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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This morning - renowned heart surgeon Victor Chang. freedom for the man who killed the east is pounded by record rain. The west coast burns as for survivors And the desperate search in Chile's earthquake zone.

with Natalie Barr. VOICEOVER: This is Seven Early News Good morning. One of two men Sydney heart surgeon, Victor Chang, who gunned down celebrated is a free man this morning. shortly. Phillip Lim will arrive in Malaysia being granted parole He was deported immediately after having served his minimum sentence. as a model prisoner, Phillip Lim tasted freedom. After 18 years, this was the moment Boarding a flight to Malaysia. to Sydney airport The 50-year-old was escorted by immigration officials from Parramatta prison. after being released

The Keneally Government insists it didn't do enough. The Opposition says a submission at the appropriate time The Government hadn't made nor contacted the Chang family. They couldn't care less. When Seven News first revealed

last November, the decision to release Lim it sparked a public outcry who caught him. and outrage from the detective for the Chang family I feel very strongly get on with their lives. because they can't Then, the Government stepped in. the reversal of parole invalid. But the Supreme Court ruled one month to find another way The Parole Authority was given yesterday conceded. but after just two weeks, for Lim to be let out, It gave the all clear was gunned down in a Mosman street, 19.5 years after Dr Victor Chang to a failed extortion plot. the bloody end his patients will miss him His colleagues will miss him, will miss him. and I think this country six years strict parole. Here, Lim would've faced is just that - history. In Malaysia, his criminal history goes straight or not. We won't know whether this man battling two deliberately lit blazes Firefighters have spent the night in Western Australia that threatened homes in hospital. and left one firefighter An emergency warning was issued raced towards farms as an 18m wall of flames near Geraldton. at Arrowsmith and Eneabba, as two sheds were destroyed In Perth's south, residents fled from heat exhaustion and a firefighter collapsed at Munster near Fremantle. very, very quickly. Pretty much an inferno

away from the property It pretty much got 15m

coming from Baldivis. and I could see the smoke and a lot of black smoke, so. I heard, uh, 3, 3 explosions

but we didn't need to use it. We were packed up and ready to go The Munster blaze is now contained. have been downgraded Warnings for Arrowsmith and Eneabba and water bombers as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle that blaze. across much of Queensland today Flood warnings remain in force forecast to continue. with heavy rain Birdsville in the State's far west

168mm yesterday. had a record-breaking

that's five times the March average. Windorah had 194mm - for at least three deaths The wet weather has been blamed since Sunday night. Canberra bushfires have been told Victims of the 2003 was completely avoidable. the deadly firestorm or lost property in the blazes Around 600 people who were injured and ACT governments are suing the New South Wales compensation. for more than $100 million They say authorities were negligent for a serious bushfire in planning and preparing that their homes were in danger. and failed to warn residents on time 435 were injured 4 people died in the fires, and 485 homes were destroyed. The hearing continues today. has started rushing aid into Chile The United Nations for around 2 million people earthquake. affected by Saturday's 8.8 magnitude

searching for survivors Rescue crews are desperately trapped under the rubble. are still being heard. Calls for help

This is the coast of Chile, the

debris floating in the water is all

that remains of homes destroyed by a

sue noma. The wave was trigger by an

earthquake causing devastation here.

The country's President is cause

calling it cus tastraphy of

unmounting magnitude. My mother and

father are missing says

father are missing says this man,

nobody moves rb nobody does a thing.

These are some of the imr images of

the earthquake, if a sense of the

power is starting to emerge, the

lift list of

lift list of victimsise incomplete.

In the town of Concepcion, law and

order is breaking down amid the

wreckage. These men force their way

into a supermarket where looters are

taking away what they can carry.

Food and water are in short supply.

One looter's plea that he was only

helping his family did not save him

from arrest as police fired tear

in the streets and dragged people from arrest as police fired tear gas

suspected of looting from their

cars. Meanwhile, the search for

survivors continues. Tracker

have been brought tine help amid the survivors continues. Tracker dogs

rubble. is catching up with Kevin Rudd Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister. neck and neck with the Government, The Opposition is still according to the latest Newspoll. the preferred Prime Minister. Kevin Rudd remains has jumped 3%, But support for Tony Abbott since the last election. the best result for a Liberal leader the Coalition's lifted to 48% The two-party preferred vote shows dipped to 52%. while the Government's has spoken of his disappointment Environment Minister Peter Garrett by the Prime Minister. at being demoted

to discuss the arts, Fronting the cameras about the roof insulation crisis. questions were asked Describing the week as bruising, to resign over the bungled program. Peter Garrett denied he offered implementing the scheme. But he accepted there were problems important thing was to make sure At all times, for me, the most I acted on, that not only the advice I received, could be rolled out safely but we made sure that the program

for suspension. and that's why I moved installing foil insulation. Four young tradesmen were killed Environmentalists are outraged

that aluminium giant Alcoa has struck a long-term power deal in Victoria. The State's biggest exporter has signed contracts with generator Loy Yang Power for smelters at Portland and Point Henry until 2036. The Victorian Government says it was not involved in the deal and subsidies would end in five years. Alcoa is the State's biggest consumer of polluting brown coal-fired electricity. The Reserve Bank board will meet today and is widely tipped to lift official interest rates. Most economists are tipping a 0.25% hike, taking mortgage rates back up to 7%. That would add about $50 a month to the average $300,000 home loan. Hardest hit will be the estimated 250,000 first-home buyers

who were lured into the property market by record low rates and Government grants. The RBA surprised everyone last month by keeping rates on hold. But since then, business confidence has risen, home prices have climbed and unemployment has fallen. Model Lara Bingle is suing former lover Brendan Fevola after a naked photo of her appeared in a women's magazine. The photo was reportedly taken during their brief affair in 2006 and sent to other footballer's phones. Bingle is suing the Brisbane Lions forward for breach of privacy, defamation and the misuse of her image. Now for your first look at Tuesday's weather: Brisbane will be windy with heavy rain and possible flash flooding. Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6am - should dog owners have to face competency tests? But next on Seven Early News - new hope for a dying Perth mother. And how a routine licence check almost ended in tragedy. Welcome back. A young Perth mother in desperate need of a life-saving liver transplant has been given new hope. Doctors in Singapore have agreed to do a live liver transplant but time is fast running out. This video was shot by a family friend as Claire is treated at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Her condition has worsened in recent days - stable now - but anxiously waiting results of scans to see if she's well enough to travel abroad for a chance of life-saving surgery. What's called a live donor transplant, where she'd get part of a liver from a compatible donor. Her blood levels have gone up and she's just - she's not a healthy girl, she's a sick lady. Claire has already had one liver transplant. She was ruled unfit for a second because of continued drug use. But Singapore doctors said they could operate if scans prove Claire's body can handle the surgery. In 24 hours, they can turn around and make a solid decision on what will happen from that CAT scan, and six days later and we're here,

and nobody has attempted to try anything. Singapore, though, is an even more expensive option. About $300,000, from what I can gather, yeah. Opposition Leader Eric Ripper says Claire's case highlights the need for liver donor transplants in WA. I support the Government in not allowing her to go onto the transplant waiting list. Even if Claire is ruled fit by doctors in Singapore, the second hurdle will be to find a compatible donor. If we're not on a flight by today or tomorrow, I think we're in big trouble. The death toll from Europe's worst storm in a decade has risen to at least 62. Rescue crews are trying to help hundreds of people stranded in rising flood waters. Residents are assessing the damage to their homes

and nearly 1 million are still without electricity. French president Nicholas Sarkozy has toured the worst-hit areas, pledging nearly $4.5 million in aid. In Germany, winds reaching 120km/h toppled trees and caused widespread damage to buildings. Two men have had an amazing escape after they were hit by an out-of-control car on a snowy highway in America.

A police officer was checking a man's license when the car skidded straight for them. He's being hailed a hero for pushing the other man out of the way. The officer suffered a broken pelvis but doctors say he'll make a full recovery.

Lady Gaga has joined the fight against AIDS, helping create VIVA GLAM Gaga lipstick to raise money for the MAC Make-up AIDS Fund. We all know, in this day and age, we all see in the media how many unfaithful husbands and boyfriends there are and unfaithful wives and girlfriends. It's not a time to play Russian roulette with yourself. The lipstick will be available in stores next month. Your first finance this Early News: Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6am - road testing the newest beauty treatment. But next on Seven Early News - Alex Brosque to miss the Socceroos Asian Cup qualifier, And the Newcastle Knights in crisis as more drug revelations rock the club. The stories we're following on the Early News - one of two men who gunned down celebrated Sydney heart surgeon Victor Chang is a free man this morning.

Phillip Lim was deported to Malaysia last night after serving the minimum 18 years behind bars. Firefighters have spent the night battling two deliberately lit blazes that threatened homes to the north and south of Perth. Heavy rain is continuing to cause flooding

across large parts of Queensland. The United Nations has started rushing aid into earthquake devastated Chile as rescue crews continue the desperate search for survivors. Now it's over to Simon Reeve with all the day's sport. Alleged drug supplier Chris Houston's NRL career hangs in the balance after he was stood down indefinitely by the Newcastle Knights yesterday. Knights officials spent yesterday locked in crisis talks

after the former club captain was charged with supplying cocaine and ecstasy. The 25-year-old, who was a shadow player for the New South Wales Origin side last year, will face court in April. Houston was charged by the same task force

that arrested former team-mate Danny Wicks on drug charges in December. While the Knights spent yesterday dealing with the latest blow to their image, the West Tigers were working to improve theirs with etiquette training. The club wants its players to improve their social skills and how they deal with women.

We feel disrespected if you just

shake our fingers. So you must shake

the full hand. There was no lack of respect at the Roosters for rugby legend John Eales. The former Wallabies skipper crossed codes for a day to motivate the troops. Australia is desperate to nullify Black Caps danger man Brendon McCullum in tomorrow's Chappell-Hadlee series opener in Napier. McCullum smashed an audacious 116 off just 56 balls in Sunday's Twenty20 clash and the Aussies admit they were caught off-guard by the opener's innovative ramp shot. The visitors head into the series confident despite the narrow loss in Christchurch.

I think it is a pretty good effort

to take it to an extra over. So, it

is good momentum, I guess. Build up

over the last little while. Michael Clarke hands the captaincy reins back to Ricky Ponting for the one-day series. Fremantle has suffered an injury setback ahead of their NAB Cup semifinal against St Kilda. Key defender Antoni Grover has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury, suffered in Sunday's last-gasp win over North Melbourne. Number one ruckman Aaron Sandilands is also a doubtful starter

against the Saints. In a boost for the Dockers, skipper Matthew Pavlich, Paul Hasleby and Adam McPhee should all return to the line-up. Adelaide mid-fielder Nathan Van Berlo has resumed light training with the Crows just four days after having nerves numbed in his troublesome back. Van Berlo is back running freely and kicking

but the real test will be when he tries to join full training. The Crows take on Melbourne in the NAB Challenge this weekend. Socceroos striker Alex Brosque will miss tomorrow's Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia

after returning to Sydney to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. The Suncorp Stadium clash offers one last chance

for a host of World Cup hopefuls to push their selections claims in front of national coach Pim Verbeek.

I wanted to be involved because it

is really the last big camp before

the team is selected. So I

definitely want to be involved and

available to play. The Socceroos need a draw to secure a berth at next year's Asian Cup. World champion Stephanie Gilmore has made a convincing start to her title defence, opening the Roxy Pro with the highest first round score on the Gold Coast. The 22-year-old undisputed queen of surfing was in awesome form. Good to come out with some big scores and still have fun but let everyone know I'm here for business. She's joined in round three by 17-year-old sensation Sally Fitzgibbons, who's touted as Gilmore's biggest threat this year. That's all for now.

A diverse bunch of sport, back with

more in Sunrise. Thank you, Simon. Stay with Seven's Early news. I'll have the latest on those flood warnings for Queensland and the rest of the weather in just a moment. VOICEOVER: We've had such a great response from Australian drivers, we've extended our Better Deals on even better Holdens campaign, but only for a limited time, which means the Captiva 7 SX all-wheel drive comes with seven seats, electronic stability control, curtain airbags and 17-inch alloys. But what's even better is that while stocks last, the Captiva 7 also comes with an electric sunroof. Get an even better Captiva 7 from just $36,490 driveaway. See your Holden dealer today for better deals on even better Holdens. Extended for a limited time. Go better. 'Sunrise' is next.

It's over to Mel and Kochie for a preview. Nat, we'll be following up on the release of one of Dr Victor Chang's killers. How is it possible and where has the murderer gone? It seems there's been another racially-motivated attack in Melbourne.

We'll meet a couple whose home was under siege from a gang. They feared for their life and now have to deal with a damage bill. There's a call for dog owners to face competency tests before being able to keep a pet.

But is that fair on the responsible ones? You won't believe the newest beauty treatment. It's snake venom, but is it better than botox?

We are going to road test it. And it might be the most famous ute in Australia. There's a new role for the vehicle at the centre of the 'Utegate' scandal. Find out how you can play a part. See you soon for 'Sunrise'. Now for a closer look at how the weather's shaping up around the country: A severe weather warning is in force across Queensland for flash flooding and damaging winds. Rain and showers will spill into New South Wales

but the rest of the country should be fine. Heavy rain continuing in Brisbane today. Showers should start to ease in Darwin. And that's Seven Early News for this Tuesday. I'm Natalie Barr. Stand-by now for 'Sunrise'. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia