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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. The top story - no more double dipping. Labor makes ail pledge to curb MP travel entitlements.Where it.
something is unfair, I will act on it.I see overnight Labor has done a backflip on this.The death of an Australian woman on Mount Everest sparks concern over the safety of trekking companies. Barack Obama announces an end to the US arms embargo with former enemy Vietnam. And on 'Grandstand', the Blues ring the changes for State of Origin 1, an AFL elbow is et to attract a hefty suspension, and Nick Kyrgios pleads innocence at the French Open. Zblf good evening. Gemma Veness for ABC News. The electorate ound
of Eden-Monaro is doing very well ound of the funding pledges as the Liberal Party fights to retain the seat. Malcolm Turnbull announced two infrastructure projects there, but the hottest topic on today's campaign trail was how much the Government should subsidise a visit to the GP.Political editor Chris Uhlmann has more. Gum leaf playing is an underappreciated art form. But the bellwether NSW seat of Eden-Monaro was Malcolm Turnbull's stage today and he came bearing gifts for the port and airport.The extension of the runway is going to be very important.Star power isn't enough. A federal election is 150 races and it will be won or lost in marginal seats. A lot rests on the hard work and appeal of the local 2nd
MP.Well, please vote for Peter. On 2nd July.In a sure sign the Coalition is worried about losing Eden-Monaro, five ministers have visited in a fortnight.Do you know Peter Hendy, the federal memberNo, I've never met Mr Hendy.Do you live here?Yes.There was trouble of another kind on the airwaves when the Health Minister distanced herself from the decision to freeze Medicare rebates to doctors.I said to doctors I wanted that lifted as soon as possible, but I appreciate that finance and Treasury aren't allowing moo he to do it just yet. Word flashed across the Nullarbor. Its own health minister basically than
saying Labor's policies are better than those of her own government. It was left to the PM to re-interpret.It will end when we judge it is affordable within the context of the health budget and Blart
that is all that Susan is saying. Blart was in WA, a State where Labor has underperformed for years, promising a billion dollars to extend rail lines.Real jobs, real money, delivering for the public transport needs of Perth.And while yesterday he brushed off a crackdown on tax deductions for politicians who own homes in Canberra, today he pledged to scrap it.I don't think it's fair.The Government cried backflip, but clearly doesn't want to be branded as defending privilege and the Tax Office is reviewing the ruling.And we'll have a look at exactly what he is proposing.There will shall many battles in the 39 days ahead, but the one blow the Coalition is big-taxes
determined to land is that Labor is big-taxes and big-spending.He is the grievance man, he has got a solution
complaint about everything and the solution is to always spend more money.That is a big lie and I'm calling it for what it is.Before this campaign is done, the truth will out. Jovial and casual - that's how police described hostages as they entered the 13th hour of the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney. The officer-in-charge at the time has told the inrequest of the that the calm inside gave him hope that the hostages could be Monis.
released unharmed by Man Haron Monis. As the Lindt Cafe siege entered its final hours, one of the State's most experienced officers was at the helm of the police operations Centre. Starnt Commissioner Mark Jenkins has told the inquest the hostages appeared jovial, casual and were walking about when he was briefed at 10pm Assistant Commissioner Jenkins admitted the word "jovial" was remarkable, but said overall:

Mr Jenkins, defended the police force's strategy of contain and negotiate even after gunman Man Haron Monis ordered the hostages to make a final phone call to their loved ones just after 11 o'clock.

Then just after 1am, Monis demanded police turn the lights off in Martin Place or he would start Shooting hostages. On hearing that demand, Assistant Commissioner Mark Nan
Jenkins said he felt more up-beat Nan he had at any other point that night. He believed the request posed little risk to the police operation and could even progress negotiations directly with Man Haron Monis. The Assistant Commissioner was also grilled on Monis' criminal history which included a charge of being an access are I to his ex-wife's murder and dozens of sexual assaults. The Mr Jenkins said:

The Assistant Commissioner will return tomorrow when the final moments leading up to the deaths of Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson and the gunman himself will be examined.

A jury has taken just three hours to find a Melbourne man not guilty of using an al-Qaeda magazine to help plan air terrorist attack. Adnan was arrested during raids 4 years ago. The charges were gradually struck out with just a single charge remaining at the start of his Supreme Court trial earlier this month. Prosecutors told the jury he was planning to make a bomb and spark a bushfire as detailed in a 2012 edition of al-Qaeda magazine Inspire, but his defence lawyer successfully argued he never contemplated carrying out an attack. Still to come, a world-first. Victoria prepares to make a formal apology to the State's gay community. Plus a man dies after his tip-truck flips over at a quarry in Melbourne's north-west. And coming up in selectors
'Grandstand', the New South Wales selectors make mass changes to the Origin
squad for the opening State of Origin clash in Sydney. Well, he became an Australian sporting hero, shooting
winning Olympic gold in the shooting at Atlanta and in Sydney, but Michael Diamond may have blown his chances of getting to Rio after being charged with high-range drink-driving and failing to secure his gun. Atlanta 1996...Michael Diamond of Australia has won the gold medal! Zblf a 24-year-old Michael Diamond wins gold for trap shooting. It was the first time an Australian had won a shooting medal in almost a century. Unbelievable. to
You have to experience it yourself to really know how I felt.He is probably feeling quite different today. Two days after a drunken fight with his brother at this home ended in a drink-driving charge. Police say the 44-year-old refused a roadside breath test at Shoal Bay and later returned a blood alcohol reading three times the legal limit.If it is proven what has been suggested overnight, not something that I would want any of our team members to display.Police searched his car and allegedly found a shotgun with 150 rounds of ammunition. He has been charged with high-range drink-driving and not keeping a firearm safe.His pistol licence has been suspended as part of his bail conditions.If Michael Diamond make it is to Rio t will be his 7th Olympics. Only one other Australian, equestrian Andrew Hoy has achieved that.

The AOC says it is too early to make a decision. This isn't the first time Michael Diamond has been in trouble. In 2003, he was charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend, but a magistrate found him not guilty and he was allowed to go to the Athens Games mplHe has been a great ambassador for the sport and it will be a tragedy if he can't fill his place at the Olympic Games.Michael Diamond will face court next month. A man has die after his tip-truck flip o every at a quarry in Melbourne's north-west. Paramedics were called to the work site at Plumpton about 11 o'clock this morning. The 61-year-old driver from burnside was flown to hospital but he died of his injuries. A police report will be filed for the coroner. In what is thought to be a world-first, Victoria is preparing to make an apology to the gay community for laws that criminalised homosexual behaviour up until 1981. Tomorrow Premier Daniel Andrews will say sorry on behalf of the State Parliament. He will be witnessed by some of the men who were jailed for being gay. During his 84 years, Noel Tovey has done many things. I'm wearing evening trousers under world,
there.On stage as a across the world, he was an actor, a dancer, a choreographer. In later years he turned activist, pushing to have overturned.
his conviction for homosexuality overturned.I made up the confession as I went along because I was told that I would be able to go home if I signed it.Since September, gays and lesbians in Victoria have been able to apply to have their convictions expunged. Now the State Government is saying sorry.The apology means more than the expungement. The apology means finally the Government recognising homosexuals as human beings.These men can feel freed really of the shackles of their past. They know that the Government has acknowledged the harm that was caused.This is a good step for the Victorian Government.For young people, it is hard to even fathom such a past.So I actually didn't even realise that it was illegal, because it is something that is so bizarre.They've fought for us, done heaps of stuff, even got to jail which I think is ridiculous. Only a small number of men have applied to have their convictions expunged, a sign perhaps some are still having trouble dealing with the authorities that convicted them in the first place. It is hoped this apology will go some way to rebuilding trust.I'm hoping more people of my generation come out of the woodwork.Noel Tovey is also keen to ensure things are better for the next generation.They said would be
to me if you had gotten married it would be different. I said, "I can't get married!"The fight isn't done yet, buttal the apology is being seen as an important step. Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog IBAC has heard allegations of serious police misconduct in the regional city of Ballarat. The Commission is examining whether there are systemic issues within has
the police force in Ballarat which has a complaint rate three times the State average. In one incident, officers are alleged to have pepper sprayed a partly intoksated woman and stripped her partly naked before stomping on her. Senior Senior Constable Stephen Repak is one of the officers under investigation.The Ballarat uniformed Police Service area has been the subject of high number of complaints of police assault, failure to perform duty, behaviour over a significant period of years. In January of last year a 51-year-old woman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and brought here to a cell in the Ballarat Police Station. CCTV vision shows her being difficult to restrain. She snatched sergeant's lanyard and after a lengthy struggle she was sprayed with capsicum spray.

After that, the 51-year-old was handcuffed while four officers restrained her on the ground. Searched by having her pants pulled down from her so that she was left only wearing a T-shirt, bra and panties. Those panties were at one stage positioned between her bottom and her knees.CCTV appears to show Senior Constable Repak standing on the woman's legs and stomping on her with his boots on.

This public examination has been on hold for more than a year. Two of the officers involved in the capsicum spray incident went all the way to the High Court to try and prevent it from taking place. But they weren't successful. They are among a number of officers to answer allegations of misconduct with three other incidents to be examined this week. The head of Australia's consumer watchdog wants a greater fine imposed on the makers of popular main killer Nurofen for misleading customers. Pharmaceutical giant Reckitt Benckiser was fined $1.7 million last month after the Federal Court found Nurofen's specific pain range breached consumer law. The products ingredient
all contained the same active ingredient and did the same thing. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had asked the court to impose a fine of $6 million. The ACCC say it is will fine
now appeal, saying the size of the fine is not an adequate deterrent. Climber whose have conquered Mount Everest say a Melbourne lecturer who died on the peak was being look after by one of Nepal's cheapest and p, trekking companies. 34-year-old Maria Strydom suffered altitude sickness on the weekend. Dr Strydom and her husband had previously climbed peaks such as North America's Mount Denali. Adventurer Guy Cotter has spent most of his life on high mountain peaks in New Zealand, Himalayas and many other countries. He was on Mount Everest just 6 weeks ago. Guy Cotter from Adventure Consultants joins me now from New Zealand. These deaths are shining a light on the problems with Everest, and that is that it is largely unregulated situation?
and commercialised. How bad is the situation?Well, I don't think the situation is that terrible, it's just that mountaineering at very high altitudes is very hazardous and when things do go wrong, you really want to make sure that you've got a party there that can help you and get you out of trouble, and obviously in this case there wasn't sufficient support to get these people off the mountain in time, unfortunately.Yes, and we don't know exactly what happened in this case, but just to say that everybody gets some form of altitude sickness, don't they, but mild
in some case it is might just be a mild hed ache, but you have to be prepared for the worst because it can happen?Yep, that's correct, and at very highal 'tudes over 8,000 metres in the death zone, even very experienced mountaineers who have climbed extensively lot
throughout the world, still have a lot of lrning to do with how they perform and how to deal with things when things do go wrong, so it's not unusual to have these sorts of cases. Uvrl, there are a few people who perish on Everest every year. It is very sad, but rvrl but it is one of the elements of climbing at are
very high altitude that the risks are so high that people actually do die.What's your experience with these cheaper companies in Nepal? Well, the cheaper operators, the appropriate
Nepalese operators they are appropriate for certain people and those are the people with very high-level of experience at high altitude, so they can go and utilise one of these operators and know that they are in an environment where they have to look after themselves and with their experience and skills they shouldn't get themselves in trouble. What we are seeing increasingly more is inexperienced people ending up on these expeditions. The local companies don't tend to vet their clients like we do, so we require for our expeditions, a whole lot of other (inaudible) very similar to the people (lost audio) But they work with us on the mountain (lost audio) In a (inaudible) environment, br as these nep loose operators are not (lost audio) when things go wrong.We try to stick with it. We are losing the connection a little bit there, Guy, but just to say with the that
commercialised nature of course and that lack of regulation there, it does affect everybody in a sense, though, even if they have a great team because we are hearing about these bottlenecks, too many people on the mountain at one time, people staying on the mountain longer than they perhaps should?Yes, that is correct 6789 At one of the issues with the cheaper operators is that of people
they are requiring a large number of people on their team to make them pay the costs. So some of these groups are ending up with 50 or 60 people climbing on the mountain in their group, which does crowd the mountain and it does create issues, especially with inexperienced climbers.So naturally I you would think more regulation is needed. Have you seen that happen in other areas wither it has been largely unregulated and perhaps there has been pressure or turned the
incidents such as this where it has turned the tide and relg lags has been able to take place?Well, the like Nepal
problem with regulation in a place like Nepal is that it's open to abuse, there is a lot of corruption difficult to
over there, and it would be very difficult to get the right level of regulation that wasn't going to be abused. So, we would rather that the marketplace recognise it was buyer beware and try to avoid these cheaper companies, because it's like anything, that your life is - your life is at stake, you want to make sure that you've got the appropriate level of support when you need it.Guy Cotter from Adventure Consultants, thanks so much for joining us.Thank you.US President Brahman has announced the decades-long arms embargo on Vietnam will be lifted. Mr Obama was speaking to the leaders of the Communist country. This trip coming amid warming ties between the countries as Washington seeks to build relations with its Pacific allies. Hanoi has been arguing for the lifting of the arms embargo end
which has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War.The US is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years. As with all our defence partners, sales will need to still meet strict requirements, including those related to human rights, but this change will ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself.Austria announce whether
will, in the next few hours, announce whether they are the first country in the European Union to elect a far right head of state. Their presidential election is balanced on a knife's edge with votes divided evenly between an anti-migrant candidate and a former Green. The move away from centrist politics is being carefully watched by the European Union. European correspondent Steve Cannane reports. They once met in the middle, now Austrian voters have moved to extremes. Candidates from the two governing parties were despatched in the first round of these presidential elections candidate
leaving a far left and a far right candidate to battle it out. On the right, the favourite, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party who campaigned on an anti-migrant, anti-Muslim platform while carrying a Glock pistol. He has threatened to use his presidential powers if it doesn't get tough on migrants.It will work and peel will see I am OK.His opponent, Alexander Van der Bell Len is a former leader of the Greens.To put it in a nutshell, I'm pro European and there are some doubts Asafaer as Mr Hofer is concerned.He has defied predictions to make this a neck and neck race. The final tally of votes cast at polling stations, Mr Van der Bellen has 48.1% in mostly in urban areas.Mr Hofer 51%.Now it's down to postal votes.I don't like the right wing of Austria, but I consider him to be not a threat to democracy.I am worried and that's why people are worried becauses old system did not work.Austria is not the first European country to see a backlash across the political establishment. Cross the continent, more than 20% of votes in Switzerland, Denmark and Hungary where the migrant crisis and fears about loss of national identity have prompted a swing to the right. The European Union fear ps the character of the continent will change if these parties seize power. The Iraqi Government has ha announced the start of an offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from Islamic State militants. The city is just 50 kilometre west of Baghdad and it has been out of government control for nearly two and a half years. Iraqi forces have been massing on the outskirts and American air strikes have been stepped up. The PM says Special Forces soldiers, police, militia forces and pro-government trabs men will take part in the tration, and he has advised tens of thousands of residents to leave if possible. At least 65 people have been killed in multiple blasts in Syria. The explosion cysts were in the city of tar Rhys and jab play in government coastal strongholds. Several of the suicide
blasts were reportedly caused by suicide bombers. Bus stations and a hospital were targeted. The Islamic State Group has claimed responsibility according to the group's newsagency. The US President has confirmed the death of Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour describing it as an important milestone in the battle to bring peace to Afghanistan. Mans sour died in a targeted attack by a US drone. There are concerns from the west that IS militants might seize on the opportunity to fill the power vacuum. US officials say the air strike involved several drones and targeted a car just inside the Pakistan border. Inside were two men, including Taliban leader, Mullar Akhtar Mansour.Mans sour posed a continuing, imminent threat to US personnel in Afghanistan, to Afghan civilians, Afghan security forces.Mullar Akhtar Mansour became leader last July when the Taliban admitted its founder Mullah Omar had been dead for two years. Under Mansour, the Taliban strengthened its attacks. TRANSLATION: Afghanistan's government and army forces tried that irbest to bring Mullar Akhtar Mansour to the peace talks but he did not want to join the peace process.It is unclear who will succeed Mullar Akhtar Mansour given the Taliban is riven by division. There are two official deputies, hardline commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and former judiciary chief, and below them, a council of 21 including the son of only mar. One thing seems certain.We know there there
will be more violence and we know there will be revenge attacks. Ordinary Afghans can only hope that Mullar Akhtar Mansour's death will help bring peace and stability, but there are fears the leadership vacuum could also open the door to Islamic State which has a small but growing presence in Afghanistan. To finance now and the local share market fell back after a big fall in the price of iron ore, but the Aussie dollar is roughly steady. Here is Alan Kohler. Aussie dollar is roughly steady.
Here is Alan Kohler.Flight Centre shocked the market today with a profit forecast downgrade after saying everything was going along fine, so obviously it has been a pretty bumpy fortnight in travel business, either that or Flight Centre doesn't know what's going on many The market didn't like the sudden dissent and knocked nearly 9% off the share price, BlueScope Steel had a different experience entirely, jumping more than 7%. Apart from that, the iron ore miners had a bad session and the banks had a slightly less bad session. Here is a comparison of the share prices of Flight Centre which has shops and Webb Jet which doesn't. It is pretty interesting that just in the past month Webb Jet has taken off, while Flight Centre has landed Its It's always unwise because you wonder whether this is a turning point for the travel business. The iron ore price fell 3.5% over the weekend which is why BHP, Rio and Fortescue fell on the share market, I presume and also helps to explain the weakness in the Aussie dollar. Ours is a commodity currency and more specifically an iron dollar. Today the exchange rate was more or less steady and global markets didn't do very much either. America, China and Korea up a bit, Japan very much either. America, China
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and Korea up a bit, Japan down a bit. That's finance.Time now for the weather. Here is Graham Creed. OfSevere weather warnings have been issued for the south-west of WA, this is in association with thunderstorms, bringing squally winds with a cold front moving through many There is the potential through the lower west, the south-west district, also through the south coastal and Great Southern, we could see wind gusts of between 100 and 120km/h. Widespread rain up across the tropics of Queensland, continuing lever the next day or two. Relatively clear conditions developing tomorrow underneath a high pressure system through the south-eastern states, so any showers in Victoria contracting to Gippsland and in Tasmania really just pushing to the far west and south coast of the State. So, in NSW, unfortunately very little in the way of rainfall at the moment, although we will see some worthwhile falls developing on Thursday over much of the inland, the coast really not expecting much in association with that. The frontal system moving through WA affecting Perth during the morning. As it moves further east, it will bring zwaully and damaging winds across the south coast. Temperatures much closer to the average for this time of year to the south, Sydney temperatures dropping back, but it should be mostly dry through the south-eastern capitals, but showers to start developing on Wednesday as the frontal system moves through. No as heavy as what is expected in WA, all though by Thursday, we start sto see them improve through NSW and still the Po fention of the
fairly widespread rainfall across the tropics of Queensland.Our top story this hour: Labor will curb some travel entitlements for politicians if it wins the federal election. Currently MPs and senators can claim travel allowance their
of $270 a night for staying in their own property in Canberra, while also receiving a tax deduction for the costs associated with that property. PM Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the move. Australian mountaineers say there needs to be a complete overhaul of the regulation around climbing Mount Everest. This comes after two climbers, including Australian woman Maria Strydom, died on the peak at the weekend. They say overcrowding on the mountain and inexperienced guides are putting the safety of climbers in jeopardy. President Barack Obama says the US will lift its ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam. The announcement the
was made during his 3-day visit to the country, only the third by a sitting US President. The embargo has been in place since the beginning of the Vietnam War. And the Australian Olympic Committee's chef de mission has refused to say if criminal charges against dual Olympic gold medallist Michael dye team.
Monday will rule him out of the team. Police charged the 44-year-old champion shooter with firearm and drink-driving charges after a weekend incident with his brother at Port Stephens. Here is Peter Wilkins with 'Grandstand'. This evening, uncertainty over who will run out for NSW in Origin 1. Coach Laurie Daley has revealed an extended squad, but hasn't revealed his starting line-up.It is always a difficult job, we don't try to pick a team to lose, we always pick a team that is well thought-out. Hello, I'm Peter Wilkins and this is 'Grandstand'.

