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up to buy, Pakistan calling up to buy, Pakistan calling for access to Australia's uranium to India. Five star pile-up,

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There's still a long way to go in the legal process but lawyers for 34,000 lawyers for 34,000 ANZ

customers say it is a huge step

in the right direction.

in the right direction. A Federal Court judge has given the go ahead to Australia's

largest class action largest class action ruling

that ABC could have been

gouging its customers with the

size of some of its move could potentially cost the gouging

doors for customers of other bank millions

banks to pursue their own institution. Lawyers for the

plaintiffs this morning said

the decision was a win for consumers but ANZ chief executive has been hailing the

outcome as a within for the

banks. Today we have had a

significant judgement in significant judgement in the

Federal Court which we see is

largely in ANZ's favour in the

class action that was grout by

IMF Australia against the bank. The judgement found in The judgement found in our

five favour that four out of the

five fee types, or to put

another way, 13 out of the 17

individual fees could not be characterised as penalties.

Only one fee type, or four

detailed fees, the late payment

fees on credit cards were

determined as capable of being

characterised as a penalty and

this now will be examined in the main trial which will the main trial which will be held next year. We have consistently argued that while

some of the fees may have unpopular we believe they some of the fees may have been

unpopular we believe they were lawful and we're pleased this

has been largely vindicated in the customers we recognised two today's

years ago these fees were ever

weren't popular and took action in

in December 2009 to abolish

fees on personal accounts to make the the customers. We reduced make the banking simpler for

overdrawn, late and dishonour fees and we removed the fees for the Government benefits

Of course there is still some with an access basic account.

way to go in the court case.

The Federal Court hearing that

the judgement today was in

respect of is essentially a

or not the fees were considered first step in deciding

penalties or were a fee for service provided by the bank.

The one finding in IMF's favour

does not yet provide any

in the class action. This is a resolution for

complex case and we will be

continuing to vigorous ly

happy defend the case next year. I am

happy to take any questions on that. P sh (Inaudible questions). We have only just

received the judgement. It is

134 pages so yet to appeal against the late

payment fees but we're happy to

go into the court case next

year while that issue there. The court's ruling

today was mostly in favour of

them... What's your comment?

13 out of the 17 fees and four

out of the five fee types were

decided in our favour and the

second round is where we second round is where we will

go into the court next year because what the second stage

that the of the court case is about is

whether or not these fees are

excessive or not. The issue of

late payment activity what is costs us to provide the

late payment activity is

something that will be

determined in the courts next year, that is where our will be taken into account. It

is a pretty long bow for them

to draw. They said that to draw. They said that the bolster of the fees, just in

terms of cash, were related to

those late payment fees and

that was the most significant category. I read something this

morning where they said it

related to 18 out of the 50 monthlyion they

so that doesn't sound like the

bulk of it. They said it was up

to half, do you think that is

just a change... I was just

quoting a number put out there

that said it related to that said it related to 18 out of the 50 they were looking

at. They have said that even

though the late payments fees have reduced since this action

was launched, they believe they

were still too high (inaudible)

where are the late payment fees

at? The late payment fee was $20. It was $35 before the

changes put in place two ago. The costs we will be

looking at in respect of that

is all of the things that you

would expect people calling up

the customers and following it

through and there is a lost of

cost that underpins that and

we're confident to be able to

demonstrate the fees are not

excessive. You say it

bank $20 every time someone

missus their deadline on a

credit card payments? Our

argument is that the costs are

fee. Isn't it fairly standard not disproportionate to the

and computerised with these

applications? The computers

themselves cost a lot of money

to develop and collections

activity is manually intensive.

When the collections agents

call up the customers, it is people sitting with equipment people sitting with the telecommunications and so on.

It is an expensive part of our business. Is the reduction from

$35 to $20 an admission? No it

and lower fees and it was is part of a move to simplify

and lower fees and it was taken on competitive

on competitive grounds. You're

arguing that the current late

fees are proportionate to what

is kovts ANZ every time someone fails

fails to make a payment? This

court case had two legs to it.

One was to decide whether the

law of penalties should apply

found in four out of the five in the first

fee types it is not a consideration. The second is consideration. The second fee types it is not a relevant

that the judge has said she thinks that the

fees could be characterised as

a penalty and we will look a penalty and we will look at

whether or not the costs are

appropriate. That is what next year's court case will be

about. We can't comment on about. We can't comment on that

much more. Do you feel like much more. Do you feel like ANZ

has been the whit be boig

considering that a lot of the

fees are standard across the

banking sector? That is how we

felt. I can't of the banks that were named in the initial class action but

ANZ was singled out to go

first. That obviously has

caused us to incur costs and go through a bit of effort on

behalf of the industry. We kind

of accept that is the luck of

the draw. We had to go into the

court and make our best arguments and we're feeling good about the outcome. Is there

there any help financially from

the sector as a whole, the

banking sector? I haven't seen

any arrive yet. I thought maybe the industry was viewing the industry was viewing this

as a case against

together? There is no doubt -

the industry has viewed it that

way but we haven't sought to do

this as a joint activity this as a joint activity at all. We

we had the legal team that

could run it and we're feeling,

as I said, four out of as I said, four out of five

we're feeling good as a result

today. Will you be appealing

against the decisions gone against you today? It was the

first question I was asked. It

is too early to say whether or

not we'll appeal anything. We have only had the chance to look at the judgement T long one. Wear happy it go

through to the second stage of

the court case. (Inaudible) To

you make a lot of noise through

the bank or the ombudsman or

the Magistrates Court. What

level of fees are being

refunded now? Customers who

feel that a fee has been applied by accident, the

circumstances of the event circumstances of the event were

an accident, I was involved in

a case the other day where a case the other day where we have refunded fees to a customer because their

paying money into it. We're

reasonable for the customers

who make a reasonable who make a reasonable case. Obviously the fees Obviously the fees are there

for a reason and if the people

who make their payments late

want them refunded we would be

resistant to it. For a onoff

case where there say plausible

argument we have been known to

refund fees. What sort of

change have you noticed after

dropping your late payment

fees? Have you noticed a vast amount of people are bothering about their credit

card payments being on time?

No. If anything it has lowered

the number of complaints we

get. One of the things about

simplifying the fees has been that customers see it as more

transparent. What kind of

impact does this have

potentially on ANZ's potentially on ANZ's bottom line? What kind of an line? What kind of an impact are we talking about? We don't

think it would be material at

all. We'll still defending the

existing fee, in any there is no change coming from

that. The big impact on the bottom line was the reduction

in fees two years ago, in fees two years ago, which

was something like $150 was something like $150 million a year a year of fee income reduction. The ANZ's Phil

speaking a short time ago from Melbourne. The ABC understands

a teenager stabbed to this morning a teenager stabbed to death

this morning was the son of a

Sydney bikie. The 16-year-old

apprentice was attacked at apprentice was attacked at a mechanic shop in Sydney's west just before 9 o'clock. Police sources say he was the son of a

bikie from the Loan Wolf bikie from the Loan Wolf gang.

He was taken to the Nepean

hospital but was declared a short time

believe the stabbing is link

today a substitute involving

the gang's club, the club the gang's club, the club house

was damaged in an arson attack in September. The Australian

teenage er convicted of drugs

charges in Bali has managed to

avoid the media as he morning. He

at Sydney Airport this morning. He was released after

serving two months. He was

arrested in early October for marijuana possession. Our

reporter Nick Dole filed this report. There is certainly a

sense of relief for this

14-year-old boy and his family

from the NSW central coast. He

spent the best part of two

months in Indonesian months in Indonesian detention

for marijuana possession. Just

last night he was taken to the

airport and he was put on

at around 1 o'clock in the morning Denpasar time and

arrived here at Sydney arrived here at Sydney just

before 10 o'clock. We have seen

the pictures of the pictures of the enormous

media interest. To and from

court there has been a huge

media scrum surrounding him.

The media were here today, well over a dozen crews, including

radio and photographers as

well. It seems they have

decided to whisk him out a back

door and he's manage today

escape the media for now. Obviously there has been speculation as to whether a

deal has been done. Two weeks ago, just as the boy was appearing before a judge, news

came through, reports through that the Nine Network

had signed him up to a major

deal. The network and his

family and an age sent family and an age sent quickly denied that. It wouldn't have

been a good look while appearing before a court. You

would have to think given the

huge amount of interest in this

case that someone is offering

money. As to whether he or his

family will take it up is

another story altogether. He will want to meet with today.

There is a large presence

outside his house on the NSW

central coast. You would think

he'd want to avoid that

although the pictures been

seeing is that there is hessian

barriers that have been put

around the house. It appears

fleece in the medium to long

term he may be returning to term he may be returning to his

home to see his family there. A major sense of relief for major sense of relief for this

boy and his family today. Counting is under way Russia's parliamentary election. Vladimir Putin's

United Russia party is tipped

to win but with less than 50% of

of the vote. At the last

elections in 2007 the party won

65%. The sharp drop in public

support is a blow for Putin who

will run for the pes densy will run for the pes densy in three months. Opposition

parties are alleging widespread fraud including the stuffing fraud including the stuffing of ballot boxes and voters being offered money. Dr Petrov teaches

teaches with the Sydney University and University and the Australian National

special interest in communist studies. He joins me in the

studio now. What do you see as the reason that the United Russia party has dropped so

significantly by more than 15%?

The independent The independent observers

claim there is a much more

significant drop, probably up

to 30-35% if not the

manipulation behind the scenes, but it hasn't been proven but it hasn't been proven yet. We know that the situation is changing in Russia,

particularly as a result of the

global economic crisis. The oil

price has dropped, in the last

two years life in Russia was

getting difficult and the party

of power has been suffering crisis, so people claim there

is a crisis of power in Russia.

The policies which The policies which United Russia pursued made people very

angry, so they nick-named the

party as party of swindlers and crooks. Putin's pop crooks. Putin's pop you latter is dropping. It is not as much

as it used to be. Is this the

party that has been

comprehensively dominant in

Russia since the fall of com

you ni.? It used to grow

because the United Russia a was an an unofficial party that was

created by the then President

Putin. It was the party of people with people with military

backgrounds, the KGB and the forces who turned into billionaires, so we can't really call them Liberals, they are simply people who were well

connected with the previous

regime and they benefited from

the changing situation in

Russia and the spike in oil prices made them super

rich. Why is there a crisis

within that party now? The

situation, the global situation, the global economic

crisis collapsed the oil prices

and while the influx of petrol dollars in Russia was very significant in the last 10

years, people had the impression that it

to the United Russia party. But

in the last year or two, the

situation has changed. We saw

that it was actually the benefit benefit of the global economy

rather than the party's

manoeuvres - So they have been

winning power on false pretences or a pretences or a false

understanding, you think? understanding, you think? The claims were quite prosperous,

people were promised by 2010

there was going to be 1 00% employment and the utilities

were supposed to be very low

different picture. Last different picture. Last year,

it was a very cold winter and

the rising skyrocketing

price. After this election, will still be by far the

dominant party, won't it? Not

any more. It looks like the

United Russia party still has the majority but not the constitutional majority which

means that the Duma, the

parliament will turn into a

place for discussion and the real opposition for the United

Russia party is now turning to be the com you nifts and the

nationalists so it is much more

combustible mix of super rich

people with communists and

nationalists. As originally a Russian yourself are you encouraged

encouraged by that change in

Russia? Some change is coming

and it looks good. People have

been tired of the same faces.

President Putin turned into PM

and now coming back for another six or six or prorly 12 years next March. That is not in doubt,

his victory is not in his victory is not in doubt

there? Probably not yet. He's

still very popular. Out of 100

million voters, 70 million

support him. The United Russia

party is not popular anymore

but President Putin will but President Putin will turn

the wave of support from the wave of support from the hands of the party hands of the party into the so-called United front,

something which he created something which he created this year. We have seen year. We have seen in our

stories this morning about Russian election that there is still so much government

domination of the system there.

Can you really see that these

other parties, the com you nifts and the nationals will be

allowed to genuinely take part in the process? Nationalists and communists, the parliamentary Opposition, parliamentary Opposition, the

issue is coming from non-system

opposition which are not even

allowed to be registered.

They're not given access to mainstream media, the independent court system doesn't work properly

so they can't claim any rights

to participate in to participate in this democratic process and that

worries me. Thanks for joining us. Defence minister says talks will soon begin with India on an

an agreement to safeguard the

use of Australian uranium. The

Labor Party has cleared the Labor Party has cleared the way for the Government to explore

the sale of uranium to India

after a spirited debate at its

national conference at the weekend. Opponents claim

Australia will never be able to

guarantee that India uses guarantee that India uses the

uranium for purely peaceful

purposes. But Stephen Smith says their concerns says their concerns are misplaced. There are misplaced. There are some

people in the party now who

naed clear yesterday they didn't support the decision in

1984 and that was essentially

their starting point. We have

been through this before. I frankly thought yesterday that

the debate was respectful and

dignified. Yes there was a

of the usual conference

repartie, we come to expect that at a Labor Party

conference but we have managed this decision well over a 30,

40 year period in terms of 40 year period in terms of the

views within their party. He

says it is a major strategic decision for the future of the market

region. China's booming Mott

market has been a factor in the

country's rapid country's rapid economic growth

in recent years. In a province

near the among owlan border the

push has outstripped the demand

for housing. It is a city for housing. It is a city that

should accommodate close to 1.5

million residents, but according to one government

official only 50,000 people

call Ordos home. With call Ordos home. With an

oversupply, the old city where

people actually live has had a

30% drop in real 30% drop in real estate prices. TRANSLATION: Not many people live people live in this city. Too many been

many been built. So, on

average, there are more than 3 apartments for every single

person. The city is a product

of China's desire to maintain extraordinary growth, propped

up with a US $180 million loan,

huge towers were built with the

assumption the apartments be snapped up by the country's middle class. TRANSLATION: The

locals all own their money and

all money has been invested in property. property. Now no-one can sell

apartments and the money is

gone. Fish Amid fears of a property

property bubble bust, the

Chinese central bank has Chinese central bank has been

placing restrictions on lending

over the past two years. Home

prices fell in October for the

first time this year. It is a trend which is still

continuing. The Chinese continuing. The Chinese central bank is indicating there bank is indicating there is

more pain to come. Many residents hope that is not the case. TRANSLATION: I think

the region's property prices

will fall a bit in the

short-term but in the long term

I think the trend is for prices

to rise because land is a limited resource and the population is

rising. Considering real estate

contributes to about 10% of

Chinese growth, Beijing will be

cautious on applying any

further breaks on the

estate market. Let's take estate market. Let's take a

look at business news. Here is

The local share market The local share market is

heading for its sixth day of

gains encouraged by moves combat gains encouraged by moves to

combat Italy's debt and hopes

of an interest rate cut here.

Investors in the ANZ appear

unfazed by the ruling that a

class action against the bank

can proceed. Shares are around

half a percent higher which is

in line with the rest of the four big banks. A private measure A private measure of

inflation has revealed prices

eased back in November. The TD

security inflation gauge fell

and they were led by fruit, vegetables, petrol and travel

and accommodation. It takes the

annual rate of inflation annual rate of inflation to 2.1%, a two-year low and well within the Reserve Bank's

target range. They hold their

interest rate meeting tomorrow.

Economists are divided over

whether or not they will cut rates. The number of job

advertisements on the Internet and in FA Cups stayed steady

last month. It found an average

of more than 181,000 of job ads per

per week in November. It is

only slightly higher than the

same time last year. Despite

the flight numbers there was disparity

disparity between the Internet and and newspaper job adds. The newspaper job ads were up newspaper job ads were up 0.6% for the month. The latest business indicators from business Australian Bureau of Statistics show company profits grew by more than expected in more than expected in the September September quarter. Company operating profits jumped 4.8%

in the three months to

September.

Overseas and Italy's new

Government has approved

emergency austerity and growth measures measures aimed at country from the threat financial ruin. PM Mario financial ruin. PM Mario Monti

says he hopes the decision will

rewaken the Italian economy.

The package is worth $26 billion. It includes spending

cuts and measures to fight tax evasion. He says he'll forgo

his salary as part of the new measures. Australia's big banks

are preparing for higher levels

of mortgage stress. There are

concerns amongst economists borrowers will come under

increasing stress as the

European situation increases pressure pressure on the local economy. The Australian Bankers

Association says the web site is

is aimed at preventing an unnecessary floofd repossessed properties onto the market. The Australian retailers association is pleading with the Reserve Bank to cut

interest rates to save the Christmas shopping season. The

association says many smaller

retailers are finding splugish

spending a threat. Some of the

small businesses are fighting back by getting together take on the big shopping

centres and the int neat. It is the

the time of year we take to the

shops and for people who prefer

the suburban main drag to a shopping centre mall, tis not

the season for a shopping

trolley. We prefer the

trolley. We prefer the shopping

strips to the malls. There is a lot of restaurants and coffee shops. It is a good place to

shop and have a coffee. It is

the health of the shopping strips themselves that concerns main main street Australia's Nicole

Maslin. She's plotting a way a

forward with detailed research

and lobbying. They have great connections to the local community. Mainstreet Australia

has already taken a hard look

at Victoria's retail landscape.

Its research shows 41% of the

State's shopping revenue comes from strips

it's said employ 13% of the

total work force. Tony total work force. Tony runs a long established menswear shop in Melbourne's in Melbourne's fashionable chapel Street, he says any chapel Street, he says any shop keeper with too much debt is keeper with too much debt is

struggling. Discounters have

discounted each other out of

business and made themselves more vulnerable to global players. Then there is players. Then there is the global threat of Internet shopping. chapel Street retailers are

trying to overcome with this fancy collective web site. But... They haven't gone to the

next step of actually being

able to purchase from site but it has to come. If it

does come, Australian main

streets will become virtually available to international shoppers as

American golfer Tiger Woods

has won his first tournament two years in California. Wdz

holed a six foot putt for a

birdie at the final hole to beat fellow American beat fellow American Zach Johnson. It is his first win since the Australian since the Australian master back in 2009. It feels since

It was a lot of fun. Zach put

it on me at 16 but the shot he

played at 14 was a zok, played at 14 was a zok, wasn't

it? A little side spinner in around. I thought I had

control. He was probably control. He was probably going

to make bogey and if he putd it

he was going to have a he was going to have a hard time keeping it on the green.

The next thing I'm The next thing I'm one down playing the last couple playing the last couple of

holes and I hit two good puts. He's looking comfortable

again . Australia has made one change to the squad for

Friday's second cricket Test in

Hobart against New Zealand. Ben

Cutting has been replaced by

South Australian Dan Christian.

He had already been put on

stand by. Shane Watson and recovering from injuries in an

effort to be fit for the first Test against Test against India on Boxing

Day. Australia leads the two Test series against New Zealand

1-0. David Beckham has

brightened the day of sick kids at the new Royal Children's Hospital

Hospital in Melbourne. He's in

Melbourne for three days. His team LA Galaxy will take on Melbourne Victory tomorrow night night in a friendly. This night in a friendly. This

morning he mingled with staff and patients. His soccer will be on display this afternoon at a training session at princess park. Spain has

surged to victory at home surged to victory at home for

its fifth Davis Cup title. The

win was assured after

Nadal came back from a set down

to take out the singles from Argentina. After Argentina. After a shaky start, Argentina's poll poll poll gave the king of clay run for his money. Rafael

Nadal lost six games in a row

in the first set but eventually

found his feet, fighting back

to beat the Argentina. He

demolished Del Potro 7-0 in the

fourth set tie break. This

match, at match, at the beginning, Del Potro was playing so Potro was playing so good but

Rafa is Rafa and he's a winner.

He won the match and the

tie. It was the 16th successive

Davis Cup singles win for Davis Cup singles win for the

world number 2 and victory world number 2 and victory gave

Spain an unbeatable 3-1 lead to

take their fifth Davis Cup

title. Rory McIlroy is enjoying

victory, taking out the Hong Kong Open

birdie out of the bunker. The

US Open champion came from

three strokes behind to win three strokes behind to win by

Havret and Sweden's Peter

Hansen. There is a lot to play

for and to produce the golf I did today was pleasing. In the EPL, Sunderland's new EPL, Sunderland's new manager's

first day was ruined by a second half double from Wolverhampton striker Steven Fletcher. Sunderland looked on

course for victory but after Sebastian Larsson missed a controversial penalty, the Wolves turned the game around in a matter of seconds, denying Sunderland the opportunity Sunderland the opportunity to

welcome O'Neill with their third premier league win of the

season. World football is mourning former Brazil captain

Socrates. The 57-year-old died

of septic shock following an intestinal infection. Socrates,

a qualified doctor captained

Brazil in the 1982 World Cup,

thought to be the never to have won. Let's

check tomorrow's weather. Here's Vanessa O'Hanlon. Cloudy

over WA. This is associated with a low pressure trough that is bringing hot and thundery

weather to parts of the west. Stormy

Stormy weather over most of

QLD. With the highest rain

falls likely around the trough

and central areas. A broad low

pressure trough and the

tail-end of a cold front spreading fresh southerly along the east coast. This

temperatures. A high in the

Bight is moving east and

clearing the skies in the

south-east ahead of the next

cold front which is due from Friday. A low will increase rain over WA's south-west. A

possibly of 25 mm. The

in QLD will push the rain

towards the east with heavy rain across eastern rain across eastern parts of the State and extending in

northern NSW.

These are today's top stories

- the Federal Court has ruled a class action against the ANZ Bank can proceed. Bank can proceed. 34,000 customers involved in the

lawsuit had a partial win this

lawsuit had a partial win this morning when the court ruled

some bank fees could be

fees. The customers have argued

many ANZ fees are excessive and

do not represent the true cost

of doing business. The pressure is on now for Australia to supply uranium

supply uranium to Pakistan in

the wake of the Labor Party decision

decision to lift the ban on

sales to India. The Pakistani high commissioner says high commissioner says there should be a non- discriminatory policy

policy allowing sales to

Pakistan too. The ALP national conference yesterday endorsed a plan to lift a ban plan to lift a ban on India. The Australian convicted of drugs charges in

Bali has managed to avoid the

media upon arriving home. He

was released from was released from detention

after serving two months. He

was arrested in early October

for for marijuana possession. American golfer

Tiger Woods has won his tournament Tiger Woods has won his first tournament for two years tournament for two years at Thousand Oaks in California. He

holed a 6 foot putt at the final hole to beat Zach

Johnson. It is his first tournament win since Australian Masters in 2009. Lawyers 2009. Lawyers representing

plaintiffs in the class action sense ANZ say today's decision

in the Federal Court to allow

the case to proceed is a big

win for consumers. The decision could potentially cost the bank millions of dollars and opens the door for customers of

other banks to pursue their own institutions. Andrew Watson

from Morris Blackbarn lawyers this morning said the go ahead for

for the bank is great for the

customers. There will be

customers. There will be almost certainly appeals on the fees have lost on, other arguments. This

This was one small step in the

litigation but I want to tell

you it is one great leap for Australian consumers. Moving

onto the uranium story. Pakistan has been quick to respond to the change in Labor's stance after Labor's stance after the conference on the conference on the weekend. We have been reporting this

morning and over the last 24

hours that decision from the conference in relation to India

with the ALP paving the way for

the country to pursue uranium

sales to India. Earlier I spoke with Pakistan's high

commissioner Abdul Malik Abdullah. He says Australia

should now be prepared to should now be prepared to also

export uranium to Pakistan. The we are suggesting that Australia had the moral high

ground when it decided that it

- that based on it will not export the it will not export the uranium

to any non-signatory. We

respected that. Now it seems,

that due to the economic

reasons, that has changed. That

is fine, it is a sovereign

decision by the Australian

Government and its people and

we respect that too. Our only

issue is that it should not be

discriminatory, it should be

based on the principles of

equality, fair play. Pakistan

should not be singled out, or

put in a different category, which we feel is which we feel is against the

principles of equality. It kind of punishes us because... Pakistani high commissioner

ruling party appears set to win the parliamentary

ruling party significant drop in support.

Final results won't be known

for several hours. for several hours. Opposition parties say the

tainted by fraud. Some of the independent media web sites

were knocked off line on the election were knocked off line on the election day. Election day in

Moscow and the Kremlin wasn't

taking any chances. taking any chances. Thousands

of soldiers were on hand of soldiers were on hand to prevent any unauthorised opposition protests like this one. one. In Russia's big cities, voters came and cast their ballots, ballots, even though few believe any of this is fair. TRANSLATION: If the elections

elections are held unfairly and everything remains the everything remains the same, what hope is there? There were similar similar sentiments from similar sentiments from the head of the country's only

independent election monitor, independent election monitor,

Golos. A day before the vote

she was detained by customs

agents for 12 hours as agents for 12 hours as he returned to Russia.

voter fraud, they were knocked

off line on election day, targeted by hackers. TRANSLATION: hackers. TRANSLATION: What has

been done to it, it is a total

violation of our organisation's

right to do its job. Opposition leaders also cried foul but leaders also cried foul but the complaints won't stop the ruling United Russia party from

claiming victory. Despite an

overwhelming media advantage and

and virtual official backing from the Government, United Russia's support splid steadily throughout the throughout the campaign. Some

analysts say that even Vladimir

Putin realise that people won't accept another vote

this. I think these elections are the kind with the same politicians, with the same political parties and

and under the same rules. The results so far, with Russia results so far, with United

Russia well in Russia

hardly a surprise, with the

Kremlin nervously watching the

economic turmoil in Europe economic turmoil in Europe and with dissatisfaction here

seeming to grow by the day, for

the ruling party, making the ruling party, making sure

it won this election may been the easy part. Two unexploded World War II have unexploded World War II bombs have been found in unexploded World War

Rhine in Germany. Half Rhine in Germany. Half the

population of the city of

Koblenz, nearly 50,000 people

were evacuated as bomb disposal

experts were called in. An

eerie quiet descended on

Koblenz as 50,000 people fled and this normally and this normally buzzing metropolos became a ghost town. TRANSLATION: Everything Koblenz is closed. is closed. You can't go anywhere, but hopefully it will

be over soon in a good

way. What drove everyone way. What drove everyone away

can be seen just above the

water line of the River water line of the River Rhine, surrounded by sand bags as bomb

disposal units worked to make

it safe. People went to temporary shelters as half the city closed down. TRANSLATION:

Yes, it feels a bit strange. Yes,

left home, closed all the

windows and let down the roller

shutters. I am hoping everything will go well and we can return this prison, seven nursing homes and two hospitals were The two hospitals were evacuated. The sick and the frail taken away by ambulance. TRANSLATION:

Our job is to evacuate Our job is to evacuate private

residences of senior citizens

unable to leave by themselves and retirement homes this morning. One in 10 bombs

dropped on Germany in World War

II failed to explode. II failed to explode. The latest two found in the River

Rhine bed are the biggest ones

to be discovered since 1945. TRANSLATION: We British debt onyart which was

surrounded by water for a long time

time which causes a high risk

which the debt onyart is being removed. Last year three removed. Last year three bomb disposal experts disposal experts were killed

while defusing a device while defusing a device in

lower Saxony. And three other

people died after a bomb was

unearthed in a stadium and it

debt onated. A new report has

found that global carbon

emissions surged by a record

amount in 2010. A new report

found that emissions

5.9%. The figure was higher than expected after emissions fell during the economic

down-turn in 2008/09. Earlier I

spoke with one spoke with one of the report's authors. One was expenditure by governments following the

global financial crisis. A

second was the continuing

economic power of the

developing world, including

China, which paved the way for

a rapid return to economic growth and at the moment economic growth is well correlated with economic growth consumed

emissions jumped up. You would

have been expecting a big jump

as the world emerged as the world emerged from the

global financial crisis. Why was was it bigger than expected? We think it was to do, first,

with the economic recovery but

also to do with the fact that

improvements in efficiency have

not been as rapid as we'd hoped

or expected and, in particular,

this is the first year for a number of years where we have

seen the efficiency of the

global economy, in terms of carbon emissions, actually decrease. That is we're omitting more carbon per omitting more carbon per dollar

than we used to omit last year and the year before. Iran says it has shot down a US military drone

drone in the eastern part of the country which borders Afghanistan. Announcing the

news on State television news on State television Tehran says it was an RQ-170, one of America's super secret drones although it has appeared on the Internet. The US has admitted to losing control of an unarmed

reconnaissance aircraft over

western Afghanistan. There western Afghanistan. There are important secrets that can be

lost by looking at the kind

lost by looking at the kind of material that is used on the skin of the aeroplane looking at the kind of shapes. It comes at a tense time with Iran with reports it continues

continues to work on continues to work on nuclear weapons. A taxi driver in

eastern China has been pulled to safety after being trapped

under the rear of a truck. The

taxi crashed into the truck in the krich krich was a long and del accurate

operation to free the driver.

operation to free the driver. A passengers in the car at passengers in the car at the

time of the accident was also

freed. There has been a

pile-up with a difference on a highway in Japan involving a

small fleet of expensive super

cars. Japanese police say eight

Ferraris, two Mercedes Benz and a Lamborghini crashed into each

other when the lead other when the lead car crashed

into a barrier. It was in the

Yamaguchi province. People taken to hospital with bruises

and slight injuries. The damage

is expected to be worth several

hundred thousands of

dollars. The former captain of the Socrates the Brazilian soccer team Socrates has died in hospital.

He was 57. He led them at He was 57. He led them at the

1982 World Cup and won six 1982 World Cup and won six caps for his cap. He was endeared to millions of fans, not just in Brazil but around the world. Even among Brazil's footballing Gods, stood out. He delayed his international

international career to international career to finish

qualifying as a doctor. He

scored this goal against Italy

in 1982 as captain of one of the greatest teams never to win the World Cup. Socrates described himself as an anti-athlete, as much as

anything for his heavy drinking

and smoking. Tl that to

Russia's defence as they follow

his shoulders rather than his shoulders rather than his

feet. He had beautiful

technique, he kord an

amount of ground and he had a

fizzing Pulverising right-footed shot. From his

beard to his penalties, this in

the 1986 World Cup. The key

word was cool. Football, he

insisted, was an art. It was

also a powerful political tool.

At his Brazilian club, he led a

movement to give everyone in

the club an equal vote. At a time

time of military dictatorship

in the country was a brave in the country was a brave and potent potent move. Once red yierd from the game he practiced

medicine and explored the arts,

directing a play and writing a novel. There was a

novel. There was a bizarre interlude, age 50, as a substitute for non-league

Garforth. In the end his

alcohol-fuelled lifestyle caught up with him. He was

hospitalised several times in year. Footballer, intellectual,

doctor and Democrat, even in

football's world, his was a talent

talent and a presence which shone out.

Our top stories - the Federal Court has ruled a class Court has ruled a class action against the ANZ against the ANZ Bank can

proceed. More than 30,000

customers are involved in the

lawsuit to recover millions of

dollars worth of fees they say

are illegal. Pakistan's high

commissioner is now calling on

Australia to be prepared to

sell uranium to his nation. The

call comes in the wake of the

Labor Party endorsing the PM's

push to lift the ban on selling

uranium to India. And golfer Tiger Woods Hass won his first tournament for two years.

It was at a tournament in

California. Taking a look at the weather...

The way passengers catch domestic and about to undergo a radical

shake-up. Sydney Airport is

planning to divide its terminals, depending on what airline passengers are airline passengers are flying. By 2019, Qantas, jerts Jets partner airlines will run regional, domestic and international flights out international flights out of

the current domestic terminal. Virgin and its partners will take over the international

terminal. The Government will need Federal Government approval. Police in Tasmania

are trying a new approach to deal with children who exchange

raunchy text messages and nude photos. The keep the kids out of court and

off the sex offender register.

Under existing Tasmania Under existing Tasmania child exploitation and child pornography laws, sectioning is considered child porn ago RAAFy

and the sender and receiver and the sender and receiver can be charged. Sectioning, where

children exchange explicit

photo messages is becoming an

increasing problem. It is an

issue for parents, schools and now technology is increasing and we

have hit the critical mass

where it is being encountered frequently enough that we need

a policy. According to the law,

anyone who text a picture of a

child and sends it to another

person has produced and

submitted child pornography and

anyone who receives it is child

pornography. In some states people have criminal record. This particular legislation is about

targeting those that prey on

children. Adults that prey on children, it is not about

criminalising the normal parts of growing up that children

might be engaged in. What about

when the recipient sends it on

to others. That would depend on to others. That would depend on the circumstances. It would

spend on how the person dealt

with the image and what with the image and what their intention was and their age

would come into it. Cyber bullying experts have praised

the Tasmania police for trying to force

to force a consistent response. Their heart's in the

right place, the intentions are

good. If those images are

shared and then they're sent

on, that is more than just a little bit embarrassing.

is criminal. The Victorian

Government has launched Government has launched an inquiry into child pornography laws

laws and the West Australian Law Reform Commission is also

looking at it. Experts say legislative change needs to

come from the Commonwealth. American golfer Tiger Woods has

has won his first tournament in

two years and it was at the

Thousand Oaks course Thousand Oaks course in

California. He holed California. He holed a 6 foot

putt for birdie to win from fellow

fellow American Zach Johnson.

It is his first tournament win

since the Australian Masters

back in 2009 in Melbourne. Rory

McIlroy has won the Hong Kong

Open. The US Open champion shot

a closing round of 65

at 12 under. Australia at 12 under. Australia has

made one change to its squad

for Friday's second cricket Test against New Zealand in Hobart. Injured seamer Ben

Cutting has been Cutting has been replaced by SA's Dan Christian who'd

already been put on stand by

for the Bellerive match. Watson

and Cummins are recovering from

injuries in an effort to be fit for

for the Test series against

India. Australia leads the

two-Test series 1-0 after yesterday's win. Sydney FV ended the Brisbane Roar's

36-game unbeaten run defeated Wellington in more

well. Let's take a look at the

highlights from Sydney FC's

win.

32 second and Sydney have the

lead against the champion.

Brett Emerton is claiming the credits. credits. Theoklitos, or is

that an own goal? Some of the action there. And Stoke City

and Wolves have recorded important wins in this

morning's premier league

matches.

Let's take a look at Let's take a look at the highlights. Sunderland's advantage. Saved easily. Push

He's done it again and this

was a magnificent finish. Now

to a soccer superstar off the

piech. David Beckham has

brightened the day of sick kids at the Royal Children's

Hospital in Melbourne. He's in

Melbourne for three days. Melbourne for three days. His

team LA Galaxy will take team LA Galaxy will take on

Melbourne viktery tomorrow in Melbourne. He mingled with staff and patients this

morning. He came and shook hand and he said he liked my

pyjamas. His soccer skills will

be under way at a training session at princess park. There

will be plenty of soccer skills

on show and no doubt ladies

hoping for a kiss. The health

risks of smoking have been largely ignored in PNG. The

Government has been forced to act. It has announced a

act.

crackdown on smoking and the

selling of cigarettes, moves

which are likely to hurt the livelihoods of thousands of

people. Smoking is something of

a national past time in PNG.

Surveys show more than 70% of

households contain at least one

smoker and more than half the

country's teenagers smoke. It

is an escalating cost. Every

year it is increasing. We need

to mitigate system is already overwhelmed by people with smoking-related

illnesses. The oncology ward at the Port Moresby's hospital is largely there are no cancer patients

but because it has run out of drugs

drugs to treat them and the situation will only situation will only get

worse. PNG is not really worse. PNG is not really fully

equipped to be able to cater

for the increase in for the increase in the disease. The Government will

soon ban smoking in public

places and manufacturers won't be able to make five packs of cigarettes. Most

controversially it will be ig

leelal for street benders to sell individual cigarettes

the vendors aren't happy.

Selling loose smokes, as they

are known, is a major source of income for thousands of

people.

The bans will be gazetted The bans will be gazetted in the coming months. Whether the Government can enforce them

remains to be seen. Time now

for what is making news in the arts and entertainment.

I'm Jason Om. One of India's

most iconic bolely wood most iconic bolely wood stars

has died of a heart attack. He

was 88. Over the course of his 65-year career he produced and

acted in dozens of bolely wood

films. His last movie was September. He had the good

looks and had the ability to

play romantic roles. He had

been in London for a check-up

when he died. Charlie ex-wife Brooke Muller has been

charged with assault and drugs

offences. She was arrested in a Colorado nightclub Colorado nightclub after

receiving reports she assaulted

a woman. The officers a woman. The officers charged her for possessing cocaine with

the intent to distribute. She

paid $11,000 in bail and will

appear in court later in the

month. The US box

had one of its slowest weekends

this year. Some estimates put cinema revenue at about $80

million. It sounds like a lot but

but that is a bit worst haul recorded in

September. There is good news

for the latest Twilight movie.

Coming in second was Disney's

the Muppets. That's the latest in

in the arts and

entertainment. Two giant pandas have arrived in Tian and Yanyushkin or Tian and Yanyushkin or Sunshine and Sweetie as they will be known locally. They arrived at Edinburgh airport on a

specially chartered flight from

China. For the next 10 years

their home will be Edinburgh zoo. A VIP reception for two

very special guests. Two giant

pandas, long anticipated,

finally arriving in Edinburgh,

their home for the next 10

years. The first to emerge, Tian Tian, or Sweetie. Tian Tian, or Sweetie. Her crate slowly manoeuvred onto the ground. The final part of her journey as

gentle as possible. Then came Yanyushkin or Sunshine, much more active after the 5,000

mile nonstop flight from

China. It has taken five years

of negotiations to get Sweetie

and Sunshine here to Edinburgh.

We have had a very warm welcome

here already even if the

weather has been snowy and bitterly cold. China takes its panda diplomacy

These animals are the first to

be loaned in Britain in be loaned in Britain in more

than 17 years. Panda is than 17 years. Panda is a national treasure and the

national treasure and the friendship brought by pandas

knows know border. The giant

pandas habitat is slimpging. It

is thought there are less than

2,000 left 234 the wild.

Edinburgh zoo hopes come the

new year Tian Tian and Yang

Guang will breed in their new specially-built haven't bred together but they have separately. That gives us

hope. They're a great age for breeding, they're eight years

old. A perfect age for breeding. Pandas aren't cheap.

They're costing the zoo more

than ?600,000 a year. than ?600,000 a year. They're hoping the atmosphere hoping the atmosphere will double. I was thinking we would

see them but they were just in

the crates. For now the pandas will remain out of sight until

they have settled in and recovered from their journey. That report from the BBC. Let's check the BBC. Let's check the weather

now here's Vanessa. Cloudy over

WA. This is associated with a

low pressure trough and it is bringing hot

weather to parts of the west.

Stormy weather over most of QLD

with the highest rainfall

likely around the troughs and

central areas. A lot of

moisture in the north combining

with a trough. The tail-end of

a cold front spreading winds

along the east coast. A high in

the Bight is moving clearing the skies in the

south-east ahead of the next

cold front which is due from Thursday. Tomorrow, a low

increasing rain over

south-west. The possibility

could see around 25 mm. The

trough in QLD will push trough in QLD will push the rain towards the east with

heavy rain across the central

and eastern parts of the State and extending into northern

NSW. Around the capital cities

tomorrow...

These are today's top

stories on ABC News 24 - the

Federal Court has ruled a class

action against the ANZ Bank can

proceed. 34,000 customers involved

involved in the lawsuit had a

partial win this morning when

the court ruled some bank fees

could be considered illegal have argued many ANZ fees have argued many ANZ fees are

excessive and do not represent

the true cost of doing

business. the pressure is on

now for Australia to supply uranium to Pakistan in the wake

of the Labor Party decision to

lift the ban on sales to India.

The Pakistani high The Pakistani high commissioner

says there should be a non-

discriminatory policy allowing

sales to Pakistan too. The ALP national conference yesterday endorsed a plan to endorsed a plan to lift the ban on India. The Australian

teenager convicted of a drug

charge in Bali avoid the media upon avoid the media upon arriving home.

home. He was released from detention after serving his

two-month sentence. He was

arrested in early October arrested in early October for possession of marijuana. American golfer

Tiger Woods has won his first tournament for two years in

California. Wdz holed a

six-foot putt for birdie at the

final hole to win by a shot

from fellow American Zach

Johnson. It is the first tournament win since the Australian Masters at Kingston

Heath in 2009. We're waiting on

Tony Abbott to begin a media conference. It is in Perth.

He's visiting the He's visiting the Bletchley

Park primary school. We haven't

have a specific time for a

media conference that he was going

going to holed. We weren't sure if there was going to be a

media conference. It if

there will be one now. The line there will be one now. The line

is dodgy. We will persist with

that and we will endeavour to