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A GST hike off the table. The PM says it won't be taken to the next Federal election. by CSI Australia
This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Also ahead - a warning to local councils across the country about the dangers of a popular weed killer.I am Josie Taylor. We investigate the weed killer sprayed near schools and playgrounds that the World Health Organization says probably causes cancer and how the authority regulating the chemical is partly funded by companies who make it.War crime claims in Syria as missile strike schools and hospitals, killing dozens.And on Grandstand - the Sydney Swans swing a coaching surprise and Jim Maxwell on Australia's quest to return to the top of the world Test cricket rankings. Gemma Veness with ABC News.The PM and Treasurer have explicitly ruled out taking a GST increase to the next election. This follows months of debate about tax reform and a push from Coalition backbenchers who see the goods and services tax taken off the table.It was the 90s road movie that played to great acclaim.It has inspired a PM who is settling into a new partnership.Not Barnaby
Thelma and Louise, it is Barnaby and Malcolm.Perhaps he forgot Hout the movie ended. Which was an opportunity not lost on the Opposition Leader.It worries me that they don't understand what they are doing or where they are going.There is still no sign that Malcolm Turnbull has settle odd a destination for tax reform but he has finally cut some excess baggage.There will be no GST increase taken to the election.In the absence of a Government tax plan the debate is focused on Labor's bid to limit tax breaks on investment properties to new homes. The Opposition Leader says that will drive growth in affordable housing.We want to revive the Australian dream of home ownership.It will work against many people on average earnings.50% of the benefit of negative gearing goes to the top 20% of income earners.But with the PM and the Treasurer toying with their own cap on negative gearing, some on the backbench are wary.When it comes to our policy, my argument publicly and privately is that we should tread cautiously in the area of negative gearing.The Treasurer has a major speech tomorrow and he will be arguing that high tax and spend policies are a drag on the economy and that spending has to be cut but if he doesn't sketch some detail of his tax plan, then Labor's already doing the spade work to cast the event as a failure.He should have policies, costed, detailed policies.A Government shouldn't be hectored or bullied into making decisions that it hasn't done the full work on.For Malcolm Turnbull's critics on tax reform so far, small beer. Local councils around Australia are continuing to use the weed killer glyphosate, that is despite a World Health Organization warning that it probably causes cancer. regulators
Australia's pesticide regulators say it is reassessing the health risk that glyphosate poses to humans. While lawyers and insurers are warning councils to look for alternatives.This is my veggie garden.Pensioner Jody Borland was furious when she saw her local council spraying weed killer right outside her garden.They were spraying willy-nilly, like water.She is amongst Castlemaine residents in central Victoria, petitioning their council to stop using glyphosate.Outraged about this.It is the common herbicide best known as Round-up. Last year the World Health Organization found that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, placing it in the same category as red meat.Insurer Statecover has since warned Australian councils to use it cautiously and find alternatives. And assess whether workers are at a higher level of risk due to the nature of their exposure. Public safety lawyers agree.If people haven't been warned of the significant risk involved, yes, later on down the track there could be potential lawsuits.Councils don't have to warn the public about when and where they spray glyphosate, even in areas like playgrounds, that is because Australia's regulator, the pesticide authority, still classifies glyphosate as safe.The authorities say they are revaluating glyphosate and are likely to make a decision in May or June. About 50% of the regulator's budget comes from fees paid by chemical companies. $1.5 million comes from glyphosate. The regulator denies a conflict of interest saying fees and levies aren't taken into consideration.Tim Farrell's business uses steam to kill weeds, a method he says costs $10 more than pesticide per person, per year.It is time to change now. We can afford it and we need to do it. We have already been warned.He says only about 30 of Australia's nearly 600 councils are considering steam. Still to come - five years on since an earthquake hit Christchurch, we hearing from frustrated residents about the slow pace of the rebuild. Plus - the State bucking the summer trend with an unlikely sprinkling of snow.And coming up in Grandstand - Peter sigdz Siddle in doubt for the second cricket Test against New Zealand this weekend. Police say the fire bombing of a strip club in Melbourne is linked to a bikie turf war over security contracts. The attack on Kittens has sparked fears that bikie-related violence is escalating across the city. A late night fire bombing at a suburban strip club.I heard two people talking with each other and after that, there was a loud explosion .It took 30 firefighters an hour to control the blaze with flames up to 20m high. Police later found this burnt-out car at Hallam, so far they haven't laid any charges but they do have a motive.This is not a vendetta against the Kittens nightclub itself. We believe it is a specific targeted attack at the security industry.Police say it is the 7th violent attack in 18 months from bikies trying to scare security companies into giving over their lucrative contracts.We have brazen drive booi shootings, fire bombings but they are clearly targeting persons associated at the security industry to endeavour to blackmail, extort and take over and threaten other legitimate businesses.It is the third time Kittens venues have been targeted after security guards were injured in drive-by shootings in South Melbourne in late November and again last month.The company formally running security for Kittens gave up their contract last month, the new company is also being targeted.Definitely they had more security in the past few weeks.Police have been speaking to locals and businesses here in suburban Caulfield South today. They have told us the venue is noisy but they haven't noticed any suspicious activity.Police say the security companies themselves don't have any links to bikie gangs. In breaking news - a man has died and three others are in a critical condition in hospital after a bus rollover in Queensland's Whitsundays. The bus crashed at Cannonvale near Airlie Beach this afternoon with 13 people on board. Three people had to be freed from the wreckage. Six people were taken to hospital. Four are listed as critical. A 9-year-old is amongst them. The cause of the crash is being investigated. there has been a case of medical negligence at the Bacchus Marsh Hospital in Melbourne. A woman successfully sued her gynaecologist after a surgical mistake 18 years ago. The doctor involved is still working in Melbourne, despite numerous complaints to the medical regulator.18 years ago, Joan Stewart was operated on at Bacchus Marsh Hospital. She had a prolapse and her surgeon was Claude Calandra.All they said to me was that they were very sorry but he had made a mistake during the operation and he had cut the wrong --ant don't know whether it was a tube or what.Joan's case was settled out of court in 2005.I got a shock when they told me that - what had happened and the kidney had died and that I would have to go back into hospital and have the kidney removed.I have to say that I agree that we absolutely need to have greater transparency about it.'7.30' has revealed the surgeon involved, Claude Calandra, has been sued 15 times over a 14 year period for alleged medical negligence, including still births. Mr Calandra released a statement saying... there are no restrictions on his medical practice. He is not associated Bacchus
with current problems at the Bacchus Marsh Hospital and he has always sought to deliver the highest level of care to his patients. The Health Minister is under pressure over the health system's apparent history of failing to act on negligent medical professionals.How can Dr Calandra have that many people suing you for niggly Jens year after year and nobody even knows that you have wracked up that extraordinary track record? That is certainly another issue that I have raised with APRA. We have to look at making sure that people cannot hideaway.Ms Hennessy says any women who have concerns about the care they received should contact the health services Commissioner. In a statement, the medical regulator says the system failures which let patients down are being addressed. Correcting our breaking news. A 19-year-old man has died, three others are listed as critical following a bus crash in the Whitsundays. More news on that as it comes to hand.The NSW Government has introduced legislation to allow survivors of abuse to claim compensation, regardless of when the crime happened. This is part of the State Government's response to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.Today's an important day because what I am bringing before the house is a bill that will say there is no time limit for survivors of child abuse to get their day in court .Under existing laws, child abuse victims in NSW typically have up to 12 years to sue for damages before the statute of limitations can block their claims.Tasmania Police has revealed an email glitch stopped almost 170 reports being sent to the agency in charge of child protection over the past five years. Police sent automatic emails to children and youth services whenever they attend Tasmania
incidents involving children. Tasmania Police says it has identified a technical issue that caused 169 emails not to be sent. They say 31 matters had not been dealt with and two required a police follow-up. New email processes have been put into place. Some Federal Government MPs are trying to find a way of softening the controversial foreign backpacker tax due to start in July. Farmers fear it will create a labour shortage and consumers will have to pay more if the
for their fruit and vegetables if the crops are left to rot in the field. They are the back bone of Australia's $10 billion horticulture industry.We need labour and the fact of the matter is this farm wouldn't be here without backpackers.Come aren't
July, many foreign travellers aren't sure they will still be here if they lose a third of their earnings in tax.I wouldn't stay here as long as planned because the tax is too high.It is not just foreign backpackers who are opposed to a 32.5% tax. The issue has divided MPs within the Federal Government also.Treasurer Scott Morrison is standing firm.They are coming here for a holiday, not a tax holiday. People should pay their fair share of tax in Australia.Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone has questioned whether the tax will raise half a billion dollars as forecast.If we have fewer backpackers arriving, then that tax take is actually a lot less than calculated.Dr Stone, who chairs the Coalition's agricultural policy committee, says the new Deputy PM has encouraged her to explore a compromise.We have been encouraged by the minister to look at a package which might make it less a case of the backpacker seeing a third or so of their salary going.We have suggested 19% tax rate and we think that makes us competitive against Canada and New Zealand.Agricultural producers say they would be happy with any measures that ensure backpackers stay and their crops can go to market. The former PM Tony Abbott once predicted the carbon tax would see Whyalla wiped off the map. Today its low commodity prices and cheap Chinese steel imports that are threatening its future. The SA Government has launched a support our steel campaign in an attempt to boost the city's economy. The once great steel city is facing tough times.The situation in Whyalla at the moment is dire. The number of jobs that have been lost in the combination of the steel industry and the mining industry is at least 800 direct jobs.Late last year the State Government vowed to change its procurement policy, forcing any Government projects to use high quality steel. Today, it launched a social media campaign and wants to put pressure on the other State and Federal Governments to do the same.We need to stand up for our steel, our manufacturers and we need to stand up for Whyalla.Last year the Whyalla Steel parent company Arrium announced a cost cutting strategy and it axed 250 jobs in November. The company says cheap steel imports are making the situation more difficult.This is not happening in the other parts of the world. There are more proactive industries working closely with governments in other parts of the world.The Opposition has accused of Government of talking the talk but not walking the walk when it comes to Australian steel. Projects such as the Adelaide Oval and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital didn't use Whyalla Steel and nor will the planned O-Bahn extension.We have been calling for more local content in our infrastructure projects here in SA for the last 10 years. The problem with the Government's announcement today t is too little too late.Some components need to be imported simply because of the nature of the engineering and infrastructure. We don't make that type of steel.Arrium's half year results will be announced tomorrow, despite the government's support our steel campaign, there are fears the results won't include good news for Whyalla. The UN has condemned a series of air strikes on hospitals and schools in northern Syria. As many as 50 people, including children, have been killed. Matt Brown reports from Turkey Syrian border.This hospital was destroyed as a barrage of missiles struck in the space of a few minutes. Medecins Sans Frontieres which helped to run the facility, says it appeared to be a deliberate attack.The hospital is completely destroyed. We report at least seven deaths among the personnel and the patients, at least eight people from Medecins Sans Frontieres have disappeared.As locals searched for survivors, more bombs fell in the distance.Just south of the Turkish border at Azaz, another hospital was hit, along with a school sheltering refugees who had fled the military assault by Russian and Syrian government forces. Among the dead were children and a pregnant woman. A total of five hospitals and two schools were hit in the latest offensive against the rebel-held areas in Syria's north. Blaming Russia, France and Turkey say it clearly constitutes a war crime. The intensified bombing campaign comes days after world powers, including Russia, agreed to cease hostilities later this week. But speaking publicly for the first time about the deal, the Syrian President poured cold water on cease fire hopes.TRANSLATION: Regarding a cease fire, a halt to operations, if it happened, it doesn't mean that each party will stop using weapons.Syria blames the US for the latest bombings and says a week to prepare for a cease fire is not enough.There is every sign this conflict is intensifying. The rebels, the Syrian Government and their Russian backers have all said they will fight on and Turkey has said it will defend Azaz, the town where the hospital and the school were hit against all comers. It is just 8km down this road. Temperatures are rising further in the Republican presidential race with Donald Trump stepping up his attacks on the Bush family. George W Bush has joined the campaign in support of his brother and Trump is questioning the legacy of the former President. Two brothers, a former President and a future hopeful. I came here for two reasons. One, because I care deeply about Jeb, and two, because I care deeply about our country. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Republican front runner Donald Trump has been scathing of the Bush family reunion.He declared today... The Trump Bush feud ignited at the weekend's Republican debate.This is a man who insults his way to the nomination. Giver me a break.Donald Trump raised President Bush's record again today at a rare press conference.The worst attack ever in this country, it was during his presidency. There is a lot of name calling going on, I want to remind you what our dad told me one time - labels are for soup cans. I thought it was a little strange the front running candidate would attack the President of the United States who did keep us safe while he was building a reality TV show.Donald Trump's very personal attacks and outrageous comments are yet to hurt his campaign. Current polling has him 20 points ahead of his nearest rival going into the South Carolina primary this weekend. It has been five years since a deadly earthquake devastated Christchurch in New Zealand. But many locals are frustrated at what they say is a very slow recovery effort. Just three rebuilding projects have been completed since 2011. Five years ago the sun rose on a very different city.Of the 185 people who died, 115 were in one building. 25 seconds earlier you had a complete city. 25 seconds later you were in the middle of a war zone. Quakes continue to playing Christchurch but new buildings are rising up amongst the condemned structures that still haunt the city.Things are really coming out of the ground now and people are starting to feel more confident.After shocks, planning arguments and insurance delays mean few major works have been completed.It was a complicated series of earthquakes in 2011 and it took a long time for certainty to make progress.After five years, just three out of the 20 major projects that were designed to stimulate the Christchurch economy have been completed. A cricket oval, a bus shelter and this children's playground.Hundreds of empty houses are awaiting demolition. Many the subject of drawn out insurance claims. People are still living in temporary accommodation, paying a mortgage and rates on houses they can't live in.They really don't want to pay the money. They don't want to acknowledge the damage. They are trying to reduce the liability.This is a map of land damage.The Government's insurer says it is pleased with progress.I am really proud of what we have been able to do to support the recovery.Disputes over Christchurch's plans, the once majestic Anglican Cathedral lies in ruins in the heart of the city while argument rages over its future.Even though this is slower, in some ways than we would want, the future is worth waiting for.Disputes that will be set aside next week as New Zealand pauses to remember. The 58th Grammy awards had it all, fashion, unexpected musical performances and an award for a 91-year-old former President. A night celebrating new talent and honouring music legends with Taylor Swift becoming the first woman to win album of the year twice.It was fashion rather than music that hijacked the spotlight as the music injury gathered for its big awards night in Los Angeles. Inside the Staples Center, American rapper Kendrick Lamar struck a more sombre note.I'm African American, I'm blackest. The Californian born artist who became the voice of the Black Lives Matter movement was the clear winner of night, sweeping five awards, including best rap album and best music video. Pop star Taylor Swift, who opened the evening with her latest single 'Out of the Woods', won three awards including album of the year.Melbourne's Courtney Barnett wavered the flag for Australia in the best new artist category, despite a break-out year in America, it wasn't to be her night.The Grammy went to Meghan Trainor.The evening included a performance to honour Lionel Richie, who was in the audience to enjoy it. Lady Gaga paid tribute to her music hero David Bowie who died last month. (Sings) # This is ground control to major Tom #And British singer Adele belted out a trademark ballad.(Sings) # This is my last night with you #The Grammys also recognised those who have a way with words, the former US President Jimmy Carter won a Grammy for the audio version of his autobiography. And African singer Angelique Kidjo won her second consecutive world music Grammy. Dedicating it to Africa and to ending hate and violence. To finance and higher commodity prices helped lift the Australian share market again, the first time in a fortnight that the market has posted consecutive rises. Crisis, what crisis? Markets were higher across the region and in Europe. The US was closed. Markets jumped after the European Central Bank said it would buy bundles of bad Italian bank loans. Chinese markets also rose strongly. This might have something to do with it. China's new loans surged to a record high in January. I am not sure if I am comforted by that. The other positive influence was a pick-up in commodity prices, particularly oil. Talk of plans for a meeting between Saudi and Russian oil ministers was enough to trigger further gains. Gold was walloped, the Australian markets sprinted to the finish line. It is only Tuesday but so far so good. Energy and resources led the way. CSL flagged an increase in profits. NAB's first quarter profit was up 8%. CBA was ex dividend but it may have been hurt by the negative gearing debate. We are a negative gearing nation. About 65% of the nearly two million people who earned rental income are negatively geared. The numbers have flattened recently, not because it is less popular but because falling interest rates have made some investments positively geared. It pales into insignificance when you look at the concession and benefits home owners received. Home owners enjoy land and capital gains tax exemptions and their homes don't disqualify them from the pension. Investors get a capital gains tax discount and negative gearing while some renters get Commonwealth rent assistance. Not what you would call well targeted assistance unless you're a politician. On foreign exchange markets the Australian dollar continued to benefit from the more positive environment. Summer snow has fallen across parts of Tasmania. Hobart's Mount Wellington had the heaviest falls with the cold snap bringing zero temperatures to some places. Tourists have made the most of the summer winter wonderland.I am from Brisbane. I have seen snow before but I wasn't expecting it on this weekend down here.That is why we came here for the good weather. This is all part of the adventure.In Queensland it is hot. This is just really weird because it is snowing in summer.Unfortunately for the firefighters, the snow didn't for
fall in bushfire areas. Now for the rest of the weather here is Graham Creed. We don't have a great deal of cloud across the country at the moment. We aren't going to see a huge amount over the coming days. The tropical areas, relatively light and patchy rainfall. This is due to a ridge of high pressure that extends across the southern parts of the continent. We saw that break down over last couple of days as a strong cold front moved up through Tasmania. It will keep any of those cold fronts well to the south of the main land. There is very little in the way of cloud. A few small areas there with showers and thunderstorms that have been developing through the afternoon heat. We will see them tomorrow up around parts of the NT and WA border, the far northern parts of Queensland. They will be scattered along this trough. Through northern NSW into the southern and central parts of Queensland. This activity will be very light and patchy. We aren't looking at anything in the way of significant falls in association with these. Forecast models predicting less than a millimetre or two from most of this activity. Perhaps localised heavier falls about but they won't be widespread. We will see the showers more frequent about the west and south of Tasmania. A few also about the coastal areas and on and south of the ranges in Victoria but those falls will be very light and isolated.

On Thursday, very little change to that scenario. Temperatures are starting to cool through WA, that is due to a southerly wind flow. That could bring isolated showers about the south coast of the State.

Our top stories this hour - police say one of the passengers hurt in a bus crash in north Queensland has died. The 19-year-old man was among 11 people who were injured when the bus overturned on the Shute Harbour road near Airlie Beach. Three of the patients are in a critical condition in hospital. The PM has formally ruled out the idea of taking a GST increase to the next election. Malcolm Turnbull had been keeping all options on the table as part of his Government's review of the tax system. Mr Turnbull says a GST hike was looked at carefully but is not justified. It has been revealed councils across Australia are using the herbicide glyphosate in sensitive areas like playgrounds, despite a WHO warning that the chemical probably causes cancer. Glyphosate was originally trademarked as Round-up and is used by householders, farmers and local councils.And Taylor Swift has won the Grammy award for album of the year for her blockbuster 1989. She is the first woman to win the top Grammy twice. She beat competitors that included Kendrick Lamar, although the rapper cleaned up, winning five awards out of 11 nominations. It is time for the day's sport, here is Niav Owens with Grandstand. This evening - the Blues back an established star to lead them into a new era. Marc Murphy will captain the team but the first under new coach Brendon Bolton.It is to
something I have always wanted to do, lead the club and get the nod again is really special.I'm Niav Owens and this is Grandstand.

