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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Frank Colletta.

Welcome to Ten's Early News. Today,

after two years as bridesmaid,

Geelong's Gary Ablett finally takes

home the AFL's top individual award

at a star-studded ceremony in Melbourne. Melbourne.

Happy birthday Kevin Rudd. The

Prime Minister kicks off his 52nd

birthday with a breakfast meeting

overlooking New York's Central Park.

The chances of an early election

loom larger after the Government's

emissions trading scheme was rejected again. rejected again.

And in finance, CEO pay packets

back in the news after revelations

Jeff Dixon scored nearly $11

million for just five months work

at the top of Qantas.

A first check of the weather:

Geelong champion Gary Ablett ab has

final lip won the AFL's most

prestigious award, the Brownlow

Medal. After being favourite the

past two seasons, he polled 30

votes to claim the award from

Carlton captain, Chris Judd.

It was recognition from a player

who has dominated the competition

for the past three seasons. VOICE-

OVER: I declare the winner of the

2009 Brownlow Medal, Gary Ablett.

30 votes, just reward from the

umpires for an outstanding season

and a tribute to his old man. It's

going to be fantastic that I can go

home and say I've done something

that he hasn't done! He got off to

a flier. 12 votes in the first five

games. But St Kilda's Nick Dal

Santo. When he dropped off, it was

Jonathan Brown and Carlton skipper

Chris Judd who appeared the biggest

threats. But with a maximum, he saw

off challenges to give himself a

chance to match team-mate Jimmy

Bartel in 2007 by winning a

Brownlow and a Premiership in the same season.

In political vote counting, Kevin

Rudd is still wearing medal. In the

latest Newspoll out today, the

Prime Minister clearly leads in the

prefer the Prime Minister stakes

with 65% support. Malcolm Turnbull

is still struggling to win over

voters, recording just 17%. Labor

still holds an election-winning

lead of 55%, two party preferred to

the coalition's 45%.

Kevin Rudd is celebrating his 52nd

birthday, and while he's doing it

in style with a trip to New York,

it's all work and not much play for

the Prime Minister. He began the

day with a breakfast meeting overlooking central park before a

briefing with the United Nations

secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. Ban

Ki-moon then joined other leaders,

including former British prime

minister Tony Blair for the

official start of climate week, but

Kevin Rudd has been somewhat upstaged by another Australian

during the visit to the Big Apple.

Actor Hugh Jackman, who says a trip

to Ethiopia earlier this year

highlighted the dangers of global highlighted the dangers of global

warming. Thank you. I'm going to warming. Thank you. I'm going to

use the best weapon I have, which

is not the Wolverine claws, or my

mu tant powers, but my voice. The

G20 summit will be held in New York

later in the week.

The prospect of an early Federal

election looms larger after the

Opposition again rejected the

Government's emissions trading

legislation. Ian McPharland told

Penny Wong at the weekend that the

Opposition will need more changes

before the legislation is re-

introduced to Parliament in

November. A second rejection could

lead to a double dissolution.

Total fire bans are in place for Queensland today as emergency

workers prepare for extreme

conditions. NSW is also feeling the

heat. Farmers are still getting

over the hottest August on record.

The growing drought is likely to

lift food prices just in time for

Christmas.

A third generation farmer in the

NSW Riverina, Mark Hoskinson has

been through it all, but this

drought is nine years. Early winter

rain gave hope that the current

crops could be the best, but the

grain disappeared when the rain

disappeared. We've lost half of the

yield already. It is devastating

after getting a good start and then

seeing it develop like this. A hot

and windy August has cut the

State's wheat crop by 20%, and

farmers are counting the costs of

another year of failure. We can see

a huge generation loss of farmers

leaving the disstrict.? If we don't

get rain urgently in the future,

many more areas will be in drought.

That could have a big impact on the

family food bill as early as

Christmas. There's no sign of

significant rainfall until autumn

next year. The ideal situation will

be a return to the La Nina

conditions for the farmers. For a

growing number of farmer it will be too late.

There have been positive signs for

home owners in the eastern states

with home prices in NSW on the rise.

The NSW real estate institute says

Sydney's median house price rose 3%

in the June quarter to $544,000.

Units rose more than 2.5% to

$382,000. Rental vacancies were just 1.2%.

In the US, a man has been arrested

for the murder of his wife and five

children. 33-year-old Mesac Damas

was arrested in Haiti after his 32-

year-old wife and their children, aged between 11 months and nine

years, were found dead in their

Florida home. Police have described

the case as one of the most tragic

they've seen.

Sports news, and a nervous Matthew

Stokes says he's fit for Saturday's

AFL Grand Final but won't be upset

if he misses out. The Geelong

forward says he's recovered from a

groin injury, but won't know if

Wednesday. he's back in the side until

For the third straight year, the

Cats are faced with Grand Final

selection heartache. This time,

it's Matthew Stokes' turn. Yeah,

definitely nerve-racking but

exciting as well. Stokes withdrew

from the preliminary final against

the Pies because of groin soreness,

but he proved his fitness during

today's session. Yeah, I'm fit. So,

you'll put your hand up? Definitely.

A really selfless call by him on

the weekend to say he wasn't 100%

right to go, so he's certainly in

the mix. Last year, David Wujinski

was the Grand Final casualty. If

Stokes plays, Varco or Burns could

make wayment Burns missed out last

year. I wouldn't say that, but just year. I wouldn't say that, but just

glad to be a part of it. While Tom

Harley has given the biggest Harley has given the biggest

indication yet that the Grand Final

could be his last game. Oh, I mean,

it could be. It could be. My

attitude going into the finals,

especially the preliminary final,

and you know the Grand Final is

that you have to play it as the

last game. Harley was one of six

big name players who failed to play

on the track. He says it's all

about recemention. He says it is

all about the Saints.

Bulldogs halfback Brett Kimmorley

says he's ready for any added

attention he receives in his NRL

come back match against the Eels

this Friday night at ANZ Stadium.

With the ticket into the Grand

Final up to for grabs, Kimmorley

will return to the field after

missing three weeks. The Eels admit

that the veteran will be a target.

We'll definitely test him out. You

know, he has a serious face injury,

so we'll probably send a few up at

him and see how he goes. But as I him and see how he goes. But as him and see how he goes. But as I

said before, he's a smart player so

he'll know where he can and can't

be. The winner of the match will

play either Melbourne or Brisbane in the final.

Former Formula 1 boss Flavio

Briatore has been thrown out of

motorsport indefinitely for his

involvement in the Renault race-

fixing scandal. The Renault team

will race on after receiving a two- year suspended sentence,

Remember that during that period,

Qantas sacked more than 1,800 staff

and did not pay its shareholders a final devedend.

But, I've got good news for you. On

petrol, the average price has

fallen with unleaded down to $1.20.

Australian Institute of Petroleum

says the price has fallen by 2.5

cents in the past week marking the

biggest fall in two months. The NT

remains the most expensive State to

fill up. SA - you were' the

cheapest. Economists say that it

will fall by another 4 cents a litre.

Let's have a look at the boards.

For business in brief, the Minerals

Council has warned Kevin Rudd that

his proposed carbon pements for the

local minerals industry are far

greater than in Europe, and will

cost jobs. Fund managers have hold

the Henry Tax Review that

superannuation tax needs to be

simplified. WA's Government says

Julia Gillard's work safety laws

are too open to manipulation from

unions and Labor MPs.

And Gunns is seeking approval to

take over the assets of the failed

Timber Corp Group. take over the assets of the failed Timber Corp Group.

A blast of summer around some of

the major centres today:

Could princess Di have had an

affair with a former French

president? The former president is

hinting that they did? We'll tell you about

This program is captioned live.

Headlines on the quarter hour here

on Ten's Early News. Today's main

stories - the stars come out for

the AFL's night of nights.

Geelong's Gary Ablett shines the

brightest of all.

The PM begins his 5nd birthday with a special breakfast overlooking New

York's Central Park. At home, the

polls still have him flogging the

Opposition hands down.

And a former French president hints

that he may have had an affair with Salif Diao.

It might be pair to say -- with

Princess Diana.

Gary Ablett wouldn't have had much

sleep after winning the Brownlow

Medal, but he wasn't the only one

to shine. The

The Cats superstar has been

favourite to win three years

running. Last night, he finally

took it home. With a 30 votes a

clear runner-up was Chris Judd.

He's won bragging rights at home.

The award alluding his football

great father, Gary Ablett Sr. It's

going to be great to say I've done

something he wasn't done. And there

was another competition outside on

the red carpet. Wives and

girlfriends battled it out for the

Gownlow. I think it is the best

Brownlow Medal so far. Most dadsled

in floor length gowns. One dress

was reportedly encrusted with

$500,000 worth of diamonds.

Actually, this was made in a day.

Among the show stoppers was the

fiancee of Jeffrey Eadleston who

caused a stir. But seasoned

Brownlow WAGS were confident they'd

avoided the worst dress list. I'm

comfortable with what I'm wearing

but I love what I'm wearing.

Comfort - indeed.

And a special birthday present for

Kevin Rudd this morning. More good

news from the electorate. Kevin Rudd this morning. More good news from the electorate. In the

latest Newspoll out today, the

Prime Minister clearly leads in the preferred Prime Minister stakes

with 65% support. Malcolm Turnbull

is still struggling to win over

voters, recording just 17%. is still struggling to win over voters, recording just 17%. Labor

still holds an election-winning

read of 55% two-party preferred to

the coalition's 45%. And it may be

his birthday, but Kevin Rudd has

been overshadowed by Hugh Jackman

during his trip to New York.

Jackson joined the who's who of

world diplomacy, including former

British prime minister Tony Blair

at the launch of climate week,

saying that a recent trip to

Ethiopia hammered home the thoughts

of global warming. I don't do

private jets, and I try whenever I

can, to not only do my bid, but

more importantly to teach my kids.

But Mr Rudd did have his moment in

the limelight, kicking off his birthday celebrations with a

breakfast meeting overlooking

central park before a meeting with

the United Nations secretary-

general Ban Ki-moon E he a attend

G20 meetings later this week.

Australia's new ambassador to the

United States says the relationship

between Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama

won't be as close as the one

between George Bush and John Howard.

Kim Beazley says while it is not Mr

Obama's style to have close friends

among world leaders, the two men

still have much in common. There

would be no leader in the world who

comes out on exactly the same page

as President Obama does, and

compared with Kevin Rudd. Mr

Beazley says his priority in his

new job is to have the US focus

more on issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Extreme weather conditions have

forced Queensland authorities to

impose a total fire ban across most

of the sunshine state today.

Firefighters are on alert as

temperatures are expected to sizzle.

A spring scorcher has hit

Queensland. And fire chiefs aren't

taking any chances. It's certainly

the environment is very dry.

Probably as dry as it's been for

quite some years. Total fire bans

are now in place in Queensland's

central and inland areas. Brisbane

and its surrounds will see bans

from midnight tonight. The

dangerous cocktail of dry grass,

high winds and low humidity making

for a worrying time ahead. Under

those sorts of conditions, fires

develop and spread very rapidly,

and that it is important for the

community to let us know as quickly

as they can about any fire that

they see. The bans will stay in

place until at least Thursday.

Temperatures across the State are

expected to be in the 30s today.

The weather bureau says we'd better

get used to it. We're getting

temperatures probably 10 degrees

above average. And that's just fine

by the thousands of families making

their way to Queensland for school

holiday fun. Loving it. Kids, are

you having fun? Yeah. This family

is from Wollongong. This is as hot

as they can handle. Back for

summer? No.

An Australian party goer has been

crushed to death by a train in

Munich while returning home from ok

tober fest celebrations. The man

hasn't been named but locals say

that he was returning to a camp

site with a 25-year-old New Zealand

man. They say he fell under the

wheels of a train as he rang

alongside the tracks.

A group of Queensland police

officers may face the sack after a

naked bucks party romped through

Brisbane streets. Two off duty

officers from a special operations

unit bared all at this set of

traffic lights. Motorists copped an

eyeful when they ran naked around

the minibus, the problem was that

the bus was a police vehicle.

Inside were other officers, one on

duty. To be able to describe the

disappointment. The use of

Government property for private

purposes is unacceptable. All of

those involved could be sacked.

The top US and NATO commander in of

a has warned that the war against

the Taliban could be lost within a

year without more troops. General

Stanley McCrystal says a new

strategy is needed, and warned that

inadequate resources will likely

result in failure. The general, who

assumed command in June, says the

campaign in Afghanistan has been

historically underresourced and

remains so.

A new scandal is brewing in Europe

after a former French president

hinted that he an affair with

princess Diana. He was written a

supposedly romantic novel about a

French leader's affair with a Welsh

princess. Characters clearly

modelled on himself and the

Princess of Wales. In the book,

they met at a G7 summit at a time

when she was left miserable by her

husband's adultery. The novel,

titled 'Principle sells and the

President' will be released in

Paris next month.

Eels forward Nathan Hindmarsh has

sent out a warning to Bulldogs

forward Brett Kimmorley ahead of

the preliminary final. He's

declared that the Eels will target

Kimmorley. He returns after surgery

to a fractured cheekbone.

Brett Kimmorley can't hide his

excitement about returning to the

field. Come Friday night, he might

not be able to hide. It will

definitely test him out. You know,

he has a serious face injury, and

we'll probably send a few up at him

and see how he goes. But as I said

before, he's a smart player so

he'll know where he can and can't

be. Kimmorley is returning after

surgery on the fractured cheekbone.

He knows he'll be a target. He'll

be mad to think that they won't put

pressure on me. Gone are the days

of a cheap shot and get away with

it. If they do try anything, we'll

take the penalty and roll forward.

Struggling with a painful hip

injury, Daniel Mortimor expects

plenty of attention. Still, he's

desperate to play. I'll get a few

shots before the game to numb the

pain if that's what's needed.

Meanwhile, a side no Brisbane fan

wants to see. Peter Wallace ruled

out for the remainder of the season

with a broken ankle. How are you

going? Yeah, awesome. Some good

news ahead of the clash with the

Storm. Karmichael Hunt escaping

suspension, despite being slapped

with a grade one tripping charge by

the NRL judiciary.

Collingwood veteran forward Anthony

Rocca is hoping to swap his AFL

boots for a pair of American boots for a pair of American

football boots after retiring from

the game. After a season

interrupted by injury, he told

coach Mick Malthouse he'd had

enough. After two initial seasons

in Sydney, the 32-year-old retires

with 242 games under his belt. 220

of those for Collingwood. He sits

eighth on the magpies all time

goal-kicking tally with 404. He

says he's hopeful of following his

big brother, Sav, into the NFL in

America as a punter.

Stocks slip on Wall Street this

morning as investors became rather

cautious, and here with the details

is Juliana Roadley from Commsec.

Stocks hit some resistance in the

US. Was it all profit-taking? A

little bit of profit-taking, but

also the high US dollar hitting the

stocks. Light trading ahead of the

Federal Reserve and the G20 meeting.

The banks and the energy stocks

under pressure but the tech stocks

doing OK. The DOW off by 55 and the

NASDAQ up by four. Our shares were

slightly weaker in the previous slightly weaker in the previous

session. How is it shaping up

today? It looks like our market

will be weaker again today opening

down 11 points. The miners could

come under pressure. Base metals

were higher. The oil price now back

below 70US a barrel. Gold still

around the $1,005 an ounce mark.

But if you look for good news, you

look at the petrol price. The

average across Australia falling by

2.5cepts a litre down from an

average of.5. And even lower prices next week.

Filling up today. Thank you very

much. Now for business in brief,

Cab Charge has indicated that it is

not going down with without a fight

over allegations that it tried to over allegations that it tried to

eliminate competitors and rivals.

Alcan is cautious about the short-

termal ue minimum market but

confident about -- aluminium market

but confident about that.

Here's the weather check for you right now:

Don't forget fire bans across much

of Queensland today because of the

extreme conditions.

After the break, two of the world's

greatest chess masters. Remember

Kasperov? Well, they're doing it

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This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes here on

ten's early news. No longer the

bridesmaid. Geelong's Gary Ablett

breaks the drought and takes home

the AFL's top individual award at a

star-studded ceremony in Melbourne.

The PM celebrates his 52nd birthday The PM celebrates his 52nd birthday

in New York with a breakfast

meeting overlooking central park.

Total fire bans in place for much

of the north of Australia today as

firefighters prepare for extreme conditions.

And in big business, those CEO pay

packets are back in the news after

revelations that Jeff Dixon scored

nearly $11 million for just five

months at the top of Qantas.

Geelong champion Gary Ablett has

finally won the AFL's most

prestigious award, the Brownlow

Medal. After being favoured for the

past two seasons, he claimed the

award from Carlton captain Chris Judd.

It was recognition from a player

who has dominated the competition

for the past three seasons. VOICE-

OVER: I declare the winner of the

2009 Brownlow Medal, Gary Ablett of 2009 Brownlow Medal, Gary Ablett of

the Geelong football club.

30 votes and eight best on ground.

Just reward from the umpires for an

outstanding season and a tribute to

his old man. It's going to be

fantastic. I can go home and say

that I've done something that he

hasn't done! So I'm excited about

that. He got off to a flier. 12

votes in the first five games. But votes in the first five games. But

St Kilda's Nick Dal Santo was hot

on the tail. It was Brisbane

captain Jonathan Brown and jis Judd

who appeared the biggest threats.

But with a maximum in round 20, he

gave himself the chance to match

Jimmy Bartel in 2007 by winning a

Brownlow and a Premiership in the same season.

In political vote-counting, Kevin

Rudd is still clearly the winner. In political vote-counting, Kevin Rudd is still clearly the winner.

In the latest Newspoll out today,

the Prime Minister clearly leads in

the preferred Prime Minister stakes

with 65% support. Malcolm Turnbull

is still struggling to win over

voters, recording just 17%. Labor

still holds an election-winning

lead of 55% two-party preferred to

the coalition's 45%. lead of 55% two-party preferred to

the coalition's 45%. Kevin Rudd is celebrating his 52nd birthday, and

while he's doing it in style with a

trip to New York. It's all work and

not much play for the Prime

Minister. He began the day with a

breakfast meeting overlooking

central park before a meeting with central park before a meeting with the United Nations secretary-

general Ban Ki-moon. Mr Rudd has

been somewhat upstaged by another

famous Australian during his visit

to the Big Apple. Actor Hugh

Jackman made an appearance at the

official launch of Climate Week,

saying a trip to Ethiopia earlier

this year highlighted the dangers

of global warming. I'm going to use

the best weapon I have which is not

the Wolverine claws, but my voice.

Kevin Rudd will attend the G20

lighter in the week.

Total fire bans are in place for

Queensland today as emergency

workers prepare for extreme

conditions. NSW is also feeling the

heat. Farmers are still getting

over the hottest August on record.

The growing drought is likely to

lift food prices just in time for Christmas.

A third generation farmer in the

NSW Riverina, Mark Hoskinson has

been through it all, but this

drought is nine years and counting.

Early winter rain gave hope that

the current crops could be the best

in a decade, but the rain quickly

disappeared, decimating the grain

and barrelly and oat harvests. It's

lost half of its yield already.

It's devastating after that. A hot

and windy August has cut the

State's wheat crop by 20% and

farmers like the Hoskinsons are

counting the costs of another year

of failure. Yeah, we can see a huge

generation loss of farmers leaving

the disstricts. If we don't get

rain urgently in the very near

future, many more areas will go

into drought. There will be

extensive crop failure. And that

could have a big impact on the

family food bill as early as

Christmas. There's no sign of

significant rainfall until autumn

next year. The ideal situation

would be that we see a return to

the La Nina conditions for the

farmers that. Would give us above

average rainfall. For a growing

number of farmers, it will be too

late.

There have been positive signs for

home owners in the eastern States

with house prices in NSW on the

rise. The NSW Real estate Institute

says that Sydney's median house

price rose 3% to $544,000. Units

rose more than 2.5bers to $382,000.

rose more than 2.5bers to $382,000.

The rental vacancies were just 1.3%.

Despite the rises, prices are still

lower than at the same point last year.

In the US, a man has been arrested

for the murder of his wife and five

children. The 33-year-old was

arrested in Haiti after his 32-

year-old wife and their children,

aged between 11 months and 9 years,

were found dead in their Florida

home yesterday. Police have

described the case as one of the

most tragic they've seen.

Chess legends Gary Kasparov and

Potorov will fails each other. They

will play 12 games against each

other in Spain. Their first dual in

Moscow back in 1984 dragged on for

five months before it was called

off for health reasons with no

reason. Kasporov, now a Russian

politician was only 21. The last

time they played each other was in 1990.

The space shuttle 'Discovery' is

finally home after a cross-country

journey and a trip into shall it.

The shuttle arrived at the Kennedy

Space Centre in Florida atop a

jumbo yet after a 4,000 km piggy

back. It landed after a successful

mission to the International Space

Station. Disneys next flight is

scheduled for -- 'Discovery's next flight

He could be a year fr winning what

he wanted to desperately. I did

drag it out as long as I could and

I was 38 when I finished last year.

I think I did pretty well. You

can't think like that. I had my

chance. His absence isn't lost on

his much younger old team-mates,

who admit that they feel for the

Brownlow Medallist. You do, a

little bit, because someone like

him busted his gut for 17 years to

get us into the position that we

are this year. With a club with a

littered history of heartbreak and

limited success, the current crop

wears a steely resolve to change

all of that. We're focused on us as

a group creating our own history

and what we can achieve and what's

happened in the past really has

nothing to do with the current

group of players. But as much as

the Saints will be playing for

their shriels of history, they'll

have ledge ends watching and hoping.

I was convinced it won't happen in

my lifetime! Yes, it's a real

chance this year.

Should the Saints win, a frail

Buldock will present Nick Riewoldt

with the Premiership cup on Saturday.

Bulldogs halfback Brett Kimmorley

says he's ready for any added

attention he gets in the NRL come

back match against the Eels. With a

ticket into the Grand Final up for

grabs, Kimmorley will return to the

field after missing three weeks

with a broken cheekbone. The Eels

admit that the veteran will be a

target. We'll definitely test him

out, I'll say. He has a serious

face injury, so we'll probably send

a few up at him and see how he goes,

but as I said before, he's a smart

player, so he'll nowhere he can and

can't be. The winner will play

either Melbourne or Brisbane in the final.

One of Formula 1's leading team

bosses has been thrown out of

motorsport. Flavio Briatore has

been banned for his involvement in

Renault's race-fixing scandal.

However, the Renault team will race

on after being handed a two-year

suspended sentence. The FIA said it

had no option but to dismiss Flavio

Briatore. It's sad, because he's

been in motorsport for 20 years,

more, actually, at the top level,

and it's sad to see a career end

like that. But what else could we

do? The Italian is accused of

ordering Nelson PK Junior to crash

during last year's Singapore Grand

Prix, so team-mate Fernando Alonso

race. had a better chance of winning the

More of finance now with Frank

Colletta, and we're clearly in the

wrong business. Absolutely. CEOs

absolutely raking it in. It's

amazing. It's not really a great

gauge as to where the recovery is

with the profit reporting season

almost here again, get set for

angry shareholders because the CEO

pay packets will be well and truly

back in the news. The former Qantas

chief executive, Jeff Dixon is the

object of anger. It's revealed that

he was paid $10.7 million last year

despoit being in the top job for

just five months. Remember that

during that period, Qantas sacked

more than 1,800 staff and did not

pay the shareholders a final

dividend. But good news on petrol.

The average price has fallen for a

second week in a row. The

Australian Institute of Petroleum

says the price has fallen by 2.5

cents in the past week. That marks

the biggest fall in two months. The

NT remains the most expensive State

to fill up. SA is the cheapest.

Economists say prices are also

expected to fall by another four

cents a litre over the next

fortnight.

Wall Street. Let's go to the board and start at

Frank, take a look at that

temperature in Brisbane today:

Checking news websites from around

the world this morning. The Jakarta

Post looks at extreme security

measures employed by Indonesian

police. And an open house put on by

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

for the people of West Java.

The Guardian reports on the funeral

of Sir Bobby Robson.

The Moscow Times says Barack

Obama's decision to stop the

European missile defence program

has given Russia hope that the US

will take further trade-related

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This program is captioned live.

These are the headlines on ten's

early news. AFL's night of nights

become as night of celebration for

the Geelong star Gary Ablett.

the Geelong star Gary Ablett.

The American head of NATO forces in

Afghanistan admits that the war is

not going well, and we Koh Samui

well lose to the Taliban in the

next 12 months.

A new scannal about Princess Di and

a former French president. A real

romance or just an old man's fantasy?

Star player Gary Ablett won't have

had much sleep overnight after

winning the Brownlow Medal. But the

Cats player wasn't the only one to

shine on the AFL night of nights.

The Cats superstar has been

favourite to win the highest

individual honour for the AFL three years running. Last night he

finally took it home. With 30 votes,

a clear frontrunner-up was Chris

Judd. He's won bragging rights at

home too. The award eluding his

footballing great father, Gary

Ablett Sr. It's going to be

fantastic to go home and say I've fantastic to go home and say I've

done something he wasn't done.

There was another competition

outside on the blue carpet. Wives

and girlfriends battled it out for

the Gownlo. I'm in love with it. I

think it's the best Brownlow one

I've had so far. Most dazzled in

floor length gowns. One dress was

reportedly encrusted with $500,000

worth of diamonds. Actually, this

was made in a day, believe it or

not. Among the show stoppers of the

fiancee of Jeffrey Eadlestone who

caused a stir with her barely there

ensemble. But seasoned Brownlow

WAGSs were confident that they'd

avoided the worst dressed list. I'm avoided the worst dressed list. I'm

very comfortable with what I'm very comfortable with what I'm

wearing, but I suppose that's not

up to me any more, that's up to you.

It may be his birthday, but Kevin

Rudd has been overshadowed by Hugh

Jackman during his trip to New York.

The pair then joined the who's who

of world diplomacy, including

former British prime minister Tony

Blair. Jackson says a recent trip

to Ethiopia hammered home the

dangers of global warming. I don't

do private jets, and I do really

try whenever I can to not only do

my bit, but more importantly, to

teach my kids. But Mr Rudd did have

his moment in the lime liebgt,

kicking off his 52nd birthday

celebrations with a breakfast

meeting over central meeting before

secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. a meeting with the United Nations

He'll attend G20 meetings later this week.

And special birthday present for Mr And special birthday present for Mr this week.

Rudd. More good news from the

electorate. In the latest Newspoll,

the Prime Minister leads in the

preferred Prime Minister stakes

with 65% support. Malcolm Turnbull

is still struggling to win over

voters, recording just 17%. Labor

holds an election-winning lead of

55% two-party preferred to the

coalition's 45%.

55% two-party preferred to the

coalition's 45%. Australia's new ambassador to the United States

says the relationship between Kevin

Rudd and Barack Obama won't be as

close as the one between George

Bush and John Howard. Kim Beazley

says while it is mot Mr Obama's

style to have close friends among

world leaders, the two men still

have much in common. There would be

no leader in the world who comes

out on exactly the same page as

President Obama does, and compared President Obama does, and compared

with Kevin Rudd. Mr Beazley says

his priority in his new job is to

have the US focus more on issues in

the Asia Pacific region.

Extreme weather conditions have

forced Queensland authorities to

impose a total ban across most of impose a total ban across most of

the sunshine State today.

Firefighters are are on alert as

temperatures are expected to sizzle.

Snoil A spring scorcher has hit

Queensland, and fire chiefs aren't

taking nip chances. Certainly, the

environment is very dry. Probably

as dry as it's been for quite some

years. Total fire bans are in place

in Queensland's central and inland

areas. Brisbane and its surrounds

will see bans from midnight tonight.

The dangerous cocktail of dry grass,

high winds and low humidity, making

for a worrying time ahead. Unthose

sorts of conditions, fires develop

and spread very rapidly, and that

it is important for the community

to let us know as quickly as they

can about any fire that they see.

The bans will stay in place until

at least Thursday. Temperatures

across the State are expected to be

in the 30s today. The weather

bureau says we'd better get used to

it. We're getting temperatures

probably going to be pushing about

10 above average. And that's just

fine by the thousands of families

making their way to Queensland for

school holiday fun. Loving it. Kids,

are you having fun? Yeah. This

family is from Wollongong. This is

as hot as they can handle. Back for

summer? No!

An Australian man has been crushed

to death by a train in Munich while

returning home from Oktoberfest returning home from Oktoberfest

celebrations. The 38-year-old

Queenslander was returning to a

camp site with a New Zealand friend.

Police say that he fell under the

wheels of the train as he ran

alongside the tracks. Consular

staff in Germany are providing

assistance to the man's family. assistance to the man's family.

The top US and NATO commander in

Afghanistan has warned that the war

against the Taliban could be lost

within a year without more troops.

General Stanley McCrystal says a

new strategy is needed, and warned

that inadequate resources will

likely result in failure. The

general, who assumed command in

June, says the campaign in

Afghanistan has been historically

underresourced and remains so. underresourced and remains so.

A major mafia trial is under way in

New York with the alleged boss of

pt Gambino family on trial. John

Gotti Jr is facing murder, racket

years and drug charges. He's

already beaten kidnapping charges

in 2005 and 2006. For some reason, in 2005 and 2006. For some reason,

prosecutors seem to have trouble

convincing a jury to convict him or

his associates. Gotti has pleaded

innocent and says he's no longer

involved in the family business.

A new scandal is brewing in Europe

after a former French president

hinted he had an awith Princess

Diana. The 83-year-old has written

a supposedly romantic novel about a

French leader's affair with a Welsh

principle sells. In the book, the

pair meet at a G7 summit at a time

when the young British Royal was

left miserable by her husband

aadultery. The novel will be

released in Paris next month.

Eels forward Nathan Hindmarsh has

sent out a warning to Bulldogs

halfback Brett Kimmorley ahead of

Friday night's preliminary final at

ANZ Stadium. He's declared that the

Eels will target the injured

veteran. Kimmorley returns after

surgery to a fractured cheekbone.

Brett Kimmorley can't hide his

excitement about returning to the

field. Come Friday night, he might

not be able to hide. We'll

definitely test him out, I'd say.

He has a serious face injury, so

we'll probably send a few up at him

and see how he goes. But as I said

before, he's a smart player, so

he'll know where he can and can't

be. Kimmorley is returning after

surgery on his frablgtured

cheekbone. He knows he'll be a

target. He'd be mad not to think

that they'll run pressure at me.

Gone are the days with a cheap shot

in the background and get away with

it. If they do try to do anything,

we'll take the penalty and go

forward. Struggling with a painful

hip injury, Daniel Mortimor also

expects plenty of attention. Still,

he's desperate to play. Yeah, I'll

get a few shots before the game to

numb the pain if that's what I need.

While, a sight no Brisbane fans

wants to see. Peter Wallace ruled

out for the remainder of the season

with a broken ankle. How are you

going, Pete? Yeah, awesome. Some

good news for the Broncos ahead of

the clash with the Storm on

Saturday. Karmichael Hunt escaping

suspension despite being slapped

with a grade one tripping charge

with the NRL judiciary.

Collingwood veteran forward Anthony

Rocca is hoping to swap his AFL

boots for a pair of American

football boots. After a season

interrupted by injury, he told the

coach Mick Malthouse he's had

enough. After two seasons in Sydney,

he retires with 242 games under his

belt. 220 of those for Collingwood.

He sits eighth on the Magpies all-

time goal kicking tally with 404.

He says he's hopeful of following

his big brother, Sav, into the NFL

in America as a punter.

Stocks slip on Wall Street in this

morning's trade as investors were

cautious. Here with the details is

Juliana Roadley from Commsec.

Stocks hit some resistance in the

US. Was it all just profit-taking?

Only a little bit of profit taking.

I think the high US dollar was

there and the fact that volumes

were high ahead of the Federal

Reserve meeting and the G20 meeting which

which is going to both occur later

in the week. We had the banks and

the energy stocks lower. Good gains

coming through in the tech stocks

towards the close. The DOW

finishing down and the NASDAQ up by

5. Shares were slightly weaker on

Monday. How is it shaping up today?

Another down day at the opening

today. Set to open down 11 points.

The miners could come under

pressure. Base metals higher and

the oil price off by 3% with the

key oil price down below $70 a

barrel. Gold off by $5. But the God

news is that petrol prices fell on

average across Australia. Down by

2.5 cents a loter in the last week,

down to an average of $1.23.5 a

litre we're looking for more falls

next week.

So, this morning, get the fuel can

out and fill her up because the

petrol price is continuing to fall.

Race down there immediately. Check

of the weather today before we go.

Don't forget the fire danger in

Queensland has resulted in bans in

much of the State, expecting a top

of 33 in Brizzie today:

Final check of today's headlines.

Geelong star Gary Ablett takes home

the AFL's top individual award -

the Brownlow Medal ahead of his

side's Grand Final showdown with

the Saipts this Saturday.

Kevin Rudd is celebrating his 52nd

birthday in New York. He kicked off

his big day with a business

leader's breakfast meeting

overlooking central park.

And as I mentioned, the total fire

ban in place for much of the north

today as firefighters prepare for

extreme conditions. The lack of

rain across the nation is also

expected to boost grocery prices

just in time for Christmas.

That's it for Ten's Early News. The

first 15 minutes of the bulletin is

now available for download from our

website. I'm Ron Wilson. See you

again at 6:00 tomorrow morning. I'm

Frank Colletta. Have a great day.

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