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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. I'm

Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to Ten's

early news.

Today - Tony Mokbel preparing to

head back to Australia after being extradited from Greece.

Tales of survival in China as

rescuers try to reach remote areas that have been flat yelped by the earthquake.

Brendan Nelson to deliver his

Budget reply speech tonight as the

Opposition threatens to block tax

changes in the Senate.

And a six-blitz in the Twenty20.

Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya clears

the fences 11 times for Mumbai. Let's talk finance now with Kath.

Thank you, Bill.

US stocks have rallied overnight

with weaker than expected inflation

reports taking pressure off the

Fed to raise rates.

Our market is likely to follow Wall

Street higher on the open.

Interest rates set to stay on hold

for now. I'll tell you why shortly.

Drugs boss Tony Mokbel is due to

arrive back in Melbourne within 24

hours after being extradited from

Greece. It's understood a luxury

jet has touched down in Athens to

pick up the 42-year-old fugitive.

Ten's Europe correspondent Danielle

Isdale is in Greece and joins us on

the line. Good morning, what's the

latest on Tony Mokbel's movements.

Well, Bill, the private plane

chartered by Australian authorities

seems to have landed within Athens

in the last hour. An executive Gulf

Stream jet like the one described

is currently sitting on the tarmac. When Tony Mokbel will board remains

unclear. Earlier he was seen being

escorted from a prison in central

Greece to an Athens jail to wait.

He was handcuffed, unshaven and

escorted by police wearing flak

jackets. It goes to show how

careful they're being with this

thing extradition operation. The whole

thing has been shrouded in secrecy

with plans and times and locations

changing all day and evening. By

all accounts it looks as if it will

be happening very soon. Not so long

ago, a man who was Australia's most

wanted criminal will be heading

back to Melbourne to face two murder charges as well as other

drug matters. Tony Mokbel fled in

2006. He was arrested on the run

last year in Athens and since then

his Greek lawyers have been

fighting furiously against this extradition.

extradition. They even have an

appeal before the European Human

Rights Commission at the moment,

they claim. But regardless of all

that, it looks like Tony Mokbel's

Greek adventure is coming to an

end and very shortly he'll be

heading back to Melbourne.

Thank you, Dani. We'll give you

more as details come to hand.

Rescuers are desperately searching

for survivors more than two days after China's earthquake but there

are stories of hope. Two children

were pulled to safety from beneath

this collapsed building. Authorities believe more Authorities believe more than

26,000 are still buried with

another 14,000 reported missing.

The death toll is believed to top 20,000.

The situation could get worse.

Landslides have blocked rivers,

pushing dams close to bursting

point. Reporter John Ray has more.

What has happened is that the quake

has turned rivers into lakes by has turned rivers into lakes by

blocking their flow and it's also

damaged a very major hydroelectric

dam not far from where I dam not far from where I am

standing, a 50-floor-high dam that

has apparently some serious cracks

in it. There was torrential rain

with obvious potential for flooding

of those lakes and also of the dam.

If that were to happen, you would

be looking at thousands of square

miles flooded. The Chinese authorities are saying tonight they

have the situation under control,

certainly the dam. There are

soldiers there looking at those

cracks. They say they have

contingency plans to run off the water if they need to. There's one

good piece of news - one good piece

of news - from this desolate of news - from this desolate area

and that is that it hasn't rained

today. John Ray with that report

from China.

The father of Perth toddler Imran The father of Perth toddler

Zilic is expected to face court in

Adelaide today over the child's

murder. Aliya Zilic was flanked by

was homicide detectives in Perth as he

was escorted to a police plane

headed to South Australia. A mental

health nurse was also on board. The

32-year-old has been extradited to

face a murder charge after the body

of his 3-year-old son was found in

a mine shaft in SA.

Liberal leader Brendan Nelson will

make his formal Budget reply

tonight. This is regarded as a key

speech to score point against the

Government and cement his position

as Opposition leader.

The Treasurer's glass is more than

half full but the Opposition's

taken the 'glass half empty' view

of the Budget. How can he reduce

inflation by increasing prices?

What kind of voodoo economics is he peddling? It's a bit rich getting

that question from the Liberal

Party. They're the best friend

inflation had ever had. How will

taxes on oil, alcohol, computer soft ware, ease the inflationary

pressure on Australian families?

Those tax hikes could be blocked by

the Coalition in the Senate. Will the Treasurer concede that there

has been a net increase in

expenditure in this high-taxing

Budget? Big spenders? Not us,

claims Labor. Expenditure it says

Howard is... Lower than any year of the

Howard Government. The battle of

the bean counters dominated

Question Time as the Government

turned attention to the Liberal

leadership and the man they call

the alternative Opposition leader.

And the numbers of course. He knows

the numbers. Yes, he knows the

numbers, the ones in the party room.

They're the ones he knows. Liberal

leader Brendan Nelson will make his

Budget in reply speech tonight. It

will be a chance for him to score

points against the Government and

secure his leadership.

There are calls for police in

Victoria to carry semi-automatic

pistols after a shoot-out in

Melbourne. An officer was shot in

the leg as he tried to reload his revolver.

Senior Constable David McHenry is

lucky to be alive after a gun fight

with Samir Ograzden, a man with a

long criminal history carrying a .22 calibre pistol. Ograzden killed while the Senior .22 calibre pistol. Ograzden was

killed while the Senior Constable

remains in a stable condition. The

police union says the situation

shows the need for more advanced

Smith and Wesson revolvers. weaponry to replace the decades-old

Witnesses reported a lengthy shoot-out between the police and

Ograzden, who could fire 15 rounds

without reloading. I counted at

least six, maybe seven. It was a

the car with Ograzden have been real gun fight.? Two men found in

released pending summons. Despite

his violent past, the criminal's

girlfriend says he will be missed.

He was the most wonderful person.

He would do anything for anyone.

Homicide detectives and the

are investigating. policeth cycle standards department

-- police ethical standards

department are investigating.

A helicopter has crashed in a

residential area in Canada killing

a man who was walking along the

street. The pilot and two

passengers also died. This was the

scene confronting rescue teams in

Cranbrook, a town in Canada's west.

The crash was metres from homes and

narrowly missed motorists. It came

across the intersection and the

next thing I know my car is being

slammed and there's an explosion

right beside it. The helicopter was

conducting surveillance of

electricity lines.

United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon

has called an emergency meeting on

Burma's aid crisis as the country

sinks deeper into despair. With

relief groups warning they are

running out of time, the UN will

today consult with several

countries on a new strategy. It

says too much time has been wasted

trying to organise visas for aid

workers. The Red Cross says the

death toll could reach up to 128,000 people.

Former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy

played a host of roles during his

27 years at Bomberland. Yesterday

he found a new one - mediator. Sheedy returned to

Sheedy returned to the club for the

first time since his sacking and

landed in the middle of a Windy Hill squabble. Kevin Sheedy is no stranger to politics, but in his first time back at the Bombers, he was able to make light of his successor's tough week. My first year, I lost five of my first six matches, and um, I could have been young Matthew Knights, and I was. Sheedy was made the honorary 40,000th member

to recognise his massive contribution to the club, but after speculation on the future of Jason Johnson and Damien Peverill,

the chairman, Ray Horsburgh, and coach Matthew Knights remain the focus. I was disappointed. I support everything Matthew said in his press conference yesterday. We had a chat yesterday afternoon, late, the three of us. The coach will talk about coaching matters, and that's it, we'll move on. Brendan Fevola's stellar form has forced a re-think from the Blues. The club had previously stated the spearhead's poor off-field behaviour

meant any contract negotiations would be left until the end of the season, but it seems Carlton has had a change of heart. I think if we offer Brendan a contract, it probably would be more than one year.

But we'll just wait and see what comes out on the table. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Gold Coast Titans captain Scott

Prince says he hasn't given up on Prince says he hasn't given up on a

Queensland State of Origin call-up.

Queensland State of Origin call-up.

Despite that controversial omission

from the Maroons side for next

week's opener in Sydney. He says

his disappointment has been

tempered by support from friends

and family. Which has sort of

eased the pain I guess. But it

still doesn't sit right with me but

at the end of the day I have to

move on. Here's an old story - Greg

Inglis says he's no traitor despite being

being accused again of turning his

back on NSW, where he grew up.

A blitzkrieg of boundaries from

retired Sri Lankan Test cricketer

jierjierp jier has blasted Mumbai

back into Indian preying contention.

Sanath Jayasuriya cleared the

fences 11 times in his unbeaten 114-run innings.

COMMENTATOR: Hundred! Hundred for san at!

He did receive a late let-off but

the damage had already been done,

Mumbai passing Chennai's score with

more than six overs to spare.

Let's talk finance. I don't know

how many pickets they're clearing

in that department. The latest wage

wage figures, good news for

home-owners. Yeah, it is. Wages figures were lower than expected,

good news for rate. Wages road by

0.9% in the March quarter and 4.1%

over the year. The increase in

private sector wages was the

smallest in 18 months. The fastest

wage growth was in mining, property

and business services and retail

trade. Economists have welcomed the

figures and say it's now unlikely the

the Reserve Bank will lift the

official cash rate in June. official cash rate in June. CSR is blaming throods in Queensland and plummeting prices

for Queensland and plummeting prices

for a 35% drop in full yeefrplg net

profit. Investors didn't mind the

results which were in line with expectations, shares rising 5

cents by the close but the outlook isn't great. Boss Jerry Maycock is

not expecting an upturn in the not expecting an upturn in the NSW housing market, which accounts for

25% of its building products

business in the next year.

Receivers have been appointed to

one of Australia's largest

residential builders with reports

the NSW Government had been fielding fielding complaints about the

company for years. Beechwood Homes

was placed into voluntary administration yesterday amid

reports it's $20 million in the red.

700 home-owners and thousands of

tradesmen could lose out if the

company collapses and despite the

State's home warranty scheme that

should cover buyers for any work

that's been paid for, the maximum

pay-out is 20% of the total price

of each home.

Let's check the national weather forecast now.

In the 'Herald Sun', there's more

on the desperate search for

survivors of China's earthquake. The 'Financial Review' reports that

over $5 billion of savings in the

Budget are at risk of being blocked

by the Coalition in the nat. And

the 'Sydney Morning Herald' reveals

a senior Health Department

executive in hiring the so-called

'Butcher of Bega' had been warned

that Graeme Reeves was not meant to

do obstetrics.

Italy's Mount Etna Italy's Mount Etna rerupts. Pictures after the break.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten's early This is Ten's early news. This morning it's expected drug

boss Tony Mokbel will timely be headed back to Australia today

after being extradited from Greece.

Survivors pulled from the rubble in

China as the death toll from the

earthquake tops 20,000.

Brendan Nelson put to the test -

the Opposition leader to deliver

his Budget reply speech tonight. And once again rugby league loyalties questioned. Queensland

players accused of fudging their State of Origin.

Finance first. Kath has all the market action. Thank you.

US stocks have rallied overnight

with a weaker than expected

inflation report taking pressure

off the Fed to raise rates again. Stocks

Stocks were fairly flat in Europe

as gapes in miners were countered

by investors' concerns over the

Bank of England's battle between growth and inflation, much like

here at home.

I'll have more a little later in

the bulletin, Bill. Thanks, Kath.

Tony Mokbel is being taken back to

Melbourne today after being extradited from Greece. It's

understood a luxury jet has touched

down in Athens to pick up the 42-year-old. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale has

the latest from Greece. This is an

extradition that's been a long time

coming, bringing the man who not

so long ago was Australia's most

wanted criminal back to Australia

to face justice and tonight it

looks as if very soon that may

happen. Tony Mokbel will be on his

way back home to Australia. The

entire operation has been shrouded

in secrecy. Earlier, we saw Tony

in secrecy. Earlier, we saw Tony

Mokbel escorted from his prison in

central Greece, taken into Athens

to wait. He was escorted by police

in flak jackets. He was unshaven

and handcuffed. Now, a jet that was

privately chartered by Australian

authorities has landed in Athens to

pick him up. That should happen in

a short amount of time. He'll head

back to Melbourne where he faces

two murder charges and a series of

drug offences. He fled Australia in

2006 and was arrested here in

Athens in 2007 while on the run.

Since then, his Greek legal team

have exhausted all avenues. They've

been fighting with many appeals to

stop this extradition from going

ahead. Now, very soon, it looks as

if that fight will be over. Tony Mokbel seems to be heading home.

Danielle Isdale with that report from Greece.

Rescuers are desperately searching

for survivors amid the devastation of China's earthquake aftermath.

Troops have been forced to pull

out of some towns because

aftershocks are making some areas too dangerous.

Ahid so much death, life has

suddenly to be treasured. It's as

if saving just one man can make up

for the thousands who perished and

it is a painstaking escape for the

last living souls of this last living souls of this town.

It's become a tomb, it lies in

ruins that conceal a horror

unknowable. This was the town's

school and for most of the 3,000

pupils, there was no chance and

today no miracle stories of survival.

Now there are more troops here than

townspeople but it took them a day

to arrive in such numbers. Our own

journey in showed us why. The road

to the town is tangled and mangled

and chewed up. Huge boulders tossed

from the mountain stopped

everything in their tracks.

Surrounded by hills weakened by

aftershocks it's been abandoned by

even those who came to rescue.

Heavy fog is causing delays to

flights at Sydney airport. All

incoming international flights are

being diverted to Brisbane and

Melbourne. Passengers are advised

to contact individual airlines to contact individual airlines for

information about their flights.

Federal Opposition leader Brendan

Nelson will have his chance to hit

back at the Government's Budget

with his refly speech tonight. The

Coalition has questioned the impact

the Treasurer's Budget will have on

inflation and interest rates. The

Treasurer's own Budget - how can he

reduce inflation by increasing prices? What kind of voodoo

economics is he peddling? It's a

bit rich getting that question from

the Liberal Party. They're the best

friend inflation ever will. The

Opposition has threatened to derail

proposed tax cuts and the hike an

alcopops. Those would take place of

course in the course in the Senate.

There are calls for police officers

to be given semi-automatic weapons following the shooting of a Senior

Constable in Melbourne yesterday.

David McHenry was shot in the leg

by Samir Ograzden before he and a

rookie officer returned fire,

killing the man. It's emerged the

officer had been reloading his

weapon when he was shot. Police

currently carry decades-owed Smith

and Wesson revolvers.

The first three women to train for

combat roles with the Australian

Army are preparing for field

exercises today. They could be

assigned overseas? Surveillance

roles.

No longer are they confined to driving,

driving, support or intelligence.

Now women can take more active

roles in combat regiments like the

Royal Australian Artillery. These

are the first three to train and

could end up conducting

surveillance in deadly conflicts

like Afghanistan. There's always that element but you join that element but you join knowing

that. The Defence Force still won't

allow women on the front line

although now there's virtually no

such thing. What we sea in Afghanistan and Iraq now is Afghanistan and Iraq now is the

damager and threat comes from anywhere. The female officers are

learning to operate unmanned

surveillance planes and radar to

locate the enemy. They're playing

down the significance of the assignments. We're just another

bunch of at the fails doing another

job in the army. Nevertheless, they

are keen to be involved. Dad was

actually in Vietnam, so he's quite

proud I think, with four daughters,

to have one join the services and

mum thinks it suits me. So...

Police in Brisbane are hunting too

men after -- two men after shots

were fired during a home invasion

overnight. Police say invaders

confronted a man in his front yard,

firing a gun as they ordered him

inside. It's alleged the pair

attacked two women in the house and

fired another shot which graid grazed

grazed the man's leg. Police

believe the offenders knew their

victims. Burma's cyclone torment is

far from over with fears another

cyclone could hit within 24 hours.

It's a disturbing prospect for aid

workers. More than 2 million

victims are still without hope. The

UN will hold an emergency meeting

today to develop a more effective strategy. The Red Cross is

estimating a death toll of up to estimating a death toll of up to 12 0,000 people.

Italy's Mount Etna volcano has

woken from its slumber and it's not happy.

happy. Molten lava bursting through

the mountain, roaring and carving

its way down the ash-coated earth

earth. Europe's tallest active

volcano is prone to the odd fit of

rage but this explosion is not

expected to threaten nearby towns or villages.

The first verbal blows have been

struck in the lead-up to next

week's rugby league State of Origin

opener. Young Queenslanders Greg

Inglis and Israel Folau have been

accused of turning their backs on NSW. Now proudly wearing Maroon, Greg

Inglis and Israel Folau grew up in

NSW and at least one Blues player isn't impressed. That's

disappointing. I don't think disappointing. I don't think I

could ever find me self wearing a

Marooniersy. That's how I was

brought up. I thought that's how

everyone grew up down here. Folau

and Inglis now Queenslanders

because that's where they played

their first senior football and

they say that's where they'll be staying. We're not traitors. We

play where we think, where we want

to play and that's for Queensland.

My heart belongs up here and none

of me family members are against

that. Gold Coast captain Scott

Prince has spoken about the

disappointment of his controversial

omission from the Queensland squad.

He's had plenty of support from

both fans and family. That's sort

of eased the pain I guess. But it

still doesn't sit right with me but

I have to move on.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has called

called on the AFL to expand playing

lists as clubs struggle with

increasing injury tolls. The

Dockers are languishing near the

bottom of the ladder and they have

four players on the long-term

injury list. Seven rounds into the

season, they've used 34 players.

It's taking its toll on lists.

Perhaps we should look at extending

lists. So what? An extra couple of players to

players to it. The Dockers host the

Western Bulldogs at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.

Football has spent a lot of time to

get rid of racism in court so it

may surprise them to hear that

Aboriginal player Adam Goodes has

been accused of making a racist

remark. It came after he said

indigenous players were born to

play Aussie Rules. Historian Gillian Hibbins believes the statement presents Aboriginals as

superior and is therefore a racist comment.

Let's talk about finance. Kath, the

Westpac Bank could face competition

over this mega merger. That's

right. National Australia Bank right. National Australia Bank has refused to rule out launching a

bid for St George despite continue

already accepting a $66 billion

merger with Westpac. NAB says it's

looking at its options. It's

believed Westpac's takeover offer

was structedured to ensure it was

quickly accepted. The bid includes

an attractive safeguards premium as

well as safeguards for the bank's

future a package NAB would have to top.

Woodside's not happy. It's slammed

the Federal Government's decision

to scrap a tax exemption on crude

oil. The package will remove the

condenate exemption netting the

Government about $2.5 billion over

the next four years. Woodside says

earnings will suffer and there's

been no consultation with the industry.

The forecast for Thursday:

The latest on the search for

survivors in China. That's next.

And the CommSec finance report.

This is Ten's early news. Today, drug fugitive Tony Mokbel preparing

to head back to Australia to face justice. Extradition proceedings

are under way in Greece.

are under way in Greece.

Tales of survival in China as rescuers try to reach remote areas

that have been flattened by the recent earthquake.

Brendan Nelson to deliver his

Budget reply speech tonight as the

Opposition threatens to block tax

changes in the Senate.

And a six-blitz in the Twenty20 cricket. Sri Lankan Sanath

Jayasuriya clears the fences 11 times for Mumbai.

To finance news. Kath with To finance news. Kath with the

latest on the markets. Bill, thank you.

US stocks have closed in the black

after a weaker than expected

inflation report allayed investors'

fear that is rates will rise any further.

Convicted drug boss Tony Mokbel is

preparing to leave Greece after his

extradition on murder charges. The

42-year-old was transferred under

tight security from a prison in

central Greece to Athens. A luxury

jet has arrived to take Mokbel

back to Melbourne. It's expected he

will be taken directly to prison to

begin serving a 12-year term.

Rescuers are still desperately

searching for survivors more than

two days after China's earthquake

but there are stories of hope. Two

children were pulled to safety from

beneath this collapsed building. Authorities believe more Authorities believe more than

26,000 people are still buried,

another 14,000 have been reported

missing. The death toll is believed

to top 20,000. to top 20,000.

And the situation could soon be

worse. Landslides have blocked

rivers and are pushing dams close

to bursting point. Reporter John Ray has more.

What has happened is that the quake

has turned rivers into lakes by

blocking their flow and it's

damaged a major hydroelectric dam

not far from where I am standing, not far from where I am standing, a

50-floor-high dam that has

apparently some serious cracks in

it. Then there was torrential rain

with obvious potential for flooding

of those lakes and also of the dam. If that were to happen, you If that were to happen, you would

be looking at thousands of square

miles flooded. The miles flooded. The Chinese

authorities tonight are saying they

have the situation under control.

Certainly the dam. There are soldiers there looking at those

cracks. They say they have

contingency plans to run off the

water if they need to. There's one

good piece of news - one good piece

of news from this desolate area,

and that is that it hasn't rained today.

Liberal leader Brendan Nelson will

make his formal Budget reply speech

tonight. This is regarded as a key

speech to score points gents the

Government but cement his position as Opposition leader. The Treasurer's glass is more than half full but the Opposition's taken the glass-half-empty view of the Budget. How can he reduce inflation by increasing prices? What kind of voodoo economics is he peddling? They're the best friend inflation ever had. How will $19 billion of extra taxes including taxes on family cars, oil, alcohol, computer software, ease the inflationary pressure on Australian families? Those tax hikes could still be blocked by the Coalition in the Senate. Will the Treasurer now concede that there has been a net increase in expenditure in this high-taxing Budget? Big spenders? Not us, claims Labor. Expenditure it says is... Lower than any year of the Howard government - lower. The battle of the bean-counters dominated Question Time as the Government turned attention to the Liberal leadership and the man they call the alternative Opposition Leader. And the numbers, of course, Yes, he knows the numbers. The ones in the party room, they're the ones he knows. Liberal leader Brendan Nelson will make his Budget in reply speech tonight. It'll be a chance for him to score points against the Government and secure his leadership.

Police are hunting for a woman over

the stabbing of an elderly man in Sydney. The 84-year-old victim was

stabbed in the back with a piece of glass at his home in Ashfield. glass at his home in Ashfield. His

injuries are not life-threatening.

The woman is believed to be aged

in her late 30s or early 40s. Italy's Mount Etna volcano has

woken from its slumber and is not

too happy. Molten lava is busting

through the mountain roaring and through the mountain roaring and

carving down the ash-coated earth.

