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Good morning and welcome to ABC News Breakfast. It's Monday. Great to have your company this morning. I'm Paul Kennedy.And I'm Emma Alberici. Glad you could join us. Former coach James Hird speaks out about the Essendon doping saga declaring he didn't oversee players' injections. I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came and I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that and I can only apologise for that. This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Police arrest a man over the disappearance of his neighbour, Victoria mother Chetcuti chut.Clive Palmer denies accusations donations to his political party crippled his party and cost under hundreds of jobs. What other chief executive would go into Parliament to fight for his workers, put his money and it was our money on the loo into protect their jobs?New American sanctions imposed on Iran over missile testing just a day after international nuclear sanctions are lifted.We've now cut off every single path that Iran could have used to build a bomb. Leading sport, it's Day 1 of the Australian Open and hot favourites Novak Djokovic sand Serena Williams in action, and in cricket, another great innings from Glenn Maxwell helps Australia chase down a big total to win the one-day series against India.A hot day ahead in Melbourne and Adelaide, but rain about in the country's west. Former Essendon coach James Hird has told his side of the story to the ABC in his first sell vision interview since 34 past and present players were suspended for drug cheating.While taking some responsibility and admitting some mistakes, Hird insists he never intended to cheat the system with the club's supplements program.But he says he should have done more to protect his players and he called for Stephen Dank, the sports scientist at the centre of the scandal to explain himself.Sum mineral resources rent taxes scandal has gone on for flee years now and Hird says it's not over yet as he tries to clear the player's reputations. Here is part that interview with Tracy Holmes on ABC News 24 manyThe idea around the program was to help the players become better footballers and look after them later in life so they didn't become old and arthritis like a lot of us have, and the thing was that the doctor had to approve everything.The reason the doctor had to approve everything is because he is the one who knows the most about medicine and at certain times I believe the protocols weren't adhered to and that did happen and that is disappointing and that is the reason 34 young men are now in the position they are in and that's devastating for all of us, but most of all it's devastating for all those young men and their families.To 2016 and potentially beyond, chances wipe o of their career, that's career-ending possibly for a number of players. How responsible are you for the position that those 34 are in now?Well, firstly it's devastating for those players, I couldn't agree with you more manyI think it's not just 2016 wiped off and potentially beyond, but 2013, 14 and 15 where they weren't given the opportunity to play football to the best of their abilityI have a level of responsibility in that.I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came and I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that and I can only apologise for that because I made decisions in real time that in hindsight I think were wrong.How many of the 34 have you spoken to in this past week since the decision has come down?Probably over half via text or talking.Certainly some of them you want to give some space to and when they are ready to talk, but the ones I have spoken to, they are deeply concerned about their future and what lays ahead of them and they are very upset at what happened at the football club, but also what happened to them over the last three years.You said, "as a former coach and player, I have many conflicting and deep emotions. Request" like what?Well, I feel very guilty, I feel very sad, I feel upset for the players.I don't feel like a victim myself, but for those 34 players are victims of this situation.The situation that at the first instance is a responsibility of Essendon Football Club.The football club and as a part that I had in it had to put up its hands and say, "We made mistakes." But those mistakes were compounded by people in authority, outside the football club, and so when I feel guilt, sadness, devastation for the players, I'm also upset at the way the procedural fairness or the process was enacted, to do nigh our players procedural fairness and the football club procedural fairness.That was a section of that interview with Tracy Holmes on the ABC last night and James Hird - many people have been wanting him to explain himself, a little bit of him trying to correct the record as he saw it last night there.Seemed to be so many conflicting stories, though, even just within that one interview."I don't consider myself a victim. I'm also not the villain. People in authority should have done different things," but I thought he was part of that circle of authorityIt's perhaps confused matters more than helped clarify them.He has been a here re- - hero for so long in the eyes of his supporter s and I think he is struggling to come to terms with the fact that he is out of a job and not as relevant and that's part of what is behind that. The tennis is starting today, the Australian Open. We are very fortunate to have a lovely setting for that this morning. Samantha Stosur, Nick Kyrgios will be playing this morning, a couple of other Aussies as well. Daria Gavrilova, Omar Ja s ika is an 18-year-old. Sometimes these teenagers get wildcards to compete in the national Open and very luck why I to have Steve Pearce on hand to give us the tennis news.Also some big names hitting off today, too, as Steve pension mentioned.Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic as well. Nick kirlg kirg, Kyrgios is playing Bu s ta from Spain. Surely his nickname is "hey".Bu s ta actually means stop.Hot, though, today, very hot.Going to be difficult for those athletes.Late 30s.Police will resume the search for aye missing Victorian moor as they question a man over her disappearance.49-year-old Karen Chetcuti was last seen in Whorouly Hotel on Tuesday night. Police have arrested a 49-year-old man over her disappear rants and declaring her property a crime scene.Clive Palmer says donations from Queensland Nickel to the Palmer United Party were made before falling commodity prices hit his struggling company.Last Friday 237 workers at Queensland Nickel lost their jobs.Paperwork lodged with the Queensland electorate Commission on December 31st shows the company donated more than $280,000 to the Palmer United Party. That $21 million was used to change the carbon tax and eliminate in this country, which saved the remaining 75 million which kept their jobs for the last three years.TheThe US has imposed fresh sanctions on Iran just a day after major sanctions were lifted.Tens of billions of dollars worth of sanctions are being rolled back this week in a deal designed to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. Four American-Iranians have been freed in a prisoner swap as part of the deal.Family and friends of an Australian couple abducted by extremists in Furyk fast say their location is still un.- in Burkina Faso say their location is still unknown.AA family spokesperson has issued a statement saying Ken and Jocelyn Elliott have dedicated their lives to helping people in the West African country since leaving Australia in 1972.Two of the seriously injured in the Jakarta attack have been flown to Singapore for surgery. The men from Austria and Germany were among 20 people seriously wounded in last week's attack. The death toll stands at 8 with one man dying yesterday.French media says a man who was left brain dead after an experimental drug trial has died.The drug trial by Portuguese company has been suspended while French prosecutors investigate.PM mumpbl has flown into Afghanistan to meet the country's President and Australian troops still serving there. His visit follows yesterday's unannounced trip to a military base in Iraq . Afghan, Mr Turnbull is expected to head to the US.Now, let's take a quick look atd finance.On Friday:

Now, for all the weather updates this morning and beyond, we are join by Kirsten Veness.Just a quick look at the weather:

Let's go overseas and more on the fresh sanctions against some Iranian companies and individuals just a day after the major international sanctions were lifted.North America correspondent Zoe Daniel joins us from Washington. G'day there, Zoe. It does seem like the White House has taken with - has given with one hand and taken back with the other? Yes, good morning, Emma, its a little bit all over the place, isn't it? It's interesting that this announcement has been made on these new sanctions today because there was some commentary around yesterday and headlines that America had "blinked" when it was facing Iran on the issue of these particular sanctions over the use of the ballistic missile. This relates to the testing of a missile back in October in which Iran actually broke a UN resolution by doing that, and it was said or suggested yesterday that in signing off or finalising the Iran nuclear deal, that the US had backed away from imposing these extra sanctions because it wanted to get those prisoners released and that it had been told by Iran that if you impose those new sanctions we will not let those people out. However, as you saw, four prisoners plus one were released in a prisoner swap yesterday and those people are on their way back to the US via Germany. I've just seen breaking news that they've landed in Geneva and they will go onto a military base in Germany, so they are now free. The Iran deal on nuclear weapons was finalised yesterday in the so-called implementation day so there was great applause in relation to that and now we see these new sanctions being imposed on particular individuals who are said to have been guilty of using front companies to procure equipment to build those ballistic missiles for Iran. Regardless, Barack Obama trumpeting the Iran nuclear deal today here. Let's see what he had to say.We've now cut off every single path that Iran could have used to build a bomb.Whereas it would have taken Iran two to three months to break out with enough material to rush to a bomb, we've now extended that breakout time to a year, and with the world's unprecedented inspections and access to Iran's program, we will know if Iran ever tries to break out.Zoe, on the matter of that nuclear deal specifically because it is a little confusing, at first we had the nuclear deal which facilitated the prisoner swap, that also involved the US letting some Iranian prisoners free, didn't it?Indeed.So there are six eye - American-Iranians and also one Iranian in custody in the US and they had been charged over sanctions violations, actually similar to the ones I just outlined in relation to procurement of things that they weren't allowed to procure under those sanctions.The charges against them have been dropped.It is unknown whether they will go back to Iran or whether they will stay in the US because as I say six of the seven in fact American-Iranians, but, yes, it was a direct prisoner swap and the US accepting that as a condition for getting its prisoners out of Ian -Iran.What are the Republicans saying about all of this because because we know it has been a hot topic in the debates and further afield among the GOP wanting to look more muscular on foreign policy than Obama has?Indeed, and part of that reelths to the amount of money that this allows Iran to get its hands on.US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that this will release around $1.7 billion US that was previously frozen manyThat said, Iran has huge debt so the estimate of the liquidity of that money is something more in the vicinity of 500 billion upward s, still a substantial amount, clearly.Republicans are saying firstly at the moment extreme end, Iran will use that to build nuclear weapons, but further to that, that the oversights that have been put in place under this deal are not sufficient and that it really comes down to a lack of trust in Iran, and also the continuing division in Iran, because it has to be noted that President Rohane is a moderate, but not everyone is, particularly the strong arms in the Revolutionary Guard who continue to hold substantial power.So there is serious concern among the critics about just how safe this deal is and also what happens afterwards because it is a 10-15-year program.Finally, Zoe, Malcolm Turnbull is about to touch down in Washington, we understand. What's on his schedule and are you expecting some tension given the PM has refused a request from the White House to send more troops to Syria and Iraq?Yeah , I do hope the PM has his warm coat with him because the day-time temperature when he arrives is maximum of minus-3 Celsius, so will be somewhat chilli.His first engagement is at Arlington cemetery where he will pay his respect togs war-dead, and that being appropriate given that he is coming direct from Afghanistan and Iraq.Interesting that you should raise Australia's resistance, if you like, to increasing that military effort against Islamic State.I spoke to a very high-level official in the State Department over the weekend and raised that particular issue with him.He said it's not seen as resistance by Australia, that America doesn't see it that way, and it is not a case of what you can do for us, but a case of what can we do together, and certainly was very upbeat about the level of support and commitment that Australia has made, saying it's probably higher in some ways than any other country.No doubt, though, international security will be the prime topic in discussions between Malcolm Turnbull and Barack Obama and other high-level officials over the next couple of days.Zoe Daniel, thank you.Good morning, to the front pages of the Monday newspapers now and let's check out what the headlines are saying. In the gaest gaes the family of Australians Ken and Jocelyn Elliott say they have no idea where the couple has been taken after they were kidnapped by extremists in West Africa.The 'West Australian' says the couple put up a fight when they were abducted by al-Qaeda-linked militants in Burkina Faso.'Northern Territory News' celebrates at achievement of Toby Price, the first Australian to win the motorbike category of the Dakar Rally.The Australian says - the 'Australian' says wages growth is at its slowest in 50 years as the China downturn bites.s 'Financial Review' says most stockbrokers believe the Australian share market will have a good year, despite heavy falls on overseas markets.The her, 'Herald Sun' has a story on the Melbourne high schoolteacher who has a relationship with a convicted terrorist.'The Age' letters on 220 new schools needed to meet the demand over the next decade.The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports NSW Labor is set to introduce new affirmative action rules to boost the number of women in key roles.The 'Daily Telegraph' says outlawed bikies are reeling from a NSW Police crackdown on illegal gang clubhouses.In the 'Mercury', the children of Eileen Stewart are demanding answers on the disappearance of their mother almost six decades ago.SA's law Society President is calling for high-profile cases to be broadcast to promote open justice and a better understanding of the kourtd system.The 'Advertiser' has that story.And the 'Canberra Times' reports that plans for a grand entrance to the nation's capital have been released for public comment.The 'Courier-Mail' says Australia is in the grip of an adult Il literacy crisis as 9 in 10 bosses have complained that staff cannot read or write properly.A little bit of detail in that one. Some 44% of Australians have literacy proficiency below a level set a minimum to operate effectively in the workplace.Numeracy is worse, 55% and the AI Group that did this report has called on the Turnbull Government to tackle the problem because high-skilled occupations are growing faster than low-skilled work.We've got to be a knowledge nation, as they say.Well, it is a constant discussion around education in schools, but quite often we don't hear this type of thing from people in the workplace.But they do say if you don't have that foundation from the earliest of ages, you're not going to suddenly develop those early learning skills.Hard to catch up.... later in life. Yes, it really is incumbent on the system in those early years to imbed that stuff, the literacy and numeracy early. That's why you have NAPLAN showing us what the standard is at year 3 and Year 5 and they are considered to be real telltale signs of the strength of the education systemBut what about workers?We would like to hear from you this morning, workers, managers, bosses this mornings, can you wait for schools to improve their outcomes?Have you seen this as Ange issue that has affected your workplace perhaps in letter-writing or emails you've received from staff that perhaps didn't have auto correct on themAnds how does it practically hold you back in your business,?If at all.A really interesting story on the front page of the advertiser, another push to broadcast the justice system and the trials and so on, lots of sport around, you saw that Toby Price has won the Dakar Rally, the Australian, so we'll learn more about that from anyone and Steve Pearce, loves tennis more than anyone I know, he is on the banks of the Yarra for the first day the Australian Open. Steve, how are you feeling do unthere, mate?Good morning, Paul. Good morning, Emma. You would have to love tennis to be here at this time of the morning. It was lovely, a few people out on the river, rowing, but not many tennis people out yet, but exciting day, Day 1 of the Australian Open.Perfect spot to be and a good time to set the scene for us, mate.Who is going to be in action today?We were getting ready earlier to have a good discussion about the career of Lleyton Hewitt but he doesn't play until tomorrow, is that right?Yes, that's right, so he will Play that first round match against James Duckworth, the other Australian, that will be tomorrow, so we should really focus on that even though it is the talk of a local, a lot of local fans around here, but as far as today goes, a lot of eyes on Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, the two favourites to win their respective titles coming into this event. Djokovic had a chance for practice yesterday, as did a few other players over the weekend. Serena is an interesting one. She has really struggled with a knee injury in the build-up to this event. She will be on court this avr noon against Camilla Georgie, ranked 34 in the world, only just outside the seedings, so a tough opening for herAnd Roger Federer will be playing this evening, as is Samantha Stosur as well. A lot of quite decent names out on court today, Maria Sharapova will be playing. Nick Kyrgios another interesting one tonight. He is going to play a man who has only - who he has only played once before, a Spaniard, but he beat him in ester ril last year so coming into this with the light background and winning feeling, I suppose, against him, and a venue where Nick has obviously played really well, going into the quarterfinals last year, so a lot of attention on the about Ig names and the few Australians in action which includes Daria Gavrilova and Isla today, so all the action getting under way at about 11 o'clock and we'll talk later about that in the morning as well.The big news in cricket late last night was that Australia has wrapped up the one-day series 3-0 against India. It was another day when lots and lots of runs were scored and Virat Kohli for the Indians was again responsible for that, scoring 117 off 117 balls which is pretty good effort considering his form so far this summer. Another ton for him. But when the Australians came in, they lost a couple of early wickets but Shaun Marsh with 62 and then it was left to Glenn Maxwell to steer the Australians home and it was a really terrific knock. 96 off 78 balls, I think it was, certainly well more than a run a ball and some of the shot-making he produced when the game was in the balance was quite stunning. He was out just before the end, but that really didn't matter for 96. Well deserving Man of the Match and spoke afterwards.It would be nice to finish on that ball, but a hell of a run chase, that wicket is not easy to bat on.The top order made it easier for us at the bottom to keep you a run a ball.I always tried to play the field and the wicket was quite slow so I had to hit the ball in front of square, tried to hit it as clean as I could over cover and luckily enough they came off the middle.They certainly did. Two more matches to go in the series, but they are effectively dead rubber; and they will be playing second fiddle to the climb max of the Big Bash coming over the next week or so as well. Checking A-League soccer because a significant win for Newcastle Jets yesterday over Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium. It had been a long time since the Jets had scored let alone win again. 565 minutes and 78 days, but Milo s Trifunivic to change all. That Ki s s o again after that and David Carney raced clear to put the Jets 3-0 up. Wellington got a late consolation, but all too little, too late, so Newcastle Jets finally a win on the board and they're still not out of contention for a finals berth. Just staying with soccer, a couple of big matches in the English Premier League in thorning. Arsenal back on top of the Premier League, and Manchester United back up to fifth courtesy of that goal from Wayne Rooney, the only goal of the game. The goal keepers were the stars at the bring tannan Stadium as Stoke and Arsenal drew 0-0, but on goal difference they go back above Leicester, so Arsenal top of the loo egg there in the UK ahead of some of the slightly bigger clubs you would imagine over there in England.Steve, just one final thing, you would have noticed overseas that England beat South Africa in Test cricket.We don't often spend time looking at this, but that's a really big win, the first time in a long time?Massive win, all triggered by yet another Stuart brood extraordinary performance., Broad.He absolutely ripped South Africa apart to bowl them out for 83 in the second innings.That's a serious win in South Africa for England which is no mean feat, they haven't done that for about 10 or 11 years, a really stunning performance, just shows you why a lot of people think Stuart Broad is the best bowler going around at the momentYes, including his coach.We will hear more about the tennis as it kicks off, but now to Kirsten who has all the latest with the weather. Good morning.Checking the satellite and areas of cloud over WA with a trough causing showers and potentially severe stormsPatchy cloud over the Northern Territory and parts of northern Queensland is bringing a few storms there.Fairly clear in the east. An onshore flow is bringing light showers to the NSW coast with heavy showers in the Queensland tropics. A closer look at Queensland now:

Still to come, why women are more at risk of dying from a heart attack than men. New research suggests women are far less likely to experience the typical warning signs or to seek emergency help. The symptoms aren't always what you think. We'll find out more about that in just a moment, but first here is Paul with a news update.leading the new this morning, former Essendon coach James Hird insists he never intended to cheat the system with the club's supplements program.Last week the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned 34 past and present players for 12 months. In an exclusive television interview on ABC News 24 last night Hird said the players were sack fied by the AFL. What will haunt me is the players are put in a position where they are seen as drug cheats and I don't want that and that's what will haunt me.Police are continuing to question a man over the disappearance of a Victorian mother. 49-year-old Karen Chetcuti was last seen at Whorouly Hotel in north Victoria on Tuesday night. Police have arrested a 48-year-old man over his disappearance and declared her neighbour's property a crime scene.Clive Palmer says donations to the, from Queensland Nickel to the Palmer United Party were made before the falling commodity prices. Paperwork lodged with the Queensland Electoral Commission on December 31 shows the company donated more than $280,000 to the Palmer United Party.Nd add the US has imposed fresh sanctions on 11 Iranian companies and individuals just a day after major sanctions were lifted. The new measures are in response to a recent ballistic missile test.Thanks very much, PK.Former Essendon coach James Hird admits he should have done more to stop the club's supplements program which led to 34 current and former players being banned for a year, but speaking on ABC News 24 in his first live interview since the suspensions, Hird was adamant the ruling was unjust and the players never took anything illegal. Blake Kagi reports.James Hird admits he feels guilty for his role in the program which damaged the careers of 34 players vlI have a level of responsibility in that.I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came, and I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that, and I can only apologise for that, because I made decisions in real time that in hindsight I think were wrong.The Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision means the players have been labelled drug cheats. Hird says the only American who knows what they were injected with is sports scientist Stephen Dank who Hird is convinced didn't give them anything illegal?Why would he go and try and dope our players?It doesn't make any sense to me.If someone asks what is in it for Stephen Dank to do that, there is no rational reason why he would do that.Hird says Bombers players were sacrificed for an anti-drug message.34 men were sacrificial lambs to send that message, that's not good enough, in my opinion.You cannot sacrifice 34 innocent men to send a mess sampbling like that, although it is a good message, you cannot sacrifice 34 men.Hird says the AFL also made him a sacrificial lamb.I was then told by Gillon MacLaughlin later on that this is about the optics and later on you're the person.How would it look if the person who has been the highest profile athlete or personal of the Essendon Football Club escaped sanction?We know you haven't done much wrong, but how would it look?Hird says club President David Evans told him not to sell the whole truthYes, I was told to tell the whole truth except what Andrew Demetriou said to David Evans on that night of 4th February.So, in other words don't say that Andrew Demetriou had leaked the information to the club?Yes.Were you asked that by ASADA?I was asked that and I told the truth.Hird insinces nobody at Essendon tried to cheat.As we've been reporting, Clive Palmer has broken his silence over the job losses a the his Townsville nickel refinery. Ana MacDonald has more.Under attack, but strident, Clive Palmer says he has done nothing wrong.We are really heroes theIt is a very successful story that this plant has been going for another 6 years after BHP was going to write it off.237 workers lost their jobs from Queensland Nickel outside of Townsville on Friday. It has since been revealed the company donated $290,000 to the Palmer United Party just a fortnight earlier.I understand it was for other services, offices, and things loo ik that that they just occupy.You have to put down a value for these things when you report them.Queensland Nickel has donated $21 million to Palmer United Party in the past two years. That includes a $15 million donation in 2013 which Mr Palmer says was used to establish the party and help abolish the carbon tax.What other chief executive would go into Parliament to fight for his workers, put his money and it was our money on the line to protect their jobs?Mr Palmer is resisting calls for the money to be paid back to the ailing company.That's just rubbish, really .This is a private company.There are no mums and dads' money tied up in this listIt is not an afnlt SX-listed company, a company privately owned by me.He blames the Queensland Government for failing to go guarantee - guarantor for a $35 million loan to keep the company afloat.The priority for Mr Palmer should have been for the jobs and the workers at Queensland Nickel.Mr Palmer says he personally gave the refinery $2.8 million last year so staff cob paid for Christmas.But they are why et to receive details of their redundancies. Challenging times ahead for a man hoping to retain his seat in a federal Palmer's position
election year.Yes, Clive Palmer's position in politic this year is just as interesting as any other, but now his business interests are being closely examined there.Now, did you know that if you are a woman you are more likely to worry about dying from cancer than a heart attack.You might also be surprised to learn that women are more likely not to survive a heart attack than me.Leonie Fryer survived a heart attack at the age of 59 and she joins us to tell us more. Welcome and good morning.Good Emma, good morning, Paul. Good morning.One of the statistics I read which was absolutely horrifying and I had no idea about it before I read it is that men suffer twice as many heart attacks as wm, but they die at around the same level which means women aren't surviving these heart attacks in the same way men are. Why is that?I think as women, I think that we - our nature is that we put everybody else first, that the warning signs that men have generally men have that typical, "I've got chest pain. I have tingles down my arm." But for women, we are really quite different.40% of the symptoms that women actually experience, they can experience in their neck, they can experience in their shoulder, they can experience back pain, so it's really quite different to actually how men would experience that typical stereotype of, "I've got the severe chest pain or I've got the tingles down my arms.""So the symptoms are different in men and women of the same heart attack, let's say?Not always, but 40% of women do - we have found that 40% of women do statistically experience different symptoms. So it comes down to education then, people aren't aware of those symptoms, do you think?Look, absolutely.It certainly does come to education, but it also comes down, I think as women, we put everybody else first before ourselves, we are running around, we are working, a family to support, doing everything and we are always tired, and tiredness and dizziness is definitely certainly one of those symptoms.Can you tell us how it manifested for you and what your experience was?Sure.If I think back now, months before, I had the warning signs.I was the person who went to the gym every morning and I remember I would be on that treadmill, running, running, running, and I would go... and I had the chest pain and I was also really tired, as well and that went on for three, four months.I was really fortunate I didn't have any other symptoms and it didn't manifest until one day it did manifest it was a Sunday night, I had the chest pain, but I didn't collapse, I didn't have the tingles down the arms and I had back pain as well, so I went to a 24-hour medical clinic thinking something is severely wrong, because I literally couldn't even walk not even a metre, and they said to me, "Look, like you've got reflux and if you would like to take some medication and go home." So you were misdiagnosed?The next day, I woke up the next day, thank goodness, and I actually went to - because I just literally couldn't walk, I would be crouching over and clutching my chest and I did go to work, a we do, and I ended up going to my own doctor and he said, "Yes, that diagnosis seems right to me."" What was happening, did you have blocked arteries?I had two blocked arteries, one was 90% blocked, 99% blocked so by the Thursday and I had to work really hard to save my own life, hi to insist they run more tests after going to the doctor every day, I didn't go home, I went straight to the hospital, straight to the operating theatre.So is it education for the community as well, where maybe if man goes in with chest pains it is a heart attack, whereas when a woman goes in it is maybe not the first thing that comes to mind?I absolutely agree with that.My heart attack now was 13 years ago so we have come a long way from then, but we are really not where we need to be. Well, good that you're talking about, Leonie. Hopefully people watching this morning can take note.Thanks.Leonie Fryar, thanks for coming envelopmentThanks for having me.To become the first Australian to win the world's toughest motorbike race is an achievement in itself.But Toby Price has done it just a few years after he suffered a broken neck. Lucy McNally reports .This is the moment a childhood dream came true.To-the-first Australian to win the Dakar is all divisions is, yeah, crazy.Yes, I really don't know what to think:It's insane.Some would call him insane for even wanting to enter the two-week race. The Dakar is the most gruelling motorbike rally in the world. Participants ride up to 900km a day from Argentina to Bolivia and back. Toby Price's family is ecstaticYou beauty!.The 28-year-old stunned fans by winning five of the 7 stages battling some of the harshest conditions on Earth.Freezing cold where you can't breathe, to 37 degree in sand dunes the in ex-day.It all started when he was a toddler.He took a shine to riding his older brother's bike and, yeah, there was basically no stopping him.That is until 2013 when he broke his neck while competing in the US.Gets you a little bit emotional thinking about t and he was so determined, even from laying in his hospital bed that that wasn't going to stop him. Whatever he wants to do, nothing can block the driveway. He goes at it full bore and you can't stop him.The next injury was devastating, but Toby Price had been through worse. Two years earlier he lost his sister Amanda.She was born very premature and her survival rate at that time was not very good, but she outbeat them as well.To the family, Amanda Price was known as Min. She died in 2011, aged 29.When Tobe s started doing the altitude races at Dakar, we always said, "Oh, Min is up there. She is pushing him on." Matt says he taught his brother everything he knows but says he has long given up on beaten him.I'm not as agile as I was back in the day, but, no, he pushes me along and sort of mucks around.He and his parents have barely slept for two weeksWhen Tobe s started dog the altitude racing at Dakar we said, "Min is up there pushing him on and she is guiding him.""Nobody has had much sleep.I've been getting up at 4 every morning so I can spend at least an hour before I go to work and, yeah, make sure he is OK.For now, Toby Price is lapping up the media frenzy in South America, but when he comes home, his family will be waiting for him with open arms. What a great achievement there, of course, sacrificing parents and families, sacrificing so much for their kids, move closer to - move closer to the city so they can be near sponsors and all the rest of it.It is an interesting one whether you get your kids started in motorbikes.I haven't followed that path, more of a ball sports family, but some people love it and Toby was on a bike since a toddler.Yes, I don't know. If you were the parents, you would have your throat in your mouth worrying about him getting back on there.Particularly after he broke his neck three years ago.Exactly.What a great achievement.He must be made of steel. Toby Price there.A couple of comments from you before we go to Mo for review of the newspaper this morning and this morning we are asking about literacy and numeracy not in schools but in workplaces. A report has come out which says the signs are very worrying for workplaces in that people just can't read and write and add up and do all those things that bosses need them to do.Nd these are companies reporting that their staff can't do the basics.Caroline says, "What support are employers offering in the workplace to improve this? Don't