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(generated from captions) and education on the table This morning - water, climate change

Morning News with Rebecca Maddern. VOICEOVER: This is Seven Welcome to Seven's Morning News. Good morning.

are in Canberra today State and Territory leaders a $7 billion national reform agenda. to discuss climate change, water and suggestions The premiers have dismissed with the Prime Minister they'll walk out of their meeting if they don't get what they want. They've got a lot to talk about. It's a whoppa, isn't it? that I can recall. It's the biggest one national productivity, Water, climate change, is on the table. even daylight saving the Murray-Darling River basin Efforts to save is still causing friction proposal to take control. with the Federal Government's with the Prime Minster's plan, Most States agree not Victoria's Steve Bracks. This is an ill thought-out plan.

for the election year It was tricked up and the federal election campaign. of a postage stamp effectively. This year it was done on the back It hasn't gone to cabinet. is not backing down. The Prime Minister

He really should sign up without Victoria. because you can't have this plan It is like a 3-legged horse. greenhouse gas emission targets The premiers are united on cutting by 60% in the next 43 years. emissions trading scheme We've got a plan for a national and we'll go ahead with that is party to it. whether or not the Commonwealth priorities. And they all have personal Investing in our children's future, in life. giving them the best possible start

on literacy and numeracy. It's a renewed effort agree on is daylight saving. One thing the premiers can't all Queensland's Premier Peter Beattie. The odd man out - Everyone gets excited about it than anywhere else. but we have more sunlight All the State and Territory leaders are Labor,

eight to one. outnumbering the Prime Minister

And this is an election year. COAG meeting will be free of stunts. The premiers have promised today's No walkouts. To Iraq now the most heavily guarded building where a suicide bomber has breached in Baghdad - the Iraqi Parliament. Eight people died the heavily fortified green zone after the bomber made it through and into the Parliament canteen.

responsibility. Al-Qa'ida has claimed

ber struck at the heart of This was the moment the suicide bomb

democracy. What followed in the ber struck at the heart of

Parliament building was carnage and democracy. What followed in the

chaos. The cafeteria bore the brunt

of the blast, those inside fled from

what was believed to be a packed

what was believed to be a packed

dining room. One injured man was

dragged away in a chair. Some of the dragged away in a chair. Some of

pictures are too graphic to show.

pictures are too graphic to show.

bodyguard of an The bomber may have been the

bodyguard of an MP. "

bodyguard of an MP. "This was an

attack that everyone here hoped

would be impossible but many long

expected. I strongly condemn expected. I strongly condemn the

action. It reminds us, though, that

action. It reminds us, though, that

there is an enemy willing to bomb

innocent people in a symbol of there is an enemy willing to bomb

democracy. Security democracy. Security in the green innocent people in a symbol of

democracy. Security in the green zone home to

zone home to much of the American

military and the Iraqi civilian

population of the community are

searched twice. Somehow the bomber

navigated through all this to commit navigated through all this

murder. It was the insurgents murder. It was the insurgents second

strike of the day. Just a few hours

before in Baghdad one of the

important bridges crashed. Cars

crossing at the time went plum

metting into the water. Divers went

metting into the water. Divers went

in searching for survivors. No-one sure

sure if those in the cars suffered.

Once again Iraqi casualties. through the bedroom window A man has been shot dead of Thomastown. of his home in the Melbourne suburb

is at the scene. Seven reporter Clare Brady what's happened there this morning? Clare, can you take us through

Rebecca, it was about 4am when a man and a woman, his female

and a woman, his female partner were

and a woman, his female partner were

woken by someone knocking on their

woken by someone knocking on their

front bedroom window. He pulled back

the curtains and as he did he was the curtains and as he did he

shot several times in the chest. He

died in front of his partner. Police

can tell us that he is known to can tell us that he is known to

police and they believe he may have even

even known the person or persons who

shot him. What have you been shot him. What have you been hearing

from neighbours? Well, Rebecca, some

said this is a quiet street and a from neighbours? Well, Rebecca, some

lovely place to live and they are said this is a quiet street and a

shocked by what happened. Others

living quite near the house were

woken by the

woken by the shots. Some were so

frightened they are moving. I was half asleep. It was pretty quick, barking, it sorta woke me up, Between the bang, bang and the dogs but it was pretty quick. Can't go down the street no more. the window when I walk in here. I'm afraid somebody shot me out

Has the victim's name been released

yet? No, the victim's name has not

yet? No, the victim's name has not

been released. Police are trying to

piece together the investigation and been released. Police are trying to

notify relatives. They will release

the name later this afternoon. The notify relatives. They will release

woman who lives next door to the

victim's house where the shooting woman who lives next door to the

was carried out said she was woken

about an hour before the shooting by

someone aggressively knocking on her

back door. She wonders who that

person was and whether they had deadly intentions for her. have charged four men Police in Sydney in the city's west. over a shooting outside a pub Police say several shots were fired between a group of men during an argument in North Parramatta. later police stopped a car No-one was hurt, but a short time and arrested four people inside. Hand guns were also seized. from minor injuries 11 people are recovering ploughed into 16 cars after an out-of-control truck yesterday afternoon. in Adelaide's south Police say the semitrailer lost control during peak hour on a busy road in Darlington. It veered across two lanes, clipping several cars,

a traffic light and two streetlights before jack-knifing and skidding through the intersection. Two of Australia's biggest names on the catwalk showed off their smalls last night. Sydney's paparazzi were snapping overtime as Elle Macpherson and Jennifer Hawkins launched their own lingerie ranges.

'The Body'... Down the bottom Elle, Elle, Elle. ..and Miss Universe... Miss Jennifer Hawkins. Hi, hi, everyone, wow.

Two of Australia's most beautiful women went head to head last night While Elle launched her lingerie range at an exclusive male-only invitation-only cocktail party around Sydney Harbour, Jennifer Hawkins wowed more than 3,500 fans at a shopping centre in Sydney's west. Jennifer didn't model her range but she did let us in on a few tips about how she keeps in shape... I'll make sure I go to the gym, go for a run. Running and Pilates is my big thing. ..and the importance of a sports bra. It's good 'cause I don't want to do the whole gravity thing, I want them here when I'm 30, 40. Across town, 43-year-old Elle showed all her assets were in exactly the right place. It's maternity wear that's in style, though, for the Prime Minister's daughter, Melanie. She also stepped out in Sydney last night, looking radiant and showing off her growing baby bump. Melanie and husband Rowan are expecting

Janette and John Howard's first grandchild. Next in Seven News - our business and finance report. And the Brisbane teenager with a monster of a hobby.

Firefighters in the US state of Florida have made a rude discovery. Called to battle a house fire, they found it was home to more than scores of slippery residents. The reptiles, namely 100 snakes, lizards and giant turtles had been stacked up in piles near the garage. The owner had permits for them, but without a home to keep them in, they've been handed over to animal welfare workers. The drivers of this truck and the car underneath are lucky to be alive after a terrifying collision in Mexico City. The truck driver lost control and smashed through a side barrier on the bridge. It took emergency crews five hours to remove the massive rig, which hung dangerously close to the train tracks below. Police believe the truck driver was travelling too fast.

This next teenager can certainly drive a little better than that

and he doesn't even have a licence yet. You see, while most young boys spend their weekends kicking the footy and chasing girls, Billy Featherby is a little different - he drives monster trucks. the destruction - The noise, the power,

almost too much for the average man but the driver of this monster truck isn't a man at all. Billy Featherby is 15 years old. The adrenalin when you're, seriously, in that mid air for just that second, your whole head's just goin' crazy like, "Oh, is this really me?" And you kind of hit reality when you hit the ground again and you're like, yeah! Billy is from Brisbane and is the youngest monster truck driver in the world.

Billy watched his father drive monster trucks as a kid. One day I got big enough, ate my vegies and Dad's like, "You can reach the pedals, have a go." a 15-year-old is allowed to do this Now you're probably wondering how

he's been in the US, he's been through a month-long training regime and he's been cleared to do it by the Monster Truck Association in the US. And would you believe

it's the first time he's actually driven this truck. Billy can't drive a car but he's already driven monster trucks in about 20 competitions. So what do his mates think of all this? riding on my motorbike today, They're like, "Oh I'm

"what are you doing this weekend?" "Oh just lying down, "doing a couple of jumps in the monster truck, nothin' much." You can see the little monster at Sydney's Parramatta City Raceway tomorrow night. To business and finance news now. Joining us is Sally Auld from the ANZ. Good morning, Sally. How has the local share market opened this morning?

Good morning. The local market has

taken heart from a positive session taken heart from a positive session

on Wall Street. It is up around 20

on Wall Street. It is up around 20 points so far and some of the strong

performers include BHP, Billiton and

BlueScope steels thanks to some

BlueScope steels thanks to some

strong metals prices and Woodside

doing well thanks to the rise

overnight. The Aussie dollar reached

new highs. The Aussie dollar had an

amazing run. It has had 8%

amazing run. It has had 8% and it

broke a fresh 17-year high. The

stars are in alignment for the

Aussie. Strong metals prices, strong

global growth and expectations of an

interest rise and a weak US dollar

so there is quite a momentum so there is quite a momentum and

there is a good chance we will see

it hit 84 sooner rather than later.

What is the feeling on the

possibility of an What is the feeling on the possibility of an interest

possibility of an interest rate

rise? There is a 65% chance of a 0. rise? There is a 65% chance of a

0.25 increase. We have seen more

data that added to the case of

another rate rise and with the

unemployment rate at 4%

unemployment rate at 4% and some strong

strong housing data. We think there

is a good chance that the Reserve

Bank will deliver another increase

in May. Next in Seven News - sport as the Aussie prepare to take on the luck of the Irish at the cricket World Cup. And live to our sporting experts as we preview a big weekend in footy.

So, where did you used to teach? I used to teach at Collingwood Primary. Oh. I used to play footy for them when I was a kid. So you played for Collingwood, then? Mmm. (Giggles) Hey, I never knew that. (Passengers chatter) Hey, Edward. Edward! My dad used to play for Collingwood. See? SILENCE Didn't you, Dad? VOICEOVER:@Now you can really VOICEOVER: Now you can really be part of the action with sport exclusively online and on your Telstra mobile,

all on BigPond Sport. Some shampoos contain cleansers that can strip natural oils from your hair. Dove's new formulation helps leave essential oils right where they belong. APPLAUSE Who was Miss Australia? Was she a beauty queen? Australia's ideal woman? An ambassador for her country? You be the judge, as you relive the splendour, romance and glamour of one of Australia's most successful charity events at the National Museum of Australia's new exhibition - 'Miss Australia: A Nation's Quest'. Entry is free. On show at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. If you're an AFL fan, it's time to dust off your beanie and scarf and get ready to show your colours because it's rivalry round, the weekend where the league's worst enemies go head to head in a battle for bragging rights. For the details, we're joined by passionate footy fan and Seven sport reporter Dylan Howard. Good morning, Dylan. Now just before we get to the rivalry round, the AFL heavyweights met to discuss their drug policy last night.

What was decided?

The number of drug tests will be

increased under a new crack down increased under a new crack down in

the wake of the Ben Cousins scandal. Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou met with each

Andrew Demetriou met with each of

the 16 clubs and they remain

steadfast committed to the three

strikes policy. Despite that,

testing will increase and they will

see whether the image of the AFL has

been tarnished in the wake of this

on going drugs debate. It's not just about the quantum, it's also about when and where and the timing of those. Certainly the randomness of illicit drug testing is the best weapon.

According to Andrew Demetriou it According to Andrew Demetriou it is According to Andrew Demetriou it is

the best weapon. One other issue

discussed was Daniel Kerr. The

footballer who was found on

Victorian police tapes to be dealing

Victorian police tapes to be dealing with a convicted drug dealer.

with a convicted drug dealer. A report this morning

report this morning suggests that he

may escape any punishment. Back

may escape any punishment. Back on

the field, there are some big names

coming back this weekend? Yes,

heading by Nick Riewoldt. They take

on the Bulldogs and he makes his

return from

return from a hamstring

return from a hamstring complaint

which kept him out of the first two

rounds. Dean Cox is another name

which will return this weekend. But

the injury toll is mounting. Luke

ball won't play after receiving ball won't play after receiving a

knock to the head. Glenn Archer has

knock to the head. Glenn Archer has

a foot injury for the Kangaroos and

Tim Clark has ana key laoz problem.

The injury toll is mounting. Friday

night football. Who have you got

tonight on Seven? Collingwood taking

on Richmond. All are debut taunts.

Troy is the Richmond ruckman. They

are replete in the ruckman. I think

the Tigers might go OK. They were

pretty good last weekend. What

pretty good last weekend. What about

you? I will stick with you. Good

you? I will stick with you. Good luck with your tips have a luck with your tips have a good weekend. To rugby league now, and after a horror week of injuries and retirements, many fans will be happy to get through Tound 5 with their team in one piece. Seven sport reporter Matt Carmichael joins us now for look at this weekend's action. Matt, just what is going on with all these injuries?

It has been a shame. We have had

Andrew Johns gone, retiring with his

neck injury. One of the greatest

players to play the game. David

Kidwell and Luke O'Donnell and then

Kidwell and Luke O'Donnell and then

mat Rogers who is playing at

mat Rogers who is playing at the

Gold Coast Titans. He is saying he

will need an operation. It must

affect him through the season and

here he is on that injury. It is not

necessary for this off season but we

are not sure. It is a

are not sure. It is a fairly minor

operation. They just cut operation. They just cut you through

the front of your neck and open up

the spine. It doesn't sound minor.

Rogers could

Rogers could still be on the team

Rogers could still be on the team

tonight? The Gold Coast are

considering bringing him back. It is

a massive local derby. They have won

a massive local derby. They have won

more than the Broncos. It is a Gold

Coast home game but the Broncos hit

some form last week. It will be a some form last week. It will be a

huge night up there in Brisbane.

There is more than premiership

points up for grabs. It is a points up for grabs. It is a big

weekend for all the contenders who

want to play in next Friday's Anzac

test. Selectors will name the team

next week. There are several spots

open. It will be

open. It will be interesting to see

l Luke Bailey can get in on the

side. Luke Bolen has had

match-winning performances but it is

unlikely to get him on the side. It

will be a nervous week for some of will be a nervous week for some of those contenders. To cricket now and Australia takes on Ireland at the World Cup tonight. Our man in the Caribbean, Nick Marshall McCormack, has being keep an eye on the Aussies, and the men from the Emerald Isle.

He filed this report earlier this morning.

Hello from sunny Barbados where

Australia is going through its final

preparations. This is where preparations. This is where the

World Cup final will be played

World Cup final will be played in

two weeks time. It is where Ricky

Ponting hopes to hold the trophy

high. Things are going well for the

Aussies. Six win frz six matches. He

is about to step up a gear and his

team will take it up another level.

They need to. They are behind New

Zealand. That is New

Zealand. That is because New Zealand

has a higher

has a higher run rate. The only way

can they beat it is. They were never

expected to get past the first stage

but they knocked out Pakistan and

but they knocked out Pakistan and

now they are living their dream T is

a special game for three boys on the

side from Ireland. Three Aussies who

the luck of grew up in New South Wales and maybe

the luck of the Irish might help

them spring an unset. Speaking them spring an unset. Speaking to Shaun

Shaun Tait, he doesn't think so. Do

you believe in the luck of the

Irish? No, not Friday any way. Shane

Watson is recovering from that calf

strain really well and he was

strain really well and he was back

at training batting and fielding. He

won't be in the game. Could be back

won't be in the game. Could be back

for the game against Sri Lanka.

Ricky Ponting has said he might move

middle. him up to get more time in the

And still on the World Cup first game of the tournament and New Zealand has lost their this morning. after they were beaten by Sri Lanka for the Black Caps with 111 runs Scott Styris topscored from spinner Muttiah Muralitharan but another brilliant spell off their 50 overs. held New Zealand to just 219 Sri Lankan veteran Jayasuriya A dynamic innings of 64 from of the total. helped make short work

hit the winning runs Wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara with 29 balls to spare. on Seven's Morning News, Stay with me here details after this break. I'll be back with all the weather

that need steam cleaning. I've just got a few things They'll be ready this afternoon. Oh, let's see. of steam cleaning at home. Experience the power combined steam washer and dryer. LG's revolutionary new

the weekend weather now. Let's take a look at keeping southern Australia dry. High pressure cells are western Victoria, SA and WA Nor-easterlies across are also warm and dry. Onshore winds and a tropical low

are causing showers on the Queensland coast. Around the capitals:

And that's Seven's Morning News to now. We'll keep you up to date throughout the day and in our bulletins at 4:30 and 6:00. I'm Rebecca Maddern. Thanks for your company. Have a great day. See you tomorrow. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au