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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson. And I'm Frank Coletta. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Making headlines today - the car industry's cry for help - from the Howard Government. a $1 billion bail-out package sought in Queensland, Aborigines to stage protests over a death in custody. angry a police officer wasn't charged questioning a second man Another arrest - British police over the murder of five prostitutes. a Japanese city, And a chemical explosion rocks into the air. shooting debris more than 1km

Now to the national weather details. of the morning - here's Frank. Time for our first finance check Wall Street has reacted

in producer prices in three decades to the sharpest rise

and the anxiety in Asia. falling 24 points, A negative day for the Dow,

into the red. the Nasdaq following suit there have been slides. Everywhere you look falls in the 40s across all markets. Europe did not miss out either - But the big news is in Asia. It's been a decade brought down the Thai baht, since currency speculators sparking Asia's economic crisis. affecting foreign money flow The Bank of Thailand put in controls a massive sell-off but that's prompted and it's been felt all over -

the Nikkei down 185,

at the end of trading A fall for the All Ords and while the SPI is slightly up, it'll be interesting to see to the results in Asia. how the market reacts of jobs could be on the line Car makers say tens of thousands doesn't step in if the Federal Government and help the struggling industry.

and Toyota have banded together Mitsubishi, Ford, GM Holden with a list of demands. to present the Federal Government In addition to tariff protection, are reportedly asking the manufacturers into the industry. for $1 billion to be pumped hard to remain viable Car makers say they're finding it

to smaller imported vehicles. as consumers switch on the Qantas takeover bid shortly. Kath, I'll have more across Queensland today Rallies will be staged Palm Island. as Premier Peter Beattie visits Aboriginal activists are calling

Prosecutions to stand down for the State's Director of Public not to lay charges following a decision against Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley of Mulrunji Doomadgee. over the 2004 death in custody after a Coroner found It comes three months for Doomadgee's death. Sergeant Hurley was responsible the Premier to explain Community members want could be reached how such different decision in the initial investigation. and how his friends could be involved for the nation's fighfighters, No let-up has refused to resign The ACT's Chief Minister despite damning criticism the 2003 Canberra bushfires. of the way his Government handled and 500 homes burnt down - 4 people died

a coroner finding to prevent the disaster. authorities should have done more Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2003. Strong winds and high temperatures and then into the bush capital. drove a distant bushfire towards

the ACT Government tried to stop, Now, after a 3-year inquiry

Coroner Maria Doogan has found could have been foreseen, that the severity of the firestorm been given more warning. and that residents should have Canberra's Emergency Services Bureau She points the finger at and its then boss, Mike Castle. by the losses of life I am deeply saddened and the loss of property and the injuries in the circumstances. but people did their best

is on Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, But the Coroner's strongest attack of misinterpreting or downplaying whom she accuses the seriousness of the crisis. but the Coroner is simply wrong. I regret to say this, The day after the fire, to accept the blame. Mr Stanhope volunteered I have done my best. We were found wanting on the day. event overran us. A most extreme and extraordinary

NSW bushfire authorities The Coroner also criticised when it started, for failing to contain the fire 10 days earlier. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. for the Coroner A report is being prepared in Perth. after a teenage boy was electrocuted by his sister The 14-year-old was found dead on the family property. in a backyard shed but there was nothing they could do. Ambulance crews were called

as everybody was who was there - Just absolutely devastated, the police and ourselves. Just so traumatic. tinkering with a fan like this The boy is believed to have been when he was electrocuted. Energy safety officers fear plugged in. the fan's motor had been left for a missing teenage bushwalker A 9-day search has ended in tragedy. grief-stricken parents David Iredale's have told of their despair in the NSW Blue Mountains. after their son's body was found to a desperate search - The worst possible end found just after midday. 17-year-old David Iredale's body we always believed he would be, He was found in the location that it was an extremely rugged location, in a crevasse of sorts basically the body was concealed and some trees. between some boulders After nine days of scouring bushland, near a walking track David was located close to the Kedumba River. Unlike every other day, were not at the command post - his distraught parents

at their Sydney home, they received the tragic news through the Salvation Army. later releasing a statement a huge hole in our family, David's loss has obviously left

I cannot begin to fathom." "which at this stage did find the strength But Mary-Anne and Stephen Iredale to thank the hundreds of searchers. to search for our boy, Who've come day after day

at the tragic end to this search. they must be sharing our grief With the search called off, volunteers were driven back to base. dozens of exhausted and distressed that's all. We were very saddened at the news,

for the Coroner. A report will be prepared Danielle Isdale, Ten News. a second man British police have arrested in the hunt for the Red-Light Ripper. 48-year-old Stephen Wright is being questioned on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes from the town of Ipswich. He lives near the red-light area and is well known to local sex workers. Just a normal punter. He just comes down to pick us up and take us back to his flat

and that's it. Police have been given an 1.5 days to question the first suspect, 37-year-old supermarket worker Tom Stephens, while forensic teams search his house. The Austrian teenager who escaped from her captor after being kidnapped and imprisoned for eight years has spoken about her ordeal.

18-year-old Natascha Kampusch says she finds crowds overwhelming and still can't face going out alone. The teenager was kidnapped by 44-year-old Wolfgang Priklopil, who killed himself after she escaped four months ago. Since the ordeal, Natascha Kampusch says she's struggled to form a relationship with her family and old friends. An explosion at a chemical factory has rocked a city in western Japan. Several blasts sent a thick column of flames and smoke more than a kilometre into the sky. Two factory workers are recovering in hospital after being seriously burnt in one of the blasts. Firefighters have evacuated the area for fear of further explosions. Alicia Molik has secured a berth for next month's Australian Open.

The former world number eight overcame rising star Jessica Moore in straight sets yesterday in the final of the wild card playoffs at Melbourne Park. This doesn't quite compare to holding the Australian Open trophy, but for Alicia Molik it's the first big step. It's nice to be given a wildcard, but, you know, earning your spot - I'm going to rock up to the first round knowing I've earned my spot and I deserve to be there, I should be there,

and it's quite a different feeling. But the former world number eight didn't have it all her own way against emerging prospect Jessica Moore. Ohhhh! LINESMAN: Out! The 16-year-old Western Australian taking the challenge right up to crowd favourite. It's always difficult going out against the youngsters. I'd kill to be 16 again - you sort of go out there with no fear, so it brought back memories. Jess played pretty well and she really pushed me.

Molik will play two lead-up tournaments before the Oz Open - beginning with next week's Hopman Cup, where she will team with Mark Philippoussis. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. The England cricket team have been scorned by the British media

after relinquishing the Ashes. Their coach, Duncan Fletcher, in the firing line on touchdown in Melbourne. REPORTER: Do you accept that if blame is to be apportioned that any of it is your fault? There is blame is on all of us. There is blame is on all of us. Everyone's got to be blamed.

And the jobs won't get any easier for England - the Aussie skipper with a point to prove after Monday's Ashes celebrations. I'd be disappointed if we lost a Test match from here. Playing the way we have and seeing the strength of the opposition, I'd be disappointed if we lost a game, yeah. Australia has named an unchanged 12-man squad for the fourth Test. To rugby league, and Bradford Bulls winger Marcus Bai has announced his retirement from the game with immediate effect. Bai made a name for himself playing for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League and represented Papua New Guinea before moving to England to finish his career. He signed on a 1-year extension with the Bulls but has since changed his mind. The 34-year-old scored 12 tries for Bradford, including a double on debut against the West Tigers

in the World Club Challenge. Time now for finance with Frank, and more reaction to the proposed $11 billion Qantas takeover bid? Kath, metropolitan airport owners are pleading for aviation liberalisation if the deal goes through. So what does that mean? Well, with Qantas fast centralising operations in Sydney, they've asked the Federal Government to "open up the skies" and exempt them from rules restricting major airlines' access to Melbourne and Brisbane markets.

They want to be able to negotiate direct with carriers like Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Meantime, Qantas will begin a series of staff briefings today on the bid, hoping to ease concerns.

Now for a look at the national weather, and for the day ahead:

Let's take a look at today's headlines. In the 'Australian' - fees could rise for students studying physiotherapy, teaching and nursing following a review into university funding. Traditionally, at this time of year, share markets slow down -

This December has seen a flurry of trading deals, the largest being the $11 billion bid for Qantas - more on that in the 'Financial Review'. And the 'Sydney Morning Herald' has more on the tragic news about the discovery of the missing teenage bushwalker whose body was found yesterday. A second arrest in the hunt for Britain's Red-Light Ripper - that's when Ten's Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - a dramatic development in the hunt for Britain's Red-Light Ripper. A second man has now been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of five women in Suffolk. Queensland's Premier to visit Palm Island

by detectives investigating the murder of five women in Suffolk. Queensland's Premier to visit Palm Island

amid Aboriginal protests over a death in custody case. The ACT's Chief Minister refuses to resign

despite a damning report into the 2003 Canberra bushfires. And in sport,

the Australian cricket team touch down from their Ashes high and now want a series clean sweep. Finance now with Frank -

and the US is in a bit of a holding pattern today? The markets have reacted to the problems in Asia, retailers are concerned as the usual pre-Christmas splurge hasn't happened and permits for future housing contruction have fallen 3%.

So it has been a negative day for the Dow. But the big news is in Asia. It's been a decade since currency speculators brought down the Thai baht, sparking Asia's economic crisis. The Bank of Thailand put in controls affecting foreign money flow but that's prompted a massive sell-off and it's been felt all over.

Dramatic developments in the hunt for Britain's Red-Light Ripper. Police have arrested a second man

on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes from the English city of Ipswich. An enormous forensic operation is under way and this is the focus - a small ground-floor flat near Ipswich's red-light district. The arrested man is being named locally at Stephen Wright.

So the second man has now been

So the second man has now been arrested by detectives

investigating the murder of five

women in Suffolk. The residents of

the streets were to find themselves

at the centre of this investigation.

He'd didn't look like he was any

sort of trouble. I assumed it was

something quite innocent because he was

something quite innocent because he

was not agitated. He what do we

know about this man? We spoke to one of his friends.

one of his friends. He is a very one of his friends. He is a very

straight guy, very quiet, not

always clean and tidy. Stephen

Wright is the second man to be

arrested. Yesterday Thomas Stevens

was arrested. The police have now

twice been granted extra time to

question him. The forensic search

has been injured by inch, has been injured by inch, a

thorough investigation of the garden as offices work inside. Australian con man Peter Foster may not have skipped bail in Fiji as reported.

An unnamed legal source has told the 'Australian' newspaper Foster left a Suva hotel at the weekend with permission from the country's new military regime. He'd apparently struck a deal in return for exposing corruption in the ousted government. But the disgraced businessman claims in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' a magistrate approved his relocation to a villa he rents in Denarau

for financial reasons. Foster is awaiting trial on immigration fraud charges. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is visiting Palm Island today to meet with Aboriginal leaders who are angry over a decision Aboriginal activists are calling for the State's Director of Public Prosecutions to stand down following a decision not to lay charges against Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley

over the 2004 death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. It comes three months after a Coroner found Sergeant Hurley was responsible for Doomadgee's death. Community members want the Premier to explain how such different decisions could be reached The ACT's Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, has refused to resign despite the damning findings of an inquest into the 2003 Canberra bushfires. Coroner Maria Doogan found residents should have had more warning of the fire storm, which left 4 dead and 500 homes in ashes. I have done my best. We were found wanting on the day,

but a most extreme and extraordinary event overran us. The Coroner says the Chief Minister knew a disaster was looming but failed to act.

A 9-day search for a missing teenage bushwalker has ended in tragedy. David Iredale's body was found wedged in a rock crevice in the Blue Mountains. In a statement released to the Salvation Army, his distraught parents have told of their despair. David's loss has obviously left a huge hole in our family, which at this stage I cannot begin to fathom. David was separated from two friends while bushwalking in the rugged terrain. They were found after he phoned police.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner. Former motor racing legend Bob Jane says he's feared for his safety after his wife allegedly tried to stab him. The tyre magnate complained to police, alleging Laree Jane threatened him with a carving knife on Friday night. The 39-year-old was questioned by police but has not been charged. A Melbourne court has issued an intervention order - she's not to go within 100m of Bob Jane until another hearing early next year.

The man behind cartoon classics such as Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry has died aged 95. Joseph Barbera, one half of the famous Hanna Barbera team, created characters still watched by millions across the world. garden as offices work inside.You

might not know his name, but more

than 60 years millions of people

have grown up addicted to his

creations. The first big hit was

Tom and Jerry. The Cat and Mouse

cartoons are won seven Oscars for

Joseph bugbear and his partner.

After that they moved into

television and an explosion of new carriages and programmes.

But compared with Tom and Jerry the

TV programmes were cheap, with only

a fraction of the number of

drawings. They were hugely

successful. At their peak, the team

were producing six hours of

television a week. Many of the

shows had big adult audiences and

were hugely influential around the

world. In a career that lasted more

than 70 years, this New Yorker was

still producing cartoons well into

his 90s. His output was phenomenal,

his best works were classics. Australia has named an unchanged 12-man squad for Melbourne's Boxing Day Test. And with the Ashes back in their possession, it's time for the blame game - England coach Duncan Fletcher under attack, while the Aussies take it easy. Australia's cricketers emerged from the team hotel a little less animated than the night before. Their Ashes-winning party best described as... Fairly savage. ..a word that could also sum up the recriminations faced by the losing side. England down 3-nil in the series, their coach in the firing line as they arrived in Melbourne. REPORTER: Do you accept that if blame is to be apportioned that any of it is your fault? There is blame is on all of us. There is blame is on all of us. Everyone's got to be blamed. And things aren't about to get any easier for the tourists - Ricky Ponting with clear intentions for the remainder of the series. I'd be disappointed if we lost a Test match from here. Playing the way we have and seeing the strength of the opposition, I'd be disappointed if we lost a game, yeah. Everyone's really excited and okay we've won the Ashes, but we don't consider the job done yet. Shane Warne with his own job to finish. His 699th Test wicket coming yesterday,

a world first in his sights in the Boxing Day Test. To play in front of 100,000 people, for me personally, the opportunity, whoever writes my scripts, to come here and get 700 in my home town and hopefully I can get one wicket for the game. The Aussies re-group in Melbourne on Friday following a few hard-earned days off. Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he's delighted with Australia's draw for next year's Asian Cup. The newcomers were drawn in Group A alongside co-hosts Thailand, Iraq and Oman in Kuala Lumpur last night and, fittingly, it was Socceroo striker David Carney who pulled Australia from the bowl. He picked his own team. How about that, ladies and gentleman?

Asia's showpiece soccer event starts next July. Finance now - Frank, tens of thousands of car industry jobs at stake? There seems to be a real problem brewing, Kath, at least that's what the industry is saying, unless the Federal Government will step in to help. Manufacturers are calling for urgent cash assistance and tariff protection. Australia's car industry is struggling, so much so, auto makers are pleading for a $1 billion bail-out package to save as many as 70,000 jobs. Manufacturers of Ford, GM Holden, Toyota and Mitsubishi have also reportedly asked the Federal Government for tariffs to be frozen on passenger vehicles and automotive components at 10% from 2010. A slump in sales is being blamed. Manufacturers say consumers are switching to smaller imported vehicles, the problem compounded by high petrol prices and a strong Australian dollar. While the Industry Minister is refusing to comment on their wish list, he concedes the dip in domestic sales

has left the sector's future in doubt. Veronica Buck, Ten News.

The first person to be charged over the 2005 Westpoint collapse has faced court. Promoter Neil Burnard, who's accused of giving false reassurances to investors before they funnelled money into the property development company, did not enter a plea and was released on bail. Unlike other company executives charged with serious fraud offences,

the 46-year-old wasn't required to post a surety. The case returns to court in February. Now for a look at the national weather.

Aborigines to stage protests in Queensland - that's next. And the Commsec finance report when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Making headlines today - the car industry's cry for help - a $1 billion bail-out package sought from the Howard Government.

Aborigines to stage protests in Queensland, angry a police officer wasn't charged over a death in custody. Another arrest - British police questioning a second man over the murder of five prostitutes. And a chemical explosion rocks a Japanese city, shooting debris more than 1km into the air. Now for a look at the national weather. And now here's Frank with finance.

But the big news is in Asia. It's been a decade since currency speculators brought down the Thai baht, sparking Asia's economic crisis. The Bank of Thailand put in controls affecting foreign money flow but that's prompted a massive sell-off and it's been felt all over.

and help the struggling industry. Mitsubishi, Ford, GM Holden and Toyota have banded together to present the Federal Government with a list of demands. In addition to tariff protection, the manufacturers are reportedly asking for $1 billion to be pumped into the industry. Car makers say they're finding it hard to remain viable as consumers switch to smaller imported vehicles. The ACT's Chief Minister has refused to resign

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is visiting Palm Island today to meet with Aboriginal leaders who are angry over a decision not to charge a police officer over a death in custody. The visit comes as protesters prepare to stage rallies across the State. If the last protest in Brisbane is anything to go by, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie could face an angry reception

when he visits Palm Island today. Aboriginal leaders are still seething over a decision

not to charge Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley over the 2004 death in custody of Murundji Doomadgee. Protestors are now calling for the State's Director of Public Prosecutions to stand down. Leanne Clare's decision despite a Coroner finding Sergeant Hurley was responsible

for Doomadgee's death. Furious community members want the Premier to explain how such different decisions could be reached.

Today's rally in Brisbane is expected to coincide with others in Townsville, Sydney and Melbourne. Kate Donnison, Ten News. A 9-day search for a missing teenage bushwalker has ended in tragedy. David Iredale's grief-stricken parents have told of their despair David's loss has obviously left a huge hole in our family, which at this stage I cannot begin to fathom.

has refused to resign The ACT's Chief Minister

despite damning criticism the 2003 Canberra bushfires. of the way his Government handled and 500 homes burnt down - 4 people died a coroner finding to prevent the disaster. authorities should have done more Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2003. Strong winds and high temperatures and then into the bush capital. drove a distant bushfire towards the ACT Government tried to stop, Now, after a 3-year inquiry Coroner Maria Doogan has found could have been foreseen, that the severity of the firestorm been given more warning. and that residents should have Canberra's Emergency Services Bureau She points the finger at

and its then boss, Mike Castle. by the losses of life I am deeply saddened

and the loss of property and the injuries

in the circumstances. but people did their best is on Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, But the Coroner's strongest attack

of misinterpreting or downplaying whom she accuses but the Coroner is simply wrong. I regret to say this,

The day after the fire, to accept the blame. Mr Stanhope volunteered I have done my best. We were found wanting on the day. event overran us. A most extreme and extraordinary NSW bushfire authorities The Coroner also criticised when it started, for failing to contain the fire 10 days earlier. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. for the nation's fighfighters, No let-up battling blazes in three States. In Victoria, is being cornered by fire the area surrounding Mount Buller

approaching from three directions. of Walhalla and Maidentown The Gippsland communities have also had an anxious night of ember attacks. as they remain under threat raging in Irishtown. And in Tasmania, fires are still are mopping up West Australian firefighters they've just contained around a large bushfire in the State's south. at a large national park has weighed into the debate Former foreign minister Gareth Evans

over Australia's involvement in Iraq. should place less emphasis He says the Federal Government on its relationship with the US of the hot spot. and move to pull troops out little difference Mr Evans says our involvement makes in the overall conflict. for Britain's Red-Light Ripper. Dramatic developments in the hunt

Police have arrested a second man five prostitutes on suspicion of murdering from the English city of Ipswich. is under way An enormous forensic operation

and this is the focus - near Ipswich's red-light district. a small ground-floor flat locally at Stephen Wright. The arrested man is being named his best works were classics. A his best works were classics. A

second man has now been arrested by

detectives investigating the murder

of five women in Suffolk. The

residents of these narrow streets

were to farm and science at the

centre of this investigation. He

did not look like he was any sort

something quite innocent of trouble. I assumed it must be

something quite innocent because he

was not agitated. So what do we

know about Stephen Wright? We spoke

to one of his friends. He is a keen

golfer, very straight guy, quiet,

clean and tidy. Mr Rice is the

second man to be rested. The first,

yesterday, was this man, Tom

Stephens. The police have twice

been granted extra time to question

him. At his time today the forensic him. At his time today the forensic

search was inch by inch. A thorough

officers worked inside it. examination of the garden as

for fear of further explosions. Firefighters have evacuated the area from the 'Discovery' space shuttle Two astronauts have completed a 1-hour spacewalk on the International Space Station. to fix a solar panel astronauts had ventured outside It was the fourth time to the orbiting outpost. during their visit a chance for a service check. MAN ON RADIO: Copy when you get to return on Friday The astronauts are scheduled following a 13-day mission. for next month's Australian Open. Alicia Molik has secured a berth overcame rising star Jessica Moore The former world number eight

in straight sets yesterday of the wild card playoffs in the final

at Melbourne Park. holding the Australian Open trophy, This doesn't quite compare to

it's the first big step. but for Alicia Molik It's nice to be given a wild card, but, you know, earning your spot - round knowing I've earned my spot I'm going to rock up to the first I should be there, and I deserve to be there, and it's quite a different feeling. But the former world number eight didn't have it all her own way Jessica Moore. against emerging prospect LINESMAN: Out! Ohhhh! The 16-year-old Western Australian right up to crowd favourite. taking the challenge It's always difficult going out against the youngsters. I'd kill to be 16 again - with no fear, you sort of go out there

so it brought back memories. and she really pushed me. Jess played pretty well tournaments before the Oz Open - Molik will play two lead-up next week's Hopman Cup, beginning with where she will team with Mark Philippoussis. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. scorned by the British media The England cricket team have been after relinquishing the Ashes. in the firing line Their coach, Duncan Fletcher, on touchdown in Melbourne. that if blame is to be apportioned REPORTER: Do you accept that any of it is your fault? There is blame is on all of us. There is blame is on all of us. Everyone's got to be blamed. for England - And the jobs won't get any easier with a point to prove the Aussie skipper after Monday's Ashes celebrations. if we lost a Test match from here. I'd be disappointed

the strength of the opposition, Playing the way we have and seeing if we lost a game, yeah. I'd be disappointed an unchanged 12-man squad Australia has named

for the fourth Test.

imports As reported earlier, Metropolitan

imports one to open up Australian

skies to more competition. In

particular Melbourne and Brisbane

are not happy that international

traffic has been centralised in

Sydney. In the last to use Brisbane

has lost 21 % of the International

Sikh capacity. They want to

international airlines to be able

to fly through to their senses and

they certainly have a case. If

Quantas does go down the private

equity group Qantas will face more

competition. Other sees market have

been quite volatile. US producer

inflation was up at the fastest rate in 32 years.

rate in 32 years. The US share

market is recovering with the Dow

Jones now up 10 points. The central

bank reverse some of their measures

in Thailand affecting the stock

market. And the media report card

is out today. What are we

expecting? The budget surplus expecting? The budget surplus is

$12 billion, well on track to meet

the four year forecast of 10

billion. Remember that these are

forecasts and the Treasury get it

wrong. The difference can be as

much as $6 billion in any one year. The Prime Minister has praised

outgoing ABC chairman Donald McDonald. Mr McDonald will leave the post next month

after 10 years in the job. At a dinner in his honour, Mr Howard thanked him for his patience and integrity in guiding the broadcaster. An enormous sensitivity to the different strains of Australian culture. New chairman Maurice Newman has been warmly welcomed by ABC staff. Now for a look at the national weather.

Let's take a look at today's headlines.

A second arrest in the hunt for Britain's Red-Light Ripper - that's when Ten's Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - a dramatic development in the hunt for Britain's Red-Light Ripper. A second man has now been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of five women in Suffolk. Queensland's Premier to visit Palm Island amid Aboriginal protests over a death in custody case. The ACT's Chief Minister refuses to resign despite a damning report into the 2003 Canberra bushfires. And in sport, the Australian cricket team touch down from their Ashes high and now want a series clean sweep. British police have arrested a second man in the hunt for the Red-Light Ripper. 48-year-old Stephen Wright is being questioned on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes from the town of Ipswich. He lives near the red-light area and is well known to local sex workers. Just a normal punter.

He just comes down to pick us up and take us back to his flat and that's it. Police have been given 1.5 days to question the first suspect, 37-year-old supermarket worker Tom Stephens, while forensic teams search his house. Rallies will be staged across Queensland today as Premier Peter Beattie visits Palm Island. Aboriginal activists are calling for the State's Director of Public Prosecutions to stand down following a decision not to lay charges against Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley over the 2004 death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. It comes three months after a Coroner found Sergeant Hurley was responsible for Doomadgee's death. Community members want the Premier to explain how such different decisions could be reached and how his friends could be involved in the initial investigation. The ACT's Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, has refused to resign despite the damning findings of an inquest into the 2003 Canberra bushfires. Coroner Maria Doogan found

residents should have had more warning of the fire storm, which left 4 dead and 500 homes in ashes. I have done my best. We were found wanting on the day,

but a most extreme and extraordinary event overran us. The Coroner says the Chief Minister knew a disaster was looming but failed to act. A 9-day search for a missing teenage bushwalker has ended in tragedy. David Iredale's grief-stricken parents have told of their despair after their son's body was found in the NSW Blue Mountains. The worst possible end to a desperate search - 17-year-old David Iredale's body found just after midday. He was found in the location that we always believed he would be, it was an extremely rugged location, basically the body was concealed in a crevasse of sorts between some boulders and some trees. After nine days of scouring bushland,

David was located near a walking track close to the Kedumba River. Unlike every other day, his distraught parents were not at the command post - they received the tragic news at their Sydney home, later releasing a statement through the Salvation Army. David's loss has obviously left a huge hole in our family, which at this stage I cannot begin to fathom. But Mary-Anne and Stephen Iredale did find the strength to thank the hundreds of searchers. Who've come day after day to search for our boy, they must be sharing our grief at the tragic end to this search. With the search called off, dozens of exhausted and distressed volunteers were driven back to base. We were very saddened at the news, that's all. A report will be prepared for the Coroner. Danielle Isdale, Ten News. A surfer mauled by a shark at a popular beach remains in serious condition after surgery. 25-year-old Peter Galvin was savaged by the shark as he sat on his board at Victoria's famous Bells Beach. His friends told of the horrific moment. He's got a huge bite out of the back of his thigh, one out of the back of his calf and a load of puncture marks in his leg. Authorities say they won't hunt down the shark, but locals fear it's the same bronze whaler that nudged surfers two months ago.

12 people have been killed in a series of violent storms across the north-west of the United States. Winds of up to 140km/h wreaked havoc in the state of Washington at the weekend,

uprooting trees and destroying buildings. The state National Guard has been mobilised to help the hardest-hit areas after storms cut power to more than 1.5 million homes. Pictures have emerged from Indonesia following an earthquake which struck Sumatra on Monday, killing seven people. The 5.5 magnitude tremor destroyed roads and homes, injuring more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless. Sumatra is still recovering from the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which devastated much of the island.

None will be row he first came up

with William in the 1930s to create

it John Tom and Jerry. They created

a string of cartoon classics. He

died of natural causes as his home

with his wife by his side.

Australia has named an unchanged 12-man squad for Melbourne's Boxing Day Test. And with the Ashes back in their possession, it's time for the blame game - England coach Duncan Fletcher under attack, while the Aussies take it easy. Australia's cricketers emerged from the team hotel a little less animated than the night before. Their Ashes-winning party best described as... Fairly savage.

..a word that could also sum up the recriminations faced by the losing side. England down 3-nil in the series, their coach in the firing line as they arrived in Melbourne. REPORTER: Do you accept that if blame is to be apportioned that any of it is your fault? There is blame is on all of us. There is blame is on all of us.

Everyone's got to be blamed. And things aren't about to get any easier for the tourists - Ricky Ponting with clear intentions for the remainder of the series. I'd be disappointed if we lost a Test match from here. Playing the way we have and seeing the strength of the opposition, I'd be disappointed if we lost a game, yeah. Everyone's really excited and okay we've won the Ashes, but we don't consider the job done yet. Shane Warne with his own job to finish. His 699th Test wicket coming yesterday, a world first in his sights in the Boxing Day Test. To play in front of 100,000 people, for me personally, the opportunity, whoever writes my scripts, to come here and get 700 in my home town

and hopefully I can get one wicket for the game. The Aussies re-group in Melbourne on Friday following a few hard-earned days off. Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he's delighted with Australia's draw for next year's Asian Cup. The newcomers and were drawn overnight in Group A in Kuala Lumpur

alongside co-host Thailand, Iraq and Oman.

Arnold expects Australia to at least make the semifinals of the Asian Cup which kicks off next July. Alicia Molik has secured a berth for next month's Australian Open. The former world number eight overcame rising star Jessica Moore

in straight sets yesterday It's nice to be given a wild card, but, you know, earning your spot - I'm going to rock up to the first round knowing I've earned my spot and I deserve to be there, I should be there, and it's quite a different feeling. In the men's draw - unknown Queenslander Robert Smeets beat Joe Sirianni in four sets to earn his first Open berth.

Foxtel's improved bid for selected AFL broadcast rights

has been rejected by the Ten and Seven networks. The pay TV channel lifted its $45 million offer to a rumoured $70 million, including production and advertising contra costs, but couldn't get across the line, after six months of negotiations. Ten and Seven were seeking $60 million, plus costs,

for four Australian Football League games. All eight matches in each round for the 2007 to 2011 seasons will be shown exclusively on free-to-air TV. unless the Federal Government will step in to help. Australia's car industry is struggling, so much so, auto makers are pleading for a $1 billion bail-out package to save as many as 70,000 jobs. Manufacturers of Ford, GM Holden, Toyota and Mitsubishi have also reportedly asked the Federal Government for tariffs to be frozen on passenger vehicles and automotive components at 10% from 2010. A slump in sales is being blamed. Manufacturers say consumers are switching to smaller imported vehicles, the problem compounded by high petrol prices and a strong Australian dollar. While the Industry Minister is refusing to comment on their wish list, he concedes the dip in domestic sales has left the sector's future in doubt. Veronica Buck, Ten News. And to the finance diary -

Some white Christmas cheer for snowboarders in Sydney - city-bound boardriders have created their own snowfield, or snow patch, in the centre of Sydney. On a balmy summer night the riders took on the nine metre ramp. But with minimal coverage and no room to fall, it's only for the pros - or the snow-mad.

They may need to relocate their winter wonderland, riders landing right on a city main road. Now for a look at the national weather, and for the day ahead: A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Police development - UK officers questioning a second man over the murder of five prostitutes. Aborigines to stage protests in Queensland - angry a police officer wasn't charged over a death in custody. And ACT's Chief Minister under pressure to resign over his government's handling of the 2003 Canberra bushfires. And that's the Early News. Good morning.

Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he's delighted