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Lebanon's Prime Minister the US Secretary of State meets on an unannounced visit to Beirut. leave the city The final ship-load of Australians 14 days on. which is still under heavy fire 'Crocodile Dundee' to life The man who brought the films into hidden tax trusts. denies funneling royalties from

of Australian military history And a revered piece goes under the hammer for a record price. and for the rest of the day: Now a look at the national weather

first look at the business news. And here's Kath Robinson with our Bill, good morning. Well, US stocks have surged overnight strength gave stocks a boost. as M&A news, earning and tech on the PPI numbers and rates shortly. And I'll have more in the Middle East this morning. Hopes of a possible cease-fire Condoleezza Rice US Secretary of State the Lebanese Prime Minister has been in talks with

to broker a peace deal. this morning. Beirut was smouldering again Israel is not letting up. the United States, But its most important ally, with this war. is trying to start the 'end game' for Dr Rice. This is a diplomatic challenge with Hezbollah are Iran and Syria. The only countries with any leverage but only if they get a reward. They might be prepared to cooperate, Prime Minister. The kiss was for the Lebanese to the Lebanese Prime Minister Dr Rice started by talking about a humanitarian operation, victims of the war. the ideas to help Lebanese

for $150 million today. The UN launched an appeal they waited for two hours But outside, how to end this war. as they also discussed seems out of the question. Military victory as if it can force the other to stop. Neither Israel or Hezbollah looks That leaves cease-fire for everyone involved, which some think but a face-saving way out. not a defeat, or a victory, to talk about in the next few days. Condoleezza Rice has a lot From Beirut, she left for Israel. Ending this war will not be easy most powerful country, but at least the world's far too late for its friends here,

is trying. at Sydney Airport overnight. There were emotional scenes and gratitude Loves ones unable to hold back tears war-torn Lebanon arrived home as some of the first to escape on a Government-chartered flight. Dad, dad - love you brother. Thanks for help. Thanks for Australia. winding back its evacuation efforts. However, the Federal Government is leave Beirut today. The last boats carrying Australians in for a fight Labor leader Kim Beazley's policy banning new uranium mines. over his vow to scrap the ALP's

a major Beazley 'backflip'. And the Government's branded the move two-decade-old no new mines policy Kim Beazley says Labor's is out of date and must be changed. is what we do with the uranium mine, I believe the real issue not how many places we mine it. the ban on new mines He'll move to scrap next April, at Labor's National Conference tougher guidelines and controls but the trade-off will be much and what they do with it. on who we sell uranium to, based on the strength of safeguards, The new policy I propose will be not on the number of mines. welcoming the Beazley move, sort of. The Government It was a stupid policy, is that Mr Beazley's name but what it really says with backflip. is now totally synonymous Prime Minister John Howard's But Mr Beazley won't be adopting for possible uranium enrichment in-principle support

or nuclear power reactors for Australia. that's the policy of an idiot. Because I think has a big fight on his hands But the Opposition leader shadow minister Anthony Albanese. with influential left wing fighting his leader on this issue Mr Albanese has indicated he'll be National Conference all the way up to next year's in Sydney this morning. beginning with a press conference Greg Turnbull, Ten News. can return to the skies Australia's F1-11 fighter jets

emergency landing west of Brisbane. a week after this dramatic the 26-strong fleet A report has cleared of the main wheel nut. of a problem with the installation circling the RAAF base That fault left the Brisbane plane before landing. to burn off excess fuel for three hours last Tuesday

is still investigating. The Defence Department Claims this morning is currently under investigation our very own 'Crocodile Dundee'

for tax fraud. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' says John Cornell Paul Hogan and his producer of dollars in royalties allegedly funnelled millions into offshore tax havens. from their films and their families used credit cards It's alleged the pair without paying the appropriate tax. to access funds in offshore accounts businessmen were charged with fraud Last week three Gold Coast after hiding funds offshore.

They each face 10 years behind bars. of Australian military history A most revered piece at a Sydney auction. has fetched a staggering price a Victoria Cross medal The mystery buyer securing in the process. and creating a world record was awarded the medal for bravery War hero Captain Alfred Shout

at Anzac Cove in April 1915. during the botched landing from around the world 91 years on, and a field of buyers battled to secure the prized gong. $650,000 I'm offered. $750,000 I'm bid. $800,000 I'm offered. $1 million dollars. a new world record for a medal. Ladies and gentlemen we have Sold! was a difficult decision Parting with his grand-dad's medals

for Graham Thomas.

