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Home at last - and not happy with

the Poms or their weather. Stranded

Australian tourists tell of their

ordeal trapped inside Heathrow

waiting for their plane. It's

6:00am, 22 December. Good morning

everyone, I'm Ron Wilson. I'm Frank

Coletta, welcome to Ten's 'Early

News', also this morning. The

Federal Government comes off second

best again in its battle with the

States and mining companies over

the rent tax. In sport - Saint

Kilda in damage control as the

fallout from a nude photo scandal

threatens to cause a rift among top

players. In finance - Gerry Harvey,

players. In finance - Gerry Harvey,

if you are watching you may want to

sit for a moment before hearing

that online retailers say they are

having a very Merry Christmas.

Australians trapped by Europe's big

freeze started ask home last night,

most with horror stories of awful

conditions at Heathrow Airport.

Amid the gloom there were one or

two brighter moments. There was

relief as the big red roo touched

down in Sydney, QF2 the first

Qantas flight to leave Heathrow in

days. Stressful. A lot of people

were crying, worried. You had to

sit and wait, nothing you could do.

After sitting on the tarmac de-

icing for five hours before take-

off it arrived minutes before the

Sydney night curphew. It's

horrendous, but we are here.

Everyone glad to be out of the

European travel freeze. It looked

like a disa'er zone. There were

coffee cups on the -- disaster zone,

there were coffeeee cups on the

floor, thermal blankets. Christmas

spirit was on show, as new

friendships formed. I met her in

the queue, and the second night I

stayed at her sister's house, we

were wait listed and on the flight.

We missed the same flight for the

same reason, we stuck together.

Qantas got six flights out of

London yesterday, two flights from

Australia to Heathrow were

cancelled, these pictures showing

the conditions confronting

passengers as they tried to keep

warm and wait as comfortably as

possible. No-one knew what was

going on. There was all of us here,

and not a lot was done about it.

The reality is sinking in, not

everyone will be lucky enough to be

home for Christmas. I never want to

go on a plane again. Residents of

the Queensland town of Dalby are

cleaning up after the worst flood

to hit the region in 25yoo, the

murky water is flowing to -- 25

years, the murky water flowing to

other towns. Milo cereal, which

runs through the Centre -- Myall

Creek, which runs through the

centre of the town broke the banks

and swamped everything. You clean

it up, take the silt down, and wait

for it to dry. The small town of

Chinchilla is on alert residents

preparing as floodwaters surge

towards them. The impact of the

Western Australian floods is

hitting home. The waters are finally recedeing,waters are

finally recedeing, leaving behind a

damage bill in the millions, and a

mammoth clean-up. What am I

supposed to say. Oh, my god. As the

water's recedeed this is what confronted water's recedeed this is what

confronted Carnavon residents.

Everywhere you look is - it's a

coating of slimey mud. Some

families began the daunting task of

cleaning up, the worst hit homes

and buildings are emerging slowly

from underwater. No-one here is

insured for flood damage. This

family counting a million dollar

bill. They prait machinery business,

and a large amount of their trucks

is useful after being inundated

with water. For Jenny and Ken. The

pain is bad. They borrowed hundreds

of thousands to buy a tomato plan

taigs. They were forced to leave

behind their dogs. I feel very sad.

I have the dog when they baby. At

last count around 90 homes and plan

taigss have been destroyed or badly

damaged. The Federal Government has

come off second best again in a

battle with the States and mining

companies over the rent tax. The

report from the Policy Transition

Group recommended 94 changes to the

planned mining tax. The biggest

concession is that the Federal

Government must rebate any future

increases in mining royalties by

the States. Nobody wants a double-

dipping of taxation applying to any

industry. That was our major

concern. Queensland and WA Premiers

threatened to lift royalties to

protect their share of the GST. The

Federal Government says it could

hurt the Nation's future. Before

the Victorian election John Brumby

said he would see out his term no

matter the outcome. The former

Premier changed his mind, bowing

out of parliament and will pocket

$3.6 million. John Brumby has spent

17 years in State politics. The

last 2.5 in the top job. Personally

I leave it without any bitterness

or regrets. His working life began

as a teacher involvement in the

education union sparking his

interest in politics. First it was

to Canberra, elected to the Federal

seat of Bendigo in the early '80s,

hozing the seat in 1990. Two --

losing the seat in 1990. Two years

later he was elected to State

Parliament and Labor Opposition

Leader, forced out by his party to

make way for Steve Bracks. John

Brumby was appointed Treasurer, and

was the obvious successor when

Premier Bracks quit in July 2007.

