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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. And I'm Jacinta Hocking. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Today - frigate farewelled - in case tensions boil over. a second Australian ship off to Fiji not ruling out military support. Our Government From the Pacific to Iraq and a former top US official says to make its own decision Australia has a right on troops in the trouble spot. Controversial Sheik Hilali on his future at a lunchtime prayers. expected to make an announcement bar brawl caught on security camera And in sport - Brendan Frevola's lands himself in more hot water. as the Colman medallist of the morning. Time for our first finance check Jacinta, what are the markets doing? Thanks, Bill. Wall Street has been hit hard

manufacturing growth in the US after a report showing has slowed to a near standstill. The weaker-than-expected figures world-wide have sent jitters through the markets economic growth, as investors fear the brakes are on is on its way to Fiji A second navy frigate in the event of a coup. to help with evacuations

and joins us on the phone. Ten reporter Max Futcher is in Suva Max, when will the ships arrive could need rescuing? and just how many nationals

The ships will not end Sir Fiji's

water but will be at offshore. water but will be at offshore. They

haven't been much action on the

ground. There are 7000 Australian

nationals. They would have to be nationals. They would have to

picked up if the situation

deteriorated. The ships will remain

offshore and monitor the situation.

If in the unlikely event that we'd

have to assist the Australians,

have to assist the Australians, we

will have military assets and

personnel available to support

Australians. The government says it

may Fiji military assistance? There's may Fiji military assistance?

a lot of rhetoric going back and

forwards. A lot of it depends on

Wednesday when the military leader

returns. Some say he will be arrested

when he lands. But that seems

unlikely. It is up in yeah.

Parliament is meeting for his budget

meeting. We will wait and see what happens. Labor's policy to pull out of Iraq The Federal Government has warned

with Australia's closest allies. would hurt relations protesters will follow. Wherever US officials gather, secretary of state Richard Armitage Former US assistant might not share their sentiments, but he does wish to the Iraqis was faster. the process of handing over control or maybe the unwillingness thus far The inability thus far of the Iraqi Government in securing Baghdad and the environs to take a larger hand is a concern to all of us. to pull out of Iraq And, what of Labor's policy should it win next year's election? I'm not sure what to make of it yet. at some point in time I think all of us desire to leave Iraq to the Iraqis to pull out in haste. but it wouldn't be a good thing by the Howard Government. That's a view long argued that prematurely leaving Iraq - Anyone who thinks and the United Kingdom - the United States relationship with those countries, would not do damage to our is in my opinion delusional. seems to suggest otherwise. But Richard Armitage a heavy burden in Iraq, He says Australia has already carried to debate its involvement in war. and it's healthy for a democracy to have to make that decision. Australians are going No American will or should.

Laurel Irving, Ten News.

has killed up to 10 people A respiratory infection the New South Wales north coast. at a nursing home on the last month The deaths have all occurred in Coffs Harbour. at the Haven Aged Care Facility are in hospital And several other elderly residents being treated for the same infection. Health authorities are investigating. the cancellation of a rally Fears of a race riot have forced

Sydney cleric Sheik Hilali. in support of controversial The mufti says on his future at prayers today. he'll make an announcement With a small band of supporters, to the Lakemba Mosque, Sheik al-Hilali returned since leaving hospital. his first appearance

he'll announce his future The mufti confirming tomorrow at lunchtime. following prayers via Arabic radio, Speaking to his supports in his honour to be cancelled, the mufti called for a rally planned by his critics and turn violent. concerned the event could be hijacked the planned location regardless, Police will be at just in case the rally goes ahead. the most ludicrous suggestion We've heard a Cronulla-style riot. that there could be

Well, that's totally unacceptable. to resign, The Sheik is still under pressure to step down. Prime Minister Howard calling on him time is running out to resolve it, Unless this matter is resolved, and a sadly diminished view there will be left of the Islamic community of the willingness

the broader Australian community. to integrate into What he said was unacceptable. Tim Potter, Ten News. of more Israeli retaliation Growing fears fired another homemade rocket after Palestinian militants into an Israeli town.

Fired from inside Gaza, in the Israeli town of Sderot. the missile slammed into a house was taken to hospital At least one woman to save her home. as fire crews tried in vain into the northern Gaza Strip It comes amid a new Israeli offensive aimed at stopping such attacks. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla

to Pakistan continue their 5-day visit touring the city of Lahore. and the Duchess of Cornwall The heir to the British throne looking over a Sikh temple, spent more than an hour

at a red sandstone mosque. before spending time of interfaith harmony, Maintaining the theme was at an Anglican church their final stop with the congregation. where they mingled by Carlton's Brendan Fevola The AFL has denied claims was provoked by racial taunts. that his run-in with an Irish barman The latest development coming on the same day became public. security vision of the incident in Europe have come undone Brendan Fevola's plans to lie low after the release of damning security vision of his run-in with an Irish barman. The pictures from inside the Galway pub shows

the Carlton spearhead being refused service then later lunging at barman Paul Murray and putting him in a headlock.

The incident broken up by Aussie team-mates I have followed him outside and grabbed him in a headlock and just said to him "I have had enough of all this shit they have given us."

His claim the taunts were directed at indigenous players landing the forward in more strife. I can categorically tell you that it completely untrue that our players have suffered racial abuse. While the AFL has ruled out further action, the incident has divided football opinions. This isnt just a trivial incident, it's the incident itself that needs to be assessed. If there's a repeat you might take some action but you dont suspend him, that's just ridiculous. The so-called Grannygate affair is no joke after all with New Zealand losing hooker Nathan Fien and a couple of Tri-Nations points. Fien arrived back in Australia late yesterday,

but had no comment to make over the drama that saw the Kiwis penalised for fielding a player who was not eligible. The points deduction guarantees the Kangaroos a place in the Tri-Nations final even before Saturday's game against Great Britain. Australia will face the West Indies in Sunday's Champions Trophy final

following the Windies 6-wicket win over South Africa this morning. The Calypso Kings in cruise control chasing down the target of 259 with six overs to spare. Chris Gale's unbeaten 133 punishing the Proteas in a man of the match performance. Gale the man to guard against on Sunday. That's his second successive century, his 3rd this tournament. Time for a finance check with Jacinta and another airline spending up? Virgin Blue has revealed it'll spend almost $1 billion on 20 new aircraft. The jets, which will fly throughout Australia and parts of the Pacific, will be fitted with spacious leather seats as part of the airline's new strategy to attract business customers. The company says the Brazilian jets will increase efficiency for the company by burning less fuel. Shares in Virgin Blue Holdings rose three cents to $1.83. A campaign reportedly is under way to block the re-election of Rick Allert as Coles Myer chairman. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' claims the retailer's chief critic Solomon Lew is preparing to write to shareholders, urging them to waive support. The paper says he's requested a copy of the company's share register through Premier Investments and will also insist a proposed issue of bonus shares to chief executive John Fletcher be scuttled. Mr Lew is angry at the board's decision to reject an $18 billion overture from a private equity firm without reeking shareholder advice. Now for a look at the national weather: To a look now at Friday's newspapers: Australian troops have been put on alert in case of another coup in Fiji. The latest details shortly in Ten's Early News.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at the stories we're following this Friday.

To stay or go? Besieged muslim Sheik Hilali prepares to make an announcement on his future. Fiji bound - a second Austrlian warship heads there in the event nationals need rescuing. Upping the ante - Iran launches a new long-range missile a month after North Korea outraged the world. And raking it in - another big bank posts a record profit. Let's turn now to the latest business and finance news - Jacinta, where are the markets at?

Wall Street has been hit hard after a report showing manufacturing growth in the US has slowed to a near standstill.

The weaker-than-expected figures have sent jitters through the markets world-wide as investors fear the brakes are on economic growth, Controversial Sydney cleric Sheik Hilali is set to make an announcement about his future during lunchtime prayers today. The mufti has already cancelled a planned rally in his support, amid fears the event could be hijacked by his critics and turn violent. We've heard the most ludicrous suggestion that there could be a Cronulla-style riot. Well, that's totally unacceptable. Prime Minister Howard has called for the Sheik to step down for the benefit of the Muslim community. A frenzied attack in Sydney overnight has left a man with serious stab wounds. Police believe the man was set upon by a person wielding a knife as he left this hotel in the city's west. He was struck several times in the chest and is now in a serious but stable condition in hospital. An extensive search of the area, involving a police helicopter and the dog squad, failed to find his attacker. The Australian Government has dispatched a second warship as fear of a coup grows in Fiji. While the HMAS 'Kanimbla' is standing by to help with evacuations, the Federal Government is refusing to rule out military assistance. The HMAS 'Newcastle' has already set sail and yesterday it was the 'Kanimbla's turn. Throughout the day, the Townsville port was a hive of activity as navy personnel loaded up and prepared for the mission ahead. If in the unlikely event that we are required to assist Australians to leave Fiji, we will have military assets, defence personnel and defence equipment available to support Australians should it be unnecessary. An undisclosed number of soldiers are on board the 'Kanimbla'. Helicopters and a medical team also part of the deployment. While both naval warships will remain in neutral waters, the Defence Minister is refusing to rule out military assistance

in the event of a coup. It's essential we uphold our responsibility of security and safety of Australia and be prepared for all contingencies. The 'Kanimbla' set sail from Townsville late last night. Their task may involve evacuating up to 7,000 Australians living in Fiji. A former top US official says Australia has a right to make its own decision on staying in Iraq. Labor plans to pull our troops out of Iraq if it wins next year's election. I think all of us desire at some point in time to leave Iraq to the Iraqis but it wouldn't be a good thing to pull out in haste. But Mr Armitage says Australia has already carried a heavy burden in Iraq and we have a right to decide our future there. Fresh anxiety for the White House after Iran successfully launched a new long-range missile. Military officials say the Shahab III missile can carry nuclear warheads or cluster bombs

and its a range of more than 2,000 kilometres makes areas like Tel Aviv or western India possible targets. It's part of mass manoeuvres by Iran's armed forces, just days after coalition warships held exercises in the Persian Gulf.

Still overseas - and Terri Irwin has presented an award to the man who inspired her late husband, Steve. She fought back tears at the National Television Awards in Britain, as she handed Sir David Attenborough a lifetime achievement gong.

Meantime, a UK television producer has criticised the Crocodile Junter. Alastair Fothergill, of the BBC's 'Planet Earth' says

Irwin was a showman who provoked animals. He says the 44-year-old, who was killed by a stingray barb, was always out to trumpet his bravado. The producer says his crews are told to film animals in their surrounds and if they find they're being attacked the reporter is obviously intruding. The Gold Coast is in the grip of U2 mania. Dozens of fans have been staking out the band's hotel in the hope of catching a glimpse. Emerging from his hotel, U2 front man Bono sent waiting fans into a frenzy. WOMAN SCREAMS: Bono! The rocker happily signed autographs, chatted and posed for photos with his followers. Other band members, Larry Mullen Jnr, The Edge and Adam Clayton, also took time out to meet the elated fans.

It's great to be back. Edge is on fire - he hasn't been playing like this for a very long time so you're going to see something very special. They took off in a chopper and landed a short time later at ANZ Stadium to check out the massive stage and do sound checks. Sydney's next on the list for three shows, then Adelaide and Melbourne. The rockers have promised to make up for their earlier tour cancellation and praised Australians fans for their ongoing support. And like all their tours promoting peace throughout the world, there's a message this time round. The world needs more Australias, man - that's our big message. Summer Burke, Ten News. New Zealand hooker Nathan Fien has arrived back in Australia after being dumped from the Kiwi team. They were also stripped of their two Tri-Nations competition points after it was found that Fien was not eligible to play. Phil Waugh will skipper the Wallabies for the first time in Saturday's Test against Wales at Millennium Stadium. The Wallabies desperate to get their tour back on track after yesterday's devastating loss to the understrength Ospreys.

Cameron Shepherd will start the first Test on the wing after an inspired performance at fullback, while flanker George Smith was left out all together in favour of Stephen Hoiles. Meanwhile, Hugh Mcmeniman has vowed to play again this tour despite suffering a neck injury early in the first half. The back rower spent the night in hospital and has been cleared of any serious spinal damage. Despite the news of a $3 billion return, the bank admits keeping customers is still an issue and plans to introduce a range of initiatives to improve momentum. After years of under performance,

Australia's fourth largest bank has signalled it's on track to grow business in line with its peers. Westpac has reported a record net profit of just over $3 billion, a 13,8% jump. This sets us up well for the momentum we carry into next year. Record cash earnings of $3 billion were among the increases reported for the 2005-06 year.

Generating solid revenue growth, maintaining our investment send,

holding line on aggregate costs and prudently provisioning. But the market was a little disappointed, Westpac shares losing 21 cents to $23.80. And a number of dark clouds remain on the horizon in the form of higher interest rates and subdued consumer markets. The results follow those of St George Bank, which posted a $1 billion profit on Wednesday. National Australia Bank is the last of the four majors to post full-year results,

tipped to announce a $4 billion-plus annual profit today. Veronica Buck, Ten News.

Now for a look at the national weather: Still ahead in the Early News - embattled Sheik al-Hilali expected to decide his future today.

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So before we can reach our full potential - our destiny, if you like - there are three fundamental questions we have to ask ourselves. "Where are we right now in our lives?" 2, "Where do we want to be?" And 3, "How do we get there in the most effective way?" This bloke's onto something. (Sniggers) ABC Learning Centres' new curriculum is called: The ABC Lifesmart Curriculum is designed specifically to extend the educational opportunities for children and increase their learning outcomes. There is a significant focus on literacy, numeracy and computer skills. SONG: # All you need is love... # To enrol your child in Lifesmart, call: Or visit: # Love, love, love. # Today - a second Australian ship off to Fiji in case tensions boil over. Our Government not ruling out military support. From the Pacific to Iraq and a former top US official says Australia has a right to make its own decision on troops in the trouble spot. Controversial Sheik Hilali

expected to make an announcement on his future at a lunchtime prayers. And in sport - Brendan Frevola's bar brawl caught on security camera as the Colman medallist lands himself in more hot water. Wall Street has been hit hard after a report showing manufacturing growth in the US has slowed to a near standstill. The weaker-than-expected figures have sent jitters through the markets world-wide as investors fear the brakes are on economic growth, Two Australian warships are on their way towards Fiji amid rising fears of another coup in the Pacific nation. Navy personnel spent yesterday loading up the HMAS 'Kanimbla', the amphibious support ship leaving Townsville last night in the wake of HMAS 'Newcastle'. Both naval ships are on stand-by for evacuations and will remain in neutral waters. However, the Federal Government is refusing to rule out military assistance in the event of a coup. The Federal Government has warned Labor's policy to pull out of Iraq would hurt relations with Australia's closest allies. But, a former senior official from the Bush Administration says Australians have the right to make their own decisions. Wherever US officials gather, protesters will follow.

Former US assistant secretary of state Richard Armitage might not share their sentiments, but he does wish

the process of handing over control to the Iraqis was faster. The inability thus far or maybe the unwillingness thus far of the Iraqi Government in securing Baghdad and the environs to take a larger hand is a concern to all of us. to pull out of Iraq And, what of Labor's policy should it win next year's election? I'm not sure what to make of it yet. at some point in time I think all of us desire to leave Iraq to the Iraqis to pull out in haste. but it wouldn't be a good thing by the Howard Government. That's a view long argued that prematurely leaving Iraq - Anyone who thinks and the United Kingdom - the United States relationship with those countries, would not do damage to our

is in my opinion delusional. seems to suggest otherwise. But Richard Armitage He says Australia has already carried a heavy burden in Iraq, and it's healthy for a democracy to debate its involvement in war. Australians are going to have to make that decision. No American will or should.

Laurel Irving, Ten News. Labor leader Kim Beazley is promising to reshape relations between Canberra and the States. He says he'll link funding to the States, directly to new performance targets in education, health, water reform and carbon emission reductions. a new Labor policy Mr Beazley foresees on the States that intensifies pressure and policy outcomes. to lift their performance next year's New South Wales election. A coup for the ALP in the lead-up to

Phil Koperberg Rural Fire Service chief joined the Labor Party yesterday

as a minister after being guaranteed a job if elected. in the Iemma Government, pre-selection ballot He'll contest the rank-and-file for the seat of Blue Mountains. Sheik Hilali Controversial Sydney cleric about his future is set to make an announcement during lunchtime prayers today. The mufti has already cancelled a planned rally in his support, amid fears the event could be hijacked by his critics and turn violent. We've heard the most ludicrous suggestion that there could be a Cronulla-style riot. Well, that's totally unacceptable. Prime Minister Howard has called for the Sheik to step down for the benefit of the Muslim community. The army's been called out for an unusual rescue operation after sudden flooding in Holland. were caught after a major storm. More than 100 horses to safer ground, Locals tried to coax the horses but they wouldn't co-operate. with heavier equipment, So the cavalry was sent in but even then the horses shied away. by Carlton's Brendan Fevola The AFL has denied claims was provoked by racial taunts. that his run-in with an Irish barman coming on the same day The latest development

became public. security vision of the incident in Europe have come undone Brendan Fevola's plans to lie low

after the release of damning security vision of his run-in with an Irish barman. The pictures from inside the Galway pub shows the Carlton spearhead being refused service then later lunging at barman Paul Murray and putting him in a headlock. The incident broken up by Aussie team-mates I have followed him outside and grabbed him in a headlock and just said to him "I have had enough of all this shit they have given us." His claim the taunts were directed at indigenous players landing the forward in more strife. that it completely untrue I can categorically tell you have suffered racial abuse. that our players has ruled out further action, While the AFL

football opinions. the incident has divided a trivial incident, This isnt just that needs to be assessed. it's the incident itself you might take some action If there's a repeat that's just ridiculous. but you dont suspend him, is no joke after all The so-called Grannygate affair losing hooker Nathan Fien with New Zealand

and a couple of Tri-Nations points. late yesterday, Fien arrived back in Australia but had no comment to make over the drama that saw the Kiwis penalised for fielding a player who was not eligible. The points deduction guarantees the Kangaroos a place in the Tri-Nations final even before Saturday's game against Great Britain. Australia will face the West Indies in Sunday's Champions Trophy final following the Windies' 6-wicket win over South Africa this morning. The Calypso Kings in cruise control chasing down the target of 259 with six overs to spare. punishing the Proteas Chris Gale's unbeaten 133 in a man of the match performance. against on Sunday. Gale the man to guard his 3rd this tournament. That's his second successive century, Finance now with Jacinta just yet? and no Christmas joy for retailers for the month of September, No Bill - sales were down 0,1% well below the forecast 0.6% reporting The Australian Bureau of Statistics department stores, down 4% even worse figures for at interest rate hikes - The finger's being squarely pointed

is being touted next week. another of which

A fall in exports has seen Australia record its 54th consecutive trade deficit. The gap grew to $646-million - almost double the revised figure of $324-million in August. The value of out exports sank 1% to $17.7-billion, while imports were a little higher at $18.8-billion. The biggest increases for imports were in telecommunication, textile and transport fields. Now for a look at the national weather: To a look now at Friday's newspapers: in Ten's Early News. The latest details shortly

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. this Friday. A look at the stories we're following To stay or go? prepares to make an announcement Besieged Muslim Sheik Hilali on his future. warship heads there Fiji bound - a second Austrlian in the event nationals need rescuing. a new long-range missile Upping the ante - Iran launches outraged the world. a month after North Korea And raking it in - posts a record profit. another big bank the cancellation of a rally Fears of a race riot have forced Sydney cleric Sheik Hilali. in support of controversial The mufti says on his future at prayers today. he'll make an announcement With a small band of supporters, Sheik al-Hilali returned to the Lakemba Mosque, his first appearance since leaving hospital. The mufti confirming he'll announce his future following prayers tomorrow at lunchtime. Speaking to his supports via Arabic radio, the mufti called for a rally planned in his honour to be cancelled, by his critics and turn violent. concerned the event could be hijacked the planned location regardless, Police will be at just in case the rally goes ahead. We've heard the most ludicrous suggestion a Cronulla-style riot. that there could be

Well, that's totally unacceptable. to resign, The Sheik is still under pressure to step down. Prime Minister Howard calling on him time is running out to resolve it, Unless this matter is resolved, and a sadly diminished view there will be left of the Islamic community of the willingness the broader Australian community. to integrate into What he said was unacceptable. Tim Potter, Ten News. A Sydney woman is being put under surveillance after her two sons were arrested on terror charges in Yemen. Abdullah and Mohammed Ayeb are being held in the Muslim country with another Australian, suspected of smuggling weapons. Their Australian born mother converted to Islam when she married the head of Jemiah Islamia's Australian cell. She's unable to leave the country, after having her passport confiscated by ASIO last year. has killed up to 10 people A respiratory infection the New South Wales north coast. at a nursing home on the last month The deaths have all occurred in Coffs Harbour. at the Haven Aged Care Facility are in hospital And several other elderly residents

being treated for the same infection. Health authorities are investigating. has dispatched a second warship The Australian Government as fear of a coup grows in Fiji. standing by to help with evacuations, While the HMAS 'Kanimbla' is to rule out military assistance. the Federal Government is refusing has already set sail The HMAS 'Newcastle' it was the 'Kanimbla's turn. and yesterday Throughout the day, the Townsville port was a hive of activity as navy personnel loaded up and prepared for the mission ahead. If in the unlikely event that we are required to assist Australians to leave Fiji, we will have military assets, defence personnel and defence equipment available to support Australians should it be unnecessary. An undisclosed number of soldiers are on board the 'Kanimbla'. Helicopters and a medical team also part of the deployment. will remain in neutral waters, While both naval warships to rule out military assistance the Defence Minister is refusing in the event of a coup. we uphold our responsibility It's essential

