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Good morning.

Welcome to Ten's Early News. Today,

the Michael McGurk murder probe

takes another turn with claims he takes another turn with claims he

reported a corrupt detective just hours before his death.

Rugby league hit by another

offfield scandal. This time a

player accused of knocking out his

celebrations. own coach during end of season

And Mr Popularity - Kevin Rudd

riding high in the latest opinion

poll. Now, two out of three voters

want him to stay in the top job.

First, the political storm

surrounding the execution-style

murder of businessman Michael

McGurk is growing. It's now

believed a man matching his

description went to State

Parliament with evidence of

Government corruption just days

before his death.

An unnamed NSW MP has reportedly

given a statement to police that he

description saw a man fitting Mr McGurk's

description trying to enter

Parliament. News Limited say that

they overheard the man telling

staff that he had evidence to bring

down two ministers. Two days later,

Mr McGurk was dead. The development

came just hours after the watchdog

opened a preliminary investigation

into bribery claims within the

State Government. It's believed the

ICAC has been given an audio tape

belonging to Mr McGurk which

allegedly contains evidence of

corruption. Michael Richardson says

he's heard the tape and says it is

naudible. It shouldn't be up to

Graham Richardson to give this

state Government a clean bill of

health. NSW police are in damage

control, denying claims Mr McGurk

reported a corrupt detective just

hours before he was shot dead.

Police have admitted that they were

contacted by Mr McGurk's lawyer

earlier this year to complain about

an investigation, but the matter

wasn't pursued.

A full investigation has been

launched following yet another

rugby league controversy. It's

alleged South Sydney coach Jason

Taylor was knocked unconscious by a

punch to the face by forward David

Fa'alogo. The incident reportedly

occurred during end of season

celebrations. It's alleged that he

attacked Taylor out of

embarrassment after the coach had

winded him with a light-hearted

punch to the stomach. Fa'alogo was

banned for seven weeks back in 2007

Braith Anasta. after a sickening onfield hit on

Australia's recession-beating

economy appears to have paid big

dividends for the Prime Minister.

Today's Newspoll in the

'Australian' says that Kevin Rudd

has stretched his lead as preferred

PM despite his fears of increasing

interest rates. Two thirds of

voters want him in the job. And it

was found that Labor would have

increased the majority had it been

there. Had the strategy advocated

by those over there, Australia

would now be in the depths of

recession. The Greens believe that

the stimulus needs to be re-

examined to keep us out of

unnecessary debt - a fear echoed by the coalition.

Meantime, politician entitlements

will be slashed in a major bid to

end rorts and restore public

Government. Printing allowances of

$100,000 a year will be cut by up

to 25%. MPs will also be banned

from using the allowance to print

election campaign material. A

report out today by the auditor

general is expected to reveal

widespread rorting of the

parliamentary entitlements scheme.

There's still no trails of an Irish

tourist who fell overboard on a

cruise boat at the weekend. 23-

year-old Shane O'Halloran was seen

kissing a woman before the pair

lost balance and toppled over the

railing and into the water. The

woman resurfaced and was rescued,

but Mr O'Halloran who can't swim

never reappeared. A thorough search

of the area has so far turned up

nothing. His parents are expected

Ireland. to arrive in Brisbane tonight from

Three British Muslims have been

convicted of plotting to kill

thousands of by blowing up

transatlantic flights with bombs

disguised as soft drinks. A London

court was told that it would have

since 9/11. been the biggest terrorist attack

Their plan - to kill thousands of

innocent travellers. Their target -

at least seven planes flying

between Britain and America.

The men plotted for months to cause

devastation on a scale far greater

than 9/11. The trio used a network

of houses around the UK to build

chemical bombs, disguised as sports

drinks to be carried in hand

luggage. But the plan was foiled in

what's become the largest ever

counterterrorism investigation in

UK history. At any one time, we had

28 surveillance teams and that

equauts to something like 10 or 12

in each team, around the clock,

24/7 watching every move they were

maiging. The arrests in 2006 led to

new restrictions on liquids in

airports and caused chaos for

millions. The men were convicted

after a long trial in London. They

claimed it was nothing more than a

political stun. The truth was that

it was a plot backed by Al-Qaeda to

bring about a terrorist attack of

global proportions.

A Sudanese woman found guilty of

indecency for wearing trousers

outdoors has been spared 40 lashes

and fined instead. Lubna Hussain

violated rules, she was among 13

women arrested in July. 10 others

were fined and flogged shortly

afterwards, but she decided to take

her case to court to publicise her

cause. She is refusing to pay the fine.

A woman has survived 30 hours in

choppy seas after a ferry sank in

the Philippines. The 39-year-old

drifted 13km from where the super

ferry sank on Sunday with almost

1,000 people onboard. She was

wearing a life jacket and says she

survived in shark-infested waters

by praying. Nine people died when

the ferry went under and a search

unaccounted for. will continue for one person still

It's been a bad end to the 2009

season for Chris Judd, and as a

result, he'll have a blaited start

to the 2010 competition. The

Carlton captain has been slapped

with a suspension for gouging the

Rischitelli. fails of Brisbane's Michael

It's a moment of madness Chris Judd

will look back at. The Blues

skipper will look back and see the

early guilty plea.

Carlton has said it's likely to

accept the penalty. Brisbane coach

Michael Voss is in a position to

select his strongest side of the

season. Jonathan Brown, Daniel

Bradshaw and Daniel Merritt call

got through. But Voss has declared

themselves the underdog. There's

five teams that have been spoken

about. I almost feel like the ugly

duck ling. Their opponents, the

Bulldogs, are not buying into that.

The coach Rodney Eades says that

the boys need to be on the ball or

face the repercussions. The

reputation is made in September or

they're lost, and it doesn't matter

what you do in Round 22, people can

remember that, but certainly that

lingers longer in your memory of

how you perform in September under

the heat.

The NRL's player of the year will

be announced in Sydney tonight at

the Dally M awards. The hot tip is

Jarryd Hayne and North Queensland

skipper Johnathon Thurston will

battle it out for the prestigious

prize. Thurston has already won the

award twice and was five points

clear of the field when voting went

behind closed doors after Round 16.

Sweden's Robin Soderling set up a

possible quarterfinal showdown with

Roger Federer at the US tennis Open

after his fourth round opponent,

Nikolay Davydenko, retired. In an

affair riddled with errors, it was

a set appease. Robin Soderling took

a set but Nikolay Davydenko was

forced to withdraw. Will not

continue to play, so a fourth set

will not be needed for Robin

Soderling. Federer plays Spaniard

Tommy Robredo later this morning

for a shot at the quarterfinals.

Let's take a look at finance now

and more signs of an economic

recovery on the way. It certainly

looks that way.

There's an increase in job ads for

the first time in 16 months. The

ANZ survey found that there were

14% more jobs in August, the first

monthly rise since April 2008. It's

also the strongest growth rate

since 2007. Analysts say that the

figures show that businesses are

increasingly confident that the

economy is emerging from the downturn.

Kraft Foods has vowed to push on

with the proposed takeover of

Cadbury after the opening bid was

rejected last night. The American

food giant's offer was knocked back

by Cadbury because it undervalued

the operation. If the deal is

eventually successful, it would

create a company with a 15% share

of the world's confectionary market

and $58 billion in annual revenue.

Let's get a check of the markets

this morning:

To business in brief, and Qantas

has indicated it may raise fuel

levies on airfares because of

rising jet fuel prices.

Checking today's weather for you:

Checking the newspapers for you. In

the 'Sydney Morning Herald', it

leads with link between slain Sydney businessman Michael McGurk

and a disability pensioner who made

a $75,000 donation to the Labor.

The 'Financial Review' says

superannuation funds are urging

companies to provide their green

credentials to the market, saying

it will help to raise their share price.

The Advertiser' leads with a story

that's claimed to cause a store

with the city home to more

beautiful women than anywhere else.

And 'Business Day' says the

operators of the Melbourne toll operators of the Melbourne toll

road are facing a $400 million lawsuit.

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Headlines every 15 minutes on ten's

early news.

Today - NSW police in damage

control over allegations Michael

McGurk reported a corrupt cop just

hours before his murder.

Another slap in the face for rugby

league as a star player and his

coach exchange punches.

Three British men convicted of

masterminding what would have been

the biggest terrorist attacks since 9/11.

And in sport - Tiger Woods finds

his groove in Boston. The world

number one storming up the

leaderboard at the douch bank championship Championship.

-- Deutsch bank championship. And

after the seeingle lands, it is at this point.

First, NSW police are investigating

claims that loan shark Michael

McGurk went to State Parliament

just two days before his murder

with evidence of Government

corruption. News Limited said that

he overheard a man fitting McGurk's

appearance telling staff he had

enough evidence to bring down two

ministers. The corruption watchdog

has been called in to investigate

bribery allegations within the NSW

Government. Evidence of which is

reportedly contained in an audio

tape belonging to the murdered man.

If this matter is under

investigation by the NSW police or

the ICAC, then that's the most

appropriate place for it to be

examined. Meantime, NSW police are

themselves in damage control,

denying reports McGurk reported a

corrupt detective just hours before

he was shot dead.

Victoria's incoming deputy police

commissioner has vowed to crack

down on street violence after

officers were targeted in a

friendsied attack. Two policemen

and a former officer were bashed by

a group of youths after leaving a

suburban nightclub early on Sunday

morning. One received a fractured

cheekbone. The other suffering a

broken jaw. If we all step up

together, and that's business, it's

Government and it's media as well,

we can and we will solve this. Five

youths involved have been charged.

There's been yet another

embarrassing offfield incident for

rugby league, this time with the

coach being attacked by a player.

Jason Taylor was reportedly punched

unconscious by David Fa'alogo. It's

believed that the incident occurred

during end of season celebrations

at an inner Sydney hotel. It's

believed that he attacked Taylor

out of embarrassment after the

coach winded him with a joke punch.

David Fa'alogo was banned in 2007

after a sickening hit on Braith Anasta.

The Government is continuing to

ride high in the opinion polls. The

latest Newspoll has showed that

Kevin Rudd has stretched his lead

as preferred Prime Minister.

It's the definition of a thankless

job. And I ask the minister - what

spending restraint is the

Government currently showing to

take pressure off interest rates?

It's not working for Malcolm

Turnbull. The latest Newspoll shows

Mr Rudd edging up as preferred

Prime Minister with two thirds of

Australians wanting him in the job.

An election today would see Labor

increase its majority. The

Government's stimulus policies have

been a hit. The bulk of the spend

up was opposed by the coalition,

but polling shows most Australians

believe it has saved us from

recession. And the strategy

advocate indicated by those

opposite us, Australia would now be opposite us, Australia would now be

in the depths of recession. Instead,

the ANZ survey is showing job ads

rising for the first time since

April last year. The Greens are

saying that things are going so

well, the stimulus policy needs re-

investigation. Even the Greens

think that the Government is

spending too much is a clear sign

that the Government needs to pull

back the spending. But the

Government says it can't.

Three British Muslims have been

convicted of masterminding what

would have been the biggest

terrorist attacks since 9/11. The

men had been plotting to blow up at

least seven transatlantic flights

using liquid explosives. They put

together a special mix of chemicals

which they planned to take in hand

luggage. The arrests in August of

2006 led to new airport

restrictions on liquids and caused

chaos for millions of travellers.

Back home, and an early wake-up

call for residents in a Sydney unit

block. Emergency crews were called

to Marsfield. At least 30 people

were evacuated from the building

while the fire was put out. No-one

has been injured. The cause of the

is still being investigated.

The airforce admits it is to blame

for polluting a major waterway

system west of Brisbane. The heavy

metal contamination was detected

when hundreds of dead fish began

floating to the surveys.

Environmental experts will be back

at Warrell Creek this morning to

continue further testing of the

water, which is already too toxic

for any fish to survive in. So, I

got in my dinghy and had a good

hard look and I counted hundreds.

The waterway borders Brisbane's big

airforce base, and its sewage

system has now been confirmed as

the source of a major heavy metal

leak. The metals that are there are

nikel, mercury and chromium. The

airforce doesn't like the word

"leak". Well, it's not leaking,

it's part of the normal process.

But, whatever happened, the creek

system which until recently flowed

into the Bremer and Brisbane River

Systems is a no-go zone. It rather

makes me wonder who is going to be

around to pick up the bill for the

ecological wreck that's happening

here. All the mystery has

disappeared and now we can get on

with fixing it. The base's he

Lieutenant system is shut down and

the extent of the condamnation

could take makes to confirm.

Bullying is rife in Australian work Bullying is rife in Australian work

places according to a new study and places according to a new study and

women are just as guilty as men.

Half of the 800 employees surveyed

revealed they'd witnessed bullying,

while one quarter had been a victim. while one quarter had been a victim.

Silence, isolation and verbal Silence, isolation and verbal

insults were the most common forms,

with public humiliation ranked

second. It's also found there were

equal numbers of male and female perpetrators.

A health awareness campaign which

uses a Adolph Hitler look alike to

show that AIDS is a mass murderer

has run into controversy. The video

has been produced in Germany for

world aids a aids day and shows a world aids a aids day and shows a

couple having unprotected sex. At

the end, the man is revealed to be the end, the man is revealed to be

Hitler. Related ads for radio and Hitler. Related ads for radio and

newspapers also used Stalin and

Saddam Hussein, but it's been

criticised by AIDS groups as counterproductive, and there are

calls for it to be taken off air.

Geelong's Gary Ableft has been

voted by the pierce as the AFL's

most valuable player. The

midfielder has been an integral

part of the push for the Cats. It's

fantastic. You know, to be rated up

by your pierce, it's a fantastic

honour. Ablett claimed the award

from Collingwood's Dane Swan.

Ricky Ponting says that his

retirement from Twenty20 cricket is

part of a grand plan to extend his

Test career. He's back to England

to join team-mates for day four of

the one day series after a 12-day

break. It probably gives about four

extra weeks away from cricket,

which will give me a chance to be

physically and mentally fresh for

the next few years. Ponting

believes a reduced schedule will

help him to return to England for

the Ashes series in 2013.

Tiger Woods has fired a stunning 63

in the final round of the

championship in Boston to roar up

the leaderboard. The world number

one with eight birdies and an eagle,

moving him up 23 places to finish at 12-under par.

And after the Eagle lands, it is at

this point where we all start

wondering how low Tiger can go.

Geoff Ogilvy had a solid final

round. Steve Stricker and Angel

Cabrera are tied for the lead at Cabrera are tied for the lead at 15-under.

There's more evidence the economy

is emerging from the downturn, with

a surge in the number of job ads.

For the e-mails, I'm joined by

Juliana Roadley at Commsec. Good

morning. Businesses are recovering?

It confirms our view that

businesses are recovering. The

August index rising by 4.1%. The

Oliver Online survey up by 2.5%.

Oliver Online survey up by 2.5%.

Today you have the NAB business

confidence numbers. These are for

the month of August as well and

we're looking for positive signs

showing that conditions have

leveled out or increased a little

bit backing up our view. And the

dollar has hit the one-year high

level? A big surge in the Aussie

dollar. This is boosted by the

market views that maybe a rate rise

is just around the corner. Some

suggesting that we could see a rate

rise in October. We're still

sticking with the rate rise to

occur in 2010. It's also helped by

the higher commodity prices and the

strong market and the great economy.

At the moment, the Aussie at 85 US

and also strong against the euro.

It was a flat session on our market

yesterday. What can we expect

today? We had the US markets closed

for the Labor day holiday, but great moves in Europe, and it was

on the back of a lot of merger

details. We had Kraft coming out

with a 10.2 billion deal to try to

buy Cadbury. It has been rejected,

but it really boosted the key

indices up around 1.5%. Now, our

market is set to open up 18 points

higher. The commodities are working

in our favour with the oil price

holding at 68 a barrel and gold up

at $997 an ounce.

To business in brief:

Taking a peek at the screen there

for the latest in the weather:

A woman fined for wearing trousers.

That's next.

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This program is captioned live.

The headlines every 15 minutes here

on Ten's Early News. The Michael

McGurk murder probl takes another

turn with complaims he reported a -

- claims he reported a corrupt

detective just hours before his death.

Rugby league hit by another

offfield scandal. This time a

player accused of knocking out his

own coach during end of season celebrations.

And three British men convicted of

masterminding what would have been

the biggest terrorist attack since 9/11.

A weather check:

First, the political storm

surrounding the execution-style

murder of businessman Michael

McGurk is growing. It's now

believed a man matching his

description went to State

Parliament with evidence of

Government corruption just days

before his death.

An unnamed NSW MP has reportedly

given a statement to police that he

saw a man fitting Mr McGurk's

description trying to enter State

Parliament last week. News Limited

claim that they overheard the man

telling staff that he had evidence

to bring down at least two

ministers. Two days later, he was

dead. The development came just

hours after the corruption watchdog

opened a preliminary investigation

into bribery claims. It's believed

the ICAC has been given an audio

tape belonging to Mr McGurk which

allegedly contains evidence of high

level corruption. Graham Richardson

has heard the tape and says it is

inaudible. The State Opposition

says it still needs to be

investigated. It shouldn't be up to

Graham Richardson to give this

State Government a clean bill of

health. Meantime, NSW police are in

damage control, denying claims that

Mr McGurk reported a corrupt

detective just hours after he was

shot dead. Police have admitted

that they were contacted by Mr

McGurk's lawyer earlier this year

about an investigation, but the

matter wasn't pursued.

A full investigation has been

launched following yet another

rugby league controversy. It's now

alleged South Sydney coach, Jason

Taylor, was knocked unconscious by

a punch to the face by forward

David Fa'alogo. It reportedly

occurred at Forresters Hotel in

Sydney. It's claimed that he

attacked Taylor out of

embarrassment after the coach had

winded him with a light-hearted

punch to the stomach. Surveillance

will be reviewed today. Fa'alogo

was banned for several weeks back

in 2007 after a sickening onfield

hit on the Roosters's Braith Anasta.

Australia's recession-beating

economy appears to have paid big

devedends for the Prime Minister.

Today -- dividends for the Prime

Minister. Today's Newspoll show

that the Prime Minister's

popularity has risen. Two thirds of

voters want him in the top job.

It's found that Labor would have

increased their majority if an

election was held at the weekend.

Had the strategy advocated by those

opposite us been adopted, Australia

would now be in the depths of

recession. The Greens, however,

believe that the stimulus needs to

be re-examined to keep us out of

unnecessary debt. A fear echoed by the coalition.

Politician entitlements will be

slashed in a major bid to end

election rorts and restore public

confidence. Under the plan,

printing allowances will be cut by

up to 25%. MPs will also be banned

from using the allowance to print

election campaign material. A

report out today by the auditor

general is expected to reveal

widespread rorting of the

parliamentary entitlement scheme.

There's still no trace of an Irish

tourist who fell overboard from a

Brisbane tourist boat. 23-year-old

Shane O'Halloran was seen kissing a

woman before the pair lost balance

and toppled over a railing and into

the water. The woman resurfaced and

was rescued, but Mr O'Halloran, who

can't swim never reappeared. A

thorough search of the area has so

far turned up nothing. His parents

are expected to arrive in Brisbane

tonight from Ireland.

Three brush Muslims have been

convicted of plotting to kill

thousands by blowing up

transatlantic flights with bombs

disguised as soft drinks. A London

court has been told it would have

been the biggest terrorist attack

since 9/11.

Their plan to kill thousands of

innocent travellers. The target -

at least seven planes flying

between Britain and America. The

men plotted for months to cause

devastation on a scale far greater

than 9/11. The trio used a network

of houses around the UK to research

and build liquid chemical bombs,

disguised as sports drinks. But the

plan was foiled in what's become

the largest ever counterterrorism

investigation in UK history. At any

one time, we had 28 surveillance

teams, and that equauts to

something like 10 or 12 in each

team. Around the clock 24/7,

watching every move that the

terrorists were making. The trio's

arrests in August 2006 led to new

restrictions on liquids in airports

and caused chaos for millions. The

men were convicted after a long

trial in London. They claimed it

was nothing more than a political

stunt. The truth was that it was a

plot backed by Al-Qaeda to bring

about a terrorist attack of global proportions.

A Sudanese woman found gimenty of

indecency for wearing trousers --

guilty of indecency for wearing

trousers outdoors has been spared

40 lashes and fined instead.

Lubumbashi was among 13 women

arrested in July. 10 others were

fined and flogged shortly

afterwards, but she decided to take

her case to court to publicise her

cause. She's also refusing to pay the fine.

A woman has survived 30 hours in

choppy seas after a ferry sank in

the Philippines. The 39-year-old

drifted 13km from where the

superferry sank on Sunday with

almost 1,000 people onboard. She

was wearing a life jacket and says

she survived in shark-infested

waters by praying. Nine people died

when the ferry went under and the

search will continue for one person

who is still unaccounted for.

AFL, and it's been a bad end to the

2009 season for Chris Judd, and as

a result, he'll have a belated

start to the 2010 competition. The

Carlton captain has been slapped

with a 3-week suspension for

Rischitelli. gouging the face of Michael

It's a moment of madness Chris Judd

will look back at and rue. The

contact will cost him two weeks

with an early guilty plea.

Carlton has said it is likely to

accept the penalty. Brisbane coach

Michael Voss is in a position to

select his strongest side of the

season. Jonathan Brown, Simon Black,

Daniel Bradshaw all got through Saturday's inspirational victory,

but Ross has declared his side the

overwhelming underdog. I feel like

the ugly duck ling left in the

competition. Their opponents, the

Bulldogs, are not buying into that.

Rodney Eades says that his boys

need to be on the ball. The reputations are made in September

or lost, and it's no matter what

you do in round 1-22, people can

remember that. But certainly that

lingers longer in your memory is

how you perform in September under

the heat.

Ryan Davidson, Ten News.

The NRL's player of the year will

be announced in Sydney tonight. The be announced in Sydney tonight. The

Dally M awards. The hot tip is

Jarryd Hayne and North Queensland

skipper Johnathon Thurston will

battle it out for the prestigious

plies over St George Illawarra.

Thurston has won the award twice

and was five points clear of the

field when voting went behind

closed doors after round 16.

Giant-killing American teenager

Melanie Ouding has done it again at Melanie Ouding has done it again at

the US Open. She's beaten 13th seed

Nadia Petrova. It was an affair

riddled with errors between sod sod

sod and Nikolay Davydenko. So, a sod and Nikolay Davydenko. So, a

fourth set will not be needed for

Robin Soderling. Soderling is

likely to face Roger Federer in the

quarters. The Swiss champ plays

Spaniard Tommy Robredo later this

eight. morning for the spot in the final

On to finance with Richard, and

there are more signs that an there are more signs that an

economic recovery is certainly on

the way. Good news on the

employment front. The job ads have

increased for the first time in 16

months. The ANZ survey has found

there were 4% more job ads online

and in newspapers in August. The

first monthly rise since April 2008.

It's also the strongest growth rate

since 2007. Analysts say that the

figures show that businesses are

increasingly confident that the

downturn. economy is emerging from the

Kraft Foods has vowed to push on

with the proposed takeover of

Cadbury after the opening bid was

rejected last night. The American

food giant's offer of 19.6 billion

was knocked back by Cadbury because

it undervalued the operation. If a

deal is eventually successful, it

will create a company with a 15%

share of the world's confectionary

revenue. market and $58 billion in annual

detail now: detail Let's get down to the numbers in

To business in brief and Qantas has

indicated that it may raise fuel

levies on airfares after it lifted

its freight surchargres.

The weather for today:

Checking news websites from around

the world, and the Guardian has

more on three men who have been

convicted over a 2006 terror plot

to blow up planes between the UK

and North America.

The Jakarta Post reports on huge

surf that's damaging houses and

destroying beaches neen Banda Acheh.

And the Moscow Times says that food on the International Space Station

has come a long way. Astronauts

have a choice of cuisine from have a choice of cuisine from

Russia, the US, Japan and Europe.

Drama in Sydney's north as fire

takes hold in a unit block. We've

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GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA

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Today, NSW police in damage control

over allegations Michael McGurk over allegations Michael McGurk

reported a corrupt cop just hours before his murder.

Three British men convicted of

plotting to kill thousands of

people by blowing up transatlantic flights.

Dozens of residents evacuated from

a unit block in Sydney after fire

engulfs the top level overnight.

And in sport, look out leaders.

There's a tiger on your tail. The

world number one roars into

contention at the Deutsch bank

championship. And gravity says -

Tiger, here's one for you. And

after the Eagle lands,

NSW police are investigating claims

that loan shark Michael McGurk went

to State Parliament two days before

his murder with evidence of his murder with evidence of Government corruption. News Limited

reports that a State MP has told

police that he overheard a man

fitting McGurk's appearance telling

staff that he had enough evidence

to bring down two ministers. The

corruption watchdog has been called

in to investigate allegations

within the NSW Government. Evidence

of which is reportedly contained in

an audio tape belonging to the murdered man.

If this matter is under

investigation by the NSW police for

the ICAC, then that's the most

appropriate place for it to be examined.

Meantime, NSW police are themselves

in damage control, denying reports

that McGurk reported a corrupt

detective just hours before he was

shot dead.

Victoria's incoming deputy

commissioner has vowed to crackdown

on street violence after officers

were attacked. Two policemen were

bashed by a group much teenagers bashed by a group much teenagers

after leaving a suburban nightclub.

One suffered a fractured cheekbone

and the other with a broken jaw. If

we all step up together, business

and Government and media, we f we

will solve this. There's been yet

another embarrassing off field

incident for rugby league with the

coach being attacked by a player.

Jason Taylor was reportedly punched unconscious by player David

Fa'alogo. It's believed it occurred

on Sunday night at an inner Sydney

hotel. Fa'alogo was banned for

playing for seven weeks back in

2007 after a sickening hit on Braith Anasta.

The Government is continuing to

ride high in the upon polls. The

latest poll has showed that Kevin

Rudd has stretched his lead as preferred Prime Minister.

It's the definition of a thankless

job. I ask the Prime Minister, what spending restraint is the

Government currently showing to

take pressure off interest rates?

It's not working for Malcolm

Turnbull. The latest Newspoll shows Turnbull. The latest Newspoll shows

Mr Rudd edging up as preferred

Prime Minister. Two thirds of

Australians want him in the job. An

election today would see Labor

increase its majority. The

Government's stimulus policies have

been a hit. The bulk of the spend

up was opposed by the coalition,

but polling shows most Australians

believe it has saved us from

recession. At the strategy

advocates by those opposite us been

adopted, Australia right now would

be in the dipts of recession.

Instead, the ANZ survey is showing

job ads rising for the first time

since April last year. The Greens

say that things are going so well

that the stimulus policy needs re-

examination. Where even the Greens think that the Government is

spending too much, is a clear sign

that this Government needs to pull

back its spending. But the

Government says it can't. We're not

out of the woods yet.

Three British Muslims have been

convicted of masterminding what

would have been the biggest

terrorist attack since 9/11. They'd

been plotting to blow up at least

seven transatlantic flights using

liquid explosives. They put

together a special mix of

explosives which they planned to

put in land luggage disguised as

soft drink. It led to new airport

restrictions on lick wilds and

caused chaos for millions of -- on

liquids and caused chaos for liquids and caused chaos for millions of travellers.

Half of the 800 employees surveyed

in the work place revealed that

they had witnessed bullying and a

quarter had been a victim. Silence,

isolation and verbal insults were

the most common forplt, with public

humiliation ranked second. They

also found equal numbers of male

and female perpetrators.

There's been an early wake up call

for residents in Sydney. Emergency

crews were called to Marsfield. At

least 30 people had to to be

evacuated from the building while

the fire was put out, but no-one

was injured. The cause of the blaze

is being investigated. Three

Melbourne teenagers have been

arrested after a trail of

destruction led police to the get

away car. The trio fled the scene

in a Ford Sedan after the 17-year-

old unlicensed driver mounted a

curb. He punctured two tyres and

the oil tank. Police were able to

follow the trail on the road to Essendon.

The airforce admits it is to blame

for polluting a major waterway

system west of Brisbane. The heavy

metal contamination was only

detected when hundreds of dead fish

began floating to the surface.

Environmental experts will be back

this morning to continue further

testing of the water which is

already too toxic for any fish to survive in.

So, I got in the dinghy and had a

good hard look, and I counted

hundreds. The waterway borders

Brisbane's big airforce base, and

its sewage system has now been

confirmed as the source of a major

heavy metal leak. The metals that

are there are chromiun and nickel.

The airforce doesn't like the word

"leak". It's not leaking, it's part

of the normal process. But whatever

happened, the creek system, which

until recently flowed into the

Brisbane river system is a no-go

zone. It rather makes me wonder who

is going to be around to pick up

the bill for the ecological wreck

that's happening here. All of the

mystery has disappeared and now we

can get on with ficking it. The

base's he Lieutenant system is shut

down and the extent of the

contamination could take weeks to understand.

A health awareness campaign that

uses a Adolph Hitler look alike for

AIDS awareness has caused

controversy. The video was produced

in Germany and shows a couple

having unprotected sex. At the end,

the man is revealed to be Adolph

Hitler. But AIDS groups have called it counterproductive and there have

been calls for it to be taken off the air.

Geelong's Gary Ablett has been

voted by his fears as the AFL's

most valuable player for the third

straight years. He's been an

integral part of the Cats' push for

a Premiership. You know, it's

fantastic. To be rated up there by

your peers, it's a fantastic honour.

He claimed the award from

Collingwood's Dane Swan and Carlton

skipper Chris Judd.

Ricky Ponting's insists his

retirement from international

Twenty20 cricket is part of a grand

plan to extend his Test career.

He's on his way back to England to

rejoin team-mates for day four of

the series. It gives probably about

four extra weeks away from cricket,

which will give me a time to be

both physically and mentally fresh

for 50-over cricket and Test

cricket. Ponting believes a reduced

schedule will help him return for

the Ashes series in 2013.

Tiger Woods has fired in Norton. He

finished at 12-under par. And

gravity says - tiger, here's one

for you. And ever the Eagle lands,

it is at about this point where we

all start wondering how low Tiger

can go? Well, I can tell you. Two

bogeys on the way home left him

three shots behind the leaders.

Geoff Ogilvy has also had a solid

final round. Steve Stricker and

angel Cabrera are currently tied

for the lead at 15-under.

There's more evidence that the

economy is emerging from the

downturn with a surge in the number

of job ads. For the details, we can

go back to Juliana Roadley at

Commsec. Businesses are obviously

confidence thal recovery is coming?

Look, it confirmed our view that

the Labor markets have turned the

corner with the ANZ newspaper and

online job ads in August showing an

increase of 4.1%. The online survey

also up by 2.5%. Today we're

getting the Nablus business

confidence index for the month of

August. We're looking for signs of

confidence showing that levels have

levels out. And the dollar is going

great guns with a one-year high? A

big boost. This is because the

market is now basically factoring

in a small interest rate rise just

around the corner. Some are saying

that it could occur in October.

that it could occur in October.

We're still penciling it to occur

early in 2010. The Aussies being

helped by the higher commodity

prices and the strong market and

the great set of GDP numbers. The

Aussie at the moment is at 85.5

cents and strong against the euro,

up at 59.70.

On the market yesterday, it was

flat. What can we expect today? I

think we'll have a great day. The

US markets were closed for the

Labor Day holiday but the indices

were well. A lot of merger news

driving the indices. Our market is

set to open up 18 points higher.

Commoditys in our favour. The gold

price is $997 an ounce.

OK. Thank you for the update.

And to business in brief, and Kraft

Foods will push on with the

proposed takeover of Cadbury after

the opening bid of 19.6 billion was

rejected and Qantas has indicated

it may raise fuel levies on

airfares after it lifted its

freight surchargres. And that's all

the news in finance.

Thank you. A check of the weather

for you for this Tuesday.

Recapping today's top stories - the

Michael McGurk murder probe takes

another turn with claims he went to State Parliament to report

corruption just days before his death.

Rugby league has been hit by

another off field scandal - this

time a player is accused of

knocking out his own coach during

end of season celebrations.

And Kevin Rudd is riding high in

the latest opinion poll. Now two

out of three voters want him to

stay in the top job.

And that's it for Ten's Early News.

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