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Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. And

I'm Catherine Kennedy. Today's

stories - Kevin Rudd to address the

climate summit in Bali as he

resists demands for binding targets.

The prosecutor at the centre of the

gang rape controversy has been

stood aside pending an inquiry.

More than 60 people killed in two

bomb blasts, targeting the

government and UN in Algeria.

Andrew Symonds leads Australia to victory in the Twenty20 game against New Zealand.

Now a check of the markets. Wall

Street waiting for the all-important Federal Reserve

announcement? That's right. The US

market is flat as investors await

for an expected interest rate cut

from the Federal Reserve. Worries

abouts the impact of the cret

turmoil and the housing -- credit

turmoil and the housing slump in

the US had them turning defensive.

When I come back, the Reserve releases previously confidential When I come back, the Reserve Bank

says information. Thank you. Kevin Rudd

says he'll appeal to the Indonesian

President for clemency for the Bali

9 and this comes as the Government

continues to resist pressure from

the UN to commit to binding

emission targets. Kevin Rudd is due to address the summit later today.

Environment reporter Emile Rice -- Emily

Emily Rice is in Bali. The PM addressing the UN climate

conference and formerly handing

over Kyoto documentation. But over Kyoto documentation. But the

picture opportunity won't end picture opportunity won't end there,

Al Gore expected in Bali today also.

He may meet with Mr Rudd to

personally congratulate him on

Kyoto. The PM's already received

appraisal from the Indonesian

President. The pair meeting last

night for bilateral talk and they

tackled some tough issues,

including the future of the Bali 9.

Mr Rudd telling the President he

plans to ask for clemency if the

death sentence appeals fail. Mr

Rudd's been in the country for less

than 24 hours but already he's

making good on his promise of

international leadership. A Melbourne mother is being

investigated by police for possible links

links to Islamic Jihad. It's

claimed the woman declared claimed the woman declared herself

and her Australian-based family

soldiers for Osama bin Laden. The

allegation is contained in a sworn

statement handed to the Federal

Police. The damage bill from a

violent storm that tore across

parts of Sydney is expected to top

$65 million. Homes and cars were pounded

pounded by hail stones, the size of

cricket balls, at the weekend. Four

of the worst hit suburbs have now

been declared natural disaster

zones, where around 2,000 residents

are still waiting for assistance. A

recovery committee will hold its

first on the ground meeting today.

The Queensland prosecutor at the

centre of the gang rape case in

which six attackers avoided jail has

has been stood aside. Court

transcripts revealing Steve Carter

described the rape a 10-year-old

girl as childish experimentation

and not deserving of jail time. Outside

Outside Cairns court, a lone

protester angry the legal system

let down a little girl. This

decision is so obscene. Six

attackers given non-custodial

sentences over the pack rape of a

10-year-old girl in the Aboriginal

prosecutor Steve Carter said: community of Aurukun. The Crown

And:

You've got to draw a line where you

have to protect children. Sometimes

from themselves. Mr Carter has been stood aside, pending an investigation in to his handling of

the case. The Child Safefy

Department is also under scrutiny

after the girl was taken out of

foster care and put back in Aurukun.

And the Premier knew on Sunday but

didn't tell the Minister. At this

stage, at this stage I intend stage, at this stage I intend to

talk to the Attorney-General. The

committal hearing in to perjury

charges against former Federal

Court judge Marcus Einfeld is due

to wrap up today. It's been a tough

few days for Mr Einfeld with friend

and key witness Vivian Shenker

confirming he was in Sydney the day

his car was snapped by a speed

camera. Originally she backed

Einfeld's claims that he was on the

NSW north coast. She later changed

her story in exchange for immunity

from prosecution. Flames have

ripped through a Sydney guest house

after a resident accidentally

started a fire. All eight people

inside the building were evacuated.

It's believed a man was smoking in

his bed when his matress caught

alight. He was taken to hospital

and treated for smoke inhalation.

The clean-up continues this morning

after a freight train rolled near

Brisbane, spilling 10 tonnes of

products used in the making of

cement. 10 wagons ran off the rails

near Caboolture. They were carrying

cement dust and fly ash. There was

an additional worry and that's what

would happen to the mix if it

rained? Commuters are being bussed

around the crash. World leaders

have condemned two bomb attacks

that have rocked the Algerian capital.

capital. 10 United Nations staff capital. 10 United Nations staff

members are believed to be among

at least 67 people killed in the

explosions, targeting the

Government. Buildings gutted in the

blast, hurling chunks of concrete

across the city. Hundreds poured in

to the streets, many searching

through the rubble, pulling out

bodies and the injured. Among the

casualties - school students. Their

bus caught in the explosions.

Emergency wards filling with

wounded. One victim says the walls

caved around him as he sat down to

work. The bombers targeting a

United Nations building and

Algeria's Constitutional Council.

World leaders rallying to condemn

the attacks. My sincere compassion to

to our colleague and friend, the

representative of Algeria, for representative of Algeria, for this

very tragic event. While no-one has

claimed responsibility, suspicions

are focusing on the north-African

wing of al-Qa'ida. Pakistan has

successfully test-fired a cruise

missile capable of carrying nuclear

warheads. The missile has a range

of 700 kilometres and could easily

hit targets deep inside India,

Pakistan's main rival in the region.

Both countries routinely carry out

missile tests despite a peace

protest made three years ago.

Australia has beaten New Zealand in

its Twenty20 game in Perth, with a

team that included a bloke plucked

from the crowd. Andrew Symonds was

a big hit for the Aussies. The

bowlers cashed in as well on a

memorable night for a rookie. as a spectator with his girlfriend. Luke Pomersbach went to the game Within an hour during the warm-up Brad Hodge had injured his back on the scoreboard. and there was a new name "No, mate, it's not a joke. And he said, as quick as possible?" "Can you get to the rooms So I was, from that moment on - I don't even think I locked my car,

He played his part two. It was

though. Andrew Symonds doing all the damage,

COMMENTATOR: Massive. An unbeaten

85, the bowlers picked up where 85, the bowlers picked up where he left off.

Tait struck as well. Two in three

balls for Tait. Some late fireworks

from Oram, six 6s. The debutant

ending the carnage. A fist-up ending the carnage. A fist-up win

for new captain Michael Clarke,

Symonds liching after a dive that

went wrong. -- limping after a dive

that went wrong. Sfrpblgts that the

same ankle you did in Hobart? Yes.

Oh, dear. Victoria has secured

first innings point in the Pura Cup

match against Tasmania at match against Tasmania at Bellerive

Oval. David Hussey doing most of

the damage. His innings, 103. The

first innings lead propels Victoria

to outright top of the table.

They've leapfrogged the Tigers. The

century came from 159 balls as they

posted a formidable 399. Tasz will

resume play on the -- Tasmania will

resume play on the final day. They need 221 to make Victoria bat again.

In AFL news, Collingwood defender

Nick Maxwell has staked his claim

to succeed Buckley as captain. The

impressive 24-year-old is expected

to fill Buckley's number 5 jumper

and his former role in the and his former role in the team.

I'd love to do it but there are

half a dozen guys who are in line. In

In further good news for the

Magpies, Anthony Rocca's recovery

from groin surgery remains ahead of

schedule. He resumed running on

Monday. Finance now. The Reserve

Bank spills the beans on interest rates? It has. It'sopethened flood

gates. The Reserve Bank has

released the minutes from its last

13 monthly meetings. Previously

confidential information is now

open to the public for the first

time. Glenn Stevens says while the

Central Bank has considered bigger

interest rate rises in the past,

the minutes aren't particularly

startling. Asciano has ended

speculation over their brambles --

Brambles bid. It no longer sees

Brambles as a long-term investment.

The company coundowngraded its 2008 earning

earning forecast and is set to

focus on a restructure. National numbers

numbers for the rest of the day: Looking at today's newspaper

headlines. More on Kevin headlines. More on Kevin Rudd's

visit to Bali. Australia resists

pressure to adopt dramatic

greenhouse targets. Rio Tinto has

forced BHP Billiton to make a

formal takeover offer within six

months or shelve its plans to merge

altogether. That story in the

'Financial Review'. The NSW

Government is finalising plans for

five underground metro lines in

Sydney. Thousands without power as

a deadly ice storm sweeps the US.

