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I'm Ron Wilson. I'm Frank Coletta. I'm Ron Wilson.

Welcome to Ten's Early News.

The main news stories this morning:

The carbon debate creates a lot of

hot air in Canberra but, despite

the parliamentary brawling, there's

still no clear winner.

One year on - people who survived the Black Saturday bushfires gather

to mark one of Australia's worst natural disasters.

In sport - Michael Clarke is poised

to lead the Aussies to victory

Twenty20 match. against Pakistan in tonight's against Pakistan in tonight's

And then in finance - Toyota's $2

billion dodgy car recall goes from

bad to worse. Now there are tribute

with their hybrid, the Prius.

modelling proves Tony Abbott's The Government claims confidential

climate change plan is a conjob

that will push up our carbon

emissions. But it's not all going

the Prime Minister's way, with

signs Barack Obama's planned ETS

States. faces rejection in the United

Barack Obama has Kevin Rudd's

problem - a Senate hostile to his

Emissions Trading Scheme. The

Senate in the United States is not

accommodating. necessarily going to be

The US President now concedes his

ETS will likely fail. So why, says

the Opposition, does Labor persist with it?

incomprehensible scheme. A complex, costly and almost

The answer, says the Government, is

because it will work.

30 advanced economies around the

world have made the same decision.

Failure of a cap-in-trade system in

the United States would not be

fatal to a global carbon market,

but would make it much more

difficult. The Opposition's

instinct - bring it back home.

Gone up 6% in the last quarter and

new tax. it will be worse under Kevin Rudd's

The Government has released secret

departmental modelling claiming the

Opposition's alternative plan would

increase carbon emissions over the

next 10 years by 13%. Guess what?

We're going to spend billions of

dollars, but emissions will

actually grow. Why they won't

release their modelling when they

claim to be able to model our policy in 24 hours.

death. On this issue - it's a fight to the

The Christmas Island detention

centre is about to fill up again. A

boat carrying more than 90 asylum

seekers and crew has been

intercepted off Ashmore Island.

They're now being transferred to

Christmas Island, which is already

close to capacity. This boat is the tenth already this year.

This weekend marks the first

anniversary of Black Saturday, the

history. worst bushfires in Australia's

12 months on, destroyed towns are

rebuilding, but many who lost loved

ones are struggling to recover.

The fires of February 7 were as

unimaginable as their aftermath -

173 lives lost. Among them Ross

Buchanan's two children. I lost two

kids, mate. You know? And, I know,

kids, mate. You know? And, I know,

nothing -- you know, nothing will

bring them back.

There were 400 blazes that day.

Home after home, street after

street, was razed. There were

amazing tales of survival. You're

actually cold on to the dam but the

whole fireball was in the valley.

You had to keep dipping your head.

We survived, but we shouldn't have.

Hundreds lucky enough to escape

with their lives returned to find

they'd lost everything else. You

just... You can't believe it... We

couldn't get through to let the

dogs out of the house. We don't

know what happened to the dogs.

belief. The sheer volume of victims beyond

This is just indescribably awful.

12 months on, towns and the bush

are slowly recovering, and although

this weekend's anniversary will be

hard for many, communities are

rule their lives. determined Black Saturday won't

And we should celebrate everything

this place. that is positive and good about

A man has been charged with nine

counts of attempted murder after a

firebombing attack on a Darwin

insurance office. The 45-year-old

is accused of igniting a shopping

trolley full of fuel and

firecrackers in the packed office,

injuring 19 people.

He's also been charged with

unlawfully setting fire to a

building and recklessly endangering

life. He's been remanded in custody and will face court today.

A Greek bouncer could face an even

longer stint behind bars for the

bashing death of Australian tourist Doujon Zammit. 29-year-old Marios

Antonopolous has been jailed for 22

years for causing fatal bodily

injury to Zammit after a fight

outside a Mykonos nightclub. After

prosecutors appealed, the bouncer

will be retried on the more serious

life sentence. charge of murder, which carries a

As investigation into police

corruption gets under way in

Queensland, there are more claims

this morning that police on the

with Gold Coast are getting too cosy

Gold Coast are getting too cosy

with the nightclub scene. News

Limited reports police threatened

to shut down one club after the

owner stopped providing free drinks

and lap dances. But the

commissioner is adamant there is no systemic corruption.

We need to bring this to as quick a

conclusion as possible, and it's my

hope that the investigation can be

completed in three months' time.

Commissioner Atkinson has offered

to provide his own investigators to

help speed up the process. help speed up the process.

A military exercise said to be the

largest of its kind anywhere in the

world is under way in Thailand. US

and Thai troops were joined for the

first time by military personnel

from South Korea for the annual

Cobra Gold exercises. More than 800 Cobra Gold exercises. More than 800

troops stormed Thailand's Hat Yao

beach, accompanied by helicopters

overhead and real explosives on

either side. The annual training

lasts for three weeks.

Sports news and Michael Clarke

hopes tonight's Twenty20 game at

the MCG will be a big step towards the MCG will be a big step towards

Australians getting more respect

for the shortest form of the game.

The stickers on David Warner's bat

say it all - Twenty20 is a

specialist game and he a specialist

player. The man called Cannon is

one of half a dozen players picked

specifically for crash-and-bash

cricket. This is no longer a hit-

and-giggle game. We definitely take

it seriously now. You see from the

team selected, the selectors have

picked somewhat of a Twenty20

specialist squad. Clarke's value to

the team has come under its own

scrutiny. His Twenty20 stats are

drastically inferior to those in

the Test and 50-over arena. The new

skipper has vowed to lift his game.

For me it's about making sure I bat

the way I play. I've done it in

one-day and Test cricket. I've got

the shots. It's just about the shots. It's just about

executing those shots. It's

Clarke's first outing as the team's

official captain. Pakistan will be

skippered by Shoaib Malik, its

third captain in as many games as

their trip down under plunges to

almost farcical depths.

Meanwhile Gayle gale has sent an Meanwhile Gayle gale has sent an

ominous warning to the Australian

team just days out from the first

one-dayer of the series. He belted

an incredible 146 off just 89 balls,

including 14 fours and 8 sixes

against the Prime Minister's XI. against the Prime Minister's XI.

His knock was the cornerstone of

the West Indies massive total of

329. In response, the PM's side

finished 88 runs short with Tom

Cooper bettering Gayle with an unbeaten 160.

Melbourne President Jim Stynes has

made a rare public appearance as he

continues his fight against cancer.

A club spokesperson described

Stynes's health as an ongoing

battle but it didn't dampen the

mood last night, the Irishman

recalling a recent roller-coaster

ride with his son at Disneyland.

This is not good, because you can't

get off. I'm not sure whether he's

frightened or excited because he's

sitting in front of me and all of a

sudden he's screaming away and he

says, "Now, that's what I'm talking

about!" He's still got it!

The meeting saw Tom Scully and Jack

Trengove handed their playing numbers.

Here's another man who's still got it - Frank.

The boss of one of Australia's

biggest miepg companies is not biggest miepg companies is not

happy about his workers' bid for more money.

Definitely. The boss of Rio Tinto

has warned the growing unrest in

the resources sector could spread

to the iron ore mine. He's to the iron ore mine. He's

apparently warned staff in an

internal policemen yeo that an

increase in industrial activity

under the Rudd Government's new

workplace laws could serve as an

omen for companies in the Pilbara.

He says last week's strike at

Woodside's Pluto gas project over

accommodation was disappointing,

unnecessary and encouraged by the

construction, forestry, mining and energy union.

Myer has reported better than

expected first-half earnings. But

it didn't stop a share price. Sales rod modestly over the Christmas

period on the back of deep

discounting. The boss says the

company is still waiting to see

what effect the end of the

Government's stimulus will have on

the business. The negative

sentiment saw Myer shares drop 4%.

There've been more trouble for

Japanese car maker Toyota. US

authorities have ordered a formal

investigation into reported braking

problems affecting the 2010 Prius

models. They say they've had 124

drivers report their brakes had

failed while travelling over uneven

roads, potholes or bumps. Four of

those cases involved crashes. It's

the latest in an increasing tale of

woe for Toyota, which has been

forced to recall millions of cars

in the past two weeks at a cost of

more than $2 billion.

Global stocks sank as escalating

fears of sovereign debt led

European investors to dump the more

risky assets and set the tone for

what was a very bad night and

morning on markets. The Dow Jones

currently off 223 ponies. The

NASDAQ shedding 54. As you can

imagine, Europe doesn't make better

reading at all. Those economic

fears reignited and dragged most markets down at least 2%.

The gremlins are playing hide and

seek with the weather map this

morning so I'll run through it for you.

Brisbane mostly cloudy and 31.

Sydney thunderstorms and 27.

Canberra thunderstorms and 26.

Melbourne, rain clearing, and 21.

Hont rain clearing. Adelaide mostly

sunny and 27. Perth mostly sunny,

23 and more of the usual

thunderstorms in Darwin with a top of 33.

After the break - one of Tiger's

mistresses has had a swing. She

says she's offended by golfers

hitting her in the face. We've got

the details next.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes here on Ten's Early News.

This weekend marks the first

anniversary of Black Saturday and

the deadliest bushfires in

Australia's history. 12 months on,

destroyed towns are rebuilding, but

many who lost loved ones are

struggling to recover. Hermione

Kitson joins us from our Melbourne newsroom.

