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Welcome to Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods. Good morning.

This morning - the PM's asylum bill delayed - reject a compromise deal. rebel Liberal MPs

on the verge of resigning. East Timor's embattled Prime Minister he's been told he'll be sacked. If not, in this violent clash with a referee A league player caught up banned from the game for life. And in sport, make or break match the countdown to the Socceroos' only 24 hours away. Quick weather check: of the markets here's Kath Robinson. Now with our first check have jumped sharply overnight US stocks from FedEx and Morgan Stanley. on good earnings has agreed to make major changes The Prime Minister to his migration bill to rebel backbenchers. but refuses to cave in completely It follows an eleventh-hour meeting last night. of Coalition MPs and senators at a ball in Parliament House, Both sides of politics rub shoulders getting away from a backbench revolt. but for John Howard there's no with his Coalition colleagues The Prime Minister holding talks migration bill through Parliament. over just how to get his contentious We have made very big changes the main thrust of the legislation. but they don't affect recommendations from a Senate report The Government adopting most of the all unlawful boat arrivals offshore. into laws aimed at processing protection for women and children Key concessions including better seeking asylum only as a last resort. and the detention of children significant changes achieved Certainly there have been some in terms of it and we will continue to talk. refusing to give in The Prime Minister demands. to all of his rebel backbenchers' ultimately pragmatic, a fine leader. The Prime Minister is always

has failed Labor claims the Prime Minister to push the legislation through in an attempt for the long winter recess. before Parliament rises John Howard and Amanda Vanstone My understanding is tried to heavy the party room. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. descended into turmoil, Weeks after his country is expected to resign. East Timor's Prime Minister request from President Xanana Gusmao Mari Alkatiri has received a formal

to stand down. today to gauge their opinion. He'll meet his council of ministers The ruling Fretilin Party claims

of weapons to civilians. Alkatiri lied about the distribution the President says he'll be sacked. If he doesn't resign, of violence in the capital overnight. The news prompted a fresh wave is calling for the country Iraq's trade minister to suspend trade with Australia body guards after a group of the minister's by Australian security personnel. were accidentally gunned down is investigation the incident. The Department of Foreign Affairs defending Saddam Hussein Meantime, another lawyer has been shot dead in Baghdad. have gone on a hunger strike Saddam and seven of his co-defendants to protest the murder. and a doctor badly shaken One man is dead in Adelaide. after a seven hour stand-off yesterday The siege began around lunchtime to the man's Mitchell Park home. when the doctor was called

When he arrived with a crossbow and hand grenades. the patient threatened him unharmed, The doctor was eventually released, was found dead inside but the 27-year-old man after setting fire to his house. who punched a referee says A rugby league player

an official himself. he now wants to become from playing for life The reserve grader was banned at a hearing last night. Out for the count - this king hit caught on camera career. marks the end of Darren Jack Curry's I wan to put it behind now. It happened. banned the player Last night, a judiciary from the game for life. now looking to stay involved The veteran of 25 years by ironically becoming a referee. league. I reckon I would be good. I would like to go into rugby I would give the boys a go. I know I wouldn't cheat. playing the game, not the ref. They're the fellas encouraging him to right his wrongs. The move supported by the board to stay within the game The judiciary has allowed him and to put something back in to it. Police in Thailand say who shot an Australian woman they're closing in on the gunmen during a drive-by attack. Pam Fitzpatrick The father of Australian nurse at his daughter's bedside, has arrived but the prognosis isn't good.

The 26-year-old may never walk again. in her spinal column. The bullet is lodged

to support her. I'm here with my family

Brazil at a bar west of the capital Pam was watching the Socceroos play when she was shot. has joined European leaders US President George W. Bush against Iran's nuclear program. in a unified front with European Union chiefs, During landmark talks to calls to end uranium enrichment. Mr Bush urged Iran to respond for the leadership of Iran It's very important to look at the world and say and China are united Europe and the US and Russia to make sure the Iranians in our common desire do not develop a nuclear weapon. a valuable teaching tool The World Cup has become

that's adopted the Socceroos. in the tiny German town all they can about Australia, Primary school students are learning even how to play a didgeridoo. in a small school in a German village The last thing you'd expect to hear is this. who a few weeks ago Year 3 students in Oehringen, about the land down-under knew nothing more of kangaroos and koalas, than it being the home a didgeridoo. have been taught how to make and play to get her hands on one Their teacher so determined in front of the computer she spent hours

in an on-line auction. trying to outbid others about animals They were very interested for us impossible to imagine. and about this far land, They like Ayres Rock. would be complete And what Australian education without one of our most recognisable songs? WALTZING MATILDA

Just over 20,000 people live in the Socceroos' host town in Germany's south but such has been the effect of the team's time here, many of the children are already dreaming of one day visiting their new favourite place on the planet. At the World Cup a win against Croatia tomorrow would see Australia

through the group stage for the first time ever. Coach Guus Hiddink has put the team through their final training run before the crucial match. Whatever the result, the Dutch master says the Socceroos have already made people sit up and notice. Australia has impressed the world already. Meanwhile skipper Mark Viduka's been forced to put an armed guard on his house in Croatia after fears it could be damaged if Australia wins. Argentina and the Netherlands are currently locked in battle. With five rested stars looking on Portugal powered early Chelsea midfielder Maniche scoring from the first venture forward. Mexico captain Rafael Marquez

handed Portugal the chance to go two up. A jiggling Snachez was no match for Sabrosa. The tricolors got one back in the 29th minute before Luiz Perez got a tap. But when provided with another handball

it only brought embarrassment for Omar Bravo. For the Mexicans fans the 2-1 result was as good as a win. Playing at the same time Angola needed to defeat Iran by three goals to progress at the Central Americans expense.

The Africans could only manage one through substitute Flavio, the nation's first World Cup goal. While it had the tongues wagging it was never going to be enough, Iran's touch of kindness rewarded with an equaliser. Anthony Minichiello is expected to announce today he's re-signing with the Sydney Roosters. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs Willie Mason is concerned the scrapping of anti-tampering rules could provide a few headaches for players. Willie Mason has his reservations about an open slather marketplace. With clubs free to approach whoever they want, whenever they want,

the pressure builds on players. If you're off contract it's a big decision in your life. It is pretty stressful, you know. I wouldn't like to cop a year of it or two. Another Bulldog, Willie Tonga has already decided his future, re-signing with the club for two years. I didn't feel at ease about it. I just couldn't sleep and it was doing my head in. As soon as I made the decision that I wanted to stay it seemed like the right thing to do. Meanwhile, South Sydney have continued their recruiting drive for next season, signing Parramatta's Dean Widders. Kath's back with more finance and BHP shares jump after that iron ore deal? As we briefly reported yesterday morning Chinese steel mills have finally agreed to accept a 19% iron ore price increase. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are of course the big winners, the latest increase comes after months of wrangling but just a year after China agreed to a previous increase of 71%.

It's good for Australian companies, It's good for national income. Shares in both BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto jumped sharply on the news, both up around 3% Now for a look at the national weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying. A deadly shooting in the United States, all the details when Ten's Early News returns. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines. The Federal Government delays its controversial asylum seeker bill, rebel backbenchers demanding amendments. The family of a Brisbane woman shot in the neck in Thailand

learns she'll never walk again. 120 people dead and dozens missing as widespread flooding and landslides grip Indonesia. And celebrating her last few nights as a single girl, Nicole Kidman with friends and family for a hen's night in Sydney. Another look at the morning's finance and Kath how are the market's performing? US stocks have had a cracker of a morning. Tough new asylum seeker laws have been delayed after rebel Liberal MPs rejected a compromise deal last night. The 10 members argued that the Government bill - aimed at processing migrants offshore - didn't not go far enough in protecting human rights. The backbenchers rejected a set of amendments put forward by the PM. We have made very big changes but they don't affect the main thrust of the legislation. Certainly there have been some significant changes achieved in terms of it and we will continue to talk. Discussions will resume in August when Parliament next sits. Aboriginal men are reportedly keeping girls as sex slaves in Central Australia and getting them hooked on petrol sniffing. An elder has told the ABC a large network is in operation, preying on children as young as five. The children allegedly not coming forward for fear of reprisal. Several adults claim to have reported the issue to governments but have been ignored. The prognosis is not looking good for Thai shooting victim Pamela Fitzpatrick. Doctors say the Australian nurse has a shattered spine and may never walk again. While Pamela Fitzpatrick fights for her life in a Thai hospital, outside her father Kevin fights to hold back his tears. The bullet is lodged in her spinal column and I'm here with my family to support her. Kevin Fitzpatrick flew into Bangkok yesterday. His daughter remains in a critical condition,

the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting at a bar west of the capital. It's not a regular of frequent occurrence in Thailand.

