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Good morning. Welcome to Ten News.

In Ten News this morning - another

fire bug at work in Victoria. A fire bug at work in Victoria.

blaze overnight suspected to be the

work of a copycat arsonist. The Federal Government dismisses

claims that taxes will have to rise

to pay for its economic stimulus package.

And in sport - an outfield screamer

from Adam Voges helps Australia to

a thrilling one-run victory against New Zealand.

In finance, Rio Tinto's planned of

family jewel sell off worries family jewel sell off sparks

in London.

But first this morning, pt man

charged over Victoria's deadly

bush fires will face a court today

as the State battles more

deliberately lit blazes. It comes as

as tribues flow for the lives lost in the disaster.

A week after Black A week after Black Saturday,

firefighters face yet another arson

attack. Plumes of smoke bell attack. Plumes of smoke bell owing

from the latest town to fall

victim, Bellgrave. I wonder how it

could have started - no lightning,

no high temperatures. Somebody must

have dropped a cigarette butt

somewhere. It came as Victorians

joined for a day of prayers, healing and remembrance.

Among those grieving at Kinglake,

the man who saved the town's

weather board church. Nine hours of

fighting, we final lip won.

Australia and New Zealand Defence

Force members serving in East

Timor paid tribute as did a tearful

Prime Minister? What do you say in

the midst of tragedy? You are not

alone. Joining relief and alone. Joining relief and recovery efforts, reinforcements from across

the globe. To give support, hen you

guys out as much as we can. As the daunting rebuilding process begins,

so does the search for answers.

It's this power pole, some believe sparked the fire storm that sparked

devastated Kinglake. What I was

told was that one of the line had

broken and it was whipping against

the ground and sparked. Law firms

are lining up to lead class action

against the power company. When you

have a tragedy after the tragedy,

there's anger. And after the anger,

there's lawyers. The only man who

be charged will front a Melbourne

court for the first time today.

The finance minister has dismissed

claims taxes will rise to pay for

the Government's economic stimulus

package. Lindsay Tanner say that

the Government will offset new

spending until the Budget is out of

deasit. So we have a path back to

surpluls. It doesn't involve

increasing taxes. It involves

discipline. That discipline has

cast into doubt the future of paid

maternity leave scheme, but the

Government says no decision will be

made until the Productivity

Commission reports on the plan.

Julie Bishop's commission as the coalition's Treasury spokes woman

is reportedly safe for the moment

despite a number of blunders

showing that the Opposition is

losing its reputation as an

expressed confidence in Ms Bishop economic manager. Malcolm Turnbull

after

after reports said that others in

the Liberal Party wanted her moved.

Drivesers in flood-bound Queensland

continue to ignore warnings not to risk their lives crossing swollen

rivers and creeks. Six people were

rescued in two separate incidents

over the weekend as they attempt

today drive through a raging

torrent. Two thirds of the State

remains disaster declared and a

million square kilometres is under

water with more rain expected.

Karumba residents in the Gulf

country have now been cut off for five weeks.

It was a horror weekend on SA roads

with four people dead in two

separate crashes. A man and woman

were killed when their car hit a

truck at an intersection in

Adelaide on Sunday. It followed

another crash where a teenage boy

and girl were incinerated after

their car became air borne and

crashed into a tree in the Adelaide Hills.

15 people are dead and seven

injured after a fire tore through a three storey hosel in southern

Russia. The abandoned building was

unhabited by squatters. It was

closed and lektrilsity shut off

after an inspection found it to be

dangerous. A burst tyre on an F-16

aircraft caused a scare in

southern India. The tyre blew out

just as the aircraft came in to

land putting security services on

alert. The airshow is billed as

Asia's largest, and for the first time, China is officially participating.

Sport, and it's good news this morning. Australia has ended the

summer of cricket on a high,

defeating New Zealand in last

night's Twenty20 match. It turned

out to be a thriller. David Hussey

top-scoring in the Aussie's total

of 150. The Kiwis falling just one

run short in the run chase.

The Aussies made an explosive start.

First Brad Haddin. And then daifbl

Warner going over the top.

Both fell after getting a start and

it was left to WA Adam Voges and

Victoria's David Hussey to keep the

score board ticking.

150. Cameron White helping the total to

Two early wickets from Peter Siddle

had the New Zealanders on the back

foot. But as long as Brendon

McCullum was at the crease, they

were always a chance. The Kiwi

keeper taking 20 from one James

Hopes over, roaring past 50. Until

this extraordinary dismissal.

COMMENTATOR: He's hit that well.

Well enough. Not good enough.

What's he done? Yes! Oh, he got it.

Vogels's quick thinking lifting the

home side to victory by one run. Richmond veteran Matthew Richardson Richmond veteran Matthew Richardson

turned in a terrific performance to

lift the Tigers to a NAB Cup

victory in Perth. The 33-year-old

gathered 25 possessions and kicked

three goals, including the COMMENTATOR: What a knock on, you match-winner.

deserve it. Richardson then took a

telling late mark in the defence

helping the Tigers hang on.

Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar has escaped sanction for an

astonishing tirade following a loss.

After a two-hour meeting, it

emerged that Vidmar still had the unconditional support of all unconditional

involved.

involved. There's too many people

That's in this club with hidden agendas.

That's the problem. That 4-0 result

tonight was politics - nothing else.

Because of a town, this team will

never win anything until you get

rid of that crap.

Speaking of agenda - Frank good

morning. And the planned sale of the

family jewels can hurt investors.

Top institutional investors have

reportedly urged BHP Billiton to

make another deal for Rio Tinto. A

UK newspaper says that they plan to

block the $30 billion sell off and

offered to support a new rights

issue. The shareholders claim that

Rio put itself as a disadvantage by

biggest customer. being so closely aligned with ilts

There's been widespread

condemnation in the UK by plans of

the Lloyds banking group to give a

big payout to staff. It is

believed that it is going to pay

out ?120 million in bonuses, which

is AU $260 million. Despite of loss of ?10 billion.

In other business news, more

information about how the economy

is doing will be revealed tomorrow

when the Reserve Bank releases the

monthly board minutes. The

The founders of Storm Financial

are planning to sue the Commonwealth

Bank. The Bendigo Bank is planning

to holders.

And the lending data for September is due out today.

American stocks took a slide as

bank results doulsed the housing

optimism there.

The Lloyds news led thes down in the UK.

Check of the weather now:

Now a look at the newspaper headlines now and Brisbane's

'Courier-Mail' reveals that

Queensland's busiest speed camera

nets almost $12,000 an hour.

The 'Financial Review' reports on

the US Government finally winning

congressional approval for the congressional approval for the

economic stimulus. And 'The

Australian' says Kevin Rudd's essay

on capitalism is almost identical

to an article published a month earlier. earlier.

Still ahead, big changes for the

nation's health system. Details

when we come back. (THINKS) Oh, sausages! I love sausages. I think I'll have three. No. Four. That leaves one...two for the kids.

Should I turn them? I should turn them. Yeah, I'll turn them. VOICEOVER: The last thing you're thinking about this summer is health cover. MAN: (THINKS) Sausages. But when you do, call NIB. This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Today's headlines

- another fire sparked in Victoria

overnight fears it could have been

caused by a copycat arsonist.

The Government denies that taxes

will be jacked up despite the

economic stimulus, but the fears remain.

The Prime Minister facing a serious

serious diagnosis. Take control of

the health system from the States

if you want to fix it

And in sport, Tim Cahill dedicates

haze desilencive goal against as

tonne villa to the Victorian --

Aston Villa to the Victorian

bushfire victims.

Overnight, Victoria faced more

deliberately plit blazes and

tributes have been paid.

A week after black Saturday,

firefighters face yet another arson

attack. Plumes of smoke billowing

from the latest town to from the latest town to fall victim, Bellgrave. I just wonder

how it could have started? No

lightning, no high temperatures for self-combustion. Somebody must self-combustion. Somebody must have

dropped a cigarette butt or

deliberately lit it. It came as

Victorians joined for a day of

rememberians and healing.

Among those grieving at Kinglake,

the man who saved the town's

weatherboard church. Nine hours of weatherboard church. Nine hours of

fight and we finally won. Defence

Force members serving in East

Timor paid tribute. As did a

tearful Prime Minister? What do you

say in the midst of tragedy? You

are not alone. Joining relief and

recovery efforts, reinforcements

from across the globe. Give support

and help you guys out as much as we

can. As a daunting rebuilding

process begins, so does the search

for answers. It's this power pole

some believe sparked the fire storm some believe sparked the fire storm

that devastated Marysville and

Kinglake. What I was told with the

high winds, one of the lines had

broken and it was whipping against

the ground and sparked. Law firms

are lining up to lead a class

action against the power company.

When have you a tragedy. After the

tragedy, there's anger, and after

the anger, there's lawyers. The

only man to be charged over the blazes will face a Melbourne court

for the first time today.

A national day of mourning for

bushfire victims has been declared

for this coming Sunday. A service

will be held at 11am at Rod Laver

Arena. Premiers and affected

victims will be invited.

The Prime Minister will be advised

to take control of the health

system. According to 'The

and Hospitals Reform Commission Australian' ux, the National Health

will tell Canberra today that

primary healthcare should be taken

away from the States as part of an

overhaul to improve standards. The

Commission is expected to recommend

the establishment of mega-clinics

where all health services would be

in the same building.

The Federal Government has denied

claims taxes will be jacked up to

pay for the economic stimulus. The pay for the economic stimulus. The

finance minister says that spending

will slow, raising concerns that

scrapped. paid maternity leave could be

in the billions, As he faces a Budget deficit razor gang is sharpening his knife the head of the Government's for another round of cuts. We have a path back to surplus. increasing taxes - It doesn't involve it involves discipline. at 2% until a return to surplus. Spending increases will be capped by other savings. Any new spending will be offset has unions and women's groups The tighter budgetary belt maternity leave will be scrapped. fearing plans for paid It's long overdue. and the Budget is that time. It's certainly time to deliver, No decision is expected reports this month. until the Productivity Commission Obviously, things that amount to expenditure -

for the nation - particularly ongoing expenditure

in the Budget context. will be dealt with The Government is doing its best of an early election, to deal away speculation as soon as September dismissing talk of going to the polls and before a worsening economic outlook hits.

and three months into our term. We are literally one year is elections. The last thing I want to talk about if the stimulus tanks. A conversation to be revisited Brad Hodson, Ten News.

Police are investigating the

suspicious death of a man in Sydney

overnight. The body was found in a

house in Sydney's south-west just

before 9:00. Campbelltown police

set up a crime scene and are

treating the death as suspicious. A

postmortem examination will be

carried out and a report prepared

for the coroner.

A man remains in hospital under

police guard after allegedly

stabbing a man to death. The

43-year-old was reversing a car

out of a driveway when he almost

hit a group of youths as Nambucca

Heads. According to police, the man

had an altercation with the youths

before pulling out a knife. He'll

be questioned by police today when

he recovers from surgery on a hand

injury.

WA Police will today condition the

search for the family of an Afghan

man found murdered in Perth. The

victim was one of three victim was one of three Afghanis

living in a unit in the Perth

suburb of Victoria Park. He

arrived in Australia in 2000 and

had no relatives here. Police

haven't revealed how he died.

Drivers in flood-bound Queensland

continue to ignore warnings not to

risk their lives crossing risk their lives crossing swollen

rivers and creeks. Six people were

rescued in two separate incidents

over the weekend as they attempted

to drive through a raging torrent

in Charters Towers. A million

square kilometres is unwater with

more rain expected this week.

Karumba residents in the Gulf

country have now been cut off for

five weeks.

Police believe they've caught a

killer crocodile which took a

five-year-old boy in the Daintree.

Jeremy Doble disappeared while

playing near a flooded board walk

with his older brother. The suspect

crocodile which is 4.3 metres long

was caught in a floating trap. DNA

tests are now being carried out on the

the contents of the crocodile's stomach.

Australia is to provide an extra $5

million to help Zimbabwe fight a

cholera outbreak which has killed cholera outbreak which has killed

3,500 people. Stephen Smite rang

Morgan Tsvangirai. The funding will

go to UNICEF. $3 million to be

used for water and sanitation

programs and $2 million for medicines.

Mr Smith is due in Pakistan today.

The first visit by an Australian

11 years. 11 Foreign Minister to the country in

Investigators probing the cause

of the plane crash in the US on

Friday have begun taking bodies

out of the wreckage. 50 people died.

It's thought a build-up of ice on

the wings may have contributed to

the crash. Investigators say that

the Continental Airliner was

where pointing away from the airport

Police and demonstrators where it was meant to be landing.

clashed in Turkey. Police and demonstrators have

Police used water cannon and tear

gas to try to disperse the crowd before making 86 arrests. before making 86 arrests.

Senior US military officials are

reportedly face ago corruption

investigation into the 125 billion

US effort to rebuild Iraq after the

American invasion. Detectives have

demanded the bank records of a

retired colonel in charge of reconstruction contracting.

Officials say that recent criminal cases point to widespread

corruption in the operation they

helped to run.

Hillary Clinton has left for her

first international trip as US

Secretary of State. She's headed to Tokyo, Indonesia, South Korea and

China. Her trip comes as a crisis

brews with North Korea which is

reportedly preparing to test

launch its latest long range missile.

On to sport, and Australia has won

last night's Twenty20 clash against

New Zealand in a match more likely

to be remembered for an outfield

catch by Adam Voges. The West

Australian taking a blinder on the boundary.

enough. COMMENTATOR: Good enough? Not good

Oh yes, it was good. The catch to dismiss Brendon McCullum cull

helped the Aussies to victory by

just one run.

Aussie midfielder Tim Cahill has

scored the desilencive goal in

Everton's win over Aston Villa. He

struck with 14 minutes remaining,

dedicating the strike to the

victims of the Victorian bush fires.

Socceroos In the Scottish Premier League,

Socceroos Rory McIlroy missed the

best chance -- Scott McDonald

missed the goal with Rangers.

Andy Murray has beaten fad Nadal in

the final of the Rotterdam Open.

His third straight win over the world number one. Nadal was world

troubled by a knee injury but still

managed to take the second set

before Murray ran away with the

second set. He obviously hurt his

knee, and you know, I didn't really

know what to do. Obviously happy to

win but I would have preferred if he wasn't hurt.

The win is Murray's tenth career title.

The Australian share market is

expected to open lower today expected to open lower today after

a 1% fall on Wall Street on Friday

amid concerns about American banks.

Here with the details is Juliana

Roadley from Commsec. The good Roadley from Commsec. The good news

is that the Obama stimulus package

has finally passed, but that's not

going to help at the moment? No,

think I think it will actually add

more momentum and stimulus into the

market but all eyes will be back on

the banks and the concern of them

turning around their business. And

also, Tuesday is D-day for the big

auto makers. We have General auto makers. We have General Motors and Chrysler having to show

the Government they've been able to

turn around their businesses and

all of the weight on the markets.

The DOW down by 82 and the NASDAQ

down by 7. What does it look like

for the start of our market? Our

market is set to open down 22

points. We finished stronger on Friday.

Friday. The oil price will work in

our favour and up around 10% on

Friday. The gold price coming Friday. The gold price coming off

the lows. We do have a fair bit of

information coming out. We have lending finance. We're looking for

a bit of a turn around in

businesses. After that strong

number coming through in housing

lendsing. We have Challenger,

Bendigo Bank and Wesfarmers all

reporting today.

Oil may have rilsen about $3, but

it is still under $38 a barrel, but it is still under $38 a barrel, but still no sign of change at the

bouser? The problem is that we buy

Asian oil and the demand for

Singapore gas open lean has been

strong. Singapore gas open lean strong. Singapore gas open lean is

up there at $62 a barrel, and unfortunately, the Aussie dollar is

not working in our favour. Thank not working in our favour. Thank

you for explaining it.

Let's go to business in brief Let's go to business in brief now.

London Top institutional investors in

London have urged BHP Billiton to

relaunch a takeover bid for Rio Britain's Tinto.

Britain's Lloyds Bank has been

condemned over plans to pay $260

million in bonuses to senior staff.

All eyes on Wesfarmers for All eyes on Wesfarmers for the

first half profit announcements.

And Leighton Holdings say that the Weather check now:

After the break, the latest on the

Victorian bush fires, and questions raised after 15 people were killed

in a house fire.

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Life live In Ten News, another

blaze overnight in Victoria

suspected to be the work of a

copycat arsonist.

The Federal Government says there's

no way taxes will have to rise to

pay for the economic stimulus package.

And in sport, a screamer in Adam Voges helps Australia to a

thrilling one-run victory against

New Zealand.

And in finance, Rio Tinto's planned

sell off to China sparks protests

among big investors in London.

Weather check:

But heading the morning news, the

man charged over Victoria's deadly

bush fires will face a Melbourne court today as the State battles

even more deliberately lit blazes.

It comes as tributes flow for the lives lost in the disaster.

A week after Black Saturday,

firefighters face yet another arson

attack. Plumes of smoke bill og

from the latest town to fall

victim - Bellgrave. I just wonder

how it could have started? No

liepgt ning? No high temperatures

for self-combustion. Somebody must

have dropped a cigarette butt or

deliberately lit again. It came deliberately lit again. It came as

Victorians joined for a day of

prayers and remembrance.

Among those grieving at Kinglake,

the man who saved the town's

weather board church. Nine hours of

fighting. By 4am, we finally won. Australia and New Zealand Defence Force

Force members serving in East

Timor paid tribute, as did Timor paid tribute, as did a

tearful Prime Minister. What do you

say in the midst of tragedy? You

are not alone. Joining relief and recovery efforts, reinforcements

from across the globe. To give support,

support, help you guys out as much

as we can. As a daunting rebuilding

process begins, so does the search

for answers. It's this power pole

some believe sparked the fire storm

that devastated Kinglake and

Marysville. What the local CFA told me

me on that Saturday with those very

high winds - one of the lines had

broken and it was whipping against

the ground and sparked. Law firms

are lining up to lead class action against

against the power company. When you

have a tragedy, after the tragedy,

there's anger. And after the anger,

there's lawyers. The only man to be

charged over the deadly blazes

will front a Melbourne court for

the first time today.

A national day of mourning for

bushfire victims has been declared

for this coming Sunday. A service

will be held at 11am at Rod Laver

Arena. All State Premiers and

victims have been invited to attend.

The finance minister has dismissed

claim that taxes will rise. Lindsay

Tanner says the Government will cap

spending increases and offset new

spending until the Budget is out of

deficit. So, we've got a path back

to surpluls. It doesn't involve

increasing taxes. It involves

discipline. That discipline has

cast into doubt the future of paid

maternity leave, but the Government

says no decision will be paid until

the Productivity Commission reports

on the plan.

Julie Bishop's position as the

coalition Treasury spokesman is reportedly reportedly safe for the moment.

Despite a number of blunders and

polls showing that they're losing their reputation as an their reputation as an economic manager. Opposition leader Malcolm

Turnbull expressed confidence in Ms

Bishop after reports at the weekend suggested

suggested others in the Liberal

Party wanted her moved. Party wanted her moved. Foil

Drivers in flood-bound Queensland

continue to ignore warpbgs to not cross swollen rivers and creeks.

Six people were rescued in two

separate incidents over the weekend

as they attempted to drive through

a raging torrent in Charters

Towers. Two thirds of the State

remains disaster-declared and a

million square kilometres is

unwater with more expressed this

weekend. Karumba residents have now

been cut off for five weeks.

It was a horror weekend on South

Australian roads with two separate

crashes. A man and woman were

killed when their car hit a truck

at an intersection on Sunday. It

followed another crash where a

teenage boy and girl were

incinerated after their car became

airborne and crashed into a tree in the Adelaide Hills.

15 people are dead and seven

injured after a fire tore through a

three story hostel in southern Russia. It was inhabited by

skwaurters. It was closed and

electricity switched off after an

inspection found it to be dangerous.

The skauters are thought to have

reconnected it.

A burst tyre at an F-16 aircraft caused a big security scare in

India at the weekend. The tyre blew

out just as it came in to land. The

air show is billed as Asia's

largest, and for the first time,

China is officially participating.

Oh, we did it. Australia has ended

the summer of cricket on a high

defeating New Zealand in last

night's Twenty20 match. It turned out

out to be a thriller hulls Hussey top-scoring.

top-scoring. The Kiwis falling

just one run short in the run chase.

The Aussies made an explosive The Aussies made an explosive start. First Brad Haddin. And then Dave

Warner going over the top.

COMMENTATOR: That was a lovely shot,

just guided by Warner. Both just guided by Warner. Both fell

after getting a start and it was

left to Adam Voges and David Hussey

to keep the score board ticking.

Comment comment that eight the Comment comment that eight the

first six. Cameron White helping

the total to 50. Two early wickets

from Peter Siddle had the from Peter Siddle had the New

Zealanders on the back foot. But as

long as Brendon McCullum was at the

crease, they were always a chance.

The Kiwi keeper taking 20 from one

James Hopes over, roaring past 50

at a better than run of ball until this extraordinary dismissal.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Adam Voges quick-thinking lifting

the home side to victory by one run.

Rich mand veteran Matthew

Richardson turned in a terrific

performance to lead the tight toig

to a NAB Cup victory. The to a NAB Cup victory. The

23-year-old teared five possessions

and kicked three goals, including

the match winner.

Richardson then took a telling late

mark in defence helping the Tigers

hang on by three points.

In the A-League, coach Aurelio

Vidmar has escaped sanction for an

astonishing tirade. After a two-hour meeting between the club's

power brokers, it emerged that he

still had the unconditional support

of all those involved. Now you can

have a quick list tonne what he

said. There's too many people

said. There's too many people in this club with hidden agendas,

that's the problem. That 4-0 result that's the problem. That 4-0 result

tonight was politics, nothing else.

Because of a town, this club will Because of a town, this club will never win anything until you get

rid of that crap. United take on

Queensland Roar on Saturday and I

think he should sit down and tell

us what he really thinks! I wonder

if he's as upset as Rio's potential

investment to China in

Institutional investors have

reportedly urged BHP Billiton to

make another bid for Rio Tinto make another bid for Rio Tinto despite their rival's deal with

Chinalco. British newspapers are

reported that shareholders are

planning to block the planned $30

billion sell off have offered a

rights issue if it encourages another bid. Shareholders claim

that Rio is at a disadvantage by

aligning so closely. There's been

widespread condemnation in the UK over plans by the Lloyds banking

group to go ahead with a huge

payout to senior staff. It's payout to senior staff. It's

believed that Lloyds is planning to

pay out $120 million in bonuses

which equates to $260 million. Despite

Despite last week announcing one

of the subsidiaries reported a lols

of $10 billion. They'll say whether

the promise of big bonuses lured

bankers into taking bigger risks.

Jetstar will take off this week in

New Zealand joining an already New Zealand joining an already crowded aviation market place. The

airline is tipped to take over some

of the domestic routes given up by

Qantas. It will mean cheaper fares

for us to there and Fiji.

In other business news..

Let's take a look at the figures for for you:

Rain or shine, here's the weather

check in your part of the world:

To the newspaper headlines: The ADVERTISEMENT: Says defence ADVERTISEMENT: Says defence plans

for a fourth air warfare destroyer

have been shelved as revenue is hit

by the economic downturn.

More on the plans to sue the

Commonwealth Bank. And the 'Daily Telegraph' reveals

students are being severely bullied

at the alarming rate of eight per week.

Stum to come, murder investigations

under way today in two States. We've got the details

This program is captioned live.

Making news on Ten today - police

battle another blaze sparked in

Victoria overnight. There are fears

it was lit by a copycat fire bug.

The Government refutes claims that taxes

taxes will be raised to pay taxes will be raised to pay for

the economic stimulus, but fears

remain about paid maternity leave.

The Prime Minister facing a

serious diagnosis - take control of the health system from the stais the health system from the stais if they are to be fixed.

And in sport, Tim Cahill scores a

decisive goal and dedicates it to

the Victorian bushfire victims. But

But first, the focus in Victoria

will move to the courtroom today

when a man charged over the deadly

bush fires appears. Overnight, the

State faced even more deliberately

lit blazes, and tributes have been

paid to the lives lost in the

disaster.

A week after Black Saturday,

firefighters face yet another arson

attack. Plumes of smoke bill og from

from the latest town to fall

victim - Bellgrave.

I just wonder how it could have

started? No lightning? No high

temperatures for self-combustion.

Somebody must have dropped a

cigarette butt somewhere or

deliberately lit it again. It came

as Victorians joined for a day of

prayers, healing and remembrance.

Among those grieving at Kinglake,

the man who saved the town's

weather board church. Nine hours of

fighting by 4am, we'd final lip won.

Australia and New Zealand Defence

Force members serving in East

Timor paid tribute, as did a

tearful Prime Minister. What do you

say in the midst of tragedy? You

are not alone. Joining relief and

recovery efforts, reinforcements

from across the globe. To give

support, help you guys out as much

as we can. As a daunting rebuilding

process begins, so does the search

for answers - it's this power pole

some believe sparked the fire storm

that devastated Kinglake and

Marysville. What the local CFA told

me on that Saturday with those very

high winds - one of the lines this

broken and it was whipping against

the grounds. And sparked. Law firms

are lining up to lead class action

against the power company. When you

have a tragedy, after the tragedy,

there's anger. And after the anger,

there's lawyers. The only man to be

charged over the deadly blazes

will front a Melbourne court for

the first time today.

And a national day of mourning for

the bushfire victims has been

declared for this coming Sunday. A

service will be held at 11am at Rod

Laver Arena in Melbourne. All State

Premiers and affected victims will

be invited.

The Federal Government has denied

claims taxes will be hiked up to

pay for the stimulus. The finance

minister says spending will slow,

raising concerns that paid

maternity leave could be scrapped. in the billions, As he faces a Budget deficit razor gang is sharpening his knife the head of the Government's for another round of cuts. We have a path back to surplus. increasing taxes - It doesn't involve it involves discipline. at 2% until a return to surplus. Spending increases will be capped Any new spending will be offset by other savings.

has unions and women's groups The tighter budgetary belt

maternity leave will be scrapped. fearing plans for paid

It's long overdue. and the Budget is that time. It's certainly time to deliver, No decision is expected reports this month. until the Productivity Commission to expenditure - Obviously, things that amount for the nation - particularly ongoing expenditure in the Budget context. will be dealt with The Government is doing its best to deal away speculation of an early election, dismissing talk of going to the polls as soon as September a worsening economic outlook hits. and before and three months into our term. We are literally one year is elections. The last thing I want to talk about if the stimulus tanks. A conversation to be revisited Brad Hodson, Ten News.

The Prime Minister will be advised

elements to take control of key State-run

elements of the health system.

According to the Australian, the

National Institute for Clinical

Excellence will tell Canberra today

that primary -- the National

Health and Hospitals Reform

Commission will take over from the

States as part of an overhaul. The

the establishment of mega-clinics Commission is expected to recommend

where all health services will be

in the same building. Police are investigating the

suspicious death of a man in Sydney

overnight. The body of

37-year-old was found in a house in overnight. The body of the

Amber vale. Campbelltown police set

up a crime scene and are treating the

the death as suspicious. A

postmortem examination will be carried out and a report peopleed

for the coroner.

A man is in hospital after

allegedly stabbing a man to allegedly stabbing a man to death.

The 43-year-old was reversing a

car out of a driveway when he

almost hit a group of youths at

Nambucca Heads. According to police,

the man had an altercation before

pulling out a knife. He'll be

questioned by police today when he

recovers from surgery on a hand jury.

WA police will continue WA police will continue the search

for the family of an Afghan man found murdered in Perth. The victim

was one of three Afghanis living

in a unit in the Perth suburb of

Victoria Park. He had arrived in

Australia in 2000 and has no

relatives here. Police still

haven't revealed how he died or if

a murder wefpls found.

Drivers in Queensland continue to

ignore warnings not to risk their

lives crossing swollen rivers and

creeks. Six people were rescued in

two separate incidents over the

weekend as they attempted to drive through

through a raging torrent in

Charters Towers. Two thirds of the State remains disaster State remains disaster declared and a million square kilometres and a million square kilometres is

under water with more rain expected

this week. Karumba residents have

now been cut off for five weeks.

Police believe they've caught the killer crocodile which took a 5-year-old boy in the Daintree a week ago. Jeremy Doble disappeared

while playing near a flooded board

walk with his mother. The croc walk with his mother. The croc was

caught in a floating trap about caught in a floating trap about 2km

downstream. DNA tests are being

carried out on the contents of the

crock dial's stomach.

Australia is to provide an extra is

$5 million to help Zimbabwe fight a

Stephen Smite made the pledge cholera outbreak. Foreign Minister

during a call to Morgan Tsvangirai

to congratulate him on becoming

the new Prime Minister. The funding

will go to UNICEF. $3 million will

be used for water and sanitation,

and $2 million for medicines. Mr

Smith meanwhile is due in Pakistan

today - the first visit by an Australian Foreign Minister to the

country in 11 years. Moils

Investigators probing the cause

of the plane crash in the US on

Friday have begun taking the

bodies out of the wreckage. 50

people died. It's thought a bln

had-up of ice may have contributed

and investigators say that the

airliner was pointing away from

the airport from where it was meant

to be landle

Police and demonstrators have

clashed in Turkey. There was chaos

in the street. They were marking

the 10th anniversary of the separatist

separatist rebel leader's separatist rebel leader's capture.

Police used water cannon and tear

gas to disperse the crowd before

making 86 arrests.

Hillary Clinton has left on the

first international trip as US

Secretary of State. She's headed to

Tokyo, Indonesia, China and South

Korea. Her trip comes as a crisis

brews with North Korea which is reportedly preparing to test

missile. launch the latest long range

Australia won last night's Twenty20

clash against New Zealand in a

match more likely to be remembered

for an joud field catch by Adam

Voges. The West Australian taking

a blinder on the boundary rope.

Oh, he got it! Yes, it was firm.

The catch to dismiss Brendon The catch to dismiss Brendon

McCullum helped the Aussies to

victory by just one run.

Aussie midfielder Tim Cahill has

scored the decisive goal for

Everton helping them through to the

quarterfinals of the FA Cup. He struck with 14 minutes remaining,

dedicating the strike to the

Victorian victims of the Australian bushfires.

Meanwhile in the Scottish Premier

League, Scott McDonald missed the

best chance on goal in Celtic's 0-0 draw with rangers.

Andy Murray has beaten Rafael Nadal

in the final of the Rotterdam Open

in Holland. Nadal was troubled by in Holland. Nadal was troubled

a knee injury, but still managed

to take the second set before

Murray ran away with the desighing

sed 6-0. And obviously, he hurt his

knee and you know, I didn't really

know what to do. I was obviously

happy to win but I would have

preferred it if it ep wasn't hur. preferred it if it ep wasn't hur.

The win is Murray's tenth career title.

Not a particularly good start to

the week. The Australian market is

expected to open lower. Here with

the details is Juliana Roadley from

Commsec. The good news is that the

Obama stimulus package has finally

passed. Is it going to help them? I

think it's very well rounded and I

think it will add to good sentiment

coming through in the US markets.

Tonight, the US mark hes are

closed for the President's Day holiday and back on Tuesday, and

Tuesday is D-day for the auto

showing makers. General Motors and Chrysler

showing the Government they have

been able to turn around the

business to get more cash out of

that. Now on Friday, we saw the DOW

down 82 points. The NASDAQ off by

seven points. So, what does it look

like doing for the start of our

market today? We look set to open market today? We look set to open

weaker, down around 22 weaker, down around 22 points. We finished Friday off well up around

1%. On our market today, I think

all eyes will be on the energy

sector. The oil price was up

another 10% on Friday - the $37.51

a barrel. The gold price coming off

the record highs and now down

around $942 an ounce. Base metals

Micked. Today we'll be looking at

the finance data. We saw some good

housing finance data, but I think

business lending will continue to

show some weakness. Also

Challenger, Bendigo Bank and

Adelaide Bank and Wesfarmers all

coming out with reports today.

And just quick lip on the oil price

you mentioned, we're not seeing it

at the bowelser. Why is that? Well,

Australian companies, we buy our

oil out of Asia. That means that we

buy the Singapore oil price which

is up del at $62 a barrel, and

unfortunately, the Aussie dollar is

working against us losing working against us losing more

ground during the week. Thank you

for that. Business in brief, and

top institutional investors in London have urged BHP Billiton to

Tinto. relaunch a takeover bid for Rio

Lloyds Bank has been condemned over

plans to pay over $260 million in

bonuses to senior staff. All eyes

on Wes farmer force the first half profit announcement.

And Leighton Holdings says that the

mining industry is clining, says

that that is exaggerated.

Thank you very much. You're most

welcome. A last look at the weather before we go:

Recapping today's top stories, firefighters in Victoria battle another blaze overnight that's

believed to have been deliberately lit.

The Federal Government deny that is

taxes will be there to pay for the

economic stimulus package. And the Prime Minister strongly

advised to take control of the

health system from States to be fixed.

That brings you up-to-date. See you

tomorrow morning. Join me for the

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