Great to have you with us. Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh says Lance Franklin has had his best summer at the club ahead of the star forward's return to AFL action. McVeigh prepares himself for a new job this weekend, Carlton's skipper is delighted to return to his role.Still the best man for the job, despite extensive changes to the playing list and leadership group under new coach Brendon Bolton Marc Murphy will captain Carlton for a fourth straight season.That is all I really know. I want to repay the club. It is something I have always wanted to do, to lead this footy club and to get the nod again is special.Our club has been through a thorough process of establishing values and behaviours on and off the field that we want to live by and there is no doubt that Murphy came up trumps.Murphy will travel to Launceston but won't play in the preseason opener against Hawthorn on Thursday. The 28-year-old had a shoulder reconstruction last September.I am on track for where I need to be. Whether or not I play the next game or the following one, that will be a week to week sort of thing.While the Blues skipper has kept his role, Sydney's co-captain was given an unusual promotion. John Longmire will step aside to allow Jarrad McVeigh to take the reins against Port Adelaide.Being the one who is injured and all the other boys are playing, I am happy to fill that role for this weekend. Very excited about it.Any debut coach would love to have Lance Franklin in their side and McVeigh has been impressed with Buddy this summer after the star forward's publicised mental health battle.It is fantastic to see him training. This has been the best preseason he has had since he has been here. Came back fit and firing. He will play in the NAB Cups and lead into the season.The Swans take on Port in Blacktown on Saturday. The Brisbane Lions have ruled out defender Justin Clarke indefinitely because of a concussion suffered at training last month. He was need in the head contesting a mark and was taken to hospital in a neck brace by ambulance. Clarke has been suffering ongoing symptoms and the club has sought further treatment from concussion specialists.Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has urged supporters of his club and the western Sydney Wanderers to behave themselves at this weekend's Sydney derby. The Sky Blues are struggling for momentum heading into the clash having not tasted victory since last time the two teams met in January. While the Wanderers face the prospect of losing 3 competition points if their fans act inappropriately on Saturday night.We can't control the western Sydney Wanderers fans but hopefully it won't be damning on the sport. It will be a great spectacle, great derby and 40,000 people hopefully. The game of football needs good publicity at the moment. Let's hope everyone behaves.Melbourne Victory will find out in the next couple of days whether their club will receive sanctions after its fans lit flares during the Melbourne derby on Saturday night.Peter Siddle remains in doubt for the second cricket Test against New Zealand which starts on Saturday. The fast bowler suffered back spasms on day three of the recent Test win over the Black Caps. He didn't contribute with the ball on what ended up being the final day of the match when Australia wrapped up the victory.If he is not 100% he won't play. That is what we do. From our point of view, we will see how he pulls up and he will have to bowl well in the days leading out. We only have an extra day off.Wait and see.If Australia avoids defeat in the match it will assume the world No.1 Test ranking. For more on that No.1 Test ranking and the Aussies' demolition of the Black Caps in the first Test ABC chief cricket commentator Jim Maxwell joins us now.Let's start with what was a huge highlight from an Australian perspective, Adam Voges' innings. Given a chance admittedly on 7 but it still takes a fair amount to make it to 239? He has the patience for the long game. He has waited a long time to get his chance and a lot of people thought after the Ashes series perhaps the selectors would pick a younger player. He has grabbed his opportunity and he has shown a remarkable ability to concentrate and build an innings in the way we used to see Test match players do. Today, we have younger players who probably are more combative, like to take on the bowling. Take bowlers down. But that is not Voges. He just waits. About eight hours he batted for in that innings. It is a remarkable run. You wonder if he can sustain it when he gets in against perhaps a more challenging Test match bowling than he has faced at times in the last few months. You can't take anything away from what he has achieved. It has given Australia wonderful positions in a lot of games as it did in this match with some good partnerships around him.What about sustaining that kind of a Test average? He is at 97.46. He made it over 100 while he was out there in the middle. Has only played 14 Tests so far. How do you see his future as part of this Australian side? He probably has a couple of years. I a many no the sure whether he can go much longer than that before the Ashes series here in a couple of years time. I don't know whether he will get as far as that. Mike Hussey came in fairly late and he averaged 80 for some time before he came back to the field. I am sure that will occur. I would have thought in Adam's mind it is nice to have those numbers alongside your name. Badmanesque as they are. It is how you contribute to victories and that is what Australia needs to keep doing away from home. That is the challenge, the ambition for Steve Smith, not just to win in New Zealand, but in India, and of course in England when that comes around, we have already won in South Africa more often than not but away from home is the test. Even if Australia becomes No.1, which seems likely now, in the world. They will know as a team that they aren't really No.1 until they beat everyone away from home.It wasn't a home crowd decision, the no-ball when Adam Voges was on 7. What did you make of that and can you see it should be handled differently in the future or where the rules were at at the moment, was this the only choice? Umpires aren't allowed to make mistakes anymore. Players make lots of mistakes. Yes, it was strange that the umpire did that. Most of the time, the umpires err on the side of letting it go and then they have the insurance policy if a wicket falls of the third umpire coming in to help out.We seem to go through a period where that is how they dealt with every ball? If this is going to continue and we have a quest for perfection in the game where weigh tonight to get everything right all of the time, which is impossible, put someone alongside watching it and get the guy from square leg or the third umpire or get technology. The thing with the front foot no-ball, it is rare that the batsman picks it up, it is too late. It is just the pace of the game, he has set himself. It is not as if the no-ball is important from that perspective. Why not do it, if you're going to try to be perfect, with the use of technology, even if it is slightly posthumous that the message gets out there he has bowled a no-ball.Peter Siddle, we don't know whether he will play in the second Test. It is as simple as Siddle out and Pattinson in.? I think Marsh deserves his spot at six. He is a bowling all-rounder at the moment. He needs to be continually nurtured in a winning team. We know he has the ability there, it just has to come together. If Pattinson is fit you play him. He is quick, and we saw him go through the West Indies when he got his rhythm right in earlier, that game in Hobart. He is a strike bowler but you want to control the game which is what Siddle and Hazlewood offered. That is the lingering question about the game, where Australia got the best use of the conditions. New Zealand's under a little bit of pressure here. They are talking about an even greener pitch in Christchurch which may make the game more of a lottery. I don't think it will favour New Zealand more than Australia but it might bring the teams a little closer. It might make for a three-day game if they are talking about leaving 26 mm of grass on the surface. Certainly Hazlewood and Marsh are two very useful bowlers for Australia in those sorts of conditions. If you look at what happened in this game, don't forget the contribution made by Nathan Lyon, he continues to show why he is the best bowler of his type alongside Ashwin in the world. He made a big contribution to chiselling out, wearing down the concentration of the New Zealanders.Looking at that New Zealand side, they had high expectations heading into this game. We knew it was Brendon McCullum's last Test series and they failed to deliver across the court of what was ultimately a 4-day Test match. Do they struggle against Australia, is it a confidence thing and how do you see them bouncing back in Christchurch? They can. Who knows what the conditions will be like and who makes best use of them. This is what it is about. The same old story with the toss, you can win it and look at the pitch and say yes, we will get 10 wickets here and get them quickly but you still have to do the business which Australia has done very well. I just think psychologically, Australia has it a bit over the New Zealanders when it comes to the big games. The contribution of Usman Khawaja, Voges and Warner has been considerable. It will be no surprise to me if Steve Smith doesn't turn up in the next game and make a big score. He was scratchy the other day. He was dropped and he made 71. I just think Australia have more going for question
them. There is that lingering question mark about who will be taking the new ball and supporting Josh Hazlewood. Australia have New Zealand running at the moment. It will be a good effort from the Kiwis to come back on whatever surface they put up.We know they are super keen on the world No.1 ranking.Thanks Jim Maxwell. South Sydney's CEO John Lee has quit the Rabbitohs to take up the same role with the Sydney Roosters. At the Wests Tigers Robbie Farah is back in favour, six months after being told he was free to lever the club. Farah says there were times he wanted to go but now admits he is enjoying playing football again.Robbie Farah is staying put at the Tigers.At times you're not too sure last year whether I would have the opportunity to play in that jumper again.The NSW hooker returned to the field in last weekend's trial match. He says relinquishing the captaincy has given him a fresh perspective on football.The last couple of years has been tough, considering different sorts of things that have gone on here at the club, being the captain, I have been the forefront of all those things.Farah brushed off questions as to whether he can work with coach Jason Taylor moving forward.Manly recruit Dylan Walker says he is enjoying the switch to five-eighth with his new club. Walker replaces Kieran Foran in the halves alongside Daly Cherry-Evans.Pretty confident but definitely in saying that, there has been a lot of hard work.No doubt he is a strike weapon for Souths in previous years. He is getting the ball in his hands regularly for us.The Sydney Roosters will be without star forwards Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Boyd Cordner for the opening 10 rounds of the NRL season. Cordner has had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle while Waerea-Hargreaves remains on the come back trail from a knee injury. Some of the world's best female golfers have converged on Adelaide ahead of Thursday's Australian Open. For some the championship at the Grange is a spring board for the Rio Olympics.It is another day in the office for Australia's top ranked female golfer Minjee Lee. The 19-year-old coming off an incredible 2015 and is hoping to continue her form on the green.I have had a lot of experience last year playing on the tour in front of crowds. I think I am more relaxed.The world No.18 had the support of her family as she teed off at Adelaide Grange golf course. She hopes the tournament will drive another year of achievements which if all goes to plan, will include an Olympic games appearance. It is the first time the sport has made it to the Games since 1904. She will be chasing gold at Rio.To represent your country, the highest honour you can have. I think it will be great.More than 150 of the best will compete over the three days, including sporting legend and second ranked Australian Karrie Webb and Tiger Woods niece Cheyenne Woods.To have Tiger for advice, I will be able to reach out to him.While all eyes are on the prize, some have been able to take time out to see the sights.I have never been here before. There is a lot to take in and see a get a feel for the city.This is the first time in years that Adelaide has hosted an elite golfing event. It has locked in the Australian Open for the next three years and big crowds are expected here from Thursday to watch some of the world's best.It will be outstanding. People that play golf and just like watching golf, come and look at the course, you won't see much better in Australia.That is Grandstand for now. You can catch up on the program on iview and Grandstand online.The top stories - police say one of the passengers hurt in this afternoon's bus crash in the Whitsundays has died. Three others are in a critical condition. The PM has formally ruled out the idea of taking a GST increase to the next election. Malcolm Turnbull says a GST hike was looked at carefully but is not justified. It has been revealed councils across Australia are using the herbicide glyphosate in sensitive areas like Health
playgrounds despite a World Health Organization warning that the chemical probably causes cancer.The recent death of a teenage boy has cast the spotlight on a new breed of chemical highs. Despite synthetic drugs being illegal, the ABC managed to purchase some in a shop. Testing has revealed you would have no idea what is in the drug you are taking. NSW police execute a warrant on a home in south-west Sydney. This vision shot last August was part of a month long investigation into a synthetic drugs syndicate. The drugs were allegedly sold at tobacconists across the city. The operation part of a continuing battle to try to stem the flow of synthetic drugs into the country.A popular Perth teenager who died when he fell from the balcony of a Scarborough resort has been farewelled by hundreds of mourners.The 17-year-old plunged to his death from a third floor balcony after taking a pill.One of the male persons in Mackay only had one draw of the smoke and never regained consciousness.Police soon found out Dean had been experimenting with synthetic cannabis before he died.But the drugs keep coming. The Australian Crime Commission reports that in the 2013/14 year, there were record seizures, a 64% jump on the year before.Just a few years ago, buying synthetic cannabis was legal as easy as walking into a shop, even for school children.When I first came across it, I was in Year 10, I was 15 at the time. It was being sold as an incense. Everyone knew it as an alternative to marijuana.This young teenager and his mate later smoked it in joints at a party. Experiencing some unsettling affects from it.It got to a circumstance where it was disorienting both visually and physically. Mainly in the sense there was distortion. I remember looking at the stars and looking up and seeing the night sky as it was vivid that night. It was clear. After 30 seconds of looking at the stars they would start to detach themselves from each other and draw out lines in the star and start to rotate. At that age, 15, that is a psychedelic visual hallucinogenic experience to have from an unexpected smoking alternative. About the same time, year 2011, synthetic cannabis was in the process of being banned across the country.Chemists were also pushing further into untested and dangerous territory, synthesising all kind of drugs to mimic amphetamines, cocaine and LSD.In 2013, Henry Kwan leapt from a balcony after taking NBOMe, a synthetic hallucinogen that mimics LSD.What NSW has done is drawn a line in the sand and said these shouldn't be for sale.The NSW Government expanded its laws, outlawing all synthetic psycho active drugs, to prevent manufacturers from tweaking the drugs chemical structure to get around the law.If you're a retailer that sells these harmful products and these dangerous products, my message to you is get them off your shelves before fair trading visits your premises.But as '7.30' discovered, synthetic cannabis is still being sold as incense. This shop in Sydney's bustling Oxford Street sells a Gates of
product called synthetic - Gates of Hell. This intense incense is marked not for human consumption. At $55 for three grams, few would be burning it just for its perfume. To find out exactly what is in it, we took the sachet to toxicologist Michelle Williams and pharmacologist Dr Jenny Martin. We have the NBOMes. They are the ones that are more halls Jens.We are seeing those a bit at the moment actually in emergency departments.Here at the University of Newcastle, they are assembling the nation's most comprehensive library of synthetic drugs to help doctors know what they are dealing with.It makes a real problem for us treating these people because we are scared of giving treatments that we think might help them in case it interacts with the unknown drugs and makes them more sick.Michelle Williams is preparing to run a sample through a mass expect roment to find out whether it contains synthetic drugs. Dr Martin says the packaging often has little bearing on what is inside.It is surprising really. Often they are sold as having amphetamines and when we actually look at them, they have maybe a bit of amphetamines but other lots of other different chemicals like, for example, cathinones or bath salts or naphthalene which is something that is in moth balls.After 20 minutes the preliminary results are in.What do we have? It looks like you have managed to purchase STS-135 also known as 5F-APICA.What is that? That is an illegal synthetic cannabinoid.Anything else in there? It looks like there is a few other things. I would be reasonably confident saying you have a bit of one of the NBOMes 25 C NBOMe, which is a hallucinogen and it looks like you also have some of the am fet TMA.Is there any idea of what this would do to you if you ingested it? It is really hard to tell with the toxicity because the structures of these change so frequently, there has been no controlled assessments done. So the people that take them on the street and purchase them are the people who provide us toxicity, the data. It sometimes has tragic consequences.How disturbing is it for you as a toxicologist to know that this is available over the counter? It is pretty scary. This could affect one person quite catastrophically and one person may be not so much.Basically, this is just a roll of the dice if you take this sort of stuff? 