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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. Making news this morning, moves into its 14th hour a siege in inner Sydney surrounded by heavily-armed police. with an apartment block

The AWB chairman says paid to Saddam Hussein's regime he knew nothing of kickbacks because he's hard of hearing. And black is back, hit the catwalk. the hottest styles this winter

A quick check of the weather. Here's Kath with finance. Wall Street is higher this morning and merger talk. on the back of falling oil prices remains blocked this morning An inner Sydney street moving into its 14th hour. with a siege

of the State Protection Group Police and heavily armed members Housing Commission units in Ultimo surrounded a block of around 5:00 last night. in his late 20s. It's believed the man is aged Police have refused to confirm security section of Long Bay jail the man escaped from the minimum back in November. of wheat exporter AWB A former chairman for a year's work was paid nearly $1 million from Australia's overseas aid budget. he knew nothing of kickbacks But Trevor Flugge says paid to Saddam Hussein. He was paid the salary and allowances

agriculture adviser as our Government's to the post-war Iraqi administration. This is Mr Howard's Party candidate million-dollar man personally chosen former National sent to do a job in Iraq what sort of job he did. and we will soon find out boss has told the Cole Inquiry And the pistol-packing former AWB may explain his partial deafness trucking fees discussed at meetings. why he never heard inflated

convicted of terror charges says A Melbourne man in killing innocent people. he doesn't believe But the Attorney-General says is no angel. the man dubbed Jihad Jack Acquitted of supporting al-Qa'ida and passport forgery, but convicted of taking its money Joseph Thomas remains behind bars. last Sunday, Speaking before his conviction the ABC's 'Four Corners' program the father of three has told he's no terrorist. in killing innocent people. I don't believe People who know me know that. His family claims Thomas' acquittal

organisation is a victory. on charges of assisting a terrorist The prosecution has been predicated

being a terrorist threat largely on the idea of Jack and that's been soundly rejected. His lawyers plan to appeal, their client legal representation claiming Federal Police denied during an interrogation in Pakistan.

They've angered the Attorney-General before co-operating with authorities. by warning Muslims to think twice of our law working as it should This is an example to co-operate with police. and people ought Thursday for sentencing submissions. Thomas will return to court on

players has been charged by police One of Australia's most prominent AFL in Perth. following a booze bus incident is accused of obstructing police. Brownlow Medallist Ben Cousins The 27-year-old footballer

to waiting reporters had nothing to say in Perth today. as he left the Eagles headquarters He's been charged by summons and obstructing police. with obstructing traffic The besieged Eagles star

from a booze bus is accused of running away on a suburban highway in Perth, Mercedes and his passengers. abandoning his four-wheel drive from the same car was later caught Another man who ran away of 0.8. and gave a blood/alcohol reading passenger in Cousins' car, A third man, thought to be another with wilfully misleading police has been charged and giving false information. was questioned by police West Coast star player Ben Cousins five days after the incident from the Eagles captaincy. and later stepped down team-mate came under the spotlight Just 13 months ago Ben Cousins and a to answer police questions when they refused after a violent nightclub incident. Cousins will face court next month. to smoke in your own car It could soon become illegal whilst driving in New South Wales. and non-government groups New South Wales Health on parents smoking around children have been pushing for a ban both at home and in the car. for much tougher restrictions But a private members bill calling to the New South Wales Parliament is expected to be introduced when it resumes today.

its relentless spread Bird flu continues with a second African country

of the deadly disease. confirming cases to the impoverished nation of Niger The virus has now spread the H5N1 strain after officials discovered in neighbouring Nigeria earlier this month.

of the disease spreading further Health authorities admit the chance is very high. all neighbours will be infected. So we are quite sure that on how many birds have died. There's no word yet on carcasses found there Kenya has already begun tests if they were carrying the disease. to determine has fired the first shot Retail giant Myer the fashion conscious this winter. in grabbing the attention of autumn/winter collection At last night's

fashion spectacular in Melbourne, for the season. black made a big comeback ruffled shirts Feminine florals, delicate fabrics,

three-quarter length jacket and the must-have of 24 designers. also features among the collections are disappointed, The New Zealand Warriors the NRL hasn't been tough enough while critics claim 4 competition points after the club was fined and stripped after the club was fined and stripped

for salary cap breaches.

despite the setback Club officials say they remain a threat in 2006. under the club's previous regime Million-dollar breaches leaving its new officials shattered. haven't they? Clearly they've let us down here, to fine the club $430,000 The NRL electing even before the season kicks off, and strip it of four points many already tip to struggle. crippling a side in 2006. We haven't committed a crime

for a crime you haven't committed. You can't be punished deals with Steve Price and Ruben Wiki While it's been claimed have contributed significantly to the problem, the NRL has refused to cast blame on individuals, but warns the club's problems are not yet over. They've certainly still got some issues to deal with for 2006, but we are working through those with them and they certainly will not start the 2006 season over the cap. Glen Lauder, Ten News. AFL, and St Kilda's Aaron Hamill is facing an extended stint on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury. He underwent scans after re-straining his calf against Collingwood. Team-mate Matt McGuire has revealed the Saints knowingly risked the former captain.

He was a bit tight leading into the game and just felt a bit sore in the warm-up so just pulled the pin pretty early. Melbourne skipper David Neitz will be one of up to 10 players to return for Friday night's quarterfinal against Brisbane at Telstra Dome. The Sydney Kings must win tonights game of the NBL Grand Final series against Melbourne. Melbourne head to Sydney needing just one more win to seal the championship after beating the Kings on Sunday night. One thing's for sure, the Tigers won't get the same parochial support in the Harbour City

as they had in their win at home. The Kings are chasing four straight NBL titles. Now Kath with finance. A record profit in fact. With the grocer posting a first half-profit of $543 million - which was in line with market expectations. The company's recent acquisitions of pubs businesses the Taverner Group and Australian Leisure and Hospitality, paying dividends. The retailer has confirmed it's on track to better last year's full-year result of $790 million by between 15 to 20%.

And the booming American housing market has helped James Hardie double third-quarter profit. Earnings at the building products company jumped to US$40 million - $4 million below forecasts. The company has also reaffirmed its full-year profit guidance of between US$200 and US$220 million. And hospital group Ramsay has reported a 72% lift in interim profit to $41 million. The group is targeting low double digit earnings growth over the full year. It's also upped its dividend payout by 24%. National weather: Now to what's making headlines in the papers. The Ten Early News will return after the break.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

Among the top stories this morning, the chairman of the AWB says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Husseins regime because he's hard of hearing. A siege in Sydney's inner city moves into its 13th hour as heavily-armed police surround an apartment block. And in sport, Kath with finance. Telstra's boss has travelled to Canberra to reassure the Government the phone giant's plans to remove payphones won't hurt regional Australia. Telstra is planning to axe one in six phone booths as it works to cut costs. But some MPs fear regional Australia will be left out in the cold. I think they'd all agree there's only one company who cares about the bush and the regions and that's Telstra. Telstra shares ended yesterday's session at $3.91 up 1%. It's been a long night for Sydney police with an inner city siege now in its 14th hour. The tense stand-off began late yesterday after a man barricaded himself inside an apartment block. Heavily-armed police in bulletproof vests surrounded the block of Housing Commission units around 5:00 last night. As both ends of the inner city street were closed, neighbours looked on in disbelief. A short time later, officers began trying to negotiate with a man holed up inside one of the units. As darkness fell, negotiations continued but the man still refused to cooperate. While police say he's unarmed and doesn't have any hostages, they won't confirm reports he's aged in his late 20s and fled the minimum security section of Long Bay jail back in November. Both ends of the suburban street in Ultimo remain closed. $1 million from Australia's overseas aid budget was used to pay the former chairman of wheat exporter AWB for one year's work as Iraq's adviser on agriculture. But Trevor Flugge says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein. Lucrative job, shame about the location. Former AWB chairman Trevor Flugge was paid just under a million dollars to be our Government's Agriculture Adviser

to the post-war Iraqi administration. This is Mr Howard's personally chosen

former National Party candidate, million-dollar man sent to do a job in Iraq, and we will soon find out what sort of job he did. And the pistol-packing former AWB boss, has told the Cole Inquiry five months of his diary as chairman are missing.

He also says partial deafness may explain why he never heard trucking fees in Iraq discussed at meetings. Those fees now suspected of being elaborate bribes. Trade Minister Mark Vaile's rescue mission to Baghdad to try to restore some goodwill for our wheat was hailed as a success, but the Opposition suspects it achieved little more than a picture opportunity. And under pressure because he sold some AWB shares before the scandal broke, former deputy prime minister John Anderson says John Howard raised concerns about the AWB executive with senior ministers early last year.

The Government has repeatedly denied knowing that the wheat exporter

was paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime. until the Volcker report was released in October last year.

Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Saudi Arabian security officials have killed five militants

after a clash in the capital Riyadh. It's believed the men were involved in the weekend's foiled attack on a Saudi oil refinery. Police converged on a house in eastern Riyadh just before daybreak. After a more than two hour gun battle five men connected to the weekend's al-Qa'ida led suicide bombings outside a Saudi oil facility were shot dead. On Saturday two trucks approached the country's biggest oil refinery but were stopped by guards and blew themselves up before they could access the facility. Police scoured the house for information about future attacks, seizing weapons and ammunition. Some of the men killed are among Saudi Arabia's most wanted. These developments pushed oil prices lower in New York trading, as the threat of another possible attack subsides. Last week the price of crude oil shot up by more than $2 a barrel in New York once news of the attack broke. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest oil producer. The refinery that was attacked alone produces around 7% of the world's oil output. The actor made famous by his portrayal of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's trilogy 'The Lord of The Rings' attracted hundreds of fans when he made an appearance in Sydney overnight. Viggo Mortensen was in town for the Australian premiere of his latest film, 'A History of Violence'. Admirers lined the red carpet hoping to snare the star's autograph and he didn't disappoint.

It's almost time to pack away the summer wear and pull out the winter woollies. So overnight, Myer provided a sneak preview

of what will be hot this season. The retailing giant maybe on the market but last night fashion was the only thing was up for sale. Myer turning up the heat to show off the winter/autumn collections of 24 designers. And the colour banished over previous years is back. Black a feature on the catwalk. Plenty of colour on display too for those looking to brighten up their winter wardrobe. Vibrant reds and pretty florals. Other designers achieved with feminine flowing fabrics and ruffled finish. Among the fashion watchers, model Kate Neilson but without her good friend former Kangaroos captain Wayne Carey.

Long-time were observers enthusiastic about Australian designers on the world stage.

Rugby league, and the New Zealand Warriors will consider an appeal after being fined $430,000 and stripped of 4 competition points for salary cap breaches. for salary cap breaches. The club has been punished for discrepancies of close to $1 million over the 2004 and 2005 seasons. We haven't committed a crime in 2006. You can't be punished for a crime you haven't committed. While the Warriors will start the season in the red on the ladder, they remain confident of success. St Kilda's Aaron Hammill is in for a long, frustrating wait before playing AFL this year. He injured his calf again in the loss to Collingwood. Aaron Hamill was a notable absentee at the side's recovery session. Team-mate Matt McGuire revealing the Saints knowingly risked the former captain. He was a bit tight leading into the game and just felt a bit sore in the warm-up so just pulled the pin pretty early. The star forward refused to comment on the severity of the problem after his scans. Coach Grant Thomas was more forthcoming. He fears the injury which cost Hamill half of last year has reappeared. He's done two or three in the last few years. I don't know whether he's done them both sides or not, but I know it's something that he will be very disappointed about because it's an injury that he's had before. Port Adelaide will be without midfielder Adam Kingsley for more than two months after scans confirmed he dislocated his shoulder against Adelaide. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. The Central Coast will bring a big support crew to this Sunday's inaugural A-League Grand Final against Sydney FC. The Mariners' fans quickly snapped up the 5,000 Grand Finals tickets reserved for them, leaving only a few seats remaining for the decider. It'll be a fantastic spectacle seeing the Cove and the Marinators going head-to-head. The Mariners are unbeaten in 12 games and will be hoping 13 will be anything but unlucky in the season finale. National weather: Finance with Kath. Out this morning is the December quarter balance of payments. To find out more I'm joined by Donohue D'souza from Commsec. We've seen rising commodities prices but have export volumes increased to help reduce our trade deficit?

The deficit more than the market

expecting. Exports dragging on

economic growth. The last insurers

economic growth. The last insurers to report today? So far the insurers had

delivered a positive result. Suncorp

have been sold off after

disappointing investors.

Ten's Early News will return after the break.

This program is captioned live. Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. Welcome back Ten's Early News. Making news this morning, a siege in inner Sydney moves into its 14th hour with an apartment block surrounded by heavily-armed police. The AWB chairman says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime because he's hard of hearing. And black is back, the hottest styles this winter hit the catwalk. A quick check of the weather.

Here's Kath with finance. With the child provider yesterday announcing a huge jump in profit of 166% to $38.1 million. The result coincides with the company's plan to expand its empire in the US just 6 weeks after completing its first purchase.

ABC shares rose 26 cents yesterday to $7.56. They've risen 36% in the last year. An inner Sydney street remains blocked this morning with a siege moving into its 14th hour.

Police and heavily armed members of the State Protection Group surrounded a block of Housing Commission units in Ultimo around 5:00 last night. It's believed the man is aged in his late 20s. Police have refused to confirm the man escaped from the minimum security section of Long Bay jail back in November.

A Melbourne man convicted of terror charges says

he doesn't believe in killing innocent people. But the Attorney-General says the man dubbed Jihad Jack is no angel. Acquitted of supporting al-Qa'ida

but convicted of taking its money and passport forgery, Joseph Thomas remains behind bars. Speaking before his conviction last Sunday, the father of three has told the ABC's 'Four Corners' program he's no terrorist. I don't believe in killing innocent people. People who know me know that. His family claims Thomas' acquittal on charges of assisting a terrorist organisation is a victory. The prosecution has been predicated largely on the idea of Jack being a terrorist threat and that's been soundly rejected. His lawyers plan to appeal, claiming Federal Police denied their client legal representation during an interrogation in Pakistan. They've angered the Attorney-General by warning Muslims to think twice before co-operating with authorities. This is an example of our law working as it should and people ought to co-operate with police. Thomas will return to court on Thursday for sentencing submissions. A former chairman of wheat exporter AWB was paid nearly $1 million for a year's work from Australia's overseas aid budget. But Trevor Flugge says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein.

He was paid the salary and allowances as our Government's agriculture adviser to the post-war Iraqi administration.

This is Mr Howard's personally chosen former National Party candidate million-dollar man sent to do a job in Iraq and we will soon find out what sort of job he did. And the pistol-packing former AWB boss has told the Cole Inquiry his partial deafness may explain why he never heard inflated trucking fees discussed at meetings.

Brownlow Medallist Ben Cousins is accused of obstructing police. The 27-year-old footballer had nothing to say to waiting reporters as he left the Eagles headquarters in Perth today.

He's been charged by summons with obstructing traffic and obstructing police. The besieged Eagles star is accused of running away from a booze bus on a suburban highway in Perth, abandoning his four-wheel drive Mercedes and his passengers. Another man who ran away from the same car was later caught and gave a blood/alcohol reading of 0.8. A third man, thought to be another passenger in Cousins' car, has been charged with wilfully misleading police and giving false information. West Coast star player Ben Cousins was questioned by police five days after the incident and later stepped down from the Eagles captaincy. Just 13 months ago Ben Cousins and a team-mate came under the spotlight

when they refused to answer police questions after a violent nightclub incident. Cousins will face court next month.

It could soon become illegal to smoke in your own car whilst driving in New South Wales. New South Wales Health and non-government groups have been pushing for a ban on parents smoking around children both at home and in the car. But a private members bill calling for much tougher restrictions is expected to be introduced to the New South Wales Parliament when it resumes today. One of the best selling books of all time, 'The Da Vinci Code',

has become the centre of a High Court battle in London. American author, Dan Brown, is accused of stealing the idea for the blockbuster novel. Having sold millions worldwide,

the film of 'The Da Vinci Code' is set to be a blockbuster. The story has a ready-made audience. The book and the film now threatened by a court case. Despite his success Dan Brown is publicity shy. His arrival prompted huge media interest.

The claimants allege he plagiarised the plot from their book. The making of the film would have ensured new life for the book, this court case threatens that. Conversely, it could bolster sales of both books. Retail giant Myer has fired the first shot in grabbing the attention of the fashion conscious this winter. At last night's autumn/winter collection fashion spectacular in Melbourne, black made a big comeback for the season. Feminine florals, delicate fabrics, ruffled shirts and the must-have three-quarter length jacket

also features among the collections of 24 designers. The New Zealand Warriors are disappointed, while critics claim the NRL hasn't been tough enough Million-dollar breaches under the club's previous regime

leaving its new officials shattered. Clearly they've let us down here, haven't they? The NRL electing to fine the club $430,000 and strip it of four points even before the season kicks off, crippling a side many already tip to struggle. We haven't committed a crime in 2006. You can't be punished for a crime you haven't committed. While it's been claimed deals with Steve Price and Ruben Wiki

have contributed significantly to the problem, the NRL has refused to cast blame on individuals, but warns the club's problems are not yet over. They've certainly still got some issues to deal with for 2006, but we are working through those with them and they certainly will not start the 2006 season over the cap. Glen Lauder, Ten News. AFL, and St Kilda's Aaron Hamill

is facing an extended stint on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury. He underwent scans after re-straining his calf against Collingwood. Team-mate Matt McGuire has revealed the Saints knowingly risked the former captain. He was a bit tight leading into the game and just felt a bit sore in the warm-up so just pulled the pin pretty early. Melbourne skipper David Neitz will be one of up to 10 players

to return for Friday night's quarterfinal against Brisbane at Telstra Dome. The Sydney Kings must win tonight's game of the NBL Grand Final series against Melbourne. Melbourne head to Sydney needing just one more win to seal the championship after beating the Kings on Sunday night. One thing's for sure, the Tigers won't get the same parochial support in the Harbour City as they had in their win at home. The crowd was fantastic. The Kings are chasing four straight NBL titles. Now Kath with finance. The National Australia Bank was forced to place its shares in a trading halt yesterday after it uncovered an error in its 2005 annual report. The nation's biggest bank says the mistakes related to the classification of lending information but would not require the bank to restate its earnings. When shares eventually resumed trading they ended the session 6 cents lower at $35.88. And more bad news for AWB investors - shares in embattled wheat exporter were savaged yesterday

in the wake of a fresh agreement struck with Iraq. The new deal which threatens the company's export monopoly saw the shares drop 4% to $3.88. And Toll Holdings has announced it will introduce a new partner to its rail operations while making a fresh attempt to win approval for its bid for Patrick, despite the ACCC knocking the deal back in January.

National weather:

Now to what's making headlines in the papers.

The Ten Early News will return after the break.

This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among the top stories this morning, the chairman of the AWB says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Husseins regime because he's hard of hearing. A siege in Sydney's inner city moves into its 13th hour as heavily-armed police surround an apartment block.

Heavily-armed police in bulletproof vests surrounded the block of Housing Commission units around 5:00 last night. As both ends of the inner city street were closed, neighbours looked on in disbelief.

A short time later, officers began trying to negotiate with a man

holed up inside one of the units. As darkness fell, negotiations continued but the man still refused to cooperate. While police say he's unarmed and doesn't have any hostages, they won't confirm reports he's aged in his late 20s and fled the minimum security section of Long Bay jail back in November.

Both ends of the suburban street in Ultimo remain closed. A Melbourne man convicted of accepting cash from al-Qa'ida insists he's no terrorist. Joseph Thomas, dubbed Jihad Jack, is awaiting sentencing after he was convicted of taking $3,000 from the terrorist organisation and altering his passport. He told last night's 'Four Corners' program he never intended to harm Australians. I don't believe in killing innocent people.

People who know me know that. His lawyers are planning an appeal. $1 million from Australia's overseas aid budget was used to pay the former chairman of wheat exporter AWB for one year's work as Iraq's adviser on agriculture.

But Trevor Flugge says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein. Lucrative job, shame about the location. Former AWB chairman Trevor Flugge was paid just under a million dollars to be our Government's Agriculture Adviser to the post-war Iraqi administration. This is Mr Howard's personally chosen former National Party candidate, million-dollar man sent to do a job in Iraq, and we will soon find out what sort of job he did.

And the pistol-packing former AWB boss, has told the Cole Inquiry five months of his diary as chairman are missing.

He also says partial deafness may explain why he never heard trucking fees in Iraq discussed at meetings. Those fees now suspected of being elaborate bribes. Trade Minister Mark Vaile's rescue mission to Baghdad to try to restore some goodwill for our wheat

was hailed as a success,

but the Opposition suspects it achieved little more than a picture opportunity. And under pressure because he sold some AWB shares before the scandal broke, former deputy prime minister John Anderson says John Howard raised concerns about the AWB executive with senior ministers early last year. The Government has repeatedly denied knowing that the wheat exporter

was paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime. until the Volcker report was released in October last year. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. One of Australia's most prominent AFL players has been charged by police. Ben Cousins has been charged by summons with obstructing traffic and obstructing police in Perth. The 27-year-old Brownlow Medallist

is accused of running away from a booze bus on a suburban highway,

abandoning his four-wheel drive Mercedes and his passengers. He was questioned by police five days after the incident and later stepped down from the Eagles captaincy. Cousins will face court next month. Saudi Arabian security officials have killed five militants after a clash in the capital Riyadh. Police converged on a house in eastern Riyadh just before daybreak. After a more than two hour gun battle five men connected to the weekend's al-Qa'ida led suicide bombings outside a Saudi oil facility were shot dead. On Saturday two trucks approached the country's biggest oil refinery but were stopped by guards and blew themselves up before they could access the facility. Police scoured the house for information about future attacks,

seizing weapons and ammunition. Some of the men killed are among Saudi Arabia's most wanted. These developments pushed oil prices lower in New York trading, as the threat of another possible attack subsides. Last week the price of crude oil shot up by more than $2 a barrel in New York once news of the attack broke. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest oil producer. The refinery that was attacked alone produces around 7% of the world's oil output.

The retailing giant maybe on the market but last night fashion was the only thing was up for sale. Myer turning up the heat to show off the winter/autumn collections of 24 designers.

And the colour banished over previous years is back. Black a feature on the catwalk. Plenty of colour on display too for those looking to brighten up their winter wardrobe. Vibrant reds and pretty florals.

Other designers achieved with feminine flowing fabrics and ruffled finish.

Among the fashion watchers, model Kate Neilson but without her good friend former Kangaroos captain Wayne Carey.

The New Zealand Warriors will consider an appeal after being fined $430,000 and stripped of 4 competition points

for salary cap breaches.

The club has been punished for discrepancies of close to $1 million over the 2004 and 2005 seasons. We haven't committed a crime in 2006. You can't be punished for a crime you haven't committed.

While the Warriors will start the season in the red on the ladder, they remain confident of success. St Kilda's Aaron Hammill is in for a long, frustrating wait

before playing AFL this year. He injured his calf again in the loss to Collingwood. Aaron Hamill was a notable absentee at the side's recovery session. Team-mate Matt McGuire revealing the Saints knowingly risked the former captain.

He was a bit tight leading into the game and just felt a bit sore in the warm-up so just pulled the pin pretty early. The star forward refused to comment on the severity of the problem

after his scans.

Coach Grant Thomas was more forthcoming. He fears the injury which cost Hamill half of last year has reappeared. He's done two or three in the last few years. I don't know whether he's done them both sides or not, but I know it's something that he will be very disappointed about because it's an injury that he's had before. Port Adelaide will be without midfielder Adam Kingsley

for more than two months after scans confirmed he dislocated his shoulder against Adelaide. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. With the Winter Olympics over for another four years, attention's now turning to possible events for the next Games

and we think we've found one. It's called toilet racing and this is the fifth annual championships of the event, held in Lithuania.

It's all very simple - teams consist of five people, four push the toilet around a 100m track while the fifth team member sits inside, holding on for dear life.

This year 20 teams took part in the event, we don't know which team won or if points were deducted for leaving the seat up. Kath with finance.

A final recap of the markets:

And Bill, that's all in finance. National weather:

Looking ahead:

Now a quick recap of this morning's top stories. Police continue to surround an inner city apartment block in Sydney after more than 13 hours. The chairman of the AWB says he knew nothing of kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime because he was hard of hearing. And AFL Brownlow Medallist Ben Cousins charged in Perth after abandoning his car near a random breath test.

And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. The morning news starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au