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through the far rest of the continent. Now, that's only expected to produce relatively light and patchy falls. A front will move up towards the south-west. That will see a few showers developing about the western coastal fringe. They should stay south of petroleum, though, through the day. A little bit of light patchy rain through the southern inland of Queensland but that will clear ahead of the cooler change coming through. That will see windy conditions in Sydney.

Our top stories: Millions of people are voting on whether Britain should leave or remain part of the referendum.
European Union in a historic There are no early exit polls but whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won. A final result is expected Friday afternoon Australian Eastern Time. The Australian Government says it's working hard to secure the release of three three Australians and a New Zealander kidnapped in southern Nigeria. The workers employed by Perth-based Macmahon Holds are among 7 people abducted near the mining site of Calabar. Their driver was killed in the attack. A farmer who killed an environmental officer over a land dispute has been jailed for a minimum of 24 years. Australian basketballer Ben Simmons says he is ready to handle the expectations with becoming the NBA's number 1 draft pick. The 19-year-old from Melbourne is widely expected to be taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the top selection in tomorrow's draft. Simmons has drawn comparisons to LeBron James and Magic Johnson. Time for The business with Ticky Fullerton. Hello there. Coming up on The Business: D-day for Britain - markets batten down the hatches ahead of the historic vote. And: Bomber Beazley flying the American flag - we talk to the former Washington.
Australian ambassador to Well, voting booths are open in the UK, and it looks like the Brexit referendum on whether to stay in the European Union will go down right to the wire. The latest opinion polls have the Remain side with its nose in front, but those polls were hopelessly wrong before Scottish
the last UK election and the Scottish independence vote. So investors and policy-makers are still bracing for the possibility that the Leave vote wins and the uncertainty that would follow. Neal Woolrich reports. COMMENTATOR: He's keeping it on the toe and he is going to score!The English rugby team is looking to make it clean sweep in the test series against Australia, after two emphatic wins. In the UK, however, the Brexit vote is far less certain, with pundits tipping a nail-biting finish. And British expats in Australia are divided over which way to vote.I'm a Leave voter. I'm going to nail my colours to the mast.The damage economically is something that we don't want to go through.Global shares have rallied this week as opinion polls and betting markets show that voters are swinging behind the campaign to remain in the European Union. But the that
referendum is still a tight contest that could go either way.There's a great deal of uncertainty and in a business environment, businesses love certainty, markets love certainty, and that sort of instability will be damaging and possibly crippling to the UK economy.It's a part of the trade, it's part of our sort of travel - I don't think people quite realise the implications if we leave. Bookmakers are pricing in an 80% European
chance that the UK will stay in the European Union. While that's the market's preferred option, analysts warn that any joy is likely to be shortlived.If Britain decides to stay, you know, it's not going to get any better, so one still needs for
to be mindful that profit growth for companies is a bit challenging, economic growth is not particularly exciting, so it's likely to be a short-term rally.Whatever is the outcome, you've got a country divided along many different ways, along many different lines.The UK is the number two destination for Australian foreign investment, and many firms use England as a springboard into Europe. They are worried that a vote for Britain to leave the union could make it more difficult for Australian business, as well.If there's a challenge to the connectivity between the UK and the continent and Ireland, of course, then it may challenge that perspective for Australian investors looking at Europe.And policy-makers around the world are also watching the result closely.I don't know that a Brexit vote would have significant consequences for us, but it could and I think it's important to take that into account.Fund manager Giselle, says the biggest issue if the Leave vote wins is European unity. Spain goes to the polls next week and there will be elections in Germany and France next year.We've got a large amount of countries - Italy, and Spain - who have a fair amount of the population unhappy with the mix in Europe, so this would give them some sense of, "Maybe we should do this, too".Making for a bumpy ride on the Australian marketed on Friday, with early results from the UK's vote expected to be known here by midafternoon. Neal Woolrich there. Well, with voting underway, I spoke a little earlier to Pimco's man in London, Mike Amey. He is managing director and head of sterling Portfolio Cam management. Mike Amey, welcome. Thank you very much.Now, Pimco is calling a 60% chance of a Remain victory. You are sticking with that?We are sticking with that. We have had that all the way through. We think, as you said, we think the Remain camp has their noses ahead and I think, you know, most of the polls we've seen overnight, the last sort of polls that we've had, would tend to indicate a little bit of a late swing towards Remain so we think there is a better chance than not that we will stay in.Now, if Brexit did happen and Britain left Europe, you say that sterling would likely fall by 10%. Obviously there's going to be a lot of 10%?
volatility. Would it stay down at 10%?I think it probably would for a month or two, yeah. I mean, I think the issue is that there would be - that the economy would weaken, we'd probably go down to, broadly speaking, zero growth. At the moment we're running about 1.5% annualised. We think the Bank of England would have to cut rates to zero, it's currently 0.5%, and therefore sterling would falter.I was going to say, there are views that actually that might not be such a bad thing in the long-term. You could, in these very, very low interest rate markets, you could push a little bit of inflation in there and it might actually be good for Britain?Yeah, I mean, certainly it would help. I think we would take a hit to business confidence, as you were mentioning earlier, you know, the UK is a popular destination for a lot of we
FDI, from your country included, so we would take a hit from that so anything we could get on the other side would be gratefully received! Now, more broadly, if there is a worry that the Brexit vote got up, is there a worry that there is a systemic problem? That there would be a global problem, perhaps even a black swan event?Right, so there are people out there who think that. That's not our expectation and the main reason is that this is a vote on the UK's trading relationship with the rest of Europe. This is not like a country think
leaving the Eurozone, which we think would be a much bigger deal. So we would say this is a big deal systemic
for the UK but, in terms of a systemic event, we don't think it would be a systemic event, even though, as we sit here today, you know, every market and every policymaker is focused on it for the short-term. But a systemic event? We think not.You mention it is not like a member of the Euro leaving, but if Britain did leave, would this not start, possibly, a sort of domino or at least a crack in Europe?Yes, I mean, clearly it would give a boost to the populous parties in Europe. As you said, we've got the French presidential elections next year, where the Front Nationale could well get to the last round of the presidential vote there. There is the Spanish elections on Sunday, where the second party is a populist vote. So this would help them. Whether it would be enough to seriously derail the Eurozone, we doubt - mainly because we think the European Central Bank would work very, very hard to keep the market stable if we saw some volatility after a Brexit vote today and tomorrow. Equally, Mike Amey, if the Remain camp got up, all the problems that Europe has, and has had, before this referendum started will still be there. Won't there be frustration among other Member States? Could other Member States decide to run their own referenda. Yes, it's possible. There's talk of places like Holland, who recently had a referendum on some things going on in Europe, that they could have a referendum and this is - the cat is out of the bag now, so to speak. I think at the moment, the relatively good news - and this is of
relatively good news in the context of Europe - is that growth in Europe is actually going reasonably well. Unemployment is coming down in Europe from very high levels so we think that in the event that we stay in, yes, of course, there's going to be movements across Europe. If we vote out, it will put a lot more pressure on the Europeans. Really we think the focal point for the European asset markets, though,ing is -- though, is the European Central Bank and as long as they can keep rates low and support the economy we think the Eurozone will stay together in its current form.I'm sure they will do whatever it takes. What are we to make of a hedge fund guru warning of a 20% slump in the pound if Brexit happened.Well, George has form on trading currency, famously the one who broke the Bank of England of in in 1992, so he is a highly, highly respected investor. A 20% move is huge. The way we think about it is sterling against the US dollar, which we would say would go down to 1.30, so about 10% down in the event we leave. We haven't been at those levels since the mid 1980s which was a very different set of economic pretty
circumstances so lower than that is pretty extreme.Briefly, Mike, where does that say that he might have his chips on the table, duke -- do you think?I think we could probably guess at which way around he is today!Mike Amey, thank you very much for your time. We know it is a busy time for you.Thank you very much.Back here, another choppy day as the market awaits the outcome. Only the ASX managed a modest rise. It's all cagey across the wider Asian region, too, although the Nikkei is a strong day and the Australian dollar is now heading south against the British pound but has gone the other way against the greenback, over a cent up. Former Labor leader, Kim 'Bomber' Beazley, back from his stant as ambassador in Washington, has joined the board of Lockheed Martin, makers of the Joint Strike Fighter. As former Defence Minister, he is well equipped for the role and today was talking about growing small and medium-sized defence businesses in the sector. I spoke to him in Adelaide where the government is spending, of course, $50 billion in new submarines in the next ten years. Kim Beazley thanks for joining us.Lovely to be with you. Why would SMEs have such an important role to play in securing our defence industry.Small and medium-sized enterprises are just about everything as we shift away from a total focus on minerals and agriculture. That's where we can maintain sustained manufacturing. What we have to do with small and medium sized interpretations beyond our shores and of course locally is lock them into supply chains and with niches and there is no better way to do that in the current environment, to lock yourself into a supply chain associated with one operating
of the Defence primes that are operating here.You mean players like Lockheed Martin?Well, just take Lockheed, you know, and I declare an interest in that regard, but you take the F-35 program - there are now 17 Australian companies supplying for it. Not just simply for the F-35 that Australia requires but for the F-35 overall. The contracts that they're signed up to are worth $500 million. Now, you can go through an awful lot of the projects that we have and with the submarine project coming on, that's a big-time opportunity.The government's $50 billion investment in a ten-year political
