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(generated from captions) Plenty of sun locally, with some frosty nights in elevated areas. -1 to 15 in Cooma. 7-20 at Batemans Bay. Goulburn, a windy day with a top of just 14. In Canberra, expect a mostly sunny day with north-westerly winds at first, 5 overnight, up to 16 during the day. The sun won't be out until two minutes to 7am. It will be setting at 5:02. Thursday, it looks rainy at this stage, as a change moves through. The rest of the week looks decidedly cooler with a dismal top of just 12 on Saturday.

That is it. Stay with us now for 7:30 with Leigh Sales.

This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. . Welcome. The leaders hone their pictures but is anybody really listening yet?Please vote for me. How's it going?Pretty good.Soft and swinging voters aren't persuaded by politicians. They mistrust them all.I was shaking all over.What happens to the children who are kidnapped in bitter kursdy disputes?It's often been -- custody disputes? It's often been said I was the ball in the park between a mother and a father. So it's their game. I'm just the object.And NASA's boss recruiting for the next space adventure.Mars should be the immediate destination for humanity. We should do if with all deliberate speed.The electoral rolls close tonight with early voting in the 2016 election to start in just three weeks' time. Both the major parties are campaigning hard on their respective themes of jobs and money
growth from the Coalition, and more money for health and education from Labor. Is anybody out there listening yet, especially the voters in the marginal electorates who will decide the outcome. Sabra Lane spoke to a couple of strategic operatives and took a look at today's campaigning.We're watching closely.Hi.Please vote for Peter on July 2.How is it going?Pretty good.Do you know Peter Hendy? Australia take a bow, you have survisked two weeks of the 2016 campaign - six to go.He does.In the marginal seat of Eden Monaro in southern NSW, the PM announced $50 million for upgrades to the local airport and Port Eden. The PM was keen to point out they're not cash splash promises but carefully crafted policies that dovetail with the jobs and growth blueprint. Every element of our national economic plan is driving jobs and growth right across Australia. And a key part of that is living within our means and making sure that the investments we make in economic infrastructure, here at the airport, together with the State Government, together with the local council, down at Eden at the port, once again everything is fully funded. It's paid for. It's in the budget.It's part of a strategy to paint the Coalition as carefully doling out every dollar as part of a grand thought out master plan and their opponents as tlend thrifts. Throwing out mill -- spend thrifts. Throwing out sometimes billions. Not a day goes by at the moment where Mr Shorten doesn't stand up and as he says, with a laugh, put some more millions of dollars or on some days billions of dollars on what he calls the spendometer. Annes don't take his jokes as funny gestures.Let's nail the big lie of this election. The big lie of this election is the Liberals are saying somehow Labor is spending a lot more than the Liberals. That's a big lie and I'm calling it for what it is.But are voters listening?At the moment I'll be voting Liberal. I've always voted Labor. However, their proposed changes to the negative gearing laws won't help my tax situation really.Not paying too much attention, sorry. I will just go and vote on Saturday.I'm sort of a swing voter at the moment. I'm teetering at the present time.We've only just notched up a quarter of the campaign. Early voting won't start for the another three weeks when momentum will pick up and the parties will start spending big on advertising. It will probably be when the people who will decide this contest - swinging voters in marginal seats - will start listening.In a few weeks you're going to see early voting start and we know more people take the opportunity to vote early in a campaign than ever before. So actually, within a couple of weeks, we're going to see these campaigns really start to matter. And what voters pick up on from each campaign really start to matter. Soft and swinging voters aren't persuaded by what politicians say because they mistrust them all. To them a politician is a bloke in a shiny suit who earns too much and takes their superannuation. So they don't believe what they say. For them, for a soft and swinging voter, voting is typically an act of punishment. So the task of an electioneer is to get them to despise the other guy more than they despise you. So, no, they don't engage with promises. They know it's all nonsense.Labor tacticians have designed their campaign to suit a long game, with the so-called Bill Bus meandering down the east coast and regular town hall meetings. Shaun Kelly was an advisor to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.Everything pick comr you see of Bill Shorten in -- pick -- every picture you see of Bill Shorten in this campaign is designed to show his sincere and Sunday contrasting message that Malcolm Turnbull is out of touch. So what you've had from Malcolm Turnbull so far is a risk-free safety-first button down constrained campaign. There have been some criticisms with that. But the problem for Malcolm Turnbull is not the campaign style, the problem is that his campaign style is reinforcing doubts voters already had about his priministership. Malcolm Turnbull is talking about the big stuff - jobs and growth. Both parties, be true or not, own a position in the public mind. And the Coalition owns economic credibility and the Opposition, the Labor Party, owns caring. So they're both wrapped up in a morality play around those themes. She doesn't support the policies of the Government.Bill Shorten's jumping on any slip-ups like today's from the Health Minister. She says she is not allowed to move on policies just yet.When the Minister for Health says their own policies are looking sick and Labor policies are on the right track, it just shows Australians I think the fundamental choice at this election.The reality is the freeze will end at some point. Clearly. The question is it will end when we judge it is affordable within the context of the health budge. That's all the Minister is saying. It's common sense.Opinion polls show between the major parties it's a very tight contest. Malcolm Turnbull's personal approval figures have taken a slide since he became leader. And ever so slowly Bill Shorten's building his popularity. Labor strategists fear he won't be able to make up the gap in time for polling day.Bill Shorten is racing the clock. He's started to change people's minds about him and whether he is a potential PM but whether Lee can change enough people's minds by the time polling day rolls around is the real question.Liberal strategist and campaigner says it's for the Government to lose.A long marriage.Nobody's going to wivenlt nobody ever wins. Governments always lose. If you know back through history, Turnbull rolled Abbott because Abbott was unacceptable. Abbott rolled Rudd because he was unacceptable. Rudd was the ant dote to Gillard who was ironically the antidote to Rudd and Rudd put an end to a decade of Howard who put an end to Keating who put an end to - who was that - Hawke, who finished off qhit lm, no, Fraser, who -- Whitlam, no, Fraser, who finished off Whitlam. Politicians don't win. They lose. Shorten can't win this election. Turnbull can lose. But he's got a magenercumbency advantage. So I'd say that Turnbull will hang on. I think he will lose a dozen seats or so.The Deputy Liberal Leader, Julie Bishop, joined me earlier from Brisbane. Thank you for your time.Good evening.You've already been in marginal seats nearly in every Australian state, are Australians paying attention yet?I seats
have been on the ground in marginal seats across Australia and I'm finding that people are engaged. They are reacting positively to Malcolm Turnbull and to the Coalition's economic plan and vision for the future, particularly small businesses where I've been focusing my efforts and they're excited about our plans for increased economic growth, our vision for the future, and the job opportunities that we see for Australians. So they're interested to hear more. I don't know that they're focused so much on the actual election. I think people's attention span will narrow and be more focused the closer we get to the election. But they're interested in what we have to say. They like what we see in Malcolm Turnbull.The polls will show the more they see of Malcolm Turnbull, the less they like about Malcolm Turnbull?I respect the polls but that's not what I'm hearing on the ground. I'm getting very positive feedback about Malcolm and they like what they see and hear and like his leadership style. The contrast between Bill Shorten who is prepare to buy its way into office and grand stand on any issues and promise higher taxing and unfunded spending, and ballooning debt, and Malcolm Turnbull and his team's competent economic management and focus on economic security and national security, will resonate.But nonetheless, even accounting for what you say that sometimes there say
can be a difference in what polls say and what the mood is on the ground, that doesn't account for the fact that the PM has dropped nearly 50 points in his approval rating since he got the job. That has to be alarming people on the Liberal side?It's always a question of managing expectations. And people...He has these expectations?People hoped Malcolm and our team would be able to immediately turn around the economic circumstances that we inherited from Lake. Yes, it's been nearly three years but Lake's economic management set us back decades -- Labor's economic management set us back decades so it's taking time to bring the budget back.What's your plan?We-a positive plan for the future and people are responding to our support for small business, our innovation and science plan, our defence industry plan. People understand it will provide jobs and opportunities in new industries across Australia, our free trade agreements that are giving small and medium businesses the opportunity to export their goods shores.
and services beyond Australian shores. And our tax incentives and tax cuts. This is a very positive plan and people are responding to me in a very positive way.Maybe that's because they like you. Maybe they're not responding to your message. I come back to the polls which is perhaps showing your jobs and growth message more generally is not cutting through?I believe the closer we get to the election - and we have about 40 days to go - the more people will focus on our message which is one of very positive vision for the future, backing small business, backing our free trade agreements that will provide more jobs, more opportunities, particularly for younger people.Let me interrupt you just because you've made that point and so I want to go to the which
heart of something you're saying which is about having a positive vision. The PM often says it's an exciting time to be an Australian but is it possible that message alienates a lot of Australians who feel it's an anxious time because they don't know if technology is going to take their jobs, they be
don't know if their children will be able to afford to buy houses, they don't know if they'll have a Government welfare and health safety net in their retirement?I believe they're finding our vision through our economic plan to be reassuring. We have a pathway to follow that we believe will create strong economic circumstances, will create job opportunities, particularly in small business. Theats where the jobs are - 97% of the businesses in Australia are small businesses. We want to support small businesses because they can provide the jobs for the future. And I actually believe the message on innovation, on new economies, on the traditional economies, embracing creatiskty so they can be sustainable is resonating. That's my experience. Let me run through a couple of other things. The Health Minister said the Government would like to lift the Medicare rebate freeze but Finance and&Treasury won't allow her to do so. How do you figure that? You're the Government?The point she's making is there are constraints on spending in the health budget because of the budgetary constraints we inherited because of Labor's debt and deaf. IsYou can choose which policies you want to dopt to address that? And we'll be incesh our spending on health and aged care by over 4% in the next 12 months and the dirchbts between our increases in health -- direction between our increases in health spending...You could do that freeze tomorrow?This is a budgetary constraint which has been imposed on us. When Labor imposed this freeze on indexation, it was seen to be responsible measure. Indeed, the health spokesman at the time, Tanya Plibersek, scoffed at the suggestion there shouldn't be a freeze on indexation. We've continued the budgetary measure and it's in the afford estimates. When we can have a affordable, sustainable health budget, we will lift it. Bulk billing rates are at an historic high, even Shorten has to admit that. So his scare campaign about bilk billing just does not wash.-- bulk billing just does not wash. Labor is promising more money in foreign aid. Will the Coalition match it?The budget in foreign aid was increasing anyway. And so Tanya Plibersek, having tens
promised for the last three years tens of billions of dollars in increased foreign aid, has made an noumentd of a modest increase when -- an announcement of a modest increased
increase when it was being increased anyway. It was a non-event and yet they're trying to mislead people into believing it's a brand new announcement against the background of the foreign aid budget increasing in line with CPI throughout the forward estimates. One more question - Labor says it will reverse the rules on politicians so-called double dipping in their Canberra housing arrangements. Surely the public would support it and the Coalition would get behind in?The proper place for the determination of politicians' conditionicise with the remuneration tribunal which is independent and with the Australian Taxation Office, also nment. I don't think anyone would trust -- also npt. I don't think anyone would trust Bill Shorten to get involved in this. I think the appropriate course is for the remuneration tribunal and the Australian Tax Office to review these matters and not Bill Shorten. Thank you for your time.Thank you. The dramatic fallout of an international child abduction gone wrong has gripped the headlines in recent weeks with a mother and a TV crew hauled before a court in Beirut and the hired hand still languishing in a Lebanese jail. The focus of these events is almost always on the adults but the children caught up in parental abductions and retrievals can be badly affected, not just at the time, but for years after. Tonight, 7.30 hears first hand how adults kidnapped as children feel about what happened to them and what the latest research shows about the long-term impact.

