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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This is Ten's Early New. This is Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Making news this Tuesday morning - in 24 hours. Turkey rocked by five bomb blasts and scores more injured. Three holiday-makers dead with Australia's first control order. The man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' slapped restricted. His movements and discussions over the Telstra sale The Government's too-ing and fro-ing in the latest newspoll. hands Labor a lead And in sport - breaks more world records Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton Championships. at the Australian Short Course

the national weather: Let's take a look at Now let's check the markets performing this morning? and Kath, how is Wall Street has sent stocks soaring in the US. Well, a 3% drop in the oil price A Macquarie Bank executive to import cocaine. found guilty of conspiring I'll have more on that shortly. and dozens more injured Three people are dead

following a bomb explosion in Turkey. The fifth in 24 hours. in the Mediterranean city of Antayla, in the Mediterranean city of Antalya, The blast targeted a shopping centre tourist destinations. one of the country's most popular bomb blast in Turkey. The aftermath of the latest SIRENS BLARE was the target. This time, the resort town of Antalya and people had been out shopping. It's the height of the holiday season The carnage came just hours holiday village of Marmaris, after three blasts rocked the nearby in this mini bus. one of the bombs planted

21 people injured in the attack. I'm still in shock. WOMAN: I'm sorry? why do it to us? I just want to know who cuases - in the region. Tourists now scared to stay walking around now. Get really scared wherever we wanted to go Before we were alright to walk about going anywhere. but now you feel a bit apprehensive for the attacks. And today, a claim of responsibility they're now targeting tourists, Kurdish guerillas say not just the Turkish army. Kate Donnison, Ten News. The man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' first terrorism control order. has been hit with Australia's Jack Thomas pleaded for privacy. Forced back to Melbourne last night, times a week, under the order, He has to report to police three midnight and 5:00am. and is confined to his house between The move comes just a fortnight his conviction on terrorism charges. after his successful appeal against

are seeking a retrial. Commonwealth prosecutors A 3-year-old boy has died of meningococcal disease from a suspected case The boy from the NSW Central Coast afternoon, but couldn't be saved. was taken to Wyong Hospital yesterday are being treated with antibiotics Those who've had contact with him as a precaution. less than a fortnight The tragedy comes died of the disease. after 18-year-old Jehan Nassif infected cousin She'd visited her boyfriend's in Sydney's Bankstown Hospital. the late founder of the Democrats. Tributes have begun flowing for 'The Australian' newspaper says in a Victorian hospital Don Chipp died with Parkinson's disease. after losing his long battle

The outspoken former senator the Liberal Party in the 1960s began his career with

and forming the Democrats. before breaking ranks in 1978 slogan 'Keep the bastards honest'. He famously coined the campaign

is doing the right thing The PM says the Government of its Telstra stock. by selling $8 billion Labor the edge But the row appears to have given in the latest newspoll. the party surged two points to 51. On word of the Telco sale,

on Two--Party preferences. The Coalition trails at 49%

John Howard is still the preferred PM Kim Beazley. well clear of Opposition Leader then regained lost ground Telstra shares dipped on the first day of trading to close unchanged its public offer. since the Government announced unwilling to speculate The Prime Minister will fare in the days ahead. on how the Telstra share price Let's just see how it all pans out. after one day that's rather trivial. Let's not jump to conclusions less than half of what it was The share price is now

in the 1999 T2 offer. when Telstra stock was sold off to talk up Telstra floats. The Prime Minister no longer prepared and it will be seen over time We have done the right thing was the right one. that the decision we took The Opposition says is a government fire sale. the Telstra share offer our great Australian company - Howard surrendered that's what he's done. It's the wrong thing to do.

will be offered discounts Shareholders stung by T2 even more Telstra stock. if they want to buy of the sell-down - But until we know the format the instalments will be, that is what size at what price - it's going to be fairly difficult clear and sensible choice. for investors to make a really Murray McCloskey Ten News.

by that storm And bad weather whipped up space mission. has stalled the latest American off its launch-pad overnight NASA pulled the shuttle 'Atlantis' hurricane strength. after fears the storm would regain which is considered crucial The move has delayed a mission Space Station to the future of the International which is currently being rebuilt. before September 7. The shuttle must now blast off have missed out Hugh Jackman and Judy Davis in Hollywood. at this year's Emmy Awards on the red carpet, Amidst all the glitz and glamour a few familiar Aussie faces. of the small screen It's the Oscars for the stars and this year it really was sizzling. were the hot fashion accessory Plastic fans towards 40 degrees. as temperatures soared It's horrible right now. missed out on a nomination, Aussie actress Portia de Rossi

Jesse Spencer, as did former 'Neighbours' star from Ten's 'House'. to the Logies, really, is it? Well, it's not that much different that's all. It's just a little bit bigger, But Aussie gems were shining, with stars such as Paula Abdul wearing jewels from Australian designer Nic Cerrone. It's one of the most controversial Emmys in recent history. Changes to the way nominees were selected has seen major shows and big-name stars snubbed. The only desperate housewife in sight was on stage as a presenter. Former 'Seinfeld' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus proved there is life after Elaine with her new comedy. I'm not somebody who really believes in curses. It wasn't a lucky night, though, for Aussie nominees -

Judy Davis missed out and... ANNOUNCER: Hugh Jackman, the 59th annual Tony Awards. Best comedy went to Ten's 'The Office', At the Emmys in Los Angeles, Leisa Goddard-Roles, Ten News.

Geelong's Tom Lonergan has undergone a second clean-up operation after having a kidney removed on Sunday. The 22-year-old remains in an induced coma but club doctors are confident he'll make a full recovery. Geelong players are still coming to terms with their young team-mate's emergency surgery. Tom Lonergan was playing just his seventh AFL game when he courageously backed into a marking contest. They made a very quick decision to take him to theatre and found that he had about 3 litres of blood and a fair bit of bleeding. The 22-year-old had suffered a kidney injury as a teenager, his family also bearing up. Like everybody that goes through that situation when you've got a son under those conditions, but yeah, we're battling on alright. In Adelaide another youngster went under the knife today with Trent Hentschel's knee injuries, terrible knee injuries, being compared to those of a car accident victim. Trent is - you know, it's really going to put his career on hold for a while. The Crows injury toll massive - Andrew McLeod has had surgery and won't be back again this season after his foot injury flared again. Ben Hart is also out for the year with an Achilles injury, while Mark Ricciuto has a mystery virus. Ian Cohen, Ten News. The Australian rugby league coach has lost his job at the Roosters. Premiership winner Ricky Stuart will be at the helm for the last time this weekend before stepping aside following a mutual agreement with the club board. The mutual agreement came about because of a situation where Ricky felt he didn't have 100% support from within the club. His contract will be paid out in full until November next year. Former Kiwi coach Daniel Anderson is tipped to replace him. Australia's Alicia Molik is out of the US Open following a round one defeat by American Vania King. Samantha Stosur plays her opening match shortly while Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Phillippousis get their US open campaigns under way tomorrow, but Alicia Molik knocked out on the first day. Wet conditions delaying a start today. One-on-one play did get under way. The sun refusing to shine on Alicia Molik.

COMMENTATOR: Wow. That was a great shot.

17-year-old American Vania King wrapping up the first set 6-3, before claiming an early advantage in the second. Oh, that's fantastic play from Vania King.

After the break and 0-40, Molik expressed some of the fight that's been required during the former world number 8's return to the game after 9 months out with an inner ear infection. And she's done it. What a wonderful forehand that was. She got herself out of a huge hole there. King continued to rule, taking the second set 6-2 and wrapping up the match in just over an hour. And there it is. In other matches, world number 2, Justine Henin-Hardenne had few concerns in her opening match against Italian Maria Elena Camerin The Belgian advancing in straight sets. In the men's draw, 9th seed Andy Roddick kept the new coach Jimmy Connors happy with an authoritative win over Frenchman Florent Serra.

Andrew Brown, Ten News. Time for another check of finance and Kath, Telstra's share price looks like it will remain in the spotlight for a while? Yes, Bill. While Telstra shares managed to close unchanged yesterday,

there's likely be further volatility ahead after the phone giant indicated it may pursue legal action with the ACCC. Yesterday, Chief Sol Trujillo said he would appeal a decision by the competition watchdog

over access to its copper wire network. The ACCC says the $30 Telstra wants to charge rivals to access the network is unreasonable. Analysts say Telstra should propose a figure of about $19 if it wants regulatory support. And a former Macquarie Bank executive has been found guilty of conspiring to bring cocaine into Australia. Ian Robert Chalmers pleaded not guilty to the charge but the jury yesterday thought otherwise deliberating for just one day. Under the elaborate plan Mr Chalmers was accused of buying airline tickets for a drug mule who would travel to Argentina before bringing the drugs back to Australia with the help of airline baggage handlers. The plan was abandoned because over concerns the publicity surrounding Schapelle Corby's case would blow their cover. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now for a look at the nation's newspapers - in 'The Australian' more on the the tax office taking action against 27 staff members found snooping at client records. The Adelaide 'Advertiser' says a 12-year-old girl will face court.

She's accused of lying to police who were searching for a runaway boy. In Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' - the city launches its bid to host the 2012 World Expo. In breaking news - DNA from the man arrested over the murder of JonBenet Ramsey does not match that of the American child beauty queen. John Mark Karr gave a DNA sample ahead of a scheduled court appearance today. He was arrested in Thailand nearly two weeks ago by police investigating the 10-year-old crime and has since been extradited to Colorado.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Melbourne's so-called 'Jihad Jack' hit with Australia's first terrorism control order despite having his convictions against him quashed. A second government office clamps down on snoopy staff. Two Tax Office employees prosecuted for breaches of privacy.

A series of bomb blasts tear through Turkey's tourist strip killing three people. A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility. And a Brett Whiteley original goes under the hammer for a record price. Now here's Kath with another check of the markets. Bill, thank you. Well, a 3% drop in the oil price has sent stocks soaring in the US. A bumper gold price boosts Newcrest's profits. I'll have more on that shortly. Freed terrorism suspect Jack Thomas has pleaded for privacy after being hit with Australia's first control order. The curfew restricts the man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' from meeting Osama bin Laden. Jack Thomas's holiday in eastern Victoria was cut short last night. Forced to return to Melbourne after being slapped with Australia's first terrorism control order by the Federal Government. It was not the Order I surprised by, I guess, it was the Australian Federal Police agent in the holiday house at 8:30 this morning. Under the order, the father of three must report to police three times a week and is confined to his house between midnight and 5:00am. He's also been told not to contact Osama bin Laden. The move comes less than a fortnight after the accused terrorist walked from court following a successful appeal against his conviction. Commonwealth prosecutors are seeking a retrial. I know there was evidence adduced

that would allow a person to form a view on reasonable grounds, which is the requirement in the Act, that training had occurred. Jack Thomas's lawyer says his client will vigorously challenge the new order. I would really appreciate

if you could please respect the family's privacy. Veronica Buck, Ten News. Olympic cyclist Gary Neiwand faces sentence today after pleading guilty to stalking charges. The 39-year-old admitted making numerous hang-up calls to a woman he dated briefly last year. He also sent sexually explicit text messages about the woman

to her employer. Last year, he was convicted of harassing his ex-wife.

The Australian Tax Office has reportedly become the second government agency to fire staff for snooping on personal records. 'The Australian' newspaper reports the Tax Office has taken action against 27 workers for breaches of privacy. Off those caught, 12 have resigned, 4 were fired

and a few others issued fines or demoted. In the worst cases - two people were prosecuted.

It comes just a week after Centrelink announced similar breaches. Three people are dead and dozens more injured following a bomb explosion in Turkey. in the Mediterranean city of Antayla, The blast targeted a shopping centre in the Mediterranean city of Antalya, one of Turkey's most popular tourist destinations.

Witnesses say they heard a loud explosion which broke windows and shattered glass before sparking a fire in the busy precinct. It's the fifth bomb attack in less than 24 hours. DNA from the man arrested over the murder of JonBenet Ramsey does not match that of the American child beauty queen. John Mark Karr gave a DNA sample ahead of a scheduled court appearance today. He was arrested in Thailand nearly two weeks ago by police investigating the 10-year-old crime and has since been extradited to Colorado. He's expected to face a murder charge next week and we'll have more shortly in the bulletin. Almost 100 people have died in widespread flooding across parts of Western India. Rescue workers continue to recover dead bodies as flood waters start to recede. Scores more are still missing after days of torrential rain swamped the usually drought-stricken region. Navy divers have also been deployed to help with the rescue efforts. Records tumbled in Sydney overnight when paintings from some of Australia's most famous artists went under the hammer. Two in particular stole the show. It caused a ruddy furore when 'Two Worlds' took out the Archibald Prize - so controversial that a rival challenged Craig Ruddy's right to the award. Legal action that lost and now the David Gulpilil portrait has taken centre stage at a Sotheby's auction. The portrait earned Ruddy $35,000 two years ago. Here it fetched $260,000. Well, they say there's no such thing as bad publicity but I definitely think that was an element

in raising the painting to some iconic status. The artist revealing he'll give 20% to an indigenous charity. Pieces from Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan caught the eye but the show-stopper was Brett Whiteley. His 4m 'Hummingbird and Frangipani', inspiring spirited bidding. $1.7 million. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. It's gone to a private collector in Victoria. It makes it the most expensive Whiteley sold at auction. It just eclipses the previous record, set about seven years ago, and it is the third most expensive Australian painting sold at auction. Sotheby's called this

its Important Australian Paintings auction and with total bidding topping $10 million, it's hard to argue. Frank Coletta, Ten News. In a week's time, Ricky Stuart will be without a job in the NRL. The Kangaroos coach agreeing to part company with the Sydney Roosters after another disappointing season. After five years at the helm, Ricky Stuart's reign at the Roosters is coming to an end, missing the finals for a second season the final straw. It's a sad day for Ricky, particularly, obviously it's a sad day for the club, but our board just decided that we needed a new direction. A mutual agreement reached at a meeting between Roosters chairman Nick Politis and Stuart's manager. The premiership-winning coach will officially sever ties with the club on Monday. The mutual agreement came about because of a situation where Ricky felt he didn't have 100% support from within the club. But he will get 100% of his pay, the Roosters agreeing to honour his contract

and pay him until November next year. There's already talk former New Zealand coach Daniel Anderson will be his replacement. That speculation hasn't helped the situation with Ricky and our club over the last days, and we'll just start that process now.

Paul Cochrane, Ten News. It was another night of records at the Australian Short Course swimming championships in Hobart. Leisel Jones making it world record number six this year. smashing the 100m breaststroke record for the second time this week. I'm looking forward to the trials in December in Brisbane and that's my home town in Brisbane so it'll be good for me and exciting it'll give me some inspiration to the long course. Libby Lenton broke the world mark in the 100m butterfly while Grant Hackett set the second fastest 1,500m time in short course history in a sensational come-back from injury. Australia's Alicia Molik has been knocked out of the US Open. The former world number eight beaten in her round one clash

in straight sets by 17-year-old local hope Vania King. Second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne had few concerns in her opening match. A 6-2, 6-1 winner over Italian Maria Elena Camerin. And in the men's draw 9th seed Andy Roddick also through to the second round with an authoritative straight sets win over Frenchmen Florent Serra. Time for another check of finance and Kath, more profit results out yesterday and a big rise for Newcrest? Yes, Bill. The soaring price of gold is behind the 169% rise in full-year profit at miner Newcrest. Earnings rose to $350 million helped also by a $130 million one-off gain from the sale of one of its joint ventures. A production boost at its Telfer mine also helped drive profit. The company will also appoint a new chairman. Don Mercer, who's currently serving on the Orica board, will takeover from the current chairman in October. Relief indeed with some economists predicting prices could fall sharply by Christmas. Oil experts say with tensions in the Middle East subsiding and crude supply increasing, local petrol prices could slump to as low as $1.15 by the end of the year. That's down 25 cents on the current average price but don't hold your breath just yet - if we see another big hurricane hit the Gulf of Mexico,

prices could once again sky rocket. Let's take a look at the national weather: DNA from the man arrested over the murder of an American beauty queen fails to match that of the victim. We'll cross to our US bureau for the details in a moment.

It's been a while since lunch, and this woman is suffering from three-thirtyitis. Symptoms include lapses in concentration, and, er... PHONE RINGS Oh, my, my. This is a pretty bad case. Cure three-thirtyitis with a nourishing Continental Cup-a-Soup. Australia's favourite soup in a cup. This program is captioned live. Welcome back. Turkey rocked by five bomb blasts in 24 hours. Three holiday-makers dead and scores more injured. The man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' slapped with Australia's first control order. His movements and discussions restricted. The Government's too-ing and fro-ing over the Telstra sale hands Labor a lead in the latest newspoll. And in sport - Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton breaks more world records at the Australian Short Course Championships. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now let's check the markets with Kath. Well, a 3% drop in the oil price has sent stocks soaring in the US.

Three people have been killed and scores more injured in a series of bombings at popular tourist resorts in southern Turkey. 10 tourists were taken to hospital after a mini bus was targeted in Marmaris. Hours later, another blast rocked the nearby resort town of Antalya. It was the fifth explosion in Turkey in two days. This, the aftermath of the latest blast in Antalya. Police say three people died here. More than 30 people have been injured. It came after three blasts rocked another coastal resort town. A bomb was planted on this mini bus. Tourists and Turkish holiday-makers were the target. This is the height of the holiday season here and these people had been out enjoying the clubs, restaurants and bars. The Turkish coast is hugely popular with British tourists. Almost 2 million come here every year.

Get really scared walking around now. Before we were alright to walk wherever we wanted to go but now you feel a bit apprehensive about going anywhere. And now tonight

a claim of responsibility from a separatist Kurdish organisation. A splinter group from the PKK has been fighting with Turkish military for over two decades. It says it planted the bombs here and in Istanbul. Targeting tourists now, not just soldiers. The man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' has been hit with Australia's first terrorism control order. Forced back to Melbourne last night, Jack Thomas pleaded for privacy. He has to report to police three times a week, under the order, and is confined to his house between midnight and 5:00am. The move comes just a fortnight after his successful appeal against his conviction on terrorism charges. Commonwealth prosecutors are seeking a retrial. Olympic cyclist Gary Neiwand faces sentencing today after pleading guilty to stalking charges. The 39-year-old admitted making numerous hang-up calls to a woman he dated briefly last year. He also sent sexually explicit text messages about the woman to her employer. Last year, he was convicted of harassing his ex-wife. Sydney could emulate Brisbane in hosting the World Expo.

18 years after the Queensland capital's successful foray, the NSW Government is reportedly making a push

for the international exhibition. 'The Daily Telegraph' says Premier Morris Iemma has directed the Major Events Board to assess the feasibility of Sydney staging the 2012 expo.

Significant economic benefits have been touted. Telstra shares dipped then regained lost ground The PM says the Government is doing the right thing by selling $8 billion of its Telstra stock. But the row appears to have given Labor the edge in the latest newspoll. On word of the Telco sale, the party surged two points to 51. The Coalition trails at 49% on Two-Party preferences. John Howard is still the preferred PM well clear of Opposition Leader Kim Beazley. Telstra shares dipped then regained lost ground to close unchanged on the first day of trading since the Government announced its public offer. The Prime Minister unwilling to speculate on how the Telstra share price will fare in the days ahead. Let's just see how it all pans out. Let's not jump to conclusions after one day that's rather trivial.

The share price is now less than half of what it was when Telstra stock was sold off in the 1999 T2 offer. The Prime Minister no longer prepared to talk up Telstra floats.

We have done the right thing and it will be seen over time

that the decision we took was the right one. The Opposition says the Telstra share offer is a government fire sale. Howard surrendered our great Australian company - that's what he's done. It's the wrong thing to do. Shareholders stung by T2 will be offered discounts if they want to buy even more Telstra stock. But until we know the format of the sell-down - that is what size the instalments will be, at what price - it's going to be fairly difficult for investors to make a really clear and sensible choice. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. The world's oldest woman has passed on at the age of 116. Equador's Maria Esther de Capovilla died in hospital after a two day battle with pneumonia. Her lengthy innings began in 1889. She married in 1917 and was widowed in 1949. Maria put her longevity down to eating three meals a day

and never smoking or drinking. She's survived by three of her five children, her 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. The murder case of JonBenet Ramsey has taken another twist after a DNA mismatch. Joining us live is Ten's US bureau chief Leisa Goddard-Roles. Good morning, Leisa. What's happened?

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have until tomorrow to clean up have until tomorrow to clean up or that their properties or the City that their properties or the City may take over.

Geelong's Tom Lonergan has undergone a second clean-up operation after having a kidney removed on Sunday. The 22-year-old remains in an induced coma but club doctors are confident he'll make a full recovery. Geelong players are still coming to terms with their young team-mate's emergency surgery. Tom Lonergan was playing just his seventh AFL game when he courageously backed into a marking contest. They made a very quick decision to take him to theatre

and found that he had about 3 litres of blood and a fair bit of bleeding. The 22-year-old had suffered a kidney injury as a teenager, his family also bearing up. Like everybody that goes through that situation when you've got a son under those conditions, but yeah, we're battling on alright. In Adelaide another youngster went under the knife today with Trent Hentschel's knee injuries, being compared to those of a car accident victim. Trent is - you know,

it's really going to put his career on hold for a while. The Crows injury toll massive -

Andrew McLeod has had surgery and won't be back again this season after his foot injury flared again. with an Achilles injury,

while Mark Ricciuto has a mystery virus. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

The Australian rugby league coach has lost his job at the Roosters. Premiership winner Ricky Stuart will be at the helm for the last time this weekend

before stepping aside following a mutual agreement with the club board. The mutual agreement came about because of a situation where Ricky felt he didn't have 100% support from within the club. His contract will be paid out in full until November next year. Former Kiwi coach Daniel Anderson is tipped to replace him. It was another night of records at the Australian Short Course swimming championships in Hobart. Leisel Jones making it world record number six this year smashing the 100m breaststroke record for the second time this week. I'm looking forward to the trials in December in Brisbane and that's my home town in Brisbane so it'll be good for me and exciting it'll give me some inspiration to work towards the 100m long course. Libby Lenton broke the world mark in the 100m butterfly while Grant Hackett set the second fastest 1,500m time in short course history in a sensational come-back from injury. Time for another check of finance. A big deal overnight with Woodside launching a $1.2 billion takeover bid for American-based Energy Partners. If successful, the acquisition will help Woodside expand in the Gulf of Mexico and increase its production capabilities. Energy Partners is listed on the New York Stock Exchange,

but Woodside says the takeover is conditional

on the company abandoning merger talks with Stone Energy - another US-based oil firm. Woodside is offering US$30.41 a share, a 25% premium to Friday's closing price. There was a stack of profit results out yesterday. Let's take a quick look at some of them now. And radio group Austereo reported a 3.1% lift in annual profit to $42 million.

The owner of stations like 2dayFM says it's on track to grow advertising revenue by 2% Let's take a look at the national weather: Now for a look at the nation's newspapers - More news when the Early News returns. GOOD MORNING, COMING UP IN SOUTHERN CROSS TEN NEWS: A PETROL PRICE

DROP - JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS? BUT FIRST, TODAY'S TOP STORY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO SELL OFF ITS REMAINING STAKE IN TELSTRA, IS PROOF IT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT REGIONAL AREAS..... ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION. LABOR SAYS THE EIGHT-BILLION-DOLLAR SALE, WILL MEAN A LOSS OF SERVICES, FOR SOUTHERN TABLEALNDS CUSTOMERS. A WILDFIRE EXPERT FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL TODAY DELIVER A WORKSHOP ON SO-CALLED "MEGA FIRES", TO MEMBERS OF THE A-C-T RURAL FIRE SERVICE. CHIEF OFFICER MICHAEL ROSS, SAYS BRIGADES ARE EXTREMELY

EXCITED ABOUT THE LECTURE. SOME RELIEF COULD BE ON THE WAY FOR LOCAL DRIVERS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TABLELANDS, WITH AT LEAST SPECULATION, THE COST OF ONE ECONOMIST REJECTING PETROL COULD RISE TO 2-DOLLARS A LITRE BY THE END OF THE YEAR. COMM-SEC'S CRAIG JAMES, SAYS AS TENSIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST COOL - THE PRICE OF CRUDE WILL DROP.... POSSIBLY AS LOW AS A-DOLLAR-15-A-LITRE. TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND THE GUNNERS' ANTHONY PETRIE, HAS BEEN NAMED SEABL EAST MEN'S, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. PETRIE RECEIVED 21 VOTES, BEATING LAST YEARS M-V-P DAVID GRUBER BY THREE. (?? READ ??) AND CANBERRA'S MICHAEL WEYMAN WON'T MISS ANY GAMES IF HE ENTERS AN EARLY GUILTY PLEA, AFTER A BRAWL

- WITH MELBOURNE'S MATT KING ON SATURDAY. NOW TO THE VERY LATEST LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION. (FOR THREDBO - AND THE SOUTHERN TABLELANDS)

REGION, WILL BRING FINE SETTLED CONDITIONS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK. LOOKING AROUND AUSTRALIA NOW, AND COLD AT FIRST IN CANBERRA, MORNING FROST CLEARING TO A FINE SUNNY DAY. EASTERLY WINDS, AND 17 DEGREES. SOME MORNING DRIZZLE OR SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG, WITH MODERATE SOUTH EAST WINDS, AND 20 DEGREES IN WOLLONGONG. ONE COOLER IN BEGA. HEADED FOR 15 DEGREES IN GOULBURN, AND BOWRAL.

SHOWERS IN BATHURST. FINE IN THE BAY. THE MERCURY TOUCHING 19 IN BOTH NOWRA AND MUDGEE. CLOUDY AND 16 IN COOMA, 21 THE TOP IN PARKES. TO THE ALL IMPORTANT OUTLOOK NOW, FOR CANBERRA ND SURROUNDS..... AND PRETTY MUCH PARTLY CLOUDY CONDITIONS RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL SUNDAY. BOUCNING AROUND 17 AND 20 DEGREES, WITH ANOTHER SUNNY MONDAY EXPECTED. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) aren't able to write a letter, or a tax form. # 1300 6555 06 # That's the Reading Writing Hotline # 1300 6555 06. # This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Melbourne's so-called 'Jihad Jack' hit with Australia's first terrorism control order despite having his convictions against him quashed. A second government office clamps down on snoopy staff. Two Tax Office employees prosecuted for breaches of privacy. A series of bomb blasts tear through Turkey's tourist strip killing three people. A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility. And a Brett Whiteley original goes under the hammer for a record price. Freed terrorism suspect Jack Thomas has pleaded for privacy

after being hit with Australia's first control order. The curfew restricts the man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' from meeting Osama bin Laden. Jack Thomas's holiday in eastern Victoria was cut short last night. Forced to return to Melbourne after being slapped with Australia's first terrorism control order by the Federal Government. It was not the Order I surprised by, I guess,

it was the Australian Federal Police agent in the holiday house at 8:30 this morning. Under the order, the father of three must report to police three times a week and is confined to his house between midnight and 5:00am. He's also been told not to contact Osama bin Laden. The move comes less than a fortnight after the accused terrorist walked from court following a successful appeal against his conviction. Commonwealth prosecutors are seeking a retrial. I know there was evidence adduced that would allow a person to form a view on reasonable grounds, which is the requirement in the Act, that would allow a person to form a view on reasonable grounds, which is the requirement in the Act, that training had occurred.

Jack Thomas's lawyer says his client will vigorously challenge the new order. I would really appreciate if you could please respect the family's privacy. Veronica Buck, Ten News. The Australian Tax Office has reportedly become the second government agency to fire staff for snooping on personal records. 'The Australian' newspaper reports the Tax Office has taken action against 27 workers for breaches of privacy. Off those caught, 12 have resigned, 4 were fired

and a few others issued fines or demoted. In the worst cases - two people were prosecuted. It comes just a week after Centrelink announced similar breaches. Tributes have begun flowing for the late founder of the Democrats. 'The Australian' newspaper says Don Chipp died in a Victorian hospital after losing his long battle with Parkinson's disease. The outspoken former senator began his career with the Liberal Party in the 1960s before breaking ranks in 1978 and forming the Democrats. He famously coined the campaign slogan 'Keep the bastards honest'. Three people are dead and dozens more injured

following a bomb explosion in Turkey. The blast targeted a shopping centre in the Mediterranean city of Antalya, one of Turkey's most popular tourist destinations. Witnesses say they heard a loud explosion which broke windows and shattered glass before sparking a fire in the busy precinct.

It's the fifth bomb attack in less than 24 hours. An Austrian girl, locked in a windowless underground cell for eight years, says she was as mentally strong as her kidnapper. Through her psychiatrist, Natasha Kampusch says she was denied little during her ordeal. She ate, read, talked and even watched television with her captor, who took his own life after she escaped last week. The 18-year-old denies she ever called him master and is disappointed pictures of her room were released to the public. She's refused to answer any intimate questions on her capture. The murder case of JonBenet Ramsey has taken another twist after a DNA mismatch.

Joining us live is Ten's US bureau chief Leisa Goddard-Roles. Good morning, Leisa.

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question now is why did can't In a week's time, Ricky Stuart will be without a job in the NRL. The Kangaroos coach agreeing to part company with the Sydney Roosters after another disappointing season. After five years at the helm, Ricky Stuart's reign at the Roosters is coming to an end, missing the finals for a second season the final straw. It's a sad day for Ricky, particularly,

obviously it's a sad day for the club, but our board just decided that we needed a new direction. A mutual agreement reached at a meeting

between Roosters chairman Nick Politis and Stuart's manager. The premiership-winning coach will officially sever ties with the club on Monday. The mutual agreement came about because of a situation where Ricky felt he didn't have 100% support from within the club. But he will get 100% of his pay, the Roosters agreeing to honour his contract and pay him until November next year. There's already talk former New Zealand coach Daniel Anderson will be his replacement. That speculation hasn't helped the situation with Ricky and our club over the last days, and we'll just start that process now. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Geelong footballer Tom Lonergan remains in an induced coma after emergency surgery to remove a kidney. The 22-year-old was injured on Saturday and is expected to stay in hospital for a fortnight. Kangaroo defender Jonathan Hay has been granted a leave of absence after revealing he is suffering bipolar depression. And Adelaide's premiership hopes have been dealt a severe blow with Trent Henschel, Ben Hart and Andrew McLeod all ruled out

for the remainder of the season. Australia's Alicia Molik has been knocked out of the US Open. The former world number eight beaten in her round one clash in straight sets by 17-year-old local hope Vania King. Second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne had few concerns in her opening match. 6-2, 6-1 winner over Italian Maria Elena Camerin. And in the men's draw 9th seed Andy Roddick also through to the second round with an authoritative straight sets win over Frenchmen Florent Serra. Time for another check of finance. Australia's newest mine could be exporting in record time

and reaping as much as $1 billion each year. Excavations have begun at Oxiana's copper and gold mine in South Australia's far north. The first scratch of the surface of what will become the huge, open cut Prominent Hill mine. The high-grade copper and gold ore body is valued at more than $10 billion. Prominent Hill is half way between Olympic Dam and Coober Pedy. That's seven years. That is actually a very short time frame in world terms. The life of the open pit is 10 years but Oxiana is still looking for the borders of the ore body and that's expected to be extended. Alan Burrell, Ten News. A 3% drop in the oil price has sent stocks soaring in the US.

And Bill, there was an art auction overnight? Yes, a Brett Whiteley original has sold at auction in Sydney overnight at a record price for the Australian artist. Hummingbird and Frangipani went for $1.7 million. It makes it the most expensive Whiteley sold at auction. It just eclipses the previous record, set about seven years ago, and it is the third most expensive Australian painting sold at auction. Craig Ruddy's controversial Archibald prize-winning portrait of Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil, fetched $312,000. Let's take a look at the national weather: A quick recap of the morning's top stories. A series of bomb blasts tear through Turkey's tourist strip killing three people. A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility. The man dubbed 'Jihad Jack' slapped with Australia's first control order. His movements and discussions restricted. And the Australian Tax office cracks down on snoopy staff prosecuting two for privacy breaches. That's it for Ten Early News. John Mark Karr will not face charges. That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au