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Good morning. I'm Frank Coletta.

And I'm Belinda Heggen. Welcome to

Ten's Early News.

Today - remembered - family and

friends gather for a candlelight

vigil to mourn a 14-year-old boy

shot dead at a Sydney property.

Popular PM - Kevin Rudd wins record

support in a Newspoll as pensioners

and struggling families decide how

to spend $10 billion in cash bonuses.

bonuses.

The alleged mastermind of the

September 11 attack says he'll

confess to terror charges at his

Guantanamo Bay trial.

And in finance - world markets

rally on the prospect of a

car industry. multibillion-dollar bail for the US

But first - family and friends of

gunshot victim Josef Cruickshank

have held a candle-light individual

tool mourn his death. His grieving

mother has pleaded with police to mother has pleaded with police to

drop a murder charge against the

14-year-old boy accused of shooting 14-year-old boy accused of shooting

her son, saying she wants him at the funeral.

More than 100 mourners gathered at

a small park to remember their

friend. Lighting candles and

offering support to his family.

Josef Cruickshank died from a

gunshot wound at a friend's home on

Sunday night. But his mother is

distraught that friend has been

ordered before the courts. You

can't charge a 14-year-old child.

With murder. It's disgusting. It

was an accident. At his school,

flags were lowered to half-mast as

counsellors were brought in to talk

to his classmates. Whenever we

teach, give each other a jab in the

arm and laugh about it. I remember

doing that last Friday. Funeral

arrangements have been worked out,

but Josef's mother wants his mate

He to know he's welcome at the service.

He needs to get through this, like

we all do. He needs to know it's OK

to call me. He needs to know it's

OK to come around here.

Kevin Rudd's popularity has shot to

a record high, according to the

latest Newspoll. Mr Rudd is now 47

points clear of Opposition Leader

Malcolm Turnbull in the preferred

PM stakes. Labor has widened its

lead also over the Coalition to 18

points. And the Prime Minister's

voters popularity is set to continue, with

voters lapping up Labor's $10 voters lapping up Labor's $10

billion economic stimulus package.

Treasury estimates that Australians

will spend more than two-thirds will spend more than two-thirds of

their cash bonus, but economists

warn most of the money will be

spent paying off credft-card debt

and other bills. Retailers are also pessimistic, saying stores will pessimistic, saying stores will

close. I can't see why a lot won't

close between January and June.

The Prime Minister, though, wants

pensioners and families to spend

the one-off payments they'll

receive over the next fortnight.

Meantime, the PM has paid tribute

to marathon champion Kerryn McCann, describing

describing her as a phenomenon who

inspired mothers across the country.

Tributes are pouring in for the 41-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medallist who lost her battle with

cancer on Sunday. So heartbreaking

to hear about that, and to hear

we've lost one of our, probably,

toughest competitors in Australia,

that's very devastating. She leaves behind husband Greg and children

benten, 11, Josie, 5, and

14-month-old cooper. Instead of

sending flowers, her family has

asked to make donations to breast

cancer research, either at the

McGrath Foundation or the Breast Cancer Cancer Network Australia.

An escaped rhino is finally back

in an Adelaide zoo after more than

12 hours on the run. It's believed 18-year-old Satara broke free from 18-year-old

his enclosure in the hope of

finding his female mate. He got a

whiff of his girlfriend from across

the road, who was happening to have a

a night with another bull of ours. a night with another bull of ours.

And I think he got a bill jealous.

Mm. Three tranquiliser darts

weren't enough to bring the white

rhino under control. He apparently

returned to his own enclosure of

his own accord.

The Department of foreign affairs

investigating the disappearance of

an Australian woman in the

Philippines. 54-year-old Zenaida

Banham, from Canberra, has been missing

missing since November 4. Her son says he fears she's been says

says he fears she's been kid inpped.

Five men charged with plotting the

September 11 terror attacks say

they'll confese terror charges at

self-cup fes self-cup their US military trial. The

E

increasing There is also deep resentment over

increasing economic hardship. A increasing economic hardship. A car

dealership one of the targets - one

of many. Shopfronts, banks, city

hall, the politicians promising an

investigation into the teenager's

killing. But many here are angry

more with the Greek Government over many

more issues. And so far, there is

little sign of an end to this

unrest. A pygmy hippopotamus has joined the

growing list of celebrity zoo growing list of celebrity zoo

animals the rare 1-month-old hippo

has formed a strong bond with its

mother and loves the water, but is

yet to be named. Its British home,

the Marwell Zoo, is offering

visitors the chance to christen the

female. Four African names have

been nominated - Loko, Kadina, zimy

and Lola. Despite its parents being

named Wendy and Anton.

Mal Meninga is the frontrunner to

take over as Australia's Rugby League coach after Ricky Stuart quit. He leaves with quit. He leaves with lighter

pockets, too, after being hit with

a $20,000 fine for his outburst at

World Cup officials.

After 14 games and 12 wins as

Australia coach, Ricky Australia coach, Ricky Stuart

emerged from meeting with Aussie

rugby league officials without his

beloved job. He wasn't pushed. It

was Ricky's decision. He felt that

this was the appropriate and decent

action for him to take today for

the game, for the Australian Rugby

League team, and for himself. Stuart stepped down as he was

slapped with a $20,000 fine from

the ARL for abusing referee Ashley

Klein and official Stuart Cummings

after the World Cup final. Conduct after the World Cup final. Conduct

such as the conduct complained of

would have an adverse affect on, ah,

on the retention or recruitment of

referees, and it's something that

which we just can't condone.

Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga

set to take Stuart's place, which

could spell trouble for the Maroons.

It would be a very difficult

both. decision. I don't think I could do

A couple of days out from golf's Australian Open, officials Australian Open, officials are

already looking ahead to next year

and beyond, and who's on their wish

list for the future. Two of

Australia's leading lights treated

their families to a day at the zoo,

there was no sign of any tigers. If

Golf Australia has its way, there

could be one very special target

making an appearance very, very

shortly. We have spoken to them. shortly. We have spoken to them. We'd love to have him out, and

we'll just have to see how things

fall. That's Tiger Woods. In the

meantime, colourful American meantime, colourful American John

Daly is the tournament's marquee man.

On to finance now with Belinda.

There's some more worrying news on jobs? Unfortunately so, Frank. jobs? Unfortunately so, Frank. The

number of newspaper job ads number of newspaper job ads across

the country plunged 23% in the past

two months. According to ANZ

figures. That's the steepest fall

since records began 30 years ago.

And the problem's not only confined

to the papers - the biggest online jobs

jobs site, Seek, has warned its

profits are likely to flatline this

year after 37% growth in 2007.

Meanwhile, the head of Qantas has

warned there are big hurdles to

overcome ahead of any merger with

British Airways. Alan Joyce says British Airways. Alan Joyce says

there's still a reasonable chance

the $8 billion deal won't happen.

He's flagged potential problems

from a cross-deal with Spanish

airline Iberia. We'd be amiss as a

management team if we didn't see

what opportunities were there,

explore them, and see if they make

sense for us. Meantime, transport

bureau figures show bureau figures show Christmas airline prices are the cheapest

they've ever been due to the financial crisis.

The US Congress is close to an agreement to bail out the big car companies, but it may not be all

good news for them. The big three

manufacturersed asked for $34

billion. They look like getting only

only half that amount, though, and

have been told as part of the deal

the CEOs should be sacked. In a

sign of just how much the deal means to the people of Detroit, one

of the city's largest churches

brought hybrid SUVs to the altar

and asked the congregation to fast until

until the bailout plan was approved.

Briefly in other news:

We'll show you the world's oldest

first-time mum - all the details

when Ten's Early News returns. Stay with us.

This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Today's

headlines - Rudd's reward - the PM enjoys record-high popularity in

the polls as the Government awaits

the impact of a $10 billion economic stimulus package.

Candlelight tribute - mourners

gather in a Sydney park to remember a

a teenage gunshot victim. a teenage gunshot victim.

On the rampage - dozens injured

and buildings destroyed as rioters

take to the streets of Athens in take to the streets of Athens in a third night of violence.

And in finance - global stocks soar on the prospect of a

multibillion-dollar bailout for the multibillion-dollar bailout for the

US car industry.

But first - an early Christmas

present for Kevin Rudd, with

support for the Prime Minister back

at record highs, according to the latest Newspoll. The Coalition,

meantime, has crashed to where it

was under leader Brendan Nelson.

Support for the PM is likely Support for the PM is likely to continue rising as well, with

pensioners and low-income families

enjoying $10 billion in cash

bonuses in an attempt to stimulate the Kevin Rudd is urging pensioners and families to spend for Australia as one-off payments hit their bank accounts, and it seems many are ready to oblige. Looking at how we're going to spend our $1,000, are we? The Opposition originally backed the stimulus plan, but now favours tax cuts to boost the economy. Will this stimulus work? Will this big sugar-hit do the trick? It will boost GDP by between 0.5% and 1% and can create up to 75,000 jobs. And it's holding off rising unemployment which will determine the success of the Government's stimulus package. The need brought closer to home by a record fall in advertised jobs in November, according to the ANZ's survey. The Treasurer is hoping spending consumers will help save jobs,

but retailers warn stores will still close and Kevin Rudd may need to step in again by Easter. I'd say there's a very big chance that something like that has to happen. So far, voters seem happy to continue down that track. The latest Newspoll in the 'Australian' has Labor widening its lead over the Coalition to 18 points, amid the economic gloom. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

A candlelight vigil has been held

overnight for a teenage boy shot

dead at a Sydney property. More

than 100 relatives and friends of Josef Cruickshank gathered in a

small park to mourn his death. The 14-year-old was shot at a friend's

home on Sunday night. The friend

has been charged with murder, but

the victim's mother says it was the victim's mother says it was an

accident and wants the accused

killer to feel welcome at her son's

funeral. Oh, funeral. Oh, darling... He needs to get through this, like

we all do. He needs to know it's OK we all do. He needs to know it's OK

to call me. He needs to know it's

OK to come round here.

The accused boy will face court on

January 5.

Residents in central and southern

Queensland have been given a

reprieve from the wild weather. The

region was hit by severe storms

yesterday, causing flash flooding.

Three coalminers had to be rescued

after they became trapped in a

collapsed lunchroom during a storm

near Dysart. One was airlifted to

hospital with spinal injuries.

Locals in Townsville are also

counting their losses after

torrential rain hit there. 60mm

dropped in half an hour, a

1-in-20-year event. The weather

bureau says there should be a bureau says there should be a break

in the storms until at least later this week.

Some of our greatest athletes have

joined the Prime Minister in paying

tribute to Commonwealth Games

champion Kerryn McCann. The 41-year-old lost her battle with

cancer with her family by her side.

Tributes are pouring in for the

Commonwealth Games gold medallist

who lost her battle with breast

cancer on Sunday. It's so heartbreaking to hear about that,

and to hear we've lost one of our,

probably, toughest competitors in Australia,

Australia, that's very devastating.

Her death was an announced

yesterday at a breast cancer function. The 41-year-old was

diagnosed with an aggressive form

of the disease during her third

pregnancy last year. Yeah, I'm

feeling fantastic. And I'm even

better here, at the start of the

City to Surf. A dual Olympian and two-times Commonwealth champion,

McCann said her family always came first. Kerryn didn't want everyone

in the street to walk up to her and

feel sorry for her. She just wanted

to take her kids to school and pick

them up and cook their meal snooze.

I just want to run fast. I want to

run really fast. She died at her

home near Wollongong surrounded by family.

family. She is survived by her

husband Greg and three children.

Instead of sending flowers, the

family has been asked for donations

to be made at either the McGrath Foundation or the Breast Cancer

Network Australia. Australian women are having babies

later in life, with more choosing

Caesarean births. New Government

figures reveal the average age of

first-time mums has risen to 28,

while one-fifth of women give birth

over the age of 35. There were over the age of 35. There were

nearly 10,000 more births in 2006 nearly 10,000 more births in 2006

than in the previous year, and

one-third of those were by

C-section.

But Aussie mums have nothing on

this Indian woman, who has just

given birth to her first child at

the age of... 70. Rajo Devi, who married the age of... 70. Rajo Devi, who

married 50 years ago, gave birth to

a baby girl on November 28 as a

result of IVF treatment. She is

believed to be the world's oldest I believe it. mother.

Two police officers have been

15-year-old charged over the murder of a

15-year-old teenager, which has

right sparked three days of violent riots

right across Greece. Thousands of protesters attacked the Parliament

battles with police into the night, in Athens, and fought running

hurling fire bombs and torching

businesses. The protests have also

spread beyond its borders. Hooded

youths clashed at the Greek Embassy

with police in London, and also

Berlin, where masked protesters

occupied the Greek Embassy,

throwing paper and chanting

anti-government slogans.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim

pilgrims have taken part in the

stoning of the devel ritual, part

of the hajj pilgrimage near Mecca.

Muslims throw rocks and pebbles at

stone pillars, symbolising the

rejection of evil temptation. A

maze of crowd-control barriers have

been deployed in an attempt to

direct the flow of more than 2

million pilgrims.

Australian spin bowler Jason Krejza is

is confident he'll be fit for the first cricket Test against South

Africa, starting in Perth next

Wednesday. The visitors are also

with injury concerns - their

fastest bowler is struggling with a fastest bowler is struggling with a hamstring problem. The South Africans have a weight on their shoulders ahead of the first Test - with a hamstring problem. pace weapon Dale Steyn sidelined against WA on Thursday, He'll miss the one-dayer at their first training session, and while physios worked on him they're playing the injury down. a little hamstring niggle Yeah, he just picked up in the Bangladesh series. It's nothing serious - into the first Test. we're just building him up On the Australian side, is certain to return, Tasmanian spinner Jason Krejza

provided he can beat his own injuries on his rolled ankle. and pass a fitness test It was time for Jason to come back. It would be better if he'd bowled more overs, there's no doubt about that, but the reality is, he hadn't bowled a lot in India before he got his chance and he was ready to take it and I'm sure he's been doing the hard work in the background and he'll be ready. All-rounder Shane Watson is also back in the 12, at the expense of Victorian Peter Siddle, again raising the issue of sharing the all-rounder's mantle with Andrew Symonds. We don't see it as picking two all-rounders. Symmo's in the side, he's in our top six batsmen.

fielding and some bowling Obviously, the fact that he adds is sensational for the team.

Mal Meninga is firming as the

favourite to become the few Australian Rugby League coach

Ricky Stuart quit the position. Australian Rugby League coach after

Stuart announced his decision to

the ARL board yesterday at a hearing into his World Cup final

outburst, where he abused officials.

And he felt that this would see the

appropriate and decent action for

him to take today for the game, um, for the Australian Rugby League

team, and for himself. But the

board did find Stuart -- fine

Stuart $20,000 for the outburst.

Following his $30,000 donation to

the Sydney Spirit, NBA star Andrew

Bogut is hoping they can pull off a

fairytale and qualify for the finals.

Since agreeing to a massive 56% pay cut,

cut, the aptly named sit Sydney

Spirit have shown nothing but

spirit to win two of their next

three matches. Heed in part by

Milwaukee Bucks star Andrew Bogut,

chooz close to coach Rob Beverage

and a number of the Sydney players.

Rob Beverage was an instrumental

part of my career, world junior

championships, won a gold medal and

had great memories being a part of that

that team. Bogut also grateful the

Spirit captain, Jason Smith, who

guided the 7-footer in his guided the 7-footer in his

formative years. Jason Smith was a

guy that I've known since I was 15.

He helped me a lot when I was

younger. For him to be involved

personally is just a major

accomplishment for us, and a true

sign of his generosity. Bogut is

happy to help out the Spirit

financially, and has expressed an

interest in one day owning an

Australian team. But that won't be

until his NBA days are over. Having

that as a distraction wouldn't be

too smart for me, and it wouldn't

be too smart for a club to have a

guy like me to own a club and never

being there.

There's been a big rally on world

markets overnight, and with the

CommSec joins us live. Good morning. details, Juliana Roadley from

What's been behind the surge? It's

all been about stimulus and growth.

It started off in Asia, where we

heard that India have come out with

a $4 billion stimulus package to a $4 billion stimulus package to

boost infrastructure in their

textiles market, and cutting their

interest rates by 1%. Also more

talk that we'll get more money

coming into the Chinese economy, and coming into the Chinese economy,

and a boost for the European and a boost for the European banks.

We saw the FTSE in London up 6%.

The German DAX up 7%. The French up

8%. In the US, it's all about a

possible rescue package - a small

one - they call it small - $15

billion coming through a

brobridging loan for the auto

makers in the US, seeing the Dow up

280 points. The Nasdaq up by 53.

Expectations our market could be 90

points higher at the open after our

4% gain yesterday. And more good

news for motorists? If you have a

look at the average price of petrol

across Australia last week, it fell

by 3.8 cents a litre, taking the

the average down to $1.08 cents a litre,

the lowest in 3.5 years. It mean we could see 95-cent-a litre the lowest in 3.5 years. It does

petrol in the near-term. Fingers

crossed for that. Juliana Roadley

from CommSec, thank you. Thank you.

Qantas boss ...

Anti-whale protests resume - their battle with the Japanese - that

story coming up next. Stay with us.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten's Early News.

Today - soaring popularity - Kevin

Rudd wins record support in the

latest Newspoll as voters spend the

$10 billion in cash bonuses.

Family and friends gather for a candlelight vigil, mourning death candlelight vigil, mourning the

death of a 14-year-old boy shot at

a Sydney property.

Dozens injured and buildings

destroyed as rioters take to the

streets of Athens in a third night of violence.

And in finance - world markets

rally on the prospect of a multibillion-dollar bail-out for the US car industry.

First - Kevin Rudd's popularity has

shot to a record high, according to

the latest Newspoll. Mr Rudd is now

47 points clear of Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull in the

preferred PM stakes. Labor has

widened its lead over the Coalition

to 18 points, and the Prime

Minister's popularity is set to

continue, with voters lapping up

Labor's $10 billion economic stimulus package. Treasury

estimates that Australians will

spend more than two-thirds of their

cash bonus, but economists warn

most of the money will be spent

paying off credit-card debt and

other bills. Is retailers are also

pessimistic predicting stores will close. With so many under pressure

intense pressure, I can't see why a

lot won't close between January and June.

The Prime Minister, though, wants

pensioners and families to spend

the one-off payments they'll

receive over the next fortnight.

Family and friends of gunshot

victim Josef Cruickshank have held

a candlelight individual tool mourn

his death. His grievinging mother

has pleaded with police to drop a murder charge against the

14-year-old boy accused of shooting

her son, say she wants him at the funeral.

More than 100 mourners gathered at

a small park to remember their

friend. Lighting candles and

offering support to his family.

Josef Cruickshank died from a

gunshot wound at a friend's home on

Sunday night. But his mother is

distraught that friend has been

ordered before the courts. You

can't charge a 14-year-old child

with murder. It's disgusting. It

was an accident. At his school,

flags were lowered to half-mast as

counsellors were brought in to talk

to his classmates. Whenever we

teach, we'd give each other a jab

in the arm and laugh about it. I

can remember doing that last Friday.

Funeral arrangements have been

worked out. Josef mother wants his

mate to know he's welcome at the

service. He needs to get through

this, like we all do. He needs to

know it's OK to call me. He needs

to know it's OK to come round here.

The Prime Minister has paid tribute

to marathon champion Kerryn McCann,

describing her as a phenomenon who

inspired mothers across the country.

Tributes are pouring in for the

41-year-old Commonwealth Games gold

medallist, who lost her battle with

cancer on Sunday.

So heartbreaking to hear about that,

and to hear we've lost one of our,

probably, toughest competitors in

Australia, that's very devastating.

She leaves behind husband Greg and

children benten, 11, Josie, 5, and

14-month-old Koorp cooper. Instead

of sending flowers, her family has

asked for donations to be made at

either the McGrath Foundation, or

the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Anti-whaling protesters are

preparing to head to the Southern

Ocean, where they hope to intersent

Japanese harpoon ships. Crew from

the anti-whaling vessel the 'Steve

Irwin' will pick up supplies in

Hobart before setting out. Japanese

authorities say activists will be captured

captured and handed over to the coastguard.

There's been further violence in

Greece overnight, with thousands of

protesters continuing their rampage

through the streets of Athens. The

anger has spread across Europe,

with the Greek Embassy in Berlin also under attack.

Further violence erupts in Greece

yesterday. this morning after sustained riots

yesterday. The country has not seen

scenes like these for decades. Fire

bombs, tear gas, two days, and two nights of riots.

Greek Police struggling to control events. Because it's the police

they are furious with. A

15-year-old boy was shot dead by a

police officer on Saturday night.

And there is also deep resentment

over increasing economic over increasing economic hardship.

A car dealership one of the targets.

One of many. Shopfronts, banks,

city hall, the city hall, the politicians

promising an investigation into the

teenager's killing, but many teenager's killing, but many here

are angry with the Greek Government

over many more issues. And so far,

there is little sign of an end to

this unrest. Pakistani

security forces have sieged an

alleged mastermind of the Mumbai

terror attacks. After a brief

firefight, they overran the

militant's camp on the outskirts of

Kashmir's main city, arresting at

least 12 people. It's Pakistan's

first response to the attacks, and

comes after sustained calls from

India and the United States for

Pakistan to be more active in

tracking down terror cells.

A major sporting event is under way

in Nepal. The 27th annual Elephant

Polo World Cup. Getting on board

was a challenge, even with a

driver, and the elephants aren't as

agile as their equine counterparts

- funny, that - more like school

buses racing on a go-kart track.

You're swinging on a stick 12 feet

long. Hard work on the wrist and

the elephant. Lot of fun. Lot the elephant. Lot of fun. Lot of

fun. Don't ask me how, but dlind

did claim the title.

-- -- but England did claim the title

Mal Meninga is firming is as the

favourite to become the new favourite to become the new

Australia rugby league coach as

Ricky Stuart quit his position. He announced the decision yesterday

at a hearing into his World Cup

final outburst, where he abused

officials. He felt that this was

the appropriate and decent acfor

him to take today for the game, for

the Australian Rugby League team,

and for himself. The board did fine

Stuart $20,000 for that outburst.

A setback for the jet setting

Adelaide United ahead of the FIFA

Club World Cup in Japan, as the

players enjoyed luxury conditions -

all part of the $350,000 expense bill footed by the game's world

governing body - two of their

players were missing. Casio has the

flu, while Sasha Ognenovski also is ill. They're taking it easy today,

staying indoors and getting a lot of

fluid into their bodies and

recovering. Both are expected to be

fit for Thursday night's qualifier

against Oceania champions Wy Takiri.

Poor surf conditions have cancelled

the day at the Billabong Masters.

The notorious Hawaiian pipeline has

been living up to its reputation as

one of the world's most frightening breaks.

There are few more spectacular and

scary sights in world surfing.

Aussie wildcard Laurie Towner knows

the swell - he beat Mick Fanning

last year, but even he is worried about

about what he's seen so far. It's

one of the scariest waves I've had

to surf. It's shiftdy and you don't to surf. It's shiftdy and you don't

know whether you're in the right

spot half the time. Joel Parkinson

showed what he could do in the

conditions.

But for the most part, it was But for the most part, it was

pipeline coming out on top, with

plenty struggling to deal with the

4-5m monsters. Previous winner and

pipeline local Jamie O'Brien says

whoever comes out on top will have

earned it. It's hard, you know.

Kelly hasn't won one in eight or nine years. nine years.

Now to check finance and business

with Belinda. More worrying news on

jobs? Unfortunately so, Frank. The

number of newspaper job ads across

the country plunged 23% in the past

two months. That was according to

ANZ figures. That's the steepest

fall since records began 30 fall since records began 30 years

ago. And the problems not only

confined to the papers - the

biggest online job site, Seek, have

warned its profits are likely to warned its profits are likely to

flatline this year after 37% growth in 2007.

Meantime, the head of Qantas has warned there are big hurdles to

overcome ahead of any merger with

British Airways. Alan Joyce says

there's still a reasonable chance

the $8 billion deal won't even

happen. He's flagged potential

problems from a cross-deal with Spanish airline Iberia. We'd be amiss as a management team if we

didn't see what opportunities were didn't see what opportunities were there, explore them, and see if

they make sense for us. Meanwhile,

transport bureau figures show

Christmas airline prices are the

cheapest they've ever been, due to the financial crisis. Briefly in other news:

Taking a look at the numbers in detail now:

The world's new celebrity animal

carries a bit of weight - that's

still ahead on Ten's Early News.

GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA

FIONA NELSON... COMING UP, SUMMERNATS TO BE REVIEWED NEXT YEAR. BUT FIRST, BENJAMIN WAYNE HOLCROFT, IS EXPECTED TO APPLY FOR BAIL NEXT WEEK, AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF DANNY RALPH, IN QUEANBEYAN EARLIER THIS YEAR. 20 YEAR OLD, TENEEKA BEAUDEAN AND 50 YEAR OLD KODIE BEAUDEAN, ARE ALSO FACING CHARGES OF BEING ACCESSORIES, AFTER THE FACT.

TENEEKA, WHO IS EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT, IS ALSO EXPECTED TO APPLY FOR BAIL. APPLY FOR BAIL. THE CASE IS DUE BACK IN COURT IN FEBRUARY.

FEBRUARY. THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HAS CONFIRMED, A 54 YEAR OLD A-C-T WOMAN, IS MISSING IN THE PHILIPPINES. THE WOMAN, WHO HOLDS DUAL CITIZENSHIP, HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN MISSING, SINCE THE FOURTH OF NOVEMBER... ALTHOUGH D-FAT IS YET TO CONFIRM HER NAME. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS, THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY, IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH LOCAL POLICE, AND AUTHORITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES, TO TRY AND FIND THE WOMAN. CAR DEALERS IN THE CAPITAL,

ARE FACING THEIR TOUGHEST TIMES, AS A RESULT OF THE GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS. DEALERS, ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND FINANCE OPTIONS, AFTER G-E MONEY, WITHDREW ITS DEALERS ACROSS AUSTRALIA IN OCTOBER. BUT LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIPS, ARE EXPECTING A BOOST NEXT YEAR, WHEN THE FOUR BIG BANKS, JOIN FORCES, TO COME

UP WITH A TWO BILLION DOLLAR BAIL OUT PACKAGE FOR BILLION DOLLAR BAIL OUT PACKAGE FOR THE INDUSTRY.

SUMMERNATS, IS SET TO STAY IN THE CAPITAL FOR THE TIME BEING, WITH ORGANISERS EXPECTED TO SIGN A NEW DEAL, TO KEEP THE EVENT IN CANBERRA, FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR. THE COMPANY, BEHIND THE EVENT, HAS WITHDRAWN A

HAS WITHDRAWN A REQUEST FOR RENT HELP, FROM THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT. ORGANISERS SAY, THEY'LL LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF SUMMERNATS, AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE A-C-T, WHEN THEY REVIEW THE EVENT IN MARCH. LOOKING AT SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND PETER TAYLOR, WAS ABLE TO TAKE OUT THE CANBERRA REGATTA, AFTER TWO STRONG ROUNDS TO START. TAYLOR, AND HIS TWO SONS, MICHAEL AND ADAM, WON THEIR FIRST TWO RACES... AND MANAGED A SECOND IN THE THIRD AND FOURTH ROUNDS, TO TAKE OUT THE EVENT, ON LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN ON SUNDAY.

THERE WERE MORE THAN 30 BOATS COMPETING AT THE WEEKEND'S TOURNAMENT, WITH SOME COMPETITORS, COMPETITORS, TRAVELLING FROM MACQUARIE AND NEWCASTLE, FOR THE CAPITAL'S EVENT.

AND NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MAINTAIN FINE CONDITIONS UNTIL LATER TODAY WHEN A TROUGH BRINGS

THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.

LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - A FINE DAY FOR CANBERRA WITH INCREASING CLOUD - MOSTLY SUNNY FOR SYDNEY - SUNNY FOR SYDNEY - RAIN DEVELOPING IN MELBOURNE ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - DUBBO, CAN EXPECT A FINE AND SUNNY DAY WITH A TOP OF 32 - MOSTLY SUNNY SUNNY AND 25 THE TOP FOR THE GONG MOSTLY SUNNY WITH 28 DEGREES FOR BATHURST - 26

WITH 28 DEGREES FOR BATHURST - 26 FOR BOWRAL - A LATE SHOWER FOR PERISHER 17 MOSTLY FINE, WITH CLOUD INCREASING AND 27 FOR COOMA - 33 THE EXPECTED TOP TODAY FOR PARKES LOOKING AHEAD - TOMORROW - THERE'S THE CHANCE OF A SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM. (15

THUNDERSTORM. (15 25) THURSDAY - SHOULD BE MOSTLY FINE. (12 23) AND WE COULD GET SOME RAIN SOME RAIN ON FRIDAY (11 20) .

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This is Ten's Early News. Today's

headlines - Kevin Rudd enjoys record-high popularity in the polls

as the depu. awaits the impact of

its $10 billion economic stimulus package.

Candlelight tribute - mourners

gather in a Sydney park to remember

a teenage gunshot victim.

The alleged mastermind of the

September 11 attacks says he'll

confess to terror charges at his

Guantanamo Bay trial.

And in finance - tkphrobl stocks

soar on the prospect of a multibillion-dollar rescue package

for US car-makers - global stocks soar.

First, an early Christmas present

for Kevin Rudd, with support for

the Prime Minister back at record

highs across to the latest Newspoll.

The Coalition, meantime, has

crashed to where it was under

former leader Brendan Nelson.

Support for the PM is likely to

continue rising, with pensioners

and low-income families enjoying

$10 billion in cash bonuses in an attempt to stimulate the economy. Kevin Rudd is urging pensioners and families to spend for Australia as one-off payments hit their bank accounts, and it seems many are ready to oblige. Looking at how we're going to spend our $1,000, are we? The Opposition originally backed the stimulus plan, but now favours tax cuts to boost the economy. Will this big sugar-hit do the trick? It will boost GDP by between 0.5% and 1% and can create up to 75,000 jobs.

And it's holding off rising unemployment which will determine the success of the Government's stimulus package.

The need brought closer to home by a record fall in advertised jobs in November, according to the ANZ's survey. The Treasurer is hoping spending consumers will help save jobs, but retailers warn stores will still close and Kevin Rudd may need to step in again by Easter. I'd say there's a very big chance that something like that has to happen. So far, voters seem happy for the Government to continue down that track. The latest Newspoll in the 'Australian' has Labor widening its lead over the Coalition to 18 points, amid the economic gloom. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

A candlelight vigil has been held A candlelight vigil has been held

overnight for a teenage boy shot

dead at a Sydney property. More

than 100 relatives and friends of Josef Cruickshank gathered in a

small park to mourn his death. The 14-year-old was shot at a friend's

home on Sunday night. The friend

has been charged with murder. But

the victim's mother says it was an

accident, and wants the accused killer to feel welcome at her killer to feel welcome at her son's funeral. Oh, darling...

He needs to get through this, like

we all do. He needs to know it's OK

to call me. He needs to know to call me. He needs to know it's

OK to come round here.

The accused, though, will face

court on January 5.

Some of our greatest athletes have

joined the Prime Minister in paying

tribute to Commonwealth Games champion Kerryn McCann. The 41-year-old lost her battle with cancer with her family by her side. Tributes are pouring in for took her kids to school and picked them up and cooked their meal snooze. I just want to run fast. I want to run really fast. She died at her home surrounded by family. at her home surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband Greg and her three children. Instead of sending flowers, the family has been asked for donations to be made at either the McGrath

Foundation or the Breast Cancer

Network Residents Network Australia.

Residents in central and southern

Queensland have been given a

reprieve from the wild weather. The

region was hit by severe storms yesterday, which caused flash

flooding. Three coalminers had been

had to be rescued after they became

trapped in a collapsed lurchroom

near a storm in Dysart. Local in

Townsville are counting their Townsville are counting their laws

after torrential rain. We had

reports of rainfall - 60mm dropped

in half an hour, which is a

1-in-20-year event. The weather

bureau says there should be a break

in storms until at least later in storms until at least later this week.

Australian women are having babies

later in life, with more later in life, with more choosing

Caesarean births. The average age

of first-time mums has risen to twaigts.

twaigts. While one-fifth of women

have given birth over birth over

the aipbg of throib. Aussie mums

have nothing on this Indian woman,

who's just given birth to her first

child at the ripe old age of 70 -

that's right. Rajo Devi, who

married 50 years ago, gave birth to

a baby girl on November 28 as a result of

result of IVF treatment. She's

believed to be the world's oldest mother.

Five men charged with plotting the

September 11 terror attacks say they'll confess to terror charges

at their US military trial. The self-confessed mastermind of the

attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,

and four other Guantanamo Bay

inmates, have asked for an immediate hearing to announce their

confessions. Plect -- president-elect Barack Obama wants

to close Camp X-ray, but the tries

will take place under his administration.

Two police officers have been

charged over the deaths of a

15-year-old teenager, sparking

riots across Greece. Running

battles with police were fought

into the night, hurling fire bombs

and torching businesses. The proprotests have also spread beyond proprotests have also spread beyond

its borders. Hooded youths its borders. Hooded youths clashing

with police at the Greek Embassy in

London, and also in Berlin, where

masked protesters occupied

Greek Embassy, throwing paper and chanting anti-government slogans.

Mal Meninga is the frontrunner to

take over as Australia's rugby

league coach after Ricky Stuart

quit. He leaves with lighter

pockets, too, after being hit with pockets, too, after being hit with

a $20,000 fine for his outburst at

World Cup officials.

After 14 games and 12 wins as

Australia coach, Ricky Stuart

emerged from meeting with Aussie

rugby league officials without his

beloved job. He wasn't pushed. It

was Ricky's decision. He felt that

this was the appropriate and decent

action for him to take today action for him to take today for

the game, for the Australian Rugby League team, and for himself.

Stuart stepped down as he was

slapped with a $20,000 fine from

the ARL for abusing referee Ashley

Klein and official Stuart Cummings

after the World Cup final. Conduct

such as the conduct complained of

would have an adverse affect on the

retention and recruitment of referees, and it's something which

we just can't condone. Queensland

Origin coach Mal Meninga set to

take Stuart's place, which could

spell trouble for the Maroons. It

would be a very difficult decision.

I don't think I could do both.

A couple of days out from golf's

Australian Open, and officials are

already looking ahead to next year

and beyond, and who's on their wish

list for the future. As list for the future. As two of

Australia's leading lights treated

their families to a day at the Zhao,

there was no sign of a tige there

are. But if Australia had its way,

the Woods kind would be making an

appearance down the track. We've

spoken to them. We'd love to have

him out. And we'll have to see him out. And we'll have to see how things fall. In the meantime, colourful

colourful American John Daly is the

tournament's marquee man. The

The safkens have only just arrived,

but they're already battling injury

ahead of the first cricket Test.

It's a big concern for them too,

because their fastest bowler Dale

Steyn has a hamstring injury and

will miss Thursday's tour opener

against WA. Yeah, he just picked up

a little hallstrung niggle in the Bangladesh series. It's nothing

serious - we're just building him

nup to the first Test. Jason Krejza

has won a recall, and is confident

of being able to play, despite an ankle injury.

There's been a big rally on world

markets overnight. With the tails, markets overnight. With the tails,

Juliana Roadley from CommSec joins

us live. What's been behind the surge?

surge? It's all about stimulus and

rescue packages. First of all, it happened in the Asian session,

where we saw India coming in with a $4 billion package $4

$4 billion package to boost infrastructure and their textile $4 billion package to boost their

markets. Also cutting their rates by

by 1%. Then more possibilities of

cash to come, with a big boost

possibly for the Chinese economy,

and the European banks. The FTSE in

London up by 6%, the German DAX up

by 7%, and the French up by 8.8% at

the close. In the US tonight good

news - looks like we will have a small, bridging rescue small, bridging rescue package for

the auto-makers, if you can call

$15 billion 'small'. That's helped

the Dow up 270 points. The Nasdaq

up 53. Our markets set to open up

90 points higher after our great

day yesterday, where we saw our

market up 4%.

$15 billion - it seem to be raining

cash! More good news for motorists too? The average price across Australia

Australia for petrol last week

falling to a 3.5-year low, off by

3.8 cents a litre, down to there

1.08 a cents a litre. We have

decreases in the Singapore gasoline

price also, so it could fall price also, so it could fall by

Christmas. Thank you. Thank you. Australian actor Paul Hogan is

accused of trying to derail an

investigation into his finances by

prosecution having key members of the

prosecution team thrown off the

case. Hogan's lawyers say Australian Crime Commission

officers should be quarantined

from the investigation because they

access documents they weren't

entitled to see. The crocodile Dundee star is being investigated

for alleged tax evasion. The case

will return to court on December 19. will return to court on December 19.

In other finance news this morning:

That's the latest on what appears

to be a big day in finance. We to be a big day in finance. We

can't describe our next friend, this little fella, that way.

A pygmy hippopotamus joining the

growesting list of celebrity zoo growesting list of celebrity zoo

animals. It loves the water but is

yet to be named. Its British home

is the Marwell Zoo, schis offering

visitors the chance to christen the

female. Loko, Kadina, Zimmi and

Lola have been nominated, despite

its parents being named Wendy and Anton. It's a female. I think

'Bill' works. What about Meredith?

Meredith is good too.

Recapping today's top stories -

Kevin Rudd wins record support in

the latest Newspoll as pensioners

and struggling families decide how

to spend $10 billion in cash

bonuses.

Remembered - family and friends

gather for a candlelight vigil to

mourn a 14-year-old boy mourn a 14-year-old boy shot dead

at Sydney property.

And dozens injured and buildings

destroyed as rioters take to the

streets of Athens in a third streets of Athens in a third night of violence.

That's it for Ten's Early News. I'm

Frank Coletta. Bye for now. And I'm

Belinda Heggen. Good morning.

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