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Good morning everyone, I'm Ron Good morning everyone, I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Frank Colletta.

Welcome to Ten's Early News. This

morning's top stories - the Defence

Department releases dramatic new

pictures of deadly asylum seeker

boat explosion. boat explosion.

We like getting the money, but are

the Government's cash splashes the

right way to fight the downturn?

The IMF says maybe not.

In sport, the Aussie cricket team

send an SOS to Marcus North following Shaun Marsh's injury in Dubai.

And who would want to be a car

salesman in a recession? Sales are salesman in a recession? Sales are

down by more than 20% on last year,

but some signs that we're looking

to buy new wheels again.

Let's kpwin with a check of the weather:

Heading the bulletin - new photos

of the chaos that erupted moments

after a boat carrying asylum

seekers exploded off Australia's

north-west coast. The photos show

the boat in the vicinity of Ashmore

Reef just 11 minutes before the

fatal blast and the franic rescue

efforts that followed. Defence

Force personnel are seen

transporting people to boats. You

can see the burning vessel in the

background. The photos showed 29 of

the Afghan refugees who are then

taken to an oil rig before being

flown to Australia.

Meanwhile, two Indonesian men

charged with people smuggling

will face a Perth court today. The

men aged 32 and 40 were charged

over two separate boat arrivals over two separate boat arrivals

earlier in month. Home Affairs

Minister Bob Debus says if people smugglers can be successfully

message overseas. prosecuted, it will send a strong

The IMF has questioned the

effectiveness of cash handouts in

fighting the global downturn, but

it does think that more stimulus

will be needed to fight the

recession, now predicted to be

deeper than expected. community infrastructure project Another designed to protect local jobs in Perth. made the Prime Minister popular in the park for his Treasurer But it's been no such walk Fund's latest revised global outlook. with the International Monetary

will be deeper and longer. It now believes the recession will be a tough year for Australia, 2009, therefore, a tough year for framing our Budget. That means cuts - and already on the list the first home buyer's grant boost. is an extension to it's not going to happen. Kevin Rudd says

at some stage come to an end. All good things forward infrastructure projects The IMF says now's the time to bring the economic stimulus rolling. to keep to fully play out, Even if it takes a year for them a need for them. there will still be in cash handouts. Mr Rudd has spent $23 billion but it hasn't created any jobs It's great for his popularity but it hasn't created any jobs.

The IMF agrees. randomly in people's pockets, We think, if you put money they're going to save most of it. They may feel good about it, to the economy, but in terms of what this does

Brad Hodson, Ten News. it is not very good.

Asbestos victims have been left

with mixed emotions after a daming

court ruling on a James Hardie

asbestos controversy. The bad news

- the company says it can no longer

afford to keep paying them.

Bernie Banton's widow, Karen, left

court after a bitter sweet victory.

Well, Bernie said all along that he

would have liked to have seen

criminal charges brought against

the major players. Bernie was a

beloved battler for the rights of

asbestos victims. The judge found

ten former managers and directors

were misleading about funds set

aside for compensation. It aside for compensation. It

certainly seems like the former

James Hardie executives were remiss.

The judge is yet to decide how to

punish the former bosses. They

could be fined or banned from could be fined or banned from

managing companies in the future.

A timely twist, James Hardie has

announced that financial strains

mean that it can currently

contribute to the compensation fund.

The long-term interests of everyone

rests with the company continuing

to trade and to remain kol vent.

But union representatives are

sceptical. They fear that James

Hardie could be using the current

financial crisis as an excuse to

cry poor. They now want executives

to open up the books and prove that

they're strappeded for cash.

The case heads back for court

later this year.

And Karen Banton joins us live on

the now. She's the widow of

asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton.

Is this a good result for victims?

Yes, it's an excellent result.

Justice will prevail. The problem

now of course is that the company

say it is no longer has the money

to pay into the fund next year.

What's your response to that

comment? Oh, I'm obviously very

disappointed to learn of that. But

I've been invited to meet with the

Attorney-General of NSW and I'll be

discussing the developments with

the appropriate people and I'll

certainly be taking up the invitation from the Attorney-General. Bernie managed

to keep the fight very public and

very high profile for many years.

What's it's like for victims who

have been going through the fight

ever since? Well, it's tough. It

seems like a never-ending saga and

I guess it will never really quite

be over. Obviously, this particular

matter will resolve, but it's

always on to the next thing then

and of course, they've always kpwot

to live with the devastation of the to live with the devastation of the

asbestos disease. Karen, it's all in small steps. Thank you for

speaking with us. Karen Banton live

on the telephone.

More than two dozen members of the

Rebels bikie gang have been arelsed

in a series of nationwide raids.

Police swooped on 49 homes in

Queensland, ACT and SA. They

seized drugs, weapons, cash, child

pornography and a large amount of

gold. Many of those arrested will face court today.

A driver has died and another

seriously injured after a head on

on truck crash on the NSW north

coast around midnight. A B double

collided with a car. The injured

driver has been flown to hospital

in a serious condition.

Jacob Zuma and the ANC are well Jacob Zuma and the ANC are well

ahead of the rivals in the South

African elections. Jacob Zuma is

well on track to become South

Africa's fourth Democratically

elected President.

In sport this morning, Port

Adelaide and St Kilda kick off

round five of the AFL tonne, but

all of the hype surrounds the Anzac

Day blockbuster between Collingwood

. A history lesson is part of the Bombers preparation. of the season, It's the biggest home-and-away clash

were given an Anzac history lesson and yesterday these baby Bombers

before the blockbuster clash with Collingwood. Especially when we haven't played finals, this has been our grand final, pretty much, for the last four, five years, so we were pretty embarrassed by how we played last year. Essendon have made five changes, two of them forced. Darcy Daniher and Hayden Skipworth both out injured. Mark McVeigh has been named but is in serious doubt. Collingwood have made no change to last week's side which defeated Brisbane, but there remains question marks next to Paul Medhurst, Alan Didak and Anthony Rocca, who copped a heavy knock against the Lions. He was injured last week, actually in one of the bumps he got injured,

so we've got to take that into consideration. The other thing was, we knew by playing him last week

that he might not come up this week. The game can be seen live across the country on Network Ten. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

Round seven of the NRL kicks off

tonight with Souths hosting the Sharks, but most attention will be

on the game in Brisbane. The

Broncos wary ahead of their clash

with strugglers, Parramatta. Even

in times when they haven't been

going so well, you know they've

played really well when they've

come up here. The Eels sit second

last on the ladder after losing

their last three games. Foil West

Australian batsman Marcus North

will fly to Dubai to link up with

the Aussie one day side as a

replacement for Shaun Marsh. He replacement for Shaun Marsh. He injured his hamstring yesterday in

the opening match of the five game

one day series. North scored 100

on his Test debut for Australia

against South Africa earlier in the

year, but is yet to taste

international overs cricket. The

second one dayer begins tonight.

Time for finance news now with

Frank Colletta. Say, I can't

interest you in a cheap but very good car?

Well f it is the gold Mercedes and

a Datsun 180, let's do a deal. But

it appears that you can't get

anyone buy a car at the moment.

Figures released show that car

sales in Australia fell by another

3% in March. It means that car yrdz

are selling about 20% fewer cars

than they did this time last year.

But the Government tax stimulus

rebate for business vehicles did

help sales of trucks and also utes.

Angry Kleenmaid customers have

stormed out of a creditor's meeting

after being told that they've lost

every single cent. The company laid

off 170 workers when it when into

administration a fortnight ago

owing $73,000. I lost $14,000.

5,000. $25,000 worth of goods. Administrator described the

business structure as a can of

worms and is now trying to

establish when Kleenmaid became

inkol vent.

The economic crisis has claimed

another scalp. Melbourne based

Timbercorp has been placed into

voluntary administration. They owe

more than $560. Administrators will

suspend forestry and horticulture operations. Timbercorp employs 170

people across three States.

Wall Street was mostly flat in the

overnight session, but the strong

Apple result has helped offset weak

economic data. Late on there was a

sharp turn around amid some fears

that the US market could have its

first decline since early March.

Now in other business news this morning,:

Checking the screens now for a look

at the weather:

Checking today's newspapers, the

'Herald Sun' says Crown Casino is

checking its chips after the

discovery of 36 counterfit $1,000 chips

The 'Financial Review' has more on

James Hardie executives misleading

statements on conpemisation.

And the 'Courier-Mail' says hoons

are hitting 300km/h on a Brisbane motorway.

And business Day says that the

transTasmanian brewer is priced at

$5.5 billion.

After the break, he's nearly 80

years old and has had heart attacks

and strokes. UK authorities finally

admit that Ronnie Biggs may not be

a danger to society any more.

The Defence Department releases new

photos of the moments after a asylum seeker boat exploded

killing three people. Two alleged

people smugglers in court today.

Could the Opposition have been

right? The IMF agrees with Malcolm

Turnbull's view that infrastructure,

not stimulus cash handouts are the

best way out of the recession.

And 46 years after doing the crime

and nine years of doing the time,

Ronnie Biggs set to be released in

time to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Dramatic new photo have been

released showing the moment after

a boat carrying asylum seekers

exploded in flames. The images by

Navy officers show the full extent

of the frantic rescue operation.

This photo shows Navy officers

onboard moments before it exploded.

Minutes later, a fatal blast and Minutes later, a fatal blast and

a dramatic rescue effort. A

maritime plane is shown dropping off

med supplies. Officers are shown

setting up a temporary casualty .

One victim suffered burns to 80% of

his body. The critically injured

were flown to hospital, while the

boat steamed into Darwin. The

deadly explosion last week killed

three asylum seekers, five

underwent life saving surgery.

Police have begun interviewing

survivors, but the Government says

it will be months before we know

what really happened.

The IMF has questioned the

effectiveness of cash handouts to battle the world's economic

downturn. In the light of the

revised forecast for a prolonged

global recession, the fund says infrastructure

infrastructure projects will better

stimulate the economy. I think if

we put money randomly in people's

pockets, they're going to save most

of it and they may feel good about

it, but in terms of what this does

to the economy, it's not very good.

$23 billion in cash payments have

formed part of the Rudd

Government's two stimulus plans.

Another Australian has died on the

Kokoda track. A 26-year-old man

from NSW was the second tourist to

die on the track in a week.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Government

plans to review club opening hours plans to review club opening hours

on Anzac Day in the future.

The Victorian Premier admits it is

not a new problem, but say it is is

too late to do anything about the

issue this year. I don't think that

it is appropriate that you have

those business activities occurring

at the same time as we've got

people turning up at the shrine for

the dawn service.

The Premier hopes that nightclub

operators recognise the importance operators recognise the importance

of Anzac Day before the Government

can review its licensing laws. If

we were to make amendments to the

legislation, we would do it before

next year. And for the first time,

a contingent of New Zealanders

will lead Brisbane's Anzac Day

March. For two decades, Kiwis in Queensland have been hoping for

the chance. A lot of Australians

forget that Anzac stands for forget that Anzac stands for

Australia and New Zealand army corp.

While shoppers in Perth are facing

confusion over the Anzac Day long weekend. Tomorrow, department

stores, shopping centres and major stores, shopping centres and major

supermarkets will be closed. Most

pubs and restaurants will be open

but can serve alcohol until after

12:00. But on Monday, most shops

will open but they'll have altered

trading hours. The more that we

can get people to think about Anzac

Day and act within that context, Day and act within that context,

then the happier we will be,

because they are then thinking

about the sacrifices that people

have made.

An Australian tourist faces jail in

Bali after ail ledgedly being

caught with drugs. The 33-year-old

from Perth, Jason Scott McIntyre is

accused of carrying 5grams of

hashish. A charge which carries a

10-year sentence. He's now being

assisted by Australian consul staff.

A Victorian bushfire concert put on

by underworld figure Mick Gatto has

receive add mixed response. We want

to raise in the vicinity of $1

million and it will go to a good

cause. Plenty of his friends turned

up, but the Victorian Crime Victims

Support Association says the CFA should think twice about accepting the money.

One of Britain's most notorious

criminals could soon be freed from

prison. Great train robber Ronnie

Biggs could celebrate his 80th

birthday as a freep man after the

Parole Board may no objection to

his release. Biggs was jailed for

his part in the 1963 robbery, but

escaped and spent 30 years on the

run. Since handing himself in, he's

run. Since handing himself in, he's suffered a number of strokes and heart attacks.

Just a week after his come back match, Collingwood's Anthony Rocca

could once again find himself on

the sidelines. He copped a heavy

knock against Brisbane last Friday,

and despite being named, is in

serious for doubt for the AFL Anzac

Day clash with Essendon. In one of

the bumps, he's injured. So we've

got to take that into consideration.

The other thing is that we knew

that by playing him last week he

might not play this week. Match is

live across the country here on

Network Ten.

Several NRL clubs face defining

matches when Round 7 kicks off. The

Sharks and Souths are desperate for

wins, while Parramatta will look to

shake a 3-game losing streak in

Brisbane. Equal top of the table and flying high, but Brisbane are wary of the wounded Eels. Even in times when they have not been going so well they have played really well when they have come up here. They've got their own concerns too, addressing a recent trend of second-half fade outs. It is a learning thing for us. We have got new young players in the team and they have just got to understand that it is 80 minutes at NRL level. A unique initiative by the Tigers... Make sure you bring a book to the game on Sunday, put it in the Lifeline bin for a great cause. They're trying to improve literacy and their record at home this season. We are at home this week which is a goal of ours this year to make sure we play well at our suburban grounds. So looking to back it up. The Bulldogs won't be getting back the 2 points taken from them for having an extra man on the field back in Round 2. Probably from the end of that game, from the coaching staff and the players,

we sort of pretty much moved on. They've vowed to take out their frustration on Canberr, while the Premiers have headed north. The boys have been ripping into me this week with a few texts so it should be good. You giving as good as you get, though? 100%, yeah, sure. Paul Cochrane, Ten News.

Radgeradge has needed a super over

to beat Kolkata in a thriller in

the IPL this morning. Pathan top

scored as the Royals reached 120 off

off the overs. They looked to have off the overs. They looked to have

successfully defended the title

before being hitting by Sourav

Ganguly helped them to tie the

match. That is a magnificent shot.

How far is that gone. Kolkata then

made 15 in the extra over, but

Pathan proved the hero hitting

another two massive sixes to see Rajhastan home.

Now for more finance with Frank

Colletta. How is Wall Street

holding up?

It's been up and down. Stocks were

mixed on Wall Street overnight.

Better than expected company news

was balanced with weaker than

expected housing figures and

joining us from New York is Alexis

Christoforous. It's been a mixed

week on the markets and investors

not really sure which way to jump?

Well, it's really been a tug of war

between some strong earnings news

and discouraging news on both the and discouraging news on both the

housing and job front. A record

number of Americans are now number of Americans are now

receiving unemployment benefits,

more than 6.1 million. And when you

have so many people out of work,

it's harder to sell a house. So we

found out that sales of existing

homes fell 3% in March. But

countering that bad news was better

than expected earnings at Apple.

That company seems to be weathering

the recession well. Apple sold

nearly $4 million iPhones from

January to April. That is double

last year's number and it was a

choppy day of trading, but in the

enwe finished up with the DO wment

gaining. In Australia, there's a

sense that we may have reached the

bottom of the recession now. Is it

the same in the US? I think a lot

of people believe we're far from

being out of the woods, but there

is a sense that the recession here

is easing. We have home prices

starting to steady. Mortgage rates

at a record low. Refinancings at a

record high and many companies are actually surprising Wall Street

with earnings that are beating

expectations and there is still

talk that 2010 will be a year of

recovery. But I want to bring you

some breaking news right now. The

'New York Times' is reporting that

the US Government is preparing a

Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for

Chrysler as early as next week.

You' remember that Chrysler has a

Government imposed April 30

deadline to come up with a plan to

stay viable. It looks like

bankruptcy will be the option now.

We'll keep you up-to-date on that.

Much appreciated. Alexis

Christoforous there in New York.

Some very wintry conditions around the country today:

A nationwide series of dawn raids

cripples one of the country's most

dangerous bikie gangs. Details of

next. the Rebels round-up. We've got that,

This program is captioned live. Headlines

on the quarter hour in Ten's Early

News. The Defence Department

releases dramatic new pictures of

the aftermath of the deadly asylum

seekers boat explosion.

The Government's cash splash makes

it popular with the crowds, but not

the IMF. It thinks we should be

putting our money into

infrastructure instead.

In sport, the Aussie cricket team

send an SOS to Marcus North

following Shaun Marsh's injury in

Dubai.

And looking to buy a new or used

car? You might be the only one this

weekend. Figures today show sales

have driven off a cliff in the recession.

weather today: And there's a snapshot of the

New photos of the chaos that

erupted moments of a a boat

carrying asylum seekers exploded off Australia's north-west coast

last week have just been released.

The photos show the boat in the

vicinity of Ashmore Reef just 11

minutes before the fatal blast and

the frantic rescue efforts that

followed. Defence Force personnel

are seen transporting survivors to

patrol boats where they're given

aid by medical officers. You can

see the burning vessel in the

background. The photos show 29 of

the Afghan refugees who are then

taken to the oil rig before being

flown to Australia.

The IMF has questioned the

effectiveness of cash handouts in

fighting the global downturn, but

it thinks that more stimulus will

be needed. Another community infrastructure project designed to protect local jobs in Perth. made the Prime Minister popular

in the park for his Treasurer But it's been no such walk with the International Monetary Fund's latest revised global outlook.

will be deeper and longer. It now believes the recession will be a tough year for Australia, 2009, therefore, a tough year for framing our Budget. That means cuts - and already on the list the first home buyer's grant boost. is an extension to it's not going to happen. Kevin Rudd says at some stage come to an end. All good things forward infrastructure projects The IMF says now's the time to bring the economic stimulus rolling. to keep to fully play out, Even if it takes a year for them there will still be a need for them. in cash handouts. Mr Rudd has spent $23 billion but it hasn't created any jobs. It's great for his popularity

The IMF agrees. We think, if you put money randomly in people's pockets, they're going to save most of it. They may feel good about it, but in terms of what this does

to the economy,

it is not very good.

Brad Hodson, Ten News.

There's speculation the first home

owner's grant may be spared the

axe in the May Budget. It's

believed lob yuing from the

housing industry has been

successful in convincing the

Government to extend it. The Federal Opposition accused Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd of using vague

rhetoric and called on him to spell

out exactly when the grant will expire.

Australians will soon be able to

trace the foot steps of WWI diggers

through a new tourist trail in

France and northern Belgium. The

Government will spend $10 million

developing the Anzac trail which

will take visitors to several sites.

A new tourist centre will also be

built in the small rural village of Possiere.

Meanwhile, partying until dawn

could be outlawed in the pubs and

clubs. Joining us is the RSL

National President Bill Cruise.

What do you think of the plans? Are

people missing the point of Anzac

Day? Certainly, some people might

do that and we support the plan to

limit trading at that time of day.

Of course, I hope this doesn't

extend to the facilities that

provide breakfasts for people

attending dawn services. That's

still an important part of Anzac

Day. What about the argument over

not getting a public holiday on the

Monday to make up for the Anzac Day.

We commemorate Anzac Day on April

25, irrespective of what day it

falls. Therefore, there is not much

purpose of having a public holiday.

It's just another day off, but of

course that's the call of

jurisdictions around Australia.

Thank you for taking the time to

talk to us this morning.

Asbestos victims were left with

mixed emotions after a damning

court ruling over the James Hardie asbestos controversy. The bad news

is that the company says it can no

longer afford to keep paying them.

Bernie Banton's widow, Karen, left

court after a bitter sweet victory.

Well, Bernie said all along that he

would have liked to have seen

criminal charges brought against

the major players. Bernie was a

beloved battler for the rights of

asbestos victims. The judge found

ten former managers and directors

were misleading about funds set

aside for compensation. It

certainly seems like the former

James Hardie executives were remiss.

The judge is yet to decide how to

punish the former bosses. They

could be fined or banned from

managing companies in the future.

In in a timely twist, James Hardie

announced that financial strains

mean that it can't currently

contribute to the compensation fund.

The long-term interests of everyone

rests with the company continuing

to trade and become solvent. But

union representatives are sceptical and fear that James

Hardie could be using the current

financial crisis as an excuse to

cry poor. They now want executives

to open up the books and prove

they're strapped for cash. The case

heads back to court later this year.

More than two dozen members of the

Rebels bikie gang have been

arrested in a series of nationwide

gangs. Police swooped on 49 homes

in WA, Queensland, SA and the ACT.

They seized drugs, weapons, cash,

child porn og rafy and even a large

amount of gold. Many of those

arrested will face court today.

A driver has died and another is

seriously injured after a head-on

truck in the NSW midnorth coast.

The injured driver has been flown

to hospital in a serious condition.

It's been another day of violence

in Iraq. Two separate suicide bomb

attacks have killed more than 60

people. Iraqi police say that

al-Qaeda may have had a hand in it

as reports surface that the top

al-Qaeda fighter has been captured.

Supplies were being handed out to

the homeless in Baghdad when a

suicide bomber walked into the

cloud. -- the crowd. The blast

killed two dozen people and wounded

many more. Police say children are

among the dead. A second suicide

bomber then struck north of the

capital killing at least 30 more

people. The Iraqi military says the attacks have the fingerprints of

al-Qaeda on them. The surge of

violence came as Iraqi security

officials reported the capture of a

top al-Qaeda prative. This is

thought to be the picture of Abu

Omar Al Baghdadi. Reports of his

alleged capture in the past have

turned out to be false. He's been a

target for US and Iraqi forces for

years and his arrest could come as

a major blow to insurgent networks.

Although violence across Iraq has

fallen sharply in the past year,

the frequency of lethal attacks has

shot up in recent days.

In sport, Port Adelaide and St

Kilda kick off Round 5 of the AFL

tonne, but all of hype is around

the Anzac Day blockbuster between

Collingwood and the Bombers. It's the biggest home-and-away clash of the season, and yesterday these baby Bombers were given an Anzac history lesson before the blockbuster clash with Collingwood. Especially when we haven't played finals, this has been our grand final, pretty much, for the last four, five years, so we were pretty embarrassed by how we played last year. Essendon have made five changes, two of them forced. Darcy Daniher and Hayden Skipworth both out injured. Mark McVeigh has been named but is in serious doubt. Collingwood have made no change to last week's side which defeated Brisbane, but there remains question marks next to Paul Medhurst, Alan Didak and Anthony Rocca, who copped a heavy knock against the Lions. He was injured last week, actually in one of the bumps he got injured, so we've got to take that into consideration. The other thing was, we knew by playing him last week that he might not come up this week. The game can be seen live across the country on Network Ten. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

Round 7 of the NRL kicks off tonne

with Souths hosting the Sharks. But

most atension will be on the game

in Brisbane. The Broncos wary ahead

of their clash with strugglers of their clash with strugglers

Parramatta. Even in times when they

haven't been going so well, you

know they've played really well

when they've come up here. The Eels

sit second last on the ladder after

losing their last three games.

WA batsman Marcus North will fly to

Dubai today to link up with the

Aussie one day side as a

replacement for Shaun Marsh. Shaun

Marsh re-injured his hamstring in

the opening match of a five-game

one day series. North scored 100

on his Test debut for Australia

against South Africa earlier in the

year but is yet to taste the

limited overs cricket.

More finance now with Frank and the

dealers are offering all sorts of

deals. What are the chances of

picking up a cheap car this picking up a cheap car this

weekend? Good, but you might be

lonely. It appears that you can't

get anyone to buy a car at the get anyone to buy a car at the moment.

Figures released show that car

sales in Australia fell by another

3% npmaemp. The eighth fall in the

past nine months. It means that car

yards are selling to% fewer cars

than they did this time last year.

But the Government tax stimulus

rebate for business vehicles did

help sales of trucks and also utes.

The economic crisis has claimed

another scalp. Timbercorp has been

placed in voluntary administration.

They owe more than $560 million.

The administrators will suspend forestry and horticulture operations while funding operations

are worked out. Timbercorp employs

170 people across three States.

Before we get to the Wall Street

details, as we heard, a crisis in

the car industry with the American

Government put not guilty place

chapter 11 bankruptcy against the

Chrysler motor company. Wall Street

was mostly flat, but ahead of the

close there was a sharp turn around:

Now, briefly in business news, Min

Metals has been cleared by the

Federal Government to take over Oz

Minerals. Kirin is set to sweep up Lion Nathan.

And V Australia has delayed the

delivery of two new players. And

Rupert Murdoch has sacked the two

founders of My Space.

There's the weather outlook for There's the weather outlook for today on the screen:

Checking news websites from around

the world, the 'Wall steet Journal'

says conditions for forces in

southern Afghanistan are still

deteriorating. The Japan Times

says that the focus on fis tal

health as stimulus packages push

the debt to nearly. The Ireland

Independent says a gangster who

survived a machine gun attack is

now facing jail for stealing two sausage rolls.

Still ahead, pictures just in of a

light plane landing in a busy

shopping street. A publicity stunt? Fine out, next.

GOOD MORNING, I'm Leah Goodman Police investigations are continuing, after the arrests of THREE Rebels Bike Club members in Canberra yesterday. Officers from the Specialist Response and Security unit raided homes in Chisholm, Belconnen, Turner, Lyneham and Dunlop. It's alleged they found drugs including steroids and what appears to be cocaine as well as illegal knives, shot gun amunition and cash. Meanwhile, A survey has found many motorbike riders in the territory aren't protecting themselves properly. The NRMA has found while 92 per cent of riders surveyed wore suitable helmets, SIXTY per cent didn't wear

protective pants and shoes. The N-R-M-A says they're not only risking their OWN lives, but ALSO putting a burden on the territory's health system. And double demerit points have come into effect in the ACT overnight, as police prepare to crackdown on drivers this long weekend. The government says police will especially be targetting SPEEDING drivers, and people who aren't wearing seat belts. Motorists who run red lights will ONE extra demerit point. Double demerits will apply until midnight Monday. And, we're being encouraged to take public transport to the Anzac Day dawn service tomorrow, with free buses running to and from the War Memorial. The free services will leave from the Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong Interchanges from 4am and will leave the memorial every 20 minutes once the service is over. There'll also be a free shuttle bus to and from the

Russell Hill car park for both the Dawn Service and National Ceremony. To sport, And Brumbies prop Nic Henderson will return to the squad for tomorrow's clash with the Hurricanes

in Wellington. He'll start from the bench with James Stannard who's making his debut for the Brumbies. Salesi Ma'afu comes in for Guy Shepherdson who's out on suspension. The game will be the first run-on start for teenage flyhalf Matt Toomua. Checking the satellite,

A front moving across the country, bringing rain to southern New South Wales today. Around the capitals, Late rain developing in Canberra, top of 20, windy and wet in Melbourne, cloud increasing in Sydney. If you're heading to the coast this weekend, Chance of a late shower in Wollongong, in the other centres, rain for Wagga, and showers devloping in Orange. Some patchy rain developing in Goulburn, chance of a late shower for Batemans Bay.

Some rain later on in Cooma, windy with rain developing at Thredbo. To the weekend forecast now, And good for the farmers this weekend with the showers increasing tomorrow, reaching 17,

windy and cold on Sunday, but the showers should ease off. Top of 13 there. . GOOD MORNING...I'M ANDREW BASS This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News.

New photographic evidence released

by the Defence Department of the

desperate struggle by Navy

personnel to rescue the asylum personnel to rescue the asylum

seekers after their boat exploded.

Malcolm Turnbull's view that

infrastructure spending, not cash

handouts is the best way out of the

recession, has been backed by recession, has been backed by theism MF.

And great train robber Ronnie Biggs

set to be released. At 80 and in

poor health, he's no longer a

danger to society, they say. Dramatic new photos have been

released showing the moments after

a boat carrying asylum seekers

exploded into flames. The images

taken by Naivey officers reveal

the full extend of the rescue off

the WA coast last week.

This photo shows Navy officers

onboard the boat moments before it

erupted into flames near Ashmore

Reef. Minutes later, a fatal

blast and a rescue begins. A

maritime aircraft is seen dropping

off medical supplies. Officers are

seen transporting the badly burned

survivors on to a boat. Protective

burn sheets covered the most badly

injured. Also many with broken

bones from the blast. One victim

suffered burns to 80% of his body.

The critically injured prp flown to

hospital, while the boat steamed

into Darwin. The deadly explosion

off Australia's north-west coast last week killed three asylum

seekers. Five underwent life

saving surgery. Police have begun

interviewing the survivors, but the the Government says it will be months before we know what really happened. The IMF has questioned the effectiveness of cash handouts die there in a week. Meanwhile, the Victorian Government plans to review club opening hours on Anzac Day in future. The Victorian Premier admits it is not a new problem, but say it is is too late to do anything about the issue this year. I don't think it's appropriate that you've got those business activities occurring at the

same time as we've got people

turning up at the shrine for the

dawn service. The Premier hopes

nightclub operators take the lead

and recognise the importance of

Anzac Day before the Government can

review its licensing laws. If we

were to make amend pblts to the

legislation, we would do it before

next year. And for the first time,

a kong tingent of New Zealanders

will lead the Anzac Day March. For

two decades, Kiwis in Queensland have

have been hoping for the chance. A

lot of Australians forget that

Anzac stands for Australia and New

Zealand Army Corp. While in Perth,

shoppers are facing retail

confusion over the Anzac Day long weekend. Tomorrow, department

stores, shopping centres, and major

supermarkets will be closed. Most

pubs and rest aur ans will be open,

but can't serve alcohol until after

12:00. But on Monday, most shops

will open, but they'll have altered trading

trading hours. The more that we

can get people to think about Anzac

Day and act within that context,

then the happier we will be because

they are then thinking about the

sacrifices that people have made.

An Australian tourist faces jail in

Bali after allegedly being caught

with drugs. The 33-year-old from

Perth, Jason Scott Perth, Jason Scott McIntire is

accused of carrying 5grams of

hashish. A charge which carries

five years jail sentence.

One of Britain's most notorious

criminals could soon be freed from

prison. Great train robber Ronnie

Biggs could celebrate his 80

birthday as a freep man after the

Parole Board made no objection to

his release. Biggs was part of the his release. Biggs was part of the

robbery but escaped and spent 30

years on the run. Since handing

himself in, he's suffered a number

of streaks and heart attacks.

A pilot has made an energy landing

in the middle of a busy Florida

street. Two just minutes into the

flight, the engine failed forcing

the 22-year-old pilot to think

quick. I landed on the street and

realised that I hadn't realised that I hadn't hurt

anybody. As you can see, the text

book landing was caught on several

cameras prompting accusations that

the whole event was staged.

Just a week after his come back

match, Collingwood's Anthony Rocca

could once again find himself on

the sidelines. He copped a heavy

knock against Brisbane last

Saturday, and despite being named is in

is in serious doubt for the Anzac

Day blockbuster with Essendon. He

was injured last week. Actually one

of the bumps and he's injured. And

the other thing is that we knew

that by playing him last week, he

might not play this week. The match

is live across the country here on

Network Ten.

Tefrl NRL clubs face

season-defining matches. The Sharks season-defining matches. The Sharks

and Souths are desperate for wins,

and Parramatta will look to shake a

three-game losing streak in Brisbane. Equal top of the table and flying high, but Brisbane are wary of the wounded Eels. Even in times when they have not been going so well they have played really well when they have come up here. They've got their own concerns too, addressing a recent trend of second-half fade outs. It is a learning thing for us. We have got new young players in the team and they have just got to understand that it is 80 minutes at NRL level.

A unique initiative by the Tigers...

Make sure you bring a book to the game on Sunday, put it in the Lifeline bin for a great cause. They're trying to improve literacy and their record at home this season. We are at home this week which is a goal of ours this year to make sure we play well at our suburban grounds. So looking to back it up. The Bulldogs won't be getting back the 2 points taken from them for having an extra man on the field back in Round 2.

Probably from the end of that game, from the coaching staff and the players, we sort of pretty much moved on. They've vowed to take out their frustration on Canberra, while the Premiers have headed north.

They play the Cowboys and former team-mate Travis Burns. The boys have been ripping into me this week with a few texts so it should be good. You giving as good as you get, though? 100%, yeah, sure. Paul Cochrane, Ten News.

Eamon Sullivan lost his 100m

freestyle world record when

Frenchman Alan Bernard clocked a

46.94 overnight. Meanwhile, D'Arcy

das has reached an agreement with

Swimming Australia to return to the

national team after August's world

titles. His coach Brian Steer says

it is too little too late. I'm

disapointed by the decision and

they obviously felt that they needed the needed the decision to make a

statement and they've done that. We

can't change it so we accept it and

get on with things. He says that

D'Arcy will now focus on qualifying

for next year's Commonwealth Games.

Stocks have been mixed on Wall

Street overnight. Better than

expected company news was balanced

with weaker than expected housing figures. Joining us with the

details is Juliana Roadley from Commsec. Commsec. Investors have been

struggling to find direction this

week? They have. Last night we had

a bit of a late rally. Strength coming through in the financial

stocks really pushing aside the 4%

fall in existing home sales for the month

month of April, and also a lift in

unemployment claims in the last

week which is a concern. We got a pretty bad result coming through

from UPS and that is the largest

delivery firm in the US, so that

was a concern on the markets. The DOW is up by DOW is up by 70 points and the

NASDAQ up by six at the close. How

are we going to have proceedings

here? If it was half an hour ago, I

would have been grins. We had a 2%

gain yesterday and looked like

opening up 70 points higher but now

only 16. The reason being that we

had Microsoft come out after the

bell and the income was down by 56%.

drop American Express, all right, but a

drop in the amount of credit card

growth there. That will hurt the

markets. Base metals OK but BHP

Billiton and Rio Tinto doing OK

overseas. Foil Now, as we revealed

just a few moments ago, giant US

auto maker Chrysler is reportedly

preparing to declare bankruptcy.

Chrysler had a Government-imposed

keep the company deadline to come up with a plan to

keep the company viable, but the

bankruptcy filing could come as

soon as next week. More on that

throughout the day.

The economic crisis has claimed

another scalp. Melbourne-based

Timbercorp has been placed into

voluntary administration. The

agriculture business owes more than

$560 million. Administrators will

suspend forestry and horticulture

operations while funding operations

are worked ou. The news about

Chrysler is out and there's big

pressure now on GM.

Cheque of the weather before we go now:

Before we go, South Africa's

ruling asm NC party looks like it

national is about to declare victory in the

national elections. Almost half the

ballots have now been counted with

the ANC holding 66% of the vote. Celebrations have already begun

with the leader Jacob Zuma set to

become President.

And recapping the top stories on the early news. The Defence Department

releases new photos of the moments

after an asylum seeker boat

exploded killing three people. Two

alleged people smugglers in court Could today.

Could the Opposition have been

right? Theism MF agrees with

Malcolm Turnbull's view that infrastructure, not stimulus cash

handouts is the best way out of the recession.

And 46 years after doing the crime

and nine years of doing the time,

Ronnie Biggs is set to be released

in time to celebrate his 80th birthday.

That's it for Ten's Early News.

We're back on Monday morning. Have a great when. We're back on Monday morning. Have

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