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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Richard Davies. And I'm Danielle Isdale. funding denial. Our top stories this Thursday - Religious group the Exclusive Brethren says

John Howard's re-election bid. it's not bankrolling On the defensive - Gold Coast terrorism suspect lawyers for a one-time release a second police interview

had nothing to fear. they say shows Australia Stern warning - pulling troops from Iraq too early US President George W. Bush says than Vietnam. could be more catastrophic And rewriting the record books - highest corporate profit - BHP Billiton posts Australia's a cool $17 billion. A check of finance now seems to have settled down? and Wall Street Federal Bank will cut interest rates Richard, takeover talk and hopes the the volatile US market. have done wonders to calm big news for BHP Billiton. When I come back - the Exclusive Brethren Religious group re-election bid. denies backing John Howard's want the Prime Minister to reveal But Labor and the Greens church has given to the Liberals. how much money the controversial fervently for good governance. We believe in praying, and praying You're not backing John Howard? the group is an extremist cult. Labor claims of interview The release of a second transcript

Mohammed Haneef with Gold Coast doctor the Immigration Minister's claims discredits

that Dr Haneef had something to hide. that he has a reasonable suspicion But Mr Andrews has told the ABC with people that Dr Haneef was associated involved in criminal activities. to you, the Australian people, I would like to be able to say here is all the material, between the national security, but in the end there's a balance and the ongoing investigation. the ongoing prosecution The Federal Court on Monday found the wrong decision that Mr Andrews had made when he cancelled Dr Haneef's visa. over the suspected street race Manslaughter charges have been laid in Sydney last month. that killed an elderly couple two manslaughter charges, A 37-year-old man is to face causing death two charges of dangerous driving and driving under the influence of Alan and Judith Howle. after the deaths He'll face court next month.

claims 'Sydney's Daily Telegraph' meantime against another man charges are imminent

on the night of the crash. believed to have been racing An invalid pensioner's described for a mere $5. how he was repeatedly bashed Police have released security vision his attackers. in the hope of tracking down to buy cigarettes for a friend Gary Mann was on his way around 7:00 on Sunday night on Fremantle Road, when two men approached him one of them asking for change. But Mr Mann refused. This other person got behind me a fair old whack on the head. and give me

was then kicked The 59-year-old invalid pensioner as he lay helpless on the ground, to the bottleshop across the road. before his attackers took off by security cameras The men were captured about the attack. apparently boasting to shop staff They lingered in the drive-thru to continue the assault. before returning to Mr Mann

old men and old ladies - When they go around smashing up what benefit do they get out of it? that we will find these two people. Very confident, very confident for a fractured hip Mr Mann has had surgery

moving from the area. and is now considering Jamie Freestone, Ten News.

into Mexico for a second time Hurricane Dean has slammed but is quickly weakening. as a Category 2 storm just hours ago The strong winds made landfall of Veracruz. hitting the eastern state

were evacuated from coastal areas More than 10,000 people as the storm approached. deaths in Mexico, So far, there aren't any reported

at least 13 lives but the hurricane has claimed in the eastern Caribbean.

has issued a stern warning George Bush trigger the same kind of upheaval saying a US pullout from Iraq could from Vietnam. seen after the early exit of troops The President says the Vietnam War has taught Americans

when it comes to the war in Iraq. they need to be patient and an Iraqi police station. The suicide bomber, a fuel tanker At least 20 people were killed in this attack

should stay or pull out. as America debates if US troops firmly against withdrawal Today, the President set his face of public opinion. and against the weight of Vietnam too soon 30 years ago He argues that America pulled out and shouldn't repeat that mistake. withdraw before the job was done, Unlike in Vietnam, if we were to

this enemy would follow us home of the United States of America, and that is why, for the security we must defeat them overseas in the United States of America. so we do not face them of history, Many question the President's version not the terrible cost of Vietnam.