Recovering from cancer, proceeds among his remaining family. the 67-year-old will distribute the He was a hero to our family men and women who served in the war. but so were all the other service

a prominent philanthropist, The undisclosed buyer, said to be at the Australian War Memorial. wants the medal to be displayed Luke Waters, Ten News. Dramatic scenes in South Korea. a subway train. A man pulled from under Closed-circuit video footage shows the man jumping from the platform just before the train pulls into the station. Bystanders watch on fearing the worse but the man emerges from beneath the carriage calling out for help at which point he's dragged to safety. It's believed the man, who had travelled to South Korea from Japan, was attempting to commit suicide after separating from his wife. Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews turned marriage counsellor yesterday saying the club is having a trial separation from controversial midfielder Jason Akermanis. They may be headed for divorce,

but the Brisbane Lions want to stay friends with Jason Akermanis. I guess the reason that separations happen, just to see what life is like separated and many marriages come back together because being together is better than being separated.

Port Adelaide captain Warren Tredrea won't play again this year. His season over due to an ongoing knee injury. It was obviously pretty sore last week. It was probably the worst week I've had for quite a long time and I've been struggling with it pretty well most of the season.

The Match Review Panel has slapped Melbourne's Brad Green with a 3-match ban for head butting. But with a good record and an early plea, the 25-year-old can get away with a one week suspension.

Fremantle's Des Headland copped two weeks for a blow not caught by cameras.

And the Carr brothers have also been hit. Josh suspended for a fortnight and fined for wrestling. Matthew fined as well with over $10,000 dished out

for the all-in melee at half time. David Adamson, Ten News. The NRL season is taking its toll on players with Sydney Rooster Braith Anasta facing season-ending surgery on his troublesome groin. While at the Wests Tigers, skipper Brett Hodgson has been officially rubbed out for the season with torn knee ligaments. Hodgson underwent scans to determine the extent of the damage yesterday afternoon and although he may not need surgery, he won't play again this year. Meanwhile, Cowboys half Johnathon Thurston hopes to return to the field from his knee injury before the end of the regular season. The Wallabies say they're ready for revenge against the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night. The return Bledisloe Cup match should see the team at full strength. Giant prop Rodney Blake returning from an ankle injury and fighting to unseat Guy Shepardson from the front row.

I guess we'll have to wait and see how training pans out this week and see if he's in the squad, I guess. I guess we'll have to wait and see how training pans out this week and see if he's in the squad, I guess. Everyone's not sure to place in the team and everyone's right with their spots. Lock Dan Vickerman faces a fitness test this week

after injuring his shoulder against the Springboks.

And here's Kath Robinson with a look at the business news. The odds of another interest rate increase next week have shortened after a stronger-than-expected rise in wholesale prices.

The producer price index rose 1.6% in the June quarter

taking the annual rate of growth to 4.5%. Economists say higher fuel prices pushed up the reading and warn we could see a similar effect when the consumer price index is released tomorrow. If inflation drifts any higher than current levels, the Reserve Bank is likely to again lift rates by 0.25% to 6% at its meeting next week. A global free trade deal is looking unlikely after trade talks collapsed overnight at a meeting of the 149 member nations of the World Trade Organisation. The organisation's director general recommended the suspension of discussions after the six leading members of the WTO, which includes Australia,

failed to reach agreements on liberalising their markets. Key to the talks was reaching a resolution that would see farm subsudies cut under a global free trade agreement. Now a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

Let's take a look at what's making today's headlines - in the 'Daily Telegraph' the Government rocked as seven officers found guilty of sexual misconduct with recruits at Goulburn Police School still allowed to keep their jobs. Refugees seriously injured as the bombings continue while they try to flee Lebanon - that story in 'The Australian'. And in the 'Advertiser' - South Australia pushing for a national plan

to help grandparents who care for children. More news coming up after the break. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines -

Australians arrive home on Government-chartered flights out of war-ravaged Lebanon. The US Secretary of State meets the prime minister in the capital desperate for a diplomatic resolve. Police investigate two fires in Brisbane -

flames from one home engulfing another next door.

And tales of terror from survivors of a fatal maze accident in the UK. And here's Kath Robinson with a look at the business news. Well, US stocks opened the session higher as takeover deals involving chip maker Advanced Micro devices and hospital operator HCA lifted sentiment.

The Snowy Hydro sale-off the NSW Government's agenda. I'll have more on that shortly. Another plane-load of evacuees has arrived home in Sydney overnight. Many loved ones expressing their gratitude unable to hold back tears and gratitude. Many of the loves ones lucky to escape with their lives. A family reunion that just couldn't wait any longer. The emotional scenes were played out at Sydney Airport last night as some of the first to escape war-torn Lebanon arrived home on a Government-chartered flight. Thanks to Australia. Thanks for your help. However, the Federal Government is winding back its evacuation efforts. The last boats carrying Australians leave Beirut today. Meantime, there's been no sign of a cease-fire. Hezbollah continuing its barrage of missile attacks as Israeli ground forces push deeper into Lebanon. What is occurring at the present time in Lebanon is a catastrophe. We need to give the Government of Lebanon the support it requires. And a familiar face caught up in the crisis. Former rugby league player Benny Elias's mum is missing in Lebanon. She hasn't been heard from since the weekend. Kate Donnison, Ten News. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this morning. Yesterday, she discussed the regional crisis with Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora.

During a 4-hour meeting, Ms Rice praised the Lebanese people for their courage,

but said there was no place for terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Condoleezza Rice is trying to broker a cease-fire between the warring countries.

Despite high-level talks, there's growing concern for the plight of civilians as Israeli troops continue their military onslaught in Lebanon. In the latest incident, a convoy of ambulances was hit by Israeli jets. Fear had many faces today. These were just some of them. The women lost their foreign passports when their homes were bombed. A German official intervened. A gesture of humanity in the face of desperation. There were many farewells. All day the small boats ferried people to the chartered cruise ship waiting in the harbour. Nobody is safe, not even the Red Cross. This ambulance driver was transferring patients between ambulances when he and colleagues were fired on by the Israelis. This man was one of the patients. He's lost a leg. His 8-year-old son has been left with severe head injuries. Such an attack is potentially a violation of international law. The ALP's controversial policy banning new uranium mines will become a test case for the leadership of Kim Beazley. At Labor's national conference next April Mr Beazley will propose lifting the ban.

But the trade-off will be much tougher guidelines and controls on who we sell uranium to and what they do with it.

I believe the real issue is what we do with the uranium mine,

now how many places we mine it. Labor's Shadow Environment Minister Anthony Albanese is strongly opposed to the move A mysterious buyer has secured a special piece of Australian history

for a record price. The last privately owned Victoria Cross

awarded to an Australian soldier at Gallipoli was auctioned in Sydney. $650,000 I'm offered. $750,000 I'm bid. $800,000 I'm offered. $1 million dollars.

Ladies and gentlemen we have a new world record for a medal.

Sold! It's believed Captain AJ Shout's medal will go to the Australian War Memorial. Investigators in the UK are trying to work out how a giant inflatable maze broke from its moorings in a park killing two people and injuring dozens more. The accident happened in the north of England

where the huge piece of art was on display.

A giant inflatable maze takes off and floats across a crowded park. Trapped inside were 30 people. Here are four of the survivors. 5-year-old Kitty, her uncle Steve, her brother Carl,

and her friend Tina. We were just laughing and carrying on and the middle went up, which we thought was part of the ride

and then that's when we hit the floor and the young one next to us, I grabbed her and Tina grabbed a hold of me and I didn't knkow where Carl was. To be honest, I thought it was going into the river and I was going to die. I couldn't see nothing. It was like black because all the sides were giving in and I heard screams of little kids. Two people were killed and more than a dozen were injured but this inflatable work of art suddenly became a scene of chaos. So what went wrong? We're keeping an open mind in terms of this tragedy. We've got officers attending the scene today to continue with an investigation. It started with a raunchy photo scandal, progressed with an on-stage faint, and may now finish with a jail term for one contestant. Less than 24 hours after the crowning of Miss Universe, Indonesia's entrant has come under fire for her choice of attire. Nadine Chandrawinata wore swimwear in one of the categories, to the anger of a hard-line Muslim group. The Islamic Defenders Front has asked Indonesian Authorities to prosecute her saying she 'intentionally engaged in indecency'.

