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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Our top stories this Friday - new citizenship package. the Government's to call themselves an Aussie. Migrants to wait four years charged A Melbourne Cup-winning jockey in a bribery racket. for his alleged involvement a chilly night out camping Crikey - thousands spend which are being released today. for tickets to Steve Irwin's memorial

Jason Akermanis AFL's hottest property And in sport -

as his preferred club for 2007. has named the Western Bulldogs of the markets Time for our first check for Wall Street? and Kath, a subdued session Yes, Bill. in retail sales A higher-than-expected rise on August import prices. has offset data rate rise this year. The odds lengthen for another shortly. I'll have more on that good news is set to announce plans The Federal Government to become Australian citizens. to make new arrivals wait a longer

to prove their language skills. They may also be asked and dedication, It's a celebration of hope across Australia but for thousands of migrants could soon be a little further off. a citizenship ceremony is reportedly considering The Federal Government before applying for citizenship extending the time new arrivals wait from three years to four. If it does, the period has been extended. this will be the second year in a row Under proposed laws, an English language test migrants would also have to pass before becoming citizens. media ownership laws Meantime, changes to Australia's look unlikely to go ahead. and senators are worried Some Coalition backbenchers media monopolies. changes would lead to powerful before the State. You can't have a over centralisation our democracy falls down. If you do get that for the Government - And perhaps another consideration

the Sydney Airports Corporation be placed on a VIP security list is proposing frequent flyers is chaotic and outdated. claiming screening every traveller And I think if people are prepared in a system, to have their private details to the benefits then I think they are entitled of being part of that system through the system. and being able to be streamlined Christopher Still, Ten News. A breakthrough in the diplomatic rift and Australia. between the Solomon Islands prime minister The impoverished country's

to John Howard inviting dialogue. is reportedly drafting a letter Relations have been cool top diplomat a persona non-grata since the Solomons labelled our three days ago and ordered his expulsion. High Commissioner Patrick Cole in local politics, was accused of meddling a claim our government's denounced. Minister Sogavare's letter

of Mr Cole's situation. is not expected to offer a review appear in a Hong Kong Court today A leading Australian jockey will on bribery charges. Anti-corruption chiefs

involvement in a tips for bets scam have accused Chris Munce of of dollars. worth hundreds of thousands He was interviewed last night ahead of today's appearance. but released on bail in connection with the swindle. Six other men have been arrested was first questioned by authorities The 1998 Melbourne Cup-winning jockey in June. They confiscated his passport. for its return next Tuesday. The 37-year-old was due to fight for Steve Irwin fans in Brisbane It's been a long, cold night and on the Sunshine Coast. since yesterday morning Dozens camping out memorial service. for tickets to next Wednesday's to show their support, They came in droves

some bringing the whole family. and a good book. Others a game of cards But whatever the circumstances, and their love of an Aussie legend. they were united by grief

to miss out on. It's just an event that I don't want to go up there to pay my respects. I want to get the chance and for conservation. He was completely for the animals the tears are still flowing. For some, It means that much to you? Yes.

some happy faces. But come 9:00am there will surely be free ticket to farewell their mate. These fans first in line for a

and it's just really sad. We won't get another chance state funeral for Peter Brock. The memorial will follow Tuesday's legend discussed his role It's been revealed the motor racing in a new movie, just hours before his death. Brock was to star as himself. Called King of the Mountain, will still go ahead. Producers say the movie Kate Donnison, Ten News. A notorious sex offender hostel in Sydney has been found living in a charity just metres from a primary school. has been renting a room Bradley Pendragon Eagar lodge from the Wesley Mission's Edward Thailand since returning in August from for paedophile offenses. where he served 10 years jail-time The mission is now reportedly accommodation. re-evaluating Pendragon's

close to a public school. Edward Eagar lodge is situated John Lewthwaite And convicted child killer to indecent exposure charges. has pleaded not guilty He's been on parole since 1999 5-year-old Nicole Hanns. after serving 25 years for killing The New South Wales Opposition says

to the community Lewthwaite poses a risk beach romp allegations are heard. and should be jailed while the may be one step closer British forensic officers for plotting to bomb to finding those responsible up to 10 US-bound planes last month. Acting on a tip-off, near the town they've carried out a search were previously arrested. where several terror suspects items found, like bottles and bags, They'll conduct forensic tests on which they consider suspicious. a spate of terror bombings One of the men accused of planning in London about the September 11 attacks has told of his joy when he heard on America. Omar Khyam was arrested after a police raid found a stash of bomb-making equipment apparently to be used for an attack on the famous Ministry of Sound nightclub. This was Omar Khyam two weeks before he was arrested

recorded on CCTV visiting a storage depot where 600kg of fertiliser had been kept, fertiliser that could be used to make explosives. The prosecutor said he was at the centre of a plot to bomb targets like nightclubs and shopping centres in southern England. He was asked how he felt about the 9/11 attacks on America. He said he had mixed feelings because of the number of people that died. But speaking in the witness box at court 8 in the Old Bailey he went on to say: So far, he's not been asked about Blue Water shopping centre. The prosecution claims that it was a potential target in the alleged plot along with the Ministry of Sounds nightclub in London which Omar Khyam was recorded discussing with another of the defendants Javad Akhbar. Omar Khyam said that in 2002 and 2003 he spent many months in Pakistan working for what he called 'the cause'. There he met a Mujaheddin commander. With a cut-throat final ahead, the Eagles have re-called the big guns. West Coast has strengthened its line-up for tomorrow night's cut-throat semi-final against the Western Bulldogs. The Eagles re-calling four big names for the must-win game. With a cut-throat final ahead, the Eagles have re-called the big guns. Andrew Embley, Daniel Kerr, Ashley Hansen and Mark Seaby all return to meet the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night. The Dogs head into the match with an unchanged line-up. Melbourne trained behind closed doors with Nathan Brown and Nick Smith included at the expense of the injured duo Matthew Whelan and Mark Jamar. While Fremantle is looking to celebrate skipper Peter Bell's 250th game in style, Polak and Murphy included. AFL's hottest property Jason Akermanis looks set to swap his dog house at the Lions for the kennel at Whitten Oval naming the Western Bulldogs as his club of choice. There's 10 teams there and out of those 10 teams they would certainly be the most exciting.

I'm sure that, you know, no-one will fall over if I say that's where I want to go. St Kilda's Robert Harvey has agreed to play on next year while Channel Ten's Robert Walls will be part of a new sub committee to find a new Saints coach. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Rugby league's biggest rumour has been officially dismissed. Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett confirming he's staying with the club for another three seasons quashing rumours of a rich cash deal to move to the Sydney City Roosters. The Broncos arrived in Sydney overnight ahead of their semi-final against the Knights. The Dragons take on Manly tonight. Shane Warne believes England has a stronger team now than the one that won the Ashes of Australia in 2004. A bruised and battered Warne issued the warning just a day after being hit by a ball in county cricket for Hampshire. I read some of the stuff people are thinking. I believe that England are stronger. Warne laughed off yesterday's incident that put a dampner on his 37th birthday. Another check of finance now and Kath, some welcome news on the interest rate front? Good news for mortgage holders with the latest economic figures lengthening the odds of another rate hike this year. According to the Bureau of Statistics, home building has fallen sharply on the back of a rate increase in May. Total housing starts dropped 2.3% in the June quarter to be down more than 5% over the year. The construction of apartments also dropped sharply, down 8%. And a former bookmaker for TV tycoon Steve Vizard has turned up

after being reported missing. Roy Hilliard has been in a hospital in Castlemaine in Central Victoria being treated for an unknown condition. Police today feared for his welfare

when his disappearance delayed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against him. Let's take a look at the national weather: Let's have a look at the newspaper headlines - 'The Australian' says the knifes are out at a well known law firm after $1 million was wrongly given out as a bonus to a company partner. Changes to immigration laws are expected to be announced today. According to Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' immigrants will have to pass an english test to be granted citizenship. And in Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' - the Seven and Nine network in a slagging match over the Naomi Robson visa scandal. Two people gunned down in a Melbourne shooting. The details when the Early News returns.

my little boy wouldn't be speaking, and he is now. Two owls, two motorbikes, 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 - calls for frequent flyers to be exempt from airport security checks to ease the strain on screening staff.

An argument turns nasty in Melbourne. Two men in hospital after exchanging gunfire. The identity of the man involved in a school shooting rampage in Canada revealed along with his dark past. And two states reeling on the news of mass job losses - KR Castlemaine going in Queensland of mass job losses - KR Castlemaine going in Queensland and Electrolux going in South Australia.

Finance news and Kath - a weak session on Wall Street this morning? Yes, it's been a relatively subdued sessions with a higher-than-expected rise in retail sales offsetting data on August import prices. The Government pledges a $35 million assistance package for sacked Electrolux workers. More shortly. A controversial call for frequent travellers to be placed on a VIP security list. Sydney Airports Corporation says screening every person is outdated and chaotic. It's suggested regular travellers be given special treatment when they fly, to ease the strain on airport staff. And I think if more people are prepared to have their private details in a system, then I think they are entitled to the benefits of being part of that system and being able to be streamlined through the system. Mr Moore Wilton admits such a move could ruffle a few feathers but says it's not acceptable to treat every passenger as a potential terrorist. Two men have been gunned down in a shoot-out in Melbourne. Police claim the two shot each other during an argument that followed a funeral. Residents of the bayside suburb of Brighton heard an exchange of gunfire around seven 7:30 night. It's obviously been terrifying for the people who live in this street. One man was hit in the arm by shotgun pellets and drove himself to hospital. He's being interviewed by detectives. The other man was shot in the thigh by a bullet and remains in hospital under guard. It's been a long cold night for Steve Irwin fans in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. Dozens camping out since yesterday morning for tickets to next Wednesday's memorial service. It's just an event that I don't want to miss out on. I want to get the chance to go up there to pay my respects. It's important to be there and to let him know that we support him. 300 free tickets will be released at 9:00am. The Australian Government's being called on to step in to help save the life of one of the members of Bali Nine. The desperate plea coming from the mother of Scott Rush whose days are numbered as he faces death by firing squad.

It's her first visit to Kerobokan prison since her son was handed the death sentence

and Christine Rush emerged fighting back tears. All they could do was sit with him in his cell and pray after Indonesian judges last week sentenced the drug mule to death. We pray that in this final legal process that our son may be delivered from the death penalty. The Rush family has started a campaign to save Scott's life. The 20-year-old said to be absolutely petrified about his possible fate - death by firing squad. We call upon the Australian Government to make a strong statement on its stance against the death penalty. His legal team now preparing to appeal for a judicial review. The punishment inflicted upon him was disproportionate with those co-accused. Martin Stephen's mother also visited her son in prison and says he's dealing with the news that his life sentence has been confirmed. He's coping well - he's glad to see me, he's OK. As six of the Bali Nine face death by firing squad, an Islamic militant's been sentenced to 15 years jail for his role in last year's suicide bombings on the island which killed 20 people including four Australians. Ebbeny Faranda, Ten News. The identity of a man who went on a shooting rampage in a Canadian school has been revealed. Police have searched the home of 25-year-old Kimveer Gill. They found a website with postings in his name saying he liked to play an Internet game about the Columbine shootings.

The alleged gunman was shot dead by police after he opened fire at a Montreal college killing one person and wounding 19 others. Six of yesterday's shooting victims are still in a critical condition. NASA's latest space mission has been a success with the unfurling of two solar energy panels on the International Space Station. The 73-metre-long panels will convert sunlight into extra electricity for the station.

The only hiccup - a software problem which delayed the manoeuvre for several hours. Eventually two more solar panels will be added to power the outpost. Space shuttle 'Atlantis' is scheduled to return to Earth on Wednesday. British singer Marianne Faithfull has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 1960s rock chick has postponed a world tour which was due to start next month. But the 59-year-old's doctors say the cancer was detected in its earliest stages and expect her to make a full recovery. Faithfull, once the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger,

has released more than a dozen albums. Imagine being away on holidays only to see live footage on your laptop of your house being robbed. That's exactly what happened to one family in Britain.

They even watched police arrest the intruders. They thought they'd get away with it. Three burglars with a huge house to themselves. while the owner, a wealthy businessman, was on holiday in Spain. One of the gang was so confident he wore a Bart Simpson mask. It's like the 'Big Brother' house.

There are 15 different cameras all connected to the Internet which means that everything that happens here can be seen live online anywhere in the world, including Spain, of course. So when the house owner got the emergency call on holiday he was able to log on and watch live coverage on the Internet of his house being burgled. He called the police and they arrived at the house within minutes.

One of the gang got away but the other two were caught hiding upstairs Criminals may be becoming more sophisticated, but technology is starting to catch up. AFL's hottest property Jason Akermanis has named the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club for 2007. The three-time premiership star hopeful a deal between the Brisbane Lions and Bulldogs can be struck. There's 10 teams there and out of those 10 teams they would certainly be the most exciting. I'm sure that, you know, no-one will fall over if I say that's where I want to go. And St Kilda's Robert Harvey has agreed to play on next year while Channel Ten's Robert Walls will be part of a sub committee to find the new Saints coach. Rugby league's longest serving coach Wayne Bennett has put to rest any suggestion he's changing clubs. The Broncos mentor confirming he's staying put for another three years. Wayne Bennett, shadow boxing and smiling. Seemingly a new man now his future is public knowledge. He arrived in Sydney just as his CEO was annoucing Bennett was staying at the Broncos for another three years rejecting a lucrative cash deal to take the reins at the Roosters on the flight. Karmichael Hunt named on the wing and certain to take on the Knights. Yeah, yesterday he went pretty good so he should be right for the weekend. One who won't play this weekend - Manly centre Steven Bell. The club not prepared to take a risk on his broken foot despite Bell's insistence he'd go the distance. The Dragons adamant their own injured star Mark Gasnier won't play either. As I said earlier in the week there's been no change, no miracle cure, so he won't be playing.

The Dragons meet Manly tonight. The Broncos and Newcastle square off at Aussie Stadium tomorrow night. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Tiger Woods has suffered a shock first round loss at the world matchplay championships in the UK. Coming into this event Woods was on a run of five straight tournament wins, but that streak ended after a 4 and 3 loss to fellow American Shaun Micheel. I don't think you ever get excited when you've lost. I don't know what person is excited when they've lost. The result matched Woods's worst loss in matchplay. Micheel was runner-up to Tiger at the US PGA last month. Canadian Mike Weir was too strong for aussie Adam Scot, winning 3 and 2. Finance news and Kath with more on those job losses around the country. The Government has pledged $35 million to help 500 workers laid off from its Adelaide workforce. The decision to close down the South Australian plant came on the same day KR Castlemaine announced 350 jobs would be lost in Queensland. Electrolux will shut down its assembly lines

for washing machines, clothes driers and dishwashers. Their products are household names - Simpson, Westinghouse, Kelvinator, Chef, Dishlex and Hoover. Beginning next year, they'll be made in South-East Asia. I think we need to understand we operated in a global market place and we need to be globally competitive. The white goods producer insists the decision follows an exhaustive analysis of its international cost competitiveness. 42 years. It was a good company but now under Electrolux it's finished completely. It's a good company. But we are global now and it is out of our control. The company will continue to produce cooking appliances at its Dudley Park plant which employs 600 and it will maintain its fridge factory at Orange in New South Wales. The Commonwealth and South Australian governments will commit to $35 million to assist South Australians who have been affected or will be affected by the Electrolux announcement. Let's take a look at the national weather: An Australian jockey to face court on bribery charges in Hong Kong. The details when the Early News comes back.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Our top stories this Friday - the Government's new citizenship package. Migrants to wait four years to call themselves an Aussie. A Melbourne Cup-winning jockey charged for his alleged involvement in a bribery racket. A Melbourne Cup-winning jockey charged for his alleged involvement in a bribery racket. Crikey - thousands spend a chilly night out camping for tickets to Steve Irwin's memorial which are being released today.

And in sport - AFL's hottest property Jason Akermanis has named the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club for 2007.

Let's take a look at the national weather: Time for a check of the markets and Kath, a subdued session for Wall Street? Yes, Bill. A higher-than-expected rise in retail sales has offset data on August import prices. I'll have more finance news shortly.

The wait for Australian citizenship may become even longer for migrants.

The Federal Government is today expected to mount a case for extending the qualifying period from three to four years.

Under the proposal, foreigners would have to pass an English language test before becoming citizens. The PM recently called on all Muslims in Australia to learn English. A breakthrough in the diplomatic rift between the Solomon Islands and Australia. The impoverished country's prime minister is reportedly drafting a letter to John Howard inviting dialogue. Relations have been cool since the Solomons labelled our top diplomat a persona non-grata three days ago and ordered his expulsion. High Commissioner Patrick Cole was accused of meddling in local politics, a claim our government's denounced. Minister Sogavare's letter is not expected to offer a review of Mr Cole's situation. A leading Australian jockey will appear in a Hong Kong Court today on bribery charges. Anti-corruption chiefs have accused Chris Munce of involvement in a tips for bets scam

worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was interviewed last night but released on bail ahead of today's appearance.

Six other men have been arrested in connection with the swindle. The 1998 Melbourne Cup-winning jockey was first questioned by authorities in June. They confiscated his passport. The 37-year-old was due to fight for its return next Tuesday. It's been a long, cold night for Steve Irwin fans in Brisbane

and on the Sunshine Coast. Dozens camping out since yesterday morning for tickets to next Wednesday's memorial service. They came in droves to show their support, some bringing the whole family. Others a game of cards and a good book. But whatever the circumstances, they were united by grief and their love of an Aussie legend. It's just an event that I don't want to miss out on. I want to get the chance to go up there to pay my respects. He was completely for the animals and for conservation.

For some, the tears are still flowing. It means that much to you? Yes. But come 9:00am there will surely be some happy faces. These fans first in line for a free ticket to farewell their mate.

We won't get another chance and it's just really sad. The memorial will follow Tuesday's state funeral for Peter Brock. It's been revealed the motor racing legend discussed his role in a new movie, just hours before his death. Called King of the Mountain, Brock was to star as himself. Producers say the movie will still go ahead. Kate Donnison, Ten News. A controversial call for frequent travellers to be placed on a VIP security list. Sydney Airports Corporation says screening every person is outdated and chaotic. It's suggested regular travellers be given special treatment when they fly, to ease the strain on airport staff. And I think if more people are prepared to have their private details in a system, then I think they are entitled to the benefits of being part of that system and being able to be streamlined through the system. Mr Moore Wilton admits such a move could ruffle a few feathers but says it's not acceptable to treat every passenger as a potential terrorist. One of the men accused of planning a spate of terror bombings in London

has told of his joy when he heard about the September 11 attacks on America. Omar Khyam was arrested after a police raid found a stash of bomb-making equipment apparently to be used for an attack on the famous Ministry of Sound nightclub. This was Omar Khyam two weeks before he was arrested recorded on CCTV visiting a storage depot where 600kg of fertiliser had been kept, fertiliser that could be used to make explosives. The prosecution says he was at the centre of a plot to bomb targets like nightclubs and shopping centres in southern England. He was asked how he felt about the 9/11 attacks on America. He said he had mixed feelings because of the number of people who died. But speaking in the witness box at court 8 in the Old Bailey he went on to say: So far, he's not been asked about Blue Water shopping centre. The prosecution claims that it was a potential target in the alleged plot along with the Ministry of Sounds nightclub in London which Omar Khyam was recorded discussing with another of the defendants Javad Akhbar. Omar Khyam said that in 2002 and 2003 he spent many months in Pakistan working for what he called 'the cause'. There he met a Mujaheddin commander. West Coast has strengthened its line-up for tomorrow night's cut-throat semi-final against the Western Bulldogs. The Eagles re-calling four big names for the must-win game.

With a cut-throat final ahead, the Eagles have re-called the big guns. Andrew Embley, Daniel Kerr, Ashley Hansen and Mark Seaby all return to meet the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night. The Dogs head into the match with an unchanged line-up. Melbourne trained behind closed doors with Nathan Brown and Nick Smith included at the expense of the injured duo Matthew Whelan and Mark Jamar. While Fremantle is looking to celebrate skipper Peter Bell's 250th game in style, Polak and Murphy included. AFL's hottest property Jason Akermanis looks set to swap his dog house at the Lions for the kennel at Whitten Oval naming the Western Bulldogs as his club of choice. There's 10 teams there and out of those 10 teams they would certainly be the most exciting. I'm sure that, you know, no-one will fall over if I say that's where I want to go. St Kilda's Robert Harvey has agreed to play on next year while Channel Ten's Robert Walls will be part of a new sub committee to find a new Saints coach. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Rugby league's biggest rumour has been officially dismissed. Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett confirming he's staying with the club for another three seasons quashing rumours of a rich cash deal to move to the Sydney City Roosters. The Broncos arrived in Sydney overnight ahead of their semi-final against the Knights. The Dragons take on Manly tonight. Shane Warne believes England has a stronger team now than the one that won the Ashes of Australia in 2004. A bruised and battered Warne issued the warning just a day

after being hit by a ball in county cricket for Hampshire. I read some of the stuff people are thinking. I believe that in some areas England are stronger.

Warne laughed off yesterday's incident

that put a dampner on his 37th birthday. Another check of finance now. The competition watchdog has given the go ahead for Qantas to more closely develop ties with its Singapore-based low cost carrier Jetstar Asia. Under the plan Qantas and Jetstar Asia,

that recently merged with rival ValuAir, will coordinate their schedules and share sales and marketing initiatives.

Singapore-based low cost airline Tiger Airlines had objected to the relationship claiming it would reduce competition

but the ACCC thought otherwise. Now let's take a brief look at some of the other stories making business news: And health insurer MBF says it's considering a public float following the Government's decision to hold off on the Medibank Private sale. MBF yesterday reported a record annual profit of $181 million. Let's take a look at the national weather:

Let's have a look at the newspaper headlines -

More news after the break.. More news after the break.

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AROUND 14-HUNDRED CALLS FROM DISGRUNTLED WORKERS, ABOUT CHANGES TO THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ACT. MEMBER FOR MONARO STEVE WHAN, SAYS MOST OF THOSE WORKERS HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF ENTITLEMENTS.... LIKE HOLIDAY PAY AND PENALTY RATES. PUPPETS, MUSICIANS AND A COLOURFUL PARADE OF GIANT CIRCUS ACTS WILL DANCE THROUGH COMMONWEALTH PARK IN CANBERRA THIS MORNING, AS THIS YEAR'S FLORIADE OFFICIALLY GETS UNDERWAY. THIS YEAR'S THEME IS 'THE WORLD ON SHOW,' FEATURING SHOW,' FEATURING OVER A MILLION BLOOMS, AND AN ACTION-PACKED ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM. THE FESTIVAL RUNS RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL OCTOBER 15. CANBERRA'S TOP EXPORTERS WILL BE NAMED AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE HYATT HOTEL TONIGHT. THE GONGS RECOGNISING LOCALS IN A RANGE OF CATEGORIES, COVERING THE ARTS, EDUCATION AND AGRIBUSINESS. TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND A-C-T CRICKET IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS NEXT WEEK. COACHES WILL FOCUS ON TACKLING RACISM AND

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my little boy wouldn't be speaking, and he is now. Two owls, two motorbikes, 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 - calls for frequent flyers to be exempt from airport security checks to ease the strain on screening staff. An argument turns nasty in Melbourne. Two men in hospital after exchanging gunfire. The identity of the man involved in a school shooting rampage in Canada revealed along with his dark past. And two states reeling on the news of mass job losses - KR Castlemaine going in Queensland and Electrolux going in South Australia. The Federal Government is set to announce plans to make new arrivals wait a longer to become Australian citizens. They may also be asked to prove their language skills. It's a celebration of hope and dedication, but for thousands of migrants across Australia a citizenship ceremony could soon be a little further off. The Federal Government is reportedly considering extending the time new arrivals wait before applying for citizenship from three years to four. If it does, this will be the second year in a row the period has been extended. Under proposed laws,

migrants would also have to pass an English language test

before becoming citizens. Meantime, changes to Australia's media ownership laws look unlikely to go ahead. Some Coalition backbenchers and senators are worried changes would lead to powerful media monopolies.

You can't have a over centralisation before the State. If you do get that our democracy falls down. And perhaps another consideration for the Government - the Sydney Airports Corporation is proposing frequent flyers be placed on a VIP security list claiming screening every traveller is chaotic and outdated. And I think if people are prepared to have their private details in a system, then I think they are entitled to the benefits of being part of that system and being able to be streamlined through the system. Christopher Still, Ten News. Two men have been gunned down in a shoot-out in Melbourne. Police claim the two shot each other

during an argument that followed a funeral. Residents of the bayside suburb of Brighton heard an exchange of gunfire around 7:30 night. It's obviously been terrifying for the people who live in this street. One man was hit in the arm by shotgun pellets and drove himself to hospital. He's being interviewed by detectives. The other man was shot in the thigh by a bullet and remains in hospital under guard. It's been a long, cold night for Steve Irwin fans in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. Dozens camping out since yesterday morning for tickets to next Wednesday's memorial service. It's just an event that I don't want to miss out on. I want to get the chance to go up there to pay my respects. It's important to be there and to let him know that we support him.

3,000 free tickets will be released at 9:00am. The most physically imposing of the men of interest at the Dianne Brimble inquest will resume giving evidence this morning. Dragan Losic has received threats over the Brisbane mother's cruise ship death. Dragan Losic arrived looking heavier and greyer

than he did during the 'Pacific Sky' cruise, but his direct stare showed the same intensity.

Almost every witness at the inquest has described him as an intimidating man, including this woman, who woke up to find him in her room the night Dianne Brimble died.

But, just like his friend Petar Pantic, he claims to have been unfairly slurred by the high-profile case. The court heard the pair have also been subjected to death threats. The men met Mrs Brimble at the ship's nightclub, then later saw her in Mark Wilhelm's cabin, having sex with him. Pantic says he was disappointed in Wilhelm's behaviour

and has very little time for him these days. But his memory about his own drug use and the naked photographs remains hazy. Pantic told the inquest he has one regret: He claims he simply didn't realise the seriousness of the situation at the time. But he said he was sorry and personally apologised to Mrs Brimble's mother and sister for not doing more.

Amber Muir, Ten News. NASA's latest space mission has been a success

with the unfurling of two solar energy panels on the International Space Station. The 73-metre-long panels will convert sunlight into extra electricity for the station. The only hiccup - a software problem which delayed the manoeuvre for several hours. Eventually two more solar panels will be added to power the outpost.

Space shuttle 'Atlantis' is scheduled to return to Earth on Wednesday. The identity of a man who went on a shooting rampage in a Canadian school has been revealed. Police have searched the home of 25-year-old Kimveer Gill. They found a website with postings in his name saying he liked to play an Internet game about the Columbine shootings.

The alleged gunman was shot dead by police after he opened fire at a Montreal college killing one person and wounding 19 others. Six of yesterday's shooting victims are still in a critical condition. The Australian Government's being called on to step in to help save the life of one of the members of Bali Nine. The desperate plea coming from the mother of Scott Rush whose days are numbered as he faces death by firing squad. It's her first visit to Kerobokan prison since her son was handed the death sentence and Christine Rush emerged fighting back tears. All they could do was sit with him in his cell and pray after Indonesian judges last week sentenced the drug mule to death. We pray that in this final legal process that our son may be delivered from the death penalty.

The Rush family has started a campaign to save Scott's life. The 20-year-old said to be absolutely petrified about his possible fate - death by firing squad. We call upon the Australian Government to make a strong statement on its stance against the death penalty. His legal team now preparing to appeal for a judicial review. The punishment inflicted upon him was disproportionate with those co-accused. Martin Stephen's mother also visited her son in prison and says he's dealing with the news that his life sentence has been confirmed. He's coping well - he's glad to see me, he's OK.

As six of the Bali Nine face death by firing squad, an Islamic militant has been sentenced to 15 years jail for his role in last year's suicide bombings on the island which killed 20 people including four Australians. Ebbeny Faranda, Ten News.

AFL's hottest property Jason Akermanis has named the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club for 2007. The three-time premiership star hopeful a deal between the Brisbane Lions and Bulldogs can be struck. There's 10 teams there and out of those 10 teams they would certainly be the most exciting. I'm sure that, you know, no-one will fall over if I say that's where I want to go. And St Kilda's Robert Harvey has agreed to play on next year while Channel Ten's Robert Walls will be part of a sub committee to find the new Saints coach. Rugby league's longest serving coach Wayne Bennett has put to rest any suggestion he's changing clubs. The Broncos mentor confirming he's staying put for another three years. Wayne Bennett, shadow boxing and smiling. Seemingly a new man now his future is public knowledge. He arrived in Sydney just as his CEO was annoucing Bennett was staying at the Broncos for another three years rejecting a lucrative cash deal

to take the reins at the Roosters on the flight.

Karmichael Hunt named on the wing and certain to take on the Knights. Yeah, yesterday he went pretty good so he should be right for the weekend. One who won't play this weekend - Manly centre Steven Bell. The club not prepared to take a risk on his broken foot despite Bell's insistence he'd go the distance.

The Dragons adamant their own injured star Mark Gasnier won't play either. As I said earlier in the week there's been no change, no miracle cure, so he won't be playing. The Dragons meet Manly tonight. The Broncos and Newcastle square off at Aussie Stadium tomorrow night. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is keen to continue his winning momentum at this Sunday's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. Rossi has an impressive record at the track having won there for the past five years.

After a last start win in Malaysia, Rossi trails Nicky Hayden by 26 points in the championship. The importance for me is make a good weekend from tomorrow and make a good race and a good fight. All the action can be seen here on Ten all weekend.

Finance news and Kath with more on those job losses around the country. The Government has pledged $35 million to help 500 workers laid off from its Adelaide workforce. The decision to close down the South Australian plant came on the same day KR Castlemaine announced 350 jobs would be lost in Queensland. Electrolux will shut down its assembly lines for washing machines, clothes driers and dishwashers. Their products are household names - Simpson, Westinghouse, Kelvinator, Chef, Dishlex and Hoover. Beginning next year, they'll be made in South-East Asia. I think we need to understand we operate in a global market place and we need to be globally competitive. The white goods producer insists the decision follows an exhaustive analysis of its international cost competitiveness. 42 years. It was a good company but now under Electrolux it's finished completely. But we are global now and it is out of our control. The company will continue to produce cooking appliances at its Dudley Park plant which employs 600 and it will maintain its fridge factory at Orange in New South Wales. The Commonwealth and South Australian governments will commit to $35 million to assist South Australians who have been affected or will be affected by the Electrolux announcement. They were touted as the transportation system of the future but the space age Segway scooter has hit a snag.

Company officials in the United States have been forced to recall all of the 23,000 scooters currently in operation because of a technical glitch. The company says the scooter's wheels can sometimes unexpectedly reverse direction causing riders to fall off. So far, six people have fallen victim to the glitch. People are being asked to stop riding their Segways immediately. A final check of the markets and it's been a relatively subdued sessions You've heard the saying: 'It's a dog's life, but what about 'it's a Pope's life'? Pope costumes for Catholic canines are the latest fashion trend to hit Germany. The collection of designer outfits, accurate copies of the real thing, includes a golden Pope costume, a Bishop's robe and a Master of Ceremonies outfit,

all complete with a stone-encrusted crucifix. The traditional threads have been released to coincide with Pope Benedict's visit home. A quick recap of the morning's top stories. the Government will look at extending the citizenship waiting period for migrants. Leading Australian jockey Chris Munce is due to face bribery charges in a Hong Kong court. And the long wait for tickets to Steve Irwin's memorial. Fans who've been camping out to be rewarded this morning. That's it for Ten's 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