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Good morning, I'm Tim Webster. And

I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome. More

protests, more arguments and more

controversy. All sides in

Copenhagen still trying to thrash

out a climate agreement. Qantas and

Jetstar engineers walk off the job

today, saying they're sick and

tired of being asked to do complex

repairs with less than five hours'

sleep. Australia take control of

the third cricket Test against the

West Indies. Some of the shine is

coming off the economy. New figures

show we are still growing but only

just.

Kevin Rudd is hoping to find a way

to help break the apparent

stalemate at the climate change

talks in Copenhagen today.

Protesters outside have been making

their voices heard. Hugh Riminton

is there. The atmospherics here at

Copenhagen have been getting increasingly

increasingly chaotic, almost

frenzied, as the clock ticks down

towards the end. There's been large

demonstrations inside the building,

also outside on the streets, where

Danish police formed a cordon of

steel around the conference centre,

that was under a fair degree of

pressure from thousands of

protesters. It wasn't as large a

number as we saw last week but

certainly there was a great deal of

intensity. About 100 people were

arrested outside. There was pepper

spray used as wells used, as well

as batons. There was a large

demonstration by activists and NGO

delegates inside the building

itself. At one stage, Penny Wong

got up to speak while people had

been calling out and whistling in

what should have been the fairly

sober environment of the sessions

inside the conference itself. There

are the first faltering signs,

however, towards the possibility of

some sort of an agreement here. But

even with time running out, there

is still some way to go. Victoria

Police are looking for the parent

of a little boy found wandering

Melbourne's streets overnight. The

boy is around four years old with

brown hair and a medium build. He

was found by a passer-by in

Melbourne's south-east around 10:30.

He's now in the care of the

Department of Human Services. A

former tennis champion has won

Liberal Party pre-selection for

John Howard's old seat. John

Alexander trimed over two

businessmen and a financial

services director. I'm delighted

with the result. I've worked very

hard to win the trust of our pre-

selectors. And I promise that I

will make every effort to win back

the sacred ground for our Liberal

Party. The nan we know as JA now

faces the battle to unseat Labor's

Maxine McKew. Getting to your plane

on time should be a little easier

under the Government's plan to

restore common sense to airport

security. Every day items banned

after September/11 will once again

you're be allowed onboard. Next time

you're jetting off, you can pack a

little less lightly. Umbrellas are

barbgs so are nail clippers and you barbgs so are nail clippers and you

can -- back, so are nail clippers

and you can knit. I'm amazed at the

representations I've received from

Australia's knitters. The idea is

to stress less about every day

items and concentrate on higher

security threats. This isn't a

weakening of security. This is

actually toughening it up. The

aviation report also looked at the

individual needs of our airports in

the metropolitan cities. The

biggest announcement is ruling out

once and for all a second Sydney

Airport at Badgery's Creek. --

Badgeries Creek. There will bow a

second Airport. Many residents are

furious about whether to place a

curfew on flights as been delayed.

It would bow an economic tragedy

for Brisbane. Qantas sees airport

noise becoming less and less of a

problem as technology progresses.

Those new aircrafts are not only

more environmentally sound but a

lot quieter. Qantas and Jetstar

engineers will walk off the job

today. Workers from Sydney,

Brisbane and Avalon outside

Melbourne have vowed to strike for

up to five days. They say they're

sick and tired of being called out

for complex engineering jobs with

less than five hours' sleep.

Quantsis refusing to agree to the

fu-- quantsis refusing to agree.

Victorian Police have released the

frantic 000 call of a driver who

told them he was trapped in a car

with a mind of his own. The 22-

year-old, Chase Weir, desperately

tried to slow down. He reportedly

travelled 54 kilometres through

Melbourne's Free freeways, stuck in

cruise control. What speed are you

doing? 100. Oh, my God. I'm going

to die. Mr Weir said his brakes

eventually kicked in one metre from

the oncoming traffic. Ford has lent

him a car while they try to work

out the problem. Silvio Berlusconi

should be released from hospital

today. The 73-year-old billionaire

businessman was hit in the face by

a souvenir statuette. A medical

team is due to visit him soon.

Police are questioning a young man

who happened to get to the hospital

where he was staying. Iran is

flexing its military muscle in a

show of defiance towards Israel and

the US. Iranian state television

has shown what it says is a

successful test of a medium-range

missile. It can reach almost any

target in a 2,000 kilometre radius,

including Israel, Iraq and several

US military bases. It has brought

widespread condemnation from the

West. Australia will go in to day

two of the third Test with Ricky

Ponting. He was cleared of a broken

elbow. He had a nasty blow from

Kemar Roach. He will want Mike

Hussey and Marcus North to stay at

the crease. Looking to work their

way back in to the match, the West

Indies went about testing Ponting's

pain threshold. Oh, dear. The very

next ball almost broke the

skipper's bread basket. He gritted

his teeth and feasted on anything

loose. That's in the air. That's

gone all the way! Ricky Ponting has

smashed that one. But on 23 and

with his elbow causing him

excruciating pain, he was pulled

the pain and taken to hospital for

scans. No breaks, giving him had

all-clear. For him to be able to

bat the way he did before he

retired hurt, for him to continue

taking him on was brilliant to

watch. Earlier, Watson was on track

to put the heartbrick of Adelaide

behind him. His maiden century was

within reach but on 89, disaster

struck again. Got him. Katich also

falling agonisingly short. Bundled

out on 99. Mike Hussey looking to

build on his 81 today and to become

the first Aussie to make a century

this summer. An IOC president David

Morgan has come out in support of

day/night Test matches and says

Australia is the perfect place for

it. He told the media the revamp is

only a couple of years away. I'd be

surprised if we don't see day/night

Test cricket within the next two

years. I'd be surprised and

disappointed. Morgan surprised it

as the pinnacle of the game and

says it must break with tradition

to avoid dwindling attendances.

Danny Wicks is set to fight drug charges following his dramatic

arrest yesterday. The 24-year-old

Newcastle forward is one of four

people accused of supplying

amphetamines, ecstasy and cocaine.

We believe we have dismantled a

significant drug distribution

network. Wicks has been stood down

indefinitely by the 91st Knights.

Time for finance with Kath -- the

Newcastle Knights. Time for finance

and the economy is starting to slow

down? The Australian economy is

still growing but only just. The

Treasurer's slide show still looks

good, even after adjusting for the

latest national accounts. It's not

gangbusters and was never expected

to be. The economy grew 0.2%. And

just half of 1% for the year. The

biggest driver of growth -

Government spending. The first home

owner's boost and the schools

stimulus. Scrapping stimulus would

be a dangerous economic misjudgment which

which would result in the loss of

tens of thousands of jobs. The new

Opposition Leader sees it

differently. Our best times have

been when we opposed the

Government's $42 billion stimulus

package. I was completely

gobsmacked. This graph dramatically

shows the economy is entering

fragile territory again. Not in

recession but slowing. The Shadow

Treasurer's not convinced. We again

call on the Government to pull back

on its massive spending program.

Otherwise, interest rates are going

to go up. Westpac bosses had tried

to justify the bank's recent

increase to home loan rates by

saying it would do no-one any

favours to offer lower rates.

Speaking at the bank's AGM in

Sydney, chairman Ted Evans said

Westpac had already absorbed some

of the rising costs of funding. But,

we will do no favours to anyone by

offering mortgages at rates that we

know to be unsustainable. Earlier

this month, Westpac increased its

variable home loan rate by 45 basis

points, noorly double the rise made

by the -- nearly double the rise

made by the Reserve Bank. The

worldwide recession has proved to

be good news for Ben Bernanke. The

world's most important number

cruncher has been named 'Time'

magazine's 2009 Person of the Year.

Without Mr Burr narpbgy, it would

have been a lot worse -- Bernanke,

it would have been a lot worse.

Runners up were McChrystal, Nancy

Pelosi, and Usain Bolt. A check of the markets now.

Briefly now in other business news,

approvals for fixed rate loans have

fall toon just 2% nationally: --

fallen to just 2% nationally:

Checking today's newspapers. The

Queen is disappearing from the

Victorian legal system. Criminal

prosecutions are now brought in the

name of the DPP. A woman on South

Australia's top planning body is

also boss of a company lobbying the

Government for billions in major

projects. Queensland has squandered

its low tax edge, puting add risk

its ability to attract -- at risk

its ability to attract investment.

The Tax Office is cracking down on

foreign investors. Heading to the

recycle bin - a spam king who sent

out up to 10 billion emails a day.

Headlines every 15 minutes.

Demonstrations are heating up in

Copenhagen, as world leaders try

and hammer out a deal to control

global warming. Kevin Rudd is

facing a challenge at the talks

which seem to have stalled.

Protesters took on police to try to

disrupt the United Nations climate

conference. They're pushing for

climate justice. As the crowd

closed in on the convention hall,

police used batons and pepper spray

to regain control. At least 230

people were arrested. Leaders from

193 nations are gathering in

Denmark to try to hammer out a

historic agreement to fight global

warming. If we can reach an

agreement, my children, your

children, the children of the world

will be protected. But there are

many unresolved issues, in

particular the US and China are

dooply divided over proposed

emissions targets. Protesters and

some environmentalists believe the

proposals don't go far enough. Are

they coming here to sign a deal and

make a deal that will save boat the

people and the planet? For nine

days, the talks have been largely

unproductive. The conference is

entering its critical second phase.

President Barack Obama is scheduled

to attend Friday's finale and time

is running out to break the

deadlock. The Philippines's most

active volcano is continuing to

spew ash and lava ahead of its

expected eruption. 30,000 people

who live in the so-called danger

zone around the Mayon volcano have

now fled the area and are seeking

refuge and shelters. Experts warn

the volcano could blow at any time.

The West Australian town of Derby

is on alert this morning as

Tropical Psychoown Laurance

continues heading south. Residents

-- Cyclone Laurance continues

heading south. Residents are

expected to stay indoors. The Great

Northern Highway has been closed

east of Roebuck. And all roads in

between Laurance and where it's

about to hit, Derby, add 5am.

Authorities will review Victoria's

-- at 5am. Authorities will review

Victoria's bushfire warning system.

The CFA website, designed to keep

the public informed of any fire

danger, crashed. The messaging that

goes out which informs the public

of the events that actually are

occuring around the station. I'm

not sure why that went down. A cool

change arrived overnight which

should turn temperatures to a more

comfortable level today.

Australia's mail dispute will

escalate today when South

Australian posties join the strike

action. Up to 20,000 postal workers

have already walked off the job

till tomorrow. They're demand ag4%

pay rise. -- demanding a 4% pay

rise. Posties united, will never be

defeated! A NSW postal worker

hasologly thrown 400 parcels and

letters in the bin. The protest is

also getting violent. One senior

manager was reportedly assaulted

when he tried to cross a picket

line. US authorities have already

fined Lance Thomas Atkinson 16

million for his very annoying

business. Spam king and New

Zealand-born Atkinson will have to

wait until next week to find out

how much money the Australian

courts will penalise him, after he

admitted to being the Mr Big of one

of the world's largest spam

operations. Do you have anything to

say to your victims? Nothing to say

either to the millions of people

who received annoying junk in their

inbox. Offering medications, weight

loss products and even Viagra,

which gullible customers never

received. His arrest was part of a

huge international sting. Most

critical in this was some

information relating to some URLs

which Mr Atkinson had registered

and we're aware of that. We were

able to then run a check on our

databases and that's what brought

up the 100,000-plus emails. In

another victory for authorities, a

company preying on victims with

lonely hearts, through online

dating sites, has been shut down

and fined. The company created

false personalities to trick

victims in to handing over their

mobile phone numbers, then charge

them exorbitant fees. This is

deceptive, unacceptable. It was

referred to as a particular vile

form of conduct and we agree with

that. Under spam laws, individuals

cannot be jailed. Another asylum

seeker boat has been intercepted.

