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Today - the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce plays down his comments linking asylum seekers and the live cattle export ban.

A community divided, after teachers leave the remote town of Aurukun in Far North Queensland. Dramatic vision of the moment an asylum boat capsizes off the coast of Libya. Good afternoon. You're watching ABC News' Ros Childs. Also ahead on the program - cars swallowed by a sinkhole near Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. An both Nick Kyrgios and Samantha Stosur through to the third round

Labor has confirmed it won't restore the schoolkids bone fwhus or roll back changes to the aged pension assets test, if it wins government, despite repeatedly complaining about both. The opposition was forced to clarify its position after an awkward interview with one of its the
frontbenchers late yesterday. And the government meanwhile is trying to limit the damage from comments made by its Agriculture Minister, linking the live cattle export ban with an increase in asylum seeker boats. Here's political reporter Jane Norman. The Prime Minister's in prime cattle country.These are all...Malcolm Turnbull is sandbagging seats in central Queensland and part of his sell: record high cattle prices.I give Barnaby the credit for it. They've basically doubled over the last few years.Barnaby Joyce has spooked more than cattle after last night's regional debate in Goulburn.When we closed down the live animal export industry, it is a around seeing
about the same time that we started seeing a lot of people arriving in boats in Australia.This morning, the government was in diplomatic damage control.There is no link between the Indonesian Government and people smuggling. I think President Joko Widodo is a great and inspirational leader.I think remark.
it's a really, really ignorant remark.Labor's been forced to clean up a mess of its own.Will Labor keep the Schoolkids Bonus? The - we've - the baby bonus? Schoolkids Bonus?Well, you'd have to refer to our relevant shadow minister. I've been a little distracts the over the last few tailings.Chris Bowen has confirmed Labor wasn't restore the the Schoolkids Bonus despite chaining about its abolition for years and he has confirmed Labor won't roll back the government's changes it condemned to the aged pension assets test.We do not believe in all responsibility that we can simply reverse the changes they're making.We flushed them out. We've exposed them.This is the fight the coalition wants. It's trying to cast Labor as reckless with money and hypocritical for campaigning against cuts and then adopting them. This brawl is set to continue, with the debate between the Treasurers on Friday and a leaders' showdown on Sunday. Reporter Eliza Borrello is travelling with the Prime Minister. What sort of morning has it been? It has been an extraordinary morning. One of the first rules of journalism is we, the media, are not the story. But what happened during and before Malcolm Turnbull's media conference here in Rockhampton was definitely remarkable. The Prime Minister's office lined all of the regional journalists up on one side, and after the first question, Malcolm Joyce
Turnbull and his deputy Barnaby Joyce directed question after question to those regional journalists. Regional journalism is very important. I used to be a regional journalist but this is a federal election campaign, and what that tactic meant was Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce got less questions on that tricky issue of Barnaby Joyce's comments last night.We'll leave it there. Thank you.

Eliza Borrello there. Outgoing Labor senator Nova Peris has spoken quit politics.
emotionally about her decision to quit politics. He has addressed the media alongside the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Darwin, saying non-Indigenous Australians have no right to judge her. Political reporter Andrew Greene is travelling with Mr Shorten. Our apologies we have Andrew Kos in Brisbane there the we'll try to find Andrew Greene. Apologies, we'll move on to the next story, which is Andrew Kos's story. Indigenous mothers from the troubled community of Arukun in Far North Queensland say a group of troubled teens there are controlling the Queensland Government like puppeteers. State authorities have evacuated teachers and staff from the local school for the second time this month because of safety concerns. The local women fear students will become disengaged from education because of the disruptions and reporter in
Andrew Kos has the details for us that
in Brisbane. Andrew, apologies for that false start there. What else are the women saying?Good afternoon. The Wik women's group have come out quite strongly against the government and have attacked it for sending the teachers home. They're saying that the government is punishing 300 students of the school for the actions of about 15 to 20. They'd like to see the school remain in place, and students continue to attend. They've also attacked police. They say that the police aren't doing enough to sort out these troublemakers and would like to see more action in that area. What's the story from the teachers again?
themselves who've been evacuated again?Well, they're a little disappointed that these troubles weren't sorted out last time they were sent back. Of course, they were only arrived back in Aurukun last week, after earlier being sent home earlier in the month. So they're a little miffed at why they've had to leave again but they're also thankful that the government has put their safety as the No. 1 priority now, they won't be returning to Aurukun within the next month. They're not expected to return now until the next semester starts, which is in July.Does the State Government have a plan to handle the situation, Andrew?Its plan will start tomorrow, when the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and three of her senior ministers travel up to Aurukun, along with government hierarchy to try and sort out the issues up there. They want to tour the facilities up there. They want to speak to the local community and try to establish exactly what is causing this violence in the community. Now, the Premier stresses that those students there, although the school is closed, they will be able to have some education through correspondence, so there are some options for the students that would normally attend the school. But we will start to see how the government will unveil that plan from tomorrow. They do have a number of months of course until the teachers return in July. Thanks, Andrew.

The chair of the Australia and New Zealand parliamentary group in Malcolm
Britain has blasted Prime Minister welcome
Malcolm Turnbull for saying he'd welcome the UK voting to stay in the European Union. Tory MP Andrew Rossendale has compared Britain's position in the EU to Australia having a political union with Indonesia. Steve Cannane reports. Andrew Rossendale is one of around 130 Tory MPs who want to leech the European Union. Instead, he'd rather closer ties with Australia, and he's not too impressed with Malcolm Turnbull's support for the Remain Campaign.Come on, Malcolm, when are you going to do your political union with Indonesia and Japan? When are you going to have free movement with Asia? This is ridiculous.What is -- this is what got him fired up.If the British beam in their wisdom decide to stay in the U we'd welcome that.This MP thinks Malcolm Turnbull is arguing against Australia's best interests. Australia is a common who we have together
most common with around the world together with New Zealand and Canada. We should surely have much closer relations with those countries like Australia, rather than Europe. This is crazy.But Australia's High Commissioner to the UK says Australia is about to negotiate a trade deal with the EU. And that it's in our national interest for the UK to remain inside the union.It really is to our advantage to have a country that, for example, favours free trade, that supports the sort of international security paradigm that we support. The rules-based international system. At the heart to
of the EU.With less than a month to the vote, both the rep Remain and the Leave campaigns are doing all they can to sway voters.Yes! Yes!Meanwhile, Andrew Rossendale has one final message for Malcolm Turnbull.Malcolm needs to listen to the British people on this issue and not necessarily take the line from No. 10.The British people will have their say on June 23.

The Lebanese Hezbollah is vowing to get more involved in the war in Syria. The Shiite militia has been fighting for several years to prop up the government of Bashar al-Assad. Middle East correspondent Syrian
Matt Brown reports from near the Syrian border. They came to celebrate Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon 16 years ago. It's Hezbollah's earliest claim to victory. Their leader vowed the group would keep up the fight, but this town is just 5km from the Syrian border. And the little graveyard next door highlights the dilemma Hezbollah faces. This rare footage reveals the graves of men who died in Syria. It's a controversial role. Shi'ites fighting on the side of the government of Bashar al-Assad against the Sunni insurgents. But this woman, whose brother died in Aleppo just four months ago, says it is vital.TRANSLATION: Because he didn't want Islamic State to went
come to my house and my land, he went to fight in Syria to protect me and my family.Hezbollah's leaders say the battle in Syria will
will be won to the bitter end -- TRANSLATION:
will be one to the bitter end. TRANSLATION: We will continue to fight the terrorists. If we hadn't gone to Syria, by now they'd be in Beirut.But that could leave the ur guerillas of Hezbollah facing the kind of quagmire nation States are told to fear.Today, it is involved in Syria for the fourth year in a row, in a kind of attrition, classic attrition war. He lost more than 1,500 fighters. And like key military commanders.Hezbollah's also being hit in the hip pocket, with tough new American sanctions threatening any bank that deals with its money. Hezbollah's complained thousands of its followers could be affected. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has signed a new coalition deal making the controversial far right politician Avigdor Lieberman Defence Minister, and broadening the government's razor-thin majority in Parliament. But the appointment is causing deep concern among Palestinians who are wary of Lieberman's past. Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill report. It's been described as the most right-wing government in Israel's history. With the ultranationalist Yizrael Beiteinu Netanyahu's
Party joining Prime Minister Netanyahu's coalition. And Avigdor for
Lieberman becoming the new Minister for Defence. Lieberman is one of the country's most polarising politicians. Famous for making wild threats like bombing Egypt, and assassinating Hamas's political leader in the Gaza Strip. His policies on Palestinians have been labelled racist, and he has little experience in security affairs. But at the deal's announcement today, Mr Lieberman was already trying to sound far more conciliatory.My intention to provide security, security and of course, all of us will have commitments, strong commitment to the peace.The Russian immigrant who once worked as a bouncer is also a settler, living in one of the Israeli neighbourhoods in the occupied West Bank deemed illegal under international law. Palestinian officials say they're worried that this is the man now in charge of managing their daily occupation.He has a history of inciting against Palestinians.But some Israeli analysts believe that Lieberman government
will be much more moderate in government than he was in opposition and that he's much more pragmatic and levelheaded than his public persona.Lieberman deserves his extreme reputation for saying some things that are downright crazy. But he said them whenever he was in opposition.S that the job of an opposition Parliament member. With US efforts to broker a two-state solution in tatters, the French are now hoping to revive peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. A new international conference is due to start in Paris on June 3.

A Ukrainian Air Force pilot released by Vladimir Putin in a prisoner swap has called on Russians to ge guy their government countries.
if they want peace between the two countries. Nadiya Savchenko became a national hero went to jail for two years after being captured by Russia-backed rebels in 2014. Lisa Millar reports. Nadiya Savchenko arrived home on the Ukrainian President's jet, and vowed to continue fighting for her country, urging Russians to defy their leaders.TRANSLATION: I understand easy
Russia is not a country where it's easy for people to get up from their knees, but if Russians want to live in peace as we do, they have to get up and we have not allowed them to come here. TRANSLATION: And just as we returned Nadia, we will return sovereignty.
Donbas and Crimea back to Ukrainian sovereignty.The 35-year-old had been captured by Russia-backed rebels in the Eastern Ukraine. The military pilot was jailed for complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists in a highly criticised trial. She went on a hunger strike in jail and her defiance appealed to Ukrainian citizens, who considered her a national hero. Western governments had demanded she be freed. TRANSLATION: I hope that this release, this swap, will also play a part in the building of trust between Ukraine and Russia.Two Russian servicemen were released by Ukraine, their President presenting the swap as a humanitarian gesture. TRANSLATION: I hope that such decisions, based first of all on the idea of humanism, will lead to a decrease in confrontation, and help avoid similar terrible losses, which nobody needs.The exchange comes just weeks before the European Union decides whether to extend sanctions against Russia over its support of the rebels. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been criticised by investigators over her use of a private email address while she was Secretary of State. A State Department report declared she violated the rules, giving more ammunition to her political opponents. Her Republican rival Donald Trump is facing his own problems, with more angry protests at his rallies. North America correspondent Michael Vincent reports. For a second day, police and protesters have faced off at a Donald Trump event. The billionaire remains focused on his opponent. She's as crooked as they come. She had a little bad news today, as you know, from some reports came down weren't so food. But not so good, good.
the Inspector General's report, not good.Hillary Clinton campaigned in California, as if nothing had happened.He's just going to make the economy slow down, in addition to the very mean-spirited and destructive things he wants to do. The Inspector General looked at Mrs Clinton and four other secretaries of State, finding she and several others breached protocol by using personal emails.We could've done a better job at preserving emails and records of secretaries of State and their senior staff going back frankly several administrations. What Secretary Clinton did was consistent with other secretaries of State have done, including Colin Powell. The report itself references long-standing systemic weaknesses that go well beyond the tenure of any Secretary of State. The real worry for the Democrats is the FBI investigation that's still under way. If it finds any criminal wrongdoing, Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency could be fatally damaged. The deadly capsizing of a boat carrying hundreds of migrants off the coast of Libya has been caught on camera by the Italian navy. The large wooden trawler overturned as people on board rushed to one side after spotting a rescue ship. The Italian navy says more than 560 people have been rescued but at least five bodies have been recovered. Coastguards have rescued more than 5,500 migrants this week alone. Warm weather and calmer seas have meant an increasing number of people are trying to cross the Mediterranean. Stay with us. We'll look at the market next and coming up after sport - the remarkable six-month-old from Florida who can't walk, but she can waterski!

Finance news now. Here's reporter Alicia Barry. Business investment numbers are out. What do they show? We screen a bigger than expected first
drop in business investment in the first three months of the year. The figures came out from the Bureau of Statistics not too long ago and they show that total capital expenditure dropped 5.2% in the three months to March. Now, economists had expected a drop of bad,
around 3%, but the drop isn't so bad, I suppose, when you consider that the previous quarter, which was a 0.8% rise, was actually revised up quite sharply. But when we look at what happened in the numbers, building Capex dropped by a sharp 7.9%, spending on equipment and plant wasn't too bad, down just half a per cent, analysts also take the forecasts into account as well, and businesses have lifted their investment plans slightly for 2016-17 by 6.3% to 89.2 billion dollars. Now that was sthritly ahead of forecasts but firms still expect to spend around 15% less than they did the coming financial year than in this financial year. Economists though do say that the numbers aren't bad enough to be
warrant a June rate cut, but might be enough to push rate cuts further in the year.

The RBA says the big banks have an advantage over smaller rivals thanks to government policy?This comes from some RBA documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and the RBA says that major banks have an advantage over smaller rivals because of the bailed
market's belief that they would be bailed out by the Federal financial
Government in the event of a financial crisis. Now, this RBA study, whichs a been released under the Freedom of Information Act, shows the major banks have gained between a 14 and 28 basis point advantage over their smaller rivals, because of that presumption they would be bailed out in financial strife and that equates to around a two-notch increase in easier
their credit ratings, making it easier and cheap questioner for them to borrow money in wholesale funding markets overseas. The RBA calculated that in 2013, this implicit Federal Government subsidy was worth up to $3.75 billion for is the
the big four or the age banks.How is the market looking?We're seeing the Australian share market manage modest gains after another increase in energy prices overnight.

For sports news, here's Grandstand Nick Lockyer. So how have Corey reacted
Norman's Parramatta teammates reacted to his drug charges?Good afternoon, Ros. They've vowed to stick by him. The Parramatta club has been in all sorts of trouble over the last couple of weeks. now.
Corey Norman is at the centre of it now. He was at training this morning, showed little concern about being ordered to appear in court in July, after allegedly being caught with MDMA capsules and muscle relaxants while out on Friday night. He was out with his housemate and Panthers player James Segiaro and his Eels teammate Junior Paolo. The three of them were hit with warnings because the Organised Crime Squad because they were in a photo having dinner with some convicted criminals. Paolo wants an immediate release from his contract to head to the Raiders as soon as possible. It's another story in the tumultuous season for the eems.You kind of get used to it at this place. There's always stuff keeping us busy off the field. We oi been resilient as a playing group and coaching staff. Brad and his straf have done a good job of keeping the boys focused on the job at hand. .Serious concern for Chris Yarran?He has been given an indefinite leave from the AFL, because he is apparently reportedly battling some mental health Demons. He hasn't played for a Gail for the Tigers yet, he is also recovering from surgery. He took a trim home to Perth last week, but in a statement the club said today that his health and wellbeing is the No. 1 priority no. Time frame has been put on his return to football. So you'd think his season was in serious doubt and we all hope he gets better soon.We wish him well there was a heartbreaking end to Sydney's Asian Champions League campaign last night. What happened? This was really tough pill to swallow for the Sky Blues last night. They had the advantage going into the second leg of their Asian Champions League quarter final at home. They had the away goal advantage, and then they hit the lead after just 2 minutes but they traded goals in the first half and this was a cracking goal from Ryan lead
Grant to give the Sky Blues the lead in the second half. They led for most of it, they were on the verge of qualifying for the semifinals, but unfortunately for them, that absolute cracker in the last minute of regular time gave their opponents, Shandong Luneng, the lead, and gave them the win. Look at that strike. That is absolutely out of the top shelf. So their season is over and their dear.
tournament is over as well.Oh dear. It's a good goal to lose to though. If that's any consolation. Probably not. Aussies doing well at the French Open?A up Conservative very big names through to the third round and that is highlighted by the man you either love or you love advanced
to hate, Nick Kyrgios. He has advanced to the third round. It was an absolute masterclass that he produced half the night. He completely dominated the world No. Took
123, Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Took him just 70 minutes. It was as impressive as he has been for a long while. He will take on ninth seed and local hope Richard Gasquet next up. Sam Stosur is also through to the third round. She beat her doubles parter Shuai Zhang 6-3, 6-4, but Aussie youngster Jordan Thompson lost to Ivo Karlovic in a marathon five-setter, 12-10 in the last.She can't yet walk but a six-month-old girl from Florida has just set a water-skiing record. She has given a little help getting on her skis and made two attempts to break the record. She waterskied for 200m in the second attempt. At just 6 months and 26 days old she was cheered on by the crowd. It breaks a decades-old record held by another baby who skiied at the age of 6 months and 29 days. A quick look at the national weather now:

Stay with us. Coming up later in the program - four centuries after his death, a rare first folio of Shakespeare's work goes under the hammer. Find out how much it cost the buyer, per word, later. A reminder now of the top stories. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is standing by his comments linking an influx of asylum seekers with the 2011 live export ban to Indonesia, saying there is a direct correlation. The opposition and Mr Joyce's independent opponent in his seat of New England have condemned his performance and suggested it's jeopardising the diplomatic relations with Indonesia. The Queensland Government has been accused of contributing to the crisis in the Indigenous community of Aurukun, by overlooking a local tenderer for a major mining project. 20 teachers have been evacuated from the community for the second time this month after attacks on the school principal, guards.
teachers' homes and security guards. Dramatic images have been released by the Italian navy, showing the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned off Libya, leaving at least five people dead. The fishing vessel's deck was heaving with people and tipped over as the migrants rushed to one side after spotting a rescue ship. And - Nick Kyrgios has advanced to the third round of the French Open, taking just 70 minutes to beat Dutchman Igor Sijsling in straight second-round
sets. Samantha Stosur also won her second-round match, beating her Chinese doubles partner Shuai Zhang 6-3, 6-4, but fellow Australian Jordan Thompson is out after losing in five sets to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic. Back to the federal election now. The outgoing Labor Senator Nova Peris has cried while defending her decision to leave federal politics. The coalition has criticised her for retiring after only a few years, saying she's abandoned her constituents. But Senator Peris says non-Indigenous Australians do not have the right to attack her.Three years ago, I walked into Parliament as the first Aboriginal woman, and until you are an Aboriginal person, do not have
criticise me for the decisions I have made. (WEEPS) This isn't easy. It's hard. She is a remarkable Australian. The Labor Party has been fortunate to have her energy and commitment in the last three years in the Senate. She's been a champion, not just for Indigenous Australians, but for women and indeed for the Territory. She's been a champion on the track sh she's been a champion in the Parliament. I wish nova my friend the very best in the future. And I have to also say, the fact that she is prioritising her family at this point in her life also reflects another attribute which she is too modest to say but I want to put on the record. I reckon Nova Peris is a great mum as well.China's State media has backtracked on an article that claims Taiwan's new leader is emotional and extreme because she's single. The opinion piece by a senior military figure warns President Tsai Ing-wen is free to take extreme political positions because she lacks love, family and children. China has been ramping up its campaign against Tsai Ing-wen because it fears she will take Taiwan toward as path of independence but the tone of the article triggered a social media backlash on the mainland, prompting China's censors to delete it from State media web sites. Indonesia's President has signed a decree that allows judges to order the execution or chemical castration of child sex offenders. President Joko serve
Widodo says the new penalties will serve as a deterrent. The decree comes after outrage in Indonesia over the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Sumatra. From tomorrow, it will be against the law to make or supply so-called legal highs in Britain. These are chemical substances that mimic the effect of illegal drugs like cannabis and cocaine. Hundreds of thousands of people have been buying the substances on-line or in specialist shops, but that's now set to stop. It's legal now, but banned at midnight.This is our packing station, where we take the raw chemicals.This firm supplies legal highs which mimic the effects of cocaine. Today, it's a thriving small business. Tomorrow, an illegal supplier of dangerous drugs.This is the goods we sell. We get up to a turn of about 500,000 from something that started off in a third bedroom.The man be
behind the business doesn't want to be identified. He now plans to take it abroad, and thinks the ban will do more harm than good.I think it will just drive up deaths. Just straightaway by making them illegal, people then go back over to illegal drugs. Prices of illegal drugs will be a lot higher than £15, £20 a gram.But look what legal highs can do. Users out of control in a city centre. One reason the government is baning what it calls an abhorrent trade. Those who supply these drugs aren't there to pick up the pieces. Paramedics in Birmingham can get four callouts a day. Recently, Cameron McVitty had to help a man enter
who was having severe fits.We enter the property to find a gentleman unconscious not in cardiac arrest actually round his toilet. All of a sudden he made a rapid recovery, jumped up, started to get really aggressive, punching his own walls in his flat, putting holes through his doors by kicking them.Legal highs were linked to more than 100 deaths last year, including that of Brodie Harrison-Merritt who was just 28. His mother says he took the drug party.
with a friend at a New Year's Eve party.He died in the early hours of the morning on the Friday. Never regained consciousness. His body had just shut down completely. I think he strongly believed that because they were legal, they were of
safe. And I think this is what lots of people believe. And they think it's just something you can take little
when but to a party, just get a little bit of a buzz off it and it's not going to harm you.The reason these powders are so risky is that you don't know how much to take, you don't know how potent it is, you don't know how long before you get high.Experts on drug policy believe the new law may have mixed results.I think that's going to lead to a reduction in use particularly young people, and I think that's going to be a good thing, but the group who are already using these drugs who are most vulnerable and marginalised, the law will make no difference to them. They will remain vulnerable, there will be people stockpiling and selling to that group, but the people selling won't be paying tax now, it will be street dealers and criminal networks.Suppliers are already shutting down. But will the ban Sol of the problem or simply push it out of sight? Helicopter parent is a relatively new term to describe overly protective mums and dads who hover over their kids. Childhood experts say it's producing a generation of young adults who are unable to stand on their own two feet. Julie Lythcott-Hairns is a US academic who spent 10 years as Dean of Freshmen at stand for the ufrd in California and she the author of How To Raise An Adult - Break Free of the Parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Julie is in Australia at the moment talking to the parents of schoolkids and she's with me in the studio now. Great to see you.Thanks for having me. Let's start with some of the horror stories. What are the things you have heard in your role as Dean of Freshmen at Stanford. It's it was a role I held until four years ago. While my students were more and more accomplished in a resume and transcript sense, they seemed less an less familiar with their own selves.Parents would want to be wanting to attend the information session on study abroad. The presumption something their kid couldn't go to the session and make their own way.Parents though would say that they're doing that out of love for their child. At what stage should they be stepping back?From the beginning. Let me say this, I'm a parent myself. I have two teenagers. We love our kids to
fiercely, but our job as parents is to put ourselves out of a job and raise our kids to the point of independence. It doesn't magically happen when they turn 18. The minute they can walk, we should take an interest in them lengthening the distance they can be from us. You don't send a two-year-old out onto the street but by 8 maybe they ought to be able to cross the street or maybe on
it's 10 or maybe it's 12, depending on the city but the point is, we should be interested in that from building
the minute they're quite young, in building their skills, so that they build more independence and from?
confidence.Where has this come from? How it emerged as a parenting style?We noticed parents wanting to be involved at university life in the late 1990s. So I dialed back 18 years to figure out what was happening in childhood when these college students were young. Five the
things, stranger danger was born, the world is scary and unsafe and filled with bad people, don't talk to strangers, was the concept that was born. 1983 in the US. The play date was born in the US in 1984. Let's not just arrange play but have her over, make sure everyone is taking turns and getting along. The self-esteem movement, everyone gets a trophy just for playing football, not for being good at T a book was published saying American teenagers needing more testing and more teaching to the tests. Parents became more worried about homework then we became very safety conscious, bike helmets, car seats, seatbelts but that led to all of us homes,
baby proofing the heck out of our homes, every corner covered in cotton or plastic. We were obsessed with our ability to control and protect at every turn. We lost sightful the fact that we have to prepare our kids for the big world that's out there. Which has sharp edges. They need to know what to do when there is a sharp edge, not presume that life always comes padded.Is it just parents who are to blame for this or do schools and colleges hold some responsibility? I rolled my eyes at first, thinking what is wrong with you people but as they grew in number, I realised that childhood had changed and parenting had changed and we needed to be very respectful of a parent's interest in having information and keeping track, while also trying to help parents see, wait a nt in, you have a 20-year-old year, a 22-year-old they a geg to leave your home one day, you hope. Don't you want them to have the skills? I think some schools today are quite complicit. They sort of mollycoddle students themselves, to use a lovely Australian word. But plenty of schools are trying to hold the line and say: look we're not only teaching your child English, math, history, chemistry, we want them to be able to advocate for themselves, we want them to be responsible for their own behave, accountable when applaud
things don't go well. And so I building
applaud the schools that are developing
building - that are interested in developing the character of their students not just in teaching them a particular subject.Does this tend to be an issue with affluent schools and of knew went households?Yes. This is a problem family
of affluence. If you're a poor have
family or working class, you don't have the time or the extra money on your hands to spend cultivating your child's every moment. This is a problem and middle and upper middle class families and those who are wealthier, folks who have the time, the money, the inclination and frankly the sense of self that they have the right to argue with teachers and principals and coaches and referees.This really is the first generation of adults who are coming through who've had these are
so-called helicopter parents. What are your fears for them and is it too late for them?I hope to the
goodness it's not too late. This is the millennial generation. In the US it's the largest generation in American history. We all better be
hope that they have the skills to be an adult!Great talk to you. Julie Lythcott-Hairns, thank you so much.Thank you for having me. Thousands of children, some as young as 8, working in Indonesia's tobacco fields are being poisoned by handling the leaves of the toxic plant. A report by Human Rights Watch names 7 multinational sig reth producers who they say have inadequate procedures for making sure their supply chains are child labour free. It's called green tobacco sickness. Acute nicotine poisoning as the drug is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. It causes vomiting, headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties. Something these children, who handle tobacco leaves every day, understand.TRANSLATION: I felt dizzy, I had aches and felt sick.TRANSLATION: I felt nauseous when I used the spraying tank and handled pesticides for the first time last year. I was feeling sick because I wasn't wearing a mask. Indonesia is the world's fifth biggest producer of tobacco, with 500,000 farms, mostly on the fertile plains of central and East Java. Many are family-owned and run, and often, children skip school or drop out altogether in order to help. Planting, spraying, harvesting, bundling and drying tobacco leaves.TRANSLATION: I work here just to help my parent be and make sure that we can make a living.Although big tobacco companies This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Hello, I'm Joe O'Brien, you are watching ABC News 24. Just breaking into the bulletin because we have another media conference as part of Shorten
this election campaign 2016. Bill Shorten is among the people about to start speaking there. You can see Pat Dodson in the background there and some Labor people. They are set up in a gym in Darwin. Let's listen in. ...With Bill Shorten in town, our Labor leader here at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre. Now I first met Michael on the side of a road. I was down in Melbourne visiting my mum and dad and mum told me that Michael Long was on the road walking to Canberra to get a discussion with the PM about the state of indigenous affairs in this country. So I went up the highway, I met Michael and I walked with him and a number of indigenous people and listened and learnt. About the need for some direction, about the need for indigenous education, an investment in that, and an investment in indigenous leadership development. It was a proud thing for me to do, to walk and listen to the great man Michael Long, who is not only app awesome football player but a truly great Australian. I'm proud that Labor invested in this Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre and I'm very proud to be here with him and the Labor leader Bill Shorten for the announcement today. I will introduce Michael. Thank you very much.Thank you, Luke. Look, this is a proud day for us. Obviously we've used the power of football to entice our kids to grow, using that. We have got our kids from Elcho Island here today. This centre was built for them and how we can improve indigenous lives, keeping our kids in education and now it's about jobs. This is an extension of what we are doing here within the leadership centre. Trades, electricians, plumbing, it's something that is going to add here.
to an extension of our program here. I'm proud to be part of this. Going back years ago, Bill had a hand in what it is today. We had a meeting with Richard Pratt, Bill was there, said let's get a site for the NT. We have our Thunder side, 75% indigenous players playing in our side, built the leadership centre and now something even more special. Thank you, Bill, for being part of this and I know you have been involved in this from the very start, so thank you.

Good afternoon everybody, it's great to be here with Luke Gosling, Labor's candidate for Solomon, Warren Snowdon, the for Lingiari one way
and my friend Michael Long who in one way or another I've been working with for over a dozen years. They say football can change lives. I know Michael Long is changing lives. That's why I am so terribly pleased to be announcing if Labor is elected on July 2nd, a commitment and investment in the Michael Long learning centre which will see young indigenous kids get which
a chance to get the trades training which will set them up for life. We can do
all know the best thing a nation can do is educate its young. That's why Labor has prioritised making sure that we fund properly all schools and provide every child, every opportunity in the future. Today's announcement of our support for the Michael Long learning centre is just another step in the journey. Today's Sorry Day and whilst Sorry Day is a time to recognise the wrongdoings which have happened to our aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, it is also a time for optimism, an optimism we can have a better future, an optimism we can give young aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids they will grab that opportunity like Michael Long has grabbed the football and make every outcome a winning goal. It's great to be here today. I'm pleased with Labor's commitment. This will make a practical difference to the lives Islander
of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids and they will show us just how good they can with this sort of Australians nent meant. I will take questions. Catalina?You said earlier this year you promised to stand with Australians against these cuts every day until the next election. Given what we have heard from Chris Bowen this morning, is this a broken promise?Obviously this is a difficult decision, we would like to be able to restore the funding which is due to be terminated in the future. What has happened since then, on top of the tripling of the deficit revealed at the Budget, on top of the threat to our AAA credit rating, last Friday the most recent set of independent budgetary numbers has revealed a very tough financial situation, brought about by Liberal incompetence, Liberal mismanagement. So we were clear after last Friday we will have to make some difficult decisions. Let me also be clear, we are rock solid that the only policies that we will support are policies that we can fund. The only policies that we are going to promise are policies that we can deliver. We are rock solid on that commitment. Labor, families, families will always do better under a Labor Government, they always have and always will. And we will make sure through our appropriate priorities, schools, Medicare, medicine, opposing the cuts to family payments proposed by this Government where the burden most unfairly falls upon low income and disadvantaged families, that's our promise and it's rock solid. This is extended to also the Government's changes to the pension, the assets test for the pension. Labor won't be making any stick
changes there either, they will stick with what the Government has policies
done?We think the Government's policies are really unfair on part pensioners. We think there will be a whole series of unintended consequences and unfair nesses and there is a whole lot of complexity in their measures. But the facts are that the fiscal outlook which was released last Friday has revealed after three years of Liberal mismanagement and waste, threat.
our AAA credit rating is under threat. The deficit has tripled and so what we will do if we are fortunate enough to form a Government after July 2nd, we will have a review of retirement incomes policy which puts pensioners, part pensioners and self-funded retirees at the centre of our deliberations. Will Labor also cut or keep the backpacker tax if you win Government and what about the billion dollars for (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY), will you keep that as well?Let's talk about this backpacker tax and Barnaby Joyce's fingerprints are over this mess, under the backpacker tax the Government said they are reconsidering their position. In last Friday's economic statement, they are banking all of the savings from the backpacker tax. They are banking all of the savings. Half a billion dollars. If you are a tourism operator in the Top End, if you are someone does rely, a farmer, an agriculturalist who relies on backpackers doing work and doing a good job, the truth of the matter is that this Government is running a backpacker strike. They are discouraging backpackers coming to Australia. We are seeing Zealand
more backpackers heading to New Zealand and Canada. They are banking all of the money of backpacker tax to dodge up their financial statement which is already looking dodgy. This Government has not fixed the backpacker tax. If we were elected we will sit down with the farmers, with the tourism operators and we have said all along this is one of the worst-designed taxes we have impact
ever seen and it's having a real impact right now. Anna.Just in relation to indigenous affairs, the current Government moved the would
portfolio into PM and Cabinet. What would you do as leader?We will have more to say about our indigenous affairs policy on that matter. As we all know, Mr Turnbull has given us the longest election general
in 50 years. I can make these to
general comments. We are committed to closing the gap, closing the gap in a meaningful sense, closing the gap in educational outcomes. Closing the gap in terms of healthcare. That is why it is so at
important that if we are successful at the election and save bulk billing and Medicare. It's not just that, in the speech I gave earlier today to survivors of the stolen generation and to their families, I made it clear that it is unacceptable in Australia that we have rates of trachoma, preventible eye disease among aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders which are worse than third world countries. We have also committed to do more on diabetes and kidney health so we will close the gap in health. We are also committed to closing the gap on incarceration T is a national disgrace that the colour of one's skin is a greater predict ter in parts of Australia of whether you will go to jail than any other factor. It is a disgrace that young aboriginal men are more likely at the age of 18 on the statistics, to end up in jail than end up at university. We are determined to close the gap. I'm fortunate to have Pat Dodson joining the Labor team and he and Warren Snowdon and Shane Newman policy
will work hard in terms of our policy announcements. It's such a rush every day, new news stories, go back to the first announcement I made on the campaign trail. As you appreciate there can only be one thing you announce which is the first to do on the campaign trail. It was in Cairns and the commitment to fund 400 scholarships for young indigenous people to become teachers. It is an indictment on our system that up to 5% of our aboriginal
school population in Australia from aboriginal and Torres Strait teachers
Islander background, only 1% of our teachers are from aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. decided
I know this election may not be decided on the wellbeing and the Australians.
equal treatment of indigenous Australians. But that doesn't discourage me from making it an important national issue and to be in Darwin on Sorry Day gives me the opportunity to talk about the Michael Long learning centre, took about our commitment to closing the gap and indigenous teachers.John Setka from the CFMEU has like evened a proposed building code to Nazi Germany. What do you have to say about those comments?It's a stupid comment. I thought it was stupid when Tony Abbott started using the word Holocaust. I don't approve of the person saying it. It delivers nothing full stop, it's dumb.The NT has this morning in Parliament called Labor's Natasha (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) as dyslexic. Do you make a call for him to resign?If you have dyslexia, does not mean that you are stupid or singled out for some sort of criticism. Dyslexia is a condition like many other conditions. It does not define the whole person. Our leaders in public life have an obligation not to single out individuals or groups of people or minorities and pillory them or make fun of them. Dyslexia does not make a person silly or smart. Dyslexia is a condition which means that how you read some words and how you how you
then say them is, that influences how you read words. Dyslexia does does
not make you smarter or dumber. It does not make you a better person or a worse person. Our leaders in public life have an obligation not to denigrate people with an impairment. I don't know if Natasha worry
does or doesn't but it doesn't worry me. Some of the greatest people in world history have had impairments. Roosevelt arguably the best President of the Twentieth Century led America through the depression. He had polio and couldn't walk. Beethoven couldn't hear but composed some of the best music this planet will see. Stephen Hawking needs assistance in communicating. What he has contributed, Adam Giles will never get close to. Adam Giles should get off the back of people, focus on what he is not doing rather than worry about other people.Just going back to the CFMEU, brought up an agreement for pay rises for workers of 18% over the next three years when private sector wages growth is only 1.9%. Is that responsible? Is that a responsible deal?Ultimately what employers and em plea ease negotiate is their business. You are right to draw attention to wages. The since the Liberal Party wages growth is flat lining. We have seen in the most recent economic budget numbers, the independent numbers produced last Friday, under a Liberal Government, the prospect of jobs in growth is that wages growth is going to go down, economic growth is going down and a prospect of unemployment will go up. The truth of the matter is we want to talk about exorbitant wages. I will tell you where I start, what the big banks are What
paying their senior executives. What we see in the remuneration system you have raised remuneration system, in banking is another reason to have a royal commission into the banking sector and financial services industry. I for one and I know millions of my on
fellow Australians are frustrated on one hand Mr Turnbull is choosing to give the big banks a $7.4 billion, I'm sure the big banks are voting for Mr Turnbull. We see excessive remuneration, at the same time as we see literally tens of thousands of consumers being ripped off. It's another good reason to have a royal commission into the banking industry. Tim? .Your leaked talking notes yesterday, I believe referred to something like the payment of commitment that Labor is making over the medium what
term. Cow be specific for us as to what you mean by the medium term and further to that, given that the Government is getting to surplus, we think one year beyond the forwards, can you guarantee Labor will get to surplus just as fast or are your commitments going to take longer to cover?Let's go to the talking points. Those talking points reveal exactly what we've been saying for the last three months. Those talking points reveal that Labor does have positive plans for the future of Australia. They reveal we are committed to Australian jobs. They reveal that we will fight for education and properly funding schools, TAFE, universities. They reveal our commitment to defending Medicare and prioritising the defence of bulk billing and not privatising the Medicare payment system. They reveal we have got positive plans for renewable energy to tackle climate change and we believe in a fair taxation system. More of the economic detail of our policies, I'm looking forward to, will be revealed in tomorrow night's debate between Chris Bowen, my very capable Treasurer and Scott Morrison, Mr Turnbull's Treasurer. Let me be clear about this matter about Chris Bowen and Scott Morrison. Chris Bowen has been doing a great job for the last three years. He is an outstanding Treasurer in waiting. I can say if we get elected, Chris Bowen will be our Treasurer. I wonder if Mr Turnbull can give the same guarantee.On indigenous incarceration which you were speaking about earlier, Labor is committed to justice targets. Can you detail what the targets are and how a Federal Labor Government would respond to States and Territories which are introducing legislation which is removing assumption of bail for young offenders and using restraints against young offenders?Thanks for that important question. One of the best predict terse of whether colour
someone will go to jail is the colour of their skin. I don't think that is the Australia many of us think we live in. We see too many aboriginal men receiving custodial sentences, which it was for other people, they wouldn't get custodial sentences for. I've got Pat Dodson here. I might get him to talk about gap
this issue of closing the justice gap in Australia.

As most of you I was a royal commissioner in the aboriginal deaths in custody inquiry. We made 339 recommendations. Unfortunately, most of those haven't been implemented. We have this sorry state of affairs where the incarceration rates are absolutely shameful and that further to that, we have an increase in the rates at which aboriginal women are being incarcerated. So we have also on the other hand a propensity of jurisdictions to introduce mandatory sentencing, introduce law and order type campaigns without any real consideration of the factors that underlie why people commit crime. That is because we live in poverty, because the lack of proper education, the lack of opportunity for jobs, the lack of real engagement with the society. That is what Labor is trying to achieve, a change to circumstances so we can impact the causes for why people go to - become the subject of police detection in the first instance. Once you are detected by police, it's inevitable, it seems, you will end up in the court. Once you end up in the court, it's prison. We
inevitable you will end up in prison. We have to break the cycle and that means working on the legal services and they have got to be funded because they are not guaranteed funding beyond 2017 at the moment and so those front line services have to be restored so that they cannot only deal with defending people but also look towards programs that are going to be effective in diminishing the in cars racial rates and the need for people to be going into jails. But it goes back fundamentally to education programs, it goes to the programs that Michael Long is carry on here, trying to get young people to build their esteem up through sports, through entry into trade training so people become employable and pursue a career, build the pride into individuals. Constantly denigrating indigenous peoples is not going to help. The other day I was at wad air, a place some of you might not know, but it used to be called Port Keats. It was a shame to see $36 million investment into a police station which is going to house 34, 35 police officers in the centre of this community which has problems with incarceration rates. That solution is not the appropriate one. Obviously there is no liaison, there is no communication, there is no working with the local leaders to deal with the underlying causes for why people are being caught up. We may well find the lunacy that goes on, that kids will be caught or charged with jaywalking across dirt roads or for walking around in bare feet. Thanks.Thanks, Pat. I question,
realised I was reflecting on Tim's to
question, there is one thing I need to emphasise. I will give this rock solid commitment to the Australian policies
people, Labor will only deliver policies which we can fund full stop. Lauren?On Barnaby Joyce, do you think it's appropriate that he is our Acting Prime Minister when Malcolm Turnbull is overseas in light of his comments about our live animal exports and asylum seekers?Barnaby Joyce is loose and dangerous. And as Mr Turnbull seriously asking Australians to consider voting for Barnaby Joyce as Deputy Prime Minister? Because if he's not, that's exactly what he is currently doing while he keeps Barnaby Joyce as Deputy Prime Minister. Malcolm Turnbull is asking Australians to vote for Barnaby Joyce as Deputy Minister and that's not good for Australia. Jason.We have seen yet another serious error from David Feeney. Has he blown his chances of being a Minister on your front bench if you you win the election and were you given talking points about the talking points today?No, to your second question. Let's be clear, Labor has positive policies. I'm happy to talk about our positive policies every day to the next election. We said this election would be a question of priorities. Mr Turnbull's Liberal priorities, spend $50 billion on corporate tax cuts. Labor's priorities, spend $49 billion on our schools, on Medicare, on keeping the price of medicine down. Mr Turnbull wants to spend taxpayers' money, he just doesn't the
want to spend it on them. This is the story of this election. I said at the start, right back in Beaconsfield on the day Mr Turnbull went to visit the Governor-General, this will be an election of choices that
and today we have also revealed that we will make difficult decisions, not easy decisions but this Government is leaving the next Government to inherit a real financial mess, tripling the deficit. Our AAA credit rating under risk. And now we see with the most recent Budget numbers that jobs and growth is looking anaemic under a future Liberal Government. By contrast, Labor gives this rock solid commitment, only policies we will deliver, only polling policies that we can fund. In terms of Mr Feeney, I'm sure he's had a couple of rough days. My particular couple
favourite media outing in the last couple of days was my new best buddy with Mathias Cormann with his not once but twice endorsement not only about policies but me personally. In terms of Mr Feeney, he knows he has to focus on his seat and that's what I expect him to do.With indigenous disadvantage, will you commit to saying that Nova per ace's replacement will be (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY).I don't know if you were at the earlier conference. Let me take this opportunity to put on record that Nova Peris is a remarkable Australian. I am pleased that remarkable Australians join the ranks of the Labor Party. I am pleased when remarkable Australians are Labor's representatives in the Senate. She has made a choice based upon the best interests of her family and as the mum she is in the thank
best position to judge that and I thank her for what she's done for this country and so many people within it. Last question.Mr Government
Shorten, when would a Labor Government hold a referendum into indigenous constitutional recognition and do you see a role for Nova Peris in promoting the yes case?Nova announced she is going to retire. Im happy for her to focus on different things. In terms of the referendum, what we are the
committed to is this, holding it at the earliest possible moment. I might get Pat to supplement this, he was co-chair of the Referendum Council. Let me make this promise to indigenous Australians, to Torres Strait Islanders. We think the Constitution should include all Australians. I also think the constitutional recognition without all of the other practical policies which actually bridge the disadvantage which exists in Australian society, words on the Constitution alone don't cut it. And finally, let me give this promise to aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, I am committed to seeing more aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Parliament because policy should be made by the people who are affected by them, not just on behalf of the people affected by them. I will ask Pat to wrap this up and thanks for your time.As you know, there is a council, a Referendum Council that's in existence. I was previously the co-chair with Mark Leibler. That council is continuing the work of consultation with indigenous leaders and peoples around Australia. The proposal is to have three major indigenous leader conventions at various places in Australia, plus up to 18 conferences in order to ascertain the position that indigenous peoples want. There is all sorts of discussions that are about from treaty to sovereignty, to the removal of section 25, the removal of section 51.26 and the replacement of those sections with proposals that deal with non-discrimination and that also deals with the new head of power, 51 (a). There is a range of complexity that has to be discussed. Once - there is also further consultation taking place with the broader society on how they perceive what change ought to take place. It's complex, ultimately the wording will need to be ratified, I suppose, through the Parliament and the joint approach between Labor and the Liberal Party has been strong on this point and once we've got the feedback from those conventions, we will have a clear idea of where not only the Labor Party needs to go but also the Parliament. Thank you.I'm just going to finish up here. As I do, I want to thank my host Michael Long. He's been on a journey from his his championing
football career to the long walk to his championing of the causes which bring us here today. He is doing good work and on Sorry Day, as much as we focus on all the unfair treatment which has happened, I want to conclude on this positive note, if we give the next generation of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders a really fair dinkum start in life, give them the best education possible, there is nothing holding back aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and in this election, if we achieve nothing else than accomplish this, today has been a good day's work. Thank you for covering the matters. That was the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in a gym in Darwin in the seat of Solomon which the Government holds by 1.4%. Good afternoon, I'm Chris Uhlmann, we are in Parliament House in Canberra. As we look at the day's events and he was covering off on a number of issues of the day there. In his company you saw Pat Dodson who is the Senator for WA and Luke Gosling who is the Labor candidate for the seat of Solomon. I think you will see quite a few Government and Opposition visits through that seat in the course of the next, now long
five and a bit weeks in this very there
long election campaign. He was there to talk about what he called the Michael Long training centre and that's due to offer trade training places for young indigenous people in the NT. He had to deal with housekeeping issues with David Feeney, who is the candidate for Batman and a frontbencher in his team, who had yet another bad day on the trail yesterday. Also, Barnaby Joyce who last night at the regional Leaders Forum made something, some would Southern
say, of a gaffe. Last night in the Southern Highlands of NSW, the ABC

and getting a better deal on
education. Then Barnaby Joyce directly linked the 2011 suspension of live cattle trade to Indonesia