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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. To stay or not to stay, that is the question. Britons decide their future in the EU. Three Australians and a New Zealander among seven mine workers kidnapped in Nigeria. An 81-year-old farmer to spend the rest of his life in jail for murdering a public servant north-western New South Wales. And the Marones make it 10 from 11 after claiming the State of Origin series in Brisbane.

Hello, James McHale, with ABC News Early Edition. The polls have opened and Britons are now casting their votes to determine whether or not the United Kingdom will remain in the European Union. If Britain leaves the EU, it will have global implications, and whatever the result the political careers of some of the key players could be made or destroyed. Europe correspondent Lisa Millar joins us live from London. Campaigning it is fair to say about up into the final days leading into this vote.Yes, and it was so slow
intense, they were not going to slow it down because you had around 10% of registered voters who were still undecided, so that is 4.5 million people who were telling the opinion pollsters that they didn't know which way they were going to vote on the eve of this election, and interestingly, James, the very first person who walked through polling booths Idomeni said she had changed her mind on the way here -- told me. She had gone from a Leave supporter to a Remain supporter. So, when they talk about this as an election on a knife edge, it certainly looks that way. The polls have been open for an hour and they are picking up quite a few people coming through this morning.Have you managed to speak to many people, and if we can do it and informal exit poll, do you have any sense of which way the vote will go?Well, it will be informal, because they have ditched them, James, after last year's disastrous result with trying to pick the result of the general election. So, there won't be any official exit poll. Our own informal exit polling suggesting this area of London, certainly, people are voting to remain. That is not a surprise, because it seems that this debate, on immigration and the economy, has split people in geography as well as class and age. These areas of London you would expect there to be a high remain vote. Outside London or into the lower income areas and you are going to find people who are backing the Leave campaign.If those voices are stronger and written that leave the EU, what are the ramifications of that?It depends who you listen to. According to leading economists, there will be an immediate recession, the sterling will plunge and there will be disaster all round. Now, others suggest it was be as disastrous as that but it will be a hugely significant vote if they do decide to leave. Something, though, the divorce as they call it, will take years to follow through and the thought of renegotiating trade deals and working out what happens with borders and also with the millions of Europeans who have made Britain home, what happens is something that some have predicted would take a decade to work through.I expect we will talk about this very shortly. Thank you very much for London. Malcolm Turnbull is attacking the opposition over the handling of a dispute over volunteer firefighters and has used a trip to the Liberal seat of Corangamite in the hopes of shoring up the political fortunes in the state. Our correspondent joins us now. It is a bitter dispute and it is one that the PM is promising to intervene in.That is right. It has led to the resignation of a Victorian Cabinet shadow
minister and it continues to cast a shadow over Labor in the state with the country fire associations volunteers claiming the Victorian government and professional union are trying to in some way diminish their role in the organisation. The cynic would ask why Malcolm Turnbull is getting involved. He says it is a genuine issue to be addressed. It is also something the Coalition has identified as a winner in vote especially in semiurban marginal seats they are battling to hold onto like Corangamite and Latrobe. He met with volunteers this morning along with the Liberal MP Sarah Henderson into long and he heard some of their concerns before giving this undertaking.The only way you can be sure that you will be protected from this union takeover is to return the Coalition, my government, on July two and believe me the first item of business will be to protect you, and we have the means to do it, the legal capacity to do it and we will act on it. And the Opposition Leader has also been waging a fairly local campaign today in Adelaide stop yellow that is right. South Australia will be a tricky state for the Coalition and move
Labor and hence why Bill Shorten move there today.The concern is the X-Factor with both major parties worried about how much political damage they will sustain the hands of the new Nick Xenophon team. Bill Shorten's mein battlecry has been that the Coalition wants to privatise Medicare but with Nick Xenophon's 10 hit a set of red approach and criticises him and his candidates for their position on penalty rates -- main. We are not like Senator Xenophon's candidate, who went on television this week in a debate with our own Nick Champion, and was asked a question, "if the Liberals present a bill to move penalty rates away from small business," he said "oh, well, I'll consider that." This is the problem this election. You're not just voting for Nick Xenophon, you're voting for a rag tag bunch of candidates, so many of whom with some dubious views, particularly on penalty rates. If you want to protect your penalty rates, you vote for Labor and you vote for our plan. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaking in Adelaide and we must point out Labor has run an advertising campaign in South Australia about the Nick Xenophon's team stands on penalty rates and yesterday the Senator said he was the
considering legal action against the campaign arguing it was defamatory.Thank you. The race is on to secure the release of three Australian mine workers and a New Zealand colleague kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria. The area in the south-east of Nigeria is notorious for kidnappings and ransom demands, but at this stage Australian authorities are revealing little about the identity or fate of the men. The men were travelling in a convoy to a mine near Calabar when as many as 30 armed men attacked. Their Nigerian driver was shot and killed, and seven expatriates were captured. The men are employed by Perth-based company McMahon Holdings, which has a seven-year contract for quarrying operations in the area. Local police say two men escaped, but the Australians, New Zealander and a South African were taken away on a boat. We are working with the authorities, local authorities at the highest levels. We don't know at this stage the identity of the kidnappers at this stage. The families have been contacted of course. It's not clear if the kidnappers have yet contacted authorities, but armed gangs operate in the oil-producing Delta Region and are well known for kidnapping people for ransom. Which is quite good news for those who've been kidnapped, because if the families and governments and companies involved are willing to pay that ransom, then there's a good chance these people will get home safely. Kidnappings of foreign nationals, particularly mine workers, aren't unusual in the Niger Delta. Often they're carried out by organised gangs, and very rarely is there a political motive. It's simply about money. However, any ransom demand is unlikely to be met by either government. Our very strong policy is not to pay ransom, and the reason for that is that if we paid a ransom then we potentially put a bounty on every New Zealander that travels to a dangerous part of the world. Negotiations could prove very tricky, and the government says it is treating the situation extremely seriously. But at this stage the names of the men won't be released and authorities say they won't go into further details until they have a better understanding of what occurred.

A Perth father has been sentenced to 22-and-a-half years jail for arranging for his daughter to be sexually abused by strangers. The man also abused the girl, in crimes described as among the worst examples of sexual offending to come before the Western Australian courts. Joanna Menagh reports. The 42-year-old man cannot be named or shown to protect the identity of his daughter. She is now 14. When she was aged between 11 and 13 he offered her up for sexual encounters to six men he met on the internet. The father was present during most of the abuse and on two occasions he joined in. In one instance, the then 12-year-old was forced to wear a mask and dog collar and was shackled to the bed. Pictures were taken and the abuse was recorded. The court was told the video showed the girl struggling against being restrained, and she also could be heard asking her father to please stop. After his arrest, the man told police that, while he had regrets, it was fun while it lasted. He also told a psychologist he loved his daughter. Judge Phillip Eaton described the man's crimes as depraved, telling him he'd shown complete disregard for his daughter's welfare and had allowed complete strangers to treat her as a sexual object. The man will have to serve 20-and-a-half years before he can be released. With time already served, he's first eligible for parole in October 2035. A New South Wales farmer who shot dead an environmental officer has been sentenced to 35 years in prison with a non-parole period of 24 years. Ian Turnbull was found guilty last month of the 2014 murder of Glen Turner, who was involved in land clearing prosecutions against Turnbull's family in the state's north-west. In sentencing, Justice Peter Johnson told the Supreme Court in Sydney that 81-year-old Turnbull intended to kill Mr Turner. And would most likely die behind bars. But he was satisfied no lesser sentence was appropriate in all circumstances of the case. Four New South Wales police officers accused of lying to the state's police integrity commission about the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man have been found not guilty of perjury. Jessica Kidd reports. I am here at the district court in Sydney where four New South Wales Police officers have been acquitted after they were charged with giving false evidence to the police integrity commission. Sergeant Bissett put her head in her hands and cried as the verdict was handed down. Her fellow officers, Aaron Tudela and Emily Metcalfe, try to comfort her and Leah Wilson wiped away tears. Adam Salter was shot in 2009 at his family's Lakemba home. The four officers were called to intervene after he began stabbing himself with a knife in the neck. It was Sergeant cherie Bisset who shot him in the back when he began stabbing himself again. The crown alleged the officers agreed to lie and put their heads together and agreed that they would give evidence saying the constable would try to restrain him just before the shooting -- Cherie. The justice in handing down his judgement said he found no evidence. Star money. He said that any inconsistencies between the officers' evidence could be explained by the fact that they were confronted by a violent and frantic scene, and any weakness in that situation would have their perception and accuracy clouded. Police have re-charged two men over the death of an Aboriginal woman on the New South Wales north coast. Adrian Attwater and Paul Mariss were previously charged over Lynette Daley's death, but they were never prosecuted. Johanna Nicholson reports. Lynette Daley was 33-year-old when she died on a camping trip in northern New South Wales in 2011. She was an aboriginal woman with seven children and it was found that she died after a violent sexual assault. Her body was found naked, bloodied and bruised and she also had an extremely high blood alcohol reading. At a level that was potentially lethal. Now, an autopsy was carried out and it was found that Miss Daley died from blunt force trauma. Now, five years later, police confirmed two men have been charged over Miss Daley's death, but it is not the first time these men have been charged over her death. 42-year-old Adrian Attwater and 46-year-old Paul Mariss were initially charged but they were never prosecuted. Now, at the time, Adrian Attwater told police that he was Miss Daley's boyfriend and he was charged with manslaughter, while Paul Mariss was charged with being an accessory after the fact. But neither of them actually faced court. Now, this year, in February the Attorney General asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to look into year,
the case again. Then in May this year, Four Corners conducted an episode on this case and following that the DPP announced it was bringing in independent counsel to carry out a review of the case. Now, police have confirmed these two men have been charged again, Adrian Attwater with manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault, while Paul Mariss is charged with offences.
being an accessory to both offences. The pair will face court in August. Now, the Attorney General has described the case as being truly awful, and has also said that the family of Ms Daley now
won the matter to go to court, and now it will in August. won the matter to go to court, and
now it will in August. It has been a day of modest gains on the sharemarket. Taking a look across the region, and it was a good day. The Nikkei adding 173 points. Gold is up to $1268 US per ounce and the Aussie dollar has hit a 2-month high egg in the greenback with investors betting Britain will stay in the EU -- against. with investors betting Britain will
stay in the EU -- against. A school in Canberra is taking food recycling to the next level, with students creating meals from unwanted produce for those in need. Radford college students spend one afternoon a week honing their cooking skills, and giving back to the community at the same time. The food service program is open to students wanting to fill their service hours and has produced some astonishing results. It's not an ordinary classroom, and these students are here to do more than learn. The food that we make then gets delivered back into the community. Each week, OzHarvest delivers unused or unwanted food to be repurposed by year 10 students. While it may sound unappetising, the menus are often mouth-watering. Prawn and tomato pasta, vegetable curry, beef goulash, penne pasta, beef chow mein. And there's one golden rule... If you wouldn't eat it, then don't expect someone else to, so the students certainly learn that on the job. For the chefs, the benefit of the program is twofold. I love all the different vegetables and everything we get and what we make out of it, like what we make out of things that would otherwise have been thrown away, and also it's good for just like your cooking skills. Once the food is made, it's packaged and given back to OzHarvest to deliver to less fortunate Canberrans. One organisation that relies on the meals is Karinya House, a crisis support refuge for women and children. The fact that this comes every week, it comes consistently and it's always of a really, really high quality it's just a really important part of our outreach service. Most importantly, the scheme allows Karinya to direct its valuable resources elsewhere. It takes an enormous pressure off our clients but it also takes the pressure off us because often we will come in contact with a very vulnerable family and if we haven't got this kind of resource available to us then we will actually go and buy things which are then a drain on our resources. A community effort that's making a big difference. Sport, and Queensland have claimed this year's State of Origin series after beating New South Wales 26-16. They will aim for their first series clean sweep in six years while the Blues will play for pride after another failed campaign. This is how the champions celebrate. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. And although they were bleary eyes this morning, nothing could dampen the mood.Something very special, couple
obviously, that was shared with a couple of blokes.To be able to do it in front of a whole bunch of Queenslanders with my son at the game is the highlight of my career. The Cowboys contingent of right in North Queensland. All eyes on Michael Morgan's injured knee.I think the braces precautionary.The Blues arriving back in Sydney with their own concerns about injuries with Adam Reynolds' short industry. Nothing was good coming out of it. Tension was high before the game last night with captain Cameron Smith doing his best to come down Queensland. Cameron Smith has opened them up!Moments later and Greg Inglis was tackled without the ball, candida Maroons the first points. Then the Blues came back, earning a penalty themselves. New South Wales got another penalty when Paul Gallen was upended by Sam Thaiday.He is going after him but Gagai is their!Tempers flared. But it did little to hold up the momentum there--! Queensland were cruising before the Blues broke through. Johnathan Thurston stepped up and handed Gagai his third try. There is a try coming yes, he has got three.James Maloney was in the right place at the right time.And he goes over to score, James Maloney.A knock-on from Michael Jennings denied New South Wales soon after, before Queensland combined to produce the try of the night.Cameron Smith to Johnathan Thurston and here is a try! Queensland is now aiming for a clean sweep while it is back to square one for the Blues. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits club president Eddie McGuire has had an impact on the team ahead of its match against Fremantle. McGuire issued a public apology on Monday after joking about drowning journalist Caroline Wilson on radio. Buckley says it has been hard not to take notice of an issue of that magnitude. It is a significant impact because it's something that involves the whole football club. It's been a well discussed and publicised issue and it was great to see Ed take responsibility for it. We're a club that believes in respect for all. The Magpies take on an in-form Dockers tomorrow night. They have recalled Travis Cloke who have spent three weeks in the VFL. The Wallabies have made three changes to their starting team as they aim to avoid a 3-0 series loss to England. Locks Will Skelton and Rob Simmons return to the side, while coach Michael Mhieka has brought in Matt Toomua at inside-centre. The coach says the Wallabies won't be changing their attacking approach for Saturday's test at the Sydney Football Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of about 43,000. This is our chance to give them the football that we play - the running football that we've played in the previous matches but with better quality and more consistently. Cheika believes there'll be no complacency from the Eddie Jones-coached England, even though the tourists have already claimed the series. Portugese soccer star Christiano Ronaldo has turned around an indifferent European championship with two goals against Hungary. Before the game, Ronaldo showed his displeasure at questions about his form throwing a reporter's microphone into a lake. He chose to answer his critics on the field. His double salvaged a draw for Portugal and clinched a spot in the next round. COMMENTATOR: Ronaldo's made his move, it's Ronaldo, oh, sensational, Christiano Ronaldo's levelled it up for Portugal. Iceland's remarkable run continued with a last minute goal against Austria guaranteeing them a place in the final 16, much to the delight of this Icelandic commentator. COMMENTATOR: (SQUEALING). While Ireland stunned Italy in the dying stages to also progress. In a little over 24 hours, the career of Australia's next sporting superstar will be launched. Teenage basketballer Ben Simmons is expected to be picked at number one in the draft for America's NBA, and join the Philadelphia 76ers. On paper, Simmons is already worth close to $40 million, and he's yet to play a game at the elite level. North America correspondent Michael Vincent reports.

Ben Simmons is the most sought-after college basketballer in the US.It is a little surprising. Some things will be shocking but I have worked this hard to be able to do this and I am it.
looking forward to being part of it.Now America is getting to know him.I am trying to think of what your accent is.Australian mixed American.Really?Yes, my dad is from New York.Oh, where is he from?The Bronx. His US born father played for the Melbourne Tigers.I take pride knowing might toughness is a family trait I got from you -- my. I grew up in a basketball family. Everyone is very close. We have a very small circle so I think that is how to build me into the type of player and person that I am today.Ben Simmons came to the US championships
aged 15, he won three high school championships and then had one year in college. So, you still get a kick at playing and teaching kids? Oh, always. My dad did a Lockwood he was playing, so I feel like I am giving back in doing it -- did a lot when he was playing.Ben Simmons is the latest to make it to the recent NBA following the success of Andrew Berget and Matthew Della Verde. He has given his parents moments like this.You haven't okayed basketball player named Ben Simmons in the house.It was just an awesome thing. We forget. So much has happened. That was really special, you know, I was sitting in the audience and I heard him say my son's name and that was just amazing.His parents recognise the downside to being a superstar. The media attention and some of the negative attention has certainly prepared him for what he is going to face going forward in the NBA. The young Australian is taking it all in his stride. He is getting used to the spotlight. Tomorrow night the draft will be carried live around the US and around the world. Time now to check in with Julia Baird from the Drum. Now, Julia, you will be looking at the Brexit referendum and local politicians talking about consequences here at home.That is right. Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop have said we have to vote for the Coalition because we need a strong economic plan with the turmoil and confusion and uncertainty around the Brexit poll with 46 million eligible voters about to happen. It is still unsure. We've got some very strong and divided views on the panel tonight. We will discuss what lies ahead. Either way, whichever Fork in the road the UK might take, and the consequences of all of the vitriol and robust debate has been stirred up by this -- fork.A less significant issue for the UK, not for tennis players, a dress is causing a stir at Wimbledon.Gas, just a little less significant, but nonetheless we are here again with this tiny dress designed for the players by Nike that they have had to hold down -- yes. It poses questions about what we expect female athletes to wear when they are being athletes, and this will be covered compound civilly by the panel after the news.On the Drum. Thank you. And now for a look at the national weather with Graham And now for a look at the national
weather with Graham Creed. Widespread warnings with strong cold fronts moving through the south-east, snow and hail expected in most of the south-eastern states. All the way to the far north of New South Wales. Conditions will ease through the day with this high pressure system moving through. In Queensland the cool change arrives in the southern districts. We still have patchy and light rain in the southern areas. All likely through the south-east, and isolated showers in the far north-eastern coast. For New South Wales, showers especially over the inland, more widespread in the central and southern slopes. Mostly dry on the coast, becoming cold and windy across the state. Snow to around 700m in the south, 900m in the north. In Victoria, down to 500m, widespread showers and hail in the morning, which will contract to the ranges and the coast in the and
afternoon. Strong wind in Tasmania and expecting some snow to around 400m, widespread showers and hail, but it will contract back to the west. In South Australia, for the southern quarter, hail and showers in the morning, but that will ease and it is windy and cold. In the south-west, showers for the Southwest Cape moving to Perth in the evening and in their territory, showers for the north and north-east, patchy rain clearing from the south. Thanks very much Graham. And that's all for this bulletin. will
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Joining me on our Thursday night panel we have CEO of Professional Mums and former BRW editor Kate Mills. Welcome. Executive director of the Menzies Research Centre Nick Cater, and head of theMcKell Institute Sam Crosby. If you are on Twitter you can join us if you use the hashtag The Drum. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tried to turn Brexit into a vote winner here at home by arguing only the Coalition can protect Australia from future global economic turmoil. Polls have just opened in Britain with around 46 million people eligible to vote on whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union. British Prime Minister David Cameron is leading the re-Meyne camp. He argues -- remain camp. He argues it is better for the economy and senior Coalition figures agree.It would be a very big shock. There is no doubt about that. If Brynne votes the leave the European Union, there are a lot of things that are beyond our control that affect global markets, that affect us, and that is why you need to have a stable Government with a clear national economic plan.I believe that it would be in Australia's national interests for a strong Britain, and indispensable friend and ally of ours to remain within the European Union. Already, we have seen great volatility in global financial markets at the mere prospect of Britain leaving the EU. That's why it is so important for Australia to stick to the economic plan that the Turnbull Government has been implementing.But leave campaign leader Boris Johnson says Australia and Britain would become closer if the UK split off from the EU, and in a last ditch letter to voters he promised an Australian-style points system for immigration if successful. Nick Cater, what do you think will happen if Britain decides to leave?I think the short answer is we don't know. People who say they do, there will be...