The political stalwart is not sure

what he'll do next We are looking

forward to spending time with him,

but we are sure he'll contribute in

a range of ways. Victoria's new

Coalition Government has started

washing work, introducing plans to

reform -- started work, introducing

plans to reform sentencing laws,

allowings guards at train stations

and principals to search students.

The Howard Government told the US

it should force the collapse of the

North Korean reege aim by denying

it aid, -- regime by denying it

aide. WikiLeaks cables detailed how

Alexander Downer advised the US and

UN to allow North Korean's failing

infrastructure to crumble. Notes

from the 2005 meeting describe how

from the 2005 meeting describe how

Alexander Downer Reid called New

Zealand for its soft -- Reid called

New Zealand for its soft approach

to the regime. Julian Assange, from

WikiLeaks reveals he's sitting on a

vast amount of material about the

Bank of America which will be

released next year. Julian Assange

has more than enough material to

make several senior executives

resign. Shares in the bank tumbled

on that news. Residents along most

of Australia's east coast had of

the cloudless perfect sky to see

the full lunar eclipse last night.

The pictures taken in Sydney showed

the Earth blocking the sun's rays

from the moon for 45 minutes.

Clouds blocked the view in Brisbane.

Across America and Europe people

were greeted with a blood-red moon.

It coincidesed withs Northern

Hemisphere mid winter solssters,

the first time the two events happened together in four centuries.

Sports new, and Saint Kilda is

hoping a rift developing between

Nick Riewoldt, and Sam Gilbert can

be mended after Sam Gilbert

apologised for his part in the nude

photo scandal that rocked the

football club. Sam Gilbert last

night said the revealing pictures

of his team-mates, including

skipper Nick Riewoldt, were taken

from his computer. And that:

Earlier in the day the Saints hire

arky were putting on a united front

with their take on a snap shot that

rocked Moorabbin and the AFL to the

core. The photo was taken 12 months

ago in Miami, by a team-mate, Sam

Gilbert. To infer I would pose for

a photograph naked knowing it was

going to be kept is absolute

garbage. Nick Riewoldt at the time

clearly disappointed with Sam

Gilbert. I asked that it was -

would be deleted then and there,

and clearly it wasn't. And I'm bitterly disappoinn't. And I'm

bitterly disappointed at my team-

mate for that. But the girl at the

centre of the furore is alleging a

different story. No, I took the

photos. I took them back in April.

Saint Kilda coach Ross Lyon "Nice a

rift in the ranks, saying it --

denies a rift in the ranks, saying

ting be business as usual when the

Saints -- it will be back to

business when the saits return to

training. Archie Thompson will be

out of action for a month. Scans

taken yesterday reveal a tear to

the striker's hamstring, ruling

Thomson out for 3-4 weeks. It's

another minor hiccup that I have to

overcome. Like I said I'll come back stronger. Matthew Kemp

underwent scans after straining his

groin, but the defender won't learn

the extent of his injury until

later today. Time for the finance

news with Frank Coletta. Gerry

Harvey will be choking on his

Cornflakes. I think you are right.

Gerry Harvey, you may want to leave

the room for a moment, you won't

want to leave the room that online

retailers boast a very merry

Christmas. According to an American

firm track the sales online

shoppers spent $27 billion

worldwide. That is up 12% on last

year. Since the start of November,

online sales have topped $900

million a day four times, and hit a

record $1 billion on the day known

as 'Cyber Monday', remembering that

Gerry Harvey this week said

Australian retailers would be in trouble unless Christmas trading

improved and put the blame on the

success of the online world. The

news that Australian households are

saving money or paying bills, and

not spending it was the reason we

not spending it was the reason we escaped an interest rate rise,

according to the minutes from the

latest board meeting of the Reserve

Bank. The minutes gave no sign that

the bank would raise the official

cash rate in the next few cash rate in the next few month,

but the banks considered the

current level to be appropriate. An architect of the controversial

mining tax is quitting the public

service. Ken Henry served as

Treasury Secretary for the past

decade. The 53-year-old will retire

early next year. His experience and

service entitlements him to being

ranked alongside the greats. As

well as the mining tax Ken Henry

will be remembered for recommending

stimulus measures used by the

government which helped get the

country through the global

financial crisis. Wall Street has

been up this morning on a flood of

merger and acquisition talk.

Still ahead - you don't want to go

out in the water up around Cairns, out in the water up around Cairns,

the killer jellyfish. Killers. And

the workers who may not get paid

before Christmas, we'll tell you

about their less than festive

season when Ten's 'Early News' season when Ten's 'Early News' returns.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

'Early News'. The first Qantas

plane stuck in England's big freeze

touches down in Australia. Family

and friends happy to be reunited

inside the Sydney terminal. Really

stressful, there were a lot of

people crying, worried. We had to

sit and wait. Nothing you can do

about it. Snow has wreaked havoc at

London's Heathrow Airport since

falls started Saturday. Britain's

travel chaos is not over. While the

backlog grose at Heathrow train

services are affected -- grows at Heathrow train services are

affected. It's the bored telling

you your journey goes no further.

All traipse out of London's Kings

Cross -- trains out of London's

Kings Cross suspended. This time

overhead powerlines damaged.

Destructions continue at Heathrow,

one runway is open, a third of

flights taking off. Thousands and

thousands of the passengers are

powerless as Christmas plans are

ruined as the days pass the tally

of cancelled flights and stranded

passengers mount. Many are

frustrated by what they say is a

lack of information. That is what

upsets me the most. People make

mistakes, I need to know when I'm

going, instead of standing in the

cold for 4-5 hours. These pictures

are inside a marquee outside

terminal one. Those with no hope of

flying before 7 are in here,

forbidden from entering the

terminal in an effort to reduce

congestion. Local hotels are taking

advantage of me. They told me it

was between 700 and 900 a news. The

hotels - I have stayed here before,

are not of that standard. I

consider it blatant profiteering.

Snow in the Heathrow area seems to

be storing. Many asking why there

are huge problems here. A clean-up

is under way in Queensland after

floodwaters inundated Dalby. Other

communities face the Sam problem,

the southern Queensland -- same

problem, the southern town of

Chinchilla is in the path of a

flood surge. This doesn't look like

the Christmas residents hoped for.

They are dealing with the aftermoth

of the worst flood to hit Dalby in

25 years. You sweep it, you wait

for it to dry out. The brown murky

water swamped everything. There's

nothing we can do about it until it

eye dries, so we are going to

Airlie Beach. You are off. Yes.

Myall Creek, flowing through the

centre of Dalby is dangerously high,

peaking at 3 metres last night.

There was a few close calls were

there would have been if we had the

other half meter that we expected.

At Warra, a number of houses were

evacuated, and the Warrego Highway

cut for half a day. Stalling the

plans. Holiday makers. You can

smell the stuff coming out of the

ground, I reckon, by a few hours of

heavy sun. She'll be pegs on noses

territory. Water levels will remain

high, rain is forecast for

Christmas Day. Next it will be Chinchilla's turn,t it will be

Chinchilla's turn, the small town

on alert preparing for record

flooding as waters surge towards it

from upstream. The Gillard

Government dumps an environmental

policy and had an embarrassing

defeat in its tax battle with the

mining companies. All of that on

the same day the architect of the

new tax announced he was quitting.

Achieving agreement on the

superprofits tax was one of Julia

Gillard's main goals on taking over

from Kevin Rudd. She left it to her

Treasurer to explain why the tax

needs work. It has been a bruising

debate. The government thought it

would be. The arg us report was

handed down recommending 94 changes

to the tax. In a win for miners the

Federal Government must rebate

future increases in State mining

royaltys. Nobody wants a double-

dipping of taxation applying to any

industry. That was the major

concern. Queensland and WA premiers

are threatening to lift royalties

angry their share. GST is shrinking.

Have regard to your competitiveness

in the future. An architect, Ken

Henry announced his retirement. Of

138 reforms in the Henry tax review,

only a handful will be adopted. The

mining tax one much them. The

government is scrapping a key environmental initial difficult.

The green loans, green start has

been plagued with problems, it's

now been axed. This is a government

in environmental chaos, a

government of the living dead. Last week's Christmas Island boat tragedy hasn't stopped asylum

seeker setting off on a dangerous

voyage, a boat with 70 people on

board has been intercepted in

Australian waters by HMAS 'Glenelg'.

The group, including two crew

members has been transferred to

Christmas Island for security,

identity and health checks. It's

the fourth boat to arrive in the

past week. Former terror suspect Dr

Momamed Haneef is considering

returning to Australia to live

after receiving what's been

described as a substantial pay out

from the government. The Indian-

trained doctor was jailed for 2

days back in 2007 when his mobile

phone SIM card was linked to a

terrorist attack in the United

Kingdom. My wrongful arrest and

detention in 2007 was a traumatic

experience and today's settlement

is a chance to end that part of my

life. Dr Momamed Haneef refuses to

say how much the deal is worth, but

says he is considering to apply to

get his old job back with ltdz

Queensland Health on the Gold Coast.

The drug scandal in the Navy is

deepening, sailors accused of

dealing ecstasy, cocaine and

extortion of the investigators

confirmed steroids are among a

number of prohibited substances

seized from the Garden Island Naval

base in Sydney. There are reports

police have seized cocaine, ecstasy

and illegal firearms. So far no-one

has been charged. Well, you won't

want to go in the waters around

Cairns at the moment, beaches are

closed because of swarms of

dangerous jellyfish, live guards

found twice as many box and

Irakangi as they do in a whole

season. As a result the beaches are

deserted. I have never been to

Australia. You have a beautiful

beach, and you can't go for a swim.

You shouldn't do it at all at this

time of year. Authorities again

warned people to swim within

stinger nets during the summer stinger nets during the summer months.

Sam Gilbert the Saint Kilda player

at the centre of allegations

surrounding the nude photo of his

skipper Nick Riewoldt released a

remorseful statement via the club.

The saints have been trying to put

up a united front. Nick Riewoldt

found it hard to hide his

disappointment with his team-mate.

I asked that it was - would be

delighted then and there, and

clearly it wasn't and I'm bitterly

disappointed at my team-mate for

that. Saint Kilda hopes Sam

Gilbert's statement will help heel

a rift threatening to derail the

Saints 2011 campaign. Europe's big

freeze is not only ruining holiday

plans, but playing havoc with the

Sydney-to-Hobart handicap hopeful

'Ran', half the crew is not 'Ran', half the crew is not

expected to arrive from the United

Kingdom until Friday. Just 48 hours

before the race starts. Skipper

Niklaus Zennstrom isn't feeling the

pressure Everyone will be here in

time hopefully for Christmas. We'll

be all good. 'Ran' shares

favouritism with the Tattersal's

Cup, with local yachts 'Loki', and

'Jazz'.

Good news out of Asia, lifted world

markets, and Wall Street followed

the trend, here with the details is

John Milroy, from Macquarie Private

Wealth. The easing of tensions in

Korea and china supports the

troubled Eurozone gave investors

confidence. Asian market strengths

flowed through here, and the US

with an hour and a half to go.

China comments yesterday suggesting

they support the actions of the

International Monetary Fund, and

the European Central Bank in

response to the European debt

crisis, push, the S z P back to

levels last -- S&P back to levels

seen last year. We had a big day

here yesterday, what about today? here yesterday, what about today?

We'll have a boost from the strong

overnight. Futures suggesting a

positive start here. Commodities

overweight. A stik in gold,

frankencens. Smaller markets

focussing on what is released later

in the week. John Milroy from

Macquarie Private Wealth, a wise

man. Dozens of casual workers

facing a bleak Christmas, private

labour hire firm Advantage

Recruitment owes thousands in

unpaid wages at the norge to staff.

I have an 18-month-old daughter,

it's her first Christmas, I haven't

bought presents, I had to get a

short-term loan in Coffs Harbour, I

can't pay that, I haven't been paid. can't pay that, I haven't been paid.

Hard for workers to get advance,

Advantage Recruitment's local

office is locked and unattended.

Callers are greeted with a recorded

message. Here is how the weather is shaping up:

The Federal and State Governments

are fighting over the mining tax

again. We'll have the latest from

Canberra next. Allegations that

Macquarie Bank may have been

involved in a cover-up over the

failed Storm Financial. Details

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This program is captioned live.

You are watching Ten's 'Early News',

these are the main stories - home

at last - not happy with the Poms

or their weather. Stranded

Australian tourists tell of their ordeal trapped inside Heathrow

Airport waiting for their plane.

The Federal Government comes off

second best in a battle with the

States and mining companies over

tax. In sport - Saint Kilda in

damage control as the fallout from

a nude photo scandal threatens to

cause a rift among top players. cause a rift among top players.

Gerry Harvey dreams of a whitegoods

Christmas, online retailers having

a merry Christmas. Australians

trapped by the big freeze in Europe

started to arrive home, most with

horror stories of Heathrow Airport.

Amid the gloom, there were one or

two brighter moment. There was

relief as the big red roo touched

down in Sydney. QF2 the first

Qantas flight to leave Heathrow

Airport in days. Really stressful.

A lot of people were crying,

worried. You have to sit there and

wait. Nothing you can do about it.

After sitting on the tarmac de-

icing for five hours before take-

off, it arrived minutes before the

Sydney night curphew. It was

horrendous, but we are here.

Everywhere glad to be out of the

European travel freeze. It looked

like a disaster zone. There are

coffee cups on the floor, thermal

foil blankets. Amid the chaos some

good. The Christmas spirit on show

as a new friendship was formed. I

luckily met her in the queue, and

the second night I stayed at her

sister's house, we got wait listed

and were on the next day's flight.

We sh We missed the same flight for

the same reason and stuck together.

Qantas got six flights out of

London. Two flights from Australia

to Heathrow were cancel, the

pictures showing the conditions

confronting passengers as they

tried to keep warm and wait as

comfortably as possible. No-one

knew what was going on, there was

all of us here and not a lot was

done about it. The reality is

sinking in. Not everyone will be

lucky enough to be home for

Christmas. I never want to go on a

plane again. Residents of the

Queensland town of Dally by are

cleej up after the -- Dalby are

cleaning up after the worst flood

in 25 year, the murky water flowing

to other towns. This is not the way

residents hoped to spend Christmas,

Myall Creek running through the

centre of the town broke its banks.

You sweep it up in the sewer. And

wait for it to dry down. Chinchilla

is on alert today, residents

preparing as swaurt surges towards

them. Meantime the -- water surges

towards them. The impact of the Western Australian floods is

hitting home. Waters are recedeing

leaving behind a damage bill in the

millions, and a mammoth clean-up.

What am I supposed to say. Oh, my

god. As the waters recedeed this is

what confronted Carnavon residents.

Everywhere you look is - well, it's

a coating of slimey mud. While some

families began the daunting task of

cleaning up. The worst hit homes

and buildings are emerging from

under water. No-one here is insured

for flood damage. This family

counting a million dollar damage

bill, operating a machinery

business, and a large fleet of

their trucks is useless. I don't

think there's been lives laffed.

It's not the end of the world --

lost. It's not the end of the world.

Jenny and Kim borrowed hundreds of

thousands to buy a tomato plan

takes, as they fled they were

forced to leave behind their two

dogs. I feel very sad. I had the

dog when they baby. At last count

around 90 homes and plantations

have been destroyed or badly

damaged. The Federal Government has

come off second best again in a

battle with the States and mining

companies over rent tax. The rrps

report from the Policy Transition

Group recommended -- proper from the Policy Transition Group

recommended 94 changes, the biggest

concession that the Federal

Government must rebate future

increases in mining royalties by

the States. Nobody wants a double-

dipping of taxation applying to any

industry. That was our major

concern. The Queensland and WA

Premiers threatened to lift

royalties to protect their share of

GST. The Federal Government says it

could hurt the nation's future.

Former Victorian Premier John

Brumby is bowing out of parliament.

Before the State election John

Brumby pledged to serve out his

full term, but it seems he had a

change of heart. Personally I leave

it without any bitterness or

regreats. John Brumby's career in

State politics spans 17 years,

spending the past 2.5f them in the

top job. An -- 2.5f them in the top

job. An earthquake hit Iran, the

6.3 magnitude quake hit near small

towns in a sparsely populated

region, rescuers saved many trapped

in rubble in collapsed houses, the

area is not far from the ancient

city of Bam where a 2003 earthquake

killed 30,000. Moderate earthquakes

struck off two different coasts of Indonesia.

struck off two different coasts of

Indonesia. A 5.8 quake hit 140km

from Yogyakarta, a city traumatised

from the 2006 Quake, which killed

6,000 people. A second quake

measuring 5.7 was recorded off

Sumatra. There's no reports of

deaths or injuries deaths or injuries from either.

Residents along the east coast of

Australia had a cloudless sky to

see the full lunar eclipse. These

pictures taken in Sydney showed the

earth blocking the sun's rays from

the moon for 45 minutes. Clouds

blocked the view in Brisbane.

Across America and Europe people

were greeted with a blood-red moon,

coinciding with the Northern

Hemisphere's winter Solsters, the

first time the two event happened

together in four centuries. Saint

Kilda is hoping a rift that's

developed between skipper Nick

Riewoldt, and Sam Gilbert, can be

mended after Sam Gilbert apologised

for his part in the nude photo

scandal that rocked the Footy Club.

Sam Gilbert last night said the

revealing pictures of his team-

mates including skipper Nick

Riewoldt were taken from his computer:

Earlier in the day the Saints

hierarchy put on a united front

with their take on a snap shot

rocking Moorabbin and the AFL to

the core. The photo was taken over

12 months ago in Miami, by a team-

mate, Sam Gilbert. To infer I would

pose for a photograph naked knowing

it was going to be kept is just

absolute garbage. Nick Riewoldt at

the time clearly disappointed with

Sam Gilbert. I asked that it would

be deleted then and there, and

clearly it wasn't. And I'm bitterly

disappointed at my team-mate for

that. But the girl at the centre of

the furore is alleging a different

story. No, I took the photos. I

took them back in April. Saint

Kilda coach Ross Lyon denies a rift

in the ranks, and says it will be

business as usual when the Saints

return to training after the

Christmas break. The England

cricket team touched down in

Melbourne ahead of a Sunday Boxing

Day Test, earlier Alastair Cook

tried to diffuse claims by the

British press that the MCG pitch is

doctored to suit Australia's

rejuvenated pace attack. That's

what we do in England in certain

cases. There's no reason why I

expect Australia not to do it.

91,000 fans are expected to cram in

the 'G' for the first day of the

Test. More on finance with Frank

Coletta. Gerry Harvey has

complained about online traders, do

you have salt to rub in the wound.

Sadly sew. Gerry Harvey, you may

want to -- sadly so. Ger, you may

want to -- Gerry Harvey, you might

want to leave. Online retailers

having a merry Christmas, online

shoppers have spent 27 billion

worldwide. That is up 12% on last

year. Since the start of November,

online sales have toppeded $900

million a day, four times and hit a

record $1 billion on the day known

as 'Cyber Monday'. Gerry Harvey

this week said, as ron pointed out

Australian retailers would be in

trouble unless -- unless Australian

retailers recovered. Macquarie Bank

has been used of covering up part

of the Storm Financial. A document

obtained by Fairfax newspapers

points the finger at Macquarie Bank

for an omission in internal

procedures leading to greater

losses for Storm customers,

Macquarie failed to accelerate

calls on margin loans contrary to a

secret alliance with Storm. Wall

Street up on a flood of merger and

acquisition talk.

Banks had a 1% gain. The rebound by

China helping aeroplane markets.

Checking news websites around the

world the 'New Zealand Herald'

looks at a tragic story of a 9-

year-old girl tortured by her

parents and sexually abused when

taken in by government authorities.

The 'The China Daily' says a

teenager has been freed from jail 7

months after being committed for a

robbery committed by someone with

the same name as him. The 'The New

York Times' says a Broadway

performance of Spider-Man was

halted after the actor playing

Spider-Man fell 3 metres during the

show. We have another Royal wedding

on the cards, this one the Queen's

grand-daughter and the rugby player.

And when Dig smith asked

millionaire bankers to dig -- Dick

Smith affidavit millionaire bankers

to dig deep in their pockets to

give to charity, guess what

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

'Early News', the first Qantas

plane has touched down in Australia

from Europe. Passengers on FF2 were

relieved to be reunited with family

and friends inside the terminal.

Stressful. A lot of people were

crying, worried. You have to sit

there and wait. Nothing you can do

about it. Snow has wreaked havoc at

London's Heathrow Airport since

falls on Saturday. Britain's travel

chaos is not over, while the

backlog grows at Heathrow, train

services are affected by the freeze.

It's the board that tells you your It's the board that tells you your

journey goes no further. All trains

out of London's Kings Cross on the

East Coast main line have been

suspended for the rest of the day.

The weather to blame, this time the

cold damaging overhead powerlines.

Disruptions continue at Heathrow.

Only one runway is open, and a

third of scheduleed flights are

tapinging off. Thousands and

thousands of passengers are

powerless as their Christmas plans

are ruined. As the days passed, the

tally of flights and passengers

mounts. Many are frustrated by what

they say is a lack of information.

That is what upsets me the most.

People make mistakes, that's fair

enough. I need to know when I'm

going, not stand in the cold for 4-

5 hours. These pictures are filmed

in the cold. Those with no hope of in the cold. Those with no hope of

flying before seven this evening

are in here, forbidden from

entering the terminal. Some say

local hotels are taking advantage

of them They told me it was between

700-900 a year. The motels around

Heathrow - I have stayed here

before - are not of that standard.

I consider it blatant profiteering.

The snow in the Heathrow area seems

to be thawing, many are asking why

there's huge problems today. A

clean-up is under way in Queensland

after floodwaters inundated Dalby,

other communities face the same

problem. The Southern Queensland

town of Chinchilla is next in line

for a flood surge. This doesn't

look like the Christmas residents

hoped for. They are dealing with

the aftermath of the worst flood to

hit Dalby. You keep sweeping. Brown

murky water swamped everything.

There's nothing we can do about it

until it dries, so we are going to

Airlie Beach. You're off. Yes.

Myall Creek flowing through the

centre of Dalby remains dangerously

high. It peaked at 3 metres last

night. There was a few close calls

were there would have been if we

had the other half meter that we

expected. At nearby Warra a number

of houses were evacuated, and the

Warrego Highway highway cut for Warrego Highway highway cut for

half a day, stalling the plans of

holiday makers. You can start to

smell the stuff coming out of the

ground I reckon by a few hours of

heavy sun, she'll be pegs on noses

territory. Water levels are high,

rain is forecast for Christmas Day.

Next it will be Chinchilla's turn,

the small town on alert today,

preparing for record flooding as

waters surge towards it from

upstream. The Gillard Government

has dumped a major environment

policy and had an embarrassing

defeat in its tax battle with the

big mining companies, all of this

on the same day the architect of

the new tax announced he was the new tax announced he was

quitting. Achieving agreement on

the super profits tax was one of

Julia Gillard's main goals on

taking over from Kevin Rudd. The PM

left it to her Treasurer to explain

why the tax needs work. It has been

a bruising debate. The government

thought it would be. The Argus

report was handed down recommending

94 changes to the tax. In a win for

miners, the Federal Government must miners, the Federal Government must

rebate future increases in State

mining royalties. Nobody wants a

double-dipping of taxation applying

to any industry. That was our maige

or concern. Queensland and WA --

major concern. Queensland and WA

Premiers angry their share of GST

is shrinking. Have regard to

competitiveness in the future. An

architect of this, Ken Henry

announced his retirement. Of the

178 reforms, a handful will be

adopted. The mining tax one of them.

The embarrassment for the

government continued with an

announcement it's scrapping an

environmental initiative. The green

loans, green start has been plagued

with administrative problems, it's

been axed. This is a government in

environmental chaos, a government

of the living dead. Former terror

suspect Dr Momamed Haneef is suspect Dr Momamed Haneef is considering returning to Australia

to live after receiving what has

been described as a substantial

payout from the government. The

Indian trained doctor was jailed

for 12 days in 2007 when his mobile

phone SIM card was linked to a

terrorist attack in the United

Kingdom. My wrong. Arrest and

detention in 2007 was a very

traumatic experience, and today's

settlement is a chance to end that

part of my life. Dr Momamed Haneef

refuses to say how much the deal is

worth, but says he's considering

applying to get his ole job back

with Queensland health on the Gold

Coast. A royal Romance made here in

Australia has blossomed. The

queen's eldest grand-daughter Zara queen's eldest grand-daughter Zara Phillips agreed to marry English

rugby star Mike Tindall, the pair

meeting in Australia during the meeting in Australia during the

Rugby World Cup in 2003. The next

task for the 12th in line to the

thrown is finding a wedding date

between principle yams in April

next year and the Olympics in 2012,

where the former world equestrian

champion hopes to represent England.

Sam Gilbert, the Saint Kilda player

at the centre of allegations

surrounding the nude photo of his

skipper Nick Riewoldt released a

remorseful statement via the club.

The Saints have been trying to put

up a united front. Nick Riewoldt

found it hard to hide his

disappointment with his team-mate.

I asked that it would be deleted

then and there. And clearly it

wasn't. And I'm bitterly

disappointed at my team-mate for

that. Saint Kilda hopes Sam

Gilbert's statement will help heal

a rift which threatens to derail

the Saints 2011 campaign. What has

the Boston Pop Choir feeling the

Christmas spirit. Guest conductor,

maestro Shamrock, also known as the

7.1 Celtic centre Shaquille O'Neal.

OK, he is the tallest conductor in

history. Big Shaq was given a

standing ovation, the seltics

hoping he doesn't prefer his new

career. They were singing a happy

tune on world markets overnight

because Asia helped lift them. Wall

Street is following the trend. John

Milroy with the details. The easing

of tensions in Korea and the news

that China will support the

troubled eurozone gives invest

juniors confident. Yes, overnight -

- investors confidence. Yes, - investors confidence. Yes,

overnight markets are following the

lead, China will support the

International Monetary Fund, and

the Central bank. Overnight we have

seen the S&P push back above the

levels set at the time of the

Lehman Brothers plunge, and markets

thinking about 2007. The bullish

forecasts for GDP and earnings

forecasts, I hope they are right.

We had a big session locally, what

can we expect. Not much in the way

of data out. We expect the strong

overnight leads will help us to a

positive start. Market strategists

suggest that we should be

overweight. Commodities and wise

men suggest it's playing out in

markets overnight. Strong rises in

gold, Franken sense and Meur. To

wrap it up, we expect smaller

investors to keep the tree index.

Australia's super wealthy are not

winning fans for their generosity

or lack of it. Businessmen and

adventurer Dick Smith put out a

call for the CEOs of major banks to

donate 20% of their income. The

Commonwealth man Ralph Norris the

only to reply. He prefers to donate

anonymously. Im what is disgusting

there are waltedy people,

billionaires, people worth over a

billion, and they don't give

anything. Donations to charities

are down 43%. The number of people

seeking help has tripled. In other

business news, former Chief

Executive of failed property group

Fincorp cut a deal over personal

debts. Less than 1 cent in the debts. Less than 1 cent in the

dollar. Rio Tinto announcing a take

ever from riv are to expand coke

and coal capabilities, --

Riversdale, to expand coke and coal capabilities, New Zealand

authorities adjoin the ACCC

approving an alliance between

Virgin Blue, and Air New Zealand.

Aaron Nayer, the estranged husband

out the Liz Hurley, $26 million,

half would have gone to him in a

break-up. Liz Hurley wants him back.

Not surprising. Doesn't want the

split at least. A check of the

weather before we go:

These are the top stories on this

morning's new, home at last, not

happy with the Poms or their

weather, stranded tourists tell of

their ordeal trapped in Heathrow

waiting for planes.Ment Australian

Government coming off second best

in battles with the government and

State Premiers, rebateing royalties

by the States. The earth blocked

the sun's rays from the moon last