What's planned to mark the

anniversary on Sunday? Well, Ron,

Sunday has been declared a National

Day of mourning, where people

across the country will observe one

minute's silence at midday to

remember the 173 lives lost. The

focal point of commemorations will

be a memorial service in Melbourne

attended by the Prime Minister, the

Premier and volunteers and victims.

There'll also be more intimate and

private services in the bushfire

regions themselves, which are still

struggling to recover. Hermione,

Hermione, how difficult has the

rebuilding process been? Well, Ron,

as I'm sure you can imagine, the

past 12 months has been really emotional for those worst affected

by the fires, especially those who

did lose loved ones. You just...

You can't believe it... I lost two

kids, mate. You know? And, you know,

nothing will bring them back. We

couldn't get through to let the

dogs out of the house. We don't

know what happened to the dogs.

So people have been faced with a

very difficult decision as to

whether or not to leave their

devastated town or to stay and in

the past 12 months, it's clear that

the majority of people have decided

to stay and rebuild their homes and their community.

And we should cel-celebrate

everything that is positive and

good about this place. Still sad,

but we've still got a good future ahead of us.

So, Ron, it's obviously going to be

a very emotional anniversary but

also hopefully one of celebration

as well of the strength of community spirit.

Yes, Hermione. Clearly the wounds

are still very raw.

Hermione Kitson there in our

Melbourne newsroom.

Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has

disputed leaked Government

modelling that shows his climate

change plan would increase

emissions over the next 10 years.

The Government says it proves the

Opposition's so-called direction

plan is a conjob.

Guess what? We're going to spend

billions of dollars, but emissions

will actually grow.

The Opposition has produced its own

economist's report saying the

criticisms are invalid because they

ignore promised improvements in land management.

Two men have been arrested after a

police pursuit in western Sydney.

They're alleged to have stoulen a

motorbike at Lidcombe and sped away

as police tried to stop them.

Officers chased the men for several

minutes before the bike crashed

into a car containing two elderly

women. Fortunately, no-one was injured.

There'll be major headaches for

Sydney commuters this morning after

a train derailed during yesterday's

wild storms in the Blue Mountains.

A landslide caused the wheels of a

front carriage to come off the

track near Woodford at around

4:30pm. It wobbled to one side, we

heard an almighty scraping and it

stopped and it was obvious we'd

come off the rails. None of the

passengers pr was injured. Train

services have been suspended along

the lines and commuters have been

warned to expect lengthy delays.

Gold Coast police are being accused

of getting too close to the

nightclub scene. News Limited

reports police threatened to shut

down one club when it stopped

providing free drinks and lap dances.

The allegations have been made by

an unnamed lawyer, who says

Queensland police have enjoyed VIP

status in nightclubs for years.

Free drinks and lap dances, special

treatment at strip clubs. But when

one club pulled the pin, the lawyer

claims police threatened to shut it

down.

The Crime and scat misconduct

Commission is investigating

allegations the police have been

getting too cosy with the nightclub

scene, rubbing shoulders with

bikies and dealing drugs. I'm very,

very concerned about all of this

for a whole range of the reasons -

the public confidence issues, the

morale in police and the serious

nature of the wrongdoing itself. Queensland's Police Commissioner

was warned two years ago of similar misconduct but denies there's

systemic corruption. No. Bob Atkinson wants the investigation

wrapped up in three months. Tension is high.

When the watchdog is looking over

your shoulder, I think it's

actually useful that there's a

little bit of tension in that

relationship. You wouldn't want it to be too cosy.

Michael Jackson's doctor is

expected to appear in court

tomorrow charged over the star's

death. Dr Conrad Murray's lawyer

has confirmed that he is

negotiating his surrender to US

authorities. According to the

showbiz website TMZ, the 56-year-

old doctor will be charged with

involuntary manslaughter for giving

Jackson a powerful anaesthetic that

led to his overdose death last June.

One of Tiger Woods' lovers has

complained about people hitting her

in the face. Porn star -- the porn

star appears on a new range of golf

balls called Tail of the Tiger -

the mistress collection. She's

suing the manufacturer. She says

encouraging people to hit a woman's

face on a golf ball is encouraging

violence against women.

Geelong players are rallying around

Mathew Stokes after he was charged

with trafficking cocaine. The

Premiership player has been

indefinitely suspended by the club

and, if found guilty, his playing

career could be over.

Minus moustache - Matty Stokes

remained tight-lipped as he fled

his home, but the silence didn't

continue down the road at training,

Bomber Thompson admitting the

charges laid against Stokes has

rocked the club. We're all upset.