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Stood aside - the prosecutor at the

centre of the gang rape case to be

investigated. Kevin Rudd to plead

for the Bali 9 as he prepares to

address the climate change summit.

23 dead and thousands without power.

An ice storm is raging across the

US. And in sport, Australia moves a

step closer to having a foreigner

at the helm of the Wallabies.

Another check of the markets. All

eyes on the Federal Reserve? The US

market is flat as investors await

for an expected interest rate cut

from the Federal Reserve. Worries

about the impact of the credit

turmoil and the housing slump in

the US had Wall Street turning defensive.

When I return, details of a put-up

or shut-up clause for BHP's bid

or shut-up clause for BHP's bid for

mining giant Rio Tinto. The Crown

prosecutor in the gang rape case in

Cape York has been stood aside. The

move follows national outcry after

six attackers escaped jail over

the pack rape of a 10-year-old Court the pack rape of a 10-year-old girl. Court transcripts revealed

prosecutor Steve Carter described

the rape in the community of

Aurukun as childish experimentation.

A full investigation has been

launched by the DPP in to launched by the DPP in to Mr Carter's conduct. The State

Government is appealing the sentences. Kevin Rudd is

continuing to resist pressure to

commit to binding emissions targets

until after the results of a study

released next year. The issues dividing countries at the dividing countries at the climate conference in Bali with the US,

Japan and Canada also opposed to

the targets. Kevin Rudd is due to

address the summit today and

formerly hand over Kyoto

documentation. Meantime, the PM

said he will appeal to the

Indonesian President for clemency

for the Bali 9. Acting PM Julia

Gillard says plans to bring back

unfair dismissal laws have to be

placed on hold. This comes as the

Government takes urgent steps to stop AWAs. Despite blazing a trail as the first female acting PM, winding back WorkChoices remains Julia Gillard's goal.

The deputy Labor leader ordered statistics on Australian Workplace Agreements from her new department. We know they've stripped pay and conditions of Australian workers and we want them ended.

Labor will introduce legislation as soon as Parliament resumes in February to ensure no new agreements are created, but bringing back unfair dismissal laws will be the subject of a future industrial relations bill. That will be the subject of more consultation. It will deal with all of the issues, including unfair dismissal. And in her other big portfolio, Education, the deputy Labor leader is preparing to abolish full fee-paying university degrees. Labor is promising to compensate universities with 11,000 new HECS places for Australian students. We want to make sure that

when people make application to go to university the criteria is who is best to fill the place, not who can pay the most. Jacqueline Maddock, Ten News.

A recount will begin today in the

federal electorate of McEwen in

Victoria. Fran Bailey has requested

the second count after she lost the

seat by just seven votes. She says

she's concerned about the accuracy

of the process. Convicted gangland

killer Carl Williams wants to

sacrifice a bid for early sacrifice a bid for early release

to get his sick father out of jail. Williams, serving a minimum 35

years, has offered to swap his

February appeal hearing with his father George Williams. He was

jailed last month for drug

trafficking d spite claims he trafficking d spite claims he would

die in custody. The 61-year-old

suffers a serious heart condition.

A 26-year-old woman will face a

Sydney court today, charged with

the murder of her 2-year-old son.

Dean Shillingsworth's body was

found in a suitcase in a park bond

south-west of the city in south-west of the city in October.

His mother Matthew Fitzhenry was

arrested over his -- Rachel

Pfitzner was arrested over his

killing. Around 500 Australians

have developed the dead jaw

condition which has been linked to

their use of biophosphonates. A

class action against the drug

company has already been launched

in the US. A ferocious winter storm

continues to rage over the US, with

the death toll climbing to 23.

Oklahoma is the hardest hit where

virtually everything is buried

under thick layers of ice. Everything is sparkling across the

country's MidSection but the ice

that's blanketing the area are

dangerous. Trees are snapping. We

got home and were out of the car maybe

maybe five minutes and heard a big

boom and that was it. The power is

out. No food. No way to cook. No

hot water. And the roads have

proven deadly. It's going to be

very, very slick. If you don't have

to be on these roads, do not get on

'em. More than 20 people have died.

