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Across Australia and New Zealand, this is News Day. Good afternoon, it is 4 o'clock in Canberra, 1 pm in Perth. I am Ashleigh Gillon. The top story today - Tomorrow, will be perhaps the worst fire danger day the state has ever faced

Emergency bushfire warnings currently active in NSW and in Victoria. We will bring you the latest advice from fire services.Also today, a fire emergency warning in place for Montumana in Tasmania. Plus - The rest of the nation has got its eyes on Tasmania. And the rest of the nation is thinking about the losses here and will be supporting Tasmanians through. Prime Minister Julia Gillard tells Tasmanians the nation is standing by them as authorities try to get supplies to thousands of people still stranded by the bushfires.At the Sky News centre I am Jacinta Tynan. Also today, forensic tests being conducted after the discovery of a human head, on Rottnest Island in WA. Syria's President mobbed by supporters after a vitriolic attack on his foes. Shane Warne to miss the Melbourne Stars crunch game in the Big Bash league after losing his temper. The weather: Top stories this News Day and three emergency bushfire warnings have been declared across three states this hour. The Rural Fire Service in NSW says a warning is current for a fast-moving grass fire, at Oura near Wagga Wagga. That fire is currently 400 hectares in size and it is out of control. In Victoria, in the meantime another emergency alert has been issued for a large slow moving bushfire, in the Trik Trik area, that's near the South Australian border. And in Tasmania, there is another emergency warning for a large bushfire at Speedwell Road at Montumana in Tasmania.We will go around the grounds and get the latest from the reporters at the sites and fire service headquarters around the country. Let's start with Sky News reporter Cameron Price in Hobart with the latest on the Tasmanian bushfire situation. The Prime Minister came to Tasmania to see the damage with her own eyes and speak with people here that have been impacted by these devastating bushfires. She hopped off the plane and went straight to an operation centre at Cambridge a staging point for the firefighters going out into the fireground to fight this fire, speaking with the operations personnel there about how they have been coping with the long hours and difficult conditions.The nation is standing with them at this very, very difficult time. We will be standing with them in every way. Indeed I have already met today Victorians and people from NSW who have come to work in support of their friends in Tasmania, as Tasmania continues to feet these fires and then moves into the -- to fight these fears and then moves into the recovery phase from this fire crisis.From there on to here at Sorrell an evacuation centre where the Prime Minister has spent time with locals displaced by the bushfires. Many from Dunalley from other towns, on the Tasmanian Peninsula that many homes, many, many homes have been lost, speaking with the locals here about what lies ahead for them and the weeks and months. And passing on her sympathies.The federal government is working with the state government and with the Tasmanian fire service here and police and local authorities. We're working through our Australian defence force that has provided some assistance, we are working through assisting with practical things like managing telephone call loads and helping with the overflow, as people ring in in their hundreds to get information about family and friends.We're helping too by triggering some important emergency payments that help people when they are in these dark days.For the first time police have confirmed they believe they know the cause of this Forcett fy that's burned more than -- fire that's burned more than 10,000 hectares and destroyed almost 100 propertieses. They believe it started accidentally. A stump left in a farmer's field burning for a few weeks is thought to be the seat of this fire. Meanwhile authorities continue to go from house to house, searching the destroyed properties for any sign of human remains. There are people who are still missing, who are still unaccounted for and police say they are whittling down the list. Originally hundreds of names they were looking for, far fewer #2345i78s but they still hold -- names but they still hold concerns that people may have perished in this bushfire.About 500 enquiries still need to be confirmed people definite ly have been accounted for. There is a significantly number of lower people we do have more serious concerns about. There will be a period of time to come yet before we are in a position to say that no-one has died as a result of these fires unfortunately.Firefighters meanwhile continue to battle blazes across the state, one on the east coast, up at Bicheno containment lines in there. And it is currently under watch and act. Another one south of Hobart. The Forcett fire again watch and act but firefighters with temperatures in the 30s today and winds to 30 km/h are keeping a close eye on both of those.

A short time ago the Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited the bushfire ravaged town of Dunalley, more than 100 buildings were destroyed in a 19,000 hectare fire, on the peninsula. Ms Gillard says she's thinking of those who have lost so much in the disaster.What are your thoughts as you see this but also this in all parts of this region?As I said with the premier a little bit earlier I'm an hour - our thoughts are really running on two tracks. This fighting of fires is not over yet. I mean the fact we can stand here shouldn't fool people into thinking that there a's no continuing firefighting going on. People are still fighting fires. And so the efforts have to be on that and people's thoughts have to be on that. You know, there's still continuing dangers. And then your thoughts are on community recovery when we get to that stage that it's safe and fires are out, just big a journey it is for the community to come back together and to recover.14 years. (INAUDIBLE). Will this school reopen from the damage done here?Look, I think we are at a different stage here today. Of course we will be working with the Tasmanian government and with local communities as they rebuild but the stage we are at now is where people are still fighting fires and we are still getting an assessment of the costs and what's been damaged and what's gone and then there will be a big process of work with local communities to see what people want to do next.We have seen in Victoria and in other places that have faced really devastating bushfires that the best way is to get communities together and to work through how people want to see their community for the future. So I'm not going to pretend standing here as Prime Minister when I don't live here that I can pre judge that for this community. What is the message to this community for the rest of the nation?The very fact I'm here is to send a message the rest of nation has its eyes on Tasmania and the rest of the nation is thinking about the losses here will be supporting Tasmanians through. And a very heart warming thing just as we have gone around today as you have met people from NSW, and Victoria, who are here to help. And, you know, people from Tassie have gone and helped them in times of need. So as awful as it is, and it is truly awful, you do see some of the best of human nature at the same time. That drive in you go past, there is kilometres and kilometres of blackened hills and homes that are close to the road that are just gone. Literally vapised. What sort of impact does it have on you?It is an awful scene driving in. The devastation you can see, and then the cruelty of the randomness of it, that, you know, there will be a part completely scorched and then something that survived and then completely scorched. There's just so much cruelty and luck and fate and to what happens to different parts. Beyond my ability to fathom why one part burns so intensely and then other areas get spared. But that's the pattern around that's the pattern the community's got to come to grips with too. I actually think that makes it quite hard as well because people end up in such different positions. Concern now is the hot weather moving to NSW particularly, Sydney looking at temperatures in excess of 40 degrees tomorrow. That's got to be a concern?Well f I can just pick you up on one thing, the concern's not over here. So on behalf of the premier, on behalf of everybody we have met today from police, from firefighting from SES, everything who is helping out the message -- everybody helping out the message they would very much reinforce this is continuing and they have to keep listening to local warnings and keep themselves safe. But you are right, that NSW, which has already got some fires under way is going to be facing some very extreme weather conditions tomorrow. So it's in the position, Tasmania was a few days ago, and people will need to be very prepared, very planned, know what they're doing and listen to local warnings and local advice. You know, this is a devastating scene that we're seeing here but the worst thing is if human lives are lost. So the most important thing is that people keep themselves safe. The federal government, will they offer some sort of assistance?Those extreme conditions the Prime Minister was talking about there in NSW is already impacting parts of the state. An emergency warning has now been issued to residents of Oura,s that just east of Wagga Wagga. In southern NSW. Firefighters there are battling a fast moving an out of control grass fire. Sky News reporter Shelly Lee is at RFS headquarters in NSW and filed this report. Firefighters here at Rural Fire Service headquarters in NSW are closely monitoring 90 bushfires burning across the state. 20 of those remain un - un contain ed of particular concern is this bushfire at Oura around 40 kilometre north-east of Wagga. That fire has been brning since earlier today. Today authorities did advice residents if they wanted to live that was the time. That time has now passed. The town of Oura has now been cut off, as this bushfire rapidly approaches. Fire crews are also looking ahead to tomorrow where near record temperatures are set to set in across the state. We are forecasting temperatures of around 45 degrees in some parts of NSW, and premier Barry O'Farrell addressed the media here earlier, warning everybody this is not just another hot day.Tomorrow is not going to be just another ordinary day. Tomorrow will be perhaps the worst fire danger day the state has ever faced. Sydney's temperature is expected to be 43 degrees, in the Shoalhaven Illawarra it is expected to be 43 or 44 degrees in the west of the state it is expected to be in the 40s.If Sydney reaches 43 tomorrow, it will only be the third time in the history of record keeping that the state's temperature in Sydney has been that high. The Rural Fire Service say they are as ready as they can be for this intensely hot and dangerous day they have forecast for tomorrow. Literally thousands of firefighters will be on stand by across NSW as well as other emergency service workers. There will also be thousands of volunteers out to protect their townships. Now, the conditions will be catastrophic in some parts of NSW, the south coast and also including the regions of the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven. National Parks and camping grounds in those areas are being shut down this evening, with holiday makers urged to pack up their tents and head home. It simply won't be safe in tomorrow's scorching heat. Tomorrow people need to stay alert, they need to stay informed. They need to monitor their local conditions. They need to listen to radio. They need to watch TV. They need to refer to the website. They need to access social media tools such as Facebook and dwiter.Do -- Twitter. Do not rely on one source for all your information, stay attuned to what's happening across the spectrum of information channels to ensure you stay as informed as you possibly can be. Some more breaking news now on the dangerous fire conditions throughout the country. There is now another emergency warning in place. This time for the area of south-east Nelson in Victoria.This is a large slow moving bushfire, it's travelling in a northerly direction towards Trik Trik. Sky News Melbourne reporter Loretta Johns has the latest.It is now unlikely that the blaze burning at Kenbruk in Victoria's south-west will be under control before more hot weather hits tomorrow.The fire which broke out on Friday burnt through more than 4,000 hectares of bushland and pine plantation and authorities say it has the potential to double in size.The next 24 hours on that fire will be significant. In the sense it will have elevated wind speeds from the north west, and a forecast change to the south-west.So it will have pressure with northerly winds and southerly winds tomorrow.There are no communities under direct threat the town of Dartmore is in the path of the fire and the community there has held meetings to dangerous the risk. 6 additional strike teams have been sent to the area to discuss the issue tonight. The capabilities of the CFA website has been increased so Friday's website crash hasn't been repeated.I was very disappointed to have on Friday to have a fantastic preparedness stage in October November and December and to have the website not perform the way in which we expected it to was a very disappointing day not only for me but for Victorians. We believe we have done sufficient work now to ensure that it will run effectively.The acting premier says his thoughts are also with those in Tasmania.The thoughts of all of us in Victoria are with the people of Tasmania, these are terribly terribly trying times for them. We will continue to do everything we possibly can to assist them.The mercury is forecast to top 40 degrees in part of Victoria tomorrow and the fire danger in the north of the state will be severe. Some better news coming out of South Australia the Country Fire Service there now advising the threat posed by the Halbury fire near Hoyleton in the state's Mid-North has been reduced. The advice is although this threat to safety has been reduced it is still of course sensible to be aware some risks are still present. Residents of South Australia of course urging, being urged at the moment to keep cool and remain on high alert for those bushfires. The state's mercury is set to push past 40 degrees. Sky News Adelaide report er Ashleigh Steele has the latest.Certainly no relief from this heat wave here in Adelaide and expected top of 40 degrees today. This is the city's 10th consecutive day with temperatures above 30 degrees. Today we have total fire bans across three regions in the state, two in the west and also the Adelaide Hills area.And of course the entire state is experiencing either severe or very high fire danger. Now we have seen these conditions for several days, particularly on Friday, with temperatures around 45 degrees and catastrophic fire danger in a number of areas.The CFS says we can expect these conditions to continue for several days although there may be some relief on Wednesday with temperatures down around 27 degrees. But as you can imagine after this long dry hot spell, the conditions are ripe for bushfires. And authorities are on high alert. They say residents should have their bushfire survival plans ready to go and to remain very vigilant in these conditions.Also with many people headed to the beaches and coastal areas being school holidays, authorities are warning residents to remain sun smart and to keep well hydrated. In the meantime the ACT is also facing the prospect of severe fires as the mercury soars there tomorrow as well.The territory's Rural Fire Service chief says the conditions will be about as bad as they can get.So the message is that we have been working very hard but we do have fire in our Brindabella range and in our national parks as we come to tomorrow which is, we will see extreme fire danger declared for the ACT tomorrow.Which is the highest rating we have seen since the new ratings were introduced right across Australia since the Black Saturday fires. Let get more on those weather condition now. Joining us is dick Whittaker the senior forecaster at the weather channel with the latest.Major issues for Tuesday as far as fires concerned over much of eastern and southern Australia, the issue is we do have this cold front amalgamating with the trough here and that will generate these hot northerly winds which will drag extremely hot air down from Central Australia right across many parts of NSW and northern Victoria. In addition question have do these very low whom identity conditions you will see air coming here, humidity less than 10% right across the areas there and the low humidity extreme temperatures, combining with the north-westerly winds generating we think widespread extreme fire dangers, possibly locally catastrophic. For parts of eastern Australia. Including NSW, northern Victoria, so it's a day to watch. You can see the satellite photograph here, we do have skies very clear, and that means we have just had this accumulation of very hot air, and that's acting ing aas a big reservoir every time we get northerly winds that comes over south-eastern Australia and generates the extreme fire conditions. Thank you. Do stay with us on News Day. After the break some developing political news. Peter Slipper to appear in court next month over the misuse of taxpayer funded cab charges. That's next.

You with News Day. The sporting news is coming up. First Jacinta has today's headlines. Fire authorities in NSW and Victoria are on high alert for extreme fire conditions tomorrow. There are emergency fire situations already unfolding with large bushfires at Oura near Wagga, in the NSW riverina at Drik Drik and Ke in tbruk in western Victoria. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has met firefighters in southern Tasmania where bushfires have left many people homeless. Authorities are putting together a supply convoy to travel to worst hit areas at Dunalley where about 100 buildings have been destroyed by fire. Meanwhile there has been some relief in Tasmania as most of the 100 people who were feared missing have been located. Residents are now beginning to count the cost of the damage. Tomorrow's weather:

Embattled federal MP Peter Slipper has been summonsed to a pare in the Canberra Magistrates Court on -- appear in the Canberra Magistrates Court on 15 February. Australian Federal Police say they served Mr Slipper legal representative with a summons in relation to three offences of dishonestly causing a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth. Sky News understands it is in relation to the misuse of Commonwealth controversial entitlements. Late last year, a sexual harassment case against the MP by a former staffer was dismissed. Western Australian police will conduct forensic tests on what is thought to be a human head found in a bag washed up on a beach on Rottnest Island. A girl holidays with her family made the grisly discovery at Paupose Bay late yesterday afternoon. Police spent yesterday examining the scene and the remains will be examined this afternoon by a forensic pathology gist in Perth. Porpoise Bay has been closed to the public.There has been another shark attack off the coast of Western Australia, a man was bitten twice on the leg while diving off Legendary Island near Dampier in the state's north-west yesterday afternoon. Police were alerted to the shark attack when traffic officers stopped a car with a man inside. He told officers had he been bitting by a hammerhead and was on his way to hospital. It is 25 past 4 eastern daylight time. This is News Day here on Sky News. Turning to sport Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne will miss tomorrow's must-win Big Bash game against the Sydney Thunder, after being sanctioned following his ugly spat with Renegades all-rounder Marlon Samuels.While the Renegades won the match by nine wickets, it is the heated exchange that has dominated headlines. Warne says a one match ban and $4,500 fine is too harsh. Obviously for me as the Melbourne Stars, I'm very conscious of the image of the game. And I'm disappointed in some of my actions last night. But also I'm pretty disappointed with the severity of the penalties too. I think that was pretty harsh. But as Clint said we will keep you updated through the day and see what happens. Injury was added to insult as Samuels retired hurt and will miss the remainder of the series with an injured eye socket. Returning to Ashleigh Gillon with News Day.Looking at the Sky weather forecast as we have been reporting it is going to be very hot in the south-east. We can expect a cooler change in the south. It's going to be hot and thundery in the west.

Do stay with us on News day. The top stories are coming up. Plus we will have more on those extreme weather conditions across the nation. We will get the latest from the weather channel. That's next.

Hello again. You are on New-day with Sky News I am Ashleigh Gillon. Coming up in the next half hour we will get the latest on emergency warnings current for bushfires in Tasmania, NSW, and Victoria.That's coming up right now though Jacinta Tynan has the day's top stories.

Fire authorities across the country are on high alert for extreme fire conditions tomorrow. In NSW a state-wide total fire ban is in place from midnight tonight and in Victoria a total fire ban for the northern part of the state is also expected. While residents have been urged to take steps to keep cool and remain on high alert for bushfires, with the state's mercury set to push part 40 de degrees. The ACT is also facing the prospect of severe fires as the mercury is set to soar there tomorrow as well. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has toured bushfire devastated Tasmania today, as fires that have destroyed 100 properties since Friday continue to burn. Ms Gillard held a news conference alongside the state's premier Lara Gidding telling Tasmanians the nation is standing by them in every way. More than 100 building destroyed in a 19,000 hectare fire on the peninsula with police and defence personnel searching house by house on Monday to locate about 100 people who were unaccounted for. To date no bodies have been found. Embattled federal MP Peter Slipper has been summonsed to appear in the Canberra Magistrates Court on 15 February. Australian Federal Police say they served Mr Slipper's legal representative with a summons, in relation to three offences of dishonestly causing a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth.Sky News understands it's in relation to the misuse of Commonwealth travel entitlements. Late last year a sexual harassment case against the MP by a former staffer was dismissed. Suspected human remains have been discovered in a bag washed up on a beach on Rottnest Island in Western Australia. A girl holidays with her family made the grisly discovery at Porpoise Bay late yesterday afternoon. Police spent the night xa examining the scene and the remains are being examined by a forensic pathologist in Perth this afternoon. In sport Cricket Australia has suspended Shane Warne for one Big Bash match and fined him $5,500 over -- $4,500 over his actions against the Melbourne Renegades. The captain will be missing from tomorrow night's must win match against the Sydney Thunder.The weather, very hot in the south east a cooler change in the south. Hot and thundery in the west. Thanks. Our top stories and four emergency bushfire warnings have been declared across three states this hour. The Rural Fire Service in NSW says a warning is current for a fast moving grass fire at Oura near Wagga Wagga. The fire is currently 400 hectares in size and it is out of control.In Victoria, another emergency alert has been issued, for a large slow moving bushfire in the Drik Drik area. That's near the South Australian border.And there is also an emergency alert for a near bi-fire, that's burning in the 18 kilometre south-east Nelson area near Kentbrak. In Tasmania there is an emergency warning for a large bushfire at Speedwell Road at Montumana in Tasmania.

We will bring you up to date with any dwoms as they come to hand here -- any developments as they come to hand in Sky News about the bushfire warns currently in place. Let's start our coverage in Tasmania now. Sky News reporter Cameron Price is in Hobart he has the very latest on the situation in that state.

The Prime Minister came to Tasmania to see the damage with her own eyes. And speak with people here that have been impacted by these devastating bushfires.She hopped off the plane and went straight to an operations centre at Cambridge a stage point for the firefighter going out into the fireground to fight this fire. Speaking with the operations personnel there about how they have been coping with the long hours and difficult conditions.The nation is standing with them at this very, very difficult time.We will be standing with them in every way. Indeed I have already met today Victorians and people from NSW who have come to work in support of their friends in Tasmania as Tasmania continues to fight these fires and then moves into the recovery phase from this fire crisis.From there on to here at Sorrell an evacuation centre where the Prime Minister has spent time with locals displaced by the bushfires. Many from Dunalley, from other towns, on the Tasmanian Peninsula that many homes, many, many homes have been lost, speak with the locals here about what lies ahead for them in the weeks and months and passing on her sympathies.The federal government is working with the state government and with the Tasmanian fire service here and police and local authorities. We are working through our Australian defence force that has provided some assistance, we are working through assisting with practical things like managing telephone call loads and helping with the overflow, as people ring in in their hundreds to get information about family and friends.We are helping too bytarying some important merge -- by triggering some important emergency payments to help people when they are in these dark days.For the first time police have confirmed they believe they know the cause of this Forcett fire that's burned more than 10,000 hectares and destroyed almost 100 properties. They believe it started accidentally, a stump left in a farmer's field burning for a few weeks, thought to be the seat of this fire. Meanwhile authorities continue to go from house to house, searching the destroyed properties for any sign of human remains. There are people who are still missing who, are still unaccounted for and police say they are whittling down the list, originally hundreds of names that they were looking for, far fewer names but they still hold concerns that people may have perished in this bushfire.About 500 enquiries still need to be confirmed, that people have definitely been accounted for. There is a significantly lower number of people that we do have more serious concerns about, there will be a period of time to come yet before we are in a position to say that no-one has died as a result of these fires unfortunately.Firefighters meanwhile continue to battle blazes across the state, one on the east coast, up at Bicheno containment lines in there. And it is currently under watch and act. Another one south of Hobart, the Forcett fire again watch and act. But firefighters with temperatures in the 30s today and winds to 30 km/h are keeping a close eye on both of those. More on that breaking news out of NSW. The emergency warning in place to residents of Oura just east of Wagga Wagga. In southern NSW. Firefighters there battling a fast moving and out of control grass fire. Sky News reporter Shelly Lee is at RFS headquarters in NSW and is speaking with the Rural Fire Service speaker Ben Shepherd. Thanks. And what is the latest on that fire in Oura north-east of Wagga? We have seen the alert level for that fire now drop from emergency warning back to a watch and act. The fire has now reached that township, it has still cut off the road to the area so still not necessarily a safe fire but that initial warning we wanted to put out to people has now subsided but still a lot of work to do to bring it under control.What's the current advice for residents in the township. I understand there is a population of about 270 people?Still take advice from firefighters on the ground. Because they still need to be vigilant. We still see homes burn down hours after a fire has been through, but the real heat with that fire front has now passed. So please take advice from firefighters on ground and as I said stay vigilant.You have four water bombing aircraft on the ground or in the air assisting crews in Oura. I understand one has also been deployed to Nowra on the NSW south coast where a small blaze has broken out. This is one of the areas facing catastrophic condition s tomorrow. What's the situation there?We have got two air cranes in NSW at the moment, one is actually working on that fire at Oura. The second one that has been based closer to Sydney has been moved down into Nowra. A water bonfirer has broken out. -- a woman -- to water bomb a fire that has broken out. With cas traffic conditions tomorrow we are water Tomming that as much as we can to get it out for conditions tomorrow -- We have reports that a volunteer firefighter has been injured today?That was an grass fire at Gunning that is initial reports he may have suffered some burns. That grass fire continues to burn as well however it is near some rural properties. So not the impact that we are seeing with the Oura fire or the potential that obviously the Nowra fire has.What's an overview of current fires burning across NSW?Still hovering around about that 80 fires of which around about 20 are uncontained. There is still some concerns for fires around the Griffith area as also Cooma, but we are moving as much as we can on to those fires, to get as much containment work done today. Prior to tomorrow's obviously bad conditions moving through.A total fire ban comes into force for the entire state at midnight tonight. What are the preparations being made ahead of tomorrow's intense extreme conditions?Look, we will have thousands of volunteers on stand by at the stations. We will aircraft ready to be deployed at a moment's notice. We are also working with National Parks and state forests a lot of nationals or all of them and reserves will be closed along with forests to limit the possibility of people being inside those parks if a fire was to break out. So we need people to adhere to those warnings and need to take advice from firefighters keep yourself up to date and find out what's going on in your area.Residents are being advised as Ben said to stay up to date by monitoring radio, television and social media so they are aware of exactly what's happening in the areas as these fires continue tonight. As the risk intensifies tomorrow.Thank you. Some good news, better news there for residents of Oura near Wagga Wagga with some relief in sight but firies still obviously keeping a very close eye on the bushfire raging there. In the meantime in Victoria, another emergency warning is in place, in the area of south-east Nelson in Victoria, the large slow moving bushfire is travelling in a northerly direction, that's towards Drik Drik, and as we said earlier an emergency bushfire warning has already been issued for residents in the Drik Drik area in Victoria's south-west.Sky News Melbourne reporter Loretta Johns has more. It is now unlikely that the blaze burning at Ke in tbruk in Victoria's south-west will be under control before more hot weather hits tomorrow. The fire which broke out on fire has burnt through motor 4,000 hectares of bushland and pine plantation and authorities say it has the potential to double in size --Ment next 24 ours on that --.The next this hours will be significant in the sense it will have elevated wind speeds in the north-west and forecast change to the south-west. It will have pressure with northerly winds and social winds tomorrow.There are no communities under direct threat, the town of Dartmore is in the path of the fire and the community has held meetings to discuss the risk. Simply additional extreme -- six drishl strike teams have been sent there tonight. Friday's crash of the website is not going to be repeated due to an increase.I was disappoint ed on Friday to have a fantastic premier pairedness stage in October, November and -- preparedness in October, November and December and have the website not perform the way we expected it to was a very disappointing day not only for me but for Victorians.We believe it we have done sufficient work to ensure it will run effectively.The acting premier says his thoughts are also with those in Tasmania.The thoughts of all of us in Victoria are with the people of Tasmania, these are terribly, terribly trying times for them. We will continue to do everything we possibly can to assist them.The mercury is forecast to top 40 degrees in parts of Victoria tomorrow and the fire danger in the north of the state will be severe. Let's look now at those weather conditions across NSW, the ACT and Victoria. Here is Ken Heatley from the weather channel. Major issues for Tuesday as far as fires concerned. Over much of eastern and southern Australia, the issue is we do have this cold front amalgamating with the trough here which will generate the hot northerly winds which will drag extremely hot air down from Central Australia right across many parts of central NSW and northern Victoria we do have these very low humidity conditions you will see the air coming down here, humidity less than 10% right across there and the low humidity extreme temperatures combining with the north westerly winds generating we think widespread extreme fire dangers, possibly locally catastrophic. For parts of eastern Australia including NSW, northern Victoria, so it's a day to watch. You can see the satellite photograph here, we do have skies very clear, and that means we have just had this accumulation of very hot air and that's acting as a big ressoir every time we get northerly winds that comes down over south-eastern Australia and generates the extreme fire conditions. Dick Whittaker there from the weather channel. After the break we will look at the day's other news including Peter Slipper to appear in court next month. We will go live to our political reporter Laura Jayes with the details.

Hello again. You are News Day ahead we will cross live to Canberra for the late est twist in the Peter Slipper saga. First Jacinta Tynan has today's other headlines.

Fire authorities in NSW and Victoria are on high alert for extreme fire conditions tomorrow, in NSW state-wide total fire ban is in place from midnight tonight and in Victoria four regions will be under total fire bans tomorrow. A fire currently burning 14km east of Wagga near the I havage of Oura has just been -- village of Oura has just been downgraded to a watch and act. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is touring bushfire devastated Tasmania today as fires that have destroyed 100 properties since Friday continue to burn.Ms Gillard held a news conference alongside the state's premier telling Tasmanians the nation is standing by them in every way.Meanwhile Tasmanians are counting the cost of the bushfire devastation but there has been some relief, with most of those feared missing located. Tomorrow's weather:

Joining us from Canberra is Sky News political reporter Laura Jays.Good afternoon to you.Good afternoon to you. Well, late this afternoon the AFP has issued a summons to the former Speaker Peter Slipper. Now, it is in relation to charges of 'dishonesty, causing a risk of loss to the Commonwealth' put plainly this means that Peter Slipper will have to answer to charges of misusing travel entitlements. Namely a cab charge docket. We believe in relation to on three occasions a misuse of Cabcharge dockets in relation to a number of taxi journeys. Now this is just the latest chapter in the Peter Slipper saga. The misuse of Cabcharge dockets was something that was brought up and alleged by his former staff er James Ashby. As you will remember, he also accused Peter Slipper, the former Speaker of sexual harassment. In spectacular fashion really, late last year this case was dropped because the judge, Justice Rares in this case, did find it, it was really a political conspiracy but in February next month, just over a month's time on 15 February Peter Slipper will now have to answer to these alleged charges or allegations of misuse of Cabcharge and travel entitlements. Now, he's always denied that this is the case, he will no doubt be appearing in court, we haven't heard from Peter Slipper's office today. We have heard from the Government and the Attorney-General's office though. A spokesman for the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, has basically issued a no comment on this case saying that the investigation is a matter. In relation to the Australian Federal Police and the Commonwealth department of public prosecutions. The decision to summons Peter Slipper is a decision of the AFP. And does stress as well all defendants are entitled to the presumption of innocence. So Peter Slipper to appear in court. At the Canberra Magistrates Court next month on 15 February, in relation to the misuse of Cabcharge dockets.Thank you. Talk to you soon. Western Australian police will conduct forensic tests on what it thought to be a human head found in a bag washed up on a beach on Rottnest Island. A girl holidaying with her family made the grisly discovery at Por pace Bay late yesterday afternoon. Police spent the night examining the scene and the remains will be examined this afternoon by a forensic pathologist in Perth. Porpoise bay has been closed to the public while investigations are conducted. There has been another shock attack off the coast of Western Australia, a man was bitten twice on the leg while diving off Legendre Island near Dampier in the state's north-west yesterday afternoon. Police were alerted to the shark attack when traffic officers stopped a car with a man inside. He told officers he had been bitten by a hammerhead and was on his way to hospital. That's the latest from the Sky News desk. Back to Ashleigh Gillon.Thank you. Time to get all the sporting news with Luke now and Shane Warne is in hot water today. He is. Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne will miss tomorrow's must-win Big Bash game against the Sydney Thunder after being sanctioned following his ugly spat with Renegades all rounder Marlon Samuels. While the Renegades won the match by nine wickets it is the heated exchange that has dominated headlines. Warne says a one match ban and $4,500 fine is too harsh.As the Melbourne Stars I'm very conscious of the image of the game. And I'm disappointed in some of my actions last night. But also I'm pretty disappointed with the severity of the penalties too. I think that was pretty harsh. As Clint said we will keep you updated through the day and see what happens. Injury has added to insult as Samuels retired hurt and will miss the remainder of the series with an injured eye socket. Round 7 of the Big Bash comes to a close tonight when the Brisbane Heat hosts Sydney Sixers.Sam Stosurr will be looking to get her preparations back on track at the Sydney Ser national shortly:

Duckworth started brightly with the world number 2 o-9 taking the first set in a tie-breaker.A nice ball comes off the rack of Sitemann and suddenly the first set in the bag for the young Aussie.The 20-year-old couldn't go on with t losing the next set 6-4, 7-4. Meanwhile Dellaqua had a match to forget losing against Krumm.Mariners keeper Matt Ryan won't be heading to the so theish giants Rangers after the club said he picked up a knock to the shoulder after yesterday's win What happeneders. They -- Wanderers.The plan before it fell over had football experts stunned.Surely there is a better way to sell him, all you have got to do is extend his contract by a year and then he can go in at the end of the season. How can you justify what is happening? I cannot defend them at all. Rangers could certainly do with some goal keeping help after this howler yesterday. Elsewhere there are reports that premiership strugglers reading have gone cold on a move for Tom Rogic, hrngs. Liverpool manager admits Suarez's goal in the FA Cup this morning should have been disallowed. The former Chelsea streaker Daniel Sturrage opening the scoring for his new club before Suarez scored a controversial second which proved to be the winner.Does he handball it? Yes, most definitely.That I'm afraid is the work of a cheat.Here we go.That's terribleBecause the arm goes toward the ball.That's terrible.Meanwhile Swansea and Arsenal will have to replay their match, after they played out a 2-2 draw. That is all the sport now back to you.Thank you. Let's look now at the weather forecast for tomorrow. In the north we will see clearing showers in Brisbane, clearing shower as well in Cairns and late thunder expected in Darwin:

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