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The rogue Afghan soldier who shot

and wounded three Australian

soldiers has turned up as a hero in

the ranks of the Taliban.

It is 6am, Thursday November 10th.

Good morning, everyone. I'm Lachlan

Kennedy. I'm Ron Wilson. A second

night of big electricical storms,

hower went out in Sydney again.

In sport - how is this for a

thrilling ride? A 30m world record

wave has been tamed in Portugal.

And in finance - interest rates in

Italy climb as the country plunges

towards the same economic black hole as Greece.

Here is a check of today's weather.

soldier The Taliban says the rogue Afghan

soldier who shot and wounded three

Australian soldiers is now in their

ranks. The terror network claims

the soldier fled in a tank with 10

others along with their weapons.

But the Afghan ambasador to

Australia says the Taliban and al-

Qaeda are trying to shake

Australia's resolve in the country.

The allies will do everything

possible to show that they are in

control. Meantime, hundreds of

soldiers have gathered to farewell

Corporal Ashley Birt, one of three

soldiers killed in the earlier shooting involving another rogue Afghan soldier. Two

Two people have been taken to

hospital following another gas leak from

from the Orica chemical plant at

Newcastle in NSW. The pair suffered

breathing difficulties after

inhaling ammonia fumes which seeped

from a release valve on a storage

tank.

Emergency crews were called to

contain the link. Nearby residents

are frustrated they were not

notified. No warning. Nobody has

known anything about it. I was angry

angry before. Now I'm angry and

astounded. Orica is facing legal

problems after hundreds of

Newcastle residents were exposed to

a substance in August. The head of

one of WA's biggest energy

companies has been accused of

misimagining the business. A state

parliamentary business criticised

Doug Aberle for not mentioning that

the company needed more than a

billion dollars to fix its ageing

power pole network. I've been through all the processes

referenced many times before and I have never had the accusation

levelled at me. He was criticised

buzz Western Power doesn't know

where 4,000 of its power poles have got to. got

Queensland farmers saying laws to

protect prime farming land are a

joke. The State Government is

accused of doing a secret deal with

a mining company. They call this

the golden triangle.

The state Government has declared

it prime agricultural land and

deemed it, along with the Darling

Downs, be protected under new

strategic cropping laws. But land

oshs are confused. We thought we

would be protected. Since then, has

there has been a mine given the go-

ahead. Bandana Energy is planning

Creek. an underground mine at SpringShaw

the State Government. It was given special exemption by

It was recognise r recognised by

Government that we had had our

process under way since the

previous November. It sort of

strategic defeats the whole purpose of

strategic cropping. Now Agforce has

revealed in this submission that it

was told by DERM in early June

Bandana would not be given special

treatment. Within four days, the

project was approved. It has

appeared at the time, the first

time it was tested, it may have

failed. If the mine had not been

allowed to go ahead, having met the

criteria, the mining company would

about sovereign risk. have had a legitimate argument

It will be a bumpy road ahead for

car manufacturing giant Toyota. It

has had to recall 25,000 vehicles

across Australia and New Zealand to

fix steering problems.

The situation is worse overseas as

many as half a million vehicles,

including the Lexus and Camry have

been recalled because of a faulty crank

crank shaft pulley on the engine.

Thousands of students have marched

through central London this morning

tuition fees. to protest against big increases in

4,000

4,000 police were deployed along

the route, which wound from the

University of London, to the city's financial district. A similar

protest last year ended in violence,

including an attack on a car

carrying Prince Charles and his

wife, Camilla. This one went off

people were arrested. relatively peacefully, although 20

Russia's run of bad luck trying to

get a rocket to Mars has continued.

A $163 million unmanned spacecraft

failed to head off on the proper

course soon after its launch

overnight. An engine failed to fire

on the 'Phobas-Grunt' probe. Moscow

officials have three days to

program the spacecraft before the

batteries run out. Two Phobos

missions sent up in 1988 failed and

atmosphere. another broke up in the martian

Sports news - and the Australian

Golf Open tournament starts today

in Sydney. The controversy between

Tiger Woods and his former caddie

dominates the headlines.

Fred Couples believes the racism

blow-up might be a blessing in

disguise. Adam Scott's caddie has

been doing his best to stay out of

the picture, but Steve Williams' off-colour comments about Tiger

Woods are the talk of the course. I

consider Tiger Woods to be the

greatest player of all time.

Couples withdrew his earlier call

for Scott to sack his bag man. He

believes the matter should rest

with the public statement of regret.

If my caddie was to speak about

Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicholas at

any time in golf, I would have been

embarrassed. Sno we don't need that

in the game. Controversy aside,

Adam Scott says the time is right

world's for him to make a move on the

world's No. 1 spot. It is about

taking advantage of Tiger Woods'

plunge to No. 58.

The first time in my career as a

for me. professional, it's been realistic

Someone else may have something to

say about that. Tiger Woods,

drawing the biggest gallery of the

without Pro am, and despite going two years

without a tournament win, no-one is

writing off his chances this week.

17-year-old Emma McCune has added

the 100 m freestyle crown to the

50m gold she won at swimming World

Cup yesterday. She touched out a

fellow Aussie and. Libby Trickett finished

finished fifth in the event. It was

one of five Australian gold medals

on the final night of the meet.

And is this the biggest wave ever

surfed? Hawaiian big-wave surfer

Garrett McNamara has been awarded

the world record for tackling this.

He had been to be towed into the

wave. He came out surprisingly unscathed.

All the morning's finance news with

Lachlan Kennedy. Well, the problem

for Italy hasn't gone away just

because of the resignation of Mr

Berlusconi? It feels like it is

really just beginning. Fears Italy

will become the next victim of the

debt crisis engulfing Europe has been

been compounded. The country's cost

of borrowing has hit a record 7%.

That is higher than countries in

trouble like Portugal, grost and

Ireland. And a team from the EU is

in Italy to monitor how the country

plans to deal with its debt burden.

The new head of the IMF says the

world's economy runs the risk of a

lost decade of little or no growth.

Christine Legarde says markets must

tackle stagnation head-on. If we do

not act boldly and together, the

economy around the world runs the

risk of a downward spiral of

uncertainty. She says Asia is not

immune to the threat and advised

country's which have tightened

monetary policy they should pause

and reevaluate. Twiggy Forrest is

getting filthy looks from the

Government this morning after

criticising its superprofits tax.

Twiggy Forrest told shareholders

there is no end in sight for the mining

mining boom. This can year,

Fortescue Metals has posted a

record $1 billion US profit. But

don't ask him to pay any

superprofits tax without a fight.

It would not exist...

Not that his company expects to pay

much of it anyway, telling a

Canberra inquiry that the Treasury

has got it wrong and the big minors

have got off lightly.

This tax is going to kill the

industry. Economic vandalism.

Twiggy Forrest's anti-mining tax

campaign stumbled today when the

parliamentary inquiry was told

Fortescue had benefited from

generous tax write-offs, paying no

corporate tax for the past seven

years. It wouldn't be correct to

describe Fortescue metals group...

We have not cut a tax cheque today.

They want to resist paying the

mining resource rent tax.

A lobbyist supports the mining tax

but not the reason for it. I would

be arguing that it wasn't necessary

for Australians to be sharing in

the benefits of the mining boom. Let's

Let's take a look at the markets in

detail -

European markets struggled. The CAC

and the DAX closed more than 2% lower.

In Asia, markets saw hope in Italy.

News of the PM's resignation was well received.

Let's take a look at the national weather.

The 'Adelaide Advertiser' reports a

teenage boy has pleaded guilty to the

the triple murder of a family in their home last year.

The Greens okayisations of hypocrisy.

The 'Courier Mail' reports Brisbane

police have been ordered to move

speed cameras if their sites are

not catching enough speeding

drivers. Hundreds of dangerous

thugs will cop four-year minimum

jail terms under planned law

changes in Victoria. More big

storms across the south-east of the

country last night. That story next.

Myer's sales are down. But the

company says it is beginning to

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You are with Ten's Early News.

Strong winds hit Sydney's south

last night, cutting power to

thousands of homes. Around 6,500

residents in Caringbah and Miranda

lost their electricity just after

8pm. Police were kept busy

directing traffic at major intersections

intersections with most lights

blacked out. Technicians worked to

fix the problems. Power was

restored shortly after 10pm. Big

storms hit Melbourne and areas of SA.

Australian troops will continue to

train Afghan soldiers despite the latest

latest rogue attack on Aussie girgs.

Julia Gillard visited Afghanistan

earlier this week. The Prime

Minister says the troops are still

motivated to see the mission

through.

The mission that they are on is an

important one for Australia and the

safety of Australians. The mission

needs to be accomplished by

training Afghan national army

soldiers. The federal coalition

supports Australia ya's role in the

region, but the grons want our troops brought home.

Australia will today become the

first country in the world to pass

legislation requiring cigarettes to

be sold in pacts devoid of any

branding. The Federal Government's

plain-packaging legislation will be

pushed throu the Senate after a short debate.

The laws will take effect from

December next year. The legislation

passed the lower house three months

ago, despite objections from the

tobacco industry which plans to

challenge the law in court once it is passed.

The latest Newspoll will make

depressing reading for two State

Labor leaders. In NSW, only 13% of

voters believe John Robertson would

make a better Premier than Barry

O'Farrell. That is less than half

the popularity of former Labor Leader Kristina Keneally. In

In Victoria, the opposition leader

is lagging behind Ted Baillieu. The

After weeks of jeering, uproar and

political point-scoring, it took an

emotional display from police

minister Peter Ryan to silence the

house. When did the deputy Premier

first become aware that Mr Tristan

Western's phones were being tapped?

I remember it well, because it was

the day my brother died. And, speaker...

I received a call when I was in

Newcastle in the hospital room. But

the piece was short-lived. The

usually unflappable Peter Ryan back

on his feet. This is John Cleese

and the dead parrot. There is no

conspiracy! As the Saga roles on,

one Labor MP took his attack on

Government to Twitter. Martin Foley

claimed Speaker had hit a new low.

The Speaker demanded an apology,

but Mr Foley refused and was

ejected from the chamber. This sets

a very dangerous precedent.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Government

has unveiled the blueprint for a

big boost to Melbourne's suburbs.

The $200 billion project includes

new railway stations, major road

links and job precincts to be built

along the city's fringes creating

satellite metropolitan areas. Even

if we took away all overseas migration, Melbourne's population

growth is stronger than in the

1990s. So we have to manage Melbourne's growth.

As part of the plan, 50,000 new

housing lots on the city's outer

edge are set for release next year.

Can Iran's President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad has dismissed his

country is working to build an

atomic bomb. He says that a report by by the International Atomic Energy

Agency claiming Iran had tested

devices used in nuclear weapons was

wrong. He says Iran will not alter

its behaviour and will continue to

develop a nuclear energy program to generate electricity.

Israel has threatened to bomb Iran's nuclear sites.

Greece's outgoing President says an

agreement has been reached on the

creation of an interim government

to begin the task of digging Greece

out of its economic hole. Georges

Papandreou made a live televised

evening address a couple of hours

ago, before heading off to see the

President, where he was expected to formally

formally resign. There is no word

on who will replace Papandreou.

Greece has to find a Prime Minister

who can secure a $130 million

bailout deal from the EU before the

country runs out of cash.

Sport, and Manly has held a marr

moon board meeting and decided to

stand down Des Hasler for serious

breaches of contract. Five weeks

after winning the Grand Final, the

Sea Eagles club is on the verge of

a mass exodus of staff and players.

Manly's board emerged with a

damning statement against Des

Hasler.. There have been serious

breaches of contract by coach Des

Hasler. The board has invited Des

to explain his actions and in the

meantime he has been stood down.

It is believed the breach notice

was issued to Hasler for allegedly encouraging

encouraging players to break their

contracts. I think you can expand

on the breaches? I prefer not to at this

this stage. Is it to do with taking

out the players to the Bulldogs?

I'll leave that to you. Star five-

eighth Kieran Foran is considering

activating a get-out clause and

following Des to the dogs. We will

not be making any further comment

until D, s has the chance to

respond. Five weeks after winning

the groifl, Manly are in total

disarray. -- Grand Final, Manly are

in total disarray. A century from

Michael Clarke has kept Australia

in touch on the opening day of the

first cricket test against South

Africa. Rain delayed the start of

play. Our top order probably wish we didn't stick around.