Faced with a thick layer of ice

kotding Kansas, Oklahoma and

Missouri, there has been declared a

state of emergency. Oklahoma, five times as many homes without power. The

The biggest power outage in The biggest power outage in that

state's history. Schools are closed

and the airports that managed to

stay open, most of the flights are

cancelled. The storm finally does

move, it is expected to spare the

north-east. The wife of the back

from the dead canoeist has been

remanded in custody after fronting

a UK court, charged with two counts

of deception. The appearance came

just a day after her husband, John,

also faced court. He's been charged

with obtaining money by deception

and making a false declaration to get a passport.

Australian rugby moved a step

closer to having a foreigner coach

the Wallabies. Robbie the Wallabies. Robbie Deans,

interviewed by the ARU selection

panel last night. The Crusaders

coach admitting the Wallabies were

his second choice following an

unsuccessful bid to coach the All

Blacks last week. Everyone is aware

of that. But I want to coach at

international level. I believe I've

done my apprenticeship. Deans would

not comment on how he changed the

Wallabies or coaching staff if he

was selected. They've waited a long

time but Gold Coast football fans

can rest assured their new world

class stadium is just about there.

Titans players inspecting their new

home ground for the first time. The

160 million dollar stadium will

seat 27,000. I think it will be

great. I think with the grand nice great. I think with the grand stand

nice and close to the field, it

will create an awesome atmosphere.

I can't wait. Fans will be treated

to an open day in February before

the stadium hostathise first match

of the 2008 NRL season in Yesterday's of the 2008 NRL season in March.

Yesterday's AFL preseason and

rookie drafts have rejuvenated the

football fortunes for a lucky new.

Scot Welsh, the biggest reject to

land a new home, he secured a

2-year deal with the Western Bulldogs. It's his third club but the fit is right. Scott Welsh is happy with a 2-year Bulldog deal after a nail-biting preseason draft day. Yeah, I was definitely a bit nervous. You know, I was waiting around the phone this morning and I was pretty happy, around about 10 o'clock, to get the phone call and now I can just... Had to organise my flight and get over here and start training tomorrow. Given a lifeline by the Dogs, and Crow sharpshooter the former premiership Kangaroo to the Dogs' forward line. will add a much needed boost to offer to Bulldogs Yeah, I do feel I've got something one of my preferences, the Bulldogs. and that's probably why that was pretty well I thought I could fit in there

and only time will tell. recycled players were out of fashion Unusually, David Gourdis with its top pick Richmond opting for WA teenager has opted out of football altogether, while Kangaroo CEO Rick Aylett last night announcing his shock retirement for the club and adding to a tumultuous year regarding a Gold Coast relocation. that has recently defied the AFL Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Finance again. A break in this

stand-off between BHP and Rio?

That's right. Rio Tinto has called

on Britain's take over panel to set

the mining giant a deadline. Under

the so-called put-up or shut-up clause,

clause, BHP will have to launch a

bid or walk away from a deal by the

end of January. Rio's attempting to

put an end to the stand-off. Since

it rejected BHP's $150 billion bid,

BHP is now tipped to come back with

an improved offer. The US Federal

Reserve is expected to slash

interest rates this morning for the

third time this year. The Central

Bank tipped to cut the rate by another

another quarter of a percent. It's

hoped any move by the Federal

Reserve will go some way to easing

the housing slump and credit woes

crippling the economy. Wednesday

weather -:

Two bomb blasts rock the Algerian

capital. That story next. The

CommSec finance report.

Our top stories this morning -

Kevin Rudd to address the climate

summit in Bali as he resists demand

for binding targets. The prosecutor

at the centre of the gang rape

controversy stood aside. Pending an

inquiry. More than 60 killed in two

bomb blasts targeting the

government and the UN in Algeria.

And the sports news - Andrew

Symonds leads Australia to victory

in the twaepbtd against New Zealand.

-- Twenty20 against New Zealand.

For another check of the markets -

the frael reserve finally slashing interest rates -- Federal Reserve

finally slashing interest rates?

Moments ago it cut interest rates

quarter point. for the third consecutive time by a

When I come back we'll cross live

to CommSec to see how the markets

reacted to the interest rate cut in

the US. Kevin Rudd says he'll

appeal to the Indonesian President

for clemency for thebally 9. This

comes as the Government continues

to resist pressure from the UN to

commit to binding emission targets.

Kevin Rudd is due to address the

summit later today. Our environment

reportser inbally covering the

talks. Later today the world media will finally get its Kyoto Kodak

moment. The PM addressing the UN

climate conference and formerly

handing over Kyoto documentation.

But p the picture opportunity won't

end there. Al Gore expected in Bali

today also. He may meet with Mr

Rudd to personally congrafrpilate

him on Kyoto. -- congratulate him

on Kyoto. The PM has already

received praise from the Indonesian

President. They tackled tough

issues, including the future of the

Bali 9. Mr Rudd telling the

President he is going to ask for

clemency. Mr Rudd has been in the

country for less than 24 hours but

already he's making good on his

promise of international leadership.

A recovery committee will hold its

first meeting today in Sydney's

battered west to assess the damage

today. It's been a tough few days cricket balls. Four suburbs cricket pounded by hail stones the size of at the weekend. Homes and cars were caused by that freakish hail storm

investigating the drowning of a prosecution. Police are exchange for immunity from story, agreeing to give evidence in north coast. She later changed her Einfeld's claims he was on the camera. Originally she backed his car was snapped by a speed confirming he was in Sydney the day for Mr Einfeld with the key witness for Mr Einfeld with the key witness

2-year-old girl in a blow up pool

on Sydney's Northen Beaches last

week. This follows reports the NSW Department of Community Services

had been contacted by the toddler's

family about her health. A

Queensland Crown prosecutor has Queensland Crown prosecutor has

been stood aside after six

attackers escaped jail over the

Court gang rape of a 10-year-old girl.

Court transcripts reveal prosecutor

Court transcripts reveal prosecutor

Steve Carter described the rape in

the Cape York community of Aurukun as naughty and a childish experimentation. A full

investigation has been launched by

the DPP in to the conduct of Mr

Carter. The State Government is

yet appealing the sentences. No word

yet on whether disgraced Aboriginal

leader Geoff Clark will continue

his legal battle after losing an

appeal against a civil rape case.

He's been ordered to pay damages

He's been ordered to pay damages

and the legal costs of his accuser. outside Victoria's Court of Appeal Carol Stingel all smiles legal battle. after a lengthy and emotional at the moment. I feel like I'm floating My feet aren't touching the ground. awarded $20,000 Earlier this year Ms Stingel was

after winning a civil rape case against former ATSIC leader Geoff Clark,

the jury accepting her evidence as a teenager in 1971, he led two pack rapes against her

but Clark's lawyers appealed, saying the 36-year delay meant was a miscarriage of justice the trial to instruct the jury properly and the judge failed about untested evidence. being believed. I feel that I'm finally all along. The truth was there on my side will help other victims of rape. Ms Stingel hopes her victory other women - especially women - I really hope that this will help

and do what they have to do. come forward Clark was not in court. Ms Stingel's legal costs. As well as damages he must now pay I'll be sending him a bill. I could do with it at the moment! Allan Raskall, Ten News.

Flames have ripped through a Sydney

guest house after a resident accidentally started a

accidentally started a fire. All

eight people inside the Bondi

building were evacuated. It's

believed a male resident was

smoking in bed when his matress

caught alight. He was taken to

hospital and treated for smoke

inhalation. The NSW Government is

planning to sell off more

State-owned asteats pay for a

European-style metro subway across

Sydney. Fairfax Newspapers report

Sydney. Fairfax Newspapers report

the Government is reviewing $86

billion in property holdings as a

possible funding source for up to

five subway lines. The State Government recently announceed it

will use the part sale of its

electricity asteats help pay for

the first line. 10 United Nations

staff members are believed to staff members are believed to be

among at least 67 killed in two

bomb attacks in Algeria. The first

explosion, blowing out building

explosion, blowing out building

fronts, and creating a large crater

in the road outside, are caught in

the capital. People were forced to

run for cover. At least 15 people

were killed in a second blast which

targeted a UN agency. The targeted a UN agency. The north

African arm of al-Qa'ida is African arm of al-Qa'ida is being

blamed for the attack. Pakistan has

successfully test fired a cruise musile capable of carrying

musile capable of carrying nuclear

warheads. The missile has a range

of 700 kilometres and could easily

hit targets deep inside India,

Pakistan's main regional rival.