just whinge, be part of a solution tailored to your workplace." Shannon says, "I don't believe it has anything to do with technology, we can pay for older workers but we need to invest in future generations. The Australian system is a joke compared to some of the European countries." "And that's the point, really, the comparison has been made to international standards.Leanne says, "You only need to read comments and postings on social media to see how poor spelling and grammar is." Oh mowies don't count," unless you are part of the emoji business.Well, you don't want to be receiving emails that are flooded with emoticons and thumbs up, although I suspect that is how they are communicating these days , but interestingly enough, when you talk about educating being the responsibility of the employers, you would remember that Twiggy Forrest set up a whole business educating the Indigenous community so they were better equipped to join the mines and that was all about improving literacy and numeracy skills among those entering the mines.He had reported that some people would come, not even be able to fill out a form let alone start work.Ttion a good point. They couldn't read it. There is obviously an issue out there that needs addressing.Simon make this good point, "That's why you need to pay your older workers who don't rely so much on new technology." Thank you for the comments, keep them coming.Now let's take a look at tote's newspapers and today we are joined by Mohammed Elleissy from the multifaith interaction Network. Good morning to you.Good morning to you again.The 'Herald Sun', a pretty disturbing story about a teacher who has had a relationship of some description with a terrorist?.Well, he is at a teacher an at Islamic school in Melbourne's west and the 'Herald Sun' is saying today that he on FaceBook he is Dwyght sympathetic to what might be seen as terrorist groups but also the young kid that was arrested on Mother's Day plot, had liked his FaceBook page and they had some sort of online relationship, and I guess the article is rightly pointing out, why would you have someone like that teaching in an Islamic school, in any school, really, and he says in his defence, he says, "I would never push any of this stuff on the young kids. I know where to draw the line. It's my political views," and all these sort of things."I don't incite violence." But the reality is it's too close, I think, to have that there.Since then he has taken down his FaceBook page.He says he has been silenced on his political views and not inciting violence, but I think we do need to have more quality control.I do know the school.It is not a fan nat Cal school, they run a lot of interfaith - they were the first Islamic school running interfaith trips, taking kids to Jew wish schools and things loo ik that, not a hot bed of terror, but to allow a teacher in without knowing their entire background, their social media and what are their political views because is a teacher's political view something we should consider when we hire them, particularly with young people?It's not too unlikely to imagine that students will follow the teacher on their social media accounts so it's not much of a stretch to imagine these kids being influenced in one way or another by the teacher's political thoughts?Absolutely.I think it is a very legitimate point and the school has been incredibly complacent on this issue.I hope they will look into it a bit more.Any comment from the teacher or principalsThey are all on holidays at the moment.The ANZ has commented. Planted images of the scl Wolf of Wall Street in your head. What's happening with this?The chief executive and the head of HR have come out and said that those activities that we saw last week with the trips to the strip club and that is not on, not OK.Interesting words, maybe, but obviously they are saying, "We are a company with 60,000 workers and we don't accept this." But the reality is I think people know that that culture is endemic in some parts of the financial sector and it's not just that.That's a symptom of it.In some ways there are so many other things that flow on from that culture.That's why we have so much regulation in that industry because of that.It has had a bad image over the years. We saw a tweet quite precedented from the CEO of the ANZ, didn't we, coming out and saying that the company has a strong inclusive culture and I think the interesting word in that tweet was "historic" markets behaviours. He is really wants to draw a line and say this stuff happened in the past. But we know that some of these allegations were not that long ago, 2013 one of them, which you wouldn't say was too historic. Shane Elliott, the new CEO who has only been in the job a month or so and the reason he sent that tweet, very interesting, came in response to a tweet from Carol swards, director-the-bank m Melbourne and a champion for leadership, basically tweeting to him, "What's going on at your bank?" So a bit of a public relations clean lup to be embarked on here, I would imagine.If you want to check this out anymore, the 'Financial Review' has Aimee mow to staff with a few points about what they are trying to achieve.Appoint culture champions to drive cultural changes.What's interesting. When you talk about cultural change and this former bank, its former CEO, Mike Smith was one of the inaugural male champions of change and this is a bank that is now being accused of taking a bloke who has just been employed to a strip club to celebrate his appointment. That is the executive who appointed him taking had imto a strip club. So, yes, there is a bit to be answered here, I think.A bit to be sorted. Yes.I like the story on the front page of the 'Advertiser'? Yes.A push to open up the legal system? Yes, that's right. For anyone who watched the shows like Making a Murderer, serial,Judge Judy. Not quiteIn the same way, though. It did sort of start the trend, the new President of the South Australian law Society is asking that high-profile State cases be publicly broadcast and - sorry filmed and broadcast so people can watch them and it will promote open justice, I guess, and. Look, it is a very interesting proposition because a lot of people have been watching Making a Murderer and thinking, "What's going on here?" But obviously those on the law enforcement side or justice side think it could be a bit worrying to have people playing at home with high-profile cases. But I think in the future, why do we have to...What will they do. " If you believe he is guilty, press one." Open it up to thousands of people who would commit to a certain amount of time to watch.They could be the future. You should really open up the legal system and no better examples than the royal commissions that have been happening, you can stream them, you can watch them and you can understand how your legal system works.And you can tell a lot more from body language sometimes than from sheer transcripts of evidence. Watching someone in a witness box can be so much more telling and revealing than reading what they've had to say.But the biggest problem with our current justice system is the juries, when they go away to deliberate is also the personality politics in there, because one person can be more convincing to snap in the last minute.I think a lot of people make them in the last minute.Have you done jury duty?I have not.Have you? No, journos usually get knocked back but I haven't been called up.No, neither have I. I've watched a lot of court cases.Thank you for coming on again.Thank you. Mo, are you going to talk about this.Sorry, we cut you offYes, the most important story of the day.We were about to cut you off. AlrightA world record has been broken in Hong Kong. 280 dogs doing yoga with their owners and... Mostly are sitting there.A few stretching.Sorry, 270.Is that the owners doing owners with dogs as an accessory?In Hong Kong, people are so busy, they usually get their maids or whoever else to walk their dogs and this is a way for them to help themselves relax, but also be with their dogs.Bond with their dogs.Exactly, and all the money is abouting to the Blind Dog Society.A few lazy dogs in there who probably could do a bit more work.There you go, a very active dog.That's a great...I never thought we would see the day that in the newspaper wrap we would have you say, "A few lazy dogs in there." If only dogs could talk, what would they say about that. Mo, thanks very much. To Steve Pearce on the banks of the Yarra. Over to you, Steve.Thanks, Paul. Down here for the first day of the Australian oen. Lots of big names in, a. But leading sport this morning Australia has wrapped up the one-day cricket series against India with a big win at the MCG. It was Virat Kohli who again got things going for India. Another century for him. 117 off as many balls, but then when Australia came in, they always looked as though they had things in hand. Shaun Marsh made 62 and after a couple of wickets fell, including the skipper Steve Smith. It was left to Glenn plaks well to club his way to 96 off just 83 balls and he very nearly took Australia home with a 6 and a 4 in that penultimate over, but he was out just before the end, leaving Fawkner to hit the winning run. A 3-0 series loo he had to Australia with just two games remaining.As I mentioned it is the first day of the Australian Open and Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the big guns in action on both sides of the draw. They are the clear favourites to win the titles again this year. Djokovic is looking for a sixth Australian Open. He was out practices yesterday at Melbourne Park and he was amongst a whole host of players who are out trying to get used to centre court, and as I mentioned Serena Williams. Samantha Stosur and Daria Gavrilova also in action, as is Maria Sharapova. Nick Kyrgios also starts his campaign against Bu s ta. The big match Lleyton Hewitt and James duck worth, big because it's Lleyton Hewitt's last Australian Open, scheduled for tomorrow.In English pleeg Manchester United got a win over Arsenal. A 0-0 draw for them with Stoke but for Wayne Rooney his first goal against Liverpool at Anfield for 11 years and enough to secure the points for Manchester United who move back up to fifth. But Arsenal top after the 0-0 draw with Stoke. That just about brings all the sport up to date this morning, Paul, although there was a big win for the Hawkes, the Illawarra Hawkes in the NBL also over New Zealand last night, and in double overtime, if you don't mind. They eventually separate them in basketball, don't they?Yes, getting pretty serious about the footballs, heading twarth the play-offs. Thanks very much, Steve.In his element, all his different football and cricket teams are winning and the start of the tennis. To Kirsten with the weather.A prove is causing showers and potentially severe thunderstorms. Patchy cloud over parts of the Northern Territory and prt - and parts of northern Queensland, bringing a fie storms there. Mainly clear in the east. An onshore flow is bringing showers to the tropics. A closer look at Queensland now:



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Welcome back to ABC News Breakfast. Thanks for watching. Former coach James Hird speaks out about the Essendon doping saga, declaring he didn't oversee players' injections.I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came, and I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that.And I can only apologise for that. This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Police arrest a man over the disappearance of his neighbour, Victorian mother Chetcuti chut.Clive Palmer denies accusations donations to his political party crippled his company and cost hundreds of jobs.What other chief executive would go into Parliament to fight for his workers, put his money and it was our money on the loo into protect their jobs?New American sanctions imposed on Iran over missile testing just a day after international nuclear sanctions were liftedalWe've now cut off every single path that Iran could have used to build a bomb.Also ahead, Eddie Redmayne finds the woman within.I dream her dreams. I was just soccer punched by this incredibly beautiful love story and this story of authenticity and courage.The actor tells us preparing for his latest role as a man seeking to change his gender in the 1920s.In sport, it's Day 1 of the Australian Open.Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams among the big names in action, and in the next half-hour, I will speak with the Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Australia and tournament director Craig Tiley.A hot day ahead in Adelaide, but rain and storms in the country's west.Former Essendon coach James Hird has told his side of the story to the ABC in his first TV interview since 34 past and present players were suspended for drug cheating.While taking some responsibility and admitting some mistakes, Hird insists he never intended to cheat the system with the club's supplements program.But he says he should have done more to protect the players and he has called for Stephen Dank the sports scientist at the centre of the scandal to explain himself. The supplements scandal has gone on for over three years now and Hird says it's not over yet as he fights to prepare the player's - to protect the player's reputations.S the idea of the program was to make the players better footballers and protect them later in life so they didn't become old and arthritis as a lot of us have, but the doctor had to approve everything.The reason the doctor had to everything is because he is the one who knows the most about medicine and at certain times I believe the protocols weren't adhered to and that didn't happen, and that was very disappointing and is the reason that 34 young men are no you in a position that they are in, and that's devastating for all of us, and most of all it is devastating for those 34 men and their families.They've effectively had 2016 and potentially beyond if what we read is correct about further legal challenges wiped o of their career. That's career-ending possibly for a number of players. How responsible are you for the position that those 34 are in now?Well, firstly it is devastating for those players, I couldn't agree with you more.I think it's not just 2016 that is wiped off and potentially beyond, but it has been 2013, 14 and 15 where they weren't given the opportunity to play football to the best of their ability.I have a level of responsibility in that.I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came, and I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that.And I can only apologise for that.Because I made decisions in real time that in hindsight I think were wrong.How many of the 34 have you spoken to in this past week since the decision has come down?Probably over half via text or talking.Certainly some of them you want to give some space to, and when they are ready to talk.But the ones I have spoken to, they are deeply concerned about their future and what lays ahead of them, and they are very upset at what happened at the football club, but also what happened to them over the last 3 years. You said, "As a former coach and player, I have many conflicting and deep emotions." Like what?Well, I feel very guilty, I feel very sad, I feel upset for the players.I don't feel like a victim myself, but for those 34 players are victims of this situation., a situation that at the first instance is the responsibility of the Essendon Football Club.The football club and the part I had in it has to put up its hands and say, "We made mistakes," but those mistakes were compounded by people in authority outside the football club, and so when I feel guilt, sadness, devastation for the players, I'm also upset at the way the procedural fairness or the process was enact, to deny our players procedural fairness and the football club procedural fairness.It was a long raging interview there with Tracy Holmes questioning James Hird. That was a snippet of it and, well, it's James Hird trying to get his record as he sees it straight, I think, and maybe trying to mend some relationships as well.And I think for those of us who don't follow it perhaps as closely as you and Steve Pearce, there seem to be more questions still than answers, I reckon, and chief for me is James Hird was the cope of this club. Where does he sit in the lines of responsibility at Essendon?, or at any AFL club for that matter, where does the coach sit?He was mentioning people say a football manager who might sit on the same level as him. All of that is semantics for him, as a coach, you are most interested in your players vrlt as he said, he should have done more and if he genuinely didn't know very much about what was happening, he was fairly negligent.If his players were being sent off site to get injections, it seems to beggar belief that he wouldn't say, "Are you are you going? What? What are you getting ingestions for?" Just bake significant stuff that seems a bit odd and doesn't seem to square with what he is saying. No, and lots of other people are thinking that as well. The Australian Open is starting today. Steve Pearce is down there for us and he is gearing up the organiser this morning so we will hear from those people who will be running the show for two weeks. For many people the Australian Open in Melbourne is the pinnacle of sport for the year so a couple of Australians in action today, including Kyrgios and Stosur and a couple of the big names, Serena Williams.And Melbourne putting a pretty beautiful morning for our international visitors coming for the players and spectator as like.Gorgeous. Emma, no better place to be than on ABC News Breakfast but you would be down there rowingOh, for sure.Let's go to other news of the day. Police will resume the search for a missing Victoria mother as they question a marijuana over her disappearance. 49-year-old Karen Chetcuti was last seen in Whorouly Hotel in norkt Victoria on Tuesday night. Police have arrested her 48-year-old neighbour Michael Cardomoni and declared his property a crime scene. Police divers are also searching wells on Ms Chetcuti's property.Clive Palmer says donations from Queensland Nickel to the Palmer United Party were made before falling commodity prices hit his struggling company.Last Friday 237 workers atd Queensland Nickel lost their jobs.Paperwork lodged with the Queensland Electoral Commission on December 31st showed the company donated more than $280,000 to the Palmer United Party.Mr Palmer says the donations date back to June when nickel prices were stronger. That $21 million was used to change the carbon tax and eliminate in this country which saved the refinery 75 million which kept their jobs for the last three years.The US has imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals just a day after other sations were lifted. Tens of billions of dollars of sanctions are being rolled back this week in a deal designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and four American-Iranians have been freed as part of the overall deal.Family and friends of an Australian couple abducted by extremists in Burkina Faso say their location is still unknown.A family spoks American says Ken and Jocelyn Elliott have dedicated their lives to people in the West African country since 1972.Police in Burkina Faso are hunting people responsibility for the terror attack at the weekend, that killed 20 people, including 14 foreigners.French media says a man who was left brain dead after an experimental drug trial has died. The man was one of six people, treated in hospital. The other five are in a stable condition . French prosecutors are investigating.PM Malcolm Turnbull has flown into Afghanistan to meet the country's President and Australian troops still serving there.His visit follows yesterday's unannounced trip to a military base in rack.Afghan, Mr Turnbull is expected to head to the US.Fire has destroyed a toy warehouse in Lake Macquarie. At least 10 fire trucks were called around midnight to fight the blaze. The cause of the phrase blaze is being investigated.And a fresh take on the downward dog pose.270 canines and their owners took part in the Hong Kong display.Dog yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way for owners to bond with their pets while getting a good stretch.Money raised from the event will go fards Hong Kong's Guide Dogs for the Blind.Poor dogs. A quick look at finance. On Friday: And for another weather update, another good morning to Kirsten.Thanks, Emma. 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Let's get an update on the arrest of the man over the disappearance of the Victorian woman Karen Chetcuti. Reporter Jess Longbottom is in Melbourne and Stephanie Anderson in Wangaratta. Jess, we'll start with you. Perhaps you could tell us about this arrest. It was an unusual one?Yeah, it was and police are still speaking to that 48-year-old man, the neighbour of Karen Chetcuti, over her disappearance.His name is Michael Cardomnai. It is now six days since Karen Chetcuti went missing near the town of Beechworth and as you can imagine there is a great sense of urgency about discovering what happened to her and whether indeed she is still alive and that's what police are talking to Mr Cardomani about, although it's important to stress no charges have been laid.The arrest was an interesting one. He was arrested at 6am in Ringwood after a long police chase that spanned many of the suburbs of Melbourne.It lasted about an hour.The reason police knew to pull over this car in the first place was because they had reports that a man had been kidnapped from Whorouly and that car was reported in that kidnapping, but when they pulled this car over, it was only Mr Cardomnaai, he was at the wheel and police arrested him and are now speaking to him about Ms Chetcuti's disappearance.It has now been about 24 hours that he has been in custody and police will be speaking to him, examining him very closely about what happened to her and what he knows about what happened.Stephanie Anderson, let's go to you in Wangaratta, and what is happening in relation to the search? There were police divers out over the weekend?Yes, it's been a very extensive search for this missing woman.There were large teams of SES volunteers conducting line searchs in the countryside around her property.Her burntout car was found at Myrtleford, about 20km away from Whorouly, so obviously quite a large area they are checking and yesterday police divers joined the search.They were inspecting some wells on the missing woman's property as well as the nearby Ovens River only a kilometre or so up the roadAn extensive search but so far there has been no trace.Tell us about Karen Chetcuti?She is quite a prominent figure in this town. Whorouly is a very small police, only about 500 or so residents.She works for the local council, she volunteers on committees.Walking around town, everybody seems to know who she is and are quite worried about her, so there is quite a high level of anxiety and people are just really hoping for sod good news.And any word from the police on what they plan to do today to perhaps broaden that search or in fact narrow it?Well, yesterday they were really concentrating their efforts on the two properties which are owned by their neighbour, Mr Cardomaai.Homicide detectives and fraensic police were there late in the afternoon.They were really spending quite a bit of time going over those properties, looking for any sign of trace of what might have happened to her.Just go back to Jess in Melbourne now. What are the police saying about how long they can hold Mr Cardomanai before charges are made or he is released?That's not clear at this stage, though they are been questioning him, we understand, since early yesterday morning.It was 6am when he was arrested and homicide detectives were called in soon after that, so on and off for 24 hours we understand he has been allowed to sleep, but they have been questioning him quite intensely, so you would think that we may have word of something this morning but we'll have to wait and see.We'll stand by for that. Jess Longbottom in Melbourne and Stephanie Anderson in Wangaratta, we really appreciate that update.Staying overseas and two of the - heading overseas, I should say, two of the Westerners seriously injured in the Jakarta terror attack have been flown to Singapore for surgery.Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey has the late ets.Extremism in Indonesia isn't just this week's problem. This highly choreographed rally against terrorism and drugs was organised long before Thursday's attack.It doesn't mean that the sentiments aren't heartfelt. Last Thursday in Jakarta the terrorists wanted to create fear among people, but I call on the people not to be afraid. What is important is to build solidarity because solidarity of 250 million people is a massive power and no other power will be able to fight against it, let alone the small terrorists which only make us worry.Ordinary Indonesians showed their resolve out on the streets under Car Free Day under the watchful eye of the city's police and military.
TRANSLATION: I don't feel afraid. Also, because there are so many security personnel around today, God willing it will be safe.The sieve yanl death toll of the attacks has grown to four after a bank worker succumbed to his injuries and the cure yore killed on Thursday originally thought to be a terrorist has now been cleared of involvement.Let's get a look at the front pages of the major newspapers this morning.'The Guardian Australia' has the stoer ri of Ken and Jocelyn Elliott and people have no idea at the moment where this couple has been taken after they were kidnapped by extremists in West Africa.The 'West Australian' says the couple put up a fight when they were abducted by militants in Burkina Faso.The 'Northern Territory News' celebrates at achievement of Toby Price, the first Aussie to win the motorbike category of the Dakar rally.And the 'Australian' says wages growth is at its slowest in 50 years as the China downtourn starts to bite.The 'Financial Review' says the Australian stock market should have a good year.The 'Herald Sun' has a report about a Melbourne schoolteacher who is said to be friends with terrorists'The Age' says education shortage with up to 220 new schools needed to meet the demand over the next decade.The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports NSW Labor is set to introduce new affirmative action rules to boost the number of women in key roles.As NSW, the 'Daily Telegraph' says outlawed bikies are reeling from a police crackdown on illegal gang clubhouses.In the 'Mercury', the children of Eileen Stewart are demanding answers on the did is appearance of their mother almost six decades ago.SA's law Society is calling for high-profile cases to be broadcast to promote open justice and a better understanding of the court systemThe 'Advertiser' has that story along with Caleb riding his bike.The 'Canberra Times' says plans for a grand nation to the capital has been open for comment.The 'Courier-Mail' reports on 9 in 10 bosses have complained that staff cannot read or write properly. That's right, 9 in 10 bosses have that concern this morning.Wow!.And that's a report that has come out and benchmarking Australians against international standards, of course, which we see, and Australia is some 44% down on where it should be for literacy and numeracy is even worse, and of course often there is the discussion about schools and are we teaching our kids the best way to read and write and count and add up and all of those things?It follows those international benchmarking surveys from the OECD about where Australia sit s in relation to the rest of the world and we are falling down the rankings in terms of our students' achievement vis-a-vis kronding countries. All the Asian ones are obviously powering ahead of us, but also many of the Nordic countries. Finland is always top of the charts when it comes to the non-Asian countries, and we seem to be slipping below them or in terms of our academic achievement, and this is the discussion, about how do we improve education standards in Australia? It clearly isn't about money because the more money we put into the system over recent years we've still been going backwards.Although you made the great point earlier about some bosses including Twiggy Forrest who took education and were educating people who were no longer in school, but in the workplace, and that's what we're talking about this morningWe would love to hear from you.The AI Group reckons the Turnbull Government should be tackling the problem and doing more.What do you do and when do you do it? Do you do this when they're already in the workforce or tackle it earlier on? Is it a holistic issue that needs to be addressed across the boord? If you would like to get involved in the conversation: And now let's cross over to Steve Pearce who is previewing the Australian Open which begins today.A big two weeks of tennis ahead.Steve, over to you.Thanks, Paul. Well, it is absolutely perfect conditions down here on the banks of Yarra River with Rod Laver Arena just behind us. The sun is out shieping. A real buzz around which there always is at the start of a major championship wherever you are in the world. We are here in Melbourne and all the big names are here as well, Craig Tiley, the chief executive and tournl ment Director of the Australian Open. Craig, big job. Welcome.As you said, a great shot, great to be here, but sun shining, feels good out here and some of the matches and line-ups we have today, we hope we start off this tournament with again one of the biggest days we've ever had.Let's focus on the Australians, because it is the Australian Open, the home major championship and there is obviously a lot of interest around Lleyton Hewitt but let's talk firstly about the players we may see today. Who is grabbing your attention?Certainly starting on Rod raver arena with Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, but as far as the Australians, Samantha Stosur tonight and we were going back and forth on the schedule yesterday about what we would do with Nick, so we thought we would put him on high stance at 7 o'clock and hopefully get it rock being like it was last year for Nick.There are a few people looking for that with grandstand places I'm sure. What is your sense of where Nick is at with his preparations. No beating around the bush, a strange year last year and a lot of things went badly wrong?Well, it was a strange year for Nick, but coming into the tournament with having a very good off season and one every match that he played and beating Andy Murray last week, and he is playing well, we watched him practise yesterday and he is hitting the ball really wellIt is tough to get to the final of the Australian Open, you have to play 7 great matches to win it and Nick, I know he would love to do it, he has a big enough game and he will offer exciting tennis and as is Bernie and Samantha Stosur tonightObviously problems with Tennis Australia last year with Bernie, how would you describe the relationship now and are they both available for Davis Cup selection, as we now stand?They are both now available.. Put 2015 behind us, and consequences for their actions, but the relationship is good and they are doing a great job and the pressure is on because the Australian public will expect them to perform well and do what we want them to do as athletes and get behind them, but that will be the case this year, I'm looking forward tore a great 2016, particularly for both those players.Why should people come and watch Daria Gavrilova?Well, if anyone turned the TV on two weeks ago and watched her compete for Australia at the Hopman Cup, she is, I think one of the more exciting up-and-coming players.Certainly a lot of attention around her globally.She is young, competes extremely hard theEvery single ball, even if it's out, she will go for t so a very exciting player to watch and has a huge future ahead of her and it was really fun to see her play of Australia.She is excited.It has taken her a while now to become a citizen, but she is very proud and excited at that opportunity.Another Australian we've mentioned most of them playing today, but a young left-hander who is causing a few waves in the tennis world?Well, hay gone under the radar, Omar Ja s ika kand Thanasi Kokkinakis.I think that's Omar's family just giving us a salute?Probably is, actuallyOmar is US Open junior condition, singles and doubles at the age of 15 and he has a big up side as well.He is finding his way on the professional tour, still the youngest one out there.It is great from Australia's point of view that we have so many good players to watch now.Pretty hot today, Craig. The sun is out glaring at us and must be well over 20 degreases. Any concerns with the heat over the next couple of days?It will be hot today, won't be the extreme as we've had, that is gone, but the forecast next week is fantasticWe encourage our fans to drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, and more shade structures on site than ever beforeWe know we will have a big day, besides the few extra flies, the sun will be shining and great tennis and a great opportunity for our fans to see the best in the world on the first day.As you look behind you here and you've done so much with Melbourne Park over the last few years, what's different for people coming this year? What can you offer them that is a different experience, other than just seeing the top ten nits players which of course is the main game?It is the main game.We like to tell everybody we are launching the sport and entertainment season for the rest of the worldWe are an entertainment event. 25 sessions, 14 days, over 60 bands playing throughout the periodWe've opened up all the way up to Fed square, a festival there, 7 restaurants, nickel load beyond for kids, tennis courts and that's free to the public, but on Grand Slam Oval, all the partner activations.Jurlique has put a spa on site for the fans to enjoy and on the practice court glass walls behind where fans can get up close and personal with the players as they are practising and the new digital walls around the three stadium courts which will provide great entertainment for our fans inside the stadium.We like to innovate, we like to push the boundaries, we are doing it again this year, we are pretty sure it will work great and we want our fans to come out and see if they like it.In a word, can you get rid of the flies for the players?Well, today will be interesting, we will see a lot of this, but it's because the weather is so good.Thanks very much, Craig Tiley. Really appreciate your time on an incredibly busy day.Thanks, don't often get a shot like this, but a great day out.Krieg Tiley Chief Executive officer and tournament director joining us.And you can see Craig thinking corks on hats. That would have gone down a treat.Maybe next year.Taking a look at the weather now, a very good morning to Kirsten.Good morning. Areas of cloud over WA in a trough is causing showers and potentially severe thunderstorms there. Patchy cloud over Northern Territory and parts of Northern Queensland is bringing a few storms. Fairly clear in the east. An onshore flow is bringing light showers to the NSW coast and heavy showers in the Queensland tropics. Very hot in the south-east today. A closer look at Queensland now:

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Lots more to come on ABC News Breakfast so don't go anywhere, including a champagne super-Nova.The brightest exploding star ever seen has outshone our entire galaxy 50 times over. Scientists are very excited about the massive super-Nova. We'll find out more from aeroour visiting astronomer Alan Duffy in a little while, first the news with Emma. Former Essendon coach James Hird insists he never intented to cheat the system with the club's supplements program. Last week the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned 34 past and present Essendon players for 12 months in an exclusive television interview on news 24 last night Hird said his players have been sacrificed by the AFL to send a message to the wider community. What will haunt me is that the players are put in a position where they're seen as drug cheats and I don't want history to see those players as drug cheats.Police are continuing to question a man over the disappearance of a Victorian mother. 49-year-old Karen Chetcuti was last seen at the Whorouly hotel in northeast Victoria Tuesday night. Police have arrested her 48-year-old neighbour Michael Cardamone and declared his property a crime scene. Clive Palmer says donations from Nickelodeon to the Palmer United Party were made before falling commodity prices hit his struggling company. Last Friday, 237 workers at Nickelodeon lost their jobs. Paperwork lodged with the Queensland Electoral Commission on December 31 shows the company donated more than $280,000 to the Palmer United Party. The United States has im posed fresh sanctions on 11 Iranian companies and individuals just a day after major sanctions were lifted. The new measures are in response to a recent ballistic missile test. Before we go back to the James Hird story, just something that's happening at the moment, the US authorities have confirmed that there are some Americans missing in Baghdad and the quote from the State Department at the moment, "We're aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq.." We believe they're talk about three Americans. "We are working with the full cooperation of Iraqi authorities to locate and recover those vegs." Some wire services are saying they're missing, Reuters is reporting they have been kidnapped. Reuters saying three Americans have been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital. We'll bring you the latest as that story evolves throughout the morning. Back to the top story and former Essendon coach James Hird's decision to speak out after those 34 current and former playursers were banned for a year.James Hird admits he feels guilty for his role in the program that damaged the career of 34 players. I have a level of responsibility in that. I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came. I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that and I can only apologise for that because I made decisions in real time that in hindsight I think were wrong. The Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision means the players have been labelled drug cheats. Hird says the only person who knows what they were injected with is sports scientist Stephen Dank who Hird is convinced didn't give them anything illegal. Why would he go and try and dope our players. It doesn't make any sense to me. If someone asked what is it in for Stephen Dank to do that, there's no rational reason he would do that. Hird says Bombers players were sacrificed for an anti-drug message. 34 men were sacrifice ed for and you cannot sacrifice 34 men for that message, although it's a good message. Hird says the AFL also made him a sacrificial lamb. I was told then by Gillon McLocken later on that this is about the optics and that later on that, "You're the person. How would it look if the person who's been the highest profiling a athlete or parse - personality at the Essendon football club escaped sanction?" Hird says then club President David Evans told him not to tell ASADA the whole truth. I was told to tell the whole truth except about what Andrew Demetriou said to David Evans on 4 February. So don't say Andrew Demetriou leaked the information to the club. Yes. Were you asked that by ASADA? I was and I told the truth. Hird insists nobody at Essendon tried to cheat. Federal MP Clive Palmer has defended the millions of dollars donated to his political party by his company Queensland Nickel. It totals more than $21 million over the past two years and comes as almost 240 workers were sack ed. Since 2009, we've provided over $4.5 billion of investment in North Queensland and turnover, there's something politic 2500 jobs depending upon Queensland Nickel's activities so these are large amounts of money and over $4 billion of exports. In 2013, the period you're talking about, we had to pay a carbon tax every year of $24 million to the Australian Government. Between then and now it would have been around $75 million we had to pay and we took the decision that that was wrong and publicly set up a political party to oppose it. Woo were successful in gaining control of the Senate. Woo abolish it and consqulynt the refinery was $75 million better off that. Was a decision we made. We felt be had to save manufacturing jobs in this country. I don't think the workers have been treated very badly. They, as far as I nod, have been left with a few weeks' pay in their pockets in advance and have had jobs for six years. North Queensland was going bad in 2009 and going to devastate Townsville. We saved that from happening. We're heroes. It is a successful story that this plant has been going for six years after BHP Billiton was going to write toff. The $21 million was used to change the carbon tax and eliminate it in this country which saved the refinery 75 million which kept their jobs for three years. What other chief executive would go into parliament to fight for his workers, mutt his money, and it was our money, on the line to protect their jobs and win the balance of power in this country so they could keep working? Do you know anyone? I don't. Clive Palmer there explaining his position in regards to that controversy over the weekend. Scientists have discovered the most stellar explosion ever seen. A massive super-Nova twice as powerful as anything recorded. The huge blast occurred in a distant galaxy 3.8 billion light years away. To tell us more we're joined by astronomer Dr Alan Duffy from Swinburne university. Welcome. How do you see something 3.8 billion light years away? So it has to be very bright, that is an incredible distance. If you think of a candle as it can appear quite bright if it's up to your face but as you walk away it's dropping off, it's getting fainter like the square of the distance so if it's 10 times further away it's 100 times fainter. This explosion has been travel ing, the light for it has been travelling since before life began on earth. It is a tremendous distance away, 3.8 billion light years. We saw it in the sky as this very faint dot. This is what you would see if you're up close, just before in fact you were obliterated, because the energy from this was about 20 times brighter than our entire milky way galaxy. I was trying to do the numbers on this and it's hard to get a grasp of how bright this thing is. This is a computer simulation of the explosion, whatever the object was, the star, which is actually a bit of a mystery at this point, what explodeded, and this brightness is equivalent to you holding up - this is a terrible image by the way, incredibly faint - a little smudge on the sky. We see this faint new star appearing. If you were to hold a nuclear bomb up to your eyeball, you would be about 10 billion times fainter than if this thing was where our sun was. The explosion is beyond belief. How did they pick that up? Have they got computers scanning space all the time and can it registers on computers? That's right. It's a little telescope, 10 to 12cm across, and that's constantly scanning the night sky. Essentially you get new picture every couple of days and you just take the difference and see what's new and you're looking for tiny faint what would appear as a new star. In this case it was something 10,000 times fainter than you could see with the naked eye. That's an incredibly useful observation to make. Once we put the pieces of the jigsaw together we realised we were looking at something beyond our explanation. We have a way to create something that bright so this is awesome fun because it means something what we call cat clismicer, or essentially has exploded, and what we're hoping to do is point with the Hubble space telescope and see if there's indications of what was left. We've got some crazy ideas. There are beautiful things called Magna tars where you get something the maz of the sun, crush it into something the size of Sydney, spin it in something as fast as a kitchen blender and get a magnetic field strong enough to wipe all credit cards on earth. That gives you something you might be able to explode as bright a super-Nova as this. Something else you've been looking at is Elon Musk's space X? I was up early this morning watching the launch. This was the falcon 9 which lifted from the west of American fog and the hope was that it would successfully launch its satellite payload into orbit, which has gone well. That's a successful launch but they want to take the rocket tumbling back to earth to actually cause it to land on a barge in the middle of the ocean. This is akin to flicking or vaulting a pencil over the empire State building and landing on to - on its eraser end on to a shoe box. If the pencil was powered by special technology? Yes, if you had a super advanced pencil with a rocketWhat's the chance s? I I was thing thinking it was 50-50 and then the weather report got to 12 or 15-foot waves on this little automated barge sitting in the sea. The whole thing was rocking and it turns out unfortunately when the raket did successfully meet the drone ship just a little bit too hard and apparently broke its leg. In fairinise y would break my leg walking on 15-foot waves. The fact it got so close is kind of encouraging. Space X actually successfully landed their rocket back to earth just before Christmas. This a historic first. The point is you can refuel that rocket and then just reuse it and we have some footage of that successful landing before Christmas. It makes it more cost effective to continue exploring, doesn't it basically? It's the difference between - with aircrafts, with 747s, you don't scrap it when you land in heeing row, you refuel it - when you land in Heathrow, you refuel it and it and back. That reduces costs. The advantage of having a drone ship, a barge, is it's very expensive to bring the rocket back to land. It is going at a tremendous speed. You have to be going fast to launch these satellites into space. If you have had an land you have to basically back track and that's very expensive. If you've gut a drone ship you can park it under where this rocket is going to come back, catch it and sail back and refuel and off you go. This is the - unfortunately this was what went wrong in April and a little strut again - I think they need to maybe put on - for anyone who's played space ball you've got to put an extra few struts on. This a difficult task but when it goes wrong it really goes wrong but that's 200 miles into the ocean and no-one gets hurt. This is the key. What's happening with pollute snowI'm always a big fan of plot ploouto. Some of the latest images reveal an ever more fascinating world. One of the key results has been these red plumes of organic gunk we call foleans. They seem to be swept up into deep pockets that are - well, for reasons we don't understand, the thing should be frozen solid, they shouldn't be able to move, but isn't they're starting to aumulate. We could have winds blowing the cost in. The other amazing image is from rising plumes of ice and these don't - what look like tracks on the surface and the ice on Pluto are in fact the edges of giant plumes of ice rising up just like you get in a lava lamp and that kind of blobs of material coming up with the darker regions being actual water icebergs trapped in this material. The whole thing is churning around, the surface is active and we don't know how. This thing should be frozen solid, it's not, so we've got explaining to do.I'm glad Pluto's come back into relevancy. Started to forget about it for a while. Out of fashion for a while. 2015 was a lot of Pluto. Can I ask you one more question - do you think in your lifetime we'll fine some life out there somewhere? Yes, in the next 10 years we're launching this telescopes necessary to both consider earth-like worlds around other stars but also probe their atmospheres and we'll be able to tell if there's organic material there. The latest telescope Australia is involved in, the GMT, will be able to see if there's chlorophyll, so the green colour of leaves. If it exists on alien worlds up to 10, 30 light years away, we'll see it twinkling and definitely know there's life. We look forward to that. Thanks, Alan Duffy. OK, you could say the film the Danish Girl is a alove story for our time. It's what about happens when a married man comes out of the shadows to reveal his true self as a woman. The stars Eddy Redmayne and Alicia Vikander have been dominate ing the Oscars time and have been speaking to Kathryn Tulic. Is there something you'd like to tell me? Is there something you'd like to know.I'm your wife. I know everything. Every morning I promise myself I will spend the entire day as a man. I think Lily's thoughts. I dream her dreams. What was extraordinary about this film was where was given the script by Tom, the director, when I was making Les Miserables, a while back. I didn't know the film had been around for 12 years already. It was difficult to get made and I was sucker punched by this beautiful story, this story of authenticity and courage and having gone on a huge education whilst preparing for this film, I have learned so much and met so many people from the trans community poo have been so openly embracing and generous in educating me and what's been wonderful is then seeing that education and conversation coming into the mainstream press and the world being educated and CIS gender people beginning to understand and beginning to be allies.CIS is terminology for- CIS means on the same side as, meaning you are born with the same gender mentally as physically. Transgender meaning you're on the other side so you're born with one agender mentally and another physically. As a CIS jepeder, how do you prepare to be a transgender for a role like this? You educate yourself. That's how I approached it. Lily is an icon inn with the trans community. I tried to meet trans will on different generations and meet their partners and hear their stories and what was extraordinary is that every single woman I met, bar none, said - would open the conversation saying, "You can ask me anything," and that absolute understanding and generosity of educating me was overwhelming. I want to sketch you. Lily. We should go out tonight. Give them something different.Lily.You're exquisite. How did you - which I guess even Lily does in the film - learn to become feminine in a way, the gestures. How did you do that? I think for me, it was about starting with the mind and what she was going through but also there was this amazing photograph of Lily when she was living as Inar and she has this starched collar up to here and this incredibly tight tailored suit. It looked almost like this exoskeleton of masculinity placed on her by society and herself to keep her in this rigidity. For me, what was important was all of the trans women I met knew they were transfrom age 4, they knew they were in a different body so it's about unpeeling that for me. One of the things that was interesting is some of the trans women I met discuss this moment of hyperfeminisation when they're beginning to transition of wearing perhaps too much make-up and clothes that weren't quite light, one woman described it as a type of adolescence, of teenage girls trying things before they fine themselves. I wanted to add that element in the centre of the film really. I need to talk to my husband. I need to hold my husband. Can you get him? I can't. The fact is I believe that I'm a woman. And I believe it too.This is an incredible role but what did you find so compelling about wanting to do her? Apart from the fact I thought it was an extremely unique and passionate and extremely wonderful love story and about a subject matter I thought was really important to tell and also prepping for the role, talking to people who have had close ones or relatives or partners who have gone through a transition like any transgender man or woman, they told me that it's actually that person also going on a transition and in this film I think we're telling both those stories and that I thought was very, very interesting. How love really transcends all in a way, I think that's what's such a beautiful love story in this film? Very much. To see how unbelievable strength and supporting somebody that she loves beyond anything, the will of lift that person up and truly help that person to become who they truly are is just, you know, extraordinary.It's incredible too because Eddie was saying this film has taken 15 years or something to actually get on screen and yet it seems like this is the moment this film should be out there because there's so much discussion about this. A few years back when Tom came on he said it was very much not a film of the time at that time and to know at least that the awareness have, thank God, spread, you know, over those few years is just wonderful yet knowing that still the transgender community goes through such a tough time and this is really needed because in the end this is a civil rights movement and that the education that any media attention to bring and for us if we can be part of - a bet part of that moment, that's just wonderful. I love you because you're the only person who made sense of me. Who made me possible.The Danish Girl looks an interesting film and Catherine Tulic with those interviews. The best thing we do on ABC News Breakfast is preview these films, talk to the actors and letter in the week Zak Hepburn can come in and give us a review. If it wasn't for these past few weeks I wouldn't have any idea what's going on in the cinemas. A good time with films with the major awards. Some of them are staggered to come out now. Good for lovers of the big screen, also the small screen there's plenty on, the final episode of Back Roads, that series on the ABC, it finishes up tonight. Heather Ewart's last stop is the mighty Clarence river in northern NSW. Take a look. A lot of people travel thousands and thousands of kilometres to go to the Northern Territory or WA to see gorges like this and we've got it just here. My life would be following a totally different path without having the Clarence river. Look at the masculinity, 15,000, the meat and the muscle. He's reproductively sound.

sound.Beautiful pictures. Great storytelling. Indeed. You can watch the finish episode of Heather yurts at 8 tonight on ABC TV. Now let's stop in at the Australian Open this morning on the banks of the beautiful Yarra River. Here's Steve Pearce. Steve, there must be many thousands of people getting ready to go to the Australian Open today. What are they going to see? They're going to see lots of good tennis and it's going to be hot so if you're coming to the Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena behind me in all the outside courts, it's certainly worth hat, sun screen, water and look for some shade occasionally because already I'm tempted to invoke the extreme heat policy. It is really warm out here and in the sunshine it's quite pelting and it's only, what, in the 8s so, 8:00 in the morning. It's going to be a tough day. There's going to be all sorts of action. Can have a look at some of the practice over the weekend but Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, they're definitely the biggest names in action, certainly as far as this year's tournament goes, the defending champions on both sides. We'll see how well they can go. They shouldn't have too many problems although Williams is interesting with Camilla Georgie who's a good player and Williams has had that knee injury in the build up. Roger Federer is play, so's Maria Sharapova. As far as the Aussies go, Kier Kier Kier is playing on - Nick Kyrgios is playing on Hisense Arena arena tonight. He'll certainly draw a big crowd for that one and Sam Stosur plays Rod Laver Arena as well,iva Tom lanvich and Daria Gavrilova playing as well. Lots of good local action and lots of the top names in the sport as well. That will get under way at 11:00 local time in Melbourne. In the cricket last night, Australia wrapped up a series win 3-0. They've won the first three games against India. It was almost a carbon copy of the first two games although this one was tighter. India coming up just short of the 300 this time at 6/295, Virat Kohli 117 and John Hastings got four wickets. In reply shan marsh got 62 off 73. It was Lisa Maksimovic's 96 off 83 balls that made the difference and earned him the Man of the Match award - Glen Maxwell. Glen Maxwell was caught out for 96 and left Falkner to hit the winning runs. It was still an amazing innings, a great achievement and he spoke afterwards. Would have been nice to finish that ball but it's been a hell of a run chase that. Wicket's not easy to bat on. Testament to those guys. Top order made the job easier for us to keep it a run a ball. Wicket was slow. I had to hit the ball in front of the square. Tried to hit as clean as I could over cover. Luckily they come off the middle.In the English Premier League this morning we have a new leader because Arsenal has gone back to top. Manchester United also scoring a win over Liverpool in what is just about the biggest of the local derbies if you like in the English Premier League. It was Wayne Rooney who scored the goal, his first in about a decade for Manchester United against Liverpool at Anfield and a big win for United. Takes them back up to fifth. Arsenal go back top. There were no goals in the game against Stoke. Both goalkeepers excelled but it was enough for Arsenal to go back above Leicester at the top of the table. Just briefly in basketball news as well a good win for the Illawarra Hawks last night. They got a double overtime victory over New Zealand which was great performance from them. Terrific, Steve. Thanks very much for that and we know it's hot in Melbourne. What about the rest of the country? Over to you, Kirsten. Thanks, Paul. Certainly is. On the satellite we see plenty of cloud over WA with a trough causing showers and potential thunderstorms. Patchy cloud over the NT and parts of North Queensland bringing showers there. Mainly clear in the east though, just some heavy showers in the Queensland tropics but heating up in the south today with pemptures heading well into the 30s in Victoria and SA. A closer look at Queensland now:



Thank you very much, Kirsten. We've got another hour of news for you including the breaking news that three Americans have been kidnapped in Baghdad. We'll bring you all the latest after this short break. This program is not captioned.

welcome back to ABC News Breakfast and thanks for watching. Police arrest a man over the disappearance of his neighbour, Victorian mother Karen Chetcuti. This Program Is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Former coach James Hird speaks out about the Essendon doping saga, declaring he didn't over see players' injections. I should have known more, I should have done more when the opportunity came and I feel extremely guilty for that and bad for that and I can only apologise for that.Can Clive Palmer denies accusations donations to his political party crippled his company and cost hundreds of jobs. What other chief executive would go in to parliament to fight for his workers, put his money, and it was our money, on the line to protect their job s?New American sanctions imposed on Iran over missile testing just a day after international sanctions were lifted. We've cut off every single path Iran could have used to build a bomb. Day one of the Australian Open. Lots of big names in action, Djokovic, Federer, Sharapova, and on the Australian side Sam Stosur and Nick Krygios. We'll have all the details coming to you live from Melbourne Park. A hot day ahead in Melbourne and Adelaide but rain and storms in the police have
country's west.Victorian police have resumed their search for a mother of two this morning as they question a man over her disappearance. 49-year-old Karen Chetcuti was last seen that Whorouly hotel in northeast Victoria Tuesday night. Her 48-year-old neighbour Michael Cardamone was arrested after a police chase in Melbourne early yesterday. For the latest we're joined by Stephanie Anderson who's in Wangaratta, not far from Karen Chetcuti's home town of Whorouly and, Stephanie, maybe before we talk about what's happening today and the search, can we talk about that arrest of that man that's now in custody the unusual nature of it? Yes t was some fairly bizarre circumstances that unfolded. Police received a report the other day that a Whorouly man had been kidnapped. They then spotted a car that matched that description in St Kilda in Melbourne early yesterday morning and attempted to intercept it but the driver fled. After about an hour and a search involving the police air wing, they managed to track down that vehicle and arrested a 48-year-old Whorouly man. They now say they're not looking for anyone in connection to an alleged kidnappingment. That was man taken into custody to be questioned over the disappearance of Karen Chetcuti. What's happening? He's been questioned over night and I believe the police are saying they're not speaking to anyone else about the disappearance of Karen Chetcuti at the moment? He's been in custody for quite some time now. He was arrested about 6:00 yesterday morning and police were spending quite some time interviewing him yesterday. They've also set up a number of crime scenes in Whorouly involving two properties owned by Mr Cardamone. Late yesterday afternoon homicide detectives and forensic police arrived and spent quite some time going in and out of the properties and the sheds on the land there. Yesterday police divers have also joined in the search for Karen Chetcuti. They have been looking in some wells on her property as well as the Ovens River which is not too far from either of the houses. And tell us about Karen Chetcuti and her place in the community there.She is a very prominent figure in Whorouly. It is a very small place, 500 people live there. She works for the local council. She's been involved in committees and fundraising activities for the school fete and things like that so she's quite a prominent individual. Everybody seems to know her, everybody seems to be very concerned about her whereabouts and as days go by without any news of her there's really a sense of growing angst. Stephanie, finally, any word from the police this morning about their intentions to expand or indeed narrow the search or in fact possibly lay charges? We haven't heard yet any possibility of charges being laid. Michael Cardamone's been in custody for 24 hours or so, so the clock is ticking if that's what is going to happen. Police have concentrated their search on the three properties in question, Karen Chetcuti's and the two properties owned by Cardamone ka, but they have been looking in a big search area because her burp-out car was found at Myrtleford 20km away. It is a country side area. SES crews have been doing line searches around the whole town basically just looking for any trace of her but so far none has turned up. Stephanie, thanks for that update. Now to developing news this morning, US and Iraqi authorities are searching for three Americans missing in Baghdad. The US State Department says it's aware of reports that American citizens have gone missing. Arab news channel says the Americans have been kidnapped by militants.Former Essendon coach James Hird insists he never intended to cheat the system with the club's supplements program. Last week the court of arbitration for sport banned 34 past and present Bombers for 12 months. In an exclusive TV interview on news 24 last night, Hird said his players were sacrificed by the AFL to send a message to the wider community. What will haunt me is the players are put in a position where they're seen as drug cheats. I don't want history to see those players as drug cheats. The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on 11 Iranian companies and individuals just a day after major sanction were lifted. The new measures are in response to a recent ballistic missile test. Tens of billions of dollars worth of sanctions are being rolled back this week in a deal designed to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. Four American Iranians have been freed in a prisoner swap as part of the deal. Family and friends of an Australian couple abducted by extremists in Burkina Faso say their location is still unknown. A family spokesperson has issued a statement this morning saying Ken and Jocelyn Elliott have dedicated their lives to helping people in the west African country since leaving Australia in 19 sphoof. Police in birthday are still hunting for the people responsible for a terror attack at the weekend that killed 20 people including 14 foreigners. French media stay a man left brain dead after an experimental drug trial has died. The man was one of six people being treated in hospital, the other five are in a stable condition. Fire's destroyed a toy warehouse in the NSW lake Macquarie region. At least 10 fire trucks were called to Bennetts Green at around midnight to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Finally to a world record yoga session with a fresh take on the downward dog pose. 270 canines and their owners took part in the Hong Kong display. Dog yoga is apparently becoming increasingly popular as a way for owners to bond with their pets while getting a good stretch. Money raised from the event will go towards Hong Kong's guide dogs for the blind. Apparently dogs wearing clothes is now in too. To the weather:

The Prime Minister is on his way to Washington after making a surprise visit to Australian troops in Afghanistan. Defence and national security reporter Andrew Greene has more for us. I think from Parliament House.Hi, Andrew. What's the Prime Minister done while he's been in Afghanistan so far? Yeah, well, surprise troops in two days for Malcolm Turnbull and this is all as he makes his way to Washington for his first visit there as Prime Minister but Malcolm Turnbull overnight has made a lightning trip in to Kabul and that was, as I say, just a day after he met with Australian troops in both the united Arab Emirates and Camp Taji in Iraq as you can see there. But while in Afghanistan the Prime Minister paid a visit to the Australian Embassy there, he also met with Afghan President and made the announcement that Australia would next year be sending an additional 20ADF members as part of the NATO-led peace-keeping operations in Afghanistan so a very quick trip for the Prime Minister but managed to also jam in quite a bit there. And while we talk of Iraq and what was happening in Iraq as the Prime Minister was visiting is the ongoing training mission that Australian soldiers are doing at the Tajjy military complex just north of Baghdad. We're starting to hear a bit more from those Australian soldiers on the ground about the difficulties they're facing in training diverse groups of Iraqi soldiers. Now let's hear from the head of one of those training units Jim Hamt on some of those difficulties they're facing. All of the battalions and brigades we are training have generally come from the front lines. They have been withdrawn from training and here we are looking to retrain them concurrently to them being re equipped, concurrently to them planning to go back out again. They do get it. Every training audience is of a different standard, every training audience, like in Australia, different units have different attitudes and motivations. News has been breaking in the past hour that three Americans appear to have been kidnapped in Baghdad in Iraq. Quite a worrying development when our Prime Minister's only just flown out. Yeah, if we ever needed a reminder of just how unstable that part of the world s we're getting that again this morning. As you say, these reports are only just breaking from an Arabic network in the Middle East but the US State Department says it is at least aware of the reports and it's still working with Iraqi authorities to confirm it. It looks like three US citizens, if these reports are true, have been kidnapped somewhere in Baghdad and this is all coming at a time of heightened tension between the predominantly Shia forces in the south of the country and the Saudi-backed forces in the north and of course this is all in the context of that ongoing struggle against Islamic State and that of course is what those Australian soldiers are training the Iraqis to try and get the upper hand in that struggle.Now, did Malcolm Turnbull have very much to say to the troops when me was in Iraq about their training mission? He certainly did. He assured them that he didn't want to see Australia remaining in Iraq forever and that also the most important thing for Iraq is to have Iraqi boots on the ground. That's widely seen as a bit of a slap to people even in his own party who are still agitating for Australian boots on the ground in Iraq. Malcolm Turnbull says the solution is definitely for Iraqi personnel to start stepping up. He also wants European nations to be doing the same so he delivered a bit of a strong hint, we could say, to the EU and other NATO nations that Australia is the second-largest contributor to this US-led Coalition, would like to see a bit more help, bit more skin in the game from some of the European nations. And he'll have an even bigger platform internationally from which to speak when he meets with President Obama in Washington. What is the media contingent expecting from that visit? This is significant for a number of reasons. It will be Barack Obama's first major meeting with a foreign leader for 2016 so the Americans are saying behind the scenes that that's a very - it gives you an idea of how important they see this meeting but Malcolm Turnbull will be going there as the first time as Prime Minister and taking a different tone than Tony Abbott did when he visited Washington. What the Prime Minister will be primarily speaking about is the ongrowing war against Islamic State and he'll also be having a chance to speak with the US Defence secretary ash Carter who in the past has been very critical of the progress of the Iraqi forces but now that they've managed to recapture Ramadi they also have their eyes set on recapturing the biggest city of moztle. The Prime Minister is also going to Washington just several weeks after formally confirming that Australia won't be sending more of a military contribution to Iraq despite a general request from the United States for all countries to do more in that country.Andrew Greene in Canberra, thank you very much. We'll stay overseas with that news Iran has described it as a new chapter in its ties with the world but just hours after international nuclear sanctions were lifted the US applied fresh ones. The BBC's diplomatic correspondent Brigette Kendal reports.Less than 24 hours after, the first reaction directly from the American President to the latest breakthrough with Iran. This is a good day. Sanctions have been lifted but the key, he argued, is that Iran no longer poses a nuclear threat. If Iran tries to cheat, if they try to build a bomb covertly, we will catch them. So the bottom line is this, whereas Iran was steadily expanding its nuclear program, we've now cut off every single path that Iran could have used to build a bomb. But there's a twist. New sanctions slapped on today by the US Treasury to punish Iran for testing a ballistic missile last year. Clearly, the Americans held off 'til yesterday's deal was in the bag. In Tehran, the Iranian focus so far has been on the bigger prize. In parliament, President Rahani greeted his Foreign Minister, just returned from clinching the deal in Vienna to lift sanctions, enthusiastically. It is true that the Zionists and the hard liners inside America campaigned against this deal but we all know that the world has realised that sanctions are not a good solution. They're a lose-lose solution. Everybody has realised that Iran is reliable.Though he did add that any new measures imposed by the Americans would receive an appropriate response. And here's the other likely reason the United States delayed any fresh sanctions 'til now. The prisoner swap involving, among others, American Iranian reporter Jason Rezaian, former colleagues in Washington were already celebrating. This afternoon it emerged he and fellow detainees have now flown out of Iran and were on the first stage of their way home. The BBC with that story. Let's get the finance news this morning. Clive Palmer says donations from Queensland Nickel to the Palmer United Party were made before falling commodity prices hit his company. Last Friday 2 37 workers at Queensland Nickel lost their jobs. Paperwork lodge would the Queensland Electoral Commission on December 31 shows the company donated more than $280,000 to the Palmer United Party. Mr Palmer says the donations date back to June when nickel prices were stronger. That $21 million was used to change the carbon tax and eliminate it in this country which saved the refinery 75 million which kept their jobs for the last three years.Returning to Iran where the UN Security Council has removed the Iranian bank seepa from its sanctions blacklist. Iran's oldest bank was Black-listed in 2007 for supporting firms linked to the development of missile technology. The changes are part of a deal being rolled out this week designed to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. Let's go to the markets:



Tennis might be the main attraction in Melbourne this week but in Adelaide it's all about the cycling. For more on the start of the Tour Down Under, our reporter Michael Coggan joins us. Good morning it's going to be a hot day for cyclists today? Absolutely. 38 degrees forecast for Adelaide today, Paul. The women are actually out on the course today. Today is a rest day for the Tour Down Under after the curtain raiser yesterday, the criterium event which was won by Caleb Ewan in a fantastic finish yesterday evening and also with the women we had a local Annette Edmondson. She finished the stage earlier to hold on to the win there. That's actually the leader in that event is now Katrina Garfoot so they're heading up to the Barossa today. As you say, 38 degrees, about un 100 k course there. Tomorrow we'll see stage 1 of the men's event, the Tour Down Under, leaving from Adelaide and going up to Lindock in the Adelaide Hills northeast of her.Michael, give us an update of the Tour Down Under and where it stands on the world tour at the moment. A few years ago it was pinned as the event that Lance Armstrong came to and he was the big star but it seems the race has gone on to bigger and better things ever since the Armstrong days anyway. Absolutely. I think in town 2008 the event got international status and it's the only southern hemisphere UCI event on the pro tour so it has that status. As you say, Lance Armstrong, despite all the controversy surrounding him and his downfall, he brought in a lot of people around 2008/2009 and we still get very big crowds. I think yesterday something like 90,000 people were watching that criterium and I think for the State smk like $50 million comes in so it's absolutely cycling frenzy here at the moment. You can feel it here on the streets of Adelaide. Every 10 minutes or so a group of cyclists rides past and a bit of their own peloton and the local teams are out training getting used to the heat ready for the big event tomorrow and of course six stages of this race, something like 830km over the next six days so a lot of work to be done yet but lot of fun times to be had by cycling fans and the cyclists. All those amateur cyclists are keeping the baristas busy this morning and throughout the week. Speaking of stars, Caleb Ewan and Annette Edmondson, really they're two young Australian stars that are drawing the interest of mennies they head out on their careers and it's fitting, I guess, they had those wins yer. Are they two of the riders people will follow closely? Caleb Ewan, he's only 21 and just an amazing pocket-sized power pack. He was just incredible in yesterday's event. He is tipped as one of the contenders for the Tour Down Under. Of course Rohan Dennis is the local favourite. He won last year's event. He is pushing to become the first winner, back to back. So he'd make history if he does win this event. He's teamed up this year with his rival last year Richie Porte for Team BMC so they're one of the leading teams here but if you talk to the commentators everyone says it's very much an open racism there's the return of Simon Gerrans this year. He wasn't a competitor last year. He was out with an injured collarbone. Also Cameron Myer and Jack Bobridge who earlier this month won the national road championship those there's a lot of strong contenders. A lot of them Australians but there's also international stars as well. But it's going to be very tight and, as everyone says every year, it all ends up with Willunga Hill in the fifth stage. That's it heartbreak Hill or the Queen event as they say. Also Corkscrew Road has been thrown in this year in stage 3 so there's a couple of big, steep climb s that are really going to determine the pack this year. The race director says it's all about team structure, so a lot to it and anything - any puncture, any failure can put a team out of contention so, as always, it's a very interesting race. Michael, thank you for the preview. We'll stay in touch through the rest of the race, the Tour Down Under. Thank you. Cheers, Paul.Cork screw hill sounds dangerous. Indeed it does. Another sports star that's - another sports story that's picked our interest this morning is the one about the first Australian to win the world's toughest motorbike race which is an achievement in itself.That's right and Toby Price has done it just a few years after he suffered a broken neck and Lucy McNally has this story. This is the moment a childhood dream came true. To be the first Australian to win the Dhaka in all divisions is, yeah, crazy. I really don't know what to think. It's insane. Some somewould call him insane for even wanting to enter the 2-week race. The Dhaka is the most gruelling motorbike race in the world. Participants race up to 900 kilometres a day from Argentina to Bolivia and back. Toby Price's family is ecstatic. The 28-year-old stunned fans by winning five of the race's seven stages, battling some of the harshest conditions on earth. Freezing cold, high altitudes where you can't breathe to 47-degree heat in sand dunes the next day. It all started when he was a toddler. He took a shine to riding his older brother's bike and, yeah, there was basically no stopping him. That is until 2013 when he broke his neck while competing in the US. Gets you a little bit emotional thinking about it and he was so determined, even from laying in his hospital bed, that that wasn't going to stop him. Whatever he wants to do, nothing can block the driveway. He goes at it full bore and you can't stop him. The neck injury was devastating but Toby Price had been through worse. Two years earlier, he lost his sister Amanda. She was born very premature and her survival rate at that time was not very good but she outbeat them as well. To the family, Amanda Price was known as Min. She died in 2011, aged 29. When Toby started doing the altitude race at Dhaka, we always said, "Min's up there, she's pushing him on." Matt Price taught his champion brother everything he knows but says he's long given up on beating him. I'm not as agile as I was back in the day but, yeah, no, he sort of pushes me along and, yeah, sort of mucks around.He and his parents have barely slept for two weeks. When Toby started doing the altitude race at Dhaka we always said, "Min's up there, she's pushing him on and she's guiding him." Nobody's had much sleep. I've been getting up at 4 every morning just so I can spend at least an hour before I go to work and, yeah, make sure he's OK." For now, Toby Price is lapping up the media frenzy in South America, but when me comes home his family will be waiting for him with open arms.Pretty special family too and the parents can be justifiably proud. Yes, even if a little bit nervous. Every time he takes to the course. They can relax for a little while now. It's all paid off. Now to the man with the best job on earth for the next couple of weeks, Steve Pearce joins us from the banks of the Yarra in Melbourne where he'll be reporting on the tennis over the next few weeks. Good morning to you, Steve.Hi, Emma and Paul. Yeah, it's not a bad job, this one, having to stand down here on the banks of the Yarra. I guess you'd rather not be in a suit because it is baking hot. The sun a absolutely streaming down. There are going to be some very high temperatures in the next couple of days. Not probably going to invoke the extreme heat rule at the Australian Open which we've seen so many times played here in the heart of summer. Nevertheless t is going to be a hot day if you're coming along and a hot day for the players late this afternoon as well. Some of the players who are going to be on court today, Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, the man who's just about owned member Park the last few years, is an almost unbackable favourite. He plays this afternoon. Roger Federer in action tonight. The two big names on the men's side of things. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, a couple of women who've really dominated the sport. Serena Williams especially. She plays her first round match today. Coming off a bit of a concern with the fitness and the knee injury in the preseason and missing the Brisbane tournament. As far as the Australians are concerned, Nick Krygios will get lot of attention. He plays his first round match this evening as does Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova so the three of them pretty much flying the flag for the Aussies. They're the main hopes to get through. So should be a great day's action. All gets under way at 11:00 local time here in Melbourne. Also in Melbourne last night in the cricket at the MCG, it was a series win to Australia. They managed to chase down another big total set by India. India setting 6/295, again helped by Virat Kohli. Another century for him. 117 on this occasion. John Hastings picking up 4 wickets. Australia then, through Shaun Marsh, very much kept in touch but the wickets kept falling but in the end it was left to Glen Maxwell this time who was able to do the business. He hit 96 off just 83 balls. It was a truly stupendous innings. Sixes all over the place and some of them outrageously hit, cut over cover. So Maxwell almost got Australia home, eventually caught for 96 in the penultimate over and Falkner was managing to hit the winning runs but nevertheless, a 3-0 victory means the matches in Canberra and in Sydney are just dead rubbers and Glen Maxwell was a very happy man when he spoke afterwards. Would have been nice to finish it with that ball but it's been a hell of a run chase. That wicket's not easy to bat on. It's a testament to those guys, the top order made the job easier for us at the bottom to keep it up with a run a ball. I always try to play the field. The wicket was slow so I had to hit the ball in fronts of the square and tried to hit it as clean as I could over cover. Luckily enough they come off the middle. I think even if they came off the mid frl those people they wouldn't fly like they do for Glen Maxwell. It was a great knock at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last night. Looking at English Premier League soccer, there's been a change at the top with Arsenal returning above Leicester on goal difference. It was a 0-0 draw for them. Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal for Manchester United as Manchester United managed to beat Liverpool. Wayne Rooney's first goal against Liverpool at Anfield for a decade or more so a significant moment as they move to fifth. At the top of the table it's now Arsenal over Leicester. A good win yesterday, just briefly, for Newcastle Jets. They finally scored some goals and got back in the winner's circle, beating Wellington Phoenix and in the basketball Illawarra Hawks, a double overtime win over New Zealand. Just about wraps up all the sport which will be very much getting under way here in a couple of hourst a very warm and windy Melbourne Park. Don't do a Jim Courier too early , mate, you'll get whacked by a paddle. Stay out of the drink. I don't think Jim will be jumping in today. In fact Novak's never embraced that tradition, funnily enough. You wouldn't want to do it. Thanks, mate. Although on a day like today you'll certainly be considering it, I reckon. Down the beach instead. Still to come on ABC News Breakfast, the unstoppable Pat Farmer. He's run from the north pole to the South Pole across many countries including Australia, now he's about to embark on an ultra marathon across India. We'll ask him about his motivation and where he finds the energy in a moment. First the weather. Areas of cloud over WA with a trough is causing showers and potentially severe thunderstorms. Patchy cloud over the Northern Territory and parts of North Queensland is also bringing a few storms. Some showers along the NSW and Queensland coasts as well with heavy falls in the tropics. Dry and hot further south where temperatures are rising very quickly. A closer look at Queensland now:

Thanks, Vanessa. Thanks, Kirsten.In stereo. Kirsten's here for a little while. Vanessa is taking a bit of a break at the moment. We're going to talk about James Hird. Of course we covered the story last week t was a big story when those players, the Bombers, were suspended for a year. James Hird has held back on talking in a TV interview until last night and many of you would have watched some of that interview, if not all of it, with Tracy Holmes. And the reaction has been, as it has for the entire saga, swift and very pointed. Margaret writes in, "He said she said, blame game. Typical of people who take no responsibility for actions. All a bit dodgy." Parel says, "Unless the players had the injections at gunpoint the players are responsible for what goes in to their body." "Yes, now he talks but it's too late." Liz says, "There was no proof what the players had was illegal. All evidence was circumstantial. In any real court of law the players would be innocent."I think it's worth mentioning this was an international arbitration court not some kangaroo court. It was a very well established international tribunal and I think what makes this story have resonance beyond sports fanaticicise the fact that this is where it really, I guess, got my attention, was that this is the first football club, I understand, in the world to suffer this kind of punishment from this international tribunal so it's not like they're dishing out this sort of punishment left, right and centre to the odd accidental misprescription of these sorts of drugs and so on. Yes, it was a hefty penalty but it's not one they give out lightly. Hird says they're scapegoats but Phil writes in this morning andsies, "Hird is very good at playing the victim." There was a bit of that last night in the interview. I got the feeling James Hird is trying to salvage some relationships, indeed maybe with some of those players that are still angry at the hierarchy of the club that let them down but the players are doing their time now and moving on. I just wonder how relevant the voice of James Hird and his opinions will be beyond this long probing interview from Tracy Holmes and lots of people having their say about it but the players are now serving those suspensions and that's it for them. They may go on and speak to their lawyers about suing the club and their comp decision all the rest of it. James Hird, well, he's not in football anymore and very few people would have seen that coming considering the hero he once was.When you say he's trying to repair the damage in relationships, I thought it was curious he said Jobe Watson, the Brownlow medallist and captain, he did say they hadn't spoken and he was pretty angry with James Hird so- You can read between the lines there. There's a lot of bad blood, I think, still among players and the coach. And a lot of his explanations just missed the mark and didn't make much sense. Anyway, let's return to another major story. Victorian police have resumed their search for mother of two Karen Chetcuti as they continue to question her neighbour over her disappearance.48-year-old Michael Cardamone was arrested after a police chase in Melbourne early yesterday. Jessica longbottom has this update. Police are still speaking with the 48-year-old neighbour of missing woman Karen Chetcuti over her disappearance. His name is Michael Cardamone. It's been about six days since she went missing from her property in Whorouly which is in north-eastern Victoria near the town of Beachworth. Of course a sense of urgency to discover what happened to Ms Chetcuti is increasing. Police are speaking with Mr Cardamone about what he knows about her disappearance. It's important to stress at this stage that no charges have been laid. Mr Cardamone was arrested yesterday morning about 6am in quite interesting circumstances. He led police on a car chase through the city which lasted about an hour and took in many of Melbourne's suburbs. In the end he was arrested in Melbourne's southeast in the suburb of Ringwood. Police knew to search for this car.. they pulled it over and start ed pursuing the car because they had reports it was involved in a kidnapping of a man from Whorouly. With they pulled it over it was Mr Cardamone at the wheel, the sole occupant of the car. Police were interested in speaking to him over Ms Chetcuti's disappearance. That's what they've been doing for about 24 hours. Meanwhile in Whorouly the search for Ms Chetcuti continues. They have been searching wells on her property and also searching Mr Cardamone's property as well as the nearby Ovens River, although at this stage there has been no sign of Ms Chetcuti. You can see there by the countryside those searchers have got a big job again today and stay update would the news across your ABC outlets. Federal MP Clive Palmer has defended the millions of dollars in donations to his political party by his company Queensland Nickel. He's spoken to the ABC after nearly 240 workers lost their jobs at the struggling Townsville refinery last week Since 2009, we've provided over $4.5 billion of investment in North Queensland and turnover. There's something like 2500 jobs depending upon Queensland Nickel's activities so these are very large amount of money and over $4 billion of exports. In 2013, the period you're talking about weers had to pay a carbon tax every year of $24 million to the Australian Government. Between then and now it would have been around $75 million we would have had to pay and we took the decision that that was wrong and publicly we set up a political party to oppose it. We were successful in gaining control of the Senate. We abolished it and consequently the refinery was $75 million better off. That was a decision we made so we thought we had to save manufacturing jobs in this country. I don't thing the workers have been treated very badly. They all, as far as I understand, were left with a couple of weeks pay in their pocket inned a vance and had jobs for 6 years. BHP Billiton was going to abandon North Queensland in 2009 and devastate Townsville and we saved that from happening. We're really heroes. It is a successful story this plant's been going for 6 years after BHP was going to write it off. That $21 million was used to change the carbon tax and eliminate in this country which saved the refinery 75 million which kept their jobs for the a last three years. What other chief executive would go into parliament for fight for his workers, put his money - and it was our money - on the line to protect their jobs and then win the balance of power in this country so that they could keep working? Do you know anyone? I don't. Clive Palmer giving himself a pat on the back and trying to explain the situation. Sown adbit contradictory. Anyway, now we can bring you some fresh pictures of the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Afghanistan at the weekend. He met Australian troops on a surprise visit to Kabul's Hamid Karzai international airport. He also met Afghanistan's President and the country's chief executive officer roo.And the Afghan President accepted an invitation to visit Australia later this year. We're told the Prime Minister's trip to Afghanistan was a day after another quick stop at the Taji air base in Iraq. The official pictures have now been released. Now that Malcolm Turnbull is on his way to Washington in fact and is en route at the moment and we'll give an address tomorrow morninguric think, at about this time. Now our next guest seems to have an endless source of energy. Pat Farmer is a former politician and motivational speaker and ultra marathon runner. For the last 20 years he's raised millions of dollars for charity, running all over the world. Now he's preparing to run more than 4,000km across India. Pat Farmer joins us from Sydney. A very good morning to youivism you already had a run this morning? Yeah y certainly have, Emma. I usually do between 20 and 30km early in the morning between 5 and 7am and then I head off to work or do whatever I need to do with my day and then do another session later in the evening.20ks, that's just like a walk in the park for you I'd imagine. It is in comparison to what I'm taking on next, 80ks a day, every day for approximately 60 days from one end of India to the other. That's about the equivalent from about Brisbane to Perth? Yeah, probably. Yeah, about that, yep. Sounds about right.Tell us what the terrain is expected to be like. Especially compared to some of the other big runs you've done. Emma, this a true seeder summit run so I start at the southernmost point on Australia Day and we'll beam images from where I start celebrating Australia Day by this run down the southernmost point. From there I'll head up the West Coast and go through places like Goa and up into Mumbai, one of the busiest cities in the world and from there across to Agra which is famous for the Taj Mahal, from Agra to Delhi where I'll address an audience in excess of 2 million people and from there to Srinigar. What I've said where I'll address an audience of approximately 2 million people, there is a lifestyle seminar that is on. They have a stage the size of six foom fields and they have a regular gathering of in excess of 2 million people. I have altered my schedule to make sure we can do it, to get into Delhi and speak to the people theren up on stage. It will be a phenomenal experience for he and a great opportunity to highlight Australia and what Australia is doing for relations between Australia and India. 2 million people in the one audience? Yeah, in one audience. You would never get that here in Australia. Nobody is going to go to an open-air concert and sit outside when all they can see is screens but India is a population of 1.2 billion people and you get massive amounts of people show up to anything that's going on. You've only got to watch the cricket you can see that. What is that you want to say to those people? I will speak obviously about what I'm doing and the purpose of this vun to raise funds for girls' education throughout India. You can education a girl for a whole year for just 50 Australian dollars so $300 will take them all the way through their high school education and for many years girls haven't been educate or haven't had the same opportunities for education throughout India and the new Prime Minister, Prime Minister Modi, is trying to change that and so I've decided to support that cause through this run and through highlighting that cause of course to Australians and my goal is to try and raise $100,000 for that cause. I will speak in many schools, universitiess and public functions along the way and at the end of the day if you educate the girls you educate the nation because girls when they grow up and become the mothers of the family are the first educators of the families.So people can sponsor you on this run or how are you raising money? They can go to Pat Farmer.com and click on the My Cause site and make a donation and my goal is to raise $100,000 so we will make a huge impression on the people there but also this event is about strengthening relations between India and Australia which are already very, very good but it's also motivatic Australians as well, showing them that anything is possible and on Australia Day when I start, on 26 January of course, it is also India Republic Day and so I'm very grateful that the Indian people are also celebrating Australia Day with me at that start and indeed embracing the Australian culture as I run on through these placestism just goes to showia what a great relationship Australians have with many countries overseas and when we travel overseas people say, "You're Australian ," and they welcome you into their homes. Not too many nations, not too many people from other nations get the same sort of rapport and it's only because Australians do great things overseas for the support of others and I think it's something we should reflect on on Australia Day and be very, very proud of. Is there a story, Pat, behind how you got involved in this particular cause, the issue about educating girls in India? Well, there sort of is, Emma. As you mentioned earlier on, I have been doing this type of running for in excess of 30 years. I have run around Australia, the length of Australia, across Australia, across America from the north pole to the South Pole. Only last year I ran through Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine, I have run the length of Vietnam and many, many other countries throughout the world and so basically what's happened is you get a lot of the ambassadors meet together down in Canberra on a regular base, they get together, start talking about what's going on in the world and every now and then my name comes up. The Indian ambassador was impressed with some of the things I have done in the past and both he and I thought it would be a great idea if I was to do something similar throughout India so it's fantastic and of course the cause - you mentioned I spent some time in parliament. I was parliamentary secretary for education, science and training so I'm incredibly aware of the need for education throughout all nations but in particular, as I mentioned earlier on, girls' education makes a real difference to the family and to the nation.Just finally, I wanted to ask you what are you thinking - what's going through your head as you're doing those endless kilometres by yourself on the road? Lot of people when they're running or jogging have head phones their ears. Do you listen to something? How do you motivate yourself? Sometimes I listen to music but more often than not I'm just taken up with the surroundings and the people. I will be joined by literally tens of thousands of people during the course of the whole run. The Indian Government and Indian people are really embracing this. I've got numerous functions to attend in the evenings. Many schools are assigning the kids to run with me on the road and jogging clubs and all sorts of different people so I won't have that much time on my own in a country of 1.2 billion people but, having said that, the true motivation comes from just being proud of who I am and what I'm all about. My humble beginnings from being out in Western Sydney and being able to travel the world and make a difference with my life and I often reflect on my own childhood and how lucky I was and also I just want to bring that same luck or that same spirit to the people I meet anywhere in the corner of the globe.Just before we go, remind everyone how they can donate to this terrific cause. They can go to Pat Farmer.com, pretty easy to remember, click on the My Cause button and just make a donation and, like I said, $50 will educate a girl for the of a whole year, $300 educates them for all of their high school education and, like I said f we can educate the girls we can educate the nation. Pat Farmer, all the very best as you embark on this next extraordinary marathon. Thank you very much for telling us about it. My pleasure. Thanks, Emma. Pat Farmer there, one of the most impressive Australians you'll hear from. Let's go from the world records he's set to this world record from last night which is fairly dubious if you ask me. This is the world record for the most number of dogs taking part in a yoga session. You really wonder who was it that said this was a good idea? They were just sitting around one day and said, "Let's try to assemble - now, is nat a dog or a toy? This gets to the point of my dubious call - some of them look like teddy bears. They drafted in some teddy bears to boost the number s? Most of these "dogs" in inverted commas, look more like yoga accessories than willing participants in this so-called exercise session. I think it's a little bonkers myself but each to their own.I'm sure the owners' hearts are in the right place. That's a record and doing yoga with the dogs apparently is good fun for them. Although some of them look a bit nonplused. Yes. I really want to know who came up with the idea and sat around and said, "Hey," when they first flagged it, "Why don't we get as many people as possible together with their dogs and do yoga." And dress them in their Sunday best. Don't complain we don't bring you the news from all over the world. That's what's happening over there. You could say the film The Danish Girl is a love story for our time. It is about what happens when a married man comes out of the shadows to reveal his true self as a woman. The stars Eddy Redmayne and Alicia Vikander have both been nominated for an Oscar. They have been speaking to Kathryn Tulic. Is there something you'd like to tell me? Is there something you'd like to know? I'm your wife. I know everything. Every morning I promise myself that I will spend the entire day as a man. But I think Lili's thoughts, I dream her dreams. What was extraordinary about this film is I was given the script by Tom Hooper the director when I was making Les Miserables, a while back, but the film I didn't know had been around for 12 years already and it was a struggle to get it made so it didn't get made and I was just sucker punched by this incredibly beautiful love story and this story of authenticity and courage and having gone on a huge education whilst preparing for this film, I've learned so much and met so many people from the trans community who have been so openly embracing and generous in educating me and what's been wonderful is then seeing that education and conversation come into the mainstream press and the world being educated and CIS gender people beginning to understand and learning to be allies for the trans community. CIS jendsser actually a terminology for people- CIS actually means on the same side as so CIS meaning that you are born with the same gender mentally that you are physically and transgender meaning you're on the other side, so you're born with one gender mentally and another physically.As a CIS gender, how do you prepare to be a transgender for a role like this? You educate yourself that. How I approached it. Lili an icon within the trans community so I met many trans women and tried to meet many transwomen of different generations, and meet their partners and hear their stories. What was extraordinary is every single woman that I met, bar none, said - would open the conversation saying, "You can ask me anything," and that absolute understanding and generosity of educating me was overwhelming. Lili, we should go out tonight. Give them something different. Lili. You're exquisite.How did you - which I guess even Lili does in the film - learn to become feminine in a way, the gestures. How did you do that? I think for me it was about starting with the mind and what she was going through but also there was this amazing photograph of Lili when she was living as Inar and she has this starched collar up to here and this incredibly tight tailored suit. It looked almost as if it was this exoskeleton of masculiny placed on her by society and by herself to sort of keep her in this sort of rigidity. For me, what was important was all of the trans women I met knew they were trans from the age 4, they knew they were in a different body so it's about unpeeling that for me. Some of the trans women I met discuss this moment of hyperfeminisation when they're beginning to transition of wearing too much make-up and clothes that aren't quite right, one woman described it like a female adolescence or teen-aged year of girls trying to find themselves and I wanted to add that element that centre of the film really.. I need to talk to my husband. I need to hold my husband. Can you get him? I can't. The fact is I believe that I'm a woman. And I believe it too. This is an incredible role but what did you find so compel about wanting to do her? Apart from the fact I thought it was so unique and passionate and an extremely wonderful love story and also about a subject mat that's right I thought was really important to tell and also prepping for the role, talking to people who have had close ones or relatives or partners who have gone through atransition like any transgender man or woman, they told me that it's actually that person also going on a transition and in this film I think we're telling both those stories and that I thought was very, very interesting.And how love really transcends all in a way, that's what's such a beautiful love story in this film? Yes, very much. I mean, Gerda, to see her kinds of unbelievable strength and supporting somebody that she loves beyond anything, the will of lift that person up and truly help that person to become who they truly are is just, you know, extraordinary.It's incredible too because Eddie was saying this film has taken 15 years or something to actually get on pseudoephedrine and yet it seems like this is the moment - to get on screen and yet it seems like this is the moment this film should be out because there's so much discussion about this. Tom said it was very much not a film of the time and to know that least that the awareness has, thank God, spread over those few years is just wonderful yet knowing that still the transgender community goes through such a tough time and this is really needed because in the end this a civil rights movement and that the education that any media attention can bring and for us, if we can be a part of that movement that's just wonderful I love you because you're the only person who made sense of me, who made me possible.Certainly a movie for our times. Yes, we'll see what Zak thinks about it later in the week. Let's cross over to Steve Pearce who is on the banks of the Yarra in Melbourne to talk about all the action on day one of the Australian Open. Hi, Emma. Yeah, it's getting quite windy as if the conditions weren't hard enough down here at Melbourne Park with some very, very hot weather expected later this afternoon. We're about two hours from the start of play now. The wind has really started gusting up in the last 10 or 15 minutes so I think it's going to be probably a little bit unpleasant for fans coming here today. Certainly those who can't find any shade at all. For the players it's going to be quite testing conditions but you can offset that all against it's day one of the Australian Open. Lot of big names in action and lot of Australians in action as well so there's plenty of interest on all quarters. Pablo Careno Busta is the man who stands between Nick Krygios and a place in the second round and that much is on this evening and it's one of many which really grab people's attention today but Krygios is obviously such an exciting up-and-coming talent for Australia having made the quarterfinals last year. There's lot of attention on this one. It will be interesting to so how he plays, how he engages with the crowd. How concentrated he is in that match. We've seen so many lapses from Nick or the last couple of years especially last year so there's lot of attention on that and then you've got the likes of Roger Federer playing Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova so there's a lot going on today and all getting under way in a couple of hours from now and there's a real buzz around a very windy Melbourne Park,omia and Paul.Thanks very much, Steve. Now Kirsten joins us with the weather. Good morning. Very hots you can see from poor Steve there, sweltering in Melbourne shched cool down later in the week. Wednesday and Thursday much more reasonable. Let's look around the States: Frout

Thank you very much, Kirsten. Stay cool out there if you're going to the tennis or whenever you are around This program is not captioned.

This morning - former Essendon coach James Hird insists his players weren't drug cheats but admits he should've known more about the club's supplements program. I feel extremely guilty for into and bad for that. And I can only apologise for that. This Program Is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Also ahead - the search continues for a missing Victorian mother. Her neighbour is in police custody. The Prime Minister visits Australian troops in Afghanistan and commits extra personnel to a NATO-led training mission. And a superb Glenn Maxwell knock sends Australia to a series-clinching victory in the one-day internationals against India. Welcome to Mornings. I'm Joe O'Brien. Taking a quick look at the weather first in the capital cities around the nation today:

Former Essendon coach James Hird has revealed that he was instructed by the club not to tell the whole truth about the supplements program when speaking with the Australian sports sports. The former Essendon coach has admitted he should've done more to stop the club's supplements program which led to 34 current and former players being banned for year. He says he still believes the players did not take anything illegal. James Hird was speaking on ABC News 24 in his first TV interview since the players were suspended. The idea round the program was that it was a healthy program for the players to become better footballers and look after them later in the life so they didn't become old and arthritis, like a lot of us