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Good morning, everyone. Welcome to

Ten's Early News. Mutiny in the

ranks. Malcolm Turnbull abandoned

by his crew over climate change and

maybe set adrift as early as Monday.

Kidnapped Australian journalist

Nigel Brennan arrives in Kenya,

following his release from 15

months of captivity in Somalia. The

West Indies put on a late fightback

to share the honours with Australia

on day one of the cricket Test at

the goodbyea. Forget riding the

sheep's back - BHP predicts we'll

be surfing the Chinese wave for

years to come.

The Liberal Party is searching for

new leadership after a serious

mutiny in the ranks of Malcolm

Turnbull's frontbench. Senior party

figures, including Tony Abbott,

have quit, because of Mr Turnbull's

handling of climate change. There's

to be one last desperate attempt to

push the ETS through the Senate

today. The mutiny was blown open

with an ultimatum from a former

supporter that Malcolm Turnbull

refused. I've just resigned from

the frontbench and I don't support

the policy direction he's taking.

Nick Minchin carried the same

ultimatum with the same response.

Havia resigned or not? No -- have

you resigned or not? No comment.

When they failed to delay the ETS

legislation, other resignations

followed. Half a dozen senior

Liberals are heading to the

backbench. Would you stand if the

leadership became vacant? I don't

know what might happen in the next

few days. The numbers are being

counted. Malcolm Turnbull is

digging in. We must be a party

committed to action on climate

change. Anything else is

irresponsible. The mutineers have

been praised by some as answering a

deep despair among party members.

They are so angry, their heart is

broken. Others are disgusted. The

Shadow Ministers who resigned

because they could not accept the

decision of the party room have

done the Liberal Party inculpable

damage. The Government and Malcolm

Turnbull are desperately trying to

rush it through the Senate by this

afternoon before all Coalition

discipline is lost. It's not clear

if they'll succeed. Ironically,

Kevin Rudd isn't around to savour

the turmoil. He's in Trinidad for

the Commonwealth Heads of

Government meeting. He's got a date

with President Obama on Monday in

Washington to talk climate change.

His favourite subject and now

Malcolm Turnbull's undoing. The US

President wants to discuss the

agenda for the UN climate summit in

Copenhagen. The freed Australian

hostage, Nigel Brennan, is

reportedly undergoing medical

checks in Kenya this morning. He

left Somalia in a plane last night.

The photo journalist was freed,

along with a Canadian reporter,

following 15 months of captivity.

They were kidnapped in August of

last year and tortured. It's not

yet clear when he will make it back

to Australia. A big clean-up will

continue in Melbourne today after a

freak storm grounded flights,

brought trains to a halt and caused

widespread damage. According to the

Weather Bureau, more wild weather

is on the way. SES crews worked

throughout the night on a storm's

impressive trail of damage. The sky

show and subsequent downpour caught

many offguard. Dozens of primary

school students narrowly escaped

this falling tree. A very

frightening experience to be in the

classrooms and listening to what

was going on outside. This 17-year-

old girl wasn't so lucky. Struck by

lightning in her backyard and

rushed to hospital. A train was

also hit by lightning as it pulled

in to a suburban station. Its

shaken driver had to be treated by

paramedics. A major shopping centre

was revacuated and forced to close

its doors. The SES has received

more than 1,000 calls for help

while power companys are working to

rekebt homes left in the dark.

Fierce -- reconnect homes left in

the dark. Fierce weather wreaked

havoc in South Australia as well.

100 kilometre an hour winds. The

Weather Bureau forecasts more

thunderstorms this afternoon.

Hundreds of people have been

evacuated overnight after a huge

blaze in London. Flames engulfed an

entire construction site in the

city's south, spreading to several

three and 4-storey residential

buildings in the area. The cause of

the fire is not yet clear. Murder

charges are expected to be filed

today against suspects in this

week's Philippines massacre. A

local mayor has been accused of

stopping a convoy of politicians

and journalists. The victims were

then slaughtered by a gang of

corrupt police and pro-government

militiamen. The mayor was flown to

Manila overnight. The search for

other aspebts continues. -- spaebts

continues. Australia and the West

Indies have -- suspects continues.

