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(generated from captions) forsaking all others for as long as you both shall live? (Whispers) I do. And do you, Nick, take Bridget to be your wife, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others for as long as you both shall live? (Whispers) Say it, Nick. Say it! Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre www.auscap.com.au This program is captioned live. Tonight - an army of police mobilised to enforce new anti-riot laws. It is up to all of us, not only the police, but all people of goodwill, to bring the spirit of Christmas back into this city. Cronulla's highest profile protester offers an unreserved apology. And Bradley Murdoch, the Falconio killer, finally sentenced. Your prospects of rehabilitation are minimal. But first, an army of police about to be deployed across Sydney backed by powerful new anti-riot laws

that have just been rushed through Parliament. They'll be equipped to round up any troublemakers bent on violence and keep the peace in our troubled beachside suburbs. This weekend will see an unprecedented show of force by police. An extra 1,000 officers on Saturday and 1,500 on Sunday to deal with whatever happens. That's on top of the 450 already on dedicated patrol against troublemakers. We will use all the available tactics, law policy procedure,

whatever it takes for as long as it takes to bring about a restoration of order and calm. The police will use new powers including: The Commissioner's motivation is simple. The spirit of Christmas has simply disappeared out of this city

and it is up to all of us, not only the police, but people of goodwill to bring the spirit of Christmas back into this city. The new legislation was rushed through both houses of parliament today, ready for immediate use.

Order will be upheld, our streets and suburbs will be kept safe. Our police will be backed to the hilt. Details include: The Law Society believes that might create problems for innocent bystanders. With the presumption against bail that innocent bystander may end up languishing in jail for some period of time before they are brought to trial. Opposition Leader Peter Debnam voted in favour of the laws but thinks they aren't tough enough. He has this explanation why. The problem is the Government has had a softly, softly strategy for 10 years. Why? Because you're indebted to some ethnic groups. A position dismissed by the Government.

Kevin Wilde, Ten News. Peace talks in Cronulla today, with Lebanese leaders confident a predicted flare-up on Sunday won't happen. The local mayor agrees, with all sides now keen to find a permanent solution. They came from all walks of life -

28 community leaders from every side of Cronulla's racial crisis. The goal they all share - stopping the violence. Every individual in every sector must stand together and ensure they display the maturity that we need to ensure Australia remains safe. I think we're all in this together. We have to come through this together as Australians. Representing the Cronulla area, politicians and well-known faces all desperate for peace. We're trying to look at ways we can promote awareness of other people's cultures, because when there's misunderstanding that can lead to fear and that can turn to conflict. The place that everyone is fighting over will be destroyed if we don't stop. I want my grandchildren to come here and be happy. I want these people to be happy. Lebanese leaders say they're playing their part to keep the streets calmer by sending representatives out each night to disperse crowds before trouble starts. Today's meeting also heard of a new text message doing the rounds at Cronulla - only this one's not inciting violence. I received a text message saying let's not race or creed or religion be any barrier to friendship Leaders from both sides say those other messages predicting a bloody Sunday are wrong.

People will enjoy themselves this

Sunday. One of the most recognisable faces of Sunday's riots is Glen Steele, a surfer and former first-grade rugby league player with the Sharks. In an exclusive interview with Ten's Frank Coletta,

he's apologised for his involvement in the trouble.

First of all, I'd like to apologise

to the Middle Eastern community.

About what happened on Sunday. At

the start of the day, there was

never any intention for the day to,

uh, end up like it had. So that's

firstly what I'd like to say. Um,

I've had a little bit of problems

with gangs in Cronulla, especially

in summer over the last 5-8 years.

With summer approaching, obviously

the last couple of weeks, and with

the lifesaver bashing the week

before, this is what that protest

was all about. But at no stage did

I have anything to do with

organising or, um... any aggressive

nature to the Lebanese and Middle

Eastern community. I went down

there as a peaceful father, a

concerned resident of Sutherland

Shire all my life. Very passionate

about the surf and the beach. And

that's what I went there for. No

suggestion that maybe being a

ringleader, there are people who

put that word out there. You

obviously don't agree with that at

all? That's the way the media

portrayed me. It was more

passionate. A lot of people know me

as a passionate person. I was a

passionate football player and I

was passionate about my surfing and

the beautiful area we have in the

Sutherland Shire, which everyone

should be allowed to enjoy in the

community. Alcohol did come into it

- not on my part, but I can say a

majority of people's parts towards

the end of the day, around 4:00-ish.

The meeting started peacefully at

12:00. We've seen the images of

yourself, shirt coming off,

standing up and chanting. The crowd

was whipped into a bit of frenzy.

The crowd might have been whip

under to a frenzy. I take my shirt

off a fair bit. But it's not the

sort of thing, you know, I want to

talk about. I just have my say,

that was all. Quickly, will you be

there this weekend? No, I won't.

I'd lie to say, enough's enough.

Cronulla's had enough. We went down there... It was relatively quiet on Sydney's streets last night. The big police numbers making their presence felt.

Hundreds of officers again patrolling beachside suburbs to prevent further violence. 11 arrests were made in isolated incidents of unrest. Police set up roadblocks heading into Cronulla. Hundreds of cars were stopped and drivers told to produce identification before being allowed to enter the area. Cars were also searched, with baseball bats and metal poles among the weapons found. A blistering attack on Bradley John Murdoch today as he was sentenced for the outback murder of Peter Falconio. The judge set a nonparole period of 28 years, a jail term welcomed by the victim's family. For two months, the Falconio family have watched Bradley John Murdoch deny murdering their son, even in the face of a jury's conviction. But today was their turn to tell him directly

how his actions have devastated their lives. Peter's mother, Joan, telling the court in a victim's impact statement how she spoke to her son by phone the day before he disappeared. Then came the horrifying news. Two backpackers had been ambushed at Barrow Creek and one of them was still missing. Mrs Falconio fell to her knees when she heard it was Peter and has been tormented ever since. Joanne Lees's statement revealed a sense of guilt she'd not been able to help Peter. Chief Justice Brian Martin acknowledged her trauma in his sentencing remarks to Murdoch. It must have been even close to the worst nightmare imaginable. Unlike you, Ms Lees displayed considerable courage. The judge also strongly criticised Murdoch's manner of defence which he said brought up murky details of Ms Lees's past irrelevant to the case. He'd done his best to undermine her credibility and even imply she'd lied about Falconio's disappearance. That, combined with Murdoch's lack of remorse, gave the court little hope of rehabilitation.

Ms Lees barely able to stop smiling after hearing Murdoch's non-parole period extended beyond the usual 20 years. I fix a non-parole period of 28 years commencing 10 November 2003.

Would you please remove the prisoner.

REPORTER: Are you pleased with the result? I am very pleased with the result. Thank you. In Darwin, Amber Muir, Ten News. Intense pressure on the Federal Government to come up with extra tax cuts next year. A review of the Budget has uncovered an extra $2.5 billion Treasurer Peter Costello didn't know he had. Like a cheshire cat with $2.5 billion worth of cream, Peter Costello unveiled a mid-financial year windfall built on tearaway company tax receipts. What this shows is that the Australian economy continues to grow. We continue to be one of the strongest economies in the world. But it wasn't all good news. The inflation forecast has been upgraded from 2.75% to 3% due to higher petrol prices, and that could put pressure on interest rates in the new year. The Government's also had a reality check on its expectations for the sale of its majority shareholding in Telstra. The budget Telstra sale forecast of $5.25, pared back to $4.13. Some people will say that is still above market. They sure will. The shares closed today at $3.82 The booming budget surplus will give the Government scope to hand back some of the money through additional tax cuts in the May Budget. Peter Costello says maybe. If we are able to keep spending to a minimum then the payoff will always be low tax. Labor's calling for tax reform, not just tax cuts, but reckons Peter Costello is in no hurry to hand back the surplus. He doesn't want to give tax relief to low- and middle-income earners until closer to the next election when he thinks there's an outside chance that he might be PM. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Tim Webster, and the South African cricketers ramp up the pre-game hype. Yes, the so-called banter has now included another pot shot at our loss in the Ashes series. The tourists' skipper, Graeme Smith, claims the Aussies are under pressure and afraid to lose at home. More in sport.

And watch this cameraman in the tower in yellow. That car's travelling at 200km/h. He survived with minor injuries. His tale of luck a little later too. Also, Aussie actor Anthony La Paglia treats his Sydney soccer team to a taste of Hollywood in Tokyo. A man pulls out a gun during a school awards ceremony in Sydney. That's next. Plus, the worst possible Christmas hangover - the growing number of people waking up in hospital. And do you really have to study hard to top the HSC? Not really, because I do a lot of sport and music and charity work outside of school. Bushfires are part of Australian life. But what you do, along with your neighbours and your local fire authority, can make a real difference. The Australian Government is working together with fire authorities to help you be better prepared. Make sure you're ready this bushfire season. Call your local fire authority or fire service. Be safe, be prepared this bushfire season. This program is captioned live. A horrifying moment for some parents today when a gun was drawn during a school awards ceremony. An off-duty policeman bravely wrestled the man to the ground before any shots were fired. Parents holding their children's hands tightly after the frightening ordeal. Everybody dropped, people started panicking and running because of the kids. A fight breaking out between two men during an awards ceremony at St Joseph's Primary School in north-west Sydney. Parents were shocked when one pulled out a hand gun. An off-duty policeman, who has a child at the school, stepped in, disarming the man and wrestling him to the ground.

Parents caught up in the commotion rushing their kids out of the room.

They panicked and started running and we dropped down and somebody ran over us and it was crazy.

The school full of praise for the father. A hero to the other parents. It was a very distressing situation and we're very grateful for the quick response of the parent, the off-duty police officer who intervened. At this stage police believe

the two men were fighting over a domestic dispute. Their anger flaring during the ceremony. The school community here at St Joseph's is shocked by the incident and is offering counselling to staff, parents and students. Tomorrow they're hoping to end the year on a happier note with a Year 6 graduation mass and disco. The man is still being interviewed over the incident by police. Two men responsible for the gruesome death of an elderly woman

on the South Coast have secured vastly reduced sentences on appeal.

They were originally jailed for murder

but now they'll serve time for the lesser offence of manslaughter.

It's hard to imagine a more horrible way to die. 70-year-old Joy Alchin, bound with tape, gagged and left with a pillow case over her head. The robbery over, she died nine days later. Her family was ecstatic last year when Ian Styman and Peter Taber got life terms for murder. But despair today - they received 18 years for manslaughter instead, so they could be out in 14. Worse than animals, actually. Animals don't do that. Taber was living with Joy's niece Leonie Ravell when he decided to rob her aunt of more than $20,000. He and Styman fled with the money, leaving Mrs Alchin bruised on the floor. The court hearing how, in a call Styman made a short time later to 000, he said police should go to the house because two gunmen were there. But because he was ringing from 16km away, a supervisor decided it was a hoax and police weren't told. The judge told both men they treated Joy Alchin cruelly and callously, with complete disregard for her wellbeing when they'd had ample time to make sure she'd been rescued. After the confusion over the 000 call, they could have let the local ambulance service know where to find her - they would have alerted police, and Joy Alchin would not have died such a horrific death. Said the judge: Styman and Taber will appeal, and still claim they're innocent. Harry Potter, Ten News. Shocking research tonight on the link between alcohol and injuries.

Doctors warn it's costing billions, and turning hospital emergency rooms into war zones as we head into the holiday season. The danger of binge drinking has been no more evident than at Sunday's riots. To regain control, police closed pubs. Blind Freddy could tell you if the grog wasn't around we wouldn't have had anything like that sort of problem. Alcohol kills 10 Australians a day. At Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, alcohol-related injuries cost the emergency department up to $3.2 million each year. Multiply that by every emergency room in the country and our cash-strapped hospitals are forking out billions.

That's a lot of money that could be spent on other serious health problems. Up to 70% of people turning up to emergency have been assaulted in alcohol-fuelled incidents. All emergency departments, doesn't matter if they are in suburbs or the inner city, are war zones because of the amount of alcohol damage people do to each other. Alcohol misuse is on every count 10 times worse than all illicit drugs put together. Staff fear an unprecedented number of admissions this Christmas. We're terrified because this year's already shown us to have a lot more violence in November, and that we expected in December. It's just really even nastier, the amount of bashings, assaults. People walking along the street for no reason at all get assaulted. And so much for a Happy New Year. January 1 is the worst day for Australia for alcohol-related domestic violence. A day doctors are forced to treat patient after patient with injuries they know should never have occurred. Experts warn extended pub hours make the problem worse. Jacinta Hocking, Ten News. Clubs in NSW have angrily rejected pokie tax reforms. Premier Morris Iemma had offered a tax-free deal to 800 smaller clubs. But Clubs NSW say the reprieve for smaller clubs will hit the bigger clubs hard. We cannot accept the tax rates going forward. They will continue to bring about the destruction of our club industry as we know it. Clubs NSW have now permanently withdrawn from any further negotiations with the Government on pokie tax. The State's brightest students have been announced topping subjects in the HSC.

But it's still a nervous wait for them and the state's 65,000 other Year 12 students, with HSC results out tomorrow. The class of 2005 - in a class of their own, these 114 students are the brightest in the State. APPLAUSE They've attained first place in an HSC subject - seven of the high achievers topping more than one course. Elise Ho the most outstanding - top of the class in not one, but three language subjects. It's overwhelming in a curious way. I don't grasp how enormous this achievement is. The scholars coming from across the State - a little more than half from public schools. This year, girls dominated English. Of the five subjects on offer, only one boy in the mix. I wasn't even going to do the course - lucky I did. Textile and design student Samantha Dawson triumphant after illustrating and writing a book introducing Shakespeare to kids.

In the new year, we'll explore it as an educational resource for school. This year, these girls topped the sciences, coming first in all five subjects.

Last year, there was only two. Usually the guys top the subjects in the science, like the Nobel prize. Finally, girl power! With much riding on the HSC results, careers advisors say university is only one option. Vocational training is just as valid and provides you with workplace skills that will help you get into jobs. Students can access results from 6:00am tomorrow via the Internet, SMS or phone. Kathryn Robinson, Ten News.

Graduation is something Tim Bailey

Graduation is something Tim Bailey thinks you find on a paint chart.

He's never experienced it. What's

happening with the weather out

there? This day is like the last

day before you go on holidays - how

it should look, Ronnie. Bright blue

and shun 'Sun'tion all over the

place. 26 degrees, one above

average. Above average all day for

me, I can assure you of that.

Tomorrow - an increase in cloud,

maybe a late thunderstorm. 29-32

degrees. A rewind of today's play

from the roof of the Ten News

centre. A blue-sky day - just a

beauty out here at the moment,

reflected by those pictures taken

just hours ago. Current pollution levels:

Good-looking day on the way

tomorrow. Fine and sunny on

Saturday, maybe a late thunderstorm.

A blue sky Sunday, around about 30

degrees. See you again in around

about 10.

A billion-dollar overhaul for the Australian Army.

Next, the changes ahead for our defence forces. And a plane with a bomb-laden truck firmly in its sights. SONG: # How will you feel when it happens? # How will you feel if it's you # When the big red ball comes rolling in # To make your dreams come true? # You'll be throwing Lotto parties... # (Hoots and clucks) # You'll be having Lotto fun # You'll have lots of Lotto money if you win the big one # 'Cause it's the big red ball that makes dreams come true... # (Both laugh) # The big red ball # That makes dreams come true # The big red ball # That makes dreams come true. #

Time to check on the traffic with

Vic Lorusso in the Mix 106.5

traffic helicopter. Vic, we're

getting calls in about the news

room going south to the city

tonight. Have you spotted what's

wrong? A couple of things.

Unfortunately, an accident near the

eastern distributor. A concert at

Moore Park. This traffic that I'm

showing - delays start from North

Sydney, end up in the Harbour

Tunnel, the eastern distributor,

into the airport tunnel and pretty

much through to Bankstown for the

M5. Some pretty big traffic delays

for Sydneysiders, and getting close

to Chrissy now, and with late-night

shopping, we're seeing all the

traffic heading into town. More

reports with Deb at 5:50. A major boost tonight for the Australian Army. Almost $2 billion is being spent on the upgrade, which aims to counter falling troop numbers. The army's future on parade. These Duntroon graduates have a lot to look forward to. Australia's military is about to undertake a major transformation. We cannot send men and women into danger without giving them the best available equipment. Topping the Army's Christmas list - heavy lift aircraft. A lack of such giant hardware is hampering our ability to respond quickly to overseas emergencies. The planes would also be able to carry the newly ordered Abrahams tanks. Turns out they don't fit on anything else. The Australian army will have more fire-power, more mobility and more protection. There will also be a substantial boost in troop numbers, with a plan to grow the army by 1,500 over the next 10 years. That's a big ask - more than 3,000 soldiers left the army last year. All three branches of the ADF are having trouble keeping the people they already have.

Like the private sector, the ADF can't find skilled workers. Even on the expanded numbers our defence forces easily fit within the Sydney Cricket Ground, let alone the Melbourne Cricket Ground. But no-one thinks the Army shouldn't be given a hand. The ADF deployments this year alone have stretched them to the limit. Our commitment, my commitment, is we will spend the additional resources that are necessary. CHEERING Fenn Kemp, Ten News. As millions of Iraqis elect a new government, American president George W. Bush has finally admitted he invaded on false intelligence. Strict security and a total ban on vehicles

kept the capital quiet before the polls opened. Only a handful turned out to vote early, and within an hour there was one explosion, put down to a single rocket that caused no damage. While admitting intelligence was wrong, President Bush still insists the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was right. My decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision. Saddam was a threat, and the American people and the world is better off because he is no longer in power.

Graphic pictures of an Israeli attack on a group of Arab bombers. The video, shot from a drone, zeros in on a car which is blown to pieces.

There were four men in the vehicle. Israelis say the massive explosion was caused

by the bomb they were carrying to a vital cargo area. The militants' group is already vowing revenge.

An Australia class action has begun

against the maker of anti-arthritis drug Vioxx. Lawyers are aiming to secure millions in compensation, claiming the medication led to users suffering heart attacks. Graeme Peterson is just one of 400 people represented in the class action against American drug company Merck and its Australian subsidiary - all sharing a common feeling toward the company. I feel very angry angry. I feel very angry angry. The 55-year-old, like many others party to the writ, switched from other anti-inflammatory drugs to Vioxx to ease the pain of Arthritis. But two years after taking the drug he suffered a heart attack that's stopped him from performing his role of safety officer for BHP. This was a defective product it was a drug which significantly increased the risk of heart attack and thrombotic strokes by more than 100%. The one-time keen bushwalker was one of 250,000 users in Australia before it was withdrawn from sale. Already proceedings have started in the US, where the widowed wife of a Vioxx user was awarded $300 million.

Perhaps the most damning allegations involved in the writ is that the drug giant knew of the dangers involved but failed to pass on the warnings to health professionals or patients. Knowing that somebody knew about this, knew what I, and many others were facing, and let it happen - that's even more frustrating. It may take as long as two years for the case to reach trial but Graeme Peterson, who now carries anti-heart attack medication, is willing to wait as long as he can. I'm very patient. I'm very patient and hopefully I'll live long enough. Anthony Howard, Ten News.

Debate over the abortion pill comes to a head, next.

Also, Schapelle Corby's mum on a mission to recover damning photos of her daughter. And a little girl with a new Idol - how music helped her on the road to recovery.

Time for a check of the weather

with Tim Bailey. We've managed to

squeeze one more day out of you

before your holidays. I know you'll

be thinking of us behind the desk

while you're sunning yourself. Of

course I will miss him, folks! That

was a good-looking day in anyone's

language, wasn't it? Another one,

although not quite of the quality

of today, on its way to your place

tomorrow. A bit of high cloud the

reason for that, and maybe a late

thunderstorm. Summertime all day

long - 29-3 degrees.

You know how sometimes you can get

your hands on a star before they

become a real big name? We've got

one of those on the television at

5:55. Alease Simmons. She's worth

5:55. Alease Simmons. She's worth listening to. Sigh see you then! Top stories this news hour - a 28-year non-parole period for Bradley John Murdoch. He was sentenced today for the outback murder of Peter Falconio, the victim's family welcoming the jail term. A high-profile protester from the Cronulla riots apologises for his actions. Glen Steele, a surfer and former first-grade rugby league player with the Sharks, insists he won't participate in any further trouble and is urging others to do the same. And an army of more than 1,000 police is about to be deployed across Sydney, backed by powerful new anti-riot laws that have just been rushed through Parliament. They'll be equipped to round up any troublemakers bent on violence this weekend. A Senate inquiry has been told viagra is more dangerous than the abortion drug RU-486. Gynaecological and reproductive health experts told the committee there was never any suggestion viagra should be put into a restricted category. The TGA has also looked at the issue of viagra and the number of deaths caused is five times RU-486. A Senate committee is considering a move to allow the Therapeutic Drugs Administration to decide if the drug can be used here, instead of Health Minister Tony Abbott. Schappelle Corby's mother has failed to view photos

of her daughter with an alleged drug courier. Rosleigh Rose flew to Adelaide

hoping to prove the pictures were taken after Schappelle's arrest in Bali. They were seized during the arrest of a man accused of trafficking drugs from South Australia to Queensland. But local police told her they no longer had the pictures, and Federal Police say they are still being assessed. Why aren't they releasing it? They let the leak out. And why won't they? Have they got something to hide? Ms Rose claims the pictures were taken while Corby was already in prison

and do not prove a link with drug dealers. Finance, and a cautious day on the Australian share market saw the All Ordinaries close 8 points higher. The banking sector held the local market together on a quiet day, while mining and resource issues were mixed. Julia Lee at Commonwealth Securities, some economic predictions tonight. It's almost a Christmas miracle - a little Queensland girl in a coma, then along comes 'Australian Idol' winner Kate DeAraugo. A song from Kate proved the perfect medicine and little Tatiana is on the road to recovery. This Christmas will be extra special for the Smith family. MUM: Are you doing wheelies? I'm doing wheelies! Two months ago it was a very different story. 5-year-old Tatiana was hit by a car trying to cross the road outside her home. She was in a coma, she was semi-conscious, not talking, she hadn't spoken to us. Tonie and Peter weren't sure when, or even if, Tatiana would recover, so when the 'Idol' stars visited the hospital Tatiana's mum thought she'd ask a special favour from her daughter's favourite, Kate DeAraugo. "Would you sing Tatiana a song? "I know she can't hear you but she loves that song," yeah, her favourite song. (Sings) # In a lullaby... # There you go, darlin'. I hope she's OK. Tatiana was making a movement as Kate was singing so it was like she knew, she could hear her. Since then Tatiana's recovery has amazed doctors. She's now back home with her family and a check-up from Kate proved the 5-year-old is a budding 'Idol' herself. (Both sing) # Somewhere over the rainbow # The two now share a very special bond. I'll be back here quite a bit and hopefully I can come up and visit her when I can. Tatiana still struggles to walk but nothing can stop her singing. (All sing) # We all know frogs go la di da di da la di da di da # Meggie Palmer, Ten News. Tim Webster with sport, and South Africa takes a dig over the Ashes defeat. Yes, they claim the Aussie cricketers are vunerable after that series against England. More shortly.

Also, Sydney FC's Hollywood owner takes his team on set in Tokyo And, wiped out - a motor-racing cameraman tells an amazing tale of survival. Right now, buy a $10 Scratchie with a chance at 500 grand and get four free $1 Scratchies. Or buy a $5 Scratchie with a chance at 250 grand and get two free $1 Scratchies. It could really win you stacks. SONG: # Scratch me happy! # You'd better hurry - FOXTEL Digital's big deal is about to end. Until December 17, you can get FOXTEL Digital installed for just $10 in metro areas. And you get your first month for just $10.

FOXTEL Digital. Call 131 787 now. This program is captioned live. First some breaking news - reports tonight that two Cronulla Sharks players have clashed at training,

leaving one with a severely lacerated head, requiring almost 20 stitches. The club has launched an investigation. Left-arm paceman Nathan Bracken has been picked ahead of Stuart Clark for tomorrow's first Test against South Africa in Perth. And while Jacques Kallis is almost certain to miss the match, his skipper Graeme Smith has fuelled the fire, describing the Aussies as insecure. Just when the war of words had simmered Graeme Smith stirred the pot. They're also scared of losing in Australia. There's massive pressure on them, and that gives us heart going into the Test match. A confident South African skipper believes Australia's reaction to the recent light-hearted banter between the two shows signs of insecurity within the Aussie camp. I'm hoping I can do it with performance - all of us are hoping performance can drive where we go and get under their skin that way. All eyes on Jacques Kallis

as the Proteas trained for the final time, but the all-rounder again unable to bat. I'm not a betting man so I don't know, but it's still 50-50 whether he'll play or not but at the end of the day whatever happens we are still confident in anyone who comes in to take his place. Jacques Rudolph the man to take his place should the inevitable occur. Rudolph in form after an unbeaten double ton against the WA Second XI. Nathan Bracken given the nod ahead of Stuart Clark as the third quick in the Aussie attack. Leading into preparation here the last Test he played he bowled very well conditions here will be fairly similar to Brisbane I think the ball will swing a bit for him here and he's bowled very well in the nets over the last couple of days. Both sides getting the chance to inspect the pitch today, the WACA wicket not expected to be as quick as in recent years. It looks pretty good. It's probably a little bit different than what you'd be used to seeing here. It's softer today than most Perth wickets are but it looks like a good wicket.

A lively WACA pitch is also tipped to assist Shane Warne in his bid to set a new world record for the most Test wickets in a calendar year, needing just two

to pass Dennis Lillee's 24-year-old record of 85. I just think he's a sensational player. He's the best leg spinner I've ever seen by a mile. Meanwhile the dates for next year's Ashes Series have been announced. England set to arrive in Australia in early November. Rebecca Killen, Ten News. A taste of Hollywood for Sydney FC as they prepare for tomorrow's play-off for fifth spot in the World Club Championships in Japan. A group of players were invited onto the set

as the team's part owner, Anthony LaPaglia, taped an episode of his US crime show on the streets of Tokyo. It's the ultimate indulgence that I get to come here and watch Sydney play and get to do my job at the same time. It was proof of LaPaglia's star power to be able to have the taping of the show moved to coincide with Sydney's participation in the World Club Championships. Sydney play the African champions Al Ahly tomorrow night. The Australian men's hockey team is through to the Champions Trophy final after a thrilling 3-2 win over the Netherlands. In the first meeting between the teams since the Athens Olympic final Matt Naylor opened the scoring after 12 minutes. But the Dutch were soon back on level terms when they converted a penalty corner. Then, in the closing minutes with the scores locked at 2-2, Michael McCann produced a stunning match winner. CHEERING

The Kookaburras booked their place in Sunday's final with a fourth consecutive win.

Australian Andrew Bogut has again impressed in the NBA but ultimately he had his colours lowered against superstar Shaquille O'Neal. Big Shaq was in a menacing mood as he arrived on Bogut's home court. But the Melbourne 21-year-old was immediately in the thick of things with the 300 pound giant. COMMENTATOR: Low for O'Neal - blocked by Bogut! Bogut managed six points, but foul trouble ruined his night for the Bucks. Shaq managed 13 - to lead his Miami Heat to an easy 17 point victory. The final score - 100 to 83.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Kings are miffed at a mid-season NBL coaches poll which voted the 3-time champions unlikely to win the title again despite being on a 15-game winning streak. As far as the Kings are concerned, it's the tall poppy syndrome. We're on top of the ladder - you would think some people might give us a little bit of respect. It probably doesn't bother us that much. We'll see what happens in the finals. The Melbourne Tigers were voted most likely to win the crown and the two teams match up on Saturday night.

A 16th straight win for Sydney will equal the league's longest ever winning streak. A New Zealand cameraman has survived being struck by an out-of-control drag car. Robert Miller was filming from a tower when the car suddenly veered out of control. MAN: Oh, no! Despite the scale of the impact, Miller suffered only minor cuts and bruises. I heard a very small tyre squeal from behind me

which I didn't really pay any attention to, and then all of a sudden a big bang. The next thing I know I'm looking at the sky and then just doing a big flip backwards and crash-landing on the ground. Miller says he'll still film races. That's the day in sport. Later on 'Sports tonight' with Bill Woods, Brett Lee lends a hand to some young cancer patients, plus Michael Klim's unusual pet.

And more on this blue at Cronulla -

one of them needed 17 stitches.

Thank you, Tim. And happy birthday!

Thank you. Very clogged traffic

across the city. How is it over the

F3? Unfortunately there's a bad

accident Gosford-bound from

wuruepbga. Unfortunately a car has

slam under to the rock face. Police

and ambulance are on scene. The RTA

have blocked the left lane, only

half a traffic lane getting through.

By our pictures, you can see the

By our pictures, you can see the start of the delays. We've been

over the base of the traffic delays

over the base of the traffic delays and pretty much it starts back in

towards Sydney. If you're expecting

anyone home from the Central Coast,

these are the delays, unfortunately,

they'll be sitting in - an extra 45

minutes- 1 hour leaving Gosford for Sydney. Thank you. Tim Bailey's weather next. And 'The Da Vinci Code' hits the big screen.

Our two Tims are on tonight - Tim

Webster was wauz having a birthday,

and Tim Bailey is about to pull up

stumps for a break. A little-known

fact that Tim Webster and I always

holiday together. Sometimes in my

job on the television I find some

really good people before they

become huge stars.

really good people before they become huge stars. Remember this

girl's name - she won the Road to

Tamworth. She's released her first

single in Nashville. Now, her name

single in Nashville. Now, her name is elease Simmons, she's playing

with Daniel, and if you live listen

close enough, there's even a

weather forecast. # Blue skies...

# Smiling at me...

# Nothing but blue skies

# You are seeing

# Never saw the sun shining so

bright

# Never saw things looking so right

# Noticing the days hur ying by

# When you're in love, my how they

fly. Elease Simmons, ladies and

fly. Elease Simmons, ladies and gentlemen. She'll be playing at

Tamworth on January 27. That was

beautiful. It wais my last day

before I go on holidays. Tinsel Tim

before I go on holidays. Tinsel Tim with his Christmas lights. Have a

look at these. They are beautiful.

More Santa than the red fella

himself. Tonight's amazing

Christmas light effort is from

Mitchell from Fraser Street. He's a

builder and spent five weeks

putting up these decorations

working from 2:00 pm-9:00pm each

day and all day on Sunday. He's a

-- a kook, but we love him for it.

29-32 degrees tomorrow, increasing

cloud, maybe a late thunderstorm.

Satellite - a cloud band across the

NT, South Australia, Victoria and

Tassie taforms ahead of a trough,

bringing patchy rain and storms. A

broad trough will edge slowly east,

resulting in warm and thundery

weather across the NT, Queensland,

NSW and Victoria.

Isolated showers and storms in all

Isolated showers and storms in all NSW districts tomorrow. Saturday -

a trough will Will cause showers

a trough will Will cause showers and storms in eastern Australia and

a cooler change to NSW and southern

Queensland. You won't get my final

weather report for 2005 in December

without a Christmas carol. Two, three, four...

# Jingle bells

# Jingle bells

# Jingle all the way

# Oh, what fun it is to ride in a

one-horse open shraiing Hey! Merry

one-horse open shraiing Hey! Merry Christmas to everybody. Thank you

so much for being on the television.

I'm a bit excited because, quite

frankly, I'm going on holidays. And

quite frankly, I don't get to talk

to girls as beautiful as you very

offp, OK? Got that out of the way,

folks! Interstate!

Thanks for having us at your place!

Thanks for having us at your place! Have a happy and safe Christmas.

Thank you, Tim! Have a wonderful Christmas as well! It's been billed as the biggest cover-up in history and it's a story that's topped the best-seller list for years. And now here's the first look at a trailer for the movie of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code'. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, the story sets out to uncover one of history's best-kept secrets using cryptic clues in the work of artist Leonardo Da Vinci. MAN: To protect a secret so powerful that, if revealed, it would devastate the very foundations of mankind. The movie opens here in May.

Won't that be popular. I think so! That's the 5:00 news. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm Deborah Knight. Sandra Sully will have the late news at 10:20. Goodnight.

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