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(generated from captions) but a marriage've had nothing that's caused you so much pain. Nothing is gonna change. What do you think's gonna change? disappointed, again and again. You're gonna be constantly that's happened - after last night - And after everything after what we've done. to your mother, Bridget, I'm committed with this, and that's the truth. and there's only one way to deal

I'm gonna tell her everything.

No, Nick, you CANNOT, you... that we slept together. I'm gonna tell your mother No, Nick, no. and she WILL forgive me. She's going to understand, She will forgive both of us. the Australian Caption Centre Supertext Captions by This program is captioned live. Tonight - Cronulla's most violent. to save him have their day in court. The victim and the cop who battled

Sydney's soaring gun crime - in armed robberies. the Ice epidemic blamed for a spike

to cut the P-plate carnage. And a grieving father's mission It's

son. happened to me. I've lost my

and Deborah Knight. Ten News with Ron Wilson

Good evening. Also tonight - threatens to split the coalition. the wheat kickbacks scandal

hotspots and parking nightmares. And we reveal Sydney's worst crash But first this evening - against one of his alleged attackers a Cronulla riot victim has faced off in court. he was going to die Ali Hashimi thought after having his face smashed in. from the witness stand. Today, he hit back Afghani immigrant Ali Hashimi

a quiet day at the beach, thought he was going to have a rioting mob at Cronulla station. but he walked straight into and thought he was going to die. He was kicked and punched is 19-year-old Brent Lohman, One of his alleged attackers now charged with riot and affray. moments after the alleged attack This was Lohman emerging from the train, his bloodied knuckles. screaming abuse and showing off pointed across the courtroom, Giving evidence, the victim

as one of those who bashed him. identifying Lohman Mr Hashimi said: just fully smacking me down." "Lohman was on top of me, Hashimi told the court

and bleeding from a broken nose, he was scared, battered

and yet the violence continued. a police officer wielding a baton It didn't stop until entered the carriage. Sergeant Craig Campbell. That police officer was

fought his way through the crowd, Cameras were there when he

driving them back. swinging his long baton, By the time he got to the victims, and covered in blood, they were cowering yelling: the mob beating on the windows "Kill the Lebs, kill the Lebs." failed to disperse the angry crowd, And when capsicum spray decided to take them on, he once again that cleared the platform. leading police in a baton charge

The hearing continues.

John Hill, Ten News. is being partly blamed Sydney's Ice epidemic for a dramatic rise in gun crime. While crime is down overall, in hold-ups and muggings there's an alarming increase across wide areas of the city. illustrate the spike in armed robbery Violent scenes like this the west and south west in Sydney's inner city,

over the past two years. in particular locations in Sydney, This set of figures shows that

in a particular type of crime, a concerning increase. there has been

in the inner west. Robbery with a firearm up 71% 50% in the inner city, mostly muggings, while unarmed robbery, and Canterbury-Bankstown. are up more than 30% in Blacktown or fallen slightly. Other crimes have remained stable as it has been in past years. Obviously, the news isn't as good

crime can't keep falling forever. I suppose you can say wants to hear That's not what the government four months out from an election. have fallen significantly While crime rates overall over the past five years, the government will have to take these are the figures to the March election. that were the victims of crime I think if you were to ask people in the inner west, good news in relation to it, whether they felt there was any the contrary. I'd say they'd be quite

increase on factors Police blame the city robbery including the drug Ice. It is the new scourge. soft targets, And criminals focusing on and clubs. including corner stores, pubs with the community We've got more work to do with the soft targets. and in particular have made 232 city robbery arrests Police in recent weeks until the next quarter's crime stats but that won't show up

after the state election. Paul Mullins, Ten News. over a brutal murder Police are hunting a second person in Sydney's south-west.

in an apparent AIDS revenge killing. Steven Bannister was stabbed to death and a bubbly personality. Steven Bannister had a big heart he was brutally attacked, But on Wednesday from the busy Hume Highway. just metres in the back and chest - The 24-year-old stabbed repeatedly

his death devastating his family. miss most about Steven The thing that I will personally over a beer is the laughs that we shared that only a brother can have. and the compassion and understanding been charged over the attack. 19-year-old Jason Podesta had already

he carried out the killing According to court papers, his mother with HIV. in the belief Steven had infected He was wrong.

that Mr Bannister didn't have AIDS. I can categorically state right now And police have revealed helped carry out the murder. they believe someone else There are signs at the scene that indicate there was more than one person involved. there were two people. In fact, we think They've seized this red Hyundai of any witnesses. and hope it may help jog the memory It's important to us are brought to justice. the people responsible for his death

Please, anybody with information,

to the police. we urge you to come forward Daniel Sutton, Ten News. a Government split The PM is trying to head off over the AWB scandal. Angry Liberals have turned on their Nationals colleagues accusing them of corruption. AWB executives named in the Cole report who could face charges for bribing Saddam Hussein have gone to ground. Not so shy was former chief executive Andrew Lindberg.

It did occur, it shouldn't have occurred. It's a matter of great regret, personally. Not so forgiving was WA Liberal Wilson Tuckey - his Wheatbelt farmers are seething. The AWB has vetoed sales worth millions to them. They are demanding it be stripped of its power. The dogs have been barking that corruption for years. A number people, who were not Liberals,

were constantly out in the marketplace saying it was the way you did business in the Middle East. Labor seized on the attack. AWB and the Nationals come out of the same kennel. John Howard sprung to the Nationals' defence. I've found them to be people of total integrity and utterly trustworthy.

In the Government party room, Mr Howard headed off a private member's bill,

sponsored by WA Liberals, to take Australia's wheat exports away from AWB. He stalled the revolt by promising to come back next week with his response. Nationals leader Mark Vaile agrees changes must be made but it will take time. It would not very easy right at this stage

to make significant changes during the 2006 harvest. Labor attempted a censure of the Government.

They did nothing, Mr Speaker. They let Australia down. Mr Howard pleads he was deceived by AWB. Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. Supporters of Kim Beazley have closed ranks behind the Labor leader, despite a new opinion poll which shows most voters would prefer to see him replaced. Mr Beazley admitting he's paying a penalty for recent mistakes.

Kim Beazley might have been dreading the latest newspoll but its main findings gave him heart - Labor's primary vote up. But a side poll produced the talking point - overwhelming support for Shadow Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd

to form a dream leadership team with Health Shadow Julia Gillard as his deputy. Kim Beazley and Jenny Macklin only half as popular as the contenders, Labor frontbenchers putting the best available spin on it.

I agree that Labor is ahead on 2-party preferred. If you call that devastating, it is not my definition. Mr Beazley again spruiking his experience. I happen to be the experienced bloke, and that will count. The Government revelling in the distraction. No wonder only 24% of the Australian public want him to lead the Australian Labor Party. In the party room, Kim Beazley admitted he had made a couple of mistakes recently

and was paying a penalty for them, the most memorable blip that now famous Rove McManus clanger. Ominously, while Kevin Rudd asserts his current loyalty to Kim Beazley, he's refused to rule out a future challenge. After the ill-fated Mark Latham experiment,

the Labor Caucus is unlikely to opt for another leadership switch, even with a dream team available. Light relief for Labor in Parliament

when Foreign Minister Downer inadvertently implied his wife was a participant in the Movember anti-cancer campaign. My wife is involved in that campaign as well so I'm delighted he has made an effort. LAUGHTER I think you misunderstand. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Tim Webster joins us with a look at what's ahead in sport

and one of our greats could help England's Ashes hopes. Yes, the great Dennis Lillee could be the man to lift England's bowlers with a few tips. The Englishmen arrived early in Adelaide for Friday's second Test and went straight to an afternoon net session. Lillee is being considered to help out the wayward Steve Harmison who should be a strike bowler, if he could hit the pitch. Also later, the Wallabies back home and despite plenty of criticism,

they're talking up their tour of Europe.

The new push to turn Sydney's back alleys into hip inner city cafes. Details next. Also tonight - we reveal Sydney's collision hot spots and parking disaster zones. And the new headache for parents when it comes to feeding their kids healthy food.

Developed with the community, the NSW Government's State Plan will shape the way we live. It highlights better services to improve our health system. Patients with less serious conditions will be treated more quickly in new hospital GP centres,

freeing up our emergency departments for more serious cases, reducing emergency waiting time. Go to the website to read about the new direction for NSW.

This program is captioned live. The father of one of the latest P-plate fatalities will help steer a State Government crisis team trying to stop the carnage. Robert Wells today delivering an emotional plea.

Grieving dad Robert Wells turned up with a list of demands but one very simple message. How many more of our children have to die before something gets done? A month ago, his son, Bryce Wells, and three friends were killed when their car crashed down an embankment near Byron Bay - the P-plate driver survived. The worst in a spate of deaths from P-Plate and learner accidents

throughout the state. Since September, 14 lives lost, many more injured. I've got nothing to lose. I've already lost my son and I didn't think that was fair. No-one asked me if I wanted to lose my son.

With wife Jackie at his side, Rob Wells put forward his plan to Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal. Red P-Plate drivers to be restricted to one passenger unless there's a passenger over 25.

In-school defensive driving courses and new drivers to be banned from cars with engine capacities above two litres. I think he has a lot to contribute to the panel, I think he's really got his heart in the right place and I think he's got a lot to offer. A meeting too with the Opposition gaining support for better driver education. Somehow, we have to get through to young people

that those cars are weapons. Mr Wells tonight meets the Police Commissioner but no changes wil be in place but no changes will be in place for the summer holidays. The Minister wants the advisory panel to hand back its recommendation in the new year but with parliment not sitting until April, there's almost no chance of law changes until after the state election. James Boyce, Ten News. Two detainees and a guard have been injured in a violent rampage

at the Villawood Detention centre.

About a dozen detainees scaled the roof after smashing furniture and windows. Police were called to control the outburst which started when a group of detainees was moved from low to high security. One inmate cut his hand on glass, while another fainted. A guard was treated for minor injuries. Millions of dollars are about to be spent pumping light, music and life

into some of Sydney's bleakest laneways. And the City Council doesn't mind admitting where it got its inspiration. It's not often Melbourne comes up with an idea Sydneysiders think is worth copying, but this time they may just be on to something. Inspired by the beautification of Victoria's capital before the Commonwealth Games, the harbour city's about to brighten up its most dingy, dark laneways.

20 of our ugliest back streets getting a facelift

to bring an after-hours lifestyle to the CBD. And no worries that we're imitating that lot down south. It's the greatest form of flattery, and I think we should learn from all great cities, and where they are doing something that is really worthwhile, we should learn from it. A new edge will be given to areas like this, where Tank Stream meets Abercombie Lane. Nothing to rave about now, but by late next year, it's where water and musical themes

will mix with after-hours wine bars and cafes. I think it's too out of the way to attract any attention. I think there are enough cafes, aren't there? I think it would be great, we could have a little cut out here and some bar stools. $4.5 million will be spent by the city, and there's already been investment interest from those who've made Melbourne's model so successful. We can improve the lighting, we can add greenery, we can sponsor artworks. Property owners will be allowed to knock holes in building walls,

creating space for boutique businesses. But there is one major problem associated with this bold plan to spruce up our laneways - it also means the likely end of many of our sneaky parking spots across the city. Small motorbikes will be allowed to ride through the narrow piazzas. Frank Coletta, Ten News.

Sydney's worst carparks have just been revealed

based on the number of crashes. Insurers say payouts in the last year reached a new level topping $130 million and it's getting worse. Whether it's the runaway shopping trolley

or something more serious, virtually every driver has had a prang in a carpark. More than 100 bingles that need repair occur every day. And according to NRMA Insurance, the average cost - $1,600. Often the culprit flees the scene, leaving the innocent party,

like Katay, to pay the bill. Yeah, and they just took off. I thought that was horrible. Yeah, two scratches on the bonnet and one on the side is enough to justify to put it in. It has happened, yeah. You never really know how the ding was caused 'cause you don't get to see it. Revealed today - Sydney's worst carpark-crash hot spots. The city, Parramatta, Chatswood, Penrith, Castle Hill, Blacktown and Hurstville taking out the top seven.

The common link - shopping-centre carparks, especially big centres with their hundreds of spaces. A disproportionate number of accidents occur in multi-level carparking spaces, like here in Blacktown. The reasons are many, including tight spaces and the growing frustration with failing to get a sport. Also revealed today - the latest crash tests results, proving six airbags, including two at the side, is the new top level.

And most of the vehicles in this release have that package, and the Subaru Tribeca is a 5-star-out-of-5 vehicle, and the top vehicle in the release. The Kia Carnival and Mitsubishi Colt

were at the bottom of the safety pile. Kevin Wilde, Ten News. Startling evidence that we're feeding our children too much salt increasing their likelihood of developing heart disease. A campaign is under way to halve our salt intake,

with experts squarely blaming food manufacturers. These toddlers could already be at risk of developing a heart disease. That's the health warning of a British cardiovascular professor, Graham MacGregor. A lot of these children's snacks have more salt in them than sea water. Just one cheese stick has an entire day's recommended salt intake for a toddler.

Parents are now being urged to choose fewer processed and more fresh foods or risk high blood pressure, the major cause of heart diseases. It's insidious. It's a long-term poison, that, in the amounts we eat, slowly puts up our blood pressure over the years. But parents say feeding their children salt is almost unavoidable - it's hidden in most foods, and nutrition panels don't always tell the full story.

It's a little bit scary because when you do buy, say, Kelloggs Corn Flakes, for example, they have health checks on them. The research places more pressure on manufacturers to reduce not just salt will prevent 7,000 Australian deaths from heart diseases each year. The food industry has five years to get their act together.

If they don't, they will be directly responsible for all these unnecessary strokes and heart attacks due to high-salt foods they're producing. If parents are strapped for time, then choosing products in supermarkets with the tick is an easy way for them to make sure they're lowering the salt content for their children. Catherine Kennedy, Ten News.

Check of the weather. Hey Tim

Bailey, quite a few suburbs around

town reporting raindrops. Any more

reports of that on the way? No,

there isn't. Seven Hills got 2mm,

then it disappeared. With that, of course, a band of course, a band of thunderstorms,

mainly in the northern suburbs of

Sydney. If you are perspiring at

Penrith at the moment - I know it

hit 40 degrees out there this afternoon - 13

afternoon - 13 above average -

there is a southerly change on the

way later this evening. That will drop temperatures substantially.

The city today - 28 degrees. 4

above average. Just a glorious

afternoon as we do it live from

Cremorne Point. Looks like the

thunderstorm activity has moved to

the north-east. The best part of

the day - right about now. Your

weather photographs - let's have a

look at that! A beautiful offering from

from Cronulla. That is Leon

Hillman's work of a cold front that

whipped across around about two

weeks ago on November 14. You are

in the running for a Fuji digital

camera. Folks, if you'd like to

give us some of your finest digital delights:

Let's have a look at Skywatch -

high cloud early in the day cleared

to some bright blue.

to some bright blue. Then the storm

clouds rolled in around about 2:00

or 3:00 this afternoon. Did most of

their work around 4:00. Tomorrow

at your place - mmm, that southerly

change, maybe some late drizzle,

and around about 25 degrees. I'll

see you again from Cremorne Point in around about 10. A desperate call for help from our drought-ravaged farmers

reaching breaking point. That's next. And the Aussie yachtsman who survived three weeks lost at sea with just rain water and instant noodles.

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This program is captioned live. A narrow escape for the crew of a trawler run down by a container ship off Brisbane. The stricken boat was stalled in Moreton Bay with its fishing nets caught around the propeller. A crew member was in the water trying to untangle the nets when the container ship hit. No-one was injured and the crew was quickly rescued. The Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier was heading into Brisbane when the collision occurred.

Financial stress on our farmers has reached breaking point as the drought drags on, so does their debt. Many are applying for government assistance,

but others are too proud to ask for help. From cracked riverbeds to starving stock. Everywhere farmer Rob Reeves looks, drought stares back. He's a fifth-generation mixed crop grower, afraid there won't be a sixth.

At the moment it would be cruel to say to anybody, you know, "You should have a go at farming." My debt would've grown by $250,000 in the last five years. Thousands of farmers are facing financial ruin. They're packing outback pubs for information sessions on Canberra's drought-assistance funding. Touring Centrelink officers are busier than ever signing up farmers for income support.

The majority of people I would go and see

would be expecting to run at a financial loss and wouldn't be making an income from the farming enterprise for this financial year. But some farming families need more than money. Anxiety and depression are often the result of long-term stress and worrying about money and worrying about food. For some farmers, while drought is their worst enemy, pride comes a close second. Many can't bring themselves to ask for help

even at a time like this when they so desperately need it. Quite a large majority of farmers would see it as a handout. Not Rob Reeves. It wouldn't matter who you were, you should never see a glass as half empty, it should be half full. Even when there's no water to fill it. The answer's obviously in the rain. The rain is the key to everything. Danielle Isdale, Ten News.

An Australian yachtsman has been rescued after three weeks adrift off the coast of Thailand. Rocky Donald had been sailing to Phuket when his boat lost its engine in severe storms. He was picked up by Thai marine officials. His boat towed to land for repairs. The 52-year-old says he survived on rain water and instant noodles. 10 people have been killed in a fire at a home for disabled and mentally ill patients.

25 others were injured in the blaze which broke out shortly after midnight. It was the second fire at the facility in three days. It's important that we explore the fact that this might have been started by somebody so we're not ruling out a criminal investigation. Police say the group home was fitted with smoke alarms but did not have sprinklers.

Security has been stepped up for the Pope's visit to Turkey. Benedict XVI will arrive in the capital Ankara later today. Because of fears for his safety, the pontiff will travel by armoured car instead of the usual glass-sided pope-mobile. He'll also reportedly wear a bulletproof vest under his papal garments. There have been mass protests in the lead-up to the visit after his controversial speech linking Islam to violence.

Another celebrity couple is calling it quits with Pamela Anderson filing for divorce after just four months of marriage. The 39-year-old married musician Kid Rock in July after a 6-year on-again, off-again romance. The couple's relationship was reportedly strained earlier this month when Anderson suffered a miscarriage. Both Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson have filed divorce papers citing "irreconcilable differences".

The world's largest passenger plane touches down in Sydney. That story next. Also, Prince Charles beating to the sound of his own drum on a visit to Sierra Leone. And big smiles from baby Joel as Sydney digs deep to get him back on his feet.

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This program is captioned live. The top stories this newshour - the father of one of the latest P-plate fatalities will help steer a State Government crisis team trying to stop the carnage. Robert Wells today meeting the Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal and delivering an emotional plea. Sydney's Ice epidemic is being partly blamed for a dramatic rise

in gun crime. While crime is down overall, there's been an alarming increase in armed hold-ups and muggings across wide areas of the city. And the PM is trying to head off a government split

over the AWB scandal. Angry Liberals have turned on their Nationals colleagues accusing them of corruption. Ten's Political editor Paul Bongiorno joins us now. Paul, how widespread is this split in coalition ranks?

Well it's basically along party

lines. You've got the Liberals

versus the Nationals. The Liberal

revolt, and I can call it that, is

coming from WA. Of course, these

are WA senators and members who

represent the Wheat Belt and who

want to export their wheat. They're

withholding it from AWB. They say they can get

they can get a better price

elsewhere, and they say AWB has

tarnished our reputation. They're

supported by Liberals on the east

coast and, particularly, the

Treasurer, Peter Costello. The

Nationals feel very strongly about

keeping AWB's wheat monopoly. But

can, and should, the single desk

survive? I believe it can't survive

with any cebltd. This is a

widespread view and one that I

understand is beginning to percolate

understand is beginning to percolate even into National Party heads. It

would seem that maybe some sort of

compromise with a phasing out of

AWB's monopoly could be on the

cards. The Prime Minister says

he'll come back with an answer in a

week. AWB, meantime, is trying to

reform itself. It will hold a news

conference tomorrow, maybe to try

and hang on to whatever vestiges of

credibility it's got. We'll keep a

close eye on that. Thank you for analysis, Paul.

A larger than normal visitor was turning heads at Sydney airport this morning. The world's biggest plane, the A380, arrived from South Africa as part of its global test run tour. It's visiting ten airports around the world flying out to Vancouver tomorrow. Qantas and Singapore airlines are among the airlines buying the double-decker plane which can carry up to 840 passengers. The share market has plummeted most of the top 200 stocks ending the day in negative territory.

Prince Charles has been showing off his musical talents on a visit

to Sierra Leone.

While watching a performance of traditional music and dance, the Prince of Wales was offered a pair of drumsticks and enthusiastically joined the troupe in beating out a rhythm.

It's the Prince's first visit to the West African country torn apart by 10 years of civil war. An overwhelming show of support for a young Sydney boy facing a daunting challenge. He's fighting a rare form of cancer. His struggle tugging at the city's heart-strings. He's the little boy who stole everyone's heart.

Joel Sedger was just 11 weeks when diagnosed with a rare neuroblastoma cancer. Last month, we brought you the story of Castle Hill police and their fund-raiser to help Joel and his Constable mum and Ten News viewers kicked in thousands. It was crazy. The minute the phone number went up on the screen, the switch, we had five people answering

and there were just calls "We want to give money, we want to give money, we want to give money". Today, even the Armed Robbery Squad and State Crime Command had a covert Operation golf for charity.

There didn't see that, did you?

Sports memorabilia including

Kostya Tszyu's shorts and Brett

Lee's bat up for auction. You generally see the bad side of people, being in the police and to see

that there are so many generous people out there in the community, it's very nice.

Three months ago this started out as a couple of police officers who thought they'd help a colleague now amazingly, these police are on track to raise $50,000. 20% of which will help Joel out with all of his on-going medical expenses,

the other 80% will purchase some vital equipment

for the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Joel's just had his tumour removed and everyone hopes he may be in remission by Christmas. The little trooper currently stuck in a half-body plaster cast

after a fall that broke his leg. His bones brittle from the chemo. Just watching him go through all this and he still manages to smile, it's what keeps me going. Jacinta Hocking, Ten News.

What a great little trooper. Let's

take another look at the weather

now with Tim Bailey. A bit of a

sweat-a-thon today. A cool reprieve

sweat-a-thon today. A cool reprieve coming? Late this evening, a

southerly change. Penrith will be

welcoming it with open arms,

because quite frankly, it gauze got

to 40 degrees - 13 degrees above

average. The greater west had a

case of the sweats, Deb. The

afternoon was a dodgy one - I

didn't know where to look at first,

a band of thunderstorms doing some

work in the northern suburbs of

Sydney. They've moved to the

north-east. Then we've got bright sunshine, and

sunshine, and a bit of rain. Seven

Hills getting 2mm worth. Windy here

at the moment. A warmish wind,

north-east on the coast. None of

that delight in the greater west.

Not without the chance of another

thunderstorm. They are saying that

activity has mostly disappeared now.

Tomorrow - 24-30 degrees in the

greater west. That will be 10 less

than today. You'll be going "Thank

than today. You'll be going "Thank you very much" for that.

It was almost like winter time in

Thredbo. Tomorrow, 24-30 degrees.

Late drizzle. If you're perspiring

at Penrith, a southerly is and coming,

coming, trust me - I'm a chimp-like

weatherman. Back to the desk, where

there's two of the world's best

sweaters just sitting there. I get

the feeler you're not included in

that. It could be me, you never

know! Sport now, and a surprise bowling coach for England's Ashes team? Yes, the ultimate coach, in fact, the great Dennis Lillee could be about to answer an Ashes SOS. Plus, the Wallabies home from that tough tour. Also, the young swimmers living with being labelled the next Ian Thorpe.

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This program is captioned live. Aussie fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee

could be the man to get wayward English bowler Steve Harmison

back on track. England on the verge of calling in arguably one of the greatest in cricket history, to solve what is a major problem.

Steve Harmison wanted no-one to watch him bowl this afternoon -

a stark contrast to day one of the first Test when cricket fans around the world watched as his action horribly let him down, the opening bowler's solo session a lock out for the Australian and English media alike. Thanks, mate. Thank you. Thanks, guys. Come on, Steve. We know you can do it. Harmison has plenty of work to do if he's to keep his spot for the second Test.

We have got to look at the wicket and see how people perform and see how he comes along with his bowling. Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee has publicly offered to help Harmison resurrect his summer. We will discuss anything at this stage. We are prepared to go and speak about it. We will do what we think is best for Steve Harmison in the lead up to the second Test. The English coach wouldn't elaborate further on Lillee who's renowned for helping fast bowlers with their techniques. I'm not passing any comment on that. I mean, we will just decide over the next few days what will happen.

The Aussies are nice and relaxed and why wouldn't they be? They're 1-0 up with in-form players in and out of the team. It's very difficult for the selectors to pick the team they want. There's lots of good candidates. But while guys are peforming, it's hard to go past those guys. Selectors named an unchanged 13-man squad. In somewhat of a surprise, Stuart MacGill was left out. Many thought he would be included as the second spinner

on what is normally a batsman-friendly Adelaide Oval. South Australian quick Shaun Tait was named but doesn't fancy his chances. Realistically, at this stage, pretty slim chance to be in the XI. The way they played in Brisbane, they absolutely dominated and everyone played pretty well.

Glenn McGrath's bruised heel shouldn't prevent him from playing.

Glenn was icing his heel, but I'm sure he will be fine. He was able to continue to bowl so that's a good sign. Ian Shuttleworth, Ten News. And the ongoing tug of war

between the Gold Coast and the Melbourne Storm over Steve Turner could ressurrect Chris Walker's career. Walker is to trial with the Titans in a move that signals the club isn't expecting Turner to link up with them. Wallabies coach John Connolly is not backing down from his surprise claim there were no negatives from Australia's patchy European Tour. But his thoughts weren't shared by some of his players as the majority returned home earlier today. As Wallabies players embraced loved ones,

their coach John Connolly busy fending off claims his side's record of two wins in four Tests was below par. I mean, I think we dwell too much on the negatives at times. We took 37 players away - 29 guys played Test rugby. We went away with a goal to give a lot of players an opportunity - we did that. His skipper agreeing the tour was all positive. Do you consider it a success? Oh, very much so.

We went out there, there's been a lot of experimentation done, especially in the backs. A huge amount of guys got opportunities. But not everyone raving about the Wallabies. Obviously some of our performances weren't up to the standard we'd like and that's a negative, I guess. Mat Rogers upset at being axed from fly-half, ending his new-look partnership with Stephen Larkham at inside-centre. To think that it's all going to click after two games,

you're kidding yourself. I think if we're going to have success with that combination, it needs to be given more time. Oh, Matty knows he has to tighten up his play considerably. He does some great stuff and some loose play. The Wallabies say the fact they used 37 players on tour is a positive in terms of building player depth ahead of next year's World Cup. But the Waratahs say those figures don't tell the full story.

Ewen McKenzie critical rising stars like Tatafu Polota-Nau

hardly got a look-in. Tatafu's another young up-and-coming player

everyone's talking about, and he played less than two games of footy. In terms of giving opportunities, yes, but in terms of consolidating and really showing where we're at, I'm not sure if we got those questions answered. Adam Hawse, Ten News. Next week we'll find out who'll take Ian Thorpe's place on the Australian Swimming team, but the contenders are quick to admit, they're mighty big shoes to fill.

At the scene of a 17-year-old Ian Thorpe's first Olympic triumph, veteran coach Tony Shaw's elite squad has already moved beyond the nostalgia. I think there's a real confidence with these younger guys to step up. They're all talking about it, and not only are they talking about it, I think they can walk the walk as well. I don't know if anyone is going to be able to actually fill his shoes but a lot of us will be able to step up

and hopefully try to fill the gap that's been created. Ian's gone now, we all know that. It's more that we really have to step up and try and be there. We don't have to be the next Ian Thorpe. Wanted or not, the comparisons will come. 18-year-old Kenrick Monk heard some of them throughout his glittering age group career and again when he filled in for Thorpe at the Commonwealth Games. So has training partner Nick Donald. Six years ago, as a 12-year-old, he was the first 'next Ian Thorpe'.

I remember when I heard all the comparisons when I was younger I always hated it. I always thought, "I don't want to be, "never wanted to be the next Ian Thorpe." I only wanted to be Nick Donald. Now that I'm a bit older, you sort of laugh it off a bit, you think, "Yeah, this is what they've said "to about 20 different kids over the last 10 years." It's a tag our top coaches hate. I shudder every time I hear someone saying

it's the next Ian Thorpe or the next Cathy Freeman or the next great sportsperson. The Americans spent 30 years dreaming about the next Mark Spitz before Michael Phelps came along. Young teenage prodigies are a rare breed. The last 14-year-old we had break into the national team was Ian Thorpe and there hasn't been one since. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News. Italy's footballers continue to reap the rewards from their World Cup victory.

Captain Fabio Cannavaro voted European Player of the Year. Cannavaro awarded the prestigious Ballon d'or

ahead of Italy goalie, Gianluigi Buffon with French striker Thierry Henry third in the poll. And Northern Ireland has imortalised former great George Best by putting his likeness on a banknote. The Manchester United great died just over a year ago after a long battle with liver disease. In the category of 'making the most of your opportunities' comes this effort from Brisbane Bullets bench player Brad Williamson.

Averaging under four minutes of court time this season, Williamson got the chance to shine when the Bullets were well clear of Singapore in last night's match in Brisbane. And shine he did draining an amazing 7-three pointers in a row. With each bomb he landed,

the crowd and his team-mates came along for the ride. His 24-points in the final quarter the most in the league this season and hopefully it will earn him a little more game time.

And in 'Sports Tonight' Stuart MacGill talks to us after he was overlooked for the Adelaide Test. Tim Bailey's here next with news of a cooler change on the way. And the banquet that turned into monkey business for some of Thailand's most respected residents.

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So call 13 50 50 now. This program is captioned live. A Victoria Cross awarded to a World War One maverick will go under the hammer tonight in Sydney. The medal was awarded to

Tasmanian-born Lance Corporal Bernard Sydney Gordon, for his bravery fighting in the trenches in France. He single-handedly captured three enemy machine gun posts, and 29 prisoners. War historians say Gordon went awol on a number of occasions, and was a true Aussie larrikin. His medal is expected to fetch up to $300,000 at auction.

Time for all the weather details

now. Tim Bailey, it's just occurred

to me we have a story on monkeys

after you. It will be hard to tell

when the weather ends and the story

on the monkeys begins. He's a

lovely man to spend 15 years of

your career with, folks. The

weather - we had thunderstorms, we

had brief showers. That delivered

2mm of rain very quickly to the

likes of Kings

likes of Kings Langly. The northern

suburbs got the boom-crash opera.

Most of it disappearing into the

sea. The talking point at Penrith -

40 degrees, 13 above average.

Richmond did 1338-39 degrees. The

city did 28 - 4 above. A southerchy

range late this evening will drop

temperatures. Tomorrow, it will

very much influence the weather

pattern. A much cooler day - 25

degrees, 30 out in the greater west.

Late drizzle before it clears back

up Thursday and Friday. Friday, day

one of summer. Rub your hands

together into December. That will

be big. Also later in the week,

tomorrow in fact, we'll take you

out with St Vinnies and show you

what they get up to on their night

patrol and let them help you for

Christmas. Weather photographs - we

had one earlier. We like them so

much we'll bang up another one.

John Poyner - hope I pronounced

that right - a lovely shot of a

rainbow over Montague island. John,

you're in the running for a Fuji

digital camera. We'll give that

away Friday. Thank you, mate. I

apologise if I got your

apologise if I got your name wrong.

Blame our French producer on the first at 5:00 news!

French producer and a buboon

news-reader. The chimp-like

weatherman is doing well, folks!

Showers and thunderstorms

developing. Cloud is building over

central NSW in a trough, generating

severe storms patchy cloud isn't

causing any rain. Tomorrow's

weather map - a front will bring a

cooler change and light showers to

the NSW coastline. A trough will

cause a few showers and storms in

north-east NSW and south-east

Queensland. It will stay hot over

the interior and South Australia.

Predicted precipitation - showers

and storms in north-east NSW and

south-east Queensland tomorrow.

Drizzle on the NSW coastline later

in the piece. Showers on the far

North Queensland coast. Showers and

storms across WA. So the southerly

change that the west is just

sweating on quite literally, due

late this evening. It will colour

in most of Wednesday. Dropping

temperatures around about 10

degrees in the greater west, and

delivering some late-night drizzle tomorrow.

This is the chimp saying the monkey

story is up next - you can tell the

difference, but I'm very upset I

didn't get an invite into this next

story in the banquet. Thank you,

Tim. The monkey business continues! A lavish banquet in Thailand has ended with the guests brawling on tabletops. But what do you expect when you invite a pack of primates. The Thai monkeys are trained to guard the ancient site of Lop-boori, but they're yet to learn their table manners. At the end of each year, the monkeys are offered fruit-filled iceblocks and other finger foods to reward them for their hard work. But this staff party ends messier than most.

I'm not sure they've seen the

Channel Ten staff party. I think

I've seen Tim Bailey licking a

glass window like that too!

That's the news at 5:00. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm Deborah Knight. Thanks for your company. I'll have updates during the evening before the 'Late News with 'Sports Tonight' at 11:30. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre.