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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. 90 Australians from Lebanon Today - authorities to rescue has held for more than 12 hours. where a UN-brokered cease-fire Defence boost - by 20% over the next decade. our army tipped to be expanded election-winning lead over Labor The Coalition races to an in the latest newspoll. And bad karma for Boy George. begins community service The Culture Club front man on the streets of New York. the national weather: Let's take a look at how the markets are travelling. Now our first look at

Good morning, Kath Robinson. Bill, good morning. have rallied overnight Well, global shares in general

following the Middle East truce. But a drop in oil prices to sell energy shares. have prompted investors in the US post a 28% rise in profit. Leighton Holdings I'll have more on that shortly. The Government's working stranded in southern Lebanon. to rescue 90 Australians still continues to hold, As the Middle East cease-fire people are returning to their homes. hundreds of thousands of displaced in the first hours of the cease-fire Racing for home bore the scars of war. and the roads today that Hezbollah had won a huge victory Local men told us with pride and property, and whatever the cost in lives here in the south. that is the consensus

or the remains of it. And then we arrived in this town,

Israel tried to take this town. For three weeks, It failed and it destroyed it. the worse it got. And the more we walked, 7,000 people used to live here. to come back to. They've got nothing left may well ask The international community how Israel can explain all this. traumatized and desperate. Deep in the town, we found this lady, during all the shelling. She and her family were trapped here it was safe to make the journey home. By mid-afternoon, many had decided The roads began filling with convoys will go back to nothing. but a large number Government's on both sides

of the border are claiming victory. Governments on both sides after the cease-fire, In a television address moments Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah leader strategic victory against Israel. his guerillas have won a great across Beirut have been celebrating And despite the devastation, people

what they're calling an historic win. Ehud Olmert said Meantime, Israeli Prime Minister Hezbollah leaders. he would continue to target David Hicks Detained Australian terrorist suspect

may be home by the end of the year. it will seek his release The Federal Government has declared

lays fresh charges against Hicks unless the United States government for four years. who has been held at Guantanamo Bay A US court ruling in June set up to hear Hicks's trial. quashed the military commission of conspiracy, attempted murder He had been facing charges

and aiding the enemy. to increase its force by 20% The Australian Army is expected over the next 10 years. The move will be consider today,

from the Middle East with our defence demands stretching to the South Pacific. Stretched to the limit.

to increase its force numbers The Australian Army looks set to around 30,000 officers. $10 billion, The move, which could cost taxpayers over the next decade. would be rolled out The national security committee for increased manpower today. will consider the call unprecedented commitments It comes as the Defence Force faces around the world including in Iraq yesterday injured in a rocket attack. where four Aussie soldiers were were struck The three men and one woman fortified international zone. as rockets were fired into Baghdad's The female soldier, S Webster, with head and internal injuries is recovering in hospital

and shrapnel wounds. as well as bruising Her condition is stable. and she is in very capable hands in Baghdad in the combat support hospital reasonably good. and I think the outlook is have been discharged. The Corporal's three male colleagues the attack was random. The Government believes Chloe Baker, Ten News. in the latest News Poll. Good news for the Howard Government to an election-winning lead It's surged seven clear of Labor. with primary support at 44%, for the Labor Party, So it's quite a worrying result interest rates, rising fuel prices, given we've had rising the terror threat. and, in recent times, level dropped slightly, John Howard's satisfaction the preferred Prime Minister. although he is still clearly Support up 2%. received the same boost. Opposition Leader Kim Beazley Indonesia has expressed deep regret

Australian asylum seeker bill at the failure of a tough new to more illegal arrivals. saying it opens the door in the Senate The PM couldn't get the numbers to pass his migration amendments. No, I don't feel humiliated. the country would have been served I feel disappointed because I think border protection bill. by having a stronger of a group of asylum seekers It coincides with the arrival on Ashmore Reef. A challenge for the Prime Minister for alternative fuels. to extend the financial incentives wants natural gas included The Energy Networks Association LPG conversion package. in the Government's $1.5 billion to flow through to voter hostility, With petrol pump pain starting it was time to act. the Prime Minister thought of soaring global energy demand, Most Australians feel the impact a larger pay packet not via a better job, or a bigger share portfolio, they feel it at the petrol bowser. to promote alternative fuels, The Government has now moved especially LPG and ethanol. over eight years A $1.5 billion package in new cars will pay $1,000 towards LPG kits existing petrol-driven vehicles. and $2,000 to convert The Government estimates for a 6-cylinder vehicle the fuel bill would be cut by $27 a week. travelling 15,000km a year to encourage petrol stations There'll also be measures

to supply 10% ethanol-blended fuel. Greg Turnbull, Ten News.

Households are being warned to be wary of bogus Census collectors. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the fake collectors have been visiting homes and making phone calls in efforts to obtain personal information. Police are asking households to give their forms only to those wearing official identification cards and carrying the bright yellow census satchels, like these. Collectors have until August 28 to gather the forms. From one-time pop icon to garbage man. '80s singer Boy George has eaten humble pie beginning his community service for a minor cocaine bust. Flanked by camera crews and wearing that distinctive orange street sweepers vest, the former Culture Club frontman put shovels, brooms, plastic bags and gloves to work. Now all in a day's work.

Melbourne captain David Neitz is breathing easier after the AFL's Match Review Panel dropped his report for charging. But the news wasn't so good for West Coast veteran Daniel Chick. Some badly needed luck for Melbourne, with skipper David Neitz cleared by the match review panel for this ugly charge. Despite being well-backed, his attempted mark was deemed legitimate. Very happy with the skipper being available for a pretty important game this weekend. So yeah, they've obviously made the right decision and he'll be out and ready to kick a big bag of goals, hopefully. West Coast's Daniel Chick copped one week for this left jab on Kangaroo Jess Sinclair. Adelaide has been hit with a hamstring epidemic - questions being asked over their cycling focus and radical late-season training regime. Obviously with heavy training, the hamstring can tend to be fatigued, and we believe that fatigue is one of the factors that can lead to a hamstring injury. Brett Burton's season is probably over, set to miss the finals with a torn hamstring tendon. Yeah, it's disappointing. He's magnificent for us. He can play in a lot of different roles and he's hard to match up on. Rhett Biglands's hammy was already doubtful, and now Ken McGregor will miss at least two weeks with a hamstring tear. Ian Cohen, Ten News. The Newcastle Knights are considering an appeal after their leader Andrew Johns was cited charged with contrary conduct. With Johns facing a ban of up to four games for abusing touch judge Matt Cecchin, the Knights' season is on the brink. We've got a policy in place that there is a zero tolerance when it comes to official abuse, so the referees have been told that they're not to tolerate any abuse like that from players. If Johns takes the early guilty plea he'll miss three matches ruling him out until the second week of the finals. Kath's back with another check of finance now and Leighton Holdings delivers a strong result. That's right Bill. Leighton Holdings has reported a solid 28% rise in full-year profit and the company's boss says he expects the good times to continue. Earnings came in at $278 million

thanks to the booming resources and construction sectors nationwide. Going forward, chief executive Wal King says the construction giant currently has a record level of work to complete and expects this to continue so long as market conditions remain similar. Leighton shares closed up 3% at $17.95. And regional lender the Bendigo Bank has tabled its first full-year profit above $100 million. Earnings rose 23% to $117 million on the back of an aggressive roll out of new branches across metropolitan markets. The community bank opened 29 new branches over the past year a

and is looking to open another 30 this year. It's targeting earnings growth of 10% this year and says it hasn't yet seen any downturn in business following the recent interest rate hikes. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now for a look at Tuesday's newspapers - in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' - the multimillion-dollar northern expressway has hit another hurdle. The Defence Force wants the road to bypass an airbase adding kilometres to its route. Compensation for a Melboune mother - a top private school accused of failing to teach her son to read properly. 'The Australian' has the story. In Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' - NRL's Andrew Johns manages a smile despite being charged over an on-field argument. Detectives in the UK make their first significant discoveries since last week's foiled terror plot. The details when the Early News returns.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. The Government to push for the release of terror suspect David Hicks, if he's not charged in the US by the year's end. Indonesia warns the Government's failed asylum seeker bill could spur more illegal arrivals. Hundreds of thousands of people return to their homes in southern Lebanon after a truce quells a month of rocket fire. And police in the UK make their first significant find since last week's terror scare. Now time for another check of the markets, here's Kath. Well, global shares in general have rallied overnight following the Middle East truce but a drop in oil prices have prompted investors in the US to sell energy shares. Telstra share price sinks even further. I'll tell you why shortly. David Hicks's bid for freedom has received a much-needed boost. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says he will seek the terror suspect's return if the US doesn't proceed with charges by the year's end. It's the first time the Australian Government has raised the prospect of David Hicks returning to Australia, without having to face a trial. This follows the ruling by the US Supreme Court in June to abolish the military commission set up to trial Hicks along with other Guantanamo Bay detainees. It also quashed the charges against Hicks of conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy. We're talking 4.5 years later let alone in that time. Is this justice delayed? Is justice denied? Can you give someone a fair trial five years after the events? Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has urged the US to set up new tribunal by November or let him go. and lay fresh charges against Hicks a US military commission, Despite Hicks avoiding he will receive a fair trial. his advocates doubt him under a fair system fine, If he's violated the law and you try

a fair shake unfortunately they don't want to give him

political. because his case has become Cameron Baud, Ten News. Soaring fuel costs and interest rates the Howard Government's popularity. have done little to dent election-winning lead over Labor The Coalition has leapt to an in the latest newspoll. Kim Beazley perhaps should have got Well, you would wonder whether out of the interest rate rises, a lift the last election campaign especially since

on interest rates. was fought almost exclusively Opposition Leader Kim Beazley John Howard has the edge over in the Prime Minister stakes. small surges in support. Although, both leaders have enjoyed to introduce tough new migration laws Indonesia says Australia's failure

to more illegal arrivals. could open the door his asylum seeker bill The PM forced to pull following a backbench revolt. the skies above Federal Parliament - An appeal to senators written in migration bill. vote 'no' to John Howard's had already decided. But the key players refusing to support tough new laws Liberal Senator Judith Troeth all asylum seekers arriving by boat which would have put women and children included. in offshore detention - forced to scuttle the legislation. The Prime Minister The whole bill is out. the Government off from any support. Senator Steve Fielding also cutting this legislation is dead. Family First is pleased of John Howard's Prime Ministership. It's the biggest backbench revolt at the bill's failure Jakarta has expressed its deep regret I'm disappointed. No, I don't feel humiliated.

I'm disappointed. No, I don't feel humiliated. at the bill's failure Jakarta has expressed its deep regret asylum seekers waiting in Indonesia. and warns it could be a signal for illegal arrivals on Ashmore Reef, Our navy picking up a group of eight

people smugglers. the Government suspects arrived on the mainland Had these people and had it been rejected and had they put in an asylum claim for years and years and years. they'd be able to stay Murray McCloskey, Ten News. The Australian Defence Force 30,000 over the next 10 years. is tipped to boost its ranks to will today consider the move The National Security Committee $10 billion. which could cost taxpayers It comes as our Defence Force around the world faces unprecedented commitments including in Iraq one of them a woman, where four Aussie soldiers, were injured in a rocket attack. She's recovering in hospital. a further 90 Australian The Government's hoping to rescue from southern Lebanon today continues to hold. as the Middle East cease-fire After a month of intense fighting, people on both sides of the border Israeli soldiers are retreating and and returning home. are leaving their shelters It's believed southern Lebanon have been destroyed. more than 100,000 homes in

in the war with Lebanon America's support for Israel in Thailand. has been slammed by protesters US embassy in the capital, Bangkok Hundreds of vocal muslims stormed the Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. waving posters of Hezbollah's leader,

for help' for the women of Lebanon They described the action as a 'call and the West Bank. cameraman have been kidnapped A US news reporter and a New Zealand in Gaza City. ambushed their car Two truck-loads of Palestinian gunmen country's security services. near the headquarters of the have denied involvement. Major militant groups in Gaza No demands have been made. their first significant finds Detectives in the UK have made since last weeks foiled terror plot. has now been downgraded, The security level in Britain attack is still highly likely. but the government says a terror turned into a giant scene of crime. Kingswood outside High Wickham has forensic officers are at work. Among the trees behind cordones, are working shifts Specialist search teams digging through the undergrowth. evidence of explosives or detonators It's thought they're searching for perhaps even a weapons dump and this is just one location. of properties. Officers are also searching dozens Britain's threat level The security services changed from critical to severe. Almost immediately, the hand luggage rules. the Government started to relax have been at pains to point out Though intelligence officials that the threat is still high, it's just that the risk of an attack last week, triggered directly by the arrests has diminished. of an attack. There is still a very serious threat searches will take many more days. There's every sign that these 23 people are still in custody questioning has been limited so far. though the high number means to bring charges Police have until Wednesday to be extended by three more weeks. but they can ask for that are exploring avenues The Newcastle Knights against their halfback Andrew Johns. to appeal a contrary conduct charge games for abusing a match official. With Johns facing a ban of up to four

had no comment to make today, Andrew Johns Matt Cecchin on Friday night but his verbal abuse of touch judge didn't go unheard - Newcastle's premiership campaign. it looks like derailing If Johns takes the early guilty plea contrary conduct charge, for his grade-three he'll miss three matches, until the second week of the finals. ruling him out We've got a policy in place when it comes to official abuse, that there is a zero tolerance so the referees have been told any abuse like that from players. that they're not to tolerate with a $5,000 fine Newcastle has also been hit supporting Johns's outburst. for coach Michael Hagan's comments Tony Grimaldi says Meanwhile, Bulldogs forward were taken out of context. these comments backing Johns's stance

at the touchie I think you should be able to swear and it's justified. if the decision is wrong and you go, Then if you look at the tape that probably wasn't right," "Oh, hang on, then then you should get in trouble. Trent Higgs, Ten News. Melbourne Captain David Neitz

is free to line up against the Kangaroos on Sunday after being cleared of charging. The AFL Match Review Panel ruled that Neitz was legitimately attempting to mark. The decision welcomed by his team-mates. Very happy with the skipper being available for a pretty important game this weekend. So yeah, they've obviously made the right decision and he'll be out and ready to kick a big bag of goals, hopefully. West Coast's Daniel Chick copped one week for striking. And Adelaide's Brett Burton is set to miss the finals with a torn hamstring. Wallabies coach John Connolly will today announce his team for Saturday's showdown with New Zealand. Super 14's Player of the Year, George Smith is set to be dumped to the bench while Waratahs halfback Brett Sheehan says he's ready to earn his first test cap. Sheehan copped an accidental knock to the eye last week at Wallabies training but remains in contention for a bench spot in the clash with the All Blacks.

The pain's subsided a fair bit over the last couple of days. It was pretty intense there for a while and now it's coming good and just a bit of blurryness which is due to go away in the next couple of days. Flanker Phil Waugh, hooker Jeremy Paul and winger Clyde Rathbone are also expected to get the call up for the trip to Auckland. Another check of finance now and Kath Telstra in the doldrums again? Yes Bill. More woes for Telstra with the company's share price sinking further yesterday. Shares dropped more than 2% to close at $3.69 after reports emerged that the phone giant may have to cut dividend payments. Telstra says it may also be forced to revise down earnings guidance for this year after the ACCC last week set a lower-than-expected price for rivals to access its raw copper wires. The latest news further reduces the likelihood of a T3 sale by the end of the year. Now let's take a brief look at some of the other stories making business news - And Fortescue Metals has raised $2.7 billion in debt as it continues plans to upgrade its iron ore project in the Pilbara. Let's take a look at the national weather: The Government's plan to bolster our army by at least 20%. The details after this short break.

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Today - authorities to rescue 90 Australians from Lebanon where a UN-brokered cease-fire has held for more than 12 hours. Defence boost - our army tipped to be expanded by 20% over the next decade. The Coalition races to an election-winning lead over Labor in the latest newspoll.