That's 55 for the year. The vessel

was picked up about 30 nautical

miles north-east of the Ashmore

Islands. It's believed there are 54

passengers and four crew on the

boat. It's not clear when they're

free. They will be transferred to

Christmas Island for security and

health checks. Australia will go in

to day two of the third Test

against the West Indies, looking to

build a pretty formidable first

innings total.

Ricky Ponting has been given the

thumbs up to play. The skipper

retired hurt on 23 after being

struck by quick bowler Kemar Roach.

Well, the year can't end soon

enough with the NRL with yet

another player in trouble with the

law. Danny Wicks is alleged to be

one of the ringleaders of a major

drug supply network. The footballer

and his brother are among foir

people accused of supplying -- four

people accused of supplying ecstasy

and cocaine and amphetamines. We

believe we've dismantled a

significant drug distribution

network. Wicks faces eight charges.

Immediately and indefinitely stood

down by the Newcastle Knights. To

the best of our knowledge, of

course, we don't believe that there

is any involvement from any other

player, nor do we believe that we

have a drug culture in our club.

Wicks's lawyer says the NRL star

maintains his innocence but it's

unlikely the 24-year-old will be

allowed to play for the Knights

until his court case is resolved.

His future in the NRL uncertain. If

charges are laid and proven, then I

don't think he has a place in our

game. One of Australia's favourite

race horses, Apache Cat, has been

retired after pulling up lame in

Hong Kong. Scans revealed the 7-

year-old fractured a bone in his

leg. He ran 43 times for 19 wins,

eight of them Group Ones.

Stocks are higher on Wall Street

this morning after a benign inflation reading prompted

investors to think the Fed will

keep rates at near zoreo levels.

And the Fed has just broken,

keeping those rates at near zero

level snz Yeah, the Federal Reserve

has repeatedly said they will keep

interest rates low for the

foreseeable future. Policy-makers

in the US should be relatively

pleased with the strength of the US

economy. We've seen housing numbers

show some strong recovery. We've

seen low inflation and we've also

seen a consensus view that

unemployment has probably peaked.

We saw UK unemployment numbers

which confirmed that view. It will

be no surprise the Federal Reserve

do keep interest rates low. Back

home now, and we had those weaker

than expected growth numbers out

yesterday and comments by the RBA's

deputy governor suggesting monetary

policy is near normal levels?

Interesting comments, highlighting

perhaps interest rates may not rise

as quickly or as much as many

investors think early next year.

And perhaps we're closer to the

neutral setting than many believe.

Overnight last night we've seen the

Dow Jones may close between 30 and

40 points. The Australian market

should get a positive lead from

that. What we're seeing is

declining volumes leading into

Christmas. Normally normally we see

about $5 billion traded per day.

It's even less than $4 billion at It's even less than $4 billion at

the moment. That will be a feature

for the markets around Christmas.

Some traders taking early holidays.

Thank you. Wayne Swan has lashed

out at the big banks, accusing them

of ripping off customers. Westpac,

the Commonwealth and ANZ all hiked

their interest rates above the

recent RBA increase. The Treasurer

isn't impressed. Margins for the

banks have improved in recent times.

That is yet another piece of

evidence that indicates that the

gouge they put in on this occasion,

in my view, is not justified.

Meantime, Deputy RBA Governor Ric

Battellino says an improving

economy means there's less

justification for banks to lift

rates beyond official rises. It's a

big day for the business world

around the country today. We'll see results:

After the break, great pictures in

from Texas. They've imploded an

office tower and it's come down

with a big thuch. More in finance -

- thump. More in finance.

Today's main stories. The heat is

on in Copenhagen. Protests,

walkouts and drama mark another day

with the world trying to come to an

agreement. Engineers in Texas show

how to bring down the house with

very little fuss and a lot of

explosives. In sport, despite an

injury to Ricky Ponting, Australia

takes control of the third cricket

Test against the West Indies. Some

of the shine is coming off the

economy. New figures show we're

still growing but only just. Kevin

Rudd is hoping to find a way to Rudd is hoping to find a way to

help break the apparent stalemate

at the climate change talks in

Copenhagen today, as world leaders

confer inside the conference centre.

Protesters outside have been making

their voices heard. The

atmospherics here at Copenhagen

have been get nothing creasingly

chaotic, almost frenzied, as the chaotic, almost frenzied, as the

clock ticks down towards the end of clock ticks down towards the end of

the crucial meeting. There have

been large demonstrations inside

and outside of the building. Danish

police formed a cordon of steel

around the conference centre, that

was under a fair degree of pressure

from thousands of protesters. It

wasn't as large a number as we saw

last week but certainly there was a

great deal of intensity, about 100

people were arrested. Outside,

there was pepper spray used as well.

Batons on the crowd. There was a

large demonstration by activists

and NGO delegates inside the

building itself. At one stage,

Penny Wong got up to spoke at one

session, while people had been

calling out and whistling in what

should have been the fairly sober

environments of the sessions inside

the conference itself. There are

the first faltering signs, however,

towards the possibility of some

sort of an agreement here. But even

with time running out, there is

still some way to go. A former

tennis champion has won Liberal

Party pre-selection for John

Howard's old seat in Bennelong.

John Alexander triumphed over two

businessmen and a financial

services directer. I'm delighted

with the result. I've worked very

hard to win the trust of our pre-

selectors. And I promise that I

will make every effort to win back

the sacred ground for our Liberal

Party. The man we know as JA now

faces the battle to unseat Labor's

Maxine McKew. Qantas and Jetstar Maxine McKew. Qantas and Jetstar

engineers will walk off the job

today. Workers from Sydney,

Brisbane and Avalon outside

Melbourne have vowed to strike up

to five days. They say they're sick

and tired of being called out for

complex engineering jobs with less

than five hours' sleep. Qantas is

refusing to agree to a fatigue management

management plan. No flights will be

ajected. Angry residents near

Brisbane -- affected. Angry

residents near Brisbane Airport say they're

they're angry about the shelved

plans for a curfew.

It's the worst thing ever. Horrible.

All the time. Wish I didn't move there. The Federal Government

yesterday delayed an inquiry until

2012 and may not implement any

curfew at all until many years

after that. Victorian Police have

released the frantic 000. Cars

cleared the way as 22-year-old

Chase Weir desperately tried to

slow down. He reportedly travelled

54 kilometres through Melbourne's

freeways stuck in cruise control. I

know that. What speed are you

doing? 100. Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

I'm going to die. Mr Weir said his

brakes eventually kicked in one

metre from oncoming traffic.

Hundreds of people have got

together in Texas for aperty which

really brought the house down. The crowd

crowd gathered to watch a 31-storey

tower building being demolished. It

had started to lean dangerously. It

had to come down and it will take

three months to clear the degree.

The steel and the concrete will be recycled.

Australia will go in to day two of

the third Test with skipper Ricky

Ponting after he was cleared of a broken elbow.

Looking to work their way back in

to the match, the West Indies went

about testing Ponting's pain

threshold. He turns his head. Up

goes his elbow. The very next ball

almost broke the skipper's bread

basket. He gritted his teeth and

feasted on anything loose. In the

air! That's gone all the way. Ricky

Ponting has smashed that one. But

on 23 and with his elbow causing

him excruciating pain, he pulled

the pin and was taken to hospital

for scans. They returned good news.

No breaks giving him had all clear

to resume his innings. For him to

be able to bat the way he did

before he retired short, for them

to continue taking him on, it was

brilliant to watch. Earlier, Watson

was on track to put the heartbreak

of Adelaide behind him. His maiden

century was within reach but on 89,

deswrser struck again. Cat --

disaster struck again. Katich also

fell agonisingly short. Bundled out

on 99. Might recollect Hussey

looking to build on his 81 today.

And become the first Aussie to make

a century this summer. IOC

president David Morgan has come out in support of day/night Test

matches and say Australia is the

perfect place for it. The head of

the ICC told the media the revamp

of the Test format is only a couple

of years away. I'd be surprised if

we don't see day/night Test cricket

within the next two years. I'd be

surprised and disappointed. Morgan

described the 5-day format as the

pinnacle of the game and must break

with tradition to avoid dwindling

attendances. Danny Wicks is set to

fight drug charges following his

dramatic arrest yesterday. He is

one of four people accused of

supplying amphetamines, ecstasy and

cocaine. We believe we have

dismantled a significant drug

distribution network. Wicks has

been stood down indefinitely by the

Newcastle Knights. It's been an

incredible week for our surfers in

Hawaii. Taj Burrow has added the

Pipeline Mast toorz Joel

Parkinson's Triple Crown victory

and some world titles. It was an

Aussie hat-trick, Hawaiian style.

Christmas came early for me. It's

amazing. Taj Burrow celebrating his

first victory at the famed break

after a week of Pipe perfection,

the swell subsided, Burrow

upsetting Kelly Slater. I was

standing there with Mick and Joel

and we all achieved some of our

dreams altogether. Burrow's

breakthrough went with Fanning's

world title. It's the second best

thing to a world title. Still, the

28-year-old remains haunted by his

world title heartbreak. I was a bit

of a mess. I jumped in my shower

and sat in the bottom of the shower

for a while. I didn't want to face

the world. Slater finished the year ranked a disappointing seventh.

While he's likely to go around

again next year, the recent Aussie

dominance doesn't fuel his hunger

for a record 10th title. I find

some sort of purpose and reason for

going out and cuppeting and it's

usually not some other person --

competing and it's usually not some

other person. I'm on my honeymoon.

Taking it cruising around and fell

upon this competition. The sun's

setting on a season that belonged to Australia.

Fantastic. We just wiped the rest

of them out. Great. That's a

surfing joke. Hang on, I'll laugh.

But is this good news or bad news,

the economy is slowing right down?

Growth numbers are still in the

black but some of the shine has

come off the world-beating

performance of the parpb economy.

It is still growing -- Australian

economy. It is still growing but only just. The Treasurer's slide

show still looks good. No, it's not

gangbusters. It was never expected

to be. In the September quarter,

the economy grew just 0.2%. Half of

1% for the your. The biggest driver

of growth - Government spending.

The first home owner's boost and

the school's stimulus. Scrapping

stimulus would bea dangerous economic misjudgment which would

result in the loss of tens of

thousands of jobs. The new

Opposition Leader sees it

differently. Our best times have

been when we opposed the

Government's $42 billion stimulus

package. I was gobsmacked. This

graph dramatically shows the

economy is entering fragile economy

again. Not in recession, but sleing.

The Shadow Treasurer's not

convinced. We call on the

Government to pull back on its

massive spending program, otherwise

interest rates are going to go up.

Westpac bosses have tried to

justify the bank's recent increase

to home len rates by saying it

would do no-one any favours to

offer lower rates. Speaking add the

bank's AGM in Sydney, Ted Evans

said Westpac had already absorbed

some of the rising costs of funding.

But, we will do no favours to

anyone by offering mortgages at

rates that we know to be

unsustainable. Stkpwhrurlier this

month, Westpac in-- Earlier this

month, Westpac increased its rates

nearly double the rise made by the

Reserve Bank. A quick check of the market now:

After the break, a man in the US

has finally returned an overdue

book to the library. He may be up

for a bit of a fine. The book is 99 years overdue.

Headlines every 15 minutes.

Demonstrations are heating up in

Copenhagen as world leaders try and

hammer out a deal. Kevin Rudd is

facing a challenge at the talks

which seem to have stalled.

Protesters took on police to try to

disrupt the United Nations climate

conference. They're pushing for

climate justice. As the crowd

closed in on the convention hall,

police used batons and pepper spray

to regain control. At least 230

people were arrested. Leaders from

193 nations are gathering in

Denmark to try to ham other a

historic agreement to fight global

warming. If we can reach an

agreement, my children, your

children, the children of the world

will be protected. There are many will be protected. There are many

unresolved issues, in particular

the US and China are deeply divided

over proposed emissions targets to

reduce greenhouse gases. Protesters

and some environmentalists believe

the proposals don't go far enough.

Are they coming here to sign a deal

and make a deal that will save the

people and the planet? For nine

days, the talks have been largely

unproductive. The conference is now

entering its critical second phase

as more leaders arrive. President as more leaders arrive. President

Barack Obama is scheduled to attend

Friday's finale, and time is

running out to break the deadlock.

Victoria Police are looking for the

parent of a little boy found wandering Melbourne's streets

overnight. The boy is around four

years old with brown hair and a

medium build. He was found by a

passer-by in Melbourne's south-east

around 10:30 last night. The

Philippines's most aboutive volcano

is continuing to spew ash and lava is continuing to spew ash and lava

ahead of its expected eruption.

30,000 people who live in the so-

called danger zone have now fled

the area and are seeking refuge and

shelters. Experts warn this volcano

could blow at any time. Hopefully

some time on Ten xfs early News. --

Early News. Residents have been

urged to stay indoors and keep

their vehicles off the roads their vehicles off the roads

because of tropical Cyclone Laurance.

Authorities will review Victoria's

bushfire warning system have it

failed its first major test. The failed its first major test. The

CFA website, designed to keep the

public informed of any fire danger,

crashed. The messaging that goes

out which informs the public of the

events that actually are occuring

around the station. I'm not sure

why that went down. A cool change

arrived overnight. Another asylum arrived overnight. Another asylum

seeker boat has been intercepted.

That's 55 for the year. The vessel

was picked up by HMAS 'Launceston'.

It's believed there are 31

passengers and four crew on-- 54

passengers and four crew on board

that boat. Australia's dispute will

esc -- escalate today. They're

demand ag4% pay rise. More job demand ag4% pay rise. More job

security and better workplace

safety. Posties united. We'll never

be defeated! NSW postal worker has

takethen action one step

further,ologly throwing 400 parcels

and letters -- allegedly throwing

400 parcels and letters in the bin.

Accused war criminal Charles Zentai will spend Christmas with his

family after being released from family after being released from

jail. The Federal Court has granted

the 88-year-old bail while lawyers

prepare their final appeal against

his extradition to Hungary.

Christmas without him would just be

something terrible, I think. And

for him to be alone inside a prison

would have been even worse. Zentai

is expected to return to court

early in the new year. The man the

authorities are calling the

mastermind behind one of the

world's biggest spam operations

will receive another big fine after

facing court in Queensland. US

authorities have already fined

Lance Thomas Atkinson $16 million

for his very annoying business.

Spam king and New Zealand-born

Atkinson will have to wait until

next week to find out how much

money the Australian courts will

penalise him, after he admitted to

being the Mr Big of one of the

world's largest spam operations. Do

you have anything to say to your

victims? Nothing to say either to

the millions of people who received the millions of people who received

annoying junk in their inbox.

Offering medications, weight loss

products, and even Viagra, which

gullible customers never received.

His arrest was part of a huge

international sting. Most critical

in this was some information

relating to some URLs which Mr

Atkinson had registered and we were

awir of that. We were able to run a

check on our databases and that's

what brought up the 100,000-plus emails. In another victory for

authorities, a company preying on

victims with lonely hearts, through

online dating sites, has been shut

down and fined. The company created

false personalities to trick

victims in to handing over their

mobile phone numbers, then charge

them exorbitant fees. This is dup

plisitous, deceptive, unacceptable.

The justice referred it to a

particular vile form of conduct and

we agree with that. Under spam laws,

individuals cannot be jailed. A

man's efforts to return an overdue

library book have earned him the

stamp of approval. He found his

book when he was clearing out his

late mum's belongings. It was

supposed to have been returned in

1910. He took it back to the public

library and the staff decided not

to throw the book at him and let

him off the fine because they were

pleased to have their book back.

Australia will go in to day two of

the third Test against the West

Indies looking to build a formidable first innings total.

Ricky Ponting has been given the

thumbs up to play after scans cleared

cleared him of a broken elbow. The

year can't end soon enough for the year can't end soon enough for the

NRL with yet another player in NRL with yet another player in

trouble with the law. Danny Wicks

is alleged to be one of the

ringleaders of a major drug supply

network. Danny Wicks under arrest. network. Danny Wicks under arrest.

The footballer and his brother

among four people accused of among four people accused of

supplying amphetamines, ecstasy and

cocaine. We believe we have dismantled a significant drug

distribution network. Wicks faces

eight charges. The popular prop

forward immediately and

indefinitely stood down by the

Newcastle Knights. To be the best

of our knowledge, of course, we

don't believe that there is any

involvement from any other player,

nor do we believe that we have a

drug culture in our club. Wicks's

lawyer says the NRL star maintains

his innocence but it's unlikely the

24-year-old will be allowed to play

for the Knights until his court

case is resolved. His future in the

NRL uncertain. If charges are laid,

and proven, then I don't think he

has a place in our game. Taj Burrow

has capped off a stunning week for

Australian surfing by adding the Australian surfing by adding the

Pipeline Mast toorz our long list

of achievements. He defeated Kelly

Slater in the final, celebrating

along with Joel Parkinson and Mick

Fanning. I was standing there with

Mick and Joel and we all achieved

some of our dreams altogether. Taj

rated the win as the best of his

career and picked up a cheque for

$55,000. The Federal Reserve has

broken from its 2-day meeting,

leaving rates unchanged near zero

percent. Nick, no surprise, the Fed

has left rates at these

historically low levels? That's

right. The US Federal Reserve has

kept its pledge to keep interest

rates at low levels. Very low

compared to the Australian

benchmark. What we have seen in the

last few months is ongoing strength

in the US economy. Policy-makers

should be pleased with that. They

see no need to raise those interest

rates. Yesterday, we had those

weaker than expected growth numbers

and comments by Ric Battellino

suggesting munitary policy is back

to normal levels S. This good news

for mortgage holders? It is. First

on those GDP numbers slightly

disappointing. The Reserve Bank do

need to take some credit. They

forecast a partial slowdown in the

second half of the year. Certainly

those comments were positive for

mortgageholders where the Deputy

Governor of the rerb said perhaps

interest rates are close -- Reserve

Bank said perhaps interest rates

are closer to neutral than many

think. Thank you, Nick. New figures

confirm what the tourism industry

has known for some time. They've

been struggling to survive during

the global financial crisis. Travel

in Australia fell 7% over the past

year. Queensland is down 4%:

Australians holiday closer to home

in tough times but the figures

reveal many have been opting to

stay at home altogether. That's

finance up to the minute. Thank you.

The heat is on in Copenhagen.

Protests, walkouts and drama mark

another day of the world trying to

come to a climate agreement. Qantas

and Jetstar engineers will walk off

the job today, saying they're sick

of doing repair work with less than

five hours' sleep. Have a great day.

See you at 11 o'clock. Supertext

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