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An historic night in the Queensland

Parliament, as MPs vote if favour

of legalising same-sex unions. 6am,

Thursday December 1st! Good morning,

everyone. I am Ron Wilson. And I am Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to Ten's

Early News for the first day of

supper. Also this morning - Britain

under siege, as 2 million public

sector workers walk off the job in

the biggest strike action for

decades. In sport - the blow that

could have ended Danny Green's

boxing career after the 38-year-old

lost for the second time in five

months. And in finance, the world's

central banks ban together in a

dramatic effort to turn back the

first runaway Eurozone crisis. Here is a

first check of today's weather -

rain and storms for north-eastern

NSW and eastern Queensland and

Victoria. isolated showers for southern

It has been an historic night in

the Queensland Parliament with MPs

voting to legalise same sex civil

unions. After almost four hours of

debate, the bill was passed just

after 11 o'clock last night by a

vote of 47-40. As expected, the

Opposition tried to block the bill,

but only four Labor MPs voted

against it. It means that gay

couples can now have their

the relationship rights acknowledged by

the State. It is about the joyful

business of love and that is why

it's touched the hearts of so many

Australians. Supporters have hailed

the move as an important step towards

towards equality. It follows the

same reforms in Tasmania, Victoria

and the ACT.

Christmas has come early for

federal MPs with politicians set to

receive a big pay rise. The

announcement comes just after the

Government announced plans to slash

billions of dollars in public

spending. The base salary for even

the most junior MPs will increase

by $40,000 a year. But the big

winner is the Prime Minister

herself! Her salary jumps $90,000

to around $470,000. That makes

Julia Gillard higher paid than the

US President and British prime

minister.

The Opposition Leader has once more

taken aim at the Gillard Government, labelling

labelling it a "motley collection".

Tony Abbott claims the appointment

of Peter Slipper as Speaker of the

lower house was "undignified" and

will prove to be a damaging

Peter decision. We would try to manage

Peter Slipper out of the Parliament.

Now the Prime Minister has given

him the biggest job that anyone can

have in the Parliament. A week or so

so back Peter was my problem and

now he is the Prime Minister's. Mr

Abbott says Peter Slipper should be

added to the Prime Minister's list

of so-called "mortal enemies",

alongside Kevin Rudd, Independent

MP Andrew Wilkie and embattled

Labor minister Craig Thomson.

Another brother carrying asylum

Christmas seekers has been intercepted off

Christmas Island. It was

intercepted by HMAS 'Arat' east of

Christmas Island. The overcrowded

boat is being guideed to Christmas

Island. A Senate report has

recommended all gas seem projects

in Ian Australia is delayed until

more research is done into the

impact of ground water. All sides

of politics have agreed to the

recommendation, demanding tighter

regulations on pollution and land

access. Under the freeze, no

approvals would be granted in the area

area where the Murray-Darling Basin

and the Great Artesian Basin

overlap. The inquiry also found the

coal-seam industry is a relatively

short-term prospect and may not be

worth the cost to the environment.

The Australian teenager sentenced

to two months' prison in Bali on

drugs charges could be headed home

as early as tomorrow. The Chief

prosecutor has confirmed he will

not lodge an appeal against the

sentence, meaning the 14-year-old

will be released within days. The

teen was arrested with 3.6 grams of

marijuana and sentenced last week,

spending a possible appeal by the

prosecutor.

Hundreds of thousands of public

sector workers in the UK have

walked off the job, angry at

changes to their pensions. Their

unions call it the "biggest action

in a generation", the Government

labelled it a "damp squib".

They left their offices, their

classrooms, the airports, the

hospital wards they work on, the

buss they drive. Instead of

cleaning the streets across the

country, they filled them. The

unions and the Government can't

grow on pensions, so there was no

way they were going to grow about

this strike. A damp squib said the

Prime Minister, something sent said

the qouns. Striking schools is best

sign of the strikes and by far the most

most disruptive. The students got a

taste of working life. At the

airport, the Prime Minister's press

secretary checked passports. Better

than a non-strike. At hospitals,

routine operations and outpatient

clinics were cancelled and

ambulance staff were under pressure,

although some hospitals reported few

few problems. The biggest

demonstration of determination and

defiance this country has witnessed

for almost a century. And as

workers at Parliament went on

strike, inside they argued about it.

Unlike him, I am not going to

demonise the dinner lady, the

cloner, the nurse. (CHEERING)

Despite the disappointment of the

party opposite, it locks like

something of a damp squib. The

unions say today is about workers

drive on the the end of their

nine tether by the government. At least

nine people have been killed and another

another 30 injured after a blaze

tore through market stalls in

downtown Hong Kong. U fire crews

battled the infer mow for several

hours with up to 30 trucks on the

scene. Witnesses say they could

hear trapped people shouting for

help. A nearby hospital was

overwhelmed by dozens of victims,

including four patients in critical

condition. Police have not ruled

out the pocket the blaze was

deliberately lit.

In sport, Danny Green is on the

brink of retiring from boxing for a second

second time, following his WBC

cruiserweight title fight defeat in

Perth last night. Behind on points,

Poland's Kristof Vlodarchyk landed

the biggest hit of the night in

Round 11 before he finished off

Green more than a minute later.

COMMENTATOR: He's gone, mate. 38-

year-old Green didn't answer the

call, losing to the younger

champion in a TKO. Mitchell

Johnson's absence due to injury has

opened the chance for younger fast

bowlers. They will get a chance to

take share claim in the game

against New Zealand at the Gabba.

As the Aussies went through their

final paces at the Gabba one won't be

be showing his pace. Mitchell

Johnson is struggling with a not

injury and surgery will sideline

him for up to five months. His

skipper said it is not a bad thing.

It could have a good impact, to be

honest. Gives him time away from

the game. Michael Clarke is more

concerned about his replacement. He

said that the eleven have been

finalised, he just wouldn't say who they

they are. There is something for

everyone, he said, including a

spinner. Might even turn a bit. The

games have turned a touch. If a

spinner plays in our team, I am

very confident he will have success.

(Laughs). And that confidence means

Australia is unlikely the go in

with an all-pace attack. Still,

Michael Clarke is open to do

something, which previous Australian

Australian captains have been

hesitant to do and that is bowl

first if he wins the toss. I

certainly haven't made a decision

that if I win the toss I will bat.

I am still undecided, I guess,

there. The black black believe this

one of the weak -- Black Caps

believe this is one of the weakest

Australian teams in year, but are

playing down their chances. It will

be one of the weakest, but they

know the conditions better than we

do. So with the trans-Tasman trophy

up for grabs, the talk is over from

both sides. Unfortunately, the

weather might also have a say.

Carlos the Jackal AFL skipper Chris

Judd could be forced to undergo pre-season surgery after injuring his

his right shoulder in a training

mishap. Following reconstructions

to both shoulders as a teenager,

Judd is no stranger to these injuries

injuries and will see a specialist

today. The prognosis will determine

what treatment the dual Brownlow

medallist requires, but the Blues

are confident that Judd will be

available for Round 1, even if

surgery is required.

Time for all of this morning's

finance news now with Kathryn

Robinson. Perhaps this is the break

threw we have been looking for in

the world's central banks. Frpbgs a

huge development overnight, Ron.

The banks are trying to support the

global economy and stave off a

catastrophe in Europe which has

sent stocks surging. The FED, ECB

and central banks of Canada, Japan

and Switzerland released a joint

statement saying they will lower

the costs of providing funds to

banks and make other currencies

available. The global coordinated

move is the first since November

2008 and is aimed at making lending

cheaper between the banks. Now,

let's take a look more closely at

how global stocks have reacted to

the Central Bank's November. The

Dow Jones has surged. It is

currently up over 400 points,

adding to the gains is release of

strong jobs numbers and

manufacturing numbers. The credit

crunch strategy sent the footy to

an 8-week high. Asian markets should

should bounce on the news today, reversing

reversing some of yesterday's

losses where the Nikkei closed down 43

43 points. Commodities have rallied

- oil is back above US $100 a

barrel and goal is over US $30

higher. The Aussie dollar has

jumped. Local traders can expect a

bumper open today, the spy is

currently up 129 points. To other

news now and ratings agency

Standard & Poor's has changed its

ratings criteria, meaning our big

banks could be facing a downgrade

within a week. SNP came under fire

in the wake of the global financial

crisis so now it is making sweeping

changes to the ratings of the

world's largest banks. The agency

will now keep it ratings more

closely tied to the economic

performance of the bank's home

country. Some of our banks are

expected to receive a downgrade,

which will push funding costs up even higher.

Here is a look at the weather on

this first diof summer - -- day of summer

Let's take a look at some of the

newspaper headlines this morning. According to 'The Australian',

reforms to the child care sector

could push up fees by as such as

$42 a week. On the front page of

'The Age' the plot thickens in the

Reserve Bank bribery scandal.

Documents have allegedly revealed

links between Austrade officials

and notorious Indian arms dealer and

and a Vietnamese spy chief. There

is more of a goal dawdle than a

gold rush forecast in Tasmania. The

beak kons feel mine is set to close

next year because the remaining oar

is not viable below the current

depth. And the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' details the Immigration

Minister's plans to double

Australia's refugee intake. Still

ahead, Britain gives Iranian

diplomats 48 hours to get out as tensions

tensions sour even further. And we

will find out When the first days

of summer have in store for you.

All of the details when Ten's Early News returns.

You are with Ten's Early News. It

has been an historic night in the

Queensland Parliament with MPs

voting to legalise same sex civil

unions. After almost four hours of

debate, the bill was passed just

after 11 o'clock last night by a

vote of 47-40. As expected, the

Opposition tried to block the bill, but

but only four Labor MPs voted

against it. It mens that gay

couples can now have their

relationship rights acknowledged by

the State. It is about the joyful

has business of love and that is why it

has touched the hearts of so many

Australians. Supporters have hailed

the mobile phone as an important

step towards equality. It follows

the same reforms as in Tasmania,

Victoria and the ACT. A Sydney man

has been charged after wielding a

toy gun from a balcony, triggering

a 2-hour siege. The police arrested

the 41-year-old yesterday after an

exclusion zone was set up around

the apartment block, shutting down

parts of the city. The man has been

charged with intimidation and will

appear in court in January. No-one was

was hurt in the stand-off.

An autopsy on a prom nan WA rugby

player who died in Bali was told he

was killed after drinking methanol

in a popular cocktail. Michael

Denton was in Bali in September

when he drank jungle juice at a

club. A locally buted spirit in the

mix may have contained the methanol

that killed him. It is just gutting,

really. It is just a pointless

thing that didn't need to happen.

It obviously has happened to a few

other people in the past. It is

believed the arak is responsible

for other deaths including Jamie

Johnson in object. The Prime

Minister has headed a high-level

task force to support the

manufacturing sector, but the

Opposition wants to keep the focus

on Wayne Swan's proposed Budget

cuts, saying that he should resign

in shame if he fails to deliver a

Budget surplus. Stepping in to

shore up jobs in the manufacturing

sector as unemployment is tipped to

rise. This is a moment to roll the

sleeves up - government, business

and unions working together. Tony

Abbott is hard at work, too, zeroing

zeroing in on Wayne Swan's latest

Budget cuts. If he doesn't deliver,

will he be resigning in shame and

embarrassment? In the wash-up, the

spot light has turned to the

Opposition leader to see how he

would match the cuts. He's given

the Labor a towelling for reducing baby

baby bonus payments, but when

pressed if he would restore them,

Tony Abbott is hedging his bets. We

don't like it. We don't like it one

little bit, but we will be

determining our position in the

normal way when these things come

before the Parliament. The surplus

rests heavily on cuts to the public

service. Unions fear up to 3,000

jobs will go and say that will

affect government services. I don't

believe there will be any forced

redundancies. A former head of two

Federal Government apartments

a disagrees. Efficiency dividends is

a fancy fame for staff cuts. No

problems from the Opposition. Its

plans cuts are even deeper. We will

reduce the public service by over

12,000 if we are elected. Well, it

may not feel like it in many of our

major centres today, but it is the

first day of summer. Joining us for

what is in store for the days and

months ahead is Tom Saunders from

the Weather Channel. Good morning

to you, Tom. Welcome to the new

season of summer, the first week

certainly isn't going to be very

summary, though, for many parts of

the country. Ron, good morning. It

eastern is a cold start to summer in south-

eastern Australia. Temperatures are

even 5 degrees below average today. We

even have snow falling over the

highlands of southern Tasmania and

it will stay relatively cool for

the rest of the week as well. Ron,

it is the complete reversal on the

west coast. A very hot start to

summer there. Perth will hit the

mid-30s over the next few days and

we have severe to extreme fire

dangers. What about as we get

severe further into the season - any

severe weather on the outlook?

There is always severe weather

through summer. Tropical cyclones

and thunderstorms. As far as

are temperatures go through summer, we

are expected it to be warmer than

average through South Australia,

increase Victoria and Tasmania. That will

increase the bushfire risk in these

areas. For northern NSW, though,

and southern Queensland, we are

expecting it to be cooler and

weather than normal and that is due

partly to conditions through the Pacific Ocean. Tom Saunders there Pacific

from the Weather Channel. Two of

Sydney's most iconic landmarks have

turned red to mark World AIDS Day.

The Harbour Bridge and the Opera

House joined 50 other landmarks

worldwide in turning red as part of

a global campaign to create an

AIDS-free generation by 2015. The

campaign is especially focused on

reducing cases of mother-to-child

transmission of HIV from around

390,000 to zero. They say it has

been a game-changing year with

increased access to services

resulting in a 15% reduction in new

cases. The Occupy Wall Street

Movement continues to be slowly

dismantled across the globe. Police

in Los Angeles will remove protesters

protesters who have been camped out

for more than two months.

Crews are putting concrete barriers

and chains around city Hall Park in

Los Angeles where anti-Wall Street

protesters camped for nearly two

months. Police officers raided the

camp overnight, sweeping through

the area and clearing out hundreds

isolated of demonstrators. There were a few

isolated scuffles, but city

officials say that the masssive

operation was mostly peaceful.

Police arrested about 200 people

who refused to leave. Some

protesters linked their arms in

defiance. Police even used a

cherrypicker to get protesters down

from a tree. In my life, I have

never seen a more professional,

restrained police force. The park

will be closed until it is cleaned

up. The mayor says that protesters

will eventually be able to exercise

their First Amendment right on the

steps of City Hall. Crews in Hazmat

suits are sorting through the

rubble and debris in the park.

demonstrators may have left Officials were concerned that

hazardous materials behind. So far

no illegal drugs or weapons have

been found. Protesters are expected

to hold a rally later today.

Britain will expel all Iranian

diplomats in reaction to the

storming of it embassy in Tehran.

William Hague accused the Iranian

Government being accused in the

action, labelling as fansful claims

they couldn't have stopped the mob.

This does not amount to the

severing of diplomatic relations in

their entirety. It is actions that

reduces our relationship with Iran

to the lowest level. All Iranian

diplomats have been given 48 hours

Tehran remains closed. to leave the British mission in

AFL and the Western Bulldogs have

high hopes for injury-prone duo

Adam Cooney and Brian Lake,

declaring they can return to their

all--Australian best next year.

Both are being carefully nursed

very through the pre-season, but it is a

very different story for their team-mates.

This sort of intensity isn't

usually seen in November, but this

is the way ta things are done under the

the new Western Bulldogs -- that

things are done under the new

Western Bulldogs regime. The boys

came prepared the train this year

and we are capitalising on that.

Young gun Schofield wasn't there.

He's been delived for personal

reasons. Brian Lake and Adam Cooney

also absent, though the club is

full of praise to the former. The

way he's thrown himself into his

rehab and the education sessions,

he is trying to lead from the front. It

It is something he probably hasn't

done for 12 months for a number of

reasons. He's been flat with injury,

so he is having a real crack at it.

Another who wants to have a crack

at it is Andrew Lovett but a dream

return to Essendon has been ruled

out, the club opting to stick with

its youth. It is a young side,

given who the latest draftees are

looking up to. Dyson has been a

pretty good role model to have

around. As a first-year player last

year he fitted in well. We

certainly have a great guy to learn

off there. A changing at the guard at

at Geelong, too. The new recruits

to wear some pretty important

numbers. The significance lost on

some. Not really, it is just a

jumper number to me. We will play

sot good footy and go from there.

Rugby league and the Canberra.

Raiders are still without a major

sponsor for the 2012 season, but the

the club is doing its best to make

light of the situation and that is

great news for a local charity. The

green machine is putting its logo

smack-bang on the front of their 2012 playing strip.

It is a fresh look for a fresh

season. It is wonderful to have the

cancer support group on the front. It

It will give the group valuable exposure exposure while Canberra. Continues it

it search for a major corporate

partner. Thank goodness mow vehicle

ber is over. Thank goodness!

Kathryn Robinson, the Treasurer has

been warned he play have to dea

whole lot more to protect Australia

from the global financial push. He

has been given a strong warning.

According to a senior bank

economist Australia will be dragged

into a deepening global recession.

The US and Europe are in

catastrophic proportions and urged

Wayne Swan to abandon his

commitment to returning our Budget

to surplus and perhaps look at

stimulus spending instead. He also

warned that our dollar will plunge

to as little as US $0.80. It has

rallied 2.5 cents overnight thanks

to the news out of Europe. Samsung

will find out today if they can

sell their tablet in Australia. The

kp galaxy TAB10.1 was banned. The

court granted a request to keep it

until 4pm today, so the company can

propose an appeal E the two

companies are fighting course cases

all over the world with Apple

claiming Samsung's Galaxy is a copy

of the iPad. Briefly now in other

business news, China's Government

has cut bank reserve levels to release money for lending.

Melbourne's house prices have

continued to fall over the past 11

months, but Sydney property values

are bucking the trend. Diamonds

encased under the frozen tonne Dr

In northern Canada are losing their

shine and sparkle for BHP Billiton.

The company's 80% interest in the

Country Diamond Mine could be

culled. The Australian Stock

Exchange looks set to record it

second worst annual performance in almost two decades.

Well, when you lock at these

weather forecasts I might have to convince

convince you it really is the first day of summer

Federal MPs give themselves a nice

fat pay rise just in time for

Christmas. We have got that next.

As many as 2 million public sector

workers walk off the job in Britain.

We will have more when Ten's Early News returns.

You are watching Ten's Early News.

These are our main stories this

morning - an historic night in the

Queensland Parliament, as MPs vote

in favour of legalising same-sex unions.

Britain under siege - as 2 million public-sector workers walk off the job

job in the biggest strike action in

decades. In sport, the blow that

could have ended Danny Green's

boxing career after the 38-year-old

lost for the second time in five months.

Then in finance, the world's

central banks band together in a

dramatic effort to prevent a full-

blown Eurozone debt crisis.

Same-sex couples in Queensland are

celebrating after the Parliament

voted to legally recognise their

relationships. The Opposition tried

in vein to block the bill,

labelling it a "political stunt".

Emotions ran high from the very

beginning. I've been called if I

don vote for this bill ignorant,

coming for the dark ages, big got,

stupid. Deputy Premier Andrew

Fraser introduced the private

members' bill. Last night he had

harsh words for those who have labelled

labelled it a "distraction" and a

"stunt". It does not, will not and

cannot infringe upon or diminish

marriage. They argue that civil

youngs are not a priority. The

passing of this bill will not save Queenslanders' money. Premier Anna

Bligh pointed out it is not just an

issue of equality. It is about the

joyful business of love and that is

why it has touched the hearts of so

many Australians. For almost four

hours, the debate raged. How do we

then say polygamy is wrong. As

expected, the Opposition voted as a

block against the bill, but it wasn't

wasn't enough. The final result is

not as close as expected, passing

with a margin of 47 votes to 40.

Supporters hailed it at another

step on the road to equality.

The Labor Party's national

conference is less than 24 hours a

way and the Prime Minister is

staring defeat in the face over the issue

issue of same-sex marriage. For

more details we are joined by ten's

political reporter Matt Moran live

from Canberra. Matt, the Queensland

Government has joined Tasmania,

Victoria and the ACT in pass ago

civil unions bill. How will this

reflect on debate at the ALP's

national conference? Ron, look, the

conference will be a fiery affair,

there is no doubt about that. Julia

Gillard doesn't support same-sex

marriage and nor does the majority

of the right faction of her party,

but Julia Gillard does support a

conscience vote on this particular

topic. We understand that there

will be emotion that will go forward

forward in conference that will try

I suppose win support for a

platform change in the Labour Party.

They are basically calling for an

amendment to the marriage about to

ensure equal access to marriage

under statute for all couples,

irrespective of sex. It is reported

there will be - there likely will

be a platform change at the Labour

Party conference, but the change to

the actual Marriage Act is still a

long way the go. Now, Matt, also at the

the conference, the word is that

Chris Bowen is going to make a new

proposal to revive the Malaysia

Asylum Swap Deal. That's right.

Helbs lick basically set to put a

proposal to conference to try and

almost double the refugee intake to

about 20,000 people. It is 13,000

now. This is a bid to try to win

supporter conference for his swap

deal which obviously was dumped and

independent supported. Even if he

does get this proposal through, it

is probably not going to happen

because the Labor left faction does

not support it, nor do the Greens.

Our political reporter Matt Moran,

live from Parliament House in Canberra. The Australian teenager

sentenced to two months' prison in

Bali on drugs charges could be

heading home as early as tomorrow.

The Chief prosecutor has confirmed

he will not lodge an appeal against

thes the, meaning the 14-year-old

will be released within days. The

teen was arrested with 3.6 grams of

marijuana and sentenced last week,

pending a possible appeal by the

prosecutor. Gardens in Melbourne

will receive a long-awaited drink

today after it was announced that

water restriction also be eased.

Authorities say that a wet spring

and responsible home water use has

given catchments a much-needed

boost.

It is encouraging to see that we

have had some good run-off into our

store ages and we are in a better

position. The stage 1 restrictions

mean from today Melburnians will be

allowed to water their gardens and

lawns with a trigger nozzle. The

city's fountains can be switched on

and cars may be washed with a hose.

A small Queensland town is mourning

the deaths of two doctors killed in

a fiery plane crash. Dan Reynolds

and his partner, MurtherRunn, died when

when their single-engine plane

crashed shortly after taking off

from the airstrip. It exploded on

impact, scattering the plane over a large

large area. It is a quiet town at

the moment,y. The couple worked with

with the royal flying doctor

service. Mr Rennalds also ran a

family practice in Mondo. A cause

is still being determined. Hundreds

of thousands of public-sector

workers in the UK have walked off

the job, angry at changes to their

pensions. The Government labelled

it a "damp squib".

They left their offices, their

classrooms, the airports, the

hospital wards they work on, the

buses they drive. Instead of cleaning the streets across the

country, they filled them. The

unions and the government can't

grow on pensions, so there was in

way they -- agree on pensions, so there

there was no way they were going to

grow on this strike. A "damp squib" said said the Prime Minister,

magnificent said the unions. The

schools was the best sign and by far

far the most disruptive. Many

students got an early taste of

working life. At the airports, not

the chaos predicted, in fact the

opposite as even the Prime

Minister's Press Secretary checked

passports. It is quiet. Better with the

the strike. At hospitals, routine

operations andout patient clinics

were cancelled, ambulance staff

were under pressure, although few

hospitals reported problems. The

biggest show of defiance this

country has witnessed for almost a

century. And as workers at Parliament

Parliament went on strike, inside

think argued about it. Unlike him, I

I am not going to demonise the

dinner lady, the cleaner, the nurse. (CHEERING)

Despite the disappointment of the

party opposite, that support,

irresponsible and damaging strikes,

it looks like something of a damp

squib. The unions say that today is

about worker besing driven to the

end of their tether by the government. government. Pope Benedict has renew

his call for a ban on the death

penalty. The Pontiff says that he

supports political actions across

the globe aimed at bringing an end to executions.

I express my hope that your

deliberations will encourage the

political and the legislative

initiatives being promoted in a

growing number of countries to

eliminate the death penalty. Like

his predecessor, Benedict has

appealed to have several death

sentences commuted. Sports news and

Danny Green is on the brink of

retiring for a second time

following The Crucible defight in

Perth last night. -- cruiser weight

defeat in Perth last night. Kristof

Vlodarchyk landed the biggest hit

of the night in Round 11 before he

finished off Green more than a

minute later.

COMMENTATOR: He's gone. The green

machine... 38-year-old Green did

not answer the call, losing to the

younger champion in a TKO. Cricket

and Mitchell Johnson's absence through

through injury this summer has

opened the door for Australia's new

generation of fast bowlers. They

will get the chance to stake their

claims in the First Test against

New Zealand, starting today at the

Gabba. As the Aussie went through

their final paces before the First

Test it was hitting home one

regular won't be showing his pace

at all in the series. Mitchell

Johnson returned from struggling

with a foot injury. Surgery will

sideline him for up to five months,

but his skipper says that is not a

Broadband thing. I think it could

have a good impact, to be honest.

It gives him time away from the

game. Michael Clarke's is concerned

about Johnson's replacement. He

says that the eleven has been finalised,

finalised, he just wouldn't say who

they are. Seemingly there, is

something for everyone, including a

spinner. Might even turn a little

bit with the three games we have

had this year have turned a touch.

If a spinner plays in our team, I

am very confident he will have

success. (Laughs). And that

confidence means that Australia is

unlikely the go in with an all-pace

attack. Still, Michael Clarke is

open to do something that previous

Australian captains have been

hesitant to do and that is bell

first if he wins the toss. I

certainly haven't made a decision

if I win the toss I will bat. I am

still undecided I guess there. The

Black Caps believe this is one of

the weakest Australian teams in

years, but are still happy to play

down their chances. Obviously, six

experience-wise, they will be one

of the weakest, but they know the conditions

conditions better than we do. So

with the trance Tasmania trophy up

for grabs, the talk is over from both

both sides. Unfortunately, the

weather might also have a say.

AFL and the Western Bulldogs are

confident this injury-prone duo

Brian Lake and Adam Cooney can

return to their all-Australian form

next season. Both were absent from

training where their team-mates

were put through a rigorous session.

Their club insists they are on track and are particularly

impressed with Lake's attitude. He

is trying to lead from the front,

something he probably hasn't done

for 12 months for a number of

reasons. He's been flat with injury.

the He is having a real crack at it at

the moment. The Bulldogs have made

a change to their list with young

gun Jayden ski field cut for

personal reasons. Kath is back with

more financial and a very welcome

move by the world central banks on

the euro. Frp a huge development

overnight, Ron i with the dramatic

action by the world leading central

banks to support the global economy

and stave off a catastrophe in

Europe. The FED, ECB and the

central banks of Canada, Japan and

Switzerland released a joint

statement saying they will lower

the cost of providing funds to

banks and make other currencies

available. The global coordinated

move is the first since November

2008 and is aimed at making lending cheaper

cheaper between the banks.

Now, global stocks have surged on the Central Bank's news. The Dow

Jones is up almost 400 points,

adding to the begins there was the

release of strong numbers on the

jobs, housing and manufacturing

funds. The Central Bank credit

crunch strategy sent the notcy to

an-week high and the Dax went up.

Some of yesterday's losses were

reversed. Commodities, they have

rallied overit in. Oil is back

US $30 higher. around US $100 and gold is nearly

Local traders can expect a bumper

open today, the spy is currently up 119 points. 119

Hardly summary, as we lock around

the national forecast this morning.

A look at some international news

websites that morning. The 'Miami

'Herald'' insists there has been a

security breach mere the White

House. Two cheeky zebras skipped

from the Washington Doesn't,

perhaps interested to see if the

President was at home. Not a bird

or a plane, but a killer whale

flying ski high in the Netherlands.

He was being transferred to a

Spanish amusement park after

conservationists lost a legal

battle to have it release need the

ocean. And a kidnapper in Kansas is

attempting to sue his former

hostages, claiming they broke their

promise to keep quiet when they

called the police. (Laughs). Do you

think?! Ahead, men in Sydney -

thank goodness - say goodbye to

their mows as December arrives. We

will tell you how much the linen fetched when Ten's Early News returns. with your local news GOOD MORNING, Amy La Porte update... facing court over an Four teenage boys are service station in Weston . alleged armed robbery at a sixteen year old and a Two thirteen year olds, a alleged to have held up seventeen year old are firearms yesterday staff while brandishing morning... silver-coloured Toyota They were seen leaving in a police some time later. Hilux... Which was found by after a taxi service The boys were tracked down up from the same area. revealed it had picked them Minister Michael Gallacher New South Wales Police setting up a fund that will says the government is of helping injured officers test and evaluate new ways back to work. last week passed This comes after Parliament reduce lump sum payouts in legislation which will protection, for officers favour of income duty. injured in the line of the Southern Tablelands met Union Representatives from type of industrial action yesterday, to consider what changes. they will pursue over the fatigue is one of the major New figures show driver ACT. causes of crashes in the Trust showed a large number The NRMA ACT Road Safety they would continue driving of Canberra drivers said while feeling tired. the survey they averaged 4 in 10 respondents told frequently felt tired. less than 7 hours sleep and Institutions are in the A number of Canberra Treasurer Wayne Swan looks line of fire .... As to surplus... to bring the budget back in Botanic Gardens, the The Australian National and the National Capital National Portrait Gallery being forced to find Authority are among those savings. three talented ACT Softball TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, And to play for Australia. players have been called up and Clare Currie have been Aimee Murch, Clare Warwick squad to contest the named in the 16 player against New Zealand. International Series

side advantage, playing in The girls will have a home 8. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT Canberra from January 7 to TODAY'S WEATHER DETAILS... a low pressue trough is Checking the Satellite ... north to southeastern parts triggering storms from of New South Wales. capitals... 19 and showers Taking a look at our early shower for for Melbourne ... 21 and an for Darwin. Canberra... 33 and storms Closer to home now... a top of 23 and showers clearing for Wollongong ... 21 and a in Dubbo... 18 and drizzle late shower for Bega. Bathurst ... the same for 19 and drizzle clearing in Goulburn... Sunny and 10 for Perisher.

Cooma... 23 and mostly fine Clearing showers and 19 in in Parkes ... 20 for Nowra. day forecast for Canberra Taking a look at the three now... Fine conditions are forecast tomorrow. We're degrees... Warming up as we heading for a top of 19 top of 23 on Saturday .. head into the weekend for a That's the latest news, Showers likely on Sunday. with us, I'll have more sport and weather. Stay the day... updates for you throughout

investigation has been launched You are with Ten's Early News. An

after a man was struck and killed

by a street sweeper in Melbourne's

east overnight. The man was at a

work site at Bayswater North when

he was hit just before 11 o'clock.

He died at the scene. Police and

investigating. work safe inspectors are

Same-sex couples in Queensland are

celebrating after the Parliament

voted to legally recognise their relationships. The Opposition tryed

in vein to block the bill,

labelling it a political stunt.

Emotions ran high from the very

beginning. I have been called f I

don't vote for this bill, ignorant,

coming from the dark ages, red

necks, big got, stupid... Deputy

Premier Andrew Fraser introduced

the private members'. Last night,

he had harsh words for those who

have labelled it a distraction and a

a stunt. It does not, will not and

cannot infringe upon or diminish

marriage. The Opposition's argument

civil unions are not a priority.

The passing of this bill will not

save Queenslanders' money. Premier

Anna Bligh pointing out it is not

just an issue of equality... It is

about the joyful business of love

and that is why it has touched the

hearts of so many Australians. For

almost four hours, the debate raged.

How do we then say poligamy is

wrong? The Opposition then voted as

a block against the bill, but it

wasn't enough, the final result not

as close as expected, passing with

a margin of 47 vote 40. Supporters

hailed it at oos step on the road

to equality.

-- hailed it as another step on the

road to equality. It looks like

Christmas has come early to federal

MPs with politicians set to receive

a big pay rise. This comes just

after the Government announced

plans to slash billions of dollars

in public spending. The business

salary for even the most junior MPs

will increase by $40,000 but the

big winner is the Prime Minister herself

herself whose salary jumps to about

$470. That makes Julia Gillard

higher paid than the US President

and British prime minister.

And the Prime Minister has headed a

high-level task force to support

the manufacturing sector, but the

Opposition wants to keep the focus

on Wayne Swan's proposed Budget

cuts, saying he should resign in

shame if he fails to deliver a

Budget surplus.

Stepping in to shore up jobs in the

manufacturing sent tor as

unemployment is tipped to rise.

This is a moment to roll the

sleeves up, government and business

and unions working together. Tony

Abbott is hard at work, too,

zeroing in on Wayne Swan's latest

Budget cuts, designed to deliver a

thread-bare surplus. If he doesn't

deliver, will he will resigning in

shame and embarrassment? The

spotlight has turned to the

opposition load tore see how he

would match the cuts. He gave them

a towelling for reducing baby bonus

paints, but when pressed on whether

he would restore them, Tony Abbott

is hedging his bets. We don't like

it one little bit, but we will

determining our position in the

normal way when these things come

before the Parliament. The proposed

surplus rests heavily on cuts to

the public service. Unions fear up

to 3,000 jobs will go and say that

will affect government services. I don't

don't believe there will be any

forced redundancies. A former head

of two former government agencies

disagrees. It is just a fancy name.

No opposition from the Opposition.

Their planned cuts are even deeper.

We will reduce the public service

by over 12,000 if we are elected.

Britain will expel all Iranian

diplomats in reaction to the

storming of its embassy in Tehran. William Hague accused the Iranian

government of being involved in the

action, labelling it as fansful

claims they couldn't have stopped the

the mob. This does not amount to

the severing of dip Mt Tick relations

relations in their entirety. It is

action that reduces our relations

with Iran to the lowest level

consistent with the maintenance of diplomatic

diplomatic relations. All the

Iranian diplomats have been given

48 hours to leave. The British

mission in Tehran remains closed.

The Occupy Movement continues to be closely

closely dismantled across the globe.

Police in Los Angeles moved in

overnight to remove protesters who

had been camped out for more than

two months. Crews are putting

concrete barriers and changing

fences around City Hall Park in Los Angeles

Angeles where anti-Wall Street

protesters camped for nearly two

months. Police officers raided the

camp overnight, sweeping through

the area and clearing out hundreds

of demonstrators. (CHANTING)

This is what a police state looks

like. There were a few isolated

scuffles, but city officials say that the masssive operation was mostly mostly peaceful. Police arrested

about 200 people who refused to

leave. Some protesters linked their arms in defiance.

Police even used a cherrypicker to

get protesters down from a tree. In my

my life, I have never seen a more

professional restrained police

force. The park will be closed

until it is cleaned up. The mayor

says that protesters will

eventually be able to exercise

their First Amendment right on the

step of the City Hall. Crews in

Hazmat suits are sorting through the

the rubble and debris in the park.

Officials were concerned that

demonstrators may have left

hazardous materials behind. So far

no illegal drugs or weapons were

found. Protesters are expected to

hold a rally later today.

Some strange collectibles have gone

under the hammer in the UK. The

stained bed linen doesn't look like

much, but it was once used by Adolf

Hitler. The initials of the Nazi leader

leader fetched more than $3,000.

There is no word on who bought the

items. Well, it is 1st December,

which means it is officially the end

end of moustache season. The

gentlemen of Movember celebrated

their mow-agreeing efforts at a

gala party in Luna Park in Sydney.

The Mo Bros dressed up to promote

their Tash stash style and spent

the evening toasting their

achievements. Yes, a brilliant lot.

Movember raises funds and awareness

for prostate cancer. Hayden Quinn

from 'Masterchef' was there. Melbourne Melbourne Victory mid-fielder Billy

Celeski is confident his A-League

team have turned the corner ahead

of this week's road trip to Nu Coal

Resources. Celeski sat out training,

but was -- to Newcastle. Sell sat

out of training. Both club and

player are searching for

consistency, following a frustrating

frustrating start to the season. We

are expected to go over and play

well and get the three points. As

much as everyone puts pressure on

ourselves to do that, I think that

is the standard that we put on ourselves

ourselves amongst the boys as well.

Should results fall in their favour,

Victory could be second by the end

of the weekend. Practice for the

final V8 Supercar race of the year.

The Sydney 500 gets under way

tomorrow. Most of the cars are

headed for Sydney Olympic Park to get

get fine tuned, some of the cars

went on a detour to meet some very

special fans at Westmead Hospital.

I have got kids, like a lot of people,

people, you know, but it kills me

to see the kids not smiling and

happy. If I can bring some light

into their di, that is good. Race

one is on Saturday and race 2 on

Sunday. Kath is back with us. That

spat between Apple and Samsung, a

long way from over yet? You are

right, but we will get an idea this

afternoon, Ron. Samsung will find

out if they can start selling their

new tablet computer in Australia.

Yesterday, the federal court

reversed a decision that had banned

Samsung selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but

but the court also granted a

request by Apple to keep the ban

until 4pm today so the company can

prepare an appeal. The two

companies are fighting court cases

allor the world with Apple claiming

Samsung's gal lxy is a copy of the iPad.

Now, there are fears a WA port

workers' strike will hold up

shipments of Christmas products.

Fremantle wharfies will begin two

days of strike action this morning

over pay and conditions. 34

shipping movements will be affected

by the action and the State

Government wants the Prime Minister to intervene.

Well, more next generation cars are

gone on display at the Tokyo Motor

Show. Hi-tech and eco-friendly

models have been the focus with nas

san introducing its newest e elect

tree consep car which can be

controlled by Smartphone and can

even park itself without a driver.

Meanwhile, Honda showed off a

hydrogen-powered car, which offers high

high performance and longer

distances.

So, Ron, that is all from me. I am

off to go and buy a PVO3 parking

car. Going the distance is always important.

important. What about the self-

parking? Of course it is. A senior

car. A check of the weather before

we go on this first day of summer -

Recapping our main story this

morning - an historic night in

Queensland Parliament, as MPs vote

if favour of legalising same sex

unions. Britain under siege, as 2

million public sector workers walk

off the job in the biggest strike

action for decades.

The Australian teenager convicted

of drug possession in Bali will be

released within days with the

prosecutor confirming he will not

appeal the sentence. That is it for

Ten's Early News. I am Ron Wilson.

Our next news at 11am. I am Kathryn

Robinson. Thanks for joining us

today. Hope to see you again

tomorrow. Good morning.

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