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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. and welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning I'm Bill Woods. This morning, will not push interest rates up. the PM pledges the Budget Tasmanian miners saved the other Reports one of the trapped after the Anzac Day collapse. A school teacher back in court 10 times the explosives for buying more than used in the London bombings. And in sport, resting Nathan Buckley Collingwood considering against West Coast. for Saturday's top-of-the-table game

and a fairly simple picture today. A quick weather check, it's good morning to Kath Robinson. And now for our first look at finance

soaring yesterday. The Budget sent the local bourse finally done. And Bill, the Toll/Patrick deal after the break. I'll have more on that there's nothing in the Federal Budget The Prime Minister says in interest rates is likely. to suggest another rise But the Opposition claims are signalling more bad news the markets and analysts for families with mortgages. Budget provides tax cuts for all The Howard Government's generous

that generosity but the Prime Minister denies for home buyers. will lead to long-term pain There's nothing in this Budget upward pressure on interest rates. that will exert While supporting tax relief about its long term effects. the Opposition isn't convinced Will the Treasurer guarantee that

as the futures market predicts? interest rates won't go up economy as keep interest rates low. We will continue to manage the The interest rate speculation for Labor over the Budget. one of the few avenues of attack give up on questions on the Budget I have never seen the Opposition after just six questions. faltering in Parliament The Opposition's attack to the delight of the Government. out of this Budget There have been a lot of winners the Leader of the Opposition. but the biggest loser has been

The Reserve Bank will be watching do with their tax cuts, what Australians

driven by high petrol prices the pressure to spend them and the recent interest rate rise. convinced the tax relief The Prime Minister

economic growth than interest rates. is more likely to stimulate for people to work harder If you make it more attractive

of the additional amount they earn, because they keep more on productivity. that has a lasting impact Murray McCloskey Ten News. to sell uranium to India. Australia is reportedly set Canberra is considering negotiations News Limited newspapers say despite the fact that India nuclear non-proliferation treaty. has refused to sign the to make a sale Australia is allegedly prepared international inspectors if New Delhi allows into its nuclear facilities. The report follows a meeting in India from both countries. between officials 48 hours after their rescue, are emerging amazing tales of survival from the mining town of Beaconsfield. first few hours after the collapse Brant Webb reportedly spent the

his trapped workmate Todd Russell. digging through the rubble to save

News Limited newspapers say and was having trouble breathing. Mr Russell was pinned under rocks multimillion-dollar payouts The pair are set to receive from the media for their story. is back in court today A Brisbane school teacher

the explosives for buying more than 10 times used in the London bombings.

they haven't ruled out terrorism Police say with more charges to be laid. of explosives in the suburban home. Police discovered more than 50 kilos used in the London bombings. That's 10 times the quantity The raid uncovering four devices. with nails and razor blades. One packed 10 electronic detonators Also found - and a book about Osama bin Laden. Four devices were made to detonate those devices by remote. and other detonating devices is accused of using a fake ID Teacher John Amundsen to buy the explosive Powergel. it's used by the mining industry. Bought only under licence to establish a motive Police are still trying for the construction of the bombs. he wasn't intending a terrorist act I didn't say anything out at this stage. but we're not ruling

In court yesterday, were for a TV commercial. Amundsen said the explosives and is expected to face more charges. He'll reappear in court today

The family of Bosnian contractor with that of an Australian soldier whose body was mixed up the Howard Government. is planning to sue the Sinanovic family is furious News Limited newspapers say at the three-week delay and father's body from Iraq. in the return of their husband last month His corpse was sent to Australia of Australian Private Jake Kovco. instead of that his body to be repatriated last week. The Bosnian's family was expecting in South Australia overnight Interstate experts arrived

the Gladstone explosives disaster to investigate which has claimed three lives. this morning They'll attend the scene sent from Adelaide when robotic equipment the remains of one of the victims. will be used to search for

unstable to send investigators in. Police say the site remains too to the Oklahoma City blast in America They've likened the explosion

11 years ago. has weighed into the dispute Foreign Minister Alexander Downer controversial nuclear program. over Iran's Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad during a three day tour of Indonesia. is in mediation talks The argument with is Iran obligations it should have fulfilled is it hasn't fulfilled all the to the International Atomic Agency. and accountability. Obligations of transparency

program is for fuel technology Tehran has vowed that its nuclear and not for weapons. flattened by a violent tornado. A small American town has been whipped through the north Texas town Three people died when the wild winds in the middle of the night. trees uprooted Homes were reduced to rubble, out of the ground. and power poles ripped

to still have a home Those lucky enough are without fresh water and power. a spectacular scene in China. A surveillance camera has recorded The vision captured the exact moment in the Shandong Province. a bus crashed on a busy road It's believed the driver lost control while trying to avoid smashing into the truck which had pulled out in front of it. Many passengers on board were seriously injured

but no-one was killed. Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse is considering resting Nathan Buckley for the top-of-the-table game against West Coast. Its part of a wider plan to keep the ageing skipper healthy during a long season. A tough decision certainly looms here at Collingwood HQ. The best way to deal with one of their greatest assets, Nathan Buckley. The 33-year-old continues to train the house down but his coach doesn't want to push him beyond breaking point. There's no doubt in my mind that Nathan will miss games of football this year. We want to make sure that it's on our terms and not on injury terms. Now that means this week will be looked at. At Melbourne, their skipper David Neitz is over his hip problem. WOLF WHISTLE The Demons pretty in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research with fans expected to don the colour on Saturday when they host the Dockers. In Adelaide, skipper Mark Ricciuto's hamstring is right to go and ready to face the Kangaroos. I'm feeling very fit at the moment. I've done a bit of a test on the treadmill and haven't dropped off much at all, at the moment, so it's not a case of whether I can go back in the mid-field it's where I'm needed at the moment and that's in the forward line. The Australian Rugby Union has left the door ajar for Mark Gasnier to switch codes, despite withdrawing its offer for the rugby league centre. Meantime the struggling Parramatta Eels have denied that a spat between team-mates behind the goal-line is a sign of infighting at the club. It's rugby league. I'm telling you, we're gonna be playing in dresses soon, the way things are going. We had lot of people out there who care about the club. They care about their own performance and they expressed themselves. Two A-League players have made it into the Socceroos squad for the World Cup. Mark Milligan and Michael Beachamp the lucky two at the announcement at Sydney Airport. Remarkably two years ago Beaucamp was working at there laying vinyl flooring. The Socceroos' first game is against Japan on June 12th. Kath's back with finance

and one of Australia's most significant takeover bids is over? We think so Bill with Toll Holdings taking control of Patrick Corp last night,

after nine months of intense lobbying.

The transport company now owns 50.1% of Patrick after its upgraded $6.3 billion dollar got over the line. The deal helped significantly with Macquarie Bank pulling out of the race yesterday. Toll shares closed at a record $15 yesterday. Patrick up slightly at $8.90. To the markets now. Now let's take a look at this morning's headlines. The Ten Early News will return after the break.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines this Thursday, the act of mining mateship in Tasmania that ensured Todd Russell's survival. Protesters appalled at heavy-handed police tactics at a so-called sacred site in Melbourne. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer weighs into the Iran nuclear dispute as it reaches crisis point. And in sport, the future of rugby league player Mark Gasnier still unknown after the Australian Rugby Union withdrew its contract offer to switch codes. Kath now with another look at finance and the former Westpoint founder ordered to give back money? The Federal Court has instructed Norm Carey to pay back $875,000 after it was revealed he transferred the money from one of the companies in his Westpoint group to his brother's company Keypoint Developments the day after the court had frozen the assets.

4,000 investors face losing up to $300 million in the company's collapse. To the markets now, and in the US the Fed has raised rates to 5%. And Bill, more shortly on what Virgin has in store to lure more customers. There's concern the Howard Government's income tax cuts will be absorbed by rising petrol prices. The Prime Minister denies the Budget's tax breaks are a win for the oil companies. I don't believe we are handing over tax cuts to the petrol companies because these tax cuts will continue irrespective of petrol. Mr Howard agrees tax relief is a good way to meet rising fuel costs. The miners spent the day out of the spotlight and in the comfort of their own homes, although their rescue team was only too happy to snare some of the attention and themselves considered minor celebrities in this part of the world. They anticipate catching up with the pair soon. I suppose the emotional side of it hasn't started for us yet. We've still got the edge, if you want to call it that. Everyone wants to hear from the two miners but it appears that's going to come at a price. There are reports Channel 9 has offered both the men up to $3 million each

and there's interest from the US, including from the talkshow queen herself Oprah Winfrey. The union says it's not brokering any deals on the miners' behalf. Trying to get in between mating gorillas to sort out the media deals here and we don't wish to be in that highly uncomfortable position.

There are calls for the inquiries into the Beaconsfield tragedy to begin as soon as possible. One of the crucial questions to be answered is whether the tremor that started the rockfall was natural or caused by the mining process. The mine will be closed for a month, with all workers on full pay. The Australian Workers Union

will meet with members in Beaconsfield tomorrow to discuss their concerns. Max Futcher, Ten News. The Prime Minister hopes to discuss the plight of military prisoner David Hicks when he meets US President George Bush later this week. But he's refused to say whether Hicks will be one of the first Australians to return home to serve any sentence under a new agreement with Washington. The agreement concerns the transfer of detainees. The question about what happens to his sentence if he's convicted is something that's been under discussion for a while but the very important thing is to bring him to trial as soon as possible. Hicks has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years after allegedly being caught fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan. A two month Aboriginal protest in Melbourne has ended with demonstrators slamming police tactics. The group asked police and council employees for an extra half an hour to douse the flames themselves.

That request was rejected and police moved in. The fire was lit as part of a peaceful protest

during the Commonwealth Games but had remained in the parklands. Ten News reporter Luke Waters has been covering the protest overnight and joins me on the line. Luke, is this the last of the fire?

The fire was lit only briefly. Other

sides are being looked as to like it

other symbolic fires. Australia's strained relationship with Indonesia may be improving. Reports this morning indicate plans are under way for Indonesian Ambassador Hamzah Thayeb to return to Canberra. Mr Thayeb was recalled to Jakarta when a diplomatic row erupted in March after Australia granted temporary protection visas to 42 Papua asylum seekers. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will meet with his Indonesian counterpart on Monday to discuss the situation. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has weighed into the international debate over Iran's nuclear program. The dispute is close to crisis point with Tehran refusing to negotiate. This is the man at the centre of a major international dispute. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is accused of developing nuclear weapons. The argument with is Iran is it hasn't fulfilled all the obligations it should have fulfilled to the International Atomic Agency. Obligations of transparency and accountability. Iran says its nuclear program is for fuel technology and not for weapons. But that hasn't washed with the White House. The US has failed to make any inroads on the issue with Tehran repeatedly telling them to butt out. So now the European Union will try to forge a deal. If talks fail, President Bush hasn't ruled out military confrontation. Economic sanctions could the next step against Iran. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in talks with Mr Ahmadenijad trying to mediate the situation. But if all else fails, the fear is that this nuclear dispute could lead to another war-front in the Middle East. Terrorists have launched an attack on an Iraqi police station. It's believed police headquarters were the target of this suicide bombing in the city of Tal Afar, north-west of Baghdad. 22 civilians were killed and more than 130 people wounded. And 11 people are dead after a bus bombing in Baqouba. They were passengers killed on their way to work. Christmas is a while off, but already a raft of great new presents for technology buffs. Microsoft and Nintendo's state-of-the-art gaming consoles have been unveiled at an expo in America. Nintendo's Wii is being touted as a revolution for the industry. It has the capacity to sense motion and depth and lets the player move with the action. For example if you're tossing a line to fish

and you flick it back as you would in real life

it is that intuitive and that real and that is the beauty of it. Sony new PlayStation 3 also lets users put some motion into their game playing. Microsoft got a jump on its competitors with the early release of its X-Box 360. Nathan Buckley may not be playing in the league-leading battle against the West Coast. It was always the plan to nurse Buckley through a long season. His coach doesn't want to push him beyond breaking point. There's no doubt in my mind that Nathan will miss games of football this year. We want to make sure that it's on our terms and not on injury terms. Now that means this week will be looked at. Meanwhile, Eagles ruckman Dean Cox was forced to don the colours of arch-rivals Fremantle after losing a bet on the result of last week's local derby. Another twist on the rugby league saga involving Test centre Mark Gasnier. The Australian Rugby Union has withdrawn its offer but remains hopeful he'll switch codes. He's quick to the line, but Mark Gasnier's taking plenty of time to decide his future.

The Australian Rugby Union refusing his latest request to extend the deadline on his decision to switch codes. At this stage our offer is withdrawn. We're always happy to take a phone call, but at this stage our offer is withdrawn. Gasnier's management says he's torn between the codes not wanting to make a decision until he receives a formal offer from his club St George Illawarra. It's very hard decision for him. I was very impressed with him as a man. I thought he was genuine and you never know that's gonna happen further down the road. The decision could drag into rugby league's showpiece State of Origin series. Defending champion Kelly Slater is through to the third round of the Billabong Pro surfing event at Teahupoo in Tahiti. But other big names didn't enjoy a smooth ride. Three times world champion Andy Irons was beaten by a local surfer Manoa Drolay. Finance now with Kath

and Virgin Blue feeling the squeeze of soaring jet fuel prices? The Brisbane-based airline's first half earnings right down Bill. An 8.5% tumble to $68.2 million in net profit for the six months to March 31. Fuel costs jumped 35% in this period. To offset further rises the airline will try to entice higher-paying business passengers with new airport lounges to be relaunched at the end of this month

and a new reservation system. To the markets now and in the US the Fed has raised rates to 5%.

Checking the weather around Australia. Next on Ten's Early News, the family of a Bosnian contractor whose body was sent to Australia by mistake to sue the Howard Government.

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This program is captioned live. Good morning and welcome to Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods. This morning, the PM pledges the Budget will not push interest rates up.

Reports one of the trapped Tasmanian miners saved the other after the Anzac Day collapse. Tasmanian miners saved the other after the Anzac Day collapse. A school teacher back in court for buying more than 10 times the explosives used in the London bombings. And in sport, Collingwood considering resting Nathan Buckley for Saturday's top-of-the-table game against West Coast. A quick weather check, and a fairly simple picture today. Finance, unemployment set to rise. A significant drop in the number of part-time positions is tipped to push unemployment higher. It's predicted to rise to 5.1% today. The family of Bosnian contractor whose body was mixed up with that of an Australian soldier is planning to sue the Howard Government. News Limited newspapers say the Sinanovic family is furious at the three-week delay in the return of their husband and father's body from Iraq. His corpse was sent to Australia last month instead of that of Australian Private Jake Kovco. The Prime Minister says there's nothing in the Federal Budget to suggest another rise in interest rates is likely. But the Opposition claims the markets and analysts are signalling more bad news for families with mortgages.

The Howard Government's generous Budget provides tax cuts for all but the Prime Minister denies that generosity will lead to long-term pain for home buyers. There's nothing in this Budget that will exert upward pressure on interest rates. While supporting tax relief

the Opposition isn't convinced about its long term effects. Will the Treasurer guarantee that interest rates won't go up as the futures market predicts? We will continue to manage the economy as keep interest rates low. The interest rate speculation one of the few avenues of attack for Labor over the Budget. I have never seen the Opposition give up on questions on the Budget after just six questions. The Opposition's attack faltering in Parliament to the delight of the Government. There have been a lot of winners out of this Budget but the biggest loser has been the Leader of the Opposition. The Reserve Bank will be watching what Australians do with their tax cuts, the pressure to spend them driven by high petrol prices and the recent interest rate rise. The Prime Minister convinced the tax relief is more likely to stimulate economic growth than interest rates. If you make it more attractive for people to work harder because they keep more of the additional amount they earn,

that has a lasting impact on productivity. Australia is reportedly set to sell uranium to India. Newspapers say Canberra is considering negotiations despite the fact that India has refused to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Australia is allegedly prepared to make a sale if New Delhi allows international inspectors into its nuclear facilities. The report follows a meeting in India between officials from both countries. 48 hours after their rescue, amazing tales of survival are emerging from the mining town of Beaconsfield. Brant Webb reportedly spent the first few hours after the collapse digging through the rubble to save his trapped workmate Todd Russell. Mr Russell was pinned under rocks and was having trouble breathing. The pair are set to receive multimillion-dollar payouts

from the media for their story. Interstate experts arrived in South Australia overnight to investigate the Gladstone explosives disaster which has claimed three lives. They'll attend the scene this morning when robotic equipment sent from Adelaide will be used to search for the remains of one of the victims. Police say the site remains too unstable to send investigators in. They've likened the explosion to the Oklahoma City blast in America 11 years ago. A Brisbane school teacher is back in court today for buying more than 10 times the explosives used in the London bombings. Police say they haven't ruled out terrorism with more charges to be laid. Every year 1,000 Australians either die or suffer serious complications after heart surgery but a simple aspirin could change all that. Aspirin's already known to reduce the risk of blood clots, but researchers now want to find out if, taken on the day of surgery, it can prevent heart attacks, stroke, even death. The time is now right to look at a simple drug like aspirin, although we anticipate it could cause some bleeding. Tests are being conducted in 12 hospitals in Australia and South-East Asia.

A surveillance camera has recorded a spectacular scene in China. The vision captured the exact moment a bus crashed on a busy road in the Shandong Province. It's believed the driver lost control while trying to avoid smashing into the truck which had pulled out in front of it. Many passengers on board were seriously injured but no-one was killed. A small American town has been flattened by a violent tornado. Three people died when the wild winds whipped through the north Texas town in the middle of the night. Homes were reduced to rubble, trees uprooted and power poles ripped out of the ground. Those lucky enough to still have a home are without fresh water and power. Nathan Buckley may not be playing in the league-leading battle against the West Coast.

It was always the plan to nurse Buckley through a long season. His coach doesn't want to push him beyond breaking point. There's no doubt in my mind that Nathan will miss games of football this year. We want to make sure that it's on our terms and not on injury terms. Now that means this week will be looked at.

Meanwhile, Eagles ruckman Dean Cox was forced to don the colours of arch-rivals Fremantle after losing a bet on the result of last week's local derby. Another twist on the rugby league saga

involving Test centre Mark Gasnier. The Australian Rugby Union has withdrawn its offer but remains hopeful he'll switch codes. He's quick to the line, but Mark Gasnier's taking plenty of time to decide his future. The Australian Rugby Union refusing his latest request to extend the deadline on his decision to switch codes. At this stage our offer is withdrawn. We're always happy to take a phone call, but at this stage our offer is withdrawn. Gasnier's management says he's torn between the codes not wanting to make a decision until he receives a formal offer from his club St George Illawarra. It's very hard decision for him. I was very impressed with him as a man. I thought he was genuine and you never know that's gonna happen further down the road. The decision could drag into rugby league's showpiece State of Origin series.

The Federal Court has instructed Norm Carey to pay back $875,000 after it was revealed he transferred the money from one of the companies in his Westpoint group

to his brother's company Keypoint Developments

the day after the court had frozen the assets.

4,000 investors face losing up to $300 million in the company's collapse.

To the markets now, and in the US the Fed has raised rates to 5%.

National weather for the day.

Now let's take a look at this morning's headlines. The Ten Early News will return after the break. BUT FIRST, A HIGH COURT HEARING INTO THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT'S INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS LAWS CONTINUES IN CANBERRA.

THE STATES AND UNIONS HAVE TOLD THE COURT THE LAWS AREN'T VALID, BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN SET UP UNDER THE CORPORATIONS POWER OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE COMMONWEALTH IS EXPECTED TO MAKE MORE SUBMISSIONS TODAY. A SYDNEY BUSINESSMAN IS CONTINUING WITH PLANS TO DESPITE BEING KNOCKED BACK DEVELOP GOULBURN AIRPORT, BY COUNCIL. KEITH SWEENEY WANTS TO INVEST EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS IN THE FACILITY, TRANSFORMING IT INTO A TOMORROW FROM THE MORE CLOUD MOVING OVER CONDITIONS. SIGN OF RAIN JUST OVERCAST TO THE AUSTRALIAN WAR COSGROVE HAS BEEN APPOINTED MEMORIAL COUNCIL. THREE NEW FACES JOINING THE CARLYON AND R-S-L NATIONAL GROUP, WITH AUTHOR LES BILL CREWS NAMED PART TIME PRESIDENT MAJOR GENERAL MEMBERS. ARE BEING URGED TO KEEP AND CANBERRA RESTAURANTS TWO EATERIES WERE ISSUED ACCURATE PAY RECORDS, AFTER WITH BREACH NOTICES. BEEN CRITICISED, AFTER THE KINGSTON EATERIES HAVE STAFF. ALLEGEDLY UNDERPAYING

TAKE TO THE FIELD IN TO SPORT, THE BRUMBIES WILL

OF FRIDAY'S MATCH AGAINST CHRISTCHURCH TODAY, AHEAD

THE CRUSADERS. ONE BONUS POINT TO QUALIFY THE SIDE NEEDS TO SECURE

FOR THE SEMI FINALS. .... NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER NATIONS CAPITAL TOMORROW. FINE AND SUNNY IN THE FOR SYDNEY, CLEARING UP IN CHANCE OF AN EARLY SHOWER MELBOURNE. DUBBO, A TOP OF 20 AFTER 2 ANOTHER DRY DAY ON THE FOR OVERNIGHT.

WAGGA, WITH SOUTHWEST SIMILAR CONDITIONS FOR WINDS.

THIS AFTERNOON, 14 THE A FEW CLOUDS FOR BOWRAL HIGH. TOP OF 18 DEGREES TODAY. ON THE COAST, CLOUDY WITH A DEGREES. MUDGEE A HIGH OF 18

OF 13 AFTER THE MERCUSRY COOLER IN COOMA, WITH A TOP OVERNIGHT. DROPPED BELOW ZERO TODAY DESPITE THE CLOUD. SO THE RAIN HOLDING OFF

THE HIGHER AREAS, WITH MORE A COOL START TO THURSDAY IN

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines this Thursday, in Tasmania the act of mining mateship that ensured Todd Russell's survival. at heavy-handed police tactics Protesters appalled in Melbourne. at a so-called sacred site weighs into the Iran nuclear dispute Foreign Minister Alexander Downer as it reaches crisis point. And in sport, Mark Gasnier still unknown the future of rugby league player withdrew its contract offer after the Australian Rugby Union to switch codes. Howard Government's income tax cuts There's concern the by rising petrol prices. will be absorbed the Budget's tax breaks The Prime Minister denies are a win for the oil companies. tax cuts to the petrol companies I don't believe we are handing over irrespective of petrol. because these tax cuts will continue a good way to meet rising fuel costs. Mr Howard agrees tax relief is

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has weighed into the dispute Australia's strained relationship with Indonesia may be improving. Reports this morning indicate plans are under way for Indonesian Ambassador Hamzah Thayeb to return to Canberra. Mr Thayeb was recalled to Jakarta when a diplomatic row erupted in March after Australia granted temporary protection visas to 42 Papua asylum seekers. The miners spent the day out of the spotlight and in the comfort of their own homes, although their rescue team was only too happy to snare some of the attention and themselves considered minor celebrities in this part of the world. They anticipate catching up with the pair soon. I suppose the emotional side of it hasn't started for us yet. We've still got the edge, if you want to call it that. Everyone wants to hear from the two miners but it appears that's going to come at a price. There are reports Channel 9 has offered both the men up to $3 million each and there's interest from the US, including from the talkshow queen herself Oprah Winfrey. The union says it's not brokering any deals on the miners' behalf. Trying to get in between mating gorillas to sort out the media deals here and we don't wish to be in that highly uncomfortable position. There are calls for the inquiries into the Beaconsfield tragedy to begin as soon as possible.

One of the crucial questions to be answered is whether the tremor that started the rockfall was natural or caused by the mining process. The mine will be closed for a month, with all workers on full pay. The Australian Workers Union will meet with members in Beaconsfield tomorrow to discuss their concerns. Max Futcher, Ten News.

The Prime Minister hopes to discuss the plight of military prisoner David Hicks

when he meets US President George Bush later this week. But he's refused to say

whether Hicks will be one of the first Australians to return home to serve any sentence under a new agreement with Washington.

The agreement concerns the transfer of detainees. The question about what happens to his sentence if he's convicted is something that's been under discussion for a while but the very important thing is to bring him to trial as soon as possible. Hicks has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years after allegedly being caught fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

A two month Aboriginal protest in Melbourne has ended with demonstrators slamming police tactics.

The group asked police and council employees for an extra half an hour to douse the flames themselves.

The. The crowd jeered as soil and

water douse the fire. Many appalled water douse the fire. Many appalled

at the tactics employed by the

police. The fire was lit as a

demonstration during the Commonwealth

Games. It was kept alight to promote

Aboriginal culture.

