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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning.

I'm Kath Robinson.

Welcome to Ten's Early News. told to fess up This morning, Deputy PM Mark Vaile the Cole Inquiry on wheat kickbacks. as he prepares to front the scene of another shooting A western Sydney suburb

of a 22-year-old. that's claimed the life More western hostages taken in Iraq, since the fall of Baghdad. three years to the day a horror start to the season And in sport, taking aim at his selfish Swans. has premiership coach Paul Roos A quick check of the weather now. at finance with Frank Coletta. Now time for our first look and good morning everyone. Thanks Kath, on Wall Street It was a dismal end to the week about rising interest rates. as investors continue to worry And more shortly Kath as competition intensifies. on banks raising fees will today front the Cole Inquiry Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile into AWB kickbacks to Iraq. stand accused Both he and Alexander Downer to the scandal. of turning a blind eye Labor says it's time to fess up. to receive a grilling Mark Vaile will be the first before the Cole Commission. will appear tomorrow before Foreign Minister Alexander Downer $300 million in illegal kickbacks to tell what he knew of AWB's paid to Saddam Hussein's regime. He's promised and nothing but the truth to tell the truth, the whole truth is giving little away. but, until then, utterly inappropriate. I think it would be written statements. Both men have provided Mr Downer refusing to say any of the 21 cables sent to him whether he recalled seeing warning of the kickbacks. questions in the commission. I, well, will answer all of those in this national security area They are slothful and incompetent

to answer for it and they should be made make a start this week and fess up. and I hope that Downer and Vaile the 'Financial Review' says That's right Kath, It remains to be seen the ministers to be cross-examined whether Commissioner Cole will allow to spread the blame. by AWB lawyers who'll be looking

for a 34-year-old Sydney man A search is under way on the New South Wales coast. who's missing in huge seas at Port Kembla Police discovered the man's car after his family contacted police. hit the south-east coast in 30 years Meantime, the most powerful swell to is tipped to subside this evening. saw the closure of beaches Waves of up to seven metres yesterday. and prompted countless rescues tackled the break, Only experienced surfers many of them by jetski. And even then the going was tough. made the waves especially powerful. Strong south-westerly winds in Sydney's west Violence has again boiled over after a talented boxer and his friend less than a fortnight were killed in a drive-by shooting.

who died last night The latest victim a 22 year-old man after being peppered with bullets.

in this street last night. Gunshots rang out gunshot wounds to his back A 22-year-old man suffered as he walked beside the road.

approached him from behind At which time numerous males and discharged a firearm. to Liverpool Hospital The man was taken but died a short time later. after two men were gunned down The shooting comes two weeks outside a home in nearby Granville. of alleged reprisals The shootings sparked a series this latest attack is linked. but police don't believe It's very early in the investigation and at this stage linking it to those matters. we have no information is being urged to contact police. Anyone with information with stabbing a 14-year-old boy One of three teenagers charged on the Gold Coast faces court today. who cannot be named, Police will allege the 16-year-old,

shortly after he got off a bus attacked the boy at the Harbour Town shopping complex. and stabbed with a flick knife. The boy was kicked, punched in the Gold Coast Hospital He underwent emergency surgery and is now in a stable condition.

two alleged accomplices The 16-year-old's will front court tomorrow. Qantas has admitted security tests every two years. its workers only undergo concedes that's a serious flaw. And the airline's head of security 'Daily' Telegraph According to Sydney's when they start with the company, staff are screened

but not again for two years. to top-level security areas, In this time, they have access been convicted of a crime. even if they've since

after it was reported The admission comes just days for Qantas for four years. a cocaine dealer had worked An inquiry has been launched bagman was allowed into Australia. into why an alleged senior al-Qa'ida and the Federal Government National spy agency, ASIO, whether Ahmad Al-Hamwi's will investigate about his past. had lied to Immigration officials a senior al-Qa'ida bagman He's been accused of being bomber Ramzi Yousef. linked to 1993 World Trade Centre Al-Hamwi is alleged across South-East Asia. to have supplied funds for terrorists Iraqi captors have released a video pleading for their lives. featuring two German hostages a wave of bombings and bloodshed Meanwhile the three year anniversary have marked of the toppling of Saddam Hussein. and declared a national holiday, Dubbed Freedom Day on the streets of Baghdad. there was little celebrate

and four police officers injured A civilian killed in the western suburb of Mansour. in the bombing of a police patrol car Across town after a minibus exploded. four more injured for treatment for body wounds. The injured taken to hospital for those lives already lost Grave-side vigils in the past three years. in the past month alone. More than 1,000 fatalities

in northern Iraq, Snatched more than two months ago and Rene Braeunlich German engineers Thomas Nitzchke by their militant captors put on display to execute the pair. who have threatened Cameron Baud, Ten News. of celebration for Sydney, It should have been a day

but it turned into a day to forget. The Swans unfurled their premiership flag before their match against Port Adelaide, but it was the Power who played more like the reigning premiers. It was a moment that had been more than 72 years in the making. But the Swans couldn't rediscover their premiership winning form, slumping to their second straight defeat. Port Adelaide dominated the first three quarters, eventually prevailing by 26 points. Paul Roos far from impressed with the attitude of his players. Ben Hart's 300th game celebrations were also soured. West Coast surviving a final term charge from Adelaide to hold on by two points at AAMI Stadium. And an Anthony Rocca inspired Collingwood claimed its first premiership points since round 14 last year. The big forward booting a career best eight goals as the Pies dispatched Hawthorn by 35 points. Penrith's Craig Gower will have further tests today after being rushed to hospital in yesterday's NRL win over Parramatta. Gower stayed down for several minutes and was coughing up blood after this hit which saw Marcus Perenara placed on report.

The Panthers halfback spending the night in hospital.

Penrith scored five unanswered tries in the second half for a 26 point victory. Manly and the Bulldogs also winners.

Libby Lenton has capped off an amazing three weeks of swimming with her 10th international gold medal. Adding to her five gold medal haul from the Commonwealth Games, Lenton upstaged team-mate Jessica Schipper in the 100 butterfly at the World Shortcourse Championships. And half an hour later, emerged at the front in the splash and dash 50m freestyle for her fifth title at the meet. Our men also finished in style with gold in the medley relay. Chelsea remain on top of the English Premier League standings after trouncing West Ham 4-1. The Blues still seven ahead of Manchester United. English striker Wayne Rooney involved in both of Man-U's goals against Arsenal, first to break the deadlock. And then by setting up Korean international Ji-Sung Park to seal the match.

Liverpool also close after beating Bolton 1-nil. Frank now with finance and banks may be planning to increase fees? That's right Kath, the 'Financial Review' says Aussie banks look set to reap as much as $10 billion in fees this year alone. Rising competition especially in the mortgage and deposit markets mean banks will look at other sources of income - namely increased charges. Some analysts say we can expect banks to up their fees by between 7% and 9% this year on a range of products such as ATMs, telephone banking and bank cheques. The claims come less than a week after consumer groups said some banks were charging as much as $2 in fees for cancelled transactions.

Now for a look at the national weather.

Let's see what the newspapers are saying:

This is Ten's Early News. After the break, claims a Federal Police officer sort advice from a clairvoyant.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines this morning, Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile prepares to face the music over the wheat-for-weapons scandal. Calls for a probe into the case of a Federal Police officer

who consulted a psychic for investigative advice. Flames of love? And in sport, rugby league star Craig Gower cleared of broken bones but facing more tests today after yesterday's frightening chest injury.

Time for finance and Frank, tax reform is on the agenda? Yes Kath, Labor is demanding an end to welfare for millionaires. It's pushing for a crackdown on family tax benefit payments which see families receive the bonus when one parent earns less than $21,000 a year. But because the scheme does not take into account the family's total income, it can mean wealthy families also receive the payment which can be worth over $3,000 a year. Labor wants the threshold capped at $250,000. That's very high but people much higher than that are now claiming what is a benefit which really ought to be simply pitched at middle Australia. Labor says 70 millionaire families were claiming the tax payment at last count.

The first of two senior Government ministers will today front the Cole Inquiry into AWB kickbacks to Iraq. Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister Mark Vaile

is set to receive a grilling over what he knew about the scandal. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will take the stand tomorrow. Labor says it's time to fess up. They are slothful and incompetent in this national security area and they should be made to answer for it and I hope that Downer and Vaile make a start this week and fess up. Both men maintain they've done nothing wrong. The Opposition wants an investigation into the case of a Federal Police officer who contacted a psychic for work-related advice. It's believed the agent spoke to the New South Wales woman about an alleged threat to assassinate PM John Howard. It's private and should have been treated that way

not meant to be made a mockery of, made a fool of and brought to this situation. The AFP is investigating but Opposition Homeland Security spokesman Arch Bevis says so should the Government. The officer has been suspended from police duty. There's been another night of gun related violence in Sydney's west. A 22-year-old man has been shot in the back while walking along a street in suburban Fairfield. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital but died a short time later. Police don't think the shooting is related to the drive-by attack

on boxer Bassam Chami and his friend Ibrahim Assad two weeks ago. It is very early in the investigation but we don't believe that these matters are related. Police are urging anyone with information to contact Fairfield police. One of three teenagers charged with stabbing a 14-year-old boy on the Gold Coast, faces court today. It comes as police investigate three other attacks across the country. Police will allege the 16-year-old attacked the boy shortly after he got off a bus at this shopping complex on Saturday night. As the boy and his friend headed for the cinemas, they were approached by a gang of youths. It's alleged the boy was repeatedly punched and kicked before one attacker pulled out a knife and stabbed him. At this stage completely unprovoked, no reason for it at all. The boy underwent surgery at the Gold Coast Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. The 16-year-old will front a children's court this morning, his two alleged accomplices will appear tomorrow. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man

will face Melbourne Magistrate's Court today, charged with attempted murder. It follows the stabbing of a mother and son in Williamstown on Sunday. Both suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper body. The 39-year-old woman remains in a serious condition. Perth was also caught up in the weekend stabbing spree with two men receiving minor wounds in a nightclub brawl. Aged care workers may soon be subjected to mandatory background checks and surprise inspections under a $3.7 billion reform package. The changes, expected to be announced by the Government today, are designed to protect the elderly and improve nursing home standards. They follow cases of abuse on the aged

including a series of sexual assaults in a Victorian nursing home. More violence in Iraq overnight, three years to the day since coalition forces captured the Iraqi capital. It's exactly three years since these images were beamed around the world yet there's still no resolution on what form an Iraqi government will take.

Overnight fresh video has emerged of two German hostages, after being threatened with execution pleading for their lives are released. unless prisoners held by US forces killed and several police men injured In separate attacks civilians were targeting police patrols. after explosions went off in Baghdad, has reacted angrily Sydney coach Paul Roos to the AFL season. to his side's win-less start unfurled their premiership flag The Swans against Port Adelaide, prior to yesterday's match who were the ones celebrating but it was the Power winning by 26 points. by the end of the day, the attitude of his players. Roos left questioning just testing whether The majority of the guys are now players than team players. they can be better individual with 4 goals. Chad Cornes starred for Port Penrith halfback Craig Gower

under observation in hospital has spent the night and will undergo further tests today, in the NRL. following a day of high drama becoming all the more serious An innocuous looking hit immediately to hospital as breathing problems led Gower with fears of internal bleeding. after further tests. The diagnosis positive going on there. Somewhere in the airways for the incident. Marcus Perenara put on report for Gower's health. The debutant more concerned I was committed to the tackle. I hope he's alright. the Panthers cruised home 44-18. Even without their playmaker A hit parade across the Tasman lined up Steve Price. as Kylie Leuleuai on report for this collision. While Steve Menzies was placed it looked pretty harmless to me. Seeing it on the screen. Steven Bell The NRL's equal leading try scorer with a double in the 22-8 win. to a 28-nil lead against Canberra. And the Bulldogs raced out somewhat The Raiders reining the visitors in 30 points to 12. to eventually go down an impressive start against Australia Bangladesh has made

in the first Test. In just his fifth Test match, Nafees demonstrated enormous composure. on Shane Warne, The opener was particularly brutal to all parts of the ground belting him on the way to his maiden century.