but it is a very sad one for the family involved. Thai police say they're closing in on the gunmen. They've released a sketch and are focusing their investigations on local gangs. Police are hunting the Egyptian driver of a tourist bus that crashed, killing six Australians. The driver has skipped bail. Mahmoud Mohammed Hafez was expected in court to appeal his three year sentence for culpable driving. But he failed to turn up. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest. Two people have been killed during a shoot-out at an American prison. FBI agents were sent to the federal jail in Florida to arrest six prison officers when one of the guards opened fire. An FBI agent was shot and died as he tried to escape. In the gun battle that ensued two prison guards were shot,

one of them killed. Police have captured the prison officer who is believed to have started the shoot-out. At least 120 people have perished and many more are missing after a series of floods and landslides in Indonesia. Heavy rains over the past two days have inundated rice paddies and rising flood waters have destroyed houses across five districts. Heavy rains are common at this time of the year in Indonesia,

but authorities say illegal logging has resulted in widespread flooding.

A small group of Nicole Kidman's closest family and friends kicked up their heels for the Oscar winner's hens' party last night. Naomi Watts and Hugh Jackman's wife Deborah Lee Furness among those on the guest list. Despite it being a cold and rainy Sydney night, Nicole Kidman's nearest and dearest girlfriends came out in force for her hens' party. Sister Antonia playing hostess. Her husband Angus in charge of bringing in the firewood and then making himself scarce. Have you got to get out tonight? Have you got to get elsewhere? Yeah. A clearly delighted niece the first to greet her. Kiddy. Kiddy. Naomi Watts snuck in, as did actress Deborah-Lee Furness, the wife of Nicole's soon-to-be co-star Hugh Jackman, she was ready for some surprises. I guess I'll find out. Tell you on the way out. Keith's mum and sister-in-law, who arrived from Queensland today, also among the crowd, most of whom have yet to meet the groom. Very excited. can't wait. Have you met Keith before? No. Not yet. You know you're at an Oscar winners hens' night when there is a crowd like this out the front of the house all seeking that one shot that will go around all the world that signifies Nicole's goodbye to singledom. And that will happen on the weekend. Preparations well under way at Cardinal Cerretti Chapel at Manly.

A giant marquee under construction outside the chapel. Inside, a glimpse of where Nicole Kidman will become Mrs Keith Urban. Angela Bishop, Ten News. Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink won't hear any talk of failure ahead of tomorrow morning's crunch game against Croatia. Hiddink says regardless of the result the Socceroos already have the respect of the football world. The man with the midas touch was all smiles as he put his charges through their final training run before taking on Croatia. A match which could see Australia through the World Cup group stage for the first time ever, but Guus Hiddink believes whatever happens the Socceroos they've already made people sit up and notice Australia has impressed the world already. Fresh from being cleared by the FIFA disciplinary committee Harry Kewell is ready to produce some thing special. I think he's up to it physically and mentally.

Key defender Craig Moore believes Croatia's need to win the match will provide opportunities. In a match which already has feelings high A goal still hasn't come in the match currently being played between Argentina and the Netherlands. A hand from God set the scene for Argentina who applied a heap of pressure in the first half but just couldn't find the back of the net. The winner of the match will meet Mexico. The loser Portugal who this morning defeated the Central Americans 2-1. Angola and Iran finished their campaigns with a 1-all draw. Sydney veteran Paul Williams will retire from AFL football at the end of the season. 33-year-old Paul Williams has realised the end is nigh and is going out on his own terms. I can guarantee I will train as hard as I've ever trained to just make sure that I get absolutely every ounce of energy I've got left. One of the best from Tasmania he debuted in 1991, starting his career with 189 games for Collingwood.

But then a move to the Swans saw him notch up the magic 300 games, as well as All-Australian selection, two best and fairests and in September he established the record

for the most games before winning a flag, picking up a premiership medal in his 294th AFL match. Obviously last year was a great, great thing for me and the footy club

but I still think that there's never an easy time to say it. But at his old club Collingwood Josh Fraser is under a cloud. The star ruckman could do little more than a few kicks at training and remains in doubt to take on the Swans. Finance again and profit at Qantas in a nose dive? The Flying Kangaroo has downgraded profit forecasts by more than a quarter

on the back of those record high fuel costs. Earnings for the full year will come in at around $670-million, that's down 27% from the $914-million tabled last year. Qantas says high fuel prices are to blame but the airline will also incur one-off costs associated with the restructuring of its catering division, 30 jobs will be lost as a result.

And some of the pressure could soon be taken off Australia's busiest airport with Airbus talking to the operators of Sydney's Bankstown Airport about starting commercial flights. The general aviation facility could soon accept flights from smaller, less noisy jets to alleviate congestion at the city's main international airport. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says flights could begin a few years and might services places like Canberra and other capital cities. Now for a look at the national weather:

Next, a NSW league player banned for life. Stay with Ten's Early News.

This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. This morning - the PM's asylum bill delayed - rebel Liberal MPs reject a compromise deal. East Timor's embattled Prime Minister on the verge of resigning. If not, he's been told he'll be sacked.

A league player caught up in this violent clash with a referee banned from the game for life. And in sport, the countdown to the Socceroos' make or break match only 24 hours away. Now our check of the markets here's Kath Robinson. US stocks have jumped sharply overnight on good earnings from FedEx and Morgan Stanley. The Prime Minister has agreed to make major changes to his migration bill but refuses to cave in completely to rebel backbenchers. It follows an eleventh-hour meeting of Coalition MPs and senators last night.

Both sides of politics rub shoulders at a ball in Parliament House, but for John Howard there's no getting away from a backbench revolt. The Prime Minister holding talks with his Coalition colleagues over just how to get his contentious migration bill through Parliament. We have made very big changes but they don't affect the main thrust of the legislation. The Government adopting most of the recommendations from a Senate report into laws aimed at processing all unlawful boat arrivals offshore. Key concessions including better protection for women and children

seeking asylum and the detention of children only as a last resort. Certainly there have been some significant changes achieved in terms of it and we will continue to talk. The Prime Minister refusing to give in

to all of his rebel backbenchers' demands. The Prime Minister is always ultimately pragmatic, a fine leader. Labor claims the Prime Minister has failed in an attempt to push the legislation through before Parliament rises for the long winter recess. My understanding is John Howard and Amanda Vanstone tried to heavy the party room. Weeks after his country descended into turmoil, East Timor's Prime Minister is expected to resign. Mari Alkatiri has received a formal request from President Xanana Gusmao

to stand down.

He'll meet his council of ministers today to gauge their opinion. The ruling Fretilin Party claims Alkatiri lied about the distribution of weapons to civilians. If he doesn't resign, the President says he'll be sacked. The news prompted a fresh wave of violence in the capital overnight. Police are hunting the Egyptian driver of a tourist bus that crashed, killing six Australians. The driver has skipped bail. Mahmoud Mohammed Hafez was expected in court to appeal his three year sentence for culpable driving. But he failed to turn up. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest. A rugby league player who punched a referee says he now wants to become an official himself. Out for the count - this king hit caught on camera marks the end of Darren Jack Currie's career. It happened. I wan to put it behind now. Last night, a judiciary banned the player from the game for life. The veteran of 25 years now looking to stay involved by ironically becoming a referee. I would like to go into rugby league. I reckon I would be good.

I know I wouldn't cheat. I would give the boys a go. They're the fellas playing the game, not the ref. The move supported by the board encouraging him to right his wrongs. The judiciary has allowed him to stay within the game and to put something back in to it. Police in Thailand say they're closing in on the gunmen who shot an Australian woman during a drive-by attack. The father of Australian nurse Pam Fitzpatrick has arrived at his daughter's bedside, but the prognosis isn't good. The 26-year-old may never walk again.

The bullet is lodged in her spinal column. I'm here with my family to support her. Pam was watching the Socceroos play Brazil at a bar west of the capital when she was shot. A man will appear in court today, charged over a bashing murder in Adelaide. The 63-year-old victim was picking fruit in his backyard when he was attacked by a man wielding a hammer. The victim's wife witnessed the attack. US President George Bush has said for the first time he'd like to Guantanamo Bay detainees sent back to their home countries. Ten's US bureau chief, Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us now live. Leisa, does that mean Australian terror suspect David Hicks will finally be coming back to Australia?

Bush has come under increasing

pressure to close the camp. pressure to close the camp. Whether

it means the release of the David

Hicks is not clear. I understand

their concerns. their concerns. Ivor blight end of

the camp. By the delighted to be over

with. Bush also warned Iran that with. Bush also warned Iran that time

is running out. He also said North

Korea ought to be careful of testing

at the missile. FBI agents who went

to a prison in Florida. They had a

shoot-out at shoot-outs with guards.

