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forming a new government in

Greece fail to reach a decision while Italy enters an economic This Program is Captioned Live.

Reports at least three people

have been killed have been killed after Turkey was hit by another earthquake. The Federal The Federal Government's plain packaging legislation expected

to be passed by the Senate

today. An angry scene outside a

chicken processing plant in

Melbourne as workers strike

over conditions. Good morning. You ABC News 24 live across

Australia. I'm Jeremy Fernandez. Taking a quick check of the weather first:

The political crisis in The political crisis in Greece

continues with a new leader yet

to be named. The Prime earlier said he was stepping down

down to make way for a new

government that had been agreed

on by both sides. In a

televised address to the nation, nation, he wished his successor

well. However it emerged later no successor had been decided on due to feuding in political

parties. Greece will run out of

money next month if a

government isn't formed that

can agree on an emergency

budget. As Greece struggles to

resolve its political crisis,

Italy's debt problems are

getting worse. The country has entered an economic danger

possibility it will not be able

to pay its debts. to pay its debts. The Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's

pledge to stand down has increased fears of instability. The markets have been crashing

and the economy faces and the economy faces the possibility of a new downturn Italy is in a full-blown political crisis

with a country on the edge of financial disaster. This is why. On the international

markets its borrowing costs

have gone to 7%, a level which

forced other countries to seek

a bail-out. Italy is perceived as extremely weak forced which is not today because

economically it is not as bad

as Spain or Greece. In Italy, forced

it is seek as weak. Markets go after

after the weak ones. Much of

the focus has been on the

Presidential palace in Rome

with the Italian President

stepping in to try and reassure

financial markets. In this

financial emergency, the

President of the Italian Republic summoned the finance minister and asked

to see the key economic

proposals demanded both by the

European Union and also by the markets.

markets. The President stressed the importance

the importance of adopting

these measures within a couple

of days. President Giorgio

Napolitano had to come out to

insist there would be no delay

over economic re

form. TRANSLATION: We need

decisions quickly to give a new sense of responsibility and cohesion of the must now act to escape a very danger situation. The promised resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi last night

had not calmed markets as many predicted. Against of those who had opposed him,

he had scribbled 'Traitors' but the message from the markets

today was blunt - resign immediately. Here is why. Uncertainty. No-one knows

whether elections will follow

or a national unity government

but for a nation with low

growth and high debt, time running out. Please do take

structural decisions as soon as

possible for the wellness possible for the wellness of

this country and even for the whole

whole of Europe and the Eurozone. The Italian people

know a new austerity plan is likely to be hurried likely to be hurried threw Parliament. There is - through

Parliament. There is talk of a special sitting this weekend. Some

Some of the measures, like

raising the retirement age,

will be un popular. If Italy

gets into trouble, it is too big an economy to out. There are reports at least

three people are dead after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck eastern

eastern Turkey. It is said a

number of buildings collapsed including two hotels. An

earthquake in the same region last month killed more than 600 people. Whether you could call

it an aftershock and not a new

quake. As earthquake experts

will tell you, this sort of

thing is typical following the

earthquake of the magnitude we saw in Van. There was another

aftershock of a similar magnitude earlier on This one has. Again, This one has. Again, the peculiarities of these peculiarities of these things, the town that was the epicentre

of the quake, closer to Van

than the original epicentre of

the first quake that caused the

damage back on October 23rd, but no buildings have been

damaged in that town but several buildings in several buildings in Van,

including a hotel in the centre

of town. The response to this

new disaster has been much,

much more rapid, more skilled. They have the

equipment they need, they have

the lights, they have the heavy lifting equipment, they have

the search and rescue teaches

on hand. Small consolation when

you get a building that seems

to have collapsed to the degree

that this hotel seems to have.

Although there are no reports

of deaths yet, it is thought

that at least 35 people were in the hotel alone, the hotel alone, therefore,

there are fears there will be

fatalities from this as well.

But this building itself, it is

the hotel which the media have

been staying in. One witness

said there were cracks in said there were cracks in the hotel. Notwithstanding that,

people were assured it was safe to go back in. This problem in Van, the inspections process that declares whether

buildings have withstood the

initial quake and ensuing

aftershocks, if they are safe

to occupy and can be signed off

as resilient or not, process hasn't happened yet, or

to enough buildings. A very nervous local community, nervous local community, many

of whom wouldn't go back into

their homes at all because their homes at all because they were fearful of this event happening, will feel entirely justified. There are many

thousands of people in this

region living in tents and this

isn't going to add to their

feelings of ashurn tonight. In

the wake of the shooting of

three soldiers in Afghanistan,

the army is reviewing the security

efforts are aimed at maintaining maximum

security. Afghan and Australian

troops have been back out on

joint patrols from several

bases in Oruzgan province. Australian Australian commanders have been reviewing security arrangements

for the Australian troops. That means

means they are trying to come

up with practical way to

protect the diggers but maintain

maintain the vital relationship

with Afghan forces. The three Australian

Australian soldier who is were wounded in the latest wounded in the latest attack,

they are continuing to receive

medical care at the role three military hospital at Kandahar air field. A decision is yet to be

be made whether they will be

moved on to a military hospital

outside Afghanistan. The search

operation for the gunman is

continuing in Oruzgan That search has been carried

out from the ground and also

the air. Australian, coalition and Afghan forces are involved in that operation. Yesterday the Afghan National army confirmed the name of the gunman is Mohammed Rose.

Australian Defence Force sources say every effort being made to try and capture the gunman alive the gunman alive so intelligence can be gathered intelligence can be gathered to hopefully prevent further attacks from taking attacks from taking place. The Senate will today Senate will today vote on the

government's plan to force tobacco companies to sell

cigarettes in plain olive green packaging without company

logos. The changes will come into effect from the end of

next year. The Federal

Government health Minister

Nicola Roxon says Australia is about to become the first country in the world to introduce plain package

piece of legislation for Australia's public health. The

Government is determined to

introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Cigarette packets

at the moment, they are sold in

packets that have colours and

log o os and branding so every

time a smoker takes a packet

out of the pocket, it is out of the pocket, it is a mobile ad for the brand. We want to put a stop to that

advertising. Every time a smoker, 20 or 30 times a day, takes

takes a cigarette packet out of

their pocket, we want to make

sure all it is showing is harm that can be caused from

tobacco. This will be a win to families who have lost people

to tobacco-related illness. In

Australia, that's 15,000 Australia, that's 15,000 people

each year. This law will be a win for those families if the Senate passes it today. This will be a world first will be a world first in Australia, we are going implement this measure and show

how we can reduce the harm. The

measure is one that have been

taken for decades in Australia

and given us one of the lowest smoking rates smoking rates in the world but we believe it can be lower. we

There is more than 20 different

studies that show that

marketing and the packaging of

tobacco products is tobacco products is an

effective way to hook people to

this addictive and legal product. We can't look to other countries

countries around the countries around the world

because we are the first in

taking this step but we research shows it will work and

we're determined to take away the last method of advertising that exists for that exists for tobacco companies here Australia. Health Minister Nicola Roxon speaking in

Melbourne earlier. The Federal

Treasurer Wayne Swan says the

Government would strongly oppose any attempt at challenge a

a decision by Fair Work Australia banning industrial

action at the Qantas. If

which led to the grounding which led to the grounding of the airline almost two weeks

ago. I have made ago. I have made the Government's view very clear,

we are strongly opposing any

application to challenge that

decision of Fair Work Australia

to terminate the industrial

action. Our view is very clear.

From any party, union From any party, union or employer. Labor Senator and

former union official Glenn Sterle says the TWU to pursue a challenge. Both parties have every legal option

to challenge any decision all

the way through. In the way through. In all

fairness to the members of the

TWU at Qantas, if I was a member, I would want them to pursue that. There were angry scenes outside a chicken scenes processing plant in Melbourne

late yesterday as workers late yesterday as workers went

on an indefinite strike over

conditions at the factory. One

person was injured when person was injured when a

security guard tried to cross

the picket line. Shame on you.

Shame on you. Shame on you. (Screaming) (Bleep) idiot. It's peaceful. It's peaceful. It's peaceful. Stop it. Settle down. Settle down. Please look

at the car. (Bleep) The National Union of Workers

says it is disappointed by the

action of some of its members

yesterday and the company says

it is not commenting because

the dispute is going to Fair

Work Australia. A series of

wild storms have caused havoc

in parts of Sydney, Victoria

and SA's Riverland region. Victoria was the worst hit Victoria was the worst hit of

the three States. The Victorian SES Tim Wiesbusch says the Tim Wiesbusch says the SES

recovered - received more than

1,000 calls for assistance. We

saw golf ball-sized hail in some parts outside of some parts outside of Ballarat

and across the bay side suburbs

in Melbourne and out through to

Warregal. Our volunteers have

been kept busy with nearly 1100

requests for assistance. 50 % related to flash flooding. We saw 30mm saw 30mm of heavy rain fall around Frankston. In the

north-east of the State, we are

keeping a close watch on the

rivers where we have seen up to

70mm of rain in the catchments

there. It is starting to clear

most parts of the State 70mm there are warnings current for the north-east even east

Gippsland in Victoria, for flash flooding and flash flooding and severe thunderstorm activity which will continue throughout the

morning but should have cleared

by early afternoon. Tim Wiesbusch from the SES Wiesbusch from the SES in Victoria. According to new reports, the Federal Government must must consider the use of nuclear technology if it nuclear technology if it is

serious about tackling climate change and maintaining Australia's economic competitiveness. The committee for the Economic Development of Australia released the 'Australia's Nuclear Options'

report. It found nuclear energy

was one of the most official

ways to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable ways

CEO of the committee, Professor

Steven Martin says the benefits

of nuclear energy cannot be of nuclear energy cannot be ignored. The benefits are seriously, if you happen to be supportive

supportive of green environmental policies, this is

the energy source for because there are practically

zero emissions. Clearly if you

believe in a clean energy

future, and a low-cost fur

future as well, where the current move towards renewables

is unproven technology and the

future relies on the technology

being proven, I say to you it

has to be in the mix. You have

to at least consider it. We to at least consider it. We are about what is Australia's

energy future. The waste

question is an important part

but we're about how is it the cheap electricity in the

future. At the moment we are spending squilones on renewable

energy work, our second report

is going to examine that as part of the broader perspective, but we want at least the government through

its white paper to put it on

the table. An air and sea rescue search is under way off

Tasmania's far north-west Tasmania's far north-west coast

after three last after three flares were seen last night. Marine police are searching with the help searching with the help of

planes. A new report has fund Tasmania has unusually numbers of unique marine species. A conservation umbrella group will use the report

report in its push for a network of marine national parks. Meet the Red Velvet

fish, one of many rare marine

species found in Tasmania. A

new report says 90% of the

State's marine life can find in the southern region of Australia. Some like the

spotted handfish are endemic to the State. Tasmania harbours

some of the most

marine species in the world.

They also include ancient re

lick species that have no close

relatives in Australia. It is

said to be the first State wide

summary of Tasmania's marine values. It values. It highlights the presence of unusual species, along with giant kelp forest

and seagrass beds. The convergence of three ocean

currents is considered currents is considered a

contributing factor. Tasmania includes a unique mix of includes a unique mix of sub

Antarctic and this leads to high biodiversity. The marine life is significant and extraordinary in its values. Environment Tasmania says while existing marine re serves provide some protection,

it wants a network of marine national parks. They also national parks. They also factor into it social factor into it social and economic concerns. The Parks

Minister Brian Wightman says he

is discussing ways to progress the Marine Protected Area

the Marine Protected Area Strategy.

Let's look at some of the major sports stories

day. Steve Pearce joins us. Day

one in Cape Town is under way

in the cricket, how is it looking for Australia? Looking

okay slightly. It is not what

you call an ideal start. It is

a bit difficult to tell because

it was an overcast day, the

ball was moving around.

Australia was put into bat.

Things could have gone better

definitely. It has finished up

8/1214214. Phil Hughes was turned inside out by 8/1214214. Phil Hughes Ricky Ponting chimed six but didn't last much six but didn't last much longer

and was another victim for

Steyn who took four wickets.

The match evenly balanced at

this point. There is Clarke

hitting a four. He hit 17 hitting a four. He hit 17 in

his unbeaten 107, Jeremy. It is so difficult to tell where the

match is exactly poised match is exactly poised until Australia completes Australia completes its first innings tonight and of course

then South Africa has then South Africa has a bat.

There will be a fair bit of pressure though on Australia's

bowlers, Mitch Johnson, Ryan Harris and others. Definitely pressure South Africa would have the

upper hand to this point but we

will have a much better idea 24 hours from now. Let's go the

the drama unfolding in Manly.

It appears things are finished

for Des Hasler? It looks that

way. Hoi how things can go

wrong very quickly. The grand final win was

so ago. Scott Penn came out, we

will hear from him in a minute,

to say the club had decided to

stand him down. They are going

to give Hasler a chance to

explain what is perceived - he

has basically been pomping or

taking pliers players and staff

with him to go to Canterbury

where he is contracted to the

end of next year. They came out plans but succession plans have a habit of sounding better a habit of sounding better on paper than otherwise and it

seems like it is beginning to

fall over a bit.. The the Board

has met this evening and are of the opinion there have been

serious breaches of contract by

coach Des Hasler. The Board's invited

invited Des to explain his

actions and, in the meantime,

he has been stood down. We will not be making any further

comment until Des has had the chance to respond. There

There will be more to play out

on that day during the day. The

golf is under way at the Lakes There will

this morning as well. It seems

like we have been like we have been talking about

this for months and months and

months. The first player teed

off at 7 o'clock this like

Dustin Johnson has made the

early moves. He is four under the card on his front nine.

Geoff Ogilvy made an early move

but dropped back. Bubba Watson is playing well at two under.

Ashley Halls is up there. It is

early stages in early Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Robert Allenby, which is if you Allenby, which is if you like the marquee pairing for the day's play, they tee off at

lunchtime at the Lakes. There lunchtime will be big crowds there all die following the action. It

seems the big names are rising

to the top, let's hope two or three of the big players put in

good rounds. It should to crowd and hopefully they to crowd and hopefully they are served with good about the Paris Masters? How

are the big names going there?

Very well. Rafael Nadal is the

only one to miss this

tournament. The three big

if you like who came into the

event after the first couple of

day's actions when they tend to

get a bit of rest, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and get

Andy Murray had wins.

Andy Murray had wins. Djokovic saw off Ivan Dodig. saw off Ivan Dodig. Murray has

been in good form and surpassed Roger Federer in the rankings. He saw Jeremy Chardy, a

Frenchmen. Roger Federer, who

is drifting a little bit but

still more than handy, he saw off Steven Martin, off Steven Martin, another Frenchman as well. Gael Monfils lost as well. Novak Djokovic

was in a little bit of doubt coming into the lost as coming into the tournament because of the shoulder because of the shoulder injury.

He is playing the injury down a

little bit talking after his win this morning. It is not the

injury, I think it is more a strong inflammation that that was caused from little was caused from little bit

change of technique of the

serve because of the injury I

had before that, the one

kept me away for four or five

weeks, the abdominal injury. I

still not playing on top of my game on the court and game on the court and getting used to the conditions used to the conditions because I haven't played since last

December. But things are

getting better. I am trying to stay positive. Novak Djokovic

there. There is this tournament and

and the tour finals in of weeks and they will finally get a break. Steve get a break. Steve Pearce with

a wrap of the sport. Let's

check the weather with Vanessa O'Hanlon.

Right now let's look at the

satellite system. We have a lot

of cloud coming down if the Kimberly down towards the

south-east of Victoria. That

cloud is embedded with

thunderstorms. We are still seeing a lot of thunderstorm

activity this morning about the

north-east of Victoria. We have

the north-east of Victoria on severe weather warning at the

moment. Let's look at the

synoptic chart where we can see

the trough starting to move

away from Victoria and away from Victoria and up

towards the south-east of NSW

and making its way towards Queensland. On the eastern side

of that trough, it is actually

humid winds still, so still quite hot throughout the

region. For Queensland, with

those hot, humid winds, those hot, humid winds, we do have a severe weather warning for a fire for a fire danger for the

channel country. We will see

storms about the western

districts, the tropics and the

southern areas of the State. degrees in Brisbane. NSW,

showers and storms will contract to the north-west. It

is still humid although cooler

conditions in the west and

south after the storms have come through. Victoria,

and storms over the far east at

the moment. It is a much the moment. It is a much cooler day. This morning we heading day. This morning we are

heading for a top of 23 degrees

in Melbourne. In Tasmania,

scattered showers mainly

falling in the west of the

State, cooler westerly winds across the State. For SA, a cooler day also apart from

showers in the far showers there is a weakening cold moving through the south-west,

expect a few showers from the

system. Up in the north, it

will be quite hot especially

around the Kimberly with a few storms and isolated showers Northern Territory. We can expect

expect high humidity across the northern parts of the Northern Territory. A top offence 33

degrees - of 33 degrees. Around

the country forform tomorrow: Vanessa O'Hanlon with the weather.

weather. For more details on

the rest

sport and weather, and to send us your comments and pictures,

visit us at abc.net.au/news.

You are watching ABC News 24.

The top stories - local shares

shares have plunged as leadership turmoil in Greece

and Italy continue to unsettle financial markets. Greece is yet

yet to name a successor to yet to name a successor to the former Prime former Prime Minister George Papandreou because of feuding between political parties.

While Italy is facing the real

possibility it will not to pay its debts. The Prime Minister there, Silvio Berlusconi's pledge to stand down

down has only increased fears

of instability. At least three

people are reported to have

died after a 5.7 magnitude

earthquake struck eastern

Turkey. Local media claims at

least 18 buildings have

collapsed. Among them a

six-storey hotel. The six-storey hotel. The tremor struck just 15km from Van

province which was last month

hit by a powerful hit by a powerful earthquake

that left more than 600 people

dead. Australia's about to become the first country in packaging laws for packaging laws for cigarettes.

The Senate will today vote on

the Government's plan to force tobacco companies to sell

cigarettes in plain olive green

packages without company logos. The changes will come The changes will come into

effect from the end of next year. There have been angry

scenes outside a chicken processing plant in Melbourne after

after a vicious fight broke out. The union representing

striking workers at the striking workers at the Baiada chicken processing plant say

they are frustrated that the

picket turned ugly when a the picketers. Workers are

striking over conditions at the facility. The Prime facility. Julia Gillard, has this morning

been speaking to community

workers at Redfern in Sydney.

Let's have a listen to the

Prime Minister speaking a short

time ago. We have people here

from the union movement, from

social and community sectors

and, of course, we have got my

friends and colleagues, Tanya

pleber sek and ja sin ta

Collins here at the

delighted to be able to join so

many old friends and new

friends, hard-working Australians one and all. Now,

you don't need to be an

on the social and community

sector work force to know this

- you are among the hardest working Australians. (CHEERING

AND APPLAUSE). You are, as we

can see from this crowd, mostly women and you deserve equal

I have come today to I have come today to say to you that all across our nation

you who work in women's refuges

and disability support centres,

you who manage family you who manage family support

services, you who lead teams of professionals who counsel victims of sexual assault, you

who are in charge of homes for the homeless and mentally the homeless and mentally ill, you who are counsellors, social

workers and special care and

support workers, more than three-quarters of you women.

Near ly (Audio lost) your

average full-time wage is just

over $46,000 per year to around $58,000 to around $58,000 for all

working Australians. This is a

gender pay gap which sees just

to take one example, disability support worker with a tertiary qualification who

supervises five staff get paid

less than $38,000 a year. Shame, shame. You have

above average qualifications,

you get below-average pay. This

is something that Labor's Fair Work system will

fix. (APPLAUSE).

On 19 March 2009, that's more

than 2.5 years ago, the

Parliament passed the Fair Parliament passed the Fair Work Act into law, a law which brought balance to Australian work places, a law only a Labor government would enact. (APPLAUSE) government would We established our new

industrial umpire, Fair Work

Australia, we delivered 10 national employment standards, we created a modern we created a modern award

system. We ensured that there

are fair minimum conditions,

like penalty rates and overtime that can't that can't be stripped away. We

gave people the right to be

represented by their union. The

right to bargain in a right to bargain in a system where employers and employees would

would get a fair go. We created

a new bargaining stream for

low-paid workers who had been

locked out of the benefits of collective bargaining. We gave

(Audio lost) The individual statutory

that had ripped off so many hard-working Australians. We broadened the definition broadened the definition of ... We are going to ... We are Prime Minister Julia Gillard's press conference in press conference in Sydney right there. She was speaking

to a group of community workers

in Redfern. We apologise for

the quality of the audio from

that press conference. We are

joined by Sue Lanin, the latest unemployment figures have been released by the Brisbane Broncos Bureau of

Statistics. Reading the figures unemployment rate has come in at 5.2%. unemployment rate came in at

5.3%. They have revised it up. It was

It was thought that the original figure of 5.2% in

September was a statistical blip and it seems like it is. September unemployment rate has

gone up slightly. For October

it has come saw 10,000 jobs increase over

the month. Full-time employment was boosted. Part-time employment

employment fell. How does that

line up with expectations? Actually, economists were expecting about 10,000 jobs to be created so the number of

jobs created has come in in line with expectations. The median forecasts of economists

surveyed by Bloomberg was a

rise to 5.3%. 13 out of rise to 5.3%. 13 out of 24 economists thought unemployment rate would rise

5.3% but most of the others

thought it would stay steady thought it would stay steady at

5.2%. The share market, the

numbers are not looking good

Australia today. The numbers

overnight from the US not

pretty at all. This is all

about Europe. Yes. We have seen big falls across the big falls across the board,

miners, financial stocks. At the moment, the All Ords is

down, the ASX is down. We have seen board. Rio Tinto have lost

about 4%. Fortescue Metals down

6%. The Commonwealth Bank is

down about 3%. We have seen a

bigger fall from the bigger fall from the insurer,

insurance Australia Group, IAG,

they have dropped 4%. They say claims from the floods claims from the floods in Thailand have cost about Thailand have cost about $50 million. How is News Limited

doing? They announced the doing? They announced the CEO

John Hartigan was leaving John to be replaced by Kim Williams. They bit less than the fall in the

market. They are down about

2.5%. But other media companies

have fallen more. It seems like the news hasn't been taken too

badly by the markets. Sue Lanin

with a view from the business

desk, thank you. Our top story

- Greece is still without a

government as Prime Minister

George Papandreou prepares to step down. Critical power-sharing talks are in

deadlock. The smallest party in

the coalition has walked out.

Adds greet struggles to resolve the crisis, Italy's debt

problems are getting worse. The

cost of borrowing has hit a

record high of more than 7%.

David Cameron says David Cameron says Eurozone

leaders must act quickly to

stop the contagion from

spreading. If you don't have credibility

credibility about your plans to

deal with your debts and deficits,

deficits, whether you like the

markets or not, they won't lend

you any money. That's what we

are seeing in countries are seeing in countries like Greece and now tragically in

Italy where the price of

borrowing money is getting to a

totally unsustainable level. It is a have sustainable plans to get

on top of our debts and

deficits. As the crisis unfolds

in Rome, bankers and investors awful over the world are

weighing up to continue lending

to Italy. If they stop, Italy could simply run out of money, but many fear Italy's economy,

the third largest in the

Eurozone, is simply too big to fail. Italy hadn't had a

problem with its debt before

because the economy was growing

and interest costs were low.

Now Italy's forecast to grow Now Italy's forecast to grow by year over the next two years

and investors worry Italy's politicians can't turn things

around. Higher interest rates

make the job that much make the job that much harder. If it is paying 4% to borrow,

Italy can keep its interest

payments to around 10% payments to around 10% of tax revenues. If the interest rate

goes to 7% or 8% and stays

there, 20% - one in every five

Euros Italy collects in taxes -

will be taken up with will be taken up with debt interest by interest by 2015. That's just not sustainable. European Union

finance ex Perthes were in Rome

today but the feeling in today but the feeling in the

markets is the Italians can't solve this alone. Right now the

Eurozone rescue fund doesn't have

have enough money to solve it either. The immediate issue

that I think Europeans face to

try to stabilise the situation

is basically to come up is basically to come up with

some new money in order to try to

to settle down the Italian bond

market. That probably means that will be centre stage in any such solution. The German Chancellor today said Europe needed

needed a big change in its

ground rules to prevent this

kind of crisis happening again

but she doesn't want to but she doesn't want to use European Central Bank money to

solve this one, neither does

the ECB. The reports are the ECB. The reports are that

at least three people are at least three people are dead

after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck eastern

turkey. These are live reports. The quake hit of Van near the border with

Iran. At least 18 buildings

including two hotels have collapsed. Rescue workers are

trying to free people trapped

beneath the rubble. The Senate

will today vote on the government's plan to force tobacco companies to sell

cigarettes in plain olive green

packages without company logos.

The changes will come into e

feck from the end of next year. The Federal health minister

says the country is to become

the first to introduce the laws. The Government laws. The Government is determined to introduce plain packaging packaging for cigarettes. Cigarette packets at the moment, tobacco products, moment, tobacco products, they

are sold in packets that have colours

colours and logos and branding

so that every time a smoke er

takes a packet out of their

pocket, it is a mobile ad for a

particular brand. We want to put a stop Every time a smoker, 20 or 30 times a day, is takes a cigarette pack out of their

pocket, we want to make sure

all it is showing is the harm that can be caused tobacco. that can be caused from

tobacco. This law will be a big

win for families who have lost a loved one to tobacco-related illness. In Australia that's

15,000 people each and every

year. We are determined to

reduce that number and this law

will be a win for those

families if the Senate passes

it today. This will be a world first in Australia. We are

going to implement this measure

and show how we can help reduce the

the harm caused by tobacco. The

measure is one in a number of

tobacco control steps that have

been taken for been taken for decades in

Australia and given us one of

the lowest smoking rates in the

world, but we do believe it can be even lower. There is more

than 20 different studies that

show that marketing and the

packaging of tobacco products

is an effective way to hook

people to this very addictive and lethal product. We can't

look to other countries

first in taking this step but we

we are very clear that the evidence and the research shows

it

it will work and we're

determined to take away the last method of advertising exists for tobacco conditions

here in - companies here in Australia. Health last Nicola Roxon. Police are

monitoring a picket line at a

Melbourne factory after a

vicious fight broke out late

yesterday. Workers at the Baiada chicken processing plant

went on an indefinite strike

over conditions at the factory.

A security guard who tried to

cross the picket line had car keys taken away by union

members. When they returned, he tried to drive through the

crowd. One person was treated

for an arm injury. Earlier

today we spoke to the today we spoke to the secretary

of the Victorian branch of the national Workers national Workers Union, Tim Kennedy. He says the union is continuing to monitor the

situation close le ly. The

action of the security guard

driving through the front

elicited the scenes. We don't blame the company for blame the company for the actions of a rogue individual

in this instance. What we have

here is workers who are very

much on edge, and when a driver drove into them, it drove into them, it elicited that response. The more disturbing scenes was elicited

after the drive gave an

indication he would reverse and

leave, instead he drove further

forward into the crowd. You saw the response that there. We're not happy about

it. We're not happy one of the

workers had a serious arm

injury out of it. We do what we

can to minimise the risks of these things occurring. Unfortunately, this happened in

the first 15 minutes of the action taking place action taking place yesterday.

As a union, we like to maintain

a disciplined and professional

approach to these things and we

do what we can to minimise the

risks. You will note our officials moved as quickly officials moved as quickly as

they could to remove the people

who were acting in a way we don't believe is appropriate. Essentially, the direction Essentially, the direction that we give is we need to be

disciplined, we need to be mindful that some people will act in a way act in a way we can't predict.

This rogue driver is something

that we cannot predict. We that we cannot predict. We ask

our people to try and maintain

some discipline in that

instance. Tim Kennedy from the

National Union of Workers in

Victoria. A series of wild

storms have drenched parts storms have drenched parts of

Sydney, Victoria and SA's

Riverland region. received more than 500 calls

for help. There are reports for help. There are reports of homes being damaged, fallen trees and widespread flash

flooding. Thousands of homes in

Sydney's south-west and SA were left without power.

With much of With much of Europe pre-occupied with potential

financial meltdown, the continent's fifth largest

economy, Russia, is heading towards parliamentary elections. In a country odds stacked against them, odds stacked

there is little question the

governing party will win. The lack of drama is being matched

by a lack of public

There are signs parliamentary

elections are coming in Russia.

Familiar faces, parties that

now have no seats and, of

course, bill boards for the

ruling party all over. If this

was supposed to encourage

enthusiasm for the vote, it is not not working. TRANSLATION: The

elections are held but nothing changes

changes in the lives of people

or it becomes worse. Our or it becomes worse. Our people don't have interest in this election. Parties like Just

Russia are struggling to make

an impact. #i9 has arranged its

initials to tap into

The party's leader says getting voters

voters to engage is a real challenge TRANSLATION: We

want the citizens of Russia to

become more active. It is not

easy for anyone running against the juggernaut of the ruling party and current Prime Minister and Minister and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin. His

image is everywhere. This billboard is part of an

antidrug campaign. The timing says the government, purely

coincidence. There are some who get involved, for instance,

protesting the lack of

Opposition parties but their

interests. A far cry, says this

analyst, to the moose drx - mass democracy movements of the

1990s. People are tired of the

corruption of the group of

bureaucrats on everything. So Vladimir Putin will keep

appearing on news bulletins appearing on news bulletins and Russians will keep being told

to vote next month even though many would rather pass. A raft of new claims have

emerged this week about surveillance techniques

employed by the de fung 'News

of the World' newspaper. That's

increased pressure on the head of News International James

Murdoch before the head of an

appearance to face more questions. British law makers

have been keen to question Mr Murdoch about an apparent

contradiction he gave in

evidence about when he first became aware of looks at how the scandal unfolded. The phone hacking

scandal had its origins more than six years ago. It begins

in 2005 when Clive in 2005 when Clive Goodman writes a story about Prince

William hurting his knee and Buckingham Palace smells a rat.

The following year, Goodman is

investigating, along with a private investigator, for

illegally hacking into royal phone messages. pair are jailed and Andy

Coulson resigns. News

International insists it is the

work of a work of a rogue reporter. James

Murdoch becomes the boss of

News International and in that

role he authorises a $1.5 million settlement with Gordon

Taylor to settle another phone

hacking claim. Questions will

be asked about whether or not

James Murdoch is aware at this

time that this is the tip of

the iceberg. In 2009, the story breaks in bri breaks in bri Britain's 'Guardian' newspaper that

thousands of people have thousands of people have had their voicemail hacked. their voicemail hacked. The following year, following year, former 'News of the World' themselves come forward to say phone hacking phone hacking and other techniques were endemic and

widespread at the newspaper. A host of celebrity victims

emerged too. Moving on to this year, the fallout sees the former 'News of the World' editor Andy Coulson resign from his job as David Cameron's

media minister. It is now that

James Murdoch announces

closure of the 'News of the World' and the

Murdoch empire withdraws its bid for full ownership of

BSkyB. Next the scandal claims

the scalps of Rebekah Brooks

and Les hinton and the drama

spreads abroad as well FBI asked to investigate

whether Murdoch whether Murdoch journalists broke US wire is concern too US anti-corruption laws may have

been broken by the been broken by the US-based

News Corporation after it is Reported payments were made to

police. It sees two of the top

officers broet both resign and

investigations are launched

into the handling of the

affair. Rupert Murdoch is drawn

into the unfolding drama when he is called to answer

questions but to some James

Murdoch is left with egg on his

face. He is quizzed about

settlement to Gordon Taylor in

2008. He maintains it wasn't widespread. That widespread. That is

contradicted when two others had received legal advice there

was a culture of illegal information access at the newspaper and overwhelming evidence that a number of senior journalists were involved. The pair also claim that James Murdoch was also

made aware of an email that

indicated the hacking went

beyond one rogue reporter. So, the scandal continues. the scandal continues. The latest estimates from latest estimates from British

police suggest it may police suggest it may now involve up to 4,000 victims. Nick Grimm reporting. Sue

Lanin joins us with an update

from the markets. Local have been hit by worries about

Italy's cost of borrowing. The

than 2% lower. The ASX 200 is down around 3%. Insurance

Australia Group lost 4%. It says it has received 1500

claims from the Thailand floods

and expects to pay out $50 million. News Corporation has

dropped just over 2%. The banks

and miners are down. On Wall

Street, stocks plunged amid the concern about concern about Europe. The Dow

Jones Index ended down more than

than 3%. In Europe, the FTSE 100 lost 2%. Italy's main index

tumbled nearly 4%. Commodities

have been sold off too amid the gloom. Currencies, investors

have sold off the Australian dollar. It is buying around

101.2 US cents, down about 2

cents overnight. The unemployment rate locally has dropped slightly in October.

The latest figures from the The Bureau of Statistics show the

jobless rate came in at 5.2%,

slightly below forecast. That's

down from a revised 5.3% in jobs were created over the

month as expected. Last week the Reserve Bank cut its

forecast for inflation and

economic growth. A saved A century from Michael Clarke saved Australia from

embarrassment on the first embarrassment on the first day of the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town. The

innings was the only highlight for the

the pick of the Proteas bowlers

with 4/31. The visitors found themselves on the ropes early. Ricky Ponting was dismissed off the bowling of the bowling of Steyn. Australia

was 3/40. Clarke anchored the

innings in what some innings in what some have

labelled his most impressive display

display with the bat yet. There

it is. A beautiful shot to

bring up 100. No.16 in bring up 100. No.16 in Test matches for Michael Clarke. It

is it is appreciated by his

team in the change

and Peter Siddle will return to

the crease when day two starts

tonight. In golf, round one of

the Australian Open has kicked

off at the Lakes in Sydney.

Geoff Ogilvy hasn't had the

best start. He is one under. Tiger

Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and

Jason Day will tee off in the next few minutes. Des Hasler's

time as coach of Manly would

seem to be ending sooner than

he planned. The board of the

NRL club met last night

decided to stand down the coach. It is seem to

has been cited from trying has been cited from trying to entice players from the Sea

Eagles to Canterbury where he

is scheduled to move next year

and has been handed a breach

notice. The CEO says and has

will be given a chance to

explain himself before explain himself before action is is taken. The Manly Sea Eagles

Board has met this evening and

are of the opinion there have

been serious breaches of

contract by coach Des Hasler.

The Board's invited Des The Board's invited Des to explain explain his actions. In the

meantime, he meantime, he has been stood

down. We will not be making any further fhent until further fhent until Des has had the chance to respond. Scott Penn there. The world's Penn there. The world's top tennis players have all safely negotiated their second negotiated their second round matches at the Paris Masters. Novak Ivan Dodig. Andy Murray was also a straight-sets winner over France's Jeremy over Roger Federer had little trouble in seeing

Martin. Let's hear from the top seed, Novak Djokovic, who had

been struggling with a shoulder

injury. I think it's not an

injury, I think it's more a strong inflammation that was

caused from little bit caused from little bit change of the technique of caused because of the injury I before that, the one that kept

me away from four or five

weeks, the abdominal injury. I

still not playing on top of my game on the court

kind of getting used to the

conditions because I haven't

played since last December.

Things are getting better. I am

trying to stay positive. Ian

Thorpe is struggling to Thorpe is struggling to capture

the form which propelled him to

Olympic champion a few years

ago. The 29-year-old slumped to

another missed final at Beijing

yesterday, this thiem time in

the 100m butterfly. That's the 100m butterfly. That's him

in the yellow cap well down in the yellow cap well down in

the field. Ian Thorpe seems to have come to terms with the fact he won't be the first grabbing his towel after the race race for now. I have accepted I

won't be winning the next few competitions. I am okay with that. People have told me you are

are used to getting out of are used to getting out of the pool first, "What's this

like?". It's really good if you

want to lose your ego. You

a battering and it sets you up for the next preparation. When

you know it is going to happen,

I think it serves you well and it will serve me well in

training now. Ian Thorpe there. Let's get an update on Let's get an update on the weather forecast with Vanessa

O'Hanlon. Krs

Let's look at the satellite

system. We do have a lot of

cloud still coming down

the Kimberly down towards the

cloud is em bedded cloud is em bedded with

thunderstorms. We are seeing a

lot of thunderstorm activity

this morning about the

north-east of Victoria and with

have the north-east of Victoria

on a severe weather warning at the moment. The synoptic chart

shows the trough starting to

move away from Victoria and up

towards the south-east of NSW and making its way towards

Queensland. On the eastern side

of that trough, it is actually

humid winds still, so still quite hot throughout the region. For Queensland, with

the hot, humid winds severe weather warning for a fire danger for the channel

country, storms about the western districts, the western districts, the tropics

and southern areas of the State. NSW, showers and storms

will contract to the will contract to the nest. It

is still humid, although is still humid, although cooler conditions in the west and

south after the storms have

come through. Victoria, rain

and storms over the far east at

the moment. The humidity has

caused and it is a much cooler

day. In Tasmania, day. In Tasmania, scattered showers, mainly falling in the

west of the

State. For SA, a cooler day

also apart from showers in the

far east, otherwise a mostly dry day. WA, there is dry day. WA, there is a

weakening cold front that's moving through the Expect

moving through the south-west. Expect a few showers from the

system. In the north it will system. In the north it will be

quite hot, especially around the Kimberly with a few storms and isolated

and isolated showers and thunderstorms thunderstorms to cross the

Northern Territory. We can

expect high humidity today thunderstorms expect high humidity today across the northern parts of

the Northern Territory. Let's

go around the country go around the country for tomorrow:

Stand by now for the Stand by now for the latest

from the markets and more

coverage of the day's top

stories with Ros Childs. We

will leave you with live

pictures from Turkey where reports say at least three

people have been killed in an

earthquake. You are with ABC

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