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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. from the Australian model Tonight - an unexpected statement facing drug charges in a Bali jail. before it comes down. The price potentially will go up as high as it is, The petrol price doesn't have to be do anything about it? so why won't anyone And... my life was getting out that house, I thought that the happiest day of of my life is today. but I think the happiest day separated in Hurricane Katrina. ..a change of fortune for a family You're all right. Chin up, mate.

and welcome to Ten's Late News. Hello, I'm Charmaine Dragun Also tonight - I think it's crazy. Why is that? Well, I mean, it's a sport. A new HSC subject sparks controversy.

some of these cappuccino courses It's bad enough that we've got in our universities. it as a HSC subject in NSW That we're now, apparently offering is an absolute disgrace. And later in the news - because in personal appearances, I wear it a lot when they say, "Can I touch it?" I like the people to a comic actor. Hollywood's sad farewell and you'll hear a tale SONG: # Just sit right back # A tale of a fateful trip... # # A tale of a fateful trip... # facing an uncertain future First tonight, the Australian model has broken her silence in a Bali jail in Muslim clothing. on why she's been dressing she converted to Islam a year ago Michelle Leslie says her from going mad and it's her faith that's preventing she shares with other prisoners. in the tiny cell

to put the record straight, She says she wants the Muslim clothing to win favour denying a claim she's wearing her for alleged drug possession. with Indonesian police investigating her critics think The 24-year-old says she's upset to manipulate the system. she's trying tonight through a family friend. The unexpected statement was released responsibility Now, why no one's taking for the rising price of petrol. are blaming each other Federal and state leaders the PM's ruling out cutting excise for an inquiry into profiteering. and a Premier is calling we've ever seen They're the highest prices any time soon. and there won't be relief before it comes down. The price potentially will go up for the skyrocketing prices? So who's to blame of this Government. This is something beyond the control of the high price of oil. It is a result

is higher than supply, Put simply, world demand for oil by Hurricane Katrina and it's made worse in the Gulf of Mexico. which has hit refineries that's a cop out But one Premier says the fuel excise - and the PM should consider cutting worth 38 cents a litre. and it's a legitimate question. It has been done before in Canberra think that's a good idea. But not even his colleagues

commitments in that area. We wouldn't make any irresponsible costs a lot of money. Acting in this area for every 1% cut in the excise In fact, $380 million John Howard won't budge. and that's why to do that. No, I don't see we have the capacity The Opposition though, says he can do some things the local oil industry like try to improve on the international market to reduce our reliance and service station owners say monitored by the ACCC. petrol prices should be formally of profiteering They've accused oil companies as an excuse for price hikes using Hurricane Katrina on oil prices. before the impact is felt happen as we've seen this week, When you see the big price hikes that's straight oil company profit. Laurel Irving, Ten News. High emotions today tracked down as two Australians were finally

amid the hurricane crisis. who'd feared the worst. It was a huge relief for families flew into Houston yesterday, Ashley McDonald's parents to find their son. planning to search shelters staying at a hotel in Baton Rouge, But it's now believed he's been well away from danger.

through credit card details, He has been traced to a motel and a friend who is at the hotel

to him staying at the hotel. has also testified Also off the missing list - Keith Faulkner, 75-year-old cancer patient reunited with his wife of 35 years. my life was getting out that house, I thought that the happiest day of of my life is today. but I think the happiest day trapped in his New Orleans home. The retired engineer spent five days

he could ride out the storm. He thought was at her sister's house, His American wife, Grace-Ann, the love of her life. fearing she'd lost You're all right. Chin up, mate. if he'd make it out alive. Her husband was also wondering show up here soon If somebody doesn't this could be the end of everything. I'm you know, to attract rescuers' attention He used his car alarm 350km away. and was flown to a nursing home

will be home to the Faulkners. For the short term, this small town

Like thousands of other evacuees, return to their house in New Orleans. it will be months before they can

to return to. But there may be nothing The house is already gone and burned continues to burn out of the water. but you can see that gas main across the flooded city. Fires are erupting Direct hit. Direct hit. the rescue effort, The fires are slowing to the flames. soldiers turning their attention ignoring the evacuation order, Thousands of stragglers are still waiting for the water to go down. You all got food and water? MAN: Everybody OK? pumping floodwater out of the city Engineers fixing levees and are beginning to see results. 80% of New Orleans was flooded.

That's now down to 60%. to have a significant impact Those two pumps are starting throughout the city of New Orleans. so rescue is still by boat. Many of the roads are still rivers, bracing themselves Authorities are also of what lies beneath the floodwaters. for the horror Leisa Goddard-Roles, Ten News. In New Orleans, The finger of blame continues the Bush Administration to point towards for a sluggish relief response. The President has sent his deputy to Louisiana to assess the damage there as hurricane refugees are relocated around the United States. Feeling the political heat, President Bush will personally lead an inquiry into the disastrously slow response to Hurricane Katrina. We want to make sure that we can respond properly if there's a WMD attack or another major storm. And so I'm going to find out over time what went right and what went wrong. After a visit to a crowded Houston shelter, the President's mother fuelled criticism of her son's leadership with an offhand remark suggesting thousands of devastated refugees are better off in Texas.

The comments by the former first lady highlight a growing concern among Texans that the influx of refugees will change the nature of this state. You know, crime rates go up. Now our family are in jeopardy because these people are going to do whatever it takes to survive. But that attitude's infuriated the thousands who've lost their families,

their friends and their livelihoods. We're not refugees. If you want to call us anything, call us survivors. Or heroes.

Other Texans are more accommodating - James Cramer one businessman ready to offer the newcomers work and the chance of a fresh start. This is what America is all about. This is what we do. In a time of crisis we come together and try to help out. In Texas, Rahni Sadler, Ten News. Health officials have renewed their warnings of the spread of disease if people don't get out of New Orleans. The mayor says water still submerging much of the city is a toxic sludge of human waste, bodies and mosquitoes. Thousands of survivors have waded chest deep in that sludge, and doctors warn infections can take time to show and can be deadly. In the elderly and in children these infections can be deadly. Officials say the only way to avoid the threat is to leave. It's been an emotional day at the inquiry into the Sea King helicopter crash. The captain of 'Kanimbla' and families of victims broke down as more details emerged about the deaths of nine Defence Force personnel. 'Kanimbla's captain, Commander George McGuire, wiped tears from his eyes

as he gave evidence about the grief the ship's company experienced when it became known nine of their shipmates had been lost in the accident. After the Sea King helicopter After the Sea King helicopter 'Shark 02' went down on the island of Nias, the ship's remaining chopper

evacuated two seriously injured survivors back to 'Kanimbla' for medical treatment. The pilots upset at having seen the bodies of their dead comrades

at the crash site. Commander McGuire told the inquiry: Earlier, the pilot had radioed, "I have got two survivors. I cannot find any further survivors. "They are in a bashed-up state. "I can see bodies in the wreckage. Require instructions." Commander McGuire said he led a party of doctors and medics back to the site the next day to recover the remains. Some members of the victims' families were forced to wipe away tears as the ship's captain recounted harrowing details about how the bodies were recovered from the wreckage. Commander McGuire criticised the Canberra-based Defence Department media unit

for attempting to control and restrict details of the crash from becoming public, with journalists confined to a room aboard the 'Kanimbla'. The restrictive media management continuing at the inquiry today after Defence banned media crews from filming people walking into the building. John Hill, Ten News. Treasurer Peter Costello has met Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss Australia's role in reconstruction after the Boxing Day tsunami. The meeting was scheduled to follow Mr Costello's tour of the devastation in Aceh where he announced an additional $88 million in Australian aid. We want to have a strong and good relationship with Indonesia and I think that it is as good as it has been for a long time. Mr Costello also issued a warning to young Australians to take seriously the dangers of trying to take illegal drugs

into any part of Indonesia. After the break - I think it's crazy.

Why's that? Well, I mean, it's a sport. A new HSC subject sparks controversy.

Well, it's bad enough that we've got some of these cappuccino courses in our universities. That we're now offering it as an HSC subject in NSW is an absolute disgrace.

And later in the news - They're talking about it going up to $1.50 or $1.60 eventually, and that's a bit astronomical. On bikes you wouldn't even notice that price rise. How to beat the petrol price hike, but not at a cost to your mobility. It's definitely something you'd think about, yeah.

The PM has been dragged into the growing row over Telstra's share price, with a claim he's misled investors. He was told the company was overvalued, but didn't pass that information on to the public.

It should have been one of the PM's better days. After nine years, his mission to sell Telstra was coming to a successful conclusion.

Instead, he was under fire for keeping investors in the dark. Didn't the PM have an obligation to ensure that mum and dad investors knew the true state of Telstra? Telstra's Sol Trujillo gave the PM a warts-and-all briefing last month. But there it stayed until its contents leaked to the Opposition. Mr Howard explains his failure to come clean this way. The reality is that according to the advice that I have from the Department of Finance and through my own department it would have been against the law.

Mr Speaker, there is absolutely nothing to prevent the PM ensuring that Telstra tells the truth to the Australian people. Mr Howard says the last 48 hours dramatically demonstrate

the conflict of interest the Government is in by being the telco's major shareholder. So will he sell it as soon as he can? Will we sell at any price? Certainly not! ASIC, the corporate watchdog, is now investigating if Telstra has misled investors over its real state of disrepair. Some in the market believe the PM too has a case to answer for urging executives to talk the company up. for urging executives to talk the company up. I'm not exhorting anybody to tell lies. I'm just saying that if you're a chief - or a senior executive in a company you shouldn't talk down the interests of the company. Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. An unusual new HSC subject is making waves. Students learn how to hang ten, cut back and goofy foot, but not everyone is happy about it. It seems now there's four 'R's in education - reading, writing, arithmetic - and now riding the waves. Students at Byron Bay High School can now take 2-unit surfing - part of the sport, leisure and recreation course. I think it's a good scam. I wish I had it when I was at school. I think it's crazy. Why is that?

Well, I mean, it's a sport. Students spend four hours a week learning to forecast weather and surf conditions, judging surfing,

how to care for their equipment, event management and advertising, plus they'll occasionally throw a board in. There's no practical exam at the end. Students are assessed on their knowledge. And it counts to 20% of their final mark. You've got students who are at risk of dropping out of school, and the school's developed this course as a way to provide students a pathway to future employment and keep them connected to education. If they're gonna be professional surfers and make millions of dollars

why shouldn't they be able to do it? The Federal Education Minister says it makes a mockery of the education system. It's bad enough that we've got some of these cappuccino courses in our universities. That we're now, apparently offering it as a HSC subject in NSW is an absolute disgrace. It's not clear how many schools will offer surfing as part of the HSC but they must get approval from the Board of Studies first. To get that endorsement, they have to prove that there's enough local interest, and that it will help students to get a job in the future. The first round of students, 16 in all, will sit their HSC surf exams next year. Evan Batten, Ten News. Some sad news - the death of actor Bob Denver, famous for his role of Gilligan in 'Gilligan's Island'. It's the tune generations of TV fans can sing. SONG: # Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale # A tale of a fateful trip... # The mate was a mighty sailor man - a comic actor called Bob Denver, who will be forever remembered as Gilligan. Denver passed away at the weekend from cancer,

five months after the disease forced the removal of his voice box. His wife, Dreama Denver, and his four children, were by his side. Tributes pouring in for the 70-year-old

who got his start as Maynard G. Krebs on 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'.

But it was the three seasons of 'Gilligan's Island' that screened from 1964 to 1967 - and then forever more in re-runs - that guaranteed him lifetime fame. Parents that grew up to have children that are growing up with it and they tease them, because they tell them the whole plot and the kid thinks their parent's psychic. Hollywood being Hollywood, the castaways drifted back to the island a few times over the years

for TV movies, once even taking the Harlem Globe Trotters with them. In between times, Denver would hit the lecture circuit, and even the odd boat show, talking about all things Gilligan, including his famous hat.

I wear it a lot because in personal appearances,

I like the people when they say, "Can I touch it?" In recent times, Denver attained absolute legend status

when he starred in 'The Simpsons'. And another thing, when people come up to me and say, "Hey, little buddy," and hit me over the head with a hat - that's not funny, that hurts! But there was always one little mystery about Gilligan - his first name. It was Willie. Angela Bishop, Ten News. After the break - Normally for me it would be about $70 a week to get to work in fuel. Now, with this, it's about $12 a week. How to beat the petrol price hike, but not at a cost to your mobility. It's definitely something you'd think about, yeah. And in 'Sports Tonight', NSW Premier Morris Iemma embraces the Swans and lets fly at the umpires.

This program is captioned live. Mitsubishi Motors has named a new boss for its Australian operations. Robert McEniry replaces Tom Phillips who quit unexpectedly today after steering the company through troubled times, including its near collapse.

Tom Phillips says he's looking for a new challenge. The new boss has held executive roles at General Motors and Saab and will oversee the launch of the company's new make-or-break model, the new 380, which is due within weeks. At Commonwealth Securities, Tom Piotrowski. And, Tom, the market put in a very strong performance today. Charmaine, it was an impressive show of strength which saw the share market close within points of its best-ever levels. There was a trifecta of results that contributed to the day's strength. Overnight on Wall Street, the broader market had its best one-day improvement in about a month. The price of crude oil fell by about 2.5 per cent overnight, to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels, but the most important statistics earlier this morning saying that the Australian economy grew by 1.3 per cent in the June quarter, which is much stronger than expected. It was also the fastest rate of growth that we've seen since late 2003. So, when you combine that with stable outlook for interest rates, and contained inflation, it's certainly an encouraging picture as far as share market investors are concerned. Taking a closer look at today's action: @ The Australian share market charged ahead today. The All Ordinaries climbing 34 points. Our big miners led the way higher after a strong lead from Wall Street, with our major banks and insurers following suit. Telstra shares steadied after a week of falls, News Corp leapt after serious interest from a Saudi billionaire. However, a softer oil price saw energy stocks slip. The Aussie dollar's still above 76.5 US cents, Thanks, Tom. CommSec's Tom Piotrowski. As the price of petrol soars

dealers of scooters are reporting a surge in inquiries and sales. Most are from new customers looking for smaller fuel bills.

Until eight months ago, David White commuted to his inner-Sydney job in a large four-wheel drive. Convenience and cost changed his mind. Normally for me it would be about $70 a week to get to work in fuel. Now, with this, it's about $12 a week. Even with premium fuel costing almost $1.50 a litre, he can get change from a couple of fives, while others watch their bills skyrocket.

And he's not alone in looking for an alternative. Scooter sales have trebled since 2003 from 3,600 sold then to an expected 10,000 this year. Dealers noticing the change. Especially over the last week, we've been inundated with calls of people who have just filled their car up. They're really looking at it as a realistic alternative now. Four out of five scooter buyers are first-timers. From couples where they've decided to get rid of the second car

because it's costing too much,

to people who need to come to the city for work. And economy is the driving force. A 6.8-litre tank, good for up to 200km.

It's definitely something you'd think about, yeah. Liz Hall is a new convert, buying a scooter as a cheap runabout. They're talking about it going up to $1.50, or $1.60 eventually. And that's a bit astronomical. And bikes - you wouldn't even notice the price rise.

While not everyone will opt for something as small as a scooter, the trend is moving to cars as well, with the sales of small vehicles up 33% in the last year. Safety is no doubt an issue with scooters. But the RTA says the last fatality in NSW was five years ago, with 28 injuries since then. Figures that may also rise as sales do. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. The weather's next, and then it's 'Sports Tonight' with Ryan Phelan. And Ryan, it would appear the AFL finals have arrived early. Yes, Charmaine. Well it has in Adelaide anyway. it's their Grand Final as the Crows and the Power go head to head. The city of churches gripped by finals fever as the teams cross paths at AAMI Stadium. The winner surviving, not to mention bragging rights. A confident English Cricket Board plans their Ashes celebrations,

but one Aussie plans to spoil the party. For me in cricket, all our careers. And could this be the new England striker? The day's sport is next.

This program is captioned live. Now to the latest weather details, where the satellite's showing low cloud pushing onto the west coast a broken band of cloud crossing Victoria into western New South Wales, then mostly clear skies elsewhere. On the synoptic chart, a cold front is sweeping across the south-west of WA as a trough moves over South Australia into Victoria and Tasmania, while a high sits off the east coast. So tomorrow looks like being mostly fine in Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney. Sunny after a foggy start in Canberra,

then fine for Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide. Windy and wet in Perth, fine in Darwin, and mostly sunny around Alice Springs. And that's the latest from Ten News. 'Sports Tonight' with Ryan Phelan is next. I'm Charmaine Dragun, from the Late News team, goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre.