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Good morning. I'm Ron Wilson. And

I'm Frank Colletta. Welcome to I'm Frank Colletta. Welcome to

Ten's Early News. This morning's

top stories - a terrible weekend on

the nation's roads. Another

multiple fatal in Victoria less

than a day after two teenage

joyriders were killed in

Queensland. Queensland.

And the Gold Logie... goes to!

Television's night of nights

becomes a real family atear. becomes a real family atear.

Not even a century to Shane Watson

can save Australia from a seven

wicket thrashing from Pakistan in

the one day match in Abu Dhabi.

And in business today, hopeful news

from the boss of Westfield. Frank

Lowy says light at the end of the

tunnel is the recovery, not a train

coming the other way:

Heading the news this morning - a 12-year-old girl has been orphaned

in a shocking head on on car

accident in Victoria's north-east

that claimed the lives of her that claimed the lives of her

parents and aunt. Police believe a

grey Sedan tried to overtake a

number of cars but hit the family's

red sedan head-on, flipping it on to

the roof and setting fire to the

engine as it skidded off the road.

We would have to say that speed is

probably the cause of the accident

at this stage. Four people were

airlifted to Melbourne in a serious condition. Meanwhile, a Queensland

community is mourning the deaths of

two teenagers after another

terrible road accident near

Toowoomba. Police believe the car Toowoomba. Police believe the car

was overloaded and at least one boy

was in the boot. Four other

teenagers are in critical condition.

More cases of swine flu are

appearing around the world, but we

might have missed a full blown

pandemic. Health authorities here

and abroad remain on high alert in

case a more virulent strain emerges.

Airline passengers around the world

are being screened at health

authorities try to stop it

spreading. One passenger arriving

in Sydney from the US and ten

others sitting near him were

quarantineed this morning before

the case was found to be sees onal

flu. We advised them not to go out.

We advised them to stay at home

and stay away from people until we

could confirm. But as I said, we

were able to get back to them

within three hours and tell them

that they could go about their

normal duties. The World Health

Organisation now says there's no

evidence of sustained spread of the

jier us outside of North America.

Officials believe that the worst is

over and sustaining the virus. Back

home, the Government has denied

that nearly two million doses of

anti-viral drugs are out of date.

In fact, we replaced 1.6 million

courses of those drugs and

replaced those that have expired.

We are in the process of replacing

1.9 million. 76 people are still

being checked in Australia, which

so far remains free of swine flu. so far remains free of swine flu.

The Federal Government's commitment The Federal Government's commitment

to cutting taxes could go by the

wayside in next week's Budget. The

Treasurer has refused to rule out

taking tax breaks off the table

because of the steep global

downturn. There's no doubt that

there is a substantial hit to

revenue, and what that means in

terms of the Commonwealth Budget

are some very, very hard choices. are some very, very hard choices.

High income choice earners are

expected to be slugged. Tax hikes on

tobacco products are being considered.

Firefighters who lost their lives

in Victorian bushfires are being honoured. Arthurs Creek Joe Shepherd died from horrific burns

he received on Black Saturday.

He's been added to the honour role

of 65 country firefighters killed

saving lives and property. Joe

Shepherd. Canberra firefighter

David Balfur was also remembered at

the service.

Youthful Essence campaign, James

Nitties has been a - Euthanasia X

Dr Nitschke have been let into the

UK. We've had our luggage gone

through and been interviewed at

length, and finally the decision

was made and we're very grateful

and glad that common sense seems to

have prevailed. He was warned that

his work shops could breach British law.

The wife of Italian Prime Minister

Silvio Berlusconi has filed for

divorce. Former actress and his

second wife, Veronica Lario, has

accused the PM of flirting with

younger women. She's confirmed younger women. She's confirmed

she's hired a lawyer to launch

divorce proceedings against the billionaire. The couple were

married for 19 years and have three

children together.

TV land's gold and silver statuet

were landed out with Rebecca Gibney

claiming the Gold Logie. Network claiming the Gold Logie. Network

Ten's 'So You Think You Can Dance'

was voted as Best Reality Show.

And 'Bondi Rescue' and Rove McManus

with two more for most popular

presenter. For the producers and presenter. For the producers and

writers, this means a lot. Thank

you. And Mr Movies himself, Bill

Collins, was inducted into the

Logies hall of fame.

St Kilda has again underlined its

Premiership credentials, easily

defeating the Western Bulldogs. The

Saints led from start to finish.

Up against a fellow top four

contender, St Kilda stamped its

authority on the match right from

the start in yet another impressive

performance from the AFL's top side.

That is pretty damn good. Inch by

inch, we crept away on the score

board and got it up to 50 points at

one point to give us a bifr for the

energy we had spent. I mean, I energy we had spent. I mean, I

couldn't fault their endeavour at

the contest. The stoppages and the

contest of the ball was good. I

mean, the pressure was fantastic.

Geelong is anxiously waiting to see

how champion midfielder Tony Abbott

has pulled up this morning -- Gary

Ablett has pulled up after injuring

his groin. He gets tight groins

periodically and some weeks pulls

up tighter than others. So if it is

tight, he would miss less than a

week. And Essendon's Dustin

Fletcher would spend up to two

months on the sideline after

breaking his fibula on Saturday night.

Even Frank Colletta's fepter duster,

the Roosters had a win.

The Tigers had a win, the Dogs home

by two points in the end, 22-20.

The Dragons were close behind in

second on the ladder after they

racked up that their sixth win

again the Warriors. Another close

game - 12-11.

Pakistan have stunned Australia with

a 7-wicket win in the one day match

in Abu Dhabi. Shane Watson notched

a century to guide the Aussies to a century to guide the Aussies to

4/ 250. But an unbeaten 116 by

Kamran Akmal helped Pakistan chase Kamran Akmal helped Pakistan chase

spare. down the total with three overs to

Australia had already won the best

of five series. The teams will meet

again in a one-off Twenty20 game in

Dubai on Thursday. Dubai on Thursday.

Valentino Rossi has claimed his

first MotoGP victory of the season

at the Spanish Grand Prix. The

eight-time World Champion powered

home to take the lead in the

standings. Valentino Rossi wins the

Spanish Grand Prix here. His first

Grand Prix victory of the season.

He finished ahead of Spaniard Dani

Pedrosa, with Australia's Casey

Stoner finishing in third place on

the Ducati.

Time now for a smiling Frank Colletta.

Somehow, you put a negative spin on

a good win! As you said earlier, a

win is a win! One of the boss of Australia's big companies says

there seems to be a light at the

end of the recession? Yes, he says

there are signs of recovery, but

the boss of the Westfield Groups

says he's not ready to wade in and

start buying aggressively yet. He

wants things to be more stable and

upward looking. On Wednesday, he upward looking. On Wednesday, he

will face the shareholders at

Westfield's AGM. The first time the

company has made a loss.

It's been a frenzied run on Wall

Street for two months, but it's

thought that the less than

impressive employment figures may

bring that to an end:

Now, breachly in other business

news - the Reserve Bank board meets

again this week, but official

interest rates may not be dropped

because of an encouraging economic

outlook. A new survey has revealed

that job advertiseing has halved.

Outdated credit laws have been

blamed for allowing debt-laden

consumers to keep borrowing.

There's a check of the weather on the screen now:

Checking the newspapers this

morning - the 'Age' leads with

revelations by Jelena Dokic that

she was physically abueed by her father.

Business Day says that there are

claims of a misleading of the

market about iron ore in 2004. Noul

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' says

China has described Kevin Rudd's

planned military build up as caitzy

and dangerous. And the 'Financial

Review' has the interview with

Frank Lowy in which he says that

the financial crisis is stabilising.

Still to come - the latest on the

swine flu. And dramatic moments

when the roof of a football training stadium collapsed. Who's my little sweetie-weetie? I could just eat you all up. Yes, I could. VOICEOVER: New McCain Steam Fresh baby vegetables. (PING!) Ah, McCain, you've done it again. (BLOWS RASPBERRY)

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes. A

horror weekend on the nation's

roads - two deady crashes claim five lives in Victoria and Queensland.

The Government warns high income

earners they won't like the Federal

Budget. And smokers, smoking is

going to burn another hole in your

pocket stkpwhroifplt and another

Australian woman in Australia tests

positive to swine flu.

Leading the news this morning, a

triple head-on fatal collision in

Victoria last night has capped off a

horror weekend on the nation's roads.

Police say speed is the most likely

cause of the crash which has seen a

12-year-old girl lose her mother,

her father and her aunt. The car

they were travelling in was hit

head-on by another vehicle before

rolling off the road and catching

fire. It appears that the grey Ford

was heading towards Melbourne when

it overtook a number of vehicles.

Tried to return to the correct side

of the road when it struck the red

car coming in the opposite

direction. The girl, a 76-year-old

woman in the car and four men

inside the other car were taken to

hospital in Melbourne with serious

injuries. Earlier at the weekend in Queensland, two teenagers were

killed in a head-on crash in

Toowoomba. Spinning in the milled of

the road out-of-control. There was

squealing tyres and the engine was

screaming. There were seven boys screaming. There were seven boys

inside the car, including two in

the boot. Two are in a critical

condition in hospital along with

the driver. While one woman was

killed and six injured when two cars and a four-wheel drive

collided on the Gold Coast on

Sunday. One of the cars caught fire

as a consequence of the impact and

it's completely burnt out. The

Treasurer has warned us not to

expect much anticipated tax cuts

in next week's Budget. High income

earners have been warned they'll be

slugged the hardest. The Government

is warning it will increase taxes

on cigarettes.

In just over a week, the Federal

Government will deliver the Budget.

Key Budget measures are already

being leaked, including $600

million for cancer drugs. These

drugs are expensive. We've made

room for them to be able to be

funded. A tax hike on tobacco products is also being considered.

The Treasurer is softening the

ground for a hard-hitting Budget

expected to be bulgeing with bad

news. Esent qually, the whole world

has turned upsidedown, and the

consequence of that will be hard

choices on bupbl bupbl night. Hard

indeed. The much anticipated tax

cuts may also be off the table. See,

there is no consistency there.

They're either being Santa Claus or

Scrooge McDuck.

While Australia is doomed for

deficit, one State Government is there for otherwise. The only

Liberal Treasurer, Troy Buswell

says WA will deliver a surplus

Budget next week to the tune of

$450 million. We have to focus to

make sure that our State is the

last into this downturn and we're

confident that we'll be the first

State out. Authorities in Mexico

say the swine flu epidemic is in

decline. Australia so far remains

clear of the deadly virus which has

spread to 17 countries, but

Australians living overseas have

been kaug up in the pandemic. A

third Aussie living in London has

tested positive. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale spoke

to her a short time ago.

It's been quite a stressful week

for Australian journalist,

Schapelle Corby. She's been -- Kate

Corbett. She's been quarantineed

twice. She got the resulted back

from a series of blood tests and

has tested positive to swine flu. I

really didn't know whether to be

stunned or relieved. I was happy to

finally have the results so I knew

what to do. We spoke to Kate on

Monday when she returned from a

wedding in Mexico feeling a little

under the weather. She was in

quarantine, but wasn't tested for

swine flu. And she was let out of

her flat. She was allowed to go out

and about throughout London for a

number of days before finding out

that a friend of hers she had been

in Mexico with, another Australian

had tested pos at this. He's here

in London, quarantineed as well. It

was only after she found that out

that she was tested herself. I'm

frustrated by the fact that I've

been given different advice by different

different doctors. And you know, I

went into Piccadilly Circus. I

caught the bus there and caught the

bus back. And I just didn't think

that I was a potential at that

stage. And now that I know that I

have or I had the flu, I'm just a

little bit concerned for all of the

people I was around. Kate will

remain in quarantine for at least

the four days. That's how long it

will take her to get through her

recommended dose of Tamiflu.

Four men are on the run this

morning after a prison break in

Sydney. The men, three aged 19 and

the other 18 are believed to have

scaled a fence at Parramatta Jail

at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. All

were on remand, accused of a variety of offences including

robbery, drugs and assault. Police

warn none of the men should be approached.

More than a dozen Dallas Cowboys

players and staff are recovering in

hospital after being injured when a

mini tornado struck their training

camp. 7O people were inside when

the storm hit, bringing the

structure down around them and

sending people running for cover.

People were laughing when some of

the lights went out. And then all

of a sudden, two walls started to

buckle in and people screamed and

people were swearing. And I put my

head down and ran for the door. One

of team's coaches suffered a broken back.

There have been two deadly gas

explosions in Russia. Eight people,

including two children were killed

at the blast at an apartment block

in Siberia. While one person diepd

when a gas canster died at a

grocery McEt in St Petersburg.

And six mountain climbers have been

killed by an avalanche in the

Austrian alps. Witnesses saw the

avalanche but rescuers couldn't

reach the victims due to bad

weather. Five of them were from the

Czech Republic and one from shro yakia.

-- Slovakia.

Australian coach Tim Sheens has

made little change to the Kangaroos

side which lost last year's World

Cup final to the Kiwis, ahead of

Friday's Test at Suncorp Stadium.

Luke Bailey and Darius Boyd are the

two new additions. Boyd to make miz

green and gold debut.

They led last year's World Cup

finals, they let it slip through

their fingers. But new coach, Tim

Sheens, is showing loyaly. I didn't

see wholesale sackings. They played

very well. They are anticipate

unlucky in many ways that the one

game that they were going to lose

was the final. New Zealand's Benji

Marshall the captain for Friday's

test. Benji reckons that he will

put him out of a job after one game.

But that's Benji for him. But I

think that Tim might get him! He

sat out the Tigers clash against

the Bulldogs, struck down by the

flu. The Dogs win ago see sawing

affair, 22-20. Michael Innes on the

winning side in this bout, but the

battle for the NSW hooker jersey

will continue on Friday, with he

and Robbie Farah named in their

respective country and city teams.

While the Dragons good form has

been rewarded. Six players named

in the country team. The Red V with

the sixth win of the series. I

think beled every game we played

this season. So I was pleased

about that. Straysy Jones missing a

golden opportunity in the dying

stages to send the game to extra

time. The Dragons winning by one

point 12-11.

A groin injury has put Geelong

champion Gary Ablett in doubt for

Saturday's clash with Sydney. The

Brownlow Medal favourite left the

field late in the Cats big win over

Melbourne. He does get tight groins

periodically, and some weeks pulled

up tighter than others. So if it is

tight, he may miss a week. But it

wouldn't be more than a week, I

wouldn't think. Essendon's Dustin

Fletcher will be sidelined for up

to two months after breaking his

leg during his 300th match during

the clash against Brisbane on Saturday night.

There are hopes world stock markets

can keep the momentum going this

week, but that may prove a little

bit difficult because they'll have

to continue ignoring all the bad

coming through.

Here is Juliana Roadley from

Commsec. The markets did finish

strongly last week? They did. In

the US, great start to the month of

May. Investors with the highest

level since September 2007. And

manufacturing also starting to see

a slight increase. But on the down

side, more weak data coming through

from the auto makers. Car sales in

the US now at 30-year lows and

Chevron seeing their profit falling

by 64% in the last quarter. By the

close on Friday, the DOW up by 44

points. How is our market shaping

up today? I think we're going to

have a great day on our markets. On

Friday, some great Chinese

manufacturing data and that's manufacturing data and that's

going to kick on the mark hes today.

Having a look at the SPI, the mark

hes opening up 23 points higher.

The higher base metals up 4% to

$53.20. The gold price is lower,

but I think we'll see momentum

coming through, but keep your eye

on the ANZ job adds. We've also

seen the online ads, down by 7% in

the month and we're looking for a

weak set of numbers today.

Thank you very much from Commsec.

The WA Government has embarrassed

its Federal coalition colleagues by

declaring support for the China

will, co takeover of Rio Tinto,

just days after Malcolm Turnbull

spoke out against the deal. Troy

Buswell says it may just be what

the Australian economy needs. We

need capital, and that capital has

historically in WA flowed from

overseas, and in particular flowed from the major trading partners.

The Federal Government has until

next month to sign off on the $27

billion deal. Foil Briefly in other billion deal. Foil Briefly in other

business news, the Reserve Bank

board meets tomorrow a week before

the Federal Government has its

Budget. Economists do not

anticipate another rate cut. anticipate another rate cut.

Telstra will hold a meeting to

appoint a new chief executive.

Macquarie Group is expected to show

$2.7 billion worth of fresh

writedowns on the satellite funds.

And the European Central Bank is

expected to slash its key interest

rate to 1% to ward off deflation.

Cast your eyes to the screen for a Cast your eyes to the screen for a

check of the weather in your part

of the country today:

A double fatality in Victoria

overnight ends a bad weekend on the

nation's roads. We'll have all the

details after the break. And the

winners and losers from the Logies

last night. That's next.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines on the quarter hour in

Ten's Early News. It's been another terrible weekend

on the nation's roads. Three dead

in a pile-up in Victoria less than

a day ofr two teenage joyriders

from killed in Queensland.

And the Gold Logie goes to...!

Television's night of nights

becomes a real family affair.

Not even a century to Shane Watson

can shave Australia from a 7-wicket

thrash of Pakistan.

And in finance, Westfield's Frank

Lowy shows some optimism about the

economy. He says the worst may be

over, but he's not ready to start

you: buying just yet. Weather check for

Heading

the news this morning - a

12-year-old girl has been orphaned

in a shocking head-on car accident in Victoria's north-east overnight

that claimed the lives of her

parent and aunt. Police believe a

grey sedan tried to overtake a

number of cars, but hit the

family's red seadn head-on, flipping

the car on to the roof and setting

fire to the engine. We would have

to say that speed is probably a

cause of the accident at this stage.

Four people were airlifted to

Melbourne in a serious condition. A Queensland community is mourning

the deaths of two teenagers after

another terrible road accident near

Toowoomba. Police believe the car

was overloaded and at least one boy

was in the boot. Four other teenage

passengers were are in a critical condition.

More cases of swine flu are

appearing around the world, but the

world might have missed a full-blown pandemic. Health

authorities remain on high alert in

case a more virulent strain emerges.

Airline passengers around the world

are being screened as health

authorities try to stop swine flu

spreading. One passenger arriving

in Sydney from the US and ten

others sitting near him were

quarantineed thp morning before the

case was found to be sees onal flu.

We advised them not to go out. So

we advised them to stay at home

and stay away from people until we

could confirm. But as I said, we

were able to get back to them

within three hours and tem them

that they can go about their normal duties.

The World Health Organisation now

says there's no evidence of

sustained spread of the virus

outside North America. Officials in

Mexico believe that the worst is

over and the spread of the virus is

stabilising. Back home, the

Government has denied nearly two

million doses of anti-viral drugs

are out of date. In fact, we've

replaced only recently in the

first half of this year, 1.6

million cors of those drugs and

replaced those that have expired.

We are in the process of replacing

1.9 million. 76 people are still

being checked in Australia, which

so far remains free of swine flu.

The Federal Government's commitment

to cutting taxes could go by the

wayside in next week's Budget. The

Treasurer has refused to rule out

taking tax breaks off the table

because of the steep global

downturn. There's no doubt that

there is a very substantial hit to

revenue, and what that certainly

means in terms of the Commonwealth

Budget are some very, very hard

choices. High income earners are

expected to be slugged the hardest.

Tax hikes on tobacco products are

also being considered. Euthanasia

campaigner Dr Nitschke has been

allowed into the UK after being

detained by British immigration. Dr

Nitschke and his wife were lop

stopped at London's Heathrow

Airport and questioned about a

series of work shops being held

across the UK. We've had our

luggage gone through and

fingerprinted and interviewed at

length. And finally the decision

was made and we're grateful and

glad that common sense seems to

have prevailed. He was warned that

his work shops could breach British law.

Actress Rebecca Gibney has taken

out the coveted Gold Logie at

television's night of nights.

There's no doubt it was Rebecca

Gibney's night when she won the

Gold Logie, all the attention

instantly focused on her. Here is

an actress who has been nominated

20 times before and only won once.

And now she's taken away the

biggest prize of all. Of course,

the sentimental favourite to win

gold was Ian Smith, the star of

'Neighbours'. He confessed he was a

little down. Look, I'm disappointed.

Isn't it funny. I didn't think I

would be, but hey, I guess I'm human.

human. What a thing to find out at

the age that I am - I'm human. And

while Rove McManus also didn't win

the gold, you could hardly call him

a runner-up. He took home another

two Logies, one as best presenter

and another for the show, which

takes his tally to somewhere in the

stratosphere. How many have you got

now Enough. No, not quite enough.

Show itself got a mixled review

from those in the audience here.

But one thing that everyone agreed

was outstanding was this

performance from Anni Lennox.

# Playing with my heart. Rumours of

recessionary cut backs to the after

Logies partying proved to be just

that, with all stations having

their own after-Logie parties to

celebrate their wins.

Angela Bishop in Melbourne.

The wife of Italian Prime Minister

Silvio Berlusconi has filed for

twors. Former actress and his

second wife, Veronica Lario has

accused the PM of flirting with

younger women. She's confirmed

she's hired a lawyer to launch

divorce proceedings. The couple

were married for 19 years and have three children together.

St Kilda has again underlined its

Premiership credentials, easily

defeating the Western Bulldogs. The

Saints led from start to finish,

even ventually running out 28-point winners.

Up against the fellow top four

contender, St Kilda stamped its

authority on the match right from

the start in yet another gressive

performance from the AFL's top side.

And that is pretty damn good. Inch

by inch, we crept away on the score

board and I think we got it out to

auto points at one point to give us

a buffer for all the energy we had

spent. So that was pleasing. I

mean, I couldn't fault their

endeavour at the contest. The

stoppages and the contest of ball

was good. The opposition to the

pressure was fantastic. Geelong is

anxiously waiting to see how

champion midfielder Gary Ablett is

pulling up this morning after

injuring his groin in yesterday's

big win over Melbourne. Look, he

does get tight groins periodically,

and some weeks pulls up tighter

than others. So if it is tight, he

might miss a week, but not more

than a week. And Dustin Fletcher

will spend up to two months on the

sidelines after breaking his left

fibula in a freak accident during

his po0th match.

The Bulldogs are on top of the NRL ladder after downing the Wests

Tigers in Round 8. It was a see

sawing affair. The Dogs home by two

points in the end - 22-20. The

Dragons sit complos behind on

second on the ladder after they

racked up the second win of the

season. Another close game though,

only one point in it.

Pakistan has stunned Australia with

a 7-wicket win in the one day match

in Abu Dhabi. Shane Watson notched

a century. But an unbeaten 116 by

Kamran Akmal helped Pakistan chase

the total down with overs to spare.

Australia had already won the best

of five series though. The teams

logical meet again in a one-off

Twenty20 game in Dubai on Thursday rpls

Valentino Rossi has claimed the

first MotoGP victory of the season

at the Spanish Grand Prix. His

performance leading him to his 98th

win of his career and giving him

the lead of his standings. His

first Grand Prix victory of the

season. Dani Pedrosa with

Australia's Casey Stoner coming in

third with the Ducati.

More finance news now and he's one

of the heaviest hitters in the

Australian business scene. He

reckons there may be a glimmer of

light at the end of the recession?

Yes, Frank Lowy say there is are

signs of recovery, but the boss of

the Westfield group says he's not

ready to wade in and start buying

aggressively just yet. He wants aggressively just yet. He wants

things to become more stable and

upward looking first. On Wednesday,

he'll have to face the shareholders

at Westfield's AGM. It's the first

time the company has made a loss.

Meantime, the boss of the ANZ Bank

says he expects the revenue to keep

rising, but warns that bad debts

will also increase. Last week, they

reported a drop to $1.42 billion.

Mr Smith said that they're in a

buying mood, but did not confirm

that they may be trying to pick up

the Asian assets the troubled

Royal Bank of Scotland.

Holden will switch to a single

shift in its factory. Holden will

slash production this year to 310

vehicles only a day because of the

savage drop in sales. But the

company has earned support for

choosing to axe the evening shift

at the plant rather than get rid of jobs.

Briefly in other business news, the

Reserve Bank board meets this weeks.

But analysts say that rates will

not be dropped again. A new survey

has revealed that job advertiseing

has halved in the past year.

Outdated credit laws have been Outdated credit laws have been

blamed for allowing debt-laden

consumers to keep borrowing. Noit

It's been a frenzied run on Wall

Street, but there are fears that

the continuing bank stress could

conspire to bring the rally to an end.

There's a glimpse of the weather:

Checking news websites from around

the world:

Still ahead - the latest

information on the swine flu. And

holly wod's top stars accused by

the Vatican of being, not angels,

but demons.

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A deadly weekend on the roads -

three people killed in Victoria

last night another deadly crash

kills two teenagers in Queensland.

The Government warns high income

earners they won't like the Federal

Budget. Smokers should take one

last puff as well. A bigger tax on

smokes is on the way.

And another Australian victim of

the swine flu. A woman in London

tests positive, even as health

authorities start to believe we may

have avoid the worst of it.

Heading the news, a triple fatal head-on collision in north-east

Victoria has capped off a horror Victoria has capped off a horror

weekend on the nation's roads.

Police say speed is the most likely

calls of the crash which has seen a

12-year-old girl lose her mother, 12-year-old girl lose her mother,

her father and her aunt. The car

they were travelling in was hit hid-on by another vehicle before

rolling off the road and catching

fire. It appears that the grey Ford

fire. It appears that the grey Ford was heading towards Melbourne when

it overtook a number of vehicles,

and tried to return to the correct

side of the road when it struck the

red car coming in the opposite

direction. The girl, a 76-year-old

woman in the car with her and four

men inside the other car were all

taken to hospital in Melbourne

with serious injuries. Earlier at

the weekend in Queensland, two

teenagers were killed in a head-on

crash in Toowoomba. Spinning in the

middle of the road out-of-control.

Squealing tyres and the engine was

screaming. There were seven boys

inside the car, including two in

the boot. Two were in a critical

condition in hospital including condition in hospital including

the driver of the other car. While

one woman was killed and six others

injured when two cars and a

four-wheel drive collided on the

Gold Coast on Sunday. One of the

cars caught fire as a consequence

of the impact and it's completely

burnt out. Foil The Treasurer has

warned us not to expect too much in

the way of tax cuts in next week's

bupbl budge. High income earners

have been warned they'll be slugged

the highest.

There will also be a tax on cigarettes.

In just over a week, the Federal

Government delivers its Budget. Key

Budget measures are already being

leaked, including $6700 million

for cancer drugs. These drugs are

expensive. We've made room for

them to be able to be funded. A tax

hike on tobacco products is also

being considered. The Treasurer is

softening the ground for a

softening the ground for a

hard-hitting Budget expected to be

bulgeing with bad news. Essentially,

the whole world has turned

upsidedown and the consequence of

that will be hard houses on Budget

night. Hard indeed. The much

anticipated tax cuts may also be

off the table. See, there is no

consistency there. They're either

being Santa Claus or Scrooge McDuck.

While Australia is resigned to the

fact that we're doomed for a

deficit, one State Government is

there for otherwise. Troy Buswell

says that WA will deliver a surplus

Budget next week to the tune of

$450 million. We have to focus on

making sure that our State is the

last State into this downturn and

we're confident that we'll be the

first State out. Authorities in

Mexico say the swine flu epidemic

is in decline. Australia so far

remains clear of the deadly virus

which has spread to 17 countries.

But Australians living overseas

have been caught up in the pandemic.

A third Aussie living in London

has tested positive. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale spoke

to her a short time ago.

Well, it's been quite a stressful

week for Australian journalist Kate

Corbett. She's been quarantineed

not once, but twice here in her

south-west London flat. She's just

got the results back from her

series of blood tests and she's

tested positive for swine flu. I

really didn't know whether to be

stunned or relieved. I was just

happy to finally have the results

so I knew what to do. Now, we spoke

to Kate on Monday when she returned

from a wedding in Mexico feeling a

little under the weather. She was

in quarantine, but wasn't tested

for swine flu. And she was let out

of her flat. She was allowed to go

out and about throughout London for

a number of days before finding out

that a friend of hers she'd been in

Mexico with, another Australian,

had tested positive. He's been

quarantineed as well. It was only

after she found that out that she

was tested herself. I'm frustrated

by the fact that I was given different advice by different

doctors. I went no Piccadilly

Circus, I caught the bus there and

caught the bus back. I didn't think

I was potential at that stage. Now

I know that I have or had the flu,

I'm concerned for all of the people

I was around. Kate will remain in

quarantine for at least the next

four days. That's how long it will

take her to get through her

recommended dose of Tamiflu.

Danielle Isdale in London with that

report. Four men are on the run

after a prison break in Sydney. The

men are believed to have scaled a

fence at Parramatta Jail at 3:00

yesterday afternoon. All were on

remand accused of a variety of

offences, including robbery, drugs

and assault. Police warn none of

the men should be approached.

There have been two deadly gas

explosions in Russia. Eight people,

including two children were killed

in a blast apt an apartment block

in Siberia. While one person died

when a gas canster exploded at a

grocery market in St Peters berg.

The entire building was destroyed. The entire building was destroy The entire building was destroyed.

Six mountain climbers have been

killed in an avalanche in the

Austrian Alps. Rescuers couldn't

reach the victims due to the bad

weather. Five of them were from the

Czech Republic and one from

Slovakia. Another man survived by

sheltering behind a hut.

The sequel to the Da Vinci Code

Movie is already causing

controversy. Director Ron Howard

has accused the Vatican of vie

trying to influence the filming of

the movie. We were requested - it

would be difficult for us to gain

the support we needed if we wanted

to shoot in some areas where some

particular churches were in the

foreground. The Catholic Church was

outraged over the 'Da Vinci Code'

which suggested that Jesus married

and had children.

Australian coach Tim Sheens has

made few changes to the Kangaroos

side which lost last year's World

Cup final to the Kiwis ahead of

Friday's Test at Suncorp Stadium.

Luke Bailey and Darius Boyd are the

two new additions. Boyd will make

his green and gold debut.

They led last year's World Cup

final, they let it slip through

their fingers but, new coach Tim

Sheens is showing loyalty. I didn't

see wholesale sackings. That isn't

the answer to it. They played very

well and they were unlucky in many

ways that the one game they were

going to lose had to be the final.

New Zealand named Benji Marshall

has air captain. His Tigers

team-mates torn over who will come

out on top - the coach or the

halfback? Benji reckons he's going

to put them out of the job after

one game. That's B negotiation ji

for you! Marshall sat out the

Tigers clash against the Bulldogs,

struck down by the flu. The dogs

winning 24-20. Michael Innes on the

winning side in this bout, but the

battle for the NSW hooker jersey

will be named with he and Robbie

Farah named at number nine in the

respective country and city sides.

It was the first game we were

behind at half time, so I think we

led every game that we played this

season. So I was pleased about

that. Staysy Jones missing a golden

tune in the dying stages to send

the game to extra time. The Dragons

winning by one point, 12-11.

A groin injury has Geelong champion

Gary Ablett in doubt for this

Saturday's clash with stpid. The

Brownlow Medal favourite fell. He

does get tight groins, periodically.

And some weeks pulled up tighter

than others. So if it is tight, he

may miss a week. But I it wouldn't

be more than a week, I wouldn't think. Essendon's Dustin Fletcher

will be sidelined for up to two

months after breaking his leg

during his 300th match against

Brisbane on Saturday night.

Justin Hodges's -- Brad Hodge's

batting has been in prime form

again. The Victorian's unbeaten 70

included 10 fours and six, but it

wasn't enough to get the Kings

Eleven home on the last ball. In

the other match this morning, the

Royal Challengers cruise to a

9-wicket victory against the Mumbai Indians.

There are hopes world stock markets

can keep the momentum going this

week, but that may prove difficult

because they'll have to continue

ignoring all the bad news coming.

And here with the details is

Juliana Roadley. The markets did

finish strongly last week? Yes, the

US markets setting up a great start

for the month of May. Investors

cheering the better than expected

consumer confidence data which

came out at the highest level we've

seen since September tweve 2007,

and signs that manufacturing are

starting to slowly lift in the US.

But there was weak data. We had

more trouble coming through from

the US car sales which are now at

30-year lows and the oil giant

Chevron. Exxon numbers bad early in

the piece last week. Chevron seeing

their profits fall by 64%. By the

close though, the DOW was up by 44

points and the NASDAQ only up by

one. How is our market shaping up?

We have some great Chinese and

manufacturing data out on Friday.

That helped bails metal prices and

that will be the key start to the

week. Looking at the SPI opening up

23 points higher. Higher base

metals. But the oil price is up by

4%, now above $52 a barrel. That

should help the energy sector today.

A big week of economic dote out

today starting today with the

inflation gauge and the quarterly

house price index and ANZ job adds.

Already, the job ads are down by 7%,

but for the year down by 48%. Not

looking for great numbers coming

out from the job ads today.

Now, that's the day in finance.

Obviously, all eyes on Telstra the

new CEO this week will be

announced. They're not going to the

Americans, it looks like it will be

David Toady or John Stanthope.

Looking at the weather now:

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

Ron Wilson, see you again at 6

crock clock tomorrow morning. I'm

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