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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson. home loan blues. Leading this edition - interest rates to hit in days. The Reserve Bank's decision to lift petrol price-fixing claims A parliamentary inquiry to examine are hurting. and just how much motorists rocket attack on northern Israel Hezbollah unleashes its biggest

to a peace deal. as the UN moves closer consider dropping the two stars And in sport - Collingwood to fined over an off-field incident. Let's check the national weather: here's Frank Coletta. Now with a check of finance news, Good morning, Kath.

interest rate rise The fallout from yesterday's on our markets. certainly had a negative affect

And coming up shortly - to rethink their ambitious bid gambling group Tabcorp told for Unitab. is about to take a dive Consumer spending on luxury items in official interest rates. after the rise the 0.25% rise within days. Banks are expected to pass on with high petrol prices Households already struggling their spending. are now preparing to slash with everything - It just means we have to get smarter

activities with the kids. grocery shopping, um, just general

You just have to look at everything. Bank had no choice but to lift rates. The Prime Minister says the Reserve with a rise in interest rates, As homeowners come to terms

cope with skyrocketing petrol prices. motorists are still struggling to could be on the horizon However, an explanation which begins today. thanks to a parliamentary inquiry

on oil companies The Senate inquiry aims to shed light are determined. and the way in which petrol prices of price fixing. For years there have been allegations will assess if that's true. This investigation at a better time The inquiry couldn't come their spending as Australians prepare to curb thanks to a rise in interest rates. In the Governor's statement,

the increase in commodity prices. one of the reasons he gave was

Oil is a commodity. feeling the pinch. And it's not just families Obviously the price of fuel of many businesses. is seeping into the cost structure Just ask the airline boss at Qantas. Apparently the rising price of fuel challenge than terrorism, SARS is posing a greater commercial or the Asian tsunami. was just $1.5 billion in 2003. The company's bill

to $4 billion. Next year it will climb Kate Donnison, Ten News. for the driver of a truck Police in Melbourne are searching in a hit-and-run accident. who killed a toddler in the driveway of his family home The 2-year-old boy was playing

and was struck down. when he ran out into the street and got out of his truck Police say the driver stopped then got back in and drove away. for witnesses to the accident. Detectives are appealing their biggest attack yet Hezbollah fighters have unleashed on northern Israel. targets 70km over the border. More than 200 rockets have hit

The furthest reaching barrage so far.

barrage has had quite an impact. Here in northern Israel, Hezbollah's been trying to put out the fires Throughout the day, Israel's rockets land. that started when the militia's over the border Israel is still sending its forces to try to destroy Hezbollah, where they're going. even if they can't always see exactly

a perfect view of the Sea of Galilee The town of Tiberias has and also the reach of Hezbollah. this house in this neighbourhood. This morning, a rocket destroyed from the Lebanese border. This is more than 30 miles away

may feel the same way. People from this town was hit this morning Their border town

have left their homes Tens of thousands of Israelis to avoid Hezbollah's rockets. inside in air-raid shelters Many Israelis will choose to live their government, their army waiting to see whether or not can make them feel safe. have been warned Australians still trapped in Lebanon to escape the war-torn country. today is their last chance prepares to leave, As the chartered ship to help from Australian peacekeepers. Israel says it's looking forward increasingly dangerous and difficult Getting out of southern Lebanon is were able to flee but about 30 Australians

in beaten up taxis and hire cars, bound for a German ship. in the volatile area About 200 are still in the Israeli airstrikes. with no signs of a let-up Israel's Prime Minister says

separating his country from Hezbollah only a strong international force will stop the bombings. being forced from their homes The number of people by three weeks of fighting has risen to 900,000. The death toll also spiralling. and 54 Israelis. More than 640 Lebanese civilians

close to adding to the toll Even though Red Cross workers came by a missile, when an ambulance was hit

workers won't give up. this will not stop us doing our job. There's too many bombs around but

can rely on as the barrage continues. It maybe the only thing locals Not even schools are safe. of the southern Lebanon These children in a Christian area flee in terror as Israeli bombs get closer. There were no casualties this time.

Nicole Strahan, Ten News. An Asian fugitive, bombing attacks in Indonesia, wanted over a string of deadly

has been sighted in the country. looking for Noordin Mohammad Top. 50 Indonesian soldiers are in East Java They've scoured a mountain car searches. and police have carried out Noordin was a key member Jemaah Islamiyah, of the regional militant group but analysts say an even more hard-line group. he may have split off to form

of a series of bombings JI has been accused attacks which killed 202 people. including the 2002 Bali night club is furious The Brisbane rugby league club Karmichael Hunt that its young Test fullback of late night misbehaviour. has been wrongly accused The club is concerned its players are becoming easy targets.

cleared of any wrongdoing. Karmichael Hunt His club mightily teed off. It started as a media report about an assault at a taxi rank, had complained to police later emerging that someone about having water squirted at them. The whole thing was news to Hunt. I haven't been notified of anything like that

so I mean I wouldn't know what the complaint's about, so. I'm not condoning squirting water on anyone, but all I'm saying is, geez there's a lot of bad things going on in the world today and I don't know where this one rates. The Broncos' bemusement turning to anger this evening, when it emerged that Hunt was merely an innocent bystander

at the cab rank. The Broncos say the widespread coverage of Hunt's supposed involvement in the incident

was both disgraceful and irresponsible. Not only was it wrong, it was potentially damaging to the teenager's reputation. The Hunt non-event

follows the ongoing police investigation into Broncos halfback Brett Seymour and the alleged assault of a woman at a Brisbane nightspot. Leanne West, Ten News. Collingwood is considering whether to drop Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson for Saturday night's crunch game against Adelaide. The star Magpies have already been fined $5,000 each after being linked to a late night brawl outside a Melbourne bar last weekend. A man was hospitalised with head injuries. The club is extremely disappointed that both players were out late at night. No charges have been laid but police are still investigating. Mark Webber's Formula 1 career has hit a bump

following team Williams' announcement he will not be required next season. An option to retain the Australian at Williams expired last weekend with no future agreement being reached. Webber has failed to finish eight races this season as a result of mechanical problems.

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Morris Iemma has supported plans for Sydney to stage a V8 supercars street race at Homebush Bay.

Time now for a finance check with Frank and it's back to the drawing board for Tabcorp? Kath, the ambitious gambling group has been told to rethink its $2.1 billion takeover bid for Unitab. Our competition regulator says it still has concerns with the deal despite some concessions from Tabcorp. The ACCC says any takeover could reduce competition in the market for betting pools.

But all bets are not off yet. The company has agreed to address the perceived problem. And it's a busy time for the ACCC with revelations Toll Holdings may again be hauled before the regulator. Customers have reportedly complained to the watchdog about the company's actions since its controversial acquisition of Patrick Corp. 'The Financial Review' reports the concerns surround Toll's new involvement with rail-freight business Pacific National. It's been suggested fares have jumped and Pacific is refusing to pay certain bills. But Toll has hit back saying any concern customers and the ACCC may have about the $6.2 billion Patrick deal are groundless. Let's check the national weather:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying - 'The Australian' says under tough boarder protection laws illegal fishermen and asylum seekers would be detained at sea

on an armed prison ship.

In Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' - Kylie struts her stuff in London showing the world she's ready to return to the stage.

The Hobart 'Mercury' says despite apologies from the Prime Minister, families will struggle with the new interest rate rise. Stay with Ten's Early News. In just a moment - the final words to one of the world's most recognisable marches.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - The Government's final Middle East mission. Stranded Aussies to board a naval vessel out of Beirut today. An end in sight to the violence - detailed talks see the United Nations form a draft peace resolution. Homeowners to feel the pain of the Reserve Bank's interest rate rise possibly by the week's end. And one of the world's most recognisable pieces of music finally completed 70 years after the composer's death. Time now for a finance check with Frank

and did yesterday's rate rise hurt the markets? Kath, we did see Aussie shares take a battering yesterday as a result of the Reserve Bank's announcement.

Later in the bulletin we'll reveal why Telstra's big spending on its mobile network could be a big let-down. Australia is chartering another ship to evacuate citizens who've reached the relative safety of Beirut during a lull in the fighting. They're expected to join tens of thousands of other foreign nationals still trying to flee the violence. Foreign Affairs officials have warned all Australians to get out now

as this could be their last chance. They say there are up to 200 Australians are still in Lebanon. Hezbollah fighters have hit back against Israel launching they're biggest rocket attack so far. They fired more than 200 missiles at targets deep inside the Israeli border sparking mass evacuations. Meantime, 8,000 Israeli soldiers are now surging further into southern Lebanon.

As the Middle East crisis enters its third week, the death toll continues to rise. As many as 640 people have been killed in Lebanon and 54 deaths in Israel. But there are signs of a peace-deal with the United Nations agreeing to a draft resolution. The BBC's James Robins is at the UN headquarters in New York. The breakthrough is this - the French and the United States, after weeks of trans-Atlantic division, have agreed on a two-stage peace process. Two separate resolutions. The first resolution, which could be agreed upon on Friday or the weekend, would call for an immediate end to violence and it would also set out the broad perimeters of peace, but not the detail. That would be left for the second resolution. More detailed negotiations

and that would also establish the longer term multi-national force to go in and police any settlement.

A West Australian lawyer who threw himself at the PM's car in a protest against the violence in Lebanon, has been fined. But the 36-year-old says he has no regrets.

It was this act of protest that landed Wade McDonald in court today. The 36-year-old jumped onto the PM's car and bent a flag mounted on the bonnet as part of a violent demonstration against the war in Lebanon.

A police officer was injured as protesters hurled abuse and projectiles at John Howard's car when he left the Hyatt Hotel on Saturday. Get out! Move! Today, Mr McDonald pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and damaging property. He was fined $600 and ordered to pay another $500 for repairs to the PM's car. It sends a message to the world that we don't support the Australian Government's position

on the war on terror. The Perth lawyer has a history of heated political demonstrations,

like this one 6 years ago, where he was arrested during a visit by Pauline Hanson. Mr McDonald says, despite several convictions for disorderly conduct, he has no regrets. I've taken responsibility for what I've done, John Howard has not taken responsibility for what he's done. Samantha Jolly, Ten News. Home loan interest rates are expected to go up within days after the official rate was lifted by 0.25%. Many homeowners are planning to slash their spending to cope. It's the second rate rise this year and it's starting to hurt. It's really scary, really.

We need to crack down on what we are spending.

Experts say between petrol and interest rates, some are paying up to $120 a month more than they were

at the start of the year. Welfare groups fear some just won't cope. We've seen a doubling in the last 12 months of house repossessions. I'm hoping we don't have to leave our house because of the costs and have to go back into renting. That would be a disaster. And not necessarily cheaper - the rate rise means landlords are likely to put rents up - and that's if you can find a home to rent. And there'll be a big hit on other areas of the economy, like retail and entertainment. It just means we have to get smarter with everything. Grocery shopping, just general activities with the kids. You just really have to look at everything. John Howard says the Reserve Bank had no choice but to lift interest rates. But some are angry at what they see as the Prime Minister's broken promise. Coming up to the last election, Johnny did put it out there and say that the interest rates wouldn't go up, so I suppose that was factored in

at the time that we bought the property.

Laurel Irving, Ten News. As homeowners come to terms with a rise in interest rates, motorists are still struggling to cope with skyrocketing petrol prices. However, an explanation could be on the horizon thanks to a parliamentary inquiry which begins today. The investigation will examine whether oil companies are colluding

to limit competition. Tough new boarder security laws will soon see illegal fishermen and asylum seekers detained at sea.

According to 'The Australian' newspaper, a purpose-built prison ship

will be used to hold those trying to arrive illegally into the country. Customs hopes the ship will allow patrol vessels to remain on watch instead of escorting these people back to port. The boats will house up to 30 detainees. One of the world's most recognisable marches is finally finished, 70 years after its composer's death. Edward Elgar died before completing the last of his 'Pomp and Ceremony' works. 'LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY' PLAYS 'Pomp and Circumstance' number one. 'Land of hope and glory' - a tune that's rousing popular, but how does it go again?

But for Anthony Payne, completing pomp and circumstance has been altogether taxing because he's had the task of piecing together the final, unfinished 'Pomp and Circumstance' march

that was left behind. That's just a 4-bar phase. A little dee, dum, dum, dee, dum, dum, dee, bom, bom, bom. That's all it is. But with the chords underneath it it sounds fantastically Elgarian.

And with Anthony Payne's extra notes

this was the first chance to hear the final 'Pomp and Circumstance'. It is certainly a stirring tune but is it a new 'Land of hope and glory'? No. No, there will never be another 'Land of hope and glory'. There's no 'Land of hope and glory' in the other four marches.

And given how little just hearing the sixth 'Pomp and Circumstance' will be good enough for most fans. Collingwood is considering whether to drop Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson

for Saturday night's crunch game against Adelaide. The star players have already been fined after being linked to a late night brawl outside a Melbourne bar. The players at the centre of the damaging allegations hit the training track, but Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson were only telling their side of the story to police. The players have been fined $5,000 each after admitting they were involved in a late-night street brawl

that left a man in hospital with head injuries.

No charges have been laid, but police are still investigating. The club is extremely disappointed that both players were out late at night. Collingwood is considering suspending or even sacking the duo. We haven't ruled anything out. As I said, the investigation will take its course. and then when that happens, we'll determine what we do with the players. To add to the Magpies woes, Blake Caracella today announced a serious neck injury has forced him to retire. The 29-year-old risked becoming paralysed if he continued on, after suffering a bruised spinal cord two months ago.

Kelli Underwood, Ten News. Young Brisbane rugby league fullback Karmichael Hunt has been cleared of any wrongdoing over a late-night incident at a Brisbane taxi rank. Hunt was named in a complaint lodged with police by a woman who claimed she'd been squirted with water.

I'm not condoning squirting water on anyone, but all I'm saying is, geez there's a lot of bad things going on in the world today and I know where this one rates. It later emerged that Hunt was an innocent by-stander at the taxi rank.

The Broncos furious about his wrongful implication. The mighty Makybe Diva has extended her reign as the queen of the turf

after being crowned Australian Champion racehorse for the second year running.

The three-time Melbourne Cup winner becomes only the third horse to win the award more than once joining the likes of past heroes of the track, Might and Power and Sunline. Makybe Diva also captured the hearts of the public and for the second time was voted Australia's Most Popular Racehorse. Finance now - and Frank, Telstra's grand plan to improve services in rural areas

hits a hurdle? Kath, Telstra had a grand plan to improve services in rural areas but that plan has hit a major obstacle. Trials of the telco's new billion-dollar mobile phone network have exposed technical failures that will make it impossible for many country users to obtain wireless broadband speeds. Telstra faces the prospect of spending hundreds of millions more on base stations to extend 3-G coverage

or risk further backlash from regional groups and the Government.

And the Australian Tax Office has promised to go easier on late payment charges for honest mistakes. The ATO will take a more lenient approach following major taxpayer complaints. Shortfall interest charges could now be reduced or even dropped if there's evidence of an unreasonable delay in auditing, court decisions or the taxpayer's been forced to go overseas.

Let's check the national weather: When Ten's Early News returns -

Hezbollah launches its largest rocket attack on Israel.

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This program is captioned live. Leading this edition - home loan blues. The Reserve Bank's decision to lift interest rates to hit in days.

A parliamentary inquiry to examine petrol price-fixing claims

and just how much motorists are hurting. Hezbollah unleashes its biggest rocket attack on northern Israel as the UN moves closer to a peace deal. And in sport - Collingwood to consider dropping the two stars fined over an off-field incident. Let's check the national weather:

Now with a check of finance news, here's Frank Coletta. Good morning, Kath. The fallout from yesterday's interest rate rise certainly had a negative affect on our markets.

And coming up shortly - more news in finance.

Home loan interest rates are expected to go up within days after the official rate was lifted by 0.25%. Many homeowners are planning to slash their spending to cope. It's the second rate rise this year and it's starting to hurt. It's really scary, really. We need to crack down on what we are spending. Experts say between petrol and interest rates, some are paying up to $120 a month more than they were at the start of the year.

We've seen a doubling in the last 12 months of house repossessions.

I'm hoping we don't have to leave our house because of the costs and have to go back into renting. That would be a disaster. And not necessarily cheaper - the rate rise means landlords are likely to put rents up - and that's if you can find a home to rent. And there'll be a big hit on other areas of the economy, like retail and entertainment.

It just means we have to get smarter with everything. Grocery shopping, just general activities with the kids. You just really have to look at everything. John Howard says the Reserve Bank had no choice but to lift interest rates.

But some are angry at what they see as the Prime Minister's broken promise. Coming up to the last election, Johnny did put it out there and say that the interest rates wouldn't go up, so I suppose that was factored in at the time that we bought the property. Laurel Irving, Ten News. As homeowners come to terms with a rise in interest rates, motorists are still struggling to cope with skyrocketing petrol prices. However, an explanation could be on the horizon thanks to a parliamentary inquiry which begins today. The investigation will examine whether oil companies are colluding to limit competition. Fears of a link between tumours and mobile phone towers on a building at a Melbourne university have proved unfounded. RMIT University evacuated the top two floors of its business faculty in May and ordered a medical investigation. While the report says 13 current staff have tumours, seven malignant, the rate is in line with incidents in the wider community.

There's no evidence of a brain cancer cluster

on the cases initially identified. One of the report's authors admits there may have been a higher incidence of brain tumours, if past staff were included in the study. The home of the Big Mac has hit a big labour problem in Western Australia.

So short is the state of workers, McDonalds has begun looking overseas for staff. The fast-food giant is hoping Asian workers will plug the employment gaps in the north-west region, brought about through the resources boom. Most businesses in Karratha are under-staffed by 30%. McDonald's hopes workers from the Philippines will fill its 30 vacancies. Hezbollah fighters have hit back against Israel launching they're biggest rocket attack so far.

They fired more than 200 missiles at targets deep inside the Israeli border sparking mass evacuations. Meantime, 8,000 Israeli soldiers are now surging further into southern Lebanon. As the Middle East crisis enters its third week, the death toll continues to rise. As many as 640 people have been killed in Lebanon and 54 deaths in Israel.

Australians still trapped in Lebanon have been warned today is their last chance to escape the war-torn country. As the chartered ship prepares to leave, Israel says it's looking forward to help from Australian peacekeepers. Getting out of southern Lebanon is increasingly dangerous and difficult but about 30 Australians were able to flee in beaten up taxis and hire cars, bound for a German ship.

About 200 are still in the volatile area with no signs of a let-up in the Israeli airstrikes. Israel's Prime Minister says only a strong international force separating his country from Hezbollah will stop the bombings. The number of people being forced from their homes by three weeks of fighting has risen to 900,000. The death toll also spiralling. More than 640 Lebanese civilians and 54 Israelis.

Even though Red Cross workers came close to adding to the toll when an ambulance was hit by a missile, workers won't give up. There's too many bombs around but this will not stop us doing our job. It maybe the only thing locals can rely on as the barrage continues. Not even schools are safe. These children in a Christian area of the southern Lebanon flee in terror as Israeli bombs get closer. There were no casualties this time. Nicole Strahan, Ten News. Back home - and maracas in hand, Broadway star Hugh Jackman is ready to shine, as the 'Boy from Oz'. The highly anticipated show makes it's Australian debut tonight in Sydney. Hugh Jackman has his maracas in hand and his hips on full throttle,

ready to bring Peter Allen to life in the 'Boy From Oz'. (Sings) # When my baby, when my baby smiles at me # I go to Rio. # (Sings) # Don't cry out loud Keep it inside. # Colleen Hewitt plays Peter's mum, Marion. She's me. She's women that have gone through living with abuse, drunks,

the whole thing. Playing Judy Garland - the woman who discovered Peter and sent him the road to international fame - is Chrissy Amphlett. (Sings) # It's hard to lose it when you had it. # It's second time round for the Divinyls singer, who created the role in the original 1997 'Boy From Oz'. Well, I've done it once. So at least I've got that so it helps with the nerves.

Angela Bishop, Ten News. The Brisbane rugby league club is furious that its young Test fullback Karmichael Hunt has been wrongly accused of late night misbehaviour. The club is concerned its players are becoming easy targets. Karmichael Hunt cleared of any wrongdoing. His club mightily teed off. It started as a media report about an assault at a taxi rank, later emerging that someone had complained to police about having water squirted at them. The whole thing was news to Hunt. I haven't been notified of anything like that so I mean I wouldn't know what the complaint's about, so. I'm not condoning squirting water on anyone, but all I'm saying is, geez there's a lot of bad things going on in the world today and I know where this one rates. The Broncos' bemusement turning to anger this evening, when it emerged that Hunt was merely an innocent bystander at the cab rank. The Broncos say the widespread coverage of Hunt's supposed involvement in the incident was both disgraceful and irresponsible. Not only was it wrong, it was potentially damaging to the teenager's reputation. The Hunt non-event follows the ongoing police investigation into Broncos halfback Brett Seymour and the alleged assault of a woman at a Brisbane nightspot. Leanne West, Ten News.

Collingwood is considering whether to drop Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson for Saturday night's crunch game against Adelaide. The star Magpies have already been fined $5,000 each

after being linked to a late night brawl outside a Melbourne bar last weekend. A man was hospitalised with head injuries. The club is extremely disappointed that both players were out late at night. No charges have been laid but police are still investigating. Mark Webber's Formula 1 career has hit a bump following team Williams' announcement he will not be required next season.

An option to retain the Australian at Williams expired last weekend with no future agreement being reached. Webber has failed to finish eight races this season as a result of mechanical problems. Meanwhile, NSW Premier Morris Iemma has supported plans for Sydney to stage a V8 supercars street race at Homebush Bay. Time now for a finance check with Frank.

Fuel and interest rates may be on the rise, but that hasn't quelled our passion for shopping. New figures show we're buying more gadgets and electrical goods than food. Clothing and soft goods sales are also strong. They grew around 1.5% for the month of May. Retail sales, as a whole, have been steadily rising.

Bureau of Statistics figures

Let's check the national weather:

A heavy early-week dump has significantly improved conditions at ski fields across the country. Madeleine Hubbard is in Thredbo with the latest.

Things are looking much better and

more snow is forecast for today. more snow is forecast for today. They

cover up at the New South Wales

resorts is good today.

Let's see what the newspapers are saying -

Snow is forecast some thought

tomorrow and Saturday it should be tomorrow and Saturday it should be a

fresh weekend.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - the Government's final Middle East mission. Stranded Aussies to board a naval vessel out of Beirut today. An end in sight to the violence - detailed talks see the United Nations form a draft peace resolution. Homeowners to feel the pain of the Reserve Bank's interest rate rise possibly by the week's end. And one of the world's most recognisable pieces of music finally completed 70 years after the composer's death. Australia is chartering another ship to evacuate citizens who've reached the relative safety of Beirut

during a lull in the fighting. They're expected to join tens of thousands of other foreign nationals

still trying to flee the violence. Foreign Affairs officials have warned all Australians to get out now as this could be their last chance. They say there are up to 200 Australians are still in Lebanon. Hezbollah fighters have unleashed their biggest attack yet on northern Israel. More than 200 rockets have hit targets 70km over the border. The furthest reaching barrage so far. Here in northern Israel, Hezbollah's barrage has had quite an impact. Throughout the day, Israel's been trying to put out the fires that started when the militia's rockets land. Israel is still sending its forces over the border

to try to destroy Hezbollah, even if they can't always see exactly where they're going. The town of Tiberias has a perfect view of the Sea of Galilee and also the reach of Hezbollah. This morning, a rocket destroyed this house in this neighbourhood. This is more than 30 miles away from the Lebanese border. People from this town may feel the same way. Their border town was hit this morning

Tens of thousands of Israelis have left their homes to avoid Hezbollah's rockets. Many Israelis will choose to live inside in air-raid shelters waiting to see whether or not their government, their army can make them feel safe. Fresh hope for a UN resolution this week aimed at ending the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. After more talks in the Security Council, America, France and Britain say they're hoping the world body will finally settle on a draft resolution this week. Dioplomats say it could call for a truce between the warring sides and perhaps even beefing up the peace-keeping force in Lebanon until the crisis can be resolved. A man is under police guard in a Melbourne hospital suspected of stabbing his partner to death in her home. The man was injured when he crashed his car just a short distance from the house where the mother of two's body was discovered. A concerned friend called police to the house in Lara west of Melbourne last night. The man in his late 40s was airlifted to hospital with leg injuries where police plan to speak to him over the death. Sydney police are concerned for the safety of three young children taken after a domestic dispute.

As homeowners come to terms with a rise in interest rates, motorists are still struggling to cope with skyrocketing petrol prices.

However, an explanation could be on the horizon thanks to a parliamentary inquiry which begins today. The Senate inquiry aims to shed light on oil companies and the way in which petrol prices are determined.

For years there have been allegations of price fixing. This investigation will assess if that's true. The inquiry couldn't come at a better time as Australians prepare to curb their spending thanks to a rise in interest rates. In the Governor's statement, one of the reasons he gave was the increase in commodity prices. Oil is a commodity.

And it's not just families feeling the pinch. Obviously the price of fuel is seeping into the cost structure of many businesses. Just ask the airline boss at Qantas. Apparently the rising price of fuel is posing a greater commercial challenge than terrorism, SARS or the Asian tsunami. The company's bill was just $1.5 billion in 2003.

Next year it will climb to $4 billion. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Consumer spending on luxury items is about to take a dive after the rise in official interest rates. Banks are expected to pass on the 0.25% rise within days. Households already struggling with high petrol prices

are now preparing to slash their spending. It just means we have to get smarter with everything - grocery shopping, um, just general activities with the kids. You just have to look at everything. The Prime Minister says the Reserve Bank had no choice but to lift rates. One of the world's most recognisable marches is finally finished, 70 years after its composer's death. Edward Elgar died before completing the last of his 'Pomp and Ceremony' works.

'POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE' PLAYS 'Pomp and Circumstance' number one. 'Land of hope and glory' - a tune that's rousing, popular, but how does it go again? But for Anthony Payne, completing 'Pomp and Circumstance' has been altogether taxing because he's had the task of piecing together

the final, unfinished 'Pomp and Circumstance' march that was left behind. That's just a 4-bar phase.

A little dee, dum, dum, dee, dum, dum, dee, bom, bom, bom.

That's all it is. But with the chords underneath it it sounds fantastically Elgarian. And with Anthony Payne's extra notes this was the first chance to hear the final 'Pomp and Circumstance'.

It is certainly a stirring tune but is it a new 'Land of hope and glory'? No. No, there will never be another 'Land of hope and glory'. There's no 'Land of hope and glory' in the other four marches. And given how little Elgar wrote down just hearing the sixth 'Pomp and Circumstance'

will be good enough for most fans. Collingwood is considering whether to drop Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson for Saturday night's crunch game against Adelaide. The star players have already been fined after being linked to a late night brawl outside a Melbourne bar. The players at the centre of the damaging allegations hit the training track, but Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson were only telling their side of the story to police. The players have been fined $5,000 each after admitting they were involved in a late-night street brawl that left a man in hospital with head injuries. No charges have been laid, but police are still investigating. The club is extremely disappointed that both players were out late at night.

Collingwood is considering suspending or even sacking the duo. We haven't ruled anything out. As I said, the investigation will take its course. and then when that happens, we'll determine what we do with the players. To add to the Magpies woes, Blake Caracella today announced a serious neck injury has forced him to retire. The 29-year-old risked becoming paralysed if he continued on, after suffering a bruised spinal cord two months ago. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. Young Brisbane rugby league fullback Karmichael Hunt has been cleared of any wrongdoing over a late-night incident at a Brisbane taxi rank. Hunt was named in a complaint lodged with police by a woman who claimed she'd been squirted with water. I'm not condoning squirting water on anyone, but all I'm saying is,

geez there's a lot of bad things going on in the world today and I know where this one rates. It later emerged that Hunt was an innocent by-stander at the taxi rank. The Broncos furious about his wrongful implication. A final check of the markets, Frank.

After more than a decade as Australia's most recognisable sports sponsor Uncle Tobys has been beaten in the battle of the brands.

Nike now tops the poll as the most recognisable sports sponsor. The report, by Sweeney Research,

has slumped from 42% to 29 %

shows awareness of Uncle Tobys has slumped from 42% to 29% putting it in fourth place behind Nike, Billabong and Kellog's Nutri-Grain brand. Hundreds of hardened athletes have taken part in Britain's answer to the Ironman competition.

The competitors testing their metal in the annual Extreme Tough Guy race. And the title doesn't come easy. Competitors have to swim through icy waters, make their way past burning bails,

crawl under barbed wire and even walk the plank.

That's it for Ten's Early News. I'm Kathryn Robinson, 'bye for now. And I'm Frank Coletta. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au