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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 Jacinta Hocking. arrogant and acting with contempt. Making news this Tuesday - of our Government The unflattering description at a Pacific Islands forum. important ground in a new poll The Victorian opposition gains a month out from the state election. Police use tear gas and cannons

protesters in Hungary. to break up anti-government bid has suffered a blow. And in sport, Stuart MacGill's Ashes

to have his two-week ban The spinner losing an appeal for disorderly conduct dismissed. of the markets Now time for our first check Jacinta? and a good session on Wall Street, Thanks Bill. to yet another record high Wall Street has shot up and strong corporate profits. on the back of falling oil prices its retail share offer. Telstra launches Bill. All the reaction in just a moment, Pacific is about to come to a head Australia's stand-off with the as the regional leaders meet in Fiji.

PNG says we're arrogant been condemned by other countries. and our actions in the Solomons have John Howard is a welcome guest, Officially, but behind the smiles at this year's Pacific Islands Forum Australia is under intense pressure over the ugly row with the Solomons. have now signed an official statement Several other Pacific nations of Australians in a police raid condemning the involvement Prime Minister last week. on the office of the Solomons' a blistering attack on Australia. The PNG leader has launched his country allowed Canberra was furious

Julian Moti accused child sex offender on a military plane. to fly back to the Solomons from entering the country. It's now banned PNG officials of the arrogant attitude Well, I think this is typical of your people, your leaders, with contempt. treating the leaders of the region John Howard has no formal plans of the Solomons or PNG to meet with the leaders while he's here in Nadi, but he says he is happy to talk.

in the balmy breezes of the Pacific Some gentle discussion and reconcile differences. can do wonders to soothe nerves In Fiji, Laurel Irving, Ten News. a month out from the state election. A boost for the Victorian opposition,

A new poll shows

is gaining ground Ted Baillieu's Liberal Party on the Bracks Government. The Galaxy poll published today for the Liberals at 48% puts two-party preferred support since a smilar poll in 2002. since a similar poll in 2002. a jump of 6% A northern New South Wales community of a weekend crash is rallying behind the lone survivor that killed four teenage boys. The mother of victim Corey New says plenty of love driver Tyler Green will need near Byron Bay. to come to terms with the tragedy the 17-year-old She says she doesn't blame in hospital who's recovering from hand surgery

and will be interviewed by police. The New South Wales Government to P-plate driver laws. has rejected calls for changes shift workers It says curfews disadvantage

could encourage drink driving. and that passenger restrictions and his three passengers An Australian helicopter pilot in Papua New Guinea. have been found dead chopper, The wreckage of Ces Hathaway's has been found in dense jungle that went missing on Friday

of the capital Port Moresby. nearly 200 kilometres north South Wales city of Port Macquarie The 59-year-old pilot from the New when his aircraft lost radio contact. was flying the three PNG citizens the cause of the crash. Authorities are investigating this morning A desperate SOS from the Red Cross for donors to give blood.

and could run out within 36 hours. Supplies are at critically low levels donations has caused the short-fall. An increase in demand and a fall in will be closed for the next two days A number of North Queensland beaches because of crocodile sightings.

was evacuated on Sunday The Strand at Townsville

were spotted by a fisherman. after two salt water crocs A third was seen close by yesterday. continue the croc hunt this morning Lifeguards and wildlife staff will as the beaches stay off limits. to be this close to the beach It's unusual for the reptiles just passing through. rangers think they're probably until they're gone. But no-one's willing to take a dip After months of training, to take control of certain towns Iraqi troops are beginning in the south of the country. over the coalition exit strategy. The move has sparked further debate in the south of the country. Iraqi armed forces on patrol Their ability to take over security can pull out. will decide when British troops

confront all unlawful armed groups Today, they were instructed to but how far are they up to the job? today from the Deputy Prime Minister. The view of the Iraqi Government came In Downing Street, to see Mr Blair,

not to cut and run he urged the outside world gradually to take over control. but said Iraq was determined

nearly 7 or 8 provinces of Iraq, By the end of this year, out of 18 provinces, security control. will be under direct Iraqi In Britain's view, has already begun. the test of transferring control

between rival Shia groups In Amarra, recent clashes left up to 30 dead. months ago and didn't intervene. British troops had withdrawn a few imposed an uneasy curfew. Instead, the Iraqi Army Amarra ready to intervene. But British troops still outside

It's still not clear on escalating violence on their own. Iraq's forces could keep the lid underpinning the view in America And that's the worry where an intense debate is under way in Iraq will need to stay. over how long the 140,000 US troops turned ugly overnight. Anti-government protests in Hungary Police used water cannons into the crowd and fired rubber bullets and tear gas injuring more than 20 people. rocks and bottles at police Around 1,000 demonstrators threw

throughout the capital Budapest. while others set up road blocks marched on the country's parliament The violence erupted when protestors marking the 50th anniversary amid celebrations against Soviet rule. of Hungary's uprising the Blues one-dayer Stuart Macgill will miss against Queensland and Pura Cup matches after losing an appeal for allegedly swearing at an umpire. The two-week ban jeopardising his bid for a place in the Ashes squad just when the prized trophy was in his sights. Being a part of something like this is why we participate in this game

and why we took it up in the first place 'cause we watched people battling for this. Meanwhile, Ian Chappell has criticised Glen McGrath's form after his modest return from a break. The former Australian skipper believes McGrath must regain extra pace if he's to be a threat in the Ashes now just 30 days away.

Australia's two-try hero

will today sign a new deal aimed at keeping him in rugby league. Greg Inglis has agreed to stay with Melbourne until at least the end of 2010. Melbourne is where I want to play. love it down there. I love the lifestyle and the club's great to me, so I'll stay down there. The deal could be the richest ever for a teenager in rugby league almost $2 million. Former NBA star Mark Price will speak publicly for the first time this morning since his sacking as coach of the South Dragons. Price will be replaced by playing coach Shane Heal who was unimpressed with his former coach's style. He was very introverted, like I said. Wasn't big on a whole lot of discussion, handed a lot of the day-to-day activities of the coaching to Scott Ninnis. The Dragons remain winless in their debut season. Jacinta's back with another look at finance and Suncorp and Promina to become one? Yes, Bill. It is official. The boards of Suncorp and Promina have unanimously agreed to merge in a deal worth nearly $8 billion. The deal still requires Promina shareholders, who will own 30% of the company, to approve the deal, they'll vote on the tie up next year. Suncorp shares plunged nearly 6% yesterday after rising sharply amid speculation it was also the subject of a takeover. Analysts say with the deal 'all but complete' Suncorp should evade any hostile approaches. Investors reacted cautiously to the launch of Telstra's retail float yesterday. Shares ended the session lower

but analysts still maintain the stock is a good buy. It's been dogged by controversy, but the latest T3 sell-off opened with little fuss. The share price dropped by 2 cents at $3.61. However, that didn't stem enthusiasm. This float's looking like one that's good to be involved in. You don't get that infrastructure out there, you don't get that market presence, you don't have that power in the marketplace without being able to get a return from it, and they will get a return. $4 billion worth of T3 shares have been snapped up by stockbroker clients, leaving another $4 billion worth to other buyers. I think, for Telstra, if you are taking it as part of T3, you've got to consider it as part of a longer-term investment strategy.

Certainly the dividend yield and some of the incentives and discounts apply over a longer period of time. Japanese investors have already bought

almost $500 million worth of shares, but with this offer open until November 9, it's too early to say how many mums and dads will buy in. Perhaps holding some back, the T2 float, which has left investors more than 50% worse off. Mignon Henne, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather:

Let's have a look at today's newspapers -

Western Australia to consider adopting day-light saving. The details when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - a seething PNG Prime Minister labels our Government arrogant ahead of a fiery Pacific Islands forum. It may be green, but is this spill an environmental concern? The company responsible doesn't think so. Croc sightings shut beaches in North Queensland for at least two days. And a prominent British TV presenter speaks for the first time about the crash that almost killed him. Another check of the markets now, here's Jacinta. Bill, another record high for Wall Street thanks to strong corporate profits and falling oil prices. And shortly, the news no-one wants to hear about interest rates. Australia's stand-off with the Pacific is about to come to a head as the regional leaders meet in Fiji. Canberra was furious when PNG allowed accused child sex offender Julian Moti to fly back to the Solomons on a military plane and has banned PNG officials from entering the country. The PNG Prime Minister now says we're arrogant. Well, I think this is typical of the arrogant attitude of your people, your leaders, treating the leaders of the region with contempt. John Howard has no formal plans to meet the leaders of the Solomons and PNG while in Fiji but he says he's happy to talk.

A leading election expert says retiring Democrats Senator Natasha Stott Despoja should quit now. He claims immediate retirement would give her colleagues a slim chance of hanging on in the senate at next year's election. The Democrats leader has no illusions -

Natasha Stott Despoja not contesting next year's election will cost the party.

We will miss Natasha. She is an important member of our team and she is very popular and she's done fantastic work. The retiring senator herself acknowledges the party will have an uphill battle. It's going to be a tough election, I have never underestimated that, for the Democrats at the next federal election. Election analyst Malcolm Mackerras says the Democrats are sunk. Natasha Stott Despoja is simply a rat deserting a sinking ship. And he says her West Australian colleague Andrew Murray is no better. If they had any decency, what they would do is resign their seats immediately. At least, he says, this would give the party the chance of replacing them with new senators, who would face the voters as incumbents. Both retiring senators have 18 months left in Parliament. Natasha Stott Despoja says she has important work left to do, while Andrew Murray says he has a contract with voters to see out the term.

Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. The Federal Government is reportedly cracking down on dole bludgers. 'The Australian' says those receiving welfare handouts will now have to prove their worth at fortnightly interviews with Centrelink.

They'll also have to keep more comprehensive diaries showing their attempts to find work. Federal Human Services Minister Joe Hockey says despite record unemployment lows,

many people on the dole are refusing to take positions offered. Western Australia could soon be brought in line with some eastern states introducing daylight saving by the year's end. A bill proposing the time change starting on 1 December will be introduced in state parliament today.

Over the past 30 years residents have rejected calls to implement daylight saving three times. But business groups say they're disadvantaged when it comes to dealing with the East Coast states over the summer months. Environmental fears over a luminous liquid that seeped into a Sydney river yesterday have been eased. The unnamed pharmaceuticals company says the dye, sodium fluorescein, is harmless and used by plumbers to detect leaks in pipes. More then 200 litres of the green dye flowed into Burns Bay at Lane Cove as a result of a plumbing accident. The company says the liquid will dissipate by itself and it doesn't expect any marine life to be harmed. A crocodile scare will keep several north Queensland beaches shut for another 48 hours.

Three of the reptiles have now been spotted believed to be just passing through. The Strand is Townsville's most popular beach and it's not just the tourists who think so. It was quite exciting, really.

Not for 80 surf lifesavers who were in the water when a fisherman yelled "croc". In fact, he'd spotted two. We had everyone out of the water before we even had a confirmed sighting.

That was Sunday, a third spotted yesterday in mangroves close by. I didn't see it. The council guy did. While the croc hunt continues, the beaches stay off-limits. Often shut to stingers, but never to salties. For now, locals are seeking refuge in rock pools. Crocodiles and people don't mix. Neither do crocs and bad taste. Steve Irwin's manager, angered by lyrics about his best mate,

in a new US rap song. Ras Kass slurring a enemy by saying: "You're the waste of LA - "you're the crocodile hunter, I am the stringray." John Stainton says it's a shame the tragedy's become entertainment. Emma Dallimore, Ten News. A friendly game of ten pen bowling has turned nasty in the US. Patrons at this bowling alley in a small town in Massachusetts set on each other using pool cues, chairs and even billiard bowls to inflict maximum damage. Up to 23 people were involved in brawl, others forced to scurry under tables to avoid being caught up in the violence. Police have since arrested 11 people they suspect were involved. It's not known what sparked the melee. One of Britain's leading television presenters has spoken out for the first time over a high-speed car crash which nearly cost him his life. 'Top Gear's Richard Hammond was driving a dragster at nearly 500km/h when it flipped off the track. Richard Hammond doing what he did best, pushing his motoring skills and the vehicle to the limit. I'm gonna do that again. But just over a month ago, one 'Top Gear' stunt went dramatically wrong. These pictures were shot on a mobile phone the day before the jet-powered car spun out of control at nearly 300 miles an hour. The presenter thought he would die. For the first time, he has been talking about those moments.

Despite it all, Richard Hammond hasn't lost his sense of humour. He said "I've been through hell and I've got nothing to show for it except a chipped tooth, I'm gutted." It will still be a long while before he's back in the driving seat but 'the hamster' is well on track back to good health. The Australian cricket team are building steam ahead of Sunday's must-win Champions Trophy game against India. The side left for Mohali this morning brimming with confidence after blasting arch enemy England but the players know there's plenty at stake when they line up against the host nation. Basically, another grand final for us. We'll have to win to progress in the tournament. The guys are really excited. I think we're getting better and better as the tournament goes on and hopefully we play our number one game.

The Champions Trophy is the one tournament that has eluded the world champions.

Sydney FC has refused to guarantee coach Terry Butcher his position beyond this weekend's game against the Perth Glory. The former England international has been under pressure following the premier's poor start to the A-League season.

Whether it's the coach, the players, we're going to get that evaluated and if the changes need to be made, then changes will be made. Part owner and Hollywood star Anthony Lapaglia reportedly pushed to have Butcher axed late last week. Caulfield Cup winner Tawqeet has been given a 2kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup. The David Hayes-trained galloper copped the extra weight after his brilliant victory on Saturday. The 5-year-old will now carry 55.5kg when he tries to become only the 12th horse in history to win the Cup's double. Tawqeet is joint favourite for the big race with Irish stayer Yeats. Finance news now and Jacinta, some more bad news on the rate front? Yes, the news no-one wants but there are more concerns this morning that a pre-Christmas interest rate rise is well and truly on the cards. The latest reading on wholesale inflation or producer prices came in above market forecasts prompting fears of a blow-out in the consumer price index later this week. Prices rose 1% over the September quarter taking the annual reading to 4%. That's outside the RBA's 2% to 3% inflation comfort zone. Higher consumer prices may force the RBA's hand at the next board meeting on November 7. And the shake up across the media sector continues

with reports Macquarie Bank is planning to sell its network of radio stations. Macquarie Media is reportedly looking to offload its 85 radio licences for around $600 million. 'The Australian' newspaper says Macquarie's decision to abandon the radio market follows the Government's changes to media laws that require stations to produce more local content. Macquarie says it may have to close up to 1- stations in Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia.

Let's take a look at the national weather: Australia labelled 'arrogant' at the Pacific Island Forum. We'll cross to Fiji for the latest when the Early news returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this Tuesday - arrogant and acting with contempt.

The unflattering description of our Government at a Pacific Islands forum. important ground in a new poll The Victorian opposition gains a month out from the state election. and rubber bullets Police use tear gas

protesters in Hungary. to break up anti-government bid has suffered a blow. And in sport, Stuart MacGill's Ashes The spinner losing an appeal to have his two-week ban for disorderly conduct dismissed.

the national weather: Let's take a look at of the markets Now time for a check Jacinta? and a good session on Wall Street, Thanks Bill. to yet another record high Wall Street has shot up

and strong corporate profits. on the back of falling oil prices

More finance news shortly. Australia has been accused of treating Pacific countries with contempt ahead of a forum of leaders in Fiji. Ten political reporter Laurel Irving is in Nadi and joins us on the phone. Laurel, John Howard was always walking into a storm, but just how bad is this shaping up to be?

It is much worse. It looks like it

will be a showdown with the Pacific

and not just the Solomon

and not just the Solomon Islands.

Police were looking for information

on Julian Marti. He is wanted in the

Australia by child sex charges. The

pub when McGinlay Prime Minister let

fly. These accused the Australia of

being arrogant and having to contend

with the region. If be will be icy

silences women leaders meet

officially this afternoon. Can the

leaders' resolve the differences this

week? John Howard was dismissive of week? John Howard was dismissive

yesterday when he arrived there was it yesterday and he said to us it yesterday and he said to

some gentle discussion in the balmy

breezes of the Pacific ensues nerves.

Australia is a hundreds of Australia is a hundreds of million

dollars of year the year of aid to dollars of year the year of

the country. They will probably the country. They will probably be

playing before John Howard does. in Nadi. Ten political reporter Laurel Irving Thank you. A boost for the Victorian opposition, a month out from the state election. A new poll shows Ted Baillieu's Liberal Party is gaining ground on the Bracks Government. The Galaxy poll published today

puts two-party preferred support for the Liberals at 48% a jump of 6% since a similar poll in 2002. The ACT is again pushing the cause for same-sex unions. The Government will reintroduce laws knocked on the head by the Commonwealth earlier this year. Religious groups are furious.

The Australian Christian Lobby

wants the Federal Government to again intervene. It says the proposed gay and lesbian laws, with civil partnership which replace the term civil union haven't changed.

Gay High Court Judge Michael Kirby of legal discrimination has raised the issue against same-sex couples, flowing from existing marriage bans. will be closed for the next two days A number of North Queensland beaches because of crocodile sightings. was evacuated on Sunday The Strand at Townsville were spotted by a fisherman. after two salt water crocs A third was seen close by yesterday. continue the croc hunt this morning Lifeguards and wildlife staff will as the beaches stay off limits.

to be this close to the beach It's unusual for the reptiles rangers think they're probably just passing through. But no-one's willing to take a dip until they're gone. After months of training, Iraqi troops are beginning to take control of certain towns in the south of the country. The move has sparked further debate over the coalition exit strategy. Iraqi armed forces on patrol in the south of the country. Their ability to take over security

will decide when British troops can pull out. Today, they were instructed to confront all unlawful armed groups but how far are they up to the job? The view of the Iraqi Government came today from the Deputy Prime Minister. In Downing Street, to see Tony Blair, not to cut and run he urged the outside world gradually to take over control. but said Iraq was determined nearly 7 or 8 provinces of Iraq, By the end of this year, out of 18 provinces,

security control. will be under direct Iraqi In Britain's view, has already begun. the test of transferring control between rival Shia groups In Amarra, recent clashes

left up to 30 dead. two months ago and didn't intervene. British troops had withdrawn imposed an uneasy curfew. Instead, the Iraqi Army Amarra ready to intervene. But British troops are still outside It's still not clear on escalating violence on their own. Iraq's forces could keep the lid underpinning the view in America And that's the worry

where an intense debate is under way in Iraq will need to stay. over how long the 140,000 US troops turned ugly overnight. Anti-government protests in Hungary

Police used water cannons into the crowd and fired rubber bullets and tear gas

injuring more than 20 people. rocks and bottles at police Around 1,000 demonstrators threw throughout the capital Budapest. while others set up road blocks marched on the country's parliament The violence erupted when protestors marking the 50th anniversary amid celebrations against Soviet rule. of Hungary's uprising crash in Bangladesh. 15 people have been killed in a boat collided with a cargo boat, A packed passenger ferry into the river. throwing around 70 people close to the shore, Although the accident happened were unable to swim. many of the passengers

Rescue teams are combing the river of missing passengers. to try and find dozens an Islamic religious festival The ferry was returning from when it crashed. To some breaking news now

the collapse of American energy giant and one of the men responsible for has just been sentenced. Enron

joins us now. For the latest Ten's US bureau chief the former Enron CEO sentenced. Leisa, Jeffrey Skilling What's the punishment?

playing before John Howard does. For

the he is 52 years old and he will be the he is 52 years old and he will be

looking at the rest of the his life looking at the rest of

behind bars. He is sentenced to 24

years' blind girl. In line collapse

and 2001. More

and 2001. More than 4000 people lost

their jobs and life-savings. their jobs and life-savings. If

investors lost his more than investors lost his more than $60

billion. Beef the was standing at billion. Beef the was standing at the

he was standing on as I entered a

because his Palmer had died because his Palmer had died a few years ago.

years ago. Thank you very.

the Blues one-dayer Stuart MacGill will miss against Queensland and Pura Cup matches for allegedly swearing at an umpire. after losing an appeal for a place in the Ashes squad The two-week ban jeopardising his bid was in his sights. just when the prized trophy is why we participate in this game Being a part of something like this

in the first place and why we took it up battling for this. because we watched people criticised Glenn McGrath's form Meanwhile, Ian Chappell has after his modest return from a break.

The former Australian skipper believes McGrath must regain extra pace if he's to be a threat in the Ashes now just 30 days away. Former NBA star Mark Price will speak publicly for the first time this morning since his sacking as coach of the South Dragons. Price will be replaced by playing coach Shane Heal who was unimpressed with his former coach's style. He was very introverted, like I said. Wasn't big on a whole lot of discussion, handed a lot of the day-to-day activities of the coaching to Scott Ninnis. in their debut season. The Dragons remain winless

Australia's two-try hero at keeping him in rugby league. will today sign a new deal aimed

with Melbourne Greg Inglis has agreed to stay until at least the end of 2010. love it down there. Melbourne is where I want to play. and the club's great to me, I love the lifestyle

so I'll stay down there. for a teenager in rugby league The deal could be the richest ever almost $2 million.

Jacinta's back with another look at finance. Virgin Blue says Australia and the United States. it may soon start flights between The discount airline told shareholders at its annual meeting

that it is well advanced in examining the possibility of flying to America and that it is interested in pursuing such an opportunity. Virgin's chairman says the airline will make a decision very shortly. Fosters says it's on track to turn in double digit earnings growth and doesn't expect the drought to impact on its business. But at yesterday's AGM, the company went to extraordinary lengths to avoid questions about whether it's a takeover target. The chief executive Trevor O'Hoy was whisked away from waiting media

refusing to say if the company had received or would initiate any takeover approach. for Woolworths And the good times continue

reporting a first quarter sales with the country's biggest retailer have jumped 21%. of the strongest performers The food and liquor division was one and Woolies's new boss says the retailer is well placed of between 16% and 21% this year. to deliver net profit growth

the national weather: Let's take a look at today's newspapers - Let's have a look at

More news coming up after the break.

SYSTEM, CONTINUES TO A STRONG HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATE THE LOCAL WEATHER SCENE.... A COOL CHANGE ON WEDNESDAY.

CHECKING OUT THE CAPITAL CITIES, THIS TUESDAY MORNING ... AND A SUNNY DAY IN CANBERRA... HEADED FOR A TOP OF 27 DEGREES. A WARM SUNNY DAY ON THE COAST, SHAPING UP TO 26 IN WOLLONGONG, ONE WARMER IN BEGA.

CHASING 30 IN DUBBO, AND 31 IN WAGGA. THE MERCURY HEADED FOR 26 IN THE BAY, AND GOULBURN. ONE COOLER IN BOWRAL ... 27 IN BATHURST. SUNNY AND 27 IN NOWRA, AND MUDGEE. 25 IN COOMA, AND 31 IN PARKES.

LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE REGION'S SIX-DAY OUTLOOK NOW... AND A DAMP DAY EXPECTED TOMORROW.... CLOUD COVER AND SHOWERS. A WARM CHANGE ON THURSDAY, A LITTLE WARMER ON FRIDAY. SUNSHINE STICKING AROUND TO MONDAY, TEMPS IN THE HIGH 20'S. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning -

a seething PNG Prime Minister labels our Government arrogant ahead of a fiery Pacific Islands forum. It may be green, but is this spill an environmental concern? The company responsible doesn't think so. Croc sightings shut beaches in North Queensland for at least two days. And a prominent British TV presenter speaks for the first time about the crash that almost killed him. Australia's stand-off with the Pacific is about to come to a head

as the regional leaders meet in Fiji. PNG says we're arrogant and our actions in the Solomons have been condemned by other countries. Officially, John Howard is a welcome guest, but behind the smiles Australia is under intense pressure at this year's Pacific Islands Forum

over the ugly row with the Solomons. Several other Pacific nations have now signed an official statement

condemning the involvement of Australians in a police raid on the office of the Solomons' Prime Minister last week. The PNG leader has launched a blistering attack on Australia. Canberra was furious his country allowed accused child sex offender Julian Moti to fly back to the Solomons on a military plane.

It's now banned PNG officials from entering the country. Well, I think this is typical of the arrogant attitude of your people, your leaders, treating the leaders of the region with contempt.

John Howard has no formal plans to meet with the leaders of the Solomons or PNG while he's here in Nadi, but he says he is happy to talk. Some gentle discussion in the balmy breezes of the Pacific

can do wonders to soothe nerves and reconcile differences.

In Fiji, Laurel Irving, Ten News. The Federal Government is reportedly cracking down on dole bludgers. 'The Australian' says those receiving welfare handouts will now have to prove their worth at fortnightly interviews

with Centrelink. They'll also have to keep more comprehensive diaries

showing their attempts to find work. Federal Human Services Minister Joe Hockey says despite record unemployment lows,

many people on the dole are refusing to take positions offered. A boost for the Victorian opposition a month out from the state election. A new poll shows the Coalition is gaining ground on the Bracks Government. A new report has labelled uniform salary structures for teachers outdated.

The Galaxy Report shows the opposition is gaining ground on the Government. Four percentage points behind,

but the margin far tighter than at the time of the last election.

Leader Ted Baillieu's popularity has also climbed on a national front

with Treasurer Peter Costello saying the party is heading in the right direction. He'd previously criticised the opposition leader for not promoting his policies. The policies of Labor appear most favourable with votors, however. A different poll suggesting the Bracks Government is on track for a third term despite a slight coalition gain. The AC Neilson survey showing support for Labor at 56%

10 points clear of coalition. And the party on track for a landslide victory. Victoria goes to the polls on November 25. Keiva Matheson, Ten News. A new report has labelled uniform salary structures for teachers outdated.

The report by the Centre for American Progress says educators should be paid according to their performance. Meantime, the New South Wales Teachers Federation

wants its members to boycott a new reporting system that breaks away from traditional A to E grades. The Federation says more than 1,300 schools have already agreed

not to implement the new student reports. Environmental fears over a luminous liquid that seeped into a Sydney river yesterday have been eased. The unnamed pharmaceuticals company says the dye, sodium fluorescein, is harmless

and used by plumbers to detect leaks in pipes. More than 200 litres of the green dye flowed into Burns Bay at Lane Cove as a result of a plumbing accident. The company says the liquid will dissipate by itself and it doesn't expect any marine life to be harmed. A crocodile scare

will keep several north Queensland beaches shut for another 48 hours. Three of the reptiles have now been spotted believed to be just passing through. The Strand is Townsville's most popular beach and it's not just the tourists who think so. It was quite exciting, really. Not for 80 surf lifesavers who were in the water when a fisherman yelled "croc". In fact, he'd spotted two. We had everyone out of the water before we even had a confirmed sighting. That was Sunday, a third spotted yesterday in mangroves close by.

I didn't see it. The council guy did. While the croc hunt continues, the beaches stay off-limits. Often shut to stingers, but never to salties. For now, locals are seeking refuge in rock pools. Crocodiles and people don't mix. Neither do crocs and bad taste. Steve Irwin's manager, angered by lyrics about his best mate, in a new US rap song.

Ras Kass slurring a enemy by saying: "You're the waste of LA -

"you're the crocodile hunter, I am the stringray." John Stainton says it's a shame the tragedy's become entertainment. Emma Dallimore, Ten News. A lone English sailor who almost died in the Southern Ocean nearly 10 years ago is set to tackle the trip once more.

Tony Bullimore spent five days trapped in the upturned hull of his yacht in 1997 before being rescued by the Royal Australian Navy. He'd been taking part in a round-the-world solo yacht race when rough seas swamped his boat.

Now, he's preparing to take on the treacherous ocean again. He's currently on his way to Hobart after setting sail from Qatar at the weekend. From Tasmania,

Bullimore plans to single-handedly sail his catamaran non-stop around the world in 70 days. One of Britain's leading television personalities has spoken publicly for the first time after a high-speed car crash that nearly cost him his life. 'Top Gear's' Richard Hammond was trying to break the land speed record when his drag car flipped, travelling at nearly 500km/h. He says he remembers being thrown on his head,

thinking he was going to die.

The car enthusiast was left in a coma. The Australian cricket team are building steam ahead of Sunday's must-win Champions Trophy game against India.

The side left for Mohali this morning brimming with confidence after blasting arch enemy England but the players know there's plenty at stake when they line up against the host nation.

Basically, another grand final for us. We'll have to win to progress in the tournament. The guys are really excited. I think we're getting better and better as the tournament goes on and hopefully we can play our number one game. The Champions Trophy is the one tournament that has eluded the world champions. Sydney FC has refused to guarantee coach Terry Butcher his position beyond this weekend's game against the Perth Glory. The former England international has been under pressure

following the premier's poor start to the A-League season. Whether it's the coach, the players, we're going to get that evaluated and if the changes need to be made, then changes will be made. Part owner and Hollywood star Anthony Lapaglia reportedly pushed to have Butcher axed late last week.

Caulfield Cup winner Tawqeet has been given a 2kg penalty

for the Melbourne Cup.

The David Hayes-trained galloper copped the extra weight after his brilliant victory on Saturday. The 5-year-old will now carry 55.5kg when he tries to become only the 12th horse in history to win the Cup's double. Tawqeet is joint favourite for the big race with Irish stayer Yeats. Finance news now with Jacinta.

Investors reacted cautiously to the launch of Telstra's retail float yesterday. Shares ended the session lower but analysts still maintain the stock is a good buy.

Another record high for Wall Street thanks to strong corporate profits and falling oil prices.

Investors reacted cautiously to the launch of Telstra's retail float yesterday. Shares ended the session lower

but analysts still maintain the stock is a good buy. It's been dogged by controversy, but the latest T3 sell-off opened with little fuss. The share price dropped by 2 cents at $3.61. However, that didn't stem enthusiasm. This float's looking like one that's good to be involved in. You don't get that infrastructure out there, you don't get that market presence, you don't have that power in the marketplace without being able to get a return from it, and they will get a return.

$4 billion worth of T3 shares have been snapped up by stockbroker clients, leaving another $4 billion worth to other buyers. I think, for Telstra, if you are taking it as part of T3, you've got to consider it as part of a longer-term investment strategy. Certainly the dividend yield and some of the incentives and discounts apply over a longer period of time. Japanese investors have already bought

almost $500 million worth of shares, but with this offer open until November 9, it's too early to say how many mums and dads will buy in. Perhaps holding some back, the T2 float, which has left investors more than 50% worse off. Mignon Henne, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories - arrogant and acting with contempt. The unflattering description of our Government at a Pacific Islands forum.

The Victorian opposition gains important ground in a new poll a month out from the state election. And a green dye spill gets the green light, environmentally. No long-term damage here, according to the company responsible.

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