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Good morning. Welcome to Ten's

Early News. Today John Howard's

campaign launch splurge has little

impact. Labor commanding an

election-winning lead according to

the latest poll. More bad news for

the Coalition - I accept that

certain protections in inverted

commas, are not what they were.

Tony Abbott caught on video admitting WorkChoices as stripped

employees of protections. Two young

boys killed in violent protests on

the streets of Pakistan. And in

sports news - ex-Bulldog Willie

Mason has signed a 3-year deal with the Roosters.

Finance news. With a look at the

markets now. Good morning, everyone.

News of many more write-offs has

this sent Wall Street in to a spiral

this morning as investors fret about

about even more credit losses.

When I come back a massive iron ore

find in WA. The mining boom continues. The latest Nielsen poll

in today's Fairfax newspapers shows

Labor still well ahead of the

Coalition. The Government's cause

not helped by a report from the

Auditor-General in to the rorting

of a regional grants program. funding boost to regional Australia. The scheme was set up to give a shows But a National Audit Office report Coalition seats were often favoured. projects with little merit in In some cases,

without a formal application, they were approved by the Government weren't always applied assessment procedures and documentation proved inadequate. The report reveals against departmental advice, funding was at times approved and that some eligible Labor electorates missed out.

then you're going to end up If you have a fair application, Coalition seats than to Labor seats, with more of these grants going to simply because we hold most of them. On the eve of an election, to the Australian people at least explain taxpayer funded program how these abuses of a $328 million have occurred. That's a very basic ask. for John Howard The timing couldn't be worse about responsible spending. and his message for the Government, And there's even more pain with a new poll failing to record any major gain for the Coalition,

on Monday following its campaign launch worth $9 billion. which produced election promises A new Nielsen survey and the 'Age' newspapers in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' shows Labor still well in front - after preferences. with an election-winning 8-point lead Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

Health Minister Tony Abbott's been

caught out admitting the

Government's WorkChoices laws have

cost workers key protections.

Amateur video capturing Mr Abbott

making this speech two days ago. I

accept certain protections in

inverted commas are not what they

were. The frontbencher later

admitting the best protection for a

sacked worker is to find another

job rather than going to the Industrial Relations Commission. A

coroner is expected to decide this morning

morning whether war crimes charges

will be laid over the shooting

deaths of five Australian-based

newsmen. Official reports have long

maintained the Balibo Five were

killed in cross-fire during

Indonesia's controversial invasion

of East Timor in 1975. But evidence

given at the 8-week inquest

suggested the Indonesian army had

been tracking the journalists and

official orders were given for them

to be excuted. A man has died after his

his car collided head-on with a

semitrailer in Sydney's west overnight. The victim had been

trying to overtake a bus at Tregear

when he clipped the side of the

vehicle and collided with the

oncoming semitrailer. He died at

the scene. A mother and her

2-year-old daughter are in critical

condition after a stabbing in

Brisbane last night. Neighbours say

they heard shouting and screaming

from the home at around 9 last

night. Concern for the safety of

the woman and her daughter, they

phoned police. Police officers

arrived shortly after and forced

entry through the front door to arrived shortly after and forced

check on the welfare of the occupants.

occupants. A 2-year-old girl was

found with stab wound to the neck

and arm. Her 29-year-old mother

also knifed multiple times,

allegedly by her partner. Both

victims were taken to hospital and

remain in a critical remain in a critical condition.

Police are currently searching for

a male. The matter was domestic

related. The events shocking

neighbours in the normerly quiet

residential street. Police are

asking anybody with information to

contact police. It's a concern. I

don't think anybody likes to see

these things happen. It is

upsetting. The search for the man

is continuing. It's been revealed a mother who physically and

emotionally abused her daughter has

been granted unsupervised visits

with the 6-year-old, that's despite

the head of the NSW Department of

Community Services admitting it

could end in tragedy. But the

department claims its hands are

tied over the court order. The head

of Victoria's Police Union could

face more than a year in jail if

found guilty of interfering in a

murder investigation. Paul Mullett

has been suspended from the force

but will continue to run the

uniunion. Christine Nixon says it

will be difficult for the two to

work together in the future. He's

breached the telecommunications

interception act. Mullett's been

grilled at a corruption hearing

over claims he had discussed over claims he had discussed secret

offers of police integrity

investigations with other people. Pakistani President Pervez

Musharraf has confirmed he still --

will step down as army chief by the will step down as army chief by

end of the month. This comes as

Pakistani police opened fire on Pakistani police opened fire on a

group of demonstrators, angry at

opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's

house arrest. Two young boys aged

11 and 12 were killed during the

clashes. General Musharraf has also announced a care-taker government will

will be appointed to oversee the

upcoming elections. A powerful

cyclone batters the coast of

Bangladesh. Waves of up to six

metres high and heavy rain and strong winds are forcing three

million villagers to evacuate. The eye

eye of the storm is expected to hit

land in a couple of hours and that

will bring winds up to 240 kilometres an hour.

Rugby league first - it's official, Willie

Willie Mason will play for the

Roosters next year. But his

controversial decision to ink a

3-year deal has not pleased

everyone. One letter told me he

wasn't going to sign as a member. I

replyed to the letter and hopefully

he will be a member. Mason joins

club. other ex-Bulldogs at the Roosters

club. A-League's surprise packet,

the Queensland Roar faces its

biggest challenge so far this season.

season. It will take on Victory

tonight. The Roar is missing Tiatto.

Melbourne needs to win this to Melbourne needs to win this to stay

in the finals contention. It's a

fair incentive for us because if we

win we're on 18 points. There's

everything to play for. The match

marks Frank Farina's first

anniversary as Roar coach. The New

Zealand Breakers have climbed in Zealand Breakers have climbed in to

fourth place on the NBL ladder.

Phil Jones was unstoppable off the

bench. He scored 32 points and

drained a stack of 3-pointers in

that lot. It's the Breakers' fifth

win in a row and takes the side to 7-5

7-5 for the season. That's the

Hawks' ninth defeat of the year. To finance again.

Shares in the metals

group skyrocketed following a

massive new iron ore discovery.

They said they found more than 9

billion tonnes of iron ore. The CEO

who holds a 37% stake in the

company is now close to company is now close to becoming Australia's richest man on paper.

And a happy one I'm sure. Not such

a great day for Woodside Petroleum.

Investors stripping more than $2.6

billion from the producer. Woodside

has forecast production of between

aix million barrels of oil down

from 100 million. Weather now:

Greg Combe, it has angered voters in his electorate after buy ag$900,000 house opposite ag$900,000 house opposite a

Newcastle beach. Graduates salaries

are rising faster than the cost of

living. And the mother of a toddler

who died after waiting for care in

a Queensland hospital slams the

State Government. Claims that the State Government's claim was that

everything was done to save his

life. That's in dispute. Powerful

after shocks rock Chile. We'll have details.

A week out from the election, and

the Coalition is still the Coalition is still facing

defeat at the ballot box, according

to the latest poll. Claims the

operator of a Victorian coal mine

knew of a leak nine days before a

massive landslide. Chile rocked by

powerful aftershocks from

yesterday's massive earthquake.

Thousands have been left homeless.

And in sport, Nadal and Ferrer

dominate proceedings. Right now another check of the finance

markets. Nothing too exciteing to

report unfortunately. US stocks

have dropped this morning.

Investors tiring of the market

volatility and concerned about what lies ahead.

Coming up - Tiger Airways gets

stuck on the tarmac before it even

takes off. Labor is still in a

commanding lead just over a week

from the election. A Nielsen survey

taken after the Coalition's

campaign launch has the ALP eight

points clear of the Government on a 2-party preferred basis:

Meantime, an analysis of news polls

from the past fortnight shows the

Coalition clawing back some support,

mainly in NSW and South Australia. The Government has been The Government has been embarrassed by an auditor's report which has

uncovered pork barreling in a

regional grants scheme. The report

shows applications from Coalition

seats were favoured over those from

Labor electorates. If you have a

fair application, you're going to

end up with more of these grapbtsz

going to Coalition seats than going to Coalition seats than to

Labor seats simply because we hold

most of them. The audit said the

program failed to meet acceptable standards of public administration.

Labor hopeful George Newhouse was a

no-show at a debate last night, no-show at a debate last night,

pulling out at the last minute for

personal reasons. More than 200

people had turned up for this

debate between the nine candidates

for the Federal electorate. His

candacy is in doubt following

claims he failed to quit his job in time to be properly nominated.

