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Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Kath Robinson. the first Prime Minister in 20 years This morning, John Howard to become to front a royal commission. closer to freedom, Australian terror suspect David Hicks looms. but another UK citizenship challenge American prosecutors rest their case conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, in the trial of September 11 calling for his execution. snag seven gongs And Australian artists Video Music Awards. at the MTV Australia

forecast now. A quick check of the national weather the morning's first look at finance. Now Frank Coletta joins us with positive territory this morning, Wall Street is trading in

some of yesterday's losses. recovering on how consumers are feeling. And Kath more soon have a star witness this morning The Iraqi wheat scandal inquiry will in the form of the Prime Minister. at 10:00am Sydney time - Mr Howard will front the inquiry in a royal commission the first PM to take the stand in more than 20 years.

a wheat-for-weapons witness. John Howard was about to become It was a foregone conclusion

with the barest of brief statements. Then confirmation, requested an appearance. The Cole Commission Mr Howard's response:

to go, and he will go. True to his word, he has been asked The historic appearance in Sydney forensic questioning will expose Mr Howard to the same faced earlier this week Alexander Downer, by the Foreign Minister Mark Vaile. and by the Deputy Prime Minister warning of the possibility Labor insists the documents

paid to Saddam Hussein's regime of wheat bribes by AWB, went all the way to the top. Cables that dealt with Iraqi sanctions ended up on the desk of the PM were cables that ought to have I think they did. and I've got to tell you, of the ministers' defence At the heart AWB to be doing the right thing, has been that they mistakenly trusted to take stronger action and saw no reason when the alarm bells started ringing. ministers in the witness stand, Based on the experience of his prepared to answer is one question Mr Howard should be do more to ensure that Australia why didn't he or his office to sell our wheat. didn't resort to cheating and bribery Greg Turnbull, Ten News. at a cut to the top tax rate The Federal Treasurer has hinted following the release of a report taxation system. looking at the country's rates the nation's tax burden The 400-page document as the eighth lowest

OECD countries. out of the 30 developed our top personal income tax rate The report also shows than the group average. is only slightly higher

The Treasurer is keeping tight-lipped for the Federal Budget on what he has in store but has not ruled out tax cuts. a very strong basis This will provide because it identifies those areas for ongoing tax reforms where we are strong, direct our attention to improving. and those areas where we should But the Opposition is calling for to middle income earners. greater relief about making it simpler And we should do something to give some relief and also fairer and, in particular, that have been left behind to those middle income earners in the last few budgets. by John Howard and Peter Costello

like the US and Japan The report shows lower-taxed nations and account deficits. have large trade its public relations push As David Hicks' legal team ramped up

in his home town of Adelaide, with a rally added momentum to their campaign. a court ruling half a world away unanimously threw out an application The British Court of Appeal to deny Hicks a UK passport. by the British Government it could take a while longer yet We're still prepared in 5 minutes and tomorrow, it's not going to happen down the track this could be 6 months, 12 months is pursuing the British passport Hicks' legal team been released from Guantanamo Bay. on the basis nine UK citizens have were never charged. However, the nine Brits attempted murder and aiding the enemy Hicks facing charges of conspiracy, That is a symantic difference the others weren't charged because the only reason

was because they were British. now has two weeks The British Government to appeal to the House of Lords. in Lebanon A Sydney man arrested and jailed could be free within weeks were dropped. after terrorism charges against him for five years Saleh Jamal was jailed last year to launch a suicide attack over allegations he was about on a McDonald's store in Beirut. But Lebanon's Court of Appeal says to proceed with the charges. there's insufficient evidence Jamal is wanted in Australia at Lakemba police station in 1998. over a drive-by shooting

by New South Wales police. He may face extradition to appear in a Sydney court today, Two men are expected on three private schoolboys charged over an attack in the city's eastern suburbs. in a park from the exclusive Scots College The three Year 12 students

the end of school term had been celebrating with an iron bar. and when they were attacked another sustained head lacerations One suffered a fractured skull, with minor injuries. and a third escaped Bay and Stanmore have been charged. Two 18-year-old men from Rushcutters recording from United Flight 93 A jury in the US has heard a chilling on September 11th. which crashed in Pennsylvania of the so-called 20th hijacker, It was used in the trial Zacarias Moussaoui.

Today we heard from the flight recorder.

They have their silence. The jury

must now decide whether he will be

jailed for life or put to death. picked up seven gongs Australian artists in Sydney last night. at the MTV Awards host of big-name international acts. The A-list event also included a this afternoon Australia needs just 95 runs against Bangladesh in the first Test. to score a come-from behind-win Day 4 started the way Day 3 ended - on his very first ball. success for Gillespie COMMENTATOR: What a clean-up job here. It took Shane Warne 32 overs to get his first wicket, and just one more ball to get his second. Five wickets tumbling for just 24 runs

in less than an hour of misery. No-one was safe as Aussie openers Matt Hayden and Mike Hussey took to the 307 run chase. The pair passing the 50 mark before Hussey fell. Hayden continued the charge, but he was gone on 72 in a controversial run out. Unfortunatley, he'll be really annoyed. Damien Martyn joined him in the pavilion on seven and Micahel Clark gone for nine.

That left Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist

to guide Australia to within sight of victory. Injuries have forced the Lions to blood another rookie in tonight's round three opener against St Kilda. 19-year-old Chaynee Stiller will make his AFL debut against the Saints who have a few worries of their own.

Coach Grant Thomas is ill and captain Luke Ball will miss with a stomach injury. Bally's not going to play. He was very close - he trained yesterday - probably 90-95, he just wasn't comfortable going into top speed, so he's going to miss. The Lions are seeking revenge for the 139 point thrashing dished out by St Kilda in round 22 last year. A meeting today will determine the immediate playing future of Wests Tigers rugby league star Benji Marshall. Marshall has a serious shoulder injury and faces a long stint on the sideline I think there'll be a definite possibility I'll have to have surgery. Whether it be now or later depends on what we do at the meeting tomorrow. Marshall and his doctor will discuss the management of the injury with coach Tim Sheens. The shoulder problem coming hot on the heels of a double cheekbone fracture. Now Frank with finance and back to the future for Qantas and Air New Zealand? Yes Kath, a codeshare agreement is back on the cards - similar to one that operated in the 1990s. The agreement is aimed at reducing costs and would see the airlines work together on pricing, schedules and operations.

It still needs the seal of approval from regulators in New Zealand and Australia, but the airlines are hopeful of working as one on the Tasman by the end of next year.

And the rising petrol prices are keeping a lid on consumer spending. Westpac's consumer sentiment index was unchanged last month after rising in both February and March but some economists remain upbeat suggesting we'd have seen the index fall if petrol prices were biting dramatically.

Now for a look at the national weather.

at Thursday's newspapers. Reports asylum seekers will soon be processed off-shore, more on that story when Ten's Early News returns. Stay with us.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning, the PM just hours away from testifying at the Cole inquiry into alleged wheat kickbacks to Iraq. Reports asylum seekers will be processed off-shore, a week after 42 Papuans were granted visas. Prince Harry out of military training and warned he could soon be sent to fight in Afghanistan or Iraq. And in sport, Ricky Ponting has the Aussies eyeing an improbable comeback victory in Bangladesh. More finance now and reports KPMG knew about Westpoint's woes? Yes, Kath in this latest twist a senior Westpoint director has accused KPMG of knowing about the company's dire financial situation. Richard Beck has told the corporate watchdog he put KPMG on notice in 2004 to investigate allegations the company was pooling funds, but it still signed off on company financial reports. Mr Beck says he was told by KMPG

all of the company's funds and transactions were accounted for.

And Kath, more soon with CommSec on a report from the IMF. The Prime Minister is this morning preparing to give evidence at the Iraqi wheat scandal inquiry in Sydney. John Howard will be the first Prime Minister to take the stand in a royal commission in more than 20 years. He'll be quizzed over what he knew about kickbacks allegedly paid to Saddam Hussein's regime by AWB. The wheat exporter is accused of funnelling more than $300 million to the deposed Iraqi dictator through Jordanian trucking company Alia. The Federal Government is today expected to announce tough new laws for asylum seekers. The 'Australian' newspaper is reporting

refugees who land on Australian soil for processing. will be moved off-shore The new rules, National Security Committee, signed off by Cabinet's is treated will mean every asylum seeker's claim as though it were lodged offshore. to send a special envoy to Indonesia Meantime, Australia may be asked to smooth diplomatic ties to grant 42 Papuans visas. strained by the Government's decision

pain free replacement for injections. A medical breakthrough could mean a by a group of Australian scientists The special high-tech patch developed a thing of the past. set to make painful needles The dreaded the needle -

tears even phobias. it's enough to bring on nerves, will be pleased to hear But those jittery about being jabbed with a high-tech patch. syringes could be replaced with thousands of tiny spikes The patches are covered invisible to the naked eye. needles can't. And they can reach areas into cells within the skin They're so small they can get and it's pain free as well. without damaging those cells

as the skin cells are more receptive. Only small doses are needed is placed across the patch, A powder form of the vaccination for just a few seconds pressed to the skin and the entire process is complete.

don't need refrigeration. Being a powder the drugs reducing the risk of needle injury The patches safe,

and easy to use. and a colleague Professor Caroline de Costa were granted permission Administration this week. from the Therapeutic Goods approve the drug earlier this year, The TGA gained the power to removed the Health Minister's veto. after Federal Parliament cautious when prescribing RU486. The two doctors say they'll be within months. Patients could be using it returns to Innisfail today Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is open for business. to announce the cyclone-ravaged area of the recovery task force Mr Beattie will meet with members of a tourism package and reveal details back to the region. to encourage visitors Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley Meanwhile, to write to the Prime Minister has promised the Cyclone Larry relief package. about farmers' concerns over Prince Harry has been warned in Afghanistan or Iraq. he could soon be sent to fight has graduated from military training Second Lieutenant Wales of his grandmother the Queen. under the watchful eye

He's the younger brother, he'll be the senior in military rank. but for a few months at least Officer Cadet Harry Wales

at Sandhurst took his place on the parade ground to receive his commission while Officer Cadet William Wales, in January, who only started at Sandhurst junior intake in the stands to watch. took his place with the other over the Sovereign's Parade There to preside was the sovereign. the prince of Wales, As well, Harry's father, the Duchess of Cornwall. and his step mother

receiving their commissions, The Queen inspected the 200 cadets to talk to Cadet Wales. stopping briefly of rigorous training. For Harry it's the end of 44 weeks

the Household Cavalry, Harry will now join ceremonial bodyguard. the regiment that acts as the Queen's the armoured reconnaissance section. But Harry's joining in service in Iraq or Afghanistan. A role which could involve him have been killed in Iraq, Two more American soldiers after a roadside bomb exploded. this time on a main road The troops had been travelling south of the capital Baghdad about 130km when their vehicle was hit. American soldiers have died in Iraq So far this month more than 30 continue to target foreigners. as insurgents have been killed More than 2,000 American troops since the war began three years ago. in Europe this morning A mid-air scare forced to make an emergency landing. with a Ryan Air jet to Prestwick Airport near Glasgow The plane was forced to divert saying there was a bomb on board. after the crew received a note landed safely The aircraft with 172 passengers by two RAF jets. after being escorted to the airport from Paris to Dublin. The plane was travelling if the incident was just a hoax. It's not yet clear picked up seven gongs Australian artists in Sydney last night. at the MTV Awards of big name international acts. The A-list event also included a host attended the extravaganza. More than 4,000 people to federal politicians. From American pop stars belted out a tune. Even a home-grown Hollywood actor to other Australian artists But the night belonged and it was all about their music. Artist for the second year running. Shannon Noll was voted Best Male winning the new Aussie Artist award. With Brisbane twins the Veronicas So glad to be back in Australia! Other Aussies hogging the limelight. Anthony Callea for Viewers' Choice Album of the Year. and Bernard Fanning took home James Blunt and rapper Snoop Dog. Also attending were man of the moment Anybody having a good time tonight?

7 out of the 14 gongs. Australia picked up have been held in Australia. It was the second time the MTV Awards Kate Donnison, Ten News. for a come-from-behind victory Australia is headed in the first Test against Bangladesh. cleaned up the home side's tail Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne

early on day four. lost four wickets for just one run. At one stage Bagladesh early in the chase. The visitors lost opener Mike Hussey But Matt Hayden and Ricky Ponting to within sight of victory. guided Australia kicks off tonight Round three in the AFL an injury-plagued Brisbane Lions. when St Kilda hosts a 139 point thrashing The visitors intent on turning around in round 22 last year. when the teams met With eight regulars out of action, to dig deep into their list, the Lions have been forced to make his debut. with rookie Cheynee Stiller they've got worries of their own. The Saints, well, Coach Grant Thomas is crook, and out of the side. and captain Luke Ball is injured Bally's not going to play. he trained yesterday - He was very close - comfortable going into top speed, probably 90-95, he just wasn't so he's going to miss. Bulldog Ryan Griffen has broken his silence over a radio interview he now wishes he never done. The second year player admitting he blew it

when he told the interviewers the Tigers gave up

during their round one flogging by the Dogs. I felt a bit like that. I didn't want to be projected as that kind of person, so hopefully I can just move on and not stuff up again, I guess. A gem of a win for our women's basketball side. The Opals breaking an eight year losing streak against the mighty United States.

The 76-65 victory will boost our girls' confidence heading into the world championships later this year. The Americans are the world's top-ranked side and have beaten Australia for the gold medal at the last two Olympics.

The world's best player Lauren Jackson

was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Now for a look at the national weather.

Time for finance news and consumer sentiment was steady this month but it could be set for a big fall? Yes Kath, sentiment was pretty flat this month but there are predictions we could be in for a big fall next month especially if petrol prices jump to $1.50 a litre over Easter. Joining me now with more is Amber Higlett from CommSec. Amber, how is consumer confidence likely to be tested?

People could pay the highest People could pay the highest price to

petrol ever this Easter. petrol ever this Easter. Consumers

are focusing on positives like a low

unemployment. Petrol prices will be a

serious test to consumer

serious test to consumer confidence.

Bird flu is the biggest risk to a

world wide recession. The short-term

outlook is as good as it gets.

You're with Ten's Early News, after the break - we cross to the United States as the prosecution rests in the trial against Zacarias Moussaui.

This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. This morning, John Howard to become the first Prime Minister in 20 years to front a royal commission. Australian terror suspect David Hicks closer to freedom, but another UK citizenship challenge looms. American prosecutors rest their case in the trial of September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, calling for his execution. And Australian artists snag seven gongs at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards. A quick check of the national weather forecast now.

Now Frank Coletta joins us with finance.

Finally a breakthrough for Patrick with the ACCC approving its takeover of freight forwarding company FCL. The deal was rejected by the competition watchdog last September but since then Patrick has made a number of undertakings in a bid to win over the ACCC. That includes splitting up its joint venture rail network

Pacific National. The Iraqi wheat scandal inquiry will have a star witness this morning And Kath more in a moment on trouble for Telstra. The Iraqi wheat scandal inquiry will have a star witness this morning in the form of the Prime Minister. Mr Howard will front the inquiry at 10:00am Sydney time - the first PM to take the stand in a royal commission in more than 20 years. It was a foregone conclusion John Howard was about to become a wheat-for-weapons witness. Then confirmation, with the barest of brief statements.

The Cole Commission requested an appearance. Mr Howard's response: True to his word, he has been asked to go, and he will go. The historic appearance in Sydney will expose Mr Howard to the same forensic questioning faced earlier this week by the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, and by the Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile. Labor insists the documents warning of the possibility of wheat bribes paid to Saddam Hussein's regime by AWB, went all the way to the top.

Cables that dealt with Iraqi sanctions were cables that ought to have ended up on the desk of the PM and I've got to tell you, I think they did. At the heart of the ministers' defence has been that they mistakenly trusted AWB to be doing the right thing, and saw no reason to take stronger action when the alarm bells started ringing. Based on the experience of his ministers in the witness stand, one question Mr Howard should be prepared to answer is why didn't he or his office do more to ensure that Australia didn't resort to cheating and bribery to sell our wheat. Greg Turnbull, Ten News.

A Sydney man arrested and jailed in Lebanon could be free within weeks

after terrorism charges against him were dropped. Saleh Jamal was jailed last year for five years over allegations he was about to launch a suicide attack on a McDonald's store in Beirut. But Lebanon's Court of Appeal says there's insufficient evidence to proceed with the charges. Jamal is wanted in Australia over a drive-by shooting at Lakemba police station in 1998. He may face extradition by New South Wales police. Two men are expected to appear in a Sydney court today, charged over an attack on three private schoolboys in a park in the city's eastern suburbs. The three Year 12 students from the exclusive Scots College had been celebrating the end of school term and when they were attacked with an iron bar. One suffered a fractured skull, another sustained head lacerations and a third escaped with minor injuries. Two 18-year-old men from Rushcutters Bay and Stanmore have been charged. A US jury has heard the final, horrifying moments from onboard hi-jacked Flight 93 which crashed into a field on 9/11. Ten's US bureau chief Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us now live from Los Angeles. Leisa, it's the first time the cockpit recordings have been played publicly.

The tape ran for 31 minutes. You

heard the struggle between the

passengers and the hijackers. passengers and the hijackers. There

were people pleading for their wives

lives. It was buried distressing. You

heard the carers shouting orders. The

family members of the people who died family members of the people who died

were in the court room. They were

crying. A juror had tears running

down his face. The man accused of

being involved in the plotting being involved in the plotting sat

there smirking. The prosecution there smirking. The prosecution has

ended. A now the defence will put its

case. The man has pleaded guilty. The

juror Widgery now he Australian artists picked up seven gongs at the MTV Awards in Sydney last night. Australia is headed for a come-from-behind victory in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne cleaned up the home side's tail early on day four.

At one stage Bangladesh lost four wickets for just one run. The visitors lost opener Mike Hussey early in the chase. But Matt Hayden and Ricky Ponting guided Australia to within sight of victory. Round three in the AFL kicks off tonight when St Kilda hosts an injury-plagued Brisbane Lions.

With eight regulars out of action, the Lions have been forced to dig deep into their list, with rookie Cheynee Stiller to make his debut. The Saints, well, they've got worries of their own. Coach Grant Thomas is crook, and captain Luke Ball is injured and out of the side.

Bally's not going to play. He was very close - he trained yesterday - probably 90-95, he just wasn't comfortable going into top speed,

so he's going to miss. Bulldog Ryan Griffen has broken his silence over a radio interview he now wishes he never done.

The second year player admitting he blew it when he told the interviewers the Tigers gave up during their round one flogging by the Dogs. I felt a bit like that. I didn't want to be projected as that kind of person, so hopefully I can just move on and not stuff up again, I guess. A meeting today will determine the immediate playing future of Wests Tigers rugby league star Benji Marshall. Marshall has a serious shoulder injury and faces a long stint on the sideline I think there'll be a definite possibility I'll have to have surgery. Whether it be now or later depends on what we do at the meeting tomorrow. Marshall and his doctor will discuss the management of the injury with coach Tim Sheens. The shoulder problem coming hot on the heels of a double cheekbone fracture. More finance now. The phone giant could be liable for more than $100 million in fines. This comes after the ACCC issued Telstra with a competition notice

in relation to its wholesale line rental price increases. The notice allows third parties to take action against Telstra to recover losses. The ACCC says the phone company's pricing may be hindering its retail competitors. And still on competition -

Rio Tinto says opening up its rail lines in WA to rivals could cost it at least $43 million. Both Rio and BHP are currently waiting on a Federal Treasury ruling that could force them to share infrastructure in the Pilbara. That decision comes out on May 22nd. at the national weather. Now for a look at Thursday's newspapers. Ten's Early News returns. ACROSS THE NAITON NOW, AND FINE WEATHER ONCE GAIN FOR ISOLATED SHOWERS OR STORMS DEVELOPING OVER THE STATE'S NORTH-EAST AND THE CENTRAL EAST, WITH A FINE AND WARM UP SHORTLY, A SHOCK OVER THE LATEST COST OF FISH AND, THE RAIDERS LINE-UP AGAINST THE WARRIORS BUT FIRST, STUDENTS TRAUMATISED BY THIS WEEK'S LOCKDOWN IN RIVETT, ARE BEING OFFERED COUNSELLING. PARENTS OF CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE INCIDENT ARE BEING URGED TO CONTACT CANBERRA POLICE, TO ACCESS THE SERVICE. MEANWHILE, 40-YEAR OLD SALVATORE STRANO HAS BEEN CHARGED OVER THE INCIDENT AND RE-APPEARS IN COURT ON TUESDAY. PROTEL D1 SUBTITLE INSERTER PROTESTORS ARE EXPECTED TO RALLY DURING ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN THE A-C-T. UNHAPPY EX-SERVICEMEN, CALLING THEMSELVES THE SEA OF ORANGE, INTEND TO MARCH IN PROTEST OVER THEIR TREATMENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND EX-SERVICES GROUPS. SOARING TRANSPORT COSTS AND ROUGH SEAS OVER RECENT DAYS, HAS BOOSTED THE PRICE OF FRESH FISH. A-C-T LOCALS HAVE BEEN STOCKING UP ON SEAFOOD BEFORE GOOD FRIDAY, BUT MANY HAVE BEEN SHOCKED BY

PRICES GOING UP BY AS MUCH AS 20 PERCENT. SMOKING ON COUNCIL SPORTING FIELDS AT GOULBURN COULD SOON BE A THING OF THE PAST. COUNCILLORS WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE NEXT MONTH, ATTRACTING CRITICISM, WITH HOWEVER THE IDEA IS ALREADY ONE SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR LABELLING IT AS "DISGRACEFUL". AND, CANBERRA'S ELECTRICITY COMMISSION COULD BE OPENED UP TO COMPETITION. AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION MADE THE RECOMMENDATION AFTER A THREE-YEAR TRIAL, ALLOWING RESIDENTS TO CHOSE ALTERNATIVE SUPPLIERS. MEANWHILE, LOCALS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO COMMENT ON A DRAFT REPORT RECOMMENDING PRE-PAID ELECTRICITY METERS. TO SPORT, AND RAIDERS' VETERAN RUBEN WIKI, RETURNS TO CANBERRA STADIUM THIS WEEKEND, HOWEVER LOCAL LEAGUE FANS HOPE HE GOES HOME WITHOUT A WIN. DAY ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE NAITON NOW, AND FINE WEATHER ONCE GAIN FOR THE CAPITALS, WITH SOME SHOWERS OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND IN CANBERRA AND SYDNEY DUBBO A CHANCE OF A SHOWER TODAY, WITH SOME AFTERNOON WET WEATHER FOR THE COAST AND IN ORANGE, WAGGA PARTLY AND BOWRAL, CLOUDY FOR A LATE SHOWER FOR BATHURST GOULBURN AND THE BAY A SHOWER FOR PARKES, MUDGEE AND NOWRA, WITH SOME CLOUD ABOUT FOR COOMA AND THE SNOWYS WELL, THE ALL IMPORTANT FORECAST OVER EASTER IS FOR This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning, the PM just hours away from testifying at the Cole inquiry into alleged wheat kickbacks to Iraq. Reports asylum seekers will be processed off-shore, a week after 42 Papuans were granted visas.

Prince Harry out of military training and warned he could soon be sent to fight in Afghanistan or Iraq.

And in sport, Ricky Ponting has the Aussies eyeing an improbable comeback victory in Bangladesh. The Prime Minister is this morning preparing to give evidence at the Iraqi wheat scandal inquiry in Sydney. John Howard will be the first Prime Minister

to take the stand in a royal commission in more than 20 years. He'll be quizzed over what he knew about kickbacks allegedly paid to Saddam Hussein's regime by AWB. The wheat exporter is accused of funnelling more than $300 million to the deposed Iraqi dictator through Jordanian trucking company Alia. The Federal Government is today expected to announce tough new laws for asylum seekers. The 'Australian' newspaper is reporting

refugees who land on Australian soil will be moved off-shore for processing. The new rules, signed off by Cabinet's National Security Committee, will mean every asylum seeker's claim is treated as though it were lodged off-shore. Meantime, Australia may be asked to send a special envoy to Indonesia to smooth diplomatic ties strained by the Government's decision to grant 42 Papuans visas. A medical breakthrough could mean a pain-free replacement for injections. The special high-tech patch developed by a group of Australian scientists set to make painful needles a thing of the past. The dreaded the needle - it's enough to bring on nerves, tears, even phobias. But those jittery about being jabbed will be pleased to hear syringes could be replaced with a high-tech patch.

The patches are covered with thousands of tiny spikes

invisible to the naked eye. And they can reach areas needles can't. They're so small they can get into cells within the skin without damaging those cells and it's pain-free as well. Only small doses are needed as the skin cells are more receptive. A powder form of the vaccination is placed across the patch, pressed to the skin for just a few seconds

and the entire process is complete. Being a powder the drugs don't need refrigeration. The patches safe, reducing the risk of needle injury and easy to use. Professor Caroline de Costa and a colleague were granted permission from the Therapeutic Goods Administration this week.

The TGA gained the power to approve the drug earlier this year, after Federal Parliament removed the Health Minister's veto. The two doctors say they'll be cautious when prescribing RU486. Patients could be using it within months. Almost five years after the murder of her boyfriend in outback Australia, Joanne Less has reportedly moved to Sydney. The 'Daily Telegraph' says the 32-year-old Brit is in the city writing a book on the horrific attack

in which she was kidnapped at gunpoint and her boyfriend Peter Falconio shot dead. Bradley John Murdock is serving a 28-year-jail sentence for the murder. The paper says Lees wants to set the record straight on her experience that night in the Northern Territory. An October release is tipped. Prince Harry has been warned he could soon be sent to fight in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Second Lieutenant Wales has graduated from military training under the watchful eye of his grandmother the Queen. He's the younger brother, but for a few months at least he'll be the senior in military rank. Officer Cadet Harry Wales took his place on the parade ground at Sandhurst to receive his commission while Officer Cadet William Wales, who only started at Sandhurst in January, took his place with the other junior intake in the stands to watch. There to preside over the Sovereign's Parade was the sovereign. As well, Harry's father, the Orince of Wales, and his step mother the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen inspected the 200 cadets receiving their commissions, stopping briefly to talk to Cadet Wales.

For Harry it's the end of 44 weeks of rigorous training. Harry will now join the Household Cavalry, the regiment that acts as the Queen's ceremonial bodyguard. But Harry's joining the armoured reconnaissance section.

A role which could involve him in service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Australia needs just 95 runs this afternoon to score a come-from behind-win against Bangladesh in the first Test.

Day 4 started the way Day 3 ended - success for Gillespie on his very first ball. COMMENTATOR: What a clean-up job here. It took Shane Warne 32 overs to get his first wicket, and just one more ball to get his second. Five wickets tumbling for just 24 runs in less than an hour of misery.

Warne ending the innings on 148. No-one was safe as Aussie openers Matt Hayden and Mike Hussey took to the 307 run chase. The pair passing the 50 mark before Hussey fell. Hayden continued the charge, but he was gone on 72 in a controversial run out. Damien Martyn joined him in the pavilion on seven and Micahel Clark gone for nine.

That left Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist to guide Australia to within sight of victory. Injuries have forced the Lions to blood another rookie in tonight's round three opener against St Kilda. 19-year-old Chaynee Stiller will make his AFL debut against the Saints who have a few worries of their own. Coach Grant Thomas is ill and captain Luke Ball will miss with a stomach injury.

He was very close - he trained yesterday - probably 90-95, he just wasn't comfortable going into top speed, so he's going to miss.

The Lions are seeking revenge for the 139 point thrashing dished out by St Kilda in round 22 last year. Brumbies star Stephen Larkham has re-signed with both the ACT and Australian Rugby. The one year deal will see the flyhalf through to the end of the 2007 World Cup.

Let's take a final recap of the markets before we go.

Now for a look at the national weather.

Now a quick recap of the top stories. John Howard will become the first PM to testify at a royal commission in 20 years

when he fronts the Cole inquiry this morning. The UK Government expected to launch a final appeal against Australian terrorist suspect David Hicks' push for citizenship. And a chilling recording from a hi-jacked September 11 flight played at the trial of conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.

And that's all for this edition of Ten's Early News. Remember the morning news is at 11:00 I'm Kath Robinson. And I'm Frank Coletta have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au