Is we were 3/40 before the captain

steadied the innings.

Australia is 8/214 at stumps. Stain Stain stain

The Stars claim Shane Warne might

not be the trump card everyone

expects. As

As we have clearly stated, we would

have liked Shane, but it was not

going to work. We are excited to have

have Afridi. The Renegades and Stars have Afridi. The Renegades and

Stars will slog it out for the

first time at the MCG on January 7th.

Despite Christmas being on the

doorstep, mixed signals from Myer?

The fact that Christmas is on the

doorstep, they are hoping for the

spirit. It could be a case of Santa

to the rescue for the department

store, Myer. Early sales of all

things Christmas have given double

digit growth. The news set Myer

shares up nearly 6.5% yesterday.

But at the same time, those mixed

messages, the company reported a

3.5% fall in sales for the year in

line with the other big retailers.

New direct flights to Perth from

China are expected to triple the

number of Chinese tourists visiting

WA. It is hoped the service will do

something to make up for the fact

more and more international

travellers are avoiding Aussie holidays.

Touching down in Perth for the

first time. China's Southern

Airlines completed its first

passenger flight from the city of

Juango to Perth. It is my first

time to go to Australia. Tourism

bosses predict the new direct

airline service between China and

WA will generate a three-fold

increase in the number of Chinese visitors to the state.

About 15,000 people currently

travel from China to WA each year.

The WA tourism council believes

that number with will jump to-

5,000 within the year. We are

starting out in the China market.

It is a huge market. A growing

market. It will bring jobs and

economic life into regional towns

throughout WA. The tourism boost is

welcome news for the industry in

Australia. The nation has had its

biggest fall in visitors coming to

the country in more than two years.

And with the Aussie dollar gaining

more value overseas, more people

are leaving than arriving. Despite the

the slump, the Premier says it has still been official for West

Aussies to holiday in China. Think

about going to China, get to know

something about the country that is

our major trading partner, playing

a very big role in the future of this state.

Europe's biggest bank HSBC says it

may be forced to pack up and leave

the UK because of costly new capital

capital rules. It comes on the heel

of a bigger than expected fall in

the bank's third-quarter profit,

down 36% to $3 billion. HBCS says

it wants to put a greater focus on Asia.

Briefly, in other business news,

News Ltd has appointed Foxtel boss

Kim Williams its CEO. Alternative

market exchange operator GX has had

its first full trading day on the

ASX. It reported 540 trades in over

100 companies. Downer EDI is back

on track with full-year profit to

rofr to $180 million -- recover to

$180 million.

There's been another serious

chemical spill involving Orica. We

have that story next. And Toyota

issues a big recall over potential

steering problems. All the details

when Ten's Early News returns.

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The rogue Afghan soldier who shot

and wounded three Australian

soldiers has turned up. He's with

the Taliban now, and they're calling him a hero.

A second night of big electrical

storm, power went out in Sydney

again, and heavy rain and lightning

swept through Victoria and SA. A

30m world record wave has been

tamed in Portugal.

And in finance, interest rates are

soaring in Italy as the country

plunges towards the same economic

black hole as Greece.

Three Australian soldiers remain in

hospital in serious condition after

a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire

on troops in the Uruzgan province.

It was the second unprovoked attack

on Aussie diggers in just 12 days.

For more, let's go to Amanda Hart

live from Canberra this morning.

You would have to think that the

attacks are starting to generate mistrust?

Ron, perhaps in the mind of the

Australian public, but, according

to Defence chief, David Hurley, not

in the minds of the troops over

there. He says that he knows that

there's soldiers over there -

understand that this is not the

reflection of the entire ANA, and

that it is just one particular

group over there, and perhaps that

this soldier was just acting on his

own. Now, General Hurley says that

he knows that his troops know that

the ANA must be trained. What we

need to find out now is what motivated the the attack, and

whether this is part of a

coordinated insurgent strategy.

Let's listen to David Hurley now

talking about troop protection for

our troops in Afghanistan.

Over the past 10 days, we have

taken steps to protect our

personnel against similar attacks

and continually review our

processes and force protection

measures. This is a highly complex

and dangerous environment. An

element of risk will always exist.

Some defence analysts say it is an

unwinnable Government.

The Federal Government stkpwrees.

It has prompted calls particularly

from the Greens to bring the troops

home. Australia is going to be passing world-first legislation

requiring cigarettes to be sold in

plain packets. How soon will we see that that change?

Well, Ron, it is not expected or it

won't come into effect until

December next year. As you

mentioned, we will be the first

country in the world to introduce

this kind of legislation. It has

passed the lower house, likely to

be rammed through the Senate some

time today or later tonight. Now,

of course, the Coalition supports

the plain-packaging legislation but

doesn't support an associated

trademarks bill to go with that,

but the Greens and the Government

will use their numbers in the

Senate to get both pieces of

legislation passed. The point of

this legislation is to try to stop young

young children from being attracted to

to cigarettes. Of course, big tobacco companies don't like this

at all. They have promised to fight

this in the kourpts. -- -- courts.

Two people have been taken to hospital

hospital following another gas leak from

from the Orica chemical plant at Newcastle in NSW.

The pair suffered breathing

difficulties after inhaling ammonia

fumes which seeped from the release

valve on a storage tank. Emergency

crews were called to contain the

leak. Nearby residents are

frustrated. We had no warning.

Nobody has known anything about it.

I was angry before. Now I'm angry

and astounded. Orica is facing

legal problems after hundreds of

Newcastle residents were exposed to

a substance in August.

The head of one of WA's biggest

energy companies has been accused

of misgadgeing the business.

A state parliamentary committee has

criticised Doug Aberle for not

more mentioning that the company needed

more than a billion dollars to fix

its ageing power pole network. I

have been through all of the

processes referenced many times before

before and never had the accusation

levelled at me. Mr Doug Aberle was

criticised because Western Pour

doesn't know where 4,000 of its

poles have got to. Queensland

farmers say new laws to protect

prime farming land are a joke. They

will demand answers today amid

accusations the State Government

has done a secret deal with a new

mining company.

They call this the golden triangle.

The State Government has declared

it prime agricultural land and

deemed it, along with the Darling

Downs, be protected under new

strategic cropping laws. But land

owners are confused. We thought

that we're going to be protected.

But since then, there's been a mine given

given the go-ahead. Bandana Energy

is planning an underground mine. It

failed to have its terms of

reference in by the cut-off date in May

May but two days later was given

special exemption by the State

Government. It was recognised by

Government that we had had our

process underway since the previous

November. It sort of defeats the

whole purpose of strategic cropping.

One of the key stakeholders

advising the Government has

revealed in its submission that it

was told by DERM in early June

Bandana would not be given any

special treatment. Within four days

the project was approved. It

appeared the first time it was

attested it may have failed. If the

mine had not been given the go-

ahead, the mining company would

have had a legitimate argument

about sovereign risk.

The man who killed his daughter by throwing

throwing her off Melbourne's

Westgate Bridge has failed in a

second bid to appeal his sentence.

Arthur Freeman was sentenced to 32

years' jail after throwing 4-year-

old Darcey to her death. Nearly

three years on, his lawyer has argued

argued that too much weight was

placed on public outrage when his

client was sentenced. However, the

Court of Appeal disagreed -

describing the crime was the worst

possible kind.

scenes And there have been emotional

scenes outside a court in SA after

a teenager pleaded guilty to the

murder of a couple and their

daughter. Jason Downey is facing

most of his adult life in prison.

Court for sentencing submissions He was recommended to the Supreme

next month.

Thousands of students have marched

through central London this morning

to protest against big increases in tuition

tuition fees. 4,000 police were

deployed along the route which

wound from the University of London

to the city's financial district. A

similar protest last year ended in

car-carrying violence, including an attack on a

car-carrying Prince Charles and his wife, comilla. -- comilla. --

Spectacular pictures out of the US

where two petrol tankers collided

on a major highway and caught fire.

The highway through Chandler in

hours. Arizona was closed for several

breathe the dense smoke. Residents were warned not to

The driver of one of the trucks was

burned to death in the crash.

The Australian Open golf tournament

controversy starbts today in Sydney. The

controversy between Tiger Woods and

his former caddie dominates the

headlines. Fred Couples believes

the racism blow-up might be a

blessing in disguise. Adam Scott's

caddie has been doing his best to

stay out of the picture.

But Steve Williams' off-colour comments about Tiger Woods are

still the talk of the course. I

consider Tiger Woods to be the

greatest player of my time after

Jack Nicklaus. Couples withdrew his

earlier call for Scott to sack his

bagman. He believes the matter

should rest with the public

statements of regret from both

Williams and Scott. If my caddie

was to speak about Arnold Palmer or

Jack Nicklaus when I was in my crime, I would have been

embarrassed. I think it is a very unfortunate circumstance. We don't

put need it in the game. I wanted to

put an end to it. I feel like I

have. Controversy aside, Adam Scott

says the time is right for him to

make a move on the world's No. 1

spot. It is about taking Chang of

Tiger Woods' plunge to No. 58.

The first time in my career as a

professional, it has been realistic

for me. But someone else may have

something to say about that.

Tiger Woods, drawing the biggest

gallery of the Pro Am. Despite

going two years without a tournament win, no-one is prepared

to write off his chabss this week.

Is -- chances this week.

17-year-old Emma McCune has added

the 100 m freestyle crown to the

50m gold she won at the ziming

World Cup yesterday. She touched

out Catta Campbell. Libby Trickett

showed a big improvement.

It was one of five Australian gold

medals on the final night of the meet.

And is this the biggest wave ever

surfed? Garrett McNamara has been

awarded the world record for

tackling this 30m monster off the

coast of Portugal. He had to be

towed into the wave, located near a

unscathed. canyon. He came out, surprisingly,

More on finance now with Lachlan

Kennedy. The problems for Italy

won't go away just because Silvio

Berlusconi has resigned? The man is

renowned party animal. The hangover

is just beginning. Italy's economy

has been on the brink for months.

The Prime Minister's promise to

step aside has not helped. Markets

have lost confidence in Italy. It

will be able to repay its massive

debt. That is pretty bad news for

the already stretched Eurozone.

The dramatic events in Italy'ss

parliament that ended with Silvio Berlusconi's resignation yesterday

woes. have not calmed Italy's economic

Berlusconi read the figures that

showed only 308MPs, eight less than he needed. he

The figures narp matter for Italy's

economy - the cost of Government

borrowing has soared above 7%, well

above the figures at which Ireland,

bailed out. Greece and Portugal had to be

Pp Silvio Berlusconi's successor

and the whole juerz has been left

with a -- yuerz has been left with

a massive problem. Many people are

saying is it too big to bail? It is

difficult to know what the next

step will be. Clearly, if they

cannot make their debt payments,

there has to be some sort of

assistance, you would have thought,

for the rest of the Eurozone. But

it is potentially the crisis so far.

EU inspectors arrived in Rome this

morning to start investigating the

exact state of Italy's debt. What

they find, and what European

leaders decide to do about it, will

have enormous repercussions for all of us in Europe.

Japanese car-making giant Toyota

has announced a big recall of its

vehicles. It wants 25,000 vehicles

across Australia and New Zealand to come

come back so it can check for

potential steering problems.

The situation is even worse

overseas, as many as half a million

vehicles, including the Lexus and

Camry, have been recalled because

of a faulty crane shaft pulley on

the engine. Now let's take a look

at the international scene.

The Wall Street markets plunged this morning.

Worsening Italian debt concerns

sent US investors into selling mode.

A look at news websites - a luxury

shooting range is due to open in Las

Las Vegas, where patrons can choose

from machine guns right through to

a range of World War II weapons and

be served drinks by dressed-up gun

girls. Al-Jazeera reports the White

House claims aliens do not exist.

US officials say they have no

credible information of life

outside earth or that extra

terrestrials have made contact with humans.

And the Daily Mail says female

boxers are furious after a sporting

body has forced female fighters to

wear skirts in the ring.

Storms in three states last night.

Accusations petrol stations in

Queensland are gouging their customers. GOOD MORNING, Amy La Porte with your local news update... A 30-year-old Canberra man's facing more than two years behind bars for a string of burglaries.

Todd Kirby has entered guilty pleas to the charges which included breaking into three homes. During sentencing, Justice Hillary Penfold took into account his intellectual disability. She says she feared for his future because of his deteriorating mental condition. He'll be able to apply for parole early in 20-13. The Yass water saga continues... According to the Yass Tribune some local residents have complained of a brown sediment in their water early last week. The Town Water Supply was accidentally dosed with extra chlorine after testing equipement was damaged. Council says that the sediment was not dangerous

and maintains that the levels of chlorine were compliant with legal standards. Meantime, traffic on the new section of the Barton Highway near Yass is now flowing freely but locals are still pushing to upgrade to a double lane highway. Residents have told the Tribune that the new section is an improvement but a dual carriageway is the only way to make it safer for motorists. Yass Valley mayor Nic Carmody agrees and is seeking assurances from the Federal Government that something will eventually be done.

Southern Tablelands farmers will struggle under the government's Clean Energy Future legislation -

according to the Nationals Senator for New South Wales Fiona Nash. Ms Nash says farmers will have to foot any rise in costs due to the Carbon Tax - with no one to pass the increases on to. TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, And Canberra golfer Matt Millar says he isn't fazed by the force that is former number one Tiger Woods .... Millar is looking at making a successful run at at the Australian Open... With the opening round teeing off in Sydney today.. The 35-year-old will hit the green alongside Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Jason Day, and Adam Scott. NOW TO WEATHER DETAILS ....

Taking a look at the Satellite... a high pressure system will weaken throughout the day bringing dry conditions inland. Looking across the Nation... Showers clearing in Sydney today and a top of 28 ... Morning storms and 24 in Canberra... A top 20 for Hobart. Closer to home now... A top of 20 and clearing showers for Orange... 25 and showers for Bega.. Storms clearing and 25 for Wagga. Fining up and 24 for Bathurst... 24 and a shower or two for Goulburn... 14 in Perisher A possible shower or two in Cooma and a top of 23... A warm 35 in Mudgee with showers expected. The 35-year-old will hit the green alongside Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Jason Day, and Adam Scott. NOW TO (CLASSICAL PIANO MUSIC) VOICEOVER: New Odour Detect from Air Wick. (DANCE MUSIC BUILDS) A new automatic air freshener so smart it detects and helps overcome odours... (MUSIC STOPS) ..even before you notice them. Odour Detect works on all common household odours to keep your world at its brightest. New Odour Detect - something in the Air Wick.

You are with Ten's Early News.

Strong winds hit southern Sydney

last night cutting power to

thousands of homes. Around 6,500

residents in Caringbah and Miranda

lost electricity just after 8pm, as

stormy weather lashed the area.

Police were kept busy directing

traffic at major intersections with

most lights blacked out.

Technicians worked to fix the

problems and power was restored shortly after 10pm.

Big storms hit Melbourne and areas of SA.

And Victoria's mopping up after the

wild weather lashed the State.

Melbourne's south-east bore the

brunt of storms. Some areas

received 26mm of rain.

The state emergency service

responded to more than a thousand calls.

Sparks have again flown in the Victorian Victorian parliament. The

Opposition ramped up its attack on

the police minister amid denials

there was a secret plot to oust the former police chief.

After weeks of jeering, uproar and

political point-scoring, it took an

emotional display from police

minister Peter Ryan to silence the

house. When did the deputy premier

first become aware that the phones

were being tapped. I remember it

well, because it was the day my

brother died and, Spierk...

, um...

I received a call when I was in

Newcastle in the hospital room.

But the piece was short-lived. The

usually unflappable Peter Ryan back

on his feet.

This is John Cleese and the Dead

Parrot. And as the Office of Police

Integrity saga rolls on, one member

took his issue to Twitter.

The speaker demanded an apology but

Mr Foley refused and was ejected

from the Chamber. We have had a ruling

ruling made that I think has the

potential to set a very dangerous precedent.

Meanwhile,, the Victorian

Government has unveiled the

blueprint for a big boost to Melbourne's suburbs.

The 200 billion project includes

new railway stations, major road

links and job precincts to be built

along the city's fringes, creating

satellite metropolitan areas. Even

if we took away all overseas

migration, Melbourne's population

growth from births over deaths was

stronger than it was in the 190s.

We have to manage Melbourne's

growth. As part of the plan, 50,000

new housing lots on the city's

outer edge are set for release next year.

Greece's outgoing Prime Minister

says an agreement has been reached

on the creation of an interim

government to begin the task of

digging Greece out of its economic

hole. Georges Papandreou made a

live televised evening address a

couple of hours ago before heading

off to see the President.

There's still no word on who will

replace Papandreou. Greece has to

find a Prime Minister who can

secure a 130 million euro bailout

deal from the IU before the country

runs out of cash.

Prisoners - well, they are known

the world over for seeking

contraband into jails. But this

slammer in Mexico perhaps takes the

cake. In a dawn raid on the

Acapulco prison, police found 19

prostitutes in the cells. They also

found fighting roosters, flat-

screen TVs as well as video game

consoles and mobile phones.

The popular guards, apparently, have been sacked!

The asteroid zoomed past us

yesterday. YU55 went past about

320,000km away. That was between us and the moon.

Thousands of professional and

amateur astronomers tracked the

space rock to learn more about what

it is made of, how fast it spins

and where it came from.

Computer models show YU55 shouldn't

collide with the earth as it makes

regular flybys over the next 100 years.

Manly has held a marathon board

meeting and decided to stand down

coach Des Hasler for what it says

are serious breachs of contract,

just five weeks after winning the

NRL Grand Final. The Sea Eagles

club is on a mass exodus of staff and and players.

Manly's board emerged from the

seven-hour meeting with a damning statement

statement against Des Hasler.

There have been serious breachs of

contract by coach Des Hasler.

The board has invited Des to

explain his actions, and in the

meantime he has been stood down.

It is believed the breach notice

was issued to haser will for allegedly encouraging players to

breach their contracts.

I prefer not to comment at this stage.

REPORTER: Is it to do with taking

out the players to the Bulldogs?

I'll leave that to you. Star five-

eighth Kieran Foran is considering

activating a get-out clause and

following Des to the Dogs. We are not making further comment until Des

Des has a chance to respond. Just

five weeks after winning the Grand

Final, Manly are in total disarray.

A century from Michael Clarke has

kept Australia in touch on the

opening day of the first cricket

test against South Africa. Rain

delayed the start of play and our

top-order probably wish it had

stuck around. We were 3/40 before

the capital steadied the innings.

-- captain steadied the innings.

COMMENTATOR: It is, a beautiful shot!

Australia is 8/214 at stumps. Dale

Steyn was the destroyer for the Proteas.

Melbourne Renegades have teed off

on cross-down rivals the Stars.

They claim Shane Warne might not be the trump card everyone expects.

The Renegades have spruiked their

own big-swing signing, Shahid

Afridi. We are so excited to have Afridi.

The Renegades and Stars will slog

it out for the first time at the

MCG on January 7th.

Lachlan Kennedy back with us. Myer

might be opening the jingling of

Christmas bells, jingling money in

the tills? It is looking to be like

a very good Christmas for Myer. It

says early sales of all things

Christmassy, including decoration,

hampers, toys, have hit double-

digit growth already.

The the news sent Myer shares up yesterday.

But at the same time, the company

reported a 3.5% fall in sales for

the year, in line with the other

big retailers.

The average home loan dropped

almost 2% in September, the biggest

fall in more than a decade.

But the news is bad for the

construction industry. The number

of loans taken out to build new

homes continues to fall.

It is hoped the Melbourne Cup day

interest rate cut will spur an

increase in building activity.

The ACCC has been called in to

investigate soaring petrols in

Brisbane. The RACQ has written to

the consumer watchdog demanding an

explanation. It says profit margins

are close to an all-time high. It alleges

alleges last Friday retailers

claimed almost 17 cents a litre. We

are deep into the fuel cycle and

the margins are over 10 cents a

litre. It is too much. Last month,

in Brisbane, petrol was on average

4 cents a litre more expensive than

Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

That is finance news this morning. Thank you very much.

Recapping our main stories this

morning - legislation for the plain-packaging of cigarettes will

be passed in Canberra today. The

laws will take effect from December next year.

Greece's outgoing Prime Minister

says an agreement has been reached on

on the interim Government to begin

digging the country out of its hole.

The rogue Afghan soldier who opened fire

fire on Aussie troops has been

found snug in the ranks of the Taliban.

That is it for Ten's Early News.

See you next at 9am. I'm Lachlan

Kennedy. Good morning.

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