Claims this morning the operator of

Victoria's Yallourn coal mine knew

that water was leaking in to the

plant nine days before a massive

landslide. Unions fear workers

could have been buried if they had

been in the path of the deluge. The

road, the land and everything on it

simply caved in at Yallourn power

plant earlier this week. Starved of

coal, the station is down to a

quarter of its capacity but the

plant's owner it's reported was so

concerned about water leaking from the

swollen river, that work was

shopped. We haven't gut a

de-dfinitive date. To who will pay

the repair bills. I'm not sure

where that would sit. Union claims

staff weren't told about a possible collapse.

collapse. We haven't analysed the

cause, nature of it. Everybody has

been really focused on the river

diversion works. Victoria will rely

on interstate power to get through

the next few weeks with

temperatures to hit the high 30s on

Tuesday, putting a strain on the

State's energy grid. We're

confident that the supply is secure and

and all consumers can rest assured

there's enough power to keep them

running for the next 1.5 weeks. A

man has been charged in connection

to a shooting in Sydney's inner

west yesterday. Two groups of men

allegedly firing on one another

after a verbal altercation outside

a Leichhardt restaurant. The men

then fled the scene. A Mercedes

Benz with bullet holes has been

recovered by police. The man will

be charged with dealing with

property suspected of being the

proceeds of a crime. A senior

police officer could face more than

a year in prison if found guilty of interfering in a murder

investigation. Victorian Police Association secretary Paul Mullett

is this morning suspended from the

force and is now fighting to remain union boss. Flanked by Melbourne's media, dropped the bombshell. Victoria's top cop I have suspended Senior Sergeant Paul Mullett on full pay. I have formed a view with a great deal of thought that he has in fact breached the Telecommunications (Interception) Act and also the provisions of the OPI Act. Suspended from the police force but not from the union. I think that's a matter for the Police Association executive -

he can legally, but it is a matter for them to make a decision. Hours later, a fuming Mr Mullett claimed he'd been served signed documents which effectively removed his status as Police Association secretary. The Chief Commissioner has taken yet another extraordinary step to interfere with the internal affairs of an independent trade union.

Earlier, the union hard man was grilled over his relationship with suspended policeman Peter Lalor, the reported target of Operation Briars which was investigating It's alleged Mr Mullett asked Police Association president Brian Rix to warn Mr Lalor his phone was being bugged. But, he's vowing to fight on. It is my intention to continue representing the members of the Police Association. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News.

A police officer has had a narrow

escape in Brisbane overnight after

two men allegedly tried to run him

down. Police were carrying down. Police were carrying out

routine vehicle checks when a car apparently drove straight at the

officer. He managed to jump clear

but the white sedan rammed his

motorcycle before driving off. The

stolen car was found abandoned

nearby. Police are urging anyone who

who saw the incident to please who saw the incident to please come

forward. Drought stricken

irrigators have had enough. They've

left their farms to take their

protest and anger to protest and anger to politicians. South Australian fruit farmers

insist increase in water

allocations to 22% will do nothing

to save their farms. The

unemployment rate for the riverland

is going to go through the roof. It

will be worse than the state bank

disaster. Growers want disaster. Growers want financial

assistance to buy water. Two

powerful aftershocks have hit

northern Chile a day after a

powerful 7.7 quake shook the area.

4,000 houses were flattened,

leaving 15,000 people homeless.

Families set up makeshift accommodation. The Chilean

Government is scrambling to send

aid to the area. Mahmoud Abbas has

called for Gaza's Hamas rulers to

be overthrown. It's the Palestinian

President's strongest call yet for

their removal since Hamas seized

control from rival group Fatah in

June. Heavy international sanctions

have been placed on Gaza during the

past five months of Hamas control.

An injured Tim Cahill has pulled

out of the Socceroos weekend out of the Socceroos weekend match

against Nigeria in London. It's the

last game the Aussies will play

before World Cup qualifiers next

year and they still haven't got a

perm npbtd coach. The Socceroos

squad is still star studded with Harry Kewell and Lucas Neil leading

prematch training in West London.

Despite an impressive week playing

Premier League, Tim Cahill has now

pulled out of the friendly. He's a big loss because whenever big loss because whenever he's played for Australia, he's played for Australia, he's always had a major contribution. Striker

Scott McDawn sld confident the rest

of the squad can pick up the slack.

We've got plenty of quality here to

step in and fill the boots. What

they still don't have is a

permanent coach. Robert Barnes is

filling in with a Dutchman expected

to be introduced soon. The sooner

we get stability, we'll have the

coach installed. Time is running

out. After this match, the

Socceroos won't play again for

three months. Their next game, the

first 2010 World Cup qualifier to

be held in February in Asia. be held in February in Asia. It's

nice to catch up with some old

friends and play again for my country.

country. It's always an honour.

Great to get another cap. I haven't

had too many. I'll go out there and

really enjoy the occasion. After a

disappointing Asia Cup effort, the

Socceroos are looking for a win at Craven Cottage but the Nigerians

may prove tough to beat. Spaniards

Nadal and David Ferrer have both

recorded victories and they're in

the semifinals. The world number 2,

Nadal, serving out to beat Djokovic

in straight sets. Ferrer moved past

Gasquet6-sun,

6-1. -- 6-1, 6-1. Travel plans of

thousands of Tiger Airlines

forced to postpone holidays. The

airline forced to postpone a test

flight before it can begin

commercial services. Time now for

our weekly check of what's making

news on Wall Street. Joining us

live now from New York. Federal

Reserve chairman wants to remove

some of the secrecy surrounding the

Central Bank? Indeed. He is

pledging to improve the Fed's

communicationwise investors and the public. He said the time had come

for the Fed to inform the US public

four times a year, not twice, as is

current practice for its

projections of the economy. When it

gives those forecasts, it will say

what it thinks the business

environment will be doing for the

following three years, not two

years. Shares in coffee giant

Starbucks have taken a hit? Yes.

We're waiting for Starbucks to come

out with quarterly earnings. The

king of the $4 coffee is feeling

the pinch. Fast food chains have

made it hard to get a good cup. Consumers get squeezed by high fuel

price and a housing market that's

in recession. All of this has skpn

starbucksstock down about 40%. It's

off about tpwo% today. Wall

off about tpwo% today. Wall Street

broker has a new boss? It does and

it tapped the head of the New York stock exchange for that position.

He's been with the stock exchange

since 2004. He was instrumental in

taking the exchange public. But he

came from Goldman Sacs. He says he

can do a great job in helping out

the consumer, credit unit now CEO. the consumer, credit unit now as

CEO. Thank you so much for the update.

Let's check out the Let's check out the weather forecast for Friday. Another headache for the Coalition

and once again it's Tony Abbott.

Details next. We'll have the CommSec finance report when the

Early News returns. So busted! Franklins has price busted 4-litre Bulla ice-cream varieties:

Look for this and other price busters only at Franklins.

John Howard's campaign launch

splurge - apparently has little

impact. Labor commanding an

election-winning lead in the latest

poll. More bad news for the

Coalition. I accept that certain

protections in inverted commas are

not what they were. And that's Tony Abbott on video admitting WorkChoices as stripped employees

of some protections. Two young boys

killed in violent protests on the

streets of Pakistan. And the big sports news - you guessed it,

Willie Mason has sign ad3-year deal with the Roosters.

Time for another check of the

markets. They've all gone fishing.

Credit angst has made for a

cautious session in the US as more

warnings of write-offs and

volatility has hit Wall Street hard,

tiring investors.

When I come back, we'll cross live

to CommSec for a market update on

what's ahead today. Thank. Labor is still in a commanding week just

over a week from the election according to the latest poll:

60% of those polled backing Labor

to win the election. An analysis of

news polls from the past fortnight

shows the Coalition has clawed back

some support, mainly in NSW and

South Australia. With more on the

election campaign, I'm joined on

the line by Brad Hodson. Firstly,

Tony Abbott has admitted workers

don't have as much protection under

the Government's IR laws? Good

morning. The Health Minister's been

caught admitting what Labor and the

unions have been saying since

WorkChoices came in and he told a

local electorate function on

Tuesday or admitting that workers'

protections have been largely

stripped away and he's advised

thebust protection for a sacked

workser to find a new job, rather than

than fight for reinstatement. The

Government arguing Kevin Rudd is

the high unemployment option and

because he's promised to scrap

WorkChoices, Bill. Some pressure

mounting on the PM over a scathing

audit report? We saw this report

yesterday. In to the regional

partnerships program accuses the

Government of pork barreling. It

says the 10 most funded electorates

were from the Coalition and 55% of

promises in the 2004 campaign went

to marginal electorates. Now the PM

wasn't briefed yesterday on the

report when we spoke to him, so he's

he's going to face some questions

on this. Today he's planning a

major economic speech, trying to

turn the tables on these polls. And

put the question out to the

electorate who is the electorate who is the best to run

the economy? And put the focus on

the risks of Labor and accuse them

of not having an economic plan, no

inflation plan and no jobs plan,.

We're in Adelaide this afternoon

and the magical mystery tour will

continue on somewhere else. We look forward

forward to your report at the end

of the day. Labor might be riding

high on those opinion poll results

but there is a distraction for it

at least in the west. The fallout

continues over a union power broker

and his MP wife's decision is to

quit the ALP. After two days in hiding, MP Shelley Archer finally fronted Parliament with husband and outspoken union boss Kevin Reynolds by her side. Ms Archer ended her 35-year membership of the Labor Party through a lawyer. She'll now be an Independent member.

Because of the deplorable manner in which I have been treated by my Labor Party colleagues. Namely, Premier Alan Carpenter, who demanded her resignation after a parliamentary report found she'd leaked secret information to lobbyist Brian Burke and gave false testimony at a hearing. Moments later, Kevin Reynolds announced his intention to quit. I've got no intention of staying in the Party, the way they've treated my wife. And this spray for the Premier, accusing him of being a dictator. Carpenter rules with an iron fist. If you speak up against Carpenter, you're on the outer. The Premier's unfazed. He now wants Ms Archer and Liberal MP Anthony Fels banished from Parliament altogether, partly due to their links with lobbyists. Opposition Leader Paul Omodei has his own problems - despite his request, Anthony Fels is refusing Rob Newton, Ten News.

A Sydney woman who miscarried in a

toilet will today give evidence at

a parliamentary inquiry. Jane

Horska will be one of nine Horska will be one of nine former

patients and their relatives to

give evidence. She miscarried in

the toilet in the emergency waiting

room in September. The room in September. The incident

sparking a flood of complaints

about patient care and resources at

the hospital. A 22-year-old man has

died in a motorcycle crash on the

Gold Coast. The man lost control of

his bike, smashing in to the guard

rail just after 9 last night. The

force of the impact sent the bike

400 metres down the road. The man's

body was recovered in a canal below

the road. Police say speed may have been

been a factor. A mother and been a factor. A mother and her

2-year-old daughter are in a

critical condition after a stabbing

in Brisbane. Police say the toddler

was stabbed in the neck and arm.

Neighbours say they heard shouting

and screaming from the home at

around 9 last night. Concerned for

the safety of the woman and her daughter, they phoned daughter, they phoned police.

Police officers arrived shortly

after and forced entry through the

front door to check on the welfare

of the occupants. A 2-year-old girl

was found with stab wound to the

neck and arm, her 29-year-old

mother also knifed multiple times

allegedly by her partner. Both

victims were taken to hospital and remain in a critical condition.

Police are currently searching for

a male. The matter was domestic related. The events shocking neighbours

neighbours in the formerly quiet

residential street. Police are

asking anybody with information to

contact police. It's a concern. I don't don't think anybody likes to see

these things happen. Yes, it

certainly is upsetting. The search

for the man is continuing. Close

friend of Bernie Banton say his

latest battle for compensation is

being dragged out in the hope that

he dies before a payout. A former

subsidiary of James Hardie has

tried to reject Mr Bapbtd bant's

claims for damages and is --

Banton's claims for damages and

friends warn the asbestos

campaigner has only weeks to live. Pakistani President Pervez

Musharraf has confirmed he will

step down as army chief by the end

of the month. Pakistani police

opened fire on a group of

demonstrators angry at Benazir

Bhutto's house arrest. Two young

boys, aged 11 and 12, were killed

during the clashes. General

Musharraf has announced a care-taker government will be

announced to oversee the upcoming

elections. The rugby league news is

official at loos - Willie Mason

will play for the Roosters next

year. But his decision to ink a

3-year deal at Bondi has not

pleased everyone. One letter told

me if he came they wouldn't sign as

a member. I replied to the letter

and hopefully he will be a member.

Mason joins other ebs Bulldogs at

the Roosters. The New Zealand

Breakers have climbed in to fourth

place an the NBL ladder after

superb shooting against Wollongong last

last night. Phil Jones unstoppable

off the bench - 32 points including

a stack of 3s. The win is the Breakers'

Breakers' fifth in a row. Little

more dismal for the Hawks, their nineth defeat of the season sinks

them to 12th on the ladder. The

Queensland Roar faces its biggest

challenge so far this season,

taking on Melbourne Victory taking on Melbourne Victory tonight.

The Roar's undefeated after six

rounds but missing Tiatto. Melbourne needs a win to stay in

finals contention. It's a fair

incentive for us because if we win

we're on 18 points. We're just one

point behind. There's everything to

play for. And the match marks Frank

Farina's first anniversary as the Roar coach.

A billion tonnes of iron ore has

been discovered in the been discovered in the Pilbara

region. Good morning. The discovery

certainly sent the shares soaring?

Investors are very confident about

the company. Investors pushed those

shares around 18% higher to $61.

Only two years ago that their

shares were sitting at around $4.

While they do have some very good

assets, the company's still in

exploration stage. So the

production of iron ore may be production of iron ore may be still

some time off yet. And average

weekly earnings after risen by 1% in

in the September quarter, what does

that mean for us? It would come that mean for us? It would come as

no surprise that the comoddity link stakes are on top of the stakes are on top of the pace

scales at the moment. We're seeing

West Australian wages right at the

top there. They're around $60,000

on average per year. That's around $4,000 observe the national $4,000 observe the national average. And while we're seeing the And while we're seeing the fastest

growth in the mining and

construction areas, we're also,

that makes up only around 7.5% of

the total national wage bill. So in

the inflationary effects of that

are still well contained. Thank you

for the update. Thank you very much.

A look at the national weather for the

the rest of today:

The headlines - an audit has found

the Coalition used a grants program

to make pre-election handouts worth

millions of dollars to win votes. A

$1 billion pay day for Fortescue

boss. That story in the Business

Day. More on the story of the

suspension of Paul Mullett. A

ferocious cyclone is bearing down

on Bangladesh. We'll have details

on that when the Early News returns. TALENTS IN THE CAPITAL THIS WEEKEND - MORE ON THAT SOON GOOD MORNING

YOUNG OLYMPIC HOPEFULS GET A CHANCE TO SHOWCASE THEIR TALENTS IN THE CAPITAL THIS WEEKEND - MORE ON THAT SOON THE COALITION'S VOWING TO FINALLY DELIVER INCREASED ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS IN THE SNOWY RIVER. WATER MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL'S PLEDGED FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS FOR PROJECTS TO CONSERVE LOCAL WATER.. THE MOVE AIMED AT REDUCING THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS ON LOCAL CONSUMERS. THE FUNDS WILL HELP FULFILL A LONG MADE GOAL TO RETURN TWENTY ONE PER CENT OF THE AILING RIVER'S NATURAL FLOW. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT IS PUSHING FOR RISES IN THE COST OF COURT IMPOSED AND TRAFFIC RELATED FINES. UNDER A NEW BILL, A TEN DOLLAR SURCHARGE WOULD BE ADDED TO A RANGE OF OFFENCES.. THE MONEY GOING TOWARDS COUNSELLING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES FOR VICTIMS. SIMILAR SCHEMES ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY INTERSTATE THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT IS PUSHING FOR RISES IN THE COST OF COURT IMPOSED AND TRAFFIC RELATED FINES. UNDER A NEW BILL, A TEN DOLLAR SURCHARGE WOULD BE ADDED TO A RANGE OF OFFENCES.. THE MONEY GOING TOWARDS COUNSELLING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES FOR VICTIMS. SIMILAR SCHEMES ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY INTERSTATE THE A-C-T OPPOSITION'S DISAPPOINTED PLANS TO CHANGE ANIMAL LAWS HAVE BEEN REJECTED. THEY WERE PUSHING FOR DOG BREEDS PRE-DISPOSED TO VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR BE LISTED, AND OWNERS OF THOSE

BREEDS MEET STRONG SAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES. THE OPPOSITION SAYS THE CHANGES WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THE A-C-T IN-LINE WITH OTHER STATES. AND IN SPORT, CANBERRA'S NEW CROSS COUNTRY TRACK WILL HOLD ITS FIRST EVENT ON SUNDAY. THE DAY WILL FEATURE A RANGE OF EVENTS FOR OLYMPIC HOPEFULS AND SCHOOL KIDS. THE CIRCUIT'S PART OF THE STROMLO FOREST PARK, AND IS NAMED AFTER CANBERRA'S FORMER MARATHON CHAMPION ROB DE CASTELLA. NOW TO THE WEATHER... A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE REGION WILL MAINTAIN FINE AND WARM WEATHER THIS MORNING, BEFORE A AN INLAND TROUGH HEADS OUR WAY TO THE NATIONAL MAP AND FINE IN MOST CAP CITIES.. BUT AN EVENING STORM IN DARWIN .. AND JUST THE CHANCE OF LATE SHOWERS IN CANBERRA AND THIRTY DEGREES FINE AND SUNNY IN WOLLONGONG A TOP OF 25 .. A HOT 36 IN WAGGA .. THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS OR STORMS IN ORANGE, MOSTLY FINE IN DUBBO THE CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS OR STORMS IN

BATHURST AND GOULBURN A TOP OF 29 .. STORMS IN THE ALPS 34 AND MOSTLY FINE IN PARKES .. AFTERNOON SHOWERS AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND 29 IN

COOMA TO THE WEEKEND OUTLOOK .. AND THE CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND THUDERSTORMS TOMORROW AND SUNDAY TOPS OF 29 DEGREES .. SAME STORY MONDAY BUT SLIGHTLY WARMER WITH THIRTY DEGREES IN THE CAPITAL GOOD MORNING

A week out from the election and

the Coalition is still looking at

defeat at the ballt box, according

to another poll. Claims that the

operator of a Victorian coal mine

knew about a leak nine days before

a massive landslide. Chile rocked

by powerful aftershocks from yird's

massive earthquake. Thousands have

been left homeless. Nadal and

Ferrer dominate proceedings at the

Shanghai Masters. Jacinta with a

last check of the markets. US

stocks have dropped this morning.

Coming up next - Macarthur

Coal slashes. Labor still well ahead of the Coalition according to

the polls. The Government's cause

not helped by a report from the

Auditor-General in to the rorting

of a regional grants program. The scheme was set up to give a funding boost to regional Australia. shows But a National Audit Office report projects with little merit in Coalition seats were often favoured.

In some cases, they were approved by the Government without a formal application, assessment procedures weren't always applied

and documentation proved inadequate. The report reveals funding was at times approved against departmental advice, and that some eligible Labor electorates missed out. If you have a fair application, then you're going to end up with more of these grants going to Coalition seats than to Labor seats, simply because we hold most of them. On the eve of an election, at least explain to the Australian people how these abuses of a $328 million That's a very basic ask. The timing couldn't be worse for John Howard and his message about responsible spending. And there's even more pain for the Government, with a new poll failing to record any major gain for the Coalition, following its campaign launch on Monday which produced election promises worth $9 billion. A new Nielsen survey in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and the 'Age' newspapers shows Labor still well in front - with an election-winning 8-point lead after preferences. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

Health Minister Tony Abbott's caught Health Minister Tony Abbott's been caught out admitting the Government's

Government's WorkChoices laws have

cost workers key protections.

Amateur video capturing Mr Abbott making

making this concession during an electorate function a couple of

days ago. I accept certain

protections in inverted commas are

not what they were. The frontbencher later admitting the

best protection for a sacked worker

is to find another job rather than

going to the Industrial Relations

Commission. The head of Victoria's

police union could face more than a

year in jail if found guilty of

interfering in a murder

investigation. Paul Mullett has

been suspended from the force but

will continue to run the union. Christine

Christine 96en said it would be

difficult for the two to work

together in future. He's together in future. He's breached

the telecommunications interception act

act and the provisions of the OPI

act. He's been questioned at a

corruption hearing over claims he

had discussed secret offers of police integrity investigations

with other people. A mother and her

2-year-old daughter are in a

critical condition after a critical condition after a stabbing

in Brisbane. Neighbours called

police after hearing screams for

help from the home just before 9

o'clock last night. The toddler was

knifed in the neck and arm. Her

29-year-old mother also stabbed,

allegedly by her partner. The

attacker fled the scene and the

search continues. Claims this

morning the operator of Victoria's

Yallourn coal mine knew that water

was leaking in to the plant nine

days before a massive landslide.

Unions fear workers could have been

buried if they had been in the path

of the deluge. The road, the land

and everything on it simply caved

in at Yallourn power plant earlier

this week. Starved of coal, the

station is down to a quarter of its

capacity but the plant's owner was

so concerned about water leaking

from the flood swollen river, works

were scheduled on the day of the

collapse to relieve the pressure.

The station's operator short on

answers when it will be back at

full capacity. We don't know yet.

Who who will pay the repair bills?

I'm not sure where that would sit.

And union claims staff weren't told

about a possible collapse. We

haven't analysed the cause nature

of it. Everybody has been really focused on the river diversion

works. Victoria will rely on

interstate power to get through the

next few weeks with temp rchtoorz

hit the high 30s on Tuesday. We're

confident the supplies are secure

and business and all consumers can

rest assured there's enough power

to keep them running for the next

week and a half. Two powerful aftershocks have hit northern aftershocks have hit northern Chile

a day after a 7.7 quake shook the

area. 4,000 houses were flattened,

leaving 15,000 people homeless.

Families set up makeshift

accommodations. They've been

sleeping in cars and tents. The Chilean Government is scrambling

to send aid to the area. Millions

are fleeing their homes as a

ferocious cyclone lingers off the

coast of Bangladesh. Strong winds

and waves of up to six metres are

forcing three million villagers to

evacuate. The eye of the storm is

expected to hit land in a couple of

hours.

An injured Tim Cahill has pulled

out of the Socceroos' weekend game

against Nigeria in London. The

international friendly is the last

chance the Aussies will play before

World Cup qualifiers next year and

they still haven't got a permanent

coach. The Socceroos squad is still

star-studded with Harry Kewell and

Lucas Neil leading prematch

training in West London. One big

name is missing. Tim Cahill has now

pulled out of Saturday's pulled out of Saturday's friendly

due to injury. He's a big loss for

us because he's always had a major

contribution to the team. Striker

Scott McDonald is confident the

rest of the squad can pick up the

slack. We've got plenty of quality

to step in and fill the boots. What

they still don't have is a

permanent coach. Dick Advacaat

expected to be announced in the

position soon. Playing in the way

the coach wants tuse play is the

better for everyone. Time is

running out. After this match, the

Socceroos won't play again for

three months. Their next game, in three months. Their next game, the

in the 2010 World Cup qualifier, to

be held in February in Asia. It's

nice to catch up with some old

friends and play again for my

country is always an honour. I haven't

haven't had too many caps so I'll

enjoy the occasion. After a

disappointing Asia Cup effort, the

Socceroos are looking for a win at

Craven Cottage but the Nigerians

may prove tough to beat. Spainyards

Nadal and Ferrer have won their

matches this morning and are through to the semifinals of the

Shanghai Masters. Nadal serving it

out to win in straight sets. Ferrer

beat the Frenchman 6-1, 6-1. In

netball news, Australia will take on

on England tonight in the

semifinals of the World Championships. Despite their 90-22

thrashing of the Cook Islands, the Aussies

Aussies are wary. They say England

will be a much greater threat.

We'll probably go home and get the

best recovery we can and have a

good look at England. England was a

massive last-start victor, massive last-start victor, beating

Malawi81 to 37. Bautdalneck

problems for Macarthur Coal. Its first

first half profits could fall by more

more than 70%. The company blaming

a bottleneck at the Dalrymple port.

The company says capacity

constraints and waiting fees for

ship operators have heavily

affected profits. Kerry Stokes has

flagged plans to develop its

multichannel business. He addressed

the country's arbs GM, indicating

there would be no rush to spend the

$2 billion profit. And the

broadcaster is appealing a decision

against it for the C7 case. The

next story is the next story is the big breaking

story of the day. A Russian mother

is going to have her hands full.

She's given birth to quintuplets.

The five girls arrived 14 weeks

ahead of schedule. Cases of quintuplets

quintuplets are very rare, so 18

doctors and nurses were on hand for

this birth. Mother and all five

babies are doing well. Just have to find a big car now.

The findings of an inquiry in to

the deaths of the Balibo 5 will be heard in Sydney. And Brendon Nelson

will debate his Labor counterpart

once again in Canberra. Recapping

the morning's top stories. John

Howard's campaign launch splurge has had little impact. Labor

commanding an election-winning lead

according to the latest poll. And

more bad news for the Coalition. I

accept that certain protections in

inverted commas are not what they

were. Tony Abbott caught on video admitting WorkChoices as stripped

employees of protections. And two

young boys have been killed in

violent protests on the streets of

Pakistan. That's it for the Early

News. Goodbye for now. Here is one

to make you up or race to the gym.

Highlights from Cleo Magazine's

bikini bash in Sydney last night.

Have a great day. Supertext

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