Australia and the West Indies have

shared the honours on the first day.

A late fightback has kept the

Windies in the contest. All the

talk in the build-up to the first

Test was that the West Indies

wouldn't get near Australia this

summer. But the story at stumps on

day one shows that might not be the

case. We put in a lot of work and

had a pretty good day. We pulled

through nice. While the Aussies

threatened at times to take the

game away, with all the batsmen,

bar Shane Watson getting starts.

But the West Indies kept at it. 92

for Katich. Probably all of us are

a bit disappointed we couldn't go

on and one of us gate big 100. It

is very, very good batting

conditions out there. But I think

on the whole, the team's in a good

position if Brad and Marcus can

kick on tomorrow. An introduction

to the referral system could have

had the visitors pushing for the

honours on day one. They got their

first go wrong and didn't take a

situation. chance on another. A touch and go

Former St Kilda captain Luke Ball

is now a Collingwood Magpie, after

geth his wish to join the Pies in

last night's AFL draft. Ball

slipped through to Collingwood at

pick 30, after publicly declaring

he wanted to be selected by the

club. We were never confident but

happy when 30 came around Luke was

available. Tom Skully was the top

pick, joining Melbourne. Greg Bird

could make his return to the NRL

can North Queensland. Bird has

already been linked to the Gold

Coast after being found not guilty

of glassing his girlfriend. But the

Cowboys have more room under the

salary cap. They could double the

reported $100,000 on offer from the

Titans. We don't know if he's going

to be able to registered with the

NRL yet. Once that happens, I'd

imagine in the next few days we'll

be in contact with his managers.

Bird was sacked by Cronulla this

year after being charged by police.

Time for a all the morning's

finance news. It used to be said

Australia used to ride on the

sheep's back but BHP Billiton is

saying we're riding the back of the

Chinese wave? The big miner expects

China's demand for resources to

keep us riding high for many years.

The big Australian has held its AGM

in Brisbane with executive salaries

high on the mind of shareholders.

When you're Australia's biggest

company, the list of gripes from

protesters is also sizable. While

police kept the colour outside,

inside shareholders had their own

questions, the chair defended his

CEO who received $11.5 million last

year. I want to assure you that

despite what has been reported,

Marius did not receive a 51%

increase in his pay. Still enough

to earn outrage from unions. At a

time when many of the workers in

BHP are receiving small or no

increases in their pay. Either way,

the salaries are a far cry from the

beginnings in a bank mailroom.

Demonstrators paid their own

tribute with a fake press

conference and a fake Don Argus.

Protesters could be the least of

BHP Billiton's worries. One of

China's most influential economists

is warning the big Australian's

biggest customer could be on the biggest customer could be on th biggest customer could be on the

verge of economic breakdown. BHP's

CEO disagrees. He says China's

growth and demand will continue for

the long term. The founder of the

failed fuel technology company

FirePower is facing arrest today.

He made a surprise return to

Australia earlier this month and

was due to front Perth's Federal

Court yesterday but he was a no-

show, citing medical reasons.

Lawyers now want him arrested. More

charges are expected to be laid

today against a former millionaire

executive accused of swindling more

than $16 mileian. The 42-year-old

to accused of using false invoices

to can -d fraud the SpecialTy

Fashion Group. He was sacked in May

and already faces more than 100

charges. A check of the markets now.

Local stocks will lack direction on Local stocks will lack direction on the open today.

It was a big night for music in

It was a big night for music in

Australia. The annual ARIA Awards

and the night of nights for The

Empire of the Sun.

The story dominating this morning

is the chaos in the Opposition.

Malcolm Turnbull is fighting a

desperate rearguard action. His

future will probably be decided

today when the final Senate session

for the year debates climate change.

