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Good morning. I'm Frank Colettat

skpfrplgts I'm Catherine Kennedy.

Welcome to Ten's Early News. First,

a tragic development this morning.

Asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton

has passed away, aged 61. Mr Banton

died in the early hours of this

morning at home, surrounded by family. He'll be best remembered

for his tireless battle for

compensation against James Hardie.

His passion for justice a legacy

for all. Publicly, Bernie Banton

has been the face of the James

Hardie campaign. Privately, he

fought another battle - a

devastating illness. But nothing

could douse his fighting spirit could douse his fighting spirit to

win compensation for victims of

asbestos. Frivolous asbestos claims

- there is no such thing. They're

deadly serious. People die because

of their exposure to asbestos.

Seven years go, Bernie Banton

from received 800,000 dollars in damages

from the building giant for an

asbestos-related lung disease. He

received nationwide support after

staging fiery protests highlighting

the plight of James Hardie victims.

This is just another step to get

justice, and that's what it is. Justice, for victims and their Justice,

families. But in August, earlier

this year, he was diagnosed with a

fatal disease, mese ofillioma,

prompting him to seek further compensation. It was then he said

"I will fight James Hardie to my

dying breath to ensure my family

will be OK once I'm gone." Fighting

from his death bed, he succeeded.

Pawn hearing his news, his wife

said Bernie was too sick to even

respond. I'm just umb. I could

never say I'm happy. It's just a

relief. James Hardie admitted it

knew about the horrific dangers asbestos years before Bernie Banton knew about the horrific dangers of

began working with their material

as a machine operator. Just hours

before he died, angreement was reached - the settlement

confidential. We were very hopeful

we could settle it to give him

piece of mind and ensure his

damages were preserved. Bernie

Banton's legacy - his case now a

precedent for potentially thousands

of other asbestos victims. Like other battles we've been through,

we intend to face this one head-on.

He lost only one battle - his

battle against mese othillioma. Bernie Banton was 61.

Turnbull To other news now, and Malcolm

Turnbull has emerged as the

frontrunner in a 3-horse race to frontrunner in a 3-horse race to

lead the Liberal Party. Brendan Nelson and Tony Abbott are also

pushing hard for the top job ahead

of a party meeting next week. The

leadership battle looming as, on

priorities. the other side, the PM elect talks

Another high school visit, (All scream)

is the Prime Minister-elect but this time Kevin Rudd education revolution into reality. and he's now about turning his Making good on his promise

for every senior high-school student of a laptop is priority number one, to get started on the project Mr Rudd ordering his department and assigning his MPs some homework. I want them in the next two days and a non-government school to visit both a government school in their electorates.

Also on the agenda, WorkChoices, has waited so long to hear. and the "sorry" the Stolen Generation In relation to an apology, early in the parliamentary term. it will be early,

the transition has begun - In Canberra, leaving no doubt one senior ministerial staffer

as to their reaction to the change. from a former minister, A more dignified response outgoing Deputy PM Mark Vaile

of the Nationals to focus on family. stepping down from the leadership and that's what I want to give 'em. They, they deserve a bit of time, Both Coalition partners in re-grouping. now face a potentially divisive time have put their hats in the ring Already three former ministers to lead the Liberals against Prime Minister Rudd. and be the first to face off Brad Hodson, Ten News.

And confirmation that former

foreign minister Alexander Downer

has ruled himself out of another

tilt at the top job. The reason

being - his family was horrified at

the idea. Um, they just thought it

would be, ah, the wrong career

decision for me, and they deputy

want to go through it all again the want to go through it all again -

the kind of experiences you have as

a political leader. But Mr Downer

does say he'll stay ipParliament

for the next three years, but is

considering a future career in considering a future career in

business or acdameia.

out following the Coalition's And the claws are well and truly

resounding defeat at the weekend.

Some members of the Liberal Party

ranks reportedly blaming the

election loss on John Howard

staying on too long as leader. Nick

Minchin has rurevealed he told Mr

Howard to step down in March Howard to step down in March of

last year. Mr Downer says he'd also

asked him to go more than once.

85 Queensland communities which are fighting forced council

amalgamations have begun receiving

ballot papers in a federally ballot papers in a federally funded

plebiscite. Ratepayers will simply

say yes or no to mergers, hoping

the word will get through to

incoming Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

If there's an overwhelming 'no' vote,

vote, and a majority, vast majority

of the community vote in this

plebiscite, then I don't think that

he can ignore that. But voting is

not compulsory, nor is any action

by the Commonwealth.

A police hunt continues this

morning for a 60-year-old man after

his neighbour was shot dead near

Wollongong, south of Sydney. Steven

Holmes died from a single shotgun

wound after complaining wound after complaining about loud

music. We were all around him, and

next minute, they said "Jesus, we'd

better move, because the better move, because the bastard's

still got a gun." We thought, "Once

he's killed some bastard, he'll

keep going." A warrant has been

issued for the arrest of Stanley

Maguire, whose car was found

abandoned 200km north of the incident.

Police are investigating a hoon

driver in their own ranks. This

video has been posted on YouTube

showing a West Australian police

car doing burnouts in a paddock

with eager onlookers. The 40 with eager onlookers. The 40

seconds of video of the patrol car

appears under the title of 'Good Aussie Cops: Police Officers in

Action'.

Beckhammania has well and truly grip

Sydney ahead of tonight's big match,

with celebrities gathering. The

lucky ones were inside Beckham's

bash, but the fans didn't miss out.

Enter the Beckham entourage.

Arriving on the red carpet for his

very own A-list Sydney cocktail

party. Looking suave, sophisticated

and relaxed, he took all the

attention in his stride as 200 of the the city's other celebs waited

inside to meet him up close and

personal. But the fans who'd been

waiting were also after that

experience, and they weren't

disappointed. Signing autographs

and posing for photos for the

first time in front of an Australian audience, and he

couldn't be happier. Look at this. It's incredible, you know, the

amount of people that have seen, ah,

obviously come here to see the

players turn up. I think it's been

amazing. Everyone has been so nice

to me so far, so I'm enjoying it.

How do you describe the sity? It's

beautiful. I was out on a boat for

a few hours today to see a few

sites. It's amazing. I've always

wanteded to come here. It's nice to

be here finally. After a chat with

us, it was a catch-up with actor,

LA local and soccer fan Anthony LaPaglia.

Of course, we'll have a full

preview of tonight's big match

between LA Galaxy and Sydney FC

coming up in sport.

A Dutch packbacker who --

backpacker who came to the aid of a

woman in a shooting has been woman in a shooting has been given

an international bravery award.

Paul de Waard was presented with a

silver medal from the Carnegie Hero

Fund in his home town in the Netherlands.

A powerful typhoon has killed at

least 10 people and forced

thousands to flee their homes in

the Philippines. Typhoon Mitag, a

category-1 storm, packed winds of

up to 150km/h as it roared into the north-eastern region, while another

deadly storm that had moved

offshore returned, also causing

havoc. The typhoon triggered havoc. The typhoon triggered landslides and cut power to more

than a million people. Forecasters

say another storm may hit the

Philippines in a few days.

After all the parties, promotions

and endless autograph signings, and endless autograph signings,

David Beckham will finally take to the football field tonight.

Soccer's most recognisable star got

in some last-minute practice by

taking shots across Sydney's famous

Sydney Harbour, and knows he'll be

in for a battlenst against in for a battlenst against inaugural A-League champions Sydney

FC. We know they've got some

talented players. 18-year-old Nik

Tsattalios has been handed the

daunting task of marking up against

the England international.

Meantime, the AFL's biggest names

are set to star on the same fieldal

for the first time as part of the

league's 150 years of football

celebrations next year. celebrations next year. Announcing

a Victoria versus All-Star a Victoria versus All-Star game,

the match could potentially pit the

likes of Judd, Brown and Goodes against Riewoldt, Pavlich and Kerr. State of Origin appears dead and buried but the big V is back. Victoria's finest footballers will take on an All-Star team consisting of players from all other States, territories and even countries. The showpiece event to mark 150 years of football. I think the opportunity us players will get to play in a game of this standard, it's never happened before and it probably may never happen again. Just excited at the opportunity to play

with and against the best 50 players in the competition. Brown and McLeod have been named respective captains with the Vics skipper already assuming the role vacated by the late Ted Wiggan. I just can't wait to get out there and get stuck into them and prove that Victoria produces the best footballers. Geelong premiership coach Mark Thomson will be at the helm of the big V. While Port's Mark Williams has been handed the reins at the All-Stars. The match will be played under lights at the MCG on May 10, a weekend with no other football.

Star sprinter Miss Andretti has

scooped the pool at the Horse of

the Year awards, where she was

named champion racehorse and also

champion sprinter. Jockey Darren

Beadman and trainer Gai Waterhouse

both made history when they were

inducted into racing's Hall of Fame.

Beadman the first active jockey inducted, while Waterhouse is the

first female trainer to join a very

select group. I noticed beforehand,

I thought "There are a lot of men

up there, and there ain't any

women." I thought you had to be

passed away or whatever. At 42,

it's great. I can live it and be a

living legend! Miss Andretti was

also named the most popular

racehorse. A big night, got to say.

Now for a first look at the markets,

here's Catherine. Thank you. US

stocks are trading lower this morn

as credit concerns set financial

housing-related shares lower.

Outweighing the positive impact of

a strong start to the holiday shopping

The mining giant has unveiled a

huge iron ore expansion plan at an

investors' briefing in London. Rio

Tinto has committed to spending $2.7

billion Australian dollars to

expand its Pilbara iron ore

capacity in Western Australia. The

mining company guaranteeing big

dividend increases and huge cost savings, putting the pressure back

on BHP to increase its takeover bid.

Rio's share price soared yesterday,

following rumours of a rival offer

from a Chinese consortium.

Checking the weather for the rest of today:

Now for a look at the newspapers

today - 'The Australian' says Kevin

Rudd is under pressure to sophen

the Howard government's indigenous

communities takeover, such as

lifting alcohol sale restrictions. And investors seem to have

welcomed the changing government,

with the Australian Stock Exchange

climbing 2.2% on the first day of

trade. That story in the 'Sydney

Morning Herald'. And the 'Herald Sun' says the

discovery of dinosaur bones dating

back 115 million years could lead to to lengthy cost blow-outs and

delays for Victoria's desalination plant.

Fire forces residents to flee a US

high-rise. All the details when

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Bringing you sad news this morning

- fearless asbestos campaigner

Bernie Banton has passed away from

mesothelioma, aged 61. Mr Banton

died in the early hours of this

morning at home, surrounded by

family. At the weekend, Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd saluted

Mr Banton for his heroic fight

against James Hardie for compensation for asbestos sufferers.

Just last week, Mr Banton won

exemplary damages for his

asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. Publicly, Bernie Banton has been the

the face of the James Hardie

campaign. Privately, he fought

another battle - a devastating ill

ins. But nothing could douse his fighting spirit to win compensation

for victims of asbestos. Frivolous

asbestos claims - there is no such

thing. They're deadly serious. People die because of their

exposure to asbestos. Seven years

ago, Bernie Banton received

$800,000 in damages from the building giant for an asbestos-related lung disease. asbestos-related lung disease. He

received nationwide support after

staging fiery protests highlighting

the plight of James Hardie victims.

This is just another step to get

justice , and that's what it is -

justice for victims and their

families. But in August earlier

this year, he was diagnosed with a

fatal disease, mesothelioma. fatal disease, mesothelioma.

Prompting him to seek further assumptionsation. It was then that

Bernie said "I will fight James

Hardie to my dying breath to ensure Hardie to my dying breath to ensure

my family will be OK once I'm gone."

Fighting from his death bed, he

succeeded. Upon hearing the news, his

his fight said Bernie was too sick

to even respond. I'm just numb. I

could never say I'm happy. And it's

just a relief. James Hardie just a relief. James Hardie admitted

it knew about the horrific dangers of asbestos years before Bernie

Banton began working with their deadly material as a machine

operator. Just hours before he died,

an agreement was reached. The

settlement confidential. We were very hopeful that we could settle

it to give him some peace of mind

and ensure all his damages were preserved. Bernie Banton's legacy - preserved. Bernie Banton's legacy -

his now case now a precedent for

possibly thousands of other

asbestos victims. Like other

battles we've been through, we

intend to face this one head-on. He

lost only one battle - his battle

against mesothelioma.

Bernie Banton was 61.

To other news former minister

Malcolm Turnbull is firming as the

favourite to take on the leadership

of the Liberal Party, despite

challenges from two colleagues.

Tony Abbott and Brendan Nelson are

also in the race, but Malcolm

Turnbull is already pushing for a

move away from the Howard era. The

people have spoken. The people are

always right. They've spoken. always right. They've spoken. We

must review all of our policies. Outgoing foreign minister Alexander

Downer, though, has ruled out

running for the Liberal leadership. running for the Liberal leadership. Queensland Nationals Senator

Barnaby Joyce says he'll run for

the party leadership if he has the

support of colleagues. The

Nationals will meet within the next

week to choose a new leader after week to choose a new leader after Mark Vaile announced he will be stepping down.

As the Liberal leadership contest

heats up, the Prime Minister-elect

has focused on turning his has focused on turning his education revolution into reality.

Kevin Rudd says providing a laptop computer to every student is his

first priority. Ordering his

department to get moving on the

project, Mr Rudd also setting MPs a

bit of homework. I want them in the

next two days to visit both a

government school and a

non-government school in their electorates.

electorates. Mr Rudd also says

he'll apologise to indigenous

Australians early on in his term.

It could be four more days until a

result is actually known in John

Howard's seat of Bennelong. While

Maxine McKew's win is all but

confirmed, she still hasn't claimed victory. Flowers for Bennelong's first lady, Maxine McKew all but claiming the traditionally Liberal-held seat. I feel the weight of responsibility, actually. This is now a Labor seat for the very first time in the history of Bennelong. While the votes are still being counted, she's focused on the future. Kevin and I had a discussion about the contribution that I can make to the next parliament. Early indications are it could be as a parliamentary secretary. REPORTER: When do you think we'll know a result? Will it be by Friday? Look, I'm not sure, but I would think so, yeah. By the look of John Howard's campaign rooms, it shouldn't matter. while a delivery van cleared ballot boxes which failed to deliver the result the aspiring PM was seeking. His decision not to run for the Liberal leadership has been commended by some colleagues. When a government's defeated, you can't look like the government in exile. being Paul Keating's deputy leader. Kim Beazley always suffered from

You've got to have a clean break, a fresh face, and that's probably what we'll get. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News.

