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Water woes - towns in north-west

Victoria prepare for flooding today

have but had work and sandbags appear to

have reduced the threat in Horsham.

It is 6am on January 19. Good

morning. Welcome to Ten's Early

News. Also this morning, Queensland

takes another battering. Big storms

and strong winds tearing down roofs

and causing widespread blackouts.

defeated In sport, how Lleyton Hewitt was

defeated by David Nalbandian in a

Open. marathon match at the Australian

And in finance, what is going on

with Aussie culture? We are going

off beer and stuck into the plonk!

More wet weather on the way for the

north and the east coast. The

The south and west should generally

be sunny and warm.

Rivers of water kilometres wide are

still making their way across

Victoria, as the threat in one town

another. eases, evaks have been ordered for

Residents of Horsham say they have

never seen anything like it. It's I

Horsham. think one-in-200-year flood for

This is a first for a lot of people

here. But with flood levels in the

town now peaked after days of

anxious waiting there is a definite

sense of relief. So let's breathe easy.

Early warnings allowing enough time

for people to prepare. We thought

it would go under the house. We

have been lucky enough to stop it.

I left two days ago. I knew it was

coming up. With the threat now

easing in Horsham, emergency

services are turning their

attention north to the town of

Warracknabeal. They have 84 homes

that will have water over the

floorboards and some 140 propertys that

that will see water around in their

yards. The community of Kerang is

also preparing to be hit. Residents

have been warned they could be

isolated for days when the river

peak, adding to a rising toll

across Victoria. 1,700 properties

have been affected. More than 4,000

people, 58 towns across 21

municipalities. The Prime Minister

has already announced federal

support for the State's flood

victims. The Federal Government

will make a contribution of $1 million to that appeal. million

Ten Reporter Melanie Davies joins us.

had? What sort of impact has the watter

Well, at this stage, we are not

exactly sure how many hour houses

have been inundated. The levels

reached 4.28m yesterday. Initially

they predicted 3.85 - it was

slightly higher than predicted. But,

because they had plenty of warning,

thousands of sandbags were shipped from all over the state.

People helped each other to protect

houses and belongings. Let's look

What is the outlook? ahead to what might happen today.

Well, it's the Wimmera River system

that has come under strain here.

There is an enormous volume of

water flowing through. So,

yesterday, it hit Horsham. Today,

they are expecting it to hit

Warracknabeal. From there, it is

going to the town of Dimboola. Like

I mentioned before, there has been

some warning. We believe excavators some warning. We believe excavators

have been brought in to

Warracknabeal, helping to absorb

some of the water. (Audio problems)

Melanie, we might leave it there.

phone line. phone Just a bit of a problem with the

Those excavators hopefully will

help stem the tide. There seems to help stem the tide. There seems to

be no end in sight for exhausted

Brisbane residents, with emergency

services forced out into the

streets once again as rescue crews.

Up to 23,000 homes lost power when

a wild storm lashed the city and

parts of the Lockyer Valley. An

elderly woman suffered a broken arm

when a tree crashed through her

kitchen. Some of the other houses

repairing. Then a tree has taken have been cleaned out looking at

out the back of the house.

It's devastating. Residents of the

ruined town of Grantham have begun

in returning home for the first time

in more than a week. The death toll

for the disaster stands at 20.

There are a further 12 still

missing. The UK is set to pitch in

and help with Australia's flood

held relief. Top-level talks have been

held between officials in Sydney.

Defence It's the first time a British

Defence Secretary has ever visited

Australia, and the two countries

agree it is a signification.

This is the most substantial

British Government visit to

Australia in many decades. High on

the energy was Afghanistan. Both

countries plan to start the

withdrawal of troops within three withdrawal of troops within three

years. We are confident that we

continue to be on track for a

transition. By 2015, British troops

will not be engaged in combat

operations in Afghanistan or

anything like the numbers that they are today.

Australia has accepted Britain's

offer of help from their flood recovery experts.

Fok Hague will see the damage today

when he tours Brisbane.

The Opposition has begun

politicising the issue.

Tony Abbott says the Government

needs to stop spending money on

projects", what he calls "unnecessary

projects", in particular the NBN.

The National Broadband Network is a

luxury that Australia cannot now

afford. The Opposition says the NBN

is the most secretive project in

Australia's history, because it is

laws. exempt from freedom of information

There's no light at the end of the

tunnel in the NSW power sell-off,

with Treasury confirming what most

people had feared.

The controversial sale of

electricity assets was not the best

option for taxpayers, and there are

serious questions as to whether the

infamous "midnight sale" will

return any dividends at all.

He's the man about to receive a $5

billion cheque on behalf of the billion cheque on behalf of the

State's taxpayers. But even the

Treasury Secretary has money

worries. Do you accept that you

have...It Is the next best option

available to the state. The power

sale is meant to make us $5.3

billion. But the profits will be

eaten away. A new coal mine will

cost $1.5 billion. Another billion

spent to subsidise cheap coal for

the private companies. 1.2 billion

gone on debt repayments. 360

360 million for potential damages.

million. And just doing the deal costs $300

But along with what appears to be a But along with what appears to be a

growing list of negatives, there are bonuses, taxpayers won't have are

to pay in the future to build new

power stations. That could free up

billions of dollars for future

building projects but the inquiry

is not buying the Government's

argument. Thfrpblgt is a bad

atmosphere in which to be selling

the assets of people of NSW.

One man is dead, and another

wounded in a shooting in Sydney's

outer south-west overnight.

The dead man, believed to be in his

late 20, was found in the frontyard of

of a property in Ruse. The second

man suffered a gunshot wound and is

in a stable condition.

The dog squad was brought in to

search for a third man who fled the

assist - who had fled the scene.

Someone up there must love Marcelo

Fonseca. This is the moment the 42-

year-old Brazilian man was rescued

after spending 16 hours completely

buried in the mud and rubble of the Rio floods. Rio floods.

Rescue workers had to dig down 4m

to find him under the wreckage of

his house, where Marcelo Fonseca

was trapped by the legs under slabs

of concrete but managed to make

enough noise to alert rescuers. He

suffered just a few scratches and

bruises and he has even more reason

to celebrate - this weekend is his

birthday, a Lottery ticket, no

doubt, for that man!

It was almost an early Australia

Day at the tennis Open after wins

to Bernard Tomic, Sam Stosur. But

Lleyton Hewitt did not beat arch

rival David Nalbandian. He held two

match points before succumbing in a

five-hour thriller. A fierce

rivalry renewed on Rod Laver Arena.

The contest lived up to the hype.

COMMENTATOR: You gotta be kiddin'

me! With Hewitt's ability questioned.

COMMENTATOR: He has to rely on the

kindness of strangers to live a lot

of times. That particular fighting spirit emerged.

The fifth set was simply gripping.

David Nalbandian saved two match points.

COMMENTATOR: Oh, my gosh!

Conjuring a courageous victory in

just under five hours.

In stark contrast, it took just 44

minutes for Hewitt's former flame,

Kim Clijsters, to dispose of Dinara

Safina in straight sets.

COMMENTATOR: An emphatic

performance. What about this for an upset.

Glamour girl Ana Ivanovic losing

10-8 in an epic 90-minute third set

to Ekaterina Makarova.

The Socceroos are through to the

Asian Cup quarterfinals after

scoring a hard-fought 1-o0 win over

Bahrain. Mile Jedinak scored the

all important winner.

It was a long range effort in the 37th minute.

Mark Schwarzer was again

outstanding with three great second-half saves.

Brett Emerton is out of the

quarterfinal after being red carded.

Matt Goss holds the overall lead

going into stage two of the Tour Down

Down Under. He won the opening

stage in Gaston with a well

executed sprint. Now he holds a

four second advantage over

defending race champion Andre

Greipel of Germany. Managed to make

the most of the other riders in the final 300 riders.

The race continues today with the longest

longest stage of 146km, starting and

and finishing on the Murray River.

Finance news - unbelievable.

UnAustralian! We have gone off our

beer!? That is a bit rich coming

from you, Frank!

That statement certainly holds some weight. Australia has been

transformed from a nation of beer- transformed from a nation of beer-

drinkers to a country of wine connoisseurs.

connoisseurs. Beer consumption has

slumped to a 61-year low.

The popularity of other alcoholic

drinks has surged. Wine consumption is

is at record highs. Wine will

overtake Australia's most popular

drink within a decade if it drink within a decade if it

continues. After running at

operations at capacity last year,

Rio Tinto is on track to produce a

record 14 billion-plus profit next

month. It produced record volumes

in December as well. Investors have

reacted positively to the news. Rio

Tinto says it is too early to

estimate the full impact of

Queensland floods on its coal

operations. Mixed results for US

stocks this morning. Apple dragging

on the technology sector. Blue chip

stocks have been buoyed by lofty predigss predigss from Boeing.

The FTSE snapped a three-day losing streak.

In Asia, downgraded profits from

the major steel makers kept the

Nikkei in check. Hang

Hang Seng is unchanged.

Oil has edged up.

Gold is stronger again.

Let's go to the weather. Let's go to the weather.

Brisbane - possible thunderstorms. Canberra - possible shower.

