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(generated from captions) Tonight - one election over.We have won the trust of the Australian people. Our challenge now is to earn it and to keep it.As another one begins.It will be civil.Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese in an historic Labor leadership ballot.I firmly believe that I'm the best candidate to lead Labor back into government at the next election.

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Good evening. Welcome to 'Lateline'. I'm Emma Alberici. While Labor contemplates its choice of leader, PM-elect is grappling with his choice for the ministry and being encouraged to promote women to his Cabinet.I bleen, I think it's really tough for women in politics, to be honest with you, Emma. The old saying about a woman in politics, if she is like a bloke rg she tends to get called names for being too tough and if they're feminine, they are told they are too soft. Of I think it's really tough for women in politics and I don't envy their position.? It's often been reflected that there are quite a lot of ex-Howard ministers in the Coalition's front ranks and this brings a wealth of experience, like bringing museum pieces, time for renewal. They have a whole stack of younger generation MPs that are languish ing on the backbench much that could make a valuable contribution.Our guests in tonight's political forum are the Coalition's Steve Ciobo and Labor's Ed Husic. Can you join the conversation on Twitter with Cathy Wilcox, cartoonist for 'The Age' and 'Sydney Morning Herald' papers. Just follow the hash tag. First our other headlines.Euthanasia imports - the lethal drug delivered in the mail.And bye-bye 'Voyager' - NASA's craft leaves our solar system for interstellar space.Labor Party members will head back to the ballot box after Anthony Albanese's decision to make a contest of the party's leadership, going up against Bill Shorten who declared his intention yesterday. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen will act as de facto leader for the month-long presidential primary-style leadership battle. He is promising to hold Tony Abbott's early performance as PM to account, as Mr Abbott told his partyroom it was time to get on with the job of governing. Political correspondent Tom Iggulden has more from Canberra.Tony Abbott is allowing himself and his party a moment of tri-um faalism.My friends, - triumph faalism.My friends, it is my honour to welcome you back to Canberra as the PM-elect of Australia. (APPLAUSE) .But Mr Abbott was careful not to get carry add way in the moment as the Coalition settles into the partyroom.Our task is to but briefly savour this moment. Our task is to give a great country and a great people the better government that the people of Australia deserve.Force of habit propelled one Labor senator to the Government partyroom. She was soon directed to the Opposition partyroom.You lost the election, Kate. I know. Labor's newer faces at least had an excuse as they learn the lay of the land in Parliament.I don't know where we are going. Neither do I.The party's future is also uncertain, after years in office swapping leaders.One at a time, you first and then you second.Another prolonged battle is under way for the top job. Anthony Albanese has declared his hand to run against Bill Shorten.I have had time in Opposition. I know what it's like, I know what has to be done.Plunging Labor into uncharted waters. The party rank and file will vote first. Anthony Albanese is expected to have widespread support at the branch level. A month later Caucus will have its say where it's understood to have huge support.Bill is a friend of mine. Whoever is voted in will get the support of the other.Anthony Albanese has a compelling personal story about his connection to the party.I grew up in a Housing Department or city council it was then flat in Camperdown with a single mum who was on a disability pension.The 50-year-old rose through Labor's ranks first as a student activist, then as a party official and political adviser.I want people here to be prepared to be really tough.He was elected to Federal Parliament in his inner city seat of Grayndler in 1996.So my record shows that I have an ability to work with people, both across the Labor Party, but also across the Parliament.54-year-old Bill Shorten followed his dock worker father into the union movement after also being active in student politicses rising to become the national secretary of the right-wing Australian Workers Union, Mr Shorten made a major step into the public spotlight during the Beaconsfield mine disaster.There appears to be about 7m of progress made so far.Soon afterwards in 2007 he won his Melbourne seat of Maribyrnong. As a factional leader in Labor, he played a key role in the downfall of both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard as PM.I take some responsibility for the discord of what's happened in previous years. I've always acted in the best interests of the Labor Party but even more importantly the nation.Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen is Acting Leader while Mr Shorten and Mr Albanese campaign for the leadership.My role as interim leader is to keep the focus on the Government.He denies Labor's new leadership process is causing the party headaches in the early days of Opposition.We can have a big and open election at the same time as keeping a stable process in place.Ministers in the outgoing government will retain their portfolios as spokespeople during the interim period. Tony Abbott will unveil his new ministry early next week, to be sworn in soon afterwards.Rank-and-file members of the Labor Party are embracing the leadership vote after years of complaining that they've been isolated from the decision-making.From Melbourne, Karen Percy finds out what members can expect.Over 10 years, Nicola Castleman has worked hard in campaigns, electoral offices and as a staffer for a local MP. Last week's election loss was disappointing, but she sees the leadership vote as a step forward.I think it's excite ing. I Thai anything that broadens the franchise even internally is a good move, and I'm looking forward to whatever that throws up, really.It's something positive for the party.Lev Lafayette is also a long-time Labor supporter with two decades volunteering in various party roles.At times you can get the feeling that the branch members and the rank and file are there without any sort of like real strong input into the major policy desists or to the leadership.Later this month at least 30,000 ALP supporters will take part in the vote.The nominations I opened this morning.-the-nomination also stay forThe nomination also stay for 7 days. At the conclusion of that, we will make preparations now for having a national ballot of ALP members.In order to avoid vote stacking at the branches, eligible voters must be able to prove they've held continuous membership for at least two years. Members will receive their ballots from September 24th, and will have two weeks to return their votes.The Caucus vote will be held some time between the 9th and 13th October. While the vote is under way, neither side will know the outcome of the other.At the conclusion of that, I will determine the percentage vote to each candidate and I will divide that percentage in two. I will similarly conduct a vote of the Caucus and determine the percentage vote to which candidate at the Caucus meeting and again divide it by two. I will add the result of each candidate together and the candidate that breaks 50% will be declared the winner.The vote will be historic, but backbencher Kelvin Thomson says the party needs to go further to truly Deccise.I don't think it's sufficient in and of itself and I certainly don't want to see it lead towards that trend to making Australian politics presidential, the idea that we elect a leader and everything to them. That leads to poor decision-making.Long-time party members like Lev Lafayette also want greater reform.It could be part of a local process where local branches will be able to really contribute to the national policy debates, and basically harness the power of community organisations.This might be a first for Australia, but there are plenty of press depths around the world. Political parties in the United Kingdom, the US and in Canada all give their members a say in who leads them.I'm not so concerned with the outcome of who is leader because I would get behind any leader. I think that the nature of their election does matter, though, because that does give them legitmacy: I think that it is extremely important that we get behind and support our parliamentary leaders , and we can't afford to have a culture where they can be knocked over.The next month will determine if the leader of the future can avoid the problems of the past.An Indian judge has handed the death penalty to four men who carried out a gang rape last year. The men were convicted earlier this week of brutally raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in Delhi. A fifth man arrested over the crime died in prison earlier this year, while a juvenile involved was sentenced to three years in a reform tri-. The crime sparked nationwide protests and a strengthening of India's laws against rape. South Asia correspondent Michael Edwards reports from New Delhi.It was a final journey to the court for the four men convicted over the brutal gang rape and murder of. 23-year-old student. Describing the men as cold-blooded the judge said there could be no tolerance of such a crime and he sentenced them to hang . TRANSLATION: The judge has considered this case the rarest of the rare and under that condition he has given a death sentence to all of them.Six men lured the woman and her male friend onto a bus in South Delhi on a December night last year. She was then repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar. Her injuries were so severe that she died two weeks later.Known to Indians as Nirbhaya, the victim has become a symbol of the dangers women face in the country where a rape is REPORTER: Ed on average every 21 minutes and cases of molestation are common. Her family says the death for the men is the only appropriate penalty. TRANSLATION: We would like to tell those who oppose the death penalty that they should put themselves into our position. Thee men did not let our daughter live. The kind of brutality they showed they are not worthy of forgiveness.The case sparked so much public anger, that the death sentence is seen as fitting for the crime.It is a very good decision of the court to give them death sentence.
TRANSLATION: They should be handed over to the public so we could Cass trait them. TRANSLATION: Unless severe punishment was given, these attacks would keep happening.Lawyers for the four convicted men say they will appeal against the death penalty. This process could take years. Hundreds of people sit on death row in India, but in the past 17 years only three have been executed.The case sparked a wave of protest as cross India, demanding justice for women.But since then, more than 1,000 cases of rape have been reported in the New Delhi area alone.

Back to Canberra now and to discuss this post-election week, I was joined a short time ago by Liberal Party MP Steve Ciobo from Brisbane, and in Sydney by Labor MP Ed Husic.Steve Ciobo, Ed Husic, congratulations to you both for holding your seats and Steve Ciobo you in particular for being part of the winning Coalition teamThanks, Emma.Let me start with you if I can. For the past three years, Tony Abbott has been telling the country we're facing a series of crises. Can I ask you to nominate just one and tell us which of the crises do you believe presents the biggest challenge for your government?Well, I think the biggest challenge we've got first and foremost, Emma, is just dealing with the actual state of the books. This Government has racked up a tremendous amount of debt in only six years, now on track to be $400 billion in debt. Budget deficits in the vicinity of $200 billion since of course this government came to power, so from my personal perspective, one of the biggest budget issues, challenges we have to overcome is the state of the books.Well, four boats have arrived since-the-election and Jakarta is already pushing back against some of your policies. Has the Coalition in your view, underestimated that particular challenge?No, I don't think we've underestimated the challenge. We know the challenge that we've got. We have over 50,000 arrivals mo, more than 700 boats have arrived so we truly understand the significance of the challenge that has been left to us. Bear in mind the previous Labor Government had a solution and they created a problem and now we have to re-introduce the solution. Ultimately we will talk with Indonesia, bilaterals coming up over the next coming weeks and months and I'm very confident that in the same we way we had a rock-solid strong relationship with Indonesia in the past, I'm very confident that between Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop we will be able to do that again in the future.Ed Husic? Actually t will be interesting to see - you mentioned about challenges. I think the biggest challenge the Coalition will have in Government will be expectations management because they all said that literally with a click of the fingers these problem also be court sorted south. It won't be that easy and that's what the challenge also be.Let me stay with you for a moment, Ed Husic because it would appear Tony Abbott is trying to slow down his response to the 24-hour media cycle, virtually unseen in this first week. After the pace of the past six years s that a welcome change? Well, he actually set himself a bar. He described budget emergencies, the fact that they would stop the boats from day one, that the first thing he would do would be to go over to Indonesia and sort out their issue with them over their unwillingness and rightly so to accept Coalition policy, simple three-word slow gap of stopping the boats or turn back the boats is what they indicated would happen, and I think that's a problem for them, so they've staid - you've seen their performance this week in terms of trying to slow things down, but they actually, as I said before, built the expectation that things would happen from day one.If we would just stay with the point that I was trying to get a response around, Steve CioboSure.Given the nature of social media and 24-hour news, how difficult do you think it is for the major parties to resist the demands from today's veracious and unrelenting media cycle?Sure. I think this is a real challenge, Emma. I think Australians have a yearning for stable government. They've got a yearning for a government that will take a longer-term view and not try to make decisions on the basis of whatever is popular within 24 hours or 48 hours, try to deliver some kind of quaint sound bite or something like that. Tony Abbott has made it very clear this week, Emma, that we are approaching the machinery of government in a methodical way. Is he not rushing into things, actually doing it by putting one foot in front of the other and making Shore we get the basics, right, get the mechanics right, because if we set the foundations in place right now, if we get the starting point of a new Abbott Government in concrete right now, then I have absolutely no doubt that over the medium to long term that will place this nation on a much more stable and stronger footing. I think if you keep your eyes oh horizon and recognise that's the policy goal, then it is a lot easier to construct a government and policy around that platform rather than the quick knee-jerk reactions that I believe were the hallmark of the previous Labor administration.Ed Husic, is that easy to resist the demands of the 24-hour news cycle? If I can just come back to a point, we did have a series of things we wanted to take into the long term, be it DisabilityCare through to the NBN. The NBN, for example, a massive infrastructure project which was criticised by the Coalition in Opposition from the moment it was announced and resisted all the way, and they put in a short-term fix which will short-change the nation's broadband needs and economic impact of having better broadband in place. I am not going to have the Coalition in Government suggest they have into long-term view when in Opposition they opposed it.Steve Ciobo, when it comes to choosing his ministry, how much more difficult has Tony Abbott's job become now that Sophie Mirabella has ruled herself out?Look, I mean, Tony has said right from the get-go , we wanted to bring experience to government. We've got 16 members that were part of the previous Howard Government in terms of being ministers or Cabinet ministers, so he we bring a wealth of experience into government. In fact, I think we're probably the best prepared Opposition for Government. Now that Sophie unfortunately, after working really hard, looks like she has lost Indi, then that will present challenges, but it also presents opportunities, Emma. With each of these changes there is an opportunity to bring through some of the other very talented women that we have in the Coalition and ultimately all of this speculation will be arrived at a destination and that destination will be at announcement Tony makes about the Government he will be forming.So far, Ed Husic, it would appear that there is only one woman guaranteed to have a Cabinet post in the Abbott Government, being Julie Bishop. Does it actually matter if other women aren't promoted to those seenor roles?I think Cabinet and ministries should reflect society as well and be able to be a focal point or an opportunity for people from all walks of life to be able to contribute to the running of government, so I think it's important that you have a diverse ministry in place. So I think it is critical.It's often been reflected that there are a number of ex-Howard ministers or quite a lot of ex-Howard ministers in the Coalition's front ranks that this brings a wealth of experiences, like bringing museum pieces and say that brings a wealth of experience. Time for renewal. They have a whole stack of younger generation MPs that are languishing on the backbench much that could make a valuable contribution and I won't compliment Steve here tonight because we are combat tapts on 'Lateline'. Throw me a bone, Ed, throw me a bone, come on!But there are a number of people like Steve and Kelly O'Dwyer and also if you look at Jamie Briggs and Josh them
Frydenberg, a whole stack of them there sitting there languishing. They need to be given a role, but instead the museum pieces in Cabinet.What do you say to that Steve Ciobo? Emma, I was hoping that tonight Ed might be a little less shrill and hyperventilate a little less but...He gave you a terrific come pliment.I gave him a bone and he beats me over the head with it. See what he does! I've just been reflecting on the fact, Ed, we've been a, in government for a week.Too long!. The Cab. Cabinet hasn't been sworn in yet and you're already bashing us up. As for those languishing on the backbench much, nothing could be further from the proof. I had the honour and privilege of being chairman of the Coalition's productivity group, it is a key plank of what we intend to do in government, so it has been anything - you could not get more removed from languishing, frankly. I've been playing a positive, active contribution, as have a large number of us, and we look forward to doing that in Government now.The former Howard Government minister Judi Moylan who retired at staet's election actually said there should be more women in the party's senior ranks. Why do you think there aren't?Well, a couple of things at play. I think it's really tough for women in politics, to be honest with you, Emma. The old saying about a women in politics, if she is like a bloke, she tends to get called names for being too tough and if she is feminine, they get told they are too soft. I think it is really tough for women in politics and I don't envy their position, but ultimately, though, there are wonderful, forthright wonderful women who make a contribution to our noorl landscape and choose to do that through politics and that's to be embraced and applauded. We have a number of great women in the Coalition, a lot of them making contribution through frontbenchers, all of them make outstanding contribution through their role as representatives for their local communities and I believe when it comes to the Coalition, we don't do it on the basis of quota, we do it on the basis of merit.Are you saying that there is only one woman who is of merit? He at the moment?No, of course not. No, far more women than one on the front bench and there will be more in the future.I'm talking about Cabinet positions?Well, Tony Abbott has not announced our Cabinet yet, so let's just wait and see what the result is.My point is this, though, Emma, we don't do it on the basis of quota like the Labor Party.But it is hard to imagine you would only have one woman who has, would merit a position in the Cab anaesthetic?But, you don't know that yet. Tony Abbott hasn't announced the cabinet. Can we have this conversation in a little while when we see what the results are? It's important to make this very important doo fact. It required the Labor Party to not just looking at the same old candidates, broadening out the view and making sure, as when Paul Keating described it, women making up 50% of society, should also make up 50 pest of the partyroom, and the actual selection of the ministers themselves in the Rudd and Gillard governments, we had a lot of women within the ministry, a lot, and we were very proud of the fact that we could have a broad ministry in place and the quota system never applied when it came necessarily to the ministry because we went above and beyond.But still you only had about - I think it was about 20%. Sure, absolutely, and we can always do better. Simply I think this is an issue for the Coalition in terms of just having one woman within Cabinet or within the ministry. I think you need to definitely improve itWhy are you saying that? That's not the case. You shouldn't say that.Let's come back to the matter, as you say, when we have something more concrete to discuss. So, Ed Husic, to the matter of the Labor leadership contest, give us a taste of what the next month is actually going to look like? Are we going to see something in the vein of the US presidential race in terms of, are we going to see debates and campaigning?Well, we have 30 days from today in which to conclude the ballot and people will have by 8th October the opportunity to cast their vote, and what's happening now is the process of between the two contenders, so far, because bear in mind the nominations actually close next week.Do you expect more people to come forward?Well, at this stage it's anticipated there will only be two, but we have to wait until the formal close, and then the candidates will determine whether or not there will be debates or other avenues to talk through ideas, but as a taste of things to come, we have two very important and solid contributions today from both Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese to the Caucus, talking through, and I thought the biggest thing was having an emphasis on positive discussion around policy as well, ands is someone who supported the notion of having a direct election of leader, what I want to be able to see is anyone who does want to take on the role of leading the party, that they have a policy framework and a vision that they can talk about and outline to member as head of a vote, so I think over the course of the next few weeks, you will see just that, where the candidates will outline not only why they should be elected as leader, but the type of policy priorities they believe they will want to pursue if given the opportunity to lead.Steve Ciobo, now that Labor has chosen this more inclusive approach to the choice of leader, will there be pressure on the Liberal Party to bring greater democracy to the determination of your leader?I think we had a pretty good show of democracy and determination of our leader, Emma. That occurred last Saturday. The Australian people knew who the Leader of the Liberal Party was, they knew who the leader of the Coalition was, and we're very grateful for their support to form a government, but in terms of the next 30 days for the Labor Party, I mean, really, Emma has anything changed? I look at the next 30 days of being the continuation of the past 365 days or even longer. It was Kevin, it was Julia, it was Kevin. Now it's Bill, now Anthony Albanese. I think ultimately the Labor Party needs to get their house in order. They owe it to the Australian people to get their ship under control, to be in an effective Opposition because any good parliament relies oen a strong Government and strong Opposition, and until Labor gets their house in order, then I don't think they will be in a position to be an effective Opposition. If you are doing something groundbreaking, the first time done by a political party, I don't know how you can argue the same old, same old, using the same old, same old linesIt's changing, Ed, because you are still changing leaders, Kevin, Julia, Kevin, I don't know what it is. I take the cues from the Coalition. Brendan Nelson to Malcolm Turnbull to Tony Abbott in the first term.Got to leave it...Bill Shorten says the Labor leadership will be a contest of ideas rather than personalities, but can you actually name one idea on which these two men disagree?Well, no, they will outline over the due course or the course of the next 30 days what their views r and the aim for us is not to seek disagreement, our aim is to seek an agreement for a policy agenda for the future and you've got two...How do you judge the two, if they are in broad agreement, how do you judge them?Well, they have announced their candidacy today and they will spell out what they would like to see as an agenda for the party going forward over the next 30 days, but having said, that we're bletioned in that we have exceptionally strong candidates, Bill Shorten, the experience he has brought especially in terms of DisabilityCare and being able to, hand on heart, leading the charge to, that and in term of Anthony Albanese, particularly as an infrastructure minister, lifting the investment in urban infrastructure to a level that hasn't been seen since Federation, so he we have two very strong candidates and we will see in the days ahead how that pans out.We've run out of time. Thank you both for coming in.Thank you. Thanks, Emma, thanks d. thanks, Ed.It's promoted by the euthanasia movement as the peaceful pill, but the barbiturate Nembutal is illegal to import or possess in Australia. Despite that, a euthanasia advocate claims that over the past two years, hundreds of Australians have brought it into the country. Most have purchased it online from China, the country that now dominates the drug's black market. Sash Koloff has our story, and a warning, her report does contain some disturbing material.On a recent Saturday afternoon in Sydney, euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke held a workshop about the best way to end your life.Don't take any notice of a rumour you might hear that an overdose of sleeping tablets will lead to death. It won't. There are very few lethal drugs, and the best lethal drug is Nembutal.Nembutal is the euthanasia drug of choice. It's a lethal barbiturate, and within an hour of drinking it, Liu die.I have been with a lot of people who have died using this drug. It just seemed to get into a deeper and deeper sleep and then finally stop breathing,-for-those watching they see this as the most peaceful of deaths, it certainly looks to be.For those here today wishing to choose when and how to end their life, Nembutal seems an attraction option.Oh, it is the Rolls-Royce way of going. It's 100% easy and it's 100% effect tiff .So that is what people will dream of I don't want to do anything violent or painful, and this seems the perfect solution.But Nembutal is illegal to import or possess. Importing Nembutal could land you in jail or with a fine of up to $825,000.Be careful. It is a crime.Despite this, Philip Nitschke continues to promote where and how to buy the drug at workshops across the country.The online version of the book gives the best details that we've got on the currently available sources.Philip Nitschke says hundreds of Australians have illegally brought Nembutal into country over the past couple of years.The Australian Federal Police have told 'Lateline' that since 2007 they've seized almost 15kg of the drug, but so far no-one has been convicted.Mexico used to dominate the market. Now most Nembutal is bought online from China. Increasingly, there are reports of Internet scams. Lateline has spoken to several people who have lost hundreds of dollars trying to buy Nembutal online. Arriving in flat-packed envelopes, Chinese Nembutal comes in the form of a white powder and Dr Nitschke says people are worried about its quality.People will obtain these packets of white powder in envelopes from China and they're concerned in a way that I never saw with the South American product. They are worried that someone is selling them something which is contaminated or not pure or maybe cheating completely and selling them caster sugar or something.To combat concerns, Dr Nitschke has set up a my bile testing laboratory and he says there is a long queue of people across Australia waiting to use it.From what we can to use it.From what we can
see.Today he is in Sydney to help David, who has terminal cancer, to help test Nembutal he illegally imported earlier this year.That's a pretty good result. That's comforting.Were there any concerns on your part about the legal issues? At 81 years of age, I don't think that crossed my mind. If they want to jail me, well, I just think that would be very stupid action.David bought his Nembutal from a supplier listed in Dr Nitschke 's book, The Peaceful Pill Handbook.The book is banned in Australia, but for $80, you can buy access online access to the publication.So hard was it to get it into Australia? Well, all I can say is that it arrived. I sent an email requesting a sample. I received a reply asking me to forward $360 US, and I duly arranged that, and two weeks later, my package arrived through the mail.Well, this method of bag-make something very simple. We've chosen a large size oven bag, because mainly that fits all sized heads.Dr Nitschke's group also produces instructional videos for those considering euthanasia.In one tragic case, a young Sydney woman, who was not terminally ill, but suffering from depression, accessed this information. She also attempted to buy Nembutal online, but lost her money.In May, the 30-year-old committed suicide.Her family told 'Lateline':

Well, an age-old question about censorship. I can't guarantee where the information is going to go to, but I don't think that's a good reason for stop ing giving out information.Professor Ian Webster, chair of the Government's advisory council on suicide prevention disagrees.I don't think that's an acceptable risk. There is a very fundamental principle in medicine, Primum non-serum, a Latin statement for "above all do no harm" so no action that a physician or a surgeon or doctor should take, should increase the likelihood of harm.Philip Nitschke is currently facing two investigations by the Australian health practitioner regulation agency over claims he is not a fit and proper person to hold medical registration, but he says losing his licence won't stop his workWell n a practical sense it would make very little difference because of the growing demand, if you like, by a growing or increasing number of elderly people who are demanding control over the end of their own lives. It is a very difficult balance to strike. Overwhelmingly I put my weight on preventing suicide and against promoting suicide methods to elements of the population who are at high risk disglx but for people like David, knowing he now has a choice is a comfort.Euthanasia goes against what most of us believe in, but you've got to say, OK, but there are other people there who have a problem, and why not give them the right to decide, sorry, I want out of here." If you need someone to speak with or know someone who may need some help, Beyond Blue can be contacted on:

And on Monday night, the 'Four Corners' program will explore the controversial issue of assisted suicide, focusing on the story of one man who is seek ago assistance to end his life.And finally tonight, NASA - NASA's 'Voyager 1' spacecraft has become the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Launched in 1977, its mission was to study the planets, but the probe has now travelled 19 billion kilometres and crossed into interstellar space. Scientists say the probe is so far from the Sun, that it's now detecting particles from distant stars. The craft is carrying spoken greetings from planet Earth and a collection of music in case it's found by intelligent life forms. Scientists say that 'Voyager' will continue to send data for at least another decade from outside the solar system.Now to the weather:

That's all from us. If you would like to look back at tonight's forum with Ed Husic and Steve Ciobo or review any of Lateline's stories or transcripts, you can visit our website and you can also follow us on Twitter and FaceBook. I will see you again on Monday. Have a great weekend. Goodnight.

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