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The frantic effort apartment block slipping away. to prevent any more of this Sydney expected to shed light And a British expert on what happened to Peter Falconio.

Ten News with Natarsha Belling. Good morning.

cities have emerged First - Australia's two largest of a possible terrorist attack. as the most likely targets but critics claim it's a diversion. The PM insists the threat is real terror targets for security reasons John Howard's still not revealing the and Sydney at the top of the list. but early speculation puts Melbourne of home-grown terrorists. The PM has confirmed suspicions The concerns we have distant from Australia. are not totally related to matters a week early He's scrambled the senate to our counter-terror laws to pass an urgent amendment in light of the new intelligence. The announcement came industrial relations legislation on the same day controversial was introduced to parliament. according to the minor parties. No coincidence, It's a way of diverting attention legislation. from Industrial Relations for the Government I think it's convenient

to constantly keep people fearful. proposed the amendment 18 months ago. The Greens say John Howard could have But he didn't. until Industrial Relations day He waited

going to terrorise a lot of people which involves legislation which is

in the Australian workforce. The PM says that's ridiculous. changes. I'm proud of the workplace relations to receive less publicity. I didn't want them Opposition support, The amendment does have though Labor is puzzled senate last night wasn't taken up why it's offer to pass it through the as John Howard says it is. if the matter is as urgent If they want these tools as they believe they need them. they should get them as quickly a question mark So I think that just raises the issue. on they way that they've managed Danielle Isdale, Ten News. Paul Bongiorno joins me now. And Ten's political editor Paul, there's a lot of cynicism today of this terror anouncement. about the timing

There certainly is, Natarsha. And I

There certainly is, Natarsha. And I

think that why there is is that the There certainly is, Natarsha. And I

Prime Minister gets top marks for think that why there is is that the

national security and bottom marks

when it comes to workplace

relations. He insisted it was a when it comes to workplace when it comes to workplace

coincidence, if it was a

coincidence it was certainly a

happy coincidence. Also, the issues

that have been raised by terror

experts today point out that that that have been raised by terror

amendment that the Prime Minister amendment that the Prime Minister experts today point out that that

is rushing through the Parliament amendment that the Prime Minister

has been in the pipeline for 18 is rushing through the Parliament

months. They just wonder why now has been in the pipeline for 18

and not earlier? And I think that's months. They just wonder why now

a fair question. Can we expect to

see arrests as soon as this

legislation is passed? Well, the

Prime Minister said this morning

that we can't really. That we Prime Minister said this morning Prime Minister said this morning

shouldn't be expecting any action that we can't really. That we

as a result of this amendment

passing through the Senate today in as a result of this amendment

the next few days and again I think passing through the Senate today in

that this also raises a few

questions as well. Despite protests from Australia will have their jail terms cut today. the Bali bombers

alleged spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, the bombers'

will be back on the streets by April. of 27 Bali bombers, His sentence and the sentences

are being reduced by about six weeks for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. as part of remissions against the reductions Australia had protested couldn't be done in time. but the Indonesians say the revisions Emergency crews stabilise a Sydney apartment block, are still frantically attempting to of a gaping hole. perched on the edge remains closed, The busy road beside it peak-hour traffic into chaos. again throwing the city's Teetering on the edge of collapse, finally give way. a balcony and a bedroom the first to go. The bottom floor apartment

at least 10m wide and 10m deep. Swallowed by a gaping hole unit block The rest of the 3-storey is still in grave danger of collapse. hours before, Its 47 residents evacuated but many left with nothing. grateful for their lives is up there. So it's really hurt. Everything in our possession just hoping that they can save it. Had a big cry earlier and

Essentially we exited the building right at the moment. in just about what we've got on frantically trying to fill the hole Concreters worked through the night, of quick-dry cement. with 1,000 cubic metres against time to finish the job This morning, it's a race and stabilise the area with bolts, what's left of the building. in an attempt to salvage as yesterday. It's at the same status go into the building. We're not letting anyone conducted later on this morning There'll be a further assessment integrity. in regards to the structural pavement around 2:00am yesterday The hole began as a crack in the drilling in the underground tunnel after construction workers hit a water pocket.

By early morning one of Sydney's main arterial roads. a huge hole was threatening this morning. That road remains closed alternative routes, Peak-hour traffic choking some areas almost at a standstill. their first night at a nearby hotel. Meanwhile, residents have spent Tunnel construction company Leightons

to compensate them. promising they'll spare no expense Liz O'Gorman, Ten News. And Ten's Eddy Meyer is at the scene have just held another briefing. where police Eddy, what's the latest situation?

Well, you can see behind me just

some of those concrete trucks we Well, you can see behind me just

some of those concrete trucks we

spoke uba moment ago. 180 of them some of those concrete trucks we

have been making this journey

trying to fill the hole with the

quick set concrete. Police don't trying to fill the hole with the

know whether the building is

structurally sound or not until the

structurally sound or not until the

structurally sound or not until the concrete has dried. It's drying in concrete has dried. It's drying in

concrete has dried. It's drying in stages and they'll sen in engineers

to work out whether the building is

safe enough to go into. They do

safe enough to go into. They do have another plan that could

have another plan that could involve robots. Look, one of the

options available to us if people

options available to us if people can't go into some of the units, we

may consider using our rescue and

bomb squad who have at their

disposal robots that we use in

disposal robots that we use in

disposal robots that we use in siege situations and those type of

things, in dangerous things. Of

things, in dangerous things. Of course all of the residents'

possessions are still inside the

building. Everything they own is in

their units. They don't even know

their units. They don't even know if they can go in to retrieve those

if they can go in to retrieve those items until they work out how

stable it is. Engineers will

stable it is. Engineers will continue to look at the site

throughout the day, the hole itself,

throughout the day, the hole itself, the founations of the building to

the founations of the building to

the founations of the building to work out whether it's to be a case

work out whether it's to be a case of demolishing it or bl it can be

of demolishing it or bl it can be sureed up enough for people to move into eventually. The murder trial of missing backpacker Peter Falconio will hear from a specialist DNA expert from the United Kingdom today.

Ten's Amber Muir is in Darwin. The trial's expected to hear from a British DNA expert today who was able to find the profile of Bradley John Murdoch on several court exhibits where Australian scientists had inconclusive results. Dr Jonathan Whittaker will also outline the testing technique he uses, which is based on a smaller sample of DNA. For much of the week, forensic biologist Carmen Eckhoff has been testifying

about her work on items from the crime scene such as the Kombi van, Joanne Lees's clothing and the handcuffs allegedly used on her. But despite her claims about the rigid precautions taken at the police lab where she works, Miss Eckhoff was forced to admit

the handcuufs were contaminated at one stage with her boss's DNA. Another portion of the cuffs were sent to the UK for specialist testing and found to have Bradley Murdoch's profile on it. But no doubt the defence will question how reliable those tests are. There's been another setback in the fight to spare the life of Australian drug runner Tuong Van Nguyen in Singapore. The Federal Government had argued Nguyen should be kept alive so he could give evidence in future drug trials. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says his Singapore counterpart has rejected his case. It's sad news but we just get continuing to try and work on this case, particularly legally. Even the Queen has refused to intervene. Buckingham palace saying

that while Her Majesty's heart goes out to the Nguyen family, she cannot act without the approval of the British Government. Two Hollywood heavyweights go head-to-head in the political arena. That story when Ten's Morning News returns. And Charles and Camilla lunch at the White House as they attempt to win over the American public. MISCHIEVOUS MUSIC COMPUTER BEEPS (Cat purrs quizzically) COMPUTER BEEPS MUSIC BUILDS TO CRESCENDO ZAP! BUZZING ZAP! BANG! Joanna... (Coughs) ..the only place your money will grow is in the bank. (Sighs) MUSIC INTENSIFIES Which bank, hmm? Hollywood heavyweights are going head to head and it's not in a battle for ratings. Warren Beatty has launched a political campaign against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It's the 'Terminator' versus 'Dick Tracy'. A long-time critic of Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrat Warren Beatty has launched a radio attack campaign. Instead of tackling the real problems of our schools, Schwarzenegger attacks school teachers. Instead of attacking the cost of healthcare, he attacks nurses. Beatty's urging voters not to support the controversial measures Governor Schwarzenegger is trying to pass in a November 8 referendum. If you're not rich and these propositions win, you lose. Schwarzenegger wants to restrict the power of unions, increase his ability to slash budgets and peg teachers' pay to students' success. The only way we're going to make our state great again and build for the future, is if we create the reforms. Don't give him more power. Let's stand up for our nurses and our teachers and our police and our firefighters. Let's stand up for our state. With polls showing his measures won't pass, the Governator has hit the campaign trail. Failure is no option. It's all about we're going to win. In the two years since Arnold Schwarzenegger came to power his popularity has slumped from 70% down to just 33%.

Warren Beatty won't confirm reports he'll challenge Schwarzenegger for the role of governor at next year's election. In the United States, Rahni Sadler, Ten News. Prince Charles and wife Camilla are continuing their royal visit of the US meeting President George Bush and wife Laura at the White House. As part of the second leg of their week-long visit, the Royals have gone to a school in one of Washington's poorest suburbs with the American First Lady showing it off as an example of progressive education. Later today, Charles and Camilla will be honoured with a formal dinner at the White House. There's been an emotion-charged funeral for American civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Political and religious leaders taking turns to sing her praises. She made us see and agree that everyone should be free. God bless you Rosa. If I was deaf I'd say: but since I am who I am and I got what I got and I feel what I feel, I'll just say thank you. Rosa Parks sparked the first boycott against racial discrimination when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white man. A small dog is being hailed a hero after saving its owners life. The cocker-spaniel-cross escaping from an overturned car and leading emergency workers back to the site. There is simply no doubting the bonds that develop between dogs and their people, between Michael Bosh and his cocker spaniel named Honey, and yesterday in the deep back woods of Marin County she took loyalty to another level. WOMAN: Yeah, I know. You've had enough drama. If Michael Bosh were not in intensive care, he would have told how the sun blinded him when backing out of his driveway yesterday morning, how his SUV plunged 30 feet into a ravine, turning upside down, trapping him, crushing his leg. It was crushed pretty severely between the steering wheel, the stump that pierced the roof of the car and the dashboard. The place is so remote that when Mr Bosh went off the cliff,

no-one heard him, no-one saw him, no-one missed him. Seven hours alone in the truck with his dog. Somehow Michael freed Honey from her kennel crate in back of the truck and urged her to get help. Honey cut half a mile through the woods to a neighbour's house, Robyn Alan. She was bringing me here. She was directing me. At the accident scene, Honey paced back and forth, pointing to the wrecked truck below. Robyn called Marin County Fire Rescue crews, who arrived within minutes, lifting Bosh to safety, and just in time, because beyond the leg injury, his pulse had weakened. Mr Bosh and Honey have only been together two weeks. When Michael Bosh adopted Honey, he probably knew she would change his life but who could have guessed she would save it? Ahead - Wallabies skipper George Gregan about to break a world record. That's when Ten's Morning News returns. Also, Barcelona's cracking goal in the Champions league.

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In finance news - a bumper start to the day for the Australian share market. Jacqui Maddock at Commonwealth Securities joins me and it looks like a bumper day on Australian markets?

It certainly has been. Already

we've seen the local market surge

we've seen the local market surge we've seen the local market surge 1%. Now, gold miners are up stongly

after gold prices rebounded from

after gold prices rebounded from 6-month low and we saw oil prices

6-month low and we saw oil prices drop to 3-month lows. Westpac is a

star performer, shares reaching a

new high after posing a pleasing

profit yesterday. Even holding

shares are back in front after

yesterday's falls in response to

yesterday's falls in response to the company's Lane Cove Tunnel

project. We are expecting healthy

project. We are expecting healthy gains today. The latest retail

gains today. The latest retail trade figures have been released.

What do they show? Higher petrol

prices leave us less cash. Trade

prices leave us less cash. Trade prices leave us less cash. Trade figures down 0.3% on the back of

higher petrol prices. In fact, we

saw petrol proiss rising about 9%

saw petrol proiss rising about 9% saw petrol proiss rising about 9%

saw petrol proiss rising about 9% over the month, the biggest gain

we've seen in the 6-month history

we've seen in the 6-month history of the survey. Petrol prices have

dropped off about 5% since

dropped off about 5% since September's highest. And Melbourne's weather is threatening to rain on the parade for the traditional Ladies' Day of the Cup Carnival. Reporter Martine Grifiths joins us live from Flemington.

Martine, how is the weather looking now?

Well, given we were woken by

thunderstorms this morning, grey

thunderstorms this morning, grey but dry skies are nothing to

complain about. It's exceptionally

windy and doesn't look like it's

going to reach the 27 degrees the

weather bureau forecast which a lot

of ladies used to decide what to

of ladies used to decide what to wear. We won't let the goosebumps

wear. We won't let the goosebumps get in the way of a good time. Oaks

get in the way of a good time. Oaks Day is the big day for ladies and

high fashion. What's likely to

happen with the Fashions on the

happen with the Fashions on the Field final? We understand the

evenwill go ahead according to plan.

Unless the weather turns

particularly ugly they're not going

particularly ugly they're not going to postpone the even. Organisers

say unless it buckets down, we will

say unless it buckets down, we will say unless it buckets down, we will see the finals today. For those not

in the competition, what's the

in the competition, what's the style today? A real return to

elegance, much more so than on Cup

day. There seems to be a lut of

vintage inspired numbers, 1940s.

Lots of pinks, greens in every

shade possible and the one

shade possible and the one accessory every lady has is this -

the hand placed firmly on the hats

the hand placed firmly on the hats to prevent any fashion disast rrz.

Hold onto those hats. The West Indies have sent Australia in to bat in the first cricket Test at the Gabba. Australia's oldest living invincible, Bill Brown, presented WA's Mike Hussey with his new baggy green before play began. Hussey becomes Australia's 393rd Test cricketer

replacing the injured Justin Langer at the top of the order. It was a nervous start for the 30-year-old who needed 13 deliveries to get off the mark. His first innings netting just one run. Daren Powell collecting the Windies's first wicket. In rugby league - Lance Thompson's fight to stay with the Dragons looks to be over with the NRL club beginning moves to sack him. Meanwhile, Paramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh is expected to be ruled out of Saturday's Tri-Nations test against Great Britain. In an area his uncle Reg showed off his considerable rugby league skills, Mark Gasnier was showing his sporting prowess on this occasion with a golf club. Obviously proud of what Uncle Reg did and he was a tremendous player but I think I'm more worried about winning the Tri-Series and if we can get a win against Great Britain, then it puts us in good stead.

The Kangaroos hoping to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as they prepare for Saturday's Tri-Nations test against Great Britain. Nathan Hindmarsh not making it onto the golf course and unlikely to make it onto the ground at Wigan on the weekend. Gasnier's Dragons team-mate, Jason Ryles also battling to recover from a thigh injury. I know how he feels so, you know, it is a tough thing to do and it's hard because you can't do too much besides do your rehab and try and do all you can to get back on the field and he has been doing that. In France, George Gregan is all set for his world record-breaking 115th test match when the Wallabies take on France in Marseille on Saturday. Gregan breaks the record he currently shares with English Forward Jason Leonard. In a perfect world you'd love to have it at home, in Australia but if I was to have it overseas, I'd have it in France you know, I think it's a wonderful place. I've always felt comfortable in France. Neil Cordy, Ten News. Manchester United's troubled run has continued with a 1-0 loss to Lill in the Champions League. The French side's goal coming in the 38th minute and follows a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Middlesbrough

at the weekend. A much better result for Arsenal who handed out a 3-0 thumping to Sparta Prague. The Gunners enjoying the return from injury of star striker Thierry Henry who scored the opener. Robin Van Persie then following up with two second half goals. Also on the winner's list was Spanish Giants Barcelona who thumped Greek side, Panathaikos 5-0. Samuel Eto'o bringing up his hat-trick with a brilliant strike. Mark Webber will have a new team mate for next year's Formula One season. and the surname of the new driver is legendary in the Williams team. 20-year-old German Nico Rosberg, the son of 1982 world champion Keke, has been signed by his dad's old team, to race alongside Webber next year. Long-term, I definitely want to be Formula One world champion but that's quite a way away I think. for a season. Short-term I want to have it great and just do the best I can. I'm going to work very hard year's car, at the end of the month. Rosberg and Webber begin testing next weather around the nation. Next in Ten News - a look at the

with near record temperatures. A hot and steamy night in Melbourne 28 degrees in the early hours The mercury hovered around accompanied by 45% to 50% humidity. THUNDER CRASHES A thunderstorm rolled in around 4:40, overnight minimum of 22 degrees, helping the temperature drop to an than the November record. around four fewer

weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at the national with all the news. That brings you up to date throughout the day Stay with Ten for updates in Ten's news hour tonight. and the full details I'm Natarsha Belling. Good afternoon. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions