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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. for the Coalition Today - a surge in support despite the loose lips of two MPs. has an image problem. One saying the Treasurer Tornado terror - after a designative wind storm. a West Australian town cleans up on Lebanon. Israel warns to step up its attack 25 people. Overnight airstrikes killing Dean Jones And former Australian Test batsman sacked from his commentary job a terrorist. after labelling a player the national weather: Now for a look at

check of the markets, good morning. Kath Robinson now with our first Bill, good morning. as the oil price soars Well, US stocks have fallen and Apple shares slump.

its broadband network plans. Telstra shelves

I'll have more on that shortly. interest rate rise It would appear last week's the Prime Minister's popularity. has not dented According to the latest Newspoll, stable with 49% of the vote support for the Coalition remains down just 1%. on a Two-Party preferred basis, the resumption of Parliament today John Howard will, meantime, be hoping to the Treasurer. one forced to apologize favourites, She's one of the Prime Minister's in western Sydney, representing battlers

and other richer colleagues and she said Peter Costello have an image problem. uncharitable, They are nasty, terribly unfeeling, toffee-nosed rich people. John Howard as well - And I broke the mould -

Peter still suffers from that. whereas I think an apology, But Jackie Kelly has now issued a great Treasurer for 10 years saying Peter Costello's been were inappropriate and that her comments and bring no credit to anyone. if her general comments weren't true But some must now wonder after Parliament's richest man said was not a big deal. last week's interest rate rise has been overdramatised. I think the interest rate hike by the Reserve Bank It was a significant decision

but it was 0.25%. more overdramatising today There's sure to be in Parliament. as Labor pursues the issue But, in a special meeting, Government MPs have told John Howard the most pressing issue for voters. that petrol prices are to try and mitigate this issue. They want to know what the plan is a commentator on it, And rather than just be of that process. I hope the Government becomes part Parliament resumes tomorrow. Laurel Irving, Ten News. to debate a new immigration bill, As the Federal Government prepares seekers were tortured and killed there are claims a group of asylum after being sent back to Afghanistan.

group, which included young children, The Edmund Rice Centre says the of Nauru. were held on the Pacific Island It believes they were forced to leave were rejected. when their bids for refugee status is considering an investigation. The Immigration Department lost their life I would be concerned if anybody if someone was wrongly sent back. and I would, of course, be concerned

will today debate a bill Federal Parliament to process asylum seekers offshore. is under way A massive clean-up operation in a tiny West Australian town, homes and uprooted trees. after a tornado blacked out 1,000 150 kilometres south of Perth, Austriland,

has been declared a natural disaster. lives as the gale-force winds struck. Residents there running for their Didn't know what was happening. I was just in shock. the millions of dollars. The damage bill is likely to run into least 25 people in Lebanon Israeli airstrikes have killed at for a quick and effective cease-fire. and brought new Lebanese appeals and the fighting continues. But diplomatic efforts remain stalled

In the main hospital in Tyre who'd lost everything - we were filming one of the staff and his home in an Israeli airstrike. his wife, his two daughters

just a few hundred yards away. At that instant, three bombs landed near panic. The bombs are close enough to cause to the scene of the bombing. A couple of ambulances race off job in Tyre at present. Theirs is a particularly dangerous ambulances were nearing the building, Eight minutes later, just as the in the same place. the Israelis dropped two more bombs For a short while, the ambulance crews had been killed, it looked as though one of

but eventually they came back too. they'd come, The shrapnel showed how close so did the ambulance man's face. of the country from the north. This river divides Tyre from the rest

the bridge over it here The Israelis have destroyed they bombed the last track and this morning linking Tyre with the outside world. has organised a human chain But now this relief agency through to the city. to get medical supplies at least leaving or coming into Tyre The Israelis are preventing anyone any longer. but the siege isn't quite complete a criminal investigation Dutch police have launched into a stairway collapse that's left 20 people in hospital. during a music concert watching a band on a floating stage. Thousands of mainly young fans were a wooden staircase The injured were dancing on and under to the quay. leading from street level It collapsed without warning others into the water. plunging some onto a canal path, are today expected to testify Several more witnesses into Norfolk Island's first murder. in the week-long committal hearing Janelle Patton, The parents of Sydney woman who was stabbed to death in 2002, with her alleged killer came face-to-face on day one of proceedings yesterday. Glenn Peter Charles McNeill 28-year-old chef in New Zealand was arrested in February this year and charged with her murder. He hasn't yet entered a plea. turned commentator, Dean Jones, Former Australian cricketer has been sacked on the South African team after referring to a Muslim player as a terrorist. Test series Jones was covering the current in Colombo between South Africa and Sri Lanka to South African batsman Hashim Amla. when he made the comment referring set back in the lead-up to September AFL - and Adelaide has suffered a with captain Mark Ricciuto facing the prospect of a two-week suspension. With one Crows star already sidelined because of injury, this was the last thing the ladder leaders needed. COMMENTATOR: Does look in some pain. There's some claret there. Got clipped by Ricciuto. Mark Ricciuto faces a 2-match suspension for a glancing blow to James Clement. An early guilty plea will see the ban halved to one. Another week and another Geelong suspension - Jimmy Bartel slapped with a 3-match ban for rough conduct. He can accept two with a guilty plea but instead will contest the charge. He's up for two weeks now and we're going to try to get it downgraded and try and do the best thing for him. Collingwood's woes continue, with scans revealing young gun Dale Thomas has a broken collarbone. He had surgery yesterday in a desperate bid to be back for his first finals campaign. And Essendon's Andrew Lovett won't play again this year after breaking his wrist against the Swans. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. In the NRL - there's more tribunal concerns for Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater. He's been slapped with a grade one striking charge for this tackle on Tigers fullback Shannon McDonnell. It could be his third suspension this season unless he manages to beat the charge at the tribunal. His poor record means he'll miss two games even with an early guilty plea. Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has spoken for the first time since a drug test 'B' sample

confirmed elevated levels of testosterone in his system during last month's stirring victory. Appearing on US television, Landis said clearing his name is more important than racing again. I am saying that there are multiple reasons why this could've happened. One of them I will tell you that did not happen was that I added it myself. The cyclist faces a 2-year ban and could be stripped of his title. Kath's back with more finance now and the jobs market still strong? Yes Bill. The jobs market continued to power along last month but there are signs its slowing down. According to the ANZ jobs ads report, newspaper ads continue to fall but the Internet remains strong. Positions advertised in metropolitan papers lost 3.2% over July but Internet ads jumped more than 2%.

Official jobless figures are due out later this week, economists are predicting the jobless rate to remain close to 30-year lows of 4.9%. Fresh doubts this morning over the full sale of Telstra

after the phone giant shelved plans to develop a high-speed broadband network. The decision ends bitter talks between Telstra and the competition watchdog. For six months Telstra and the ACCC locked horns over the proposed $4 billion broadband network. But it would appear

the competition watchdog's insistence Telstra let rivals access the network was the final straw.

Clearly, they'd prefer not to have access to their network, for competitors to have access to their network at a price that obviously the regulator thinks is a fair price. Telstra has defended the move saying the talks are a casualty of confused and inconsistent policies governing the Australian telecommunications sector. Labor wants the telco to reconsider. This is a piece of national infrastructure that is critically important to productivity, to the future of Australians. Elsewhere, the phone giant says

changing tastes are behind its decision to axe another piece of national infrastructure - 4,000 pay phones. The world is changing. People have mobile phones now and some people simply don't use payphones. Telstra shares fell 2% yesterday to close at $3.80 dashing hopes of a full sell-off anytime soon. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. Now for a look at the national weather: Now for a look at the newspapers - growing up in a remote Adboriginal community Ernie Dingo wasn't legally counted as Australian until 1971. This year he's the face of the 2006 Census, which gets under way tonight. 'The Australian' has the story.

The Adelaide 'Advertiser' says a near tragedy on a school bus on the Eyre Peninsular has renewed calls for seat belts in school buses. And in Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' - it was a big day in the Queensland politics. Four Labor MP's announce their retirement. The Premier on emergency water takeover and a coup in the Liberal leadership. A committal hearing for the man accused of murdering a woman on Norfolk Island. We'll have more when Ten's Early News returns.

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two clocks... They care about what they do. I've been aware of the great work of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children for many years now. I help them where and when I can, and I urge you to do the same. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Israeli warplanes launch a fresh wave of airstrikes on Lebanon

amid diplomatic efforts to end the violence. Tourists to give evidence at a committal hearing

for the man accused of murdering Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island. BP shuts down one of its American oil fields causing more pain for drivers

shelling out near record prices for fuel. And Mark Webbers stay at Williams over - he's sealed a prime move to Red Bull. Now time for another check of the markets with Kath. Bill, thank you. Well BP's decision to shut its biggest oil field due to a pipeline leak has sent the oil price soaring and stocks plummeting. We'll have a closed look at the oil situation later in the bulletin. With the death toll rising on both sides in the Middle East conflict,

Israel has warned it could step up its ground war. It's also told civilians in northern Lebanon to stay indoors, particularly at night. SIRENS BLARE This is where Israel finishes. From the country's northern most town we watched Hezbollah's rockets land and Israel's artillery fire. At a military base we met some of the soldiers Israel has called up to fight its war. In Israel, every civilian is a soldier.

It's when one takes part in defending the state

We don't have the privilege of having soldiers where you can just pay them and they go to war. Here's what the army is doing right now. The Israeli military has released these pictures of airstrikes on targets in southern Lebanon. Israel is trying to hit roads, safe houses, rocket launchers, anything that will slow down or stop Hezbollah. Israelis who can't flee south are taking cover. Haifa's main hospital has now moved its patients to an underground bunker to avoid being hit. It would appear last week's interest rate rise has not dented the Prime Minister's popularity. According to the latest Newspoll, support for the Coalition remains stable with 49% of the vote on a Two-Party preferred basis, down just 1%.

The Government is under pressure though, to act on soaring petrol prices

as Parliament resumes after the winter break. Households are also juggling that interest rate rise, but Parliament's richest MP has shrugged off the higher cost of living. It came after Liberal MP Jackie Kelly said some of her colleagues, including Treasurer Peter Costello, are seen as toffee-nosed rich people. She later apologised. A committal hearing continues on Norfolk Island today

for a man accused of murdering Sydney woman Janelle Patton four years ago. Glenn McNeill was arrested in February after DNA allegedly linked him to the crime scene.

This is the third trip the Patton family have made to Norfolk Island since their daughter was brutally bashed and stabbed to death in 2002. Carol Patton told an international media contingent she felt very apprehensive but was determined to see the justice process through. We have mixed emotions coming back here to Norfolk Island. Glenn Peter Charles McNeil arrived in the middle of the night

but looked calm as he was chaperoned to court in handcuffs and under police guard. REPORTER: Mr McNeil, do you intend to plead today? And no further clues about his intentions in the court either, where he sat silently just metres away from the parents of Janelle Patton. On Norfolk Island, Amber Muir, Ten News. Police are investigating the discovery of suspected rat poison at a children's playground on Brisbane's northside. The green pellets were found at The Kidspace Centre at Chermside

a nearby resident calling police after receiving a hand written note advising that the playground and three others schools in Brisbane had been contaminated. Police are currently patrolling schools in the metropolitan area and are asking parents and teachers to be extra vigilant in checking local facilities. More resignations and Premier Peter Beattie's water takeover have sent Queensland politics into a state of frenzy. An early election announcement now likely to be just days away. Dumped Liberal Leader Bob Quinn faces the cameras after being ambushed in a party room coup. It just goes to show not all your political enemies are on the other side of the fence. His replacement, Dr Bruce Flegg, quick to justify the move. There was absolutely no ambush at all. The position was vacant and I made myself available for that.

For Premier Peter Beattie, the switch could not have come at a better time. He could call an election as early as next week. The Liberal Party just knifing a leader like that any incumbant who comes in with blood on his hands. I mean, that's a dreadful way to treat Bob Quinn. The Premier has also made himself the new Water Minister. Replacing Henry Palaszczuk who will quit at the next election along with Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton, Speaker Tony McGrady and former Health Minister Gordon Nuttall. Kate Donnison, Ten News. An Australian man has been arrested in Indonesia over alleged sex crimes. Police are questioning the 48-year-old English teacher on claims he's molested more than 50 children since moving to Jakarta in 2000. They say he may have also molested children in Vietnam and Cambodia. More than 100 bushfires are blazing across northern Spain, most of them lit deliberately. Authorities have declared a state of emergency in five areas where the outbreaks are threatening cities. They say at least three people including a firefighter have died, but haven't been able to assess property losses yet. Civil guard arson investigators have been sent to the region

to help find those responsible for the fires. AFL - and Collingwood's Dale Thomas will miss the next month of football after undergoing surgery on a broken collarbone. The rising star nominee sustained the injury in a heavy fall during Saturday night's loss to Adelaide. He had surgery today. They put some sort of plate in there to speed up the healing. Hopefully he'll be right. COMMENTATOR: Does look in some pain. There's some claret there. Got clipped by Ricciuto. Meanwhile, Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto could reduce a two-match suspension for striking to one week if he makes an early guilty plea and Geelong looks set to challenge Jimmy Bartel's rough conduct charge. The midfielder facing a three week suspension if the appeal fails. Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater is facing his third suspension this season after being charged with a grade one reckless tackle by the NRL match review panel. Renowned for tries and line breaks, Billy Slater has become notorious for something else this season - appearances before the NRL tribunal. Now he's facing another fortnight on the sidelines for this hit on Tigers fullback Shannon McDonnell. Slater's absence might just be what the struggling Broncos need ahead of this week's clash with the ladder leaders.

It's not like we're not trying out there. I think we're trying too much. No such worries for the Bulldogs - flying high and not about to follow Melbourne's lead

by resting players ahead of the finals. If things remain the same, then we'll pick our best side each week. The Panthers would do the same if they knew what their best side was. Coach John Lang forcing them to watch their embarrassing loss to the Bunnies. We copped a bit of hammering off Langy this morning, the mood. I guess we've just got to try and put it behind us. And a neck injury may have ended the career for former Cowboys captain Paul Bowman. Obviously given the part of the body we're talking about, there'll be no risks taken with him. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve faces an uncertain future after a split with the BMW Sauber team overnight.

Meanwhile, Australian driver Mark Webber has confirmed he'll join the Red Bull team for next season.

Webber has endured a year of dissapointment behind the wheel with Williams, failing to finish in 9 of 13 starts.

It's a return of sorts for the Aussie.

He drove for the team when it was under the Jaguar banner till the end of 2004. Time for another check of finance and Kath, we still like to spend? We do Bill, despite the price of petrol continuing to track at record levels. The cash card retail activity index,

which measures EFTPOS transactions rose more than 0.5% over July to just below $18 billion. Over the year spending is up nearly 3% and that comes as we battle higher interest rates, record fuel costs and rising inflation. The price of oil has taken a big hit overnight

after global oil giant BP shut down one of its American oil fields. A damaged pipeline in Alaska will cut US oil output by 8% sending oil markets into a frenzy. It's remote but this Alaskan oil field produces nearly one-tenth of America's output and now the taps are being turned off. BP discovered a leak in the pipeline and severe corrosion

it said there was no alternative to shut down while repairs were carried out. Only when we're absolutely satisfied that those lines are in good condition will we bring those lines back into service.

It couldn't have come at a worst time for the world's oil markets. Producers are struggling to keep up with global demand. Traders are worried about supply shortages crude prices have soared The Iranian's diplomatic war with the west has scared the oil markets. Conflict to the Middle East has added to the uncertainty. But China and other fast-growing, Asian economies

want as much oil as they can get. Drivers can only wait to see how much events in Alaska affect pump prices. Now for a look at the national weather: Steve Waugh's wife reportedly doing well in hospital. An update when the Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Today - a surge in support for the Coalition

despite the loose lips of two MPs. One saying the Treasurer has an image problem.

Tornado terror - a West Australian town cleans up after a destructive wind storm. Israel warns to step up its attack on Lebanon. Overnight airstrikes killing 25 people. And former Australian Test batsman Dean Jones sacked from his commentary job after labelling a player a terrorist. Now for a look at the national weather: Well, US stocks have fallen as the oil price soars

and Apple shares slump. I'll have more finance shortly.

It would appear last week's interest rate rise

has not dented the Prime Minister's popularity. According to the latest Newspoll,

support for the Coalition remains stable with 49% of the vote on a Two-Party preferred basis, down just 1%. John Howard will, meantime, be hoping the resumption of Parliament today takes his own MPs out of the spotlight, one forced to apologize to the Treasurer. She's one of the Prime Minister's favourites, representing battlers in western Sydney, and she said Peter Costello and other richer colleagues have an image problem. They are nasty, terribly unfeeling, uncharitable, toffee-nosed rich people. And I broke the mould - John Howard as well - whereas I think Peter still suffers from that. But Jackie Kelly has now issued an apology,

saying Peter Costello's been a great Treasurer for 10 years and that her comments were inappropriate

and bring no credit to anyone. But some must now wonder if her general comments weren't true after Parliament's richest man said last week's interest rate rise was not a big deal. I think the interest rate hike has been overdramatised. It was a significant decision by the Reserve Bank but it was 0.25%.

There's sure to be more overdramatising today as Labor pursues the issue in Parliament. But, in a special meeting, Government MPs have told John Howard that petrol prices are the most pressing issue for voters. They want to know what the plan is to try and mitigate this issue.

And rather than just be a commentator on it, I hope the Government becomes part of that process. Parliament resumes tomorrow. Laurel Irving, Ten News. It's been tumultuous start to the week in Queensland politics. The Liberal Party has ambushed leader Bob Quinn, replacing him with Dr Bruce Flegg. It just goes to show not all your political enemies are on the other side of the fence. And Premier Beattie is the new Minister for Water, replacing Henry Palaszczuk replacing Henry Palasczuk who will quit at the next election as will Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton, Speaker Tony McGrady and former Health Minister Gordon Nuttall. All this just days away from a likely early election announcement. A massive clean up operation is under way in a tiny West Australian town flattened by a tornado. Austriland has been declared a natural disaster.

Austriland residents have plenty of work ahead of them. The trail of destruction far worse than they'd imagined. It was like I was getting shelled by artillery. I was just in shock. I didn't know what was happening. The mini tornado tore through the town, south of Perth, yesterday delivering winds of 250km/h. Trees were stripped and vehicles shifted.

Dozens of homes destroyed. 1,000 homes without power. The area has been declared a natural disaster. About 55 homes have been reported damaged. There are some that are very badly damaged, roofs ripped off. Amazing devastation. Very lucky I think more people were not seriously injured. The damage bill expected to run into millions of dollars. Keiva Matheson, Ten News. Police in Brisbane are searching several schools following the discovery of rat poison in a playground. With more, Sergeant Kim McCoomb from Queensland Police joins us on the phone. Sergeant McCoomb - what led to the discovery?

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to be on the lookout and be vigilant

and checked your local playgrounds and schools.

The wife of former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has made encouraging progress since undergoing emergency brain surgery late last week. Lynette Waugh's Sydney doctor, neurosurgeon Charles Teo says she's sitting up in bed and talking with family. Tests are under way to find out what caused the haemorrhage.

Steve has thanked fans for their support. Some tributes flowing from as far afield as India. Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 25 people in Lebanon and brought new Lebanese appeals for a quick and effective cease-fire. But diplomatic efforts remain stalled and the fighting continues.

In the main hospital in Tyre

we were filming one of the staff who'd lost everything - his wife, his two daughters and his home in an Israeli airstrike. At that instant, three bombs landed just a few hundred yards away. The bombs are close enough to cause near panic. A couple of ambulances race off to the scene of the bombing. Theirs is a particularly dangerous job in Tyre at present. Eight minutes later, just as the ambulances were nearing the building, the Israelis dropped two more bombs in the same place. For a short while,

it looked as though one of the ambulance crews had been killed, but eventually they came back too. The shrapnel showed how close they'd come, so did the ambulance man's face. This river divides Tyre from the rest of the country to the north. The Israelis have destroyed the bridge over it here and this morning they bombed the last track linking Tyre with the outside world. But now this relief agency has organised a human chain to get medical supplies at least through to the city. The Israelis are preventing anyone leaving or coming into Tyre

but the siege isn't quite complete any longer. Former Australian cricketer turned commentator, Dean Jones, has been sacked after referring to a Muslim player on the South African team as a terrorist. Jones was covering the current Test series between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Colombo when he made the comment referring to South African batsman Hashim Amla.

AFL - and Adelaide has suffered a set back in the lead-up to September with captain Mark Ricciuto facing the prospect of a two-week suspension. With one Crows star already sidelined because of injury, this was the last thing the ladder leaders needed. COMMENTATOR: Does look in some pain. There's some claret there. Got clipped by Ricciuto.

Mark Ricciuto faces a 2-match suspension for a glancing blow to James Clement. An early guilty plea will see the ban halved to one. Another week and another Geelong suspension - Jimmy Bartel slapped with a 3-match ban for rough conduct. He can accept two with a guilty plea but instead will contest the charge. He's up for two weeks now and we're going to try to get it downgraded and try and do the best thing for him. Collingwood's woes continue, with scans revealing young gun Dale Thomas has a broken collarbone. He had surgery yesterday in a desperate bid to be back for his first finals campaign. And Essendon's Andrew Lovett won't play again this year after breaking his wrist against the Swans. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. In the NRL - there's more tribunal concerns for Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater. He's been slapped with a grade one striking charge

for this tackle on Tigers fullback Shannon McDonnell. It could be his third suspension this season unless he manages to beat the charge at the tribunal. His poor record means he'll miss two games even with an early guilty plea. Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has spoken for the first time since a drug test 'B' sample confirmed elevated levels of testosterone in his system during last month's stirring victory.

Appearing on US television, Landis said clearing his name is more important than racing again. I am saying that there are multiple reasons why this could've happened. One of them I will tell you that did not happen was that I added it myself. The cyclist faces a 2-year ban and could be stripped of his title. Kath's back with more finance now and more drama for a listed mining junior? That's right Bill. The company at the centre of that very public trading halt has again had its shares suspended. The company yesterday applied for the suspension while it assesses further exploration results in Queensland. And Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is to launch a free nightly newspaper in London. Called 'The London Paper', it will hit the streets next month. The media giant will report earnings later this week and is expected to do well as Mr Murdoch focuses on the Internet rather than traditional media.

Now for a look at the national weather: Now for a look at the newspapers - Israel threatens to set up its ground offensive in southern Lebanon. We'll have more when Ten's Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Israeli warplanes launch a fresh wave of airstrikes on Lebanon

amid diplomatic efforts to end the violence. Tourists to give evidence at a committal hearing for the man accused of murdering Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island. BP shuts down one of its American oil fields causing more pain for drivers

shelling out near record prices for fuel. And Mark Webber's stay at Williams over - he's sealed a prime move to Red Bull. With the death toll rising on both sides in the Middle East conflict,

Israel has warned it could step up its ground war. It's also told civilians in northern Lebanon to stay indoors, particularly at night. SIRENS BLARE This is where Israel finishes. From the country's northern most town we watched Hezbollah's rockets land and Israel's artillery fire. At a military base we met some of the soldiers Israel has called up to fight its war. In Israel, every civilian is a soldier. It's when one takes part in defending the state We don't have the privilege of having soldiers where you can just pay them and they go to war. Here's what the army is doing right now. The Israeli military has released these pictures of airstrikes on targets in southern Lebanon. Israel is trying to hit roads, safe houses, rocket launchers, anything that will slow down or stop Hezbollah. Israelis who can't flee south are taking cover. Haifa's main hospital has now moved its patients to an underground bunker to avoid being hit. Police are investigating the discovery of suspected rat poison at a children's playground on Brisbane's northside. The green pellets were found at The Kidspace Centre at Chermside a nearby resident calling police after receiving a handwritten note advising that the playground and three others schools in Brisbane had been contaminated. It would appear last week's interest rate rise has not dented the Prime Minister's popularity. According to the latest Newspoll, support for the Coalition remains stable with 49% of the vote on a Two-Party preferred basis, down just 1%. The Government is under pressure though, to act on soaring petrol prices as Parliament resumes after the winter break. Households are also juggling that interest rate rise, but Parliament's richest MP has shrugged off the higher cost of living. I think the interest rate hike has been overdramatised. It was a significant decision by the Reserve Bank but it was 0.25%. It came after Liberal MP Jackie Kelly said some of her colleagues, including Treasurer Peter Costello, are seen as toffee-nosed rich people. She later apologised. A massive clean-up operation is under way in a tiny West Australian town,

after a tornado blacked out 1,000 homes and uprooted trees. Austriland, 150 kilometres south of Perth, has been declared a natural disaster. Residents there running for their lives as the gale-force winds struck. I was just in shock. Didn't know what was happening. The damage bill is likely to run into the millions of dollars. More resignations and Premier Peter Beattie's water takeover have sent Queensland politics into a state of frenzy. An early election announcement now likely to be just days away. Dumped Liberal Leader Bob Quinn faces the cameras after being ambushed in a party room coup. It just goes to show not all your political enemies are on the other side of the fence. His replacement, Dr Bruce Flegg, quick to justify the move. There was absolutely no ambush at all. The position was vacant and I made myself available for that. For Premier Peter Beattie, the switch could not have come at a better time. He could call an election as early as next week. The Liberal Party just knifing a leader like that any incumbant who comes in with blood on his hands. I mean, that's a dreadful way to treat Bob Quinn. The Premier has also made himself the new Water Minister. Replacing Henry Palasczuk who will quit at the next election along with Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton, Speaker Tony McGrady and former Health Minister Gordon Nuttall. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Several more witnesses including tourists are today expected to testify in the week-long committal into Norfolk Island's first murder. Ten's court reporter Amber Muir is covering the hearing and joins us on the phone. Amber, what details have emerged so far?

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suffered 64 separate assault injuries

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today. We will hear from a DNA

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year. We'll move on to the couple who

found the body dumped on Ireland.

There will be 30 witnesses called this week. The Federal Government wants us to put our hands up and be counted tonight

in the 15th national census. Thousands of people have been been handing out 13 million census forms over the past fortnight. It's the Bureau of Statistics chance to quiz us on everything from Internet access to religion. And for the first time, forms can be completed online.

The results will be released early next year.

Dutch police have launched a criminal investigation into a stairway collapse during a music concert that's left 20 people in hospital. Thousands of mainly young fans were watching a band on a floating stage. The injured were dancing on and under a wooden staircase leading from street level to the quay. It collapsed without warning plunging some onto a canal path, others into the water. The Philippines most active volcano is again threatening to wipe out local villages. Mt Mayon in the Albay province has been brewing over the last few days spewing ash and smoke. It's been threatening to erupt for the past month with boulders the size of cars pushing lava down its slopes. Thousands of villagers have fled the area. AFL - and Collingwood's Dale Thomas will miss the next month of football after undergoing surgery on a broken collarbone. The rising star nominee sustained the injury in a heavy fall during Saturday night's loss to Adelaide. He had surgery today. They put some sort of plate in there to speed up the healing. Hopefully he'll be right. Meanwhile, Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto could reduce a two-match suspension for striking to one week if he makes an early guilty plea and Geelong looks set to challenge Jimmy Bartel's rough conduct charge. The midfielder facing a three week suspension if the appeal fails. Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve faces an uncertain future after a split with the BMW Sauber team overnight. Meanwhile, Australian driver Mark Webber has confirmed he'll join the Red Bull team for next season. Webber has endured a year of dissapointment behind the wheel with Williams, failing to finish in 9 of 13 starts. It's a return of sorts for the Aussie. He drove for the team when it was under the Jaguar banner till the end of 2004. The price of oil has taken a big hit overnight after global oil giant BP shut down one of its American oil fields. A damaged pipeline in Alaska will cut US oil output by 8% sending oil markets into a frenzy. It's remote but this Alaskan oil field produces nearly one-tenth of America's output and now the taps are being turned off. BP discovered a leak in the pipeline and severe corrosion

it said there was no alternative to shut down while repairs were carried out. Only when we're absolutely satisfied that those lines are in good condition

will we bring those lines back into service. It couldn't have come at a worst time for the world's oil markets. Producers are struggling to keep up with global demand. Traders are worried about supply shortages crude prices have soared The Iranian's diplomatic war with the west has scared the oil markets. Conflict to the Middle East has added to the uncertainty. But China and other fast-growing, Asian economies want as much oil as they can get. Drivers can only wait to see how much events in Alaska affect pump prices. A quick recap of the markets. And Bill, before I go AGL says it's not ruling out cutting its workforce by half once its $7 billion merger with Alinta is complete. So that's one to keep an eye on. Now for a look at the national weather: That's it for Ten Early News.

I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kath Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au