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(generated from captions) Good morning. I'm Ron Wilson. I'm

Frank Coletta. Welcome to Ten's

Early News. Today, another school

shut down over swine flu as parents

are urged to quarantine their

children to contain the virus.

Residents start returning home but

thousands remain cut off after days

of torrential rain.

And touchdown - the space shuttle

Atlantis back on earth after a

successful mission to repair the Hubble telescope.

In sport, Lleyton Hewitt survives a

thriller to advance to the second

round of the French Open. A check

of the weather around the country:

Parents in some States are being

urged to keep their children at

home today if they've recently

returned from countries with

widespread swine flu. There are now

16 confirmed cases in Australia

with that number expected to rise.

Victoria has two more confirmed

cases of swine flu. Another student

has tested positive after

contracting the disease from a

schoolmate. We may see further

cases at Thornbury high school.

We've taken a precautionary

approach. It's going to be fairly

disruptive for a week. Drastic

measures are now in place for NSW,

WA and SA, and children returning

from international swine flu hot

spots will be forced into mandatory

home quarantine. We'll be asking

parents to keep their children at

home if they've travelled from

certain countries overseas. We'll

ask them to stay home for seven

days. Health officials have

apologised for the poor handling of

a swine flu scare on board a cruise

ship in Sydney. Thousands of

passengers were detained for more

than 12 hours while the ship was

quarantined. Of course we regret

the inconvenience to passengers. We

regret the fact that people were

waiting for passengers and weren't,

um, adequately informed. No-one on

board was infected.

Residents forced to evacuate their

flood-ravaged communities in

northern NSW have started returning

home. Weather conditions are

continuing to ease but more than

20,000 people remain stranded after

days of torrential rain. Residents

of Grafton and Lismore have been

given the all-clear to return but

Kempsey locals are still being

urged to evacuate.

I would think the damage is at

least in the millions. Meantime a

severe weather warning remains in

place with dangerous surf and high

tides. Properties have been spared

major damage but monster waves have

eaten away at the cosine. Police

are investigating the suspicious

death of a 4-year-old boy on the

Gold Coast. The youngster was

rushed to hospital last night

suffering multiple injuries and was

pronounced dead a short time later.

Police have sealed off this Gold

Coast home unit and are treating

the little boy's death as

suspicious. Police in Melbourne are

hunt or to two men over the

stabbing murder of a good smartian.

The 29-year-old victim tried to

break up a fight between three

Asian men outside a nightclub. It's

believed two of the men followed

him to a convenience store carpark

and stabbed him five times as his

friends pleaded for them to stop.

He thought he was doing the right

thing and, unfortunately, it's

ended up like this. He died after

undergoing surgery in hospital.

The Opposition has hinted it might

support the Government's

controversial alcopops tax after

all but in a trade-off the

Government would have to agree to a

alcohol. broader tax hike on a range of

The Government's proposed alcopops

tax was contentious from the beginning and still languishes

unloved in the Senate but in the

world of politics this is as close

as you'll get to an olive branch.

If the Government is serious about

addressing binge drinking we'll

come to the table. If they're

serious about raising taxes, be serious about raising taxes, be

honest about it. Way to too that,

the Opposition says, is not to

penalise one product alone. They

say taxes others were swap people

swapping to another beforeage. If

you were wanting to put in place a

tax around alcohol to address binge

drinking, wouldn't have you it

broader-based? But the Government

still saying the tax on alcopops

fixed a loophole introduced by the

previous government that caused a

surge because they were cheaper to

drink. Let's fix that matter first.

The Liberal Party should support it

and if they want to pursue other

issues, we'll take them more

serious. The Prime Minister didn't

want to talk about alcohol. He had

another drink on his mind. I'm

about to head off and have a cup of

coffee.

At least 11 people have been

injured after a brawl erupted in a

Sikh temple in Vienna -- Vienna.

Six men attacked a preacher during

his sermon. Worshippers rushed to

the preacher's aid sparking a brawl.

It's believed the attackers were

Sikhs from a temple in a different

district. All six attackers are in

serious condition.

A royal chauffeur behind an

embarrassing security breach at

Buckingham Palace has been

suspended. It's alleged the

chauffeur gave two undercover

reporters from News of the World

unprecedented access to the royal

palace in exchange for $2,000. He

even allowed the reporters to sit

in the Queen's luxury cars. Access

to the police is strictly monitored

by police and an investigation has

now been launched. The Queen was in

security breach. residence at the time of the

The space shuttle Atlantis has

landed safely in California this

morning. The shuttle was supposed

to land in Florida three days ago

but had to be diverted due to

thunderstorms.

Now and only now can we declare

this mission a total success. The

astronauts are safely on the ground.

During hair 13-day mission, the

astronauts repaired and upgraded

the Hubble telescope. It will cost

NASA $2.5 million to move Atlantis

Florida. back to the Kennedy Space Center in

Hawthorn has sent a warning to the

rest of the AFL with an impressive

win over Melbourne last night. A

late fightback from the Demons are

duced the margin to 22 points but

the reigning premiers were always

in control.

It appears the giant is finally

waking from its slumber after a

slow start to its Premiership slow start to its Premiership defence. Hawthorn's season is gathering momentum.

Hawthorn overpowered the Domeion

last night. The first half was

other best in some time.

There was a memorable late goal.

Hopefully it's just blue sky from

this point on for him. It's a

really good day. He's a great,

great character around our club. A

couple of injury worries for the

Hawks, Gary Moss copping a knock

and Cameron Stokes with a hamstring

probable. Melbourne is taking

little consolation from a last-

quarter fightback. I'd rather it

start. was the other way round with a good

We started most games pretty well

today. We were on our heels. Cholin

Silvia had 37 touches and four

goals.

NSW names its State of Origin team

this evening put that's being

overshadowed by calls for an urgent

review of the standard of

refereeing. Manly coach Des Hasler

launched an attack following his

team's loss yesterday. A dubious

penalty in the final minute cost

them the match. It's time something

was done about it. The game is

professional. The officialdom isn't.

Des Hasler also said NRL boss David

Gallop should shoulder some of the blame.

Andrew Symonds has something to

smile about after missing out on

Ashes selection. He joined forces

with Adam Gilchrist to help the

Deccan Chargers to win the Indian

Premier League. They beat the

Bangalore Royal Challengers in

Johannesburg. Skipper Gilchrist

departed early with a duck but

Symonds knocked a solid 33. Way over into the stapbtsdz!

The Chargers' total of 6/143 proved

too much for Bangalore. It's a

remarkable turnaround for Deccan

who finished last in the 2008 IPL.

Huert Hewitt has survived a world-

record 55-ace onslaught from giant

Croatian Ivo Karlovic to reach the French Open's second round.

Karlovic claimed the first two sets

but in typical Hewitt style, the

Aussie fought back to score a

dramatic victory.

In the women's draw, Ana Ivanovic

had a straight-sets victory. had a straight-sets victory.

On to the finance news now with

Frank Coletta and steady as she

goes this morning. Consolidation is the word.

A few days of consolidation and not

the turmoil we're used to is expected.

Little change coming up on our

market when it opens in a couple of

hours. Resource stocks are tipped

to rise on gains in commodity

prices. Financials are likely to be

weaker after falls on Wall Street on Friday.

Our dollar is likely to make some

gains as well off the back of that

rise in commodities. American

investors will return from the long

weekend for what could be a pivotal

few days on Wall Street.

They'll be hoping for data to lift

stocks after major indices rallied.

Fresh data has the competition

watchdog very concerned over the

growing concentration of power

shared by the big four banks,

particularly the combinations of

Commonwealth and BankWest and St

George and Westpac claiming 85% of

the March quarter mortgage growth,

both $22.8 billion. Institutions

outside that group saw a net

decline of $1.8 billion. They now

hold 72% of all mortgages and

that's worth $730 billion.

The administrators of Lehman

Brothers are urging creditors to

liquidate the collapsed investment

bank rather than divide up the assets.

Great Southern's debt is set to

blow out by another $215 million

due to an agreement between the

company and note-holders. Qantas is

axing first-class travel on some

services over winter due it to

reduced demand. New rules on short-

selling disclosure will be released

in the next few days.

Checking today's newspapers:

The 'Age' looks at the Federal

Government's impending takeover of

Aboriginal town camps in Alice

Springs due to appalling conditions.

The 'Fin Review' says Kevin Rudd is

likely to back down on proposed

changes to employee share schemes.

And the 'Sydney Morning Herald'

says plans are being considered

that would allow even taller

skyscrapers in parts of Sydney's CBD.

Beach goers on alert after a great

white shark sighting off Perth. of buying a new car with the Holden Owner's Grant. with 3-tonne towing capacity, 16-inch alloys and ABS is now just $43,890 driveaway thanks to the grant. because the Government's 50% investment allowance could save you even more. If you've dreamed of owning the keys to a new Holden, make it happen with the Holden Owner's Grant - go better.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News.

Heading home - many residents given

the all-clear to return to flood-

ravaged communities but thousands

are still stranded.

Parents warned to keep their

children at home to help stop the

spread of swine flu as another

school shuts its doors.

And back on earth - Atlantis

touches down in California after a

13-day repair mission.

More flood victims will return to

their homes in northern NSW today

and start the heartbreaking task of

cleaning up but over 22,000 people

remain isolated with the town of

Kempsey still cut off.

Kempsey under water. The McLay

River peaked two days ago but the

water level has barely dropped. The

town will remain on alert until at

least midday today. Having seen the

inundaigs across the area from here

east to the ocean has been a sea

and I would think that the damage

is at least in the millions. In the

centre of town, the clean-up has started. Locals had prepared for

much worse. When we heard over

seven metres, we knew that if it

did that it would come through the

town so better to be safe than

sorry. Further north, thousands of

properties are surrounded by water.

It will be days before residents

can return home to assess the

damage. Queensland, too, is still

being hammered by severe weather. A

low pressure system is whipping up huge swells.

Daring surfers are being towed on

to nine-metre waves, monsters that

are eating away beaches one by one.

High tides swamped this Gold Coast surf club.

But conditions are easing. The low pressure

pressure system generating the

strong winds is expected to move away from the coast today.

Schoolchildren who have travelled

to countries with widespread cases

of swine flu will be banned from

attending school in NSW for a week.

The State Government regulation is

an attempt to slow the spread of

the virus until a new vaccine is

available. Two Victorian schools

will remain closed this week due to

the spread of the virus, while one the spread of the virus, while one

class of students at a third school

has been ordered to remain at home.

16 people across the nation now

have the virus - 11 in Victoria,

two in SA, two in NSW and one in Queensland.

Trade unions are demanding the

Government dump its plan to lift

the pension age to 67 or face a

revolt. The construction, forestry,

mining and energy union and the Manufacturing Workers Union have

warned the Government it faces a

showdown over the issue at Labor's

national conference in July. The

ACTU is worried some Australians

won't be able to work an extra two

years to qualify for the aged pension.

People's bodies are broken often

way before 65, let alone 67.

The Government has proposed lifting

the pension age from 65 as a way of

dealing with an ageing population.

Victoria Police will continue their

investigation today into the

stabbing murder of a good smartian

who tried to break up a street

fight. It was one incident in a

sickening parade of violence over the weekend.

Friends of the victim were

inconsolable after watching on as inconsolable after watching on as

he was brutably attacked. This CCTV

footage shows the moment the store

attendant made the call to police,

already on the phone as witnesses

rushed in, looking for help. This

is the first time it's happened

here. The scenes unfolded when the

victim tried to break up a fight

outside a club. It's believed three

Asian men then turned on him, the

violence spilling down the street.

At one point, an old pram was used

as a weapon. He thought he was

using the right thing and

unfortunately it's ended up like

this. The attackers followed him to

a 7/11 carpark where he was stabbed

five times and kicked as he lay on

the ground. The murder was one

incident in a night of violence in

Melbourne. Four men in their 20s

were taken to hospital after two

gatecrashers attacked them at a

party. One was stabbed with a

screwdriver, another hit over the

head with a bottle. And authorities

seized a damaged SUV after a man

was shot dead inside it. We're

trying to ascertain what actually

occurred but the male who has been

shot is in his 20s.

The financial crisis is being

blamed for a sharp spike in

homelessness. St Vincent de Paul

Society has recorded a sixfold

increase in homeless families

looking for help in Sydney alone.

They say there are currently 18

people on a waiting list for a

single home at Blacktown in Sydney's west.

Perth beach goers have been warned

to take extra care with two great

white sharks spotted off the coast,

feeding on a whale carcass about

12km off share. They don't if the

carcass will be washed on to city

beaches. There's nothing to be, um,

overall concerned about giving that

the whale carcass is a distance off

shore. The white pointers have been

tgd so their movements can be monitored.

11 people have been killed and 30

injured after a stampede in Morocco.

It happened at a music festival in

the country's capital. Thousands of

people ran out of a stadium shortly

after midnight causing a fence to

collapse. The concert is part of an

8-day music festival featuring

international performers, including Kylie Minogue.

Atlantis has landed safely in

California this morning. It was

supposed to land in Florida three

days ago but had to be diverted due

to thunderstorms.

Now, and only now, can we declare

this mission a total success. The

astronauts are safely on the ground.

During their 13-day mission, the

astronauts repaired and upgraded

the Hubble telescope. It will cost

NASA $2.5 million to move Atlantis

back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The NRL will be having a good look

at comments made by Manly coach Des

Hasler during a heated post-match

conference yesterday. He took aim

at referees after -- referees after

his team was beaten in the final

minute by the Gold Coast. The game-

breaking decision that clinched a

one-point one for the Gold Coast

and prompted this extraordinary

post-match outburst. It was, again,

a junior referee who decided the

issue within, in my opinion, what

was just a dreadful error under

pressure. A vocal campaigner

against the two-referee system, Des

Hasler was cone vinced the referee

got this one wrong. Week in, week

out, we're discussing similar

issues, similar situations. It's

time something was done about it.

The game is professional. The officialdom isn't.

If the penalty shouldn't have been

given, well, you feel for them but,

you know, every side sort of seems

to be going through it at the

moment. Hasler says he'll seek

clarification today. Canberra five-

eighth Terry cam piecey enhanced

his claims on a NSW Origin jersey.

If I get selected, it's a bonus.

I'd love to Bastille Day. -- play.

The Blues squad is named tonight.

Carlton will decide later today

whether their defender will have

knee surgery. He went down in the

second quarter of the clash against Adelaide on Saturday.

I think he's hyperextended his knee.

A partial tear of the anterior

cruciate ligament - he'll find out

today how long he'll have to spend

on the sidelines.

Braun continues to dominate the

Formula One with Jensen Button

claiming victory in Monaco. He

finished 7 of 6 seconds ahead of

Rubens Barrichello for his fourth

start-to-finish win of the season.

That is champion's form in

anybody's book. Jensen Button wins

in Monaco! Mark Webber came in

fifth. He's fourth on the

championship standings. It was a

bad day for Lewis Hamilton,

finishing in 12th.

For a look at what we can expect

this week, I'm joined by Juliana

roadly from CommSec. A steady

starred predicted today, hopefully.

If you look at the markets, it's

due to open down about three points.

The miners may be able to go on

with it today. The oil price is

near a 6-month high and the gold

price is at a 2-month high.

Base metals positive. All that

working in our favour. General

Property have an AGM today and

Clean Made are holding a creditors'

meeting in Brisbane. What other

data should we look out for this

week? Not too much on our calendar.

We have construction work and

capital expenditure for the quarter

of March. Unfortunately we feel

that both of those numbers might be

weak. The big ones to watch out for

are in the US. We're going to get

big data on homes. We're going to

get home prices, the new and

existing home numbers, durable

goods orders in the US. That's very

important for their economy and

also their revised numbers on

growth or GDP towards the end of

the week. Thank you very much.

Great Southern's debt is set to

blow out by another $215 million

due to an agreement between the

company and note-holders.

Qantas is axing its first-class

travel on some of its international

services over winter due to reduced

demand and new rules on short-

selling disclosure in Australia

will be released in the next few

days.

Protesters strip off for an animal

rights demonstration in Spain.

Details when we return.

You're watching the Early News on Ten.

Another school shut down over swine

flu as parents are urge the to

quarantine their children to

contain the virus.

Residents of some communities

return to flood-ravaged homes but

thousands remain cut off after days of torrential rain.

Touchdown - the space shuttle

Atlantis back on earth after a

successful mission to repair the Hubble telescope.

And then in sport, Lleyton Hewitt

survives a 5-set thriller to survives a 5-set thriller to

advance to the second round of the

French Open.

Parents in some States are being

urged to keep their children at

home today if they've recently

returned from countries with

widespread swine flu. There are now

16 confirmed cases in Australia,

with that number expected to rise.

Victoria has two more confirmed

cases of swine flu. Another student

has tested positive after

contracting the disease from a

schoolmate. We may see further

cases at thorn bring high school.

That's why we've taken a

precautionary approach by closing

the school for the rest of the week.

