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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. And

I'm Kathryn Robinson. This is Ten's

Early News. Today's top story -

five people have been killed and

nine others are in a serious

condition in hospital after two

boats collided on Sydney Harbour.

For more, I'm joined by Ten

reporter Daniel Sutton, who's at

Bradleys Point in Sydney. Can you

tell us what happened here? This

happened just before 3:00 this

morning off Bradleys Point, right

near Toronga Zoo on the northern

side of Sydney Harbour. Two boats

came together, one a fishing

trawler, the other a smaller,

maintenance-type vessel, an

aluminium vote, and people were

thrown into the water. There are

five people who ambulance crews and

police have confirmed as having died. Another nine have been died.

injured. Of those nine who've been

injured, eight are male. One is

female. They're aged between 18 and

31. The injured have all been

taken by ambulance to Royal North Shore Hospital. Their conditions at

the moment - we have six in a

stable condition. I believe they

have injuries such as broken bones,

chest injuries. There are three

others. Two are critical, and one

is serious. The female, aged 18, is

one of those two who is critical.

They're in the resuscitation ward

at Royal North Shore Hospital. The

crash happened about 150m off

Bradleys Point this morning, and

police were here very, very quickly.

There was another vessel which was

out on the water at the time and helped drag those people to safety.

They helped pull them back into They helped pull them back into the

boat and ferry them back into the

ferry wharf here, and then they

were taken to hospital, Bill. Do we

have any more information on the

boats involved in this collision?

Bill, it seems the fishing trawler,

the larger of the two vessels,

there was no-one on board that

vesthat was injured. And all of

the injured - the 14 people, the 5

dead and the 9 who have been

injured - were all on board the

smaller aluminium-type boat. This

is a twin-engine outboard vessel,

some kind of maintenance vessel.

Whether or not it was being used

for that purpose is unclear at this

point. It has a cabin at the front.

14 people were on board that boat. And obviously that's one of And obviously that's one of the

things police will be looking at with their investigation. Both

those vessels are being towed at present to the water police

headquarters at Balmain. They'll be

examined there. The police here are obviously appealing for witnesses

as they try and piece together

exactly how this crash happened in

the pitch-black waters of the pitch-black waters of Sydney

Harbour earlier this morning.

Thanks, Dan. Ten reporter Daniel

Sutton at Bradleys Point. More

details on that story as they come

to hand.

In other news now, the Government has

has vowed to give working families

a fair go in this month's budget.

While high earners will be the

hardest hit. Treasurer Wayne Swan

says the budget will be about

sharing the burden, with low-income families

families given top priority. The

Government says the budget will

deliver promised tax cuts and an

increased childcare and education

tax rebate. Mr Swan says funds will

be redirected from high earners

towards those who haven't fared so

well in the economic boom. Saving

and revenue measures will also be

outlined to help fight inflation.

Troy Buswell's time as leader of

the Western Australian Liberal

Party could soon be coming to an

end after he admitted to sniffing

the chair of a female staff member.

Party whip Graham Jacobs is planning

a meeting of senior Liberal MPs

today to discuss a leadership spill.

If there's sufficient support for

the move, the spill motion will be

put to the party room next week.

Treasury spokesman Steve Thomas has

denied approached to stand for the

top job.

An Australian soldier is in a

stable condition after being shot

in the arm during a firefight with

the Taliban in the Oruzgan province

the Taliban in the Oruzgan province

in Afghanistan. The incident

coincided with a visit by the

Defence Minister, who was there to

pay tribute to Lance Corporal Jason

Marks, who was killed in a battle

on Sunday. It's really important

that you understand that the

Government knows the risks you're

taking, the hard work you're doing,

the hard slog you're doing, and the

pain you're enduring in terms of your missions. The minister also

the visited four commandos injured in

the battle.

Taxidrivers who blocked one of

Melbourne's busiest intersections

for 22 hours are celebrating a victory. The State Government caved

in to their demands, offering to

help buy safety screens for cabbies.

It didn't take long for the

peaceful protest to turn ugly.

Police tried to restore calm. Don't

start anything you're gonna -

Peaceful protest is what you're

about. Go back and do your peaceful

protest. The taxidrivers want more

security after a fellow cabbie was

stabbed in the chest on Tuesday.

There'll be no more stabbing of a

cab driver! Demands include a

compulsory security screen for all taxis, pre-paid fares and taxis,

compensation for Mr Singh. After a

3-hour meeting at the office of

Transport Minister Lynn Coskey, the

parties reached an agreement.

CHEERING Security screens will be

installed by Christmas, while the

stabbing victim will be compensated.

It was a productive meeting, and I

think the events of Tuesday morning

were really a flashpoint for this

it's blockade, and I'm very pleased that

it's now been disbanded.

Nurses at a major Sydney hospital

will start work bans today over a

lack of mental-health beds in NSW.

From this morning, emergency

department nurses that Prince of Wales department nurses that Prince

Wales hospital will refuse to work

overtime shifts and may turn away

ambulances. The nurses' association

claims a bed shortage means

mental-health patients are spending longer in the emergency department,

nurses. and this poses a physical threat to

Bali bomber Amrozi is set to take a

second wife, despite being on death

row. The so-called 'Smiling

Assassin' will marry a woman from

east Java in a prison ceremony next

month. Amrozi has been sentenced to

month. Amrozi has been sentenced to

death for his role in the 2002 Bali

bombings, which killed more than 200 people.

Austrian police are investigating

whether there's a link between the

man who imprisoned his daughter

with for 24 years and an unsolved

murder. It's believed Josef Fritzl

may be connected with the death of

a 17-year-old girl 22 years ago.

It's understood his wife owned part

of an an inn and camping ground

found. near where the girl's body was near where the girl's body

The aftermath of the Sydney Swans'

19th-man fiasco against North

Melbourne has forced the AFL's

hand, the league set to abolish the

headcount rule. It's also stopped a

war of words between the two clubs.

has to call for the count The rule where a captain has been dumped by the league. While the Roos are angry that the responsibilty to call attention to the interchange mix-up

was dropped at their doorstep. To ask a captain of a team that's done nothing wrong to put your hand up in the middle of a game of footy and say, "I want a headcount," and then if the headcount proves that you've got 19 on the ground, the opposition's team goes straight to zero... All hell would have broken loose.

The league's interchange stewards and the emergency umpire both knew an extra player took the field for the Swans, but were powerless to act. For a match to be altered, it's for the captain to call for a count. Now, it's relevant in the consideration of the matter I am not criticising the Kangaroos for not doing so. played it down originally, After North coach Dean Laidley Swans mentor Paul Roos was confused with the sudden backflip. They must have had a meeting mid-Tuesday where they all decided that what they said Monday and Tuesday morning wasn't correct. But look, I mean, that's their decision to take the tack that they have

since yesterday lunchtime. Ian Cohen, Ten News. The injury-hit North Queensland

Cowboys have lost another forward,

with Dennis Lillee -- Jacob

Lillyman copping a 2-match

suspension last night. He was found

guilty of a dangerous throw on Melbourne Storm forward Michael

Crocker. It

Crocker. It the Cowboys are already without forwards Luke O'Donnell,

Faumuina, Shane Tronc and Matt Scott.

A 4-wicket haul from Glenn McGrath

has led the Delhi Dare DVDles to

victory in the Indian Premier League.

Delhi took a solid 191-run total,

before McGrath took a charge the

ball, scalping dangermen Dravid ball, scalping dangermen Dravid ,

becoming the first player to becoming the first player to take

four wickets this tournament,

leaking just 29

They win by 11 runs. The Dare

DVDles' win keeps them at the

priority end of the table.

Bangalore remains in last place.

Kath, the Fed cuts rates again? As

expected, Bill. The US Federal

Reserve has cut rates by another

0.25%, taking the official rate to

just 2%. It's the seventh cut since September, when rates were as high

as 5.25%, and it could be the last

for a while according to the Fed's

statement. Stocks rallied into the

announcement, but have since sold off.

And to those numbers in detail now:

UK-based company BG Group has

launched a $12.9 billion takeover

bid for Origin Energy. Australia's

second-biggest electricity and gas

retailer is being offered $14.70 a

share under the proposal, which

sent Origin shares soaring by 33%.

Origin's board yesterday said it is

considering the offer, and will

begin talks with BG. BG Group is

the biggest importer of liquefied

natural gas into the US. Looking at today's newspaper

headlines now - the 'Herald Sun' has

has more on the taxidrivers who blocked streets in Melbourne yesterday, calling for greater security.

The 'Financial Review' examines the

debt crisis facing Centro

Properties Group.

And the 'Sydney Morning Herald'

covers the outcry over the use of

war medals on the runway during

fashion week.

We'll have more on that boat We'll have more on that boat

collision on Sydney Harbour when

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This is Ten's Early This is Ten's Early News.

Our main story this morning - five

people are dead, another nine

seriously injured after two boats collided on the on Sydney Harbour.

This has happened in the early

hours of this morning. For more,

I'll joined live by Ten reporter

Daniel Sutton at Sydney's Bradleys

Head. Can you tell us how this

happened? This happened at about

2:45 this morning on pitch-black

Sydney Harbour, about 150m off

Bradleys Point, which is on the

northern side of Sydney Harbour

right near Toronga Zoo. Two vessels

came together - one, I believe, a

fishing trawler, the other a smaller, maintenance-style

aluminium boat. It had 14 people on

board. They were thrown into the

water. Sadly, five have died. Among

them, both men and women. I

understand most of the people on

board that vessel were young. Nine of

of them have been taken to hospital

with a variety of injuries. Six of

them are in a stable condition and

are being treated for things like

broken bones. Two, however, are in

a critical condition. A man and a

woman aged 18. The ages of the

injured range between 18-31.

They're being treated at the moment

at Royal North Shore Hospital.

There've been a number of serious collisions at night on Sydney

Harbour in recent years, and there

have been fatal results. This toll

is particularly severe. Do we have

any information on the

circumstances involved? Obviously

the police are making this a focal

point of their investigation.

That's right, Bill. Both the vessels involved are being towed

to the water police headquarters at Balmain

Balmain at the moment. They'll

undergo a great deal of examination

there. One of the points of that

investigation will be exactly why

14 people were on board what is a

relatively small boat. Police have

told me that both those vessels

that were on the water were there

legally. Obviously they now have to look into the circumstances of look into the circumstances of the crash. They obviously have five

people dead here, so this will be a major major investigation, and police

will be pouring a lot of resources

into it. Thank you, Dan. 10 REPORTER: Daniel Sutton at

Bradleys Point. More details as

they cometuse.

West Australia's Liberal leader

Troy Buswell could face a

leadership challenge within a week.

Party whip Graham Jacobs is Party whip Graham Jacobs is planning

a meeting of senior MPs today to

discuss a leadership spill, coming

days after Mr Buswell broke down as

he admitted to sniffing a female

staff member's chair. If there is

enough support, the spill motion

will be put to the party room next week.

The Federal Government is moving to wipe out discrimination against

same-sex couples, but its refusal

to recognise civil unions will see

it go head to head with the ACT

Government, which intends to

legalise the ceremonies. The

Government regards marriage as being between a man and a woman.

And we don't support any measures

that seek to mimic that process.

The Federal Government can override Territory law.

Traffic in Melbourne's CB. D will

be back to normal this morning.

Cabbies blocked one of the city's

busiest intersections for 22 hours

yesterday in protest over driver

safety. A deal was finally reached

yesterday afternoon.

It was a productive meeting and I It was a productive meeting and I

think the events of Tuesday morning

were really a flashpoint for this

blockade, and I'm very pleased that

it's now been disbanded. Safety

screens will be installed in taxis

by the end of the year.

The NSW Premier's $25 billion power

sale is reportedly on the verge of

collapse. News Limited papers

report that more than half the

State's MPs have turned their back

on Morris Iemma's proposal. There's expected

expected to be an overwhelming rejection of the push to privatise

at this weekend's ALP State conference.

conference. But business leaders

warn the State will suffer warn the State will suffer

irreparable economic damage if the

Premier backs out.

Another Australian soldier shot while fighting the Taliban in

Afghanistan is in a stable

condition. The demando is being

treated in the same hospital as

four other troops wounded in an

attack which killed Lance Corporal

Jason Marks on Sunday.

Shortly after Defence Minister Shortly after Defence Minister Joel

Fitzgibbon visited troops in

Afghanistan, mourning the loss of a

colleague, another soldier was shot.

The minister visited four

Australian troops wounded in a

battle with the Taliban on Sunday.

The same attack which claimed the

life of Lance Corporal Jason Marks.

We can't possibly fully appreciate

the risks you take, what you do,

for your nation. The soldiers are

recovering well. Sure, they've recovering well. Sure, they've had

a loss, with Jason, and they feel

that. But I can tell you, they're

more determined than they ever have

been. Bloody keen to get on with it.

They've now been joined in hospital

by a special forces commando with a

gunshot wound had his arm. The

latest incident come just days

after the Prime Minister warned of

more bloodshed to come. As the

Defence Force prepares to bring

home the body of yet another fallen

soldier.

Patients could soon be able to

monitor their health via their

mobile phones. New wireless health

devices monitor a range of vital

signs, including blood pressure and

blood-sugar levels. The device is

then -- devices then automatically

transmit the results over the

mobile-phone network. Companies

developing the technology say the

devices will lighten the load on

the health system.

An historic church in Philadelphia

has gone up in flames. The tire

quickly engulfed the 4-storey

building, sending thick black building, sending thick black smoke

into the air over the city. Firefighters battled to get this

blaze under control. The Baptist

church was destroyed. The cause

under investigation.

Prince William has made a flying

visit - literally - to Afghanistan,

to meet British troops on the front

line. He also piloted a transport

plane, part of the way to Kandahar.

The purpose of the exercise was for

the Prince to familiarise himself

with the operations of the Royal

Air Force, having been awarded Air Force, having been awarded his RAF

After losing their first seven

games, South Sydney players games, South Sydney players have

met to discuss their met to discuss their predicament.

They insist there'll be no mutiny

over the demotion of players who

breached the club's no-alcohol

policy.

The headlines say they're a club in

crisis. The Rabbitohs say otherwise. crisis. The Rabbitohs say otherwise.

I can honestly tell you we've, as a

team, coaching staff excluded, we

spoke about it today, and there's

no disunity in the team. The five players disciplined for breaching

the club's booze ban copping it

sweet. Four of them have sweet. Four of them have been

dropped for the team to play North

Queensland this weekend. I

understand that the players set the

standard of zero alcohol. And I

breached it. That's the bottle line.

There's no drinking problem at this

club. Like, it was a couple of

bloke whose had a couple of beers. bloke whose had a couple of beers.

But the rules were below zero, and

we didn't blow zero. We've been we didn't blow zero. We've been

made an example of. I think

everyone will pullen out that front.

Jacob Lillyman was last night given

a 2-match suspension for a

dangerous throw for the North

Queensland Cowboys.

Beware the wounded eagle - that's

the message from Carlton coach

Brett Ratten, who's convinced West

Coast will lift for Friday night's

reunion with Chris Judd. Judd

defected from the Eagles at the end

of last season. His new club is

expecting a hostile return to the

West. They're a very proud club, the Eagles, and their history shows

through their time in the AFL that

they're a powerful club and they've got

got a lot of pride. They'll come

out swinging. Eagles ruckman Dean out swinging. Eagles ruckman Dean

Cox remains a doubtful starter for Friday night.

Rugby union, and the Waratahs' rock

Rocky Elsom will return to face the

Bulls this weekend. Timana Tahu

will travel with the squad to South

Africa tomorrow. He will be out

again through injury. It hasn't

been the ideal build for the Bulls

either. Back rower Botha is

demanding a release to play in

France. The Waratahs don't believe

this will unsettle the home side. All

All the teams are pretty good now at managing their issues away from the field and getting on with business.

business. We'll get on with

business. We expect them to front

up. And the Reds' skipper, Josh up. And the Reds' skipper, Josh

Cordoba, will leave Queensland next

season -- Sam Cordingley will leave

Queensland at the end of the season,

signing with a French club.

Stocks sold off after the Fed cut

rates another 25 basis points, but

left its next move unclear.

Westpac is likely to outsource more

than 3,000 back-room jobs to places

such as India and China over the

next three years. In a major push next three years. In a major push

to drive down costs, roles in

information technology and

unsecured lending will be offered

to third-party international

providers. It comes as new boss

Gail Kelly prepares to unveil the

bank's half-year profits today - her first financial result since taking the job. Westpac is

expected to post a profit of around $1.8 billion.

High interest rates and the rising

cost of living has seen investment

housesing plummet to an all-time

low. Investor housing grew by just 9.5% over the year, the weakest

growth rate since records began 17

years ago. Personal lending is also

down, while new-home sales down, while new-home sales for

March dropped another 6% - their

lowest level in nine months. Higher

construction costs and rising rates construction costs and rising rates

mean a turnaround is unlikely in

the next two years.

A different kind of forecast thaesh A different kind of forecast thaesh

that is, the winners and losers from the important Federal Budget

coming up. That's next. And the

CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten's Early News. This is Ten's Early News.

Our lead story this morning - five

people have been killed, nine

others are in a serious condition

in hospital, after two in hospital, after two boats collided on Sydney Harbour.

For more, we're joined by Ten

reporter Daniel Sutton. He's at

Bradleys Point this morning. Can

you give us any more information on

what had this morning? Bill, the

accident happened about 150m off

Bradley Point this morning, right

near Toronga Zoo on the northern

side of Sydney Harbour. Two vessels

came together - a fishing trawler,

and a smaller, aluminium boat, with

14 people on board. 5 of those

people were killed, among them

males and females, and 9 others

were injured. 8 female -- 8 males

and 1 female - the female is 18, in

the resuscitation ward at Royal

North Shore Hospital at the moment.

2 in a critical condition, 1 in a

serious condition, and the rest are

being treated for things like

broken bone. Police are here broken bone. Police are here and

here's what they had to say a short

time ago. Investigations are

continuing about all the victims.

At this stage, all I could tell you

is that it appears that one vessel

has the major damage. It has the major damage. It would

appear that, ah, all the victims,

ah, have come from the one vessel.

Now, Bill, the police have told us

that there was another that there was another fishing

vessel in the area at the time.

Someone from that boat dived into

the water to help pull the injured

to safety and they were ferried

here to the wharf, and then transported to hospital. Very

difficult conditions for the police

this morning. I think as you

mentioned, pitch-black on Sydney

Harbour at that time of day. Where

does the investigation go from here,

Dan? Bill, strangely enough, the

investigation side of things on the

scene was wrapped up very quickly.

The police had both the boats - one

with some significant damage to the

back end of it - they have both

been towed away to the water police headquarters at Balmain, where

they'll undergo an extensive

examination this morning. The NSW

Premier, Morris Iemma, has this

morning also offered his

condolences, and promised that the

State authorities will do

everything they can to get to the

bottom of exactly how this happened.

One of the points they'll be

focusing on what f was exactly what

14 young people were doing on board

an aluminium vessel at this time of

morning. Bill. Thanks, Dan.

In other news today, the Government

has vowed to give working families

a fair go in this month's budget.

While high-income earners will be

the hardest hit. Treasurer Wayne

Swan says the budget will be about

sharing the burden, with low-income families given top priority. It will deliver promised

tax cuts and an increased child

care and education tax rebate.

Funds will be redirected from high

earners towards those who haven't fared so well in the economic fared so well in the economic boom.

Saving and revenue measures will

also be outlined to help fight inflation. inflation.

Troy Buswell's time as leader of

the Western Australian Liberal

Party could be coming to an end

after he admitted to sniffing the

chair of a female staff member.

Party whip Graham Jacobs is planning a meeting of senior

Liberal MPs todays to discuss a leaderships bill. If there's

sufficient support for that move, the

the spill motion would be put to

the party room next week. Treasury

spokesman Steve Thomas has denied

he was approached to stand for the top job The

The NSW Premier's $25 billion power

sale is reportedly on the verge of

collapse. News Limited papers

report more than half the State's

MPs have turned their back on

Morris Iemma's proposal. There's

expected to be an overwhelming

rejection of the push to privatise

at this weekend's ALP State conference. But business warn conference. But business leaders

warn the State will suffer

irreparable economic damage if the

Premier backs down.

Taxidrivers who blocked one of Melbourne's busiest intersections

for 22 hours are celebrating a for 22 hours are celebrating a

victory. The State Government caved

in the to their demands, offering

to help buy safety screens for

cabbies.

It didn't take long for the

peaceful protest to turn

Police tried to restore calm. Don't

start anything. Peaceful protest is

what you're about. Go back and do

your protest. The taxidrivers want more security after fellow cabbie

was stabbed in the chest on Tuesday.

There'll be no more stabbing of a

cab driver! Demands include a

compulsory security screen for all

taxis, pre-paid fares and

compensation for Mr Singh. After a

3-hour meeting at the office of transmort minister Lynne Kosky, the

parties reached an agreement. CHEERING

Security screens will be installed

by Christmas, while the stabbing

victim will be compensated. It was

a productive meeting, and I think

the events of Tuesday morning were

really a flashpoint for this

blockade, and I'm very pleased that

it's now been disbanded.

Bali bomber Amrozi is set to take a

second wife, despite being on death

row. The so-called 'Smiling Assassin' will marry a woman from

east Java in a prison ceremony next

month. Amrozi has been sentenced to death

death for his role in the 2002 Bali

bombings, which killed more than 200 people.

Austrian police are investigating

whether there's a link between the

man who imprisoned his daughter for

24 years and an unsolved murder. It's believed Josef Fritzl may be

connected with the death of a

17-year-old girl 22 years ago. It's

understood his wife owned part of

an enand camping ground near where

the girl's body was found.

Prince William is secretly visiting

troops on the front line in Afghanistan. He spent three Afghanistan. He spent three hours

at an air base which has proved

deadly for British servicemen this month.

Prince William dropped in to see

the troops in Afghanistan for all of

of three hours, just enough for the

future head of the armed forces to

be able to say "I was there." The

mission was conducted in total

secrecy. For William, who learned

to fly during his attachment to the

RAF, it was also an introduction to

the brutal reality of war. He flew

back with the body of a young

trooper, Robert Pearson, killed

when his vehicle hit a mine.

Gun fnfer Harry, of course, spent

10 weeks in Afghanistan, actually seeing front-line action in Helmand

province. On his return, he said he

hoped his brother might be given

the same chance.

For William, the trip is rather conveniently taking the heat away

from other, more frivolous flying

sorties, like the one to his

cousin's stag night. Today as news

of the visit broke on army websites,

there was some praise for the prince, but also the suspicion it was

was a bit of a PR stunt. The timing

might have been fortunate and he

didn't hang around in Kandahar, but

better that, some would say, than

for William not to have bothered at all.

The aftermath of the Sydney The aftermath of the Sydney Swans'

19th-man fiasco against North

Melbourne has forced the AFL's

hand. The league is set to abolish

the headcount rule. It's also

started a war of words that between the two clubs. The rule where a captain has to call for the count has been dumped by the league. While the Roos are angry that the responsibilty to call attention to the interchange mix-up was dropped at their doorstep. To ask a captain of a team that's done nothing wrong to put your hand up in the middle of a game of footy and say, "I want a headcount," and then if the headcount proves that you've got 19 on the ground, the opposition's team goes straight to zero. I mean, all hell would have broken loose. The league's interchange stewards and the emergency umpire

both knew an extra player took the field for the Swans, but were powerless to act. For a match to be altered, it's for the captain to call for a count.

Now, it's relevant in the consideration of the matter that they did not invoke that. I am not criticising the Kangaroos for not doing so. After North coach Dean Laidley played it down originally, Swans mentor Paul Roos was confused with the sudden backflip. They must have had a meeting mid-Tuesday where they all decided

that what they said Monday and Tuesday morning wasn't correct. But look, I mean, that's their decision to take the tack that they have since yesterday lunchtime. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

A 4-wicket haul from Glenn McGrath

has led the Delhi Daredevils to

victory in the Indian Premier

League. A blazing 86 from Gambia

took Delhi to a 191-run total,

before McGrath took charge with the

ball. He scalped Wasim Jaffer and

Rahul Dravid and became the first

player to take four wickets in this

tournament. And he leaked just 29 runs for that.

COMMENTATOR: Up in the air...

safely taken. Daredevils win by 11

runs. That win keeps them at the

right end of the table. Bangalore

remain in last place.

The injury-hit North Queensland

Cowboys have lost another forward - Jacob Lillyman copping a 2-match

suspension at the NRL judiciary

last night. This last night. This suspension

jeopardises his chances of

Queensland State of Origin

selection, but already the Cowboys

are without forwards Luke O'Donnell,

Faumoina, Shane Tronc and Matt Scott.

As mentioned earlier, investor

housing has plummeted to its lowest level on record. For a closer look

at the figure, I'm joined live by

Juliette Saly from CommSec. Jewel

yet, high interest rates really

taking their toll? They certainly

are, Kath, with instresers shying

away from the housing market.

Without investors, there's been no

new construction of homes or apartments, putting real pressure

on the rental market as well. We've

seen the Fed cut rates overnight.

GDP came in quite sluggish. How's

the market reacted over there?

Initially we saw stocks on Wall

Street rally to a 4-month high.

They were all in the red by close.

Just as important as the quarter of

a person per cent rate cut was the

accompanying statement from the Fed,

basically signalling the Fed could

be done with cutting rates for now.

We saw investors bail out by close.

Does that mean we can see a Does that mean we can see a fairly

dull day on our market today? It is certainly looking uninspiring at

the moment, Kath. The futures

pointing to a drop of around 10-15

points. We have, though, seen

commodity prices come back in

after-hours trade. We could see am

good support in energy and resource stocks. We'd also expect Origin

Energy to continue its rally follow

its takeover offer yesterday from a

British gas giant. And financial

stocks will also be in focus today.

We have Westpac delivering its

interim result. Depending on how

good or bad that, is it will really weigh on financial stocks. OK.

Juliette Saly from CommSec, thanks for the update. Thanks.

A last look at today's newspaper

headlines - the Adelaide

'Advertiser' examines the

overcrowding problem on city trams.

The 'Financial Review' looks at the

BG group's $13 billion takeover bid

for Origin Energy.

Amrozi's plans to marry again.

An update on the deadly boat crash

on Sydney harber with the Early

News returns. Good morning, i'm Lachlan Kennedy Detectives have renewed their appeal for witnesses, to a suspicious death in Cooma. SIXTY-ONE year old MARCUS DAVID SHANAHAN was found at his West street home on April sixteen, suffering unexplained injuries. Anyone who saw SHANAHAN after March twenty is urged to call crimestoppers Three teenagers are due to face the A-C-T Magistrates Court later today, charged over the assault of three men in Weston last Friday. Police allege two of the victims were struck with a

length of wood, after trying to stop a bashing outside the Coolemon Court Shopping Centre.

The Community and Public sector union says the Federal Public Service must lift its game to attract staff. The union says the A-P-S must be competitive with the private sectors wage and maternity leave offers, and offer a more exciting work image .... to reverse their troubles in finding new recruits. Civic's dental clinic has been officially reopened after a 230 thousand dollar upgrade. The work has improved amenities for both patients and staff, with more space and safety measures for dental staff to comfortably do their job TO SPORT Uni Norths are confident of avoiding the wooden spoon in this years A-C-T Rugby Competition, which begins this weekend. The Owls have recruited several international club players, and the son of former Brumbies forward Patricio Noriega, TO THE WEATHER NOW.. Increasing cloud and scattered showers are likely as a weak front crosses the state today.... It should be fine for the weekend though Dubbo ... very similar conditions in Wagga... cloudy periods for Wollongong 16 degrees and the chance of wet weather in Bathurst... mostly fine in Perisher... 15 in Goulburn Nowra under a few clouds... light rain for Parkes... 15 in Cooma Looking ahead: A bit of unstable wet weather is forecast today and tomorrow as that weak front crosses the region... but we can expect fine and mostly sunny skies for the weekend ... with increasing sunshine on Saturday (that's the latest from Southern Cross Ten ... stay with us for all your national and local news

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This is Ten's Early News.

Our top story today - five people

dead, nine injured, after dead, nine injured, after two bloats collided on Sydney bloats collided on Sydney Harbour.

For more details, we're joined now For more details, we're joined now

by Ten reporter Daniel Sutton at

Bradleys Point in Sydney. Can you

tell us the latest news? Bill, this

happened at 2:45 this morning just

off Bradleys Point, about 1m off

Bradleys Point, near Toronga Zoo on

the northern side of Sydney Harbour. the northern side of Sydney Harbour.

Two vessels collided, one of them a

fishing trawler, causing a great

deal of dooj the back of an

aluminium vessel carrying 14 people

on the harbour at that time. Nine

people have been taken to hospital

with injuries. Sadly, five people,

among them both males and females,

have die. Of the injured, they are

aged between 18 and 31. One is a

female. She's 18. One of the

youngest in the group. And youngest in the group. And she and

two others are both in the two others are both in the

resuscitation ward of Royal North Shore Hospital. The others are

being treated for chest, spinal

injuries, broken bones. There are

a lot of broken bones among them.

And they're all being treated a the

moment at Royal North Shore

Hospital. Police have got both vessels in their custody at vessels in their custody at the

moment they've been towed to the

water police headquarters at

Balmain. They'll undergo a forensic examination examination there. Obviously the

family and friends are still being

notified of the people who are

injured and killed. One of the

focus points of that investigation

will be what 14 were doing on board

what is a relatively small boat what is a relatively small boat at

that time of morning. Bill. We understand that police response

obviously was hampered by very dark conditions. That made the

investigation difficult and subsequently find out exactly what happened via happened via witnesses. But we understand

understand members of the public

did rush to the aid of crashsomes. That's right. One witness in

particular was of great assistance

in this rescue. He was on board a

boat in the area at the time mi.

understanding is he was in the

water helping to fish those

injured people out of the water and

help bring them into the ferry

wharf you can see behind me, and

from there, they were transported

to hospital via ambulance. The NSW Premier Morris Iemma Premier Morris Iemma has offered Premier Morris Iemma has offered his condolences this his condolences this morning

following the death of these five

people, and also the people who've

been injured. He's promised his

authorities will do whatever they can to work out what went wrong.

Bill. Thank you, Dan. Daniel Sutton at Bradleys Point.

More details for you in the 11:00am news,

news, and further ahead during the day.

In other news today, the Government

says working families will be given

a fair go in this month's budget, while high earners are while high earners are likely while high earners are likely to

feel the pinch. Treasurer Wayne

Swan says the budget will be Swan says the budget will be all

about sharing the burden, about sharing the burden, with low-income families given top priority. priority. The Government says the

budget will deliver promised tax

cuts, an increased child care cuts, an increased child care and

education tax rebate. He says funds

will be redirected from high

earners towards those who have not earners towards those who have not

fared so well in the boom.

He says revenue measures will also

be outlined to try and be outlined to try and fight inflation.

Western Australia's Liberal leader, Troy Buswell, could face a

leadership challenge within a week.

Party whip Graham Jacobs is

planning a meeting with senior MPs,

just days after Mr Buswell broke

down as he admitted to sniffing a

female staff member's chair. If

there is enough support, the spill

motion will be put to the party room next room next week.

The Federal Government is moving

to wipe out discrimination against

same-sex couples, but its refusal

to recognise legal ceremonies will

see it going head to head with the ACT

ACT Government, which insists

ceremonies should be allowed.

The Rudd Government is changing 100

pieces of legislation. It will give

gay couples the same superannuation,

taxation, welfare, workers' compensation and pharmaceutical compensation and pharmaceutical

benefits as the rest of the country It will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but that's where moves to end the discrimination end. The Government regards marriage as between a man and a woman, and we don't support any measures that seek to mimic that process. Not good enough, says the ACT Government. Removing discrimination means removing discrimination, full stop, including recognising these relationships under the law.

It intends to test the Federal Government's commitment, pressing ahead with its election promise to legalise civil unions. The ACT has legislation ready to roll and expects to make an announcement by the end of the week. Its only fear - Rudd Labor will do a John Howard and override the Territory. Well, I hope it doesn't come to that,

but certainly the Commonwealth have not ruled that out. Leonie Mellor, Ten News.

Another Australian soldier shot

while fighting the Taliban in

Afghanistan is in a stable condition now. The commando being

treated in the same hospital as

four other troops wounded in an

attack which killed corporal Jason Marks on Sunday.

Shortly after Defence Minister Joel

Fitzgibbon visited troops in Fitzgibbon visited troops in

Afghanistan, mourning the loss of a

colleague, another soldier was shot.

The minister visited four The minister visited four

Australian troops wounded in a

battle with the Taliban on Sunday.

The same attack which claimed the life of Lance Corporal Jason Marks.

We can't possibly fully appreciate

the risks you take, what you do for

your nation. The soldiers are

recovering well. Sure, they've had

a loss, with Jason, and they feel that. But I can tell you that. But I can tell you they're

more determined than they ever have

been . Bloody keen to get on with

it. They've now been joined in

hospital by a special forces

commando with a gunshot wound to

his arm. The latest end? Comes just

days after the Prime Minister warn

offend more bloodshed to come, as offend more bloodshed to come, and

as the Defence Force prepares to

bring home the body of yet another fallen

fallen soldier.

Nurses at a major Sydney hospital Nurses at a major Sydney hospital

will start work bans today over a

lack of mental-health beds in NSW.

From this morning, emergency

department nurses at the Prince of

Wales hospital will refuse to work

overtime shifts and may turp away

ambulances. The nurses' association

claims a bed shortage means mental-health patients are spending

longer in the emergency department,

and this poses a physical threat to nurses. New New pictures have emerged of the

man who kept the daughter he raped

and the children he fathered locked

up in an underground prison. They

show Josef Fritzl enjoying a beach

holiday - an experience he denied

his captives.

He is tanned, he appears pleased

with himself, he certainly likes to

indulge himself. This is Josef

Fritzl enjoying the pleasures of a Fritzl enjoying the pleasures of a holiday in Thailand. (Laughs)

Listen to that laugh. Massage on

the beach. Jokes exchanged with the

the friend who is filming him. Of

course, it could be just another of

the many so-called boys-holidays in

this Thai resort. Only at the time,

he was enjoying the beach and

sunshine, back home in Austria, the daughter he'd raped and daughter he'd raped and imprisoned

and the children he fathered with

her were locked deep underground. In

In their latest news conference,

Austrian police said they were just

starting to learn about Fritzl's

shocking double life. In his cellar,

he'd originally constructed one

secure soundproof room for secure soundproof room for his daughter, Elisabeth, but then had

to dig and build extensions for the

children she bore. Police say Josef Fritzl

Fritzl has signed a full Fritzl has signed a full confession,

but will not cooperate further or

answer the many questions they want to ask him.

An historic church in Philadelphia

has gone up in flames. The has gone up in flames. The fire

quickly engulfed the 4-storey

building, sending thick black smoke

over the city. Firefighters fought

to get this blaze under control. It

wasn't easy. The Baptist church was wasn't easy. The Baptist church was

destroyed. The cause is being investigated.

After losing their first seven

games, South Sydney players have

met to discuss their predicament.

They insist there'll be no mutiny

over the demotion of players who

breached the club's no-alcohol policy.

The headlines say they're a club in

crisis. The Rabbitohs say otherwise. I

I can honestly tell you we've, as a

team, coaching staff excluded, we

spoke about it today, and there's

no disunity in the team. The five

players disciplined for breaching

the club's booze ban copping it

sweet. Four of them have been

dropped from the team to play North

Queensland this weekend. I

understand that the players set the

standard of zero alcohol. And I

breached it. That's the bottom mine. There's no drinking problem at this There's no drinking problem at this

club. Like, it was a couple of

blokes who had a couple of beers.

But the rules were blow zero. And

we didn't blow zero. We've been

made an example of. It's going to

follow on announcement The North

Queensland Cowboys have lost yet another forward, with Jacob

Lillyman last night given a 2-match

suspension for a dangerous throw. Jeopardising his Jeopardising his hopes of

Queensland State of Origin selection.

In AFL, beware the wounded eagle -

thts the message from Carlton coach

Brett Ratten, who's convinced West

Coast will lift for Friday night's reunion

reunion with Chris Judd. Judd

defected from the Eagles at the end

of last season. Nise club is

expecting a hostile return to the West.

They're a very proud club, the Eagles, and their history shows

through their time in through their time in the AFL that they're

they're a powerful club, and

they've got a lot of pride, and

they'll come out swinging. Eagles

ruckman Dean Cox remains a ruckman Dean Cox remains a doubtful

starter for Friday night. The Champions League semifinal

between Chelsea and Liverpool has

been forced into extra time.

Chelsea were the first to score at

Stamford Bridge, but a magic save by Pepe Reina was by Pepe Reina was take on by Didier

Drogba, scoring his fifth goal in

10 games. The hometown celebrations

didn't last too long. Torres! It's

1-1! Liverpool have equalised!

Fernando Torres! However, a penalty

seven minutes into extra time has

put the tie back in Chelsea's

favour. Frank Lampard taking his

side a step closer to a showdown

in the final with Manchester United, who

who moved through yesterday.

For a final check of the markets

this morning, Kath. Bill, thank you.

Wall Street has closed in the red

following the Fed's announcement to

cut rates to 2%, and a stronger-than-expected GDP report.

Centro has been given a one-week

extension by its bankers to

refinance around 2.3 billion

dollars in debt. The troubled property group had property group had until the close of business yesterday to meet the

repayment or face collapse. Its

lenders have now agreed to roll

over the repayments until May 7, as

talks continue over a more

long-term extension to refinance the debt.

Australian pharmaceutical industries says it's confident it

will reach its full-year net earnings target. It

earnings target. It says it expects

an improved second half, buoyed by

the expansion of its Priceline

pharmacy business. It is expected

to pose a full-year profit of $50 million.

UK-based company GG Group has launched

launched a $12.9 billion takeover

bid for Origin Energy, Australia's

second-biggest electricity and gas retailer,

retailer, being offered $fane .70 a

share. It said it was considering the offer and will enter talks with

BG. BG Group is the biggest importer of liquefied natural gas

into the US. That's the finance

news this morning. Thanks, Kath.

Prince William has made a flying

visit to Afghanistan to meet

British troops on the front line.

The Prince also took the wheel of The Prince also took the wheel of a

transport plane part of the way to

Kandahar in the country's troubled

south. The purpose of this exercise

was for the Prince to familiarise

himself with the operations of the

Royal Air Force after being awarded

his RAF wings.

That's it for Ten's Early News.

We'll have updates on that boat

collision on Sydney Harbour that

has killed five people, nine has killed five people, nine people

have been injured, two of those

are critical. Details throughout the day. I'm Bill Woods. the day. I'm Bill Woods. Bye for

now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia. www.redbeemedia.com.au