The Libs are already searching for

a new leadership. Senior figures,

including Mr Abbott, quit buzz of

their leader's handling of the

climate issue. I've just resigned

from the frontbench, and obviously

I do not support the policy

direction that he is taking the

party on this issue. There's to be

one last desperate attempt by the

Government to push the ETS through

the Senate today but with so many

Coalition members expected to cross

the floor, Mr Turnbull could be out

of the job by the end of the day.

Brad, what are the chances of Mr

Turnbull lasting the day, let alone

getting to the party meeting on

Monday? Right now Malcolm

Turnbull's leadership does look

terminal. Numbers will be done

today and over the weekend. So far

Mr Turnbull is defiantly standing

firm over calls to resign. Here's

how he put it last night. We must

be a party committed to action on

climate change. Anything else is

irresponsible. Any questions? Will

you commit yourself to the

leadership of the party? I am the

leader of the Liberal Party and I

was confirmed a little more than 24

hours ago in this very room.

Malcolm Turnbull says most of his

party do agree with him but with six frontbench resignations last

night it's hard to see how he can

keep leading a deeply divided party

keep leading a deeply divided party

and Monday when the MPs return to

Canberra will be the first

opportunity for a party room

meeting and someone to call a spill

motion. On the ETS today going

through the senwit so many of the Coalition threatning to -- Senate

with so many of the Coalition

with so many of the Coalition threatening to cross the floor,

what do you think will happen? The

Government has set a deadline and

say it needs to be through by 3:35

say it needs to be through by 3:35

this afternoon. Seven Liberal

senators need to vote with the

Government to get this through.

Government to get this through.

It's unclear how whether that will

happen. If it does, it will leave a

Liberal Party deeply divided.

Enormous amounts of damage to the

party, the Liberal Party vote as a

whole. I'm concerned seriously

about that issue. We would not only

lose seats, the furniture as well.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to modernise

the party if we're going to win the

next federal election. If we don't

do what we're doing, then obviously

we're not going to do relevant at

the next election. One Liberal MP

said if it goes through, he expects

the Coalition will be in Opposition

wilderless for at least three

elections. Even if it doesn't go

through, the Coalition is damaged.

And it makes it very tough for them

to win the next election, whether

Kevin Rudd uses this as a double

dissolution opportunity or not, Ron.

Thank you. We'll come back later for

for more discussion. As the for more discussion. As the

Coalition struggles with the

climate change issue, the world's

largest polluter has promised to

slow its growth in carbon emissions.

China says it will halve the ratio

of pollution to economic output

over the next decade. Emissions

will still increase but at a slower

rate. Australian journalist Nigel

Brennan and his Canadian colleague

have arrived in Kenya after their

15-month kidnap ordeal. It's now

reported Dick Smith helped the

families pay the million dollar

ransom. Getting out, Nigel Brennan

fled Mogadishu last night for

Nairobi. Now they were out of

Somalia. They could truly be said

to be free. It's very hard to

express the overwhelming sense of

joy that we have today. Newspaper

reports suggest millionaire

entrepreneur Dick Smith stepped in

to help the families. The

kidnappers were said to have been

paid just over $1 million after

abusing their captives for 15

months. There were times I was

beaten, I was tortured. Extremely

difficult situation. It's claimed

Brennan was locked in chains after an

an escape attempt. It's likely

they'll now be debriefed before

going their separate ways with

Brennan returning to Australia.

We're only too aware that Niej sl

going to need plenty of -- Nigel is

going to need plenty of time and

space to readjust. The family

accused the Australian Government

of not trying hard enough to free

one of its citizens. Interstate

school leefrbers have begun

arriving on the -- leavers have

begun arriving on the Gold Coast.

One teenager suffering serious head

injuries after falling from a

nightclub balcony. There was also a

punch-up and more arrests. Over the

next week, as the Queenslanders

move out, Victorian and NSW school

leavers move in. Empire of the Sun

is living the dream after taking

out the major awards at this year's

ARIAs. Not such a great night for

Jessica Mauboy. She was nominated

seven times and only picked up one

gong. Frock rock to pop, hip hop,

dance and country. The cream of the

Australian music industry came to

celebrate and reward its highest

achievers.. Everybody from the

entire industry here tonight.

Hundreds lined the red carpet to

catch a glimpse of their favourite

stars. The biggest cheers reserved

for Robbie Williams. And the

screams rolled on for his awards

performance. Come on! Jessica

Mauboy was up for seven gongs but

only picked up highest selling

single. But she wasn't disappointed.

And to my fans! Yeah! The night

belonged to Empire of the Sun.

The creative and colourful

characters picked up four ARIAs,

including the night's major awards,

album and single of the year for

their hit 'Walking on a Dream'. The

words of George Harrison, "Here

comes the sun." It's officially

Christmas in the harbour city. The

city's 21-metre Christmas tree has

been lit up in Martin Place. The

tree is covered with more than

50,000 LED lights and 300 stars.

Last night marked the official

start of Sydney's Christmas

celebrations. A giant Spiderman,

Mickey Mouse and even the Ener

jiezer Bunny have -- Energiser

Bunny have been going through the

city. Balloon handlers were warned

to be careful along the new route

which involved carefully

orchestrated turns around five very

tight corners in New York. Children

across India have marked the first

anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist

attacks. They've taken part in

rallies, marching through city

streets, condemning terrorism and

promoting peace. 166 people died

last year during a planned rampage

in the city. Children contributed

to a canvas painting to commemorate

the attacks in Bangalore.

Australia's batsmen have failed to

caltopise on the opening day of the

first cricket Test against the West

Indies at the Gabba. The honours

remain shared. Probably all of us

are a little bit disappointed we

couldn't go on and one of us gate

big 100. It is very, very good

batting conditions out there. But I

think on the whole, the team's in a

pretty good position if Brad and

Marcus can kick on tomorrow.

Australia will resume this morning

add 5/322. A huge swell is causing

chaos for organisers of the World

Cup surfing event in Hawaii. Joel

Parkinson was the guinea pig. He

deemed the waves too big for

competition. Just around the corner,

the conditions were just right. It

is awe-inspiring and makes you feel

small against the waves. There were

a number of scary wipeouts in the

6-metre monsters with thousands of

spectators lining the coast for a

glimpse of all the action. The US

stock market has been closed

overnight for the Thanksgiving Day

holiday. It's been a quiet week for

the Dow. John, the market has been

closed today and tomorrow is

traditionally a fairly quiet day

too. It looks like the Dow should

remain at its 13-month highs?

Overnight, we've had some news from Dubai World about seeking

standstill payments on their $59

billion worth of debt. That's

unsettled overnight markets. The

FTSE is down 3%. Sets a the ton

here for a pretty weak day during

our market. The US has closed early

tomorrow, about 1 o'clock on Friday.

You mentioned it's not looking

great on our market today, John?

Yes, the next thing to think about

from our perspective is the RBA

meeting next Tuesday, to think

about interest rates. And the data

flow since the last time the RBA

met has been unequivocally positive.

OK. Thank you. My pleasure.

When we return - more on the woolly

weather around the nation. Lachlan

Murdoch becomes a dejay. -- DJ.

Sort of.

Headlines on the quarter hour.

Malcolm Turnbull betrayed by his

crew over climate change and maybe

set adrift as early as Monday.

Kidnapped Australian journalist

Nigel Brennan arrives in Kenya,

following his release from 15

months of captivity in Somalia. The

West Indies rally but Australia

takes the honours on the first day

of the cricket Test at the Gabba.

Meet the newest DJ, Lachlan Murdoch

takes a giant leap in to music,

snapping up a couple of cool radio

stations. The Liberal Party is

searching for new leadership after

a serious mutiny in the ranks of

Malcolm Turnbull's frontbench.

Senior party figures, including

Tony Abbott, have quit, because of

Mr Turnbull's handling of climate

change. There will be one last

desperate attempt to push the ETS

through. The mutiny was blown open

with an ultimatum from a former with an ultimatum from a former

supporter Malcolm Turnbull refused.

I've just resigned from the

frontbench and obviously I do not

support the policy direction he is

taking the party on this issue.

Nick Minchin carried the same

ultimatum to Mr Turnbull with the

same response. Have you resigned?

No comment. When they failed to

delay the ETS legislation, other

resignations followed. Half a dozen

senior Liberals are heading to the

backbench. Would you stand if the

leadership became vacant? I don't

know what might happen in the next

few days. The numbers are being

counted. Malcolm Turnbull is digging

digging in. We must be a party

committed to action on climate

change. Anything else is

irresponsible. The mutineers have

been praised by some as answering a

deep despair among party members.

They are so angry, their heart is

broken. Others are disgusted. The

Shadow Ministers who resigned,

because they could not accept the

decision of the party room, have

done the Liberal Party inculpable

damage. In the balance is the ETS

legislation at the heart of it all.

The Government and Malcolm Turnbull

are desperately trying to rush it

through the Senate by this

afternoon before all Coalition

discipline is lost. It's not clear

if they'll succeed. The irony is

Kevin Rudd isn't around to savour

the turmoil. He's in Trinidad. On

Monday, he's gut a date with

President Obama in Washington to

talk climate change. The US

President wants to discuss the

agenda for the UN climate summit in

Copenhagen. The freed Australian

hosten Nigel Brennan is reportedly

undergoing medical checks in Kenya.

He left Mogadishu in a chartered

plane after his Somali kidnappers

were paid a ransom of more than $1

million. He was in captivity for 15

months. They were kidnapped in

August last year and tortured. It's August last year and tortured. It's

not yet clear when he'll make it

back to Australia. Big clean-up

will continue in Melbourne today

after a freak storm grounded

flights, brought trains to a halt

and caused widespread damage. More

wild weather is on the way. SES wild weather is on the way. SES

crews worked throughout the night

on the storm's impressive trail of

damage. The sky show and subsequent

downpour caught many offguard.

Dozens of primary school students

narrowly escaped this falling tree.

A very frightening experience to be

in the classrooms and listening to

what was going on outside. This 17-

year-old girl wasn't so lucky,

struck by lightning in her backyard

and rushed to hospital. A train was

also hit by lightning as it pulled

in to a suburban station. Its

shaken driver had to be treated by

paramedics. A major shopping centre

was evacuated and forced to close

its doors after the roof collapsed

and shops were flooded. The SES has

received more than 1,000 calls for

help, while power companies are

working to reconnect homes left in

the dark. Fierce weather wreaked

havoc across the border in South

Australia. It blew like hell and at

least 100 kilometre an hour winds.

The Weather Bureau forecasts more

thunderstorms this afternoon. He's

lived the high life, had it all,

lost it all, went to jail, came out

the other side. Now this weekend

will bring a whole new adventure

for Geoffrey Edelsten. He will

marry his 26-year-old fiance rr on

the weekend. He say they make a

lovely pair. She is the most

delightful person. When I first met

her, I thought she was very

striking. He is the most charming

man I've ever met in my life. Jason

Alexander and Fran Drescher will

co-host the nuptials at Melbourne's

Crown Casino. Australia and the

West Indies have shared the honours

on the opening day of the first

cricket Test at the Gabba. Most of

the Aussie top order got in on the

runs. A late fightback has kept the

visitors in the contest. All the

talk in the build-up was the West

Indies wouldn't get near Australia

this summer. The story at stumps on

day one shows that might not be the

case. We put in a lot of work and

had a pretty good day. Had some

chances. Pulled through nice. While

the Aussies threatened at times to

take the game away, with all the batsmen, barring Shane Watson

getting starts. But the West Indies

kept at it. 92 from Katich, the

best for the Aussies. Probably all

of us are a little bit disappointed

we couldn't go on and one of us

gate big 100. Very good batting

conditions out there. On the whole,

the team is in a pretty good

position. An introduction of the

referral system could have had the referral system could have had the

visitors pushing for the honours on

day one. They got their first go day one. They got their first go

wrong and didn't take a chance on

another. A touch and go situation.

I went and decided not to go with

it. Former St Kilda captain Luke

Ball is now a Collingwood Magpie

after getting his wish to join the

Pies in last night's AFL draft.

Ball slipped through to Collingwood

at pick 30 after publicly declaring

he wanted to be selected by the

club. We were never confident but

happy that when 30 came around that

Luke was available. Victorian

teenager Tom Skully was the top

pick. He joined Melbourne. Greg

Bird could make his return to the

NRL with North Queensland. Bird has NRL with North Queensland. Bird has

already been linked to the Gold

Coast after being found not guilty

of glassing his girlfriend. But the

Cowboys have more room under their

salary cap. They could double the

reported $100,000 on offer from the

Titans. We don't know if he's

actually going to be able to be

registered with the NRL yet. That's

once that happens I'd imagine in

the next few days, we'll be in

contact with his managers and he'll

have to weigh up his options. Bird

was sacked by Cronulla this year

after being charged by police. More

on finance now. Executive salaries

continue to be a bug bear? No real

surprises there. Executives'

salaries are a sor erbs point with

shareholders -- sore point with

shareholders no wonder how the

company is doing. BHP has fared company is doing. BHP has fared

better than most. The CEeau took

home a whopping $11.5 million last

year. I want to assure you that

despite what has been reported,

Marius did not receive a 51%

increase in his pay. The CEO says

China's demand for resources will

keep us riding high for many years.

Lachlan murd dock has made his

biggest media investment since

quitting News Corp management more

than four years ago. Using his

private company, the son of Rupert

has paid $110 million for a half

share and management rights in DMG

Radio Australia. The company

controls Nova and Vega in

Australian capital cities. A check

of the markets now. With Wall

Street shut for the Thanksgiving

Holiday, local stocks lacked

direction on the open.

You'd think with all the security

around the US President, no-one

would get anywhere near him but two

reality show contestants have

strolled right in to the White

House uninvited and had a good time.

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The story dominating this morning

is the chaos in the Opposition. is the chaos in the Opposition.

Malcolm Turnbull is fighting a

desperate rearguard action. His

future will probably be decided

today when the final Senate session.

The Libs are already searching for

new leadership senior figures

including Tony Abbott quit because including Tony Abbott quit because

of their leader's handling of the

issue. I've just resigned from the

frontbench and obviously I do not

support the policy direction that

he is taking the party on this

issue. There's to be one last

desperate attempt by the Government

to push its ETS through the Senate

today. Mr Turnbull could be out of today. Mr Turnbull could be out of

the job by day's end. For more on

the situation, let's go to Canberra

and Brad Hodson is there. It

appears to be total chaos in the

Liberal ranks at the moment. Just

how tenuous is Malcolm Turnbull's

grip on the leadership? At this

stage, it's hard to see his

leadership not being terminally

damaged. Last night Mr Turnbull was

defiantly holding on, saying that

the leadership question was

resolved when a spill motion failed

on Wednesday. And he is refusing to

resign. And he claims he has the

numbers to back his view on

battling climate change. After six

senior Liberals moved to the

backbench yesterday, that really

did up the ante. No-one has

challenged him yet. Tony Abbott's

clearly in the mix, and there is some speculation if Malcolm

Turnbull were to reswroin over the

next 72 hours rpbgs -- resign over next 72 hours rpbgs -- resign over

the next 72 hours, his supporters

would then turn to Joe Hockey.

Suppose it doesn't get through to

the ETS and given the election is

scheduled for late next year, would

he jump at the opportunity to go

early? Kevin Rudd has always said

he favours going full term. And

we've got to remember that this

type of leadership crisis in the Liberal Party has already occurred

in Australia in recent times. In

Western Australia, the Liberals

there faced a lot of turmoil with

the dumping of their leader. And

the Premier at the time capitalised

on that by calling a snap election.

That did not go well for him at the

polls. He lost on that occasion.

Kevin Rudd would look at that and

take that in to account. It's

unlikely. Thank you very much for

your insight, Brad. As the Coalition struggles with the

climate change issue, the world's

largest polluter has promised to

slow its growths in carbon

emissions. China says it will halve

the output. Emissions will still

rise but at a slower rate.

Australian journalist Nigel Brennan

and his Canadian colleague have

arrived in Kenya. It's now reported

Dick Smith helped the families pay

the million dollar ransom. Getting

out, Nigel Brennan and the Canadian

phleg Mogadishu for Nairobi. Now

they were out of Somalia, they

could truly be said to be free.

It's very hard to express the

overwhelming sense of joy that we

have today. Newspaper reports

suggest millionaire entrepreneur suggest millionaire entrepreneur

Dick Smith stepped in to help the

families. The kidnappers were said

to have been paid just over a

million dollars after abusing their

captives for 15 months. There are

times I was beaten. That I was

tortured. Extremely difficult

situation. It's claimed Brennan was

locked in chains afteren escape

attempt. It's likely they'll now be

debriefed before going their

separate ways with Nigel Brennan

returning to Australia. We're only

too aware Nigel is going to need

plenty of time and space to

readjust to normal life. During

their ordeal, the family accused

the Australian Government of not

trying hard enough to free one of

its citizens. An urgent recall has

been issued for possibly

contaminated milk in Victoria and

NSW. The 2-litre bottles of Wool

rgts: -- wool rgts: -- Woolworths.

Interstate school leavers have

begun arriving on the Gold Coast to

join Queensland party celebrations.

One teenager suffered serious head

injuries after falling from a

nightclub balcony. There was also a

punch-up and more arrests. Over the

next week, the Queenslanders will

move out and Victorian and NSW

school leavers will move in. Empire

of the Sun is living the dream

after taking out the major awards

at this year's ARIAs. Not such a

great night for Jessica Mauboy, she

was nominated seven times but only

picked up one gong. Frock rock to

pop, hip hop, dance and country,

the cream of the Australian music

industry came to celebrate and

reward its highest achievers.

Everybody from the whole entire

industry here tonight and people

love it. Hundreds lined the red

carpet to catch a glimpse of their

favourite stars. The biggest cheers

reserved for Robbie Williams. And

the screams rolled on for his

awards performance. Come on!

Jessica Mauboy was up for seven

gongs but only picked up highest

selling single. But she wasn't

disappointed. And to my fans. Yeah.

Sun. The night belonged to Empire of the

characters The creative and colourful

characters picked up four ARIAs,

including the night's major awards,

album and single of the year for

their hit 'Walking on a Dream'. In

the words of George Harrison, "Here

comes the sun." Security chiefs at

the kwhous have been left red-faced

-- White House have been left red-

faced after a smooth-talking couple

got themselves in. They rubbed

shoulders with dignitaries, even

though they weren't even on the

guest list. They breezed past

supposedly tight security and

snapped photos for their Facebook

page. Someone from the President's

security team now has some very

serious explaining to do.

Well, Australia's batsmen have

failed to capitalise on the opening

day of the first cricket Test

against the West Indies. The

honours remain shared despite half

centuries by four. Probably all of

us are a little bit disappointed we

couldn't go on and onef us get a

big 100. It is very, very good

batting conditions out there. But

on the whole, the team's in a

pretty good position if Brad and

Marcus can kick on tomorrow.

Australia will resume this morning

add 5/322. Luke Ball is now a

Collingwood Magpie after getting

his wish to join the Pies in last

night's AFL draft. He was one of

six recycled players to find a new

home. This is normally a time where

the spotlight is on the stars of

tomorrow. Instead, draft night 2009

was about an established star,

former St Kilda skipper Luke Ball

the focus of the football world. In

the end he got to his destination

of choice - Collingwood at pick 30.

We were never confident but happy

when 30 came around Luke was

available. I'd like to think we

left on good terms. A personal and

professional sense, we had a

disagreement. But it's an opinion

business and we all move on. The

top two sections were Tom Skully

and Jack. The Demons going

alphabetical, Skully at one and the

other at two. I think myself and

Jack were rapt to be at the

Melbourne Football Club. And it's

very exciting time. I suppose the

number doesn't really mean

everything until you're out there

playing footy and showing how good

you are. Matt Maguire found a new

home, selected by Brisbane with

pick 91. The final selection of the

night. A huge swell is causing

chaos for organisers of the surfing

events in Hawaii. Joel Parkinson

was the guinea pig at Sunset Beach.

He deemed the waves too big for

competition. Just around the corner

the conditions were just right. It

is awe-inspiring. It makes you feel

small against the waves. Yeah, how

spectacular are these pictures? A

number of scary wipeouts in the 6-

metre monsters, with thousands of

spectators lining the coast for a

glimpse of all the action. The US

stock market has been closed

overnight for the Thanksgiving Day

holiday. Here with all the details

is John from Macquarie Private

Wealth. Comments from Dubai spooked

investors in thin trade? Good

morning. The US market was closed

last night. We'll have an early

finish to their Friday closing add

1 o'clock. The news out overnight

that rattled overnight markets and

UK in particular was Dubai World's

announcement that they're seeking a

moratorium on debt payments. Really

spooked the markets there. There's

no denying we've had a pretty good

run-up of economic numbers of late. Those manufacturing numbers out

yesterday surprised on the downside.

That's true. The spending numbers

we got out yesterday in our market

were a bit mixed. But what they did

show was that there is better

thoughts from companies about

investing in the future. That point

to better activity as we move

through to 2010. A bit softer but

not terribly upsetting. Rates still

on hold for next Tuesday's meeting?

The RBA will meet again. The news

has been positive since the last

meeting in November. The

expectation is rates will increase

by about 25 basis points. Thank you.

My pleasure. The founder of the

failed fuel technology company

FirePower is facing arrest today.

Tim Johnson made a surprise return

to Australia earlier this month and

was due to front Perth's Federal

Court yesterday. But he was a no-

show, sighting medical reasons.

Lawyers for the company's

liquidators now want him arrested.

Briefly now in other business news:

That's finance up to the minute.

Have a good weekend. I will indeed.

A lock of the weather before we go:

-- look of the weather before we go:

There is still plenty of unusual

activity around the country. Let's

go to Josh over at the Weather

Channel. What have you in store for

us? We're seeing this amazing

contrast between the north and the

south. Above average temperatures

across areas of Queensland and NSW.

Let's concentrate on the south-east.

There is this system which will

provide very strong winds and also

some rain over the weekend. These

are the predicted falls across

areas of South Australia and

Victoria. We could see falls around

Adelaide of 1 to 10 millimetres

over the weekend of Saturday and

Sunday. For the far south-east, we

could see falls around Melbourne of

15 to 25 millimetres. It's Tassie

that's set to get wet. We'll see

very big falls, between 25 and 50

millimetres from the next system.

It's not only just the rain that

will be a feature, also the strong

winds will be. These are the

predicted winds across the south-

east, the darker and green arrows

on your screens are indications of

stronger wind gusts. South

Australia bearing the brunt on

Friday and also Saturday. We cesood

severe weather warnings issued for

damaging winds and gusts exceeding

the 90 kilometre an hour mark.

Let's check out the forecast around

the nation:

Josh, good on you. Thank you.

Conditions sounding perfect for a

bit of lawn mow figure you had a

brand new lawn mower this weekend.

Can't wait. The vultures are

circling following mutiny on Malcolm Turnbull's frontbench.

Could these be the last hours of

his leadership? That's it for Ten's

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