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? Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron ? Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm Belinda Heggen.

Welcome to Ten's Early News.

This morning's top stories - the

Prime Minister has a blunt message

for Australian company bosses - try

to exercise some wage restraint to exercise some wage

during the global economic uncertainty.

She's back, and she wants your vote

- former One Nation leader Pauline

- former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson

Hanson makes her ninth bid for

public office, this time as an

Independent in the Queensland state election.

In sport, the circus continues at

Richmond one day out from Ben

Cousins's first AFL match in 18 months.

And in finance - Suncorp bosses

head towards the exit door as the

company pays the price for the

economic slump, the floods and the Victorian fires. economic slump, the Queensland

Heading our bulletin this morning Heading our bulletin this morning -

the Prime Minister has called on

chief executives to exercise wage

economic restraint during the global

economic uncertainty. Mr Rudd wants

corporations to show more responsibility with executive pay

which cans. -- pay cheques. Barnaby

Joyce has used the economic

downturn to criticise Kevin Rudd's

proposed emissions-trading scheme.

He has something that will put

Australians out of work in the middle of a recession. I can't work out

out for the life of me how Mr Rudd

put forward can bang on about saving jobs, yet

put forward a major piece of put forward a major piece of

legislation that will have huge legislation that will have huge

ramifications in tossing them out

of jobs. Senator Joyce says the

scheme will have absolutely no

effect on reducing global warming.

The Deputy Prime Minister has

defended her decision to call an

Opposition frontbencher a 'mincer'

and a 'poodle'. A senior Liberal

has hit back by giving Kevin Rudd a

new nickname.

was expecting questions The Prime Minister about his $300 million package get back on their feet. to help retrenched workers But he was left a little off balance Mr Rudd, are you a toxic bore? Can I say that anyone, anyone, ah... Blame Tony Abbott, he started it. in the Parliament, The guy is a toxic bore you've got Gillard there. and, thank God, The Deputy Prime Minister had earlier made light of Malcolm Turnbull's decision

as chief Coalition attack dog to overlook Tony Abbott in favour of Christopher Pyne. The Leader of the Opposition,

or a poodle, has gone for a poodle. faced with a choice of a doberman calling Mr Pyne a mincer. And she didn't hold back, we see on display. because that's the kind of thing Ms Gillard says it was just a moment of humour.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

And if that's not enough, a

celebrity agent will act as Hanson

Hamas's media strategist in her

latest attempt to win a seat in the

upcoming Queensland election. The

One Nation founder will reportedly

contest her home seat of bozezert

as an Independent on March 21.

Details of her campaign are

expected to be revealed next Monday.

Agent to the stars Max Markson is representing her. It will representing

representing her. It will be Ms

Hanson's ninth run at politics.

Victorian firefighters are working

to stabilise six major fires still

burning across the state ahead of

extreme fire weather on Friday. The

threat to communities eased

overnight, but many still face an anxious wait.

This gutted CFA tanker shows how close firefighters came to losing

their lives when fire took hold in

the Dandenong ranges. Stuart

the Dandenong ranges. Stuart Black

one of two crew members suffering

burps in the battle. We put in our

safety procedures and did all that

we could do, and we came out all

right. The Upwey fire flared on

Monday and edged perilously close

to homes. Come up towards the house

and it burned up towards the top of and it burned up towards the top of

the paddocks, and we were just a

little bit lucky, I think. Colin

Hickman survived Ash Wednesday,

his home but lost his property. This time,

his home was spared. That praying

mantis came over the top here,

whatever they call it. ' Elvis', is

it? Praying mantis, I call it. He it? Praying mantis, I call it. He

flattened me on the ground, wiped

the whole fire out. The major blaze

near the resort town of Daylesford

is still raging - it's so far

blackened almost 3,000 hectares of

land. Many residents choosing to

because it flee their homes. We came here

because it was just too close. Too

close for comfort. The Upwey and

Maskvale blazes are among six major

fires still burning across Victoria

within containment lines. Horror weather conditions on Friday could

reignite the threat. The whole

challenge to us now is bed these fires down, get the weather on Friday, and there's all indication

it will be a far more difficult day

than what we had yesterday. As the fire

fire battle continues, so do relief fire battle continues, so do relief

efforts. Midnight Oil reforming for

a special bushfire benefit concert

next month. The boys are ready to

do it. And I figure, yep, I'll take

to be involved. that opportunity. It's a privilege

Meanwhile, princes William Harry have sign the official book

of condolence for the victims of

the bushfires the. Brothers signed the bushfires the. Brothers signed the

commission the book at the Australian high

commission in London. The Queen has

commission in London. The Queen has

made a private donation to the

fundraising appeal, and Prince

Charles also sent a message of sympathy.

A man has died after crashing his

ute into a fire truck on the NSW

Central Coast. The fire crew were

returning from a job yesterday

afternoon when their truck and the

ute collided at Wyong. Despite

efforts by the firefighters and efforts by the firefighters and paramedics, the 71-year-old driver

of the ute died. The three were not hurt. of the ute died. The three firies

A Melbourne construction site were not hurt.

remains closed this morning after a

5-storey of scaffolding fell,

injuring three workers. The scaffolding collapse as most of the

workers were on a tea break

yesterday. Two workers rode the

falling met tool the ground, while

another leapt from the third floor.

The men are in stable conditions in

hospital.

Fear of an unexpected blast from Fear of an unexpected blast from

the past caused the evacuation of

the past caused the evacuation of

thousands of people from their

homes in Germany overnight.

Residents of Celle were evacuated Residents of Celle were evacuated

after an unexploded World War II

bomb was found at an industrial

property. It took experts 35 minutes to diffuse it. Unexploded Allied bombs are still Allied bombs are still regularly found in Germany. On to sport now

On to sport now - the AFL will move

the pre-season final forward by one

day so it clash with Melbourne's bushfire benefit concert. Ben

Cousins is set to make his return

to competitive AFL in tomorrow's much-anticipated quarterfinal

against Collingwood. The good news for Ben Cousins and for Tiger fans is that he got through today's training session, and is expected to start on the ground for what's developing into a monster NAB Cup clash. I think there's probably been enough razzamatazz.

I think probably get out there and just play him will be the best idea. But the Tigers are not rushing their big-name recruit - he's likely to play just over a half against the Magpies. Certainly, he's looking forward to playing. I mean we haven't rushed him, case the whole way through we've said that was going to be the and he's just slowly built up the progress over a period of time so first game I think he'll be pretty keen just to get out there and get a kick. Hawthorn's Clinton Young, and Port Adelaide's Daniel Motlop

have both accepted reprimands for bumps on the weekend. And the AFL NAB Cup final, which was to be held on Saturday the 14th next month, will now be moved to the Friday the 13th so it does not clash with a bushfire relief concert, Ian Cohen, Ten News.

NRL player Fraser Anderson has been told he's no

told he's no longer welcome at

Cronulla after signing a 2-year

deal with Japanese rugby,

bebeginning in July. Tim Sheens

says she's looking forward to

helping Australia reclaim the tag

of best in the world after losing

the World Cup time to New Zealand.

And sort of heal over a few of those scars from the last episode. Sheens' first match in charge is a Test against the Kiwis in Brisbane

on May 8.

Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek has done it

done it again, just days out from

the A-League grand final, criticising the local competition.

In Canberra to name

In Canberra to name Australia's squad for the Asian Cup qualifier

against Kuwait there, he slammed

the performance of local stars Archie Archie Thompson and Danny Allsopp

in the Socceroos' recent match

against Indonesia. I have to be

very careful what I say, because if

I say anything ...

I say anything ... then immediately

people start telling me that I

abuse players and I abuse A-League

and I abuse, so I have to be very,

very careful in Australia... no,

they were hopeless in Indonesia. Oh,

come on, Pim. Why be careful now?

He's still named both players in an

all-A-League Socceroos quadskwaud

to face Kuwait March 5.

Finance now with

Finance now with Belinda Heggen. A

crowd of executives heading to the

door at Suncorp? That's right, Ron.

The troubled banking and insurance

company announced yesterday it's to

lose both its CEO and CFO. Its

shares dived on the news that the

CEO and CFO will leave early .

Suncorp has been hit hard by Suncorp has been hit hard by the financial

financial crisis. It's also heavily

exposed to big insurance claims

from the Queensland floods and from the Queensland floods and the Victorian bushfires.

According to reports, troubled

miner Oz Minerals appears

increasingly unlikely to meet its

deadline to refinance $1.2 billion

in debt by Friday, which means the

company could be placed into administration.

Huge numbers of Oz Minerals shares have

have changed hands since it came

out of a trading halt last week.

The board has accepted a $2.5 billion billion takeover by Chinese

state-owned group Min Metals.

Analysts are predicting the

takeover will not succeed.

In other business news now:

To the markets in detail now - Wall

Street's rebounded off its 12-year

lows overnight as investors took comfort from Fed

comfort from Fed chairman Ben

Bernanke's commitment to maintain

the viability of the major

Checking what the newspapers have

to say this morning - the 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports more

questions being asked about

political donations to NSW Fair

Trading Minister Virginia Judge.

'Business Day' says the departure

of News Corp president Peter

Churnan has sparked concern among

Churnan has sparked concern among investors.

And 'The Age' leads with concerns by a Northern Territory Supreme

Court judge that current alcohol restrictions are not working.

Did you happen to see a strange

green comed in the sky last night?

Ever read the book 'The Day of Ever read the book 'The Day of the

Triffords'? No, I missed that Triffords'? No, I missed that one.

We'll tell you what the green light

was when Ten's Early News returns.

As much as I love what I do... ..I never want to lose sight of what's really important. MOBILE PHONE BEEPS So when there's a chance for all of us to catch up, I don't need a headache bringing me down.

That's why I keep Panadol Rapid handy. It's absorbed twice as fast as regular Panadol tablets. Because I'd rather spend time with friends than with a headache. Panadol - it's my choice.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes here on

Ten's Early News - former Ipswich

fish and chip shop owner Pauline

Hanson announces she's going to have her ninth go

have her ninth go at politics. This

time, as an Independent in the

Queensland elections. Firefighters are battling to

contain seven bushfires still out

of control in Victoria ahead of

more hot weather and strong winds heading their way.

And NASA's woes continue -

overnight, a satellite designed to

monitor greenhouse gases crashed

down in the Antarctic after failing

to make it into orbit.

In business - the

In business - the brapbs bran

brapbs Australian circus continues.

The billionaire has resorted to

sneaky tactics to defeat our

Olympic heroes.

But first up - Australia's most

controversial politician Pauline

Hanson is back - she hopes to

revive her political career by

contesting a seat in the contesting a seat in the upcoming

Queensland election. So far, she's

keeping tight-lipped about her campaign, though she's already

enlisted the services of a celebrity agent.

celebrity agent.

The Queensland election campaign is

off to a running start, with both

the Labor Party and LNP on the

hustings. But a side show has begun,

with One Nation founder Pauline

Hanson confirming she'll try to win

a seat on March 21. Celebrity agent

Max Markson is acting as her media

strategist on a pro-Bono basis. Details

Details of her ninth bid

Details of her ninth bid for public

office will be revealed next week. Premier Anna Bligh began

campaigning in Townsville, promising payroll tax relief for

businesses. It is a real dollar

incentive to businesses to hang

onto those precious apprentices.

But Federal Senator Barnaby Joyce

has accused her of calling an early

election to take advantage of the

cash handouts from the Commonwealth

due next month. This is one

due next month. This is one of

those dirty, grubby little Labor deals where they're basically trying to buy votes up in Queensland. The Opposition has Queensland. The Opposition has

promised to scrap a promised to scrap a controversial

super children's hospital, and

upgrade existing facilities instead.

What we have actually done is

listen to what the doctors and the

nurses and the specialists and the

parents have been telling us. But

former party member Stuart Kopland has

has rebelled,

has rebelled, declaring he'll

contest the election as an Independent.

The bushfire threat to Victorian

communities has eased in the past

24 hours, but firefighters are a bracing for more terrible

conditions later in the week.

Currently there are six major

blazes burning across the state, but all are within containment lines. The whole challenge to us

now is to actually bed these fires

down, get the weather on Friday.

And there's all indication that it will be a will be a far more difficult day

than what we had yesterday. Many

residents have already fled to

relief centres.

Stay married and save the planet -

that was the message from that was the message from the

Family First Senator Steve Fielding

during a smait estimates hearing

in - saying wasteful single

lifestyles is bad for the environment. Has department

measured the impact on the effects

of divorce and Australia's cutting back

back on carbon emissions? Not that

I'm aware of, Senator. He's urged

policy-makers to consider the rate

of marriage break-up and carbon footprints.

1 in 200 spaeshspaes 6-year-olds

had the potentially fatal allergy in 1995 - allergy to peanuts. That in 1995 - allergy to peanuts. That

rose to 1 in 140 by 2001, and

researchers say it's likely to be

more than 1 in 90 now. Little more than 1 in 90 now. Little is

known about the cause - even less

about the reason for the allergy's rise.

The navy submarine fleet sin

serious danger of being sunk

because of a lack of people. A

confidential psychological survey

of subMariners obtained by 'The

Australian' newspaper reveals a shocking morale level shocking morale level of shocking morale level of crews.

Almost all of subMariners say Almost all of subMariners say they

plan to leave the navy as soon as

they can. Most feel underpaid and

overworked. They spend an average

of 11 hours on the job, and many

suffer chronic sleep deprivation.

A rocket carrying a NASA global-warming satellite has crash

under to the ocean near Antarctica

after an early-morning launch

failure. The 'Taurus XL' carrying

failure. The 'Taurus XL' carrying

the Orbiting Carbon Observatory

blasted off from California's

Vandenberg Air Force base. It failed to separate from the launch vehicle. The satellite was

supposed to help researchers

measure greenhouse gases.

Speaking of greenhouse gases, if

you saw a strange green comin the

sky last night, don't panic, it's

not the Triffids! It's comet Lulin, not the Triffids! It's comet Lulin, approaching earth and moving very

quickly. Astronomers expect it will

be visible in the northern sky all

week, just after 7:00pm eastern

time. You'll need binoculars in the

city, but you should be able to see

it with the naked eye in darker areas.

The AFL will move the pre-season

final forward by one day so it

doesn't clash with Melbourne's doesn't clash with Melbourne's

bushfire benefit concert. Meanwhile, Ben Cousins is Ben Cousins is set to make Ben Cousins is set to make his

return in the much-anticipated NAB

Cup quarterfinal against Cup quarterfinal against

Collingwood tomorrow. There's

probably been enough razzamatazz, I

think, probably get out there and

just play would be the best idea.

We haven't finalised our side yet

- we'll get through training today

before we do that. I'd suggest we'd

be more likely to throw him out be more likely to throw him out

there and let him get on with

playing. Cousins is expected to

play just over a half. It's play just over a half. It's his

first match in 18 months.

NRL player Fraser Anderson has been

told he's no longer welcome at

crufall nulla after signing a

2-year deal with Japanese rugby. Sheens

Sheens sheeps is already planning

how he'll tackle his new role as Australian coach. Tim Sheens will first take the reigns of the Kangaroos for the May 8th test against New Zealand in Brisbane, in rival dressing rooms to his star five eighth Benji Marshall. so I don't know how he's going to get there.

The ARL hopes the appointment will end the saga surrounding Ricky Stuart's departure after a first-ever World Cup defeat. very keen to get back involved and heal over a few of those scars from the last episode. Sheens has a resume to rival the best. At the helm for 568 games, at four clubs, spanning 25 years. four of those wins in Grand Finals, a winning percentage of 50%.

To have a 25-year career he's doing something right and have success at the start and he's doing something right near full-strength sides Most clubs will put out in this weekend's round of trials. Michael DeVere back in Broncos colours two years after retiring. You're going to be rusty in certain areas. You expect that in trials and all players go through that in trials so you expect that early on. But that's good, because you've got a gauge and you know where you've got to improve. And Fraser Anderson has walked out on the final year of his deal with the Sharks

to take up a deal believed to be worth three times his current contract. Glen Lauder, Ten News.

Rivals of the world's best golfer,

Tiger Woods, say they're delighted

to have him back in action now he's

recovering from knee surgery. The

world number one takes on

Australia's Brendan Jones in Australia's Brendan Jones in the

first round of the world Match Play

Championships tomorrow, marking his

return from an 8-month lay-off. We

are going to have more of a

challenge winning golf tournaments, challenge winning golf tournaments,

certainly, but also it will be more

reward figure we're able to win

those. You can catch all the action

from Tiger's return on Ten HD

tomorrow morning from 6:00am.

Wall Street's rallied overnight,

bouncing back from yesterday's

12-year lows. Joining me to find out why is Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. Good morning. There's

still a lot of bad news around, yet

US stocks moved higher overnight.

What's going on? Belinda, we had

the consumer confidence falling to

the lowest level in 25 months, then

the national house price index for

the last quarter down by 18% - the

lowest level they've seen in 21

years. The market really focusing

on Federal Reserve chairman Ben

Bernanke's testimony. He said the

economy is experiencing severe

contraction. He says the recovery

will probably take 2-3 years. He

expects the recovery to come through

through in 2010. But only if

authorities are able to restore

financial stability. He says fix

the banks first, and the rest will

follow. Talk down nationalisation -

we saw the indexes rallying on all

this good news. The Dow up 180

points, the Nasdaq up by 33. market points, the Nasdaq up by 33. Our

market seems impervious to the Wall market seems impervious to the Wall

Street rollercoaster. What can we

expect here today? Hopefully we

will follow the leader today,

Belinda. The SPI has our market set

to open up around 55 points higher.

We've seen BHP up 5% in New York

trade because of higher base metals and and the momentum in the markets. and the momentum in the markets.

The gold price is off by $25 - a

bit of weakness there in gold

stocks today. Oil up by 2%. Today, a

a number of companies reporting -

AGL, Babcock & Brown, and Macquarie

airports. Thank you. Thanks. Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson continues to draw a

media scrum on his Australian tour

to launch a new chain of health

clubs! Branson used Ian Thorpe's

fast suit to give him an advantage in

in a race against our Olympic

swimming champions in Sydney

yesterday. He remains confident

expanding his business will

insulate him from the recession. A

lot of jobs will be created. A few

thousand extra jobs, in total. Um,

should other businesses lose jobs?

Obviously, we'll do our absolute

best to absorb them into the new

businesses. Branson made sure of

his win by tying up the competition his win by tying up the competition

beforehand. On Friday, he takes on

Qantas, when V Australia begins

flying direct from Sydney to LA.

To business in brief now:

Rio's most beautiful women gyrate

for the crowds to mark the end of

the famous carnival. Belinda says

more of a shimmy than a jiraiing.

We'll argue it out during the

break. You can see it with when

Ten's Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every quarter hour on

Ten's Early News. Kevin Rudd tells

Australia's company bosses to do

their bit by exercising wage restraint during the restraint during the global economic uncertainty. Pauline Hanson announces she's running in the Queensland election - the former One Nation - the former One Nation leader

plans to stand as an independent.

And in sport - the circus continues

at Richmond one day out from Ben

Cousins's first AFL match in 18 months.

And in finance - Suncorp bosses

head towards the exit door - the

company paying the price for the

economic slump, Queensland floods

and the Victorian fires.

Heading our news this morning - the

Prime Minister has called on chief

executive to exercise wage restraint during the global uncertainty. Mr Rudd wants

corporations to show more

responsibility with executive pay cheques. Meanwhile, Nationals

Senate leader Barnaby Joyce has

used the economic downturn to

criticise Kevin Rudd's proposed

emissions-trading scheme. We have

something that is going to put

Australians out of work in the

middle of a recession. I can't work

out for the life of me how Mr Rudd

can bang on about saving jobs, yet

put forward a major piece of

legislation that is going to have

huge ramifications in tossing them out

out of jobs. Senator Joyce says the scheme would have absolutely scheme would have absolutely no

effect on reducing global warming.

The Deputy Prime Minister has

defended her decision to call an

Opposition frontbencher a 'mincer'

and a 'poodle'. Julia Gillard says

it was just a moment of humour. A

senior Liberal has hit back, giving

Kevin Rudd a new nickname. The Prime Minister was expecting questions about his $300 million package

to help retrenched workers get back on their feet. But he was left a little off balance by one journalist. Mr Rudd, are you a toxic bore? Can I say that anyone, anyone, ah... Blame Tony Abbott, he started it. The guy is a toxic bore in the Parliament, and, thank God, you've got Gillard there. The Deputy Prime Minister had earlier made light of Malcolm Turnbull's decision to overlook Tony Abbott as chief Coalition attack dog in favour of Christopher Pyne. The Leader of the Opposition, faced with a choice of a doberman or a poodle, has gone for a poodle. And she didn't hold back, calling Mr Pyne a mincer. He prefers ABBA rather than Cold Chisel

because that's the kind of thing we see on display. Ms Gillard says it was just a moment of humour.

A celebrity agent will act as

Pauline Hanson's media strategist

in her latest attempt to win a seat

in the upcoming Queensland election. The One Nation founder will

reportedly contest her home seat of

Beaudesert as an Independent on

March 21. Details of her campaign are expected to be revealed next

Monday. Agent to the stars Max

Markson is representing her. It

will be Ms Hanson's ninth run at politics.

Victorian firefighters are Victorian firefighters are working

to stabilise six major fires still

burning across the state ahead of

extreme fire weather conditions on

Friday. The threat to communities eased

eased overnight, but many still

face an anxious wait.

This gutted CFA tanker shows how

close firefighters came to losing

their lives when fire took hold in

the Dandenong ranges. Stuart Bluk

one of two crew members suffering

burns in the battle. We put in our

safety procedures and did all we

could do, and we came out all right.

The Upwey fire edged perilously

close to homes. It burned up

towards the top of the paddocks and

we were a little bit lucky, I think. Colin

Colin Hickman survived Ash

Wednesday, but lost his property.

This time, his home was spared.

That praying mantis came over the

top here - whatever they call it -

'Elvis', is it? Praying mantis, I

call it. In the middle of the call it. In the middle of the back

with it, he flattened me on the

ground, and wiped the whole fire

out. A resort town near the town of

Daylesford is still raging, so far

blackening almost 3,000 hectares of

land. Many residents choosing to

flee their homes. We came here because it was just too close. Too

close for comfort. The Upwey and

Musk Vale blazes are among six

major fire still burning across

Victoria within containment lines.

Horror weather conditions on Friday

could reignite the threat. The

whole challenge to us now is to actually

actually bed these fires down, get

the weather on Friday, and there's

all indication that it will be a

far more difficult day than what we

had yesterday. As the fire battle

continues, so do relief efforts. Midnight Oil reforming for a

special bushfire benefit concert

next month. The boys are ready to

do it, and I figure, yep, I'll take

that opportunity. It's a privilege to be involved.

Meanwhile, princes William and

Harry have signed the official book

of condolence for the victims of

the bushfires. The brothers signed

the book at the Australian high

commission in London. The Queen has

made a private donation to a

fundraising appeal, and Prince

Charles also sent a message of sympathy.

The sexual-abuse scandal at

Sydney's exclusive Knox Grammar

has deepened, with a third teamer

arrested. Former English teacher

Adrian Nisbett has been charged

with sex offences against three

boys dating back more than 20 years.

One retired and one current staff member are already before the

courts on similar charges.

Obviously we're still investigating

the possibility of further offences

and offenders, obviously, at the

school, and at this stage, the

investigation is ongoing. The school investigated the allegations

back in 2004, but did not inform police.

A Melbourne construction site

remains closed this morning after

five storeys of scaffolding fell,

injuring three workers. The scaffolding collapsed as most scaffolding collapsed as most of

the men were on a tea break

yesterday. Two workers rode the

falling met tool the grown, while

another leapt from the third floor.

The men are in stable condition in

hospital.

You got your shimmying gear on,

Belinda? The streets of reej reej

have come alive for the -- of Rio have come alive for the -- of Rio

de Janeiro have come alive for the

finalloy Day of carnival. Six of the

top samba schools gyrated their way

past thousands of spectators. Brazil's

Brazil's most beautiful Brazil's most beautiful women

battle it out each year to become a drum

drum queen. The colourful

spectacular ended a week of parties spectacular ended a week of parties and parades.

The AFL will move the pre-season

final forward by one day so it

doesn't clash with Melbourne's bushfire benefit concert. Ben

Cousins is set to make his

competitive return in tomorrow's

much-anticipated quarterfinal against Collingwood. The good news for Ben Cousins and for Tiger fans is that he got through today's training session, and is expected to start on the ground a monster NAB Cup clash. for what's developing into I think there's probably been enough razzamatazz. I think probably get out there and just play him will be the best idea. But the Tigers are not rushing their big-name recruit - he's likely to play just over a half Certainly, he's looking forward to playing.

I mean we haven't rushed him, we've said that was going to be the case the whole way through and he's just slowly built up the progress over a period of time so first game I think he'll be pretty keen just to get out there and get a kick. Hawthorn's Clinton Young, and Port Adelaide's Daniel Motlop have both accepted reprimands for bumps on the weekend. And the AFL NAB Cup final, which was to be held on Saturday the 14th next month, will now be moved to the Friday the 13th so it does not clash with a bushfire relief concert, Ian Cohen, Ten News.

NRL player Fraser Anderson has been

told he's no longer welcome at

Cronulla after signing a 2-year

deal with Japopies rugby,

bebeginning in July. Meanwhile, Tim

Sheens says he's looking forward to

helping Australia reclaim the tag

of best in the world after losing

the World Cup final to New Zealand. Keen

Keen to get back involved, and sort

of heal over a few of those scars

from the last episode.

from the last episode. Sheens's

first match in charge is a Test

against the Kiwis in Brisbane, May 8.

Socceroos coach verk Verbeek -- Pim

Verbeek has done it again. Just

days out from the A-League grand

final, he has criticised the

performance of local stars Archie

Thompson in Danny Allsopp in the Socceroos' recent match against Indonesia.

Indonesia. I have to be very

careful what I say, because if I

say anything... that immediately -- then immediately people start

telling me that I abuse players and

I abuse A-League, so I have to be

very, very careful in Australia. Um:

No, they were hopeless in Indonesia.

Despite all that, he has still named

named both players in an

all-A-League Socceroos squad to face face Kuwait on March 5.

Finance now with Belinda Heggen. We

have some sort of executive

meltdown going on at Suncorp?

They're leaving in droves, Ron. The

troubled banking and insurance

company announced yesterday it's to

lose its CEO and CFO. Its shared

divesed on the news that CEO John divesed on the news that CEO John

Mulcahy will leave early, and CEO

Chris Skilton will leave once he

finds someone to take the top job.

It's heavily exposed to big insurance claims from the Queensland floods and Queensland floods and Victorian bushfires.

US President Barack Obama is due to

deliver a state of the union-style

address today. In it, he'll give

Americans new details about his

plan to stabilise the nation's

economy.

There's more work ahead to turn the

economy around, but we're on the

right track. That will be the message tonight when President

Barack Obama addresses a joint

session of Congress and the nation.

He hopes to ease He hopes to ease taxpayers'

concerns on the heels of the $787

billion stimulus plan and the

multibillion-dollar proposals to multibillion-dollar proposals to

address the housing crisis, and troubles in the troubles in the financial markets.

We've met these challenge before,

and he understands that brighter

days are ahead for this country.

The President has his work cut out

for him. The latest CBS news 'New

York Times' poll shows most

Americans back the way President

Obama is tacking the economy, but

they don't want to spend billions

more on bailouts. White House aides

say the economy will dominate

tonight's speech, and that

President Obama wants to make it President Obama wants to make it

clear he inherited the problems the

country is facing today. President

Obama will likely repeat his call

for both parties to work together for both parties to work together to solve the nation's economic

troubles, but so far he's had little success, winning Republican

report for his plans.

And in other business news And in other business news this morning:

To the markets now - Wall Street's

rebounded off its 12-year lows this rebounded off its 12-year lows this morning as investors took some

comfort from Fed chairman Ben

Bernanke's commitment to maintain

the viability of banks.

Just ahead in Ten's Early News -

Richard Branson's at it again - the

colourful billionaire has been

showing up our Olympic medallists. Details next. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS ... BUT FIRST, A POLICE OFFICER FROM QUEANBEYAN, IS DUE TO FACE COURT TODAY, AFTER HE WAS CHARGED WITH MID RANGE

DRINK DRIVING, ON FARRER PLACE EARLIER THIS MONTH. POLICE, STOPPED THE CAR ON THE 13TH OF FEBRUARY, AFTER IT WAS SEEN REVERSING ACROSS TWO LANES OF

TRAFFIC. IT'S ALLEGED THE OFF DUTY OFFICER, BLEW POINT - ONE - THREE - FIVE WHEN BREATH TESTED. THE MALTESE PRESIDENT, IS VISITING CANBERRA TODAY. EDWARD FENECH ADAMI, AND HIS WIFE, ARE IN TOWN, TO VISIT THE WAR MEMORIAL. MALTA'S PRESIDENTIAL COUPLE, WILL ARRIVE AT AROUND 10 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, AND WILL TOUR THE MEMORIAL'S ROLL OF HONOUR, AND THE NEW 'OVER THE FRONT' EXHIBITION. THE SALVOS, ARE CALLING FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE A-C-T, AND SURROUNDING AREAS, TO HELP WITH THIS YEAR'S DOORKNOCK APPEAL. THE NATIONAL RED SHIELD APPEAL, IS ON THE 23RD AND 24TH OF MAY... WITH THE CHARITY, HOPING TO RAISE MORE THAN NINE MILLION DOLLARS NATION WIDE THIS YEAR. MEANWHILE, THE RED CROSS SAYS, ALL OF THIS YEAR'S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS, WILL GO TOWARDS THE VICTIMS OF THE VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE APPEAL. AND TRAINER DANNY WILLIAMS, HAS RULED OUT 'WASTED EMOTIONS', FROM THE NEWMARKET HANDICAP. THE SIX YEAR OLD, FINISHED 16TH IN SATURDAY'S GROUP ONE, OAKLEIGH PLATE, AT CAULFIELD. BUT DESPITE THE RESULT, WILLIAMS SAYS, THE HORSE IS A GROUP ONE RACER... AND HE'LL RETURN TO SYDNEY, AND PREPARE FOR THE AUTUMN CAMPAIGN. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE EAST INTO THE TASMAN SEA TODAY AND WILL MAINTAIN FINE WEATHER ACROSS THE REGION FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - A FINE AND SUNNY DAY AHEAD FOR CANBERRA - AND THERE'S THE CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON SHOWER OR STORM FOR SYDNEY CHECKING OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - LATE THUNDER FOR DUBBO 34 THE EXPECTED TOP - A POSSIBLE SHOWER FOR ORANGE 27 MOSTLY SUNNY AND 26 FOR BOWRAL - A POSSIBLE SHOWER AND 22 FOR BATEMANS BAY - 16 FOR PERISHER

LATE THUNDER EXPECTED FOR MUDGEE 32 - SUNNY WITH A TOP OF 27 FOR COOMA - 33 FOR PARKES LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT FEW DAYS - TOMORROW - SHOULD BE FINE AND MOSTLY FINE AND SUNNY - FOR FRIDAY

AND VERY SIMILAR CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON SATURDAY .

This program is captioned live.

Headline every 15 minutes here on

Ten's Early News - former fish-and-chip-shop owner Pauline

Hanson announces she's having her

ninth crack at politics. This time

as an Independent in the Queensland

elections.

More hot weather on the way for

Victoria as firefighters battle to

contain seven bushfires before the

weather turns bad again.

And another spectacular failure for NASA - an important satellite

crashes down near the Antarctic

after failing to make it into orbit.

And in business - Branson braps's

Australian media circus continues -

Richard Branson's Australian Richard Branson's Australian media

circus continues - . Australia's most controversial pall

tibgz, Pauline Hanson, is back. She

hopes to revive her career by

contesting a seat in the upcoming

Queensland election. So far, she's

keeping tight-lipped about her campaign,

campaign, but she has already

enlisted the services of a celebrity agent.

The Queensland election campaign is

off to a running start, with both

the Labor Party and LNP on the

hustings. But a side show has begun,

with One Nation founder Pauline

Hanson confirming she'll try to win

a seat on March 21. Celebrity agent

Max Markson is acting as her media

strategist on a pro bono basis.

Details of her ninth bid for public

Details of her ninth bid for public

office will be revealed next week.

Premier Anna Bligh began campaigning in Townsville,

promising payroll tax relief for businesses. It is a real dollar

incentive to businesss to hang onto

those precious apprentices. But

accused her of calling an early Federal Senator Barnaby Joyce has

election to take advantage of the

cash handouts from the Commonwealth

due next month. This is one of

these dirty, grubby lit Labor deals

where they're basically trying to

buy votes up in Queensland. The

Opposition has promised to scrap a

controversial super children's

hospital, and upgrade existing

facilities instead. What we have

actually done is listened to what

the doctors and the nurses and the

specialists and the parents have

member been telling us. But former party

member Stuart kopland has rebelled, declaring he'll contest the

election as an independent.

The bushfire threat to Victorian

communities has eased in the past

24 hours, but firefighters are bracing for more terrible conditions

conditions later in the week. There

are currently six major blazes

still burning across the state, but

all are within containment lines.

The whole challenge to us now is to

actually bed these fires down, get

the weather on Friday, and there's

all indication it will be a all indication it will be a far

more difficult day whan what we had

erd. I Many residents have already

fled to relief centres. Stay

married and save the planet - that

was the message from Family was the message from Family First

Senator Steve Fielding during a

Senate estimates hearing in

Canberra. He says marriage break-up

is bad for the environment because

it leads to wasteful singles

lifestyles. Has the department

measured the impact of

relationship breakdown, divorce, on

Australia's efforts to cut back on

carbon emissions? Ah not that I'm

aware of, Senator. He's urged policy-makers to consider the

impact of break-ups on the nation's

carbon fingerprint praeft the navy

submarine fleet is in serious

danger of being sunk because of a

lack of people. A confidential

survey obtained by the 'Australian'

newspaper revealed almost all will

leave the navy as soon aek as they can, feeling underpaid and overworked

overworked An early-morning launch failure

from NASA - the payload which shelters the satellite shelters the satellite apparently

failed to separate from the launch

vehicle. The observatory was supposed to help supposed to help researchers

measure greenhouse gases.

If you saw a strange green comet in

the sky last night, don't panic,

it's not the Triffids - it's comet

Lulin. The bright comet is

approaching earth quickly.

Astronomers expect it will be

visible in the northern sky all

week just after 7:00pm eastern time.

You'll need binoculars in the city,

but you should be able to see it

with the naked eye in darker areas.

In sport - the AFL will move the

pre-season final forward by one day

so it doesn't clash with Melbourne's bushfire benefit concert.

concert. Meantime, Ben Cousins is

set to make his return in the much-anticipated NAB Cup tomorrow. quarterfinal against Collingwood

I think there's probably been

enough razzamatazz, I think,

play probably get out there and just

play will be probably the best idea.

We haven't finalised our side yet

- we'll get through training today

before we do that. But I'd suggest

that we'd be more likely to throw

him out there and let him get on

with playing. Cousins is expected to

to play just over a half. It's his

first match in 18 months.

told NRL player Fraser Anderson has been

told he's no longer welcome at Cronulla after signing a 2-year

Tim deal with Japanese rugby. Meantime,

Tim Sheens is already planning how

Australian coach. he'll tackle his new role as

of the Kangaroos for the May 8th test Tim Sheens will first take the reigns against New Zealand in Brisbane, his star five eighth Benji Marshall. in rival dressing rooms to from training I'm banning Kiwis and Poms how he's going to get there. so I don't know end the saga The ARL hopes the appointment will after a first-ever World Cup defeat. surrounding Ricky Stuart's departure very keen to get back involved The Australian boys will be from the last episode. and heal over a few of those scars to rival the best. Sheens has a resume at four clubs, spanning 25 years. At the helm for 568 games, To have a 25-year career end of it, and have success at the start and he's doing something right near full-strength sides Most clubs will put out in this weekend's round of trials. back in Broncos colours Michael DeVere two years after retiring. in certain areas. You're going to be rusty You expect that in trials

trials so you expect that early on. and all players go through that in because you've got a gauge But that's good,

where you've got to improve. and you know And Fraser Anderson has walked out with the Sharks on the final year of his deal to take up a deal his current contract. believed to be worth three times Glen Lauder, Ten News.

Rivals of the world's best golfer,

Tiger Woods, share delighted to

have him back in action now he's

recovered from knee surgery. The

world number one takes on Australia's Brendan Jones in the

Championships tomorrow, marking his first round of the world Match Play

return from an 8-month lay-off. We

are going to have more of a

challenge winning golf tournaments, certainly, but also it will be more certainly,

reward figure we're able to win

those. And of course, you can catch all the action from Tiger's all the action from Tiger's return

on Ten HD tomorrow from 6:00am.

Wall Street has rallied overnight, bouncing back from yesterday's 12-year

12-year lows. And joining me to

fight out why is Juliana Roadley

from CommSec. There's still a lot

of bad news around, but stocks

moved higher this morning. What's

going on? Initially, we had that

a consumer confidence number showing

a record low in the US - national

house prices for the last quarter

were down by 18%. That's the

biggest quarterly drop we've seen

in 21 years, Belinda. The main

focus overnight - the forever

chairman Ben Bernanke, and his

testimony - he said that the

economy is experiencing a severe

slowdown. He feels the recovery

could be 2-3 years off. Looking for

recovery in 2010, but only if authorities can successfully

the markets - he believes you have restore the financial stability to

to fix the banks first, then the rest well follow, and he's also

talked town naturalisation of all

the banks. That has helped the

indexes today - the Dow up 183

points, and the Nasdaq up 43 at the

moment. Our market seems impervious to the Wall Street rollercoaster.

What can we expect today? The SPI

is up. The SPI is up around is up. The SPI is up around 63

points, leading onto a good session

for us. We have seen the banks and

miners higher in US trade. BHP

still up around 5% in the US,

boosted by higher base-metal prices.

That will help us. The gold price off

off by $25. We've seen a great run

in the gold stocks of late. Oil

price up 3.4% - a good day for the

energy players. AGL, Babcock &

Brown and Macquarie Airports

reporting today. Thank you. Big day ahead. Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard

Richard Branson continues to draw a

media scrum on his Australian tour

to launch a new chain of health

clubs. Branson use Ian Thorpe's

fast suit to give an advantage in a

race against our Olympic swimming

champions in Sydney yesterday. He

remains confident expanding his

business will insulate him from the

recession. A lot of jobs will be

created. A few thousand extra jobs,

in total. So, should other

businesses lose jobs, we'll

obviously do our absolute best to

absorb them into the new businesses.

Bike all good businessmen, Branson

made sure of his win by tying up

the competition beforehand. On

Friday, he takes on Qantas when V

Australia begins flying direct from Sydney to LA.

And cigars are the latest luxury

item to fall victim to the global

economic downturn. Sales of Cuba's most

most famous export dropped 3% last

year. The decline is being blamed

on the financial crisis. But also,

a fall in the number of travellers

which slowed the duty-free market,

where about a quarter of Cubans are sold.

Up in smoke, Ron. Indeed it is.

That's the day in finance. They're out of out of puff. -- out of puff. Recapping this morning's top

stories - the Prime Minister has a

message for Australian company

bosses - do your bit and exercise

some wage restraint during the global economic uncertainty.

She's back - Pauline Hanson make

hers ninth bid for public office,

this time as an Independent in the

Queensland state election. And Victorian firefighters continue

the battle to cup tain seven bushfires

bushfires still out of control

ahead of more hot weather heading their way.

That is Ten's Early News for this

Wednesday. I'm Ron Wilson. See you

at 6:00 tomorrow morning. And I'm Belinda Heggen. Good morning. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia. www.redbeemedia.com.au