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(generated from captions) Sydney police shoot and kill a man

trying to rob a hotel.

A third is still on the run.

6am, Tuesday, 23rd November.

Welcome to Ten's Early News.

Also this morning...Hopes of saving

29 coal miners trapped for five

days underground in New Zealand

hinge on a bomb disposal robot.

late. Fears are growing it could be too

In sport, young Usman Khawaja has

rushed to Brisbane to be Ashes

Clarke. emergency replacement for Michael

In finance, the train has left the

station, with investors jumping on

to the QR float.

Police in Sydney have begun an

ininvestigation into the shooting

death of an armed robber last night.

Police ambushed two men as they

fled robbing patrons of a hotel.

It was an attempted armed robbery

which went very wrong very quickly.

A couple of guys came in with

machetes, and we told everyone to

move, they're robbing the place.

The two men stormed the High Flyer

Hotel in Bankstown after 8.30 last

night, brandishing machetes and

demanding staff hand over cash from the tills.

Police had been tipped off and

officers from the robbers and

serious crime squad were waiting

for the robbers outside. It just

happened so quick, they were there.

It was unbelievable. In a few

chaotic moments, five shots were

fired. Bullets hit both men in

Tupper body, killing one and

seriously injuring the other.

Police claim officers on the scene

acted in self-defence. The police

officers were confronted by a life- threatening situation, forced to

use their firearms. The critical

incident investigation team has

been at the hotel all night, trying to piece together exactly what happened.

The wounded men have been taken to

Liverpool Hospital for surgery.

Police are searching for a third

man, seen speeding off in a dark

coloured Toyota Yaris.

A teenage relative of Australia's

worst serial killer Ivan Milat has

been charged with murder. The 17-

year-old is accused of killing his

mate and burying his body in a shallow grave.

It is the same part where the

bodies of seven of Ivan Milat's

victims were found in 1990s. Two

more teenagers have been charged

over the murder.

Police believe four friends were

drinking in the forest on Saturday

victim's birthday. night celebrating the the alleged

Rescuers are hoping this morning to

deploy a robot down a bore hole at

the New Zealand men where 29 men

remain trapped. Crews have spent

the night drilling a 169m shaft to

test air quality. It is hoped the

machine will be able to pin-point

exactly where the miners are.

They are planning for all outcomes,

and we are planning for the

possible loss of life.

Australians Joshua Ufer and Willy

miners. Joynson are among the trapped

20 trapped miners in China are

alive after being rescued from a

Sichuan province. flooded coal mine in south-west

They were caught in the underground

pit at the Batian coal mine, where

it flooded on Sunday morning. They

were trapped for 24 hours and were

carried out into the sunlight on

stretchers wearing eye shades.

There's been some good news for

Julia Gillard to end the

parliamentary year.

The Labor Party has surged ahead in

the latest news poll. Labor has

overtaken the Coalition two-party

preferred for the first time since

the August election.

It up four points since the last

survey a fortnight ago, while Ms.

Gillard has jumped further in front

of Mr Abbott. The Victorian state election

campaign has taken a nasty turn

with only days until the vote.

The Liberals have launched court

action against the ALP over its latest ad campaign.

This is the ad Ted bail you wants

banned. When the Liberals sold Preston north community hospital,

you guessed it, the same company

again got the contract to sell it.

Despite drawing legal threats from

the Opposition Leader, the Labor

Party has refused to pull the ad,

which links his former real estate

company to school and hospital

sell-offs. It implies improper

behaviour. It may well be

uncomfortable for the Liberal party,

but it is correct.

John Brumby has won the heart of

Olivia Newton John.

The reason for for her affection -

another $44 million promised to the

Olivia Newton John cancer centre.

This will support the whole person

and the family when they are going

through the journey. It is a life

dream. The Opposition is spending

big to stamp out crime and Mr

Bailieu has scoffed at suggestions

he lacks the passion to be premiere.

You don't survive in this job

unless you put in 100%, and I have

been for four and a half years.

We have reports just coming in now

that at least 84 people have died

Phnom Penh. in a stampede in Cambodia's capital,

Thousands of people were

celebrating the annual water

festival, but revellers at a

concert panicked and tried to cross

a bridge, crashing dozens of people.

Security officials are planning to

introduce a body scanners at

Australian airports would do well

to take note of what has happened

in the US, where they have gone

into operation. Passengers are

furious. There have been claims of

sexual assault after patdowns by

officials when passengers refused

the scanners because of radiation

health fears. One woman has sued

after being forced to remove her

underwear. There is a growing call

for nationwide protest on Friday during Thanksgiving, the busiest

travel day of the year in the US. travel day of the year in the US. Sports news this morning and

Australian selectors are taking no

chances as Michael Clarke battles

starting Thursday. to be fit for the first Ashes Test

Young New South Wales batsman Usman

Khawaja last flight flew to

captain. Brisbane as cover for the vice

It was a Monday night mercy dash

which could well result in the

fulfilment of a life long dream for

Usman Khawaja. I'm very excited. He

flew out of Sydney last night bound

for Brisbane and a possible place

in the opening Ashes Test. He has

come in as a standby player for

Michael Clarke. The vice captain

didn't train yesterday and is in

serious doubt but said to put his

injured back to the test today.

They bat Wednesday and try to give

myself the best chance of being

close to 100% as possible come

Thursday. While Clarke was

optimistic about his chances for

Thursday's first Test, the team

physio was hardly convincing. He

didn't train today, so, until he

bats tomorrow, we cannot be 100%

sure that he is OK today. The old

enemy is of the belief that Clarke

will take his place in the final 11.

No. 1 draft David Swallow has sent

a scare through the Gold Coast camp

as the club begins its first AFL pre-season.

The a 18-year-old rolled his ankle

on the warm-up lap.

first time. He took part in training for the

The group included star recruit

Gary Ablett. It was good to get the

first session out of the way. At

Geelong, Gary Ablett's 2 jersey has

been handed to Cameron Guthrie.

The biggest of public share officer

since the Telstra float - a good

reaction? Yes. Queensland Rail's

freight business has been sold off,

and investors seemed keen to grab a piece of the action.

It's opening share price was

slightly below expectation but it was generally up from there.

We have seen the stock rally,

solidly up to $2.68. It opened at

$2.54 and the former owners could

see no downside. This is a

transaction that has gone better

than the market pundits put forward

and I think as I said earlier that

what happens today speaks volumes.

Queensland's blie Government will

retain 40% of QR freight shares but

the new ownership profile of the

$6.7 billion company will include

mums and dads and a London based

hedge fund. I feel that the price

could well have a 3 in front of it

after 12 months. And not

unexpectedly, those running QR

Freight agree.

This is an extraordinary

opportunity. This is going to be

one of the great Australian

companies.

The unions say it should translate

to a jobs bonanza, plenty of

political jobs may depend on that.

The world's third largest retailer

Tesco is about to make a big push

into China.

The English chain says it plans to quadruple its revenue there over

the next five years to around ?4 billion. billion.

Tesco runs 82 hypermarkets and four

shopping malls in eastern China.

Its expansion will take it to more

than 200 stores the same size as

its business in the UK.

Ireland has secured a $137 billion

bailout from the EU and IMF to help

it with its mounting debt. It is an

embarrassing turn around for the

government, initially insisting it

department need a bail-out.

Banks will be merged or sold.

Stocks have sold off as fears the

deal has come too late to save other eurozone countries.

Portugal is now in focus.

As you can see, stocks across

Europe are lower on these concerns over Portugal.

The FTSE off 52.

Asia was mixed in yesterday's session.

A touch of summer in most of our major cities today.

Still ahead: the locusts have hatched and are sweeping through

the south of the country.

And still no end in sight to the

union dispute of Victoria's desal

plant. More on that when we return.

Headlines every 15 minutes.

Families of the 29 men trapped in

the New Zealand mine are praying a

high-tech device will today deliver good news.

Authorities have told loved ones to

prepare for the worst, while the

rest of New Zealand prays for a miracle.

This is the machine that could finally deliver some answers.

We are now going into what we

consider a planning phase and we

are looking at all options and

possibilities. High hopes ride on

the rebot, rescuers plan to dispose

the bomb device more than 2km both

the earth's surface, giving a

better indication of the circumstances beloof the circumstances below. Wrefrpblt remaining optimistw. Wrefrpblt

remaining optimistic, keeping an

open mind. The Pike River mine has

been off-limits to rescuers since

the explosion on Friday due to

dangerous gas levels. Crews have

been drilling a 160M long by 16cm

wide bore hole to better gauge air

quality, as families of the 29

trapped miners anxiously await news

of their fate. They are feeling

extraordinarily high levels of fear

and anxiety. And frustration.

Authorities have warned loved ones Authorities have warned loved ones

to prepare for the worst.

But stories of hope still circle

the site. The miners have just been

in there 15 minutes previous, he

knew exactly where one person's son

was. He pointed out exactly where

he was on a map and he said, "Look,

he is only 10 feet away from a

ventilation shaft." But things had

better move soon or the hopes won't last.

Police in Sydney have shot dead one

man and seriously wounded another

during a botched armed robbery.

The men stormed into the High Flyer

Hotel in Bankstown in Sydney's

south-west last night threatening

patrons with machetes and demanding cash.

As they fled, the men were

confronted by police officers. We

were confronted with a life threatening situationa life threatening situation.

One man died, the second is in

Liverpool Hospital. Police are

searching for a third man seen

driving off in a dark coloured

Toyota Yaris.

A teenage relative of Australia's

worst serial killer, Ivan Milat, is

expected to appear in court today

with the axe murder of a teenage

friend. The 17-year-old and two

other teenagers are accused of

killing the youth over the weekend

and burying the body in a shallow

grave in the Belanglo State Forest.

It's the same park where the bodies

of seven of Ivan Milat's victims

were found in the 1990s. Police

believe the four friends were

drinking in the forest on Saturday

night celebrating the alleged victim's birthday.

The political popularity stakes

have come full circle in two weeks.

Labor has leaped ahead in the

latest news poll. But the

Government has a big fight on its

hand before parliament rises for

the year - passing the NBN and

defending its decision on the banks.

Every vote counts in a minority

government, so matter who you are

or who you are with, when the bells ring, you come arunning.

Labor was quick to block the

Coalition's bill to outlaw price

signaling by the banks. The Shadow

Treasurer says the legislation

would mean less things for

borrowers. The trul Treasurer says

it will do nothing of the sort.

They see a political opportunity.

There was not one policy on banking

they took to the last election. Not

one The vote Labor is desperate to

pass before the week's end is

legislation to kick start the

national broadband network, but

with several Independent MPs

raising serious doubts, this is not

looking promising. But Julia

Gillard's opinion poll ratings are

that she has steamed ahead as

preferred Prime Minister, and

there's been an eight-point full

circle shift on the two-party preferred.

Farmers face the prospect of losing

the battle against the locust

plague now threatening their crops.

Millions of locusts have survived a

desperate spraying effort across

several states over the last couple of months.

Swarms have been spotted this week

across southern New South Wales,

South Australia and northern

Victoria. It is Australia's largest

locust plague in decades.

Thousands of elective surgery

patients have had their operations

cancelled as New South Wales nurses

prepare to walk off a job tomorrow.

Premier Kristina Keneally has urged

the nurses association to continue

negotiations, but the union says

seven months of talks have failed

to deliver what nurses want.

The association wants a major

overhaul of the healthcare system

and the introduction of mandated nurse-to-patient ratios. Staff plan

to strike for up to 24 hours.

Most employees of Victoria's desalination plant are refusing to

return to work. They walked off the

job last Thursday after it was

reveefled the company had hired

spies to monitor their behaviour.

500 staff have agreed to return,

but a further 800 are staying away

until the representatives

responsible for the espionage are

sacked. Negotiations between the

company and the union will continue this morning. Veteran Australian paparazzi

photographer Peter Korent has died

at the age of 63. He was infamous

when he drenched Heath ledger with

a water pistol in 2006. He was

found by a friend slumped at his

desk in his Bondi Beach home yesterday morning.Beach home

yesterday morning. He survived by

his son and daughter.

The death toll in a stampede in

Cambodia's capital of Phnom Penh

continues to rise. We have reports

coming in that more than 180 people

have been killed after two million

people were celebrating the annual

water festival, when authorities

say revellers at a concert panicked,

trying to cross a bridge, crushing

dozens of people.

Usman Khawaja has been drafted into

the Ashes cricket squad as cover

for the injured Michael Clarke.

Usman Khawaja headed to Brisbane

last night after the vice captain

could not take part in training

yesterday, still suffering from a

back injury. Selectors erred on the

side of caution just two days out

from the series opener. He didn't

train today. So, you know, until he

bats tomorrow, we cannot be 100%

sure he is OK to go. Is Clarke is

expected to test his back in

netting pros today.

Djokovic has made light work of - Soderling.

He never faced a break point to win in straight sets.

COMMENTATOR: Oh, yes!

What athleticism. Djokovic won the

event in 2008, this morning's other

match will see world No. 1 Rafael

Nadal take on Andy Roddick.

There's been a global sell-off

overnight with fears over the

eurozone debt problems despite a

massive bailout for Ireland.

For more on this, I'm joined by

John Milroy at Macquarie Private Wealth.

Investors are spooked by Portugal,

and an insider trading probing in

the US?

A few things on the market.

The bailout prompted by the bank

and budgetary woes in Ireland, of course.

Now news of a general election in

20011.

Markets are always asking the

question - who is next. Action in

bondland overnight suggests that

Portugal, Spain closely followed.

A short week, also, as you

mentioned. Thanksgiving, markets

close in the US on Thursday.

So will all this sentiment,

negative sentiment flow into our

market today? Future actions,

trying to recover a bit as the US

market improves towards their close

still. Down about 41, the futures.

A weaker start. But yesterday a

positive news with the QR National

float, the first day of trading float, the first day of trading

there, the largest IPO since Telstra 3.

Good news for investors.

Another Queensland tunnel operator Another Queensland tunnel operator

faces financial cries, Brisbane's Clem 7.

Tunnel owners River City Motorways

say administrators will be called

in unless it can stop interest

payments on its billion dollar debt.

The company will be unable to meet

its interest repayments beyond September next year.

A fewer than a third of motorists

use the tunnel mainly because of

the high cost.

Now to a look at other business news.

The country's richest woman, Gina

Rinehart has purchased a 10% stake

in Network Ten.

Fir Fairfax is announcing its five year business plan.

Beach Energy has made a $73 million

play for Impress Energy in a merger

that will double production.

Women's clothing retailer Esprit

has announced plans to expand into men's fashion.

Here is how the weather is shaping

up in your party of the country today.

We have been keeping you up to date

on the stampede in Vietnam. The

death toll is around 180 moment. We

have first pictures coming in,

bringing those to you in just a

moment. It is a good time to get in early with the Christmas shopping

if you are doing it online this

year. We will tell you why when the

Early News returns.

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Sydney police shoot and kill a man

trying to rob a hotel.

Another man was shot and wounded, a

third is still on the run.

Hopes are starting to fade for the

survival of 29 coal miners trapped

for five days now underground in New Zealand.

Where explosive gass have have

prevented a rescue.

Young blue Usman Khawaja has rushed

to Brisbane to be the Ashes

emergency replacement for Michael Clarke.

Then in finance, the train has left

the station, with investors jumping

on to the QR Float, making day 1 a

big success.

Updating this news story, the

deathle to from this morning's

stampede in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, continues to rise.

These are the first pictures in. In

the past few minutes, authorities

have said that 180 people are now

known to have died. Up to two known to have died. Up to two

million people were celebrating the

annual water festival, when

authorities say revellers at the

concert panicked, trying to cross a

bridge, crushing hundreds of people.

Police in Sydney have begun an

investigation into the shooting

death of an armed robbers rer last night.

Two men fled after they robbed a

hotel in south-western Sydney. It

was an attempted armed robbery

which went very wrong very quickly.

A couple of guys came in with

machetes, and we told everyone to

move, they are robbing the place.

The two men stormed the High Flyer

Hotel in Bankstown, just after 8.30

last night, brandishing machetes

and demanding staff hand over cash

from the tills. But police had been

tipped off and officers from the

robbery and serious crime squad

were waiting for the robbers

outside. They might have got a tip-

off or something, but it just

happened so quick. They were there,

it was just unbelievable. In a few

chaotic moments, five shots were

fired. Bullets hit both men in the

upper body, killing one and

seriously injuring the other.

Police claim officers on the scene

acted in self-defence. The police

officers were confronted with a life-threatening situation. The critical incident investigation

team has been at the hotel all

night, trying to piece together exactly what happened.

The wounded man has been taken to The wounded man has been taken to

Liverpool Hospital for surgery, and Liverpool Hospital for surgery, and

police are searching for a third

man seen speeding off in a dark

coloured Toyota Yaris.

A teenage relative of Australia's

worst serial killer Ivan Milat has

been charged with murder. The 17-

year-old is accused of killing his

mate and burying the body in a

shallow grave in the Belanglo State Forest over the weekend.

It is the same park where the

bodies of seven of Ivan Milat's

victims were found in the 1990s.

Two more teenagers have been

charged over the murder. Police

believe the four friends were

drinking in the forest on Saturday

night, celebrating the alleged

victim's birthday.

Rescuers are hoping this morning to

deploy a robot down a bore hole at deploy a robot down a bore hole at

the New Zealand mine where 29 men

remain trapped. Crews have spent

the night drilling a 160m shaft to

test air quality before a rescue

operation can move ahead. It is

hoped the machine will be able to

pin point exactly where the miners are.

We are planning for all outcomes,

and part of the process we are

planning for the possible loss of

life as a result of what has

occurred. Australians Joshua Ufer

and Willy Joynson are among them.

Finally good news for the Gillard

Government. Labor has surged ahead

in the latest opinion poll. For

more, we are joined by Ten's

political reporter, Amanda Hart, in Canberra.

This is for the first time since

the election? Ron, this is a nice

early Christmas present for the

Prime Minister in the last sitting

week of Parliament for the year,

especially after yesterday's kneel

Senator pole.

The Government is ahead. 52/48.

This is the exactly reverse of a This is the exactly reverse of a

poll taken two weeks ago. Ms.

Gillard has gained five points as

preferred Prime Minister, to a 54%.

So Ms. Gillard's performance on the

world stage may have had something

to do with these figures. Voters in

this poll were particularly asked

about the national broadband

network, and it seems a lot of voters responded that they actually

do want the NBN subject to a cost- benefit analysis.

As you say, Parliament rises for

the Christmas break over this week,

and this battle for the NBN is

still very much on the board for

the Government It is likely to

bubble along for the remaining days

of the Parliament. The Government

has sent up a parliamentary

committee, looking into the social

and economic benefits of the cost-

benefit analysis. This committee

will be in the lower house. But a

number of senators are not happy

with that - they want it in the

upper house, not dominated by

Government MPs. Independent

senators say this committee won't

convince them to support another

unrelated NBN bill, which is the

structural separation of Telstra.

The Government has hired external

advisers to have a look at the NBN

business case, which at the moment

the Government isn't releasing. Amandda, thank you.

The Victorian State election

campaign has taken a nasty turn

with days until the vote.

The Liberals have launched action

against the ALP over its latest ad campaign.

This is the ad Ted Bailiueu wants

banned. When the Liberals sold to

Preston in the north community

hospital, the same company again

got the contract to sell it. The

Labor Party has refused to pull the

ad, which links his former real

estate company to school and

hospital sell-offs. The ads that

are running imply un not correct

behaviour. No love lost here. John

Brumby has already won the heart of

Olivia Newton John. Thank you so

much. The reason for her refection

- another $44 million promised for

the Olivia Newton John cancer

centre. It will support the whole

person and their family when they

go through the cancer journey. As

the finish line looms, the

Opposition is spending big to stamp

out crime, and Mr Bailieu has

scoffed at suggestions that he

lacks the passion to be premier.

You don't survive in this job

unless you put in 100% and I have

been doing that for four and a half

years. These days it seems to be a

case of another day, another

volcanic eruption. Mount Bulisan in

south-eastern Philippines has

erupted. A thick cloud of ash

spewed towards nearby towns.

It was last active four years ago.

Authorities say more eruptions are

likely in the coming days.

Australian selectors are taking no

chances as Michael Clarke bat tols

be fit for the first Ashes Test starting thurz.

Usman Khawaja last night flew to

Brisbane to cover for the vice captain.

It was a Monday night mercy dash

which could well result in the

fulfilment of a life-long dream for

Usman Khawaja.

I'm very excited. Yeah. Usman

Khawaja flew out of Sydney last

night bound for Brisbane and a

possible place in the opening Ashes

Test. He has come in as a standby

player for Michael Clarke.

The vice captain didn't train

yesterday and is in serious doubt

but is set to put his injured back

to the test today. Our plan is to

bat Tuesday and Wednesday and try

to give myself the best chance of

being as close to 100% right come

Thursday. While Clarke was

optimistic about his chances for

Thursday's first Test, the team

physio was hardly convincing. Well,

he didn't train today, so you know,

until he batting tomorrow, we

cannot be 100% sure. The old enemy

is certainly of the belief that

Clarke will take his place in the final 11.

No. 1 draft pick David Swallow has

sent a scare through the Gold Coast

camp as the club begins its first

AFL pre-season. The 18-year-old

rolled his ankle during the warm-up

training. They took part in

training together for the first

time, including the star recruit

Gary Ablett. I haven't had the best

time. But it was good to get the

first session out of the way. At

Geelong, Gary Ablett's No. 29

Guernsey has been handed over to Cameron Guthrie.

More on finance now - all aboard

the QR float?

Yes, Queensland Rail's freight

business was sold off and investors

seemed keen to grab a piece of the

action. Its opening share price was

slightly below expectation but

generally up from there.

We have seen the stock rally,

probably up to $2.68. It opened at

$2.54 and the former owners could

see no downside. This is a

transaction that has gone better

than the market pundits put forward

and I think as I said earlier, what

happens today speaks volumes.

Queensland's Bligh Government will

retain 40% of QR freight shares but

the new ownership profile of the

$6.7 billion company will now

include mums and dads and a London-

based hedge fund.

I feel that the price could well

have 3 in front of it after 12

months. And not unexpectedly those

running QR Freight agree. This is

an extraordinary opportunity. This

is going to be one of the great Australian companies.

The unions say that should

translate to a jobs bonanza. Plenty

of political jobs may depend on

that.

Well, it might be a good time to

get your online Christmas shopping

done. Australian retailers want

online shoppers taxed to stop them

buying cheaper goods overseas. They

say overseas sellers have an unfair

advantage. Online punches up to

$1,000 do not attract GST. They say

it is sending local shopkeepers

broke. If this continues, retailers

will have to look at staffing

levels and it could mean the

closure of business. Australians

will spend $12 billion online.

Aussie Post says in the last three

months the arrival of overseas

parcels has jumped 24%.

Ireland has secured a $137 billion

bailout from the EU and IMF to help

it with its mounting debt. It is an

embarrassing turn around for the

government, initially insisting it

did not need a bailout.

Under the deal, Irish banks will be merged or sold.

Stocks initially rallied on the

news but have since sold off as

fears the deal has come too late to

save other eurozone countries.

Portugal is now in focus.

And as you can see, stocks across

Europe are lower on these concerns over Portugal.

Still ahead: Queensland farmers say

a big loud no thank you to

companies looking for gas on their land.

Aifiable check of the financial markets when we return. UPDATE.. ACT Policing has reminded the community that officers are patrolling streets twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. It comes after two motorbikes were siezed on Saturday evening after they were seen racing in Franklin. Police say the Suzuki and Harley Davidson turned left from Nullarbor Avenue onto Flemington Road and heavily accelerated over the speed limit while racing each other. A traffic stop was conducted by police in Harrison. Both male riders will appear in Court at a later date. Meanwhile, Police are cracking down on unreigstered vehicles driving around Canberra. Of the nineteen and a half thousand vehicles scanned

over the weekend, 41 were detected as unregistered and a number of these were also uninsured FIFTY local councils in the Murray Darling Basin gathered in Canberra yesterday... seeking protection from cuts to water entitlements.

They presented a signed declaration to Federal Government outlining the impact the water allocation cuts will have on local communities. Statistics show Gungahlin suburb Amaroo has had one of the largest increases in population.

From 2007-08 to 2008-09, the popula tion increased by six hundred anf our people, or five point six per cent. While the number of people receiving Family Tax Benefits in Amaroo increased by twelve point eight per cent. Meanwhile, A-B-S figures also show south Canberra suburb O'Malley had one of the highest average values of private sector houses at more than five hundred and forty nine thousand, which is well above the territory's two hundred and twenty thousand dollar average.

AND, Members from A-C-T Policing, A-C-T Fire Brigade, Canberra Raiders and the Brumbies joined forces in support of White Ribbon Day at the weekend raising more than eight thousand dollars at the Men

in Uniform stalls. The stalls were set up across Canberra, with

thousands showing their generosity. White Ribbon day is this Thursday. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEATHER DETAILS.. Checking the satellite: There's think cloud over northeast New South Wales and masses of cloud over

the northwest..Skies are clear elsewhere in the state. Around the country: Chance of morning fog in Canberra, 24. Mostly sunny in Sydney. Early showers in Brisbane, possible showers in Melbourne. Looking locally: Partly cloudy and 29 in Dubbo

today. Mostly sunny in Wollongong. Chance of storms in Wagga 30. Partly cloudy in Bathurst. Morning cloud in Bowral 23. Sunny in Bateman's Bay. Partly cloudy in Mudgee, 27. 29 the top in Parkes. Sunny and 27 in Cooma. Over the next few days: Warm and sunny in Canberra tomorrow, we're expecting a

Headlines on the quarter hour.

Drilling crews are reportedly close

to completing a bore hole into the

New Zealand mine, where 29 men are trapped.

Probes and a robot will be sent in

to check signs of life.

Well, five days after the mystery

blast that has interned 29 men here

on New Zealand's west coast and

still the families of these miners

are no closer, really, to knowing

whether they are dead or alive.

For the rescue crew, this is not an

issue finding men brave enough to

send into the coal mine. It is now

a battle of technology and strategy

more than anything else. Now, all

hopes are now pinned on the

successful drilling of a narrow

bore hole, 162m below ground.

Engineers worked through the night

trying to reach the tunnel, where

it is believed the men were working.

Late last night, they were at a

depth of about 135m. Even after

switching to a diamond drill, they

have not been able to break through

the last few metres of very hard rock.

Once they are through, the rescuers

plan to send down this army robot,

with a rag attached to its arm,

which will be able to absorb vital

air samples about the miners' environment down below.

Samples continue to show the

presence of deadly gas levels down

there. If they send men in too soon

it could trigger a second explosion.

Relatives of the trapped miners

continue to pour in to Greymouth

from across the globe, among them

those closest to Joshua Ufer and

Willy Joynson, the two Aussies

trapped underground. They receive hourly updates from authorities

about the progress. Really, now it

is with every passing minute that

hopes of success are fading.

Police in Sydney have shot dead one

man and seriously wounded another

during a botched armed robbery. The

men stormed into the High Flyer

Hotel in Bankstown in Sydney's

south-west last night threatening

patrons with machetes. As they fled,

the robbers were confronted by

police who fired five shots at them,

hitting both men in the chest.

Police officers were confronted

with a life-threatening situation,

forced to use their firearms. One

man died, the second is in

Liverpool Hospital. Police are

searching for a third man seen

driving off in a dark coloured

Toyota Yaris.

A teenage relative of Australia's

worst serial killer, Ivan Milat, is

spebgd to appear in court today

charged with the axe murder of a teenage friend.

The 17-year-old and two other teenagers were accused of killing

the youth over the weekend and

burying the body in a shallow grave

in the Belanglo State Forest. It is

the same park where seven of the

bodies of Ivan Milat's victims were found.

Four friends were celebrating the

alleged victim's birthday.

The political popularity stakes has

come full circle.

The Government has a big job on its

hands, passing the NBN and

defending its decision on the banks.

Every vote counts in the minority

government. No matter who you are,

or who you are with, when the bells

ring, you come a-running.

Labor was quick to block the

Coalition's bill to outlaw price

signaling by the banks. The Shadow

Treasurer says the legislation

would mean less things for borrowers. borrowers.

The Treasurer says it will do

nothing of the sort. Those opposite

see a political opportunity. There

was not one policy on banking they

took to the last election. Not one! took to the last election. Not one!

The vote Labor is desperate to pass

before the week's end is

legislation to kick start the

national broadband network. But

with several Independent MPs

raising serious doubts this is not looking promising.

But Julia Gillard's opinion poll

ratings are she's seemed as ahead

as preferred Prime Minister and

there has been an eight-point full

circle shift on the two-party preferred.

Most employees at Victoria's

desalination plant are still

refusing to return to work. They

walked off the job last Thursday,

after it was revealed the company

had hired spies to monitor their behaviour.

500 staff have agreed to return,

but a further 800 are staying away

until the executives responsible

for the espionage are sacked. The

negotiations between the company

and the union will continue this morning.

Angry Queensland farmers have vowed

to lock their gas to keep coal and

gas explorers away.

The mining companies have too many

rightful exploration and could

potentially cause harm. It will

render agriculture virtually

obsolete on the Darling Downs. The

Government needs to take a look at

what they are doing, and until they

do that, the gate is locked. The Queensland Governmen locked. The Queensland Government has been

called on to broker a deal. Up to

40,000 gas wells and coal mines are

planned for the region.

planned for the region.

One of America's busiest travel

days could have longer airport

queues this year. There is a

growing call to protest during

Thanksgiving against tough new

security measures at airports.

An increasingly vocal group of

airline passengers say they're fed

up with being scanned or padded

down. I think the body scanners are

invasive, and I think they show too

much, and are not necessary. They

say there must be other ways to

protect the flying public, despite

using scans that show a naked image

of the naked body.

Would you submit to one of these

patdowns? Not if I could avoid it!.

No, I mean, who would?! Protesters

are asking people to refuse the

ten-seconds scan and opt for a

patdown that take up to four

minutes. I hope that the vast

majority of people want to just get

home for the holidays, to spend

time with their loved ones. TSA

officials say they understand

concerns and are evaluating their

procedures but they are not ready

to make drastic changes. I would

rather give up a little privacy.

About 20% of passengers are asked

to submit to body scans. Airlines

are telling customers to leave

plenty of extra time at the airport this week. A

There are no indications yet if any

Australians are among an estimated

180 people killed during a stampede

at a festival in Cambodia's capital

at Phnom Penh.

Revellers started rushing towards a

bridge. Thousands of people were bridge. Thousands of people were

crushed, several fell into the

water. Around two million people

attended the three-day festival

which marks the end of the wet season.

Usman Khawaja has been drafted into

the Ashes cricket squad as cover

for the injured Michael Clarke.

Usman Khawaja headed to Brisbane

last night after the vice captain

could not take part in training

yesterday, still suffering from a back injury.

Selectors erred on the side of

caution just two days out from the series opener.

He didn't train today. Until he

bats tomorrow, we cannot be sure.

Clarke can expected to test his bat

during batting practice in the nets

today. Joel Parkinson has returned

to the World Surfing Tour with

avengeance, winning the first leg

of Hawaii's Triple Crown. The 29-

year-old heads to Sunset Beach with

confidence and a $20,000 prize cheque.

Joel's joy, back on top after six

months sidelined with a serious foot injury.

It's been a year of tragedy, and

triumph for the 29-year-old, mind-

numbing rehab was followed by the

joy of his son's birth before his

world came crashing down with the

death of the close mate Andy Irons.

You can still forget everything and

drop everything in life and ride

ride a wave. The two-time champ

rode it to perfection.

Parker picked up $20,000, and

Triple Crown favouritism To get a

win here and go into Sunset is one of my strengths.

It's definitely a good start here.

While in the clash, the legends Tom

Carroll wound back the clob,

dominating this monster wave.

The Triple Crown returns to Sunset Beach on Thursday.

A global sell-off overnight as

investors digest the huge bail-out for Ireland, fearing Portugal may be next.

For more on this, I'm joined by

John Milroy from Macquarie Private Wealth.

Investors, they are nervous about

this European debt contagion? You

are right. A little over an hour to go.

You are right. The key focus is

this European bail-out for Ireland.

And that seems to be causing some

political problems as well with an

election now announced for January

2011. Contagion is not a word that

sets market's minds at ease.

Portugal is in the frame with the

action in the overnight bond markets too.

A weak finish here, with the Dow

closed for Thanksgiving and a half

day on Friday. It sounds like a

long weekend coming up

You will finish the start in the red.

But as we mentioned earlier with

the QR National float, collective

sighs of relief, mostly north of

where I stand today. A good

performance for investors, a

positive sign in in a difficult market.

Now to a look at other business

news. The country's richest woman

Gina Rinehart has purchased a 10%

stake in Network TEN.

Fairfax is bringing the company's

bid and digital operations closer.

Beach Energy has made a play for

Impress Energy in a merger that

will double production.

Esprit has announced plans to expand into men's fashion.

You can pop off to the shops and

buy yourself a new wardrobe. I

would look just fine in Esprit!

And that's it for Ten's Early News.

I'm Ron Wilson. Our next bulletin

is at 9am. I'm Kathryn Robinson.

Thanks for joining us today.

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