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Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson.

And I'm Frank Coletta. Welcome to

Ten's Early News. Making headlines

today - Labor divided - a rift

emerges on the frontbench over the national FuelWatch scheme. The

The two divers rescued after 19 The two divers rescued after 19

hours at sea tell their story

publicly, hitting back at claims it was their fault. was their fault.

The search for victims continues in

the US after deadly tornadoes tear through the Midwest.

And in sport, Andrew Symonds

stretches full length as the Aussies

Aussies snatch victory in the first cricket Test against the West Indies.

Now to our first check of Wall

Street and the slide continues,

Frank? Certainly does, Kath. Record

oil prices have fuelled the worst

week in three months. The cost of

crude touched US$133, causing a

negative reaction in most parts.

Coming up - how underperforming

means overhauling at a leading insurer. insurer.

A rift has emerged within the

Labor Party over petrol. Resources

Minister Martin Ferguson has warned

the PM his FuelWatch scheme will do

little to drive down prices and

instead damage the Government's

economic credentials. His comments

revealed in a letter to revealed in a letter to colleagues

Australians are overwhelmingly come as a nationwide poll shows

backing calls for a cut in petrol taxes. The average Australian household on fuel. now spends more than $210 a month According to CommSec economists just eight months ago. that's $42 more than they were paying those doing it tough, Working Australians,

from high petrol prices. are suffering is not letting the PM off lightly. But Brendan Nelson How can the Prime Minister assert as much as he physically can that he has done to the family budget. to provide additional help but Dr Nelson has reason to smile. High pump prices are hurting A nationwide poll shows his 5-cent-a-litre tax cut, nearly 60% of Australians support irresponsible. despite the Government branding it than a PM who's a quitter? Don't Australians deserve better on his hardline approach. Mr Rudd appears to be relenting

to other measures We will continue to be attentive into the future. which can assist working families will now be considered Cutting the GST on petrol excise

tax inquiry. as part of the Head of Treasury's If the tax did go, 4 cents a litre at the bowser motorists would save nearly nearly $1.5 billion. The Budget, though, would lose until late next year. The tax inquiry won't report back

The British couple rescued after 19 hours off the North Queensland

coast have publicly told

coast have publicly told their

story. Experienced divers Richard

Neely and Allyson Dalton maintain

they did nothing wrong after

becoming separated from their dive

boat, triggering a huge rescue operation. They've told how they

hugged each other for warmth during

their ordeal, and worried about

sharks and sea snakes. I remember...

and I said "Yes, you can. We have

to. This is not our time." Police

will continue to interview staff

aboard the dive boat, who argue the

rescued pair ignored strict safety instructions.

spoken Two senior army officers have

spoken out, claiming they're ashamed to wear their ashamed to wear their uniforms

because they're excluded from

front-line conflicts. According to

Fairfax newspapers, the officers

have complained that infantry miss

out on offensive missions in out on offensive missions in

countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Offensive missions are instead

given only to special forces,

including SAS. The men claim

Australian troops are a laughing

stock among allies, and it's

affecting morale.

A man and woman will face court in

Melbourne today, charged over Melbourne today, charged over the

theft of Patti Newton's handbag.

The thieves stole the item, along

with valuable jewellery, while the

celebrity was having coffee with

her daughter at a cafe last week. A

32-year-old man and 34-year-old

woman have been arrested. woman have been arrested.

Mortgage stress is on the rise, but

most households are coping easily most households are coping

with the increased payments,

according to a new survey. The according to a new survey.

research from MFWA and BankWest

shows two-thirds of households are

coping with their higher mortgage payments by adjusting their

lifestyles. The survey has also

revealed people living in rural and

be regional areas are more likely to

be struggling to meet their

the city. mortgage repayments than those in

The search for victims continues in

the US after tornadoes ripped through the Midwest, killing through the Midwest, killing as many as eight people and flattening

hundreds of homes. Officials fear

the death toll could rise.

It's a grim day in Iowa. As

residents pick through the rubble

that was once their homes. At least

a third of the town was completely

destroyed when a tornado blasted through

through on Sunday afternoon. I

don't know how... my kid got out.

This woman was on the phone with

her son when the monster twister

struck. I was on the phone with him

the whole time that it was going on

and... I got the "It's here, it's

here, it's here," "Get down, get

down, get down," and then the phone

died. Amazing -- Amazingly, her

family survived, but eight people

were killed in the upper west as

severe weather hammered the area.