Melbourne has until 11 o'clock this morning to decide if it'll accept Brad Green's one week suspension for head-butting. The AFL Match Review Panel has slapped the Demons forward with a three-match ban. But with a good record and an early plea, the 25-year-old can escape with just one week.

Fremantle's Des Headland copped two weeks for a blow not caught by cameras. Josh Carr has been suspended for a fortnight and fined for wrestling.

The club will contest both charges. More than $10,000 dished out for the all-in melee at half-time. Contrasting fortunes involving knee injuries for last year's NRL Grand Finallists. Good news for the Cowboys.

Bad news for the Wests Tigers. A further blow to the Tigers's premiership defence. Brett Hodgson ruled out for the year with a snapped medial ligament while the Cowboys are much more upbeat about Johnathon Thurston's return.

Usually the medical staff are conservative in their opinion and I know Johno is hopeful he'll be back in around three weeks. Encouraging signs too, for prop Robert Tanielu after a frightening neck injury on the weekend. Limited movement returning to his limbs, but the team refuses to discuss a return to the game. My own personal opinion is that he should be very careful about continuing in a contact sport. Beaten up by the Cowboys on Saturday, the Broncos took out their frustrations on each other.

Brad Thorn may miss a week with loose teeth. And the Match Review Committee

have referred Adrian Morley's case directly to the judiciary. A long ban for striking would surely end the England-bound prop's playing days in Australia. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News. And how's this for bad form? A jockey in the UK is being investigated

for headbutting his horse. The 26-year-old jockey was heading towards the starting gates when the gelding unseated him

both in a state of distress.

The jockey did get back on and the pair went on the finish fourth but he now has a date with racing regulators to explain his actions. And here's Kath Robinson with a look at the business news. The NSW Government has shrugged off reports it's pushing for a part sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme. Reports yesterday suggested

the State Government wanted to sell off the asset's electricity trading division in a transaction that could reap nearly $1 billion. But the New South Wales Finance Minister, John Della Bosca, says a sale is not on the cards adding any sale of the infrastructure is unacceptable. Macquarie Bank shares jumped nearly 2% yesterday after reports the investment bank is eyeing a strategic stake in Telstra. Meantime, there are fresh doubts the proposed $25 billion float will not happen this year after talks between Telstra and the competition watchdog, regarding the $3 billion broadband network, again broke down yesterday. The news came as Telstra boss Sol Trujillo yesterday headed to Canberra apparently to discuss the T3 float with Finance Minister Nick Minchin. Now a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: Some welcome news for farmers battling the worst drought in 100 years. Rain has fallen across much of the country - Western Australia and New South Wales recording the highest falls. Dubbo, in the New South Wales's central west, is showcasing green, well-nourished pastures. A welcome sight given the latest figures that 94% of that State is enduring a big dry spell. More news coming up after the break.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - talking diplomacy. the US Secretary of State meets Lebanon's Prime Minister on an unannounced visit to Beirut.

The final ship-load of Australians leave the city which is still under heavy fire 14 days on. The man who brought 'Crocodile Dundee' to life denies funneling royalties from the films into hidden tax trusts. And a revered piece of Australian military history goes under the hammer for a record price.

Now a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: And here's Kath Robinson with our first look at the business news. Wall Street had a great session.

Higher prices on the way for passengers at Sydney's airport. I'll hve amore on that shortly. Hopes of a possible cease-fire in the Middle East this morning.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been in talks with the Lebanese Prime Minister to broker a peace deal.

Beirut was smouldering again this morning. Israel is not letting up. But its most important ally, the United States, is trying to start the 'end game' of this war. This is a diplomatic challenge for Dr Rice. The only countries with any leverage with Hezbollah are Iran and Syria. They might be prepared to cooperate, but only if they get a reward. The kiss was for the Lebanese Prime Minister. Dr Rice started by talking to the Lebanese Prime Minister

about a humanitarian operation, the ideas to help Lebanese victims of the war. The UN launched an appeal for $150 million today. But outside, they waited for two hours as they also discussed how to end this war. Military victory seems out of the question. Neither Israel or Hezbollah looks as if it can force the other to stop. That leaves a cease-fire

which some think for everyone involved, not a defeat, or a victory, but a face-saving way out. Condoleezza Rice has a lot to talk about in the next few days. From Beirut, she left for Israel. Ending this war will not be easy but at least the world's most powerful country, far too late for its friends here, is trying. There were emotional scenes at Sydney Airport overnight.

Loves ones unable to hold back tears and gratitude as some of the first to escape war-torn Lebanon arrived home on a Government-chartered flight. Dad, dad - love you brother. Thanks for Australia. Thanks for help. Thanks here and thank you there. However, the Federal Government is winding back its evacuation efforts.

The last boats carrying Australians leave Beirut today.

Labor leader Kim Beazley's in for a fight over his vow to scrap the ALP's policy banning new uranium mines. And the Government's branded the move a major Beazley 'backflip'. Kim Beazley says Labor's two-decade-old no new mines policy is out of date and must be changed. I believe the real issue is what we do with the uranium mine, not how many places we mine it.

He'll move to scrap the ban on new mines

at Labor's National Conference next April, but the trade-off will be much tougher guidelines and controls on who we sell uranium to, and what they do with it. The new policy I propose will be based on the strength of safeguards, not on the number of mines. The Government welcoming the Beazley move, sort of. It was a stupid policy,

but what it really says is that Mr Beazley's name

is now totally synonymous with backflip. But Mr Beazley won't be adopting Prime Minister John Howard's in-principle support for possible uranium enrichment or nuclear power reactors for Australia. Because I think that's the policy of an idiot. But the Opposition leader has a big fight on his hands with influential left wing shadow minister Anthony Albanese. Mr Albanese has indicated he'll be fighting his leader on this issue all the way up to next year's National Conference beginning with a press conference in Sydney this morning. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Claims this morning our very own 'Crocodile Dundee' is currently under investigation for tax fraud. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' says Paul Hogan and his producer John Cornell allegedly funnelled millions of dollars in royalties from their films into offshore tax havens.

It's alleged the pair and their families used credit cards to access funds in offshore accounts without paying the appropriate tax. Police are investigating the murder of a man on the NSW north coast. The man, in his 30s, was stabbed at a house in Port Macquarie late yesterday apparently after an argument with another man. He died on the way to hospital after being found lying on the side of the road. A most revered piece of Australian military history has fetched a staggering price at a Sydney auction. The mystery buyer securing a Victoria Cross medal

and creating a world record in the process. War hero Captain Alfred Shout was awarded the medal for bravery during the botched landing at Anzac Cove in April 1915. 91 years on, and a field of buyers from around the world

battled to secure the prized gong. $650,000 I'm offered. $750,000 I'm bid. $800,000 I'm offered. $1 million dollars. Ladies and gentlemen we have a new world record for a medal. Sold! Parting with his grand-dad's medals was a difficult decision

for Graham Thomas.

Recovering from cancer, the 67-year-old will distribute the proceeds among his remaining family. but so were all the other service men and women who served in the war. The undisclosed buyer, said to be a prominent philanthropist, wants the medal to be displayed at the Australian War Memorial. Luke Waters, Ten News.

Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews turned marriage counsellor yesterday saying the club is having a trial separation from controversial midfielder Jason Akermanis. They may be headed for divorce, but the Brisbane Lions want to stay friends with Jason Akermanis.

I guess the reason that separations happen, just to see what life is like separated and many marriages come back together

because being together is better than being separated. Port Adelaide captain Warren Tredrea won't play again this year. His season over due to an ongoing knee injury. It was obviously pretty sore last week. It was probably the worst week I've had for quite a long time and I've been struggling with it pretty well most of the season. The Match Review Panel has slapped Melbourne's Brad Green with a 3-match ban for head butting. But with a good record and an early plea, the 25-year-old can get away with a one week suspension.

Fremantle's Des Headland copped two weeks for a blow not caught by cameras. And the Carr brothers have also been hit. Josh suspended for a fortnight and fined for wrestling. Matthew fined as well with over $10,000 dished out for the all-in melee at half time. David Adamson, Ten News. The NRL season is taking its toll on players

with Sydney Rooster Braith Anasta facing season-ending surgery

on his troublesome groin. While at the Wests Tigers, skipper Brett Hodgson has been officially rubbed out for the season with torn knee ligaments. Hodgson underwent scans

to determine the extent of the damage yesterday afternoon and although he may not need surgery, he won't play again this year. Meanwhile, Cowboys half Johnathon Thurston hopes to return to the field from his knee injury before the end of the regular season. English cricketer Andrew Flintoff is considering a club stint in Australia. England's chairman of selectors says match practice in either Australia or South Africa could be just what the all-rounder needs to speed up his recovery from ankle surgery. Cricket Australia has no objections to the idea saying the deal would be done at a club level. England will tour Australia for the Ashes series starting in November. And here's Kath Robinson with a look at the business news.

James Hardie has reportedly rejected a plea from the PM to meet with the Australian Tax Office on compensation pay-outs. John Howard urged the former asbestos producer to nut out an agreement with the ATO last week but the 'Daily Telegraph' says there's been no progress. Mr Howard will hold private talks with NSW Premier Morris Iemma on the issue. He's hoping to rally support for a resolve.

Now let's take a brief look at some of the other stories making business news -

And a rescue plan aimed at getting 500 car parts workers back on the job has hit a snag after several key players have refused to sign off on a back-to-work agreement.

Now a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: Let's take a look at what's making today's headlines -

More news coming up after the break.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - Australians arrive home on Government-chartered flights out of war-ravaged Lebanon. The US Secretary of State meets the prime minister in the capital desperate for a diplomatic resolve. A mysterious buyer secures a piece of Australian military history for a record price. And tales of terror from survivors of a fatal maze accident in the UK.

Another plane-load of evacuees has arrived home in Sydney overnight. Many loved ones expressing their gratitude unable to hold back tears and gratitude. Many of the loves ones lucky to escape with their lives. A family reunion that just couldn't wait any longer. The emotional scenes were played out at Sydney Airport last night as some of the first to escape war-torn Lebanon arrived home on a Government-chartered flight. Thanks to Australia. Thanks for your help. However, the Federal Government is winding back its evacuation efforts.

The last boats carrying Australians leave Beirut today. Meantime, there's been no sign of a cease-fire. Hezbollah continuing its barrage of missile attacks as Israeli ground forces push deeper into Lebanon.

What is occurring at the present time in Lebanon is a catastrophe. We need to give the Government of Lebanon the support it requires. And a familiar face caught up in the crisis. Former rugby league player Benny Elias's mum is missing in Lebanon. She hasn't been heard from since the weekend.

Kate Donnison, Ten News.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this morning. Yesterday, she discussed the regional crisis with Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora. During a 4-hour meeting, Ms Rice praised the Lebanese people for their courage, but said there was no place for terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Condoleezza Rice is trying to broker a cease-fire

between the warring countries. Despite high-level talks, there's growing concern for the plight of civilians as Israeli troops continue their military onslaught in Lebanon. In the latest incident, a convoy of ambulances was hit by Israeli jets. Fear had many faces today. These were just some of them.

The women lost their foreign passports when their homes were bombed. A German official intervened. A gesture of humanity in the face of desperation. There were many farewells. All day the small boats ferried people to the chartered cruise ship

waiting in the harbour. Nobody is safe, not even the Red Cross. This ambulance driver was transferring patients between ambulances

when he and colleagues were fired on by the Israelis.

This man was one of the patients. He's lost a leg. His 8-year-old son has been left with severe head injuries. Such an attack is potentially a violation of international law. The ALP's controversial policy banning new uranium mines will become a test case for the leadership of Kim Beazley. At Labor's national conference next April

Mr Beazley will propose lifting the ban. But the trade-off will be much tougher guidelines and controls on who we sell uranium to and what they do with it. I believe the real issue is what we do with the uranium mine, not how many places we mine it. Labor's Shadow Environment Minister Anthony Albanese is strongly opposed to the move.

A mysterious buyer has secured a special piece of Australian history for a record price. The last privately owned Victoria Cross awarded to an Australian soldier at Gallipoli was auctioned in Sydney. $650,000 I'm offered. $750,000 I'm bid. $800,000 I'm offered. $1 million. Ladies and gentlemen we have a new world auction record for a medal.

Sold! It's believed Captain AJ Shout's medal will go to the Australian War Memorial. 8 people are in hospital - two of them with critical injuries after a fatal road smash in Queensland. Police say this semi-trailer crossed to the wrong side of the Pacific Motorway, which links the Gold Coast and Brisbane and collided with six cars.

We've got one deceased person. The driver of the semi-trailer we believe is in a serious condition as well. Rescuers are stunned more people didn't die. The southbound lanes of the highway were shut for several hours. Four people are in hospital after a devastating house fire in Brisbane overnight. Emergency crews were called to the scene just after midnight but there was little they could do. The fire started after a 21-year-old man caught alight while smoking a cigarette and as he was using paint thinner on his car. Three other men heard the man screaming and came to his aid. The 21-year-old suffered severe burns to his body.

Investigators in the UK are trying to work out how a giant inflatable maze broke from its moorings in a park killing two people and injuring dozens more. The accident happened in the north of England where the huge piece of art was on display. A giant inflatable maze takes off and floats across a crowded park.

Trapped inside were 30 people. Here are four of the survivors. 5-year-old Kitty, her uncle Steve, her brother Carl, and her friend Tina. We were just laughing and carrying on and the middle went up, which we thought was part of the ride

and then that's when we hit the floor and the young one next to us, I grabbed her

and Tina grabbed a hold of me and I didn't know where Carl was.

To be honest, I thought it was going into the river and I was going to die. I couldn't see nothing. It was like black because all the sides were giving in and I heard screams of little kids. Two people were killed and more than a dozen were injured but this inflatable work of art suddenly became a scene of chaos.

So what went wrong? We're keeping an open mind in terms of this tragedy. We've got officers attending the scene today

to continue with an investigation. Melbourne has until 11 o'clock this morning to decide if it'll accept Brad Green's one week suspension for head-butting. The AFL Match Review Panel has slapped the Demons forward with a three-match ban. But with a good record and an early plea,

the 25-year-old can escape with just one week. Fremantle's Des Headland copped two weeks for a blow not caught by cameras. Josh Carr has been suspended for a fortnight and fined for wrestling. The club will contest both charges. More than $10,000 dished out for the all-in melee at half-time. Contrasting fortunes involving knee injuries for last year's NRL Grand Finallists. Good news for the Cowboys. Bad news for the Wests Tigers. A further blow to the Tigers's premiership defence. Brett Hodgson ruled out for the year with a snapped medial ligament while the Cowboys are much more upbeat about Johnathon Thurston's return. Usually the medical staff are conservative in their opinion and I know Johno is hopeful he'll be back in around three weeks. Encouraging signs too, for prop Robert Tanielu

after a frightening neck injury on the weekend. Limited movement returning to his limbs, but the team refuses to discuss a return to the game. My own personal opinion is that he should be very careful about continuing in a contact sport. Beaten up by the Cowboys on Saturday, the Broncos took out their frustrations on each other. Brad Thorn may miss a week with loose teeth. And the Match Review Committee

have referred Adrian Morley's case directly to the judiciary. A long ban for striking would surely end the England-bound prop's playing days in Australia. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News. The Wallabies say they're ready for revenge against the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night. The return Bledisloe Cup match should see the team at full strength. Giant prop Rodney Blake returning from an ankle injury and fighting to unseat Guy Shepardson from the front row.

I guess we'll have to wait and see how training pans out this week and see if he's in the squad, I guess. Everyone's not sure to place in the team and everyone's right with their spots. Lock Dan Vickerman faces a fitness test this week after injuring his shoulder against the Springboks.

And how's this for bad form? A jockey in the UK is being investigated for headbutting his horse. The 26-year-old jockey was heading towards the starting gates when the gelding unseated him both in a state of distress. The jockey did get back on and the pair went on the finish fourth but he now has a date with racing regulators to explain his actions. And here's Kath Robinson with a look at the business news. The corporate regulator has accused the former Westpoint boss

of continually lying about his assets. Norm Carey again faced the Federal Court in Perth and where he was branded a liar by lawyers for ASIC

after failing to recall complex transactions involving two companies he allegedly controlled. When Mr Carey was asked if he remembered transferring $1 million in 2004 and 2005

from company registered in the Chanel Islands to an Australian business he owns, he said he did not.

A quick recap of the markets:

Bill, you know how I love my day spas but I don't know how I'd go at this one in your next story. And things have gotten rather spicy at a spa resort in Japan. Clients have taken to bathing in curry. We're told it's great fun and very popular especially amongst kids. And if the smell and colour of a Korma isn't enticing enough - there's blow up vegetables on hand to really get you in the mood. But it's not just for fun and games. The spices in the yellowy liquid are believed to help rejuvenate the skin.

Now a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: Checking today's top stories -

That's it for Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods. 'Bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au