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Our main stories this Wednesday:

Out of the Commonwealth - following yesterday's military coup. Fiji threatened with expulsion of our constitution, Under section 1111

dismiss the PM Lesone Qarase. I will, as empowered to do so, Frank Bainimarana now in control.

under house arrest. The Prime Minister to receive medical attention Thousands of Australians is halted. after a worldwide drug trial The arson squad investigating a fire in country Victoria. that killed two small children the hour that stopped the nation. And in sport,

after their stunning win in Adelaide. Australia with a 2-nil series lead

at the markets Now to our first look and how is Wall Street travelling? their momentum, Stocks have continued rising after a report showed in the services sector. continued strength I'll have all the details shortly. The RBA meets today to discuss rates, from the Commonwealth, Fiji is likely to be suspended following yesterday's bloodless coup. After months of threats, finally ousted the government, the country's military leader announcing a new Prime Minister. with unprecedented news. A calm commander As of 6:00 this evening

the government, the military has taken over

and the running of this country. has executive authority in the 2000 coup, including the PM, All ministers involved have one month to vacate, and he's invoked extraordinary powers and dismiss parliament. to step in to the President's role has done, What the military commander he has raped the constitution. has already been named. A new prime minister It came after a day of high tension. into the Prime Minister's street, Armed troops swarmed sweeping out the media so far. in the first open sign of aggression You heard what I said. Go back! Go back! unfolded, As Fiji's fourth coup in 20 years amid threats an arrest was imminent. soldiers barricaded the entrance Locals are praying... ..and crying for Fiji, of an army commander. now clearly in the hands In Fiji, Emma Dallimore, Ten News. in troops to crush the coup in Fiji. Australia has ruled out sending for military intervention It follows a desperate plea from the island nation's leader. Fijian troops firing on each other The possibility of Australian and in the streets of Suva I for a moment thought desirable. was not a prospect

its ties with the Fijian military. Australia will now review on the new look Labor frontbench As jockeying continues for positions

Kevin Rudd and Deputy Julia Gillard on a 10-day national tour. are preparing to embark he wants a fairer Australia Mr Rudd says with John Howard over values. and claims he's locked in a fight So the battle lines are drawn between us in the great battle of ideas and in the next 10 days ahead when we leave this place

taking this message out. I'll be travelling the country, is asking Australians The new Labor leadership duo to help form Labor's policies. involved in a cancelled drug trial Thousands of people will be closely monitored heart medication could be fatal. after it was discovered the new in the worldwide trial of the drug. 1,300 Australians were involved Alarm bells were raised

while on the medication. when it was found 82 people died

of the class will be developed I'm confident other members which do not have the side effects. immediately stopped the trials, Manufacturer Pfizer

have been seriously affected. no Australians a father's anguish. At the scene of the fatal fire, and his wife in hospital. Two of his children dead but intense heat kept them back. Neighbours tried to help, call just before midday yesterday Firefighters received the distress to save lives or the home. but could do little with three of her children A 43-year-old woman escaped the blaze while two remained unaccounted for.

among the ruins But the search for survivors no-one wanted to hear. ended with the news Now we have located one child, is still unaccounted for. the second one of a 10-month-old girl Fire crews later uncovered the bodies and a four-year-old boy. are devastated. Those that knew the family

for anywhere. It's a real tragic thing should not happen. This sort of thing It's unknown what caused the blaze. The arson squad is investigating. Mignon Henne, Ten News. crews in Melbourne, An all-night battle for fire wall of flames in an industrial area. trying to distinguish a caught fire late yesterday, Tonnes of stockpiled garden mulch jumped fence lines. after a small grass fire Hundred were evacuated from the area, what looked like a wall of lava. leaving firefighters to battle adding to the drama. Wind changes during the night before the fire is put out. It could be days off the coast of Western Australia A dramatic rescue

in a submarine for 13 hours. with two people trapped in the sub's rescue pod The experienced divers became trapped when its winching system gave way. Sitting 139m underwater, to bring them to surface. it took three attempts hampered the rescue operation Bad weather but both men escaped unharmed. to colonise the moon by 2020. The United States has announced plans since we heard the words Almost 30 years have passed "it's one small step for man". This bigger step would see astronauts return for a much longer stay. A lunar base will be a central theme for going back to the moon in our going forward plan to go to Mars and beyond. in preparation would make week-long visits Initially, 4-person crews are in place until power and other supplies by 2024. to make a permanent presence possible the all-time great Test victories. They're calling it one of the final day heroes Shane Warne and Mike Hussey in the Ashes Series. as Australia took a 2-nil lead A win for the ages. Australia back from the brink to regain the Ashes. to go 2-nil ahead in their bid we've done the hard We've dug in, and we've won the game and it's one of the all-time great wins as far as I'm concerned. It came on the back of a Shane Warne wonder spell. On an Adelaide pitch that threw a fifth day tantrum. Warne exposed England's frailties. He bowled unchanged for four hours. Lee and McGrath outstanding support acts. As England folded losing 9/60 Australia set 168 from 36 overs Langer began with vigour. Ponting and Hussey steadied the chase. sparking wild scenes among the players Australia home with three overs to spare, sparking wild scenes among the players and the thousands who crammed into the ground. England now with it all to do. Despite a lack of form and a brief health scare, Grant Hackett will race on at the Australian Swimming Championships. While Leisel Jones just missed her own 100 breast-stroke world record. Jones half a second outside her best, enough for the second fastest swim in history. tying for first in the 100 backstroke 14-year-old schoolgirl Emily Seebohm with the shock of the night, More rumours surrounding disgruntled Wallabies back, Matt Rogers. Newspaper reports today claiming he may sit out the final year of his Rugby Union contract, forgoing up to half a million dollars in pay. Rogers is currently taking a week off to weigh up his options after meeting with Waratahs coach Ewen MacKenzie earlier in the week. We'll find out later this morning, but you can almost count on receiving an early Christmas present,

with no change expected. Economists are unanimous with their forecasts, predicting no change as the economy shows signs of cooling. In fact, most market watchers say there should be no movement until midway through next year and we could even see a rate cut at that time. Weak building activity and modest retail sales likely to keep the brakes on economic growth well into the new year. Rates have been increased three times this year as inflation lingers outside the RBA's comfort zone.

The consortium behind the $11 billion takeover bid for Qantas

has reportedly altered its bid to please the Foreign Investment Review Board. According to the 'Australian', sources close to the deal say

the main players, which include Macquarie Bank and buyout firm Texas Pacific, are now happy to take a less than 25% share. That means 55% of the Flying Kangaroo would be remain Australian owned. The same sources also say any bid is likely to between $5.40 and $5.70 a share. National weather: Now let's take a look at what the newspapers are saying: A milk recall affecting New South Wales and the ACT - those details when the Early News returns.

SLEIGH BELLS RING (Santa sings) # Just be happy... # VOICEOVER: Everyone can be someone's Santa this Christmas. Please put a gift under the UnitingCare tree at Target for a person in need. TARGET JINGLE CONTINUES This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Fiji likely to be removed from the Commonwealth after yesterday's military coup.

Rebel leader Frank Bainimarana now in control, the Prime Minister under house arrest. Cabinet considering changes to airline carry on luggage, with tough new restrictions on liquids like drinks and toothpaste. Thousands of Australians affected by a decision to end a global heart medication trial. There are fears the drugs may be fatal. And fancy living on the moon? It could be reality by the year 2020, America planning to colonize the lunar landscape. To the markets and Wall Street is set to close in the black? It's looking that way at the moment with stocks rising after a report showed continued strength in the services sector. The sale of Medibank Private gets the go-ahead, I'll have the details shortly. John Howard has ruled out sending Australian troops in to crush the coup in Fiji. While our PM has warned the coup plotters not to harm members of the Fijian Government, the country's police commissioner has predicted a popular uprising. It was a dramatic request John Howard had no choice but to turn down. The Prime Minister of Fiji rang me and asked me for Australian military intervention.

Our PM fearing a bloodbath

if the situation was allowed to escalate into open conflict. The possibility of Australian and Fijian troops firing on each other in the streets of Suva was not a prospect that I for a moment thought desirable. The Fijian military is well armed

and would resist any foreign military intervention - many of its troops have experience serving in overseas conflict zones with the UN. Our government is now reviewing its military ties with the island-nation. And Australia will implement a series of measures on the military, focusing in particular

the Fiji military force, which is responsible for the coup. John Howard warning the coup leaders not to harm any members of the Fijian Government. There will be long international memories about this if that occurs. Fiji's Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes, now in self-imposed exile in Australia, fears the worst. I can foresee a popular uprising. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Fiji looks set to be suspended from the Commonwealth, following yesterday's bloodless coup. In a public address to the Pacific island nation, the country's military leader Frank Bainarama announced

he'd overthrown the government. Under section 1111 of our constitution, I will, as empowered to do so, dismiss the PM Lesone Qarase. Still under house arrest, ousted Prime Minister Qarase says the coup has made Fiji a laughing stock. The arson squad is investigating a house fire in central Victoria that's killed a baby and child. The father of the children arrived home to hear his 10-month=old girl and 4-year-old boy had died in the blaze. His wife, who escaped with three of their other children, was taken to hospital. The woman of the children, was inside running around hysterical trying to get them out but it couldn't be done. The fire was too advanced. It's unknown what caused the fire. Researchers are promising continuing check-ups for all Australians involved in a terminated drug trial. The heart medication is being blamed for more than 80 deaths worldwide. It's a drug that's had medical researchers very excited. The potential was to reduce heart attacks by about 50%, over and above what was seen with the existing mess medication. 15,000 people around the world taking part in medical trials of Torcetrapib, which raises the level of good cholesterol in the body. But two years in - some worrying figures. The results of this clinical trial very unexpectedly showed a safety problem that we really didn't expect. The trial has been terminated, and all patients ordered off the drug. They're being promised continuing check-ups. As somebody who's been involved in this research for a long time, yes, I'm very disappointed. Researchers now hoping other similar drugs may succeed where this one has failed.

A number of milk products have been recalled across New South Wales and the ACT amid fears of a bacterial contamination. The recall affects Pura, Woolworths, Daisy-Fresh and Homebrand labels in a variety of milk sizes with the best before date of December 13. Drinking the contaminated milk may lead to a gastric attack, so you should return it to the supermarket for a full refund. For more information call a special hotline on 1800 677 852.

You may need to reconsider that bottle of water next time you board a plane.

The 'Australian' newspaper says the Federal Government is considering tougher restrictions on airline travel luggage. It follows a failed terror plot in Britain to bring down US-bound planes using liquid explosives. Under the rules, drinks, perfumes, gel, even toothpaste,

would be put in a resealable transparent plastic bag. The United States has announced plans to colonise the moon. The ambitious project is part of a long-term joint effort by 14 of the world's space agencies. Few could forget the immortal words uttered by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he first walked on the moon. It's one small step for man. More than 30 years later and NASA has announced it's biggest step yet. A lunar base will be a central theme in our going forward plan for going back to the moon in preparation to go to Mars and beyond. The plans won't blast off until 2020. But when they do, a small and ultimately self- sustaining residence of astronauts will call the moon's south pole home. So it's a very very big decision. It's one of the few where I've seen the science community and the engineering community actually agree on anything. Initially, four-person crews will make week-long visits

until power and other supplies are in place to make a permanent presence possible by 2024. NASA is refusing to put a price tag on the expensive venture. But a one trip to the moon alone costs over a US$100 billion so you can only imagine what it would cost to live there. The iconic black dress, worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', has sold for $1.3 milliion. Designed by Givenchy, the dress went under the hammer at Christie's London auction house to an anonymous bidder. It was made famous in the opening scene of the romantic comedy, when Audrey Hepburn peers into Tiffany's jewellers on New York's Fifth Avenue, eating breakfast from a brown paper bag. Australia will go to Perth needing just one more Test victory to regain the Ashes after an unexpected win in Adelaide yesterday. Shane Warne's four wickets saw England crumble.

Australia set 168 from 36 overs. They achieved that on the back of Mike Hussey's unbeaten half-century. We've dug in, we've done the hard and we've won the game and it's one of the all-time great wins as far as I'm concerned.

England's team facing a barrage of criticism from home. No team has ever come back to level an Ashes Series after being two games down. Grant Hackett's coach has hosed down fears of a major health scare for the Aussie swim captain, saying they've mistimed the preparation for this week's Australian Swim Titles. Hackett skipped the 200 metres freestyle final. A Brisbane schoolgirl stole the headlines from Leisel Jones. With a seventh world record in her sights, Leisel Jones was a clear favourite to retain her 100m breast-stroke crown, her time the subject of much speculation following a sizzling semi-final swim. The breast-stroke queen touched the wall half a second outside her best to produce the second-fastest swim in the history. 1:05, still pretty good, not the time I wanted, but still happy. Jones' performance on the night was arguably overshadowed by a Queensland school girl. Emily Seebohm, who tied for first in the 100m backstroke with defending champion Tayliah Zimmer.

COMMENTATOR: Dead heat, dead heat, Zimmer and Seebohm, dead heat. The 14-year-old becoming the third-youngest swimmer to qualify for the World Championships. You're going to the World Championships, one of the youngest swimmers ever. It's amazing. We've got great young talent coming through, at 14, that's pretty fast, well done. Daniella Intili Ten News. Finance news now and the Medibank sale gets the green light? The sale of Medibank Private has been approved, with the Federal Government set to reap $2 billion. And if the Howard Government wins another term in office, Australians will be able to buy shares in the health fund. Labor and the minor parties oppose the legislation, which was passed in the Senate by three votes.

The Opposition says the public float of Medibank in 2008 would force up premiums and has vowed to scrap the sale. And the ANZ Bank has extended the contract of its chief executive John McFarlane until at least the end of next year. Mr McFarlane has been in the top job for a decade and was planning to step down this coming September. But chairman Charles Goode says his contract has been lengthened by a year so the bank has more time to find a suitable replacement. The bank has three internal candidates that could fill the role but will continue looking. National weather: Calls for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone to be dumped - that story when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Our main stories this Wednesday: Out of the Commonwealth - Fiji threatened with expulsion following yesterday's military coup. Under section 1111 of our constitution, I will, as empowered to do so, dismiss the PM Lesone Qarase. Frank Bainimarana now in control. The Prime Minister under house arrest. Thousands of Australians to receive medical attention after a worldwide drug trial is halted. The arson squad investigating a fire that killed two small children in country Victoria. And in sport, the hour that stopped the nation. Australia with a 2-nil series lead after their stunning win in Adelaide.

Now the markets and how is Wall Street travelling? Stocks have continued their momentum, rising after a report showed continued strength in the services sector. Fiji is set to be suspended from the Commonwealth following yesterday's military coup. Joining me now on the line from Suva is Ten reporter Emma Dallimore. Good morning, Emma. There's international condemnation of the coup, what's the feeling among the people in the capital Suva?

The the 12 they is a new government

with in a army commander in charge

in Fiji this morning. The locals

will argue that the clean-up

campaign hat happen. People want

stability for Fiji. But it will be

a long time until that happens.

There are calls for the country to

be suspended from the Commonwealth.

The commander is acting as

presidents. His choice of prime

minister is a medical doctor, it

considered a local legend. People

will go to a vote as soon as

possible. The Prime Minister claims

the takeover is illegal. He says

business is as per usual. The

commander says the Prime Minister

will not be arrested. We will find

out whether the military will allow

the Prime Minister to travel. The

media has been ordered not to air

any opinions from the Prime

Minister. He will be interesting to

see how the next few days pan out. Australia has ruled out sending in troops to crush the coup in Fiji. It follows a desperate plea for military intervention from the island nation's leader.

The possibility of Australian and Fijian troops firing on each other in the streets of Suva was not a prospect I for a moment thought desirable.

Australia will now review its ties with the Fijian military. Thousands of people involved in a cancelled drug trial will be closely monitored after it was discovered the new heart medication could be fatal. 1,300 Australians were involved in the worldwide trial of the drug. Alarm bells were raised while on the medication. when it was found 82 people died of the class will be developed I'm confident other members

which do not have the side effects. immediately stopped the trials, Manufacturer Pfizer

have been seriously affected. no Australians a house fire in central Victoria The arson squad is investigating that's killed a baby and child. arrived home The father of the children and 4-year-old boy to hear his 10-month=old girl had died in the blaze. with three of their other children, His wife, who escaped was taken to hospital. The woman of the children, trying to get them out was inside running around hysterical but it couldn't be done. The fire was too advanced. It's unknown what caused the fire.

It is meant to be a time of

goodwill. But this woman's feeling

far from a festive. She was on her

way home from buying Christmas

decorations when she had a

epileptic fit in the car park.

Instead of offering help, the only

person he stopped * All her pension.

I felt like screaming. By the time

the fit past, but the thief was

gone. Our couldn't dream he could

be so cruel. It never entered my

mind. And now she's just left with

$1.20 for two weeks. She no longer

as it feels safe on the streets. could be about to face the axe. The Federal Immigration Minister The 'Australian' newspaper says are on a campaign a number of government ministers

dumped from the Immigration portfolio to have Amanda Vanstone and even removed from Cabinet. she should resign or be sacked Some senior ministers say takes place over the Christmas break. if a rumoured Cabinet reshuffle has bit back at the claims, But Senator Vanstone is happy with the job she is doing. saying the Prime Minister A taxi driver has been killed in Sydney's north west. in a crash involving a truck at around 4:30 this morning, The crash happened

at an intersection in Cherrybrook. has slammed into Vietnam, Tropical Storm Durian and injuring 300 others. killing at least 46 people

since yesterday, While it had been downgraded ripped down houses, telegraph poles winds of up to 125km/h and trees. destroyed in the county's south. It's estimated 11,000 homes were

a 1,000 people in the Philippines Typhoon Durian killed more than at the weekend. when it caused major mudslides the all-time great Test victories. They're calling it one of Shane Warne and Mike Hussey the final day heroes as Australia took a 2-nil lead in the Ashes Series. A win for the ages. Australia back from the brink to regain the Ashes. to go 2-nil ahead in their bid we've done the hard We've dug in,

and we've won the game wins as far as I'm concerned. and it's one of the all-time great of a Shane Warne wonder spell. It came on the back that threw a fifth day tantrum. On an Adelaide pitch Warne exposed England's frailties. He bowled unchanged for four hours. outstanding support acts. Lee and McGrath As England folded losing 9/60. Langer began with vigour. Australia set 168 from 36 overs had Australia on edge. But the loss of both openers steadied the chase. Ponting and Hussey with three overs to spare, Australia home

among the players sparking wild scenes who crammed into the ground. and the thousands England now with it all to do. and a brief health scare, Despite a lack of form Australian Swimming Championships. Grant Hackett will race on at the own 100 breast-stroke world record. While Leisel Jones just missed her Jones half a second outside her best, in history. enough for the second fastest swim with the shock of the night, 14-year-old schoolgirl Emily Seebohm in the 100 backstroke tying for first Tayliah Zimmer. with defending champion Wallabies back, Matt Rogers. More rumours surrounding disgruntled Newspaper reports today claiming of his rugby union contract, he may sit out the final year half a million dollars in pay. forgoing up to to weigh up his options Rogers is currently taking a week off Ewen MacKenzie earlier in the week. after meeting with Waratahs coach

is already contracted The dual international

with the Gold Coast Titans. to return to league in 2008 for the CommSec finance report Now time an early Christmas present today and mortgage holders can expect from the Reserve Bank. to official interest rates. No change is expected is Craig James. Joining us now with more we want to hear from the RBA? Craig, finally some news

The sound of silence will be

marvellous for mortgage holders

today. This will probably be the

last hike in the cycle. The economy

is slowing quite dramatically.

We're not expecting another rise

until the middle of next year. As

long as export continues to grow

weak and service the country's debt.

We also racking up a foreign assets.

Will we see a reaction to Fiji? My

reaction on arm markets. If there

was any impact it would be on airline stocks. at what the newspapers are saying: Now let's take a look The Early News returns. ACROSS THE REGION, A BIT OF A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE WITH A COOL CHANGE THIS CLOUD ACTIVITY THIS MORING, AFTERNOON. AND INCREASING CLOUD IN THE LOOKING AROUND AUSTRALIA, OF AN AFTERNOON SHOWER OR CAPITAL.... WITH THE CHANCE 29. THUNDERSTORM, AND A TOP OF THE COAST LATER THIS THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED ON WOLLONGONG, 30 IN BEGA. AFTERNOON.... CHASING 26 IN STORMS TOO IN THE WEST. EXPECTED WHERE IT'S NEEDED THE GOOD NEWS IS, RAIN'S BATHURST. MOST... IN GOULBURN.. AND DEGREES IN NOWRA, AND IT'S HEADED FOR A TOP OF 28 COOMA. 30 THE TOP IN MUDGEE. WON'T STICK AROUND FOR THE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING EXPECTED THE NEXT SIX DAYS. LONG.... A FINE WEATHER

SATURDAY.... 35 ON SUNDAY. 34 THE TOP TEMP ON A BIT OF CLOUD ABOUT ON MONDAY, AND TUESDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - from the Commonwealth Fiji likely to be removed after yesterday's military coup. now in control, Rebel leader Frank Bainimarana under house arrest. the Prime Minister to airline carry on luggage, Cabinet considering changes liquids like drinks and toothpaste. with tough new restrictions on affected by a decision Thousands of Australians heart medication trial. to end a global There are fears the drugs may be fatal. And fancy living on the moon? It could be reality by the year 2020, America planning to colonize the lunar landscape. John Howard has ruled out sending Australian troops in to crush the coup in Fiji. While our PM has warned the coup plotters not to harm members of the Fijian Government, the country's police commissioner has predicted a popular uprising. It was a dramatic request John Howard had no choice but to turn down.

The Prime Minister of Fiji rang me and asked me for Australian military intervention. Our PM fearing a bloodbath if the situation was allowed to escalate into open conflict. The possibility of Australian and Fijian troops

firing on each other in the streets of Suva was not a prospect that I for a moment thought desirable. The Fijian military is well armed and would resist any foreign military intervention - many of its troops have experience serving in overseas conflict zones with the UN. Our government is now reviewing its military ties

with the island-nation. And Australia will implement a series of measures focusing in particular on the military, the Fiji military force, which is responsible for the coup. John Howard warning the coup leaders not to harm any members of the Fijian Government. There will be long international memories about this if that occurs. Fiji's Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes, now in self-imposed exile in Australia, fears the worst. I can foresee a popular uprising.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Fiji looks set to be suspended from the Commonwealth, following yesterday's bloodless coup. In a public address to the Pacific island nation, the country's military leader Frank Bainarama announced he'd overthrown the government.

Under section 1111 of our constitution,

I will, as empowered to do so, dismiss the PM Lesone Qarase. Still under house arrest, ousted Prime Minister Qarase says the coup has made Fiji a laughing stock. Researchers are promising continuing check-ups for all Australians involved in a terminated drug trial. The heart medication is being blamed for more than 80 deaths worldwide. It's a drug that's had medical researchers very excited.

The potential was to reduce heart attacks by about 50%, over and above what was seen with the existing mess medication. 15,000 people around the world taking part in medical trials of Torcetrapib, which raises the level of good cholesterol in the body. But two years in - some worrying figures.

There were 51 deaths recorded The results of this clinical trial very unexpectedly showed a safety problem that we really didn't expect. The trial has been terminated, and all patients ordered off the drug. They're being promised continuing check-ups. As somebody who's been involved in this research for a long time,

yes, I'm very disappointed. Researchers now hoping other similar drugs may succeed where this one has failed. A number of milk products have been recalled across New South Wales and the ACT amid fears of a bacterial contamination.

The recall affects Pura, Woolworths, Daisy-Fresh and Homebrand labels in a variety of milk sizes with the best before date of December 13.

Drinking the contaminated milk may lead to a gastric attack, so you should return it to the supermarket for a full refund. For more information call a special hotline on 1800 677 852.

An all-night battle for fire crews in Melbourne, trying to extinguish a wall of flames in an industrial area. Tonnes of stockpiled garden mulch caught fire late yesterday, after a small grass fire jumped fence lines. Hundred were evacuated from the area, leaving firefighters to battle what looked like a wall of lava. Wind changes during the night adding to the drama. It could be days before the fire is put out. You may need to reconsider that bottle of water next time you board a plane. The 'Australian' newspaper says the Federal Government is considering tougher restrictions on airline travel luggage. It follows a failed terror plot in Britain to bring down US-bound planes using liquid explosives. Under the rules, drinks, perfumes, gel, even toothpaste, would be put in a resealable transparent plastic bag. The United States has announced plans to colonise the moon. The ambitious project is part of a long-term joint effort by 14 of the world's space agencies.

Few could forget the immortal words uttered by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he first walked on the moon. It's one small step for man. More than 30 years later and NASA has announced its biggest step yet. A lunar base will be a central theme in our going forward plan for going back to the moon in preparation to go to Mars and beyond. The plans won't blast off until 2020. But when they do, a small and ultimately self- sustaining residence of astronauts will call the moon's south pole home. So it's a very very big decision. It's one of the few where I've seen the science community and the engineering community actually agree on anything. Initially, four-person crews will make week-long visits

until power and other supplies are in place to make a permanent presence possible by 2024. NASA is refusing to put a price tag on the expensive venture.

But a one trip to the moon alone costs over US$100 billion, so you can only imagine what it would cost to live there. Australia will go to Perth needing just one more Test victory to regain the Ashes after an unexpected win in Adelaide yesterday. Shane Warne's four wickets saw England crumble. Australia set 168 from 36 overs. They achieved that on the back of Mike Hussey's unbeaten half-century. We've dug in, we've done the hard work and we've won the game and it's one of the all-time great wins as far as I'm concerned. England's team facing a barrage of criticism from home. No team has ever come back to level an Ashes Series after being two games down.

He's only recently retired,

but Michael Voss has already started his coaching career

with the under-17s squad at the AIS in Canberra. The former Brisbane captain revealing the Lions were even worried about him after Mal Michael's shock decision to join Essendon. I'm not going to do a Mal Michael, so... The club rang me up to try and put in a Mal Michael clause and I said, "Boys, you've forgotten I'm still on the list!" The 3-time premiership captain hitting out at both Brisbane and Michael.

I'm a bit disappointed that the club never closed that loophole, and I'm a bit disappointed how Mal conducted himself in the interviews. So, you know, being a former team-mate, I just thought he carried on a little bit, myself. After a brilliant career, Voss could be a senior AFL coach sooner rather than later. Seeing the agonising defeat and the victory spoils - that's something I want to be involved in again. And how far that is down the track, well, we'll see how we go. Adam McNicol, Ten News. Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have been cleared of doping. The fast bowlers able to play again after their bans were lifted. Akhtar had faced two years out of the sport, Asif one year after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone. The three member appeals commiteee voted 2-1 in favour of the players. The players claimed neither had been advised on taking vitamin supplements, which may have led to the positive tests.

As expected embattled wheat exporter AWB has been stripped of its monopoly export powers. The Prime Minister removing the company's right to veto wheat exports for six months with the powers shifted to Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran. This has been a challenging issue. There are a range of views. The legislation will be rushed through Parliament this week before the Christmas break. AWB shares were yesterday placed in a trading halt. A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Fiji likely to be removed from the Commonwealth after yesterday's military coup. Rebel leader Frank Bainimarana is now in control, the Prime Minister under house arrest. Thousands of Australians to receive medical attention after a worldwide drug trial is halted. The hour that stopped the nation. Australia with a 2-nil series lead after their shock win in Adelaide. That's it for Ten Early News. Don't forget the morning news starts at 11:00am 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