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Kevin Rudd couldn't manage it, but

Julia Gillard gets the job done.

The Prime Minister wrangles an historic health agreement with the states.

It is Monday February 14th, 6am,

good morning.

Welcome to our early news. Also

this morning, a growing

humanitarian nightmare. Thousands of

of illegal immigrants from Tunisia

flood to Italy in the wake of the

unrest in North Africa.

In sport Ricky Ponting's

bittersweet return as the Aussies crumble against independent ya.

In finance, BHP shareholders may be

dance in the streets after reports

the big miner will post record

profits and give much back to them.

The Prime Minister has begun

selling her promise of more

hospital beds and local control

under a 20 billion dollar health

deal struck with the states. After

six hours of talks with the

Premiers, MsGillard won support for

a package which will see Canberra

throw in an extra $16 billion over

the next ten years. We achieved

more money, more beds, more local

control and more transparency. A

final agreement to pool state and

federal funding won't be signed

until mid-year. The health

agreement will be what the PM needs

to give her a polls boost. Despite

leaks and gaffes last week the

Coalition still has a strong lead

poll. according to the latest Neilson

But most of those surveyed support her one-off flood levy.

As Parliament resumes t rumblings As Parliament resumes t rumblings

over the leadership of the

Coalition are set to continue. Veteran

Veteran MP Andrew Robb is widely

believed to have his eyes on Joe

hockey's job as shadow treasurer.

pour But Christopher Pyne was quick to

pour cold water on that, as well as

report hes wants the deputy

leadership. I do not want Julie

Bishop's job, but if nir anyone Bishop's job, but if nir anyone

think they may they will have to

come through me first.

NSW Premier Christina Kineally will

lobby voters to push development to

the development of the fringes of

Sydney. The Premier rubbished Barry

OFarrll's proposal to 10,000 blocks

of land in western Sydney. His own

block can't bear 100,000 but W Sydney can bear 100,000.

The opposition has hit back.

A year's supply of drinking water

will be relieved from Wivenhoe Dam

to presprent another flood this

summer. In a major sign of

recorpscy, most of Britain's -

resume. Brisbane's ferry service also

A flotilla of city cats and ferries

cruised the Brisbane river, a

spectacular of saying they're back.

I'm grateful to be back at work. Council

Council was able to prepare most of

the river's terminals in a month,

by the time they're fixed the bill

could be as much as $100 million.

Everyone is thrilled on getting

back on the river, look at that

sight behind us, I mean, you won't

see that very often. The Queensland

government now moving to prevent

the same disaster occurring any

time soon, from this weekend

Wivenhoe Dam will be drained to 75%.

The release also not impablt on

tides. And therefore will not

affect Brisbane city and suburbs.

Too little too late say critics,

the bureau warning of an extreme

wet season in advance. When the

entire Cabinet was briefed in, why

didn't they take this decision

then? It is our view we reacted appropriately and in accordance with the manuals.

That's to be determined by the

flood inquiry a sign of cyclone

recovery in north Queensland, all schools reopening this morning.

Egyptian authorities have been

cleaning up in Tahir Square now the

r that President Hosni Mubarak has

been brought down. Volunteers of

all ages have been helped by

soldiers to sweep and clean. Minor

scuffles broke out between soldiers

and some protesters who didn't want and some protesters who didn't want

to leave. Egypt's military rulers

ordered protesters to let commuters

to get back to work to start to

repair the economy.

The Tunisian revolution that which

started the unrest in Middle East

is having impact in Italy. More

than 4,000 illegal immigrants

turned up in Sicily over the past

few days. They arrived in dozens of

boats from the African mainland.

There are reports of extreme over

crowding, and inhumane conditions

in the island's detention centres t

Italian government declareed a

state of emergency, calling for

urjepblt EU talks to discuss how to

stop the emigration wave. Italian

Prime Minister Silvio Berlsuconi

could be forgiven for being

distracted from immigration issues. distracted from immigration issues.

There have been protests in Rome

and Italy calling for him to resign.

The protests in 20 cities were

organised by women who claim the

Prime Minister is embarrassing the

country. A judge in Milan will soon

make the final decision on whether

the Prime Minister should go to

trial on charges for paying for sex

with an upbldz age girl.

Cricket: India has crushed

defending champions Australia by 38

runs, in their World Cup warm up.

Skipper Ricky Ponting made a

successful comeback from his broken

finger, top scoring with 57, the

Aussie bats man showed worrying

quality spin attack. signs of being unail to cope with a

Chasing 215 to win, Australia were

bowled out for 176, the Aussies

play their warm up against South play their warm up against South

Africa tomorrow.

The St George Illawarra Dragons

have won the Charity Shield for the

first time since 200 with a 32-10

win over Souths. And Wayne Bennett

uncovered a player of great promise,

man of the man, Jack Bosden.

No charity in this match, a

devastating run from Conulla junior

Jack Bos den set up the first try.

The prop scored the second and

looked certain to make his NRL

debut this season, after over

coming serious shoulder and knee

injuries. I'd love to get a game or

two. It's looking positive, I know

the coach has an opinion of him, so

it's looking good. In the absence

of Soward and Hornby, Boyd led the

attack in five eight.

A Gasnier showed class. The

reigning Premiers controlled the

majority of the match.

themselves and everybody. They set a high standard for

Carlton forward Mitch Robinson

admits he needs to mature to last

in the AFL. Blues great Ken Hunter

is a mentor for the young Tasmanian.

On or off the field there's rarely

a dull moment where Mitch is

involved, his Cam ma kasi on field

attitude made him a cult hero at

Carlton but he wants respect oh on

both sides of the fence. Getting

labeled the bad boy, in the first

year, second year I did, I got a

mentor in Kenny Hunter, I talk to

him, so I'm trying to get my head

screwed on, I think I'm doing well.

The Blues will need a wild card to

advance to the next stage, it's a

new format with rules yet to curry

much favour. A bit controversial.

But I didn't think about it too

much. An adjustment, but one I

think we made, reasonably well, the

main concern for me was that out of

understood. bounds rule which I never quite

The Pies are through to round two t

Premiers fielding a near full

strength side. The search for

September siler wear under way in

February. Rather than having to

defend a Premiership, we have to win another one.

Well, Valentine's Day is one of the

busiest days of the year for Frank,

but he has come in to do finance

despite that. Rio Tinto stunned

investors with its record profit.

This week BHP. You set me up big time.

BHP Biliton is go reportedly going

to record pretax profits of 13 billion.

It will announce the half yearly results on Wednesday and according

to reports out of the UK that

figure will be more than 15 billion.

BHP is expected to return billions

of its profits to shareholders

which will include a big dividend

and a share buy-back scheme.

Officials from the New York Stock

Exchange have held talks to discuss

a planned take over by the Germans.

Germany's Stock Exchange went to

buy its norpbgve New York buy its norpbgve New York

counterpart and such a deal would

create the world's largest stock

and futures exchange, the Germans

tryed a merger with New York three

years ago and six years ago, it

tried to buy Britain's London Stock

Exchange, which also did not succeed.

Speaking of which, the resignation

of Hosni Mubarak gives stocks one

more reason to continue heading

high tore the coming week. Wall

Street is breathing a sigh of

relief for now, as worries of unrest fade. The Australian reports there are

fears the starting price for a

carbon tax will double the costs of

carbon when an omissions trading scheme starts in 20 13.

Give fin owner says that they

continue to draw 2 million despite the collapse.

The Daily kl telegraph t rise of

gangs around the suburbs.

And the Herald Sun says Victoria

will get half a million dollars.

Egypt gets stuck into the job of

restarting its economy. All the

details when we return. WOMAN: For a cash advance with a simple fixed fee, convert your thinking. Cash Converters.

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Early News. Early News.

Kevin Rudd couldn't do it, but

Julia Gillard has. The Prime

Minister announced the national

health agreement which she says

will improve results for patients.

The Opposition says it amounts to nothing.

The talks lasted the equivalent of

three marathons, but the Prime

Minister got her deal. We've

achieved more money, more beds,

more local control and more

transparency. The Premier who

doomed Kevin Rudd's reforms is

happy. Once the Prime Minister took

the GST matter off the table it

opened the door for an agreement.

We're pleased to have signed up, I

think this will be a substantial

gain for Victorian patients in

particular. The Commonwealth will

slip in an extra $16 billion over

ten years but the Rudd drom of

Canberra being the majority funder

is gone, so too, state and

territory funding in favour of a

single national authority. We are

taking a giant axe through red tape

and unnecessary bureaucracy. But

the federal opposition is

unimpressed. Anyone can get a deal

by backing down on all her key

demands and that is essentially

what the Prime Minister has been

doing. One possible hurdle, NSW

opposition leader Barry O Farrell

threatening to tear up any deal if

he wins the state election. That

playing political gain with the health

health of the people of NSW. The

Prime Minister says 2011 will be

the year of decision and delivery,

while she appears to have delivered

on one thing, that alluded Kevin

Rudd. Now for a price on carbon.

The NSW government will launch an

inqierpbry to find out how a

computer virus crippled the state's

ambulance service. The $50 million

system has been shut down since

Saturday afternoon, and will stay

off line until technicians are

happy the glitch has been fixed.

All triple 0 calls are co-ordinated

using hand written notes and radios.

Not a way to run a modern

sophisticated health system, where

time is of the ses essence.

Three men are in hospital after a

drive by in Sydney's west. Two of

the men suffered leg wounds in the

shooting at Old Guildford, one hit

in the hand. A dark coloured Sedan

were seen leaving the area

afterwards. The men are in hospital,

and stable. It's revealed the man and stable. It's revealed the man

shot dead by police in Canberra was

already shot by then once before.

27-year-old Nathan Doherty was

killed after he lunged at officers

with a knife and meet cleaver.

Three years ago he was shot in the leg.

Police arrested dozens of party

goers in the city allegedly

carrying drugs. Manufacture Crowds

heading to Good Vibrations were

prepare fog for a long night ahead.

Enjoy it. Ready to have fun. Kids are

are with their dads today. By early

afternoon, police armed with

sniffer dogs arrested 35 revelers

allegedly caught with illicit drugs,

another 32 given warnings. Young

people need to understand these are

illegal substabs stances made in

back yard laboratories. The media back yard laboratories. The media

was given an official invitation,

but it was writ drawn by organisers

angry at the attention given to the

police back ground. You can ask me

nicely. Across town nearly 400,000

lined the foreshore of St Kilda for

its festival, police there mainly

happy with crowd behaviour, despite

two incidents involving fireworks two incidents involving fireworks

that left four people injured. At

least 25 were arrested for public drunkenness.

Egypt's new military rulers met two Egypt's new military rulers met two

key demands of protesters by

dissolving Parliament and

suspending the constitution, the

clean up around Cairo can'ts - continues.

For the first time the army set in

to the epicentre of revolution and

briefly used force to restore order.

But a hardcore clung on, as others

packed up. This group of

demonstrators are saying it's time

to leave Tahir Square, that the

revolution has won, but across

there, another kpwroup of

protesters say they achieved

nothing. The top of the pyramid. He

had cronies in every institution in

the country. But as volunteers

scrubbed off "Mubarak must go"

tpwra fity from the side of tanks.

The military made concessions.

State television announced the

Parliament rigged by the old regime

will be dissolved. And crucially

held out the prospects of elections

in 6 months time.

After the heat of revolution, there

is now time for quiet reflection.

All of Egypt knows the high price

they have paid to get rid of their

President. But as his portrait is

removed from the walls of official

buildings, not yet who or what will replace him.

The evening sky has been lit up for

the annual lantern festival in

Taiwan. Once a year people come

from around the world to PuPingshi

Township in the New Taipe Zi to

write prayers on the paper lanterns

and deliver their wishes to the

heavens. More than 2,000 lanterns

were released, many of the lanterns

were from people praying-Frank - for a Valentine.

West Coast kept Hawthorn goal

psless in the first while kicking three.

Fans given a first hand look at the

youngsters and fresh faces on the

list. First Hawks rookie top

Sneider and then West Coast Derek

Weadon. The Eagles held on to be

first up winners. Hawthorn backed

up game one and responded where it

mattered most against Fremantle.

The dockers showing off their new

recruits but weren't able to

capitalise, losing by 13414. A

Derby show piece followed and while

it's only preseason, there was

presentty of hunger, the smallest

player on the league showing he's no mug.

Freo leaving their run too late as

West Coast move through with a 12

point win to the quarters.

The St George Illawarra Dragons won

the Hairty Shield for the first

time since 07 with a 32-10 win over

South Sydney. Wayne Bennett looks

to uncovered a new player, 2-year-

old prop Jack Bosden hopes to make his

his NRL debut after a man of the

match. I'd love to get a game or

two. The junior has over come

serious show and knee injurys to

get a start in first grade. The

Wellington Phoenix secured a place

in A-League finals with a 3-1 win

over the Queensland Fury. First

half goals to Chris Greenacrre and

Dylan McAlister sealing the 6th

spot on the ladder.

The win ruined the Jets slim final

hopes, they went down for the

Mariners in a dead rubber at a wet Bluetongue Stadium. Bluetongue Stadium.

Big day for flower factories and

chocolates but most stock markets

have reacted in positive fashion to

the news out of Egypt. The US was

up, as was the UK and some parts of up, as was the UK and some parts of

Asia. Here with the details is John from

from Macquarie. The news of Hosni

Mubarak's resignation gave every

market a big sigh of relief. Yes a

bit of a relief as you say,

internags yagsly, and the market

took the hint and ran away to one

of those Red Sea resorts, that

clearly eased concern about the

operation of the Suez canal and we

saw oil ease back to a ten week low,

reflecting some of easing of

tension but there's ongoing events

with Tunisia and that will perhaps

weigh on markets minds until there's

there's more clarity. Our market

ended the week down on Friday, how is

is it shaping up? Yes, just this

week we've got really in terms of

reporting t likes of BHT Billiton

and Westfield, ANP and Billabbong

towards the end, but key focus will

be quality of results and thousand

that impacts on the rest of the

market will be important. We have

housing data up by about 40, so a

positive start to Monday. Thank you.

Keith Urban, some people may know

him as Mr Kidman, our big hope in

the gram anys - Grammys.

And real estate prices in Melbourne

are starting to show some signs of

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The Prime Minister wrangles an

historic new health agreement with

the states. Now comes the job of

selling it to the country.

A growing humanitarian nightmare.

Thousands of Tunisian illegal

immigrants flooding to Italy in the

wake of the unrest in North Africa.

In sport Ricky Ponting's

bittersweet return as the Aussies crumbling against India in the World Cup warm-up.

And BHP's shareholders could be

dance manage the streets after

reports the big miner will post

record profits and give much of it to them.

It took a change in Prime Minister,

and a marathon six hour meeting but

a deal has finally been struck on

national health reform. For more,

we're joined by Ten's Federal Political Reporter in Canberra.

Amanda, what have the states agreed

to in this deal? Well, Ron, Julia

Gillard would have been breatheing

a huge sigh of relief this has got

through. And at the end of the day

it came down to money. Now, a

number of the states, especially

the Liberal States didn't want to

hand over an amount or portion of

their GST in exchange for the

Federal Government being the

dominant funder. That was Kevin

Rudd's deal, but under this new

deal, all the money will g be going

to a central pool, that will then

be distributeed to the states and

territories, depending on how many

operations they actually perform.

This is an exchange for

transparency in how the funds are

spent, so it means an extra 16. 4

billion dollars over ten years, for

growth funding. Let's listen to

some of the reaction now.

My bottom line was I wouldn't let

politics get in the way of entering

a truly national agreement. Anyone

can Anyone can get a deal by

backing down on all her key demands

and that is essentially what the and that is essentially what the Prime Minister has been doing.

Despite the Prime Minister saying

this is not about politics, it is a

huge political win for the Prime huge political win for the Prime

Minister, she needed to get this

deal through considering Kevin

Rudd's health reform deal did fall through.

Amanda, the Prime Minister is

saying it should result in better

outcomes for patients. What changes

can we really expect to see If you

or I were to walk into a hospital,

needed to go to one in five or so

months there probably wouldn't be months there probably wouldn't be

much change, this is an "in-

principle" deal, and a number of

negotiations have to go through,

and the Prime Minister hopes it

will be all done and dusted by the

middle of the year. The Prime

Minister also said it will reduce

red tape and increase transparency.

In terms of patient outcomes the

Prime Minister says there will be

more hospital beds, more community

care and an all-round better deal for patients. Thank you.

The health agreement will be just

what the PM needs to give her a

boost in the polls. Despite the

leaks and gaffes last wook t

coalition still has a strong lead

according to the latest Neilson Poll.

There is some good news for Julia

Gillard - most of those surveyed

support her one-off flood levy.

And as Parliament resumes this week, the the rumblings over the leadership

of the coalition are set to continue. Veteran

Veteran MP Andrew Robb is widely

believed to have his eye on Joe

Hockey's job as shadow treasurer,

but senior Liberal Christopher Pyne poured

poured cold water on that as well

as reports he wants the deputy leadership.

I not only do not want Julia

Bishop's job but if anyone else may

think they want it, they will have to come through me first.

Federal front backbenchers have

called to for an end to in-fighting

which distracted the opposition

most of last week. The Australian

Workers Union will celebrate the

125th anniversary at a national

conference on the Gold Coast. The milestone

milestone makes the AWU the

country's oldest union,

representatives of its 135,000

members will be addressed by the

likes of Queensland Premier Anna

Bligh and federal MP Bill Shorten. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is

also expected to make an appearance.

A year's supply of drinking water

will be released from SE

Queensland's Wivenhoe Dam, in order

to presprepblt another flood this

summer. And good news for commuters,

most of Brisbane's ferry service most of Brisbane's ferry service

also be back on the job today.

A flotilla of city cats and ferries

cruiseded the Brisbane river a

spectacular way of saying, they're back.

I'm great to be back at work.

Council was able to repair most of the

the river's terminals in a month,

by the time they're all fixed the

bill could be as much as $100

million. Everybody is thrilled to million. Everybody is thrilled to

be back on the river and look at

that sight behind us, I mean you

won't see that very often. The

Queensland government is now moving

to presprent the same disaster

occurring soon. From this weekend,

Wivenhoe Dam will be drained to 75

per cent. The release also not

impact on the tides and therefore

will not affect Brisbane city and

suburbs. Too little too late say

critics. The bureau warning of an

extreme wet season well in advance.

When the entire Cabinet was briefed

in October, why didn't they take

this decision then? It is our view

that we acted appropriately and in

accordance with the manual. That is

to be determined by the flood to be determined by the flood

inquiry. A sign of cyclone recovery

in North Queensland, all schools reopening this morning.