It's going to be disruptive for a

week. Drastic measures are now in

place for NSW, WA and SA. Children

returning from international swine

flu hot spots will be forced into

mandatory home quarantine.

We'll be asking parents to keep

their children at home if they've travelled from certain countries overseas. overseas.

We'll be asking them to stay home

for seven days. Health officials

have apologised for the poor

handling of a swine flu scare on

board a cruise ship in Sydney.

Thousands of passengers were

detained for more than 12 hours

while the ship was quarantined. Of

course we regret the inconvenience

we caused to passengers. We regret

the fact that people were waiting

for passengers and weren't, um,

adequately informed. No-one on

board was infected. board was infected.

Residents forced to evacuate their flood-ravaged communities in

northern NSW have started to return

home. Weather conditions are

continuing to ease but more than

20,000 people remain stranded after

days of torrential rain.

Residents of Grafton and Lismore

have been given the all-clear to

return but Kempsey locals are still

being urged to evacuate. From here

east to the ocean has been a sea

and I would think that the damage

is at least in the millions.

Meantime, a severe weather warning

remains in place along Queensland's

south-east coast with dangerous

surf and high tides. Properties

have been spared major damage but

monster waves have eaten away at the cosine.

Police are investigating the

suspicious death of a 4-year-old suspicious death of a 4-year-old

boy on the Gold Coast. The

youngster was rushed to hospital youngster was rushed to hospital

last night suffering multiple

injuries and was pronounced dead a

short time later. Police have

sealed off this Gold Coast home

unit and are treating the little

boy's death as suspicious.

Police in Melbourne are hunting for

two men over the stabbing murder of a good smartian.

The 29-year-old victim had tried to The 29-year-old victim had tried to

break up a fight outside a

Melbourne nightclub. It's believed

two of the men followed him to a convenience store carpark and

stabbed him five times as his

friends pleaded for them to stop.

He thought he was going the right

thing and unfortunately it's ended

up like this. He died after

undergoing surgery in hospital.

The Opposition has hinted it might The Opposition has hinted it might support the Government's

controversial alcopops tax after

all but in a trade-off the

Government would have to agree to a

broader tax hike on a range of alcohol.

The Government's proposed alcopops

tax was contentious from the

beginning and still languishes

unloved in the Senate but in the

world of politics, this is as close

as you'll get to an olive branch.

If the Government is serious about

addressing the problem of binge

drinking, we'll come to the table.

If the Government is serious about

raising taxs, then be honest about

it. And the way to do that, the

Opposition says, is not to penalise

one alcohol product alone. Taxing a

range of others it believes will

stop people simply swapping to a

lower-priced beforeage. If you were

wanting to put in place a tax on

alcohol which addressed the concern

around binge drinking, wouldn't you around binge drinking, wouldn't you

have it broader-based, which is have it broader-based, which is what the health groups advocate?

But the Government is still playing

hard ball, saying the tax on

alcopops fixed a loophole caused by

the previous government. Let's get

that matter fixed first. The

Liberal Party should support it and

then if they want to pursue other

issues, we'll start taking them

more seriously. But the Prime

Minister didn't want to talk about

alcohol. He had another drink on

his mind. I think I'm about to head

off and have a cup of coffee.

A royal chauffeur behind an embarrassing security breach at

Buckingham Palace has been

suspended. It's alleged he gave two

undercover reporters from News of

the World unprecedented access to

the royal palace in exchange for

$2,000. The chauffeur even allowed $2,000. The chauffeur even allowed

the reporters to sit in the Queen

agencies luxury cars. Access to the

palace is strictly monitored by

police and an investigation has

been launched. The Queen was in

residence at the time of the

security breach. Hundreds of

demonstrators have stripped off to

protest against bull fighting in

Spain. The protesters poured fake

blood over themselves and lay next

to the country's biggest bull

fighting ring to call for an end to

cruelty gents the animals. Bull cruelty gents the animals. Bull

fighting is deeply engrained in

Spanish culture but more and more Spanish culture but more and more

people are now calling for change.

12,000 bulls are killed for sport

in Spain every year. Atlantis as

landed safely at Edwards Air Force

base in California this morning.

The shuttle was meant to land in

Florida three days ago but had to

be diverted due to thunderstorms.

Now and only now can we declare

this mission a total success. The

astronauts are safely on the ground.

During their 13-day mission, the

astronauts repaired and upgraded

the Hubble telescope. It will cost

NASA $2.5 million to move Atlantis

back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Well, Hawthorn have sent a warning

to the rest of the AFL with an

impressive win over Melbourne last

night. A late fightback from the

Demons reduced the margin to 22

points but the reigning premiers

were always in control. It appears

the giant is finally waking from

its slumber after a slow start to

its Premiership defence. Hawthorn's

season is gathering momentum.

Lance Franklin and Jarrad Roughhead

combined for seven goals last night. combined for seven goals last night.

We played damaging football in the

first half. It was a dream debut first half. It was a dream debut

for Beau Muston. After three knee

reconstructions he made up for lost

time with 31 possessions and a

memorable late goal. Hopefully it's

just blue sky from this point in

for him. It's a really good day.

He's a great, great character

around the club. A couple of injury

worries for the Hawks. Garyoi Moss

copped a knock to the leg. Cameron

Stokes left the field with a hamstring problem. Melbourne

continues to show promising signs

but is taking little consolation

from a last-quarter fightback. I'd

rather it was the other way round

with a good start. We started most

games pretty well. Today we were on our heels.

NSW names its State of Origin team

this evening but that's being this evening but that's being

overshadowed by calls for an urgent

review of the standard of

refereeing. Manly coach Des Hasler

launched a scathing attack

following his team's loss to the following his team's loss to the Gold Coast yesterday.

A dubious penalty in the final A dubious penalty in the final

minute cost them the match. It's

time something was done about it. time something was done about it.

The game is professional. The

officialdom isn't.

Hasler also said NRL boss David

Gallop should shoulder some of the blame.

Andrew Symonds has something to

smile about after missing out on

Ashes selection. He joined forces

with Ben Gill to help the Deccan

Chargers win the Indian Premier

League tournament. Deccan beat the

Bangalore Royal Challengers by six

runs in the final in Johannesburg.

Skipper Gilchrist departing early

with a duck but Symonds knocked a solid 33.

Gone way over into the stands.

The Chargers' total of 6/143 proved

too much for Bangalore. It's a

remarkable turnaround for Deccan

who finished last in the 2008 IPL.

Lleyton Hewitt has survived a

world-record 55-ace onslaught from

giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic to

treech the French Open second round. treech the French Open second round.

Karlovic claimed the first two sets

but in typical Hewitt style, the but in typical Hewitt style, the

Aussie fought back to score a dramatic victory.

And in the women's draw, Ana

Ivanovic made her way into the

second round with a straight-sets victory.

Let's get more on finance now with

Frank Coletta. It looks like a

steady start to the week, Frank.

That's right, Ron. We could have some steadyness.

Resource stocks are tipped to rise

on the open on gains in commodity

prices. Financials are likely to be

weaker after false on Wall Street

on Friday.

Our dollar is likely to make some

gains off the back of that rise in

commodities and a slump in the greenback.

American investors will return from

the long weekend for what could be

a pivotal few days on Wall Street.

They'll be hoping for data there to

lift stocks which have held firm recently.

The Dow Jones finishing off the

week 14 points down. The NASDAQ was off three.

In London, the FTSE gained 19

points on the back of miners.

To business in brief for you now

and the administrators of Lehman

Brothers are urging creditors to

liquidate the collapsed investment

bank rather than divide up the

assets. Great Southern's debt is

set to blow out by another $215

million due to an agreement between

the company and note-holders.

Qantas is axes first-class travel

on some international services over

winter due to reduced demand. And

new rules on short selling

disclosure in Australia will be

released in the next few days.

Unions threaten a revolt over plans

to raise the age pension. We've got

the details when we return.

Headlines on the quarter hour in Ten's Early News.

Heading home:

Residents in some communities given

the all-clear to return home but

thousands are still stranded.

Parents warped to keep their

children at home to help stop the

spread of swine flu.

Back on terra firma, Atlantis

touches down in California after a

13-day repair mission.

Lleyton Hewitt survives a five-set

thriller to advance to the second

round of the French Open.

More flood victims will return home

in northern NSW today to start the

heartbreaking task of cleaning up.

Over 22,000 people remain isolated.

Kempsey under water. The McLay

river peaked two days ago but the

water level has barely dropped. The

town will remain on major flood

alert until at least midday today.

Having flown in this morning and

seen the inundaigs - from here east

to the ocean has been a sea and I

would think the damage is at least

in the millions. In the centre of

town, the clean-up has started.

Locals had pleepd for much worse.

You know, when we heard over seven

metres we knew it would come

through the town if it did that. Further north, thousands of

properties are surrounded by water.

It will be days before residents

can return home to assess the

damage. Queensland, too, is still

being hammered by severe weather. A

low-pressure system is whipping up huge swells.

Daring surfers are being towed on

to nine-metre waves, monsters that

are eating away beaches one by one.

High tides swamped this Gold Coast surf club.

But conditions are easing. The low

pressure system generating the

strong winds is expected to remove

a-- move away from the coast today.

Spectacular conditions, aren't they?

Schoolchildren who have travelled Schoolchildren who have travelled

to countries with widespread cases

of swine flu will be banned from

attending school in NSW for a week.

The State Government regulation is

an attempt to slow the spread of

the virus until a new vaccine is

available. Two Victorian schools

will remain closed this week due to

the spread of the virus. One class

of students at a third school has

been ordered to remain at home. 16

people across the nation now have

the virus.

Victoria Police will continue their

investigation today into the

stabbing murder of a good Samaritan

who tried to break all street fight

T was one incident in a sickening

parade of violence on Melbourne streets over the weekend.

Friends of the victim were

inconsolable after watching on as

he was brutably attacked. This CCTV

footage shows the moment the store

attendant made the call to police,

already on the phone as witnesses

rush in looking for help.

This is the first time it's

happened here, stabbed here right

in front of the door. The scenes

under folded when the victim tried

to break all fight outside a club.

It's believed three Asian men then

turned on him, the violence

spilling down the street. At one

point an old pram was used as a

weapon. He thought he was doing the

right thing. Unfortunately it ended

up like this. The attackers

followed him to a 7- 11 carpark

where he was stabbed five times and

kicked as he lay on the ground. The

murder was just one incident in a

night of violence in Melbourne.

Four men in their 20s were taken to

hospital after two gatecrashers

attacked them at a party. One was

stabbed with a screwdriver, another

hit over the head with a bottle.

And authorities seized a damaged

SUV after a man was shot dead

inside it. We're still trying to

ascertain what actually occurred

but the male who has been shot is

in his 20s.

Trade unions are demanding the

Government dump its plan to lift

the pension age to 67 or face a

revolt. The Construction, Forestry,

Mining and Energy Union and the

Manufacturing Workers Union have

warned the Government it faces a

showdown over the issue at Labor's

national conference in July. The

ACTU is worried some Australians

won't be able to work an extra two

years to qualify for the aged

pension. People's bodies are broken,

often way before 65, let alone 67.

The Government has proposed lifting

the pension age from 65 as a way of

dealing with an ageing population.

The financial crisis is being

blamed for a sharp spike in

homelessness. The St Vincent de

Paul Society has recorded a sixfold

increase in families looking for

help in Sydney alone. News Limited

papers say there are 1800 people on

a waiting list for a single home in

Blacktown in Sydney's west. Perth

beach-goers have been warned to

take extra care with two great

white sharks spotted off the coast

feeding on a whale carcass which is

floating about 12km off shore. At

this stage, authorities don't know

if the carcass will be washed on to

city beaches. There's nothing to be,

um, overall concerned about, given

that the whale carcass is quite a

distance off shore. The white

pointers have been tagged so their

movements can be monitored.

The mother of Schapelle Corby has

rushed to her Bali bedside after

the convicted drug smuggler was the convicted drug smuggler was

hospitalised with depression. The

31-year-old is under guard after 31-year-old is under guard after being admitted on Friday.

She's improving, for certain. I

think she needs just a change of

environment. Inmates at her Bali

prison have reported a more tearful

Corby in recent weeks. It's the Corby in recent weeks. It's the

second time in a year she's been

hospitalised with depression.

11 people have been killed and 30

injured after a stampede in Morocco.

The stampede happened at a music

festival in the country's capital.

Thousands of people ran out of the

stadium causing a fence to collapse.

The concert is part of an 8-day

festival featuring international

performers, including Kylie Minogue.

Atlantis has landed at Edwards Air

Force base in California this

morning. It was supposed to land in

Florida three days ago, but had to

be diverted because of

thunderstorms. Now, and only now,

can we declare this mission a total

success. The astronauts are safely

on the ground. During their mission,

the astronauts repaired and

upgraded the Hubble telescope. It upgraded the Hubble telescope. It

will cost NASA $2.5 million to move

Atlantis back to the Kennedy Space

Center in Florida.

An Australian director has been An Australian director has been

honoured at the Cannes fest -- Film

Festival. The film, 'Samson and

Delilah' looks at the problems

Delilah' looks at the problems facing Australia's remote Aboriginal communities.

The best picture award went to the

Nazi film 'The White Ribbon'.

The NRL will be having a very close

look at comments made by Manly

coach Des Hasler during a heighted

post-media conference yesterday. He

took aim at referees after his team

was beaten in the final minute by

the Gold Coast.

It's the game-breaking decision -

It's a penalty to the Gold Coast!

That clinched a one-point win for

the Gold Coast and prompted this

extraordinary post-match outburst.

It was, again, a junior referee who

decided the issue within, in my

opinion, what was just a dreadful

error under pressure. A vocal

campaigner against the two-referee

system, Des Hasler was convinced

the referee got this one wrong.

That's a harsh, harsh call. Week in,

week out, we discuss similar issues,

similar situations. It's time

something was done about it. The

game is professional. The

officialdom isn't. If the penalty

shouldn't have been given, well,

you feel for them but it's - every

side sort of seems to go through it

at the moment. Hasler says he will

seek clarification today. Canberra

five-eighth Terry Campese enhanced his claims on a NSW Origin jersey

starring in the win over the Warriors. If I get selected, that's a bonus and anybody's book. Jensen Button wins in Monaco. Mark Webber came in fifth, going to fourth on the championship standings. Button extends his lead in the overall standings to 16 points. Lleyton Hewitt has survived a Lleyton Hewitt has survived a world-record 55-ace onslaught from giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic to reach the French Open second round. Karlovic claimed the first two sets

but in typical Hewitt style, the but in typical Hewitt style, the

Aussie fought back to score a dramatic victory.

A fighter to the end and he's done

it once more in the fifth set. And

in the women's draw, ana Ivanovic

had a straight-sets victory.

OK, what has the market in

OK, what has the market in store

for this week? To tell us, I'm

joined by Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. A steady start predicted

for our market today? Yes.

Unfortunately the SPI has our

market opening down three points

lower. If we look back to Friday in lower. If we look back to Friday in

the States, there was a bit of

weakness in the markets.

A lot of talk about credit ratings

around the globe hurting their

markets, ahead of the Memorial Day

holiday. We've

We've got the oil price near a six-

month high. We've got the gold

price near a two-month high and

base metals working in our favour.

Today we've got General Property

Trust with their AGM and Clean Made

holding a creditors meeting in

Brisbane. That's one to watch for

sure. What other data should we

look for? Not much on the calendar this week but

this week but we have construction

work and capital expenditure.

They'll see how businesses are

coping in the downturn. Big ones

coming through in the states -

we've got home price and home sales

data, construction and durable good

orders in the US and also later in

the week another revision of their

GDP or growth numbers which is the

main driver of growth in the US.

We'll keep an eye out for those.

Juliana Roadley from CommSec, thank

Juliana Roadley from CommSec, thank

you. Thanks. The administrators of

Lehman Brothers are urging them to

liquidate the bank rather than liquidate the bank rather than

divide up the assets. Great

Southern's debt is due to blow out

by $215 million.

Qantas axing first-class travel on

some international services over

winter due to reduced demand and

new rules on short selling

disclosure will be released in the next few days.

next few days.

Perhaps this is a warning to

parents not to expose your children

too soon to technology. A 3-year-

old girl in New Zealand has gone

online to bid for and win a $20,000

earth-moving digger. I suppose a

scooter was not good enough for her.

What happened to the old Tonka

trucks? It's all about reality these days, isn't it?

Another school shut down over swine

flu as parents are urged to

quarantine their children to

contain the virus.

Residents allowed to return to

their flood-ravaged communities but

thousands remain cut off after days

of torrential rain.

And touchdown - the space shuttle

Atlantis back on earth after a

Atlantis back on earth after a

successful mission to repair the Hubble telescope.

And that's it for Ten's Early News.

We're going to leave you with an

unusual sight - pictures of the

Sydney Opera House lit up overnight

for an arts festival. We'll see you

again tomorrow morning. Enjoy your Monday.