Both countries routinely carry out

missile tests despite a peace

process which began three years process which began three years ago.

Australia has beaten New Zealand in

its Twenty20 game in Perth with a

team that included a bloke

team that included a bloke plucked

from the crowd. Andrew Symonds was

a big hit for the Australians. The

bowlers cashed in too on a

memorable night for a Warriors

rookie. Luke Pomersbach went to the

ground to watch the game with ground to watch the game with his

girlfriend. Within an hour his name

had been added to the scoreboard.

Team management tracking him down

after Brad Hodge was injured during

the warm-up. He said, "It's not a

joke. Can you get to the rooms

joke. Can you get to the rooms as quick as possible?" From that

moment on, I don't think I

my car. He played his part too. A

late cameo with the bat but it was

Andrew Symonds doing all the damage.

That's massive! An unbeaten 85. The

bowlers picked up where he left off.

Out first ball. Tait struck first ball

ball too, thanks to some ball too, thanks to some Gilchrist

acrobatics. What a catch! Two in

three balls for Tait. Yes, yes, yes

snfpt Some late fireworks from Oram,

six 6s in his 66. And the debutant

bowler ending the carnage. The

first-up win for new captain Michael Clarke. The

Michael Clarke. The downside,

Symonds limping after a dive that

went wrong. Is that the ankle you

did in Hobart? Same one. Oh, dear.

Notting good news. -- not good news.

Victoria has taken first innings

point against Tasmania. David

Hussey did most of the damage for

the Bushrangers. The first dig

the Bushrangers. The first dig lead

propels Victoria to outright top of

the table. They've jumped over the table. They've jumped over the Tigers in the process. Hussey's

quick century came from just 159

balls as the Bushrangers posted a

formidable 399. Tasmania will

resume on the final day. They need

221 to make Victoria bat again. In

AFL news, Collingwood defender Nick Maxwell

Maxwell has staked his claim to

succeed Buckley as captain. He's

considered the favourite to fill

Buckley's number 5 jumper and his

former role in the team. I'd love

to do it but as I said there's half

a dozen guy kwhooz are in line and they'd

they'd all be more than capable and

we'd be happy to support any one of

them. Anthony Rocca's recovery from

groin surgery remains ahead of schedule. In fact, he

running on schedule. In fact, he resumed

For the first time, the Reserve

Bank has released the minutes from

its last 13 monthly board meetings.

With more I'm joined by Craig James.

Good morning. Any interesting

revellations? No interesting revellations. That's basically

revellations. That's basically

because these board minutes were

always going to be a sanitized view

of proceedings. The Reserve Bank

did release minutes of 13 last

board meetings. Just moments ago,

the US Federal Reserve slashed

rates again? Yes, Federal Reserve

has cut federal funds rate by a

quarter of 1%. The discount rate by a

a quarter of one percent but there's there's massive disappointment

there's massive disappointment in

the US financial markets. The Dow

Jones is down by over 200 points.

The discounts rate was expected to

be cut by a bigger margin, by a

half of 1%. There seems to be a

lack of urgency in the Federal

Reserve statement which was

released, accompanying the decision

today. Big reaction in terms of

markets. Dow Jones plunging. And

the Australian dollar has lost more

than one cent in response to the

than one cent in response to the

decision. What can we expect from

our markets? Looks like a fairly

ugly day for Australian financial

markets. We have to react to the

weaker Aussie dollar. It will help

some stocks on the market, some stocks on the market,

particularly those focused on

the update. Thank overseas operations. Thank you for

Here is the national weather for

the rest of today:

The Kangaroo Island bushfires as

the air crews from four States and Elvis

the air crane helped to battle the

blaze. Asciano has ended

speculation over the Brambles bid.

Just in time for Christmas, Taronga

Zoo welcomes the newest addition to

its gorilla family. A yet to be

named baby. Looks like our named baby. Looks like our family

photos at home. The

photos at home. The diet that

doctors claim helps you live longer. Details on that when the news returns.

This morning - stood aside. The

prosecutor at the centre of the

gang rape case to be investigated.

Kevin Rudd promises to plead for

the Bali 9 as he addresses the

climate summit in Bali. 23 dead and

thousands without power, as an ice

storm rages across the US. And

Australia a step closer to

Australia a step closer to having

a foreigner at the helm of the

Wallabies. Right now let's check

out the markets. The Federal

Reserve finally slashing interest rates? The Federal Reserve

announced a cut in interest rates

for the third consecutive time by a

quarter point. The chairman sigling

recession. more cuts could be ahead to avoid a

When I return, details of Vodafone's multimillion-dollar

upgrade. Thank you. The Queensland

prosecutor at the centre of the

gang rape case in which six

attackers avoided jail has been stood aside. Court transcripts

reveal Steve Carter described the

rape of a 10-year-old girl as

naughty and not deserving of jail

naughty and not deserving of jail time. Outside Cairns court, a lone

protester angry the legal system

let down a little girl. This is so

obscene. Six attackers given non-custodial sentences over the

pack rape of a 10-year-old girl in

the Aboriginal community of Aurukun.

Court transcripts reveal the Crown

prosecutor said:

You've got to draw a line where you

have to protect children. Sometimes

from themselves. Mr Carter has been stood aside, penning an

investigation in to his handling of the case. The Child Safety

Department is also under scrutiny

after the girl was taken out

after the girl was taken out of

foster care and put back in Aurukun.

And the Premier knew on Sunday but

didn't tell the Minister. At this

stage, I intend to talk to the

Attorney General. Kevin Rudd is

continuing to resist pressure to

commit to binding emissions targets

until after the results of a study

are released next year. The issue is dividing countries at

is dividing countries at the

climate conference in Bali. The US,

Japan and Canada also opposed to

the targets. Kevin Rudd is due to address the summit today and formerly hand over Kyoto

documentation. The PM said he will

appeal for clemency for the Bali 9

when he holds talks with the

Indonesian President. A 2-year-old

girl has died after arriving in

Sydney on a Thai Airways flight last night. She

last night. She was taken to

Sydney's Children's Hospital where

she later died. There are no suspicious circumstances. A

26-year-old woman will face a Sydney court today charged with

the murder of her 2-year-old son. Dean Shillingsworth's body was

found in a suitcase in a park pond

south-west of the city. His mother

was arrested over his death and

will face court this morning.

Convicted will face court this morning.

Convicted gangland killer Carl

Williams wants to sacrifice a bid

for early release to get his sick

father out of jail. Williams is

serving a minimum 35 years. He's

offered to swap his February appeal

hearing with his father's. George

Williams was jailed last month for

drug trafficking despite claims he would die in custody. The

61-year-old suffers a serious heart

condition. The clean-up continues this morning after a

this morning after a freight train

derailed near Brisbane, spilling 10 tonnes tonnes of products used in the

making of cement. 10 wagons ran off

the rails near Caboolture. They

were carrying cement dust and fly

ash. Once concerns had been allayed about

about possible toxic contamination,

there was onditional worry. What

would happen to the mix if it

rained? Commuters are being taken

by bus around the crash. World leaders have

leaders have condemned two bomb

attacks that have rocked the

Algerian capital. 10 United Nations

staff members are believed to be

among at least 67 killed in the

explosions which have targeted the

government. Buildings gutted in the

blasts, hurling chunks of concrete

across the city. Hundreds poured in

to the streets. Many searching

through the rubble, pulling out bodies and

bodies and the injured. Among the

casualties, school students. Their

bus caught in the explosions.

Emergency wards filling with

wounded, one victim says the walls

caved around him as he sat down to

work. The bombers targeting a

United Nations building and

Algeria's Constitutional Council.

World leaders rallying to condemn the

the attacks. Our sincere compassion

to our colleague and friend. to our colleague and friend. For

this very tragic event. While

no-one has claimed responsibility,

suspicions are focusing on the north

north African wing of al-Qa'ida. An

early winter storm continues to

rage across the US Mid-West. The

rage across the US Mid-West. The

death toll has climbed to 23.

Oklahoma is the hardest hit where

virtually everything is

virtually everything is buried

under thick layers of ice. Hundreds

of thousands of people have been

left without power and a state of

emergency has been declared. A new

study has found what a lot of us

already believe that already believe that eat agMediterranean diet may help you

live longer. Researchers in the US

are finding men who follow the

dietary pattern are less likely to die over five

die over five years than men who

don't. Similar results have also

been found in studies of women. The

benefits are especially good for

smokers who are not overweight.

They nearly halve their risk of death.

death. The diet is rich in fish,

fruits and veggables but it's low in

dairy and edred meat. Sir Paul dairy and edred meat. Sir Paul McCartney has won a life time

achievement award for his

contribution to music. The former

contribution to music. The former

Beatle will receive his award early

next year at the BRITS. Sir Paul is

considered one of the most

successful musicians of all time

with a career spanning five decades.

Australian rugby moved a step

closer to having a foreigner coach

the Wallabies. That's right. New

Zealander Robbie Deans interviewed

by the ARU

by the ARU selection panel

overnight. The Crusaders overnight. The Crusaders coach

admitting the Wallabies were his

second choice following an

unsuccessful bid to coach the All

Blacks last week. Everyone is aware

of that. But I want to coach at the

international level. I believe I've done done my apprenticeship. An 11-year

apprenticeship which includes time

at this level. Deans would not

comment on how he would change

comment on how he would change the

Wallabies or the coaching staff if

he was selected. They've waited a

long time but Gold Coast Rugby

League fans can rest sherd their

new world-class stadium is all but

complete. Titans players inspected

their new home ground. The 160

million dollar stadium will seat

27,000. I think it will be great. I

think with the grand stand nice and

close to the field, it will create

an awesome atmosphere. Fans will be

treated to an open day, that's in

February, before the stadium hosts

the first match of the 2008 NRL

season. That's coming up in March.

Yesterday's AFL preseason and

rookie drafts have rejuvenated the

football fortunes for a lucky few.

Former Adelaide forward Scott Welsh

was the biggest reject to land a

was the biggest reject to land a

new home thanks to a 2-year deal. It's his third club but the fit is right. Scott Welsh is happy with a 2-year Bulldog deal after a nail-biting Yeah, I was definitely a bit nervous. You know, I was waiting around the phone this morning and I was pretty happy, around about 10 o'clock, and now I can just... and start training tomorrow. Given a lifeline by the Dogs,

the former premiership Kangaroo and Crow sharpshooter will add a much needed boost to the Dogs' forward line. and that's probably why that was one of my preferences, the Bulldogs. I thought I could fit in there pretty well and only time will tell. Unusually, recycled players were out of fashion in favour of untried talent, Richmond opting for WA teenager David Gourdis with its top pick while Kangaroo CEO Rick Aylett has opted out of football altogether,

announcing his shock retirement last night and adding to a tumultuous year for the club that has recently defied the AFL regarding a Gold Coast relocation.

Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Finance now. Vodafone's announced a

multimillion-dollar upgrade?

Australia will soon have three nation wide mobile

nation wide mobile networks.

Vodafone unveiled a $500 million proposal

proposal to start its own 3G

network. The upgrade to contend

against rivals Telstra and Optus

with plans to build before the end

of next year. Vodafone's domain

will provide coverage to noifrb% of

the population and will decide on a

net -- 95% of the population. Incitec

Incitec is expected to make a take

over bid for Dyno Nobel

over bid for Dyno Nobel after the

explosives manufacturer experienced

a $270 million share price plunge.

The collapse followed Dyno Nobel's

shock move to cancel its imonium contract.

contract. That's all the news thank

you. This is sort of a finance

story. Corporate-related anyway.

Enough to have waiters worried. Not only

only can this robot carry drinks,

only can this robot carry drinks,

but it even recognises drink

choices and the person who places

the order. I say it's corporate because

because it's Honda's latest offering in the battle between

these corporate giants to build the

best robots. This is considered one of

of the world's most advanced. Won't

be long before we're out of the

A quick look at today's news

Dietrichry. -- diary. TV personality John Mangos will give

evidence at the Marcus Einfeld hearing. And the navy ship

hearing. And the navy ship HMAS 'Maryborough' will dock at 'Maryborough' will dock at Sydney

Harbour. That's it for the Early

News. Goodbye for now. Enjoy your day.

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