Melbourne - mostly sunny. Hobart - clearing shower.

Adelaide - delightful.

Thunderstorms for Darwin. Thunderstorms for Darwin.

The 'The Sydney Morning Herald' highlights Australia's complex

surrogacy laws in the wake of the

birth of Nicole Kidman and Keith

Urban's second child.

'The Age' reveals the difference in

opinion between Victoria's governor

and the Premier, Ted Baillieu.

The governor has suggested climate change

change is to blame for the floods.

The 'Herald Sun' reports a father

who gave his children too much

homework is being banned from parenting parenting decisions!

And the Australian discusses the

potential for a conflict of interest

interest for the operators of

Queensland's Wivenhoe Dam.

Still ahead - the trucking magnate

pitching in to do his bit for flood

victims ch

The Chinese Government trying to

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The one-in-200-year flood event in Horsham

Horsham event in western Victoria

looks to have peaked.

The high-stream levels and

blackouts they are causing are

expected to disrupt people for several days yet.

It became a safety issue. Rivers of

water kilometres wide are still fol flowing

flowing across the north-west of the the state.

Emergency services will turn their

attention north of Horsham to the

town of Warracknabeal, where close to

to a 17 homes are under threat.

Brisbane is cleaning up this

morning after a wild storm lashed parts

parts of the rain-weary city.

23,000 homes lost power once more,

as emergency teams were forced back into into the streets. Just

Just when will it end?

Less than a week since the river

city was swamped, Brisbane again

was under siege as another deluge

struck. Toer the south-west suburb of

of Darra, it is another blow. The

houses have been cleaned out and

they are looking at repairing, and

then the tree has taken out the back of the house.

It's absolutely devastating. In this

this house, an elderly woman

suffered a broken arm when a tree

crashed on to her kitchen. The tree

fell while she was cooking. The

neighbours down the street went

into their house and she thankfully

only has a broken arm. There was

better news in the devastated town

of Toowoomba, where a teenage girl feared

feared drowned was located safe and well.

Downstream residents of Grantham have

have begun to return. 20 people

were killed in the flood. The bulk was

was swept from this tiny town. 12

others, though, remain missing. The

Premier's disaster appeal has

passed $100 million. So much more,

though, goes unnoticed. I heard on

the radio last night that the

evacuation centre needed pasta and pasta

pasta sauce. I went and stocked up as pasta sauce. I went and stocked up

as much as I could. The Premier has

refused to go to the polls and

capitalise on her resurging

popularity. 2011 is a rebuilding

year, 2012 will be an election year, not

not 2011. Australia's business

leaders have teamed up to help

flood-affected communities across the

the country. Trucking magnate

Lindsay Fox will hold a national recovery

recovery taskforce and is expected

to do a whiparound the biggend of

town to secure support. It is a

huge and heart breaking disaster.

So the Government has called on the

big guns for help. Trucking king

Lindsay Fox, appoint bdty Prime

Minister, to head a new taskforce,

set up to rally donations. I'm

probably like the Salvation Army -

get the can and rattle I. Wayne

goss is onboard.

Mr Fox will offer trucking and

logistical help and is set to tour

the flood-rav anged region to see what

what else can be done. If I want to

do something, I need to know what

I'm doing. While the taskforce has been

been set up to aid Queensland flood

victims, Mr Fox expects the group

to extend a hand to Victorians in

need. The f Prime Minister is promising

promising to return the Budget to

surplus despite the costly clean-up.

To further leverage for the support

for the recovery and building in Queensland.

The South Australian Government appears

appears to have backed down from a

new water tax on farmers. Premier

Mike Iran posted a message on

Twitter stating there would be no

charge for rain water which runs into farm dams.

The chairman of a federal inquiry

into Murray Darling Basin water use

has rejected calls to lift irrigation restrictions.

It doesn't reduce the importance to

do the job that they have been

assigned to do. There has been floods

floods before. South Australian

farmers are capped at 67% of their water

water allocation. Three

Three men arrested in a series of raids

raids across Sydney targeting guns and

and tax fraud will appear in court

today. Gang squad detectives raided

12 homes and seized documents,

drugs and cash along with a weapon

used in a drive-by shooting of

Saber Murad on November 29 last

year. Police continue to deny

western Sydney is in the middle of

a growing bikey gang war.

The world's two most important

leaders are about to meet in Washington.

China's President Hu Jintao will meet

meet President Barack Obama for the

first time today. On the agenda are trade

trade issues, including China's

reluctance to lift the value of its

currency, which affects world trade.

The meeting has focused on

attention on which country is now

the world leading.

The declining US, with its still dominant

dominant military, or China and its

rising economic dominance. A

A British man who faked his own A British man who faked his own

death has been released from jail

after serving less than half his

sentence. John Darwin an his wife

Ann were sent away for more than

six years in 2008 for the insurance

and pension scam. The couple had been

been struggling to make mortgage

repayments when Darwin paddled out

to sea in a home-made canoe, and he travelled

travelled the world before coming

back and claiming he had am

Indonesia. Lleyton Hewitt has

turned in a typically gutsy effort

in a five-set thriller against

David Nalbandian at the Australian Open.

But it wasn't enough to beat the

Argentinian, who courageously fought

fought back from two match points

to progress through to round 2. to progress through to round 2.

It is disappointing to come close

and fight for so long and not able

to quite get the win today. Hewitt

had gone into the match with a 75%

winning record in five-setters.

Australia has named its 15-man

World Cup cricket squad.

Batsman Hussey is in serious doubt.

His hamstring injury is worse than first

first thought. The 35-year-old is

certain to miss the rest of the five-day

five-day series against England.

Chairman of selectors says a

decision on Hussey's fitness will be

be delayed until as late as

possible before the tournament starts.

Some of the biggest names in rugby

league have Joaned the army of volunteers helping Queensland's

flood relief effort. It was a very

different sort of pre-season

training from players from Sydney clubs

clubs Parramatta, Wests Tigers,

Bulldogs and Panthers in rugby

league heartland there in Ipswich.

I didn't think I would see this many

many volunteers. But it is really unbelievable. It

It is so good.

The players will spend two days cleaning

cleaning up as well as helping to cheer

cheer up the locals. cheer up the locals.

Well, socks were softer when wall -

stocks were softer when Wall Street

opened after the Martin Luther King long

long weekend. Stocks seem to be

weighed down by disappointing

results from Citybanks and the news

that Steve Jobs is taking leave from

from Apple. City bank posted a

profit, but it did not meet analysts profit, but it did not meet analysts expectations. That is on

the back of slower than expected

fourth quarter trading volume. Apple

Apple posted their own results in 24

24 hours. Investors are focused on

Steve Jobs' leave of absence, and

implications that that may have for

the future leadership of that

business. From our perspective, we

remain high on the conviction that

US economic recovery will be

ongoing and we think it will flow through to strong corporate

earnings in due course.

Expect Apple to deliver evidence of

that within 24 hours. Our market

stormed ahead yesterday. What is likely to happen today?

Well, absolutely, Matt. We have not

seen those highs for nearly over

eight months. Now, all sectors advanced

advanced yesterday. It was the

miners that drove us to those

levels. On the back of the strong

fourth quarter reports from

Fortescue and Rio. We hold an Fortescue and Rio. We hold an

optimistic macro view. We like

mining stocks and we will continue to

to do for the first half of this

calendar year. Expect some

moderation today out of the ever-

increasing cost of living.

Well, the Chinese Government has

taken more steps to stamp out its growing taken more steps to stamp out its

growing problem with inflation. The

The central bank cut its 2011 bank lending

lending target by 10% to about 1.1 trillion

trillion dollars. It is trying to slow

slow down monetary supply while, at

the same time, enkurngeing the country's country's growth. country's growth.

Chinese banks are on a lending

frenzy. They dolled out 75.6

billion in the first week of

January alone.

There have been high-level talks There have been high-level talks

between the Federal Government and the

the UK. We will cross live to

Canberra for the details next. If

you are paying $10 for a loaf of

bread, then you must be in

Queensland. The price of a flood - food

food in a flood. Details when we

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Towns in the north-west of Victoria

prepare for flooding today, but prepare for flooding today, but

hard work and sandbags appear to

have reduced the worst of it in Horsham.

Queensland takes another battering.

Big storms and strong wins bringing

down roofs and causing widespread blackouts.

In sport, so near yet so far,

Lleyton Hewitt has been defeated by

David Nalbandian in an epic five- match marathon.

In finance - what is going on with

Aussie culture? We are going off

our beer and getting stuck into the plonk!

The one-in-200-year flood event in

Horsham in western Victoria looks

to have peaked. But high stream

levels and the blackouts that I are

caused are expected to disrupt life

for several days yet. It was cut by

the power cord as it became a

safety issue. Rivers of water safety issue. Rivers of water

kilometres wide are still flowing

across the north-west of the state.

Emergency services will turn their

attention north of Horsham to attention north of Horsham to

Warracknabeal, where close to 100

homes are under threat this morning.

That is where we go now to speak to

Melanie Davies, who has been

monitoring the levels overnight. As

I said, you are in Warracknabeal

now, just what sort of impact has

the water had? I'm standing by the

river. There's a mound of dirt just

by the river, which up till now,

has been protecting houses. The

water is flowing through it, fast approaching

approaching houses. While the level

drops in Horsham, it is rising

dramatically here at the moment. Emergency

Emergency crews have swung into

action. Are we talking more

evacuations, perhaps, or will they

try to continue the sandbagging and the

the raising of those levels? Yes, I

think evacuation notices have gone

out to some houses. But at the

moment, it seems most people are

here trying to defend their homes.

There are thousands and thousands

of sandbags in front of these

houses that are right next to the

river. They will certainly be put

to the test as these levels continue to rise.

Thank you very much for that.

Well, Brisbane is again cleaning up

this morning after a wild storm

lashed parts of the rain-weary city.

23,000 homes lost power once more

as emergency teams were forced back

into the streets. When will it end?

Less than a week since the river

city was swamped, Brisbane was

again under siege as another deluge

struck. For the south-west suburb of

of Darra, it is another blow. Some

of the other houses have been clean

cleaned out, looking at repairing,

and then a tree has taken the back

of the house. It is devastating. In

this house, an elderly woman

suffered a broken arm when a tree crashed

crashed on to her kitchen. The tree

fell while she was looking.

The neighbours in the street went

into her house and thankfully she has

has only a broken arm. There was

better news in Toowoomba, where a

teenage girl, feared drowned, was

located safe and well.

Grantham residents have begun to

return. 20 people were killed in the

the flood. 12 other, though, remain missing.

The Premier's disaster appeal has

now passed $100 million. So much

more, though, goes unnoticed. I

heard on the radio last night that

the evacuation centre needed pasta

sauce. I went to Woolies and stocked stocked up.

The Premier has refused to go to

the polls and capitalise on her

surging popularity. 2011 is a rebuilding

rebuilding year, 2012 will be an election year.

The UK's Foreign Secretary has been

in Australia to hold high-level

talks with his Australian

counterparts. For more on that, I'm

joined by Amanda Hart. How significant significant are these discussions?

Frung, according This visit to

Australia is one of the most substantial

substantial and close to about 20

years and according to our Government,

Government, it is behind a push to

re-invigorate Australia's oldest bilateral

bilateral relationship. One of the main

main topics was the role of both

our countries in Afghanistan. In

our own parliamentary debate here last

last year, the Government said that it

it wanted a transitional withdrawal

of troops from Afghanistan by 2014.

Now this view was put forward at the

the talks. This is also despite new

military bosses warning that there

could be a renewed Taliban

offensive this spring. Now, the UK

seemed receptive to the idea of a troop

troop withdrawal. Let's have a listen now. By

By 2015, British troops will not be

engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan

Afghanistan or anything like the

numbers that they are today.

Now, these talks will become an annual

annual event, also discussed at the

talks the UK offer to send over

flood recovery experts. Australia accepted

accepted that, and Mr Hague will be

visiting the flood-ravaged Brisbane today. Thank Thank you for that. The

The NSW Treasury department has

confirmed what most people were

thinking - the controversial sell-

off of the State's power assets

were far from the best options for

taxpayers. The State Treasury

Secretary made the comment to a

parliamentary inquiry investigating the deal.

You accept that we have a second-

rate option here. The option is the

next best option available to the State.

And an analysis of the deal has

shown that the - once the power

sector restructuring is completed,

only a small action of the $5

billion raised from the sale will

be left over. One man is dead and

another was wounded in a shooting

in Sydney's outer south-west

overnight. The dead man was found

in the frontyard of a property in

Ruse. The second man received a

gunshot wound and is in a stable condition.

The dog squad was brought in to search

search for a third man who fled the

scene. Someone up there must love

Marcelo Fonseca. These amazing

pictures show the moment the 42-

year-old Brazilian was rescued

after spending 16 hours completely

buried in the flood and mud.

He was under the wreckage of his

house where he was trapped by the

legs under flabs of concrete. He

made enough noise to alert the

rescuers. He suffered just a few

scratches and bruises. This weekend

is his birthday. It is a Lottery

ticket for that man!

Lleyton Hewitt has turned in a

gutsy effort in a five-set, five-

hour thriller against David

Nalbandian at the Australian Open.

But it was not enough to beat the

arnal the inian who courageously

fought back -- Argentinian who courageously fought back to progress

progress through to the second round. Disappointing

Disappointing to, you know, come so close

close and fight for so long. You

know, not able to quite get the win

today. Hewitt had gone into the

match with a 75% winning record in five-setters.

The Socceroos are through to the

Asian Cup quarterfinals after

scoring a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bahrain.

Mile Jedinak scored the match-

winner, hitting the net with a shot from

from outside the box in the 37th minute. Mark

Mark Schwarzer was outstanding,

with three great second-half saves.

The match's only sour note was a

yellow card for Brett Emerton, which

which rules him out for the quarterfinal.

Tasmanian cyclist Matt Goss holds the

the lead in the Tour Down Under.-he

won the opening stage with a well

executed sprint and holds a four-

second advantage over Andre Greipel of of Germany.

Most of the other rivals, took a

wind at 250 to go. The rest was the easy easy part.

The team did the hard work. The race

race continues today with the

longest stage of 146km, starting and

and finishing on the Murray river.

Alex Alex Pullin has become the

world's first snowboard champion.

Alex Pullin and Luca Matteotti of

Italy got off to the flying starts.

But it was the Australian who stood

tall at the decisive moment.

The 23-year-old had to hold off a

strong challenge from the Americans

Seth Westcott and Nate Holland to

claim the world title. No world

titles, unfortunately in finance.

Matt is about to tell us that we have

have gone off our beer? I can't

believe it. You seem to be across the the trends.

Australia is a country of wine

connoisseurs. Official figures revealed revealed beer consumption has

slumped to a 61-year low. But we're not

not on the wagon just yet.

The popularity of other alcoholic

drinks has surged. Wine conshunl is

at record highs. If the trend

continues, wine will overtake beer

as Australia's most popular drink

within a decade. Incredibly, some

Queensland stores have been accused

of profiteering from the flood

crisis. Grocers have been caught

selling loaves of bread for as much

as $10 each. The Office of Fair

Trading has received 47 official

complaints of price-gouging,ic is

of them serious enough to prompt

investigation. Australia as a

sophisticated supply chain system.

When one region has been wiped out, other

other parts of the country step in.

Reports of milk cost up to $15 has

prompted calls for Queensland

shopkeepers to remember the true blue Australian spirit.

Nervous Apple investors dragging on

the technology sector, while blue

chip stocks have been buoyed by lofty lofty predictions from Boeing.

Across to Europe and the FTSE

snapped a three-day losing streak

to close 1.2% ahead.

Commodities now - oil has edged up

to 9 1.5 US dollars a barrel.

Brisbane, another possible thunderstorm, unfortunately. A

A possible shower in Sydney. Possible shower for Canberra. Melbourne - mostly sunny.

Clearing shower for Adelaide.

Still ahead - Matt Doran's dream

will come true. Oprah's

Oprah's first Down Under tour show!

A new push to have the plant which

makes cocaine made legal. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS UPDATE... FIRST UP, AN EIGHT MONTH OLD BABY GIRL, HAS HAD A LUCKY ESCAPE, AFTER GETTING STUCK IN A TREADMILL. EMERGENCY CREWS, WERE CALLED TO THE NGUNNAWAL HOUSE, AROUND ELEVEN O'CLOCK YESTERDAY MORNING, AFTER THE BABY CAUGHT HER LEG, IN THE FRAME OF A TREADMILL, WHICH WAS TURNED OFF AT THE TIME. IT TOOK FIREFIGHTERS 20 MINUTES TO FREE THE GIRL... PARAMEDICS ALSO ATTENDED THE SCENE TO ASSESS THE GIRL, AND FOUND SHE WAS DISTRESSED BUT NOT HARMED. THE MOLONGLO RIVER HAS RE-OPENED FOR WATER SPORTS, FROM THE THE MONARO HIGHWAY BRIDGE TO LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT, HAS CARRIED OUT A MAJOR CLEAN-UP OPERATION, TO REMOVE DEBRIS THAT WAS WASHED INTO THE AREA, BECAUSE OF STORMS LAST YEAR. THE WATER SKI AREA WITHIN MOLONGLO REACH, IS STILL

CLOSED, BECAUSE OF DEBRIS IN THE WATER, WITH THE CLEAN-UP EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE MONTH. A-C-T COMMUNITY LEADER, IKEBAL PATEL, WILL BE THIS YEAR'S A-C-T 20-11 AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADOR. THE ISLAMIC LEADER, HAS BEEN RECOGNISED, FOR HIS ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTION, IN ADVOCATING HARMONY AND TOLERANCE IN THE TERRITORY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF ISLAMIC COUNCILS, IS ALSO AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE WHITE RIBBON FOUNDATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE

AGAINST WOMEN. THE N-R-M-A IS ASKING CANBERRANS TO FLAG A RED SPOT. THE ORGANISATION, IS ASKING MOTORISTS, TO LOOK AT THEIR LOCAL INTERSECTIONS AND HIGHWAYS, AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT MAKES DRIVERS SEE RED. FINDINGS FROM THE SURVEY WILL BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH, FOR THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER. YOU'VE GOT A WEEK, TO GET YOUR INPUT TO THE N-R-M-A BEFORE THE SURVEY CLOSES. THE ICONIC SCULPTURED ZEBRAS, WILL NOT BE RETURNING LAKE GEORGE, AFTER FINDING A NEW HOME. THE SCULPTURES WERE REMOVED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR AFTER THEY WERE VANDALISED. THE FOUR ZEBRAS WERE ALL FIXED UP BY CANBERRA SCULPTOR, ALAN ASTON, AND CAN NOW BE FOUND GRAZING IN THE GARDEN OF PEGASUS RIDING FOR THE DISABLED OF THE A-C-T. ACCORDING TO EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF PEGASUS, SIMONE DOHERTY, THE ZEBRAS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING JOY TO HUNDREDS OF YOUNG RIDERS WITH A DISABILITY. NOW TAKING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER DETAILS... A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM NEAR TASMANIA WILL MOVE RAPIDLY TO THE SOUTHEAST TODAY AND TOMORROW MAINTAINING A RIDGE TO THE NORTH COAST. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - A SHOWER OR TWO FOR CANBERRA AND SYDNEY - PARTLY CLOUDY FOR MELBOURNE AND PERTH - A STORM FOR BRISBANE CHECKING WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - MOSTLY SUNNY FOR DUBBO WITH AN EXPECTED TOP OF 33 - SUNNY AND 31 FOR WAGGA STORMS AND A SHOWER OR TWO FOR BATHURST 27 DEGREES - WET AND 24 THE TOP FOR GOULBURN STORMS FOR MUDGEE 29 THE TOP - A SHOWER OR TWO DEVELOPING FOR COOMA HEADING FOR 24 DEGREES LOOKING AHEAD - TOMORROW - MOSTLY SUNNY - 15 26 FRIDAY - POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM - 15 28 SATURDAY - POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM - 15 26 The headlines:

Rivers of water kilometres wide are

making their way across Victoria. As

As the threat in one town eases,

though, evacuations have already been been ordered for another. been ordered for another.

Residents of Horsham say they have never

never seen anything like it. No, it's

it's - I think one one-in-200-year

flood for Horsham. It is freaky.

This is a first for a lot of people.

But with flood levels in the town

now peaked after days of anxious

waiting, there is a definite sense of

of relief. So it is breathe-easy

time now. Early warnings allowing

enough time for people to prepare.

We thought it would go right under the

the house. We have been lucky

enough to stop it. I left two days

ago, got everything out of the

house. But with the threat now

easing in Horsham, emergency

services are turning their

attention north to the town of

Warracknabeal. They have 84 homes

that will have water over their floorboards

floorboards and some 140 propertys floorboards and some 140 propertys

that will see water around in their

yards. The community of Kerang is

also preparing to be hit. Residents

have been warned they could be

isolated for days when the river

peak, adding to a rising toll

across Victoria. 1,00 properties

have been affected. More than 4,000

people, 58 towns across 21

municipalities. The Prime Minister

has already announced federal

support for the State's flood

victims. The Federal Government will

will make a contribution of $1

million to that appeal.

There seems to be no end in sight for

for exhausted Brisbane residents

with emergency services force odd

out into the streets again.

Up to 3,000 homes lost power when a

wild storm lashed the city and

parts of the Lockyer Valley. One

elderly woman suffered a broken arm

when a tree crashed through her

kitchen. Some of the other houses

have been cleaned out, looking at

repairing, then a tree has taken

out the back of the house. It's

absolutely Dev stiting. But

residents of the ruined town of

Grantham have begun returning home

for the first time in more than a

week. The death toll for the disaster

disaster stands at 20, with a further

further 12 people missing. Three

men arrested in a series of raids

across Sydney targeting guns and

tax fraud will appear in court today.

Police continue to deny that

western Sydney is in the middle of

a growing bikey gang war. A

A change of government in Bulgaria has

has given the family of jailed

Australian Jock Palfreeman fresh

hope his murder appeal will be hope his murder appeal will be

upheld. Ten's European

correspondent filed this report. The

The family of Sydneyman Jock

Palfreeman certainly hope

tomorrow's appeal hearing will bring

bring to an end this four-year

legal sag gafplt he was charged

with murder in 2007. After

facilitatally wounding a local man,

following a brawl in the Bulgarian

capital, Sofia. Jock Palfreeman

always maintains that he stab the

man in self-defence after he rushed

to the aid of two gypsy boys who

were allegedly being attacked. He

was sentenced to 20 years in prison

in 2009 after being convicted of

murder, and lodged an appeal almost immediately

immediately after that hearing in a

bid to clear his name. The

prosecution is also appealing that

sentence, saying it wasn't harsh

enough. They are demanding the life

sentence saying that Jock Palfreeman

Palfreeman is a continual risk not

just to people here in Bulgaria but

also back home in Australia, while

his family says that the hearing

was flawed and failed to hear

evidence, including vital CCTV evidence, including vital CCTV

pictures. This appeal hearing will

get underway in Sofia in a few

hours. We are expecting to hear

from Jock Palfreeman before the

judge considers his decision. The

Bolivian Government has begun yet

another international push to have

the coca leaf legaliseed. Coca has

been banned for sale for 48 years

because it is the basis for cocaine.

In its leaf form it is widely used

in the andees for teas and chewing.

Bolivia will try to convince UN

countries that it is better to

legalise and regulate the plan than

leave it under the control of drug

traffickers. Oprah's Australian

showcase is being beamed into televisions

televisions across the US and it

will be our turn for our country

through a look of the eyes through

the talk show queen. She

She came, she saw, and now Oprah's

told America just how much she loves loves Australia. Beautiful Beautiful Australia!

A country known for its rich

history. Natural beauty. Spectacular

Spectacular wines. Tasty meat pies

and some of the friendliest people

in the world.

The first of her four shows aired

in the US overnight.

That is hot! That is so damn cool!

OK... That made my day. It is an

impressive showcase of what

Australia has to offer, topped off

with aen engagement all captured by Oprah's cameras.

While Oprah's usually the one

asking the questions, the tables

were turned when she was

interviewed by Piers Morgan. She has

has opened up about feeling

suicidal at age 14 after her father

found out she was pregnant. I was thinking

thinking I would have to kill

myself. Her ultimate adventure is

here on Ten tonight at 7.30.

Lleyton Hewitt has turned in a typically

typically gutsy effort in a five- set five-hour thriller against David Nalbandian at the Australian Open.

It wasn't enough to beat the Argentinian, who actually

courageously fought back from two match

match points down to be able to progress

progress through to the second round.

Disappointing, because, you know,

you come so close and fight for so

long. You know, not able to quite

get the win today. And Hewitt went

into the match with a 75% winning

record in those five-setters.

Australia has named Hauritz and

Brett Lee in the spot. But Australian Australian batsman Michael Hussey is in serious doubt.

The 35-year-old is certain to miss

the rest of the one-day series against against England. There is

speculation he will be sidelined

for at least six weeks. Chairman of selectors

selectors says a decision will be

delayed until as late as possible

before the tournament, which will

be played across India, Bangladesh and

and Sri Lanka. Some of the biggest

names in rugby league have joined

the army of slotteers helping Queensland's Queensland's flood relief effort.

It was a different sort of training for the players.

I didn't think I would see this many

many volunteers, but it's really unbelievable. It

It is so good. The players will

spend at least two days cleaning up and

and cheering up the locals.

Australia has denied England a

series whitewash in the series Twenty20

Twenty20 tournament. The Aussies

posted a solid total of 153 and gained

gained 5. It proved too much for the English. F

It is nice when we beat them any

time. England bowled out for just 101.

Well, stocks began the day after

the Martin Luther King long weekend.

Stocks appear to be weighed down by

disappointing results from Citi-

bank and Steve Jobs is taking leave.

Apple, well, they, of course, posted

posted their own results within 24

hours. But, as you say, investors

focused on Steve Jobs' leave of

absence and any implications that that that may have for future leadership

of that business. We remain high on

the conviction of an entrenchment

of US economic growth this calendar

year. That will undoubtedly flow

through strong corporate earnings. Our

Our market continues to look the

goods. It stormed ahead 0.8%

yesterday. What is likely to happen this

this morning? We hit highs that we have

have not seen for over eight months.

Miners propelling us forward, that

in turn on the back of strong fourth

fourth quarter output results. We

will open higher again today. Economic

Economic data, consumer data will

be released today. Consumer

confidence data, let's see how that pans

pans out. We could expect some moderation there.

Now it is back to our resident comedian,

News just in.

We are hearing that people in the

Victorian town of Kerang have been

told to get out. Levee banks protecting

protecting the town have been

breached. Residents have been told

- we are looking at the images now -

- to get out while they can. SES is

urging locals to get to a nearby relief

relief centre set up at the Burrum Services

Services Club. We will have more

details throughout the morning and

in the evening at 5. Join

Join us for the newshour at 5. Have

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