Warne feeling the pain, midway through the final session leaving the the field for shoulder treatment. for the rest of the day. National weather

Finance news and Frank, Dyno Nobel debuted it was an shares in explosives maker with a bang on Friday? boards at a 17% premium on Friday, That's right Kath, shares hit the a slice of any company investors looking to grab to the mining sector. that has an exposure

Higlett from Commsec. Joining is now with more is Amber for Dyno Nobel, Amber, a stellar debut in the IPO? good if you were able to get shares

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Multiplex continues to struggle with

Wembley. touch down in Sydney today The Rolling Stones

after an historic and controversial tour of China.

first-ever concert there. Historic because it was the Stones' Controversial because Chinese censors

racier songs off the playlist. ordered five of the band's 'Beast of Burden', 'Start Me Up' 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Brown Sugar', were all gone. and 'Let's Spend the Night Together' could strip away the sex appeal. But nothing

in Sydney and Melbourne The veteran rockers will perform world tour. as part of their 'A Bigger Bang' You're with Ten's Early News.

After the break, Mark Vaile the first Government MP to face the Cole Inquiry.

This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Kath Robinson. Welcome to Ten's Early News. This morning, Deputy PM Mark Vaile told to fess up as he prepares to front the Cole Inquiry on wheat kickbacks.

A western Sydney suburb the scene of another shooting that's claimed the life of a 22-year-old. More western hostages taken in Iraq, three years to the day since the fall of Baghdad. And in sport, a horror start to the season has premiership coach Paul Roos taking aim at his selfish Swans. A quick check of the weather now.

Finance, the Westpoint saga continues. The assets of four directors of failed property developer Westpoint will remain frozen a little longer after the Federal Court in Perth extended the asset freeze on Friday.

All directors cannot leave the country until the matter is heard on Wednesday.

And Kath, shortly one of the country's insurers takes a hit from Cyclone Larry.

Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile will today front the Cole Inquiry into AWB kickbacks to Iraq. Both he and Alexander Downer stand accused of turning a blind eye to the scandal. Labor says it's time to fess up. Mark Vaile will be the first to receive a grilling before the Cole Commission. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will appear tomorrow before to tell what he knew of AWB's $300 million in illegal kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime. He's promised to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth but, until then, is giving little away. I think it would be utterly inappropriate. Both men have provided written statements. Mr Downer refusing to say whether he recalled seeing any of the 21 cables sent to him

warning of the kickbacks. I, well, will answer all of those questions in the commission. They are slothful and incompetent in this national security area and they should be made to answer for it and I hope that Downer and Vaile make a start this week and fess up. It's the first time in nearly a 20 years that a minister has appeared before such an enquiry and despite the government's insistence that it wants to get to the bottom of the scandal,

it is not a good look. Mr Downer maintains he's done nothing wrong. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. A search is under way for a 34-year-old Sydney man who's missing in huge seas on the New South Wales coast. Police discovered the man's car at Port Kembla after his family contacted police. Meantime, the most powerful swell to hit the south-east coast in 30 years is tipped to subside this evening.

Waves of up to seven metres saw the closure of beaches and prompted countless rescues yesterday. Only experienced surfers tackled the break, many of them by jetski. And even then the going was tough. Strong south-westerly winds made the waves especially powerful. There's been another night of gun related violence in Sydney's west.

A 22-year-old man has been shot in the back while walking along a street in suburban Fairfield. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital but died a short time later. Police don't think the shooting is related to the drive-by attack on boxer Bassam Chami and his friend Ibrahim Assad two weeks ago. It is very early in the investigation but we don't believe that these matters are related.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Fairfield police. One of three teenagers charged with stabbing a 14-year-old boy

on the Gold Coast, faces court today. Police will allege the 16-year-old attacked the boy shortly after he got off a bus

at this shopping complex on Saturday night. As the boy and his friend headed for the cinemas, they were approached by a gang of youths. It's alleged the boy was repeatedly punched and kicked before one attacker pulled out a knife and stabbed him. At this stage completely unprovoked, no reason for it at all. The boy underwent surgery at the Gold Coast Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. The 16-year-old will front a children's court this morning,

his two alleged accomplices will appear tomorrow. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man

will face Melbourne Magistrate's Court today, charged with attempted murder. It follows the stabbing of a mother and son in Williamstown on Sunday. Both suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper body. The 39-year-old woman remains in a serious condition. Perth was also caught up in the weekend stabbing spree with two men receiving minor wounds in a nightclub brawl. Qantas has admitted its workers only undergo security tests every two years. And the airline's head of security concedes that's a serious flaw.

According to Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' staff are screened when they start with the company, but not again for two years.

In this time, they have access to top-level security areas,

even if they've since been convicted of a crime. The admission comes just days after it was reported a cocaine dealer had worked for Qantas for four years. An inquiry has been launched into why an alleged senior al-Qa'ida bagman was allowed into Australia. National spy agency, ASIO, and the Federal Government

will investigate whether Ahmad Al-Hamwi's had lied to Immigration officials about his past. He's been accused of being a senior al-Qa'ida bagman linked to 1993 World Trade Centre bomber Ramzi Yousef.

Al-Hamwi is alleged to have supplied funds for terrorists across South-East Asia. More violence in Iraq overnight, three years to the day since coalition forces captured the Iraqi capital.

There's still no resolution on what form an Iraqi government will take. Overnight fresh video has emerged of two German hostages, pleading for their lives after being threatened with execution unless prisoners held by US forces are released.

In separate attacks civilians were killed and several police men injured after explosions went off in Baghdad, targeting police patrols. In breaking news, there's been a security scare at the White House.

Ten's US Bureau Chief Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us now live from America. Leisa, what's happened?

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not known what no man intended to do.

He was not armed. It. Penrith's Craig Gower will have further tests today after being rushed to hospital in yesterday's NRL win over Parramatta. Gower stayed down for several minutes and was coughing up blood

after this hit which saw Marcus Perenara placed on report. The Panthers halfback spending the night in hospital. Penrith scored five unanswered tries in the second half for a 26 point victory. Manly and the Bulldogs also winners.

It should have been a day of celebration for Sydney, but it turned into a day to forget. The Swans unfurled their premiership flag before their match against Port Adelaide, but it was the Power who played more like the reigning premiers. It was a moment that had been more than 72 years in the making. But the Swans couldn't rediscover their premiership winning form, slumping to their second straight defeat.

Port Adelaide dominated the first three quarters, eventually prevailing by 26 points. Paul Roos far from impressed with the attitude of his players. Ben Hart's 300th game celebrations were also soured. West Coast surviving a final term charge from Adelaide to hold on by two points at AAMI Stadium.

And an Anthony Rocca inspired Collingwood claimed its first premiership points since round 14 last year. The big forward booting a career best eight goals as the Pies dispatched Hawthorn by 35 points. Libby Lenton has capped off an amazing three weeks of swimming

with her 10th international gold medal. Adding to her five gold medal haul from the Commonwealth Games, Lenton upstaged team-mate Jessica Schipper

in the 100 butterfly at the World Shortcourse Championships. And half an hour later, emerged at the front in the splash and dash 50m freestyle for her fifth title at the meet. Our men also finished in style with gold in the medley relay.

Now for a look at the national weather.

Finance, housing sector shows signs of life. Yes Kath, the housing sector does appear to be turning around after several months of subdued activity. Housing finance commitments for owner/occupiers rose just over 1% in the month of February, that was more than 0.5% higher than market forecasts. And Suncorp says it expects Cyclone Larry to cost it

between $80 million and $85 million.

As of late last week Suncorp had received nearly 6,000 home, car and commercial insurance claims from people devastated by the cyclone. Meantime, rival QBE Insurance has reaffirmed its expectation

of 10% profit growth over the full year but the company says premiums may rise by between 2% and 3% if the Aussie dollar remains at current levels.

Let's see what the newspapers are saying:

After the break, the Pope celebrates his first Palm Sunday.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines this morning, Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile prepares to face the music over the wheat-for-weapons scandal. Calls for a probe into the case of a Federal Police officer who consulted a psychic for investigative advice.

Calls for a probe into the case of a Federal Police officer who consulted a psychic for investigative advice. And in sport, rugby league star Craig Gower cleared of broken bones but facing more tests today after yesterday's frightening chest injury. The first of two senior Government ministers will today front the Cole Inquiry into AWB kickbacks to Iraq.

Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister Mark Vaile is set to receive a grilling over what he knew about the scandal. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will take the stand tomorrow. Labor says it's time to fess up. They are slothful and incompetent in this national security area and they should be made to answer for it and I hope that Downer and Vaile make a start this week and fess up.

Both men maintain they've done nothing wrong. The Opposition wants an investigation

into the case of a Federal Police officer who contacted a psychic for work-related advice. It's believed the agent spoke to the New South Wales woman about an alleged threat to assassinate PM John Howard. It's private and should have been treated that way not meant to be made a mockery of, made a fool of and brought to this situation.

The AFP is investigating but Opposition Homeland Security spokesman Arch Bevis says so should the Government. The officer has been suspended from police duty. Violence has again boiled over in Sydney's west less than a fortnight after a talented boxer and his friend were killed in a drive-by shooting. Gunshots rang out in this street last night.

A 22-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to his back as he walked beside the road. At which time numerous males approached him from behind and discharged a firearm. The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital but died a short time later. The shooting comes two weeks after two men were gunned down

outside a home in nearby Granville. The shootings sparked a series of alleged reprisals but police don't believe this latest attack is linked. It's very early in the investigation

and at this stage we have no information linking it to those matters. Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

One of three teenagers charged with stabbing a 14-year-old boy on the Gold Coast faces court today. Police will allege the 16-year-old, who cannot be named, attacked the boy shortly after he got off a bus at the Harbour Town shopping complex. The boy was kicked, punched and stabbed with a flick knife. He underwent emergency surgery in the Gold Coast Hospital and is now in a stable condition. The 16-year-old's two alleged accomplices

will front court tomorrow. Sydney gained a starring role in the huge Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican overnight. But it's stirred a controversy over its logo for the World Youth Day with an image of the Opera House in flames. The traditional Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's Square and a pop star reception for the Pope's arrival.

A lone image in a sea of 100,000 faces and emblems but this is a day when Australia takes a rare pride of place in a Vatican epic. They certainly know how to put on a show. And part of that show, the handing over of a wooden cross, symbol of World Youth Day to be held in Sydney. This is Australia Day at the Vatican.

World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

will cost taxpayers $40 million in Federal and State subsidies and for once politicians on both sides agree it's worth every cent. Political foes and Youth Day delegates celebrate Sydney's success. # You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me # But controversy over the Youth Day logo

showing Sydney's Opera House in flames.

Certainly a thought-provoking logo. It'll engender a lot of debate back home. The Archbishop disagrees. It seems to me the Opera House is pretty secure. That's the flame of love. Aussie Aussie Aussie oi, oi, oi. Paul Mullins in Rome, Ten News. Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is facing tough competition in the country's general election.

Mr Berlusconi is Italy's longest serving Prime Minister since the Second World War But his leadership's being threatened by centre-right politician Romano Prodi. The election campaign has been marked by acrimony with both sides being accused of mudslinging. Up to 50 million people are expected to cast their vote in the re-election battle. The polls close tonight.

Sydney coach Paul Roos has reacted angrily The Panthers halfback spending the night in hospital.

Penrith scored five unanswered tries in the second half for a 26 point victory. Manly and the Bulldogs also winners. Sydney coach Paul Roos has reacted angrily to his side's win-less start to the AFL season. The Swans unfurled their premiership flag prior to yesterday's match against Port Adelaide, but it was the Power who were the ones celebrating

by the end of the day, winning by 26 points. Roos left questioning the attitude of his players. The majority of the guys are now just testing whether they can be better individual players than team players.

Chad Cornes starred for Port with 4 goals.

The 'Financial Review' says Aussie banks look set to reap as much as $10 billion in fees this year alone. Rising competition especially in the mortgage and deposit markets mean banks will look at other sources of income - namely increased charges. Some analysts say we can expect banks to up their fees by between 7% and 9% this year

on a range of products such as ATMs, telephone banking and bank cheques. The claims come less than a week after consumer groups said some banks were charging as much as $2 in fees for cancelled transactions. Now a recap of the markets.

And that's all for this edition of Ten's Early News. Remember the morning news is at 11:00

and we'll wrap up all the day's top stories in our news hour at 5:00.

I'm Kath Robinson. And I'm Frank Coletta have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au