And bad karma for Boy George. The Culture Club front man begins community service on the streets of New York. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now a look at how the markets are travelling. Good morning, Kath Robinson. Well, global shares in general have rallied overnight following the Middle East truce. But a drop in oil prices have prompted investors in the US to sell energy shares. I'll have more on finance news shortly. The Government's working to rescue 90 Australians still stranded in southern Lebanon. As the Middle East cease-fire continues to hold, hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes. in the first hours of the cease-fire Racing for home bore the scars of war. and the roads today that Hezbollah had won a huge victory Local men told us with pride and property, and whatever the cost in lives here in the south. that is the consensus or the remains of it. And then we arrived in this town, Israel tried to take this town. For three weeks, It failed and it destroyed it. the worse it got. And the more we walked, 7,000 people used to live here. to come back to. They've got nothing left may well ask The international community how Israel can explain all this.

traumatized and desperate. Deep in the town, we found this lady, during all the shelling. She and her family were trapped here it was safe to make the journey home. By mid-afternoon, many had decided

The roads began filling with convoys will go back to nothing. but a large number in the latest News Poll. Good news for the Howard Government to an election-winning lead It's surged seven clear of Labor. with primary support at 44%,

for the Labor Party, So it's quite a worrying result interest rates, rising fuel prices, given we've had rising the terror threat. and, in recent times, level dropped slightly, John Howard's satisfaction the preferred Prime Minister. although he is still clearly Support up 2%. received the same boost. Opposition Leader Kim Beazley Indonesia has expressed deep regret Australian asylum seeker bill at the failure of a tough new to more illegal arrivals. saying it opens the door

in the Senate The PM couldn't get the numbers to pass his migration amendments.

No, I don't feel humiliated. the country would have been served I feel disappointed because I think border protection bill. by having a stronger of a group of asylum seekers It coincides with the arrival

on Ashmore Reef.

to increase its force by 20% The Australian Army is expected over the next 10 years. The move will be considered today, from the Middle East with our defence demands stretching to the South Pacific. Stretched to the limit. to increase its force numbers The Australian Army looks set to around 30,000 officers. $10 billion, The move, which could cost taxpayers over the next decade. would be rolled out The National Security Committee for increased manpower today. will consider the call unprecedented commitments It comes as the Defence Force faces around the world including in Iraq yesterday injured in a rocket attack. where four Aussie soldiers were were struck The three men and one woman fortified international zone. as rockets were fired into Baghdad's The female soldier, S Webster, with head and internal injuries is recovering in hospital and shrapnel wounds. as well as bruising Her condition is stable. and she is in very capable hands in Baghdad in the combat support hospital reasonably good. and I think the outlook is

have been discharged. The Corporal's three male colleagues the attack was random. The Government believes

Chloe Baker, Ten News. natural gas to be included Calls this morning for compressed alternative fuels package. in the Government's $1.5 billion the Energy Networks Association With more, Andrew Blyth, from

environmentally and financially? Andrew, what are the benefits of CNG, joins us on the line.

Natural class is clean and green and

a hundred per cent locally grown. terrorist suspect Contentious photos of a Melbourne have been released to the public of his defence lawyer. against the wishes

It was argued, unsuccessfully, on a hunting trip in Lebanon these snaps of Aimen Joud taken four years ago, could prejudice his trial. The 21-year-old is one of 13 men to a terrorist organisation. charged with belonging examining a bag full of materials Terrorist police in the UK are found hidden in a wood. the area north of London Detectives have been scouring after last weeks foiled terror plot. following a tip-off During extensive house searches a number of weapons. police have also recovered level from critical to severe Britain has lowered its security but the Home Secretary has warned is still highly likely. a terrorist attack to garbage man. From one-time pop icon has eaten humble pie '80s singer Boy George for a minor cocaine bust. beginning his community service Flanked by camera crews street sweepers vest, and wearing that distinctive orange shovels, brooms, plastic bags the former Culture Club frontman put and gloves to work. Now all in a day's work. is breathing easier Melbourne captain David Neitz

dropped his report for charging. after the AFL's Match Review Panel West Coast veteran Daniel Chick. But the news wasn't so good for

Some badly needed luck for Melbourne, cleared by the match review panel with skipper David Neitz for this ugly charge. Despite being well-backed, legitimate. his attempted mark was deemed being available Very happy with the skipper this weekend. for a pretty important game the right decision So yeah, they've obviously made

to kick a big bag of goals, and he'll be out and ready hopefully. copped one week West Coast's Daniel Chick Jess Sinclair. for this left jab on Kangaroo with a hamstring epidemic - Adelaide has been hit over their cycling focus questions being asked

late-season training regime. and radical Obviously with heavy training, can tend to be fatigued, the hamstring is one of the factors and we believe that fatigue that can lead to a hamstring injury. is probably over, Brett Burton's season with a torn hamstring tendon. set to miss the finals Yeah, it's disappointing. He's magnificent for us. in a lot of different roles He can play and he's hard to match up on. was already doubtful, Rhett Biglands's hammy will miss at least two weeks and now Ken McGregor with a hamstring tear. Ian Cohen, Ten News. The Newcastle Knights are considering an appeal after their leader Andrew Johns was cited charged with contrary conduct. With Johns facing a ban of up to four games for abusing touch judge Matt Cecchin, the Knights' season is on the brink.

We've got a policy in place that there is a zero tolerance when it comes to official abuse, so the referees have been told that they're not to tolerate any abuse like that from players. If Johns takes the early guilty plea he'll miss three matches

ruling him out until the second week of the finals. The Socceroos will hold their final training run in Sydney this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait. Kath's back with another check of finance now. Yes Bill. More consolidation in the aviation sector with regional operator REX buying Queensland-based commuter airline Sunshine Express. REX will acquire all of the struggling Queensland carrier's assets, staff and routes

but financial specifics have not been disclosed. The decision follows discussions between the two carriers for some time and the possibility Sunshine Express would collapse if it didn't receive a financial rescue package. The ACTU says safety and service will be jeopardized if Jetstar's international flight attendants are forced to work on individual contracts. The airline announced the plans yesterday and unions are outraged. Jetstar is hoping to fly to Thailand, Bali, Vietnam, Japan and Hawaii in three months and new IR laws have allowed the low-cost airline to bypass any potential turbulence from the unions. 200 new recruits will be employed on individual agreements. This is not about ideology. This is about what's right for the company. If a collective agreement had applied, we would have offered the same terms and conditions. And the union would have fought it, delaying the planned November take-off saying it compromises safety and service and will see Jetstar staff take home $160 a week less than their Qantas colleagues. Jetstar says there's potential for greater commissions from onboard sales of items such as food and pillows. The Federal Opposition fears Qantas will follow suit.

I don't want to see an industrial system in this country where mainstream workers are working for American-style tips. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now for a look at Tuesday's newspapers - More news coming up when the Early News returns. THE REGION, WITH A TROUGH DUE ON THURSDAY - BRINGING LIGHT SHOWERS. IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, A CHILLY MORNING, WARMING TO A FINE SUNNY DAY.... LIGHTS WINDS AND 15 DEGREES. A FINE MORNING IN MELBOURNE. LIGHT SOUTH WESTERLY WINDS, AND 19 IN DUBBO. CHANCE OF A SHOWER ALONG THE COAST... HEADING FOR 18 IN WOLLONGONG, AND 16 IN BEGA. SHOWERS TOO IN BATEMANS BAY. SUNNY IN BOWRAL, AND BATHURST. CLOUDY IN GOULBURN. MINUS 3 OVERNGIHT WARMING TO 13 IN COOMA. 18 THE TOP IN PARKES, AND MUDGEE. TO THE OUTLOOK NOW - FOR CANBERRA AND SURROUNDS.... AND A SUNNY DAY TOMORROW, A FEW SHOWERS ABOUT ON THURSDAY. THEY'LL QUICKLY CLEAR ON FRIDAY - WITH BLUE SKIES AND SUNSHINE RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL MONDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) There are rules that affect what you see on television. These rules cover program classifications. certain programs, advertising, When you see of news and current affairs, as well as the presentation Practice for Commercial Television. they are part of the Code of If you'd like a copy of the code, for more information, visit our website or write or call us at: This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. for the release of terror suspect The Government to push David Hicks, by the year's end. if he's not charged in the US failed asylum seeker bill Indonesia warns the Government's

could spur more illegal arrivals. return to their homes Hundreds of thousands of people in southern Lebanon of rocket fire. after a truce quells a month significant find And police in the UK make their first since last week's terror scare. has received a much-needed boost. David Hicks's bid for freedom Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says return he will seek the terror suspect's with charges by the year's end. if the US doesn't proceed Government has raised the prospect It's the first time the Australian to Australia, of David Hicks returning without having to face a trial. by the US Supreme Court in June This follows the ruling set up to trial Hicks to abolish the military commission detainees. along with other Guantanamo Bay against Hicks of conspiracy, It also quashed the charges and aiding the enemy. attempted murder let alone in that time. We're talking 4.5 years later Is justice denied? Is this justice delayed? five years after the events? Can you give someone a fair trial urged the US to set up new tribunal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has

by November or let him go. and lay fresh charges against Hicks a US military commission, Despite Hicks avoiding

he will receive a fair trial. his advocates doubt him under a fair system fine, If he's violated the law and you try

a fair shake unfortunately they don't want to give him

political. because his case has become Cameron Baud, Ten News. Soaring fuel costs and interest rates the Howard Government's popularity. have done little to dent election-winning lead over Labor The Coalition has leapt to an in the latest newspoll. Kim Beazley perhaps should have got Well, you would wonder whether

out of the interest rate rises, a lift the last election campaign especially since on interest rates. was fought almost exclusively Opposition Leader Kim Beazley John Howard has the edge over in the Prime Minister stakes. small surges in support. Although, both leaders have enjoyed to introduce tough new migration laws Indonesia says Australia's failure to more illegal arrivals. could open the door his asylum seeker bill The PM forced to pull

following a backbench revolt.

the skies above Federal Parliament - An appeal to senators written in migration bill. vote 'no' to John Howard's had already decided. But the key players

refusing to support tough new laws Liberal Senator Judith Troeth all asylum seekers arriving by boat which would have put women and children included. in offshore detention - forced to scuttle the legislation. The Prime Minister The whole bill is out. the Government off from any support. Senator Steve Fielding also cutting this legislation is dead. Family First is pleased of John Howard's Prime Ministership. It's the biggest backbench revolt

I'm disappointed. No, I don't feel humiliated. at the bill's failure Jakarta has expressed its deep regret asylum seekers waiting in Indonesia. and warns it could be a signal for

illegal arrivals on Ashmore Reef, Our navy picking up a group of eight people smugglers. the Government suspects arrived on the mainland Had these people and had it been rejected and had they put in an asylum claim for years and years and years. they'd be able to stay Murray McCloskey, Ten News. The Australian Defence Force 30,000 over the next 10 years. is tipped to boost its ranks to will today consider the move The National Security Committee $10 billion. which could cost taxpayers It comes as our Defence Force around the world faces unprecedented commitments including in Iraq one of them a woman, where four Aussie soldiers, were injured in a rocket attack. She's recovering in hospital. wary of bogus Census collectors. Households are being warned to be says The Australian Bureau of Statistics visiting homes and making phone calls the fake collectors have been personal information. in efforts to obtain Police are asking households wearing official identification cards to give their forms only to those satchels, like these. and carrying the bright yellow census

to gather the forms. Collectors have until August 28 Dramatic vision fish and chip shop in Sydney's west of arsonists repeatedly torching a has been released. This shop was initially torched the current owners began trading just one week after initial damage had been repaired, but then weeks later, once the the front window, a car was driven through the store alight. vandals again setting

Police say the attacks are not random competitors are behind the attacks. and are investigating whether is being urged to contact police. Anyone with information their first significant finds Detectives in the UK have made since last week's foiled terror plot. has now been downgraded, The security level in Britain attack is still highly likely. but the government says a terror turned into a giant scene of crime. Kingswood outside High Wycombe has forensic officers are at work. Among the trees behind cordones, are working shifts Specialist search teams digging through the undergrowth. evidence of explosives or detonators It's thought they're searching for perhaps even a weapons dump and this is just one location. of properties. Officers are also searching dozens Britain's threat level The security services changed from critical to severe. Almost immediately, the hand luggage rules. the Government started to relax have been at pains to point out Though intelligence officials that the threat is still high, it's just that the risk of an attack last week, triggered directly by the arrests has diminished. There is still a very serious threat of an attack. There's every sign that these searches will take many more days. 23 people are still in custody though the high number means questioning has been limited so far. Police have until Wednesday to bring charges but they can ask for that to be extended by three more weeks. The Government's hoping to rescue a further 90 Australians from southern Lebanon today as the Middle East cease-fire continues to hold.

After a month of intense fighting, Israeli soldiers are retreating and people on both sides of the border are leaving their shelters and returning home. It's believed

more than 100,000 homes in southern Lebanon have been destroyed.

Governments on both sides of the border are claiming victory.

In a television address moments after the cease-fire, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said his guerillas have won a great strategic victory against Israel. And despite the devastation, people across Beirut have been celebrating what they're calling an historic win. Meantime, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he would continue to target Hezbollah leaders. A US news reporter and a New Zealand cameraman have been kidnapped in Gaza City. Two truck-loads of Palestinian gunmen ambushed their car near the headquarters of the country's security services. Major militant groups in Gaza have denied involvement. No demands have been made. The Newcastle Knights are exploring avenues to appeal a contrary conduct charge against their halfback Andrew Johns. With Johns facing a ban of up to four games for abusing a match official. Andrew Johns had no comment to make today, but his verbal abuse of touch judge Matt Cecchin on Friday night didn't go unheard - it looks like derailing Newcastle's premiership campaign. If Johns takes the early guilty plea for his grade-three contrary conduct charge, he'll miss three matches,

ruling him out until the second week of the finals. We've got a policy in place that there is a zero tolerance when it comes to official abuse, so the referees have been told that they're not to tolerate any abuse like that from players. Newcastle has also been hit with a $5,000 fine

for coach Michael Hagan's comments supporting Johns's outburst. Meanwhile, Bulldogs forward Tony Grimaldi says these comments backing Johns's stance were taken out of context. I think you should be able to swear at the touchie if the decision is wrong and it's justified. Then if you look at the tape and you go, "Oh, hang on, that probably wasn't right," then then you should get in trouble. Trent Higgs, Ten News. The Socceroos will hold their final training run in Sydney this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait. Socceroo veteran Kevin Muscat has been named as captain for the match against a side ranked 100 in the world. It's a massive challenge for us, you know, coming off back of the World Cup and the success that the team had there. In term of personnel, this is a shadow of that side. Muscat's Melbourne team-mate Archie Thompson is one of only two players in the side from the World Cup squad. Australia's European-based players were unavailable for the match. Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink, the man who took Australia to the World Cup, has started his new job as coach of the Russian national team. The Dutchman has pledged to get Russia to the 2008 European Championships. Another check of finance now and Kath Telstra in the doldrums again? Higher interest rates has sent housing affordability plunging down more than 5% in the June quarter. The Housing Industry and Commonwealth Bank report for first home buyers showed the average cost of a property rose to $350,000 around 28% of earnings to repayments. with most borrowers forced to commit Meantime, a new report city for housing outside the US has ranked Sydney the most expensive for the cost of property. beating London and even New York have rallied overnight Well, global shares in general

but a drop in oil prices following the Middle East truce

to sell energy shares. have prompted investors in the US

the national weather: Let's take a look at Now for a look at the day ahead: top stories - A quick recap of the morning's between Israel and Lebanon and a UN-brokered cease-fire has held for almost 13 hours. Australia's Defence Force over the coming 10 years. is likely to be boosted by 20% may be freed from Guantanamo Bay And Aussie terror suspect David Hicks by the year's end.

injuries She received head and internal and bruising. as well as shrapnel wounds That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kath Robinson. Good morning. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions