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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This morning - Julian Assange Australian WikiLeaks founder walks free from a London jail. with the decision. I'm very very happy and hold him close. I can't wait to see my son Shockwaves around the world asylum seeker tragedy. after the deadly Christmas Island Queensland lashed by wild storms. Parts of New South Wales and And Aussies feature again top Hollywood awards nominations. in the latest with Natalie Barr. VOICEOVER: This is Seven Early News Good morning. In breaking news - Assange has just been released Australian whistleblower Julian from his London jail cell. of his supporters He walked out to the cheers rejected prosecutors' attempts after a British High Court judge to keep him behind bars.

Well it's great to smell the fresh

air of lun again. During my time in

solitary confinement, in a bottom of

a Victorian prison, I had time to

reflect on the conditions of those

people around the world also in

solitary confinement, also on

remand, in conditions that are more

difficult than those faced by me.

Those people also need your

attention and support. Freedom of Information fighter The world's most famous won his own release this morning. with the decision. I'm very, very happy and hold close. I can't wait to see my son International media camped outside,

rejected prosecutors' attempts as London's High Court in jail. to keep the WikiLeaks founder in this particular case There's so many twists and turns that this is the end of the line. it's impossible to say earlier this week Magistrates granted his release acting on behalf of Sweden but British prosecutors pushed the fight to the High Court. on sexual assault charges. He's wanted there I want to thank the legal team for all their good work and the public in Australia and I'd like to thank all the public that stood up for justice today. nearly $380,000 to make bail. Supporters raised The strict conditions mean and obey a curfew. he must wear an electronic tag until he is proven otherwise. He is an innocent man

the amount of bail is ridiculous. This is an extraordinary case are very angry with him The United States pressure is obviously Washington and I think the source of the who want him punished. At least Assange will be comfortable in Suffolk home. he'll call this luxurious mansion Assange sent messages out of prison Until today, on his mother's arms. by scribbling notes He spoke and I wrote. had never left Australia Christine Assange before flying to be with her son. WikiLeaks colleagues are in danger. He's now concerned his He's worried about his people. solitary confinement he's safe. He said because he's in his people could be hurt. But he's worried his innocence Assange still maintains he's a free man again. for now at least, has expressed shock The UN refugee agency boat disaster at the Christmas Island to the tragic loss of life. as the world reacts who've been confirmed dead. 7 children are among the 28 people this report from Christmas Island. Seven News reporter Geof Parry filed on Christmas Island Well, day three of this tragedy have moved into full swing and the authorities the search for any more survivors - of course, they've called off there is no likelihood of that. that have been recovered The 28 bodies on Christmas Island we understand are being kept

Victims Identification section while those members of the Disaster the victims of this great tragedy. go through and try to identify the lack of identification. One of the problems for them will be

or has been the case previously, Documentation either lost at sea, by asylum seekers sometimes discarded before they make landfall. who throw away their identification

have recovered and are in hospital There are still seven people who here on Christmas Island - serious lacerations, various injuries, of seawater, one lost a finger. some of them ingested a lot are up here to deal with this influx More immigration officials at the time of this tragedy, and there were, of course, on the island another 100 that arrived so the numbers keep growing here - keep growing here the number of asylum seekers but, of course, as we now know, didn't make it tragically, a number of them

lost their lives at sea we may never know how many of them federal and state who are here that will be one of the tasks of the how many were on that boat is to actually work out

of the Indonesian crewmen survived and we do know that three and the police are quite keen to see against people if they can bring charges for this. who may have been responsible an immediate review The Prime Minister has ordered from Indonesia undetected. to work out how the boat sailed to launch a major inquiry But Julia Gillard is resisting calls boat-people policies. into her government's Her holidays cut short, on the Christmas Island tragedy. Prime Minister Gillard was briefed absolutely atrocious. Storms, lightning, rain - But not enough detail, she says, immigration policies. to question her like this one What we know from past events

take some time to compile. is that the facts denied rumours The government has, though, the boat was being tracked. The boat wasn't detected from Christmas Island itself. until it was seen that was at 5:48am. A Customs timeline shows It was 200m offshore. was called in. At 6:00am, a naval patrol At 6:31, the boat hit the rocks. rescue boats could reach the scene. It was another 30 minutes before there are discrepancies. But some say when it was dark. The boat approached Christmas Island on Christmas Island is daylight. Refugee groups say 5:48 not to interdict the boat? Was a decision taken in Canberra We don't know. The public needs information and as quickly as possible. as comprehensive There'll now be a routine coronial inquest and a police investigation but as for calls for a broader independent inquiry, the government has already said no. Instead, they offered to set up a bipartisan oversight committee - the Opposition declined.

It is a time for the Government to manage the issues directly, it is not a time for new committees. The political truce looks set to end.

And another boat carrying suspected asylum seekers has been intercepted, this one with 56 people onboard. The vessel was spotted yesterday afternoon north-west of Ashmore Island, off WA. The group's now being taken to Christmas Island. Two men are recovering from a lightning strike which killed another man at a golf course north of Newcastle. The 65-year-old suffered a heart attack and couldn't be revived. The other men were taken to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, one with serious burns. Closer to Sydney, homes and businesses were hammered by severe storms. It hit really heavy and our offices started flooding. There's hail everywhere and, yeah, it was pretty crazy. Super storm cells blasted South-East Queensland yesterday too leaving 90,000 homes without power.

However, further forecast storms last night didn't eventuate. There are calls for disgraced former Queensland MP Gordon Nuttall to be allowed to blow the whistle on other corrupt politicians. In court yesterday, Nuttall apologised to the people of Queensland before being sentenced to an extra five years behind bars. He's serving 12 years, the longest jail sentence ever imposed on a Commonwealth politician for corruption. I believe that the only way that we can clean out corruption in Queensland once and for all is to give Gordon Nuttall an indemnity. Gordon Nuttall will be eligible for parole in three years. The run-up to the Oscars is in full swing, with nominations revealed for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Sunrise entertainment editor Nelson Aspen joins me now from our LA bureau. Good morning, Nelson. How did the Aussies go?

Hey, Nat, some of your acting

royalty was recognised indeed and it

probably is a precursor to scar

gold, it reflects Golden Globes. Geoffrey Rush nominated for out

staping performance for a supporting

actor in a motion picture for his

work in 'The King's Speech' and

followed by Nicole Kidman for

outstanding performance for a female

actor in a leading role in 'Rabbit Hole'.

Who is up for the

Who is up for the top honour?

The big award goes to the

outstanding cost ensemble in a

picture and your Aussie Gise

picture and your Aussie Pearce is a

member of 'The King's Speech', it

goes up

goes up 'Black Swan', 'The Social Network'.

And Betty white was recognised?

Last time she got life time award

and this time a nominee for best

female in acting in comedy for her

role in In Cleveland.

Go, Betty, Go. Australian author Ruth Park, made famous by her books 'The Harp in the South' and 'The Muddleheaded Wombat' has died aged 93. Park's career took off when she won a literary competition in 1946 for a controversial novel about an Irish family living in the slums of Sydney.

She is survived by her four children. Now for your first look at Friday's weather. Possible thunderstorms for Brisbane. Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6:00am - all the very latest from London on the release from prison of Julian Assange. But next on Seven Early News, Ireland's stance on abortion found to violate women's rights. And, former David Jones boss Mark McInness scores a new job in the racing industry. Does your family start their day iron for mental performance and folate to help bodies grow? Weet-Bix gives your family to fly into their day.

Former David Jones chief executive Mark McInnes is in a new top job in Australia's racing industry. McInness has been named one of three independent directors for the new merger between

the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club. While the role is unpaid, he'll preside over meetings that'll attract close to $3 billion in turnover each year. His employment at DJs came to a halt in June,

when he was accused of sexually harassing former company publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk. All 22 people onboard a plane that went missing in Nepal have been confirmed dead after rescue crews found the wreckage. Debris was discovered scattered over a mountain, east of the capital, Kathmandu. The small plane crashed as it was carrying a group of pilgrims back from a Hindu temple. Those onboard were Nepali nationals and one Tibetan. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women in life-threatening cases. The decision comes in support of one woman battling cancer who was forced to travel to England for the procedure. This judgment has just been handed down this morning and, obviously, will have to be examined carefully and considered. The court also criticised Ireland's long inaction on the issue. Around 400 years after the death of France's King Henry IV, officials have finally managed to find his head. The skull has most recently been in the hands of private collectors. It disappeared after he was killed during the French Revolution in 1793. Its journey since then remains a mystery. Your first finance this Early News: Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6:00am - Kochie analyses the superannuation overhaul to see what it means for your retirement. But still to come Seven Early News, the full wrap-up on a dismal opening day for the Aussies in the third Ashes Test. And, pressure mounts on FIFA to make the 2022 World Cup a winter event.

Yeah, I know. but we live in your world, where we've just added

The stories we're following on the Early News - Australian whistleblower Julian Assange has been released from his London jail cell.

An appeal against an earlier bail

decision was thrown out by the British High Court rr. The UN Refugee Agency has expressed shock at the Christmas Island boat disaster as the world reacts to the tragic loss of life. And wild storms have hammered parts of New South Wales and Queensland. One man was killed when he was hit by lightning on a golf course north of Newcastle. Now it's over to Mark Beretta with all the day's sport. Thanks, Nat. Good morning. England has one hand on the Ashes urn after a dominating display with the ball on the opening day of the third Test in Perth. England will start day two at the WACA at 0/29,

having sent Australia in to bat and then dismissing them for just 268. Michael Beer got the word that he was on drinks duty, the Aussies going with four pacemen. They needed to win the toss. England win the toss. What's happening? We're gonna have a bowl. And they bowled very well. They thought they had Watson in the first over before he was saved by the third umpire. There was no point in referring this one. COMMENTATOR: Oh, knocked him over! Hugh's gone for two, Ponting began with aggression and ended with one of the catches of the summer. What a ripper! What a ripper! Wow! The Poms are on fire, aren't they? Batting coach Justin Langer was giving Hugh some advice, Clarke would be his next client. Is that out? It is. Suddenly it was 3/28. Australia lost their fourth wicket before lunch when Watson was trapped in front. The referral didn't save him this time. Smith was in as a batsman, that didn't work either. Oh yes, got him. Beautiful bowl. Like they did at the Gabba, Hussey and Haddin were the rescue team. Swan was welcomed into the attack with 10 off his first over as out local hero stormed past 50. Hussey's in the runs again. But those heroics ended when he was on 61. Oh, it's a beauty. Yeah!

Back on the side as one of the quick bowlers, Johnson was earning his keep as batsman. Haddin got his half-century then lost patience. Edge. Oh, good catch! Johnson was eventually out for 62 but he and Siddle had waved the willow enough to give the Australian innings some hint of respectability. but the way England began the chase, 268 wasn't going to be much of a challenge. FIFA's general secretary, Jerome Valcke, says it would be possible but challenging to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter to avoid the desert heat. Less than a month after Qatar was controversially awarded the hosting rights Valcke admits it won't be easy to change the international calendar but the governing body will look at all possibilities. Bitter rivals South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters

will kick off the 2011 NRL season at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday 11 March. The Rabbitohs hope Greg Inglis contract issues will be resolved shortly so he can prepare to face last season's grand finalists in round one. Elsewhere, there's also a Queensland derby on the opening night. The Titans host the premiers, St George Illawarra, and the Bulldogs take on the Tigers in the first Monday night footy clash. Essendon Football Club is taking the drastic step of moving their training base to Melbourne Airport after admitting they're falling behind other big Victorian clubs. Chairman David Evans says the airport precinct would include an MCG-sized oval and another oval about the size of Etihad Stadium. Construction is set to begin in 2012, with the Bombers hoping to use it as their training base by 2013. Windy Hill, Essendon's base since 1922 will remain their spiritual home. That's all for now. I'll be back with more sport shortly in 'Sunrise', Nat. Just ahead on Seven Early News - a closer look at what we can expect weather-wise right across Australia. Does your family start their day iron for mental performance and folate to help bodies grow? Weet-Bix gives your family to fly into their day. 'Cause I bought a coke with it, It's gonna be epic. We've just released the new Holden Commodore Series II range. The smartest cars we've ever made, and the first cars with our new touchscreen Holden-iQ system. This car is so smart, it can rip and stream your music. You can have a rear camera for safety, and there's a future-friendly direct-injection engine that can run both on petrol or bioethanol to reduce CO2. So the only smart thing left to do is take one for a test drive. New Series II. The very clever Commodore is here. Holden. Go better.

MAN: The Canning Stock Route is a white man road, but it's always been our country - blackfella country. in art and new media. Only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Now showing. Late for work? Don't worry, now you don't have to miss a moment of Sunrise. Hey! Hey! Watch it! With our brand new app, you can easily catch up on your favourite Sunrise segments. Just scroll back to the date and time you are looking for and, hey, presto! It is that simple. While you are there you can meet the team and drop us a line on the Soapbox. The Sunrise app is available for the Apple iPhone, iPad and Android handsets. Never miss a moment of Sunrise again. Now for a closer look at the national weather this Friday. A trough will contract into Queensland, bringing more heavy showers and storms. To the south, storms should begin to clear in New South Wales

as a drier westerly change moves through. A tropical low will bring some heavy rain and storms to WA's north-west coast. And that's Seven Early News for Friday.

I'm Natalie Barr. Stand-by now for Sunrise. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia