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(generated from captions) ripped off by massive mark-ups Australian consumers are being has revealed A startling investigation Good morning. to sleep with her child. Michael Jackson begged And a mother's emotional testimony - after a violent attack. A pitbull shot dead by police the sick by millions of dollars. claims chemists are overcharging The drug rip-off - This program is captioned live.

you need to take over the long-term. particularly if it is a medicine it is worth shopping around, scripts but also some PBS scripts, medicines, particularly private don't know for prescription inflated prices? Many consumers there any way consumers can avoid probably pushes the price up. Is probably pushes the price up. Is anticompetitive for consumers and them. The problem is it is package just spits out a price for helpful thing for pharmacists, the after all this is a pretty help would necessarily be different there's no reason to think they We didn't look at the other 40% but about 60% of the pharmacy market. looked at two packages which have pharmacies across Australia? We this software used by all people being ripped off by this. Is scripts as well. These are the multiple sclerosis need private people with chronic illness like MS, example, migraine treatments and people with chronic illness like example, migraine treatments and hormone replacement therapy for as a private script, some forms of contraceptives are only available talking about are mini some of the medicines we might be recommends a mark-up of 75%. Now, the PBS and the software system so those are things not covered on the so those are things not covered on mark-ups on private prescriptions What we're talking about is Just how high are the drug mark ups? Consumers Association joins us live. Nicola Ballenden from the Australian to look into claims of price fixing. the competition watchdog and has asked of dollars to the cost of medicines the mark-ups are adding millions The association says the price of drugs. that automatically mark up computer software packages many pharmacies are using has discovered The Australian Consumers' Association sometimes as high as 75%. on common pharmacy medications,

was addressing a forum last night its kind? Yes, the Prime Minister talk this could be the last case of changes by the government, there is inflation. Because of the proposed wages at least keep pace with in real terms. That is that minimum will not find themselves worse off changes it makes, low paid workers matter what industrial relations government to guarantee that no in the circumstances. We want the an $11 wage increase is appropriate bags of a slowing came. We believe ACTU would be lead in the saddle wage increase being sort by the had to say. We believe the $26.60 case. This is a bit of what they before they went into argue their a chance to speak to both groups it to more unemployment. We did get increase above $11 and it will lead small business will be hurt by any If you listen to business, they say the table with only $11.60 a week. week but industries are coming to earners to get an extra $26.60 a unions are calling for minimum wage back at it in Melbourne. The trade As you say, the old combatants are Max what is the union's claim? Ten's Max Futcher is there. case in Melbourne this morning. what could be the final minimum wage Unions and industry are battling out and of owning an attacking dog. with driving offences The motorist was charged to his lower leg. One officer was treated for injuries to shoot it. but were eventually forced to try and subdue the dog Officers say they used capsicum spray in the city's west overnight. for a random breath test after its owner failed to stop the dog attacked officers Police allege will appear in a Sydney court today. shot dead by police, pitbull terrier, The owner of an American savings there. pharmacies because there can be big check out mail order and Internet you can get the best price and Phone a few pharmacies and see if

of a 13-year-old boy Michael Jackson begged the mother Explosive claims Murray McCloskey, Ten News. the States no longer have an alibi. With the GST, in our federal system. there will be inevitable tensionsn meet their core responsibilities, But while ever the states fail to and not be at war with one another. on the hospital system, like the pressure and solve common problems, to get on together The people of Australia want us governments to take responsibility. Mr Howard says Australians wants in return for GST revenue, to slash State taxes With the Premiers under pressure for vestiges of State parochialism. I have very little time is and everything it can become, When I think about all this country an Australian nationalist. I am first and last to put the national interest first. the PM urged the States in Melbourne, Addressing a conservative think-tank is an idea whose time has come. on industrial relations A single set of national laws an unaffordable relic of the past. industrial relations systems John Howard branding the State control of the senate in July, in the lead-up to the Coalition's is gaining momentum The PM's reform agenda powers if they don't cut taxes. he will strip them of industrial Mr Howard has warned over the proceeds from the GST. in his battle with the Premiers The PM has raised the stakes Max Futcher in Melbourne. Thanks, Max. made in June. pay packets until a decision is won't know what it means for their arguments and minimum wage earners the commission is hearing the industrial relations chigz. For now, wage case heard by a body like the This could well be the last minimum Industrial Relations Commission. made to the powers of the worried about the changes being approaches in place now. Unions are contrast to the six different industrial relations laws, in wants to see a national approach to July. The Prime Minister says he taking control of the Senate in his government wants to make after foreshadowing some of the changes

pleading with her to change her mind and she did. That he basically said, "You don't trust me." He cried, he quivered, and basically said, "I would never do anything to harm him." During late 1993, young Jordie Chandler shared a bed with Jackson more than 30 times. The star showering the child's mother with expensive gifts, including jewellery, shopping sprees and world trips. As a parent, I hated her, because you got the sense that she sold her son. Jackson has repeatedly denied molesting the boy who received the large payout He's now 25 and is reportedly out of the country, refusing to take the stand. Observers say his mother's testimony could swing the case either way. Also on the stand, a former public relations expert who worked for Jackson and is now writing a tell-all book. Bob Jones claims he saw Jackson licking the boy's head during a flight the pop star became emotional, but on a trip to Las Vegas, sleep in Jackson's bedroom, she initially refused to let her son June Chandler told the jury on the witness stand. broke her silence about previous abuse allegations to stay quiet who was paid almost $30 million The mother of a 13-year-old boy centre stage at his paedophile trial. Michael Jackson's past was again took the stand, telling all. payout from the star, who received a multimillion-dollar The woman, to be allowed to sleep with him. on the star's private jet. In the United States, Leisa Goddard-Roles, Ten News. The Stones set to roll again, but will the wrinkly rockers tour Australia? Details when Ten's morning news returns. And is he a tourist or a terrorist - how a suitcase sparked a dramatic arrest in the US.

This program is captioned live. The fight against terrorism has turned into a hit TV show in Iraq. But there are concerns about the civil rights of suspects paraded on prime time. The government's latest weapon in the battle against insurgents, all part of propaganda war. This nightly program's called 'Terror in the Grip of Justice' and it has Iraqis gripped. Under a banner of the Iraqi police's Wolf Brigades, this man admits to killing a string of policemen, to kidnapping a businessman and to rape. In every episode there are similar confessions from men who say they carried out their attacks not out of conviction, but because they were threatened or paid. This police station holds criminals, suspected terrorists and, officers here admit, some innocent men all in the same cell, and several here talked to us of torture. This man needed help to show us his bruises. He told us he'd been given electric shocks and that they tried to pull out one of his nails. Others here had similar stories. The government admits that abuses have happened but this program is now one of the most popular in the country. The government says it's led to a flood of tip-offs and that it's helping discredit the insurgency and there are many Iraqis who don't care what it takes if the killings stop. A mother who was jailed for life for murdering her two babies has been freed after her convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in England. She always maintained her children were victims of cot death. Overwhelmed by her freedom, Donna Antony emerged from the Court of Appeal, cleared of murdering her two babies. The court decided that the original case put by medical experts had been undermined. Her lawyer spoke for her. She was condemned by theory, based on suspicion which was masquerading as medical opinion and it was completely wrong. No compensation or anything else can right the wrongs that have been done to Donna and these other mothers. It must never happen again. She was accused of smothering first Jordan and then a year later Michael but she's always maintained they were caught deaths. She's divorced from the children's father. At the original trial he felt she was guilty but she says he accepts today's judgment. 16 months ago the Court of Appeal cleared Angela Canning of murdering her two babies. That made a crucial difference for Donna Antony as disputed medical evidence was important in both cases and the paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow was an expert witness at both trials. Since the Cannings' judgment, he's faced severe criticism. Even so, the court was told today's case was not clear-cut. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has pledged to follow a US backed peace plan. While visiting President George W. Bush at his Texas ranch, the leaders announced Israel will meet all it's obligations under Bush's Road Map to Peace. The Prime Minister is willing to coordinate the implementation of the disengagement plan with the Palestinians. As for settlements, Israel must also meet all its obligations under the road map. Unauthorised settlements in the West Bank will be dismantled, and Ariel Sharon reaffirmed his support for a Palestinian state. A Chinese tourist standing outside a government building with suitcases has sparked a major security scare in the United States. Police were called after the man was spotted outside the Capitol building in Washington. He didn't make any threats and police say he refused to answer questions. The area was evacuated, and after a brief stand-off, officers moved in.

MAN: Oh my God! they're rushing him right now, they're rushing him. They're taking him down. They just took him down. Yeah! Woohoo! The suspect was dragged away, and the bomb squad detonated one of the bags. EXPLOSION The other suitcase was taken away and X-rayed, but authorities haven't revealed what they found inside. In what could be their final roll, the Stones are to hit the road again. 43 years after their first gig, British newspapers say the Rolling Stones will kick off a year-long world tour in Boston in August. The wrinkly rockers will also be releasing a new album, the group surprising fans, who believed they'd packed up their touring gear after their 2002 concert tour. There's no word yet if Australia will be on the itinerary. And hot on the heels of the royal wedding, will be 'Charles and Camilla: The Movie.' The early years of the new royal couple's romance is to make it to celluloid. The dramatisation will start with their first meeting in the 1970s and end on the eve of Prince Charles's marriage to his first wife, Diana. The film is to be made in Britain and casting for the two lead roles is under way. An AFL player facing a lengthy ban over an alleged gouging incident - That's when Ten's morning news returns. And a NZ Warrior earns the wrath of the NRL judiciary.

If you're looking for the ultimate gift, we've got a gem of an idea. Auction house Christie's claims this is the ideal ruby - a rare 8-carat stone from Burma. It's perfectly, perfectly red - what they call in the trade a pigeon-blood red ruby. The ruby will go under the hammer in New York tonight and is expected to fetch up to $2.5 million. Christie's is hoping an Asian buyer will be tempted by the lucky number 8. If you believe diamonds are a girl's best friend, then this 50-carat beauty would make a flawless companion - if you're prepared to pay up to $6 million. In finance news, a sluggish start for the Australian sharemarket. Donohue D'Souza at Commonwealth Securities - more important economic news for the reserve bank. It was the NAB business survey and it was going it be closely scrutinised because it could determine whether the Reserve Bank will hike rates at its next meeting in May. According to the survey business conditions and confidence weakened after the Reserve Bank hiked rates. On face value, it looks like interest rates may not move in the near term but there are inflationary pressures evident. The Reserve Bank will keep its finger firmly on the interest rate trigger. Another quiet session on the local share market? The local market is doing it tough and find ting hard to bounce back from yesterday's 32-point loss. It appears as if investors have been spooked by fresh talk of a possible rate hike in May. Crude oil prices have snapped their 5-day slide which is seen as a negative for the share

market but there's always winners and today the energy sector are the ones basking in the sun. Demon mid-fielder Brent Moloney will contest his 2-match suspension for rough conduct at tonight's AFL Tribunal. The 21-year-old will join Carlton's Heath Scotland, who is facing a lengthy time on the sidelines if found guilty of face gouging. It's a nervous night ahead for Demon Brent Moloney. Devastated for his part in hospitalising his good friend, the Demons will hedge their bets on replays that are still inconclusive on whether contact was made at all. COMMENTATOR: Just snicked him in the top of the head. Moloney's former team-mate Jimmy Bartel was KOed and spent the weekend in hospital, undergoing neck scans. But the Demons will argue it was as a result of the subsequent contact Bartel made with the turf. Two big cases for the tribunal to preside over tonight - Carlton's Heath Scotland faces the serious charge of gouging at the face of his former Magpie team-mate Tarkyn Lockyer. The Match Review Panel deemed the incident unnecessary and unreasonable. Scott Camporeale has accepted his second one-match ban for the year for his strike on Brodie Holland. The panel won't take action against Matthew Lloyd for breaking Josh Thurgood's cheekbone. But the Bomber full-forward phoned the rookie Hawk to apologise for the incident. I just wanted to let him know that I was thinking of him, and I love the way he goes about his footy, and all the best with his rehabilitation. An aside to Sunday's game with the League's umpiring department admitting Dean Solomon's winning goal should never have been awarded. And Sydney spearhead Barry Hall is poised to sign on for four more years with the Swans in a deal worth $2 million. Tim Hodges, Ten News. New Zealand's injury crisis has forced selectors to pick four new caps for the NRL Anzac Test against Australia, Wests Tigers Benji Marshall and Bronson Harrison, Penrith's Frank Pritchard and Warrior Jerome Ropati named for Friday week's match in Brisbane. For the Kiwi selectors, its been a case of sorting through the wreckage, Tony Puletua joining the injury list with a torn pectoral muscle, the Penrith forward to miss the rest of the season. Warriors forward Monty Betham is also out of contention. Last night he copped a 6-match suspension for a dangerous throw. At Parramatta, the inquisition continues into Sunday's first half capitulation against Brisbane, The club boss calling it Parramatta's worst effort in 26 years. I'll have to agree with what he said, but in the end, it's not the best thing you want to hear from one of your bosses. Coach Brian Smith under siege, but there's sympathy for his situation. The amount of crap he cops, yeah, definitely. He's a great coach and he's got this club out of a lot of trouble. Everyone's talking about the coach and that's fair enough, but I think it goes a lot further than the coach, as well. I think if the club doesn't perform, then they've gotta look right across the board. The Brisbane Broncos held their own inquisition last week after a 46-point loss to Melbourne. They turned it around with a 40-point win against Parramatta, the NRL competition more unpredictable than ever. It's really strange at the moment and I don't know where it's leading, but I think what you will find in the next four or five weeks, and particularly after the Origin period, and things will settle down and we'll get some clear leaders. Leanne West, Ten News. Shane Warne has brushed aside suggestions that Australia is worried about losing the Ashes for the first time in 20 years. The leg-spinner has arrived in England to captain the Hampshire county team and says all the excitement about the Ashes series is justified. Everyone's saying it's the first time in a long period of time that England have got chance to win the series, so I think all the pressure is on England rather than Australia. The Ashes series starts in July. Next in Ten news - a look at the weather around the nation.

Now for a look at the national weather, and for the rest of the day: They say what goes up, must come down. But that wasn't the case for a blimp in California. As hard as they tried, ground crew couldn't anchor the giant airship. Fire crews were eventually called in to cool the helium and bring it back to earth. That brings you up to date with all the news. Stay with Ten for updates throughout the day and the full details in Ten's news hour tonight. I'm Tracey Spicer. Good afternoon. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre.