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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. Welcome to Ten's Early News. I'm Kath Robinson. This morning, The PM arrives in China commercial shipment of natural gas witnessing Australia's first

to the country. on an 8-year-old school girl A post-mortem to be carried out murdered in a Perth shopping centre. for a renewed wave of violence Australian troops prepare in East Timor. Mari Alkatiri on the offensive. Supporters of ousted prime Minister World Cup history And in sport, the highest ever goal-scorer. as Ronaldo becomes

Weather check: of the financial markets. Now for a quick check

has arrived in southern China Prime Minister John Howard commercial shipment of LNG gas to witness the arrival of the first from Australia's North West shelf. worth $25 billion to Australia. It kicks off a long-term deal on arrival in Shenzhen, Applause for the Prime Minister Australian industry but it should really be and capacity applauding China's economic growth

for our natural resources. to pay booming prices quadrupled, quadrupled since 1996. Our exports to China have to that resources trade boom And the latest boost of liquefied natural gas is the first shipment from the North West Shelf when it was first signed in 2003. in a deal that broke the records the largest single trade agreement This particular shipment is

that Australia has ever signed. will also address a conference While in Shenzhen Mr Howard a free trade agreement with China. on the drawn out negotiations for the two countries so healthy, But with trade between

his heart set on the FTA. the Prime Minister hasn't got agreement with China or not Whether we sign a free trade with Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao Later today Mr Howard will hold talks on regional security issues, working visit is trade, but the focus of this brief Australia can cash in and looking at more ways 10% economic growth. on China's tearaway

on city streets later this morning Workers will create gridlock John Howard's workplace reforms. as unions protest against in all State capitals The ACTU has organised rallies expecting a big turnout. with Melbourne standing up for themselves. saying, This is Australian people by John Howard any more." "We will not be put upon

the unions are using the IR debate The Government claims to expand their political power. will be carried out today A post-mortem on the body of a little girl toilet of a Perth shopping centre. found raped and murdered in the over the sickening attack. A 21-year-old man has been charged The face of lost innocence. 8-year-old Sofia Rodrigez Uthera Shu. found in a disabled toilet Her little body at a suburban Perth shopping centre. just metres away. Her family waiting for her of any family of a young child, Probably the worst nightmare to go missing at a shopping centre,

not know where she is of the whole thing and then the unfortunate climax in a toilet cubicle. finding her dead made the horrific discovery. Sofia's 14-year-old brother

after he knocked on the toilet door. A man reportedly rushing past him the naked body of his little sister. On the floor was locked The disabled toilet cubicle door with an occupied sign on the door was in there with the young child so we can assume the person

when they were looking. I have ever heard of It's one of the most shocking cases its quite horrific. and I know much more detail, was later arrested 21-year-old Dante Arthurs with deprivation of liberty, and charged two counts of rape and wilful murder. living in Queensland and Tasmania A study has found children in Australia. are the most disadvantaged for Social and Economic Modelling The National Centre at the University of Canberra in Queensland has found a quarter of kids struggle. and a third of children in Tasmania

in charge of the study says The professor in Queensland that's because more children live outside the capital city. are on high alert for more violence Australian peacekeepers in East Timor of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. just a day after the resignation gathered for a march into Dili, His supporters some threatening to burn it down. sporadic shooting in the town There was some by those happy to see him go. and dancing in the streets for triggering the East Timor crisis Alkatiri is blamed by sacking 600 soldiers in March. ruling Palestinian faction Hamas A militant from the in Gaza City. has been killed in a car explosion

within a few hundred metres The blast went off of Prime Minister's office. died instantly 21-year-old Hazama Mahareb and two others were injured.

tough military action in Gaza Israel has been threatening by Palestinian militants on Sunday. since a soldier was abducted has levelled a two-storey motel A massive explosion in the United States.

a maintenance worker - At least one man - in the rubble. is believed to be still trapped

before the roof suddenly collapsed. Guests reported smelling gas are now searching the debris Rescue crews hoping to find the missing man alive. are going their separate ways The Socceroos to their World Cup campaign. after the tragic end still struggling to come to terms The players and fans alike with that last minute penalty. Tears from heaven. in the Socceroos' World Cup fairytale The final chapter

had barely been written when storm clouds rolled in Otto Meister Stadium. at Ohringen's now abandoned

had already packed up their gear Australian players

and began parting ways.

a hobbled Harry Kewell. A downcast Lucas Neill, unable to wipe away the bitter end Applause from fans to a memorable month. heartbreaking, we can be proud. To go out like that is Proud to be an Australian. I'm proud of every single player. being kicked around, The only football imitating what they'd been seeing by a couple of local boys from the green and gold stars, perhaps. They've done fantastically well, I've enjoyed it. Not just the players but the fans too, who'd followed their side with a never-before-seen passion for the Socceroos,

only to see it end in cruel and controversial circumstances. The sunshine is gone and the rain is tumbling down, it's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of what was the Socceroos' training ground for the best part of a month.

It now reverts back to the home of a lower division German league club. The amazing adventure is now over. Ronaldo has become the World Cup's greatest ever goal-scorer, in Brazil's 3-nil defeat of Ghana this morning. Ronaldo wasted no time bringing up the record 15th goal in the fifth minute. Meanwhile in the final round two match currently away Spain lead France 1-nil at half-time.

Australians Mark Philippoussis and Alicia Molik are through to the second round of Wimbledon. Philippoussis finding some of the form that took him to the final three years ago. The sun came out and there were even shadows on day two,

Mark Philippoussis with a 5:00 shadow as he buckled down like a street fighter against Frenchman Mathieu. The Scud justified his wild card entry with a stunning return to form triumphing in four sets. In the process he thumped down 39 aces. The final set tiebreaker lasting an eternity before the Aussie wrapped it up 14-12. Fellow Australian Wayne Arthurs saw more of the grass than he'd have liked.

He fought on after straining his back early but was no match for the Italian Santoro. While Alicia Molik put her recent health problems behind her with a straight sets win over Taiwanese qualifier Chan.

Lleyton Hewit's opening round match was postponed til tomorrow. Richmond coach Terry Wallace is hatching an ambitious plan to have key forward Matthew Richardson fit to face Collingwood on Sunday. That's despite the goal-kicker going under the surgeon's knife later today. After a soccer-soaked split round, Terry Wallace wants fans' eyes back on the oval ball. We've got eight AFL games on the weekend, let's get back into it, aye? And the Tigers coach wants his gun forward Matthew Richardson back against Collingwood on Sunday as well, despite facing surgery tomorrow to have pins removed from his broken wrist. We've just got to see how much freedom and movement he gets from that in the later part of the week. To be honest, I think it's one of those where most likely it'll be selection and final decision not until the last training session on Friday. In Brisbane, premiership defender Brad Scott wants shorter quarters and longer breaks to help reduce injuries. The Lions have almost a full team out hurt. Players are generally fatigued, whether it be during the game or three, four games down the track, they're not quite right. They're not coming up each week as fresh as we'd like them to be and that leaves them susceptible to injury. Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation

has reportedly teamed up with Macquarie Bank to bid for Hong Kong's biggest phone company PCCW. According to 'The Australian' News Corp will hold a small stake in the partnership, possibly around 10 or 20%. Both News Corp and Macquarie have refused to comment on the deal

but it's the second time News has made a play for PCCW. Macquarie's bid for the phone giant will top $9-billion. There's a fresh warning this morning that we should get ready to expect higher interest rates right around the world. The Bank of International Settlements says

rising inflation is a trend that's set to continue and that central banks may be forced to more aggressively hike rates. The bank's annual report says there are indications

inflationary pressures are greater than the benign outlook presented by the IMF and OECD. Now for a look at the national weather:

And now a look at some of the headliness around the country. Aussie troops step up peacekeeping efforts in East Timor. More when Ten's Early News returns. "What are you gonna do about it?" I ring up that place, find out about the product. Exactly the same? No questions asked. 4-outlet power board, $19.92. Aluminium step ladder, $79. Poly tray wheelbarrow, $49.94. 10-kilo briquette heating fuel, $5.98. If you happen to find a cheaper price on a stocked item, That's what we say we'll do, of course we'll do it. SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse. # Everything you watch on commercial television is covered by a Code of Practice. The code relates to program classification, commercials,

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that Australia has ever signed. Mr Howard will tour the terminal where the liquefied natural gas has arrived. Australian troops in East Timor are preparing for widespread violence as supporters of outed prime minister Mari Alkatiri warn they'll turn Dili into a powder keg. Trouble brewing yet again. Supporters of former PM Alkatiri, who resigned on Monday, prepare to March on Dili, shouting they'll burn it down. There they'd face another group who oppose him. So Australian peacekeepers are stepping up their presence on the streets. Alkatiri is blamed for triggering the Timor crisis by sacking 600 soldiers in March. He resigned earlier this week after pressure from President Gusmao but has told supporters in his native language he doesn't want violence. Prosecutors say they'll investigate claims that Alkatiri set up a hit squad to silence opponents. A special United Nations envoy has arrived to help resolve the present crisis. Secretary Annan has asked me to come back leading an assessment mission

to plan the next stage of the United Nations assistance.

Meanwhile Japan is offering to boost the numbers of peacekeepers in East Timor. A post-mortem will be carried out today on the body of an 8-year-old girl murdered in a Perth shopping centre. Sofia Rodrigez Yootheera Shu's naked body was found by her brother in a disabled toilet at the Livingstone Market on Monday evening. She'd only been in there a few minutes. Police arrested and charged Dante Wyndham Arthurs with her sexual assault and murder yesterday. The 21-year-old has been remanded in custody to reappear in court on July 11. Queensland police are reportedly investigating the theft of antiques and artwork from the State's Parliament.

The 'Australian' newspaper says the speaker of the house Tony Mcgrady was told of the thefts by a former Parliament House attendant.

It's alleged that some politicians and staff members may be involved. If police investigations uncover any evidence it could be handed to the Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission. Organ removal from brain-dead patients is being considered to increase transplant success rates. The radical proposal would involve removing organs while the brain-dead patient was still attached to a ventilator. The procedure would only go ahead

if the patient had wanted to be an organ donor and the family had given consent. Fears for Australian troops in Afghanistan after two British soldiers were killed. Despite the presence of coalition forces, Taliban militia continue to control some areas in the country. A supply drop for British troops

in a place where you don't wait around. They came here to bring security. Up to 40 Afghan soldiers were killed. But even controlling the market is a nervous business. It's dangerous Taliban territory. Last night a patrol was attacked. A rocket-propelled grenade destroyed their vehicle. In the fighting that followed the British took casualties. Two UK soldiers were killed and one seriously wounded.

At present we don't believe his injuries are life-threatening. The patrol was supported by a quick reaction force which came out to support them

which were also involved in a separate incident. Both were supported by close air support

and artillery fire. This is the capital of the opium industry. Most areas under Taliban control. They are resisting UK troops

and the security they are trying to bring. For now the British troops remain here to protect the government compound and themselves and they're expecting more trouble. Ronaldo has further entrenched his place among the football gods by this morning becoming the World Cups greatest-ever goal scorer. Italy's World Cup campaign has been interrupted with news former team-mate Gianluca Pesotto is fighting for his life. It's believed Pesotto, who played 22 games for Italy, jumped from the 50th floor of the Juventus headquarters, the club where he was recently appointed team manager. with Mark Philippoussis and Alica Molik through to the second round. A good day for Australia at Wimbledon, with Mark Philippoussis and Alica Molik through to the second round. Philippoussis making the best of a wildcard, winning in four sets against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Scud firing down an amazing 39 aces in the match. Alica Molik, on the comeback trail after some health problems, progressed in straight sets over Taiwanese qualifier Yung-Jan Chan. In rugby league, it seems NSW's decision to play the State of Origin decider in Melbourne could come back to bite it. Players from both sides expect the Telstra Dome crowd to get heavily behind the Maroons. The Blues and Maroons mingling with the Victorian Premier tonight, a full week ahead of Origin III, in another attempt to persuade Melburnians there is another code of football, and win over crowd support.

I can only go on what the Storm people say, and and there's not too many NSW fans there

so I think we'll have a lot of support. Yeah, there's been word about that. I know the Victorians don't really like the Blue-baggers so hopefully we'll have more of the Victorians on our side. Petero Civoniceva not joining the Maroons in camp due to illness. It's precautionary - obviously we don't want to expose him to the team - we want Petero to get well soon. James Hardie has reportedly threatened to back away from its promise to compensate victims of its asbestos products. The company's chairman has hinted it may be forced to rethink its compensation plan with less favourable terms, should it not receive a favourable ruling from the Tax Office.

The $4.5 billion compensation agreement was struck last year, but is conditional on the ATO ruling James Hardie can claim it as a tax deduction.

The Prime Minister in China with free trade on the agenda. The details on the other side of a short break.

This program is captioned live. This morning, The PM arrives in China witnessing Australia's first commercial shipment of natural gas to the country. A post-mortem to be carried out on an 8-year-old school girl murdered in a Perth shopping centre. Australian troops prepare for a renewed wave of violence in East Timor. Supporters of ousted prime minister Mari Alkatiri on the offensive.

And in sport, World Cup history as Ronaldo becomes the highest ever goal-scorer. Weather check: Now for a quick check of the financial markets.

Prime Minister John Howard has arrived in southern China to witness the arrival of the first commercial shipment of LNG gas from Australia's North West Shelf. It kicks off a long-term deal worth $25 billion to Australia. Applause for the Prime Minister on arrival in Shenzhen,

but it should really be Australian industry applauding China's economic growth and capacity to pay booming prices for our natural resources. Our exports to China have quadrupled, quadrupled since 1996. And the latest boost to that resources trade boom is the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the North West Shelf in a deal that broke the records when it was first signed in 2003.

This particular shipment is the largest single trade agreement that Australia has ever signed. While in Shenzhen Mr Howard will also address a conference on the drawn out negotiations for a free trade agreement with China. But with trade between the two countries so healthy, the Prime Minister hasn't got his heart set on the FTA. Later today Mr Howard will hold talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao on regional security issues, but the focus of this brief working visit is trade, and looking at more ways Australia can cash in on China's tearaway 10% economic growth. Workers will create gridlock on city streets later this morning as unions protest against John Howard's workplace reforms. The ACTU has organised rallies in all State capitals

with Melbourne expecting a big turnout. This is Australian people standing up for themselves. saying, "We will not be put upon by John Howard any more." The Government claims the unions are using the IR debate to expand their political power. A post-mortem will be carried out today on the body of a little girl found raped and murdered in the toilet of a Perth shopping centre. A 21-year-old man has been charged over the sickening attack. The face of lost innocence. 8-year-old Sofia Rodrigez Uthera Shu. Her little body found in a disabled toilet at a suburban Perth shopping centre. Her family waiting for her just metres away. Probably the worst nightmare of any family of a young child, to go missing at a shopping centre, not know where she is and then the unfortunate climax of the whole thing finding her dead in a toilet cubicle. Sofia's 14-year-old brother made the horrific discovery. A man reportedly rushing past him after he knocked on the toilet door. On the floor the naked body of his little sister. The disabled toilet cubicle door was locked with an occupied sign on the door so we can assume the person was in there with the young child when they were looking. It's one of the most shocking cases I have ever heard of and I know much more detail, it's quite horrific. 21-year-old Dante Arthurs was later arrested and charged with deprivation of liberty, two counts of rape and wilful murder. He's been remanded in custody to re-appear before court next month.

Australian peacekeepers in East Timor are on high alert for more violence just a day after the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. His supporters gathered for a march into Dili, some threatening to burn it down. There was some sporadic shooting in the town and dancing in the streets by those happy to see him go. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has just come out of a meeting with US Vice President Dick Cheney. Ten's US bureau chief, Leisa Goddard-Roles,

joins us now live from America. Leisa, it's their first meeting together, what did they discuss?

They discussed Iraq, after a stand

and East Timor. They also discussed

North Korea. Australia will stand by

America if North Korea fired a

missile. The minister wouldn't say if

Australia and America would consider

a pre-emptive strike. Two men were

trapped in wet cement. It was a

delicate operation. Fire crews went

there with bucket in spades and there with bucket in spades and dug

them out.

We can be proud of what we've achieved here and hopefully Australian football can build on this. Melbourne and Sydney are fighting over which city will host a tickertape parade for the team. Ronaldo has become the World Cup's greatest ever goal-scorer,

in Brazil's 3-nil defeat of Ghana this morning. Ronaldo wasted no time bringing up the record 15th goal in the fifth minute. Australians Mark Philippoussis and Alicia Molik are through to the second round of Wimbledon. Philippoussis finding some of the form that took him to the final three years ago. The sun came out and there were even shadows on day two, Mark Philippoussis with a 5:00 shadow as he buckled down like a street fighter against Frenchman Mathieu. The Scud justified his wild card entry with a stunning return to form triumphing in four sets. In the process he thumped down 39 aces. The final set tiebreaker lasting an eternity before the Aussie wrapped it up 14-12. Fellow Australian Wayne Arthurs saw more of the grass than he'd have liked.

He fought on after straining his back early but was no match for the Italian Santoro. While Alicia Molik put her recent health problems behind her with a straight sets win over Taiwanese qualifier Chan. Lleyton Hewit's opening round match was postponed til tomorrow. To NRL news, and the Roosters deny there's infighting within the team. Club president Nick Politis took the unusual step of putting out a public statement quashing speculation there's discontent in the side. There's definitely no division in the club. We're all really tight blokes, a tight group of blokes, and I can't really see where that's coming from. We're as close as you can get. There is some good news for the Roosters though with captain Craig Fitzgibbon re-signing for a further season. Richmond coach Terry Wallace is hatching an ambitious plan

to have key forward Matthew Richardson fit to face Collingwood on Sunday.

That's despite the goal-kicker going under the surgeon's knife later today. After a soccer-soaked split round, Terry Wallace wants fans' eyes back on the oval ball. We've got eight AFL games on the weekend,

let's get back into it, aye? And the Tigers coach wants his gun forward Matthew Richardson back against Collingwood on Sunday as well, despite facing surgery to have pins removed from his broken wrist. We've just got to see how much freedom and movement he gets from that in the later part of the week. To be honest, I think it's one of those where most likely it'll be selection

and final decision not until the last training session on Friday. In Brisbane, premiership defender Brad Scott wants shorter quarters and longer breaks to help reduce injuries. The Lions have almost a full team out hurt. Players are generally fatigued, whether it be during the game or three, four games down the track, they're not quite right. They're not coming up each week as fresh as we'd like them to be and that leaves them susceptible to injury. An assistance fund set up to ensure the future of Beaconsfield in Tasmania will begin hearing submissions from the public today. Advertisements will appear in local and national papers from today and people will have four weeks to apply for assistance. Industry Minister Ian McFarlane says he'll consider projects that will create jobs for the town at the centre of last month's mine rescue or that will enhance community facilities. Rio Tinto has announced plans

to look at constructing an aluminum smelter in the United Arab Emirates. The mining giant will conduct a feasibility study until 2007 and hopes to team up with an Arabian partner. At this stage the partnership would be between Rio's aluminum division and the Emirates-based General Holding corporation. Middle Eastern countries are currently bolstering their investment in base metals like aluminum. Now for a look at the national weather: And now a look at some of the headliness around the country.

More when Ten's Early News returns.

IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, A FROSTY - FOGGY MORNING, THE MERCURY HEADED FOR A TOP OF 12. A FINE DAY ON THE WAY FOR SYDNEY, AND MELBOURNE. A FINE SUNNY DAY ALONG THE COAST, LIGHT VARIABLE WINDS, AND 17 IN WOLLONGONG. HEAVY FOG AND FROST THIS MORNING IN ORANGE, CLEARING TO 11 DEGREES. TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO OVERNIGHT IN BOWRAL, BATHURST, AND GOULBURN, CLEARING TO A FINE SUNNY AFTERNOON. EARLY FROSTS TOO FOR, MUDGEE, COOMA, AND PARKES.

A FINE DAY ONT HE WAY FOR NOWRA. TO THE OULOOK NOW, FOR CANBERRA AND SURROUNDS, AND

A FINE MOSTLY SUNNY DAY TOMORROW, LATE SHOWERS ON FRIDAY. THEY'LL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, BEFORE FINE WEATHER ON MONDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

Unions accused of a power grab hours out from mass workplace law protests across the country. John Howard sees in the first commercial shipment of natural gas

from Australia to China. The deal worth billions. Fears James Hardie will back away from a promise to fully compensate asbestos victims. And in sport, Mark Phillippoussis among two Aussies to advance through to Wimbledon's second round.

Workers will take to city streets across the nation today to protest John Howard's workplace reforms. Workers unhappy with John Howard's industrial relations laws

are expected to create gridlock on city streets. But one union boss was in a jam of his own, after saying: We now have Greg Combet finally letting the cat out of the bag - stating what this campaign by the unions is basically about. Mr Combet clarifying his words. The comments I made were a joke. The ACTU has organised rallies in every capital city as part of its latest attack on the IR legislation. I imagine that Mr Andrews and Mr Howard are anticipating there will be quite a few people out in the streets. While the workers rally the Labor Party is still trying to shake off Government claims it's caved in to the unions. Their sole purpose is to retain the power they once had in this country. I don't think Australians want that because they know things weren't so flash when they did run the country. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. John Howard has arrived in southern China in what's been described as an important symbolic visit.

But there's some substance to the trip with Australia exporting $25 billion worth of North West Shelf gas to the Chinese. This particular shipment is the largest single trade agreement that Australia has ever signed. Mr Howard will tour the terminal where the liquefied natural gas has arrived. Australian troops in East Timor are preparing for widespread violence as supporters of ousted prime minister Mari Alkatiri warn they'll turn Dili into a powder keg. Trouble brewing yet again. Supporters of former PM Alkatiri, who resigned on Monday, prepare to March on Dili, shouting they'll burn it down. There they'd face another group who oppose him. So Australian peacekeepers are stepping up their presence on the streets. Alkatiri is blamed for triggering the Timor crisis by sacking 600 soldiers in March.

He resigned earlier this week after pressure from President Gusmao but has told supporters in his native language he doesn't want violence. Prosecutors say they'll investigate claims that Alkatiri set up a hit squad to silence opponents. A special United Nations envoy has arrived

to help resolve the present crisis. Secretary Annan has asked me to come back leading an assessment mission

to plan the next stage of the United Nations assistance. Meanwhile Japan is offering to boost the numbers of peacekeepers in East Timor. A post-mortem will be carried out today on the body of an 8-year-old girl murdered in a Perth shopping centre. Sofia Rodrigez Yootheera Shu's naked body was found by her brother in a disabled toilet at the Livingstone Market on Monday evening. She'd only been in there a few minutes. Police arrested and charged Dante Wyndham Arthurs with her sexual assault and murder yesterday. The 21-year-old has been remanded in custody to reappear in court on July 11. Australian terror suspect David Hicks may find out today if he'll be tried by a US court. It's the last chance for the Guantanamo Bay detainee after the British Government announced it would not lobby for his release. Hicks has been held in the detention centre for four and a half years. Fears for Australian troops in Afghanistan after two British soldiers were killed. Despite the presence of coalition forces, Taliban militia continue to control some areas in the country. A supply drop for British troops in a place where you don't wait around. They came here to bring security. Up to 40 Afghan soldiers were killed. But even controlling the market is a nervous business. It's dangerous Taliban territory. Last night a patrol was attacked. A rocket-propelled grenade destroyed their vehicle. In the fighting that followed the British took casualties. Two UK soldiers were killed and one seriously wounded. At present we don't believe his injuries are life-threatening.

The patrol was supported by a quick reaction force which came out to support them which were also involved in a separate incident. Both were supported by close air support and artillery fire. This is the capital of the opium industry. Most areas under Taliban control. They are resisting UK troops and the security they are trying to bring. For now the British troops remain here to protect the government compound and themselves and they're expecting more trouble.

A good day for Australia at Wimbledon, with Mark Philippoussis and Alica Molik through to the second round. Philippoussis making the best of a wildcard, winning in four sets against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Scud firing down an amazing 39 aces in the match. Alica Molik, on the comeback trail after some health problems, progressed in straight sets over Taiwanese qualifier Yung-Jan Chan. Richmond coach Terry Wallace is hopeful key forward Matthew Richardson will face Collingwood on Sunday. That's despite the goal-kicker going under the surgeon's knife later today, to have pins removed from his broken wrist. We've just got to see how much freedom and movement he gets from that in the later part of the week. To be honest, I think it's one of those where most likely

it'll be selection and final decision not until the last training session on Friday. Richardson has missed the Tigers past three matches. James Hardie has reportedly threatened to back away from its promise to compensate victims of its asbestos products. The company's chairman has hinted it may be forced to rethink its compensation plan with less favourable terms, should it not receive a favourable ruling from the Tax Office. The $4.5 billion compensation agreement was struck last year, but is conditional on the ATO ruling

James Hardie can claim it as a tax deduction.

Boy George is hanging up his dancing shoes and make up and is set to join New York City's sanitation department.

The one-time frontman of '80s band Culture Club has been ordered to do five days community service

with the garbage collectors. Boy George received the punishment after pleading guilty in March to falsely reporting a burglary at his apartment. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. And I'm Kath Robinson, bye for now. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au