Europe's tallest active volcano is

partial to the odd fit of rage but

this explosion is not expected to

threaten nearby towns or threaten nearby towns or villages.

Kevin Sheedy has played a number of

roles during 27 years at Bomberland.

Yesterday he found a new one as

mediator. Sheedy returns to the

club for the first time since his

sacking and landed in the middle of a Windy Hill squabble. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Kevin Sheedy is no stranger to politics, but in his first time back at the Bombers, he was able to make light of his successor's tough week. My first year, I lost five of my first six matches, and um, I could have been young Matthew Knights, and I was. Sheedy was made the honorary 40,000th member to recognise his massive contribution to the club, but after speculation on the future of Jason Johnson and Damien Peverill, the chairman, Ray Horsburgh, and coach Matthew Knights remain the focus. I was disappointed. I support everything Matthew said in his press conference yesterday. We had a chat yesterday afternoon, late, the three of us. The coach will talk about coaching matters, and that's it, we'll move on. Brendan Fevola's stellar form has forced a re-think from the Blues. The club had previously stated the spearhead's poor off-field behaviour meant any contract negotiations would be left until the end of the season, but it seems Carlton has had a change of heart. I think if we offer Brendan a contract, it probably would be more But we'll just wait and see what comes out on the table.

Gold Coast tightiants captain

Gold Coast tightiants captain Scott

Prince says he hasn't given up on a

Queensland State of Origin call-up

despite his controversial omission

from the Maroons side for next

week's series opener in Sydney. He

says his disappointment has been

tempered by support from fans and

family. Which has sort of eased

the pain I guess but it, um, yeah,

it still doesn't sit right with me

but at the end of the day I have to

move on. Once again, Queensland centre

centre Greg Inglis has had to

defend himself saying he's not a

traitor despite being accused of

turning his back on NSW, where he

grew up.

A blitzkrieg of boundaries from

Sanath Jayasuriya has blasted

Mumbai back into the Indian preying

finals contention. The veteran

batsman cleared the fences 11 times,

an unbeaten 114 innings.

an unbeaten 114 innings.

Mumbai passed Chennai's 156 with

more than six overs to spare.

The latest wage figures The latest wage figures could

spell good news for mortgageholders,

the wage price index rising 0.9 in

the March quarter, lower than

expected, and could take the

pressure off interest rates.

Juliette Saly joins us live.

Juliette, can we rule out a rate

hike next month? We certainly think

so, Kath. Yesterday's wages figures

show that jobs market remained tight but that employees aren't

paying over the top to attract or

retain staff. Companies are focused

on the bottom line and the fact

that wages haven't blown off should

be great news to the Reserve Bank

and anyone with a mortgage. Shares

in BHP have rallied in the last 24

hours. Rumours are that China's on

the bid. There's talk that China

could be interested in a 10% stake

in BHP Billiton, worth around $15 billion. Yesterday we saw their

shares rise by 6% on our market and

around 3% to 4% in London and New

York trade. It's only rumour. BHP

hasn't commented but it's a great

windfall for their sharedholders.

Is this likely to spur our market

ahead today? Absolutely. The rally

lifted our market yesterday and we

expect them to be a focus today. The

The other miners could be under a

little bit of pressure. Commodities were

were weaker across the board

overnight, oil, gold and base metal

prices all falling. We could see

some more interest in the banks,

particularly St George Bank on the

continued reaction to the St George

Westpac takeover and it looks good

for our market today, a gain of

around 15 points on the open.

Lovely. Thank you. Thank you.

Here's the national weather picture now.

In the 'Courier-Mail', they say the

Budget's revamped baby bonus could

be the first step towards a national paid maternity leave scheme.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald's

business day reports that the loss

of a tax break could cost Woodside

Petroleum up to 5% of its profits.

And the 'Daily Telegraph' has more

on the funeral of rugby league's

coach of the century, Jack Gibson.

The man accused of killing a Perth

toddler to face court today. We'll

have details when we return. A THIRTY-TWO year old Ainslie man has been committed to stand trial for the manslaughter of a woman in CIVIC last August. MATTHEW RAYMOND NICHOLLS is accused of contributing to the death of a seventy one year old woman ... who suffered a heart attack, after he allegedly shoulder charged her, outside the Canberra Centre The A-C-T Government has come under fire over its admission of a bungled planning approval in KINGSTON. The Government's Planning and Land Authority has conceded one of its staff approved three five-storey developments along WENTWORTH AVENUE, despite existing laws only allowing four storey buildings in the area. Opposition leader ZED SESELJA says the Government has tried to bury their error beneath the Federal budget, and suggests current planning laws aren't up to scratch A-C-T Community groups are being encouraged to apply for the use of former school sites. Arts, health, and community service groups will be able to use facilities at the former COOK, MELROSE and WESTON school sites... once a FOURTEEN million dollar A-C-T Government upgrade of the sites is completed TO SPORT Brumbies skipper STIRLING MORTLOCK will assume the second longest reign in the team's history in Friday's match against the FORCE. Mortlock's FORTY-THIRD match as skipper will put him ahead of BRETT ROBINSON, but five matches short of GEORGE GREGAN. TO THE WEATHER NOW. Scattered showers and thunderstorms on the coast and adjacent ranges, are starting to head further inland today Nationally... fine and partly cloudy for Sydney... late showers for Melbourne and Brisbane... early fog clearing in Canberra Locally... a possible shower or storm for Dubbo... it looks wet in Wagga as well... fine in Bega and Wollongong though Early fog clearing to a fine day in Bathurst ... sunny for Batemans Bay and Bowral Fine for Perisher and Thredbo... wet around Parkes... a late shower for Mudgee Looking ahead: The wet weather that was due to blow into the region today... looks like it will hold off until tomorrow... showers are forecast across the weekend, with a Sunday a particularly chilly day. (that's the latest from Southern Cross Ten ... stay with us for all your national and local news (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE)

This is Ten's early news. This

morning, drug boss Tony Mokbel

finally heading back to Australia

after being extradited from Greece. A plane is waiting.

Survivors pulled from the rubble in

China as the death toll from the earthquake tops 20,000.

Brendan Nelson put to the test. The

Opposition lead tore deliver his

Budget reply speech tonight.

And rugby league loyalties

questioned. Queensland players

accused of fudging their State of

Origin.

Let's check the markets firstly,

though. Kath. The final check, Bill.

Thank you.

The pressure on US rates to rise an

he's eased overnight with weaker

than inflation -- weaker than expected inflation report.

Tony Mokbel is to be taken back to

Melbourne today after being

extradited from Greece. It's

understood a luxury jet has touched

down in Athens to pick up the

42-year-old. Ten's Europe correspondent Danielle Isdale has the latest from the latest from Greece. Well, this is an extradition that's been

been a long time coming, bringing

the man who not so long ago was Australia's

Australia's most wanted criminal

back to Australia to face justice

and tonight it looks as it very

soon that may happen. Tony Mokbel

will be on his way back home to

Australia. The entire operation has

been shrouded in secrecy. Earlier

we saw Tony Mokbel escort the from

his prison in central Greece, taken

into Athens to wait. He was

escorted by police in flak jackets.

He was unshaven and handcuffed. Now,

a jet that was privately chartered

by Australian authorities has

landed in Athens to pick him up.

That should happen in a short

amount of time. He'll head back to

Melbourne where he faces two murder

charpblts and a series of drug

offences. He fled Australia in 2006

and was arrested here in Athens in

2007 while on the run. Since then

his Greek legal team have exhausted

all avenues. They've been fighting

with many appeals to stop this extradition from going ahead. Now,

very soon, it looks as if that

fight will be over. Tony Mokbel

seems to be heading home.

Danielle Isdale with that report

from Greece.

The father of Perth toddler The father of Perth toddler Imran

Zilic is expected to face court in

Adelaide today over the child's

murder. Aliya Zilic was flanked by homicide

homicide Detective in Perth as homicide Detective in Perth as he

was escorted to a police plane headed

headed for SA. A men tal health

nurse was also on board. nurse was also on board. The

32-year-old has been extradited to

face a murder charge after the body

of his three-year-old son was found

in a mine shaft in in a mine shaft in South Australia.Ries cures are desperately searching for survivors

amid the devastation of China's

earthquake aftermath. Troops have

been forced to pull out of some towns because aftershocks are

making some areas too dangerous.

Amid so much death, life has

suddenly to be treasured. It's as

if saving just one man can make if saving just one man can make up

for the thousands who perished.

And it is a painstaking escape for

the last living souls of this town,

that has become a tomb, that lies

in ruins, that conceal a horror unknowable.

This was the town's school and for

most of the 3,000 pupils, there was

no chance and today no miracle stories of survival.

Now, there are more troops here than townspeople, but it took than townspeople, but it took them

a day to arrive in such numbers.

Our own journey in showed us why.

The road to the town is tangled and

mangled and cheed up. Huge boulders tossed from the mountain stopped everything in their tracks.

Surrounded by hills weakened by

aftershocks, it's been abandoned by

even those who came to rescue.

Some breaking news now. A woman is

dead and two children have been

stabbed north of Sydney. Police and ambulance officers were called to a

house at Berowra early this morning. The children are in hospital, one

of them in a serious condition.

Federal Opposition leader Brendan

Nelson will have his chance to hit

back at the Government's Budget

with his reply speech tonight. The

Coalition has questioned the impact

the Treasurer's Budget will have on

inflation and interest rates. How

can he reduce inflation by

increasing prices? What kind of

voodoo economics is he peddling?

It's rich getting that question from

the Liberal Party. They're the best

friend inflation ever had. The

Opposition has threatened to delay

drai proposed tax cuts and the

hike on alcopops in the Senate.

There are calls for police officers to

to be given semi-automatic weapons

following the shooting of a Senior

Constable in Melbourne yesterday. David

David McHenry was shot in the leg

by Samir Ograzden, before he and a

rookie officer returned fire,

killing the man. It's emerged the

officer had been reloading his

weapon when he was shot. Police currently carry decades-old Smith

and Wesson revolvers. It's feared

Burma could be hilt by another

cyclone. It's a prospect that aid

workers are dreading. More than 2 million victims are still without assistance.

assistance. The UN will hold an

emergency meeting today to develop

a more effective strategy. It's

furious that expert aid workers

have been forced to wait so long

for visas. The Red Cross estimates

a death toll of up to 120,000 people.

A helicopter has crashed in a

residential area in Canada, killing

a man on the street. The pilot and

two other passengers were also

killed. This was the scene

confronted rescuers in Cranbrook, a

town in Canada's west. The crash

narrowly missed motorists. It came

across the intersection and my car

was slammed and there's an

explosion right beside it. The

helicopter was helicopter was conducting

surveillance of electricity lines.

The first verbal blows have been

struck in the lead-up to struck in the lead-up to next

week's rugby league State of Origin opener.

opener. Young queeders Greg Inglis

and Israel Folau have been accused of turning their backs on NSW.

Now proudly wearing Maroon, Greg

Inglis and Israel Folau grew up in

NSW and at least one Blues player

isn't impressed. It's disappointing.

I don't think I could ever find me

self wearing a Marooniersy. I think

that's just the wear I was brought

up. I thought that was the way

everyone was brought up down here.

Folau and Inglis now Queenslanders

because that's where they played

their first senior football and

they say that's where they'll be staying. We're not straightors. We play

play where we think - like where we

want to play and that's for

Queensland. My heart belongs up

here and none of me family members

are against that. Gold Coast captain Scott Prince has spoken

about the disappointment of his controversial omission from the

Queensland squad. He's had plenty

of support from both fans and

family. Which is sort of easing

the pain I guess but it, um, yeah,

it still doesn't sit right with me

but at the end of the day I have to

move on.

AFL now and fleementle coach Mark

Harvey has called on the AFL to

expand playing lists as clubs

struggle to cope with increasing

injury problems. The Dockers injury problems. The Dockers are languishing near the bottom of the

ladder and have four players on the long

long round injury -- long-term injury list. They've used 34

players so far this season. It's

taking its toll on lists. Perhaps

we should extend them. To what? An

extra few, couple more players to

it, yeah. The Dockers

it, yeah. The Dockers host the Western Bulldogs at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.

Know, football codes have spent a

lot of time trying to eliminate

racism on the field so it may

surprise them to hear surprise them to hear that

Aboriginal AFL player Adam Goodes

has been accused of making a

racist remark. The accusation racist remark. The accusation came

after the Sydney skwauns forward said that indigenous players were

born to play Aussie Rules. Well, historian Gillian Hibbins believes

the statement presents Aborigines

as superior and has dlfr -- and is as superior and has dlfr -- and is therefore a racist comment.

To finance. Kath, MBF members to pick

pick up the merger bill apparently.

It doesn't sound too good, does it?

The 800,000 members who voted in

favour of the merger with BUPA

will fork out almost $46 million to

help pay for the deal. The Federal

Court has given the takeover the

green light but they face around

$46 million in fees before the deal

is completed. So far, the merger

has cost the collective membership

around $27 million. Shares in

Australia's two largest miners

have reached record highs. BHP

Billiton jumped 6% on talks a

Chinese investor was looking to buy

a stake in the company. The records

boosted mining stocks across the board

board bringing the ASX to its

highest close to since the clo in

marriage. AMP and Coca-Cola hold their AGMs today.

That's it. I'm Bill Woods. Bye for

now. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Have a good day. Supertext Captions

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