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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. Welcome to Ten's Early News.

joining us. And I'm Frank Coletta. Thanks for

These are our headlines this morning.

A State Government minister quits

after he's caught leaving a gay sex

reshuffle. club, forcing an emergency Cabinet

A bus hijacker in hospital after

police shoot him in the chest in

front of commuters.

In sport, Socceroo Harry Kewell on In sport, Socceroo Harry Kewell on

track to play in Australia's

opening game of the World Cup.

In finance, dollar in the doldrums

keeps on sliding. as the Australian currency just as the Australian currency just

The NSW Labor Party has been

plunged into turmoil this morning

following the resignation of a

high-profile MP in a sex scandal.

David Campbell quit as Transport

Minister last night after he was

caught on camera leaving a gay sex

club in Sydney. club in Sydney.

These are the pictures which ended

David Campbell's Senior Ministerial

career. The now former NSW

transport minister filmed leaving a

gay sex club. It's alleged the

married father of two was driven to

Ken's at Kensington - a spa, sauna

and lounge advertised for men who

prefer men. Just minutes before the

video went public, he resigned and

then began a 2-hour-long journey

home to his family. Now, this, of

course, has left all NSW MPs in

shock and the Premier Kristina

Keneally with an ugly wound to heal

in an election year. She's released in an election year. She's released

a statement applauding David

Campbell's long ministerial career.

This was David Campbell in

Parliament apologising for a

portfolio matter. The situation on

the F3 was unacceptable and

motorists had every right to be

angry. But this apology came in the

form of a statement four hours

form of a statement four hours

later, that he'd resigned for

personal reasons not relating to

his ministerial duties. We went on:

Powerbrokers have already selected

a replacement Transport Minister,

former unions boss John Robertson

will take David Campbell's place.

A bus hijacker is recovering in

hospital this morning after being

country gunned down by police. The

21-year-old man allegedly attacked

a bus driver outside a Melbourne

train station last night and tried

to drive off with the passengers.

Police attempted to subdue him with

capsicum spray. He was eventually

shot in the chest. They blocked off

the street and from that point I

didn't see anything. Then I heard a

gunfire and that was it. The police

investigating. ethical standards unit is

One of six teenagers who escaped

from a Melbourne detention centre

is still on the run this morning.

Police allege the gang held up a

Coles supermarket and car jacked a

customer after their escape.

They're also accused of holding a

guard hostage with a knife. Five

have been recaptured and charge.

They'll appear in children's court

at a later date.

An American male nurse charged with

the murder of a Sydney woman has

made a court appearance. 49-year-

old Walter Marsh was a prime

suspect after Michelle Beets was

stabbed to death on the doorstep of

her Chatswood home. Police received her Chatswood home. Police received

new information on Wednesday night

which led to the arrest. Long hours

and dedication by a number of

people on the Strike Force from

homicide squad and the local area

command. Walter Marsh has been

refused bail and will reappear in

central local court next Tuesday by videolink.

Thai troops are we'ding out the

last pockets of resistance in

Bangkok after 10 weeks of violence.

A night curfew is being enforced in

23 provinces but unrest has spread

to the rural north-east, where

13,000 protesters have rallied.

Ten's Max Futcher is in Bangkok and

brings us this report.

Two days since the Red Shirt

protest was crushed here in Bangkok

and large numbers of troops remain

on the streets. The night-time

curfew has been extended until

Sunday night. The prime minister

here says that's been done to allow

troops and police to we'd out any -

- weed out any resistance. We've

seen the troops release what they

say were weapons found in the

stronghold of the Red Shirts,

things like assault explosives and

weapons but also things like sling

shots. We've seen burned-out

buildings like the Stock Exchange

and very large shopping centres.

The amount of damage is such that

it will take weeks, maybe months,

to complete the clean-up.

Max Futcher in Bangkok.

North Korea has threatened all-out

war if sanctions are taken over the

sinking of a South Korean warship.

An international inquiry, which

included experts from Australia,

has pointed the finger of blame

firmly at the North.

When this South Korean warship sank

in March, it caused the deaths of

46 young sailors aboard, but its

destruction now also risks causing

dangerous instability on the Korean

peninsula. Parts of a torpedo found

on the sea floor carried lettering

that matched a North Korean design,

leading a team of international

investigators to decide there was

no other plausible conclusion than

North Korean submarine. that the torpedo was fired by a

The preliminary conclusions reached

through analysis matched

identically with what the charge

size and placement would be from

this torpedo. South Korea has

pledged it take stern action

against the North. North Korean against the North. North Korean

radio, meanwhile, rejected the

claim as fabrication and threatened

war if sanctions were imposed.

Despite outrage from Western powers,

and China's urging both countries

to show restraint, South Koreans

are worried. North Korea has a

history of sabre-rattling, but it

is also a nuclear-armed state,

atomic bomb. which only last year tested an

Sports news and Socceroos coach Pim

Verbeek has confirmed that Harry

Kewell is on target for the opening

game of our World Cup campaign.

Kewell is still recovering from

groin surgery and despite missing

it matters most. the lead matches will be ready when

Kewell is pivotal to our attack and

wants to be right for the start to

the World Cup. Germany is our

first-up opponent. He'll miss the

Kiwi friendly and the warm-up game

against the Americans in South against the Americans in South

Africa as his groin continues to Africa as his groin continues to

recover. He insists he will be OK

when it counts. Everything's going

well. I'm taking it day by day.

They've got a plan and they're confident that everything's going

to be fine. Socceroos mentor Pim

Verbeek telling ONE HD's Thursday

night life program that it's all

part of the plan. He's on the bench

already. He's running. We have a

schedule for him and it looks like

now that he will be ready before

the World Cup starts and that's all

what matters. The week before the

final game against Germany he has final game against Germany he has

to train with the group and it

looks good. He's fit. He's ready

and if we don't take any risks with

him, we're going to build it up a

little bit more.

Rugby league and Queensland's State

of Origin veteran Steve Price has

fired an early shot at the Blues

saying they'll be using wrestling

techniques in Game I. Price

believes NSW players will get

plenty of wrestling coaching to

ruffle Queensland's feathers.

The Melbourne wrestling coach is

basically sleeping with them.

They're going to do that much

wrestling through the week, you

know, he'll be going to bed with

them to make sure they know what

sort of wrestling techniques they sort of wrestling techniques they

need. They're a close team! State

of Origin kicks off in Sydney on Wednesday.

Collingwood is talking up its

chances on Wednesday.

The Pies say they've improved since

last year's preliminary final,

which the Cats won by 73 points.

We're in better form now than when

we played them in the preliminary

final. We're going to back it in

that our midfield with take that

form into tomorrow night's game.

A crowd of up to 90,000 is expected

at the 'G. Frank, I'm looking to

see if I can see the dollar. You'll

have to bend over to pick it up, Ron!

It's a battler all over again and It's a battler all over again and

there's a worrying day ahead for

investors. The dollar is having its

worst month since the height of the

global financial crisis. Overnight,

it plunged more than 10% lower

against the American greenback

since the start of May.

$22 billion have been wiped off stocks.

Tony Abbott's taking his political

fight to the family kitchen table.

Since 1 May until 20 June, my

resources have dropped by about

$44,000. $44,000? The share market

has been smashed since the super

tax announcement. But other factors

are also at play. The mass

uncertainty in Europe put the euro

in free fall and the Aussie

dollar's taken a 10% dive. Andrew

Forrest says it's only going to get

worse if the super profit tax goes

ahead. Treer remember, you've bet

the Australian economy on this.

Prime Minister, you're betting your

Government on this. Mr Forrest will

act in his own interest. We will

act in the national interest. The Government's continuing talks with

the resources sector but progress

is slow. We need to make sure that

Australia, in the resources sector,

remains competitive so we can

continue to grow that sector. And

that's the sticking point for

industry. The majority of mining

projects rely heavily on China

remaining strong and continuing to

invest big money here in Australia.

But the uncertainty in Europe

deepens concerns of a global

financial crisis relapse and that could devastate our economy.

Meantime, Greek stocks have fallen

more than 3% to a 14-month low as

protesters challenge the

government's austerity cuts with a

new general strike. More than

20,000 people marched in Athens

after unions called the strike

against cost-saving measures.

Commuters were left stranded. Even

the famous Acropolis was closed.

There was no repeat of the violence

that saw three people killed during

a general strike which was held earlier this month.

The bad news - Wall Street has been

battered by euro zone fears this

morning. The Dow Jones is off

almost 14%.

I can tell you it's lost 100 points

in the past half an hour only.

The dollar has shed more than 7 cents in seven days.

Now to business in brief and sigma

pharmaceuticals chairman John

Stocker and the director are the

latest to leave the embattled

health care company. Foxtel has

linked up with Microsoft with plans

to deliver pay TV channels through

the popular gaming console Xbox.

And luxury boat-builder Riviera is

about to come out from receivership,

launching the first of a series of

new models due out this year.

Still ahead on the Early News - a

gay sportsman slams the door on the

debate over AFL players coming out

of the closet. Ten's Early News is

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This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

The NSW Premier has been forced

into an emergency Cabinet reshuffle

after a Senior Minister was caught

on camera leaving a gay sex club.

David Campbell resigned as the

State's transport and Roads

Minister last night. He was caught

using his taxpayer-funded car to

visit Ken's at Kensington. The

married father of two says he

intends to stay on as the member

for Keira on the State's south

coast, but this morning questions

are being asked about his political future.

Meanwhile, disgraced Queensland

politician Michael Johnson is

looking at a possible challenge

against his expulsion from the

Liberal National Party. He was

expelled from the party for his

role in a Chinese mining deal,

accused of seeking a $12 million

commission. I'm a complete loss to

understand the basis of this charge.

Of course, I completely deny it.

He's planning to stand as an

Independent MP.

Several people in Queensland are

waiting anxiously to see if they're

infected with the Hendra virus.

They always had contact with a

horse that died from the disease earlier this week.

The State Government says residents

in the area will be contacted.

A police task force has been set up

to investigate the bombing of a

union office in Sydney. A stolen

car was driven through the front

windows of the CFMEU offices in

Sydney last week and set on fire,

causing $500,000 damage. The union

claims that the attack was linked

to a wages dispute involving a

contractor's treatment of migrant workers.

Former rugby league player Ian

Roberts, who came out as gay 16

years ago, has branded AFL star

Jason Akermanis as pathetic.

Akermanis caused a furore yesterday

when he claimed the sport wasn't

ready for gay players to come out.

I don't think Jason realises that

quite literally there are kids in

the suburbs who are killing

themselves and you get gooses like

that. His comments have sparked

fierce debate in sporting circles

right around the world.

And joining us now from our Sydney

studio is Andrew Purchase who plays

for the Sydney Convicts Gay Rugby Club.

I was going to ask if you're

surprised that this has caused such

a stir but the fact that you've

gone out and established a gay

rugby club would probably indicate

you're not surprised at all. I'm

not. When you have a high-profile

player like Jason Akermanis making

homophobic comments he'll cause a

stir. Most people think we've moved

on from these types of attitudes,

that we've progressed from the

"don't ask, don't tell" sort of

stance. I think we would hope that

leading sportsmen would promote

people to be themselves and be

proud of who they are and not try

and pretend to be someone else.

What experience have you and your

other team members experienced in

playing for regular teams? Well,

you know, the Sydney cap convicts

has two sides and we play as a part

of a regular rugby club called

Woollahra Colleagues and we've

never had any problem at all.

Woollahra Colleagues have been

fantastic to us. We play against

regular rugby teams every week

during the rugby season. It helps

that our team has been quite

successful. We've won our

competition twice. Almost without

exception we've not received any

derogatory comments or jibes and

we've been very welcomed by the NSW

Rugby Union and also by Woollahra

Colleagues. A lot of other

Australian sports men and women

have come out and declared that gay

sexuality. Are you seeing that the

AFL is really way behind the rest

of the community on this issue? I'm

really hoping that Jason's the one

who's way behind. You know, I think

the AFL has gone to quite strong

measures to try to stamp a policy

of anti-homophobia. They launched a

campaign, basically, highlighting

some of their high-profile players

with anti-homophobia messages

earlier this year. I'm really

hoping this is Jason and I think

it's really sad that he is

pretending to be the fails of AFL.

Clearly, Ian Roberts is very angry.

But stamping your feet isn't the

way to solve the problem. How do

you go about changing attitudes

generally? I think it's encouraging

people to be themselves. It's only

through interaction and

acknowledgement that there are gay

people out there who are just like

everyone else. They're just as good

a sportsman, politician or dancer

as anyone else. It's only be being

visible that we can stamp it out

and people realise that we're not

that threat, that we're just like

them and we have to make sure that

we encourage people to be

themselves. As Ian Roberts said in

that clip, it's very difficult for

young gay feel who are getting the

wrong message from Jason Akermanis

by telling them to stay in the

closet. I'm going to ask you one

more question here. Especially for

young players who seem to be most

at risk from the constations that come with declaring themselves as

gay in a regular team, what advice

do you have for young people coming

up through the ranks? I don't think

they are at risk. I think that

society has progressed and I think

that, um, you know, if they be

themselves then they will be

accepted and almost without

exception from the people I know

who have come out, they are

significantly better people once

they've gone through that

experience. Their friends say that.

They say that themselves. Their

family acknowledge that. So I think

what we've got to do as a society

to make them understand that it's

OK to be who you are, you are great

as who you are and that people

around you will accept it and

idiots like Jason Akermanis don't

actually reflect what society's views are.

Andrew Purchase there from the

Sydney Convicts gay rugby club.

Confirmation the International

Cricket Council's anti-corruption

unit has been investigating

Pakistan's stunning loss to

Australia in the Sydney Test after

allegations surfaced of match-

fixing. The finger has been pointed

at Kamran Akmal who dropped four

catches and missed an easy run-out

to help Australia to an unlikely

victory. It was a wonderful Test

match and a huge win for us. I had

no suspicions. I'd be devastated,

like all sports fans, if there was

match-fixing to it because it was a brilliant Test.

The International Cricket Council

has summoned players to answer questions.

Pim Verbeek has confirmed that

Harry Kewell is on target for the

opening game of our World Cup

campaign. The star striker is

recovering from groin surgery and,

despite missing the lead-up matches,

will be ready when it matters most.

Oh, Harry is on the pitch already.

He's only running. We have a

schedule for him and the schedule,

as it looks like now, is that he

will be ready before the World Cup

starts." The Socceroos play New

Zealand on Monday but Kewell will

not be part of that line-up.

Josh Perry believes game three of

last year's State of Origin series

will drive the Blues to victory in

2010. He said watching the fiery

28-16 win in Brisbane last year has

given them plenty of inspiration.

Definitely stirred a bit of emotion

and I guess it did show that

Queensland are unbeatable. So we've

got to take a little built of

confidence out of last year. State

of Origin kicks off in Sydney on Wednesday.

Formula One World Championship

leader Mark Webber has dismissed

claims he's moving to Ferrari. The

Aussie driver has won the last two

races with Red Bull and says

they're already in talks to keep

him at the team.

We've been through a lot in the

last, you know, three or four years

and, you know, tough times with the

- on the circuit, you know, tough

times off the track. Obviously they

were incredibly loyal to me last

year when I broke my leg. We're certainly talking, no question

about it. Webber was speaking on

one's 'Thursday Night Live' program there.

Frank, Wall Street - dear, oh, dear.

The floor has bottomed off. It's

not just the ASX suffering from a

confidence crisis brought on by confidence crisis brought on by European debt worries. Wall Street

is not immune this morning. US

stocks have slumped. The Dow Jones

slipping almost 400 points today.

To tell us all about it, live from

the trading floor in New York is

our US financial reporter, Fanoosh

stps Turabi.

Confidence seems shaken around the Confidence seems shaken around the world.

Absolutely frank. This is hands

down a crisis of confidence. Why?

There's so much uncertainty in the

worldwide market, whether it's the

European debt crisis, the falling

euro. In America we have a stubborn

housing and job market and adding

fuel to the fire is the system of

high-frequency trading at the Stock

Exchanges here which was at play as

you remember during the Dow's thousand-point plunge earlier this

month. A lot of uncertainty as to

why that's happened. Traders say

it's not just the economic and

market fundamentals rocking the market fundamentals rocking the

stock market. It's also uncertainty

surrounding the way the stock

market works, the way it operates,

in other words the technical

difficulties. Farnoosh, apparently

US unemployment concerns have not

helped. There was a turnianed for a

while but the jobless rate is now

near 10%. Right. And that's a

really important indicator of

growth in the job market. The

picture is not getting any brighter.

By this point, you know, almost in

the middle of 2010, Wall Street was

hoping that we would see

unemployment reverse force, that we

would see the unemployment rate

ease, maybe below 9%. Even today ease, maybe below 9%. Even today

the Labour Department said the

number of people rising weekly

jobless claims surprisingly rows

last week by the largest amount in

three months. Investors want to see

the unemployment rate drop below 9%,

really before thinking we are out

of the woods.

Thank you very much.

Plenty more to come on Ten's Early

News. Including what next for the

politician at the centre of the

latest sex scandal. We're live to

find out more.

This program is captioned live.

Making headlines on Ten's Early

News - a State Government minister

quits after he's caught leaving a

gay sex club, forcing an emergency Cabinet reshuffle.

A bus hijacker in hospital after A bus hijacker in hospital after

police shoot him in the chest in front of commuters.

In sport, Socceroo Harry Kewell on

track to play in Australia's track to play in Australia's

opening game of the World Cup.

And then in finance - a dollar in

the doldrums as the Australian

currency just keeps on slip-sliding away.

The NSW Labor Party has been The NSW Labor Party has been

plunged into further turmoil this morning following the resignation

of a high-profile MP in a sex

scandal. David Campbell quit as Transport Minister last night after

he was caught on camera leaving a

gay sex club in Sydney.

These are the pictures which ended

David Campbell's Senior Ministerial

career. The now former NSW

transport minister filmed leaving a

gay sex club. It's alleged the

married father of two was driven to

Ken's at Kensington, a spa, sauna

and lounge advertised for men who prefer men.

Just minutes before the video went

public, he resigned and then began

a 2-hour-long journey home to his

family. Now this, of course, has

left all NSW MPs in shock and

Premier Kristina Keneally with an

ugly wound to heal in an election

year. She's released a statement

applauding David Campbell's long ministerial career.

This was David Campbell in

Parliament, apologising for a portfolio matter.

The situation on the F3 was unacceptable and motorists had

every right to be angry.

But this apology came in the form

of a statement four hours later.

Powerbrokers have already selected

a replacement Transport Minister,

former unions boss John Robertson.

He will take David Campbell's place.

Let's go to our political reporter

James Boyce right now. James, this

is the second scandal for NSW Labor

in the space of a fortnight. Is it

all simply unravelling for Premier

Kristina Keneally? Yeah, I guess

when it comes to Kristina Keneally,

if she was a cricket ball, any last

bit of shine that was on it has

well and truly gone after what

transpired last night.

Now, in State politics across the

country, there have been sex

scandals over the years and in

recent months even we've seen in WA,

Premier Colin Barnett survived a

scandal involving his Treasurer,

Troy Buswell, which saw a sex

scandal with a Greens MP. Even SA

Premier Mike Rann survived an

election, even though there was a

cloud over an alleged affair that

he denied with a woman he'd been involved with around Parliament

House circles. But with Kristina

Keneally, this is one scandal

already too many under her

leadership and it seems to show

that it doesn't matter who the king

or queen is, she doesn't have

control of the kingdom. There was a

scandal in the last week or so

involving a backbencher in her

party who had been dealing in

corruption who had to resign and

there's an up coming by-election

there. I know the question is why

David Campbell's private life has

such an impact but the point is

it's a question of trust. He's

leading a double life. What does

this mean for his entire political

career? I would think it would be

pretty much over. What these things

boil down to really is a question

of morals and the voters down in

Wollongong on the NSW southern

coastline are going to have to

decide whether they want a person

who would breach this trust, not

only to the people of NSW, but to

his family. He's a married man with

kids and his wife has been battling

a very serious case of cancer. So

you'd have to say, for him, his

career is over. We've already seen

in NSW the former health minister

there, John Della Bosca, his career

and his aspirations to one day

become premier were well and truly

killed off when he was revealed to

have been having an affair with a

young woman last year. Seeing David

Campbell survive this would be

almost impossible. James Boyce,

thank you for your time.

Political commentators in today's

newspapers have plenty to say about

David Campbell's resignation as

well. The 'Sydney Morning Herald'

says the days of politicians

keeping their private lives private

are long gone but if David Campbell

had chosen the ranks of openly gay

MPs, he'd probably still be in office.

The 'Australian' says many MPs view

it as a purely private matter with

one senior Labor figure telling

their reporter that David Campbell

has done nothing wrong. The 'Daily

Telegraph' is focusing on the

political ramifications of his

resignation saying it's the final

nail in the coffin of a dying government.

Other news this morning and a bus

hijacker is recovering in hospital

this morning after being gunned

down by police. The 21-year-old man

allegedly attacked a bus driver

outside a Melbourne train station

and tried to drive off with the passengers.

Surrounded by dozens of police, the

alleged hijacker and his cargo of

passengers had nowhere to go. Armed

with a knife, the 21-year-old man

refused to surrender. A srm

constable opened fire. There was a

confrontation with the young man

off the bus. As a result of that

conversation, police sprayed the

young man and eventually he

received a single gunshot wound to

the chest. They auld rocked off.

They blocked off Barclay Street and

then I just heard a gun fire and

that was it. Police say the man

boarded the bus and threatened the

driver, who fled through a back

door. He alerted other drivers who

used their vehicles to trap the bus

while another disabled it from

behind. One of the other bass

drivers come out and lifted up the

hatch of the main bus and he's

pressed the button which I assume

was just to turn off the motor. The

man is in a stable condition at the

Royal Melbourne Hospital. The homicide squad and Ethical Standards Department is investigating.

One of six teenagers who escaped

from a Melbourne detention centre

is still on the run this morning.

Police allege the gang held up a

Coles supermarket and car jacked a

customer after their escape.

They're accused of holding a guard

hostage with a knife. Five have

been recaptured and charged.

They'll appear in a children's

court at a later date. An American

male nurse charged with the murder

of a Sydney woman has made a brief court appearance. 49-year-old

Walter Marsh was a prime suspect

after Michelle Beets was brutally

stabbed to death on the doorstep of

her Chatswood home. Police received

new information on Wednesday night new information on Wednesday night

which led to the arrest.

It's long hours and dedication by a

number of people on the Strike

Force from homicide squad and the

local area command. Walter Marsh

has been refused bail and will

reappear in central local court

next Tuesday by videolink.

Thai troops are we'ding out the

last pockets of resistance in

Bangkok after 10 weeks of violence.

A night curfew is being enforced in

23 provinces but unrest has spread

to the rural north-east where

13,000 protesters have rallied. Ten

reporter Max Futcher is in Bangkok

for this report.

Two days since the Red Shirt

protest was crushed here in Bangkok

and large numbers of troops remain

on the streets. The night-time

curfew has been extended through

until Sunday need night -- Sunday

night. The prime minister says

that's to allow the troops to weed

out any resistance from the Red

Shirts. We've seen the government

display what they say were the

weapons found in the strong hltd of

the Red Shirts, things like assault

rifles, splosyifls and also simple

weapons like sling shots and swords.

We've taken a drive around to get a

sense of the damage done. We've

seen burnt-out buildings like the

Stock Exchange and very large

shopping centres. The amount of

damage is such that it will take

weeks, maybe months, to complete the clean-up.

Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek has

confirmed that Harry Kewell is on

target for the opening game of our

World Cup campaign. Kewell, who is

still recovering from groin surgery

and, despite missing the lead

matches, will be ready when it

matters most.

Kewell is pivotal to our attack and

wants to be right for the start of

the World Cup. Eels miss the Kiwi

friendly and warm-up game against

the Americans in South Africa as

his groin continues to recover. But

he's insisting that he'll be OK

when it counts.

Everything's going well. I'm taking

it day by day. They've got a plan

and they're very confident that

everything's going to be fine. Socceroos mentor Pim Verbeek

telling ONE HD's 'Thursday Night

Live' program that it's all part of

the plan. Harry is on the bench

already. He's already oneing. We

have a schedule for him and the

schedule, as it looks like now, is

that he will be ready before the

World Cup starts. That's all that

matters. The week before the final

game against Germany he has to

train with the group and it looks

good. He is fit. He is ready and if

we don't take any risk with him

until we are in South Africa, then

we're going to build it up a little bit more.

Rugby league and Queensland's State

of Origin veteran Steve Price has

fired an early shot at the Blues

saying they'll be using wrestling

techniques in game one. Speaking to

ONE's 'Thursday Night Live' program,

Price believes the players will get

wrestling coaches. The Melbourne

breastling coach is basically

sleeping with them. They'll do that

much wrestling through the week,

he'll be going to bed with them to

make sure they know what sort of

wrestling techniques they need.

Ruffling feathers - I think he's tickling NSW's right now!

The Collingwood is talking up its

chances against Geelong tonight.

The Pies say they've improved since

last year's preliminary final when

the Cats beat them by 73 points.

We're in better form now than when

we played them in the preliminary

final. We are going to back it in

that our midfield will take that

form into tomorrow night's game.

You'd hope so. Crowds of up to

90,000 are expected at the 'G for that.

Frank, the little Aussie battler is

losing the battle this morning.

Certainly it, Ron. It is a battler

all over again and there's another

worrying day ahead for investors,

the dollar having its worst month

since the height of the global

financial crisis. Overnight it

plunged again and since the start

of May, it's lost more than 10%

against the American greenback. $22

billion has also been wiped off stocks.

Tony Abbott's taking his political

fight to the family kitchen table. fight to the family kitchen table.

And since the 1st of May until the

20th of June, my resources have

dropped by about $44,000. $44,000!

Share market has been smashed since

the super tax announcement, but

other major factors are also at

play. The mass uncertainty in

Europe's put the euro in free fall

and consequently the Aussie dollar

has taken a 10% dive. Andrew

'Twiggy' Forrest say it's only

going to get worse if the super

profit tax goes ahead. Treasurer, you've bet the Australian economy

on this. Prime Minister, you're

betting your Government on this: Mr

Forrest will act in his own

interest. We will act in the

national centre interest.

The Government is continuing talks

with the resources sector but

progress is slow. We need to make

sure that Australia in the resources sector remains

competitive so we can continue to competitive so we can continue to

grow that sector. And that's the

sticking point for industry. The

majority of mining projects rely

heavily on China remaining strong

and continuing to invest big money

here in Australia.

But the uncertainty in Europe

deepens concerns of a global

financial crisis relapse and that

could devastate our economy.

The cost of living in WA is about

to skyrocket. Boosted utility

charges have hit almost every part

of the local economy. On average,

WA families will fork out an extra

$368 a year for electricity and water.

The WA economy is in a period of

transition, moving away from the

effects of the global financial

crisis into the early stages of

recovery. They say a record amount

is being spent on capital works - $7.6 billion to maintain jobs growth.

Wall Street has been battered by

eurozone fears this morning. The

Dow Jones was off about 4%, dropping 376 points.

If you're wondering what the

weekend weather's doing, you might

need a brolly too. We'll get the

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EDUCATION MINISTER ANDREW BARR SAYS, THE CHANGES ARE PART OF AN OVERHAUL OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM, AND SAYS, PRINCIPALS ARE EDUCATION EXPERTS, AND ARE BEST PLACED TO DECIDE ON THE BEST RESOURCES FOR THEIR

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Headlines on the quarter hour on

Ten's Early News.

The NSW Premier has been forced

into an emergency Cabinet reshuffle

after a Senior Minister was caught

on camera leaving a gay sex club.

David Campbell resigned as the

State's Transport and Roads

Minister last night. He was

allegedly caught using his

taxpayer-funded car to visit Ken's

at Kensington. The married father

of two says he intends to stay on

as the Melbourne for Keira on the

State's south coast but this

morning questions are being asked

about his political future.

Meanwhile Michael Johnson is

threatening a possible legal

challenge against his expulsion for

-- from the Liberal National Party.

He's been accused of seeking a $12

million commission from a mining

deal with China. I completely deny

this charge. He's planning to stand as an Independent MP.

Seven people in Queensland are

waiting anxiously to see if they're waiting anxiously to see if they're

infected with the Hendra virus.

They all had contact with a horse

on the Sunshine Coast that died

from the disease earlier this week.

Authorities have quarantined a

property and the State Government

says residents in that area will be

contacted. The last outbreak caused

the death of a man in August of the death of a man in August of last year.

Former rugby league player Ian

Roberts, who came out as gay 16

years ago, has branded AFL star

Jason Akermanis as 'pathetic'. Jason Akermanis as 'pathetic'.

Akermanis caused a furore yesterday

when he claimed the sport wasn't when he claimed the sport wasn't

ready for gay players to come out.

I don't think Jason realises that,

quite literally, there are kids in

the suburbs killing themselves and

you get gooses like that. The

comments sparked fierce debate in

sporting circles right around the world. Confirmation the International

Cricket Council's anti-corruption

unit has been investigating

Pakistan's stunning loss to

Australia in the Sydney Test after

allegations surfaced of match-

fixing. The finger has been pointed

at wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal who

dropped four catches and missed an

easy run-out which helped Australia

to an unlikely victory.

It was a wonderful Test match and a

huge win for us. I certainly had no

suspicions. I'd be devastated, like

all sports fans, if there was an

element of match-fixing to it

because it was a fantastic Test. A

committee in Pakistan has summoned

former players, including Younis Cann, to answer questions.

Pim Verbeek has confirmed Harry

Kewell is on target for the opening

game of our World Cup campaign. The

star striker is recovering from

groin surgery and despite missing groin surgery and despite missing

the lead-up matches, he'll be ready

when it matters most. Harry is on

the pitch already. He's only

running. We have a schedule for him

and it looks like now that he'll be

ready before the World Cup starts.

The Socceroos play New Zealand on

Monday but Kewell will not be part of that line-up.

Lance Armstrong has been been

forced to defend doping allegations,

this time levelled by Floyd Landis.

Landis, who was stripped of his

2006 Tour de France victory after a

positive drug test, has admitted to

systemic doping and accused

Armstrong of teaching him how. He

said he has nothing. He's got no

proof. It's his word versus ours.

We like our word. We like where we

stand. We like our credibility.

Back in the day there was talks of

Floyd having pictures. Where's

that? Where's that? It's all a bunch of (bleep).

He's angry about it alright.

Armstrong has never failed a blood test.

The question on everyone's lips is

when will the Australian dollar

bottom out. With our currency

falling to new lows as we go to air,

traders are bracing themselves for

even further falls today. Nick

Walter is at Macquarie Private

Wealth this morning keeping an eye

on it. There's no sign of it

dragging itself out of the

doldrums? No. It's a market of

extremes at the moment, Frank. The

Australian currency traded above 97

cents for several months. It's

fallen 10 cents in the month of May alone.

There are some reasons for it. Let

me explain. In China, the Chinese

Government are trying to manages

the growth of that economy. That's

good in the long term but in the short term, that's having some

negative impact, particularly on

commodity prices. That's also

feeding through to the Australian

economy. Also, Frank, the Reserve

Bank of Australia have indicated

that they're likely to keep rates

on hold here for the next few

months. So the yield premium in

Australia is less attractive for

global investors than it has been.

So not a lot of reasons for global

investors to buy the Australian

currency and that's why we've seen

some sharp falls. Some are worried

that we could face a similar

situation to 2008. Then our dollar

fell 20 cents in a fortnight. Is

that likely, though? I really hope

not but we're probably half way

through that. I think circumstances

now are very different to what they

were in 2008 but, having said that,

we do face quite significant fear

levels in the market.

Really the Australian currency and

allian economy are seen as growth

economies and when the outlook for

growth diminishes, there's a lot of

repatriation of money out of those

growth economies back to the safe

haven and that's going into the US.

Overnight last night the Dow Jones

was down 321 points, reacting to

some poor jobless claims numbers, a

negative reversal of that trend

which is disappointing. The US

market is 9% off its highs. The

Australian market is 13% off its

highs. Nick Walter, thank you for the wrap-up.

Briefly in other business news, AMP

says it will lose revenue as it

cuts fees and streamlines

superannuation products next month.

The man behind Telstra's new T-hub

product has become the latest high-

profile departure since David

Thodey took the reigns and the ASIC

will soon have the power to tap

phone calls to crack down on

insider trading.

Let's call it an eventful week in

finance. Happy for the weekend break. Nothing happy about it, Frank!

It's a for the weekend, Josh at the

Weather Channel says brush off your

movie collection. It's gonna be

wet!

The rain jacket, the umbrella, the

Drizabone this weekend. You'll need

it. Even for Friday, if you live in

South East Queensland or north-east

NSW, we're expecting heavy showers

through the end of the working week

there. Let's dive into the weekend

and we can see the NSW coastline

expecting to see some very wet

weather indeed. We've got this

southerly pulse moving up the coast

that will spread showers and even

the odd thunderstorm. But wait.

There's more. As you can see behind

me plenty of rain entering southern

States of Australia. Look to the

left-hand side. This low pressure left-hand side. This low pressure

system colliding into left-hand side. This low pressure system colliding into the west

coast of Australia and surrounding

Perth and surrounding areas with

much-needed rain. It's been so very

dry across the south-west land

division, including the central and

northern Wheatbelts there. By

Sunday, we can finally see some

rain entering the nation's food

bowl, the riverlands and

Murraylands expecting widespread

falls of 10mm to 15mm. The this

system will be very nice indeed for

those that of course need the rain.

Looking at the forecast across the

weekend for Adelaide:

If anyone is heading to the Swans

versus the Dockers this weekend, my

advice is simple - take the poncho.

Will do. Thank you very much.

Thanks, Ron.

He's dead right. Go the Swannies!

Our next news is at 9am. The first He's dead right. Go the Swannies! Our next news is at 9am. The first

15 minutes of this bulletin are on

the Ten News website. I'll see you

again at nine o'clock. I'm Ron

Wilson. I'm Frank Coletta. Have a

great day.

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