This is the man at the centre of a major international dispute. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is accused of developing nuclear weapons. The argument with is Iran is it hasn't fulfilled all the obligations it should have fulfilled

to the International Atomic Agency. Obligations of transparency and accountability. Iran says its nuclear program is for fuel technology

and not for weapons. But that hasn't washed with the White House. The US has failed to make any inroads on the issue

with Tehran repeatedly telling them to butt out. So now the European Union will try to forge a deal. If talks fail, President Bush hasn't ruled out military confrontation.

Economic sanctions could the next step against Iran. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in talks with Mr Ahmadenijad trying to mediate the situation. But if all else fails, the fear is

that this nuclear dispute could lead to another war-front in the Middle East. Christmas is a while off, but already a raft of great new presents for technology buffs.

Microsoft and Nintendo's state-of-the-art gaming consoles have been unveiled at an expo in America. Nintendo's Wii is being touted as a revolution for the industry.

It has the capacity to sense motion and depth and lets the player move with the action. For example if you're tossing a line to fish and you flick it back as you would in real life it is that intuitive and that real and that is the beauty of it. Sony new PlayStation 3 also lets users put some motion into their game playing.

Microsoft got a jump on its competitors

with the early release of its X-Box 360. Three million sales already recorded. The Australian Rugby Union has left the door ajar for Mark Gasnier to switch codes, despite withdrawing its offer for the rugby league centre. Meantime the struggling Parramatta Eels have denied that a spat between team-mates behind the goal-line is a sign of infighting at the club. It's rugby league. I'm telling you, we're gonna be playing in dresses soon, the way things are going. We had lot of people out there who care about the club. They care about their own performance and they expressed themselves. The Eels coach says he'd be more concerned if his players were not fired up when they concede points. Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse is considering resting Nathan Buckley for the top-of-the-table game against West Coast.

It's part of a wider plan to keep the ageing skipper healthy during a long season. A tough decision certainly looms here at Collingwood HQ. The best way to deal with one of their greatest assets, Nathan Buckley. The 33-year-old continues to train the house down

but his coach doesn't want to push him beyond breaking point. There's no doubt in my mind that Nathan will miss games of football this year. We want to make sure that it's on our terms and not on injury terms. Now that means this week will be looked at. At Melbourne, their skipper David Neitz is over his hip problem. WOLF WHISTLE The Demons pretty in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research with fans expected to don the colour on Saturday when they host the Dockers. In Adelaide, skipper Mark Ricciuto's hamstring is right to go and ready to face the Kangaroos. I'm feeling very fit at the moment.

I've done a bit of a test on the treadmill

and haven't dropped off much at all, at the moment, so it's not a case of whether I can go back in the mid-field it's where I'm needed at the moment and that's in the forward line. Two A-League players have made it into the Socceroos squad for the World Cup. Mark Milligan and Michael Beachamp the lucky two at the announcement at Sydney Airport. Remarkably two years ago

Beaucamp was working at there laying vinyl flooring. I knew how to get here, but how times change, and to do something that I love and the biggest tournament in the world is fantastic. The Socceroos' first game is against Japan on June 12th. Socceroos Mark Viduka and Mark Schwarzer were unable to lift Middlesbrough to victory in this morning's UEFA Cup final against Seville.

Schwarzer was armed with a face guard to protect his recent cheekbone injury. The Socceroos keeper unable to stop the Spanish team taking a one-nil lead in the first half.

Finance, the NAB expected to unveil a record, $2 billion is what's instore when the bank posts its interim profit today thanks to its wealth management and British banks businesses. But be warned the headline figure is expected to fall due to a change in accounting standards. Investors can look out for an interim dividend of 83 cents. Final check of markets now.

Blink and you'll miss this next story out of Mexico. It's about a rock featuring a vaguely visible image of Jesus Christ. A 57-year-old native found it a month ago, a dream drew him to the stone. Believers are in rapture. Hundreds have been hiking to the rock to see the apparition and to leave a candle. The Catholic Church is investigating the authenticity of the image. Checking the weather around Australia.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. One of the Tasmanian miners trapped underground for a fortnight helped free his colleague after the rock fall. A Brisbane high school teacher back in court over a massive explosives cache. And Foreign Minister Alexander Downer fearful of Iran's nuclear arsenal. And that's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. And I'm Kath Robinson, have a great day.

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