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This program is captioned live. finally speaks. Tonight - Michelle Leslie until the day I was released, From the day of my arrest

the next 15 years of my life I really thought I would spend

rotting in an Indonesian prison. to secure her release. No regrets about the tactics used or my family or my friends for doing I don't think anyone could blame me everything they could to get me out. and Jessica Rowe. Ten News with Ron Wilson Good evening. Fighting back tears, has finally spoken publicly model Michelle Leslie about her drugs ordeal in Bali.

talk about the specifics of the case, While she claims to be too scared to she's hit out at her critics, she's offended. and apologised to any Muslims Leslie finaly faces the media, A week after her release, Michelle until she walked out of prison saying from the moment of her arrest

rotting in an Indonesian jail. she believed she'd spend 15 years how frightened I was I can't begin to describe to find myself in that situation. and how confusing it was blame me or my family or friends I don't think that anyone could to get me out. for doing everything they could situation would've done the same. I think that anybody else in that Convicted of using ecstasy, in Bali today she denied taking the drug to say anything more about her arrest and says she is now too afraid or details of her case.

What has really shocked me that has been levelled at me, is the amount of anger especially from the Prime Minister. Let me tell you now, was to clear my name all I ever wanted to do is not for sale. and also that my story that I pretended to be a Muslim, As to the hurtful allegations

and neither are her parents. Leslie says she's not wealthy of dollars to win her freedom. They've paid hundreds of thousands which we had to mortgage. We had to move out of our house,

We've also had to spend every cent for our retirement that we ever saved

and we've also had to borrow from family and friends if we had to. and we would do it all over again I feel terrible about this As you can imagine, and pay them the money I owe them. and I want to be able to work

about who was in the car with her Leslie gave no detail and found with two ecstasy pills, the night she was searched

going unanswered questions touching on the case on the advice of her minder. about the Bali Nine, And she wouldn't speak could hurt their cases. worried that any comments other Australians I know that there are in prison in South East Asia

than I was ever in in far worse situations and my heart goes out to them. John Hill, Ten News. A new desalination shock tonight - Sydney Water's claims the State Government rejecting and cheaper option. that recycling is a better The Government is promising recycled sewerage. Sydneysiders will never have to drink Desalination damage control, to reject its own advice on cost with the Government forced from Sydney Water. The claim - desalination will cost of a similar-sized recycling scheme. almost double that But the Government says those figures are based on the cost through Prospect Reservoir. of pumping recycled water that recycling would have to be done To cater for Sydney's needs,

through Warragamba Dam, on a bigger scale at greater cost.

into Warragamba Recycling sewerage than a desalination plant. is more expensive Prospect Reservoir is not available. The Utilities Minister says is part of their future plans recycling sewerage to drink it. but Sydneysiders will never be asked of other options available We have plenty to drink recycled sewerage. before we have to force people

critical of desalination, agrees. And on that, the Opposition,

We've made that point continually. for industrial purposes. Recycling has got to be the Government has begun planning The irony is ever since for a water crisis, of rain, the drought has eased, Sydney has received its fair share in the catchment. and it actually rained again today,

that's not enough. But the Premier says water needs of 200 billion litres. By 2030 there'll be a gap in Sydney's

Recycling comes nowhere near that. That's why we need desalination. to gamble with Sydney's future. The Premier says he's not prepared Paul Mullins, Ten News. has passed for James Hardie The State Government deadline for asbestos victims. to agree to a compensation package it won't be pressured into a deal, The company insists but the Premier says to $1.9 billion in company funds. victims will have access We are going to legislate one way or the other of James Hardie asbestos. to give justice to the victims into Parliament next week. The laws will be introduced is digging in his heels Prime Minister Howard of Australian citizen Van Nguyen. over the pending execution to raise the issue He's facing pressure

at a meeting of Commonwealth leaders. John Howard was all smiles Heads of Government Meeting, at the Commonwealth there's mounting pressure for the PM but behind the scenes Van Nguyen's hanging. to use the forum to oppose whether it should be raised, I am not going to say has the opportunity but I certainly know any leader to raise anything they wish. he won't raise the issue. Mr Howard has said

former prime ministers would have. The Opposition Leader claiming I think if it was Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke or Malcolm Fraser, there's no question they'd have had the sort of courage and bottle to take a few hits. Indeed, two of those men have added their voice to the protests. Bob Hawke has sent a letter of demonstration. Gough Whitlam lashing out, reportedly referring to Singapore as the "Chinese rogue port city".

Singapore is a very mean, stingy country when it comes to membership of international bodies. 28 of the 57 CHOGM nations have capital punishment on their books. Singapore leading the Commonwealth for executions, carrying out 400 in the past quarter-century. The Government today determined the matter can't go to the International Court. a course of action There's no point of pursuing completely unproductive. which is going to be

Van's twin, Khoa, says And reports too to pay off his debts his brother's ill-fated efforts have helped turn his life around. Allan Raskall, Ten News. for the Foreign Minister A lucky escape the Bali bombing memorial service and other Australians attending earlier this month. the October 12 ceremony It's been revealed of terrorist attacks. was the intended target memorial service The third anniversary

attracted victims' families and friends, along with Justice Minister Chris Ellison and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. The people who would consider attacking mourners - the families of victims - are people who are just depraved. According to local sources, terror group Jemaah Islamiah was planning to bomb the ceremony, but aborted due to tight security.

Instead, suicide bombers killed 23 people in attacks on Kuta and Jimbaran Beach a fortnight earlier. The information reportedly comes from a dossier linked to Bali master bomb-maker Azahari Husin, killed during a recent police shoot-out. The dossier also listed alternative targets, such as Denpasar Airport, the zoo, and the mountain village of Ubud. Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock says documents seized from the scene suggest Australians were at considerable risk. Terrorist attacks were certainly possible and what we have now is the evidence that affirms that advice. The Australian Federal Police is assisting local authorities investigating video and documents seized from an associate of Azahari. The Government says the threat to Australians remains. One should not assume that the risk is over. Local police won't talk directly about the document which Azahari allegedly dubbed the Bali Project. But they fear his deputy, the elusive Noordin Top may be preparing to follow through with the plan this Christmas. In Bali, Max Futcher, Ten News. Bill Woods with a look ahead to sport, and Brett Lee blows the Windies over?

Yes, he cleaned up the tourists' top order in quick time, sending both openers back to the pavillion

with deliveries that squirted to Matthew Hayden at gully.

However, Brian Lara, playing probably his last Test in Australia, led a Windies revival, notching his 31st Test century. And Australia's reputation as rugby league top gun

goes on the line this weekend. Tom Cruise impersonation, Craig Gower, doing his best is confident the high-flying Kangaroos can out-manoeuvre the Kiwis in Sunday's Tri Nations final. Plus the former tennis champion's bold plan for the Rabbitohs that could block Russell Crowe's bid to buy Souths. Contaminated diesel fuel recalled from Sydney service stations. The brands affected, next.

Also, supporters go to great lengths to protect a suspected sex offender.

And the frantic preparations, plus a stunning dress rehearsal, ahead of the Schools Spectacular.

Diesel fuel sales have been halted

at almost 200 service stations in and around Sydney. Supply at some Caltex, Mobil and Ampol stations was stopped when the diesel was found to be contaminated. Mark Bennett thought he was just having a bad start to his day. Mark Bennett thought he was just having a bad start to his day. Trying to fill his truck this morning,

he visited three Mobil service stations - each was out of diesel. Well, I thought, "I've got to get fuel because I'm nearly out," and I pulled up at the fourth one and sure enough it was out of order, and I thought, "I've had enough." When he asked, he was told the diesel was contaminated and unable to be sold. He ran out of fuel on his way to a fifth service station.

The dodgy fuel originated from the Caltex Mobil Silverwater terminal and was distributed on Tuesday to 85 Caltex outlets, the same number of Mobil stations, and some Ampol and independent sites. We can trace it. We've made contact with each one of those sites. We're in the process of isolating the affected tanks. Caltex found the contamination during routine testing yesterday, discovering the diesel had been mixed with unleaded petrol, forcing the halt on sales. I have to say I apologise to any customer that's been inconvenienced by the action we've taken. Mark Bennett says he'd already filled with contaminated fuel the day before and his immediate concern was safety. Was I endangering the public? Was I endangering myself? If my truck conks out going down a steep hill, power steering stops and I lose control, I could kill people.

Caltex is adamant the contaminated diesel is safe to drive with for anyone who filled up with it in the last couple of days. There is a warning, though, for those handling it - the unleaded component making it more flammable than usual. Caltex adds no petrol has been contaminated in any way. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. Bizarre scenes outside a Sydney court today when a group of people formed a human shield around an accused sex offender. Dozens of supporters lined a corridor to block the view of media cameras as former scout master Robert Potter walked into court. Potter had previously pleaded guilty to 18 counts of aggravated indecent assault relating to the alleged abuse of four boys over a 24 year-period. It's claimed Potter enticed the boys with trucks, guns and pornography. But just as he was due to be sentenced, Potter indicated he now wants to retract his plea.

The case was adjourned for two weeks.

Crucial talks in Brisbane over industrial relations reform. The Queensland Nationals are pressing rebel Senator Barnaby Joyce to secure better protection for families or vote down the new laws. Barnaby Joyce knows his vote will make or break John Howard's dream for major industrial change. So do key players in the Coalition. Senator Joyce revealing the pressure from a Liberal colleague in Canberra. He said, "F--- the people of Queensland. "You're a team player down here." But Senator Joyce wants changes to the planned laws to prevent big companies dodging unfair dismissal provisions

and for public holidays to be protected. The Queensland Nationals met him this morning to share their concerns. You cannot vote for this legislation in its current form. The Queensland Nationals embarrassed their Federal colleagues yesterday when they crossed the floor to vote with Labor in urging Queensland senators to reject the proposed laws. The Senate is expected to vote on the changes within the next two weeks. Senator Joyce won't rule out crossing the floor, and the Opposition is egging him on. If he goes to water, I think that's about the last time you ought to bother with a conversation with him.

But Nationals leader Mark Vaile is confident

his junior colleague will toe the line. The one thing I can take out of discussions this morning is that the intent of where we're going with this is supported. Thousands protested against the changes in mass rallies last week. Melbourne truck driver Steve McGee was sacked after attending. His former employer, RSP Transport, says it was because he was unreliable. But this is the message his boss left on his phone. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. Former Liberal leader John Brogden's seat is up for grabs tomorrow in the Pittwater by-election, and party members fear a loss in what's become a close tussle. Today Opposition Leader Peter Debnam joined his candidate Paul Nicolaou and campaign supporters for morning tea at Mona Vale. John Brogden held the seat with a 20% margin, but the Liberals are under threat from the Independent candidate, Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart. I need to get Paul Nicolaou across the line tomorrow to make it just that little bit easier to get rid of the Labor Government. Bookmakers have Alex McTaggart

an odds-on favourite to win the by-election. Sneaky drivers who slow down at fixed speed cameras only to accelerate when they're in the clear might soon be in a for rude shock. The RTA has teamed up with the CSIRO

to trial speed cameras that time your journey. It's a typical scene at a fixed speed camera site - scores of drivers hitting the brakes to avoid a ticket. The problem is, many motorists hit the accelerator again once they've passed the danger zone. Technology has come up with the answer - point-to-point speed cameras. This technology enables you to establish an average speed over a much greater distance. It works like this - a car travelling in a 60k/h zone, for example, would pass through an initial camera checkpoint. At, say, a kilometre further down the road, a second camera would detect you passing by. If you reach it sooner than 60 seconds, you've been speeding. It's an updated version of the Safe-T-Cam system

that's been monitoring trucks on the open road for more than 10 years. The RTA has teamed up with CSIRO scientists to trial the latest version for general traffic. We know the technology works. We've got to make a decision about how and when we should apply it, whether we should apply it to traffic broadly. We've not yet made that decision. The new equipment could monitor an extra 53,000 vehicles per lane every day.

Already the point-to-point cameras are being hailed as a much fairer system than fixed speed devices,

which often catch drivers breaking the speed limit for a split second or two. One of the criticisms that has been made of existing speed cameras

is that it only detects speed at a single point. Theoretically, the cameras could be set up to track a vehicle's speed across the entire State. Shaun Fewings, Ten News.

it was a dark and stormy night and

looked as though Tim Bailey had

just been to the hairdressers. You

saved that one up. Didn't mention

it during the commercial break and

went whack for a Bailey on a Friday

afternoon. Store that one I will.

Look at the dark cloud behind me at Manly. That's

Manly. That's left-over storms Look at the dark cloud behind me at

rolling off the Blue Mountains and

it looks like it will drop a shower

or two over Sydney tonight.

Saturday will be a grey affair and

Sunday a different story off the

back of a southerly that's going to

drive our temperatures down to 19 drive our temperatures down to

degrees. I don't think we got down

to 19 in July or June or August.

It's going to be a rough old day

with showers as well. Skywatch - it

was grey all the way but it does

matter what colour a Friday is.

I've told you before and I mean it.

Pollution levels on your television

too. Rainfall - Parramatta and

Seven hills got 21mm and Warragamba

got 10mm. See you again got 10mm. See you again in around Seven hills got 21mm and Warragamba

about 10. now newly separated. And the newlyweds Jessica and Nick call it a day. EXCITING DRUMMING

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Time to check on the traffic with

Vic Lorusso in the Mix 106.5

traffic helicopter. Vic, this is

happening night after night,

traffic tonight all the way back to

North Ryde, what's going on?

Unfortunately the traffic trying to

head to the airport stuck from

North Ryde. There was an accident

in the eastern distributor and the

Cross City Tunnel merge is really

not coping with the afternoon

configuration, especially on a

Friday. This is the traffic that's

barely moving from north Sydney as

we pan the traffic camera up a

little and the traffic little and the traffic jam is we pan the traffic camera up a

taking motorists at least an hour

to head from North Ryde to the

eastern distributor and to the

airport, Ron. Not good news. Aussie troops in southern Iraq by Defence Minister Robert Hill. have been praised of ADF members Senator Hill met the new rotation who have just arrived in Al Muthanna. health clinic funded by Australia. While there, he opened a new mobile by improving your health. We hope that it will help your lives The Senator says it shows isn't just about security. Australia's contribution to Iraq with provincial leaders. The visit also included talks The first of four mercy missions back from Bali to bring stranded tourists has touched down. Air Paradise could have done more, Angry holidaymakers say the crisis from family in Australia. many only finding out about Glad to finally be home. of the first group of passengers The relieved faces on a special Qantas flight. brought home I was quite panicky, yeah.

how am I going to get home?" I straight away thought, "My God,

collapse of an airline, Travel insurance doesn't cover or insolvency, about whether we'd get home. so we were a little bit concerned It's the first of four mercy dashes Australian tourists stranded in Bali to rescue almost 1,500

of Air Paradise earlier this week. following the collapse the carrier had folded Many passengers were unaware

in Australia, until told by family and friends didn't do more. angry the embattled Air Paradise and it was closed We went to the office any of the lines and you couldn't get through to Air Paradise in Bali. we were just lucky somebody told us No-one told us anything, and they put us on this one. and went to the Qantas office Others say for the people of Bali. it couldn't come at a worse time it is a disaster for Bali people, I think, myself,

because they rely on tourism. four special services Qantas has organised to repatriate holiday makers, tomorrow and early next week. with more flights to touch down Jane Bootle, Ten News. has left two people injured A collapsing balloon Thanksgiving Day parade. at New York's catching the moment An amateur cameraman snagged a street light, the M&Ms balloon injuring a woman and child. knocking off the lamp, They've been taken to hospital

in a stable condition. and are reported to be Earlier, there had been concerns officials to ground the balloons, that strong winds would force but they decided against it. left another two people injured. Eight years ago, a similar accident official confirmation tonight After months of rumours and denials, and Nick Lachey have split. celebrity couple Jessica Simpson They've issued a statement, of two people saying it's the mutual decision and admiration for each other. with an enormous amount of respect The pair shot to A-list fame 'The Newlyweds'. with the Network Ten reality series to 32-year-old Lachey 25-year-old Simpson had been married

for three years. extraordinary media conference next. More of Michelle Leslie's Plus, Oasis bad boy Noel Gallagher musical influences. reveals his surprising alive and colourful in Sydney. And the spirit of Christmas

Sydney Water's claims The State Government rejects

Time for another check of the

weather and Tim Bailey, Ron and I Time for another check of the

are giving your new-P do the thumbs weather and Tim Bailey, Ron and I

up. I'll stick to the weather here.

We vane had sun for a week. Is that

my fault? I'll check the contract

and see if it is my fault. I know my fault? I'll check the contract

that the dark cloud, the

awful-looking sky behind me has

awful-looking sky behind me has

done good work today, dropped 21mm awful-looking sky behind me has

at Seven Hills and 10mm at done good work today, dropped 21mm

Warragamba and a mainly dry day at Seven Hills and 10mm at

tops of with warm northerly winds tomorrow,

with warm northerly winds tomorrow,

tops of about 28 degrees. with warm northerly winds tomorrow,

You might have noticed I forgot my

folder and didn't have any of those

for you. So I hope you can read.

Vodafone Australian beach See you again for a launch of the

volleyball tour

volleyball tour from Manly. We'll Vodafone Australian beach

do it at 5:55. volleyball tour from Manly. We'll The State Government rejects Sydney Water's claims that recycling is a better and cheaper option, promising Sydneysiders will never have to drink recycled sewerage. The State Government deadline has passed for James Hardie to agree to a compensation package for asbestos victims. Laws will be introduced into Parliament next week

giving victims access to $1.9 billion in company funds. And model Michelle Leslie has finally spoken about her Bali drug ordeal.

Here's more from her emotional media conference. I don't think that anyone could blame me or my family or friends for doing everything that they could to get me out. I think that anybody else in that situation

would have done the same thing. I'm absolutely staggered and amazed that it would go this far, that the Prime Minister would get involved in a case of Michelle. To us she's just Michelle. I don't know why he's got involved and he's turned around and said that Michelle shouldn't say anything about the other kids in Bali, whereas it was his Federal Police that dobbed them into the Indonesian police. We find that absolutely amazing. I know I'm not a bad person, you know. I know in my heart that I haven't murdered anybody or hurt anybody or anything like that

and I don't understand how what you wear or anything like that can make you a bad person. People can't see in my heart. We chose not to go because that was Michelle's wish and she did want want us to suffer seeing her in that situation so we went along with that wish. I mean, we would have been there in the first five minutes but for Michelle's wish. Me and Scott are really happy together but we've never sort of spoken about marriage or anything. We sort of go day by day.

If it happens, great, you know, but at this point we're just happy together and we're happy to be back together. The Australian share market is just a tick down today.

Now to Julia Lee at Commsec, big

Now to Julia Lee at Commsec, big moves for the miners? An example of

moves for the miners? An example of

moves for the miners? An example of how the big minor can shoot thooto

the stars if supported by a big

the stars if supported by a big

the stars if supported by a big miner. Ausquest announced an

miner. Ausquest announced an agreement with Rio Tinto, helping

agreement with Rio Tinto, helping develop the iron ore mines in WA. Rock'n'roll bad boys Oasis are back in town, the violence that's marked their previous visits seemingly behind them. But that doesn't mean they've cleaned up their act entirely.

They've long been compared to They've long been compared to the

They've long been compared to the Beatles and as Oasis kicks off

their Australian tour the

their Australian tour the connection gets stronger - their

new drummer is Zac Starkey, son of

new drummer is Zac Starkey, son of the Fab Four's Ringo. He just

finished touring with the Who and

he was around. Relaxing in Sydney

before the first gig, Noel is

practically a gentleman with no

practically a gentleman with no practically a gentleman with no hint of the bad reputation he and

brother Liam have enjoyed since

brother Liam have enjoyed since 1994. The reputation a little

closer to the truths on a recent US

tour with Jet. There was lots of

tour with Jet. There was lots of drinking but nobody got arrested. I drinking but nobody got arrested. I

drinking but nobody got arrested. I don't think anybody done anything

don't think anybody done anything to be ashamed off but there was one

to be ashamed off but there was one night, an incident with some

midgets but we'd rather not. He

midgets but we'd rather not. He will open up about his love for

ABBA and The Bee Gees.

ABBA and The Bee Gees. Unfortunately for them, the disco

Unfortunately for them, the disco medallion phase overshadows the

medallion phase overshadows the years of between '64 and '69, they

thought they were the Beatles. He years of between '64 and '69, they

never misses a chance to sledge his thought they were the Beatles. He

brother, revealing the singer

thought Spinal Tap were a real band. brother, revealing the singer

I said they're not. I said they're not. They're an thought Spinal Tap were a real band. thought Spinal Tap were a real band.

American act. He said, "They're not I said they're not. They're an

English?" No, tha it's not a real American act. He said, "They're not

band. They're actors. I love the English?" No, tha it's not a real

way the contestants in Idol are all

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rehab in nine months. sure? Are you sure you'll be in and young at heart overnight, A treat for the young

with Santa popping in to town of Sydney's Town Hall. to oversee the lighting up St Nick singing Christmas carols Parents and children flocked to see hand in hand with mayor Clover Moore. Merry Christmas, everybody! Across town at Martin Place, as the christmas tree was lit up. as the Christmas tree was lit up. similar festivities were under way

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Brian Lara is closing in

run-scoring world record on Allan Border's of the third Test in Adelaide. after dominating day one A change of luck with the umpires rescue the West Indies has helped Lara

with the new ball. after Brett Lee wreaked havoc

After troubling him throughout the

week, shan Warne's dodgy back

passed a fitness test before play.

Once under way, his fingers failed

a tougher work out. A life for

Devon Smith the end of the luck for

the West Indies. Brett Lee removing

both openers in one inspired opener.

The radar soaring above

The radar soaring above 150km/h. both openers in one inspired opener.

With his side struggling at 2/19, a

standing ovation welcomed Brian

Lara to the crease and for once he

was want sent back early. Ricky

Ponting's disappointment at losing was want sent back early. Ricky

another toss fading with three

wickets to Lee before lunch. With

hind, Smith and Sarwan hind, Smith and Sarwan all gone wickets to Lee before lunch. With

cheaply, 68 runs from Lara and

Shivnarine Chanderpaul put the

innings back on track, Lara passing

50 for the first time this series.

All-roupder Andrew Symonds with the

much-needed breakthrough, skipper

Chanderpaul out for 25 but Lara has

a liking for South Australian

conditions. The 36-year-old

silencing critics with Test century conditions. The 36-year-old

number 31, his ninth against the

Aussies but his team-mates

struggled to hang around, Stuart

MacGill into the action with Dwayne

Bravo's wicket in the final session. Test discard Michael Clarke from Blues training was given the day off in order to clear his head against Queensland at the SCG. for tomorrow's Pura Cup game to resurrect his Test career, Captain Simon Katich also working in the nets early this morning all-time greats, Bobby Simpson. with advice from one of Australia's a few weeks ago He just gave me a call and said he'd like to have a chat. It was nice to have that interest. by four points The Blues are leading the Pura Cup their toughest challenge and rate the Queenslanders so far this season. into a monster Strong winds turned the Moonah Course of the Australian Golf Open. on the second day a 3-shot lead over Adam Scott,

a 4-shot lead over Adam Scott, Robert Allenby holds refused to sign his card but West Australian Stephen Leaney over the speed of the greens. as a protest offering no advantage The wind was up early at Moonah, Geoff Ogilvy. to yesterday's late charger, to a Day-2 77, to be just 1 under. He plummeted from a Day-1 66 those golf balls taking off. COMMENTATOR: And just look at

this on the 13th, found the conditions to his liking - But his playing partner Rod Pampling

found the conditions to his liking - But his playing partner Rod Pampling this on the 13th to sit at 4-under. on his way to carding a round of 70, It's really blowing out there. from Pampling. That's a terrific shot

Defending champ Peter Lonard weekend action, with a par round, probably did enough to see

Aaron Baddeley, while fellow 2-time winner, with this approach at the sixth. was happy to take on the course

And he made the most of 3-under through six holes on a tough day. and signalling his intentions world number 8 Adam Scott, Also handy with the blade,

on the 7th, nipping at the heels of leader Robert Allenby with this piece of magic. Don't tell me - Adam Scott! From off the planet. on the ninth, The young gun though bushwhacked a wrist-snapper to stay in the hunt. and having to pull out Miracle stuff. That's a fantastic shot.

found the going tough Once again, motor mouth Mark Hensby and a little careless at times. But the wind was unrelenting - on the 10th Allenby had this to contend with and, while the shot was impressive, was beginning to play up. his troublesome right hand When he hit that shot,

he felt it all the way up his arm into his neck. The wind drying up the greens, especially at the 12th, and causing delays, although elder statesman Peter Senior was not worried. He didn't even bother with a putter as he set about chasing Allenby late in the day. Ian Cohen, Ten News. A new player has entered the fight for South Sydney - former tennis star John Alexander. He's negotiating a part-ownership of Souths Leagues Club that could kill off the business proposal of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a'Court. John Alexander began talks last week with Souths Leagues Club boss George Piggins. His company ready to invest $10 million to redevelop the struggling club. The proposal is being weighed up against that of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court.

We're very, very keen, I think it's

a terrific opportunity for us to be

involved with a great club and help

the community and help the club. It the community and help the club. It makes everybody a winner. George

Piggins confirmed if he joins

forces with John Alexander, there

will be no reason to continue talks

with Peter homes acort. Meanwhile, Australia's reputation as rugby league top gun goes on the line this weekend. Craig Gower confident the Kangaroos can fly high against the Kiwis in Sunday's Tri-Nations final. Gower doing his best Tom Cruise impersonation

in a special ride aboard an RAF Toucon. Have a look at me - 'Maverick'. I've been watching 'Top Gun'. It was a bit of fun. He gave me control over it. It's pretty easy when you get up there. The Australians are favourites to continue their international dominance - they haven't lost a series since 1978. The match to be played at Elland Road, Leeds. Adam Hawse, Ten News. The struggling Wallabies scrum has been boosted by the return of prop Matt Dunning

for Sunday's Test against Wales in Cardiff. Dunning's tour looked over two weeks ago when he suffered a neck injury against England. He admits it's hard to ignore the critics. But that's part of being an international footballer - you get a lot of things put on you. It's something the whole scrum's taken on and obviously the only way we can put that to bed is by a good performance on the weekend. Five-eighth Mat Rogers will also play after overcoming a knee injury. The Test is George Gregan's 50th as captain. Ford driver Jason Bright has upstaged the V8 title combatants with a scorching time on day one of the final round at Phillip Island. Bright left the championship contenders in his wake with series leader Russell Ingall 10th fastest.

The six title fighters have hogged the limelight ahead of the V8 Grand Final, but plenty of other are hoping to end season '05 in victory lane. We want to finish the year on a high note for the team and head into next year as a serious title contender, and, you know, with this being our home track, we want to try and make the most of it, and try and move up a couple of places in the championship at the same time. Jason Bright was the surprise packet of Day 1 in the sun at the Island.

A quick time for the Ford driver

highlighted what's been a tough season. He was a 0.1 second quicker than Marcos Ambrose, who is desperate to leave the Supercar Series in winning style. I feel comfortable with the track. It's been a good 3-odd years since I've driven here. So, you know, I got my eye in, I feel comfortable with the car. It's just going to come down to a bit of luck and a bit of strategy, I think. Craig Lowndes was third, Of the other title contenders, Todd Kelly fifth, Steven Richards fourth, ninth for Mark Skaife, and, after a troubled 2-hour session, snuck into the top 10. championship leader Russell Ingall pretty well, I see. Marcos and Lowndesy are going

each other. They are sort of level-pegging and watch those two swap pain. You never know, I might sit back

is on the cards tomorrow, Qualifying in one 100km race on Sunday. two 140km races to find a champion

Tim Hodges, Ten News. And ahead on Sports Tonight - gets under way, Round 14 of the A-League awards in Sydney, the Australian cyclist of the year world title dream put on hold. and an Aussie boxer's

Some news to hand, Tim Bailey's

hairdresser speaks out. She's done Some news to hand, Tim Bailey's

a pretty good job. He's looking

smart tonight, Billy. Back now to a pretty good job. He's looking

Vic Lorusso in the Mix 106.5

traffic helicopter. Plenty of

delays for traffic heading to traffic helicopter. Plenty of

Campbelltown. We're over the M5 and delays for traffic heading to

you can see a lot of traffic from Campbelltown. We're over the M5 and

Liverpool to Campbelltown. An hour

to get to the city from Epping and Liverpool to Campbelltown. An hour

the Gore Hill Freeway. Tim Bailey's weekend weather next. plus a stunning dress rehearsal And the frantic preparations

ahead of the Schools Spectacular.

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Time for all the weather details.

You know Tim Bailey really hates it

when we talk about his hair at any

fashion, hence the opportunity

tonight to go for it. Jessica

thinks you look like quite the

metrosexual. I think you'll be thinks you look like quite the

wearing loafers on the volleyball

court in no time. You're cracking

me up, Ron. We're launching the court in no time. You're cracking

Vodafone beach volleyball tour at

Manly beach this weekend and it Vodafone beach volleyball tour at

goes around the beaches in

Australia. I'm a smallest beach goes around the beaches in

volleyball host in the world. I can Australia. I'm a smallest beach

walk under the net without touching volleyball host in the world. I can

it. Joining me is one of the walk under the net without touching

champions of the sport, Kerry.

champions of the sport, Kerry.

Julian my ma may go to the champions of the sport, Kerry.

championships in Beijing.

Congratulations. You've retired championships in Beijing.

with an Olympic gold medskpl the Congratulations. You've retired

sport is going well. The Sweeney

Report just announced it had the

greatest increase of television Report just announced it had the

viewers than any other sport. 13%

to 21%. The tour's going awesome. viewers than any other sport. 13%

We're in the third year of a to 21%. The tour's going awesome.

multimillion-dollar Vodafone deal.

We're just booming. You're coaching multimillion-dollar Vodafone deal.

a couple of Americans and the girls

are in good shape. The boys - JP, a couple of Americans and the girls

you're back. You've been the father are in good shape. The boys - JP,

figure of beach volleyball in this

conry. To go to four Olympic Games, figure of beach volleyball in this

you must be proud to walk that sort conry. To go to four Olympic Games, conry. To go to four Olympic Games,

of sand. I love representing

Australia, firstly. I want what

she's got. I want a medal. Got Australia, firstly. I want what

close last year with fourth place

and that tore my heart

and that tore my heart out. I have close last year with fourth place close last year with fourth place

a young new partner, Brett and that tore my heart out. I have

Richardson. We're full steam ahead

for Beijing. If you want to see an

elite sport, get to Manly this for Beijing. If you want to see an

weekend all day Saturday. Final

start 9:00am Sunday. You might end weekend all day Saturday. Final

up on television because Network start 9:00am Sunday. You might end

Ten covers the beach volleyball and up on television because Network

I've got a job on it. It's the best

job in the world, chasing girls my I've got a job on it. It's the best

own size as you can see. The dark

clouds behind us are worrying me a own size as you can see. The dark

bit. They're left-over from the clouds behind us are worrying me a

showers in the Blue Mountains. We

got rain today - 21mm in Seven showers in the Blue Mountains. We

Hills and Parramatta and 10mm in got rain today - 21mm in Seven

Warragamba. Can I knock on your

door and come in and tell you what Warragamba. Can I knock on your

the temperature is at your place now?

Satellite - cloud across south-east

Queensland, eastern NSW and

Victoria and moist unstable Queensland, eastern NSW and northerly winds causing heavy Victoria and moist unstable

showers and storms. The weather map northerly winds causing heavy

- a trough will trigger widespread

showers and storms across

south-east Australia, potentially

severe. The business of the brolly, south-east Australia, potentially predicted precipitation, drips and severe. The business of the brolly,

drops across rooftops - on the all important weekend, widespread

showers and storms across eastern important weekend, widespread

NSW, southern Queensland. Moist

showers feed into a trough across NSW, southern Queensland. Moist

NSW and Victoria. We're not going

to hold this shot for long because

it's not good for my confidence. it's not good for my confidence.

Let's get straight to the it's not good for my confidence.

interstate maps.

Whatever you do, get out and play

up, have a great weekend. See you

on the sand live from Manly

Saturday and saepbdz.

right about now The nerves will be kicking in for the thousands of students who've converged on Sydney

for the annual Schools Spectacular.

The show's breathtaking opening will be held tonight, featuring some of the State's top performers. They've been preparing all year, and now it's showtime. 3,500 students from every corner of the State out to prove they've got what it takes.

People come along to the show now to see who's hot. This production enters its 22nd year celebrating the many faces of Australia. Teachers and parents have put hours into costume design and rehearsals, which for the first time were done via video link for remote schools. For performers like Human Nature, John Foreman and Paulini, this event helped launch their careers. And this year there's no shortage of budding stars -

like 18-year-old Brendon Boney, an original songwriter and performer from Wagga Wagga. There's always the hope that someone will pick me up after and at least lead to other things. But it's not just a chance for solo performers to shine. These high school mates from Ballina are also hoping to hit the big time.

If we don't sell CDs and get noticed by people, then something must be wrong. Tonight's spectacular starts at 7:00.

There are still tickets available at the door. Ebbeny Faranda, Ten News. That's the 5:00 news. I'm Ron Wilson.

And I'm Jessica Rowe. Charmaine Dragun will have the Late News at 11:30. Goodnight. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre www.auscap.com.au