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Good morning. I'm Ron Wilson. And

I'm Belinda Heggen. Welcome to

Ten's Early News.

It's going to take a while for it

all to sink in. Stranded fire

victims coming to terms with

starting again as they settle into emergency accommodation.

Deliberately lit this fire... you

are a murderer. You have murdered

our family. And many others.

Anger, as families mourn loved ones

lost to the destruction of arsonists.

My brother lost two of his best

mates, so - the fires were about

10km from my home.

Australia's cricketers join the

relief effort as donations pour in

from across the country.

And in finance - General Motors

announces 10,000 workers are to

lose their jobs as the giant car-maker struggles to stay afloat car-maker

in the financial crisis.

Here's the latest news on the fires

- the death toll remains at 181,

but it's still tipped to go over

200 as the search for bodies continues through the destroyed

towns. 23 fires are still burning

out of control, and another 10 are

within containment lines. Cooler

weather finally seems to be helping

firefighters. The Victorian CFA

says the yai Murrindindi fire is in

the blue range, caused concern

overnight because of freshening southerlies. There are still

warnings out for the communities of

Connellys Creek, Crystal Connellys Creek, Crystal Creek,

Scrubby Creke, and Native Dog Creek.

The threat has eased around

Beechworth, Healesville and Bunyip Ridge.

After the body blow of the

firestorm at the weekend, signs are

emerging that people are

recovering from their shock, and

beginning the long fight back.

Australians everywhere are pouring

their support into the fire-ravaged

region. Millions of dollars have

been donated already. More on that

in a moment. First, though, for the latest from Victoria, Hermione

Kitson is in our Melbourne newsroom. Hermione, it seems the emphasis

the today is actually moving away from

the fires themselves and onto the the fires themselves and onto the

human tragedy of death and recovery.

Ron, that's right. So many people

came so close to losing their lives

and losing loved ones - the tales and losing loved ones - the tales

of survival just amazing.

After 22 years, sheral and Bill

Carter thought their lives together

had ended. That was until their

eyes met at the emergency

department - the sense of relief

beyond words. I just heard this

little voice say "Cheryl" and I

looked over and I really couldn't

believe it. The pair lost

everything in the Kinglake fire and

suffered severe burns - but they're

the lucky ones. You realise you

have people around you and your

house doesn't really matter.

Another moment of joy amid the

disaster... (CHEERING) Flower dale

fire survivors Rodney Pitwood and

his wife Leila reunited after three

days. It's hard to make that

decision - do you stay, do you go?

You don't know what to do. But

among the tales of triumph are

those of tragedy. These three

sisters lost their mum, dad and

brother. I just want to have them

back. We do want them back. We

weren't finished with any of them,

were we? No, we weren't ... 85-year-old Bill Walker, his

80-year-old wife Fay and

wheelchair-bound son Jeff all

perished in a retreat near

Narbethong. If you deliberately lit

this fire, you are a murderer. You

have murdered our family. And many

others. Some survivors returning to

the ruins for the first time,

shocked at the devastation. Gone.

From photos to animals to, you know

- Everything's gone, yeah. Our

daughter's stuff, our daughter's

baby photos. For residents locked

out of their towns, now crime

scenes, patience is wearing thin.

Well, we're held prisoners, because

we're not allowed off. It's just

count ridiculous. As the grisly body

count continues, those who escaped

with their lives are looking ahead.

I have my life. Which is very

important. I could still smile.

I'll just take it day by day. So

that, um, we just survive. So, Ron,

some very inspirational and

resilient fire surinvolvers there.

Hasn't it become so emotional?

What's the focus on today? Many

residents will be hoping to return

to their damaged homes. Police are

let people through roadblocks, but they let people through roadblocks, but

they have to register, wear arm

bands, and also adhere to a

night-time curfew. Thanks, Hermione.

Kitson there in our Melbourne news

room. We'll come back to you

shortly. Thanks, Ron.

For the latest on the bushfires For the latest on the bushfires now,

I'm joined on the phone by Mark

Glover from the CFA. I understand that,

that, at long last, the weather is

playing into your hands - overnight,

we've had both cooler and calmer

conditions? Yes, it's a nice change

the weather has been a little

kinder to us today. The wind hasn't

been as bad as the last couple of

nights. We've still got a southerly

air flow, but there's a big

decrease in speed over the last

night, and into the future. That's

going to make our firefighting just

a little bit easier. The main focus

at the moment seems to be on

backburning and putting in

containment lines. How's that go

It's going pretty well at the

moment. We did some backburning

last night around the Healesville area, and that certainly provided a area,

glow in the sky. We let residents

know that would occur so they

wouldn't be so alarmed. The fire

weather further into the week weather further into the week -

how's that looking? Looking OK how's that looking? Looking OK at

the moment. The weather bureau is

predicting a southerly air flow

over the next few days. We'll

concentrate on consolidating those

lines via backburning and ensuring

possibly that we make them as deep as we

possibly can. Thanks, Mark. Offers

Offers of support for the victims

are rolling in from around the

nation is -- and indeed the world. Pope Benedict among those who've

sent condolences. Kevin Rudd has

announced millions of dollars in announced millions of dollars in

funding to restart the funding to restart the rebuilding.

After two days seeing the fire zone

first-hand, back in Canberra, Kevin

Rudd went straight to work on his

Government's response to Victoria's

tragedy and Queensland's floods.

should All Victorians and all Australians

should know that, in this darkest

hour, that they are not alone.

Assistance is already snowing

through - NSW firefighters are on

the ground, with more on the way.

As are disaster-victim identification officer from Perth,

who used their skills in the Bali

bombings and Boxing Day tsunami.

Emotionally, it's very hard. We'll

be working long hours. But I think,

at the end of the day, we know that we're doing something for the community.

community. Offers of support, too,

have come from Indonesia, Japan,

France, Thailand and Britain. US

President Obama rang Mr Rudd

immediately after his Washington news

news conference. New Zealand is

sending the biggest firefighting

helicopter in the search hemisphere.

The Governor-General has called on

all Australians to do what they can.

I know our capacity for giving and

doing, for I see it wherever I

travel throughout our nation and

beyond. I urge all Australians to

find the best and bravest of it and put

put it to work. A new authority

will oversee the rebuilding of

communities, and the Prime Minister

has promised uncapped support.

People from all walks of life have

rallied to the call for support. In

just two days, nearly $30 million

has been raised for the fire victims.

Across the nation, Aussies are

giving every cent they can spare -

the Red Cross estimates Australians

are donating $1 million an hour all

day. But this is just an

overwhelming response. We're going

to need every bit of that, of

course, because the magnitude of

this disast. Our sporting stars are

keen to help too. In last night's

victory over New Zealand, Cricket

Australia raised more than $6

million for the appeal. Today, the

players will visit the fire-ravaged area. My brother lost two of his

best mates. So... the fires were

about 10km from my home. In Japan tonight,

tonight, the Socceroos will honour

the victims by wrairing black

armbands in their World Cup

qualifier in Yokohama. A big thankyou to all the people who are

helping - firefighters, volunteers. And many North Queensland families

devastated by floods will hand over

their aid cheques to the victims,

shrugging off theirope problems. So far, big business and Government

have pledge mord than $31 million ,

with -- pledged morthan $31 million,

with Buckingham Palace to make a

prift donation. Many live will be lost, but they haven't been forgotten.

And if you'd like to chip in,

here's how you can help:

Or go to any major bank branch. Away from the fires threersh men are lucky to be alive after the car in which they were travelling

crashed on the the train tracks in Sith Sydney's south Ural this

morning. The driver lost control

of the vehicle at Carlton,

careering through a fence and onto

the train tracks at around 2:00. A

southbound train crashed into the

car just moments after the two men climbed out. In sport - a match-winning batting

partnership from brothers Mike and

Dave Hussey has levelled the Chappell-Hadlee series at two games

apiece. The series now heads to the

Gabba for the decider on Friday.

Mike Hussey keeping the series

awhriv a six and turning Australia's disappointing summer

around. What a great way to around. What a great way to finish

for Mike Hussey. It was such an

important game. To be there at the

end to hit the winning runs for Australia in a really Australia in a really important

game means a lot to me. Chasing 245

for victory, opener Michael Clarke

departed for just 14, his skipper managing just one more.

Australia 3/101 when David Hussey wrongly sent Brad Haddin back to

his crease. But after a quick chat his crease. But after a quick chat

from older brother Michael - I just

said to him "Don't worry about it."

He was batting really, really well

that time and I just wanted him to that time and I just wanted him to keep playing well. The siblings

bludgeoned 115 from 119 balls to

mow down their target. David eventually falling to David eventually falling to Ian O'Brien for

I was a bit disappointed to get out.

I enjoyed batting with Mike - I enjoyed batting with Mike - it's

good fun, and he hits the good fun, and he hits the ball to

all parts of the ground. Callum

Ferguson taking part in the winning

run chase. The series decider in Queensland Queensland tomorrow.

Another setback for injury-plagued

Richmond midfielder Mark Coughlan.

The 26-year-old has been ruled out

of the Tigers' pre-season Cup match

against Fremantle on Sunday with

knee soreness. Coughlan failed to

play at AFL level last year play at AFL level last year because

of complications following two

reconstructions on his right knee. The bushfires have certainly taken

the emphasis off the financial

crisis over the last week or so,

but we're back with a bang this

morning, Belinda. Indeed, Ron. morning, Belinda. Indeed, Ron. Thanks. General Motors has announced General Motors has announced it will cut back 10,000

will cut back 10,000 white-collar

jobs this year. As well, the

struggling car-maker says the

workers it doesn't sack will all

have to take pay cuts. It's part have to take pay cuts. It's part of a restructuring plan the company

submitted to the US Government in a

bid to get a bailout and avoid bankruptcy.

Discount electronics retailer JB

Discount electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has defied the global

downturn by posting a big

first-half profit increase. The

company reported a net profit of

$59 million, up 40% from last year,

and expects another strong year

ahead. The retailers attribute the

gains to selling the right products

and keeping prices low.

To the market in detail now - Wall

Street has plunged overnight as

investors were concerned a Treasury

rescue plan for the banking sector

would not be enough to contain the deepening recession.

More on the fires after the break.

We'll cross live to Whittlesea for

the latest at the relief centre there.

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This program is captioned live.

Today's main news - Victoria's fire

victims begin to come to terms their victims begin to come to terms with

their losses, starting their lives

again from emergency accommodation.

Some survivors have been allowed to

return to their homes and return to their homes and destroyed

towns as they mourn loved ones lost to the destruction.

And Australia's sporting stars

among those joining in the relief

effort as donations pour in from across the country.

Here's the latest news on the fires

- the death toll remains at 181

this morning, but it is still

tipped to go over 200. 23 fires are

still burning out of control.

Cooler weather finally seems to be

helping the firefighters. The

Victorian CFA says the Yea

Murrindindi fire in the blue range

caused concern overnight because of

freshening southerlies. There are

still warnings out for the

communities of ck kk, Crystal Creek,

Scrubby Creke and Native Dog Creek.

Connellys Creek. The threat has

eased around Beechworth,

Healesville and Bunyip Ridge. The bushfire tragedy enters day

five for the people of Victoria five for the people of Victoria -

the fight goes on, even as the the fight goes on, even as the clean-up begins. Australians have

begun pouring support the the

region. The stunned victims have

lost everything, though - mourning lost everything, though - the

mourning and counting the cost has begun.

After 22 years, Sher -i, l and After 22 years, Sher -i, l and Bill

Carter thought their lives together

had ended - until their eyes met at

the emergency department. The sense

of releaf beyond words. I just

heard this little voice say

"Sheril", and I looked over and

really keep couldn't believe it.

They lost everything in the

Kinglake fire and suffered severe burns.

burns. But they're the lucky ones.

You realise the value of people around you, and your house doesn'terallyy matter. Another

moment of joy amid the disaster...

(CHEERING) Flower dale (CHEERING) Flower dale fire

survivors Rodny Pitt Wood and his

wife Leila reunited after three

days. It's hard to make that

decision - do you stay, do you go?

You don't know what to do. But

among the tales of triumph are

those of tragedy - these three

sisters lost their mum, dad and

brother. I just want to have brother. I just want to have them

back. We do want them back. We

weren't finished with any of them.

No, we weren't. 85-year-old Bill

Walker, his 80-year-old wife Fay

and their wheelchair-bound son Jeff

all perished when a Narbethong

retreat fell victim to the

retreat fell victim to the

firestorm. If you deliberately lit

this fire, you are a murderer. this fire, you are a murderer. You have murdered our family. And

have murdered our family. And many others. Some survivors returning to

the ruins for the first time,

shocked at the devastation. Gone.

From photos to animals to - Everything's gone, yeah. Our

daughter's stuff, our daughter's

baby photos. While for residents

locked out of their towns, now

crime scenes, patience is wearing

thin. Well, we're held prisoners,

because we're not allowed off. You

know, it's just ridiculous. But as

the grisly body count continues,

those who escaped with their lives

are looking ahead. I have my life.

Which is very important. I could

still smile. I'll just take it day

by day. So that, um, we by day. So that, um, we just survive. Many of the survivors remain in Many of the survivors remain in the tent villages which have become

their homes. The main one is at

Whittlesea, from where I'm joined by Ten reporter Ellesa Throwden.

Before we get into the questions

about the people there - I noticed

when we had a chat just before the

break, you were freezing cold down

there. What are the weather conditions actually like in the fire zone at the moment? Well, good

morning, Ron. It is really cold

down here. Maybe 18 degrees. There

is a bit of a light wind coming on.

So conditions may have eased a bit for the firefighters, because the

fire is still going today. But there is no threat to homes. All

right. How's everyone's spirits

holding up? Well, they're doing OK.

It's now day five since the

firestorm hit the town of Kinglake,

and the feeling here amongst the

people is one of sheer exhaustion,

but also one of a determined

resolve to rebuild their home. Now,

there are hundreds of people here -

men, women and children who've lost

absolutely everything. It's at

times like this that the Aussie

spirit is really coming through.

You've got people who've lost

family members who are comforting

other strange whose have lost

family. You've got people who have

got absolutely nothing who are giving

giving what little they giving what little they have to other people. And everyone has an

amazing story, whether it's a tale

of survival down to that of people

suffering enormous losses. Time and

time again, you're hearing people time again, you're hearing people

that - their home is still standing,

yet those around them have yet those around them have been

destroyed. And the people in them

are missing. So it's really

heartbreaking, Ron. On that note,

we're beginning to see a bit of

frustration and even anger starting

to show through from the people who

aren't able to get back to their

homes? Well, yes - police did open

up the road into Kinglake late

afternoon yesterday, and as you

could imagine - these people just

want to know what's happened to

their homes, so there is a little

bit of anger out there. And it's residents that have authorisation

now that can go back to their homes

and see what's left. But of course,

it is still a crime scene, and

there is still a danger out there -

there are falling trees as well

that could pose a threat. Now, back

in the tent city today, the stocks

will be replenished - food,

clothing, toiletries, that sort of

thing will be brought in. And as I

mentioned, before, the fire threat

has eased, so there will be a bit

of relief for firefighters today

also. Thanks, Ellesa.

Let's go on as we report that Australians are showing the

generosity for which we are known -

in just two days, we've no donated

almost $30 million to the bushfire victims.

victims. For more, I'm joined by reporter Anthony Donaghy in reporter Anthony Donaghy in our

Brisbane newsroom. There seems to

be something about a natural

disaster that brings out the best

in all Australians. That's right, Ron. Charities have been

overwhelmed by the pure generosity

across the nation. It seems

everyone is digging deep. In last night's cricket victory over New

Zealand, $6 million was raised.

Before that, the total was around

$31 million. But on a more special

note, the victims in the towns of

North Queensland that have been

ravaged by floods are donating

their aid cheques to the families

in Victoria. A very unselfish way

of showth that they truly do care.

Across the nation, Aussie are

quiving every cent they can spare.

The Red Cross estimates Australians are

are donating $1 million an hour all

day. This is just an overwhelming

response. We're going to need every

bit of that, because the magnitude

of this disast. Our sporting stars

are keen to help too - in last

night's victory over New Zealand,

Cricket Australia raised more than

$6 million for the appeal. Today,

the players will visit the

fire-ravaged area. My brother two fire-ravaged area. My brother lost

two of his best mates. So the fires

were about 10km from my home. In

Japan tonight, the Socceroos will

honour the victims by wearing black

armbands in their World Cup

qualifier in Yokohama. A big

thankyou also to all the people

that are helping - firefighters,

volunteers. And many North Queensland families devastated by

floods will hand over their aid

cheques to the victims, off cheques to the victims, shrugging

off their own problems. So far, big

business and Government have pledged

pledged more than $31 million, with

the Queen the latest to announce

Buckingham Palace will make a

private donation. Many lives have

been lost, but they haven't been forgotten.

I can just add that floodwaters in

North Queensland have started to

recede, and river levels are

dropping. But the clean-up has

begun from towns between Townsville and Cairns. But the weather bureau

- there is and bad news - the weather

weather bureau is saying that wet

weather is on the way this Friday

and over the weekend. Ron.

Thanks for that. Ten reporter

Anthony Donaghy live from our

Brisbane news room.

The Federal Government has thrown

its weight behind the appeal as

well, after touring the fire zones

earlier this week, Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd is back in Canberra and

has promised uncapped support to the

victims. All Victorians and victims. All Victorians and all Australians should know that, in

this darkest hour, that they are

not alone. NSW firefighters, Perth victim-identification officers and

a firefighting helicopter from New

Zealand will all come to Victoria's aid today. US President Barack

Obama telephoned Mr Rudd to offer

his support. The Pope has offered

prayers and the Queen is reportedly

ready to donate money as well.

And you can chip in too -:

Australia has levelled the Chappell-Hadlee series, with Chappell-Hadlee series, with New

Zealand, at 2-0 thanks largely to

Zealand, at 2-0 thanks largely to a 1-15-run partnership by brothers

Michael and David Hussey. David

top-scored for Australia with 79

runs. His brother Michael hitting 75 off 71 balls.

It's six! Hits the rope on the full.

What a great way to finish for Mike

Hussey! The series decider is at

the Gabba on Friday.

Midfielder Vince Grella has thrown

a scare into the Socceroos' camp

ahead of their World Cup qualifier

against Japan tonight, limping out

of the final training session with

a calf injury. The full squad only

came together yesterday. A win will

put the Socceroos five points clear

at the top of their group.

Out of the next five games, if we

can pick up the four points that we

need and obviously the three points

tomorrow night, you know, it would just

just make our job a whole lot

easier. The Socceroos will wear

black armbands as a mark of respect

for the victims of of the fires.

All eyes on Wall Street this morning

morning - President Obama's bank

bailout plan announcement sent Wall Street

Street plunging. Here with the details is Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. Hello, Juliana. What's

happened to the Dow Jones? It comes

down to two things - one is the

release of the $830 -- $8 billion

economic stimulus plan could be

delayed by another week. And two - the financial stimulus plan could

cost as much as $2 trillion. But

there's no devil in the detail -

that's the big problem today -

there is no detail. That is what

has worried investors. It sent the

banking and industrial stocks lower.

Today, we've got the Dow down

around 350 points, and the Nasdaq

down by 55 points.

Certainly is big news. What does it

mean for our market today, then?

Well, yesterday, the market Well, yesterday, the market closed

down around 17 points. The this morning,

morning, it looks like we will open

around 55 points lower. The oil

price losing more ground, down at

38.50. The gold price rebounding -

that might help some of the miners.

All eyes on our market will be on the December housing figures. We

are looking for a bit of an are looking for a bit of an

increase there - up boy 6.7%,

boosted by first-home buyers coming

back into the market and low rates. We also get January consumer

confidence. After the record lows yesterday in business confidence, I

don't think we'll get any great

numbers there. OK. Juliana Roadley

from CommSec, thank you. Thanks.

More of Ten's continuing coverage

of the Victorian fires coming up after the break.

This program is captioned live.

Heading our news this morning -

It's going to take a while for it It's going to take a while for it all to sink in... all to sink in... Stranded fire victims coming to

terms with starting over as they

settle into emergency accommodation.

Whoever's deliberately lit Whoever's deliberately lit this

fire, you are a murderer. You have

murdered our family. And many

others. Anger as families mourn

loved ones lost in the destruction

of arsonists.

My brother lost two of his best mates.

mates. So the fires were about 10km

from my home.

Australia's cricketers join the

relief effort as donations pour in

from across the country. In finance

- General Motors announces 10,000

workers are to lose their jobs as

the giant car-maker struggles to

stay afloat in the financial crisis.

Here's the latest news on the fire

- the death toll remains at 181,

but it's still tipped to go over

200. 23 fires are still burning out

of control. Cooler weather finally

seem to be helping, though - seem to be helping, though - the

Yea Murrindindi fire in the blue

range caused concern overnight

because of freshening southerlies.

There are still warnings out for

the communities of Connellys Creek, Crystal

Crystal Creek, Scrubby Creke and

Native Dog Creek. But the threat

has eased around Beechworth,

Healesville and Bunyip Ridge. Day five of Victoria's nightmare,

and seen sines are emerging that

people are recovering from their

shock and beginning the long fight

back. Australians are pouring their

support into the region. Millions have

have already been donated. For the latest

latest from Victoria, Hermione

Kitson from the Ten News room.

We're on to the human tragedy, the death and recovery, now? death and recovery, now? That's

right, Rob. The tales of survival

really are amazing. So many people really are amazing. So many people

came so close to losing loved ones

and losing their lives.

After 22 years, Sheril and Bill

Carter thought their lives together

had ended. That was until their

eyes met at the emergency

department - their sense of relief

beyond words. I just heard this

little voice say "Sheril," and I looked over and really couldn't

believe it. They lost everything in

the Kinglake fire and suffered

severe burns. But they're the lucky

ones. You realise the value of

people around you, and your house

doesn't really matter. Another

moment of joy amid the disaster...

(CHEERING) Flower dale fire

survivors rody Pitt Wood wife Leila reunited after three survivors rody Pitt Wood and his

days. It's hard to make that

decision. Do you stay, do you go? You...

You... you don't know what to do. But among the tales of triumph are

those of tragedy. These three

sisters lost their mum, dad and

brother. I just want to have them

back. We do want them back. We

weren't finished with any of them,

were we? No, we weren't.

85-year-old Bill Walker, his 85-year-old Bill Walker, his

80-year-old wife Fay, and their wheelchair-bound son Jeff all

perished when their Narbethong

retreat fell victim to the

firestorm. Whoever's deliberately

lit this fire, you are a murder.

You have murdered our family. And many others. Some survivors

returning to the ruins for the

first time, shocked at the

devastation. Gone. From photos to

animals to, you know -

gone, yeah. Our daughter's gone, yeah. Our daughter's stuff,

our daughter's baby while for residents locked out of our daughter's baby photos.Ile

patience their town - now crime scene -

patience is wearing thin. Well, we're

we're held prisoners, because we're

not allowed off. It's just

ridiculous. But as the grisly

count continues, those who escaped ridiculous. But as the grisly body

with their lives are looking ahead.

I have my life. Which is very

important. I can still smile. I'll

just take it day by day. So that,

um, we just survive. So, Ron, some

fire survivors there. very inspirational and resilient

Thanks, Hermione. Hermione Kitson

in Melbourne.

And for latest on the bushfires now,

I'm joined on the phone by Mark

Glover from the CFA. Mark, I

understand that at long last, the

weather is playing into your hands.

Overnight, we've had both cool skr

calmer conditions? Yes, it's a nice

change, and whether has been a

little kind to us today, and the

wind hasn't been as bad as it has

been in the last couple of nights.

We've still got a southerly air

flow. But there's a big decrease in speed over last night and into the

future. So that's going to make our firefighting just a little bit

easier. The main focus at the moment

moment seems to be on backburning

and putting in containment lines.

How's that going? It's going pretty

well at the moment. We did some

backburning last night around the

Healesville area. That certainly

provided a bit of a glow in the sky,

but we certainly let the residents

know that that was going to occur

so they wouldn't be so alarmed. The

fire weather further into the week

- how's that looking! Looking OK at

the moment. The weather bureau is

predicting a southerly air flow for

the next few days. We'll be concentrating on consolidating

those lines by a combination of doses and backburning, and

ensuring that we make them as deep

as we possibly can. Thanks, Mark.

People from all walks of life have

rallied to the call for support. In

just two days, nearly $30 million

victims. has been raised for the fire has been raised for the fire

Across the nation, Aussies are

giving every cent they can spare. The Red Cross estimates Australians

are donating $1 million an hour all day. But this is just an

overwhelming response. We're going

to need every bit of that, of

course because the magnitude of

this disaster. Our sporting stars

are keen to help too. In last

Cricket Australia raised more than night's victory over New Zealand,

$6 million for the appeal. Today,

the players will visit the

fire-ravaged area. My brother lost

two of his best mates. So the fires

were about 10km from my home. In Japan tonight, the Socceroos will

honour the victims by wearing black

armbands in their World Cup

qualifier in Yokohama. A big

thankyou also to all the people

that are helping - firefighters,

volunteers. And many North Queensland

Queensland families devastated by floods will hand over their aid floods will hand over their aid

cheques to the victims, shrugging

off their own problems. So far, big

business and Government have

pledged more than $31 million, with

the Queen the latest to announce

Buckingham Palace will make a

private donation. Many lives have

been lost, but they haven't been forgotten.

You can donate to the Red Cross appeal line:

branch. Or simply go to any major bank

In sport - a match-winning batting

partnership from brothers Mike and

Dave Hussey has levelled the

Chappell-Hadlee series at two games

apiece. The series now heads to the

Gabba for the decider on Friday.

Michael Hussey keeping the series

alive with a six and turning

Australia's disappointing summer

around. What a great way to finish

for Mike Hussey. It was such an

important game. To be there at the

end to hit the winning runs for

Australia in a really important

game really means a lot to me.

Chasing 245 for victory, opener

Michael Clarke departed for just His skipper managing just one more. Michael Clarke departed for just 14.

Australia 3/101 when David Hussey

wrongly sent Brad Haddin back to

his crease. But after a quick chat from

from older brother Michael - I just

said to him, "Don't worry about it."

He was batting really well at the

time. The siblings bludgeoned 115

off 119 balls to mow down their

target. David eventually falling to Ian O'Brien for 79.

I was a bit disappointed to get out.

I really enjoyed batting with Mike.

It's good fun, and he hits the ball

to all parts of the ground. His

wicket allowing local boy Callum Ferguson to take part in the

winning run chase. The Queenslander

taking part in Queensland tomorrow. Collingwood has opted to challenge

the 3-match rough conduct ban

handed to new skipper Nick Maxwell,

but he won't know his fate until

his hearing. Tuesday, with the AFL postponing

to make an impact Nick Maxwell was determined as Collingwood captain. in his first match COMMENTATOR: Maxwell - hard body. his 3-game suspension for rough play The Pies will challenge at the AFL tribunal next Tuesday. The skipper's poor track record means the ban to four weeks. an unsuccessful appeal would extend with a broken jaw. only concern, though. His injury isn't West Coast's emerged from the incident Young Eagle Patrick McGinnity with a broken jaw. only concern, though. His injury isn't West Coast's 'Me No Hair' campaign. as he supported the Cancer Council's extended spell on the sidelines But the defender will have an on his troublesome elbow. after further surgery over to Sydney, Friday week Unfortunately, I'm heading for another operation. We sourced a second opinion, and decided to go in and try and get it done. And the Sydney Swans have added three new faces to their 9-man leadership group. Jarred Moore, Nick Malceski, and Jarrad McVeigh stepping up to more senior ranks. Nathan Templeton, Ten News.

over the figures this morning. Belinda Heggen has been mulling

Absolutely. Thanks, Ron. General

Motors unfortunately has announced

it will cut 10,000 white-collar

struggling car-maker says jobs this year. As well, the

struggling car-maker says the

workers it doesn't sack will all

have to take pay cuts. It's all

part of a restructuring plan. The

company submitted to the US

Government in a bid to get a

bailout and avoid bankruptcy.

Discount electronics retailer JB

Hi-Fi has defied the global

downturn by posting a big

first-half profit increase. The

company reported a net profit of

$59 million, up 40% from last year

and expects another strong year

ahead. The retailer attributes the

gains to selling the right types of

products and low prices.

To the market in detail now - Wall

Street has plunge overnight as

investors were concerned the Obama

bank bailout plan would not be

enough to contain the deepening recession.

More on the bushfire crisis when

Ten's Early News returns. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... BUT FIRST, A-C-T POLICE, HAVE ARRESTED TWO TEENS,

SEEN LIGHTING A GRASS FIRE, IN MAWSON ON MONDAY MORNING. FIRE CREWS, WERE QUICK TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE, AT THE BACK OF SOUTHLAND SHOPS, AT AROUND 10-30. A SECOND, DELIBERATLEY LIT FIRE, WAS REPORTED IN STIRLING YESTERDAY ... WITH

POLICE STILL INVESTIGATING INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT. POLICE SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TARGET FIRE

BUGS, AFTER THE DEVASTATING FIRES WHICH CONTINUE TO BURN THROUGH VICTORIA. AND THE A-C-T, HAS SENT A FURTHER EIGHT EXPERTS, TO THE FIRE FRONT IN VICTORIA. THE MAPPING SPECIALISTS, WILL WORK WITH VICTORIA POLICE, AND RESCUE TEAMS, IN REMOTE AND RUGGED AREAS OF THE STATE, WHICH HAVE BEEN BURNT OUT BY

BUSHFIRES. AT THIS STAGE, THE TEAM IS BEING SENT TO WORK IN THE REGION OVER THE NEXT FOUR DAYS.

A 35 YEAR OLD SYDNEY MAN, IS DUE TO FACE COURT TODAY, AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT SPEEDING LAST MONTH, AT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED KAYS AN HOUR, WITH A SUSPENDED LICENCE. POLICE, CAUGHT THE DRIVER DURING A RANDOM SPEED CHECK, ON THE HUME HIGHWAY... IT'S ALLEGED HE WAS TRAVELLING AT TWO HUNDRED AND 16 KAYS AN HOUR. HE'S BEEN GRANTED BAIL, AND WILL FACE GOULBURN LOCAL COURT TODAY. AND IN SPORT, OLYMPIC RUNNER LISA CORRIGAN, WILL BE AT TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL TODAY, TO LAUNCH THE

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This program is captioned live. In our headlines this morning - Victoria's fire victims coming to terms with the devastating loss, starting

starting their lives again from emergency accommodation.

Fire victims begin returning Fire victims begin returning to

destroy towns and homes as they

mourn loved ones lost to the destruction.

And Australian sporting stars join the

the relief effort as donations pour

in from across the nation.

Here's the latest on the fires -

the death toll remains at 181 this

morning, but it's still tipped to

go over 200. 23 fires are still out

of control. Cooler weather finally

seem to be helping firefighters,

though. The Victorian CF. A says

the Yea Murrindindi fire in the

blue range caused concern overnight

because of freshening southerlies. There are There are warnings out for

Connellys Creek, Crystal Creek,

Scrubby Creke and Native Dog

Scrubby Creke and Native Dog Creek.

The threat has eased around

Beechworth, Healesville and Bunyip Ridge.

The bushfire tragedy enters day

five. For the people of Victoria,

the fight goes on even as the clean-up begins. For the stunned

victims who've lost everything,

though, the time of mourning and

counting the cost has begun. After

After 22 years, Sheril and Bill

Carter thought their lives together had had ended. That was until their

eyes met at the emergency

department - their sense of relief

beyond words. I ju heard this

little voice say "Sheril" and I

looked over and I really couldn't

believe it. The pair believe it. The pair lost

everything in the Kinglake fire and

suffered severe burns. But they're

the lucky ones. You realise the

value of people around you and your

house doesn't really matter.

Another moment of joy amid the disaster.

disaster. (CHEERING) Flower dale

fire survivors Rodney Pitt Wood and

his wife Leila reunited after three

days. It's hard to make that

decision - do you stay, do you go?

You don't know what to do. But

among the tales of triumph are

those of tragedy. These three

sisters lost their mum, dad and sisters lost their mum, dad and

brother. I just want to have them

back. We do want them back. We

weren't finished with any of them,

were we? No, we weren't...

85-year-old Bill Walker, his

80-year-old wife Fay and their wheelchair-bound

wheelchair-bound son Jeff all

perished with when a Narbethong

retreat fell victim to the

firestorm. Whoever's deliberately

lit this fire, you are a murderer. You have

You have murdered our family. And

many others.

Some survivors returning to the

ruins for the first time shocked at

the devastation. Gone. From photos

to animals to - Everything's gone.

Our daughter's stuff, our Our daughter's stuff, our

daughter's baby photos. While for

residents locked out of their towns

- now crime scenes - patience is

wearing thin. Well, we're held prisoners, because we're not

allowed off, you know, it's just

ridiculous. As the grisly body count accounts, -- continues, count accounts, -- continues, those

who escape would their lives are who escape would their lives are

looking ahead. I have my life,

which is very important. I can

still smile. I'll just take it day

by day. So that, um, we just survive.

Hundred of survivors remain in the

tent villages which have become

their homes. The main one is at

Whittlesea, from where I'm Whittlesea, from where I'm joined

again by Ten reporter Ellesa

Throwden. Five days will have

seemed like a lifetime for these

people. How are they holding up?

Well, they're just waking up now,

Ron, and it's been - it's a chilly

13 degrees here today, a stark contrast to five

contrast to five days ago when a firestorm ripped through the town

of Kinglake. This morning, many

residents will be allowed to have a

look back and see what's left of

their homes. Beof course there are tight

tight restrictions. And there are

the some crime scenes there as well

that people won't be aallowed

access to. Of course, there might

be some relief for firefighters

also - the fire threat has eased

somewhat, and there are no homes

under threat at this stage. We're actually We're actually seeing a bit of

frustration in the survivors that

we're talking to. What will they be

allowed to do today? Will they go

in in convoys, or are they allowed

in one or or two to their homes?

There will be a bit of a convoy

where people will be allowed to go

and have a look through. I think it

really depends - it will be a

case-by-case situation. Where there

is tape barred off, people probably is tape barred off, people probably won't be allowed to go won't be allowed to go into that

area, but people might be allowed

to collect belongings in and around

their homes. They probably will not

be allowed to go right to their

home, particular if they've been

destroyed and there's rubble there

- there might be a danger - there might be a danger zone

there, Ron. Ellesa Throwden there from Whittlesea.

People from all walks of life have

rallied to the call for support. In

just two days, $30 million has been

raised for the fire victim. Across the nation, Aussies Across the nation, Aussies are

giving every cent they can spare.

The Red Cross estimates Australians

are doit -- donating $1 million an

hour all day. This is an overwhelming

overwhelming response. We will need

every bit of that because of the

magnitude of this disastTt Our

sporting stars are keen to help too

- Cricket Australia raised $6

million for the appeal last night.

million for the appeal last night.

My brother lost of of his best

mates. The fires were about 10km

from my home. In Japan tonight, the

Socceroos will honour the victims

by wearing black armbands in their

World Cup qualifier in Yokohama. A big

big thankyou to all the people that big thankyou to all the people that are helping - firefighters,

volunteers. And many North Queensland families devastated by

floods will happened over their aid

cheques to the victims, shrugging off their own

off their own problems. So far, big

business and Government have

pledged more than $31 million ,

with the Queen the latest to

announce Buckingham Palace will

make a private donation. Many lives

have been lost, but they haven't been forgotten.

The Federal Government has thrown The Federal Government has thrown

its weight behind the appeal as

well - after touring the fire zones earlier this week, Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd is back in Canberra and has promised uncapped has promised uncapped support for

the victims. All Victorians and all Australians

Australians should know that, in this Australians should know that, in

this darkest hour, that they are

not alone. NSW firefighters, Perth victim-identification officers and

a firefighting helicopter from New

Zealand will all come to Victoria's

aid today. US President Barack

Obama telephoned Mr Rudd to offer

his support, and the Pope has

offered prayers. The Queen has

reportedly ready to donate money as well. well. Donation-line information:

Or simply go to any major bank Or simply go to any major bank branch to donate. Australia's levelled the

Chappell-Hadlee series, with New Zealand, at

Zealand, at 2-0 thanks largely to a

115-run partnership by brothers

Michael and David Hussey. Chasing 245

245 for victory, David top-scored

for Australia, with 79 runs. His brother

brother Michael hitting 75 off brother Michael hitting 75 off 71 balls.

It's six! Hits the rope on the

full! What a great way to finish

for Mike Hussey! The series decider

is at the Gabba on is at the Gabba on Friday.

Midfielder Vince Grella has thrown

a scare into the Socceroos camp

ahead of their World Cup qualifier

against Japan tonight, limping out

of the final training session with of the final training session

a calf injury. The full squad only

came together yesterday. A win

would put the Socceroos five points

clear at the top of their group.

Out of the next five games, if we

can pick up the four points that we

need - skbls obviously three points

tomorrow night - would make our tomorrow night - would make our job

a whole lot easier. The Socceroos

will wear black armbands as a mark

of respect to the Victorian bushfire victims. bushfire victims.

All eyes on Wall Street this

morning - President Obama's bank

bailout plan announcement sent Wall

Street plunging. Here with the

details is Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. Juliana, what happened to CommSec. Juliana, what happened to

the Dow? Well, it comes down two

things, Belinda. The release of the $838 billion economic stimulus plan

could be delayed by another week, and the new financial stability

plan could cost as much as $2

trillion. But there's no devil in

the detail because there wasn't

enough detail. That has worried investors today. The Dow at the

moment down 364 points, the Nasdaq

down by 60. What does that mean for

our market today, do you think? It

looks like we will open lower -

down around 2% or 73 points. The oil price oil price lower - base metalsope

loer. Only hope today will be the

gold sector - gold was up by $21.

Keep your eye out for December

housing numbers - we're looking for

an increase of 6.7%, boosted by the

amount of new first-home buyers

coming back into market. Thank you.

Another thing to look out for today

dates Westpac Melbourne Institute

Consumer Sentiment index for

February. We'll be watching. Thanks, Belinda. Last check of the weather:

That's Ten News for now. I'm Ron

Wilson. See you at 6:00 tomorrow

Good morning. morning. And I'm Belinda Heggen.

Good morning.

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