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Today, police likely to charge a

couple with murder over the death

of twin babies.

Belinda Neal facing a new scandal

now under scrutiny for taunting a

pregnant MP.

More than 50 people killed in a

powerful bomb blast that has rocked Baghdad.

And in sport - here comes the And in sport - here comes the sun.

Aussie Group 1 success at Royal as cot.

A quick weather check before we

move on - a few dark days in the capitals today.

Now a look at the markets. Thank

you and good morning again. Well,

after a spike on the open thanks to

a muted wholesale inflation report,

US stocks have fallen overnight

after a warning from a major

broker that banks will have to

raise $65US billion thanks to the mortgage crisis

Our market is set to open a little

lower today. The SPism is pointing

to negative 111.

The RBA has released its minutes.

What it means for interest rates

I'll let you know in under 10.

Charges over the death of 18-month-old twins in Brisbane

could be upgraded to murder. The parents of the boy and appeared in court yesterday parents of the boy and girl

accused of failing to provide the necessities of life.

For more than a week, the decaying

bodies of the bodies of the 18-month-old twins

lay in their cots. They were

came discovered when their grandmother

came to visit on Monday night. He

used to come around here asking me

for water. When the police told us

the news, very sad. Their mother

allegedly told police she found

them dead more than a week ago. It

was her 11-year-old daughter who

noticed a bad smell coming from

their room. The mother told the

court, "I done think I fed them

enough". The court heard that

charges against the couple could be

upgraded from neglect to upgraded from neglect to murder.

The number of times that I said,

"does your mother know you're here"

and sent them home. I think it is

disgusting, but my first instinct

is, if something happened to that

kid, I should have doing something.

The couple have four other children

who are now in the care of grandparents. who are now in the care of their

Three men convicted of hacking a

man to death in Victoria have

walked free from prison. They were

released overnight after nearly

seven years behind bars. A court

ruled that the verdict was

unsatisfactory. After all these

years, thank God he's out. The men

were acquitted of murdering James

Swing on the banks of the Yarra

River in 2002. Another two men have

had their sentences reduced. Embattled Labor Embattled Labor backbencher Belinda Neal is under more scrutiny

over the allegations she told a

pregnant MP that her unborn baby

would turn into a demon. Neal's comment to Sophie Mirabella last

month will now be reviewed by a

Parliamentary committee. It's also

emerged that Neal with held three

sat uetory declarations made by

the iguana club. One by a safer of

hers. It's believed that Melissa

Batten was the only other person at

their table when the row with staff erupted.

Hundreds of thousands of families

will lose all or some of their tax

benefits when the changes come in.

The technical changes redefine

income for the purpose of income for the purpose of means

testing which will effect child

support, tax free benefits and

student assistance. Low income

workers and chart workers and

nurses whose salary sacrifice to

superannuation will have their

contributions counted as income.

From today, NSW police will be out

to reduce the number of fatal

railway crossing accidents. 37

people are killed at railway

crossings every year, including pedestrians and people trapped in

vehicles hit by trains. Drivers

failing to obey railway crossing

rules can be hit with a $300 fine

and the loss of three demerit points.

The Government says it will

consider taking further action against Zimbabwe if Robert Mugabe

continues to threaten the outcome

of the election. Mr Mugabe is now

trying to steal the second

presidential campaign by presidential campaign by violence

and fear. On top of greater

sanctions, the Government says it

may also call on the United Nations to act.

A powerful car bomb has exploded this morning in Baghdad. It this morning in Baghdad. It went

off in a crowded market area

killing 51 people and wounding

another 75. The blast set fire to

at least 20 shops and levelled a

multistorey building. This is the

worst attack in the Iraqi capital

in several months. Police say the

market was packed with shoppers when

the bomb went off.

Damage from the floods in the US

Midwest has hit $2 billion now. The

Mississippi River has reached

record levels and that's forced

thousands from their homes. Residents Residents along the Mississippi

will soon find out if millions of

sand bags are enough to hold back

the rising water. The river will

begin cresting today in south-east

Iowa and could potentially breach

27 levies as it flows through

Illinois and miss oury. This is

surreal, I've never again through

anything like this before. Water

has already spilled over the levies in some riverside communities and

most know this is just a taste of

what's to come. To the north, the

water is going down but tempers are

rising. I want to go into my house.

I don't know if half of my stuff I don't know if half of my stuff is there. More than 20,000 residents

were forced from their homes, but

houses unstable, Cedar Rapids with powerlines down and many

officials say it isn't safe to let

people back. The city suffered

major damage and frustrated residents

residents want to know what if

anything they have left.

More success abroad for Australian

horses at England's Royal als cot.

Herada Sun opened the carnival by

Stakes. winning the Group one Queen Anne

Au know what, that was his last

race. He's now being retired to

stud. Takeover Target came oh so

close to making it an Australian

double. He finished second in the

King's Stand Stakes. He will race

again in the Golden Jubilee on

Saturday. The Peter Moody trained

Magnus finished out of contention.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has

called on the AFL to change the

draft rules after talk of tanking

surfaced again over the weekend.

He said the issue is a slur on the game. And with just two wins for the year, to talk - up or down - tanking. It's that time of year again

the AFL took action. Mark Harvey says it's time I think it's a slur on the game when we talk about it.

poor seasons. I'm not big on rewarding Tanking is back in the headlines West Coast, after Fremantle's cross-town rivals, withdrew when a string of big-name players came under the microscope

from the game against Essendon. The Dockers want the system changed to alter public perceptions. The clubs hate hearing it. It's derogatory towards a club saying they're going out and losing. I don't know what they could do. Maybe they could raffle the last four and mix it up that way. Adem Yze has refused to declare this season his last, despite the Melbourne veteran struggling for a spot in the senior side. Yeah, I'm not too sure. at the end of the year and see where the club's at and where they think I'm at, but physically I feel fine. he bottom-placed Dees play the Swans in Canberra on Sunday. Kelli Underwood Ten News.

This is a line check.

NRL and Wests Tigers Benji Marshall

say he was defending himself in a

scuffle in Kings Cross on Sunday

morning, and one of the players

highest profile players has backed

Marshall saying he's been targeted

by Marshall on troubled nights out.

They're out there and they always

want to start on him, it's like he

has a sign on his head. The Tigers

say they won't be taking any

action against their five-eighth.

Let's talk finance again and the

interest rate rises appear to be

working? That's right. The tight

monetary policy seems to be working.

Minutes from the Reserve Bank's

June meeting suggest rates could be

kept on hold for some time. The RBA

says a slowdown in demand and

growth is proof that interest rate

hikes are doing their job to ease

inflation.

The Reserve Bank might still be

talking tough on interest rates but

they're unlikely to raise rates in

the next few months. But concern

over waipbls spikes brought on by

higher prices, especially petrol

has the RBA keeping their has the RBA keeping their options

open. The board has signalled that

successful wage claims could signal

further interest rate rises.

The slowing economy is not

necessarily good news for companies

across the ASX200 predicted to

plummet. The Macquarie Group says

soaring oil prices and interest

rates will hurt the bottom line of

many industrial corporations and

expects that profits will probably

fall between 5% and 10% next financial year with zero profit growth the best outcome.

And Qantaslink is slashing a number

of regional routes because of

rising fuel costs. The jairpline

will stop flying the Melbourne to

Wollongong route and will Wollongong route and will

permanently end routes from Sydney

and Melbourne to Newcastle.

Now for the weather around

Australia - cloudy but fairly warm

for Brisbane. Showers and 18 for for Brisbane. Showers and 18 for

Sydney and Adelaide. Possibly

showers for Melbourne too and also 18. Canberra and Hobart are cool

and cloudy. Perth is mostly sunny

and again, 18. Now looking at this morning's newspaper front pages. morning's newspaper front pages.

The 'Courier Mail' has more on the twin toddlers found in a Brisbane home.

The 'Financial Review' says The 'Financial Review' says Qantas

is preparing to pay millions of

dollars in fines over a cargo

price-fixing cartel. And the 'Sydney Morning Herald'

reports on the continuing fallout

from the so-called Iguana-gate

scandal involving Labor MP Belinda

Neal and her husband John Della Bosca.

Just how much will our first female

governor general be earning? We'll

have that story when we return.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. This morning,

controversy deepens. Belinda Neal

under scrutiny now for a tirade

against a pregnant MP.

Charges against a couple over the

death of twin babies - they're

likely to be upgraded to murder.

Three men behind bars for years

have been released overnight after

their convictions were squashed.

In sport - an angry coach calls for

action for the AFL. All of that

coming up, but here's Kath with

another check of the mark hes.

Thank you and good morping again.

After a spike on the open thanks After a spike on the open thanks to

a muted wholesale inflation report, US

US stocks have fallen overnight

after a warning from a major

broker that banks will have to

raise $65 billion in capital thanks

to the mortgage crisis. The

Midwestern floods also contributed to the sentiment.

Oil has pulled back after briefly

creeping above $14 a barrel.

-- $134 a barrel.

Super funds set to post their worst Super funds set to post their worst

result in 20 years. I'll have the details

details shortly.

Embattled Labor MP Belinda Neal

hals allegedly with held three sat

uetory declarations written by her

companions who witnessed the Iguana

incident. One was from staffer

Melissa Batten who quit Neal's

office. It's believed she was the only

only other person at the couple's

table when the row with staff

erupted. Neal will also be

scrutinised by a Parliamentary

committee after herp comments last

month to Sophie Mirabella that her

unborn baby would turn into a demon.

Parents of 18-month-old twins found dead in their Brisbane home on

Monday night could have their

charges upgraded to murder. Police

say it is most likely that the

initial charge of neglect will be

changed. The twins had been dead

for more than a week when they for more than a week when they were

found in their cots. Police say the

couple's four other children are

now in the care of their grandparents.

grandparents. The family was known

to child safety authorities.

Three men convicted of hacking a

man to death have walked free from

a Victorian prison in what has been

the State's longest murder trial A

court ruled that the verdict was unsatisfactory.

The men walked free overnight after nearly seven years behind bars.

Their release came hours after

their convictions were quashed their convictions were quashed by

the Court of Appeal. After all

these years, thank God he's out.

They were acquitted over the 2002

nightclub murders where James Swing was hacked to death on the banks of was hacked to death on the banks of

the Yarra after a fight between two

groups. His cousins fled the attack

by diving into the river, but they

couldn't swim and drowned. The couldn't swim and drowned. The

court ruled that the accused did

not make any contribution to the

crime. A further two men have been successful in having their

sentences reduced, while the remaining

remaining two of the seven men

convicted have been unsuccessful in

their appeals. The pair will have

to serve a further 13 years behind bars.

The unanimous decision leaves

no-one convicted over the deaths of

the two cousins who fled into the river. river.

WA Premier Alan Carpenter has

taken the unusual step of making a

television address on the State's

continuing gas crisis. He urged

all West Australians to cut back on

their gas use to help ease the

pressure on the State supply.

Please, minimise use of heaters.

Turn off lights when you're not

using them and reduce shower times.

It's been two weeks since an

explosion at a north-west pipeline

wiped out a third of WA's gas production.

Australia's first female

Governer-General will earn $394,000

a year when she takes over the top

job. Quentin Bryce will be paid

around double the salary that she's

currently on as the governor of

Queensland. It's $30,000 a year Queensland. It's $30,000 a year

more than the pay of the outgoing Governer-General Michael Governer-General Michael Jeffrey.

But it is her last wage rise as her salary can not change once she

takes over the job.

Two men have escaped unhurt after

a fire ripped through their home in

Brisbane's Inner West. It is

believed the blaze started in the

loungeroom after 1am and spread

quickly. Firefighters managed to

contain the fire to the front of

the house. An investigation the house. An investigation into

the cause is now under way.

A new report says funding A new report says funding for

dementia research needs to be

tripled in order to fight the epidemic.

Alzheimer's Australia says current

funding of $13 million is not

enough to counter the disease's

social and economic impact. Instead,

it needs to be boosted to $36

million a year to keep pace with

the growing cost of treatment.

Meantime, a British study has found

Alzheimer's and dementia patients

who take the herb Ginko Balboa are

wasting their time as it has no

effect on mental funk.

There's a new peace deal today in

the Middle East, groups including

the Hammoud group which controls

Gaza have agreed to a truce.

However there, has been more

bloodshed on the Gaza Strip Israeli bloodshed on the Gaza Strip where Israeli airstrikes killed Israeli airstrikes killed six

people and wounded two. Same

Same sex couples in California are

queuing up to tie the knot. Gay

marriage is legal from today. The

development sparking celebrations

and some protests. Geoff and Peter

Wolf have been waiting in line at the registrar's office since

midnight to make it legal. It's exciting, we're doing something

that we waited 12 years to do. Like

any other committed couple, they

share a house, a business and pets.

Now they share marriage vows. Here

in West Hollywood and all across

California, gay couples are eager

to get their marriage licences.

Rebecca and Lisa now introduce each

other not as My Partner, but as My

Wife. Last month's move by the California Supreme Court to

overturn the ban on gay marriage

was met with excitement and protest.

A marriage has always been a man

and a woman and it very minding

them of that and they're hitting in

the wrong direction. But for these

couples, saying "I do" is the right direction. direction. Noilt

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey says

the AFL must take action after the

tanking issue found its way back

into the headlines. Harvey says

even talk about teams tanking is a

slur on the game's image. I'm not

big on rewarding poor seasons. West

Coast's performance against

Essendon has come unmicroscope

after the Eagles rested some key play makers. The

The west won't be taking action

against Benji Marshall after a

scuffle. But he's been advised to

be smarter about where he spends

his nights out.

Just like the early hours of Monday

morning, Benji Marshall was ducking

and weaving at Tigers training.

But from at least one fellow player,

sympathy about the situation he

found himself in. He's a fiery found himself in. He's a fiery

little dude, so blokes that provoke

him are going to, you know, he's

going to give some back. But the

police have said in this particular

case, there was provocation of the

kid, the kid handled himself well.

But the Tigers won't be following

the Sydney Roosters and Manly and

Cronulla by banning their players

from Sydney's notorious Kings Cross.

You know, I think it is about balance, accountability and responsibility and we continue to

talk with the young players about

that all the time. Roosters coach

Brad Fittler says for high profile

players like Benji Marshall, getting

baited on a night out goes with the

territory. You have to be smarter

where you go and what time you go.

That's his life and it deals him a

good lifestyle as well so he has to

understand there's some give and

take with that.

Well, there will be no rest for the

Wallabies during this year's 15

Test schedule. New coach Robbie

Deans has ruled out a rotation

policy, despite fears of player

burnout. The players seem pretty

happy with the new bloke at the

helm. The bigs things to back

yourself. Because we've had a lot

of younger players coming in and a

lot of guys with not a lot of Test

experience. He shows a lot of

confidence in those guys. confidence in those guys. The man

Deans beat to the post Alan Jones

has been appointed the coach of the Barbarians.

Let's talk finance now and Allco

shares bouncing back. That's right.

Stock in the embattled finance

group soared 80% yesterday after it

anounsed it sold off its US wind

farm assets. Allco will pull in $

346 million from the deal which

will slash its mountain of debt by

almost a quarter. Allco shares

gained 25 cents to close at 54 cents.

Good news for borrowers today with

the Reserve Bank likely to keep

interest rates on hold for some

time. Minutes from the board's June

meeting show recent hikes are doing

their job, slowing demand and

keeping inflation in check. But concern about a wages spiral

brought on by higher prices,

especially at the bowser has the

RBA leaving its options open.

It appears all those painful

interest rate rises are helping

cure an economy suffering from a

bad case of inflation. Most things

are going the way the Reserve Bank want. Consumer confidence is

subdued with the slowdown

affecting retail sales, loan

approvals and housing growth. And

the minutes from the RBA board's

last meeting suggest borrowers will

be spared further pain. The

Reserve Bank might still be talking on interest rates but they're

unlikely to raise rates. A likely debate in Federal Parliament

centred on the Treasurer's only

top ten shopping tips. Shop for

specials. Compare prices. Shop

duing quiet periods. So many people

do have to shop for specials, Mr

Speaker, and that's why they need

the tax cuts that we're delivering

in this Budget. The rising cost of

petrol continues to put pressure on

inflation and the Government.

If the Prime Minister knows that motorists are suffering a lot motorists are suffering a lot of

pain, why won't he cut the petrol

exise? The Reserve Bank Board remains concerned that rising

prices could trigger claims for

higher wages - a situation which

would almost certainly force it to

lift interest rates again.

Super funds are heading for their

biggest loss in 20 years after

market turmoil stripped $50 billion

off the value of their assets.

Balance SuperFunds have dropped 5.2%

this year - the worst performance

since the 1987 stock market crash.

Underpinning the result, the global

credit crunch and a sharp plunge.

Long-term Super funds however have remained strong.

National weather for Wednesday.

The damage bill from the US floods

tops $2 billion. That's next. And

we'll have the Commsec finance

report when the Early News returns.

This is Ten News.

Making headlines this morning - Making headlines this morning -

police likely to charge a couple

with murder over the death of twin

babies.

Belinda Neal facing a new scandal

now under scrutiny for taunt pregnant MP.

More than 50 people killed in a

powerful bomb blast that has rocked powerful bomb blast that has rocked Baghdad.

And in sport, success at Royal As court.

A quick weather check at the

now for a look at what's happening

in the markets, here's Kath. Thank

you, after a spike on the open

thanks to a muted wholesale PPI report, US stocks have fallen

overnight after a major warning

from a broker that banks will have

to raise $65 billion in capital

thanks to the mortgage crisis.

Investors remained cautious in

Asian trade yesterday.

Coming up, the Commsec finance

report. I'll be speaking to them

about the housing crisis.

Thank you. Charges over the death

of 18-month-old twins in Brisbane

could be upgraded to murder. The

parents of the boy and girl

appeared in court yesterday

accused of failing to provide the

necessities of life.

For more than a week, the decaying

bodies of the 18-month-old twins

lay in their cots. They were

discovered when their grandmother

came to visit on Monday night. He

never looked after the kid. He used

to come around here looking for water. Very sad. When the police

told me the news, very sad. Their

mother allegedly told police that

she found them dead more than a

week ago. It was her 11 -year-old

daughter who noticed a bad smell

coming from their room. The mother

told the court, "I don't think I

fed them enough". The court heard that charges against the couple that charges against the couple

could be upgraded from neglect to

murder. The number of times I said,

"Look, does your mother know you're

here?" and sent them home. I don't

know fully what happened but my

first instinct is what happened, I

should have done something. The couple have four other children who

are now in the care of the grandparents.

Three men convicted of hacking a

man to death in Victoria have

walked free from prison. They were

released overnight after nearly

seven years behind bars. The court seven years behind bars. The court

ruling the verdict unsatisfactory.

After all these years, I mean,

thank God they're out. The men were

acquitted of murdering James Swing

on the banks of the Yarra River in

2002. Another two men have had their sentences reduced.

Belinda Neal is under more scrutiny

over allegations she told a

pregnant MP that her unborn baby

would turn into a demon. Neal's comment to Sophie Mirabella last

month will now be reviewed by a Parliamentary committee. It's Parliamentary committee. It's also

emerged thap Neal with held three

declarations from the Iguana

Nightclub incident, one of from Nightclub incident, one of them

from staffer Melissa Batten who

quit Neal's office. It's quit Neal's office. It's believed

that Batten was the only other

person at the table when the row with staff erupted.

Hundreds of thousands of families

will lose all or some of their tax benefits under Budget changes will saifbl the Federal Government benefits under Budget changes that

more than $500 million a year. The

technical changes redefine income

for the purpose of means testing which will effect child support

payments, tax free benefits and

student assistance. Low income

earners, nurses and charity workers

who have salary sack ri filesed superannuation will also have their who have salary sack ri filesed to

-- sacrificed to superannuation

will also have their contributions

counted as income.

The Government said that they will

consider further action against Zimbabwe if Robert Mugabe threatens

the outcome of the upcoming

election. Mr Mugabe is now trying

to steal the second presidential

run off by a campaign of violence,

intimidation and fear. On top of

greater sanctions, the Government

says it may also call on the United Nations

Nations to act.

From today, NSW police will be From today, NSW police will be out

to reduce the number of fatal

railway level crossing accidents.

37 people are killed at level

crossings around the country every

year, including pedestrians and

people trapped in vehicles that have

been hit by trains.

failing to obey railway crossing

three demerit points. rules can be fined $300 and lose

A powerful car bomb has exploded

this morning in Baghdad. It went

off in a crowded market area

killing 51 people and wounding

another 75. The blast set fire to

at least 20 shops and levelled a

multistorey building. This is the

worts attack in the Iraqi capital

in several months.

Damage from the floods in the US

Midwest has hit $2 billion. The

Mississippi River has reached

record levels, forcing thousands record levels, forcing

from their homes.

Residents along the Mississippi

will soon find out if millions of

sand bags are enough to hold back

the rising water. The river will

begin cresting today in south-east

Iowa and could potentially breach

27 levies as it flows through

Illinois and Missouri. It's surreal, I've never been through anything

like this before. Water has already

spilled over the levies in some

riverside comuems and most know

this is just a taste. To the north

in Cedar Rapids, the water is going

down but tempers are rising. I

want to go into my house. More than 20,000 residents were forced from

their homes, but with power lines

down and many houses unstable,

officials say it just isn't safe to

let everyone back. The city suffered major damage and

frustrated residents want to know

what, if anything, they have left.

More success abroad for Australian horses. This time at England's

Royal Ascot. Herada Sun won the

Group 1 Queen Ann Stakes.

What a way to go. You see, that was

his last race and now he's being

retired to stud. Takeover Target

came close to making it a double.

He finished second in the Kings

Stand Stakes. He will race again in

the Golden Jubilee on saefplt the

Peter Moody trained Magnus finished

out of the standings.

Mark Harvey has called on the AFL

to change the rules after issues of

it tanking came up again and said that

it is a slur on the game. It's that time of year again to talk - up or down - tanking. And with just two wins for the year, Mark Harvey says it's time the AFL took action. I think it's a slur on the game when we talk about it. I'm not big on rewarding poor seasons. Tanking is back in the headlines after Fremantle's cross-town rivals, West Coast, came under the microscope when a string of big-name players withdrew from the game against Essendon.

to alter public perceptions. The Dockers want the system changed saying they're going out and losing. It's derogatory towards a club The clubs hate hearing it.

I don't know what they could do. four and mix it up that way. Maybe they could raffle the last this season his last, Adem Yze has refused to declare struggling for a spot despite the Melbourne veteran in the senior side. Yeah, I'm not too sure. at the end of the year We'll sit down and where they think I'm at, and see where the club's at but physically I feel fine. in Canberra on Sunday. he bottom-placed Dees play the Swans Kelli Underwood Ten News.

Nsm RL, and the Wests Tigers Benji

Marshall says he was defending

himself when involved in a scuffle

in Sydney's Kings Cross. And one of

the players highest profile players

has backed Marshall saying he's

also been the target of trouble

makers on nights out. They're out there and they always want to start

on Benji, it's like he has a sign

on his head. The Tigers say they

won't be taking any action against the five-eighth.

New figures show dwelling

commencements fell by more than 3%

in the March quarter - the biggest

drop in over two years. For a

closer look, I'm joined live by

Juliette Saly from Commsec and

housing prices look set to worsen.

Yes, with demand outstripping supply

the population continues to grow,

but at the same time, not new homes are being built, but at the same time, not enough

particularly in the State of NSW.

Nment of people moving into NSW continues to grow and grow, but the

number of new homes constructed number of new homes constructed in

the State over the past year fell

to the lowest level in four decades

and of course, that's putting a lot

of pressure on the rental market. A

good time to be a landlord. To some

good news and borrowers are the

lucky ones? Yes, we saw the minutes

released from the Reserve Bank's

meeting and they show that the

Reserve Bank thinks it has done

enough for now to cool the economy

and it looks like interest rates

will be on hold for some time T is

too early to speculate about a rate

cut any time soon. What can we

expect from the market? It's

looking like a weak start. We saw

the Dow Jones off by almost 1%.

Hopefully the losses won't be

anything like that. We should have

some good gains from the mining

stocks. BHP and Rio were high in

offshore trade overnight and we've

also seen good movement in gold and

base metal prices. Could see a

little bit of pressure for banking little bit of pressure for banking

stocks. At the moment, the Futures

pointing to a drop of a third of 1%

when we open. Thank you for the Thanks. update.

the nation: Here's the weather picture around

let's have another look at today's

newspaper front pages. The Age'

reports that the Office of Police

Integrity is set to charge police

officers with offences. The

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' says

that some company profits could be slashed by up to 10%.

And the 'Daily Telegraph' reports

on the death of Jeffrey Vautin, the

brother of commentator Paul Vautin.

The State's gas crisis, we'll have

the details when the news returns. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... COMING UP, AN ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COURT COURT BUT FIRST, THE CHIEF MINISTER'S ASSURED THE TERRITORY'S PUBLIC SERVANTS, THEY WON'T LOSE ANY PAY, AFTER THE ASSEMBLY WAS SHUT DOWN FOR A WEEK, WHEN THE OPPOSITION CALLED A NO CONFIDENCE MOTION IN JOHN STANHOPE. THE OPPOSITION CLAIMS, HE MISLED AN ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE, OVER HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE PLANNED FOR TUGGERANONG. GAS-FIRED POWER STATION SAYS, HE'LL MAKE SURE THE BUT, THE CHIEF MINISTER PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET, DELAY DOESN'T STOP THE THE COULD AFFECT THE THROUGH THE ASSEMBLY, WHICH

SERVANTS. TERRITORY'S PUBLIC BACK IN COURT TODAY, A BELCONNEN MAN, WILL BE SEXUALLY ASSAULT A WOMAN, CHARGED WITH TRYING TO WHILE SHE SLEPT. FERNANDO, HAS BEEN REFUSED 30 YEAR OLD ALAN EDWARD BAIL ALREADY. WOMAN WOKE UP TO FIND HIM POLICE SAY A 35 YEAR OLD IN HER BEDROOM. LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO AND, A-C-T POLICE, ARE YEAR OLD GIRL AT GOWRIE. EXPOSED HIMSELF, TO A 12 IT HAPPENED ON MONDAY, WHILE THE GIRL WAS RIDING ON A BIKE PATH, OFF ISABELLA AND ASHLEY DRIVES. THE MAN'S DESCRIBED AS BETWEEN 16 AND 23, WITH OLIVE SKIN, A GOATEE BEARD, AND RIDING A SMALL B-M-X. TO SPORT, THE RAIDERS WILL FIELD AN UNCHANGED SIDE FOR THIS WEEKEND'S MATCH AGAINST THE BULLDOGS. DEBUTANT JUSTIN CARNEY KEEPS HIS PLACE ON THE WING AFTER STARRING IN THE SIDE'S WIN OVER

BRISBANE,WHILE TERRY CAMPESE'S BEEN NAMED AT FIVE-EIGHTH. THE TEAM WILL TRAVEL TO SYDNEY ON FRIDAY. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... A COLD FRONT IS MOVING THROUGH THE BIGHT, AND WILL CROSS THE REGION TOMORROW BRINGING SOME SCATTERED SHOWER ACTIVITY.

LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - CLOUDY, AND MOSTLY FINE IN

CANBERRA - LIGHT SHOWERS FOR SYDNEY - AND A SHOWER OR TWO DEVELOPING IN ADELAIDE CLOSER TO HOME - MOSTLY FINE IN DUBBO 21 THE EXPECTED TOP - THE CHANCE OF A LATE SHOWER FOR ORANGE 15 - FINE AND PARTLY CLOUDY IN BEGA

THE CHANCE OF A SHOWER LATER TODAY FOR BATHURST - TODAY FOR BATHURST - FINE WITH 16 DEGREES ON THE WAY FOR GOULBURN

CLEAR SKIES AND 16 THE TOP FOR COOMA - MOSTLY FINE AND 20 DEGREES FOR PARKES

LOOKING AHEAD INTO THE WEEKEND - TOMORROW - WE CAN EXPECT A FEW SHOWERS. FRIDAY - THERE'S THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS. AND IT WILL BE BECOMING FINE INTO THE WEEKEND. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE)

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. This morning's top stories - controversy top stories - controversy deepens.

Belinda Neal under scrutiny for a

tirade against a pregnant MP.

Charges against parents over the

death of twin babies are likely to

be upgraded to murder.

Three men behind bars for years

released overnight after their

convictions were quashed.

And the sports news - well, one

angry coach calling for action from the AFL.

But right now, a final look at the

market force the morning. Thank you.

US stocks ignored a strong result

from Saxon overnight falling on --

from Goldman Sachs overnight falling.

Oil has pulled back after briefly

coping above $134 barrel.

Our market is set to open a little

lower today with the SPI down 11

points. How your Super fund is set to

to fare this financial year, and

unfortunately it is not great news.

Interesting and for a lot of people.

Embattled Labor MP Belinda Neal

has allegeledly with held three

declarations written by her declarations written by her

companions who witnessed the Iguana

Nightclub incident. One of them was Nightclub incident. One of them was from staffer Melissa Batten who

quit Neal's office yesterday. It's

believed she was the only other

person at the couple's table when

the row with staff erupted. Neal

will also be scrutinise by a

Parliamentary committee for her

comment last month to pregnant Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella. The

comment was to her unborn baby

would turn into a demon.

Parents of 18-month-old twins found dead

dead in their Brisbane home on Monday night could have their

charges upgraded to murder.

Prosecutors say it is now most

likely that the initial charge of

neglect will be changed. The twins

had been dead for more than a week

when they were found in their cots.

Police say the couple's four other

children are now in the care of

their grandparents. The family was

known to child safety authorities.

Three men convicted of hacking a

man to death have walked free from

a Victorian prison in what has been

the State's longest running murder

trial, a court ruled that the verdict

verdict was unsatisfactory.

The men walked free overnight after

nearly seven years behind bars. Their

Their release came hours after

their convictions were quashed by the

the Court of Appeal. After the Court of Appeal. After all

these years, thank God he's out.

The trio were acquitted over the

2002 nightclub murders in which

James Swing was hacked to death on

the banks of the Yarra River after

a fight between two groups. His

cousins fled the attack by diving

into the river but, they couldn't

swim and drowned. The court ruled

that the accused did not make any contribution to the crime. contribution to the crime. A further two men have been

successful in having their sentences reduced. While the

remaining two of the seven men convicted have been unsuccessful in their appeals.

The pair will have to serve a

further 13 years behind bars. The

unanimous decision leaves no-one

convicted over the deaths of the

two cousins who fled into the river.

Two men have escaped unhurt after Two men have escaped unhurt after

a fire ripped through their home in

Brisbane's Inner West. It's

believed the blaze started in believed the blaze started in the

loungeroom just after 1am and

quickly spread to an adjoining

study. Firefighters managed to

contain the fire to the front of

the house. An investigation into the

the cause of the blaze is now under way.

A new report says funding for

demeantia research needs to be

tripled in order to fight the

epidemic. Alzheimer's Australia

says current funding of around $13

million is not enough to counter

the disease's social and economic

impact. Instead, it needs to be

boosted to $36 million a year to

keep pace with the growing cost of treatment.

West Australian Premier West Australian Premier Alan Carpenter has taken the unusual

step of making a television

address on the State's continuing

gas crisis. He's urged all West

Australians to cut back on their

gas use to help ease the pressure

on the State supply. Please,

minimise use of heaters. Turn off

lights when you're not using them

and reduce shower times. It's and reduce shower times. It's been

two weeks since an explosion at a

north-west pipeline wiped out

third of WA's gas production.

Australia's first female governor

skwhren earn $394,000 a year when

she takes over the top job in September. Quentin Bryce will be

paid around double the salary paid around double the salary she's

currently on as the governor of

Queensland. It's $30,000 a year

more than the pay of outgoing Governer-General Michael Jeffrey,

but it is her last wage rise as her salary can not change once she

takes over the job.

A powerful car bomb has exploded

this morning in Baghdad. It went

off in a crowded market area killing 51 people and wounding

another 75. The blast set fire to

at least 20 shops and levelled a multistorey building.

This is the worst attack in the

Iraqi capital in several months. Iraqi capital in several months.

Police say the market was packed

with shoppers when the bomb went off

There's been a new peace deal this

morning in the Middle East. Israel

and Palestinian militants groups,

including the Islamist Hammoud

movement which controls Gaza have a

greed to a truce starting tomorrow.

However, there has been more

bloodshed this morning on the Gaza

Strip where Israeli airstrikes have

killed six people and wounded two.

Same sex couple in California are

queuing up to tie the knot. Gay

marriage is legal from today. The

development sparking celebrations

and a few protests.

Geoff and Peter Have been waiting

in line at the registrar's office

since midnight to make it legal.

It's exciting, we're doing

something we waited 12 years to do.

Like any other committed couple,

they share a house and a business

and pets. Now they share marriage

vows. Here in West Hollywood and

all across California, gay couples

are eager to get their marriage

licences. This couple now introduce

each other not as, "my partner" b

but as My Wife". Last month's move

by the California Supreme Court by the California Supreme Court to

overturn the ban on gay maerpbl was

met with excitement and protests. A

marriage has always been a man and a woman and it is reminding them a woman and it is reminding them of

that and that they're hitting the

wrong direction. But for these

coupless, saying "I do" is the

right thing to do.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey says

the AFL must take action after the

tanking issue found its way back

into the headlines. Harvey into the headlines. Harvey says

even talk about teams tanking is a

slur on the game's image. I'm not

big on rewarding poor seasons. West

Coast's performance against

Essendon has come under the

microscope after the Eagles rested

some key play makers.

The Wests Tigers won't be taking any

any action against Benji Marshall

over a scuffle at a notorious

Sydney night spot, but the five-eighth has been advised to be

smarter about where he spends his nights out.

Just like the early hours of Monday

morning, Benji Marshall was ducking

and weaving at Tigers training,

but from at least one fellow player,

sympathy about the situation he

found himself in. He's a fiery

little dude, you know so blokes

that provoke him are going to, you

know, he's going to give some know, he's going to give some back.

But the police have said in this

particular case, there was

provocation of the kid, the kid

handed himself well. But Tigers won't

won't be following the Sydney

Roosters, Manly and Cronulla by

bang their players from Sydney's

notorious Kings Cross. You know, I think it is about balance,

accountability and responsibility,

and you know we continue to talk

with the young players about that all

all the time. Roosters coach Brad

Fittler says that for high profile

players like Marshall, getting

baited on nights out simply goes

with the territory. He's just got

to be smarter where he goes and

what time he goes. That's his life,

and you know, it deals him a pretty good lifestyle as well so he's got to understand there's got to be some give and take in borrowers with the Reserve Bank likely to keep interest rates on hold. Minutes their meeting show that slowing demand and that slowing demand and keeping inflation in check, but concern about a wages spiral brought on by higher prices, especially at the bowser has the RBA leaving their options open. It appears all the painful interest rate rises are helping cure an economy suffering from a bad case of inflation. Most things are going

the way the Reserve Bank wants.

Consumer confidence is subdued

with the slowdown affecting retail

sales, loan approvals and housing

growth, and the minutes from the

RBA board's last minute suggest

borrowers will be spared further

pain. The Reserve Bank might pain. The Reserve Bank might still

be talking tough on interest rates,

but they're unlikely to raise rates

in the next few months. A in the next few months. A lively

debate on Federal Parliament

centred on the Treasurer's own top

ten shopping tips. Shop for specials

Compare prices. Shop during quiet

periods. So many people do have to

shop for specials, Mr Speaker, and

that's why they need the tax cuts

we're delivering in this Budget.

The rising cost of petrol

continues to put pressure on

inflation and the Government. If

the Prime Minister knows that

motorists are suffering a lot of

pain, why won't he cut the petrol

exise? The Reserve Bank Board

remains concerned that rising

prices could trigger claims for

higher wages - a situation which

would almost certainly force it to lift interest rates again. lift interest rates again.

Super Funds are heading for their

biggest loss in 20 years after

market turmoil stripped $50 billion

off the value of their assets.

Balance Super Funds have dropped

5.2% this financial year - the worst

worst performance since the 1987

stock market crash. Underpinning the

rule, the fallout from the global

credit crunch and a sharp equity market. Long-term equity

market. Long-term equity Super Funds

Funds have remained strong. That's it for finance.

Let's talk about the weather for a

moment before we go.

That's the Early News. Goodbye nor

now. See you again tomorrow.

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