100%. There is no QC. There is nothing to say what you are taking so you don't know what you are taking. You don't know the dose of it. Anybody who consumes it is really taking their life in their own hands.Not wanting to cause any grief for the ABC's lawyers, I thought it best to let the police know of our discovery.My name is Matt Wordsworth, I am from the ABC. I need to speak to an officer.I made an appointment a short time later to hand over the suspect sachet to NSW police who are now investigating.The company didn't respond to '7.30''s request for comment. But the message both clinically and anecdotally is clear...We don't know what is in there until after the event so just for people to be really careful and to stay away from these drugs. They are very dangerous. They are a mix of a lot of things that make you really sick and people should stay away.It is not safe. Kids will be drawn to it and when these things have been forced together into an incense or herb that has been formulated scientifically, this is a pharmaceutical mayhem. It is time for the weather and rain is scarce at the moment, Graham? Yes, we had some good falls in Tasmania overnight last night. There has been a bit around today. Over the next couple of days it begins to dissipate across many parts of the country. We saw some good falls about the west and south of Tasmania. Parts of Victoria, we saw widespread showers but they were all light. There has only been a light scattering today. We have drizzle at the moment and isolated showers moving up the NSW coast. There is shower and isolated thunderstorm or two around parts of Brisbane also. Also through the northern parts of the Territory and Queensland. Although we are showing good falls here, the majority of them will actually be only a couple of millimetres. It will be only directly underneath thunderstorms that we could see heavier falls. Similar scenario through south-eastern Queensland. Much of the country looking at dry conditions. That is because of a ridge of high pressure that is dominating the south. We have a pool of hot air sitting over the inland. That hot air mass is relatively dry. We have a bit of moisture down the east coast. That is helping to trigger isolated showers and thunderstorms. It is also helping to keep the humidity levels up also. We will see them increase around the coast of NSW over the next day or two. As far as showers and storms tomorrow, probably more likely around the central and south-eastern parts of Queensland. Perhaps as far south as Newcastle in NSW but anywhere south of that relatively clear. For Victoria, only isolated showers on and south of the ranges. Mostly about the south-western districts of Tasmania. That is due to a moist onshore wind flow. Much of the remainder of State will be relatively clear. In the afternoon and evening, they will pop up about the far northern parts of the tropics and down around the Kimberley and interior of WA and nearby areas of the tan my desert. We will see a milder change moving into Perth. Thanks Graham.You're watching ABC News. More news and analysis after this short break, including a look at some letters and photographs that reveal the former Pope, John Paul, had a close relationship with a married woman. We will speak with a Catholic Church historian next hour. Stay with us.

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Tonight - one person killed and several others critically injured in a bus crash on the Whitsundays coast. This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Also ahead - a GST hike off the table as the tax debate refocuses on negative gearing.A Canberra father charged with the murder of his 8-year-old son.And coming up in half an hour on 'The Business', gold shines as oil declines and Star counting on Lady Luck - house profits up but the win rate down.Hello. Gemma Veness with ABC News. One man has died and three others are clinging to life after a bus crash in the Whitsundays region. The 19-year-old Proserpine man died after the bus rolled into a ditch early this afternoon. 10 other people are in hospital, including a 6-month-old baby and a man whose arm had to be amputated.Emergency crews rushed to the scene in a desperate bid to save the injured. Almost a dozen people were on board when the bus left the roadway and rolled onto its side before crashing into the ditch.Every person on board has been injured.Unfortunately we've had some very, very serious injuries.11 people were taken to hospital, four in a critical condition. One man lost his arm, another passenger's hand was seriously maimed. Others ranging from a 6-month-old baby to a 79-year-old woman suffered head injuries and fractures.Injuries like this are horrific.All we can do is wish the best for those patients and for their families.The bus had been taking passengers, mostly locals, from Airlie Beach to Proserpine along the business Shute Harbour Road.Something we don't come across every day, but our officers are trained for these situations so they've handled themselves very well.Investigators are trying to determine why the bus veered off the road.However, the bus is quite modern and it dos have a number of computer and on-board cameras which the forensic crash unit will download shortly.Whitsunday Transit has declined to comment, but their bus has been seized for inspection. Police will begin interviewing passengers when they are well enough to speak.The PM and Treasurer have now explicitly ruled out taking a GST increase to the next election. This follows months of debate about tax reform and a push from Coalition backbenchers to see the goods and services tax taken off the table.It was the '90s road movie that played to great acclaim.Lets's keep going. Are you sure?And it has inspired a PM who is settleg into a new partnership manyNot Thelma and Louise, it is Barnaby and Malcolm.Perhaps he forgot how the movie ended. Which was an opportunity not lost on the Opposition Leader.It worries me that they don't understand what they are doing or where they are going.There is still no sign that Malcolm Turnbull has settled on a destination for tax reform but he has finally cut some of his excess baggage.There will be no GST increase taken to the election.The debate is now focused on Labor's bid to limit tax breaks on investment properties to new homes. The Opposition Leader says that will drive growth in affordable housing.We want to revive the Australian dream of home ownership. I think it will work against many people on average earnings.50% of the benefit of negative gearing goes to the top 20% of income earners.But with the PM and the Treasurer toying with their own cap on negative gearing, some on the backbench are wary.When it comes to our policy, my argument, my argument publicly and privately is that we should tread very cautiously in the area of negative gearing.The Treasurer has a major speech tomorrow and he will be arguing that high tax and spend policies are a drag on the economy and that spending has to be cut, but if he doesn't scets some detail of his tax plan, then Labor is already casting the event as a failure.He should have policies, costed detailed policies. I government shouldn't be Hectored or bullied into making decisions it hasn't done the full work on.For Malcolm Turnbull's critics on tax reform so far, small beer.A Canberra man is behind bars after being charged with the murder of his 8-year-old son.37-year-old Graham Stuart Dillon appeared briefly in the ACT Magistrates Court. He is accused of killing 8-year-old Bradyn Dillon. Elizabeth Byrne has been following the case.Neighbours say there was no warning.He learned of the drama unfolding in their street when police and ambulance officers arrived.One woman describes seeing the young victim carried from the house.Police say he was taken to hospital where he later died.Today all was quiet.Although the street was blocked off for hours as forensic police combed the scene.Police have called for any witnesses to come forward.During today's court appearance, no details were discussed about the cause of death.Dillon did not apply for bail and has been remanded in custody until early March when he will appear in court again.Still to come - why a weed killer that has been deemed to probably cause cancer is still in use at playgrounds and parks around the country. Plus, from Taylor Swift to Kendrick Lamar, we'll recap all the big winners at this year's Grammy Award.And injuries force changes for Australia's team in the Second Test against New Zealand this weekend.Local councils around Australia are continuing to use the weed killer glyphosate. That's despite a World Health Organisation warning that it probably causes cancer.Australia's pesticide regulator says it is now re-assessing the health risk that glyphosate poses to humans, while lawyers and insurers are warning councils to look for alternatives.This is my vegie garden.Pensioner Jody was furious when she saw her local council spraying weed killer right outside her garden.They were just willy nilly like spraying water.She is amongst residents in Central Victoria passengersing their council to stop using glyphosateI'm outraged about this.It is the common herbicide best known as Roundup.Last year the World Health Organisation found that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic placing it in the same category as red meat. Insturer State Cover has warned Australian councils to use it cautiously and find alternatives and assess whether workers are due to a high level of risk due to their exposure. Public lawyers agree.Yes, later on down the track there could be potential lawsuits.Councils don't have to warn the public about when and where they spray glyphosate, even in areas like playgrounds. That's because Australia's regulator, the pesticide Authority still classifies glyphosate as safe.The Authority says it is ee evaluating glyphosate and is likely to make a decision in May or June.About 50% of the regulator's budget comes from fees paid by chemical companies. $1.5 million comes from glyphosate. The regulator denies a conflict of interest saying fees and levies are not taken into consideration.Tim Farrell's business uses steam to kill weeds, a method he says costs about $10 more than pesticide per person per year.It is time to change now.We can afford it and we need to do it.We've already been warned.He says only about 30 of Australia's nearly 600 councils are considering steam. There has been another case of medical negligence at the Bacchus Marsh hospital in Melbourne. A woman successfully sued a gynaecologist after a surgical mistake 18 years ago, but the doctor involved is still working in Melbourne's west, despite numerous complaints to the medical regulator.18 years ago Joan Stewart was operated on at Bacchus Marsh Hospital. She had a pro lapse and her surgeon was Claude Callandra.All they said to me is that they were very sorry but he made a mistake during the operation and he cut the wrong - I don't know whether you call it a tube or what.Joan Stewart's case was settled out of court in 2005.I got a shock when they told me that cha had happened and that the kidney had died and that I would have to go back into hospital and have the kidney removed. Look, I have to say that I agree that we absolutely need to have greater transparency about it.'7:30' has revealed the surgeon involved, Claude Callandra has been sued 15 times o every a 14-year period for alleged medical negligence including stillbirths. He issued a statement saying he isn't associated with current problems at the Bacchus Marsh Hospital and he has always sought to deliver the highest level of care to his patients. The Health Minister is under pressure over the health system's failure to act on medical professionals.How can Dr Callandra have over a dozen writs, how can you have that many people suing you nor negligence year after year and nobody even knows you've racked up that extraordinary track record? Yes, that's another issue I've raised with AHPRA, we've got to make sure that people cannot hide away.Ms Hennessy says any women who have concerns about the care they received should contact the health services Commissioner. In a statement, the medical regulator says the system failures which let patients down are being addressed.There have been calls for a royal commission into the banking industry during a heated inquiry into loan practices. A public hearing has heard that farmers were threatened at gunpoint to get them off a property that was being repossessed.Rodney Culleton pulled no punches when describing the tactics used by one of the big four banks to repossess a fellow farmer's property.There were four police with their pistols on us, and there were SWAT teams up in the bush and we were held at gunpoint that day, and that was quite horrific, really.He became emotional when recalling his own personal struggle.Just financial terrorism, and I know I sound a little bit emotional, but because I've witnessed what has happened not only to me but to other people and to be held at gunpoint at the farm, causes a little bit of stress.He is one of several farmers who lost land after defaulting on a loan with rural lender Landmark when the company was bought by ANZ.Never signed over to ANZ Bank.They created new bank accounts calling moo he a customer, and then they defaulted me on bank accounts that were foreign to my company or companies.The inquiry is looking at how banks respond when clients miss payments or experience financial difficulty.It is alleged the industry has adopted anti-competitive tactics and engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct.These circumstance ises warrant the appointment of a royal commission into the banking industry to determine what, if any, changes should be made to the corps operations Act, the Banking Act, the Australian consumer law and the national credit code. There is such widespread institutionalise add bus going on.The ANZ and Commonwealth Banks will get a chance to respond to the allegations before the committee finalises its report. This he are due to give evidence at the next hearing in April.Some Federal Government MPs are trying to find a way of softening the controversial foreign backpack attacks due to start in July. Farmers fear it will create a labour shortage and consumers will have to pay more for their fruit and vegetables if the crops are left to rot in the field.They are the backbone of Australia's $10 billion horticulture industry.We need labour and the fact of the matter is this farm would not be here without backpackers.But come July, many foreign travellers are not sure they will still be here if they lose a third of their earnings in taxI wouldn't stay here as long as planned because I think the tax is too high.It's not just foreign backpackers who are opposed to a 32.5% tax. The issue has also divided MPs within the Federal Government.Treasurer Scott Morrison is standing firm.But they are coming here for a holiday, no the a tax holiday.People should pay their fair share of tax in Australia.But Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone has questioned whether the tax will raise half a billion dollars as forecast.If we have fewer backpackers arriving, then that tax take actually is a lot less than calculated.Dr Stone, who chairs the Coalition's agricultural policy Committee, says the new Deputy PM has encouraged her to explore a compromise.So we've been encouraged by the minister to look at a package which might make it less a case of the backpacker seeing a third or so of their salary going. We've suggested 19% tax rate and we think that makes us competitive against Canada and New Zealand.Agricultural producers say they would be happy with any measures that ensure backpackers stay and their crops can go to market. The United Nations has condemned a series of air strikes on hospitals and schools in northern Syria.As many as 50 people, including children, have been killed.Middle East correspondent Matt Brown reports from the Turkey-Syrian border.This hospital was destroyed as a barrage of missiles struck in the space of a few minutes. Medecins Sans Frontieres which helped to run the facility says it appeared to be a deliberate attack.The hospital is completely destroyed.We report at least 7 deaths among the personnel and the patients and at least 8 personnel of Medecins Sans Frontieres have disappear.As locals searched for survivors, more bombs fell in the distance.Just south of the Turkish border at Azaz, another hospital was hit a long with a school sheltering refugees who had fled the military assault by Russian and Syrian government forces. Among the dead were children and a pregnant woman. The a total of 5 hospitals and 2 schools were hit in the latest offensive against the rebel-held areas in Syria's north. Blaming Russia, France and Turkey say it clearly constitutes a war crime.. The intensified bombing cam come days after world powers including Russia agreed to seize hostilities late they are week, but speaking publicly about the Syrian deal, the Syrian President poured cold water on ceasefire hopes. TRANSLATION: Regarding a ceasefire, a halt to operations f it happened t doesn't mean that each party will stop using weapons.Syria blames the US for the latest bombings and says a week to prepare for a ceasefire is not enough.There is every sign this conflict is intensifying. The rebels, the Syrian Government and their Russian backers have all said they will fight on and Turkey has said it will defend Azaz, the town where the hospital and the school were hit against all-comers. It is just 8km down this road. The US State of Florida has been struck by a series of tornadoes. The north-west of the State has borne the brunt of the twisters which struck Monday night US time. A spokesperson for the emergency services says 10 homes were badly damaged or destroyed, but there are no reports of injuries.It has been 5 years since a deadly earthquake devastated Christchurch in New Zealand, but. Locals are frustrated at the slow recovery project. Just three building projects have been completed since 2011.Five years ago the sun rose on a very different city. Of the 185 people who died, 115 were in one building.25 seconds earlier you had a complete city. 25 seconds later you were in the middle of a war zone.Quakes continue to plague Christchurch, but new buildings are rising up amongst the condemned structures that still haunt the city.Things are really coming out of the ground now and people are starting to feel a lot more confident.Aftershocks, planning arguments and insurance delays mean few major works have been completed.It was a really complicated series of earthquakes in 2011 and it took a long time for adequate certainty to really start making progress.After 5 years just 3 out of the 20 major projects that were designed to stimulate the Christchurch economy have been completed - a cricket Oval, a bus shelter and this children's playground.Hundreds of empty houses are awaiting demolition, many the subject of drawn-out insurance claims. People are still living in temporary accommodation, paying mortgage and rates on houses they can't live in.They really just don't want to pay the money.They don't want to acknowledge the damage, trying to reduce liabilities.The government's insurer The Earthquake Commission says it is pleased with progress.I'm actually really proud of what EQC has been able to do to support the recovery in Canterbury.Emblematic of disputes over Christchurch's plans, the once majestic Anglican cathedral lies in ruins in the heart of the city, high-profile argument rages over its future.So even though this is slower in some ways than we would want, the future is worth waiting for.Disputes that will be set aside next week as New Zealand pauses to hundreds of
remember.The BBC has seen hundreds of letters and photographs that reveal former Pope John Paul had a close relationship with a married woman. The documents kept in the National Library of poll land reveal a rarely seen side of the pontiff who died in 2005. John Paul's friendship to Polish-born American Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka began in 1973 when she contacted the then Archbishop of Krakow about his writing on philosophy.There is no suggestion the Pope broke his vow of celibacy. Paul Collins is a Catholic Church historian. He joins me now from the Canberra studio. Paul, was this relationship known of before now?Yes, it was, GemmaI myself when I was writing a book about John Paul's papacy about 10 years ago, I notice he had relationships - friendships, I always hesitate to use the word "relationships" because it suggests sexual, but these were certainly not, this was a deep friendship with a woman who was an actor just as he was in local theatre, he was a priest at the time, and then there was a psychiatrist woman, a married woman again in Krakow and she influenced him very, very deeply in his views on sexuality, and then of course you come to Anna-Theresa who is the woman who seems to have continued on as his friend right through until his death.Yes, they had been known about, but nobody realised just how deep these relationships were and particularly the last relationship, how profound it was, and I was really struck just today looking at the pictures of the two of them together, you can see two people who really do love each other.And do you think the Catholic Church would be happy about this being made public?Look, I don't see any reason why anyone would be upset about it.I mean even some of the great saints had very close and intimate relationships, St Francis of Assisi and St Clair, St John of the Cross and scant Theresa of Avala, so not unusual in Church history.Very ee effective priests in countries like Australia would have everlasting and deep relationships with women, or everlasting and relationships with men, depending on whatever their sexual inclination was, so we've known about it for centuries, so I suppose more, perhaps more hide-bound people or moralistic people might look a scan at it, but those who have been around the Catholic ridges for quite some time are not upset.So that revelation of a more human side, you would say that's a good thing?Absolutely ofOne of the things that strikes me about John Paul, he was in a way a superstar, a Colossus in his time who kind of almost strode across the world and there was something almost non-human about him, almost kind of quasi divine and he did project that kind of image.To see him in clearly very vulnerable, very open and intimate situations with another human being, to me humanises him.It makes him a real person and I mean, I find that admirable.It is a side of his personality that I really had not averted to before, and so while I knew about the relationships, it really made him a person that I find more attractive than I did in the past.Nothing more down to earth than a good camping photo as we saw there. But what does it tell us about his views on women?Well, he was very much an old-style European when it comes to his views on women.He certainly believed in the absolute and radical equality of men and women, but then immediately went on to kind of cast women particularly in the role of motherhood.For them he saw motherhood as something that was biologically binding, something that obliged them to act out their primary role.He also tended to exalt women to kind of romanticise women and put them on a pedestal, so you had this kind of motherhood Virgin Mary kind of image which to the Anglo-American mind, to Australians is a very strange way of seeing women, and certainly in a world that is influenced by feminism, in a world in which, like Australia, where the radical equality of men and women and where we don't see men and women as having such kind of cast-iron separate roles.I mean, I think that he did tend to idealise women and as such in some ways rendered women less powerful, less influential.It is a very old-style European way of doing things, but it has no traction, I don't think, in today's world.Catholic Church historian Paul Collins, thanks very much for joining us.Thank you, Gemma.The 58th Grammy Awards had it all, outrageous fashion, unexpected musical performances and Taylor Swift became the first woman to win Album of the Year twice.It was fashion rather than music that hijacked the spotlight as the music industry gathered for its big awards night in Los Angeles.But inside the Staples Centre, American rapper Kendrick Lamar struck a more sombre note.The Californian-born artist who became the voice of the Black lives matters movement became the clear winner of the night, sweeping up five awards including Best rapper and Best Music Video. Taylor Swift won three awards including Album of the Year.Melbourne's Courtney Burnett waved the flag for Australia in the Best New Artist category .Despite a breakout year in America, it wasn't to be her night.The Grammy went to Meghan Trainor.The evening included a performance to honour Lionel Richie who was in the audience to enjoy it.(Sings) # Yeah, I'm easy... # Lady Gaga paid tribute to her music hero David Bowie who died last month.(Sings) # Is Ground control do Major Tom... htion htionAnd Adele belted out a trademark ballad. # This is my last night with you... htionFormer US President Jimmy Carter won a Grammy for the audio version of his autobiography.And African singer Angelique Kidjo won her second consecutive World music Grammy.Dedicating it to Africa and to ending hate and violence.And it's time now for the weather with Graham Creed.We don't have a great deal of cloud across the country and we will see a very similar scenario over the coming days.the monsoon trough is sitting well north of the nation, through parts of south East Asia it's active, particularly Papua New Guinea at the moment.A cold front moved through Tasmania, Victoria and up into the southern parts of NSW overnight last night, even produced some snow around Tasmania through the early part of this morning, but over the next couple of days that ridge of high pressure will move through and prevent any further cold front from moving up across the region.As we can see, there is not a great deal of cloud across much of the country.Showers and storms have developed through parts of the Northern Territory, they will pop up again over the next couple of days.A similar scenario through the far northern parts of Queensland, through neighbouring areas of NSW, but the majority of falls in association with these are expected to be fairly light and patchy.Thid thunderstorms might trigger localised heavier falls but not looking at widespread heavy totals by anyone means.Temperatures are above average for much of Queensland.Quite warm still through much of inland NSW, although some centres have dropped back considerably and we will see that heat push back in from WA as we move through the remainder of the week, but quite a cold night and cool day on the way for parts of the south-east tomorrow. Southerly wind flow will trigger showers about the far south and west of Tasmania, but most of the fall also be fa irly light and patchy, not the heavy falls we experienced overnight in Tasmania vlFor WA, a milder change set to develop so that will see temperatures dropping back in Perth and actually cool a little further as we move into Thursday and FridayalJust a very isolated shower in Melbourne. TheThey will be light, isolated light showers for Hobart.Shower or two in Brisbane, a bit of activity there through this afternoon.