We're going to deal with it. We're

not going to hideaway from it and

we'll try to work forward. That

will be harder said than done with

Stokes set to reappear in court on

March 12, two weeks before Round 1.

Melbourne President Jim Stynes

remains in good spirits as he

continues his battle against cancer.

Stynes kept the mood light at last

night's AGM, recalling a recent

roller-coaster ride with his son at

Disneyland. My little boy is

screaming and I'm thinking, "Oh, no.

This is not good," you know?

Because he can't get off. And I'm

not sure whether he's frightened or

excited because he's sitting in

front of me and all of a sudden

he's screaming away and then he

says, "Now, that's what I'm talking about!" (LAUGHTER)

NSW Waratahs have rounded out their

super14 rugby preparations with an

8-point win over the Brumbies in

Canberra. Waratahs skipper Phil

Waugh opened the scoring after

seven minutes but it was Berrick

bairns's performance at fly-half

that impressed him most. He's going

well. He's slotting in there with

curtly and they're interchanging

and working well at the moment. NSW

kicks off its Super 14 campaign

against Queensland while the

Brumbies meet the Force.

She's nearly half way across the

Atlantic Ocean and Jessica Watson

has her eyes set on the next

milestone - passing the cape of

good hope. The 16-year-old set sail

3.5 months ago vying to be the

youngest person to sale unassisted around the world.

-- sail unassisted around the world.

I'm close to the cape of good hope.

That's really cool. After that, it

leaves just the Indian Ocean before

Australia and home. She's doing

pretty well. Of course, being at

sea gives you no excuse for missing

out on your homework, although it

provides for a much more spectacular classroom.

A group of Aussie big-wave surfers

have battled giant waves off the

coast of Tasmania and come face to

face with a great white shark in

the process. The remote break is

located 26km off the south-east

cape and had only been surfed once

previous previously. Despite

travelling 10 hours overnight to

reach the waves, at first glance,

it wasn't really worth the trip.

Probably five minutes into it, like,

um, I think everyone had kind of

given up on it already. And then, given up on it already. And then,

yeah, a couple probably the best

waves of the day came through.

Well, those waves must have been Well, those waves must have been

pretty good because even the

pretty good because even the

appearance of a 3m great white

shark couldn't get the surfers out

of the water. Looks pretty good.

More on finance now with Frank. And

we're just about half an hour to

close on Wall Street. How's it

looking? It ain't good. It ain't

good at all.

It's been mostly bad, in fact.

Let's get the details live from New

York with Alexis Christoforous.

Alexis, what's going on with the

jobs? The recession is supposed to

be over. Supposed to be, exactly. I be over. Supposed to be, exactly. I

think we're far from it,

unfortunately, Frank. It looks like

the investors on Wall Street may

have to put away their Dow10,000

caps. Because the Dow is now right

near that milestone and it could in

fact dip blow it if the -- below it

if the sell-off continues. We

received word today that the number

of Americans applying for firs I'm

unemployment benefits rose by 8,000

last week. That's when economists

were expecting a drop. It squashes

hopes for an improved January

report, which we get tomorrow. Some

were hoping that report would have

were hoping that report would have

showed the economy added about

5,000 jobs last month. As we've

heard before, you know, no economic

recovery can take hold until the

job market improves and that's what

has investors spooked today.

One other quick thing that has them

spooked is the debt problems that

are growing overseas in the

governments of Greece, Portugal and

Spain. That, too, is dragging US

stocks lower. It's sobering news

here as well that Toyota says it

could recall and the cost would be

up to $2 billion. That's a big blow

to the auto industry, isn't it?

You bet. And it wipes out what

Toyota made in the fourth quarter.

Toyota was out with earnings for Toyota was out with earnings for

the fourth quarter today and it

earned $1.7 billion but analysts

aren't focusing on that. They're

worried about the company's future

profits because this recall is

having a devastating affect on the

-- effect on the company and how

people view Toyota's cars and it

could lose much more than the $2

billion if the lawsuits start

coming in from drivers, if

insurance companies start wanting

to sue Toyota for past accidents

that were because of the recalled

issues and we're also waiting for

word to see whether or not Toyota word to see whether or not Toyota

is going to now recall its popular

Prius in both the US and Japan.

Because, as you know, there are now

concerns about faulty brakes on the

Prius. So unfortunately the

headaches continue for Toyota. headaches continue for Toyota. Frank.

Massive. Alexis Christoforous,

thank you very much.

Oh look - we found the map! That's good.

A rier sight - an underwater

volcanic eruption has been caught

on tape. We've got that next. And

trouble with the Toyota Prius.

We'll have the details when we return. SONG: # Then when you let it

This program is captioned live.

Main news this morning - the carbon

debate creates a lot of hot air in

Canberra, but despite the

parliamentary brawling, there's still no clear winner.

One year on, the people who survived the Black Saturday

bushfires gather to mark one of

Australia's worst natural disasters.

And in sport, Michael Clarke is

poised to lead the Aussies to

victory against Pakistan in

tonight's Twenty20 match.

Then in business - Toyota's $2

billion dodgy car recall goes from

bad to worse. Now there are

troubles with the hybrid Prius.

The Government claims controversial

modelling proves Tony Abbott's

climate change plan is a conjob

that will push up our carbon

emissions. But it's not all going

the Prime Minister's way, with

signs Barack Obama's planned ETS faces rejection in the United States.

Barack Obama has Kevin Rudd's

problem - a Senate hostile to his Emissions Trading Scheme.

The Senate in the United States is

not necessarily going to be accommodating.

The US President now concedes his

ETS will likely fail, so why, says

the Opposition, does Labor persist

with it? A complex, costly and

almost incomprehensible scheme.

The answer, says the Government, is

because it will work.

30 advanced economies around the

world have made the same decision.

Failure of a cap-in-trade system in

the United States would not be

fatal to a global carbon market,

but it would make it much more difficult. difficult. The Opposition's instinct - bring

it back home. Gone up 6% just in

the last quarter, mate, and it will

be so much under Mr Rudd's great

big new tax. The Government has hit

back, releasing normally secret

departmental modelling, claiming

the Opposition's alternative plan

would actually increase carbon

emissions over the next 10 years by emissions over the next 10 years by 13%.

Guess what? We're going to spend

billions of dollars but emissions

will actually grow.

Why they won't release their

modelling when they claim to be

able to model our policy in 24 hours. hours.

On this issue, it's a fight to the death.

This weekend marks the first

anniversary of Black Saturday, the anniversary of Black Saturday, the

worst bushfires in Australia's

history. 12 months on, destroyed

towns are rebuilding, but many who

lost loved ones are struggling to recover.

The fires of February 7 were as

unimaginable as their aftermath.

173 lives lost - among them, Ross Buchanan's two children.

I lost two kids, mate. You know?

And, you know, nothing will bring them back.

There were 400 blaze thas day -

home after home, street after

street, was razed. There were amazing tales of survival.

You're actually cold in the dam,

but freezing on to the - the whole fireball was around the whole

valley and you just had to keep

dipping your head and we survived

but we shouldn't have.

But hundreds lucky enough to escape

with their lives returned to find

they'd lost everything else.

You just, yeah, you can't believe it...

We couldn't get through to let the

dogs out of the house. We don't

know what happened to the dogs.

The sheer volume of victims beyond belief.

This is just indescribably awful.

But 12 months on, towns and the

bush are slowly recovering, and

although this weekend's anniversary

will be hard for many, communities

are determined Black Saturday won't rule their lives.

And we should celebrate everything

that is positive and good about this place.

A man has been charged with nine

counts of attempted murder after a

firebombing attack on a Darwin

insurance office. The 45-year-old

is accused of igniting a shopping

trolley full of fuel and

firecrackers in the packed office,

injuring 19 people.

He's also been charged with

unlawfully setting fire to a

building and recklessly endangering life.

He's been remanded in custody and

will face court today.

Sydney comuerts coming in from the

-- commuters coming in from the far

west this morning after a train

derailed during wild weather in the

Blue Mountains. There was also

chaos on the roads.

The afternoon land slips forced the

wheels of the train's front

carriage right off the track. I a

bit of a shake, you could hear the

brakes going and then it stopped.

It wobbled to one side, we heard a

scraping and it stopped and it was

obvious we'd come off the rails.

The 200 passengers on board were

told to climb down from the train

and cross the tracks to higher

ground, as buses were brought in to collect them.

Some passengers were shaken. It's a

very bad experience but everything

is under control.

Some were even in good spirits.

But luckily, none were injured.

Still, it's hardly the mountain

experience tourists would have

expected. Fast stop, hit the wall

type thing. They did a great job.

They really did. On the highway,

west-bound traffic came to a

standstill, as emergency crews

battled to divert hundreds of vehicles.

All train services have been suspended between Lithgow and

spring wood and, as the bad weather

drags on, State Rail says --

CityRail says commuters should

prepare for delays to last 24 hours.

A Greek bouncer could face an even

longer stint behind bars for the

bashing death of Australian tourist Doujon Zammit. 25-year-old Marios

Antonopolous has been jailed for 22

years for causing fatal bodily

injury to Zammit after a fight

outside a Mykonos nice club. After

prosecuters appealed, the bouncer

will be retried on the more serious

charge of murder, which carries a life sentence.

As an investigation into police

corruption gets under way in

Queensland, there are more claims

this morning that police on the

Gold Coast are getting too cosy

with the nightclub scene. News

Limited reports police threatened

to shut down one club after the

owner stopped providing free drinks

and lap dances. But the

commissioner is adamant there is no

systemic corruption. We need to

bring this to as quick a conclusion

as possible and it's my hope that

the investigation can be completed

in three months' time.

Commissioner Atkinson has offered

to provide his own investigators to

help speed up the process.

Japanese coastguards have caught on

tape what's believed to be an

eruption of an underwater volcano.

The massive plume of water and

smoke rising out of the sea is near

the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

The eruption reefpld 100 metres

into the air and turned the sea a

yellowy green colour. Scientists

say the eruption could create a new island.

Michael Clarke hopes tonight's

Twenty20 game at the MCG will be a

big step towards Australiaens getting

getting more respect for the

shortest form of the gate.

Twenty20 is a specialist game and

David Warner is a specialist player.

The man they call Cannon is one of

half a dozen players picked

specifically for crash-and-bash

cricket and with an eye on the World Championships, this is no

longer a hit-and-giggle game. We

take it seriously now. You can see

from the team selected, the

selectors have picked somewhat of a

Twenty20 specialist squad. Clarke's

value to the team has come under

its own scrutiny. His Twenty20

stats are drastically inferior to

those in the Test and 50-over arena.

The new skipper has vowed to lift

his game. For me, it's about making

sure I bat the way I play. I've

done that in one-day and Test

cricket and I feel like I've got

enough shots there. It's just about

executing those shots. It's

Clarke's first outing as the team's

official captain. Pakistan will be

captained by Shoaib Malik, its

third captain in as many games, as

their tour downed under plunges to

almost farcical depths.

West Indies captain Gayle gale has

sent an ominous warning to Gayle

gale just days out from the first

one taincher of the series. He

belted an incredible 146 off 89

balls against the Prime Minister's

XI. His knock was the cornerstone

of the West Indies' massive total

of 32. The PM's side finished 88

runs short with Tom Cooperberg

Gayle with an unbeaten 160.

In the NRL, it looks like Willie

Mason has agreed to a one-year deal

with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Mason had been in talks with the

Newcastle Knights this week but was

turned away by behavioural clauses

include in the Knights' offer. The

former Test forward, who was forced

out of the Sydney Roosters, is

expected to arrive in Townsville

today to finalise the move.

More on finance now with Frank

Coletta and, of course, the story

out of the Pilbara region - the

boss of one of our biggest miners

is very upset about the push for

more pay. You're right, Ron. He's

none too happy. The boss of Rio

Tinto has warned the growing

industrial unrest in Australia's

resource sector could spread to its

iron ore mine. Sam Walsh has

reportedly warned staff in an internal policemen yeo that the

increase in industrial activity

under the Rudd Government's new

workplace laws could serve as an

omen for companies in the Pilbara.

He says last week's strike by 1,600

workers at Woodside's Pluto gas

project over accommodation was

disappointing, unnecessary and was encouraged by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Fireworks there, no doubt.

There have been more troubles for

Toyota. US authorities have ordered

a formal investigation into

reported braking problems affecting

the 2010 Prius models. They say

they've had 124 drivers report

their brakes actually failed while

travelling over uneven roads,

potholes and bumps. Four of those

cases involved crashes. It is the

latest in an increasing tale of woe

for Toyota, which has been forced

to recall millions of cars in the

past two weeks at a cost of more than $2 billion.

Global stocks sank as escalating fears of sovereign debt led

European investors to dump the more

risky assets and set the tone for a

bad night and an even worse morning on markets.

After the break - it's no laughing

matter, Frank. A judge has found

that living in the land down under

is just a little too close to a kookaburra sitting over there on the old gum tree. SINCE LAST MONTH. RIGHT, TO SEE DOCUMENTS THOUSAND AND FIVE. HE SAYS HE'S DONE NOTHING THE HEARING CONTINUES. RIVER FESTIVAL IS BEING ORGANISERS, ARE LOOKING FOR RUN THE FESTIVAL... WHICH OATLANDS GOLF CULB IN LAST WEEKEND'S WINNER, NIGHT'S TRIAL AGAINST THE IN GRIFFITH, AND IS ENCOURAGING ALL SUPER 14 BRINGING SOME RAIN AND STORMS FOR SYDNEY - RAIN THEN A SHOWER OR TWO FOR BE PLENTY OF STORMS - RAIN RAIN AND THE CHANCE OF A

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes here on

Ten's Early News.

This weekend marks the first

anniversary of Black Saturday and

the deadliest bushfires in

Australia's history. 12 months on,

destroyed towns are rebuilding, but

many who lost loved ones are

struggling to recover. Hermione

Kitson joins us now from our Melbourne newsroom.

Hermione, what's planned to mark

the anniversary on Sunday. Well,

Ron, Sunday has been declared a

nationalday of mourning where

people across the country will

observe a minute's silence at

midday to mark the 173 lives lost. midday to mark the 173 lives lost.

There will be a memorial service

attended by the Prime Minister,

Premier and volunteers and victims.

There will be more intimate and

private services in the bushfire

regions themselves which are

struggling to recover. Hermione,

how difficult has the rebuilding

process been? Well, Ron, I'm sure

you can imagine the past 12 months

has been a very emotional time for

those worst affected by the fires,

especially those who lost loved

ones. ones.

You just... Yeah, you can't believe

it... I lost two kids, mate. You

know? And, you know, nothing will bring them back.

We couldn't get through to let the

dogs out of the house. We don't

know what happened to the dogs.

So people have been faced with a very difficult decision as to

whether or not to leave their

devastated town or to stay. And in

the past 12 months, it's clear that

the majority of people have decided

to stay and rebuild their homes and their community.

And we should celebrate everything

that is positive and good about this place.

Still sad but we've still got a

good future ahead of us.

So, Ron, it's obviously going to be a very, very emotional anniversary

but also hopefully one, um, of

celebration as well of the strength of community spirit.

Yes, Hermione. Clearly the wounds are still very raw.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott has disputed leaked Government

modelling that shows his climate

change plan would actually increase

emissions over the next 10 years.

The Government says it proves the

Opposition's so-called direction Opposition's so-called direction

action plan is a conjob.

Guess what? We're going to spend

billions of dollars, but emissions

will actually grow. The Opposition

has reduced -- produced its own economists' report saying the

criticisms are invalid because they

ignored promised improvements in land management.

A pedestrian is the latest victim

of a string of road accidents in

Melbourne. A 60-year-old man died

after being struck by an out-of-

control car while walking on a

nature strip around eight o'clock

last night. The 24-year-old male

driver was taken to hospital with

minor injuries. It was the third

fatal accident in Melbourne in just 12 hours.

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested

after a police pursuit in western after a police pursuit in western

Sydney. The boy and another person Sydney. The boy and another person

are alleged to have stolen a

motorbike at Lidcombe and sped away

as police tried to stop them.

Officers chased the men for several

minutes before the bike crashed

into a car containing two elderly

women. Fortunately, no-one was injured.

The mother and sister of an

Australian woman suspected of

murdering her two children are en

route to Canada to see her. Ten's

US correspondent Emma Dallimore

spoke to the children's father, who

says they'll be laid to rest at the weekend.

Yes, good morning. Well, the

tributes continue piling up in the

snow here outside the house of 2.5-

year-old Connor and his 9-month-old

brother, Jayden. The boys were

found a couple of days ago now by

their distraught father Curtis

McConnell, who says that his

Australian wife, Alison, drowned

them in the bathtub. Now, a short

time ago, I spoke with Curtis McConnell on the phone. McConnell on the phone.

Understandably, he's in no frame of

mind for an on-camera interview but

he did tell me he has tried to

contact his estranged wife with no

luck. She is in hospital with a

number of broken bones after

attempting to take her own life.

Curtis told me that she is under

psychiatric assessment and is

currently, he says, all alone in

the hospital. He did say, however,

that her mother and sister are en

route from Australia to be here in

Canada by her side. As far as his

children go, Curtis told me that

they were half Canadian and half Australian. They loved the snow

here but also the surf and sand in

Australia. And here in Millet, the

small community of around 2,000

people are still very much relation

over this crime, trying to

understand how a custody dispute ended like this.

The Aussie anthem 'Down Under' has

been ruled a rip-off and it could

cost the writers millions in unpaid

royalties. The court has found Men

at Work stole part of a popular

children's tune for the hit song's flute melody.

# Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

# Merry p merry king of the bush is he...

The band will have to pay royalties

to Larrikin Music Publishing, which to Larrikin Music Publishing, which

owns the copyright to the kookaburra song.

NSW Waratahs have rounded out their NSW Waratahs have rounded out their

Super 14 rugby preparations with an

8-point win over the Brumbies in

Canberra. Waratahs skipper Phil

Waugh opened the scoring after just

seven minutes but it was Reds

recruit Berrick Barnes's

performance at fly-half that

impressed him most. I mean, he's

going well. He's slotting in there

with curtly and Daniel there.

They're interchanging and it's

working well at the moment. NSW

kicks off its Super 14 campaign

against Queensland, while the

Brumbies meet the Force.

She's nearly half way across the

Atlantic Ocean already and young

sailor Jessica Watson has her eyes

set on the next milestone - passing

the cape of good hope. The 16-year- the cape of good hope. The 16-year-

old set sail 3.5 months ago vying

to be the youngest person to sail

unassisted around the world. I'm

close to the Cape of Good Hope.

That's really cool. After that, it

leaves just the Indian Ocean before

Australia and home.

Crikey, she's nearly here. But

being at sea gives you no excuse

for missing homework, though it

provides for a more spectacular classroom.

To the NRL and Willie Mason has

agreed to a one-year deal with the

North Queensland Cowboys. Mason had

been in talks with Newcastle this

weeks, but was turned away by

behavioural clauses included in the

Knights' offer. The former Test

forward, who was forced out of the

Sydney Roosters, is expected to

arrive in Townsville today to finalise the move.

Stocks have been in the doldrums

this morning. Here with the details

is Richard English from Macquarie Private Wealth.

Richard, there were some good

earnings report but the market has

not been convinced by that. Good

morning, Frank. Absolutely the case.

In fact, of the companies that have

reported to date, nearly 80% of

them have exceeded the analysts'

expectations and in addition we had

some positive economic news

overnight. We know for example

factory orders are up for the moont

of December. We know manufacturing

surged as well and we know that

economic growth is up to around

5.5% for the fourth quarter. What

we're all looking for is the

corresponding decline in US

unemployment. Those numbers

released last night were

disappointing showing that jobless

claims increased again for this

week. That means it's almost

inevitable, Frank, that when the

unemployment figure is officially

unveiled tomorrow, it will be 10% or above. That figure is

unacceptable, not only to the US Administration, but also to the

market and there we have the

declines. Richard, nefteablt about

our market today then? Absolutely

the case. There's no doubt that

we'll open significantly lower. We

also have, however, the RBA

releasing its quarterly statement

on monetary policy and that will

give us a clear insight as to how

they view the state of our economy.

It will also indicate the next move

on interest rates in March. Thank

you very much, Richard English

there from Macquarie Private Wealth.

Briefly in business news, we will

see the RBA statement on monetary

policy. Also today the construction

performance indecks for January and

Harvey Norman will release second-

quarter sales results as well.

Before we go, I've just heard that

the US government is to borrow

nearly $2 trillion to pay its bills

bringing their total debt to a

whopping $14 trillion which equates

to $45,000 for every man, woman and

child over there. That's big bickies. Staggering numbers.

As you can see from those precis

forecasts, the wet weather is

extending across much of the

eastern half of today. Let's cross

to Josh Holt at the Weather Channel.

Will that extend over the weekend?

I think so, Ron. Plenty of wet

weather in the eastern States of

Australia, including NSW,

Queensland and even Victoria. We

can see the heavy falls there and

we have major flooding throughout

southern and central parts of

Queensland and even in the far

north-west.

Let's take a look at the predicted rain as Let's take a look at the predicted

rain as we head towards another

weekend, especially across areas of

Queensland and NSW. Now, we've had

ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga continuing

to drift in a southerly direction

and we've seen plenty ever

substantial falls throughout NSW.

Even Albury after the last 24 hours

picking up over 50mm, extraordinary

stuff. As we head towards the

weekend, that rain fall will

contract to the east, starting to

clear throughout the western parts

of Queensland and also NSW.

We're going to see the onshore

winds, though, really start to pick

up over Saturday and Sunday. So

that basically means the wet

weather for the New South Welshmen

and the Queenslanders along the

coastline will be relatively wet.

If you have outdoor plans, my

advice is make sure you have your

umbrella and rain jacket handy. You

can see predicted winds all the way

through to Sunday crashing in and

against the coastline. Let's check

out WA. We're seeing the hot

weather return right throughout

Friday. A maximum forecast for

Perth today of 33 degrees and 77

days in a row without any rain for

Perth. Absolutely extraordinary

stuff. You can see the heat

draining down throughout the inland

areas all the way through to the

south-west. I have good news for

those that live in WA - we're going

to see some cooling, temperatures

dropping to 24 degrees for a

maximum on Saturday afternoon and

we could see the end of this dry

spell. Now, we do have a cold front

that is going to approach the

south-west of WA and it's a 50/50

chance whether or not Perth gets

these showers. We'll keep a close

eye on that. For the locals

throughout the west - you can see

the east coast on Saturday

remaining quite wet and that will

continue right throughout Sunday

for areas of Brisbane and also

Sydney. Fining up throughout areas

of Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide,

warming up with a top of 34 degrees

and hot through the centre for the

Alice with a top of 36. The good

news is those showers clearing for

Melbourne for tonight for the big Twenty20 at the MCG. Thanks, Josh.

Thanks, Ron. Thanks, Josh. Thanks, Ron.

I feel another couch potato weekend coming on.

That's it. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm

Frank Coletta. Ciao for now. Bye.