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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Tonight - in Singapore the young Australian on death row

pays tribute to his supporters. He's ready to die that he's had. and he's grateful for the support He's just an amazing young man. A Commission of inquiry recommends be charged with manslaughter. the so-called Dr Death over a senior appointment And the Treasurer's explanation leaves Labor demanding more answers. Isn't it a fact that Mr Gerard to the Reserve Bank Board should not have been appointed because of that tax scandal? and welcome to Ten's Late News. Hello. I'm Charmaine Dragun TV icon is making a comeback. Also tonight - why an Australian # Farewell Aunty Jack # # We know you'll be back # has made it clear First - the Singaporean PM trafficker Van Nguyen will go ahead. the execution of Australian drug And with time running out are begging the condemned man's lawyers physical contact. for his mother to be allowed their visits to Changi Prison As family and friends continue to farewell Van Nguyen, has arrived, one of his Australian lawyers to allow his mother angry over Singapore's refusal to give him one last hug. I'd be very angry don't permit that. if the Singapore authorities it's bad enough what's happening It's just inhumane to do it - without having physical contact but for our client to be executed is just beyond belief, frankly. with his mother and brother other Australian lawyer The 25-year-old's to say his goodbyes. is also heading to Singapore that has become a beautiful life I will feel that a life will be unnecessarily and wrongly snuffed out. over the execution, Australia remains divided was reportedly considering a ban although one union on Singapore Airlines. Singapore refuses to back away on drug trafficking. from its hardline stance some level of support in Australia, It's a position that has defending the country's right renegade politician Wilson Tuckey to determine its own laws. that a debate goes on I just find it amazing been resolved in Singapore. on an issue that's clearly want Van Nguyen charged in Australia The Greens in the Senate and then extradited back home. with conspiracy to import heroin, from a variety of sources We've got legal advice saying this is possible that the Government should pursue. and it's something the plan is not legally viable. The Government says now appears almost inevitable. Friday's execution an hour and 20 minutes with him I've just had an hour and a quarter, and and even humourous. of enjoyable, optimistic times He's ready to die

that he's had. and he's grateful for the support He's just an amazing young man. Ten News. In Singapore, Allan Raskall, the nation's capital More than 3,000 candles have lit up against the death penalty. in a silent protest is part of an international protest The 'Candles of Hope' vigil organised by Amnesty International. against corporal punishment,

for Van Nguyen and his family It was also a chance to show support before his execution. After two commissions of inquiry so-called Dr Death scandal the report into Queensland's has been handed down.

The Commissioner is recommending with manslaughter, the doctor be charged bureaucrats and he's also found senior

may be guilty of criminal misconduct. After months of hearings the sickness of Queensland Health, and 538 pages detailing Commissioner Davies recommended of manslaughter, assault, Dr Jayant Patel face charges and fraud. grievous bodily harm, negligence His report claimes the rogue surgeon

beyond his training repeatedly performed surgery with the deaths of 88 patients - and was associated 34 within one month. Patel fled to America in April. wants him back. Now the Queensland Premier I'd like him back here. I'd love to see him behind bars. Commissioner Davies also found bureaucrats that senior Queensland Health his deadly trade in Bundaberg. permitted Dr Death to ply to Federal Police Dr Darren Keating will be referred for providing false information. and Misconduct Commission. He's also been referred to the Crime should also be prosecuted The report found his boss Peter Leck ignoring complaints about Dr Patel. for official misconduct after and Wendy Edmond Past health ministers Gordon Nuttall all received scathing criticism was reprimanded and the Queensland Medical Board in Patel's application. for failing to detect lies who started it all, For the whistle-blowing nurse

the findings are a great relief.

Yes. It's been worth it. to have some vindication It's been worth it and I think to actually, to actually have worked. for something like this A team of Queensland police officers proceedings under way. is racing to get extradition Max Futcher, Ten News. and unborn IVF twins died in hospital A doctor whose wife at an inquest into the deaths. has started giving evidence died in John James Hospital 49-year-old radiologist Nancy Aun in Canberra in July 2002 the floor in a pool of blood. after she was found lying on by caesarean section but died. Her babies were delivered aneasthetist Colin Gillmore, Her husband, will prevent similar tragedies. hopes the inquest any other family I would like to attempt to spare

the pain, the devastation from going through the heartache, a very cherished mum-to-be, and tragedy of losing and precious child or children. and a very, very special Dr Aun was 34-weeks pregnant when she died. and resting at the hospital a crucial piece of evidence A denim jacket has become in Darwin. in the Falconio murder trial Bradley Murdoch wrapped the jacket Prosecutors say alleged killer

when disposing of the body. around the head of his victim he is a fastidious man. Bradley John Murdoch admits to extremes But he vehemently denies ever going didn't get into his car. to ensure Peter Falconio's blood

he killed the British traveller, Prosecutors say in a denim jacket, then wrapped his head before taking the body away. Joanne Lees has previously told police her jacket was among items never recovered from the kombi van after she was attacked. Murdoch repeatedly denied the Crown's accusations but was at a loss to explain how his DNA ended up in the kombi and also on Lees' clothing. He was also vague about exactly where he was on July 14, 2001. When it came to his identification as Falconio's killer, Murdoch again seemed mystified. His closest friends and even his father

thought he was the man in this security camera vision. But he says they're all wrong. At one point, Murdoch growled at the prosecutor, when it was suggested he might need a magnifying glass to check photo exhibits.

But the moment passed quickly and Murdoch's explosive temper remained in check for the rest of his evidence. Murdoch's girlfriend pleased by his performance. Are you happy with how things are going Jan? Very happy. The day's evidence ended with yet another DNA expert who will challenge the validity of the testing

done previously in the case. She will testify again tomorrow and then there will be two more witnesses. But the defence has already indicated

it will have finished its whole case by sundown tomorrow. In Darwin, Amber Muir for Ten News. is had A relative by marriage to Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is in custody tonight after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Former teacher Brendan Geoffrey Johncock of South Launceston will hear sentencing submissions tomorrow from the prosecution and defence. He's married to a cousin of the Australian-born princess and attended the royal wedding last year. PM John Howard looks set to have his Christmas wish with three significant bills set to pass before the end of the year. Mr Howard emerged after an extraordinary joint party room meeting, aimed at heading off backbencher dissent over the controversial anti-terrror, industrial relations and welfare to work bills. He says Coalition members agreed to serveral amendments on each of the bills, but denies they change the thrust of the new laws. It's a case of sensible amendments that don't in any way violate the principles of the bill. Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce's demands

relating to working public holidays and unfair dismissal have been met under changes to the IR bill. People are always unhappy with the person who's achieving something but they want them to achieve everything. There are 39 senators who vote for this. New anti-terror laws will still contain sedition clauses, but some changes have been made. It's been revealed the Tax Office put a legal hold on $250 million worth of a businessman's company assets, six months after he was appointed to the Reserve Bank board. Treasurer Peter Costello is under fire again for giving him the job. Prominent Adelaide manufacturer Robert Gerard was appointed to the bank board in March 2003 despite an ongoing dispute with the tax office involving his company's alleged tax havens in the Caribbean. Now Labor claims the tax office was forced to seek a legal hold on up to $250 million of Mr Gerard's assets, six months after he joined the Reserve Bank Board. Isn't it a fact Mr Gerard should not have been appointed because of this tax scandal? At the time of his appointment Mr Gerard produced a letter

from the Tax Commissioner saying his personal tax affairs were clean. The reason why the Tax Commissioner wrote a letter saying he had no disputes is that he had no disputes with Mr Gerard. Labor says Mr Gerard's business, rather than personal tax affairs, should have ruled him out of the job. Isn't the Treasurer inventing spurious distinctions in full cover up mode to try to escape responsibility for having made this grossly inappropriate appointment of a Liberal Party mate? MR SPEAKER: No.

Mr Gerard insists he did nothing wrong even though he had to pay the tax office a multimillion-dollar settlement. And despite the political pressure,

the Government seems determined to stand by their man. Mr Howard brushing off the attack. I am not privy to the individual affairs of a taxpayer. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Some good news at last for the family of a teenager who was doused with petrol and left for dead in her home. She's off life support and has opened her eyes. A union rally of a different kind this morning - no industrial relations issues on the agenda,

just the welfare of an 18-year-old girl. Lauren Huxley was bashed, bound, doused in petrol and left for dead inside her Northmead home. Her father hasn't been able to work as a carpenter since so the CFMEU has started fundraising. We've got no house because it's been burnt and it's just been extremely difficult. She was set upon shortly after stepping off a bus, suffering serious burns and head injuries. Now Lauren's fighting back -

she's off life support and has briefly opened her eyes. Last night, there, she rolled over and reached out and that was enough for her. It was good, it was good. We were happy for that.

She can hold my hand, squeeze my hand and stuff like that so she knows we're there by her side every day and every night. It's three weeks to the day since Lauren Huxley was found barely alive inside the family home, and the large team of detectives hunting her attacker are still desperate for any help from the public. Although their star witness is improving she's yet to regain consciousness and no-one knows just how much she'll be able to remember. But for Lauren's family the main priority is her recovery. To where she is now and how she's progressed is amazing, what she's done. She's definitely a fighter. Donations can be made by calling 02 9749 0400. Dan Nolan, Ten News. After the break -

the death of a teenager from an allergic reaction after she'd kissed her boyfriend who'd eaten a peanut butter sandwich. And the launch of a warts and all campaign to warn smokers they're candidates for mouth cancer. It will convey a pretty comprehensive message now, in graphic terms, of what the damage from smoking can be.

This program is captioned live. New documents published tonight show the Australian and British governments colluded to cover up the killing of five Australian-based journalists in East Timor in 1975. Official reports say the men were killed in crossfire while covering Indonesia's invasion of Timor but British government documents obtained by relatives openly discuss collusion with Canberra to cover up the true story. An inquest into their deaths is being held next year to investigate the long-held belief they were murdered by the military. A 15-year-old girl has died in a tragic peanut allergy accident. Christina Desforges died in hospital in Canada, four days after collapsing with an allergic reaction. She and two friends were watching videos at the weekend when she fell ill soon after kissing her boyfriend who'd eaten a peanut butter sandwich. One friend says none of them knew of her allergy and thought she was having an asthma attack. By the time Christina reached hospital the reaction was so severe, doctors couldn't save her. Alarming new figures have highlighted the insidious link

between smoking and oral cancer. Graphic warnings are being put on cigarette boxes encouraging smokers to butt out. Two years ago university lecturer Jean Loup Komarower stopped writing equations and began working on his will. I realised I had a great chance of dying so I changed my point of view of life. After 15 years of smoking he was diagnosed with oral cancer,

undergoing radical surgery to remove a tumour in his gum.

What we do is we split the hip bone, like so. If you turn it upside down and we reshape it you can actually reconstruct the shape of the jaw bone. From March next year the life-threatening consequences of smoking that Mr Komarower has faced will confront smokers every time they buy cigarettes. It's hoped the graphic images of oral cancers will help smokers kick the habit. Hopefully it will convey a pretty comprehensive message now, in graphic terms, of what the damage from smoking can be. Smokers are four times more likely to develop cancer in the mouth and throat. They might notice discomfort or a change of colour in the mouth, a new lesion, something that is irregular. While early detection can significantly increase the chances of survival, only around 50% of those diagnosed with oral cancer survive the first five years. Despite his harrowing ordeal

Mr Komarower considers himself as one of the lucky ones. I'm able to eat, I'm able to speak - about the only thing I can't do, I think, is whistle. I'm able to eat, I'm able to speak - the only thing I can't do, I think, is whistle. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. She's an Australian television icon who hasn't been seen on our screens for more than 30 years. Now 'Aunty Jack' is back with a vengeance. However you look at it, 'Aunty Jack' was breakthrough television. Rack off, fairy. And no wonder - as well as onscreen creative forces Grahame Bond and Rory O'Donoghue, behind the scenes were their old uni mates Geoffrey Atherdon, who'd go on to write 'Mother and Son' and acclaimed director Peter Weir. They got 1,000 complaints on the first night

and went joy. And I went, "What?"

1,000 people hate us. Well, no. If 1,000 people write in or ring up and say they hate the show, he said then that "There's hundreds of thousands that will like it." That was 1971 - now they're putting the band back together for a national tour in March. And she's out on DVD. Even Kev Kavanagh coming out of the butcher's fridge to get some air. I used to think that my boss was really straight, you know, but I went out the back of the butcher's shop

and I caught him smoking a ham - aha, a butcher's joke. Before the ABC gave the show the green light, Grahame and Rory wrote jingles to make ends meet - one for nappies proved quite popular. Kimby, Kimby, Kimby. But once they hit the small screen, there was no stopping them. (Sings) # Farewell Aunty Jack # # We know you'll be back.# at number one for 18 weeks, They even had a song that stayed despite getting little radio airplay 'bloody'. because it contained the word

I'll come around to your house # (Sings) # Because if you don't your bloody arms off.# # and I'll rip Angela Bishop, Ten News. from neighbours A multimillionaire gets an ultimatum over his monster mansion.

when we come back. We'll tell you what it is And in 'Sports Tonight', straight back in to the Test side. why Michael Clarke could walk

EVIL LAUGHTER ANGELIC HARP CHORD PEOPLE GROAN DENTIST'S DRILL WHINES real fast, For a real breakfast at McDonald's - and real espresso coffee CUCKOO CLOCK CHIMES MCDONALD'S JINGLE PLAYS This program is captioned live. A first sign tonight withdrawing its troops from Iraq. the US is planning to start a short time ago says A statement from the White House the pull out will start next year, but it didn't give an exact date. Queensland's most expensive houses Construction of one of has neighbours furious. eyesore and should be knocked down. They say the mansion is a major to talk. Ron Miller wasn't staying around computer multimillionaire The American roaring out of the driveway Sunshine Coast dream home. of his $25 million have taken legal action It's a house four of his neighbours to prevent being finished. of the property They say the sheer size a visual eye-sore. has made this once scenic location "What is it good for?" You ask yourself, Maximum impact for maximum profit? construction has been a nightmare. Neighbours say a lot of grief. That drilling caused us which went on for over two months. Drilling, jack hammering, blasting have been removed 700 cubic metres of rock to create a bomb shelter.

seven huge bedrooms, The house will also have and staff quarters. a basketball court of their own money Residents are spending $60,000 fighting this massive construction. the owner or the builder, Their real issue isn't with it's with the local council. the house falls within guidelines But council says to stop it being built. and there was nothing it could do Council had no hand in the decision so I can't actually see the... very readily. ..although I can sympathise

200 angry tradesmen out of work. The court action has put up to across the road You talk to the old arseholes out of work. that have put all these people is yet to hear the case. The Planning and Environment Court

Jamie Rule, Ten News. Tom Piotrowski. At Commonwealth Securities, for the market today, And Tom, a weaker finish for the month. but it's been a good result

It has been. For much of the day

today the market was very strong

but helped by a better performance

from resource stocks. Late in the

session it copped a knock as sellers

dived into the fray and the market

finished in negative territory. It

has been a good month. The ASX200

rising by 4%, cancelling out a

loss of a similar amount in October.

James Hardie shares managed to

recover recent losses. An agreement

could be signed tomorrow that would

see James Hardie compensate victims

of as pes toesise but whether

they'll win a favourable ruling

from the tax office, allowing them

to claim the payments as tax

deductions. Shares up by 2%, having

lost about 5% over the course of

recent days. With a closer look at the market: from CommSec there. Thanks Tom. Tom Piotrowski The weather's next

with Leigh Diffey, and then it's 'Sports Tonight' And Leigh, there's a lot of effort

a famous piece of turf. going into keeping Charmaine. And what a piece of turf it is,

spot later. Yes, more on the socceroos sacred Plus our NBA star features again. Bogut blocks his way to victory. play to save the game. COMMENTATOR: Bogut - some defenseive And she's back - I'm sure she'll do very, very well. Her fight and her determination. Dokic down-under. But will it be for good?

NEWSREEL MUSIC the Tasmanian drought of 1842. NEWSREADER: It was founder Peter Degraves the town's pure river water had the idea to divert to supply the brewery. had a bumper yield of beer. because Cascade

So thank you, Peter Degraves. to the people - You knew what was important beer. largest wildlife sanctuary. I'm at the gateway to the world's It's called Australia. Crikey! ENGINE ROARS our natural wonders and agriculture The invisible fence that protects is Quarantine. nothing dangerous gets in. Help them make sure

and animal material, Declare all food, plant the danger lurks. because that's where If you don't and they find, a whopping fine for you. it could be matters. Quarantine This program is captioned live. Now to the national weather details. the Northern Territory, Cloud is forming across and Queensland, northern New South Wales and severe storms. bringing heavy rain is generating light showers. Low cloud over southern WA will spread rain and storms A cold front and trough and Victoria later. across SA, reaching western NSW ahead of the trough Very warm northerlies will generate some thunderstorms. in the west. A high will clear the skies of our capitals tomorrow. A warmer day for most temperatures with 34. Melbourne to top the national on the east coast. Late thunder for all the big cities Adelaide and Hobart, showers. with plenty of sunshine and 26. Perth will welcome summer And that's the latest from Ten News. with Leigh Diffey is next. 'Sports Tonight' at the debut video We'll leave you with the first look Kate DeAraugo. for 'Australian Idol' From the Late News team, goodnight. I'm Charmaine Dragun. by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext captions www.auscap.com.au This program is captioned live. How much can a double century do? That will be, probably, the main selection issue. Michael Clarke just might walk back into the Test team. And this bit of turf... It's $100,000. ..is worth more than you think. Hello, everyone. And welcome to Sports Tonight. I'm Leigh Diffey. The fight over South's Rugby League Club is getting serious. We'll have more on that. Plus she's back - Jelena Dokic is heading home. A young girl who's now become an adult making her own decisions, and giving her a fair go. She says she's an Australian and wants to play for us again. Look, he's a very good player and we've stated our case that we'd love to get him to Essendon, The Camporeale tug of war continues. And Bogut's bonus - the big man does it again. And Bogut drops it at the buzzer. Bogut, the defensive play to save the game. Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says NSW batsman Michael Clarke is already back on the Test team radar after his stunning double century against Queensland. It will more than likely come down to Andrew Symonds or Clarke for the first Test against South Africa in just over two weeks. Michael Clarke's demotion could prove as quick as his wit. Hope I'm going the right way, guys. He was yesterday, unbeaten on 201 against Queensland. According to captain Ricky Ponting the revolving door could well continue with Clarke in the frame to play South Africa in 16 days time. Whether we go in with just the four bowlers and six specialist batsmen or if we stick with the all-rounder and cover bases that way.

That will be probably the main selection issue. Clarke today flew out for New Zealand with the rest of the one-day side for a 3-match series beginning at Eden Park in four days time. The 24-year-old wasn't allowed to talk to the media today, but Ponting says more runs in the one-day arena can only make the blonde bomber even more attractive to selectors. He's just gotta make sure he prepares himself well and doesn't, once again, try and force things too much.

The timing of this one-day series is being questioned with South Africa settling in Perth on Friday and getting used to the WACA wicket

with a 4-day match against Western Australia. It's not ideal, I guess, as far as our preparations go for a Test series or a Test match in Perth. We've got to go to New Zealand and play on wickets and a format of cricket that is going to be substantially different than what we're going to be faced with a couple of days after we arrive back. The Socceroos win over Uruguay has already gone down in history as one of our greatest sporting moments. Now the place that moment occurred will be preserved forever. COMMENTATOR: He's scored, yeah! Australia have got it! It only happened 14 days ago but John Aloisi's penalty kick is now firmly entrenched in our sporting folklore. So to commemorate the occasion Socceroo great John Watkiss repeated Aloisi's effort, beating former team-mate Jim Fraser in goal before removing the hallowed piece of turf, Watkiss fondly remembering the magic moment two weeks ago. But I think I probably could have chased Aloisi and Mark Schwarzer and probably even caught them. The historic tuft of grass will be treated and encased in glass to be preserved as a precious sporting artefact

and later auctioned off to charity where it is expected to reach a handsome price, even for Sydney real estate. I'd like to think that $100,000 in the situation would be about the right price. Removing a patch of hallowed ground like this is not without precedent. Two years ago a patch of turf sacred to English rugby was removed from the other end of Telstra Stadium - the spot Jonny Wilkinson kicked the drop goal to win the 2003 World Cup final against the Wallabies.

For the man who took today's ceremonial penalty it's an indication of just how far the game has come since he played in Australia's first ever World Cup qualifier in 1965 against North Korea. With this magnificent, fantastic result, this is going to ensure the future of football in this country. Essendon has a plan in store should bitter rival Collingwood upstage the Bombers in the race to snare former Blue Scott Camporeale, in next month's preseason draft. The Bombers tempted to lure a former great out of retirement. Scott Camporeale has donned the red and black for his first hit-out at Windy Hill. The former Blue easily fitted in at his new home, but is well aware it might just be a temporary residence. Collingwood is considering snaring Camporeale at pick two

in the preseason draft, ahead of Essendon's first selection at pick four. Well, they've got every right to. That's the rules of the game. Look, he's a very good player and we've stated our case that we'd love to get him to Essendon, um, that's all you can do

because that's the ways the rules sit with us.

It's believed Camporeale has already agreed to a 2-year deal with the Bombers. But that hasn't stopped Pies coach Mick Malthouse threatening to steal the 30-year-old away from his arch-rival. You've just gotta be careful of former Richmond back-pocket players. Sheedy's back-up plan is sure to shock many. He's considering redrafting dual premiership star Mark Mercuri who retired at the end of last year. He's 31, he's pretty content with himself and he's deciding whether he'll go into the draft. If he does, he does. The search is also under way for a new assistant coach to replace Mark Harvey, with the club considering contenders from a non-football background. South Sydney has fined players John Sutton and Stuart Webb for unruly behaviour at a Sydney bowling club last week. Meanwhile the fight to save the Rabbitohs continues. Businessman Peter Holmes a Court

has addressed the board of Souths Leagues Club on his latest proposal with actor Russell Crowe. After years of struggle,

a movie star and millionaire are ready to bail out the Bunnies. Peter Holmes a Court put forward his proposal to the South Sydney board tonight - leaving chairman George Piggins with some serious thinking to do. It was very enlightening, It was a little bit better than what we thought it was going to be, and we're quite interested. I was really happy with the response, and they've asked us to put a formal proposal to them. and we are going to get that to them in short order, and it was a very constructive meeting. Both Crowe and Holmes a Court plan to underwrite the club's $7.5 million debt, and redevelop the leagues club - turning rundown real estate into rentable office space. It would provide cash flow for the club, but Piggins still has the members in mind. It was looking like Peter Holmes a Court was going to take the members club off them, if the members agree to give it to him, that is, and it's entirely different to what we got there tonight. It was a lot better. Weighing into the debate, tennis great John Alexander. He plans to develop the site with a family focus, providing a gym, indoor pool and recreation facilities. They might look at what we're interested in and see if we can't all live happily together and help the club thrive rather than survive. Maybe Peter can do the building up and John can rent it off us. Maybe we might be able to pull something off there. Alexander will put forward his proposal next week. Stay with us on Sports Tonight

and we'll tell you more about Jelena Dokic

and her plan to play for Australia again. Not even in the top 300 in the world but she's dropped dad and is ready to re-start her career. Stuart Appleby - it's a great field - Shaun Micheel, all these great players this week and I'm going to beat these guys The US Open golf champion here to play in the PGA. Back to Bogut, reverse lay-up. It's a 10-point game. Plus Bogut and the Bucks - they make quite the team

And Bogut drops it at the buzzer. Bogut, the defensive play to save the game.

This program is captioned live.

Tennis officials are welcoming born-again Aussie Jelena Dokic

back down-under this weekend. Almost five years after the troubled ace and her domineering father abandoned Australia