over 2 million people died. 58,000 Americans were killed, against the war But the American people turned long before US helicopters in 1975 of Saigon. completed the final abandonment President Bush argues later disasters in Asia fighting on could have prevented particularly in Cambodia. And the President's decision - running to January 2009. 14 US soldiers have been killed Meanwhile in Iraq, suffered mechanical failure. after their Black Hawk helicopter on a night operation near Tikrit. The chopper was one of two the incident The military is investigating the chopper was shot down. but, so far, there is no indication helicopter accidents in Iraq - It's the latest in a string of when 31 troops died. the worst incident since January 2005 Daniel Kerr AFL, and West Coast midfielder has undergone surgery on his finger up to six weeks. that could see him miss midfield woes. The loss another blow to the Eagles's

to jet east, As his team-mates were getting set were being grounded. Daniel Kerr's finals aspirations and Kerr emerged in no mood to talk. Doctors delivering the bad news Kerr, can we have seconds buddy? How are you feeling, mate? but the ramifications for the rest of his career are pretty important and for the rest of his life, so he needs to get it fixed. The finger surgery sidelining for up to six weeks, until the Grand Final. effectively ruling him out The once formidable Eagles midfield in tatters,

although the battling Chris Judd and Ben Cousins

have made the trip to Melbourne ahead of Friday night's match with St Kilda. We wouldn't be bothering travelling if they weren't a very strong chance of playing. St Kilda are still hoping that Steven Baker will be a part of that match. Tonight they are appealing the 7-week suspension handed down last night, claiming if the Tribunal accepted Baker's versions of events, then he should not have been suspended. Ian Cohen, Ten News. South Sydney's Dean Widders is free to play for the Rabbitohs as they hunt for their first finals appearance since 1989.

Widders beating a grade two contrary conduct charge for a crusher tackle on Manly's Jamie Lyon. Yeah, just good news ah, not guilty so um, it will let me focus on the game for the Tigers and that's all we want to say. Dragons Prop Jason Ryles not so lucky. His season now over after being found guilty of a grade one charge for a grapple on Cowboy Aaron Payne. Australia's men's basketballers have qualified for the Beijing Olympics with a 26-point win over New Zealand in game two of their Oceania qualifying series.

The Boomers trailed the Tall Blacks by a point at half time but inspiring third quarter performances from skipper Sam Mackinnon and teenager Patrick Mills sealed a dominant victory. COMMENTATOR: Here's a fella doing some creation right now. Oh, that's gravy! The three match series concludes in Brisbane tomorrow. Finance now with Dani and Chip Goodyear more than lives up to his namesake. Yes, he's ended his 9-year term as BHP Billiton chief executive with an Australian profit record. The world's biggest miner finishing the financial year $16.76 billion ahead - 28% better than its previous best - thanks to strong sales across a range of commodities. It's the sixth year in a row BHP Billiton has posted an annual growth above 9%. It's an outstanding achievement in our industry and in any industry. It's truly a spectacular outcome. BHP shares gave up 10 cents to close at $35.40. 'Tis the season for profit announcements and with the news of Toll Holdings's $264 million bonanza came a suggestion the transport and logistics company may takeover Brambles. Chief executive Paul Little conceded he'd been eyeing off a slice well before Brambles split off its ports and rail operations into Asciano in June. We see Brambles as a good opportunity. We certainly haven't lost any of our enthusiasm for that opportunity. Toll has already snapped up a 1% stake in the pallets and documents storage company which ended its listing on the London Stock exchange last year. Analysts say the union would make sense. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at the newspapers. Millions spent on drugs to treat victims of a terrorist strike. The details, and more, when Ten's Early News returns. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - raking it in. The world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, smashes its own annual earnings record with a $17 billion result. Under pressure - Labor calls on the PM to reveal how much money Religious group the Exclusive Brethren has spent on his election campaign. Packing punch - deadly Hurricane Dean still tormenting Mexico although major cities have been spared. And in sport - rugby league's first crusher charge beaten. The judiciary clearing South Sydney's Dean Widders. To finance now and there's a question on everyone's lips in the US? Speculation is rife the US central bank will cut interest rates sometime in the next month

to save the economy from the current credit crunch. But there some experts warning investors - don't bank on it. The world's biggest mining company has posted yet another bumper result.

BHP Billiton boosted its profits by a record 28% to almost $17 billion. For Chip Goodyear - it has been just that - a very good year - and a good way to end his nine years at the helm of BHP Billiton. A $16.76 billion profit for 2007 - the perfect parting gift to incoming Chief Executive Marius Kloppers. This is an outstanding achievement in our industry and in any industry. It is truly a spectacular outcome. For the world's largest miner, the bumper profit is the result of strong sales across a range of commodities. It's the sixth year in a row BHP Billiton has posted an annual growth above 9% - it says it produces more cash than it can use. It's our expectation that we can maintain or exceed the growth rates that we have shown in the last six years. Not surprisingly, the company is a strong advocate of Australian Workplace Agreements - just anti-collective agreement - saying it's not anti-union - preferring a direct relationship with each employee. It's critical that that relationship is a direct one where we can keep these channels open, and obviously create the efficiency that we need and obviously the market needs. As for his job, Chip Goodyear hands over to Marius Kloppers on October 1st. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. our largest independent oil and gas producer to pull out of Africa. The details, shortly. Religious group the Exclusive Brethren denies backing John Howard's re-election bid. But Labor and the Greens want the Prime Minister to reveal how much money the church has given to the Liberals. The Exclusive Brethren say they're just a church. We're good people.

But others disagree. I believe this is an extremist cult and sect -

I also believe that it breaks up families. John Howard defending his recent meeting with the group's leaders. I do not deny for a moment that I've met representatives of the Exclusive Brethren. Why not - they're Australian citizens. The church denies it's backing the PM in his seat of Bennelong. We believe in praying, and praying fervently for good governance. You're not backing John Howard? We don't back anyone. But questions about the group's role

in funding past and future Liberal election campaigns linger. I think Mr Howard has a responsibility to level with the Australian public - how much money has the Exclusive Brethren given the Liberal Party? The Prime Minister's far too clever than to be involved in directly talking about money, but he knows the influence that this sect wields. Kevin Rudd won't court the alleged cult but Labor, along with the Government, refused to support a Senate inquiry into the Brethren in 2006. A key plank of that inquiry would have been to delve into the Brethren's political donations and its funding of political advertising. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. casts doubt on the reasons why the former terror suspect had his visa cancelled. Dr Haneef's lawyer released the document to try and clear his client's name, but Immigration Minister Mr Andrews says he was acting on secret evidence. I would like to be able to say to you, the Australian people, here is all the material, between the national security, but in the end there's a balance the ongoing prosecution and the ongoing investigation. The Federal Government is appealing a court ruling returning Dr Haneef's visa. Tens of millions of dollars has reportedly been approved to spend on a hoard of emergency drugs to treat victims in the case of a terrorist attack. Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' claims that the Government's decision formed part of a broader review of Australia's ability to survive a deadly attack. It comes just weeks before world leaders arrive in Sydney for APEC. The current drug stockpile will run out by July 2008 with the new approval ensuring it continues well past that date. The operators of what's been described as Australia's worst nursing home are fighting Federal Government moves to shut it down. Families of the patients for new accommodation. are today desperately looking Caught in the middle of an ugly stoush, confused and upset residents forced to leave the Belvedere Park Nursing Home. Relatives fear the consequences could be dire. It's going to kill her - she's got used to one place and now they have to shift her. The food and everything, and the staff, they been always very good and treat her very good. However, the Department of Health and Aging is far from satisfied, withdrawing funding and accreditation. An audit of the home found it failed 42 of the 44 care standards. The department says conditions for the 24 residents were appalling - none of the bedside call buttons worked, medication was poorly administered and the food unacceptable. They failed issues to do with continence, management of pain, nutrition, dehydration - almost every standard. There's been a lot of people that's been in there for years. Thank God they're still alive. Although all of the residents have moved out, the operators have vowed to fight to continue operating. They claim the Federal Government has treated them unfairly. Cameron Baud, Ten News. Queensland's wet and windy weather is expected to ease today as the clean-up continues from Tuesday's storm. Residents on the Sunshine Coast have spent the past 36 hours assessing the damage after winds of up to 120km/h destroyed homes and downed power lines. The heavy rain failed to deliver a downpour to the key catchment areas but more is forecasted over the coming week. Hurricane Dean is taking a second swipe at Mexico. Weaker now, the storm is soaking the mainland again. There haven't been any reported deaths in Mexico

but the hurricane has claimed at least 13 lives in the eastern Caribbean. Dean picked up steam Wednesday and slammed Mexico's central coast as a moderate Category 2 hurricane packing winds of 100mp/h. In this town rains quickly flooded streets and forced some residents into shelter. Before smashing into land, Dean battered dozens of oil platforms. Those facilities supply oil to several refineries in the US. Dean was a monster Category 5 hurricane when it first slammed Mexico on Tuesday, crashing into the Yucatan Peninsula south of Cancun. Primitive homes and small villages were no match for the storm. In one coastal town hundreds of homes were destroyed. This man says the storm swept away everything he had. But so far Mexico has been spared any fatalities. A stroke of luck after Dean claimed a dozen lives

since it began tearing through the Caribbean this week. Gwen Belton, Ten News. after writing a book about the Princess of Japan.

Ben Hills who wrote 'Princess Masako - Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne' has said the threats came in the form of anonymous emails ahead of the book's release in Japanese this week. I'm starting to feel a little bit like Salman Rushdie, I can tell you. The Japanese Government has declared a fatwah on my book. It's the only way I can put it. The Japanese Government has said the book is an insult to the royal family

and has asked Hills for an apology. The book claims Masako is suffering from severe depression and not from a mild adjustment disorder

as described by the Imperial Household. AFL and finger surgery threatens to sideline West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr for the rest of the season. Kerr underwent an operation to re-attach a tendon on his left hand and could miss up to six weeks. I'm sure the immediate reaction would always be just play on, but the ramifications for the rest of his career are pretty important and for the rest of his life, so he needs to get it fixed. And tonight St Kilda are appealing the seven week suspension handed down to tagger Steven Baker. St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles has become the first casualty of the grapple tackle crackdown while South Sydney are celebrating their successful defence of Dean Widders at the NRL judiciary. Dean Widders's decision to fight a grade two contrary conduct charge for a crusher tackle on Manly's Jamie Lyon during Monday night's game proving successful. Widders cleared of a possible three week ban after being found not guilty by the judiciary. Yeah, just good news ah, not guilty

so um, it will let me focus on the game for the Tigers and we'll get on with things and that's all we want to say. Dragons Prop Jason Ryles not so lucky. His grade one charge for unnecessary pressure to the head and neck of Cowboy Aaron Payne upheld by the judiciary. His season now over, he'll sit out the next two weeks. I think it's fair to say that obviously the interpretations of these tackles have changed in recent times and we're here because of that. West Tigers Liam Fulton the last player to front the judiciary, his grade one charge dropped freeing him up for this weekend's blockbuster against the Bunnies. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. The Wallabies fly out to Portugal today to begin preparations for next month's Rugby World Cup. The Australians treated to a gala farewell attended by the PM while the games highest player, Matt Giteau squashed rumours he was set to leave his Super 14 side the western force. Is there any truth in that? No, none at all, None at all. So you'll be a Western Force player next year? That's right. Also beginning final preparations, the All-Blacks, hoping to avoid yet another dissapointing World Cup campaign. Back to business now with Dani and PBL still media hungry? That's right, Richard. Publishing and Broadcasting's net profit fell five 0.7% in the last year. That takes into account the sale of PBL's media assets to private equity firm CVC. But James Packer's move into gaming is looking positive. Earnings rising 11% from PBL's casinos. Shares closed 23 cents higher at close of trade yesterday. Australia's largest independent oil and gas producer, Woodside Petroleum, used is half-yearly profit announcement to announce plans its pulling out of Africa. The group, which finished June half $601 million ahead, will instead pour $30 billion into expanding its West Australian gas export business. The move comes in response to soaring global demand for liquified natural gas. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. John Howard told to come clean on his financial dealing with a religious sect. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

Our top stories this Thursday - funding denial. Religious group the Exclusive Brethren says it's not bankrolling John Howard's re-election bid. On the defensive - lawyers for a one-time Gold Coast terrorism suspect release a second police interview they say shows Australia had nothing to fear.

Stern warning - US President George W. Bush says pulling troops from Iraq too early

could be more catastrophic than Vietnam. And rewriting the record books - BHP Billiton posts Australia's highest corporate profit - a cool $17 billion.

Back to finance news and what's happening on Wall Street? Investor confidence seems to be back on track. Shares have enjoyed a late rally and bond prices are down, suggesting market jitters are easing.

When I come back - the latest from CommSec. the Exclusive Brethren Religious group denies backing John Howard's re-election bid. But Labor and the Greens want the Prime Minister to reveal how much money the church has given to the Liberals. The Exclusive Brethren say they're just a church. We're good people. But others disagree.

I believe this is an extremist cult and sect - that it breaks up families. I do not deny for a moment that I've met representatives of the Exclusive Brethren. Why not - they're Australian citizens. The church denies it's backing the PM in his seat of Bennelong. We believe in praying, and praying fervently for good governance. You're not backing John Howard?

We don't back anyone. But questions about the group's role Liberal election campaigns linger. in funding past and future I think Mr Howard has a responsibility to level with the Australian public - how much money has the Exclusive Brethren given the Liberal Party? The Prime Minister's far too clever than to be involved in directly talking about money, but he knows the influence that this sect wields. the alleged cult

but Labor, along with the Government, refused to support a Senate inquiry into the Brethren in 2006. would have been to delve into the Brethren's political donations and its funding of political advertising. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. A police interview with Dr Mohammed Haneef casts doubt on the reasons why

the former terror suspect had his visa cancelled. Dr Haneef's lawyer released the document to try and clear his client's name, but Immigration Minister Mr Andrews says he was acting on secret evidence. I would like to be able to say to you, the Australian people, here is all the material, but in the end there's a balance between the national security, the ongoing prosecution and the ongoing investigation. The Federal Government is appealing a court ruling returning Dr Haneef's visa.

Queensland's wet and windy weather is expected to ease today. But residents on the Sunshine Coast are still cleaning up. Some are homeless. Gary Small had never seen anything like the storm that hit on Tuesday. 120km winds tearing his Sunshine Coast caravan to shreds and leaving him with plenty of cleaning up to do. but you can't replace a body or life so I suppose.

That's one way of looking at it. 82,000 homes in south-east Queensland lost power during the storm. Suppliers working around the clock to restore energy in tough conditions. We take safety very seriously. But we also take our responsibility to our customers very seriously.

Despite the warnings, surfers on the Gold Coast took advantage of some big swells.

As they did, others cleaned up the damage. None more than workers at this Harbour Quays worksite. The rain failed to deliver a boost to the key catchment areas. But the weather bureau is optimistic there'll be more to come - and that'll be a record for August. As far as rainfall goes we haven't seen an event like this in 100 years.

Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Level crossing safety is under the spotlight in Victoria again after a train hit a truck, killing a man. The light truck was ripped to pieces at a crossing, south-east of Melbourne. 57-year-old construction worker Geoff Young was killed in the crash,

40 people on the train were injured. Locals are calling for boom gates to be installed at the crossing. An invalid pensioner's described how he was repeatedly bashed for just $5. 59-year-old Gary Mann was bailed up by two men

while walking to the shops. He was attacked and left lying on the footpath suffering a broken hip after refusing to give the money over. This other person got behind me a fair whack on the head. Police have released security vision

in the hope of tracking down the two thieves.

George Bush has issued a stern warning saying a US pullout from Iraq could trigger the same kind of upheaval seen after the early exit of troops from Vietnam. The President says the Vietnam War has taught Americans they need to be patient when it comes to the war in Iraq. The suicide bomber, a fuel tanker and an Iraqi police station. At least 20 people were killed in this attack as America debates if US troops should stay or pull out.

Today, the President set his face firmly against withdrawal and against the weight of public opinion. and shouldn't repeat that mistake. Unlike in Vietnam, if we were to withdraw before the job was done,

this enemy would follow us home and that is why, for the security of the United States of America, we must defeat them overseas so we do not face them in the United States of America. Many question the President's version of history, not the terrible cost of Vietnam. 58,000 Americans were killed, over 2 million people died.

against the war But the American people turned long before US helicopters in 1975 completed the final abandonment of Saigon. President Bush argues fighting on could have prevented later disasters in Asia

particularly in Cambodia. And the President's decision - America must fight on in Iraq, at least during his term of office, running to January 2009.

Meanwhile in Iraq, 14 US soldiers have been killed after their Black Hawk helicopter suffered mechanical failure. The chopper was one of two on a night operation near Tikrit. The military is investigating the incident but, so far, there is no indication the chopper was shot down. It's the latest in a string of helicopter accidents in Iraq - the worst incident since January 2005 when 31 troops died. AFL, and West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr

has undergone surgery on his finger that could see him miss up to six weeks. The loss another blow to the Eagles's midfield woes. As his team-mates were getting set to jet east, Daniel Kerr's finals aspirations were being grounded. Doctors delivering the bad news and Kerr emerged in no mood to talk. Kerr, can we have two seconds buddy?

would always be just play on, I'm sure the immediate reaction but the ramifications for the rest of his career are pretty important and for the rest of his life, so he needs to get it fixed. The finger surgery sidelining for up to six weeks, effectively ruling him out until the Grand Final. The once formidable Eagles midfield in tatters, although the battling Chris Judd and Ben Cousins have made the trip to Melbourne ahead of Friday night's match with St Kilda.

We wouldn't be bothering travelling if they weren't a very strong chance of playing. St Kilda are still hoping that Steven Baker will be a part of that match. Tonight they are appealing the 7-week suspension handed down last night,

claiming if the Tribunal accepted Baker's versions of events, then he should not have been suspended. Australia's men's basketballers have qualified for the Beijing Olympics with a 26-point win over New Zealand in game two of their Oceania qualifying series.

The Boomers trailed the Tall Blacks by a point at half time but inspiring third quarter performances from skipper Sam Mackinnon and teenager Patrick Mills sealed a dominant victory. COMMENTATOR: Here's a fella doing some creation right now. Oh, that's gravy! The three match series concludes in Brisbane tomorrow.

Finance now with Dani Yes, he's ended his 9-year term as BHP Billiton chief executive with an Australian profit record. The world's biggest miner finishing the financial year $16.76 billion ahead - 28% better than its previous best - thanks to strong sales across a range of commodities. It's the sixth year in a row BHP Billiton has posted an annual growth above 9%.

It's an outstanding achievement in our industry and in any industry. It's truly a spectacular outcome. BHP shares gave up 10 cents to close at $35.40. With more on BHP's earnings, CommSec's Craig James joins us live.

Craig, as good as the $16.7 billion result sounds, it was short of market expectations, why?

That will be progress is more about

the fall has run and anything else

but analysts focusing on the

quality of the result that there

was very good. BHP shares rose a

London by 4.9 %. We can

London by 4.9 %. We can expect a

similar result in a share market

today. This was above expectations.

The pilots that this has been a

very good earnings season so far.

We're not be 200 companies and

aggregate profits are up 30 % on a

year ago.

year ago. The cash was needed by

the markets. Conditions remain very

tight. Was pricing error rate hike

and that is not warranted and the

car the Ryman. The Reserve Bank

will do what it takes to ensure

there is enough liquidity in the

market. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

Now for a look at the newspapers.

More news after the break.

AFTER DISRUPTING LECTURES WITH HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS - THAT STORY SOON BUT FIRST - A-C-T POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING YET ANOTHER ROCK THROWING INCIDENT AT AN ACTION BUS.

POLICE SAY THE BUS WAS STRUCK AT AROUND FOUR THIRTY ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, WHILE TRAVELLING ON THE MONARO HIGHWAY NEAR GILMORE. THE ROCK NARROWLY MISSED THE DRIVER, WHO SUFFERED SHOCK AND MINOR CUTS IN THE INCIDENT.. A THIRTY YEAR OLD MAN HAS DIED IN A SKI ACCIDENT IN THE KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK. AMBULANCE OFFICERS SAY THE MAN HIT A TREE ON THE BLUE COW SKI RESORT AT HIGH SPEED, AT AROUND TEN A-M

YESTERDAY. HE DIED BEFORE RESCUE CREWS ARRIVED. AN A-N-U STUDENT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR FOUR WEEKS AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOUTING RELIGIOUS BELIEFS DURING LECTURES. ITS ALLEGED THE MAN IGNORED VERBAL AND E-MAIL REQUESTS TO KERB HIS BEHAVIOUR, WHICH INTERRUPTED SEVERAL LECTURES. HE MAY FACE FURTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION FROM THE UNIVERSITY. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT SAYS AN ONGOING CAMPAIGN TO GET NEW CANBERRANS TO CHANGE THEIR MEDICARE DETAILS HAS

BEEN A SUCCESS.

NEARLY FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE CHANGED THEIR DETAILS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, MAKING THE A-C-T ELIGIBLE FOR ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS IN EXTRA FEDERAL FEDERAL FUNDING. TO SPORT AND TUGGERANONG WILL BE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR SLIM CANBERRA PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS HOPES ALIVE, WHEN THEY BATTLE QUEANBEYAN AT KAMBAH ON SATURDAY. TUGGERANONG MUST WIN THEIR LAST TWO GAMES AND HAVE MUST WIN THEIR LAST TWO GAMES AND HAVE OTHER LAST TWO GAMES AND HAVE OTHER RESULTS GO THEIR WAY, TO PLAY ON INTO THE FINALS. NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER...

A HIGH WILL MOVE INTO THE TASMAN SEA TODAY, BRINGING FINE WEATHER WITH A GRADUAL RISE IN TEMPERATURES FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK A LIGHT SHOWER OR TWO IF YOU'RE HEADED TO SYDNEY TODAY .. CANBERRA MOSTLY FINE .. MORNING SHOWERS IN PERTH .. FINE IN MELBROUNE AND HOBART

SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG .. WAGGA MOSTLY SUNNY AND 16 .. ORANGE AND DUBBO PARTLY CLOUDY .. MORNING SHOWERS IN BEGA THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN BATHURST 13 THE TOP .. SUNNY IN PERISHER AND A TOP OF 5 .. AND SHOWERS WILL

CLEAR IN BATEMANS BAY CLOUDY BUT FINE IN COOMA .. AND FINE AND 17 IN PARKES COOMA .. AND FINE AND 17 IN PARKES

LOOKING AHEAD AND MOSTLY FINE TOMORROW WITH A TOP OF 16 DEGREES .. SUNNY AND A WARM 17 ON SATURDAY .. EVEN BETTER SUNDAY WITH A TOP OF 18 DEGREES (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE)

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - raking it in. The world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, smashes its own annual earnings record with a $17 billion result.

Under pressure - Labor calls on the PM to reveal how much money Religious group the Exclusive Brethren has spent on his election campaign. Packing punch - deadly Hurricane Dean still tormenting Mexico although major cities have been spared. And in sport - rugby league's first crusher charge beaten.

The judiciary clearing South Sydney's Dean Widders. A last look at the day's business news and a $5 billion deal on Wall Street? Dubai World - the investing arm of the Dubai Government - has announced it will buy a 9.5% stake in MGM Mirage.

The world's biggest mining company has posted yet another bumper result. BHP Billiton boosted its profits by a record 28% to almost $17 billion. For Chip Goodyear - it has been just that - a very good year -

and a good way to end his nine years at the helm of BHP Billiton. A $16.76 billion profit for 2007 - the perfect parting gift to incoming Chief Executive Marius Kloppers. in our industry and in any industry. It is truly a spectacular outcome. For the world's largest miner, the bumper profit is the result of strong sales across a range of commodities.

It's the sixth year in a row BHP Billiton has posted an annual growth above 9% - it says it produces more cash than it can use. It's our expectation that we can maintain or exceed the growth rates that we have shown in the last six years. Not surprisingly, the company is a strong advocate of Australian Workplace Agreements - saying it's not anti-union - just anti-collective agreement - preferring a direct relationship with each employee.

It's critical that that relationship is a direct one where we can keep these channels open, that we need and obviously create the efficiency and obviously the market needs. As for his job, Chip Goodyear hands over to Marius Kloppers on October 1st. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. ACCC says it's all for Wesfarmers taking over Coles. The details when I come back. the Exclusive Brethren Religious group denies backing John Howard's re-election bid.

But Labor and the Greens want the Prime Minister to reveal

how much money the controversial church has given to the Liberals.

We believe in praying, and praying fervently for good governance. REPORTER: You're not backing John Howard?

We don't back anyone. Labor claims the group is an extremist cult. Former terror suspect Mohamed Haneef's lawyer says his client has been vindicated

after the release of an interview with police.

The transcript disputes Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews's reasons for cancelling the doctor's visa. With his visa reinstated, Dr Mohamed Haneef requested his second police interview be made public to further clear his name. The Indian doctor had given a SIM card to his second cousin Sabeel Ahmed whose brother died after a terror attack on Scotland's Glasgow Airport.

Dr Haneef told investigators he innocently gave the phone card to his relative. The interview also discredits reports the doctor had suspicious photos of the Gold Coast's Q1 building

on his computer. They were tourist photos of himself and his wife in front of the skyscraper.

Mr Andrews says he stands by his decision to revoke the doctor's visa. relying on 'secret evidence'. But that evidence is unlikely to be made public by the request of Federal Police. I would like to be able to say to you, the Australian people, here is all the material, but in the end there's a balance between the national security,

the ongoing prosecution and the ongoing investigation. Dr Haneef has publicly stated to work. he'd like to return to the Gold Cast Ben Lewis, Ten News. A Sydney council inspector may be charged for having free sex with prostitutes and taking up to $40,000 in bribes. Parramatta inspector Wade Fryer's job was to shut down illegal brothels, instead he was helping them to stay open, even tipping them off when a council inspection was planned. The corruption watchdog has recommended

he face criminal charges along with the brothel owners and prostitutes he helped. New South Wales Planning Minister Frank Sartor will look at the ICAC report on corruption but says the State won't take over regulating brothels.

Hurricane Dean is taking a second swipe at Mexico. Weaker now, the storm is soaking the mainland again. There haven't been any reported deaths in Mexico but the hurricane has claimed at least 13 lives in the eastern Caribbean.

Dean picked up steam Wednesday and slammed Mexico's central coast

as a moderate Category 2 hurricane packing winds of 100mp/h. In this town rains quickly flooded streets and forced some residents into shelter. Before smashing into land, Dean battered dozens of oil platforms.

Those facilities supply oil to several refineries in the US. Dean was a monster Category 5 hurricane when it first slammed Mexico on Tuesday, crashing into the Yucatan Peninsula south of Cancun. Primitive homes and small villages were no match for the storm. In one coastal town hundreds of homes were destroyed. This man says the storm swept away everything he had. But so far Mexico has been spared any fatalities.

after Dean claimed a dozen lives since it began tearing through the Caribbean this week. Gwen Belton, Ten News. Time now for our weekly check of conditions in the snow field

and joining us now from Thredbo is Simone Smith.

How are conditions looking for this weekend?

This model was a my surprise and

waking up to sparkling blue skies

and sunshine. Be New South Wales and sunshine. Be New South Wales

had a big top up of oxide.

The with those guys and sunshine

for class through to Sunday it is

looking good for a weekend trip. St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles has become the first casualty of the grapple tackle crackdown while South Sydney are celebrating their successful defence of Dean Widders at the NRL judiciary. Dean Widders's decision to fight a grade two contrary conduct charge

for a crusher tackle on Manly's Jamie Lyon during Monday night's game proving successful. Widders cleared of a possible three week ban after being found not guilty by the judiciary. Yeah, just good news ah, not guilty so um, it will let me focus on the game for the Tigers

and we'll get on with things and that's all we want to say.

Dragons Prop Jason Ryles not so lucky. His grade one charge for unnecessary pressure to the head and neck of Cowboy Aaron Payne upheld by the judiciary. His season now over, he'll sit out the next two weeks. I think it's fair to say that obviously the interpretations of these tackles have changed in recent times and we're here because of that.

West Tigers Liam Fulton the last player to front the judiciary, his grade one charge dropped freeing him up for this weekend's blockbuster against the Bunnies. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. The US Open draw is out and Lleyton Hewitt will kick off his campaign against 71st-ranked American Amer Delic.

Recent good form helped Hewitt to a top 16 seeding, setting up a potential semifinal clash

with Spanish powerhouse Rafael Nadal. The world number two drawn to play Aussie qualifier Alun Jones in the first round. Back to business now with Dani. Richard - Wesfarmers is a step closer to getting its hands on the supermarket giant.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the $22 billion takeover bid, which is set to revolutionise the way Australians shop,

its seal of approval. It says the venture, first flagged in June, poses no threat to competition in any market. Wesfarmers still needs to raise a $10 billion loan to fund the deal. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. That's it for Ten Early News.

I'm Richard Davies, 'bye for now. And I'm Danielle Isdale, good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au