In Minnesota, baseball-sized hail

pommeled a small suburb as dozens pommeled a small suburb as dozens

of homes were ripped to shreds. A

2-year-old was killed, but residents and officials say an

early-warning system gave most

people time to take cover. More severe weather is forecast for the

what's left. region as residents take stock of

World Vision boss Tim Costello has

fallen ill after returning from an

8-day tour of cyclone-ravaged Burma.

He's being treated for dysentery

and has been sick for around one week.

Dozens of dams formed during

landslides in China are threatening

to boost. Troops are now landslides in China are threatening

desperately trying to clear the

debris amid fears millions of

people could be at risk of flooding. The people could be at risk of flooding.

The official death toll from the

earthquake now stands at 65,000,

missing. with more than 23,000 people still

Fast bowler s Stewart Clarke and

Bret Lee have steered Australia to

victory in the first cricket Test

against the West Indies in Jamaica.

The West Indies were stunted early

by Andrew Symonds, first on the

ground and then in the air.

Clark, with five wickets for the

match. Bret Lee picked up two,

while Stuart MacGill bounced back

from being hit around the park to

clean up the last two wickets in two balls.

Hawthorn skipper Sam Mitchell's

Brownlow Medal hopes are in tatters.

He's been charged with a level-2

tripping offence. If he accepts, he

can play against the Dogs this

weekend, but he'll also be

ineligible for the curveted medal.

The match review pabl also slapped

Carlton's Jarrad Waite with a

one-match ban for striking Chris Mayne.

Brisbane soccer fans could be

robbed of their chance to watch the

Socceroos af the world Socceroos af the world governing

body FIFA suspended Iraq from

international competition. Sunday's

World Cup qualifier in Brisbane

faces cancellation. It follows the

Iraqi Government's decision to

dissolve all sport federations,

including soccer. At this point,

our strong hope is that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible, and that the teams and that the teams can meet as

scheduled. FIFA has given scheduled. FIFA has given Iraq

until midnight Thursday to reverse their decision.

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has

slammed his team's efforts after

last night's 30-22 loss to the

Bulldogs. Stuart labelled the

Sharks' first-half performance

disgusting, with the Dogs up by 14

points at the break. You don't miss

soft tackles like that. You don't...

pass poorly like that. You don't pass poorly like that. You don't

drop... those easy catches. And our

execution was... was awful tonight.

Sonny Bill Williams didn't miss

when he was pushed by Cronulla's

Ben Ross, further fuelling

speculation he's not happy at the Dogs.

To finance now, and the boss of IAG

resigns? Gone. That's right. Chief

executive Michael Hawker has

stepped down, taking responsibility

for the insurer's poor performance,

and a shareholder backlash over the

collapsed takeover bid from QBE.

Investors less than happy with Insurance Australia Group's

decision to reject the $8.7 billion

offer from its rival. Chief

operating officer Michael Wilkins

has taken over the has taken over the reins.

St George and Westpac have given the green light to their mega

merger. The banks unveiled a formal

merger agreement to create a $66

billion bank. They've agreed the

$1.3 -for-1 per share swap proposed

by Westpac will go ahead, seeing

28% of the merged entity.

Westpac expects to save at least

$300 million each year following

the merger, but admits it will cost

about $700 million over the first two years.

Let's take a look at today's

newspaper headlines now.

And the 'Herald Sun' has more on

the successful landing of the

'Phoenix' spacecraft on Mars. The 'Financial Review' reports Midwest Corporation and Murchison

Metals are planning a merger which

could block a bid from China's Sinosteel.

And the Adelaide 'Advertiser'

reveals that Australia's police

chiefs are demanding a shake-up of

alcohol licensing laws.

What children should really be

eating for breakfast - we'll have

those details when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

You're watching Ten's Early News.

Making headlines today - the two

divers miraculously saved off

cheeld hit back at claims they're

to blame for the sea rescue.

The Rudd Government's split over

petrol, with a frontbencher lashing

out at the FuelWatch scheme.

Fears more wild weather is on the

way in the US, as the Midwest

clears up from deadly tornadoes.

And Sonny Bill Williams on a

rampage. The in-demand rugby league

forward goes off as the Bulldogs silence the Sharks.

To finance now with Frank, who has

the latest on the markets. Wall

Street and most of the world's

leading markets in fact have taken

a hit courtesy of those soaring oil prices.

A new player which could change

forever the look of our mining industry.

Thanks, Frank. Thanks, Frank. The couple rescued after 19 hours

lost at sea have lashed out at lost at sea have lashed out at claims they ignored safety warnings.

Richard Neely and Allyson Richard Neely and Allyson Dalton

have spoken publicly for the first

time about their ordeal, and their time about their ordeal, and their

fears that they would not be found.

It's the story the world has been

waiting to hear. Lost at sea and

praying for rescue, and the very

real chance they weren't going to

make it. I said to Richard "I don't

think I can do this." Yeah, I

remember. And I said "Yes, you can.

We have to." Speaking for the first

time after a reported

million-dollar media deal, Richard

Neely and partner Allyson Neely and partner Allyson Dalton

told how they hugged together for told how they hugged together for

warmth during their 19 hours in the

freezing water as rescue aircraft

came close, but never close enough.

Rich saved my life. I could not

have made it through the night

without him. No question. And I

feel the same.

And how a sea snake almost And how a sea snake almost robbed

them of their miracle rescue. There

was that split-second moment "OK,

I've survived this whole ordeal,

and then the snake is going to do

and then the snake is going to do

me in." Angrily rejecting claims

they ignored a safety warning.

This really is not true. I just

hope people believe us. We didn't

see any activity on the boat to

come get us. But they knew our dive

plan. The couple say they will

donate some of their earnings to

help cover the cost of their rescue. Labor's national FuelWatch scheme

has come under attack from one of

its senior minister. In a letter to

colleagues, Resources Minister Martin Ferguson warns the scheme

will fail working families and do

little to bring down petrol prices.

The rift has emerged as a new

nationwide poll shows Australians

overwhelmingly support a cut in

petrol taxes. Don't Australians

deserve better than a Prime

Minister who's a quiter? The bottom

line is there's no silver bullet

when it comes to petrol. Mr Rudd

says he'll still look for ways to

help.

It's the first full day on the job

for Tasmania's new Premier. David

Bartlett has taken the reins from

Lennon loan, who resigned after

four years in the job and a string

of scandals. The new leader says

he'll work to restore the State's

faith in government. If we can

build trust in democracy through

establishing the right sort of

forums - in this case an ethics commission, then I'm willing and able

able to do that. Mr Bartlett will

be in the hot seat when Parliament resumes resumes today.

Two women remain in a serious

condition in hospital after a

domestic dispute ended in tragedy.

A man stabbed his former girlfriend

before fleeing in a car that was

later involved in a fatal smash.

42-year-old Gary Egan was killed

instantly when he drove into the

path of a path of a Subaru, leaving a

6-year-old woman trapped for an hour

She is still clinging to life.

Certainly the fact that another

person has been seriously injured

is a tragedy in itself. An hour

earlier, Mr Egon attacked his

former girlfriend in this home, repeatedly repeatedly stabbing her. As he fled,

she called paramedics. Hopefully

the lady will survive her injuries.

But it's certainly a very tragic set

set of circumstances for all

families involved. The couple had

been together for three years, and

while they had split up a month ago,

Mr Egon was still living at the Oakleigh South home. Relatives

thought it was amicable. Neighbours

equally shocked. They like a beer

and a punt and played golf on the

In a move which will create legal

history, the Victorian Government

will today posthumously pard an man hanged years ago for the rape and

strangulation of a 12-year-old girl.

Colin Campbell Ross was cleared

after a DNA test proved hairs found

at his home were not those of the

victim.

A piece of fruit or glass of milk

at breakfast is the key to a happy child, according to child, according to new research. A

study of more than 800 students has

found that a complex breakfast may

help protect kids from depression

and anxiety. That's irrespective of family

family income, the student's weight

or exercise regime. A student's

mental health also improves with

every extra food type added.

More than 300 firefighters are battling a massive battling a massive fire at a

recycling plant in Germany. It went

up in flames late yesterday. The

blaze is so intense, it could take

some days for it to be completely

extinguished. There was only one

reported injury. The damage bill is

expected to amount to expected to amount to several

millions of dollars. At least seven people have been

killed and more than 60 injured in

a train bombing in Sri Lanka. The

bomb ripped through a packed bomb ripped through a packed

passenger train during rush hour in

the capital, Colombo. It's the

latest in a string of attacks

targeting public transport in targeting public transport in the

country, and Tamil Tiger rebels are

being held responsible. The

military says it also diffused two

bombs found hidden on buses.

There are fears dozens of dams in

earthquake-hit China could burst

following yet another aftershock.

The confirmed death toll from the

disaster has risen to 65,000, with

more than 23,000 people still missing.

Helicopters are bypassing roads to Helicopters are bypassing roads to

move machinery that can drain this

new lake, an unstable body of

new lake, an unstable body of water that pooled when a quake-induced

landslide blocked off a river.

Officials are worried this lake and 34 others could burst, settlements 34 others could burst, flooding

settlements below. 20,000 people

have already relocated out of the

danger zone. That number could rise

to 100,000 if heavy rain continues

to fill the lakes, placing more people in jeopardy.

That news would only add to the

burden of rescue workers, who were scrambling to demolish structures

that were damaged in the original

quake, and to erect shelters that

can house legions of homeless

survivors. Chinese President Hu

Jintao focused on that effort on

Sunday when he rallied workers at a factory in China's north-east province.

A shake-up in the boardroom at

South Sydney rugby leagues club,

with co-owner Peter Holmes a Court

stepping down as executive chairman.

The move comes amid rumours Holmes

a Court is no longer on speaking

terms with Russell Crowe, the man

he teamed up with to privatise the

club two years ago. Former boss Shane Richardson has been pointed to the role.

NRL still, and the Bulldogs' Sonny

Bill Williams shrugged off a

tumultuous week of contract

speculation to turn in a mighty performance against the Sharks.

Cronulla made early inroads against

the Bulldogs' defence, and made it look easy.

I think maybe we might have got a

bit confident at the start after

scoring an early try. We might

thought it would be an easy night.

It wasn't long before Williams was

injecting himself into the game.

The towering back-rower stepping up

to the Cronulla forwards, at one

stage copping a talking to from ref

Tony archer. -- Archer. I'll stit

sit you down if you do that one

more time. It's hard to do too much nowadays

nowadays when there's a heated

argument on the football argument on the football field. He's probably a little frustrated.

But that's for Canterbury and Sonny

to fix. Andrew Ryan's try in the

sixty-second minute made the lead

14, and made a Sharks comeback

improbable. We sort of kept turned

up for each other, which was pretty promising.

Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals

remain on top of the Indian Premier

League, but onlyarve receiving a

last-ball let-off against Mumbai.

Chasing 144 runs, Rajasthan needed

three runs off the final ball.

First, a wide from Mumbai's bowler,

then this unlikely escape. COMMENTATOR:

A misfield! Royals win! The win ensures Rajasthan will finish on

top of the points table at the end of the preliminary stage.

First-round losses for the Aussies

at the French Open, with Chris

Guccione and Robert Smeets bowing out.

No dramas for the world's best -

Roger Federer made light work of

20-year-old Sam Querrey.

The Swiss master off to a fast

start in his quest for a maiden

Roland Garros title. Rain halted

play early. Defending champion

Rafael Nadal's match postponed to Day 3.

To finance now with Frank. A multibillion-dollar mining merger

in the pipeline? Could turn things

on its head. That's right, kaugt.

Midwest and Murchison have unveiled

a $3.2 billion deal that could

spoil China's plan to control

Australia's second-biggest iron Australia's second-biggest iron ore

region. Midwest is already the

target of a $1.37 billion bid from

China's Sinosteel Corporation. In what

what may be a first, Midwest is

supporting both takeover bids.

Investors reacted well. Shares in

both miners rising, Midwest stock

soaring to $7. soaring to $7.

Directors of Centro will front the

Federal Court today to defend two

multimillion-dollar class actions.

Both legal proceedings allege

breaches by Centro of its

continuous disclosure obligations.

The cases could run into the

hundreds of millions of dollars ,

coming just four days out from

Centro's latest deadline on its

debt restructuring deal. Centro

shares closed down 1.5 cents.

The long-awaited dig for the

remains of Australian soldiers

killed in World War I - that's next.

And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

If I had my way, I'd have more time to get ready in the morning. I could have a second cup of coffee. And there'd be no rush for the early bus. You've got it. The new ACTION.

This program is captioned live.

Making headlines today - Labor

divided - a rift emerges on the

frontbench over the national

FuelWatch scheme.

The two divers rescued after 19

hours at sea tell their story

publicly, hitting back at claims it

was their fault.

The search for victim continues in

the United States after deadly

tornadoes tear through the Midwest.

And in sport, Andrew Symonds

stretches full length as the

Aussies snatch victory in the Aussies snatch victory in the first

cricket Test against the West Indies.

Now, for our latest update on the markets. Frank, Wall Street

continues to slide? Hasn't been

good, Kath. We've not seen a result

this bad for quite a while, in fact.

They've fuelled the worst week in

three months on Wall Street. The Nasdaq down 19 points.

Our preview of the day ahead with

CommSec in just a moment. Thanks, Frank.

A rift has emerged within the

Labor Party over petrol. Resources

Minister Martin Ferguson has warned

the PM his FuelWatch scheme will do

little to drive down prices and

instead damage the Government's

economic credentials. His comments

revealed in a letter to colleagues revealed in a letter to colleagues

come as a nationwide poll shows

Australians are overwhelmingly

backing calls for a cut in petrol

taxes.

now spends more than $210 a month on fuel. According to CommSec economists that's $42 more than they were paying just eight months ago. Working Australians, those doing it tough, are suffering from high petrol prices. But Brendan Nelson is not letting the PM off lightly. How can the Prime Minister assert that he has done as much as he physically can to provide additional help to the family budget? High pump prices are hurting but Dr Nelson has reason to smile. A nationwide poll shows nearly 60% of Australians support his 5-cent-a-litre tax cut,

despite the Government branding it irresponsible. Don't Australians deserve better than a PM who's a quitter? Mr Rudd appears to be relenting on his hardline approach. We will continue to be attentive to other measures which can assist working families into the future. Cutting the GST on petrol excise will now be considered as part of the Head of Treasury's tax inquiry. 4 cents a litre at the bowser motorists would save nearly nearly $1.5 billion. The Budget, though, would lose

The tax inquiry won't report back until late next year. Leonie Mellor, Ten News.

The British couple rescued after 19 hours off the North Queensland coast have told their story

publicly. Experienced divers Richard Neely and Allyson Dalton

maintain they did nothing maintain they did nothing wrong

after becoming separated from

their dive boat, triggering a huge

rescue operation. They've told rescue operation. They've told how

they hugged each other for warmth during

during their ordeal, and worried

about sharks and sea snakes. I

remember. And I said "Yes, you can.

We have to. This is not our time."

Police will continue to interview

staff aboard the dive boat who

argue the rescued pair ignored

strict safety instructions.

Archaeologists are confident of

locating the remains of Australian

World War I soldiers buried in northern France. The long-awaited

dig for the soldiers' bodies at a

site on the outskirts of site on the outskirts of Fromelles

finally began overnight. It's

believed it may contain the remains

of up to 400 Australian and British soldiers. A

A man and woman will face court in

Melbourne today, charged over the

theft of Patti Newton's handbering.

The thieves stole the item, along

with valuable jewellery, while the

celebrity was having coffee with celebrity was having coffee with

her daughter at a cafe last week. A

32-year-old man and 32-year-old man and 34-year-old

woman have been arrested.

Mortgage stress is on the rise, but

most households are coping easily

with the increased payments,

according to a new survey. The

research from MFAA and BankWest

shows two-thirds of households are

coping with their higher mortgage

payments by adjusting their

lifestyles. The survey has also

revealed people living in rural and

regional areas are more likely to

be struggling to meet their

mortgage repayments than those

living enthe city.

A piece of fruit or glass of milk

at breakfast is the key to a happy

child, according to new research. A

study of more than 800 students has

found that a complex breakfast may

help protect kids from depression

and anxiety. That's irrespective of

family income, the student's weight

or exercise regime. A student's

mood also improved with every extra food food type added.

Redsdants of the US state of Iowa

are still coming to terms with the

destruction from tornadoes which

killed eight people and damaged

dozens of homes over the weekend.

Five of the dead were from

Parkersburg, where much of the

town's south side was reduced to

rubble. All I saw was athe biggest

black wall in my life. I didn't

think it was a tornado, because it

was so wide. 100 people have been

killed by tornadoes in the US so

far this year. The worst toll in a decade.

Fast bowlers Stuart Clark and Brett

Lee have steered Australia to

victory in the first Test against

the West Indies in Jamaica. Chasing

287, the West Indies were stunted

early by Andrew Symonds, first on

the ground, and enthen in theaire.

-- -- and then in the air.

Clark with five wickets for the

match. Brett Lee picked up two.

While Stuart MacGill bounced back

from being hit around the park to

clean up the last two wickets in

two balls.

Betting has been suspended on Sam

Mitchell for this year's Brownlow

Medal. The AFL's match review panel

Medal. The AFL's match review panel

last night charged the Hawks'

skipper for tripping Melbourne's Simon Buckley.

Sam Mitchell has until 11:00 this

morning to make one very tough

decision. Charge would a level-2

tripping offence, the Hawks'

skipper can accept the charge and

he's free to play against the

Bulldogs this week. But that would

also mean he's ineligible to win

this year's Brownlow Medal, of

which he is currently second-favourite. West Coast's

assistant has pulled a left-field suggestion to solve the new

interchange rule. Why not get a scanner and bar code on the jumpers,

then scan the jumper? I know it

sounds funny, but it might be the

way to go. His comments come after

the Eagles became the first team

penalised for an infringement. A major embarrassment for the league

- instead of a free kick which was

paid, it only warranted a fine. The

interchange steward in charge has

been suspended for at least a week.

Brisbane soccer fans could be

robbed of their chance to watch the Socceroos after the world governing

body, FIFA, suspended Iraq from

international competition. Sunday's World

World Cup qualifier in Brisbane

faces cancellation. It follows the faces cancellation. It follows the Iraqi Government's decision to

dissolve all sport federations,

including soccer. At this point,

our strong hope is that the matter is

is resolved as quickly as possible

and that it the teams can meet as

scheduled. FIFA has given Iraq

until midnight Thursday to reverse their decision. Petrol prices across the country

rose to fresh record highs in the

past week. The national average

cost of fuel hit $150.9 per litre,

the biggest weekly rise since

December of 2007 - not good. With

more, Craig James from CommSec

joins us. Is there any relief in sight for motorists? sight for motorists? Frank,

unfortunately, no. Continued supply

disruptions in a number of areas of

the world, such as Nigeria, the

eighth-largest oil producer in the

world, and also Norway. Overnight,

the price of crude oil in the US in

electronic trade rose by around 75

cents a barrel, now trading around cents a barrel, now trading around

US$133 a barrel. Certainly unleaded

prices, record highs last night.

But spare a thought for those using

diesel - the differential between

diesel and unleaded is now 22 cents

a litre - at the start of February,

diesel prices were only 4 cents

above those for unleaded. Gee.

Looks as those China's plans to

dominate Australia's iron ore

industry could be spoiled?

Murchison metivals come up with a

$3.2 million merger proposals for

Midwest, getten the approval of the

Midwest board. The problem is

Midwest is already recommending a

rival $1.4 billion bid for China's Sinosteel. So certainly we will see

a lot more being played out before

this is rowsolved. The local market

dragged down by the miners. What

can we expect today? US markets

closed, UK market closed. Makes for

a very dull trade in our market

today. Certainly the oil price was

higher overnight. That should be

good for the oil sector. And the

gold price was up by $3 an ounce.

Certainly the resources may see

more interest than what they did

yesterday. Thank you very much for the update. Thank you.

Let's take another look at Let's take another look at today's

newspaper headlines now.

And the 'Sydney Morning Herald'

reports Australian infantry reports Australian infantry so

soldiers are ashameded to wear

their uniforms because they're only

assigned to low-risk missions. The

'Herald's 'Business Day' reports

boss of IAG has resigned.

And the 'Daily Telegraph' has more

on the turmoil at the top of the

South Sydney Rabbitohs' league club. Still ahead on the Early News - more on why Australian soldiers are ashamed to wear their uniforms. TONY MILLAR says the refusal of the A-C-T Mental Health Crisis team to see the man at night, lead to him suffering third degree burns to almost half his body. Mr Millar believes night time or volunteer mental health services may prevent such incidents in the future, and would cost society much less than repairing physical injuries The Australian Federal Police says its recruitment of new Federal agents in Canberra is sensible, despite being less than promised. The Opposition says only ONE HUNDRED agents will be recruited in the next three years... and this will fall short of a Rudd Government election promise for five hundred over five years. But the A-F-P says its local training college can only cope with limited numbers. A-C-T Independent RICHARD MULCAHY is praising the

Government for spending less money promoting this year's budget.

He says moves to spend only THIRTY THOUSAND dollars, is much more responsible than the one hundred and

seventeen thousand used to sell last year's. TO SPORT MIKE HARROW has been named the A-C-T's male soft baller of the year. Harrow has captained the Australian side for the last seven years, and was also named our batter of

the year. AIMEE MURCH was named the women's M-V-P TO THE WEATHER NOW NOW A low pressure trough lies over central New South

Wales and is bringing unsettled weather, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Around the nation... fine and sunny for Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.. showers for Adelaide... maybe a storm in Canberra Closer to home... well it's looking wet and stormy around our neck of the woods. We'll bee seeing scattered showers across southern New South Wales... With this wet weather hopefully bringing some good news for local farmers.

The showers will be extending across the snowy mountains... just 5 degrees in Thredbo Top Station. Looking ahead: A few scattered showers about Canberra today, with a few thunderstorms about the local region as well. .. They should be clearing up

This program is captioned live.

Making headlines today - the two

divers miraculously saved off

Queensland hit back at claims

they're to blame for their sea rescue.

The Rudd Government split over

petrol - frontbencher lashing out

at the FuelWatch scheme.

Fears more wild weather is on the way in

way in the US as the Midwest cleans up from deadly tornadoes.

And Sonny Bill Williams on a

rampage - the in-demand rugby league

league forward goes off as Bulldogs league forward goes off as the

Bulldogs silence the Sharks. Now for our final check of Now for our final check of the markets, here is Frank Coletta.

Thank you, Kath. Record oil prices

fuelled the worst week in three months on Wall Street ahead of the end of trade last Friday.

Next in our business report - why

Coles is under the spotlight again.

The couple rescued after 19 hours

lost at sea have attacked claims

they ignored strict safety warnings

they ignored strict safety warnings before going in the water. Richard

Neely and Allyson Dalton have

spoken publicly for the first time

about their ordeal and their fears

that they would not be found.

It's the story the world's been

waiting to hear. Lost at sea and

praying for rescue, and the very

real chance they weren't going to

make it. I said to Richard, "I

don't think I can do this." Yeah, I

remember. And I said "Yes, you can.

We have to." Speaking for the first time after a reported

million-dollar media deal, Richard

Neely and partner Allyson Dalton

told how they hugged together for

warmth during their 19 hours in the

freezing water as rescue aircraft

came close, but never close enough.

Rich saved my life. I could not

have made it through the night

without him. No question. And I feel the same.

feel the same. And how a sea snake

almost robbed them of their miracle rescue. There was that split-second

moment, "I've survived this

wholer deal and the snake will be

the one that does me in." Angrily

rejecting claims they ignored the

safety briefing. This is not true.

Really is not true. I just hope

people believe us. We didn't see any

any activity on the boat to come

get us, but they knew our dive plan.

The couple say they will donate

some of their earnings to help

cover the cost of their rescue. Labor's national FuelWatch scheme

has come under attack from one of

its senior ministers. In a letter

to colleagues, Resources Minister

Martin Ferguson warns the scheme

will fail working families and do

little to bring down petrol prices.

The rift has emerged

The rift has emerged as a new

nationwide poll shows Australians

overwhelmingly support a cut in

petrol taxes. Don't Australians deserve better than a Prime

Minister who's a quitter? The

bottom line is there is no silver

bullet when it comes to petrol. Mr

Rudd says his Government will still

look for ways to help families look for ways to help families cut fuel bills.

Two senior army officers have

spoken out, claiming

spoken out, claiming they're

ashamed to wear their uniforms

because they're excluded from

front-line conflicts. According to

Fairfax newspapers, the officers

have complained that infantry miss

out on offensive missions in

countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Offensive actions are insteaden

only to special forces, including

SAS. The men claim Australian

troops are a laughing stock among allies,

allies, and it's affecting morale.

allies, and it's affecting morale.

It's the first full day on the job

for Tasmania's new Premier. David

Bartlett has taken the reins from

Paul Lennon, who resigned after

four years in the job and a string of

of scandals. The new leader says

he'll work to restore the State's faith

faith in Government. If we can build build trust in democracy through

establishing the right sort of

forums - in this case an ethics commission - then I'm willing

commission - then I'm willing and

able to do that. Will it have

teeth... Mr Bartlett will be in the

hot seat when Parliament resumes today.

Two women remain in a serious

condition in hospital after a

domestic dispute ended in tragedy.

A man stabbed his former girlfriend

before fleeing in a car that was

later involved in a fatal smash. 42-year-old

42-year-old Gary egon was killed

instantly when he drove into the instantly when he drove into the

path of a Subaru, leaving a

60-year-old woman trapped for an

hour. She was airlifted to hospital

and is still clinging to life.

Certainly the fact that another

person has been seriously injured person has been seriously injured

is a tragedy in itself. An hour

earlier, Mr Egon attacked his

former girlfriend in this home, repeatedly stabbing

repeatedly stabbing her. As he fled,

she called paramedics. Hopefully

the lady will survive her injuries.

But it's certainly a very tragic set of circumstances for all

families involved. The couple had

been together for three years, and

while they had split up a month ago, Mr while they had split up a month ago,

Mr Egon was still living at the

Oakleigh South home. Oakleigh South home. Relatives

thought it was amicable. Neighbours

equally shocked. They liked a beer and a punt and

and a punt and played golf on the weekend.

Residents in the US are cleaning up

from tornadoes which killed eight

people and damaged dozens of homes

over the weekend. Five of of the

dead were from Parkersburg, where

much of the town's south side was

reduced to rubble. All I saw was

the biggest black wall in my life.

I didn't think it was a tornado

because it waso Swede. 100 people have

have been killed by tornadoes so

far this year, the worst toll in a decade.

A shake-up in the boardroom at

South Sydney rugby leagues club,

with co-owner Peter Holmes a Court

stepping down as executive chairman.

The move comes amid rumours Holmes

a Court is no longer on speaking

terms with Russell Crowe, the man

terms with Russell Crowe, the man

he teamed up with to privatise the

club two years ago. Former club two years ago. Former boss Shane Richardson has Shane Richardson has been re-appointed to the role.

Still on league, and the Bulldogs'

Sonny Bill Williams shrugged off a

tumultuous week of contract

speculation to turn in a mighty performance against the Sharks.

Cronulla made early inroads against

the Bulldogs' defence, and made it

look easy. COMMENTATOR: Anderson...

who just strolled past Daryl

Millard. We might have got a bit

confident at the start after

scoring an early try. We might have

thought it would be an easy night.

It wasn't long before Williams was

injecting himself into the game. The towering

The towering back-rower stepping The towering back-rower stepping up

to the Cronulla forwards, at one

stage copping a talking-to from ref

Tony Archer. Go on with the rubbish

again, I'll sit you down. It's

pretty hard to stand up and do too

much nowadays when there's a heated

argument on the football field.

He's probably a little frustrated.

But that's for Canterbury and Sonny

to fix. Andrew Ryan's try in

to fix. Andrew Ryan's try in the

62nd minute made the lead 14, and

made a Sharks comeback improbable.

We sort of kept turned up for each other, which was pretty promising. Hawthorn

Hawthorn skipper Sam Mitchell's

Brownlow Medal hopes are in tatters.

He's been charged with a levellife

2 tripping offence. Had if he

accepts, he can play against the

Dogs this weekend, but will also be

Dogs this weekend, but will also be

ineligible for the coveted medal.

The match review panel also slapped Carlton's Jarrad Waite with a

one-match ban for striking Fremantle's Chris Mayne.

First-round losses for the Aussies

at the French Open, with Chris Guccione and Robert Smeets bowing

No dramas for the world's best -

Roger Federer made light work of 20-year-old Sam Querrey.

The Swiss master off to a fast

start in his quest for a maiden

Roland bears title. Rain halted

play early. Defending champion play early. Defending champion

Rafael Nadal's match postponed

toen and day 3. Now back to

Now back to Frank with finance.

Coles food prices in the spotlight?

This is true. Yes, the supermarket

giant has denied using its dominant

market position to take advantage

of consumers. The company's CEO

told the national inquiry into food

prices in Melbourne that Coles had

saved shoppers $100 million in the

past year by absorbing rising

prices. He claimed consumers had been slugged

been slugged less than a third of the increases on items such as chicken, bacon and bananas.

GE Money is considering the sale of

Wizard Home Loan, which it bought

five years ago in a $500 million

deal. They haven't ruled out buying

back the business if approached by

a third party. a third party.

Chief executive Michael Hawker has

stepped down, taking spaubt for the insurer's poor performance -

insurer's poor performance -

that's IAG - and shareholder

backlash over the collapsed

takeover bid from QBE. Investors

were less than happy with Insurance

Australia Group's decision to

reject the $8.7 billion offer from

its rival. Shareholders are angry

they weren't consulted

Double-class action against Centro begins today in

begins today in New

to a hill in England where the

locals must really love their

cheese. Every year it is rolled

down the hill and. It is even

tougher on a wet track - just ask

the 19 people injured today the

event has been staged for the last 200 years. 200 years.

A few broken bone, I think. They A few broken bone, I think. They had a

had a ball.

That's it for Ten's Early News. I'm

Kathryn Robinson. Have a great day.

And I'm Frank Coletta. See you

again tomorrow.

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