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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This morning, and what it means to you. Peter Costello's 11th Federal Budget $37.6 billion worth of tax cuts. with three kids $40 a week. With two kids you've got $30 a week, And sweeping superannuation changes. But will interest rates rise? jubilant mine rescue And a day after Tasmania's to a coronial inquest. attention shifts A quick look at the weather. his 11th record Budget Peter Costello has marked with a $46 billion spending spree. joins us live from Canberra. Political reporter Leonie Mellor the dust has settled in Canberra. Leonie,

How has the budget been received?

Most people will be waking up this

morning have a. The key components of morning have a. The key components of this Budget $36 billion

this Budget $36 billion worth this Budget $36 billion worth of that

tax cuts across the board it means a

$26 a week for someone on $70,000

$26 a week for someone on $70,000.

For the first time since John Howard

has been in got on and the top tax

over 60 rate had been it reduced. People aged rate had been it reduced.

over 60 won't be taxed

over 60 won't be taxed when they draw

their benefits. The reform is huge. their benefits. The reform is huge.

Changing the the thresholds, cutting

the rate. The Super Enumeration

reform is a great reform. Labour

opposed the tax cuts last year, they opposed the tax cuts last year,

are under pressure to accept these.

Labour will support these cuts. That

argument last year it was at the tax argument last year it was at the

cuts were too high a for a high cuts were too high a for a

income earners. This is not a bonanza

for middle income earners but it at

least they have received something in

this package. to the Federal Budget A mixed reaction

and motoring groups happy. with business, industry, farmers from business for his tax cuts Peter Costello has won praise

of more disposable income with predictions

and more jobs. for lower income families. But critics say it's not enough to keep their heads above water Working people are struggling give them? and what does the Government $7 to $10 in tax relief. a single place This Budget doesn't guarantee

off the cost of childcare. or take a single cent claims of missed opportunities. And on health - we see no big picture for health. At a time of massive Budget surplus for mental health has been applauded. But the Budget boost in well over a decade For the first time

are priority number one. people with mental illness are also pleased, Transport and motoring groups highway upgrades and infrastructure. thanks to the Treasurer's funding of for motorists Tonight's a good first down payment they pay in fuel excise revenue on the $14 billion a year to the Government. On the environment - disappointment energy and climate change priorities. over the Government's alternative your underprivileged It's a Budget for your wealthy, and for uranium. Murray McCloskey Ten News. in the financial markets And now for the fall-out here's Kath Robinson. and high income earners, Along with superannuants the Australian share market economists are tipping from the Budget. to also be a big winner

is David DeGaris Joining us now from Canberra from the National Australia Bank. David, tax cuts across the board. to price in inflationary concerns, The bond and forex markets were quick to a rate rise in the near term? in your opinion will this lead

inflationary There is a potential to add to

inflationary concerns. The

superannuation reforms will be seen

as very positive and by the fund as very positive and by the

management industry and the share

market. The share market will be

interested in to see to see how the

economy performs over the next six

economy performs over the next six

months. There were worthwhile reforms months. There were worthwhile

at the lower end of the scale at the lower end of the scale and it

cuts at the top of the Skelt so cuts at the top of the

interesting to see what they reaction

will be for the middle income earners

going forward. wakes with a collective hangover, As the town of Beaconsfield mining unions roll up their sleeves. rocked into the early hours. Beaconsfield's Club Hotel and out-of-towners mingled - Satisfied rescuers, locals and one great escape. united by tales of two Aussie blokes from New South Wales headed home. But emergency crews The group delaying celebrations and much-needed sleep. in favour of a well deserved In Canberra the tiny town with a huge heart. the PM's planning to salute A Parliament House reception, for the family of Larry Knight financial aid and compensation all on the agenda. were tempered Yesterday's celebrations by the funeral of Larry Knight. attended the service Survivor Todd Russell rock fall was laid to rest. as the sole victim of the Anzac Day in a serious condition And a policeman is in hospital after being shot on duty in Hobart. A suspect is in custody. in the back and once in the face The officer was shot twice yesterday. when he pulled over a driver and a third is missing Two men have been killed near Adelaide. following a factory explosion in Gladstone The blast from the munitions site up to 40km away. could be felt have declared the area a danger zone Emergency services continue to smoulder. as chemicals and explosive materials two workers survived the explosion Remarkably, to Royal Adelaide Hospital. and were flown in the Southern Ocean You'd think being rescued

was enough for a British adventurer. almost a decade ago

Not yachtsman Tony Bullimore. round-the-world record tilt. He's plotting another from Hobart next month, The 67-year-old will set sail solo mark trying to beat Dame Ellen MacArthur's of 71 days, 14 hours and 18 minutes. first circumnavigation attempt It'll be the former nightclub owner's five days since he infamously survived in the upturned hull of his boat. an apparently willing victim A German man who killed and ate two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison. eight years behind bars Armin Meiwes was initially given for manslaughter, but a judge ordered a re-trial saying the sentence was too lenient. The court heard how the 44 year-old cannibal had a fetish for human flesh and could re-offend if he was released from jail. Geelong defender Cameron Mooney will miss Friday's AFL match against St Kilda after the tribunal upheld his one-match ban for headbutting. It's a further blow for the Cats which have lost their last four matches. After Mooney admitted that light contact had been made to the face of Melbourne's Ben Holland the jury ruled that his actions were negligent. And while the fiery Cat was too shattered to talk afterwards, his coach admitted earlier that he'd let his side down. It's not until you sort of get home, watch it and get the phone calls. and he's up for the tribunal and it makes you a little bit disappointed. The act itself is not the smartest thing to do. A big blow for Hawthorn with All Australian Trent Croad to miss a month with a wrist injury. He'll undergo surgery this week, while former skipper Shane Crawford could miss a fortnight with shin soreness.

A proud and defiant Jason Akermanis has hit back at claims he is leaking sensitive information.

This year it seems like I've got to go to a doctor and get knife wounds out of my back, I've just got to hang with it.

In rugby league, the Melbourne Storm has been hit with a $15,000 breach notice over its extraordinary attack on the game's judicial process. The club furious over Michael Crocker's 9-match suspension for a spear tackle. It's frustrating that we're not getting the support we deserve. I am frustrated by it and I'm frustrated for Michael. It's a ridiculous scenario that you can't have faith in the system. The suspension ruling Crocker out of the State of Origin series. The Queensland forward suggesting it's a NSW conspiracy. Now for a look at the national weather. A detailed look at how the Budget affects you. That's when Ten's Early News returns.

People get quite excited about coming to Bunnings. They can get everything in one location. You name it, we've got it. You don't want to spend a fortune, you don't have to. On the other hand, if you want the very best, that's here for you as well. And you've got everything here. You can get everything in one stop except for chocolate and maybe ice-cream. SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse. # Lowest prices are just the beginning. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to this Budget edition of Ten's Early News. Making headlines, radical tax cuts worth $36.6 billion but unions say they've missed out. Cheers of plenty as Tasmania celebrates the miners' release but now the focus turns to why it happened. A search resumes for a worker feared dead in a factory explosion in South Australia. And in sport, the NRL hits the Melbourne Storm with a $15,000 breach notice for comments following Michael Crocker's spear tackle suspension. Treasurer Peter Costello has unveiled $36 billion worth of tax cuts, trimming the top marginal income tax rate for the first time in 15 years. The Federal Budget also proposes sweeping changes to superannuation, abolishing all tax on most lump sums and pensions. It was previewed as family friendly but the centrepiece of Peter Costello's 11th Budget

is an old fashioned tax cut and a big one. Tonight I announce that from 1 July 2006

we will reduce the marginal tax rates

at the upper end of the income scale. When combined with increases to the family tax benefit threshold, there are big gains for middle income families. With two kids you've got $30 with three kids $40. The Treasurer also unveiled a plan to change the tax treatment of superannuation lump sums and pensions but only for those who wait until they're over 60 to retire. Because the superannuation tax break will only apply to people aged 60 or over Mr Costello is confident it will not only make superannuation simpler and more popular but also keep Australians in the workforce longer. The Budget forecasts have the economy sitting pretty. Treasurer Peter Costello has unveiled $36 billion worth of tax cuts, trimming the top marginal income tax rate for the first time in 15 years. The tax cuts are worth $18 a week for someone on $30,000 dollars,

When combined with increases to the family tax benefit threshold there are big gains for middle income families. With two kids you've got $30, with three kids, $40. The Treasurer also unveiled a plan to change the tax treatment of superannuation lump sums and pensions, but only for those who wait until they're over 60 to retire. Joining us from Canberra is Lin Hatfield Dodds, President of the Australia Council of Social Services.

Lin, how have low income earners faired in last night's Budget?

We were disappointed to see the

Government hadn't spent more to see

emerge low-income Australia emerge low-income Australia and went

given a fairer go. There's not much

there for a jobless upsets the

Australians. We wanted a Seymour for

indigenous health and child care.

indigenous health and child care. We

were disappointed not to see a demand

model laid out to insure child care sought her child care services

delivered the most for those in need There's been mixed reactions to the Budget though economists have generally welcomed the reforms as has the Opposition. But Shadow Treasurer Wayne Swan has been quick to jump on what he says are lack of productivity initiatives in the Budget saying there's nothing in it to look after the nation's future prosperity. And there's precious little hope for relief at the petrol pump. Substantial depreciations for business to suit the pace of technological change has been welcomed by small business. Write-offs on plant and equipment purchases

can now be written off one-third faster. Time now to check some of the reactions to last night's Federal Budget from around the nation.

A day after the great mining escape in Tasmania, unions are pushing for an independent inquiry into the site collapse. They want to know how the tragedy, that claimed the life of Larry Knight, could have occurred. Joining me live from Beaconsfield is Ten News reporter Gerda Jezuchowski.

Yesterday it the mining company nor

the union will be drawn into

questions about the disaster. They

were focusing on the rescue and the

celebrations yesterday. Today we will

be pressing them on this issue. be pressing them on this issue. There

are a lot of questions about how this

could have happened. Was anyone could have happened. Was anyone for

warned that? Did you mind coming warned that? Did you mind coming know

that this could happen? There were

questions servicing three other week

about cover-ups and allegations that

the mining Commies activities could

have caused this collapse. There have caused this collapse. There are

calls for an inquiry and Acre Road

York inquest. A lot of jobs depend on this. Grave fears are held for a worker missing after a massive explosion at a munitions factory in SA. The blast killed two other employees. This was no ordinary blast. 40km away, it shook the earth. An explosives plant reduced to rubble. First, one man confirmed dead, then a second. A third man remains unaccounted for. Remarkably, two workers escaped, airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with toxic chemical burns. A relative left to recount the aftermath of the blast. He spent about a minute after the bang looking through the rubble

and then we walked 1km up before he got picked up by another worker. At the site, smouldering chemicals made searching for the missing man difficult. At this particular point in time it's been declared that the site is too unsafe to continue with any searching or any examination.

I heard a loud explosion go right past me and it scared the hell out of me. Just a big explosion, a really loud bang, all the windows in the office shook. In Gladstone, Gabrielle Boyle, Ten News. More damning claims in the wheat-for-weapons scandal. News Limited papers are reporting new cables show the PM knew about AWB kickbacks to Iraq in 2004. Australia's ambassador at the time, Michael Thawley, is said to have warned him the fall-out would be bloody. John Howard reportedly instructed Mr Thawley to distance the Government from the allegations. Geelong's Cameron Mooney

will miss Friday's crucial match against St Kilda after the AFL tribunal upheld his one-match ban for headbutting. Mooney was too shattered to talk after admitting that light contact had been made to the face of Melbourne's Ben Holland. Earlier, his coach admitted he'd let his side down. It's not until you sort of get home, watch it and get the phone calls. and he's up for the tribunal

and it makes you a little bit disappointed. And a big blow for Hawthorn with All Australian Trent Croad to miss a month with a wrist injury. The National Rugby League has slapped the Melbourne Storm with a $15,000 fine over its extraordinary attack on the game's judicial process. The club furious over Michael Crocker's 9-match suspension. It started with a spear tackle ending with a 9-week suspension and allegations of a State of Origin conspiracy and a northern agenda against the Melbourne Storm. It's a disappointing thing that you can't have the faith in the system, to go up and be sure that the outcome's going to be a fair outcome and that's a frustrating thing for Michael and it's a frustrating thing for us. Michael Crocker's long suspension

ruling him out of the State of Origin series, the Queenslander suggesting a conspiracy. I'm pretty sure that I might have definitely been a lot more interesting if I was in a different jersey.

And the storm wasn't over yet, Waldron talking about a general lack of respect for his club and its importance to the growth of the code. I don't think it's fair to be given 2 games out of 160 on television when you've been in the top 8 the whole time. And time's almost up for Test star Mark Gasnier. The Australian Rugby Union wants a decision from him today on whether he'll switch codes. Let's check the weather forecast. Ten News returns. (Man sings) # I get no kick from champagne # So tell me why should it be true # That I get a kick out of you. #

This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. This morning, Peter Costello's 11th Federal Budget and what it means to you. $37.6 billion worth of tax cuts. With two kids you've got $30 a week, with three kids $40 a week.

And sweeping superannuation changes. But will interest rates rise? And a day after Tasmania's jubilant mine rescue attention shifts to a coronial inquest. Tax cuts the centrepiece of the Budget. Here's Leonie Mellor. $36 billion in cuts, who are the winners?

Workers and families across the

border are the winners. They amount

to $18 awake and $120 a week to $18 awake and $120 a week they

average family will be about average family will be about $40

better off. I it income earners have

also done nicely with the lowering of

the two top tax bracket. Some

economists were concerned the economists were concerned the beat

spending spree would fuel spending spree would fuel higher

interest rates but the treasurer

doesn't see it like that. This is

responsible. The Budget will be in

surplus by $10.8 billion. There is a

strong surplus. He promised this

would be family-friendly as he

delivered? Many people were expecting

more by the way of child care. more by the way of child care. There

are no extra places for a long day

care. The treasurer will be a homing

the focus will be on his other

sweeteners. Commentators are calling

this and a selection of Stael budget.

We will be watching closely as to

whether he will take on the leadership. Peter Costello has won praise from business for his tax cuts with predictions of more disposable income and more jobs. The opportunity for Australians as a result of this But critics say it's not enough for lower income families. Working people are struggling to keep their heads above water and what does the Government give them? $7 to $10 in tax relief. This Budget doesn't guarantee a single place or take a single cent off the cost of childcare. And on health - claims of missed opportunities. At a time of massive Budget surplus we see no big picture for health. But the Budget boost for mental health has been applauded. For the first time in well over a decade people with mental illness are priority number one. Transport and motoring groups are also pleased, thanks to the Treasurer's funding of highway upgrades and infrastructure. Tonight's a good first down payment for motorists on the $14 billion a year they pay in fuel excise revenue to the Government.

On the environment - disappointment over the Government's alternative energy and climate change priorities. It's a Budget for your wealthy, your advantaged and for uranium. Murray McCloskey Ten News. And now for the fall-out in the financial markets here's Kath Robinson.

Along with superannuants and high income earners, economists are tipping the Australian share market to also be a big winner from the Budget. Joining us now from Canberra is David DeGaris from the National Australia Bank. David, what sort of impact on the economy do you expect from last night's cuts. Are the good times set to roll?

The combination of the tax cuts The combination of the tax cuts and

the spending increase were larger

than we expected so at upside risk to

our forecast for growth. Capacity can

straight have long been at any issue

have they been adequately addressed?

There are measures to encourage more

people into work. They are people into work. They are very

positive things we applaud positive things we applaud the treasurer for those. We have already

seen that the Aussie dollar has moved

up on the concern that it might add

more to inflation. The share market

is taking its lead from a positive

start in Wall Street overnight of

Beaconsfield's Club Hotel rocked into the early hours. Satisfied rescuers, locals and out-of-towners mingled - united by tales of two Aussie blokes and one great escape. You feel a weight starting to lift, very good. But emergency crews from New South Wales headed home. The group delaying celebrations in favour of a well deserved and much-needed sleep. In Canberra the PM's planning to salute the tiny town with a huge heart. A Parliament House reception, financial aid and compensation for the family of Larry Knight all on the agenda. But with the elation sadness. Survivor Todd Russell joining Mr Knight's widow and three children as the sole victim of the Anzac Day rock fall was laid to rest. Sign of respect. The family and other two guys who have got out. The talking point will now turn to the future of the mine.

A policeman is in hospital in a serious condition after being shot on duty in Hobart. A suspect is in custody. The officer was shot twice in the back and once in the face when he pulled over a driver yesterday. Two men have been killed and a third is missing following a factory explosion near Adelaide. The blast from the munitions site in Gladstone could be felt up to 40km away.

Emergency services have declared the area a danger zone as chemicals and explosive materials continue to smoulder. Remarkably, two workers survived the explosion and were flown to Royal Adelaide Hospital. The legal team representing the man dubbed Queensland's Dr Death, expects the DPP to lay criminal charges against their client. Yesterday, the Medical Board was granted a 6-month adjournment in its push to deregister Dr Jayant Patel and that enables the criminal case to proceed. Dr Patel fled Australia in April, after he was linked to at least 17 deaths at Bundaberg Base Hospital. He takes it all very seriously and it's been a nightmare for him. It's believed Dr Patel is living in the United States, his lawyer refusing to say whether he's still practising. Geelong defender Cameron Mooney will miss Friday's AFL match against St Kilda after the tribunal upheld his one-match ban for headbutting. It's a further blow for the Cats which have lost their last four matches. After Mooney admitted that light contact had been made to the face of Melbourne's Ben Holland

the jury ruled that his actions were negligent. And while the fiery Cat was too shattered to talk afterwards, his coach admitted earlier that he'd let his side down. It's not until you sort of get home, watch it and get the phone calls. and he's up for the tribunal and it makes you a little bit disappointed. The act itself is not the smartest thing to do. A big blow for Hawthorn with All Australian Trent Croad to miss a month with a wrist injury. He'll undergo surgery this week, while former skipper Shane Crawford could miss a fortnight with shin soreness. A proud and defiant Jason Akermanis has hit back at claims he is leaking sensitive information. This year it seems like I've got to go to a doctor

and get knife wounds out of my back, I've just got to hang with it. In rugby league, the Melbourne Storm has been hit with a $15,000 breach notice over its extraordinary attack on the game's judicial process. The club furious over Michael Crocker's 9-match suspension

for a spear tackle. It's frustrating that we're not getting the support we deserve. I am frustrated by it and I'm frustrated for Michael. It's a ridiculous scenario that you can't have faith in the system. The suspension ruling Crocker out of the State of Origin series. The Queensland forward suggesting it's a NSW conspiracy. Now for a look at the national weather.

Ten's Early News returns. BUT FIRST, THE PRIME MINISTER SAYS THE GOVERNMENT WILL HELP BEACONSFIELD, IF THE TOWN'S MINE IS CLOSED. MR HOWARD PRAISED THE EFFORTS OF RESCUE WORKERS YESTERDAY, AFTER TODD RUSSEL AND BRANT WEBB WALKED OUT OF THE MINE, HAVING BEEN TRAPPED UNDERGROUND FOR 14 DAYS. PARENTS HAVE WELCOMED PLANS TO PHASE OUT JUNK FOOD FROM CANBERRA SCHOOLS. FROM TWO THOUSAND AND NINE, JUNK FOOD AND THE SALE OF UNHEALTHY PRODUCTS, LIKE CHOCOLATES AND DOUGHNUTS AS

FUNDRAISERS WILL BE BANNED. SCHOOL CANTEENS WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN ACCREDITATION AND SELL FRUIT EVERYDAY. UNION OFFICIALS WILL MEET WITH PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS TODAY, TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DETAILS IN PAY NEGOTIATIONS. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING FOUR PER CENT OVER THREE YEARS, HOWEVER, THE UNION HAS CRITICISED THE OFFER, SAYING IT WOULD SEE ONE-HUNDRED AND 35 POSITIONS CUT FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS. DROPPED AGAINST A COMPANY, FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF A HANGER AT CANBERRA AIRPORT. TWO OTHER COMPANIES AND FIVE INDIVIDUALS WERE EARLIER CONVICTED OF SAFETY BREACHES OVER THE COLLAPSE, WHICH INJURED 12 WORKERS. TO SPORT, AND THERE'LL BE A-LEAGUE ACTION IN CANBERRA SHOWERS CLEARING FOR THE SOUTH-EASTERN INLAND AREA,

APART FROM SOME SNOW SHOWERS ON THE WESTERN SLOPES REACHING THE PEAKS. ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW, AND MORE FINE WEATHER FOR CANBERRA AND BRISBANE WITH A LATE CHANGE FOR SYDNEY, WET AGAIN FOR MELBOURNE CLOUDY FOR DUBBO AND ORANGE, MORE FINE WEATHER FOR THE ILLAWARRA WITH SHOWERS CLEARING FURTHER

SOUTH, AND SOME SHOWERS IN WAGGA BATHURST AND BOWRAL FINE, WITH A FEW SHOWERS FOR THE SOUTHERN TABLELANDS AND THE BAY SOME CLOUD HOVERING ABOUT IN MUDGEE AND PARKES WITH SHOWERS FALLING AS SNOW ABOUT PEAKS

AND THERE'S SOME MORE WET WEATHER ON THE WAY FOR THE

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to this Budget edition of Ten's Early News. Making headlines, radical tax cuts worth $36.6 billion but unions say they've missed out. Cheers of plenty as Tasmania celebrates the miners' release but now the focus turns to why it happened. A search resumes for a worker feared dead in a factory explosion in South Australia. And in sport, the NRL hits the Melbourne Storm with a $15,000 breach notice for comments following Michael Crocker's spear tackle suspension. Treasurer Peter Costello has unveiled $36 billion worth of tax cuts, trimming the top marginal income tax rate for the first time in 15 years. The Federal Budget also proposes sweeping changes to superannuation, abolishing all tax on most lump sums and pensions. It was previewed as family friendly but the centrepiece of Peter Costello's 11th Budget is an old fashioned tax cut and a big one. Tonight I announce that from 1 July 2006

we will reduce the marginal tax rates at the upper end of the income scale. When combined with increases to the family tax benefit threshold, there are big gains for middle income families. With two kids you've got $30 with three kids $40. The Treasurer also unveiled a plan to change the tax treatment of superannuation lump sums and pensions but only for those who wait until they're over 60 to retire. Because the superannuation tax break will only apply to people aged 60 or over Mr Costello is confident it will not only make superannuation simpler and more popular but also keep Australians in the workforce longer. The Budget forecasts have the economy sitting pretty. Welfare groups say low income Australians have been forgotten in the Budget. even after tax cuts, disadvantaged Australians will not be able to enjoy the nation's strong economic growth.

Businesses are applauding the faster depreciation initiatives and a reduction in fringe benefits tax but many industry groups are saying more is needed. For more joining us from Canberra is Heather Ridout from the Australian Industry Group. Heather, Peter Costello has resisted cutting company tax from 30% but offered other measure, has he gone far enough for business?

The tax cuts will be good for

business. It will be good for small

businesses. It would be churlish for

businesses not to welcome the Budget.

I think the Budget is good for skills

attraction. Keeping the kids here

have to be the bottom line. have to be the bottom line. It improves the international

competitiveness of our system.

Time now to check some of the reactions to last night's Federal Budget from around the nation.

As the town of Beaconsfield wakes with a collective hangover, unions are demanding an independent inquiry into the cause of the accident.

While they partied long and hard at the Club Hotel last night, thoughts were never far from dead miner Larry Knight. Prime Minister John Howard has promised compensation for the Knight family and financial assistance for the town. But unions say an independent investigation must accompany the coronial inquest. A day after the great mining escape in Tasmania, unions are pushing for an independent inquiry into the site collapse.

The boys have been elusive The boys have been elusive since

their rescue yesterday morning. One

was spotted playing Paul and having

drinks last night. It has set tongues

wagging about hefty in negotiations

about a media deal. We can imagine

that the miners can expect lucrative

deals for the story. It is a story deals for the story. It is a story of

everybody wants to here. It This was no ordinary blast. 40km away, it shook the earth. An explosives plant reduced to rubble. First, one man confirmed dead, then a second. A third man remains unaccounted for. Remarkably, two workers escaped, airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with toxic chemical burns. A relative left to recount the aftermath of the blast. He spent about a minute after the bang looking through the rubble and then we walked 1km up before he got picked up by another worker. At the site, smouldering chemicals made searching for the missing man difficult. At this particular point in time it's been declared that the site is too unsafe to continue with any searching or any examination. I heard a loud explosion go right past me and it scared the hell out of me. Just a big explosion, a really loud bang, In Gladstone, Gabrielle Boyle, Ten News. Confirmation this morning Australia is a great place to live. A new report says Australian mothers have it better than their counterparts in the US or UK. Humanitarian group Save the Children ranked 125 countries to determine the best place to be a mother. Australia came seventh.

Sweden topped the list. Nearly a week after being sentenced to life in prison, September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui says he lied on the witness stand. He wants to withdraw his guilty plea because he now believes he can get a fair trial. The judge has denied his request. 37 year-old Moussaoui admitted in his trial he was supposed to have hijacked a 5th plane on September the 11th. Geelong's Cameron Mooney will miss Friday's crucial match against St Kilda after the AFL tribunal upheld his one-match ban for headbutting. Mooney was too shattered to talk after admitting that light contact had been made to the face of Melbourne's Ben Holland. Earlier, his coach admitted he'd let his side down. It's not until you sort of get home, watch it and get the phone calls. and he's up for the tribunal and it makes you a little bit disappointed. And a big blow for Hawthorn with All Australian Trent Croad to miss a month with a wrist injury. 15 years after making his debut, Vidmar was instrumental in booking a World Cup berth. His place in Germany cruelly snatched from underneath him.

It's devastating because I know how much effort and work he's put into it, four campaigns and a month away from the final and he finally got there.

Heart irregularities the result of a broken rib meaning Vidmar won't be a part of today's squad announcement, We don't want him to be collapsing on the field and that possibly could have happened

if he had gone to the World Cup.

As the Socceroos begin final preparations, Vidmar will return to Australia for further tests, a dark cloud hanging over his future. Four World Cup campaigns, three Confederation Cups an Olympic Games - there aren't too many players from any country with that sort of international record, so his experience will be very missed.

Let's check the weather forecast. Now a recap on the Budget:

And that's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. And I'm Kath Robinson, have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au