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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Belinda Heggen.

Welcome. Three people, including a

young child, dead, and 10 people

rushed to hospital after a bus

slides across a wet highway and

flips on its side in Victoria. High

seas drama - seriously injured

asylum seekers airlifted to the

mainland after their boat catches

fire, explodes and sinks. Darren

Lockyer on the verge of a contract extension to make him a

extension to make him a Brisbane

Bronco for the rest of his career.

In finance, our love affair with

plastic keeps on growing, making

our monthly minimum repayments

higher than ever.

But first, three people, including

a baby, are dead, after a bus

crashed in country Victoria overnight. The bus carrying 13

people hit an embankment and rolled

near Portland in the State's far

west. There were quite a number of

distressed people that were there.

And our main priority was to get

the injured to hospital, which we

did, and then we found the three

deceased. Nine others, including

the driver, were treated for minor

injuries. The coach company says

the crash was not caused by driver

error. Andrew is at the crash site

about the accident? this morning. What can you tell us

Well, as you said, it's been a

deadly night here north of Portland.

Amongst the three dead, a

2-year-old or 3-year-old child.

Police have also confirmed that a

20-year-old woman has been killed.

Tragically they believe she may be

the mother of the toddler and,

worse still, they believe also was

pregnant add the time of their

deaths. A third person died. It is

an unidentified male. It's believed

they were crushed after they were

thrown from the bus when it lost

control before 7 last night. There

are officers from the major crash

investigation unit on scene at the

moment. They are continuing to

gather evidence. At this stage, it

is that the bus lost control, went

across the medium strip, went down

an embankment, before spliping and

landing on its -- flipping and

landing on its side. Might just

explain that we're talking to

Andrew live via the Internet there.

So there is some frame storing and

a bit of delay. We'll come back

later for another update. The first

of a number of seriously injured

Darwin hospital after being asylum seekers have been taken to a

airlifted to the mainland last

night. Three people were killed and

around 30 others injured after an

explosion on their boat off

Australia's north-west coast. Doctors say the injuries are

similar to those suffered by

victims of the Bali bombings. One

has burns all over his body and the

other one about 20% or 30% of his

body. More of the injured are being

flown to Perth and some possibly to Broome. Authorities are

investigating reports one of the

asylum seekers splashed petrol on

the boat before it exploded and

sank. The drama at Ashmore has

pushed the issue of Australia's

border security back on to the political centre stage. The

Opposition blames the Government's

soft line on asylum seekers. The

Federal Opposition has gone on the

attack over the Rudd Government's

approach to border protection.

Since August last year, when

Minister Evans announced the

changed Commonwealth policy, we've

seen the people smuggling back in

business. They say the death of

three asylum seekers off the West

Australian coast is proof their

policy isn't working and more has

to be done to protect Australian

shores. I'm very concerned that we

really have since August, when

announcements were made about the

end of TPVs, the endf what we used

to call the Pacific Solution, that

a green light flashed. They say the

Opposition is trying to gain political mileage out of the

accident. The number of displaced

and distressed people in the world, particularly in Sri Lanka,

Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been

increasing quite sharply and

considerably during the last year.

And wants to see a greater

geo-political approach to people

smuggling. This is a worldwide

issue. It will not go away in the

foreseeable future. We're going to

have to continue to deal with it.

Two men have been arrested and

another remains on the run after an

armed robbery in Sydney last night.

Three men armed with shotguns burst

into the pub at Stanmore just after

11:30 and demanded money, before

locking staff in the cool room. The

police helicopter and dog jaud were

called in and two men were arrested

nearby. There's been a disturbing

development in the search for the

cause of the Marysville bushfire

which killed 38 people. Victoria

police suspect a Country Fire

Authority volunteer started the

blaze. Reports out of Melbourne

this morning indicate detectives

from Taskforce Phoenix have found

where the fire was started. A

number of people have been

interviewed, including one men man

considered to be the major suspect.

Jobie Dajka will be buried at a

service in Adelaide today. Dajka

who battled alcoholism and

depression died at home earlier

this month at the age of 27. His

family has given notice that

Australian Cycling officials will

not be welcome at the funeral. The

body of an Australian skier who

went missing during a blizzard in

Japan will be returned home today.

27-year-old Scott Mackay was last

seen leave agresort bar on the

island of Hokkaido two months ago.

His body was found in a river

yesterday just a few hundred metres

from where he was last seen.

In sport this morning, Adelaide has

lifted its indefinite ban on

disgraced All Australian AFL

defender Nathan Bock 11 days after

he was charged with assaulting his

girlfriend. The Crows have defended

the decision which has outraged

women's groups and domestic

violence campaigners. It might make

some people feel better if we burn

him at the stake. That's some of

the feedback that's going to be

received. And, again, I understand

that because of the nature of what

we're talking about. Adelaide plays Geelong tomorrow night. Great news

for the Broncos. Darren Lockyer is

hoping to match newly resigned

Titan Scott Prince and extend his

contract so he can continue playing

in the NRL until he's 34.

at today's training session, His signature was flowing freely on a new deal with the Broncos, but Darren Lockyer is yet to put ink a little help from Scott Prince. something he hopes to resolve with Princey got five years, yeah. so I guess that sets a precedent. That takes him till he's 34, to coming to terms with Brisbane It is believed Lockyer is close on a 2-year contract extension.

however, The skipper's immediate concern, on the field. is lifting his performance defensively Just a few errors in my game and with the footy, so I want to cut those out. against the Panthers He'll get that chance Petero Civoniceva tomorrow night, and former team-mate he'd rather sidestep. a confrontation run into Petero too many times. Look, I hope I don't have to It'll be good. some acquaintances tomorrow night. I'm sure they'll renew The Sharks are taking a home game to Adelaide this weekend, and have their own fears when it comes to the Cowboys. With Johnathan Thurston and Matty Bowen there they can be rocks or diamonds. And if you get them when they're diamonds, you've got a tough game. JT worries me, because I think he's about to burst. Scott Mackinnon, Ten News.

Aussie cyclist Robbie McEwen is

adamant a nasty race fall which has lifted him battered and bruised

will not hinder his plans for this year's Tour de France. McEwen was

part of this crash in Belgium. He's

been cleared of any serious injury been cleared of any serious injury but did suffer concussion and

feared he had broken a few ribs.

Pretty smashed up. But considering

how hard I hit the ground, I'm

really pretty good. Didn't break

anything. I'm pretty sore all over

and real stiff. All the bruising is

starting to come out. Seeing how

the crash was, I'm pretty lucky,

really, that I came out of it like

I have. He says he'll be fit to

ride in the Tour of Italy on May 9.

On to business news now with

Belinda. It seems our credit cards

in a business sense are also

doubling up as flotation devices?

They're keeping the economy afloat.

We now owe a record $45.5 billion

on our cards. After paying cash

with the Government's bonus in

January, we broke out in February

and spent more than $17 billion on

credit. The feeling is people are

perhaps more confident about their

jobs again, so are more happy to

rack up credit debt. Most countries

would love to see a growth rate of

6% at the moment but the Chinese

Government is a little harder to

please. The world's biggest economy

has just gone through its slowest

period in more than a decade

because of the financial crisis.

They were hoping for about 8%, but

the economy did not respond to the

Government's $805 billion stimulus.

The Chinese Government is still

hospital mystic and reportedly

considering a second spending boost.

US stocks have jumped on better

expected profit results from

JPMorgan Chase, offering more good news hopefully.

Checking the papers today. The

'Australian' says Treasurer Wayne

Swan has warned of a horror budget.

The slump has caused double digit

increases in professional insurance

costs for the construction and

finance industries. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' says NSW MP Joe

Tripodi has been accused of

misusing his parliamentary

allowances. Five former Babcock and

Brown executives are trying to gain

control of the investment bank's

capital arm. And just ahead, we'll

cross back live to Victoria, where

survivors from an horrific bus

crash overnight have been taken to

hospital. And Sydney ATM customers

watch out. The skimmers have

arrived. Details next.

go as far to say one of THE LAST OF THE TOP THREE, BEN. LAST NIGHT I KNOW I TRIED MY did a good

An explosion sinks an asylum seeker

boat, three dead, two missing and

Australia's border security blasted

right back on to centre stage. A

highway disaster. A deadly bus

crash claims the lives of three

people, including a young child. 10

others rushed to hospital. In

London, one small step for Jackman,

one giant leap for Wolverine. The

first of a number of seriously

injured asylum seekers have been

taken to a Darwin hospital after

being airlifted to the mainland

overnight. Three people were killed

and around 30 injured after their

boat caught fire and sank off

Australia's north-west coast. It

was carrying more than 45 asylum

seekers, intercepted by border

control. Authorities are

investigating reports one of the

asylum seekers splashed petrol on

the boat before it exploded. The

Opposition has launched an attack

on the Rudd Government's approach

to border prebz following the

deaths of the asylum seekers. The

Opposition says the Government has

gone soft on immigration and

encourages people smugglers. Since

August last year, when Minister

Evans, announced the changed

Commonwealth policy, we've seen the

people smuggling back in business.

The Government accuse accuseathise

Opposition of trying to -- accuses

the Opposition of trying to score

political point. A child and two

others are dead. 10 others on board

the bus, including the driver were

injured. The bus sprawled across

the Princess Highway after rolling

near Portland. The coach was

carrying 13 people and headed to Mount Gambia in South Australia

when it crashed. When we arrived at

the scene, there were quite a

number of distressed people that

were there. Our main priority was

to get the injured to hospital,

which we did, and found the three

deceased. The bodies of two adults

and a child were trapped under the

bus. The other passengers and

driver suffered minor injuries. The

passengers on the bus are assisting

police. We're trying to work out

what occurred. Police at the scene

shocked by what they saw. It's a

great tragedy. This is probably any

police member's worst nightmare, actually. Major collision police will travel to the location from

Melbourne to investigate what

caused the crash. The driver is in

shock and won't be interviewed

until later today. Melbourne police

overnight charged a man with a hit

and run which left an elderly woman

fighting for her life in hospital.

69-year-old Joan Stafford was run down by a motorbike while crossing

the road on Easter Sunday. A

24-year-old man has been charged

with failing to stop at an accident

and causing serious injury. The

victim remains in critical

condition. Police have urpbled bank

customers in Sydney to check their

-- urged bank customers in Sydney

to check their balances after the

skimmer scam widens to involve NSW.

Devices were first dised on ATMs in

Melbourne. More were found in

Western Australia and now in Sydney. A gang of

A gang of Romanian criminals is

thought to be behind the scam. It

was an international transaction I

got charged for that. And then ROM

$1,000. I looked it up and they

were Romanian dollars. More than a

million dollars has been stolen.

The story about Hugh Jackman, just

because Belinda thinks we should

run one every morning. He's taken a

break from the Wolverine publicity

trail to jump off a building. He

performed the 30-metre absail for

Help for Heroes. It was an impressive performance, Belinda.

The Navy Royal Marines are the

elite. They're the real every day

super heroes. To go down with them,

there's no way you can ever feel

like a star when you're next to

those guys. There she goes swooning.

Wolverine opens here on April 29.

Broncos captain Darren Lockyer is

looking to match Scott Prince and

play in the NRL until he's 34. The

five-eighth is currently

negotiating a 2-year contract

extension with the club and is

hoping the Titans's new deal with

Prince works in his favour. Princey

got five years. It takes him until

he's 34. I guess that sets a

precedent. The Broncos take on the

Panthers in Penrith tonight.

Adelaide has lifted it indefinite

ban on disgraced All Australian AFL

defender Nathan Bock. The move

comes just 11 days after he was

charged with assaulting his girlfriend. It might just be the shortest indefinite suspension in sporting history - Nathan Bock recalled to the Crows' team having served just a one-match penance after he was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. He has a genuine desire for it not to happen again, and it's best for him to be normal, in a normal routine. It's a decision that has outraged both women's groups and domestic violence campaigners. There'll be plenty of people out there who'll say, "You're joking - it's simply not enough." And I understand that, but in the end we have to make a call that's been tipped slightly in favour, if you like, understanding our commitment to sending messages versus rehabilitating a human being to make sure that he's right.

Anthony Rocca comes into the Collingwood side for its clash with Brisbane tonight. It's a major boost for the Magpies,

after the club lost both skipper Nick Maxwell and defender Heath Shaw to suspension. We've resisted playing him for three weeks.

He's been fit and available for those last couple of weeks, but we really wanted to wait until he was Cherry Ripe to play,

and he's jumping out of his skin and ready to go. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

You OK? Have you recovered? It's

hard to concentrate after that but

I will. More finance now. Thank you,

Ron. Wall Street's been recharged

overnight, thanks to some strong

profit results. Joining us live now

is Alexis Christoforous live from

New York. The markets gained in

late trade. The Nasdaq is nearing a

5-month high who. Have been the

real winners? That's right. We can

thank technology stocks, in

particular for today's late day

rally. Bank shares also climbed

today on some better than expected

earnings overover at JPMorgan Chase.

That bank's CEO says the company is

ready to pay back the $25 billion

in bailout money it received from

the Government. More on that tech

rally. Hewlett Packard stock rose

to a 2-month high after it took the

nation's top state in that

department. Some encouraging signs

of life in pockets of the economy.

That's good. Also there have been

finally some signs of life in the

real estate market there? Yes.

Slowly but surely. Overall, the

report was somewhat discouraging.

Home construction last month

plunged to the second lowest level

on record for closure filings were

up 24% in the first quarter. If you

dig deeper, single family

construction was flat in March.

It's a development that could be

viewed as an encouraging sign that

this key part of home building may

have started to stabilise at a very

low level. Always good to talk to you. Thank you.

More on this morning's two big

stories. The deaths of the asylum

seekers and the terrible bus crash

in Victoria after the break. The

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Top stories on the Morning News.

Three people dead and 10 people

rushed to hospital after a serious

bus crash in Victoria. High seas

drama kaegs seriously injured

asylum seekers airlifted to the

mainland after their boat catches

fire, explodes and sinks. Lockyer

on the verge of a contract

extension to make him a Brisbane

Bronco for life. Our lfrb affair

with plastic keeps on -- love

affair with plastic keeps on growing.

Three people including a baby are

dead after a passenger bus crashed

in country Victoria overnight. The

bus was carrying 13 people. It

crashed and rolled near Portland in

the State's far west. When we

arrived at the scene, there were

quite a number of distressed people

that were there. And our main

priority was to get the injured to

hospital, which we did, and then we

found the three deceased. Nine

others including the driver were

treated for minor injuries. The

coach company says the crash was

not caused by driver error. Andrew

Leahy is at the scene. What's the

latest information you have for us?

Well, the crash unit investigators

are continuing their work here at

the scene. The tragically this

accident has claimed the life of a

young child, believed to be just

two or 3 years old. A pregnant

20-year-old woman was also killed

and police believe she may actually

be the mother of the toddler and

another person has died, yet to be

identified male. As for the other

passengers, well, a man was

airlifted to Melbourne with spinal

injuries. There were eight other

passengers who were taken and

treated locally. Most of them for

minor injuries. As for the bus

driver, he too only received minor

injuries. He was treated for

bruising to the ribs and minor

abrasions. Investigators are yet to

speak to him. Now, at this early

stage, they don't believe any other

vehicles were involved in this

accident. It seems that the bus

lost control, crossed across

lost control, crossed across the

medium strip, and nosedived down an

embankment before flipping.

Certainly police are keen to speak

to the driver and his testimony

will probably prove crucial to

finding out exactly how this

terrible accident happened. Ron?

The first of a number of seriously

injured asylum seekers have been

taken to a Darwin hospital after

being airlifted to the mainland

overnight. Three people were killed

and around 30 others injured after

an explosion on their boat off

Australia's north-west coastline.

Doctors say the injuries are

similar to those suffered to people

from the Bali bombings. One has

burns all over his body. The other

one about 20 to 30% all over his

body. Authorities are investigating reports one of the asylum seekers

splashed petrol on the boat before

it exploded. Now for the latest,

we're going to Rob live in Darwin.

Those first two patients arrived in

the early hours of this morning.

What's their condition? Just after

midnight, two of the injured

arrived in the airbase in Western

Australia, here at Royal Darwin

Hospital. One of the men in his 30s,

an Afghan asylum seeker, is in a

critical condition. He has suffered

burns to most of his body and

suffered from head trauma. The

other man, also in his 30s, is in a

stable condition. He's got broken

bones and suffering from burns. The

pair were on the first of three

flights to come in to Darwin last

night. I understand that three

flights also headed south from

Truscott to Royal Perth Hospital.

Talking to the head of the hospital

here at Darwin, he's seen the

injuries and likened them to those

suffered by the victims of the Bali

bombing. We could see up to about

20 patients. We had prepared for up

to 45, possibly 50. But at this

stage sharing with WA, we are

likely to see up to 20 patients.

Rob, your boots are on the ground

for us in Darwin, what are you

hearing about the investigation

into the explosion on the boat?

Well, it's early days for the

investigation. There's talk already

of sabotage. We expect that the

Northern Territory acting police commissioner will hold a press

conference this morning. We'll be

in attendance there. Perhaps he can

shed some light. But the Northern

Territory Coroner at the end of the

day will also be investigating the

cause of these deaths. As we know,

coronial inquests can take some

time. In terms of what happens

today in Darwin, well, over the

next 12-18 hours, there will be a

steady flow of injured coming here.

15 to 20 injured are expected to

arrive in Darwin. About 20 to 28 in

Perth. And in just under an hour,

Darwin's emergency operations

centre kicks off with a morning

briefing of all agencies. But

certainly it's all hands on deck.

Definitely the case at Royal Darwin

Hospital at the moment. Medical

staff called in, elective surgery

has been cancelled and beds have

been cleared to make way for this

influx of injured asylum seekers.

We'll be providing updates

throughout the day. Good on you,

Rob. The drama at Ashmore Reef has

pushed the issue of Australia's

border security back on to the political stage. The Opposition

blames the Government's softline on

asylum seekers. The Federal

Opposition has gone on the attack over the Rudd Government's approach over the Rudd Government's appr over the Rudd Government's approach

to border protection. Since August

last year, when Minister Evans

announced the changed Commonwealth

policy, we've seen the people

smuggling back in business. They

say the death of three asylum

seekers off the West Australian

coast is proof their policy isn't

working, and more has to be done to

protect Australian shores. I'm very

concerned that we really have, since

since August, when announcements

were made about the end of TPVs,

the end of what we used to call the

Pacific Solution, that a green

light flashed. The Home Affairs

Minister is saying the Opposition

is trying to gain political mileage

out of the incident. The numbers of

displaced and distressed people in

the world, particularly in places

like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and

Pakistan, has been increasing quite

sharply and considerably during the

last year. And wants to see a

greater geo-political approach to

people smuggling. This is a

worldwide issue. It will not go

away in the foreseeable future.

We're going to have to continue to

deal with it. Two men have been

arrested and another remains on the

run after an armed robbery in

Sydney last night. Three men armed

with shotguns burst into the pub at

Stanmore just after 11:30 and

demanded money, before locking

staff in the cool room. The police

helicopter and dog squad were

called in and two men were arrested

nearby. There's been a disturbing

development in the search for the

what caused the Marysville bushfire which

which killed 38 people. Victoria

police expect a CFA volunteer

started the blaze. Reports out of

Melbourne this morning indicate

detectives from Taskforce Phoenix

have found where the fire was

started. They've interviewed a

number of people, including one man

considered to be the major suspect.

Former world cycling champion Jobie

Dajka will be buried today. He suffered alcoholism and depression and died at home

and died at home earlier this month

at the age of 27. His family has

given notice Australian Cycling

officials will not be welcome at

the funeral. The body of an

Australian skier who went missing

during a blizzard in Japan will be

returned home today. Scott Mackay

was last seen leave agresort bar on

the island of Hokkaido two months

ago. His body was found in a river

yesterday a few hundred metres from

where he was last seen. The British

Government is considering paying

motorists up to $10,000 to buy a

green electric car.Ane an important lesson for the Australian

Government, the real lesson is

developing the industry and

infrastructure. Starting a car race

but is Britain already slipping

behind? It's a revolution. And we

in Britain need to lead this green

motoring revolution. But his motor

gets its innovative electrics from

Germany. It's not even on sale in

the UK and where he is, it's at

least 50 miles to the nearest

public plugging point. There are

only two in all of Scotland despite

his bravado, Britain is playing

catch-up in the low carbon car race.

Unless something is done to tackle

that, it could be be forum forms

and overseas -- foreign firms and

overseas workers that benefit most.

What's necessary is to accelerate

the availability of

Government-funded support to start

research again. And to bring

forward the clarity of what the

consumer benefits will be.

Britain's had a long love affair

with conventional motoring and even

with a cash incentive, Lord

buy you love. mandalson may yet find money can't

Adelaide has lifted its indefinite

ban on disgraced All Australian AFL

defender Nathan Bock 11 days after

he was charged with assaulting his

girlfriend. The Crows have defended

the decision which has outraged

women's groups and domestic viepbs

campaigners. It might make some

people feel better if we burn him

at the stake. That's some of the

feedback that will be received. And,

again, I understand that because of

the nature of what we're talking

about. Adelaide plays Geelong

tomorrow night. Great news for the

Broncos. Skipper Darren Lockyer is

hoping to join Scott Prince and

extend his contract so he can

continue playing in the NRL until he's 34. His signature was flowing freely at today's training session, but Darren Lockyer is yet to put ink on a new deal with the Broncos, something he hopes to resolve with a little help from Scott Prince. Princey got five years, yeah. That takes him till he's 34, so I guess that sets a precedent. It is believed Lockyer is close to coming to terms with Brisbane on a 2-year contract extension. The skipper's immediate concern, however, is lifting his performance on the field. Just a few errors in my game defensively and with the footy, so I want to cut those out. against the Panthers He'll get that chance Petero Civoniceva tomorrow night, and former team-mate he'd rather sidestep. a confrontation run into Petero too many times. Look, I hope I don't have to It'll be good. some acquaintances tomorrow night. I'm sure they'll renew

to Adelaide this weekend, The Sharks are taking a home game when it comes to the Cowboys. and have their own fears and Matty Bowen there With Johnathan Thurston they can be rocks or diamonds. when they're diamonds, And if you get them you've got a tough game. JT worries me, because I think he's about to burst. Aussie cyclist Robbie McEwen is adamant a nasty

adamant a nasty race fall which has

left him battered and bruised will

not hinder his plans for this

year's Tour de France. McEwen was

part of this crash in Belgium. He's

been cleared of serious injury but

did suffer concussion and feared he

had broken a few ribs. Pretty

smashed up but considering how hard

I hit the ground, I'm really pretty

good. I didn't break anything. I'm

pretty sore all over and real stiff.

All the bruising's starting to come

out. But seeing how the crash was,

I'm pretty lucky, really, that I

came out of it like I have. He says he'll

he'll be fit to ride on the Tour of

Italy on May 9. More business news

with Belinda. Credit cards to the

rescue? A case of plastic fantastic

at the moment. According to latest

figures, we now owe a record

figures, we now owe a record $45.5

billion on our cards. After paying

cash with the Government's bonus in

January, we broke out in February

and spent more than $17 billion on

credit. The feeling is people are

perhaps more confident about their

jobs again so are more happy to

rack up credit card. Most countries

would love to see a growth rate of

6% at the moment but the Chinese

Government is a little harder to

please. The world's biggest economy

has just gone through its slowest

period in more than a decade

because of the financial crisis.

They were hoping for about 8% but

the economy didn't respond to the

Government's $805 billion stimulus.

The Chinese Government is still

optimistic and reportedly

considering a second spending boost.

Wall Street's been recharged on

better than expected profits from

JPMorgan Chase and tech stocks.

Briefly in other business news this morning:

Checking the news websites from

around the world. The Wall Street

reports gun owners in the US are

buying semiautomatic rifles has an

investment, in anticipation of a

ban on them. The country's navy

plans to develop a new generation

of warships and aircraft to upgrade maritime security.

maritime security. And the only man

arrested for the Mumbai terror

attacks may end up being charged

with 100 66 counts of murder. After

the break, there are some women who

would like to see Hugh Jackman

doing just about anything. Justing

off a building, can it be true? Why

did he do it? Next.

NELSON... GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA FOR THE A-C-T HAVE BEEN FIRST, SOCIAL HOUSING PLANS DISCUSSED WITH LOCALS. HARGREAVES, HOSTED AN HOUSING MINISTER JOHN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S INFORMATION SESSION, ON THE HOUSING STIMULUS FUNDING. MILLION DOLLARS IS TO BE MORE THAN A HUNDRED AND TWO PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S SPENT IN THE CAPITAL, AS PACKAGE ... PROVIDING CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED PUBLIC HOUSING HOMES. THE MINISTER SAYS, THE MEETING GIVES STAKEHOLDERS,

THE CHANCE TO DISCUSS PLANS, TO DEVELOP AND CONSTRUCT THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS. ACTEW, HAS REPORTEDLY BOUGHT LAND AT

WILLIAMSDALE, TO BUILD THE PROPOSED SOLAR POWER PLANT. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT, IS OFFERING A 30 MILLION DOLLAR SUBSIDY OF THE PROJECT, AND SAYS, IT WILL BE CALLING FOR TENDERS NEXT MONTH. ACTEW, HAS ALREADY SIGNALLED INTEREST, IN AND IS LIKELY TO BID FOR BUILDING THE POWER PLANT, TENDER PROCESS BEGINS. THE PROJECT, WHEN THE

HAVE THE POTENTIAL, TO THE PROPOSED PLANT, WILL HOMES ACROSS THE TERRITORY. POWER UP TO TEN THOUSAND UNTIL THE 30TH OF JUNE, TO MEANWHILE, CANBERRANS HAVE GOVERNMENT, SOLAR ENERGY CASH IN, ON FEDERAL REBATES. RECEIVE UP TO EIGHT PEOPLE IN THE A-C-T, CAN THEY INSTALL SOLAR POWER TO THOUSAND DOLLARS BACK, IF BEFORE THE END OF THE SOLAR POWER TO THEIR HOMES, FINANCIAL YEAR.

SESSIONS, ARE BEING HELD IN SOLAR POWER INFORMATION BELCONNEN AND CONDER THIS SUNDAY... GIVING US THE

QUESTIONS, ABOUT MAKING THE SWITCH TO GREENER ENERGY. ENERGY. A 34 YEAR OLD WOMAN, WILL FACE COURT IN CANBERRA FOR FAILING TO MAKE HER THREE KIDS, GO TO SCHOOL. SCHOOL. IT'S PART OF A NATIONAL TRUANCY CRACK DOWN, SET OUT EARLIER THIS YEAR. INVESTIGATIONS FOUND, THE THREE KIDS AGED SIX, SEVEN, AND 11, HAD GONE TO SCHOOL, LESS THAN A QUARTER OF THE TIME, THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO LAST TERM. ILLEGAL TRAIL BIKE RIDERS, ARE GOING TO BE TARGETED IN TARGETED IN NATIONAL PARKS RIDERS, ARE GOING TO BE NEXT 12 MONTHS. ACROSS THE REGION, OVER THE PARK, IS ONE OF THOSE, THAT THE KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL WILDLIFE AUTHORITY SAYS, THE STATE PARKS AND WILL BE UNDER ITS RADAR. WORKING WITH POLICE THE SERVICE, WILL BE

THROUGH NATIONAL PARKS, TO OFFICERS ON BIKES, TO SWEEP TRAILS ILLEGALLY. CATCH RIDERS WHO ARE ON SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND THE TIME FOR A QUICK LOOK AT TRAINED, "TAKEOVER TARGET", JOCKEY, OF QUEANBEYAN RIDING THIS WEEKEND. HAS BEEN DUMPED, FROM (JENNY-AK) JANIAK, DUMPED THE HORSE'S TRAINER, JOE JAY FORD, FOR THIS SATURDAY'S RACE AT RANDWICK... INSTEAD, CHOOSING NASH RAWILLER, TO RIDE THE ACCLAIMED THROROUGHBRED. THE TRAINER REPORTEDLY DUMPED FORD, BECAUSE OF A WEIGHT ISSUE, HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND... DESPITE FORD, RIDING "TAKE OVER TARGET" TO 19 WINS, FROM 36 STARTS TOGETHER. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... FINE CONDITIONS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS - AS A HIGH

NEAR SOUTH AUSTRALIA STRENGTHENS AND MOVES

SOUTH, AS A LOW DEVELOPS OFF THE EAST COAST. COAST. LOW DEVELOPS OFF THE EAST FINE AND SUNNY IN CANBERRA LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - A SHOWER OR TWO FOR - MOSTLY SUNNY IN SYDNEY - IN HOBART MELBOURNE - AND MAINLY FINE ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH CHECKING WHAT TO EXPECT FOR DUBBO - 17 THE TOP FOR WALES - MOSTLY SUNNY AND 22

DUBBO - 17 THE TOP FOR MOSTLY SUNNY AND 22 FOR BEGA ORANGE - 24 DEGREES FOR

EXPECTED TOP OF 22 FOR MOSTLY SUNNY WITH AN FROST, THEN A SUNNY DAY FOR TOP OF 22 FOR BATHURST - PERISHER LATE THUNDER FOR MUDGEE 24 DEGREES THE TOP - SUNNY AND SUNNY AND 21 AFTER MORNING FROST FOR COOMA LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT FEW DAYS - TOMORROW - SHOULD BE FINE AND SUNNY - 22 THE TOP SUNDAY - WILL BE MOSTLY SUNNY - AGAIN HEADING FOR 22

AND WE'LL HAVE A FEW CLOUDS ABOUT ON MONDAY - WITH A TOP OF 19

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Headlines on the quarter hour. A

disaster, deadly bus crash claims

the lives of three people including

a baby. 10 others rushed to

hospital. An explosion sinks an

asylum seeker boat. Australia's

border security blasted right back

on to centre stage. In London, one

small step for Jackman, one giant

leap for Wolverine. Yeah!! The

first of a number of seriously

injured asylum seekers have been

taken to a Darwin hospital after

being airlifted to the mainland

overnight. Three people were killed

and around 30 injured after their

boat caught fire and sank off

Australia's north-west coast. It

was carrying more than 45 asylum

seekers intercepted by border control. Authorities are

investigating reports one of the

asylum seekers splashed petrol on

the boat before it exploded. For

the latest, let's go back to Rob in

Darwin. What's the condition of

those first patients to arrive in

Darwin? The first two patients to

arrive after midnight, both in a

serious condition. One stable, with

burns and broken bones. The other

in a critical condition, he's on

life support. He's suffered burns

to most of his body and also head

trauma. The real enemy here are the

burns. It's estimated that almost

half of those injured may have

suffered burns of up to 8% to 100%

of -- 80% to 100% of their buddies.

It's been confirmed petrol was

splashed about the boat by one of

the asylum seekers. Is anyone

prepared to say they put a match

to it as well? No. Colin Barnett

indicated his information

ultimately came from Northern

Command. Perhaps the authorities

are thinking this but nobody's

quite prepared to go on the record

yet, probably because of the

history surrounding 'children

overboard'. People want to be sure

of their facts. No doubt petrol was

involved. Whether it was a

deliberate act or not is yet to be

determined. I can tell you this, I

was talking to my sources within WA

police yesterday, and they say it's

just a matter of time before this

becomes a homicide investigation.

Ron? Thank you very much for that

report, Rob. The Opposition has

launched an attack on the Rudd

Government's approach to border

protection. The Opposition says the

Government has gone soft on

immigration and encourages people

smugglers. Since August last year,

when Minister Evans announced the

changed Commonwealth policy, we've

seen the people smuggling back in

business. The Government accuses

the Opposition of merely trying to

score political points over the

incident. A child and two adults

are dead after a bus crashed in

country Victoria overnight. 10

others on board, including the bus

driver, were injured. The bus

sprawled across the Princess

Highway after rolling near Portland

in Victoria's far west. The coach

was carrying 13 people, and headed to

to Mt Gambia in South Australia

when it crashed. When we arrived at

the scene, there were quite a

number of distressed people that

were there. And our main priority

was to get the injured to hospital,

which we did, and then we found the

three deceased. The bodies of two

adults and a child were trapped

under the bus. The other passengers

and driver suffering minor injuries.

The passengers on the bus are

The passengers on the bus are

assisting police. We're trying to

work out exactly what occurred.

Police at the scene shocked by what

they saw. It's a great tragedy.

This is probably any police

member's worst nightmare, actually.

Major collision police will travel

to the location from Melbourne to

investigate what caused the crash.

The driver is in shock and won't be interviewed until later today. Melbourne police

Melbourne police overnight charged

a man over a hit and run which left

an elderly woman fighting for her

life in hospital. Joan Stafford was

run down by a motorbike while

crossing the road on Easter Sunday.

A 24-year-old man has been charged

with failing to stop at an accident

and causing serious injury. The

victim remains in critical

condition. Queensland police are

investigating two separate fires in

Brisbane overnight. A fire broke

Brisbane overnight. A fire broke

out in a block of shops shortly

after 9 o'clock. The blaze damaged

four businesses. No-one was injured.

Minutes later a house was gutted by

fire. Lucky nobody was at home at

the time of the blaze. Police have

urged bank customers in Sydney to

check their balances as the growing

ATM skimming scheme widems to

involve NSW. Devices were first

discovered on ATMs in

discovered on ATMs in Melbourne

several weeks ago. More were found

in Western Australia and now

they're in Sydney. A group of

Romanian criminals is thought to be

behind the scam. It had there was

an international transaction, I got

charged for that. And it had

ROM1,000. I looked it up and they

were Romanian dollars. So far more

than a million dollars has been

stolen. Our State leaders haven't been

been able to agree on national laws

to control bikie gangs. They met to

try to get agreement on national

anti-gang laws but Victoria

resisted. Other jurisdictions,

including NSW, need to look at the

suite of legislation we have in

Victoria. We have serious

legislation. They did agree to

share phone tap intelligence and

push for tougher interrogation

powers. Ross Garnaut says the

Federal Government should dump its

planned emission trading scheme.

The Government's climate change

advisor wants the Senate to make

substantial changes. He told a

Senate committee the scheme needed

to be less generous to big business

skpu low for deeper greenhouse cuts

and more research. Hugh Jackman -

listen up, Belinda - hawse gone to

great heights to help a British --

has gone to great heights to help a

British charity in London. On scene,

as Wolverine, there's very little

Hugh Jackman can't do. But all that

action wasn't enough for the Aussie

star. He's been looking for a real

life adrenalin rush. Enough red

carpets. Enough photos and a hotel

room. We're going to bring some

awareness to this great charity and

go down with these fine lads down the side of

the side of the building. Jackman

strapped in and absailed off.

Yeah!!! He made the 30-metre drop

in record time. That would be the

way to go to work every morning.

Particularly his line of work.

Wolverine wouldn't have done it

without a rope. He would have

landed on the bottom. Cracked

landed on the bottom. Cracked his

head and moved on. The stunt wasn't

to pull publicity for his movie,

but to raise money for a cause

close to his heart. Help The Heroes

a charity for wounded UK soldiers.

When I was growing up, the royal

marines are the elite. They're the

real life super heroes. There's no

way you can ever feel like a star

when you're next to those guys.

Broncos

captain Darren Lockyer is looking

to match neighbouring captain Scott

Prince and play in the NRL until

he's 34. The five-eighth is

currently negotiating a 2-year

contract extension with the club

and is hoping the Titans deal with

Prince works to his favour. Princey

got five years, yeah.

got five years, yeah. It takes him

until he's 34. I guess that sets a

precedent. What an old man. The

Broncos take on the Panthers

tonight. Adelaide has lifted its

indefinite ban on Nathan Bock. The

move comes just 11 days after he

was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. It might just be the shortest indefinite suspension in sporting history - Nathan Bock recalled to the Crows' team

having served just a one-match penance after he was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. He has a genuine desire for it not to happen again, and it's best for him to be normal, in a normal routine. It's a decision that has outraged both women's groups and domestic violence campaigners. out there who'll say, "You're joking - it's simply not enough." And I understand that, but in the end we have to make a call that's been tipped slightly in favour, if you like,

understanding our commitment to sending messages versus rehabilitating a human being to make sure that he's right. Anthony Rocca comes into the Collingwood side for its clash with Brisbane tonight. It's a major boost for the Magpies, after the club lost both skipper Nick Maxwell and defender Heath Shaw to suspension. We've resisted playing him for three weeks. He's been fit and available for those last couple of weeks, but we really wanted to wait until he was Cherry Ripe to play,

and he's jumping out of his skin and ready to go. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

Weather and conditions permitting,

surfing Rip Curl Pro title at Bells

Beach should be decided this

afternoon. Joel Parkinson is well

in contention. Just basically keep

it simple. Stay relaxed and me and the

the ocean and two waves. The world

number one mastering the 2-metre

swells to cruise in to the quarter

fines, along with Mick Fanning. Better than expected sprauft

results from some of the big --

profit resulting from some of the big

big groups. Once again, finding the

silver lining, pushing aside bad

perm it numbers for housing and

housing start numbers for the month

of March. They're looking at the

good result coming through from

JPMorgan which is now the largest

bank in the US. Also a bit of a

rally going on in the tech stocks,

ahead of the announcement coming

from Google. Their

from Google. Their profit was up by

8%, amid a very, very hard

environment for ad sales at the

moment. That's a great sign in the

US. The Dow was up by 95 points and

the Nasdaq up by 45 points. Will

that flow on to our market today?

We had lower base metal prices. The

gold price up by $13. The oil price

up a little bit. Yesterday, we had

a stellar run. We're going to

a stellar run. We're going to

continue on that way today because

of the rally in the US. Our markets

set to open up fribs points higher.

We will break through that key

barrier today of 3,800 points. Good

news. Thank you. Briefly:

Ron, that's the morning in finance.

I'm putting in a request to

I'm putting in a request to present

all Hugh Jackman stories from now

on. If I read the weather really

fast, we might have a chance to

slip in a bit more. A bit

A bit of a tease. Recapping the top

stories. A highway disaster, a

deadly bus crash claims the lives

of three people, including a baby.

10 others are rushed to hospital.

An explosion sinks an asylum seeker

boat. Three dead and two missing.

Australia's border security blasted

right back on to centre stage. In

London, one small step for Jackman, one giant leap

one giant leap for Wolverine.

That's Ten's Early News for now.

The Morning News add 11am and a

wrap up of the day's events at 5

o'clock. The Early News back at 6am

on Monday. I'm Belinda Heggen. Good morning.

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