students joinand annual fancy-dress

parade to celebrate the start of

the school year. It soon got out of hand.

hand. The students leaving a trail

of destruction, with broken shop

winnows, vandalised cars, and

streets littered with eggs, rubbish and

and vomit. The local council said

they were disappointed with the behaviour and will reconsider

whether to allow the event to take place again.

Australian vice-captain Michael

Clarke says he's confident he will

take the field in tonight's first cricket Test against South Africa,

despite an ongoing back complaint.

Australian selecters have opted for

speed over spin in the 12-man squad,

with slow bowlers Luke McGuane and

Nathan Hauritz missing out. Very

soft and tacky yesterday. There's

been no rain this morning, which is

obviously a good sign for the start

of the game. Hopefully we'll have a

better idea of what our final XI

might be by the end of training

today. Phillip Hughes, Ben

Hilfenhaus and Marcus North are set

to play their maiden Tests.

Richmond recruit Cousinss can will

return to the field tont almost return to the field tont almost 18

months after his last senior match.

The former Eagle has already had a

major impact on his new club.

A crowd in excess of 40,000 is expected to turn out as Ben Cousins returns to big-time football. We expected that when we drafted him - that there'd be a lot more hype.

And there have been plenty of benefits - membership's up, we had huge support at our Family Day, the other day. And I think it's only going to be seen by the greater audience and the media tomorrow night how he's actually had a great impact on us. Even tonight's opposition is right behind the Brownlow Medallist. I think it's such a great honour for Ben to be able to come back from where he has been in the last few years, and come and play football again. And playing in Melbourne, it's such a big game, Collingwood-Richmond always is, and I guess he'll be looking forward to it as much as everyone else will be. Both Richmond and Collingwood have named near full-strength sides for the match, which will be historic in more ways than one. For the first time, the AFL will trial a countdown clock at the stadium,

allowing fans the chance to see exactly how long is left in a match. whether the fans who come along We're interested to see think that it adds to the experience of being at the game. Luke Schneider, Ten News.

The player manager of rugby union

convert Fraser Anderson claims

Cronulla had no right to terminate

his client's contract. Anderson had asked

asked the Sharks to remain at the

club until June, despite agreeing

to a deal with a Japanese rugby

side but Cronulla opted to let him

go immediately. Manager Lance

Thompson claims they had no right

to do that, as Anderson's deal in

Japan had not been finalised.

NBL, and Melbourne has won NBL, and Melbourne has won the

opening game of their best-of-three

semifinal series against the New

Zealand Breakers. The home side

dominated from the tip-off, heading

into half-time with a 16-point into half-time with a 16-point lead.

Ed Barlow with a 23 points, while

Ebi Era finished with 22.

The closest the Kiwis got after the The closest the Kiwis got after the

main break was 15, as the Tigers continued their charge towards back-to-back titles. The Australian share market hit

5-year lows for the second time in

as many days yesterday, mostly due

to weakness in the banks. Joining

me with the details is Juliana

Roadley from CommSec. Things have

been going so well yesterday. What

happened in the end? Well, the

miners gave away a bit of their

gains towards the close, Belinda.

There is worries about that

overseas investment coming into our

mining sect, and whether it will be

enough to help our small miners

survive. President Obama spoke to Congress

Congress during our trading zone. Unfortunately, his speech was

uninspiring. Our market sold off.

It was down by 3 points at the

close. What can we expect today?

Well, if you look at the US, it has

fallen today - reducing those

losses during the session, it's

now off by 32 points, the Dow. The

Nasdaq Dow 11. The SPI down around 7

7 points at the moment. Higher base

metal prices, gold and oil prices.

The main thing to look at today is the number of companies the number of companies reporting

on our exchange - Telstra, IAG,

Lend Lease, Village Roadshow and

Lion Nathan. Lots to talk about tomorrow

tomorrow morning. Juliana Roadley

from CommSec, thank you. Thanks.

Just recapping our top stories - at

least 9 people have been killed

after a Turkish Airways plane crashed in Holland. The plane

smashed into a field as it attempted to land.

And Pacific Brands axes almost

2,000 Australian jobs - some of our

most iconic clothing brands will

now be sent overseas to China.

And that's Ten's Early News for

this Thursday. I'm Ron Wilson. See

you again tomorrow morning at

morning. And I'm Belinda Heggen. Good

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