submarine program clearly had a political element to it. Is the spend the right one by the government?Well, it's not so much whether or not you should have submarines, it's what you do with them. What we have to be alert to is this fact - that the submarine that we're acquiring goes into the water ten years, or maybe slightly longer from now. So we have to think beyond what is the contemporary role of submarines to what it will be like then. Those are the technologies which are now beginning to drive the American submarine program. You know, enormously complex situation for those who are combats systems integrators and we need to be - take the view that we have to keep our mind open about the sorts of things that go into the platform that we're creating, with the submarine. It's not to say you don't do submarines - it means you must do submarines in the way that - or the direction, certainly, that our allies are going, because they are the lead technology in underwater activity. And South Australians think an awful lot about platforms, whereas actually what goes on in the platforms is often where the value added lies. You've just returned from the US as ambassador. You've talked recently about Donald Trump's dismantling of "Isolationism
the American position in Asia as "Isolationism on speed". If he won, would it upset the broader economic relationship?Not so much the economic relationship, but strategically, it would be quite critical. I mean, I think the extraordinary thing is you set issues
aside the racial issues and the issues of the Islamic community in the United States, set that to one side, and Trump is basically contesting Hillary Clinton from the left. Actually, he's to the left of Bernie Sanders when it comes to trade issues, when it comes to alliance issues, when it comes to being prepared to destabilise the economic relationship between China and the United States, which is a critical relationship in terms of global stability, he is prepared to do all of those things and for Australian industry the real investment story is the story with the United States. We now have a mutual investment position of about $1.3 trillion, an Australian investment in the US is around about 6$00 billion Australian. I think our investment in China would be, say, $10-15 billion.You are talking your own book here, of course?Well, yes and no, but these figures are undeniable.What about future,
the Chinese relationship in the future, though?And the future is the same. Because our - the rate of increase in Australian investment in the United States each year dwarfs our investment in China. The Chinese have not yet arrived at a completely investment-friendly atmosphere, or anything like it. Anything like our atmosphere for them. Back here. The Americans are totally reliable on that front, so it's all very well for governments to talk, but if you've got your hard-earned cash in your back kick and you want to invest it, you are going to invest it where it is secure and where it does things. So for Australian small and medium-sized enterprises, they know this with absolute certainty. Their intellectual property will be United
protected when they go to the massive
United States and they join a massive market. And guess what they're doing? They're going to the United States.Kim Beazley, thank you so much.Good to be with you. And just for one moment, back to Britain, it has been raining there, if that's any clue for you as to the result. But that's all from The Business. I'm Ticky Fullerton, thanks for watching. Thanks. The top stories: Millions are voting on whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union in a historic referendum. The Australian government says it is working hard to secure the release of three Australians and a New Zealander kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria. And four police officers have been cleared of perjury charges over the death of a mentally ill man in Sydney. Daredevils from seven different countries have taken part in the wingsuit flying contest in Badong, China. Contestants jumped from a helicopter hovering at an altitude of 1,800m before flying along a designated route. Only seven of the thrill-seekers managed to hit a progressed
balloon on the course, which progressed them to the next round. Proceeds from the tournament will go to a charity to help poor students. They're regarded as two of the 20th centuries most renowned artists. Mexican couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are icons of their time, partly for their art and partly for their tumultuous marriage. Now, for the first time, a collection of their work will be on display at the art Gallery of NSW providing a unique insight into the captivating couple.Her parents described their marriage as that of an elephant and a Dove. Frida Kahlo, the striking young artist, and Diego Rivera, the self-proclaimed frog, who regularly cheated on his wife - even with her sister.They had this love/hate relationship most of the time and she would sort of get even with him and should knows what he would do? But she struck back, also having affairs to punish her husband.She wasn't a victim and I wish people would, like, not think of her as a victim.Rivera's murals were politically charged. Kahlo's art was autobiographical. Her tumultuous relationship and lifelong health problems were laid bare in her portraits.They know what she went through and it's captured in just that stare, you know, looking right at you.This portrait is one of Frida Kahlo's most famous pieces. It's called Diego On My Mind and gives a glimpse into the relationship with her husband. It's said to represent her constant desire for him. The collection features photographs of the couple, as well as letters from Kahlo to Rivera and, in a rare display, their works are featured side-by-side.The interest in quite
advance of the opening has been quite extraordinary, so we're hopeful that we're going to get a very large audience.Two larger than life figures that left their mark. Let's get the sport now.