Zblvr it's good to have your company. The swells selectors have made mass changes to their squad for the opening State of Origin squad
clash in Sydney next week. The squad bears little resemblance to the team thrashed by 46 points in last year's decider. Jennifer Browning reports. Zblf the Blues will keep the Maroons guessing, naming a 19-man squad for the series opener.Ladies and gentlemen, the NSW team.There are five fresh faces in the group, including Josh Mansour, Tyson Frizell, Matt Moylan, add Dan Reynolds and Dylan Walker.There was always going to be changes, no doubt about that and as I said on top of that, the boys who have been picked as debutants all play well at club level and I don't think anyone can doubt they dough serve the shot.We don't try to pick a team to lose.James Maloney will play alongside Reynolds. Looking forward to building a combination this week at training. Incumbents Trent Hodgkin son and Mitchell Pearce failed to make the cut. Mitch, three games back, probably needs a couple more games under his belt.In all, 8 players have last year's series decider have been left out of this group.It wases a tough loss, no doubt about t we're not hiding from that fact, we are embarrassed up there It is a shame them guys aren't here because most were part of the 2014 win, but they are not here for Game 1.Blake fer gous son will return. Two years ago he was kicked out of the team after he was charged with indecent assault at a Cronulla nightclub. I'm excited to have the opportunity, I lost the opportunity three years ago and I'm excited to get it back.The Blues will hold their first full training session on Wednesday, a week out from the series opener here in Sydney. Queensland will name its team tomorrow. Jarryd Hayne has wrapped up his first weekend of Rugby Sevens in London, admitting he is Olympic
behind the 8 ball when it comes to Olympic selection. Hayne quit the NFL earlier this month to chase his dream of representing Fiji at the Games, and Fiji's coach has given a Frank assessment of Hayne's chances of getting to Rio.The best side in the world that playing very high tempo, high-risk game which requires enormous amounts of skill, and he has that, and enormous amounts of fitness, but he hasn't the
got that (Hayne will train with the squad over the next 6 weeks before the 12-man squad is announced. Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios says he feels hard done-by after being issued a code violation at the French Open. The 21-year-old beat his Italian opponent in straight sets in his first-round match. During the first-set tie breaker, he called for a towel from the ball boy, but the umpire reprimanded Kyrgios for house he made the request. Sometimes when you are a bit frustrated, obviously you do not scream at them, but you do get a didn't
little loud at them, for me I didn't get mad, I said it a little louder, the crowd was going on, so I felt like it was a bit rough. Kyrgios is seeking selection for the Rio Olympic Games, but his behaviour and commitment to the Olympic ideal has been questioned mission.
by the Australian team's chef de mission. Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas has apologised for the high shot that New Yorked out West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaffe and he says he hopes he won't be remembered for the hit. Jonas will face the AFL tribunal tomorrow night where he will plead guilty to striking. Contrite, concern, incredible, Tom Jonas fronted at Alberton this afternoon to discuss the incident that left Andrew Gaffe unconscious and then the melee.I'm not making excuses for what happened but, yeah, you do need to make decisions one.
in this instance I made the wrong one.He was pretty good after the game, he sung the team song with us, so he se in good spirits, feeling pretty good at the moment. Gaffe was even able to accept an apology from Jonas via a text messageI thought he probably from
wouldn't be in the mood for a call from me.Gaffe is expected to play against the Gold Coast on Sunday, while Jonas says he will plead will
guilty to the striking charge.I will receive a sanction and cop whatever comes my way and learn from it.The match review panel surprisingly only charged 7 players for being involved in the melee. All up their fines total $9,000. Port Adelaide midfielder Robbie Gray was also reported in the last quarter that have game for tripping but has been cleared and will be Alice
available to play Melbourne in Alice Springs on Saturday. But Western Bulldog Jong has been hit with a two-game ban if he pleads guilty for this contact 'Grandstand' AFL commentator Clint Wheeldon joins us to analyse the weekend's action. Clint, good afternoon, good evening. First of all, what tackle and the debate raging over what is an acceptable when it
punishment for a hit of this type game.
when it does take a player out of a game. What's your view?Well, I think he has go the to get at least 5 weeks, Tom Jonas, it has to be the
said, Peter, if we take a line from the most serious incident so far this year, Stefan Martin which was regarded as high the way he was knocked out by Stephen May. May received five weeks for that, surely this Sir as, I would argue it was intentional as well. We've seen the incident enough times now the way that the elbow is raised is in
simply shocking, now whether that's saw
in slow-mo, even the first time I saw it in full speed, it just looks horrific and Tom Jonas will be very lucky if he spends less than 5 weeks I would suggest, suspended I like the way he has handled it. He admitted he has done the wrong thing, the player and the club have handled it as well as they possibly what
can, but there is no excuse for what we saw on the week ep, that was simply horrible and Andrew Gaffe is lucky he didn't suffer more than he did, the concussion and taken off the ground. He is playing this weekend, but goodness me he is fortunate. Whenever something like this happens, why doesn't the AFL have a send-off rule? It is a legitimate point, Peter, I'm still surprised, at every other level, the state leagues, the send-off for all the umpires have said they are prepared to use the send-off rule if needs be and it's something that the AFL has to look at for specifically incidents like this.No doubt they will. On a positive note, GWS, if they were building a bridge across a raging river, this was a terrific foundation, a tough one, the Bulldogs?Really tough game. They've been really impressive, the GWS, but I like what they've done in terms of the experience they've added. Heath Shaw has been nothing short of outstanding for them, 38 disposals, 36 ik cans, remarkable. Steve Johnson has added a bit as well, it has to be said Their midfield has a lot of class and style, a big forward in Mumford and Phil Davis returning to the team they will get better, but when you look at the quality of the teams thief ee beaten so far this season, good enough to roll gee long, beaten Hawthorn like they did last year and now the Western Bulldogs, vu to start taking them as genuine top-four contenders. I know we saw could
them fall away last year, but they could cause no end of havoc towards the end of the year. The Giants are looking good, Wilco.You put a performance like this together over one of the premiership favourites, does this totally release the pressure on the coach and the team? I think it does. Mostly also we knew that Nathan Buckley had a bit re-signed contract
of time up his sleeve with the the
re-signed contract at the start of the year, but if he had headed to trouble,
Brisbane and lost, he was in dire trouble, so he that win and now on top of the team who had just been favourites,
installed as the premiership favourites, Geelong, that was a Collingwood
stunning start to things, and Collingwood have been able to turn things around. It is amazing what a can
little bit of confidence, when you win,
can finally get the break-through win, what it can do. They absolutely annihilated Brisbane the week before, but to be able to back that up two weeks in a row, over the likes of Geelong, that is a great effort, and if you have a look at in terms of what they've got to come, very winnable games against Port, Freo all around the bye, 7-6, if games go the way they k so remarkable how open the season has been, Wilco, the Pies might be able to swing things around. Indude. A game which did raise the
several questions, just where are the Swans? How good are they? Can they go all the way? Buddy Franklin, he keeps going from strength to strength, and the Hawks, just where are they positioned? Are they just teetering on the other side or what is the answer there?Well, let's look at these on two different fronts. Where are the Swans it well, they are up and about, that's where they are They've been able to add qualitidownsters into this team, Tom Mitchell, his job in stopping Sam Mitchell was nothing short of outstanding, Sam Mitchell normally gets 25-plus disposals per game, restricted to just 14. Make no effort,
mistake that was a wonderful effort, but he was terrific Tom Mitchell, so he deserves a huge amount of credit for Sydney's 14-point win, but Cameron Mills has been promising, Kurt Tippett seeps to be revelling in his role of ruckman and forward. Luke parker for the Swans has returned after missing the end of last season with injury and he has been outstanding. A lot of people thought the Swans might dip, that hasn't been the case at all and they are a genuine top-four contender.As for Hawthorn, we spoke again, last the
season, we spoke again, where were the Hawks at? Let's not kid ourselves, I think they were affected by the news about Jarryd Roughead but comparing to the time
sides, 6-3, last year at the same time they were 5 and 4, having lost to Essendon, GWS and Sydney, so I know they are a year older, but if any side can win four in a row for the first time since 1927 and 1930 like Collingwood did, it will be with this tam and they were without their captain. Influential player in Luke Hodge. Let's chel out at the moment with where the Hawks are at. Plenty of footy to come in 2016. A quick summation, North Melbourne, keep on keeping on, first time ever. Started the season with nine wins.It has been a wonderful start. I know that their start to the season in terms of face has
some of the teams they've had to face has been a little bit easier than what a lot of other sides have winnable
had to deal with, but North, the winnable games they've actually lost and been terrific against the better teams. I reckon we'll know a fair bit more about North Melbourne in the next month or so, they have a couple of genuine tests coming up in the week before the bye, Sydney huge at the SCG, Richmond and Hobart, Geelong and Hawthorn and time
Adelaide in Adelaide, so crunch time coming for the Kangaroos. If they can win three of those five games about of their bye, I'm very comfortable that North Melbourne will be able to manage their team through to the finals and they will will be right amongst it when the whips are cracking in September. Clint Wheeldon, thanks for joining us. We'll talk again soon. Melbourne Cup-winning jockey hospital
Michelle Payne has required hospital treatment after a fall at the Mildura Races. Payne's ride Dutch Courage was near the back of the field when she was thrown from the saddle. The 30-year-old was conscious after the fall and was taken to Mildura Base Hospital complaining of abdominal pain. Earlier she had ridden two winners at the meet. A day after victory in the FA Cup final, there is no official word yet from Manchester United about the replacement of its manager. Louis van Gaal left the team's hotel in London apparently out any formal notification from the club about his future. His wait is nearly over. Five months after he was sacked by Chelsea, Jose Mourinho is set for a sensational news
return to management. It might be news to the man he will replace, this morning Louis van Gaal left Manchester United's London hotel was
without being told by the club that was time to say goodbye. Just 12 hours earlier, he was celebrating victory in the FA Cup, the trophy that will now be a parting gift. Despite spending millions on players, he had failed to qualify for the Champions League. United had expectations he just couldn't meet. While all this unfolded, Mourinho was watching boxing at the with
O 2. It is understood an agreement with United had already been reached.It is quite exciting, especially with the whole thing of Guardiola being at City, the naughty side of me thinks this will be spicy.I think it needed change and with the managers that are about at the moment, it's time to better
think Mourinho is probably the better man for job.Sir Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies in nearly three decades at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is a proven winner and certainly won't be overawed by the challenge of stepping out underneath Ferguson's shadow.

underneath Ferguson's shadow. He is an exceptional manager, he will make the Premier League very, very exciting. Mourinho is brilliant, this season, since he has gone, the press conferences have been a little bit dull. If nothing else, it gives us something to talk about.He left Chelsea in September after a spectacular slump in form and public fallout with medical staff. United have decided he is a risk worth taking. That's 'Grandstand' for now. You can always catch the program on iview and 'Grandstand' online. See you soon. Top stories - Labor say it is will curb travel own titlements for politicians if it wins the election, but PM Malcolm Turnbull mountaineers
has dismissed the move. Australian mountaineers say regulations for climbing Mount Everest need to be overhauled after a 34-year-old Australian woman died while descending and President Obama has announced the US will lift its ban on lethal weapons sales in Vietnam which has been in place for decades. Mars is at its biggest and brightest in over a decade with the Red Planet edging towards its as
closest point to Earth in 11 years, as it does, it will trump Venus as the brightest object in the sky aside from the Sun and the Moon of course. To discuss this, I'm joined by astronomer Fred Watson. Welcome. Thank you very much.We will just discuss this opposition event first, the once in every two years event, what is itSure. It is nothing to do with politics 6789 are
When the Sun, the Earth and Mars are in a straight line, so he it means that Mars is opposite the Sun in the sky, and that actually lined
happened yesterday, so they were lined up yesterday.And as to this at the same time, Mars inching closer to Earth andThat's right. And this is as close as it has been in over a decade?Yes, that's correct. The reason why the opposition isn't the closest approach - the closest approach is on the 31st in a few days' time, the reason that it's like that is that Mars has an orbit that is not circular, it is quite elongated and Mars and Earth are tilted with respect to one another, however, on the 31st it will be 75 million clnl away, as the crow flies, so nearer than in other a decade.Last night I think I saw Mars in the sky, I did
did see a very bright star and it did have that kind of reddish orangish tinge. Was that what I was looking at?It is unmistakable An ABC Radio listener summed tup, "I that's
saw a golden star in the sky." And that's exactly what it is like, a golden star.With those with a telescope, what should they be able to see?With a telescope, you not just
should be able to see that Mars is not just a point of light, but it is a disc mpl On the ABC's website, there are some beautiful images that have come back from the lub bell - Hubble Space Telescope off Mars at opposition, but seeing it as a disc is quite a striking thing a
to do. Binoculars still show it as a golden star. Turn your attention to the other side where Jupiter is resplendent in its Western sky with its little family of small moons which you might well see.I never knew you could use bin knock lars to have a look at the skyIt's worth a try.As to Mars at the moment, shining so bright, how long is it expected to be?It will fade away relatively quickly. Over the next month or so it will start to opposition.
dim as it goes away from opposition. However, our knowledge of Mars continues to improve all the time because of the flotilla of spacecraft around Mars. We've seen some amazing results which suggested that Mars had an ocean which had tsunamis in it, 3.4 billion years ago, so Mars is still very much a centre of interest to scientists.I saw an amazing shooting star a couple of months caught
back, but I must admit I haven't caught any, I haven't been patient Yes,
enough, but has that panned out? Yes, there are what are called meteor showers which is when the Earth actually passes through clouds of dust in space, usually which have been left behind by comets and at the beginning of this month, we passed through a cloud of dust which gave us access to a meteor shower which apparently might be
lived up to expectations so that might be what you saw.Yes, and Jupiter as you say as well. Fred Watson, thanks so much for joining us.Great pleasure.The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal is on this weekend, but few might not real lies the difference the vital donations make. The Canberra drug and alcohol Recovery Centre is helping to turn addicts' lives around. It is a big daily for Kelly Thompson, drug-free and ready to face the world again.It made me a completely different person.Kelly checked into the recovery Centre almost two years ago after she had lost everythingLost my career, lost everything, lost my children and everything got too much.The centre accommodates up to 55 residents. They can stay for as long as they want or need to, and demand is high.I would say we're getting anywhere between 10 and 20 people interested every day who are getting
looking or at least inquiring about alcohol
getting support for their drug and alcohol issues.The Salvation Army pours over a million dollars of funding into the centre each year, much of it raised during the annual doorknock appeal. Every resident gets a case worker, addressing both their addiction and the behaviour that led to T the program boasts a success rate of over 50%, but those dedicated follow-up
on the front line say more dedicated follow-up care could improve that.I think what would really enhance clients' recovery is to have a full-time relapse prevention worker or outreach worker.After 23 months, Kelly is moving out. She is studying, has a house and a part-time job and is in touch with her children again.I think this is the best thing I've done, like, I honestly tried a lot just
of times on my own at home and I just couldn't get past two weeks. She is determined, she has put many things in place in order to give her the best chance of recovery.A fresh start that not so long ago seemed impossible. People have lined the main road into Alice Springs to capture the arrival of Australia
the longest passenger train Australia has seen in more than a decade. At more than 1km in length, the Ghan is the longest since it was first extended to travel from Adelaide to Darwin in 2004. We're inside one of six restaurants among the 44 carriages that left Adelaide yesterday, travelling through the middle of Australia and stopping in Alice Springs today. The total length of the train is more than a kilometre long which is about 200 metres longer than the standard service. That makes it the longest since the Ghan started travelling through the middle of Australia from Adelaide to Darwin some 12 years ago. The operators of the train say they've lengthened it simply because there is more demand from tourists.Just one of those lifetime dreams, ticked off the bucket list.It was interesting, the scenery was much the same for most of the journey, but it was an experience, I wouldn't have missed it.The wet season in Darwin is coming to an end and beautiful days in Alice and Katherine and people want to see it and they want to do it by train.The train will continue north through Katherine and finish in Darwin tomorrow afternoon. With, a shark-Le feeding frenzy of WA's Gascoyne coast has been caught on ka ra. Around 70 sharks feasted on the the
whale carcass which was floating in the waters. A group of tourists came across the scene after being alerted by another vessel. The group spent around two hours watching the sharks eat. A drone and underwater camera was used to film the feeding frenzy. Time now for the weather and Perth res detectives are in for a rough morning, Graham?Yes, a very strong cold front set to move through Perth from about 6am to 9am tomorrow morning, so just as everyone is packing up and getting ready to go to work, a road weather alert has been issued. Slippery driving conditions as well as strong and potentially damaging thundery winds. Severe weather warning has been issued for the lower west, the south-west, also the southern coastal district add the Great Southern as this frontal system moves through tomorrow morning of We are looking at the potential of widespread falls of around 10-20 millimetres through those districts and the potential of localised heavier rainfall. It does dissipate as it slowly moves further east as the day progresses Fairly widespread rainfall through the south-east today, very cold through the south as well A high pressure system moves, but it will be short-lived because the front should move in by Wednesday, but this high will dominate tomorrow, keeping NSW clear, dry and sunny once again Looking at the potential of showers in Queensland, will become more widespread and more through
likely the further north we head through the tropics, so anywhere north of Townsville is where we are looking at the better of the falls The strong system moving into WA, potentially strong and damaging winds of between 100-125km/h many Temperatures pretty close to average through the south-east but above average through parts of Queensland and NSW.Thanks, Graham. You're watching ABC News. We are we
about to go for a short break, but we will back in a moment with more news and analysis. We are also expecting Bill Shorten to step up in the next hour, due to speak at

This program is not captioned. 123450 This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Our top story - politicians perks, Labor vows to curtail MP travel entitlements.Where I don't think something is fair, I will act on it.I see that Labor has done an overnight backflip on this.Also ahead - an Olympic diamond loses I is
its shine. A 2-time gold medallist is charged with drink-driving and firearm offences. Another wave of brutal bomb attacks in Syria kills dozens of people.And coming up on 'The Business', from claims of fuelling the future to liquidation, what went wrong for Linc Energy? And why it's all about the US Fed, prospect of a June rate rise rattling investors.Good evening. Gemma Veness with ABC News. The electorate of Eden-Monaro is doing very well out of funding pledges as the
the Liberal Party fights to retain the seat. Malcolm Turnbull announced two infrastructure projects there. But the hottest topic on today's campaign trail was how much the Government should subsidise a visit to the GP. Political editor Chris Uhlmann has more. Gum leaf playing is an underappreciated art form. Beautiful! ZblfBut the bellwether NSW seat of Eden-Monaro was Malcolm Turnbull's stage today and he came bearing gifts for the port and airport.The extension of the runway is going to be very important.Star power isn't enough. A federal election is 150 races and it will be won or lost in marginal seats. A lot rests on the hard work and appeal of the local MP.Well, please vote for Peter on 2nd July. In a sure sign the Coalition is worried about losing Eden-Monaro, fortnight.
five ministers have visited in a fortnight.Do you know Peter Hendy, the federal member?No, I have never met him.Do you live here Yes.There was trouble of another kind on the airwaves when the Health Minister distanced herself from the decision to freeze to doctors
Medicare rebates to doctors.I said as
to doctors I want the freeze lifted as soon as possible, but I appreciate Finance and Treasury aren't allowing moo he to do it just yet.Word flashed across the Nullarbor.Its own health minister basically saying Labor's policies are better than those of her own government.It was left to the PM to re-interpret theIt will end when we judge it is affordable in the context of the health budget saying.
and that's all that Sussan Ley waa saying.Bill Shorten promised a billion dollars to extend rail lines.Real jobs, real money, delivering for the public transport needs of Perth.And while yesterday he brush off a crackdown on tax deductions for politicians who own homes in Canberra, today he pledged to scrap it.I don't think it's backflip,
fair.The Government cried backflip, but clearly doesn't want to be branded as defending privilege, and the Tax Office is reviewing the ruling manyWe will have a look at exactly what he is proposing.There will be many battles in the 39 days ahead, but the one blow the Coalition is determined to land is that Labor is big-taxing and big-spending.He is complaint
the grievance man. He has a complaint about everything and solution is to always spend more money.That is a big lie and I'm calling it for what it is.Before this campaign is done, the truth will out. He became an Australian sporting hero, winning Olympic gold in the shooting at Atlanta and Sydney, but Michael Diamond may have blown his chances of getting to Rio after being charged with high-range drink-driving and failing to secure his gun. Atlanta 1996...COMMENTATOR: Michael Diamond of Australia has won the gold medal! .A 24-year-old Michael Diamond wins gold for trap Australian
shooting. It was the first time an Australian had won a shooting medal in almost a century.Unbelievable, you would have to experience is yourself to really know how I felt. Se probably feeling quite different today. Two days after a drunken fight with his brother at this home ended in a drink-driving charge. Police say the 44-year-old refuse a roadside breath test at Shoal Bay and later returned a blood alcohol reading three times the legal limit.If it is proven what has been suggested overnight, not something that I would want any of our team members to display.Police search his car and allegedly found a shotgun with 150 rounds of ammunition. He has been charged with high-range drink-driving and not keeping a firearm safe.His pistol licence has been suspended as part of his bail conditions.If Michael Diamond make it is to Rio t will be his 7th Olympics. Only one other Australian, equestrian Andrew Hoy has achieved that.

Hoy has achieved that. The AOC says it's too early to make a decision. This isn't the first time Michael Diamond has been in trouble. In 2003, he was charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend, but a magistrate found him not the Athens
guilty and he was allowed to go to the Athens goes.He has been a great ambassador for the sport and it will be a tragedy if he can't fill his place at the Olympic Games.Diamond will face court next month. Dozens of people have been killed in multiple blasts in Syria in government coastal strongholds. Syrian state TV says several of the blasts were reportedly caused by suicide bombers. It says bus stations and a hospital were targeted. The Islamic State Group has claimed responsibility. Still to come, a Melbourne man faces court over claims he plotted a terror attack with the help of an al-Qaeda magazine. Plus, a feeding frenzy in WA, remarkable footage shows dozens of sharks devouring a whale carcass. And later on in sport, we will find out who Blues coach Laurie Daley picked for his new-look State of Origin squad. Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog IBAC has heard allegations of serious police misconduct in the regional city of Ballarat. The commission is examining whether there are systemic issues in the a
police force in Ballarat which has a complaint rate three times the State average. In one incident, officers are alleged to have pepper sprayed an intoxicated woman and partly sponsorshiped her as.The Ballarat uniform Police Service area has been the subject of a high number of complaints of police of
assault, failure to perform duty, of behaviour over a significant period of years.In January last year, a 51-year-old woman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and brought here to a Station.
cell in the Ballarat Police being
Station. CCTV vision shows her being difficult to restrain. She snatched sergeant Renee Hale's lanyard and after a lengthy struggle, the officer sprayed the woman with

After that, the 51-year-old was handcuffed while four officers restrained her on the ground. Searched by having her pants pulled down from her so that she was left wearing only a T-shirt, bra and panties. Those panties were at won stage positioned between her bottom and her knees.CCTV appears to show Senior Constable Repak standing on the woman's legs and stomping on her with his boots on:

This public examination has been on hold for more than a year. Two of the officers involved in the capsicum spray incident went all the way to the High Court to try to pro vent it from taking place, but they weren't successful. They were a number of officers to answer allegations of misconduct with three other incidents to be examined this week. Jovial and casual, that's how police describe hostages as they entered the 13th hour of the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney. The officer-in-charge at the timi time has told the inquest that the calming sight gave him hope that the hostages could be released unharmed by Man Haron Monis. As the Lindt Cafe siege entered its final hours, one of the was
State's most experienced officers was at the helm of the police operation Centre. Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins has told the inquest the hostage as peered jovial, casual and were walking about when he was briefed at 10pm, Assistant Commissioner Jenkins admitted the word "jovial" was remarkable, but said overall, "It gave me a little comfort that they were able to move around, that they weren't being restricted." Mr Jenkins defended the police force's strategy of contain and negotiate, the hostages
even after Man Haron Monis ordered call to
the hostages to make a final phone call to their loved ones, just after 11 o'clock.There was no clear threat within the stronghold at that time.Then, just after 1am, Monis demanded the police turn the lights o of in Martin Place or he would start shooting hostages. On hearing that demand, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins said he other
felt more up-beat than he had' any other point that the night. He believed the question posed little risk to the police operation and could pose increased negotiations directly with Man Haron Monis. He was charged with being an accessory to his ex-wife's murder and dozens of sexual assaults. Mr Jenkins said:

The Assistant Commissioner will return tomorrow when the final moments leading up to the deaths of Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson and the gunman himself will be examined. A Sydney convenience store owner has deny starting a massive fire that killed three people, including a baby. At his murder trial, Adeel Khan claimed armed robbers threw petrol around his Rozelle shop and threatened to kill him. This is Adeel Khan recovering from surgery two days fire
after surviving the explosion and fire that destroy his business. Khan had earlier purchased almost 40 litres of fuel which he pumped into containers at the back of his car. He said he wanted to test the range of his vehicle after the low fuel indicator came

As he was closing unthe night before the fire, Khan said armed robbers tied him up and blindfolded him with plastic garbage bags.

He said one of the men later threatened to burn down his shob. Can't said they eventually

He said he then heard a blast and he was buried in debris. Under cross-examination Khan admitted he hadn't paid his electricity bill for months and had received a disconnection notice. The prosecutor put it to Khan that he didn't care if power to his store was cut off because he already knew it would be going up in smoke. Adeel Khan agreed he had inquired about selling his business, but denied that he was did es prat to do so. denied that he was did es prat to
do so. A jury has taken just 3 hours to find a Melbourne man not guilty of using an al-Qaeda magazine to help plab a terrorist attack. Adnan was initially facing 12 terrorism charges after being arrested during raids 4 years ago. They were gradually struck out with just a single charge remaining at the start of his Supreme Court trial earlier this month. Prosecutors tolded jury he was planning to make a bomb and spark a bushfire as detailed in a 2012 edition of al-Qaeda magazine Inspire, but his defence lawyer successfully argued he had never contemplated carrying out an attack. A man has died after his tip truck flipped over at a quarry in Melbourne's north-west. Paramedics were called to the work site at Plumpton about 11 o'clock local time this morning. The 61-year-old driver from Burnside was flown to hospital, but he died of his injuries. A police report will be file for the coroner. More violent attacks in Aurukun in North Queensland have seen your bureaucrats and police in crisis talks to ease tension. For the second time in a fortnight, the Aurukun School principal has been ambushed by armed youths and a community elder who spoke out about it was also assaulted for speaking about the issues. Just two weeks after he was bashed with the blunt end of an axe, Aurukun principal point.
Scott has been car-jacked at knife targeted.
point.We don't believe it is a targeted. The fact of the matter is vehicle,
the principal was driving a motor vehicle, I think the subject of the offence was to get the motor vehicle.Police say two of the accused were on bail from the previous attack a fortnight ago.We need to work with the community leadership with the elders there and ultimately it is the community that is going to have the answers. Phyllis spoke about last week about violent clashes on the street. She was then attacked on Friday night. My injuries were in my face, my head, my upper lip. Zblf she says she was assaulted because she had there
raised concerns publicly. I'm only there for the benefit of the community to advocate.These recent attacks come as the State Education Department seeks to fill five teaching spaces. Only 20 of the 25 teachers who were evacuated month
following violence earlier this been
month have returned.The kids have been at school and teachers have been teaching and the school has gone on with business.Pall la taught in Aurukun 10erS ago. She says she published a book about her time then, but the community faced problems then.If small children see it that behaviour becomes the norm and it is perpetuated when they become adults. I can now
understand why they want it to stop now Everybody would.We are willing to stand up and make the change. Senior elders have been in talks with. A senior Liberal Party fundraiser has called for reform of electoral funding rules. Michael Yabsley told 'Four Corners' says this wasn't a great secret that significant donations were being funneled to the party. Michael served as the Liberal Party's hon rah ri Treasurer from 2008 to 2010, he was one of the party's most successful fundraisers but now he watts reform.It really is high time to do something about this, to serious
eliminate what will always be a serious accident waiting to happen. The accident has already occurred. In 2014, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption ICAC, heard allegations that funds from prohibited donors were channeled through a secretive entity called the Free Enterprise Foundation. The Liberal Party simply disclosed a donation from the Free Ent prietion Foundation there by disguising the true source of the money. Michael about the
Yabsley has revealed that he knew about the prohibited donations when they were made. Up to now, no senior federal Liberal Party official has admitted their knowledge of this practice.We are talking about property developers, owners of certain licensed premises,, yes, I don't think it was a great secret about the fact that that was happening.In March this year, the NSW Electoral Commission with held $4.4 million of public funding from the NSW Liberals due to lack of proper disclosure. The Electoral Commission has been criticised for acting before ICAC hands down its final report.We consider it appropriate to act. It would have been inappropriate no the to act. Justice Mason says it's not just about enforcing the rules, but ensuring the proper functioning of democracy. In what's thought to be a world-first, Victoria is preparing to make a formal apology to the State's gay community for old laws that criminalised homosexuals. Tomorrow Premier Daniel Andrews will say sorry on behalf of the State Parliament. He will be witnessed by some of the men who were jailed for being gay. Presents Miss Shirley P a, Bas s ey...During his 84 years, Noel Tovey has done many things.I'm wearing evening trousers under there.On stages across the world, he was an actor, dancer, choreographer. In later years he turned activist, pushing to have his conviction for homosexuality overturned.I made up the confession as I went along because I was told that I would be able to go home if I signed it.Since September, gays and lesbians in Victoria have been able to apply to have their convictions expunged. Now the State Government is saying sorry manyThe apology means more than the expungement. The apology means finally the Government Rock nicing homosexuals as human beings. These men can feel freed, really, of the shackles of their past. They know that the Government has acknowledged the harm that was caused.This is a good step from the Victorian Government.For young people, it is hard to even fathom such a past.So I actually didn't even realise that it was illegal. Like, because it's something that is - so bizarre.They fought for got-to-gone
us, done heaps of stuff, even got-to-gone to jail, which I this I of
is ridiculous.Only a small number of men have applied to have their convictions expunged, a sign perhaps that some are still having trouble dealing with the authorities that have convicted them in the first place. It is hoped this apology will go some way to rebuilding trust.I'm hoping more people of my generation come also
out of the woodwork.Noel Tovey is also keen to ensure things are better for the next generation. They said to me, "If you had gotten married, it would be different." I said, "I can't get married!"The apology
fight isn't done yet, but the apology is being seen as an important first step. A shark feeding frenzy off WA's Gascoyne coast has been caught on camera. Around 70 sharks feasted on a whale carcass which was floating in the waters. A group of tourists came across the scene after, alerted by another vessel. The group spent around two hours watching the sharks eat. Staff from the tour company used a drone and an event.
underwater camera to film the event. US President Barack Obama has announced the decades-long arms embargo on Vietnam will be lifted. Mr Obama was speaking dur-a-visit to the Communist country after meeting its leaders. He is only the third sitting US President to visit Vietnam. The trip comes amid warming ties between the countries as Washington seeks to build relations with its Pacific allies. Hanoi has been arguing for the has been
lifting of the arms embargo which has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War.The US is fully military
lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years. As with all our defence partners, sales will need to still meet strict requirements, including those related to human rights, but this change will ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself.The Iraqi Government has announced the start of an offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from Islamic State militants. The city is just 50km west of Baghdad and it has been out two
of government control for nearly two and a half years. Iraqi forces have been massing on the outskirts stepped
and American air strikes have been stepped up. The PM says Special Forces soldiers, police, militia force rs and pro-government operation.
tribesmen will take part in the operation. He has advised tens of thousands of residents to leave if possible. Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have reportedly begun talks to replace their leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour who has been killed in a targeted US drone strike. The US President described his death as an important milestone in the battle to bring peace to Afghanistan, but there are concerns from the west that IS militants might seize on the opportunity to fill this power vacuum. US officials say the air strike involved several drones and targeted a car just inside the Pakistan border. Inside were two men, including Taliban leader, Mullar Akhtar Mansour.Mansour posed a continuing, imminent threat to US personnel in Afghanistan, to Afghan civilians, Afghan security forces.Mullar Akhtar Mansour became leader last July when the taal ban admitted its founder Mullah Omar had been dead for two years. Under Mansour, the Taliban has intensified its attacks like this suicide bombing last month in Kabul, and refused to engage in peace talks.TRANSLATION: Afghanistan's government and army forces tried their best to bring Mullar Akhtar Mansour to the peace talks, but he did not want to join the peace process.It's unclear who will succeed Mullar Akhtar Mansour, given the Taliban is riven by division. There are two official deputies, the hardline military commander, Sirajuddin Haqqani, and a former judiciary chief; below them is a council of 21, including the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar. One thing, though, seems certain.We know that there will be more violence and we know that there will be some revenge attacks. Ordinary Afghans can only hope that Mullar Akhtar Mansour's death will stability.
help bring peace and facility - and stability. But there are fears the leadership vacuum could also open the dooer to Islamic State which has a small but growing presence in Afghanistan. At least 17 stool girls have died after a fire swept through their dormitory in Thailand. The blaze broke out last were
night when most of the children were sleeping. Thai police said another two girls suffered serious injuries and five more were still missing. The school is in Thailand's north and takes children The
from the region's poor hill tribes. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Austria will, in the next few hours, announce whether European
they are the first country in the European un yoen to elect a far right head of State. Their presidential election is balanced on a knife's edge with the votes divided evenly between an anti-migrant candidate and a former Green. Steve Cannane reports. They once met in the middle, now Austrian voters have moved to extremes. Candidates were despatched in the first round of these presidential elections leaving a far Left, and a far Right candidate to battle it out. On the Right, the favourite, Norbert Hofer who campaigned on an anti- migrant, anti-Muslim platform while carrying a block pistol.They have to work and then everybody will see that I'm really OK, I am not a dangerous person, of course.His opponent Alexander Van der Bellen is running as an Independent but is a former leader of the Greens.To put it in a nutshell, I think I am pro European and there are some doubts as far as Mr Hofer is concerned. Economist by trade, se the son of immigrants and has defied predictions to make this a neck and neck race. The final tally of voitds cast at polling stations, 48% to Van der Bellen, 51% for Hofer. Now down to postal votesI dornt like the right wing of Austria but I consider him not to be a threat to democracy.I am gone
worry and that's why people have gone underwater, because they are didn't
worried because the old system didn't work.Austria is not the to see
first European counsel interest I to see a backlash against the plit Dahl establishment. Across the continent, recent gains in elections taking more than 20% of votes in Denmark, Finland and Hungary. Zblt the European Union fears the character of the parties
continent will change if these parties seize power. And it's time now for the waaeth they are. Here is Graham CreedA very strong cold front moving up towards the south-west of WA This is bringing the potential of damaging wind gusts, we could see them reaching front
between 100 and 125km/h as that front moves through. It should arrive through Perth around about the 6am to 9am period, so he right in the middle of peak hour, potentially damaging winds, road weather alert has been issued visibility,
because there is the chance of poor visibility, slippery road conditions and that combined with these very strong and gusty winds creating very dangerous driving conditions in the morning A severe south-west,
weather warning covers the south-west, the lower west and into the South West Land Division and coastal districts so all of those damaging
areas looking at the potential of damaging winds.

damaging winds. Clearing conditions through south-east. Any shower west
activity will contract to the far showers
west and south of Tasmania. A few showers about the south of Victoria contracting to Gippsland as the day further
progresses but we will see some further widespread rainfall through the tropics of Queensland, particularly anywhere north of Townsville, not the heavy falls weekend,
that were experienced over the weekend, but another upper level disturbance is moving through. Tap into moisture across the region, so we

we are looking at these widespread falls, so much of the continent relatively clear, but the south-west corner and north eastern region, we are looking at fairly widespread rainfall, but in the wake of today's cold front, temperatures across the south-east, much lower than they have been of average
recent weeks, pretty close to average for this time of year, but by the time we hit Sydney, although temperature
it is cooler, still looking at temperature sz 3 to 4 degrees above the average. Moving into Wednesday, falls of 5-10 millimetres possible, spreading into south-west of NSW, becoming
and also start to see rainfall becoming more widespread across Tasmania. Wednesday, most of NSW will be clear, but we will start to by
see rain develop across the inland by Thursday. Still plenty of showers across the tropics of Queensland.

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Hello there. Coming up on The Business, from claims of fuelling the future to liquidation. What went wrong for Linc Energy? And why it's all about the US Fed. The prospect of a June rate rise rattling investors. It billed itself as fuelling our future but voted to
today creditors of Linc Energy voted to put the troubled oil and gas company into liquidation. Hit hard by the plunge in oil prices, Linc is also accused by the Queensland Government of environmental breaches caused by its gas plant at Chinchilla. Former employees are among the creditors who are owed a total of $320 million. Linc's businesses, which technology,
include revolutionary coal-to-gas technology, are now up for sale. We have an interview with Linc founder Peter Bond coming up but first this report from Sue Lannin. Peter Bond is an entrepreneur with big ambitions, at one point flying around the country to promote jet fuel made by his company Linc Energy.Just landed in Canberra, the third link of the Linc Jet al Dash.He told one journalist he could have retired at 39 but he was too young, smart and good looking. Linc Energy looked set to revolutionise the oil and gas industry with underground far
technology and with operations as and the
far afield as Australia, Uzbekistan