Most Victorian schools closed in

the flooding will reopen this week,

even though three quarters of the

state remains underwa the. The SES

says Koo Wee Rupp in Gippsland and

areas around Swan Hill and Mildura

in the state's north are still

severely affected by flood waters. Victoria's

Victoria's Department of Education

says most flood affected school

also reopen from today.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

says the website played an

important part in the two popular

up riseings in North Africa. Mr Ah

ah claims it was a cable published

by WikiLeaks revealing the US would

not support the Tunisian President

which led to revolution there. That

protest movement then spread to Egypt.

Those cables were read by all the

surrounding country intelligence

agencies and that would have

affected their decisions on whether affected their decisions on whether

they should intervene to support

Ben Ali in particular ways. Assange

says he's afraid to return to

Australia because he believes the Australia because he believes the

government here will extradite him government here will extradite him

to the US.

Meanwhile the Tunisia revolution is

having a major impact in Italy.

More than 4,000 Tunisian illegal

immigrants have turned up in Sicily

in the past few days, they arrived

in dozens of boats from the African

mainland. There are reports of

extreme over crowding and inhumane

conditions in the island's

detention centres. The Italian

government declareed a state of

emergency. It's called for urjepblt

EU talks to discuss how to stop the

flood from North Africa. Country

singer Keith Urban is tiped to be a

big winner the Grammys in the US

today. Urban has been nominated for

best male country vocal performance,

an award he won three times

including last year, for his hit

Sweet Thing. Rapper Eminem is hot favourite with ten nominations.

Bruno Mars has seven, while Jay-Z,

Lady Antelbellum and Lady Gaga are

up for six awards.

In cricket England crushed

Australia by 38 in the warm up.

Skipper Ricky Ponting made a come

back from his finger, top scoring

with 57. He showed worrying signs

of being unable to cope with a

quality spin attack.

Chasing 215 to win, Australia

bowled out for 176, the Aussies

play their warm up against South Africa tomorrow.

The St George Illawarra Dragons won

the charity shield for the first

time since 2007. And Wayne Bennett

uncovered another promising player,

man of the match, Jack Bosden.

There was no charity in this clash.

A devastating run from 22-year-old

Cronulla junior Jack Bosden set up

the Dragons' first try.

The prop scored the second and The prop scored the second and

looked certain to make his NRL

debut this season., after over

coming serious shoulder and knee

injuries. Yeah, definitely, I would love

love to get a game or two, it would

be really good. I'd like to think

he can. It's looking positive, I

know the coach has an opinion of

him, so it's looking good. In the

absence of Jamie Soward and Hornby,

Darius Boyd led the attack in five eight.

A bull bgd up Gasnier showed class,

the reigning Premiers controled the

majority of the match.

They set a high standard for thems themselves and everybody.

Carl torn forward Mitch Robinson Carl torn forward Mitch Robinson

admits he needs to mature. And

Blues great Ken Hunter is enlisted

to act as his mentor.

On or off the field there's rarely

a dull moment. His kamakaze on-

field attitude made him a cult hero at

at Carlton but he wants respect on

both sides of the fence. I get

labelled, you know, have a couple

of stuff ups, the second year I did,

but I've got a mentor, in Kenny

Hunter, I talk to him every weekend,

trying to get my head screwed on.

And Robinson's Blue also need a

wild card to and advance, part of a

new format with rules yet to curry

favour. A bit controversial, but I

didn't think about it too much. It

was an adjustment but one I think

we made reasonably well T main

concern for me was the out of

bounds rule which I never quite understood.

The Pies are through to round two,

the Premiers fielding a nearly full

strength side, the search for

September siler wear ubdz way in

February. Rather than having to

protect and defend a Premiership,

we have to win another.

Now finance news with Frank. First

Rio Tinto, now BHP. They're all on board, big profits.

BHP Biliton the riding a huepbg

commodities waive, reportly on

track to report profits of $30

billion for the financial year. A

massive increase on the record 19.

6 it earned last year T mining

giant will announce half yearly

results on Wednesday, aand

according to rorbt reports out of

the UK this morning, figure will be

more than 15 billion. It's expected

to return profits to shareholders

including a share buy back scheme

and a big dividend.

Signs of life in real estate, 70%

of homes up for auction in Sydney

found a buyer, the highest rate for

a year. In Melbourne the clearance

rate was a rather reasonable 62%,

prices remain flat in both capitals

which analysts put down to the

threat of rising interest rates poor affordability and weak profits.

36 The resignation of Hosni Mubarak

gives stocks one more reason to

head higher in the coming week.

Wall Street much like the rest of

global markets is breatheing a sigh

of relief for now, as worries about unrest fade.

Let's take a look at the weather:

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Kevin Rudd couldn't do it, but

Julia Gillard has. The Prime

Minister announced the national

health agreement which Sayers will

improve outcomes for patients. The opposition says it amounts to nothing.

The talks lasted the equivalent of three marathons but the Prime

Minister got her deal. We've

achieved more money, more beds,

more local control, and more

transparency. The Premier who

doomed Kevin Rudd's reforms is

happy. Once the Prime Minister took

the GST matter off the table, that

did open the door for an agreement.

We're pleased to have signed up, I

think this will be a substantial

gain for Victorian and Victorian

patients in particular. The

Commonwealth will tip in an extra

$16 billion over the next ten years,

but the Rudd dream of Canberra

being the majority funder is gone.

So too are state and territory

funding bodies, in favour of a

single national authority. We are

taking a giant axe through red tape

and unnecessary bureaucracy. But

the federal opposition is

unimpressed. Anyone can get a deal

by backing down on all her key

demands and that is essentially

what the Prime Minister has been

doing. One possible hurdle, NSW opposition leader Barry O'Farrell,

he's threatening to tear up any

deal if he wins the state election.

That is playing political game with

the health of the people of NSW.

The Prime Minister says 2011 will

be the year of decision and

delivery, while she appears to have

delivered on one thing that alluded Kevin

Kevin Rudd. Now for a price on carbon.

Three men are in hospital after a

drive by shooting in Sydney's west.

Two suffered leg wounds at the

shooting at Old Guildford, one hit

in the hand A dark coloured Sedan

was seen leaving a the area

afterwards t men are in hospital in

stable condition. Police in

Melbourne are calling for witnesss

to a shooting in the city's west,

after a man suffered a gunshot

wound, turned up at sunshine

hospital's emergency department

over night. Police were called when

the man became aggressive and threatened hospital staff.

The man that got shot, he

threatened the nurses, we were all

taken out the back to lock down, we

had to stay there for 25 minutes.

The 36-year-old is treated in

hospital for his leg injury.

And it's revealed a man shot dead

by police in Canberra over the

weekend had been shot by them once

before. 27-year-old Nathan Doherty

was killed after he lunged at

officers with a knife and a meat

cleaver. Three years ago he was

shot in the leg, after he

threatened police with knives in a

domestic dispute. An off duty

Queensland police officer has

regained consciousness after he was

king hit by a 14-year-old who has allegedly

allegedly assaulted police before,

Constable Glenn Walker suffered a

fractured skull when he hit the

ground in the assault. The Police Association says the alleged

attacker may have head-butted a dog

squad officer three months ago. It

triggered calls for tougher laws

triggered calls for tougher laws

for juvenilles who commit such acts.

This was a cold blooded act and

jail can be the only answer for a

sanction for this person. Con stapbl Walker recovers. Egyptian Egyptian authorities have been

cleaning up in Tahir Square, now

that Hosni Mubarak has been brought

down. Volunteers of all ages have

been helped by soldiers to sweep

and clean the area, minor scuffles

broke out between soldiers and some

protesters who didn't want to leaf.

Egypt's military rulers have

ordered protesters to let commuters

ordered protesters to let commuters

to get back to wrk to start to

repair the economy. While Valentine

Day is the one day of the year when

Frank lets a kum of moths out of

his wallets, romantics like him

will fork out more for flowers

today. Be careful, be very careful.

Flooding in the eastern states has

ruined some rose plantations and

forced the prices up by 15 dollars

Frank. A lot have lot their crops,

that inflates price. There is no

shortage of demand though, half a

million roses are expected to be

sold today. But spare a thought for

young Chinese blokes, finding a

girlfriend is proveing to be a

tricky business for the millions of

tricky business for the millions of

men left over by the severe gender

imbalance. 50,000 turned up for

this match making event at the

weekend a lot of them parents

looking to find Miss Right for sons

too shy to do the job for

themselves. A recent survey

themselves. A recent survey indicates 260 million Chinese men

are looking for a Valentine. 24

million are likely never to find one.

It's the ongoing saga. The West

Coast Eagles have advanceed to the

Coast Eagles have advanceed to the

quarters of the NAB Cup after

winning their matches against

Hawthorn and Fremantle.

West Coast jumped out in the first

half keeping Hawthorn goalless

while kicking three of them own.

Fans given a first hand look at the youngsters

youngsters and fresh faces on the

list, first Hawks rookie Tom

Sneider and then West Coast's Derek

Weadon. At times the Eagles dusted

off cobwebs but held on to be first

up winners. Hawthorn responded

where it mattered most against Fremantle.

The Dockers showing off new

recruits Masungo and Anthony but

lost by 14. A Derby show piece

followed and while it's free season, there

there was plenty of hunger t

smallest player in the league Lewis showing he's no mug.

Freo leaving their run too late as

West Coast moved to the quarter

finals with a 12 point win.

The St George Illawarra Dragons won

the Charity Shield for the first the Charity Shield for the first

time since 2011

Wayne Bennett looks to uncovered a

new player, Tim Boswell - Jack new player, Tim Boswell - Jack

Bosden hopes to make his NRL debut

after a man of the match

performance. I would love to get a

game or two, be really good. The

Cronulla junior over came serious

shoulder and knee injurys to get a

start in first grade.

The Wellington Phoenix secured a

place in the A-League finals with a

3-1 win over the ffplt ury. First

half goals sealed sixth spot from

Chris Greenacre and Dylan McAlister.

The win ruined the Jets' slim

finals hopes, they went down to the

Mariners in a dead rubber at a wet Bluetongue Stadium.

Stock markets around the world have

reacted positively to the news out of

of Egypt. Here with the details is

John from Macquarie. The news of Hosni Mubarak's resignation gave

everyone a big sigh of relief. Yes,

a real relief rally across

international markets on fry da

with the resignation of Hosni

Mubarak. That took the pressure off

things like the oil price as well,

falling to a ten week low perhaps

concerns of normal operations of

the Suez Canal dissipated. Still

work wrk to do, but markets took

short term relief. Our market ended

short term relief. Our market ended

on Friday, but how is it shaping up

today? Of course, apart from a big

day for chocolates and champagne,

though not traditionally Chateau

Milroy, we have a big week, big

names like B - BHP, big

expectations and housing for

December, and a pretty strong start.

I'm sure you will be beating them away with a stick, John.

He looks like a romantic. I'm sure he.

New research suggests the cost of insurance will jump.

Before we go, I told you once, I

told you a million times, no, that

cow upon for a year of Ron-love

buzzt to - does not count as a

Valentine Day gift. I like to give plastic roses as you know.

Appreciate your advice. Might be a

day for indoor sports today.

These were our main stories: an historic

historic day for health reform as

the Prime Minister brokers a new agreement with the states.

Thousands of Tunisians are flooding

to Italy to escape the growing

unrest in North Africa. The sheer

volume is proveing to be a growing humanitarian nightmare.

And the people of Egypt start to

pick up the pieces as life after

Mubarak starts to sink in. But some

protesters continue to roam, not

content with unseating the President.

That's it for our Early News on

this Valentine Day, I'm Ron Wilson,

see you at 9am. Have a great day.