Former NSW captain Steve Mortimer has suggested it might be time for on
current skipper Paul Gallen to move on and make way for a new era at the Blues. Recriminations are flying after the Blues lost their 10th Origin series in eleven years with the team's most successful coach, Phil Gould, accusing senior players of being sechish.Another year, another Origin heartbreak, and one the Blues captain didn't want to talk about.Just a quick one?A missed tackle here, a fingernail there. COMMENTATOR: Oh, he has knocked on! It could have been a whole lot different. With the series already see
lost, a Blues legend now wants to see a different side run out in the final match of the series.Never has there been a better opportunity than to bring some younger players into the fold.Game three in Sydney is set to be Gallen's farewell but Mortimer believes it is the perfect time to make a change.It's no disrespect to Paul Gallen, I think the world of him as a bloke and a player, but we haven't won it this year. Next year, it's about planning for that, so why not make the third game the starting plan for 2017?Everyone's entitled to their opinion but he has been a great leader for us and I hope he will be there.The Blues most successful coach Phil Gould blames the ten-year record on senior players.I have been astonished around the camp and the leadership group and I don't think it has loved the team to evolve.That's someone's opinion and in this group I don't think anyone is selfish in this playing group.Daley is adamant he won't be using the match as a chance to experiment with new players.For us, it's about picking the best team. There's no such thing as a dead rubber in Origin. One change he might be forced to make is half-back Adam Reynolds, who is set to miss the game with a shoulder injury. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits comments by club president Eddie McGuire have its
had an impact on the team ahead of its match against Fremantle. McGuire issued a public apology on Monday after joking on the radio about drowning journalist Caroline Wilson. Buckley concedes it has been hard not to take notice of an significant
issue that size.I mean, it is a significant impact, because it's something that involves the whole football club. It has been a well discussed and publicised issue and I think it was great to see Ed take responsibility for it.The Magpies have again recalled mallined the past
forward Travis Cloke who has spent the past three weeks in the VFL. The Wallabies have made three changes to their starting team as they try to avoid a 3/0 series loss to England. Will Skelton and Rob Simmons returned to the side while Michael Cheika brought Matt Toomua in at inside centre. Cheika says the Wallabies won't change their attacking approach at Saturday's test. A sellout crowd of 43,000 is expected at the Sydney Football Stadium.This is our chance to give them the football that we've played, the running football we've played in the previous matches, but with better quality and more consistently.Cheika says there will be no complacence from the Eddie Jones coached England even though the tourists have already claimed the series. Glory recruit Rhys Williams admits he has returned sooner he wants to. After twelve years abroad the Australian international defender is hoping a return home can reignite his career.I think I have came back earlier than I wanted to, as a player, I have been playing in the Premier League in England and I realised it wasn't meant to be and I need to get myself going again and with Kenny here and the squad he is getting together it's exciting and I didn't want to miss out.Williams has taken part in a series of strength tests that help him avoid and manage injuries while with Perth Glory. And if you had any doubt about how big the Euro soccer championship is you only need to listen to one commentator to understand. Iceland, the smallest country at the tournament, advanced to the knockout stage with a dramatic winner against Austria in stoppage time this morning.

COMMENTATOR: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Absolutely brilliant. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't nearly as excited, though. He threw a reporter's microphone into a lake, but it wasn't long before he was smiling again satisfy scoring a stunning goal in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Hungary. And, Kirsten, I do believe that with that commentary, Iceland will be everyone's second-favourite team at the Euros after that! I think so. My ears may never be the same again but his enthusiasm is infectious! Time now for the weather with Graham. infectious! Time now for the
weather with Graham.We have a strong cold front moving through the south eastern states at the moment. It is bringing the potential for fairly widespread snow overnight tonight. We're already seeing temperatures in behind that change dropping to single figures across parts of the south-east. We could see snow about the Mount Lofty ranges in South Australia through parts of the mid north and also the southern parts of the Flinders ranges. Down to around 400m in Tasmania, around 500m in Victoria and 600-800m across NSW as the cold air mass moves through the state during tomorrow. We will see the cold, dry air move up into Queensland. Temperatures will be most affected from Saturday on. Could even see the potential of frost becoming more widespread through Queensland. Once this high pressure system moves further east the weekend will become quite frosty across all the south eastern centres but we've still got the potential of damaging winds tomorrow through parts of NSW, the ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. We've also got flood watches out at the moment for parts of South Australia, Tasmania and NSW. But those rainfall totals will ease off considerably overnight tonight. Winds also begin to ease off as we move into Friday afternoon. Still a bit of patchy rain sitting through the central inland and coast of Western Australia. To the south-west and there's a frontal system on the way but Perth should remain dry. If we do see any showers developing, they're really not going to occur until overnight at this stage but we probably will start to see some cloud beginning to build. Showers will start to spread up towards the Perth region as we move into the evening. Cold wet and windy, showers and snow, even some hail through the south-east, all becoming a lot more isolated, though, as we move into the afternoon and by Saturday the high pressure system is the dominant feature, so really just some very isolated and light showers about coastal areas. We'll start to see widespread frost developing, but an area of patchy rain moving into South Australia and we will start to see some of that rain and cloud affecting Adelaide, through the south-east, still quite cool and we're going to see cold and chilly see cold and chilly conditions in Sydney and Brisbane.Thanks, Graham. Zookeepers in Massachusetts are on a monkey hunt after a small enclosure.
one named Dizzy slipped out of its enclosure. Offeringses at the zoo said the long-tailed monkey manually twisted the door knob and let himself out after a staff member exited the area to answer a visitor's question. Officials almost caught the monkey on Tuesday but a member of the crowd that had gathered to watch the attempt tossed something at him, scaring him off. The zoo says, due to his small size, Dizzy poses no harm to the public. I wonder when they'll get him back? You are watching ABC News, it's good to have your company. Tonight Anita Savage is going to be up next with more I'll
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Not backing down. Labor leader Bill Shorten remains adamant the Coalition will privatise Medicare if it remains in power.What they are doing is moving the burden of payment from Government to individuals to pay for their own health care.The kidnapping of Australians in Nigeria. The Federal Government says it's working to secure their release.On Lateline tonight, can Labor take seats from the Government in WA at the federal election? We'll cross to WA Senator Cormann.
and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.Good evening, Anita Savage with ABC News. Voting is well under way in a historic referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union. This is the scene live outside a polling station in central London where it's just gone midday. It's only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and follows a 4-month battle for votes between the Leaf and Remain campaigns. There are no early results but which ever side gets more than half of all votes is considered to have won. A result is expected around tomorrow afternoon. Europe correspondent Lisa Millar is outside a polling station in London. A record number of people have registered to vote. 46.5 million. But just how many are going to brave the rain is the question. There are suggestions up to 10% of voters are still undecided so that's going to make turn-out crucial. It's a vote that could have a profound effect on hundreds of millions of people but one man stands to lose the most. David Cameron voted early. He's fought hard to remain in the EU and a defeat today could be the beginning of the end of his Prime Ministership. As the other key players in the breks battle turned up at polling stations across the country, the passion was still strong -- Brexit battle. For both sides, the closing stages of the campaign have been relentless, the attacks personal, with accusations of lies and scare tactics.I want us to vote for us to become Democratic. I want us to vote for us to become a normal country because normal countries make their own laws, normal countries are in charge of their destiny and their future.(APPLAUSE) There's a sense of urgency to these last campaign events. An estimated 4 million people are going into this election not knowing how they'll vote, with the polls so close they could swing it.My family and friends are split and that's, you know - so it's their opinions and emotions that are being pressed on to me.I'm staying in.Why? What's driving your decision?I feel like in this day and age we need allies.I look on social media feeds and see people making quite ignorant comments and shouting to get out. For me, it's fear and possibly xenophobia.More than 1,000 business leaders, like the founder of last minute.com, have signed a letter urging Britain to remain.We need to be at the We
table, we need to be reforming it. We need to be working together to help make it better, not recede from it and say, "You make it better. We need to but we don't want to be part of it." The referendum question has been simply worded. Should had the UK remain or leave? This time tomorrow we'll know. This has already been an acrimonious campaign and that was It's
before the murder of MP Jo Cox. It's pitted not only party members but family members against each other. I don't think anyone thought it was going to be this divisive. The UK is the world's fifth-biggest economy and the markets are betting on a Remain vote if the UK votes to leave the European Union, the economic ramifications are going to be felt immediately. They're going to be looking for strong leadership to guide them from here, whatever the result might beThe Opposition Leader is refusing to back down from claims the Government plans to privatise Medicare. Bill Shorten has told the ABC's 7:30 program he campaign
would not be deterred from his campaign against the Coalition's health care policy. He's been speaking with Leigh Sales. Can you direct me to with where on the Liberal Party website I can find details of their policy to privatise Medicare?If you have a look at the task force which they set up, whether or not the Liberals have put it on their website does spending
want change the truth, they are spending $5 million of taxpayer money to privatise the payment system of Medicare.That's not privatising Medicare.You asked me to point to why we argue the Liberals are privatising Medicare. They set up a $5 million task force to outsource, panner to private operations the payment system of Medicare, two, the reference of the Productivity Commission from the Treasurer Scott Morrison which looks at outsourcing and looking at human
what is the best way to deliver human services from Government, and, three, their actual cuts to Medicare. What they are doing is moving the burden of payment from Government to individuals to pay for their own health care.But the head of the Australian medical association, Michael Gannon, says in no way would the outsourcing of the payment system equal the privatisation of Medicare.Everyone is entitledled to their opinion.He is head of the AMA.In February the previous AMA leadship expressed dernz about the outsourcing of the payment system and anyway, when you look at the payment system it is at the heart of Medicare. People may fair to fall for what Malcolm is saying but I am going to defend Medicare.Can you put your hand on your heart and look Australians in the eye and say the Coalition has a policy to privatise Medicare?I can say to the people of Australia that this election and their vote on July 2 will determine the future of Medicare.Is the Coalition privatising Medicare?You've asked me to talk to the Australian people here and I want to take another 30 seconds and answer your first question. On July 2 Australians about
will have a choice. It will be about the future of Medicare. You can vote Labor and make sure we keep the price of our health air and system down and keep it in Government hands or vote Liberal and look at the range of their cuts and manoeuvres and we will head down the path of an Americanised health care system where how much you earn will determine the quality of your health care.Clive Palmer's political party is preparing to wipe his name off its branding. The Palmer United Party was started by the self-proclaimed billionaire in 2013 and bank rolled with donations from his Townsville refinery that's since shut down. Mr Palmer initially tried to register his party as the United Australia Party.After this election, we will return to the United Australia Party. We have the business name, said
we have the trademark and like I said before, it's not about the person or the individual, it is about the ideas.The party is campaigning for a Federal corruption watchdog and turning North Queensland into a new State. The Federal Government is desperately trying to secure the workers and
release of three Australian mine workers and a New Zealand colleague kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria. The country's south-east is notorious for kidnappings for ransom but at this stage little is known about the men. The men were travelling in a convoy to a mine near Calabar with as many as 30 militants attacked. A Nigerian driver was shot and killed and seven ex-patriots were captured. The men are employed by Perth-based company MacMahon Holdings. It has a 7-year contract for quarrying operations in the region. Local police say two men escaped but the Australians, a New Zealander and a South African were all taken away by boat.We are working with the authorities, the local authorities, at the highest levels. We don't know at this stage the identity of the kidnappers and notified
the families in Australia have been notified of course.It's not yet clear if the kidnappers have contacted authorities but armed gangs operate in the oil-producing delta region and are well known for kidnap and ransom.Which is quite good news for those who have been kidnapped because if the families or the Governments and companies involved are willing to pay that ransom then there's a good chance these people will get home safely. The kidnapping of foreign nationals isn't unusual in the Niger delta. Often they're carried out by criminals and rarely is a political motive.We think if we paid a ransom we would potentially put a bounty on the head of any New Zealander who travels to a dangerous part of the world. Negotiations could prove tricky. The Government says it's taking the at
situation extremely seriously but at this stage the names of the men won't be released and the Government is refusing to go into further details until it has a better grasp of exactly what happened. A Perth father has been sentenced to 22.5 years jail for arranging the sexual abuse of his daughter by strangers. The crimes are described as among the worst examples of sexual offending to come before the courts in WA. Reporter Joanna Menagh was in court. The 42-year-old man cannot be named or shown to protect the 14.
identity of his daughter who's now 14. When she was aged between 11 and 13, he offered her up for sex to six men he met on the internet. The father was present during most of the abuse and on two occasions joined in. In one instance, the then 12-year-old girl was forced to wear a mask and dog collar and she was shackled to the bed. Pictures recorded.
were taken and the abuse was video recorded. The court heard that in the video the girl can be seen struggling against being restrained her
and she can also be heard asking her father to please stop. In an interview with police after his arrest, the man said that while he had regrets, it was fun while it lasted. He also told a psychologist he loved his daughter. Judge Phillip Eton described the man's shown
crimes as depraved, saying he'd shown a complete disregard for his daughter's welfare and had allowed complete strangers to treat her as a sexual object. The man will have to sofrb 20 years and 6 months before he can be released. With time already served, he'll first be eligible for parole in October 2035. A 19-year-old Australian Defence Force cadet charged with raping a fellow cadet will fight the charge. Jack Toby Mitchell pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent in the ACT Magistrates Court today. The court previously heard the pair had been drinking during a night out at a Canberra nightclub with friends last month. They shared a taxi back to ADFA with a third male cadet. It's alleged Mitchell then raped dorm
the 18-year-old female cadet in his dorm room. He'll face court again in September. Four NSW police officers have been cleared of lieling over the death of a mentally ill man in Sydney's west -- lying. Adam Salter was shot dead by police while trying to stab himself at his parents' house 7 years ago. Adam Salter's death has been weighing on these officers for 7 years but today Sheree Bissett, Aaron Abela, Leah Wilson and Emily Metcalfe were acquitted of lying to protect themselves.I cannot conclude against any of the accused that the offence of false swearing has been committed.The four officers were called to this Lakemba home when Adam Salter began knife.
stabbing himself with a kitchen knife. He was being treated by paramedics when the 36-year-old grabbed the knife and stabbed himself once more. That's when Sergeant Bissett shot him in the back. The officers told the integrity commission Constable Abela was physically restraining Mr Salter when he was shot but their evidence was convicted by Mr Salter's father and the paramedics who treated him. Judge Greg Wood died confusion and fear tainted everyone's version of events. Regrettably, we cannot press a button and play back these events, clarifying any doubts, contradictions or confusions. Sheree Bissett put her head in her hands and sobbed as the judgement was handed down. Aaron Abela and Emily Metcalfe tried to comfort her while Leah Wilson wiped away tears. Relief was written on their faces as they hugged family and friends outside court.My client has no comment at this stage.Mate, I'd the
love to talk but please not just at the moment.The officers are expected to return to work after being on restricted duties since the shooting. Just weeks after a massive storm pounded Australia's east coast, Tasmania is again bracing for severe weather. A cold front is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the State's north which are still recovering from its worst flooding in history. Boxes of food for the flood-affected.More spaghetti.Pasta.These Deloraine school students are helping distribute donated food.Our school was really badly affected and the affected.
people around the community were affected. The school was close for a whole day which supersome was fun but for other was horrible.Some students helping experienced the devastation first hand.When dad come back in the morning and told us the cows were gone he was a bit upset, yeah.Some people were stranded with the bridges down and the roads were cracked.The fresh food and groceries have been provided by Food Bank. The charity has seen a 25% jump in demand since the floods.We gave some kids a box to take on the bus which is a bit heavy for some of them.We had teachers delivering boxes and boxes to people who were really struggling.The cost of the floods is still being tallied. The State's farmers are among the worst hit. Around 1,000 farms have been impacted and about 100 of those are significantly impacted and as a result of that we're estimating around $70 million.That dollar figure is expected to grow and as the cleanup effort continues, heavy the
rain has again been falling across the north of the State.We're not anticipating again that that will cause extensive inundation but localised flash flooding is a very real risk.There's a Glad Watch and warnings across the north -- a glad watch. Damaging win gusts are expected up to 110 km/h.Because the ground is so sodden already, that will have the potential to bring a considerable amount of tree-falls.Tasmanians are again being warned not to drive through floodwaters.May look shallow, may look very safe but what could be underneath could be missing drains.
roadworks, missing bridges, missing drains.People cleaning up alongside waterways affected by the last floods are also being urged not to take any risks. Heavy rain and strong winds have caused widespread damage and flooding in parts of SA. Emergency services are preparing for more bad weather overnight. A home owner moves quickly, placing sandbags, along with the SS, to keep rising -- along with the SES, to keep rising floodwaters at bay. With a dire weather forecast, the SES kicked things into gear, preparing and needed,
getting sandbags where they're needed, handing out more than 3,000.Mount Gambier and parts of the south-east copped a drenching overnight with up to 50mm falling in some places. By morning, the weather hit Adelaide and surrounds with the SES called out to 90 jobs by lunchtime.This is serious. We've been here 10 years and seen nothing like this.It's flooding the next house, it's actually going almost through his house out had bottom as well.Even for the experts, seeing through even the shallowest of floodwaters can be difficult which is why the message is always to steer clear particularly when on the road. Wind gusts of up to 60 km/h, things king
looked rough at Port Adelaide.The king tide and the storm we had last time so thought I'd come by and see how it was going at the moment.The mercury only reached 12.6 degrees in Adelaide, the coldest top this year and coldest June day in nearly 4 and the cold snap isn't over yet. According to the bureau, the same front could see snow at Mount Lofty tomorrow. Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a state funeral in Darwin to farewell Tiwi Islands leader Cyril Kalippa. He's been remembered for his contribution to the community and economic development in the territory. A reminder for our Indigenous viewers, this report contains images of a dead person. Cyril Kalippa was carried in to Saint Mary's Cathedral by family and friends, including his grandson, AFL star Cyril 'Junior Boy' Rioli. (ALL SING) Catholic faith and traditional Tiwi culture fused. A fitting farewell for the Tiwi great.Grandpa was a man who didn't want to sit around. He stood up and made things happen. Hey, mate, I'm gonna see you again. I just wanna tell you I love you. He was the first chairman of the Tiwi Land Council and received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his work creating jobs in his community and helping set up a timber business.Because of this, myself and other Tiwi College staff have been empowered and able to work and live on the Tiwi Islands and also helping the young Tiwi youth towards a fulfilling future. (ALL At the state funeral, the Northern Territory Government praised Mr Kalippa's vision and achievements. Cyril's philosophy of creating business, creating industry and creating jobs in Aboriginal communities is one of the reasons that I ran for office.Mr Kalippa was also integral in setting up the Tiwi Bombers football team to try and influence social change, importantly, to stop the high youth suicide rates in the community.It is a religion and to some degree the glue holding the community together.Mr Kalippa died Earlalier this month at the age of 81 after battling illness. A large legacy that will live on through everyone who was lucky enough to meet him.

There's been more violence at Papua New Guinea's biggest university a fortnight after police shot students during a protest march. Students clashed with university security and set fire to cars before blocking roads into the campus in Port Moresby. This is the aftermath of the latest trouble at the University of Papua New Guinea. This time, the students can't claim they were being peaceful. They set fire to security vehicles during a violent clash with campus guards. We are very sorry for what has happened. We regret this has happened.Students also barricaded access roads and stopped people coming on to the campus. Police were called but carried no weapons and appeared keen to avoid a repeat of their violent response to a protest march two weeks ago. Many students remain angry about the whether
shooting but some disagree about whether to return to class or continue a boycott in protest against the Prime Minister.The administration is saying, "You people have to go back to class." Why should we go back to class when you treated us like this? You brought the police to the campus. We are in fear to go to the class. I am willing to go back to class. There's a group of students on the university campus who are militantly opposed to returning to class. They have been accused of intimidating other students who want to go back and now this - the police and university administration saw they'll meet the students in a bid to resolve tensions. In the United States, Republican Congressmen have voted to adjourn all proceedings until after the Independence Day holiday to thwart a sit-in by Democrats demanding tighter gun control measures. Nearly 200 Democrat law-makers were trying to force Congress into stricter measures in massacre.
the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.The chair wishes to make an announcement.The protesting Congressmen forced the chamber into control
recess twice before Republicans who control the House voted to adjourn until after the 4 July. North Korean leader Kim Jong Unsays his country's latest missile test show

The first test failed, the second travelled 400km and landed in the sea of Japan. Existing UN resolutions banned the rogue State from using ballistic missile technology. A zero-fuel airplane has landed in the southern Spanish city of Seville to complete its historic Atlantic crossing. The over
Solar Impulse made swift progress over the ocean after leaving New York on Monday. The flight was the 15th stage in the aircraft's bid to circumnavigate the world. Now let's out what's
check in with Bev O'Connor to find out what's coming up on The World. Tonight, we'll have the latest from London and Brussels as the UK begins to vote on its future in Europe. Pakistan mourns one of its most famous singers, shot dead by militants. And China's fitness push gets a big bounce from Beijing's trampoline parks. All on The World next hour, ABC News 24.Former NSW captain Steve Mortimer has suggested it may be time for current skipper Paul Gallen to move on and make way for a new era at the Blues. Recriminations are flying after the Blues lost their 10th Origin series in 11 years with Phil Gould accusing senior players of being selfish. Another year, another Origin heartbreak and one the Blues captain didn't want to talk about.Good-bye.A missed tackle here, a fingernail there. It could have been a whole lot different. With the series already lost, a Blues legend now wants to see a side run out in the final match of the series.Never has there been a better opportunity than to bring some younger players into the fold.Game 3 in Sydney is set to be Gallen's farewell but time
Mortimer believes it is the perfect time to make a change.No disrespect to Paul Gallen, I think the world of him as a bloke and a player but we haven't won it this year. Next year it's about planning for that so why not make the third game the starting plan for 2017. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but he's been a great leader for us. If he's fit he'll be there.The Blues' most successful coach blames the poor record over the last decade on senior players. I'm astonished by the selfishness leadership
around the team and in the leadership group, I don't think it's allowed the team to evolve. That's someone else's opinion. As a is
playing groupy don't think anyone is selfish in the group.Despite calls for the coach to make changes, Daley is adamant he won't be using the match as a chance to experiment with new players.For us it's about picking the best team. There's no such thing as a dead rubber in Origin.One change he might be forced to make a halfback Adam Reynolds who is set to miss the game with a shoulder injury. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits comments by club President Eddie McGuire have had an impact on Fremantle.
the team ahead of its match against Fremantle. McGuire issued a public apology on Monday afterjoking on radio about drowning journalist Caroline Wilson. Buckley concedes it has been hard not to take note offence an issue that size.It is a significant impact because it's something that involves the whole football club. It's been a well discussed and publicised issue. I think it was great to see Ed take responsibility for it.The Magpies have again recalled maligned forward Travis Cloke who's spent the past three weeks in the VFL. The Wallabies have made three changes to their starting team as they try to avoid a 3-0 series loss to England. Will Skelton and Rob Simmons returned to the side while coach Michael Cheika has brought Matt Toomua in at inside centre. Cheika says the Wallabies won't change their attacking approach for Saturday's test. A sell-out crowd of 43,000 is expected at the Sydney football staid krm.This is our chance to give them the football that we've played, the running football that we've played in the previous matches but with better quality and more consistently. Cheika believes there will be no complacency from the Eddie Jones-coached England even though the tourists have already claimed the series. Glory recruit Reese Williams admits he's returned to Perth earlier than he wanted to. Williams has signed for the Glory after injury curtailed his most recent seasons in the lower divisions in England. After 12 years ago, the Australian international defender is hoping a return home to re-ignite his career.I think I came back earlier than I wanted to. I had a plan of playing in the Premier League in England and I realised it wasn't meant to be. I need to get myself going again and with Kenny here and the squad he's getting together it was exciting and I didn't want to miss out.Williams has taken part in strength tests to avoid and manage injuries while with Perth how
Glory. If you had any doubt about championship is,
how big the Euro soccer championship is, you only need to listen to one commentator to understand. Iceland, the smallest country at the tournament, advanced to the knock-out stage with a dramatic winner against Austria in stoppage time this morning. (COMMENTATOR SHOUTS ECSTATICALLY)

Absolutely brilliant. Cristiano though.
Ronaldo wasn't nearly as excited though. He threw a reporter's microphone into a lake but it wasn't long before he was smiling again after scoring a stunning goal in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Hungary.

We've got a very strong cold front moving through south-eastern States. Already, the areas that have seen the front move through are seeing temperatures dropping from around the mid-teens to single figures. Expecting to see very cold conditions tomorrow. Widespread showers, possible hail with thunderstorms, potentially strong and gusty winds although the strong and say most likely to NSW. Snow to low levels in Tasmania and NSW, in
even around the Mount Lofty ranges in SA. Another front moving towards the south-west of WA and a band of cloud sitting through central areas of the country.

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Good evening. Tonight: The campaign in Western Australia is hotting up with senior Liberals accusing one of Labor's star candidates on being soft on Islamic extremism. Dr Anne Aly says it is part of a desperate smear campaign and that she is on an extremist's hit list because of her deradicalisation work.She has come out in open defiance against Bill Shorten's assertion that he