of security and safety of Australia for all contingencies. and be prepared from Townsville late last night. The 'Kanimbla' set sail to 7,000 Australians living in Fiji. Their task may involve evacuating up Fresh anxiety for the White House a new long-range missile. after Iran successfully launched Military officials say nuclear warheads or cluster bombs the Shahab III missile can carry and its a range of more than 2,000 kilometres makes areas like Tel Aviv or western India possible targets.

It's part of mass manoeuvres by Iran's armed forces, just days after coalition warships held exercises in the Persian Gulf. Two sailors have died after a Swedish freighter sank during a storm in the Baltic Sea. The freighter capsized overnight in 5m waves, but remained afloat for almost 12 hours. During a risky operation in strong winds and sleet, 13 survivors were rescued, but one later died. Another remains missing. the ship has leaked oil, The Coast Guard says isn't yet clear. but the extent of the spill Tributes have begun flowing for late sports broadcaster Wally Foreman. Wally died in a Perth hospital yesterday - two days after collapsing from a heart attack during a gym workout. He had a lengthy on-air career with the ABC and was the first director of the WA Institute of Sport. His wife Lyn and two sons have thanked the public for their support. Wally Foreman was 58. New Zealand hooker Nathan Fien has arrived back in Australia after being dumped from the Kiwi team. They were also stripped of their two Tri-Nations competition points after it was found that Fien was not eligible to play. Nathan Fien had no comment to make when he touched down in Sydney late this afternoon. It was a Black day for the former Kiwi hooker, a spectator at New Zealand training after his controversial Tri-Nations campaign was ended. The committee determined that Nathan Fien was ineligible to represent New Zealand in the tournament and consequently he will take no further part. It shows that the administrators have got - there's a lot of credibility there. Really, it was the only way they could go and I think that's the correct decision. The Kangaroos relaxed and enjoying themselves knowing the points deduction guarantees them a place in the Tri-Nations final,

before this Saturday's clash with Great Britain. It's important to go into the final with form improving

and we got a bit of improvement on our last game so that's obviously our goal for this weekend. It's been revealed Kiwi officials tried to cover up the Grannygate saga. Fien informing them before his Test debut last month that his grandmother wasn't born in New Zealand. They told him not to worry. Phil Waugh will skipper the Wallabies for the first time in Saturday's Test against Wales at Millennium Stadium. The Wallabies desperate to get their tour back on track after yesterday's devastating loss to the understrength Ospreys. Cameron Shepherd will start the first Test on the wing after an inspired performance at fullback, while flanker George Smith was left out all together in favour of Stephen Hoiles. Meanwhile, Hugh McMeniman has vowed to play again this tour despite suffering a neck injury early in the first half. Ater a week of record profits - first St George, then Westpac - and now the NAB. Economists are forecasting a $4 billion return today. With more, Juliette Saly from Comsec joins us live.

Commercial lending is still very

strong. We have seen combined profit

of $11 billion. Strong results in a

competitive market. Consumer spending competitive market. Consumer spending

does increase in the lead-up to

Christmas. We should see consumers

take advantage of the savings of

their petrol bills. If you discount

to Western Australia Thant, September

figures went backwards. Concern has

been hit by the interest rate rise. According to a well-known men's magazine this is the girl most guys would like living next door. 21-year-old Erin Jansen taking the title in 'FHM's latest competition. She'll appear on the cover of the magazine's December issue. All the glamour from the big night can be seen tonight right after the Late News here on Ten. And to breaking news - two anti-logging protesters are causing traffic chaos in Melbourne. The demonstrators have chained themselves to a log truck on one of the city's major highways, blocking city-bound traffic. It's believed they posed as troubled motorists, before stopping the truck and chaining themselves up.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. And a second warship has left for Fiji to evacuate Australians in the event of a coup. From the Pacific to Iraq and a former US official says we have the right to make our own decision on troops in the trouble spot. And contentious Sheik Hilali

expected to make an announcement on his future at a lunchtime prayers. That's it for the Early News. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. I'm Jacinta Hocking, good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au