One guard opened fire. An FBI agent

was killed as was a prison guard. A win against Croatia tomorrow would see Australia through the group stage for the first time ever. Coach Guus Hiddink has put the team

through their final training run before the crucial match. Whatever the result, the Dutch master says the Socceroos have already made people sit up and notice. Australia has impressed the world already. Meanwhile skipper Mark Viduka's been forced to put an armed guard on his house in Croatia after fears it could be damaged if Australia wins. Argentina and the Netherlands are currently locked in battle. With five rested stars looking on Portugal powered early Chelsea midfielder Maniche scoring from the first venture forward. Mexico captain Rafael Marquez handed Portugal the chance to go two up. A jiggling Snachez was no match for Sabrosa. The tricolors got one back in the 29th minute before Luiz Perez got a tap. But when provided with another handball it only brought embarrassment for Omar Bravo.

For the Mexicans fans the 2-1 result was as good as a win. Playing at the same time Angola needed to defeat Iran by three goals to progress at the Central Americans' expense. The Africans could only manage one through substitute Flavio, the nation's first World Cup goal. While it had the tongues wagging it was never going to be enough, Iran's touch of kindness rewarded with an equaliser. Sydney's Paul Williams will retire from AFL football at the end of the season. The two-time Best and Fairest winner made the announcement on the eve of the Swans' match against his former side Collingwood. Obviously last year was a great, great thing for me and the footy club but I still think that there's never an easy time to say it. Last year Williams established the record for playing the most games before winning a premiership, picking up a medal in his 294th game. Finance. Macquarie Bank has confirmed it is in talks

to buy up part of Hong Kong's biggest phone company. The investment bank says it's part of a consortium that is holding discussions with the telco but added that these were in very early stages.

Any acquisition is reportedly worth around $4-billion. Macquarie will update the market once its makes an formal offer. But Macquarie may face some stiff competition. PCCW has confirmed American buy-out firm Texas Pacific is also in talks to buy the assets. And the Ten Network has reported a 50% fall

The Flying Kangaroo has downgraded profit forecasts by more than a quarter on the back of those record high fuel costs. Earnings for the full year will come in at around $670-million, that's down 27% from the $914-million tabled last year. Qantas says high fuel prices are to blame but the airline will also incur one-off costs associated with the restructuring of its catering division, Now for a look at the national weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying. Ten's Early News returns.

TO THE SATELLITE, AND AN UPPER TROUGH OVER THE REGION, IS JOINED BY A COLD FRONT FROM THE WEST,

TO THE SATELLITE, AND AN UPPER TROUGH OVER THE REGION, IS JOINED BY A COLD FRONT FROM THE WEST, CAUSING SHOWERS OVER MOST OF THE REGION. IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, A CLOUDY DAY, WITH LIGHT RAIN, AND WINDS. SHOWERS AND 17 IN SYDNEY.

15 AND MOSTLY FINE IN MELBOURNE. SHOWERS IN ALMOST EVERY CENTRE THIS MORNING: WOLLONGONG, BEGA, AND ORANGE. RAIN SHOULD BECOME HEAVIER THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON IN DUBBO. 12 AND SHOWERS FOR BOWRAL. A COOL DAY IN BATEMANS BAY. CHANCE OF RAIN IN BATURST, AND GOULBURN. NOWRA AND MUDGEE, BOTH WARMING TO 16 THIS AFTERNOON. SHOWERS AND COOL, IN COOMA. 18 IN PARKES. THE OUTLOOK FOR CANBERRA AND SURROUNDS NOW, AND RAIN AT TIMES ON FRIDAY, SHOWERS FOR SATURDAY, CLEARING TO A MOSTLY FINE WEEKEND, AND SUNNY START TO THE WEEK.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines. The Federal Government delays its controversial asylum seeker bill,

rebel backbenchers demanding amendments. The family of a Brisbane woman shot in the neck in Thailand learns she'll never walk again. 120 people dead and dozens missing as widespread flooding and landslides grip Indonesia. And celebrating her last few nights as a single woman, Nicole Kidman with friends and family for a hens' night in Sydney. Iraq's Trade Minister is calling for the country to suspend trade with Australia after a group of the minister's body guards

were accidentally gunned down by Australian security personnel. Meantime, another lawyer defending Saddam Hussein has been shot dead in Baghdad. Saddam and seven of his co-defendants have gone on a hunger strike to protest the murder. Tough new asylum seeker laws have been delayed after rebel Liberal MPs rejected a compromise deal last night. The 10 members argued that the Government bill - aimed at processing migrants offshore - didn't not go far enough in protecting human rights. The backbenchers rejected a set of amendments put forward by the PM. We have made very big changes. Certainly there have been some significant changes achieved in terms of it and we will continue to talk. Discussions will resume in August when Parliament next sits. Young children with stay-at-home parents have a better chance of healthy emotional and behavioural development than those in formal care. That's the findings of a new study. It says the more hours children under the age of one spend in centre-based care, the greater the risks during a critical developmental period. While Pamela Fitzpatrick fights for her life in a Thai hospital, outside her father Kevin fights to hold back his tears. The bullet is lodged in her spinal column and I'm here with my family to support her. Kevin Fitzpatrick flew into Bangkok yesterday. His daughter remains in a critical condition, the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting at a bar west of the capital. It's not a regular of frequent occurrence in Thailand. but it is a very sad one for the family involved. Thai police say they're closing in on the gunmen. They've released a sketch and are focusing their investigations on local gangs. At least 120 people have perished and many more are missing after a series of floods and landslides in Indonesia. Heavy rains over the past two days have inundated rice paddies and rising flood waters have destroyed houses across five districts. Heavy rains are common at this time of the year in Indonesia, but authorities say illegal logging has resulted in widespread flooding. It was a very civilised affair at camp Kidman overnight, family and friends of all ages celebrating Nicole's hens' night. They arrived at her sister Antonia's Sydney home. Nicole's best friend Naomi Watts hoping to sneak past the media scrum. Keith Urban's family also attending the party. But her own family wasn't far away, Antonia's daughter keen to greet her famous aunt. Nicky! Nicky! Nicole and Keith will reportedly tie the knot this Sunday

in the seaside suburb of Manly. The World Cup has become a valuable teaching tool in the tiny German town that's adopted the Socceroos. Primary school students are learning all they can about Australia, even how to play a didgeridoo. The last thing you'd expect to hear in a small school in a German village is this.

Year 3 students in Oehringen, who a few weeks ago knew nothing more about the land down-under than it being the home of kangaroos and koalas, have been taught how to make and play a didgeridoo. Their teacher so determined to get her hands on one she spent hours in front of the computer trying to outbid others in an on-line auction. They were very interested about animals and about this far land, for us impossible to imagine. They like Ayres Rock. And what Australian education would be complete without one of our most recognisable songs?

WALTZING MATILDA Just over 20,000 people live in the Socceroos' host town in Germany's south but such has been the effect of the team's time here, many of the children are already dreaming of one day visiting their new favourite place on the planet.

Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink won't hear any talk of failure ahead of tomorrow morning's crunch game against Croatia. Hiddink says regardless of the result the Socceroos already have the respect of the football world. The man with the midas touch was all smiles as he put his charges through their final training run before taking on Croatia. A match which could see Australia through the World Cup group stage for the first time ever, but Guus Hiddink believes whatever happens the Socceroos they've already made people sit up and notice Australia has impressed the world already. Fresh from being cleared by the FIFA disciplinary committee Harry Kewell is ready to produce some thing special. I think he's up to it physically and mentally. A draw is all Australia needs. Key defender Craig Moore believes Croatia's need to win the match will provide opportunities. A hand from God set the scene for Argentina who applied a heap of pressure in the first half but just couldn't find the back of the net. Angola and Iran finished their campaigns with a 1-all draw. In the National Rugby League Bulldogs star Willie Mason has predicted a few headaches for players following the scrapping of anti-tampering rules. From next year, clubs will be free to approach whoever they want, whenever they want.

May, June if you're off contract it's a big decision in your life. It is pretty stressful, you know. I wouldn't like to cop a year of it or two. Meanwhile, Anthony Minichiello's expected to re-sign with the Sydney Roosters today. Finance. The head of the competition watchdog says he's close to concluding talks with Telstra regarding its plans to build a $3-billion broadband network. Graeme Samuel says talks are progressing well

but has warned Telstra not to use the issue of regulatory certainty as a potential obstacle to the T3 float. Last week the ACCC knocked back Telstra's plans to charge rivals a $30 flat fee to access its copper wire network. Now for a look at the national weather: A quick recap of the morning's top stories. The PM has agreed to better protection for asylum seekers, delaying his Government's controversial bill until August. East Timor's beleaguered PM expected to stand down.

He's received a formal request from the President. And police in Thailand close in on the gunmen who shot a Brisbane woman at a bar. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. Don't forget the morning news starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods. And I'm Kath Robinson. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au If it wasn't for these people, my little boy wouldn't be speaking... One, two, three... ..and he is now.