Two teenagers have been stabbed and

a third injured in a brawl outside

a suburban shopping centre in

Brisbane. Police allege two gangs Brisbane. Police allege two gangs

began fighting outside the Bing Lee marketplace

marketplace late yesterday. During marketplace late yesterday. During

that night, it appears that a

screwdriver has been produced by screwdriver has been produced by

one of the youths, and two people

have received injuries because of

that. Two 19-year-olds were taken

to hospital with stab wounds an 18-year-old girl also injured

after being hit with a bottle was

also taken away for treatment.

Police are still investigating.

Victoria's $3 billion desalination

plant could be delayed after

dinosaur bones were found at the

site. The skeletons of ancient

marine reptiles dating back 115

million years have been found on a

beach next to the proposed beach next to the proposed plant.

Construction was set to begin next

year, with water to flow by 2011.

But the project could now be

delayed by several years.

Investigations are continuing into Investigations are continuing into

the cause of a tragic stadium

collapse in Brazil which has killed

at least seven people. It's

believed the part of the concrete

floor gave way as football fans

jumped up and down. The victims

falling several stories to the

ground -- storeys to the ground.

Hundreds of people unaware of what

had happened charged onto the field

to celebrate the game to celebrate

-- celebrate the local team's victory

The David Beckham show will finally The David Beckham show will finally turn the football pitch, with

kick-off to tonight's Hyundai club

challenge is just 18 hours away, a friendly sure to entertain.

Not a bad setting for kicking a

footy. Soccerpist million-dollar

man David Beckham with some

pre-game target practice on Sydney

Harbour. Everything is good. The

manager has been working us hard,

which is what we obviously need.

And we're looking forward to the

game. I think 80,000 fans are

coming out to see the game so,

hopefully we'll perform. A

sentiment shared by the coach, who

will lead the Galaxy into battle

for the very first time. I just

want to win my games. And of course

if you can do that with some good

football, attractive football,

that's an extra bonus. The Galaxy

missing four of their own through

thejury, and treating their

opponents with respect. We know

they have some talented players.

The job of containing Beckham left

in the hands of an 18-year-old in the hands of an 18-year-old

who's just finished his HSC. Never

played in front of 80,000 before,

or against David Beckham, so um, I

will be a bit nervous, but um, I'll sure it will be a good experience. Meantime, the biggest names in

Australian Rules are set to star on

the same stage for the very first

time as part of celebrations to

mark 150 years of football, the AFL

has announced a match between

Victoria and an All-Star team. I

think just the opportunity that us

players will get to play in a game

of this standard, ah, has never

happened before, and it probably

may never happen again. The match

will be played under lights at the

MCG on May next year. That will be

a big one. Finance with Catherine.

A dip in Wall Street? That's right. US stocks are trading lower this

morning, outweighing the positive

impact of a strong start to the holiday shopping season.

RAMS shareholders have approved

the sale of the home loan's brand

to Westpac for $140 million. The to Westpac for $140 million. The

deal seals the name of A change to

RHG Limited, which will now run off

its $14.8 billion loan book and

return as much of investors' money

as possible. Shareholders who paid

$2.50 a share in the July float of

RAMS have seen their investment

plunge 90% on the back of the

global credit crunch. Checking the weather now: Xbgen

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who risked his life in a Melbourne

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This program is captioned live.

First, sad news this morning - tireless asbestos campaigner Bernie

Banton has passed away in the early

hours of this morning, aged 61. A

family friend says Mr Banton died peacefully in his sleep from

mesothelioma, surrounded by family.

Mr Banton is remembered and

applauded for his courageous battle

for compensation against James

Hardie. His family has thanked the Australian Australian community for their support throughout the fight for

justice and, in the past few months,

as his condition deteriorated. His

battle with asbestos-related

cancer the only battle he ever lost.

His passion for justice a legacy

for all. Publicly, Bernie Banton

has been the face of the James

Hardie campaign. Privately, he

fought another battle - a devastating illness. But nothing

could douse his fighting spirit to

win compensation for victims of

asbestos. Frivolous asbestos claims

- there is no such thing. They're

deadly serious. People die because of their exposure to asbestos.

Seven years ago, Bernie Banton

received $800,000 in damages from

the building giant for an

asbestos-related lung disease. He

received nationwide support after

staging fiery protests highlighting

the plight of James Hardie victims.

But this is just another step to

get justice. And that's what it is

- justice for victims and their

families. But in August earlier

this year, he was diagnosed with a fatal disease, mesothelioma.

Prompting him to seek further compensation. It was then that

Bernie said "I will fight James

Hardie to my dying breath to ensure

my family will be OK once I'm gone."

Fighting from his death bed, he

succeeded. Upon hearing the news,

his wife said Bernie was too sick

to even respond: I'm just numb. I

could never say I'm happy. And it's

just a relief. James Hardie admitted

it knew about the horrific dangers

of asbestos years before bapt

Banton began working with their

deadly material as a machine

operator. Just hours before he died,

an agreement was reached. The settlement confidential. We were

very hopeful that we could settle

it to give him some peace of mind

and ensure that all his

and ensure that all his damages

were preserved. Bernie Banton's

legacy, his case now a precedent

for possibly thousands of other

asbestos victims. Like other

battles we've been through, we

intend to face this one head-on. He

lost only one battle - his battle against

against mesothelioma. Bernie Banton

was 61. Former

Environment Minister Malcolm

Turnbull is firming as favourite to

take leadership of the Liberal

Party. Tony Abbott and Brendan Nelson Nelson have officially joined the

race, but Malcolm Turnbull is

already pushing for a move already pushing for a move away

from the John Howard era. The

people have spoken. The people are

always right. They've spoken. We

must review all of our policies.

The outgoing environment minister

indicating the new Labor

Government has received a mandate

for ratifying Kyoto.

And Andrew Robb is emerging as the

favourite to take on the position

of deputy. But he too may face some

compotation - outgoing ministers

Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop

expected to challenge Robb for the role.

role. Mr Pyne says he's still

making up his mind, but the signs

are positive.

I'm getting very encouraging

response from colleagues about

taking that leap. I do think it's

time for a new generation of

Liberals to step forward and be

prepared to take the party into

the year in the future. Meantime,

as the Liberal leadership contest heats up, the Prime Minister-elect is

is focusing on turning his

education revolution into reality.

Kevin Rudd says providing a laptop

comfuter every student is his first

priority, ordering his department

to get moving on the project. Mr

Rudd also setting his me. Ps a

little bit of homework. I want them in little bit of homework. I want them

in the next two days to visit both

a government school and a

non-government school in their

electorates. Mr Rudd also says he

will apologise to indigenous

Australians early on in his term.

A police hunt continues this

morning for a 60-year-old man after

his neighbour was shot dead near

Wollongong, south of Sydney. Wollongong, south of Sydney. Steven

Holmes died from a single Holmes died from a single shotgun

blast after complaining about loud

music. We were all around him, and

next minute they said "Jesus, we'd

better move because the bastard's

still got a gun." And we thought

"Once he's killed some bastard,

he'll keep going." A warrant has

been issued for the arrest of

Stanley Maguire, whose car was found

found 200km north of the shooting.

Police in NSW could be one step

closer to solving a 30-year-old

murder mystery. Forensic testings

revealed human bones found at a

construction site for a

desalination plant in south Sydney

belonged to two people. It's now

believed the remains could be one

of a number of couples who vanished

in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The bones have been sent to the US

for DNA testing.

Good rain has given south-east

Queensland's dams another 10 days

of supply, and it's put a smile on

the faces of farmers, with the faces of farmers, with news

this morning that there's more to come.

come.

The sign says it all, and this time,

it fell where was needed the most.

Total dam capacity is now back over

20% and rising with more run-off.

Weekend rain ading about 10 days'

supply to the water-restricted

south-east. For farmers in the

salad boll district, it's the best

rain in two years, bringing hope rain in two years, bringing hope

for good crop at last. Weave

probably turned more into probably turned more into

opportunist farmers - when we get

moisture in the soil, we tend to

plan something we can make hay out

of it. Depleted aquifers are

finally flowing. Any decent run for a continued period of time has been

probably seven-eight years.

Underground levels are 10m lower

than in a good year, though. You

need two or three months of

continuous running in the creek to

make something real and meaningful.

We can have reliability in our

production so we can have cagts.

Figure fingers crossed -

significant falls predicted for significant falls predicted for the

end of the week.

A Dutch backpacker who came to the

rescue of a woman during a triple

shooting in Melbourne has been give

an prestigious international

bravery award. 25-year-old Paul de

Waard was shot at close range while

trying to help former mauldal Kaera

Douglas, who was also fired upon.

Mr De Waard was present would a

Carnegie Hero Fund award in his Netherlands hometown.

A powerful typhoon has killed at

least 10 people and forced

thousands to flee their homes thousands to flee their homes in

the Philippines. It packed winds of

up to 150km/h as it roar under to

the north-eastern region. While

another deadly storm that had moved

offshore returned, causing even

more havoc. The typhoon triggered

landslides and cut power to more

than a million people. Stpor

casters say another storm may hit the

the Philippines within a few days.

After the party's promotions and

endless autograph signings, David endless autograph signings, David

Beckham will finally take to the

football field for tonight's

Hyundai club challenge. He got in

some last-minute practice by taking shots across Sydney's famous

harbour. He also knows he'll be in

a for a battle against Sydney FC,

the nug inaugural A-League champions. We know they have

talented players. Juninho is one of

the bybest players I've played against in the premiership.

18-year-old Nik Tsattalios has been

handed the daunting task of marking

up against the England

international pra. effMiss Andretti

has scooped the pool at the Horse of

of the Year awards where she was

named champion racehorse and champion sprinter. Darren Beadman and Gai Waterhouse both made

history when they were induct under

to racing's Hall of Fame. Beadman

the first active jockey inducted,

while Waterhouse is now the first

female trainer to join a very

select group. I noticed beforehand,

I thought "There are a lot of men

up there, and there ain't any women"

I thought you had to be passed away I thought you had to be passed away

or whatever. But at 42, that's or whatever. But at 42, that's

great, I can live it and be a

living ledge stkpwhrnd. Miss Andretti also named the most

popular racehorse.

Time for another check of the

markets with Catherine. Thank you.

US stocks trading lower this

morning, outweighing a positive start to the holiday shopping start to the holiday shopping season.

Rio Tinto has unveiled a huge iron

ore expansion plan at an invest

pfrz briefing in lupden, hitting

back at a takeover offer from rival

BHP. For more, Craig James joins us

live from CommSec. Mounting

pressure on BHP to up its bid, Craig? Certainly the case. Ript

believes that the best form of

defence is attack. That means that

BHP has to consider its offer. But,

BHP has time on its hands. It's

still in the process of selling still in the process of selling its

bid, and it won't be rushed.

Unfortunately, motorists are

unlikely to see any relief from

rising petrol prices over the next

few weeks. Sorry, I lost audio

there. That's alright. Motorists

are unlikely to see any relief from rising petrol prices over the next

few weeks. Is that right, Craig?

That's certainly the case. The

crude-oil price continues to move

north, and the Australian dedollar north, and the Australian dedollar moves south. The average price moves south. The average price for

petrol last week - $1.33 a litre.

And the record high of $1.37 is in

sight. Certainly we are expecting

to see that in the next fortnight or so. Thank you.

We'll check the national weather now:

Let's take a look at what's happening entoday's newspapers:

Alexander Downer ruling himself out

of the Liberal leadership bat. Rio

Tinto has launched a counterattack

to BHP's takeover offer, aiming to

triple iron-ore production,

promising shareholders a huge liftd

on dividends. The 'Financial

Review' has more. In the 'Sydney

Morning Herald', police in Western

Australia are investigating

allegations of animal cruelty

involving four Western Force rugby

union players.

And we'll have more on Alexander

Downer pulling out of the

leadership race when Ten's Early

News returns. Stay with us. GOOD MORNING SDWE'RE BEING WARNED OF A HIKE IN THE COST OF FOOD AND FUEL AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES - MORE ON THAT

SOON A-C-T POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY AT

A BUSINESS IN FYSHWICK OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THIEVES BROKE INTO THE GLADSTONE STREET PREMISES BETWEEN EIGHT P-M ON FRIDAY AND EIGHT A-M ON SATURDAY .. .. A LARGE AMOUNT OF KITCHEN ACCESSORIES, PERSONAL ITEMS, AND CASH WAS TAKEN.. THE VALUE OF THE STOLEN GOODS IS ESTIMATED AT TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT'S AGAIN BEEN QUESTIONED OVER ITS RISING BUDGET SURPLUS. TREASURER JON STANHOPE YESTERDAY FRONTED AN ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE, EXPLAINING UNEXPECTED INCREASES IN GOVERNMENT REVENUE AND HOW IT SHOULD BE SPENT.

THE OPPOSITION SAYS THE GROWING SURPLUS IS FURTHER JUSTIFICATION FOR TAX CUTS.. .. WHILE THE GREENS SAY IT COULD BE USED TO PROVIDE INTEREST FREE LOANS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT PROJECTS. A BID TO QUASH CERTAIN FINDINGS FROM THE CORONIAL INQUEST INTO CANBERRA'S TWO THOUSAND AND THREE FIRES WILL CONTINUE TODAY. FOUR SENIOR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL CLAIM SEVERAL COMMENTS PERTAINING TO THEM IN THE CORONER'S FINAL REPORT WERE BIASED AND INCORRECT. COUNSEL REPRESENTING THE MEN SAY THEY DON'T WANT A NEW INQUIRY INTO THE FIRES, JUST THE REMOVAL OF ALLEGEDLY BIASED COMMENTS. THE COST OF PETROL AND FOOD IN THE CANBERRA REGION IS

SET TO SOAR AS THE CHRISTMAS SEASON DRAWS CLOSER. NEW FIGURES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS REVEAL WE COULD BE PAYING ALMOST 50 DOLLARS MORE A WEEK ON GROCERIES THAN IN TWO THOUSAND AND FOUR. MEANWHILE, THERE ARE FEARS UNLEADED FUEL COULD COST AS MUCH AS A DOLLAR 50 A LITRE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THE BUREAU REPORTS THE PRICE RISE MAY BE A RESULT OF THE ON-GOING DROUGHT. AND IN SPORT, THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT SAYS CANBERRA WILL NEED TO FACE SERIOUS CHANGES IF IT'S TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL BID FOR

THE TWENTY TWENTY-TWO COMMONWEALTH GAMES. ACTSPORT IS HEADING A TEAM STUDYING LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SPORTING FACILITIES, TO SEE IF A BID IS FEASIBLE. SPORT MINISTER ANDREW BARR SUPPRTS THE MOVE, BUT SAYS PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND HOTEL NUMBERS ARE NEED TO BE ADDRESSED FIRST NOW TO THE WEATHER... AN INLAND TROUGH OVER WESTERN NEW SOUTH WALES WILL WEAKEN AND SHIFT WESTWARDS TODAY, REDUCING THE LIKELIHOOD OF RAIN

A PARTLY CLOUDY 26 DEGREES IN CANBERRA TODAY .. 23 AND SHOWERS IF YOURE HEADING TO SYDNEY .. HOT IN ADELAIDE AND PERTH .. MAINLY FINE IN MELBOURNE POSSIBLE SHOWERS IN DUBBO AND WAGGA HEADING FOR 30 DEGREES TODAY .. SHOWERS ALSO FOR ORANGE AND WOLLONGONG EXPECTING 22 DEGREES MORE SHOWERS ACROSS BATHURST GOULBIRN BOWRAL AND BATEMANS BAY .. THUNDERSTORMS IN THE ALPS POSSIBLE SHOWERS IN PARKES WITH A TOP OF JUST 20 TODAY ,, AND 23 WITH SHOWERS IN COOMA TO THE OUTLOOK .. AND POSSIBLE SHOWERS OR STORMS IN THE CAPITAL TOMORROW EXPECTING 27 DEGREES .. // SAME FOR THURSDAY BUT COOLER WITH 25 .. // AND LATE SHOWERS AGAIN TO END THE WEEK OFF. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE)

This program is captioned live.

Tireless asbestos campaigner Bernie

Banton has passed away in the early

hours of this morning, aged 61. A

family friend says Mr Banton died peacefully in his sleep, peacefully in his sleep, surrounded

by family. Mr Banton is remembered

and applauded for his courageous

battle for compensation against

James Hardie, and his fight against

disease like mesothelioma. His

family has thanked the Australian

community for their support through

throughout his fight for justice throughout his fight for justice

and, in his past few months, as his condition deteriorated. Just condition deteriorated. Just last

week, Mr Banton won exemplary

damages for his asbestos-related illness.

His passion for justice a legacy

for all. Publicly, Bernie Banton for all. Publicly, Bernie Banton

has been the face of the James

Hardie campaign. Privately, he

fought another battle - a

devastating illness. But nothing

could douse his fighting spirit could douse his fighting spirit to

win compensation for victims of

asbestos. Frivolous asbestos claims

- there is no such thing. They're

deadly serious. People die because

of their exposure to asbestos.

Seven years ago, Bernie Banton

received $800,000 in damages from

the building giant for the building giant for an

asbestos-related lung disease. He

received nationwide support after

staging fiery protests highlighting

the plight of James Hardie victims.

This is just another step to get

justice. And that's what it is -

justice for victims and their

families. But in August earlier

this year, he was diagnosed with a

fatedles we have, mesothelioma,

prompting him to seek further compensation. It was then that

Bernie said "I will fight James

Hardie to my dying breath to ensure

my family will be OK once I'm gone."

Fighting from his death bed, he succeeded. Upon hearing the news,

his wife said Bernie was too sick

to even respond. I'm just numb. I

could never say I'm happy. And it's

just a relief. James Hardie

admitted it knew about the horrific

dangers of asbestos years before

Bernie Banton began working with

their deadly material as a machine

operator. Just hours before he died,

an agreement was reached. The

settlement confidential. We were

very hopeful that we could settle

it to give him some peace of mind

and ensure that all his damages

were preserved. Bant bapt bant's

legacy - his case now a precedent

for possibly thousands of other

asbestos victims.

Like other battles we've been

through, we intend to face this one head-on.

head-on. He lost only one battle - his battle against mesothelioma.

Bernie Banton was 61.

To other news, and Malcolm Turnbull

has emerged as the frontrunner in

the 3-horse race to lead the

Liberal Party. Brendan Nelson and

Tony Abbott are also pushing their

credentials for the top job ahead

of a party meeting next week. The

leadership battle looming as the

PM-elect talks about priorities. (All scream) Another high school visit, but this time Kevin Rudd is the Prime Minister-elect and he's now about turning his education revolution into reality. Making good on his promise of a laptop for every senior high-school student is priority number one, and assigning his MPs some homework. I want them in the next two days to visit both a government school and a non-government school in their electorates. Also on the agenda, WorkChoices, and the "sorry" the Stolen Generation has waited so long to hear. In relation to an apology, it will be early, early in the parliamentary term. In Canberra, the transition has begun - one senior ministerial staffer leaving no doubt as to their reaction to the change. A more dignified response outgoing Deputy PM Mark Vaile stepping down from the leadership of the Nationals to focus on family. They, they deserve a bit of time... ..and that's what I want to give 'em. Both Coalition partners now face a potentially divisive time in re-grouping. Already three former ministers have put their hats in the ring to lead the Liberals and be the first to face off against Prime Minister Rudd. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

And former foreign minister

Alexander Downer has ruled himself

out of another tilt at the top job,

saying his family was absolutely

horrified at the idea.

Um, they just thought it would be

the wrong career decision for me,

and they didn't want to go through

it all again - the kind of

experiences you have as a political leader.

He doesn't want to be Opposition

Leader, but says he'll stay in

Parliament for the next three years,

but is considering a future career in

in business or academia pra. effQueensland Nationals Senator

Barnaby Joyce says he will run for

the party leadership if he has the

support of colleagues. The support of colleagues. The

Nationals will meet within the next

week to choose a new leader after Mark Vaile announced he will be

stepping down.

The claws are well and truly out following the Coalition's defeat at

the weekend. Some are blaming the election loss on John Howard

staying too long as staying too long as leader. Former

minister Nick Minchin has revealed

he told Mr Howard to step down in

March of last year. While Mr Downer

said he'd also asked him to go more

than once. 85 Queensland communities fighting

forced council amalgamations have

begun receiving ballot papers in a

plebiscite , hoping their choice

will get through to incoming PM

Kevin Rudd. If there's an

overwhelming 'no' vote and a

majority, vast majority of the

community, vote in this plebiscite,

then I don't think that he can

ignore that. The problem, is

voting is not compulsory, nor is

any action by the Commonwealth.

Four people were rushed to hospital

after a car ploughed into a house

in Sydney's south-west just after

2:00am. A Nissan Pulsar skidded off

the road while attempting to turn.

The car crashed into the bedroom

wall of a house in South wall of a house in South Granville. Luckily, no-one was in there at the time. Two or four passengers time. Two or four passengers were

trapped inside the wreckage for

half an hour before rescues were

able to free them. Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

has registereded to run in

Pakistan's elections as General

Pervez Musharraf prepares to step

down as army chief and be sworn in

as the country's civilian leader. A as the country's civilian leader. A

day after returning from exile, she

signed his papers in front of

thousands of supporters. Some are

boycotting the parliamentary

election. Sharif says he will take an

an oath of office as civilian

president this Thursday.

Several elderly residents have been

evacuated after fire broke out in

their high-rise apartment block in

Texas. Flames and smoke poured out

of the fifth floor of the eight-storey building. Residents

were pulled to safety with

ambulances on stand-by. It's

believed 250 senior citizens lived

in the apartment complex. The

extent of any injuries is still unclear.

That David Beckham show will

finally turn to the football pitch

with kick-off to tonight's Hyundai

club challenge now just 14 hours

away. A friendly the LA Galaxy believe

believe is sure to entertain.

Not a bad setting for kicking a

footy - soccer's million-dollar man

David Beckham with some pre-game

target practice on Sydney Harbour,

his feet in fine form for tonight's

clash with Sydney FC. Everything's

good, you know, the manager has

been working us hard, which is what

we obviously need. And we're

looking forward to the game. I

think 80,000 fans are coming out to

see the game. Hopefully we'll

perform. A sentiment shared by

coach Ruud Gullit, who'll lead the

Galaxy into battle for the very

first time. I just want to win my

games. And of course if you can do

that with some good football,

attractive football, that's an

extra bonus. The Galaxy missing four

four of their own through injury

and treating the hosts with and treating the hosts with utmost

respect. We know they've got some

talented players. Juninho is one of

the best players that I've played

against in the premiership. The job

of containing Beckham left in the

hands of an 18-year-old who's just

finished his HSC. Never played in

front of 80,000 before, or against

David Beckham, so um, I will be a

bit nervous, but um, I'm sure it

will be a good experience. Meantime, the biggest names in

Australian Rules are set to star on

the same stage for the very first

time as part of celebrations to

mark 150 years of football, the AFL

has announced a match between

Victoria and an All-Star team. I

think just the opportunity that us

players will get to play in a game

of this standard, ah, has never happened before, and it probably

nee may never happen again. The match will be played under lights

at the MCG on May 10 next year.

Lots of money around for that one.

And here's a final check of the

markets with Catherine. Thank you.

US stocks lower this US stocks lower this morning,

outweighing a positive impact of a

strong start to the holiday shopping season.

AMP has flagged plans to build up a

portfolio of infrastructure assets

in Asia, allowing it to take on big

players like Macquarie Group and

back kk and brown. AMP's incoming

boss will take over the reins in

January. He's told a handover

briefing growth in Asia would

remain an on-going priority. Thank

you. The weather now:

Before we go, a recap now of our

top story - Bernie Banton has died

from mesothelioma. He was aged 61.

The fearless asbestos campaigner The fearless asbestos campaigner

passed away surrounded by family at

his home in the early hours of this

morning. Mr Banton is remembered

for his courageous battle for compensation compensation against James Hardie.

His family has thanked the

Australian community for all their support.

And of course we will have more

reaction on this tragic development

in Ten's news coverage right

throughout the day. For now, that's

all from 10's early news. I'm Frank Coletta. And I'm Catherine Kennedy.

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