From inside the cafe, 60 Minutes' hidden camera captures the next dramatic moment. This is what it's all been about. 1980, in aInacy crowded cafe in Barcelona. She grabs her little boy and runs.I thought, "Oh, my God. This is it." I ran into the crowd of people. I was shaking all over. So I ran over to the thery was petrified.That boy is speaking now.It's often been said I was the ball in the park between a mother and a father. So it's their game. I'm just the object. It incompasses your whole life. And it's part of you. It's who you are.That's not long after at all.OK.Probably six months or more.He was born in Launceston and just a toddler when he was abducted by his Spanish-born father.You were gorgeous. He rang me, he was already in Spain.What did he safe about your son?He said that he's fine. He's here with me. We're staying in Spain.He stole me. It was done in a fashion that wasn't acceptable.The Australian Government takes a pretty dim view of any parent after a divorce case who snatches a child...Reporter Ray Martin and his crew helped out as she staged a daring operation to snatch back her son.The next stage of this real life intrigue now begins.We were frightened. But it's something you do. You just do it. It's your mother instinct.It's already too late when the family rings the Launceston police.Ever since he's struggled.I had a lot of anger. Substance abuses. Definite abandonment issues. I love my mother very much. I take it out on her. I take it out on my partners, my girlfriends. Yeah. I was left. Even though I was taken. It's something that was taken from me.How much have you seen your dad in your life?Very patchy. Only three or four times growing up. And then when I was 17, nearly 18. I went to Spain and spent three months with him. He wasn't used to being a father and I wasn't used to having won.The Canadian mother who kidnapped her children back from her esstranged Australian husband in Lebanon has made her first public experience.I told them they were going to come with me and we could talk to Daddy about it later. You're hurting a child. It's not healthy to take them away from their other parent. They need both their parents in their life.They live at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Canada with their mother. But their sforth far away in Australia. -- but their father is far away in Australia.He wasn't here for my school plays and he's not here now and probably won't be here for my graduation. I'm missing out on having him here with me and present in my life.In 2006, Melissa's ex-husband took the girls from Canada to visit his Lebanese Australian family in Sydney. But instead of bringing them home, he took them to Lebanon at the height of the Israel-Hezbollah war.Sheer panic. I immediately became nauseous. I recall running into my backyard and I could not stop crying.After exhausting all legal options in Australia, Canada and Lebanon, Melissa sought the help of her
a team of ex-soldiers to retrieve her girls.I went down and walked out into the field when we saw them playing and I just explained to them that we were going to be going home.Most kids are told their other parent didn't want sdemem that's extremely damaging to a child at a young age or at any age knowing that your parent didn't want you or being told that.Hannah in particular has had therapy with it.
her dad. Her dad participated in it. I thought that would be an important way for at least her to gain some understanding around the situation in a protected environment. And supported environment.Melissa's daughters are now 12 and 15. Their father lives in Australia and while they can visit him, he can't come to Canada because there are outstanding criminal charges over the abduction.I'm not able to come home after school with a certificate saying, "Look, Dad. Look what I've got." And him giving me a hug.Return doesn't fix the situation. What we do know is nothing is ever the same again after there's been an abduction. The most comprehensive study into the long-term effects of parental child abduction found that more than 70% of the children involved report significant effects on their mental health. This lawyer and psychologist says in some cases abduction by a parent can be just as damaging as being taken by a stranger.They can have impacts on them that can affect their learning ability, their future relationships, their ability to regulate their own emotions so they can get pressure, anxiety and they can have great difficulties in establishing relationships.Melissa says her children have been very aware of the recent 60 Minutes retrieval operation gone wrong in Lebanon.I think it was quite distressing for the girls to hear this was still going on and this is happening to other kids. So often times parents are making these decisions in moments of extreme emotion. And the impact on the kids is, it compounds over the years. And do you think it was the right thing?Absolutely. Absolutely. He's better off here than over there.

He says he's still working through the fallout from what happened to him more than 35 years ago.It's think.
definitely influenced the way I think. The way I view the world. The way I interact with others. And it starts with pain. It's pain. How do you make a positive out of hurt? Yeah. I think it's a long process. But getting there.NASA is undergoing a revival with a record 18,000 people putting their hands up to be part of the 2017 astronaut intake. Fewer than 20 will make the cut, though. A veteran astronaut is behind the push to get a new generation excited about space travel. Only a handful of humans, fewer than 550, have seen first-hand this incredible view of the planet we call home.You look out there and there's nothing but blackness and there's this thing that we call earth. And there's this thin blue line and you say, "Holy, that's why I'm alive. That's where I live."He first went into space three decades ago. He went to orbit four times in the 1980s and '90s. Back then space was a big deal.I did not go to a school as an astronaut and ask kids to raise their hand if they wanted to go to space and not have every hand in the class go up. When I came back as the NASA administrator, for some reason interest had sort of waned. We need scientists...Taking over as the head of NASA in 2009, he made it his mission to re-energise that interest and sharing the agency's successes.Curiosity on Mars, new horizons getting to Pluto. Finding and being in close Martian.
contact with asteroids and then the Martian. So that, I think that has brought on a resurgence in interest.It's been 48...Help from Hollywood isn't a new thing for NASA but last year's release of The Martian, where Matt Damon's character gets stranded on Ma,z gave NASA unprecedented publicity for its next goal - getting humans to the Red Planet.Almost all of it is real and it's baked on fact.One day we could have space potatoes grown on Mars?One day we will have potatoes grown on Mars.Last year, researchers on the International Space Station grew lettuce in space for the first time. Whether it's the prospect of delicious Martian vegetables or one of the other wonders of space exploration, more people want to go there than ever before.I applied to be an astronaut and this is the second time I've applied to be an astronaut because I really want to go to space.This Pennsylvania physics teacher is one of the 18,000 people who applied this year to NASA's astronaut program.I want to have the experience and be able to impart that to students who aren't able to go up there. My favourite part is when you bring in a bunch of second graders, they walk in the room and as they walk in the room they can't believe it. Rob Webb knows it's a long shot. He has a 0.08% chance of being one of the dozen or so people selected. But if successful, the pay-off would be incredible.I love taking pictures through my telescope and with my camera of the night sky. I think my favourite thing to do would probably be to be looking out the International Space Station and taking pictures. That to me is amazing.A lot lies ahead for future generations of astronauts. NASA plans to send them back to the moon where the agency hasn't been since 1972. They'll be peart of the 21st century space race, flying in crafts built by commercial ventures.There's no competition between NASA and commercial space. There is competition and it is brutal competition but it's between the commercial andamps. Everybody wanting to be the company that -- companies. Everybody wanting to be the company that gets there first. Eventually, possibly by 2025, these new astronauts will need Mars.For the first time we see a concensus in all corners of the globe. Both sides of the aisle in the Congress that Mars should be the immediate destination for humanity. We should do it with all deliberate speed. But it won't be cheap or easy. Every year the agency has to argue its case for funding.Money from difficult
Congress has always been a difficult thing. When it's 100% discretionary. It is. We don't have to explore space. There's no requirement we do that. It's not a part of the Constitution. It's not a part of a whole number of other things. But should we do it? I absolutely believe we should. NASA's currently trying to convince partner nations to extend the life of the International Space Station to 2024, so astronauts have a place to continue research in low-earth orbit. It costs the agency about $3 billion a year to operate. A political appointee will finish up his term when President Barack Obama leaves office at the end of this year. And while he doesn't want to talk about what legacy he'll leave, he remains an eternal optimist.The world is incredible for my granddaughters and the young people that we're about to select in the 2017 astronaut class. But, again, it's a choice that we have to make. So I consider my job to be go out and tell them the good side of the choice.That's all we have time for tonight.

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