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Breakfast. It's Friday and it's great to have your company this morning. I'm Kumi Taguchi. Fut the future of Britain on a knife edge as Britain vote whether or not to leave the EU.There are benefits being in the European Union.I feel there's a lack of democracy in the European Union.I felt one way and voted another.

Police storm a German cinema complex, shooting dead a gunman who opened fire in a theatre.I'm Michael Rowland in Townsville. A city in desperate need of both jobs and growth. So, has the Turnbull government done enough to save the see key seats here that will prove decisive on election night.The Crows beat the Kangaroos in an impressive AFL performance and an Aussie about to go number one in the NBA draft.

And stairway to victory - a Los Angeles court rejects claims that Led Zeppelin stole their most famous riff.The strongest cold front this year - Wed wet and windy, drier and cold ther weekend with plenty of snow.

To stay or to go - that is the question being decided by millions of Britons who are currently voting on their nation's naut future in the European Union. Polling stations are set to close in an hour, and more than 46 million people are eligible to cast a ballot. Voters have braved some miserable weather to cast their votes around the country. The vote caps off four months of furious and sometimes very biter change. It is only the third nation-wide everyday in British history. Let's go straight to Europe correspondent James Glenday who joins us now from a Leave EU party. What's going on there?Good morning. As you can see, supporters of the Leave EU campaign are slowly gathering here at what is a very, very spectacular bar in central London looking out to the Thames and the London Eye below me. The mood here is cautiously optimistic. A lot of the polls in the past few days have been suggesting the status quo get them over the line. Many people are settling in with a drink, they have patriotic flags abhats ready to celebrate what they call the UK's 'Independence Day'. But we don't know that for many hours to come. It will be a long night. We were people
out earlier today and spoke to some people on the polling booths as they cast their ballot. Here is would
what they had to say.I think it come
would be a political disaster to come out of it. Economically for England it would be awful and I think the implications for the rest of the world would be pretty dramatic as well.I voted to leave the European Union. I am very worried about the immigration issue and the economics of the union. I think that we will take an immediate hit for leaving. I think we will take a much longer hit by staying.And, James, we saw those voters there. What do you know about the turnout with 46 million people eligible to vote, do we know how many have voted?We don't know those figures until the ballots come in. It's just under an hour until polling officially closes. 46 million registered to vote. 10% undecided, according to mote polls. were
So that is 4.6 million people who were as of today only still making up their minds. In this decision which could really shape Britain's future, not just for the next few years but for generations to come. interesting
It's going to be very, very interesting to see what happens. We expect to see the first results come in around 11 o'clock local time, so around 8pm, 8am Australian eastern standard time. And then by around midday Australian time we will get a very clear picture, about 12:30 Australian time of how this race has gone and then early afternoon we are likely to see a pretty -- pretty much an official declaration and speeches from the campaign leaders.We've just been look at some stages of the papers, very mixed there in terms of some in the Remain camp, some in the Leave camp and the Daly mirror saying don't take a leap into the tark. Some fantastic covers. 'Independence Day' on the front of the Sun. I understand there's a lot of media blackout going on, particularly with the BBC.There is a media blockout. -- blackout. The polling rules in the UK are strict. Pollsters are not allowed to talk about the major issues of the campaign while the polls are open. They can talk about the weather, how many people are turning up and where the polling Staces are. Broadcasters can't urge people to vote because it is not compulsory. So those fairly strict rules have been in place since about midnight local time here and will stay in place until 10pm. But as an Australian, who is a resident in the UK, I was actually allowed to vote today which was a slightly bizarre experience and it's totally different to an Australian Federal election campaign or campaign of any time. There are no billboards or people handing out how-to-vote cards, no sausage sizzles, bands, choir, all the things you see at poll booths in Australia. It was not quite the experience I was expecting. But certainly it is a very, very big job for the people of the Electoral Commission here tonight. 46 million registered to
voter, it's going to take some time to work out who has won majority in next
this campaign.We will chat to you next hour. I'm distraught for you that you had no sausage sizzle but we will chat soon. Let's go to some other news - police in Germany have shot dead a masked gunman who opened fire and took hostages in a cinema complex in the country's west. The man was killed after elite forces stormed the complex in veern veern. -- Viernheim. About 25 people were wounded by police tear gas during the attack. Witnesses in Nigeria have described the terrifying moments seven mine workers including three Australians were kid napped at gun point. Gunman shot the company driver dead and kidnapped three Australian, two Nigerian, a New Zealander and South African. All were working for Western Australian-based mining company Macmahon. It's been reported the Australians were from WA, Queensland and Tasmania. Witnesses at Kalippa in Nigeria say they icial Kala in Nigeria said they thought the gunmen were from Boko Haram.We thought Boko Haram approachory area but we come to know that it was militants that came.In the United States, protect
President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of immigrants from deportation has been effectively blocked by the Supreme Court. 26 Republican states were challenging the President's executive action in which he bypassed Congress to allow millions of undocumented ip grants to stay. The Supreme Court is evenly split preventing the policy from taking effect during Mr Obama's presidency. The President says the deadlock is heartbreaking for millions of people. The world's longest running civil war could be about to end with the Colombian government and FARC rebel agreeing to a joint ceasefire. The war in Colombia has claimed more than 220,000 lives over five decades. Led Zeppelin has been cleared of plagiarising a riff in their hit Stairway to Heaven. Los Angeles juror has found -- juryy has found Robert Plant and Jimmy Page dd not steal the most famous passage of their rock anthem from the band Spirit. Now to finance news with Del.Good morning. Global stock markets appear optimistic ahead of the vote on the EU membership. Before the close, the Dow was up.

It was a pretty rough night weather wise in Melbourne. Strong winds and rain damaged houses in that city overnight. Emergency services received 150 calls for help. With the ceiling of one home collapsing in the city's south-east. The weather bureau is warning a cold front will continue to bring cold damaging winds and hail to south-eastern part of the count, with snow down to as low as 400m. Yesterday, Adelaide shivered through its coldest day in four years, reaching only 12.6 degrees. And for more on that weather here is Vanessa.Those cold winds will reach right up to Brisbane as we get into the

A low of 20 degree in townsville which is where -- Townsville which is where Michael Rowland is this morn. Where are you?I'm am on lovely Townsville beach, the Strand here, it's already 22 degrees. I just wonder how warm it is down there but I won't rub that is in. It's a truly majestic town, Townsville. Lots of tourists come here from other States and overseas. Lovely Magnetic Island is over to my right. A tropical paradise but a paradise that is suffering some great economic distress at the moment. The unemployment rate in Townsville and figures just released yesterday stands at 13.3%. That is the second highest jobless rate anywhere in Australia. So very big problem. The youth unemployment rate is even higher. And it is absolutely no surprise, Kumi, that jobs and growth, the economy, are the key issues in this seat of Herbert. It's held by Liberal Party Ewen Jones since 2010. But he is under strong challenge from eight other candidates in this closely contested poll. Lots of political lots of
manoeuvring going on but certainly lots of concern about where the city is going.What about the other broader issues - job, growth? What are the other issues that people the
are saying these are I think the Essentially
the things that affect us? Essentially jobs. Medicare has come up as a bit of an issue. There's a big issue here with water security which I will touch on shortly. The main dam servicing Townsville is down to 20% level. There are already severe water restrictions in place that could escalate in the next few weeks. These are one of the many issues being canvassed. I will be joined by Ewen Jones, Cathy O'Toole the Labor Party candidate but joining me now on the Strand in Townsville is Colin Dwyer, the candidate for Katter's Australian Party. Thank you for getting up early to join us.You're welcome. We have the latest figures 13.3%, really ugly set of numbers in anybody's mind. What is your plan to get this economy back on track? You are a noted regional economist? The first thing we should be doing is doing an audit of all the facilities around Townsville. We need to identify what the maintenance value is and also the gaps in there that we can actually start to fill and create opportunities, bring in projects and create jobs. Then on the other side of that we need to make a list in economic, social and environmental term of all the #34r0 Projects that we need, do a cost benefit rank of those, do a jobs benefit rank of them and a community benefit rank of them and when we get money into those areas we should be spending them on the best possible projects. In the first instance what we need to do in Townsville right now is bring the stadium in, create job, boost confidence and after that we need the
to start fast tracking the dam. At the moment as you said we have low levels in our current dam. We need Gate
to build a new dam out at Hells Gate and put in a hydro facility. The stadium is probably one of the over
key election issues in this seat over the last few weeks. Malcolm Turnbull has offered to kick in $100 billion and Bill Shorten the same.

Away.It's the fast est 500 to,000 jobs that we can bring into the region and it's not three years away. I it ooh it's more likely to be 12 to 18 months away. What that does is it starts to boost confidence and confidence has been below zero and flat lining for some time. So we need to change that as creating
soon as possible so so we can start creating jobs and getting people outside the region looking at us in a positive manner rather than the negative manner we currently have. One of the issues that is front and centre on people's minds is water. Every city survives on its water supply. The supply here is desperately low.Yep.Is it going to be economically feasible to options
build a new dam? Should other options be looked at?We need that new dam and we need it as fast as possible. We have had the North Australia Infrastructure Fund that was announced a year and a half ago, 5 billion dollars in there. It's a tortoise fund. We need to fast truck that fund so money can be released andy b used for the hydro electricity scheme. We have a $2 billion announced in another fund in the last Budget, we need private investment and agriculture and a gas power station in there. systems
With both of those power generation systems we will take it down to our state development area, we will create jobs down there, #4e6y industry and add value to the local community community.You are hoping to win the second House of Representatives seat for the Katter Australian Party, the first is held by Bob Katter. Has Bob been with Absolutely.
you on the campaign trail? Absolutely. He is a very popular fellow. I have been walking around with him and she a very charismatic person.His charisma or his support seep into the seat of Herbert. How confident are you?I'm reasonably confident in the Thuringowa area that his attraction powers out there are significant. Over here I have a very good base in the north Ward type area and on this side of town. We have a good combination between business sort of community and also the rural sort of community in Townsville.Do you have to wear a hat like Bob.I do wear a hat but that is a health have a
issue rather than anything else. We have a very sunny climate up here and it's very warm. If anybody is feeling cold down south they're more than welcome to come up here. Thank you. Colin Dwyer, thank you and good luck on July 2.You're very welcome. Thank you.Colin Dwyer there. The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is heading to Darwin today. He will be campaigning vigorously on Medicare as he has done for much of the campaign. But as Caitlyn Gribbin explains once he is in the Top End he will find there are other issues on voters' minds. Bill Shorten has covered some ground this week as the election campaign reaches the pointy end. He will spend some time nothing says
campaigning in the NT today and nothing says Darwin quite like the mindle Beach markets. These markets sit in the marginal electorate of Solomon, and it has a margin of 1.4%, it's held by the Country Liberal member Natasha Griggs but what will swing voters come the 2 July?I think we should put more focus on tourism because the - a lot of my friends are obviously in tourism and it seems to have gone down quite significantly since last year.I think the only communities need more time and money and lot
education.I would like to see a lot of stuff for small business coming through. Tax breaks and stuff like that. That would win me over.Another interesting point worth noting here in the Top End is that the NT elections will be held on 27 August. So if you think you are sick of elections, spare a thought for the voters up here.I'm definitely not sick of politicians. So we have a CLP government in the territory at the moment. They are forever keeping us highly entertained! I think the general feel in the NT perhaps is a little bit of voting fatigue.It's too much in one year.The opposition leader will today return to a familiar theme - Medicare. He will ask the PM, Malcolm Turnbull, to rule out privatising the health services that Australian veterans receive. Now, the Coalition has ruled out any privatisation of Medicare, but that won't stop Labor's attack on the issue. Caitlyn Gribbin reporting there. our
Let's look at the front pages of our newspapers this morning and a lot of them are covering Britain's referendum on European membership. 'The Guardian Australia' is reporting that polls on the EU referendum remain neck and neck as voting continues across the UK. Britain's future on a knife edge - the Australian leads with concerns that world markets could react badly Briton's decide to leave. The Financial Review says here in Australia the RBA has briefed both major party on the potential describes the
consequences of a Brexit. The Age describes the vote as a reckoning between Leave campaigner Boris Johnson and British PM drom. And the -- David Cameron. And the Sydney Morning Herald is suggesting there may be anarchy in the UK if Britain exits Europe. Elsewhere, the Herald Sun is attacking the Greens campaign suggesting the party's 123 billion dollars of election promises would be paid for by new taxes. The daex sets its graphic artists on Bill Shorten, and accuses the Labor leader of stretching the truth about a range of election issues. The Mercury reports 12 of Tasmania's mayors are angry that the two main parties have ignored the southern part of campaign.
the State during the election campaign. Rot in hell - the West Australian makes its judgement on the Perth dad jailed for 22 years for forcing his young daughter to have sex with strangers he met on the internet. The NT News covers the funeral of Anish Kapoor Rioli and he was hailed for his leadership in education and development and football. The Canberra Times features Connor world
Nonas who is ranked 25th in the world in his sport. It it's hi-5s on the Advertiser after Adelaide team beat the Roos last night. And this paper is showing a run-down of the 30 greatest Queenslanders. There you go. Michael Rowland is in Queensland. He is in Townsville for us this morning. Michael, of course that hit back at the Daly telly yesterday, we would expect that today.Yes, they're a very parochial lot but winners are grinners from the State of Origin when it occurs with the State of Origin and all the rest of us have to suck it up. Now the Townsville bulletin is out today. I will be joined later in the show by its editor Ben English and its front page today features a couple of V8 Supercars. There's a very big Supercar race here next weekend but the headline get on with the jobs new
and that is a reference to those new unemployment figures I was talking about before. .3%. It is a very big issue -- 13.3%. It's a very big issue. Inside there's a 9-page spread on the candidates how and how they will tackle the jobs crisis and get Townsville moving. It is along with water security and Townsville stadium the key issues people are speaking about up here as the campaign nears its end. There are people walking alongside me, it's very busy place down here, lots of joggers, los of people doing tai chi, lots of walkers. I am feeling very energetic even though I'm sitting down.. You mentioned it's only eight sleeps until the end of the election campaign. I'm just thinking what have been the highlights? Is it too long? How have we coped all this time? Are people up there saying this has just been going on forever?Oh, yeah, absolutely. Cabbies I have been using for the last couple of days certainly say certainly
that. And lots of people are certainly over the campaign. Colin Dwyer, the Katters Australia Party candidate was telling me he's noticed a few people up here prepolling in the last few weeks. record
We do know we are expecting a record number of prepolls already. I can say that I happily voted last week. So I've done any democratic duty. I will be working on election day. So I and there are quite a few people at the polling booth I was at. But, yeah, in terms of highlights, low lights, probably figures in both ways, I recall that time that Bill Shorten was pashed on the street. I think it was in Melbourne by that lovely woman who got one kiss but asked him back for a seconds one. A bit of a splash of colour makes an otherwise long and boring election campaign much more survivable. We are keen to get the views of vuters who are voters -- viewers who are voter as well how they feel now we're so close toe election day we can almost touch it.Was it the pash? We would love to get you involved this morning. How have you survived this long election campaign?

PK, long election campaign, sick of it?Too long, said it from the start. What a joke. Hopefully we don't see an election campaign as long next time. To sport there was a good tough game for Australian Rules last night. The Crows beat the Kangaroos by 3 points. Look at this -- 33 points. Look at this skill from Eddie Betts, the Crows hit 28 behinds, if you can imagine that. They should have won by more. North Melbourne after being on the top of the ladder have now slipped a bit, lost some games in the last few weeks. However, the coach is still buoyed by their position, their 10 wince and four losses. The Crows will think after last night but anything can happen from here. To the hockey briefly before we talk about the NBA draft and the Hockeyroos have lost again in the champions trophy in England. This time they went down to the Netherlands. Let's look at the goals.Match 11 of the 2016 women's champion's troey. The Netherlands are claiming there wasn't a goal has been awarded.

Lynch Lynch tries to save it. It ricochetted off.

It is a goal!Slattery at the back post followed up after crossing and gets a touch.Of course you need to be better and you would like to score more goals so the margins are decisive. That is what we're saming to, do to put it beyond doubt, not leave it in the hands of umpiring decisions and that's what we're aiming to do in the next match. Australia had a goal dis allowed. He wasn't happy with that. Australian teenager Ben Simmons is expected to be the top pick in the NBA draft later today. Michael Vincent joins us now from New York. Great to sue see you. Please tell me it feels like you're on the set of a Jerry Maguire movie!Mate, if you came to us two minutes earlier this place was vibranting with the hype and the commentary. And that was just the warm-up. In a few hours we hope that Ben Simmons will be sitting there with his friends and family and will walk up as the number one pick for the 2016 NBA draft, the first time an Australian has done that since Andrew Bogut in 2005. It will be a huge night for the young Australian. 19 years old. Guaranteed 2-year contract, possibly extension out to four years and that would give him roughly $20 million in salary alone!Most people know that Ben Simmons story how he grew up in Melbourne, son of Dave Simmons, a probasketballer who came to Australia and settled. Tell us about his last 12 months.Yeah, him.
it's been a huge last 12 months for him. At the age of 15 he came here and played at high school and won then
three national championships ABC then chose to go to LSU where his gadfather was a coach. That was criticise by many people and he didn't make the finals in the NCAA series. But he did extremely well. He made school records there. For the last six months he's been the number one draft pick on many people's minds because of his skill set and because he's won so many awards. Basically is a player who would benefit any team who picked him up. He's verse file. He is unsellish. He is a good passer. So he's got a lot of good reps and tonight they will pay off for him with that number one draft pick.We are just watching some highlights of him to back up what you're saying there. What is ahead for him, if as expected he goes to Philadelphia? What time of team and basketball town is it?Philadelphia is an interesting case because it is the bottom dweller. It has had a system of trying to become the bottom dweller to get the number one pick. So that process has paid off. The coach of the Philadelphia 76ers is Red Brown a former Australian coach who happened to have coached Ben Simmons's dad the family
about 25-odd years ago. So he knows the family well. He was around when Ben Simmons was born. And so it's kind of to quote Ben Simmons when I interviewed him yesterday it would be a fairy tale beginning potentially if he does go to the 76ers. They would definitely need them
his talents and like him to help them build back up to a good team. But they've really good to not just talent
him, they have to get some more talent over the next couple of years. If they do pick him up he years.
will be with them for at least two years.A few people in Australia, we have just watched Ben Simmons on TV largely, it east he's been on the move so much. You have sat down and talked with him, you are one of the few. What do you make of him and is he ready for all the hoopla he and all the pressure he will have to carry along the way?Yeah, look, very mature head for a 19-year-old. You do meet some interesting characters when you do this job and for a sports person with so much pressure on him, at the college level of course he had to deal with all that criticism and very intense criticism. People - legends of the game have compared him, Magic Johnson compared him to le brong James is. - be Bron James. Yet I saw him being criticised for not going to the Olympics. He has his own gold plaited Australian flag around his neck. He is Australian and does want to play for the Boomers but he wants to get his career under way. So he is very well aware of the pressure. I think he would be glad to get this night over and done with and get back oout out on to the summer competition they have and then go of course into preseason and finally get into the first season opener back at the end of October. I think that is what he is really looking forward to and getting on with his life. He is surrounded by his dad and mother and sister an brother are here yesterday. They're all supportive of him. He has a best friend out here. He is well looked after. That close circle will help to keep him on the level as he deals with this enormous attention and expectation that he's going through because of this extraordinary success he's had: Thanks for all of that and enjoy the show. They do it definitely in the United States, bigger and better with their sports. Bigger at least!. There's another young Aussie that is likely to get picked up called Thong Maker and I might tell you more about him later on. Now to the weather.Good morning. I think this photo says it all. Winter hit the south-east with a vengeance yesterday. The strong est front this years continues its journey through NSW, bringing plenty of snow to the Alps. Rise over night, low level snow in Tasmania, 400m. Victoria 500 and NSW 700m. Blustery showers across the south-east this morning with possible hail. The wind chill making it feel much colder than the maximum temperatures. A high pressure system locks the cold air in this weekend. A cloud band from the north-east, humid winds on the jet stream and light rain over Northern Australia and southern Queensland. Strong gusty colder winds will reach up as high up as South-East Queensland tonight. Around the States -

Now stay with us, we will have plenty ahead for you on this busy morning. Including more from Michael in North Queensland.I'm in Townsville where the waterfront economic
beauty hides a city in deep economic trouble. We will be looking at how the election campaign has highlighted both the challenges and the opportunities facing this city and this region. He will be speaking with Labor's candidate for Herbert later. And and I will bring you all the finance news in a moment but here is Kumi with the news.Voters in the United Kingdom have braved torrential rain to cast their ballots on whether the country European
should remain a member of the European Union. More than 46 million people are eligible to take part. It's only the third nation-wide referendum in British history after a 4-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns. Polling stations will close in about half an hour. More than 100 firefighters are battling a blaze that's damaged factories in Sydney's south-west. Emergency crews were called to the fire at 3 o'clock this morning. The fire started in a car wrecking yard before it spread to an adjoining blind and Australianing business. The cause of the -- awning business. The cause of is fire is unknown. Police in Germany have shot dead a masked gunman who opened fire and tookst hostages in a cinema complex in the country's west. The man was killed after elite forces stormed the complex in Viernheim, south of Frankfurt. Authorities say the man appeared disturbed when he barricaded himself inside the complex with several hostages, about 25 people were wounded by police tear gas during the attack. Rock band Led Zeppelin has has been cleared of plagiarising a riff in the hit Stairway to Heaven. A juriy has found Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not steal the most famous passage of their 1971 rock anthem from the band Spirit. Now leading the finance news - global stock markets appear optimistic ahead of vote on
the final result of that British vote on European membership. European stocks rallied overnight on expectations that UK voters will choose to stick with membership in the European Union, even though opinion polls showed a night race. The Pan index finisheder and the French CAC and German Dax soared closing up herely 2% and 1.9% respectively. Here is how Wall Street finished up overnight, the Dow and S&P 500 both gained 1.3%.

Back home, and Sydney stock broker Oliver Curtis today will be sentenced today for insider trading. Mr Murt its has been convicted over a $1.4 million wind fall he secured through trades based on illicit tip-offs. The tip yufs were given to him by his childhood friend. The crown has called for Curtis to be jailed but his wife has pleaded for a non-custodial sentence as curt sis the primary carer of their two young children. Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay 10.2 billion dollars to settle some claims in the US have its emissions cheating scandal. Most of the money would compensate 482,000 owners of 2-litre diesel cars programmed to dis tort emissions tests. Owners could receive between $1,000 and $7,000, depending on their car's age. It's still unclear what steps Volkswagen will take to fix the car and they still face hefty fines as well as possible criminal charges. The first bid has been confirmed for McDonald's restaurants in China an Hong Kong as the US fast food giant plans to franchise its outlets in the country. China's Sanpower has con - confirmed it's put in a bid. There's more than 2200 McDonald's restaurants in China be plans to open 25 more. The US company has received more than half a dozen bids which means it could raise more than $3 million. Asian million mare naries now control more wealth than those in North America, Europe and other regions according to Kapoor. Driven by -- Capgemini, driven by Asia and Japan, Asians saw their wealth jump 10% last year. They hold nearly 60 trillion dollars worthwide, four times higher than 30 years ago. That could rise to 100 trillion dollars by 2025 according that that report. Australia's growth in high net individuals came despite slowing economic growth in China and a weak Japanese economy. Astounding that that came despite a slowdown in China. Can you imagine if it wasn't slowing down.Isn't that extraordinary. I can't even fathom how much money that is.It proves more and more about that shift we are seeing from west to east.And Michael is in Townsville for us this morning where the sun is coming up buflgly warm there as well but lots of concerns about Michael,
jobs and growth in that region. Michael, good morning.Good morning. Looking at the backdrop as I'm sure you are wistfully, I hope you are jealous, it's beautiful here this Townsville, 22 degrees. We are talking about the election. We spoke a short time ago to Colin Dwyer from the Katter Australian Party. I am joined now by Labor candidate Cathy O'Toole. Good morning and thank you for joining breakfast.Thank you very much.You ran in 2013 unsuccessfully so you are hoping it's second time lucky today. We on this election campaign. We had the news today of 13.3% unemployment in Townsville. What is Labor's plan to securing jobs here?Labor is very clear that what Townsville needs at the moment is a hand-up. In November last year, Bill Shorten came and stood with me and we announced $100 million for stadium. We know that that stadium will help heart.
significantly rejuvenate the city heart. That was $100 million and 1,200 jobs. Two weeks ago, we announced 31.7 million dollars for the Australian tropical Marine agriculture centre. Which will book end at the other end of the city redevelopment area. That will be a state-of-the-art and international first for Northern Australia. That will be a partnership with James Cook University and is very much industry led.On the Townsville stadium you mentioned 1,200 jobs, I think that is construction and there will be 30 full-time jobs once the stadium is construct constructed. Is it a viable long-term proposition?I walked along the city, Flinders Street, two weeks ago and I went in and spoke to every small business owniner the city heart. I myself have owned a business in the city some years ago. What I heard from those people was Townsville needs something that will bring people to our city heart. When people come on holidays, they don't come to tour around the suburbs. They come to look at what's in our city heart. At the moment we are really starved of an attraction. The stadium is not just about where we play football. The stadium will offer us huge opportunities for tourism-type activities. I have spoken with people in the arts, the opportunity for us to have a facility that would allow pop-up exhibitions, for example. We haven't had that the
before.There's a lot of focus on waters
the Great Barrier Reef and the waters behind me both sides have contributed money to stop coral bleaching but does that figure largely among local voters here. ? I think what we see here is the Great Barrier Reef is on our front door step so it's really important us to. There are a lot of jobs here in the tourism industry in the north from the Great Barrier Reef. In fact it generates 0,000 job and nearly $6 billion to our economy. We are very concerned about our reef and that is why Labor has committed $500 million over five years but 377 of that is new money for research, for reef management well.
and to invest in the environment as well.Finally, a week and a bit out, how is it looking? How confident are you?I'm in this race to win it. I believe it will be a tough battle but every day I am focused on talking and listening to people about what matters to my it
community of Townsville and I think it will come down to the wire. What commitment
the people have from me as a commitment is I will work every day to ensure that voice is loud and strong in Canberra and we get our fair share because we ge - deserve it.It will be a very close contest indeed. Now, the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was on 7:30 last night, sparring with Leigh Sales and not surprisingly one of the key topics was Medicare.They're increasing the price of medicine and they are cutting and slashing bulk-billing incentives for pathology tests an diagnostic images ing.Can you put your hand on your heart and say that 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. You can vote Labor and make sure that we keep the price of our health care government
system down and we keep it in government hands. Or you can vote Liberal and look at the rake of their cuts an mans of a and we will head down the path of an Americanised health care system.I started this by raising the issue of trust and so I why I keep going on about the privatisation about Medicare is you use the words like the Americanisation of Medicare and the PM has ruled it out and campaign.
labelled it the biggest lie of the campaign. So why do you keep saying that Medicare will be privatised? Throughout this election as I have talked to tens of thousands of people they keep telling me Bill make sure you don't let the Liberals harm Medicare.Let's go back to our top story - there's less than half an hour to go to vote in Britain's EU referendum. In the past week leaders from both the Leave and the Remain camps have win
been out on the streets frying to win every vote they. Can We look back at the campaign. .I don't want a referendum, I am sick of referendums.

If you jump out of the aeroplane, you cannot clamber back through the cockpit hatch.I just want to get over to people that that is it. And we will be locked in the back of the car going in the wrong direction with no prospect of change.

People just have to think for themselves and what will be better for us.I think I have designed the right option.

It's just heading into a war now go.
and it's just annoying. .There you go. About 15 minutes left to vote in that all-important referendum. Mexican couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were well known for their iconic art and tempest use relationship. Despite their profile as a couple their Hartworks have rarely been exhibited together. Now a display is on show at in Sydney. It's been 16 years since this collection by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera has been in Australia. It It's
was last on display in Canberra. It's been brought here from Brazil and will be at the art gallery of NSW for the next four months. I'm Nicholas
joined now by senior curator Nicholas Chambers. Thank you for speaking us to.No problem.Is it what about the pairing of these two artists that is so intriguing to people?It's interesting because it may not seem like a terribly novel idea on face value to pair Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera but until recently there have been very few major exhibitions that have looked at them together. The reason for that is their work is very, very different. They approach painting from very different places, itle stylistically their work is quite die jerj -- die vergent yet they came to reflect on dramatic life evenings they shared or perhaps their investment in the cultural life of Mexico.The collection involves more than 30 artworks, photographs, letters, quite a collection. What are the logistical challenges in setting that up in the art gallery?It's interesting because the collection around which the exhibition is based includes somicons in both of the artist's serves. What we wanted to do is frame those pieces by some photographs, by correspondence from biographical
Frida and vintage films to weave & biographical thread around the paintings as well.What type of response, turnout are you expecting from the public?The interest before we've opened has been phenomenal. So we are preparing for enormous audiences.Thank you for speaking to us.Thank you.Let's take a lighter look at the politics of the week and this week on Clarke and Dawe, the PM soldiers on inspite of a very sore throat.

PM, thanks for your time tonight, nice to see you again. (SPEAKS WITH RASPY VOICE) Very good to see you. I'm sorry about my voice, I have a Cyrus.You don't sound too good.I can't election
afford to be at home. We have an election on. I have to express our ideas to the Australian voting.I know, but we can't hear what you are saying. Would you be able to get somebody else in to explain what you want to say?That is not a Joyce?
bad idea. Who do you think?Barnaby Joyce? He is the Deputy PM.He can't express Liberal Party policy. She not a member of the Liberal Party.But he is the Deputy PM.The Coalition is a completely different party.He is the Deputy PM. He must know about your policies.He knows about some of them. Have you got economics questions?I would like to talk about the Budget.Barney is probably not your boy. He may not be across the detail.What about Scott Morrison or Kelly Dwyer? Kelly Dwyer is very busy. I am told she had a fair bit on.Scott Morrison?Scott called me earlier from a bunker. He currently thinks that Conservative white Christian males are under attack from bigots. Steve Scot Scott on the benchI think I will go somewhere more sult.Canned rues?Are you talking to me?How about Bill Shorten?Bill Shorten is my opponent!But your policies are similar and if he is available he might be able to help you.Bill Shorten's policy are appaling.I am not saying they're any good, I'm just saying they're similar to yours.They're not. Climate change, similar.Similar there.Asylum seekers? The same.No they're not.How are they not the same?Thatry ut lir different.You what is the difference?Have you seen their asylum seeker policy? Their asylum seeker policy has a yours?
light blue cover.What cover is yours?Navy!Economic policies. You talk about suss plnd and superannuation.I'd keep Bill off that?
superannuation if you could.Why is talking
that?Doesn't know what he is talking ab. I'd keep him off health and education too. Keep him well away from aNavy those subjects too. ThereThere's a fair bit of stuff - defence and trade.I wonder if Bill would Coyte. I would be a great kindness.He is always looking for an opportunity to explain himself. That is a good point.And you could interrupt him any time.Anything that would involve me and talking less would be very helpful. Get him in.Let's look at today's papers, we're joined by Lateline reporter Hamish Fitzsimmons. Great to see you.Good morning.What is going on in the news today? I guess a lot of stuff around Brexit.With half an saying
hour to go and the most recent poll saying the Leave campaign had a slight edge, it will be a really interesting day of news as these results filter out during the day, as polls close in a few minutes. The AFR has that - I've been reading some interesting stuff around the RET weather and people say if the weather is bad it tends to favour the Leave camp because they will be most voted to head out in the rain.And it's interesting the implications for Australia if they leave. We have seen in the last couple of weeks warnings about the volatility of the currency markets and the share markets around a vote should Britain leave the UK. It's interesting also that Britain has been warned it will the
cost a lot of money should it leave the EU as well.There's a lot of currency change, passport change, as
so many logistical aspects to that as well.Levering the EU just would be an administrative nightmare you would think. And that is something that hasn't really come out in the Stay campaign. So it will be interesting in the next day.Let's go to the Smee Daily Telegraph. What do they have today?It's a story hung around that graphic which is quite extraordinary -Bill Shorten as Pinocchio.Well, what can you say really? Not too much to go on. I it's an article that is taking apart the Labor - everybody about Labor's campaign saying it's based on a scare campaign and a lie which is what the opposition leader is copping a lot of flak for the so-called - accusing the National Party of perhaps wanting to do something to Medicare, whole sale changes which hasn't really come out at all.WA is featuring an article on the ar loon inquiry: There's no -- Yarloop inquiry. in
There is no Country Fire Authority in WA so this report by a former CFA chief has recommended that much a body be established. Two people fired in the jail -- died in the fire in January and took out the town of Yarloop. Itlic spoke about the paralysis of firefighters. It remains to be seen whether the recommendations will be take-up up at all.These fires were last year? That is right. In January. And two people died. So it was warnings about the incredible scale of the undergrowth that hadn't been burnt in 37 years it says in the report. There's a huge story today that we have been talk about and this is about the NBA draft with Ben Simmons. Wow, 19, looks like he is going to be picked for that draft? It also shows how the NBA is a truly global sport. There was an interview with Ben Simmons the other day asking him why he went to the NBA over any other competition and he said it's the best in the world and he has the advantage of having an American father as well, who was a professional basketballer. So he is familiar with that silver medal system. But what is interesting about this is there's another Australian in the draft, a young guy who is a former refugee from what is now South top 40
Sudan. He is tipped to be in the day
top 40 of the draft. So it's a good day for Australians.PK, we were going to talk about him last hour. This is a very interesting story. Amazing young bloke. In the last couple of hours they are writing about he may not go first round. He was at some stage I think he was a top 10 pick. Look at how taum he is and athletic. He has been doing this in high school now they're unsure about his age which has come up at the last minute.They're now questioning if he is perhaps older than the cut-off 19 years old for the NBA. But he is seven foot one and fairly mobile as well. As is Ben Simmons. So it's a new breed of player, these really massive, strong and very mobile guys they are getting in the NBA.And you wonder around the recruitment of that pick, the money, the endorse mentes, extraordinaryIt's big business. It must be exciting to be in the middle of. Also exciting for Australia's basketball team. Not for this Olympics but for the next Olympics because don't derth Dante Exum has done the same as Ben Simmons, his dad played basketball. And they might play against each other.PK, what else is going on in sport?The Hockeyroos have lost again at the champions trophy in England, this time they lost to the Netherlands 2-1. The scoe goal scorer for Australia was Katherine Slattery. They lost 2-1 to Argentina and they had another dis allowed in this match and the coach really teed off after the match and said that the officials need to get this right. He feels robbed in the last couple of matches of particularly his players have been been a bit ripped off. There was a really good game of Australian Ruhles in the AFL last night. The Crows beat the Kangaroos and despite some wonky goal kicking, the Adelaide Russell Crows kicked 28 behind. North Melbourne one of the League's best teams an three
Vanessa's favourite team has lost three in a row but they're still good at the top of the ladder. The Wallabies are preparing to salvage something from game 3 this weekend. A bit of rejigging of the scrum there as well. So look forward to maybe a Wallabies win over the weekend.Fingers crossed. Vanessa what is the weather looking like for the weekend?A strong front, blustery shower, the odd storm and plenty of snow around the south-east and ranges and slopes of the NSW area. Another trop is ramping up this weekend over WA, for those in Queensland, humid winds along the trough, light rain in the south-east, those winds around the range, there's still some moisture left over the north coast.

It is beautiful in Townsville. It's above 20 degrees now and not even 7am. Mike it's looking pretty nice. It is. Thank you as well, the background has been nice as well! It is quite a scene, it's busy as Pitt Street in Sydney and Bourke Street in Melbourne. Lots of people walking along the Strand here, focusing on the erection election which is a bitle over - a little over the week before voters in this seat of Herbert cast their ballot. The local Liberal member Ewen Jones has held the seat since 2010. He is facing a strong challenge from Labor's Cathy O'Toole. This is one of the seats that Bill Shorten needs to win if Labor has any chance of winning government. So a very close contest indeed.What can we expect from you up there next hour?We will be speaking to Ewen Jones over the rest of the show. He is campaigning madly as is his Labor candidate - counterpart Cathy O'Toole. Also in the next 20 minutes we will be joined by the editor of the Townsville Bulletin Ben English, the local paper has more than a vested interest in the been
thoughts of its readers here, it's been running a very strong campaign on issues like jobs, of course, getting this Townsville stadium set up, which will house the North Queensland Cowboys and more importantly tapping into the views of voterses. We spent some time on the streets of Townsville yesterday tapping into the views of voter an small business own errings as how to how they think the economy is going onds what they see is on offer from Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull as this campaign winds down. We leave you with some shots of a beautiful sun rise here in Townsville. Lot ace head on News Breakfast after this very short break. Seep it in.

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Welcome back to News Breakfast. Thanks for watching. This morning - the future of Europe on a knife edge as Britons vote on whether to leave the EU.I think there are a lot of benefits from being in the European Union.I feel there's a lack of democracy in the European Union.I felt one way and voted another.

100 firefighters battle to contain a blaze that's destroyed parts of a Sydney factory. Police storm a German cinema complex, shooting dead a gunman who opened fire in a theatre.I'm Michael Rowland in Townsville, where the waterfront economic
beauty masks the city in deep economic trouble. We will look at how the election campaign is highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities facing this city and this region.Also ahead - a wild ride down the world's at
longest tunnel slide. We will look at the attraction that combines an adrenaline rush with art. That is later this hour.This morning we are talking about the AFL with Crows beat the Kangaroos and there's an Aussie about to be picked number one in the NBA draft. The strongest cold front this year, wet and windy, drier and colder this weekend and plenty of snow.

To stay or to go, that is the question being decide by millions of Britons who have just finished voting on their nation's future in the European Union. Polling stations are closing after 15 hours of voting with more than 46 million people eligible to cast a ballot. They have been greeted by miserable weather at some polling stations in the country. The vote caps off four months of furious and sometimes bitter campaigning. It's only the third nation-wide referendum in British history. Let's go straight to Europe correspondent James Glenday who joins us from a Leave EE party in London. Great to see you again. I can see those people behind you, like you said last time cautiously optimistic about what to
might happen when the votes start to come in.That is exactly right. We are just hearing from some of the
the people who are trying to get the UK out of the EU that they've done a poll over the past couple of days with about 10,000 voter and think they may a slight edge. So we should take that with a very small grain of salt, essentially suggesting some of the northern cities in England which are essentially working class areas might be swinging towards the leave but it's far too early to tell. You can probably see the atmosphere is really starting to build along with volunteers who have been out today and coming back in. The Leave camp says this Britain's independentday What
and -It's quite hard to hear you. What we might do is take a look back at how these leave and remain camps and the leaders from both sides have been campaigning. They've been out on the streets for four months now trying to win every single vote they. Can let's take a look back.I believe that this Thursday can be our country's 'Independence Day'.Will there be job losses? There might or there might not. That is Goode enough. That is not good enough. SONG: # Should I stay or should I go? # If you say that you are mine # Brits don't quit.They say we have no choice but to bow down to Brussels. We say they are woefully underestimating this country and what it can do.

Immigration is celebrate, immigrants and immigration, everything they do for our country. Your company hasn't been project fair, it's been project hate as far as immigration is concerned.This is what people are going to vote on in the referendum - getting back control of our borders, easing the pressure on public services.

. SONG: # So come on let me know# # It's very exciting there as those votes come in. First let's get you the other morning's news. More than 100 firefighters are battling a large blaze that's damaged factories in Sydney's south-west. Emergency cruise were called to the fire at Greenacre before 3am, police say the fire started in a car wrecking yard before it spread to an adjoining blind and awning business. The cause of the fire sun known and drivers are warned of traffic delays in the area.Police in Germany have shot dead a masked gunman who opened fire and took hostages in a cinema complex in the country's west. The man was killed after elite forces stormed the Cox plex in Viernheim. The man appeared disturbed when he barricaded himself inside with several hostages. About 25 people were wounded by police tear gas during the attack. Witness nessWitnesss in Nigeria have described the terrifying moment when seven workers were kid napped. They included twoe Australian, two Nigerian, a New Zealander and South African. All were working for Western Australian-based mining company Macmahon. It's been reported the awns were from WA, Queensland and Tasmania. Witness at Calabar say they initially thought the men were from Boko Haram.We thinking
heard a gun shot and we were thinking as if Boko Haram has approached our area. But we come to know that it was militants that came.In the United States, President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of immigrants from deportation has been effectively blocked by the Supreme Court. 26 Republican states were challenging the President's executive action in which he bypassed congress to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay. The Supreme Court is everyonely split, preventing the policy from taking effect during Mr Obama's presidency. The President says the deadlock is heartbreaking for millions of people.The world's longest running civil war could be about to ends with the Colombian rebels an FARC agreeing to a ceasefire. The war has claimed more than 220,000 lives over five decades.Led Zeppelin has been cleared of plagiarising a riff in their hit Stairway to Heaven. A Los Angeles jury has found that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not steal the most famous passage of their 1971 rock anthem from the band Spirit.To some finance nows - global stock markets have rallied sharply as investors are betting on Britain remaining part of the European Union.

Let's take you back to London now, we have James Glenday is back on the line with us. The tolling of Big Ben has happened in the last five minutes. This is to signify the end of that period where people can vote. 10 o'clock there in London. The first exit poll, James, we understand has just been released?522 -- 52 for in, 48 for out. At the last election this pole was the only one that got close to predicting the final result. It was seem to
only out by one point. That does seem to be roughly what a lot of the
the polls have been reflecting over the past few days. But we are going to find out the actual result over are
the next few days - few hours.We are also going to be taking you Michael
back to Townsville shortly where There
Michael Rowland is there with us. heavy
There has also been some very, very heavy rain overnight in Melbourne as well. Michael, though, is in a very sunny Townsville. It is looking nice and warm there. A beautiful day up there in Townsville?Yes, already 23 degrees, it is not hard not to love this place. I know it's suitably cold wrer you are. We can bring you some shots of the waters off Townsville and there have been some hardy souls swimming across the rocks from me all morning as Townsville wakes to another day. We are a week and a bit out of the views of
election and I'm here to tap the views of voter and look at some of the keys in this critical seat of Herbert that is held by Liberal Party member Jones, since 2010. He is facing a potentially strong challenge in election from Cathy O'Toole, the Labor candidate. This seat of Herbert centred around this wonderful city of Townsville is one of those seats that Bill Shorten needs to win if the Labor Party has any chance, any prospect of winning government on Saturday week. Michael, what have the people been saying the streets there? We have heard about jobs and unemployment rate very high. We have heard about the dam being built. We have heard about a lot of concerns there as well.Yeah, lots of concerns. Jobs are a very big issue. The latest unemployment figures for townsshow a rate of 13.3%, that is the second highest jobless rate anywhere in Australia. The youth unemployment rate is even higher. So there is a desperate need to find projects that will create jobs here. The city has been hard hit by the downturn of the mining industry. More than 500 jobs gone when Clive Palmer's nickel refinery closed near Townsville earlier this year. Water supply is important, the dam is down to to 20% and a lot of long-term
resident concerned about their getting from
long-term water supply. I was getting from a lot of people them rubbing in the fact that Queensland won the State of Origin on Wednesday night and really just wanted to have fun at any expense. I am willing to take that. It was a great win by Queensland and there will
was nothing I could say really.We will look at the front pages of the papers very shortly but I think fro
there's a little bit of a to and fro between NSW and played out on the newspapers as well.That is right. We will be speaking to ted or the of the Townsville Bulletin Ben English shortly on the show as we wrap up the campaign. This seat has been visited a few times already by both Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull. Both leaders out and about in other parts of Australia today trying to win those votes in their critical efforts to secure victory on July 2. Reporter Andrew Green is travelling with the PM.The PM's campaign has returned to northern Tasmania and here in Launceston the government has three marginal electorates that it's hoping to hold on to in the election. The e electorates ofs SKA Malcolm
p bass, Braddon and lyons an today Malcolm Turnbull will be campaigning in Launceston and unveiling a $150 million pledge to re locate and improve the University of Tasmania's campuses, here in Launceston as well as Burnie. The PM's package is aimed at improving jobs in this State which has struggled in recent times he
financially and economically. And he wills will be talking about the Coalition's plans for smarter cities. But of course while the PM's campaigning he will firmly have an eye on the results coming in from Britain and the referendum on whether to leave the European Union. Now, yesterday Malcolm Turnbull warned that Leave vote Vote, a successful Leave vote would create a very big shock but he said if Britain does decide to leave the EU the security implications won't be as bad as feared Britain will still remain a part of NATO. To the morning newspapers and a lot of them are covering Britain's referendums on that European membership. The Guardian reports polls on the EU referendum remain neck and neck with the polls closing in the last few minutes. Britain's future is on a knife edge, with world markets could leave.
react badly if they decide to leave. Here in Australia the RBA has briefed both major party on the potential consequences of a Brexit. The the Age describes the vote as a reckoning between Leave Xi'aner Cameron.
Boris Johnson and British PM David Cameron. And the Sydney Morning Herald has gone punk, suggesting there may be anarchy in the UK if Britain exits Europe. Let's look at other news on the front pages of the papers. The herald is attacking the Greens campaign suggesting the party's 123 billion dollars of election promises would be paid for by new taxes. The Daily Telegraph sets its photographic artist on blorts and accusing the Labor leader of stretching a truth about a range of election issues. The Mercury reports 12 of Tasmania's mayors are angry the two main parties have ignored the southern part of the State during the election campaign. Rot in hell - the Western Australian makes its judgement on the West Perth dad jailed for 22 years for forcing his young caught to have sex with strangers he met on the internet. The NT News covers the funeral of Anish Kapoor Rioli and he was hailed for his vision and leadership in education, economic development and football. The Canberra Times pictures teenager down hill skateboarder Connor Nonas. It's high fives all rounded on the front of the Advertiser after the Crows extended their winning streak by beating the Roos the
at Adelaide oval last night. And the Courier Mail has hit back at yesterday's Daily Telegraph Front front page, the Courier Mail now has a run-down of the 30 greatest Queenslanders that in response to yesterday's Daily Telegraph with 10 high achieving NSW residents. Michael Rowland in Townsville, the Townsville Bulletin that also has a strong front page today?It has a pretty strong and a very sobering front page. I will bring in the editor of the Townsville Bulletin Ben English, who has joined us this morning.Hi, Michael.The front -- front page features the depressing News of the 13.3% unemployment rate. How big is the issue of jobs in Townsville?It's the number one security
issue. People talk about water security and that very important. Jobs leaves that behind by a mile. It's all anyone talks about. I don't know the you have experienced this walking down Flinder Street, you Koo key the For Lease science up one after the other. You can go to Kirwan and anywhere around the city it's what people want to talk about.What are the issues that locals hope will break the stadium?
Townsville jobs drought, the stadium? Both sides committing to this $300 million stadium. Will it be the panacea to all of Townsville's economic ills?It is not the silver bullet. But I think what it does, it does a numb of things. It sends a jolt of confidence through this community, number one. Because what this - what Townsville really has been suffering from is a lock of confidence. There's been blow after blow after blow. We have had right going back to 1202012 when they started the public service cut baiks. There were a few cutbacks with defence as well and this is a real garrison town. So that was hard enough. Then we had three failed wet seasons in a row. People underestimate how important then
agriculture is to Townsville. And then of course we have had the retreat of China which has been a real hammer blow to Townsville as well. And then the icing on the cake was QNI.That has been a big issue, the closure of Clive Palmer's nickel refinery. Thar than 500 jobs.It was up to 800 jobs and it was - look, the blessing of that, this was absolutely shattering for the community but the blessing was that given that Clive Palmer was in charge of it, centre
all of a sudden Townsville was centre stage in terms of the national dialogue. So we have had a conga line of politicians coming to Townsville over the past six weeks. That is excellent for the people of Townsville.Is Clive Palmer enemy number one up here?Yeah, it's an abrupt sea change of attitude towards Clive Palmer. Five years' he was handing out luxury cars to the heroes and he was a conquering hero for rescuing the refinery. As the
the revelations keep coming about the conduct of the business, and how it was run, he wouldn't want to turn up in town any time soon.You are a seasoned newspaper man, Ben. What is your view on how this will all pan out on July 2?6.2% margin on the surface you think Ewen Jones, LNP, would be fairly safe. It's going to be tight, very tight. You look at the recent polls and up to 30% of voters are in fact leaning towards minor parties. So I would have to say that while Jones is in front on the primary vote, it will come down to preferences in the end.You are a fairly recent transplant to Sydney. Can you encourage others to come here to Townsville. It's a great place to visit and a great place to live. Fantastic place to live. One of the most liveable cities. I think you have done the best job. I walk down the Strand every morning I live just up the road. Mag yettic Island is one of the great -- mag yettic Island is one of the greatest islands in Australia. It's a fantastic lifestyle and you get a city feel even though you are in a regional area.It am very jealous of you. Ben English, thank you for joining us.Could I just present you with a T-shirt. I don't know if the ABC rules whether you're allowed to accept it a fair go for regional Australia T-shirt. I think it should fit you. This is the campaign we have been running on behalf of the region.It's my size! How thoughtful.It looks great on. Thank you. I will ignore the ABC gift rule for this instance! Thank you for joining us and good luck for next week.Cheers.Ben English Townsville bulletin editor and gift giver there. I might move up here and base myself here permanently. That would be OK, Kumi, PK?We will be fine. Just send us some T shirts, sunny weather. That would be good. There's a number of viewers loving you being up in Townsville. Alison is saying thank you for visilling ourly city, hmenting our unemployment rate where funding for stadium is requires. Captain's contacted us saying $100 million to build a stated stadium that will only be used a few times a year is not viable.I might wear this T-shirt when I'm up against.You should. Ignore the editorial policy, it's free for all Friday.Editorial policies!If you would like to get involved in in addition we're discussing, do send emails to us.

One of London's former Olympic sites is being given a new attraction, what's billeded as the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. The slide has beened aed to an existing cult p tur by artist Anish Kapoor. The slide is 178m long and takes around only 40 seconds to ride from top to bottom, reaching speeds of about 24km/h. First of all, it's slightly vertical. And then it twists and turned around a coil which is called the bed spring. Then you are hurting in a different direction an round again and round again and a 50m run-off that brings you back down to the ground. Everyone that
thought it was a helter skelter but that is not they've done. They have done something which really embodys a lot of themes in their art, the themes of dis orientation, of going from light into darkness and back into light it's an & ride and an artistic sculpture as well.It don't know if he sold that to me! It looks terrifying.I would do it. Light into dark, dark into light. It's nor logic, I wouldn't die. There must be huge insurance on that show.Let's take a look at a little bit of sporting news before we head to New York and talk about Ben Simmons and the build-up to him being pick number one in the NBA draft. To the Hockeyroos and the champion trophy is on in England. They've been stiff, the Hockeyroos, the last game they had a goal dis allowed against Argentina. The coach didn't say too much about around.
that one but he did this time around. Netherlands scored twice and Australia scored once. Another goal that Australia scored was dis allowed and the coach believes his team should have had a draw on this occasion. That is just the way it goes. But I guess it shows if Australia is not winning at the moment with the lead-up to the Olympics, at least it's competing against the best in the world and the Netherlands and Argentina these are the teams they will play to try to win a medal in Rio. There was a tough game of Aussie Rules last night. Look at this skill by Eddie Betts on the left. That was straight. Although the Crows kicked 28 behinds for the north - for the night. Australian teenager Ben Simmons is expected to be the top pick in the NBA draft later today. North America correspondent Michael Vincent joins us now from New York. What is the show like that they're going to put on there? It's something quite different from what we see in Australia.This is quite a show. Just before we were speaking the music in here was loud to the point of vibrating the chairs and the camera. Town there, the NBA Commissioner came out, did a voice check. They basically - it's an incredible amount of hoopla that goes into this nationally and internationally televiessed event for the first 30 players and for these kids it's life changing. For Ben Simmons if he gets picked number one, a guaranteed 2-year contract, out to four years. That will guarantee him a salary of over $20 million Australian. For kids further down the list it is still a deal of a lifetime and a chance to play the sport that they love too. Tonight, huge, huge event for the NBA 2016 draft. And we all expect Ben Simmons to be picked number one, and hopefully another Australian will get picked in that top list as well.Ben Simmons grew up in Melbourne like Dante Exum. These guys are sons of fathers that home. I
played in Australia and made their home. I just want you to tell me about his road from Melbourne to the NBA draft.It's quite special. He will have his high school coach, the Box Hill high school coach out here with him tonight and that is quite a special. The brother of former Australian coach Brian gorgon. And he went from age 15 his parents told me yesterday that at age 15 of being at the AIS in Canberra he told his parents I need to go to the US, I need to go have that chance and they backed him. He came to a college in Florida, not just joined the college and played well there but one three national championships with that college. High school rather. High school academy. And then went on to LSU, the college where his godfather is a coach. He got a lot of criticism at the end of that year not making the NCAA finals series but has dealt with that and is now clearly in the last six months been on the number one pick, number two pick potentially of all the young up and comers, so it's a huge right for Ben Simmons.He is likely to go to Philadelphia. What is say head for the next couple of years? Really lot
he's - although he has achieved a lot as a young man in that broader scheme he is just only getting to to that start line?The Philadelphia 76ers were the bottom dwell thers year. I did see them once and they were awful. They were playing a team that wasn't much better, the Washington Wizards. That has been their system. They wanted to become bottom so they've been able to get the - it's called the process and as Ben has tweeted believe the the process because they wanted to get the number one draft pick by coming bottom. They have done that now. The former Australian coach at the 76ers is Brett Brown. He has known the Simmons family since Ben was born. He coached Ben Simmons's dad Dave back in Melbourne. So it's a special occasion for them. If he does get selected by the 76ers, Ben has called it his potentially a fairy tale start to his NBA career. Fingers crossed for him.Would he lead
be expected to come straight in and lead that team? We know he could court but
virtually play any position on the court but 82 games in the first half. Is that -- year. Is that what Wes young draftees are expected to do straight away?Yeah. I don't know that would be captaining the team straight away. He will be a leader on the team straight away. And he is one of those guys that's been able to carry whichever team he has played for and that's why people have compare him to LeBron James and Magic Johnson which he says he has a long way to go to live up to. But that team also has to start to recruit elsewhere as well to build up their positions. He will play in the summer league and then in the preseason and, yeah, he will build up the physical that
strength to get through 82 games in that season. He's only played less than half that in the college season last year so that is a big ask of a young body.He looks like he has everything going for him. Appreciate the update and sit back and watch that very unusual show. Michael Vincent there. Here is a stat for you. Andrew Bogut was the Melbourne.
number one pick, he is from Melbourne. Ben Simmons is from Melbourne and kiery ifring we saw in the NBA finals spent his first two years in Melbourne, born to a father who had played basketball. Melbourne after today will have that
three number one picks and I think that is as good as any city in the world, or in the last however many years. That is fascinating. Look at the show that. I can only imagine the atmosphere in a couple of hours' time. Michael Vincent's ear willing be ringing for the next couple of days.It would be interesting to watch it all. Good check in
for those Aussies as well.Let's check in with your weather. Hi Vanessa.I am not sure about having a picnic at Falls Creek today. Winter hit the area with a vengeance overnight. We have seen plenty of snow on the alps and a further 10 to 20cm to come tonight. Rise snow to 400m in Tasmania, a00 in Victoria and we still have Plus ery showers across the south-east this morning, possible hail and the wind chill making it feel colder than today's maximum temperatures. A high pressure system is lock in that cold weather. There's humid winds on the jet stream and light rain over northern WA and southern Queensland. Strong gusty cold colder winds will reach Queensland tonight.

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Just ahead, Barrie Cassidy will be here with his assessment of the second-last week of election 2016. That's right, it's almost over! And of course we will have more from Michael as well.I'm in Townsville. A city in desperate need of both jobs and growth. Has the Federal Government done enough to save the key seats in this area that will prove decisive on July it?That's all coming up. Here's Kumi with the latest news.Early exit polls indicate that Britain is likely to stay in the EU, with the Remain vote slightly ahead at 52% to the Leave vote's 48%. Voting booths closed half an hour ago. The result of the referendum is likely to be known by lunchtime. It's only the third nationwide referendum in British history after a 4-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.More than 100 firefighters are battling a large blaze that's damaged factories in Sydney's south west. Emergency crews were called to the fire at Greenacre just after 3am. Police say the fire started in a car wrecking yard before it spread to business.
an adjoining blind and awning business. The cause of the fire is unknown and drivers are being warned of traffic delays in the area. Police in Germany have shot dead a masked gunman who opened fire and took hostages in a cinema complex in the country's west. The man was killed after elite forces stormed the complex in Viernheim south of Frankfurt. Authorities say the man appeared disturbed when he barricaded himself inside the complex with several hostages. About 25 people were wounded by police tear gas during the attack. Rock band Led Zeppelin has been cleared of plagiarising a riff in the hit Stairway To Heaven. A Los Angeles jury has found Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did NOT steal the most famous passage of their 1971 rock an them from the band Spirit. Now leading the finance news this morning - global stock markets appear optimistic ahead of the final result of the British vote on European membership. European stocks rallied overnight on expectations that UK voters will choose to stick with membership in the European Union. That's despite opinion polls showing a tight race. Race. Britain's FTSE hit a 2-month high during the trading day. Here is how Wall Street finished up overnight:

To some other finance news this morning - Sydney stockbroker Oliver Curtis will be sentenced today for insider trading. Mr Curtis has been convicted over a $1.4 million windfall he secured through trades that were based on illicit tip-offs. The tip-offs were given to him by his childhood friend, former Orion Asset Management employee John Hartmann. The Crown has called for Curtis to be jailed but his wife has appealed for a non-custodial sentence as Curtis is the primary care giver of their two young children. Volkswagen has reportedly paid $1.2 billion to settle claims over its emissions scandal. Owners could receive between $1,000 and $7,000 depending on their car's age but it's still take
unclear what steps Volkswagen will take to fix the cars and the firm still faces the prospect of hefty fines as well as possible criminal charges. The first bid has been confirmed for McDonald's restaurants in China and Hong Kong as US fat food giant plans to franchise its outlets in the country. China's Sanpower has put in a joint bid with Beijing Tourism Group. There are more than 2200 McDonald's restaurants in China, with plans to open 1250 more. Media reports have suggested that the US company has received more than half a dozen bids which means it could raise as much as $3 billion. Finally, before I go, Asian millionaires now control more wealth than those in North America, Europe and other regions. According to a report from finance firm Cap-Gemini. Asia's millionaires saw their wealth jump by 10% last year. Millionaires held $60 trillion worldwide in 2015. That is four Now,
times higher than 30 years ago. Now, that could rise to $100 trillion by 2025 according to the report. Asia's growth in high net worth individuals defined as having $1 million in assets came despite slowing economic growth in China and a weak Japanese economy. I can't even get my head around those trillions and Trans-Pacific extraordinary.
Partnerships of dollars.It is extraordinary. As you said before, imagine what those numbers would be like if we were seeing a much stronger economic climate.The shift from west is east is happening.Back to the UK now, where vote counting is under way in the country's referendum. Polls closed just half an hour ago now. A YouGov exit poll projection suggests that 52% are voting for Remain and 48% for Leave. 10.35 at night there. These are shots showing all the votes being counted. Our Europe correspondent James Glenday defeated a very funny image just a couple of hours ago, the BBC had a how-to-vote image, basically walk into a booth, tick yes or no, Remain or Leave then pop your vote into a box. Michael Rowland is in Townsville for us this morning. A very simple vote but
counting going on there in the UK but not so simple here for us in Australia. Just over a week to go? OfJust over a week to go. All of us will just about make it. We share this collective exhaustion faced by many Australian voters after this dreadfully long election studio
campaign, but yes, do you like my studio this morning? It's pretty good?Pretty shabby!The Strand at Townsville. It's very hard to cope with. All this sunshine and the lovely water over there, fantastic people jogging by and saying hi. But yes, this seat of Townsville is in the grip of a very serious political contest, the seat of Herbert in which Townsville is centred is one of those key North Queensland seats that Bill Shorten needs to win government. So there will be a lot of attention on this seat, not just today, but in the campaign.
last eight days of this election campaign.Apart from enjoying all around
the sunshine up there, that tension around that seat A lot of issues around jobs, a lost issues around closed shop, we saw the shots yesterday, shopfronts boarded up? That's right. A boarded-up - a vacancy rate of 23 to 25% in Townsville, and just taking a drive down Flinders Street yesterday, the main drag here, it was a pretty depressing sight. Lots of shops closed, lots of "for lease" signs T speaks to the economic problems this town is in. 13.3% unemployment rate. Some of the other key issues have been the housing market. Housing prices have slumped in recent years. Speaking to somebody in the real estate industry yesterday who says there are some green shoots, some signs of life but still houses are very cheap, which is bad news if you bought a house here 5 or 10 years ago. So there is a desperate need for jobs. some of
Now yesterday, I did catch up with some of the leading figures in the Townsville business community, care of a regular coffee meeting held by the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, and here's what they had to say about the problems and the potential opportunities facing Townsville.It's a little frightening right now. It's a little sensitive. We have received a lot of attention in the federal election and in the State Budget so we're pleased that there are some projects that are moving ahead. But confidence remains a really skiff at any time issue. The confidence isn't quite there. So we're concerned that some of the projects that are in the pipe right now will be in two, three years' time, but meantime?
what will happen to us in the meantime?The lack of confidence does have a devastating flow-on economy
effect to all sectors of the economy here?It does. Townsville has a diversified economy. Up until generation,
now, probably for the last generation, we've been able to get ourselves out of whatever problem can't
we were in. This time around, we can't quite do that. And we're seeking leadership from government to be able to inspire businesses to be able to invest, etc. So we're at that critical point now.David, good morning. You work in the services sector in IT in particular. How is your business going?We're going alright but the market is hard for the moment. It's very competitive. And people are taking a long time to make decisions about buying or improving their services.Why is that?I think it's just pure lack of confidence at the moment. It's not that people don't have the money. I believe that people do have the money but they're just not feeling confident in the market.Just echoing what David said, industry is not confident in Townsville and so we've had to put off a few staff of late, before Christmas last year. That hasn't really helped. It's not nice to do that. That's something a small business has to do to continue through.We all know Townsvilles a been hit by the downturn in the mining sector the closure of Clive Palmer's nickel refinery. S that a had a flow-on effect to small businesses like yours?It certainly has. We did do work out at QNI that was money we couldn't recoup. It really cause as negative it makes everyone a little bit anxious. People will not spend and buy new machines.There's been talk about having major projects and things that are going to bring jobs and more confidence back into town. Things like the integrated anything
stadium would be a fantastic instant.
anything but of course that's not instant. We need things much quicker. Things that can happen, certainly within the next year. Kevin, you work in the mortgage broking business. How is the Townsville property market looking? The property market at the moment there's
prices are down a little bit. But there's still a good level of business going through. First home buyers are taking the opportunity to buy now while the prices are low. And we've also got people who are upgrading. Yes prices are low and it's a good time to get into the market. So yeah, volumes are down a bit. But there's still a good level of business going through.Are there signs that the housing market is coming out of the doldrums? I suppose the other way of asking this. What will it take market?
to inject some life into the market?The houses are coming up a bit in certain places. In terms of what it will take to turn the market around, is a lot of it comes down to confidence in the market. If people are confident that yes there is a good future here in Townsville, and there is, people are taking advantage of that. We have seen a bit of an uptake in the commercial lending space, where business people are expanding their businesses, taking advantage of the fact that at the moment, prices are good.Michael Rowland in Townsville speaking with many people up there and it's a very important seat, that seat of Herbert. Let's stay for
with the election and joining us on
for all this and more is his take on the second-last week of the election campaign. We've made it! You've made it! I'm yep and I think week
it will be a very interesting last week too. The second-last week is any guide to that. Let's stick with North Queensland at the moment. Especially the seat of Herbert, where Michael is in. How important is that?Queensland is really a tough State to sort out generally. Because there's a real - I think there's a very big difference about the regional Queensland versus the think
cities. Brisbane, for example, I think the government is looking strong in Brisbane. And yet it's struggling in seats like Capricornia and maybe to a lesser extent Forde. So Herbert and Leichhardt are two is that rights that I think up until about a week ago, Labor thought were beyond reach because this is where the power of the incumbency comes in. Two good strong local members. Now as I understand it they're starting to put some more resources into like hampt I'm not sure whether they're having a rethink about Herbert but both parties are still seats.
trying very hard to win those seats.Michael Rowland in Herbert, is that the sense that you get from on the ground there?Yes, and just picking up on Barrie's point, Barrie, it was very interesting, Warren Entsch, what has held Leichhardt off and on now for many years, we saw that surprise visit by Malcolm Turnbull there to campaign on his behalf. He from all accounts is a very strong local member, so there may be something up in that seat?Yes and that wasn't the way they were looking at the
this just a week or two ago. And the best guide in the last few days go.
for campaign is where the leaders go. Because they're now starting to get accurate polling coming in from these electorates. They know what electorates are still in play and what are not. They don't go to those that are out of the contest. They've been using a lot of scare campaigning this week as well to try to hone in on those key seats, those key electorates. We've seen the Medicare scare campaign from Labor, the turning back the boats the refugee in-flow from the coalition. Do they work?I don't think there is an equivalence either between the Medicare scare campaign and the boats. I think the boats is little brother to the big that's
scare campaign. They work and that's why they do them. The carbon tax scare worked for Tony Abbott. The point here, Labor says Medicare will be prich advertised when it won't be; the government says that Labor has a different policy to Labor on turnbacks. They don't but the reason these parties throw this up is because of the lack of commitment on either side, that people just hear the debate and they judge that the coalition is not as committed to Medicare as just
Labor. Therefore it works for Labor just to have that issue out there. And the same with turnbacks. The community judges that Labor is not as strong as the coalition on turnbacks and on asylum seeker policy generally. It suits the parties if you get the conversation onto those topics.Barrie, based on that, are you expecting - you mentioned last week to go an ultra negative final week from both sides?Yes, and certainly through the advertising. I think you will first
find that - it surprised me in the first three or four weeks of the campaign, a lot of the advertising, it's
almost all of it was positive. Now it's all negative that tends to be to
the way it goes. The closer you get to the election, the more negative not only the rhetoric from the leaders but the advertising becomes.How does that work for people voting
them, though? We see a lot of people voting when the pre-poll come
votes come through, postal votes come through, are they missing out on key voters by leaving the negative campaigns which presumably have a lot of sway later in the that.
campaign?There is an argument for that. 700,000 have voted, about 13 million will, but through next week, those numbers will rise and I think the pre-poll vote is almost double what it was in 2013. So it is an important consideration.Now, we've seen a new term being coined this woke. Scomo-phobia.I think it's been now interpreted as a fear that middle aged privileged white men have against bigotry. When Penny Wong said that, look, politicians who are against a plebiscite well can't put themselves in the shoes of gay people, they don't understand the bigotry that they have to endure and Scott Morrison said I have endured bigotry and Bronwyn Bishop said I have too, count me in. So that became a built of a debate around that, but the issue of the plebiscite itself is an interesting one, because there is the argument that if you have a plebiscite, then of course, people's lifestyles will be attacked, because that's the purpose of it. If you want to argue against gay marriage, then by definition, you will be having a go the at people like Penny Wong.We heard Bill Shorten on his Facebook page in Italy saying they'd put it to a direct vote in Parliament. 100 days, there'd be a decision made around same-sex marriage. If the coalition does return to power, what kind of argument do they put up post the election in terms of the same-sex marriage debate when they've committed to that side, that way of taking that decision down the line?The problem with the plebiscite, there were so many questions unanswered about that. Will the vote be compulsory? That hasn't been answered yet. What will the question be? And the more complicated you make it the less likely it will get up. Malcolm Turnbull found himself on this week on Q&A arguing I wasn't really in support of a plebiscite anyway, this is something I inherited when I became leader. There is a lack of conviction around this.We only have a week until polling day. South Australia looks like it's going to be pretty interesting with Nick Xenophon Team possibly picking up three lower house seats?The latest briefings that the Labor Party are putting out - and they've been quite cautious in their briefings up until now, by saying they couldn't win more than 10, maybe 12 seats at tops. Now they're saying 14. And then you look at what's happening in South Australia, Nick Xenophon might add another 2 or 3 seats into that, that puts the Turnbull Government into minority territory F it was 14 Labor and 2DAYFM or three Xenophon that would reduce the government's That
numbers to 73 when they need 76. That puts them deep into minority government level. So that's now a real consideration, I would imagine, on both sides.You've written about this in your column this week quite extensively, saying in short the coalition will need a better last week than the penultimate week if it's going to avoid straying close to that that no man's land.And to avoid crossing the line, in fact. I think this week has favoured the Labor Party, because of the scare campaign and because of the focus on health policy.And the wooden spoon?The wooden spoon goes to Michael Keenan the Justice Minister for his attack on Anne Aly. He accused her of intervening in a case in WA to try to get a lighter sentence for a hate preacher. In fact it's her job. It's she works for an organisation called People against Violent Extremism. It's government funded. Part of her job is to identify and deradicalise people. Her work has been - she has an outstanding reputation around the world. She was invited to a summit called by President Obama in the United States because of her work in the anti-terrorism area. I really thought - when you get scare campaign, but this one was a step below that. Unfortunately, this is the kind of thing you do get very late in campaigns.And of course you are going to be on Sunday morning, who's your guest going to be?The deputy leader of the Labor Party Tania Plibersek will ur our guest. Brexit will be one issue but there will be many others.Thanks so much for dropping in. Of course you can see Barrie on Insiders 9 oi clock on Sunday on ABC TV. As he mentioned the Deputy Leader Tania Plibersek will be his guest.It's the fish which most children catch when they're first introduced to fishing in Western Australia. But the iconic and once ubiquitous herring is officially in recovery with new restrictions aimed at halving the catch. It's about as it comes in the fishing game. John is chasing herring with the same methods his Greek immigrant west
grandfather introduced to the south west of Western Australia 100 years ago.I started going out with my grandfather and uncles at the age of 10. As soon as I learned to swim. And been doing it off and on ever since then.And now at almost 70, he's just as excited with every new shot off the beach.The minute you see fish, your heart just about jumps out of your chest. You know, you get excited. There's always a chance that you mitochondria 'em or there might be rocks that you have to try to miss, otherwise you're out there spending hatch the day diving on it getting them off and a lot goes through your mind, and it doesn't change from the first time I did it to today. Still that feeling is there and every one of us is the same. My wife, as soon as I pull in the driveway at home, knows we have fish just by the look on my face.This time his crew has yielded barely enough to feed their families but John says that's fishing.

Here's PK with all your sport.The sporting headlines, the Hockeyroos have lost again at the Champions Trophy in England, this time they lost to the Netherlands. The score was 2-1. The goal scorer for Australia was again Catherine Slattery. The coach was unhappy officials disallowed an Australian goal for the second match in a row. But the Australians are playing against the world's best, warming up for the Olympics. Their next opponent will be Great Britain. It was a good tough game of Australian rules last night. The Crows beat the Kangaroos by 33 points, despite some wonky goal kicking including 28 we hinlds. No problems there for Eddie Betts. What a goal. And North Melbourne one of the league's best row.
teams has now lost three in the row. The Kangaroos led by 4 points at half-time. Adelaide kicked 8 of the next 12 goals. Let's hear from the coaches. No, we won't hear from the coaches. Lets gae to the Wallabies. They're preparing to salvage something positive from the weekend.
series against England this weekend. Game 3 is going to be - worth getting some sort of pride some more
for the Wallabies before they play some more internationals. Coach Michael Cheika has brought in Will Skelton and Matt Tamoua for their first appearances of the year. Just something completely different - you may have noticed I've got some orange shoelaces on this morning that is due to a cause that's being recognised throughout Australia. There's going to be thousands of footballers and other athletes this weekend wearing orange laces for Lace Up Week. It's an initiative from the Step Back Think a group raising awareness for the causes an consequences of social violence, otherwise known as coward punches or complete thuggery. One of those raising aware ness is Kyle Matthews who's playing football on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. a coma
He was attacked and spent weeks in a coma before finally recovering from his injuries and I will read a wrote from Kyle this week. He said "Everyone needs to understand fight something not an option in any circumstance. I believe it's the weakest person that decides to fight. The stronger person walks away." We're right behind that cause this weekend. Stay safe on and off the team. That's from me. Great cause and the shoelaces look fantastic. I think PK has just worn them so he has an excuse to pop his feet up onto the table later in the hour so we can see those great laces. Vanessa O'Hanlon is here now with small our weather.Since when has PK needed an excuse to put his feet up?! Plenty of snow in the south-east around the ranges and slopes of New South Wales. The jet stream is thinning. We have another trough that ramps up this weekend over Western Australia. A cold front comes in as well. Queensland, humid I winds along the trough. Light rain in the south-east.

Michael is in balmy towns environment he is looking way too beach.
happy in his studio there on the beach. You're not coming back, are you?I'm not coming back. I've had discussions with people further up the food chain about establishing a permanent ABC News Breakfast swap
presence here in Townsville. We can swap around, you, Virginia, PK, Vanessa, Del w ke all have turns up here. But yeah, it is marvellous. Some shots of The Strand with people doing all sorts of exercise. People were jogging when we were setting up this morning about 4.30am. It's a very energetic town. Would you love it as a jogger, a accounts
very fit town, and from all accounts a great place to live.It looks absolutely beautiful. Don't worry, I've been having those discussions higher up the food chain about the Paris bureau. I believe that's very necessary here at the ABC.(LAUGHS) yeah! Summer in Townsville, winter in Paris. Exactly, exactly. We've also been counting down to the election, you've been covering a lot of issues up there in Townsville. We have had people writing in to us about this lengthy campaign, at least it's not the 4-month one Europe,
they've had for the referendum in Europe, but Steve has written in and says "I just want it to end. I don't care who wins as all the the
policies seem the same."Certainly here.
the view I was getting from voters here. They are absolutely fed up, without taking particular sides before we got to that, just fed up with the length of the campaign. Now, next hour, we will be speaking to the local Liberal member, Ewen Jones, who has held the seat since 2010. He is sitting on a margin in Herbert of of.2%. It's one of the seats that Bill Shorten needs to win if he has any chance of getting Labor back into government on Saturday week. We leave you with some shots from The Strand in Breakfast
beautiful Townsville. ABC News Breakfast back in a couple of minutes' time.

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Welcome back to ABC News Breakfast. Thanks for watching. This morning - the count begins. Voting has closed in Britain's historic referendum, with early polls showing the country could remain in the EU. There are a lot of benefits from being in the EU.I feel there is a lack of democracy in EU.I felt one way and I voted another!

100 firefighters battle to contain a blaze that's destroyed parts of a Sydney factory. Police storm a German cinema complex, shooting dead a gunman who opened fire in a theatre.I'm Michael Rowland in Townsville, where the waterfront beauty masks a city facing deep economic problems. We'll look at how the election campaign is highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities facing this city and this region.Opening bars of Stairway To Heaven) And stairway to victory. A Los Angeles court rejects claim that Led Zeppelin stole their most famous riff.Leading sport in morning - the Crows beat the Kangaroos in an impressive AFL performance, and an Aussie about to go No. 1 in the NBA draft.The strongest cold front of the year is hitting this weekend and there's plenty of snow.The world is watching as millions of votes are counted in Britain's crucial referendum on whether to remain in the cure P&O union. Polling stations closed an hour ago after 15 hours of voting. More than 46 million people were eligible to cast a ballot. Counting is under way across the country. One exit poll from YouGov has the Remain campaign well ahead. The vote caps off four months of furious and sometimes bitter campaigning. Straight to our Europe correspondent James ghen day who joins us now from Westminster in London. You were at a Leave EU event earlier this evening. What was the atmosphere like there? Well, it was actually pretty up-beat. But when the news of this poll came through, it certainly did seem to dip a little bit, bugs the UKIP leader Nigel far and was probably the first politician to concede that it does appear, from these early poll results - and they're not always accurate - that Remain may win the day. But it certainly has been a very, very closely fought referendum campaign, and really no matter what happens, it's hard to see that this won't in
change things in Europe and indeed in Britain. Because of how close it is. It certainly hasn't been the dominant - polling doesn't suggest at least that it's been the dominant win that the Remain camp would've hoped for when they called this referendum. We were out and about speaking to people as they cast their ballots today of the here's what a few had to say about this referendum campaign.I think it would be a political disaster to come out of it. I think economically for England, it would be just awful. And I think the implications for the rest of the world would be pretty dramatic as well.I voted to leave the European yuchblt I'm worried about the immigration issue, I'm worried about the economics of the union. I think that we will take an think
immediate hit from leaving. But I think we'll take a much longer hit by staying in.James, it will be fascinating to see how this vote count actually comes about. We heard earlier of a woman who said going
"I pretty much decided how I was going to vote but when I got there, I changed my mind." We've also heard of 10% of voters still undecided as they were heading to those polls?10% of the British voting public is more than 4 million people. So that's a lot of undecided voters. We always knew that those undecided voters are likely to break somewhere in the region of 70 to 30 in favour of the status quo. Counting is still going to take quite a long time before we actually get a really solid idea of exactly what the margins in this race are. But certainly, it's the closeness that a lot of people have been looking for. What the Conservative Party has to do now, which from all reports it's been split 70/30 as well in favour of leaving, is rebuild and of course they're the party of government. And James, I can imagine there's a lot coverage going on overnight your time, you're looking at 11 o'clock your time now, there's broadcasters reporting on this live throughout the night, journalists doing all nighters like yourself and the front pages of tomorrow's papers will be very interesting, would you imagine that most of those newspapers have a Remain and a Leave firmed up on their front pages just deciding which one to print off?I think so. It will be But yeah,
an interesting call at this stage. But yeah, where we're standing right now in fact is pretty much where most of the world's media are doing their live broadcasts from. There would be in the order of 30, 40 major media outlets just here on the grass behind where I'm standing in front of Parliament House. We've just had Big Ben commim in the top of the hour. What's going to be interesting over the next few days is hearing from Europe. Many people of - many of the much maligned bureaucrats in Brussels were very worried about this result. If we
Britain does vote to leave, then - we have some very keen supporters still here. If Britain votes to the
leave that would be a major blow to Britain
the future of the European Union. Britain is not only the second biggest economy, it's certainly probably the biggest defence power in that bloc too. It would've been a big shock to the system.Thanks so much. To news here now. More than 100 firefighters are battling a large blaze that's damaged factorys in Sydney's south west. Emergency crews were called to the fire at Greenacre just before 3 o'clock this morning. Police say the fire started in a car wrecking yard before it spread to an adjoining blind and awning business. The cause of the fire is unknown and drivers are being warned of traffic delays in the area. Police in Germany have shot dead a masked gunman who opened complex
fire and took hostages in a cinema complex in the country's west. Authorities say the man appeared disturbed when he barricaded himself inside the complex with several hostages. About 25 people were wounded by police tear gas during the attack. The world's longest-running civil war could be about to end with the Columbian government and FARC Rebels agreeing to a joint ceasefire. The war has claimed more than 220,000 lives over five decades. Led Zeppelin has been cleared of plagiariseing a Heaven.
riff in their hit Stairway To Heaven. A Los Angeles jury has found Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not steal the most famous passage of their 1971 rock anthem from the band Spirit. Strong winds and rain have damaged houses in Melbourne overnight. We'll get some of those pictures in just a moment. The ceiling of one home collapsing in the city's south-east. A cold front caused localised flooding in Adelaide yesterday, with the SES responding to more than 100 calls for help. The city shivered through its coldest night in four years, reaching just 12.6 degrees. The Weather Bureau is warning that front will continue to bring cold, damaging winds and hail to south eastern parts of the country, with snow down to as low as 400m. Let's weather:
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Michael Rowland is in Townsville for thus morning. He is write on the waterfront watching joggers and tai chi people warm up throughout the morning. You've seen the sun rise there, just beautiful.It's very hard to focus, all this beauty, but focus I will, because Townsville is smack bang in the North Queensland seat of Herbert. It's one of those seats that the Labor Party really needs to win if it has any prospects of returning to government on Saturday week. Herbert has been held by 2010 by Liberal Party member Ewen Jones. Thanks for having meWe wake this morning to the latest unemployment figures of 13.3% in Townsville. That's the second highest in the country. Why should you be re-elected with that jobless figure?I think what - there can be no doubt that Townsville's doing it tough at the moment. But I think we are in here for a number of reasons. But who's got the plan to you
get us out? That's the key. When you look at what we're doing around water, the Singapore agreement, Townsville rail corridor, around the stadium, urban renewal and a city plan, with very the plan to take the city forward.They're pretty much long-term projects those. These figures are showing that Townsville need as short-term coming
fix to provide jobs. Where is that coming from?If you look around town now, the Federal Government is we
doing a lot of work, at the moment we have work going on at Lavarack Barracks, at RAAF base, finishing work to
off the ridge road and there's more work to come in the short term. What we have done at this election to do
is map out everything we're going to do into the future. And we have that comprehensive economic plan to make sure that we don't fall into these peaks and troughs any more. What are the key issues - one of stadium, now
the key issues is the Townsville stadium, now funded by both the government and the opposition. A $300 million project. Lots of concerns about the long-term jobs on that projectened a the fact it will only return 21 cents in the economic growth
dollar S that a real source of economic growth for TownsvilleOne of my frustrations here is the lack Government
of respect that our State Government has shown Townsville. They're quite happy to fully fund stadia and entertainment centres and convention centres in the south-east corner but they continually treated us like second-class citizens. The fact is when we received that proposal from was
the State Government, I thought it was game over. And it was only that Malcolm Turnbull was able to sit there and talk me through it and work our way through it to bring together the city deal, so that all three levels of government can use this as the calatytic project to say what does our city look like in 2030 and 2050? We don't have a city plan in towns vil. As Bill Shorten rightly says f you don't know where you're go going, any road will get you there. A lot of the stuff in city
our city has been done ad hoc. The city deal will make sure we put these things together. We have to people who
make sure that the stadium is about people who live in the upper Ross, Island.
the the Northern Beaches, Magnetic Island.You're known for your celebrated feuds with Clive Palmer. You're the local member in this area, hit hard by the closure of his incomele mine. Is that continuing to affect Townsville,th fact that those hundreds of jobs aren't there very more?Michaelia Cash and I have been able to get the fair entitlements guarantee out to most people. We've processed $60 million worth of entitlements back to people. What Clive Palmer and his management have done here is nothing short, it's Phoenixing that company. They've stripped the assets to even the casual observer, and moved them on, spent them elsewhere. That's why we've applied for a special purpose liquidator to the
follow those transaction, follow the money and see if we can get on
that money back.You're very active on Twitter. Provides some great early-morning entertainment. You campaign
Tweeted at the start of the campaign a shot of you slumped on the park bench. It speaks volume beings the rigours of this very for
long election campaign, especially for candidates. Are you over it yet?I think - that was my protest against all these politicians running. I went for - I go for a walk occasionally. You can tell by me now that people say it's fantastic walking up Castle Hill. I have driven t it's fantastic. It's exhausting just to drive it. But Christopher
for mine, I'm very much like Christopher Pyne. I just think it's fantastic, I start every meet noug with an apology, I say to everyone "I'm just so sorry, I'm just so sorry." Even my friends are sick to death of it. Even my friends say "Just don't talk to me." I'm so over t it's not funny. I think everyone's tired. We're all starting - my son is sick, my wife's back has gone. We have sick people in the office. We're being undermanned on polling booths and all that sort of thing. It's a long time for everyone. As I said I start everything with tan apology now. But if we can get the right result at the end of it, it will be worth it.No apologies here, thank you very much for joining Brek fafrt and good luck over the next eight days.Thank you very much, Michael.Ewen Jones the Liberal Herbert.
Party member for the seat of Herbert. Bill Shorten shor has been vigorously campaigning on what he says are the government's attempts re-elected.
to privatise Medicare if re-elected. Caitlyn Gribbin is travelling with Bill Shorten. But there are some other issues on the mind of people in the Top End.Bill Shorten will spend some time campaigning in the Northern Territory today. And nothing says Darwin quite like the Mindil Beach markets. These markets sit in the marginal electorate of Solomon, which is an inner-city electorate of Darwin and it has a margin of 1.4%. It's held by the Country Liberal member Natasha Griggs. But what will swing voters come 2 July? I think we should more focus on tourism, because a lot of my friends are obviously in tourism, and it seems to have gone down year.
quite significantly since last year.I think the Aboriginal communities need more time and money and education.I'd like to business
see a lot of stuff for small tax
business and that coming through, tax breaks and stuff like that, yeah. That would win me over. Another interesting point worth noting here in the Top End is that the Northern Territory elections will be held on 27 August. So if spare a
you think you're sick of elections, spare a thought for the voters up here.I'm definitely not sick of politicians. So we have a CLP government in the Territory at the moment. They are forever keeping us highly entertained. I think the general feel in the NT perhaps is a little bit of voting fatigue.It's just too much in one year.The Opposition Leader will today return to a familiar theme: Medicare. He will ask the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to rule out privatising the health services that Australian veterans receive. Now, the coalition has ruled out any won't
privatisation of Medicare, but that won't stop Labor's attack on the issue.Caitlyn Gribbin there on the election campaign trail with the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Let's return now to the huge fire at Greenacre in Sydney's west. Our reporter Johanna Nicholson joins us now from there. Jo, good morning. Do yes know more about what happened there?Good morning, Kumi. Emergency crews were called here to Greenacre in the early hours of this morning, 'cause a fire had broken out in a car wrecking yard. Now the car wrecking yard is just on the street behind the one that I'm standing on. Then a wall collapsed and the fire was so intense and powerful that it spread to the blind business that's just behind me. And destroyed both of those premises. There's a small amount of damage to the businesses either side of these two businesses here, but mostly it's been contained to these two premises that have both been destroyed. At this stage, it's not clear what where
caused the fire, all we know is where it started and that's in that car wrecking yard.And we were hearing about caution around travel, that travel might be blocked.
delayed, that streets might be blocked. What can you tell us around that?There has been a lot of rafk delays a lot of road closures around this area. The fire was just so intense that at one point, it had about 100 crews fighting this blazeed a about 20 fire trucks. Because of safety concerns, the crews have actually had to use these large ladders on trucks and hosed from above down into these businesses, because the wall collapsed and it was just the
simply too unsafe to fight it from the ground. So that's how crews have been fighting this blaze. And this
yes, it has had a large impact on this area in terms of road closures and traffic delays for this morning's peak hour. Thankfully, though, there wasn't any injuries reported from this blaze, but certainly, these two premises have been destroyed.Johanna Nicholson, thanks so much. In west Africa, witnesses have described seeing the ambush and abduction of three taken
Australians on Wednesday. They were taken along with some colleagues at gunpoint on the way to work and witnesses saw their driver being shot and killed. Here's Africa correspondent Martin Cuddihy. This is the scene of the ambush. The site where three Australians, a New Zealander and a South African were abducted along with two Nigerian colleagues.We heard a loud gun shot. We were thinking as if Boko Haram has approached our area, but we come to know that it was militants that came to the shore, we ran into the bush.About 30 involved.
militants be believed to have been involved. They escaped by boat on this river.Inside the village, people ran, everything they - everybody run.The men are working on a quarry site managed by the Western Australian cap Macmahon Holdings. Criminal gangs are active in this region and it's not uncommon for foreign nationals to be kidnapped and then later released after a ransom payment.We went
are reviewing our strategy, what went wrong yesterday morning. What steps we're going to take to ensure again.
that this does not repeat itself again.The Australian Government says it's working with Nigerian authorities and both are taking the abductions extremely seriously. But could be
go this is a kidnap for ransom, it could be days or even weeks before criminals.
any demands are made by the criminals. Let's look at this morning's finance now with Del. Good morning everyone. London's Stock Exchange has hit a 2-month high while the British pound has surged, as investors are betting the UK voting to remain in - that the UK will vote to remain in the European Union. The British sterling hit a 2016 high today on
against the dollar, and it could be on track for one of its strongest weeks on the markets in terms of increase in value for 30 years. Yields on government debts also rose slightly, a signal that investors are moving away from safe haven asset and risking a little more investing in the stock market. And that rally continued on Wall Street overnight. Here's how the markets finished up:

Oliver Curtis will be sentenced today for insider trading. He has been convicted over a $1.4 million windfall, he secured through trades that were Biggsed on illicit tip-offs. The tip-offs were given to him by his childhood friend, former Orion Asset Management employee John Hartmann. The Crown has called for Curtis to be jailed but his wife has pleaded for Noone custodial sentence as Curtis sprimt ree carer of their two young children. More on finance, we're jouned by James Kirby, wealth editor for the 'Australian'.Good morning.Do the markets know something that we don't? The rally overnight just incredible.They're right on top of it, they monitor and they make calculated bets, by the hour and by the hour, it looks more and more like the outcome is that Britain will remain in the EU. So you see key things. The pound is going up. It's not actually jumping but it's going up and that would only happen when they're pretty convinced and gold is falling. Because we've seen quite an increase in gold over the past few weeks with that uncertainty, people go to gold 'cause it's a safe investment. Now the opposite is happening.In the middle of the week they were showing how the Royal Mint in the UK, that make the 30%.
gold there, their shares were up 30%. On-line gold site there is was an 80% lift in registrations. Now it's starting to drop. That's a more convincing indicator that people are starting to relax. You split a relief rally now where the stocks will lift all around the world.Do we expect that relief rally to be seen here in the Australian Stock Exchange, as those results come in?I think so. Yes. We may actually get a relief rally right through. We're coming up close to the end. Financial year. You might get a bit of a lift at the end of our financial year for stocks which will be very useful.I guess the bigger picture of this is the fact that the UK has even gone to vote on whether or not to stay the
in the EU. What does this say about the larger bloc? Is there a sense of fragility now?I think so. We'll have this temporary response in the next couple of hours, couple of days and say "Looks like that didn't happen", but the EU as an economic framework, it's really been questioned. It's been shaken to the core, really. There's going to be questions about how does it really work? What's its objectives now? Will that happen again? Substantial amounts of people, not just apathetic about the union when they're living inside it but but they actively want to leave. That's represents all around the region not just the UK. UK was a flashpoint but there's other votes coming up. Hungary will vote soon about aspects of the UK. From a financial markets point of view, one. Major events of the year without a doubt whichever way the vote went.Even if they choose to remain the damage may have already been done?Substantial damage has been done.Just an issue that's a bit closer to home. This talk about the plan to cut company tax T has again come into conversations.It has. Company tax, the idea obviously, small companies are fine, if you have turnover of less than $2 million, you're taxed 28.5% but most companies still playing 30%. The government announced they'd cut company tax over 10 years down to 25%. Most business leaders won't say it on the record, because 10-year plan these days, lip.
people don't take it very serious lip. Paul Keating the architect of company tax cuts and I suppose genuinely the authority on it, he brought company tax rates down from was in
the high 40s to the low 30s when he was in power. Which is spectacular really when you think about it. He has come out this morning and said he's not convinced that - not so much that he's not convinced, but they have to be funded properly. This is the other issue. So I think the whole issue of company tax has post-election
to be revision Ted, probably post-election but it needs to be lip.
seriously taken care of.Absolute lip. It's an issue that is not going away. But today, of course, all the focus will be on that EU referendum. We'll bring those Kirby,
results as they come in. James Kirby, thank you.Thanks Del. That's the latest finance news. Let's go over now to PK with all the latest in sport.Thank you, Del. Stay with us. With very a champion ot up couch to talk about Ben Simmons going at No. 1 in the NBA draft in just a moment but The
first, to the sporting head lines. The Hockeyroos have lost again at the Champions Trophy in England. This time they lost to the Netherlands, 2-1 was the final couple
score just as it was to Argentina a couple of days ago. And again, the Catherine
goal scorer for Australia was Catherine Slattery. The coach was Australian
unhappy officials disallowed an Australian goal for the second match in a row as well. But he will have to get over there and lead the team against Great Britain, as they warm up foreign the Rio Olympics. To AFL. There was a good tough game of Australian rules last night. The Crows beat the Kangaroos by 33 points despite some wonky goal kicking. 28 behinds they kicked. Not that one that was freight from Eddie Betts. The North Melbourne team one of the league's best has Kangaroos are
now lost three in the row but the Kangaroos are looking forward to the second half of the season, they have 10 wins and 4 losses, despite the hiccup last night. Let's hear from the coaches.I think our contested stuff was really strong. Our ability to win it at the source and get some field position, we created a lot of opportunities which is what we were after. I thought that was really strong from our guys. Not only that but our tackling. Contested stuff was good. A bit licking our wound as little bit but really optimistic about the and in
second half of the year. 10 and 4 and in a great spot to really attack the second half.The Wallabies are preparing to salvage something from the series against England over the weekend. Game 3 in couple
Sydney and the coach has made a Tamou come
couple of changes. Skelton and experiences
Tamou come in for their first pay experiences of the year. The NBA draft is less than two hours away at
now. Ben Simmons is expected to go at No. 1 pick to. Tell us about Ben is a man who played with Ben's teams,
father in the NBL and one. Great teams, the Melbourne Tigers and I'm joined by the new assistant coach. Sydney Kings, Lenard cope hand.How are you?Very well thanks. Great memories of watching your team in the 90s with Dave SIM simed Andrew Gaze and Brad Key and the rest of them. How are you feeling about Ben Simmons? A little baby when you saw him?I'm excited about T Ben deserves everything he gets. He is a hard worker. Exceptional basketball player. I think he will do better in the pro scene than he does in the college scene. He gets to show his skills a little bit more. In college, it's all about running a system. In the NBA you get to show what you can do, a la Steph Currys are LeBron James.What is the minute difference? In LSU, a lot was expected and some commentary came back that he wasn't dominating enough?Well, of course. Gaep, that's the system. You have four or five pore guys who want to do well, who want to shine and try to make the NB past as well. So wanted
Ben's not a selfish player. He wanted to get everyone involved, which is fantastic but I think once he becomes a pro, his expectations will change and he needs to push the ball and score a little bit more.Teams will set up for their they've
individual stars to show what they've got?Absolutely and he will do well.We're looking at some footage here. What are his great strengths?He is 6 foot 10. Back in our guy, a 6 foot 10 guy would be under the basket. This guy can come down the floor, pass it out exceptionally well. He reminds you of Magic Johnson. His athletic ability is off the charts.He's so well skilled. He's two handed the. He is. Which is hard to stop. He's not - he's not like his father. His father was more of a bruiser, a guy inside who did all the hard work, rebounded the ball and played tough. This guy a more a skill player and he request get it done. Let's talk about the realities of what he's facing when he goes No. 1, goes to Philadelphia, goes to a team that has been struggling. What sh the great obstacles he needs to overcome?There will be a lot of Every
pressure on him. No. 1 draft pick. Every person in the NBA will come the block.
after you. You're the new guy on the block. We want to see what you're made of. I'm thinking he has the ability to withstand what will happen to him. But in saying that when he gets to Philadelphia, the
they've lost a lot of games over the last couple of years. The fans want to see him come in and change the system. They want to see wins. They want to see exciting basketball.Brett Brown will be a great asset there?Brett Brown is a great development he has been around. He knows the family H se doing a great job with young guys and I think he will do well.A quick one on Australian basketball generally. We've seen Matthew Dellavedova on LeBron's jail for the Cavs, another finals series, this time also winning, also Thon Maker will be drafted today. A great time for Australian basketball?Australian basketball is great now. You have the NBA up.
dracht, the first-round pick coming up. I never heard of Thon Maker but suddenly he is in the limelight. He will be drafted. Basketball in Australia is on the rise.Andrew Gaze is coachth seat in kings. Don't adjust your sets. Lenard Copeland assisting him that will be unusual?That is very unusual. We did a promotion yesterday and we had to introduce ourselves and Andrew said "Andrew Gaze... Melbourne - Sydney Kings." It's going to take a while for him to adjust.For those who know their basketball history, Cesil Exum's son Dante Exum went to the NBA. You had four daughters, no sons.That's OK, I'm very happy with my girls. Thank you for your time. Good luck with the Sydney Kings. We'll talk to you when the season starts. Thanks for that.That's it from the sports couch. Over to the weather wall.The big news weather-wise this morning is that it's snowing and we're seeing a lot of it. This was filmed early this morning. The another
last 24 hours has given Falls Creek another 24 cm of fresh snow but as rises overnight.
much as 40 cm at Thredbo. Snow has
rises overnight. The wintry blast has come in the form of a strong cold front, and it's backed up by a secondary system. This allows even colder air to come in. We have damaging wind warnings for central areas of New South Wales and south-eastern South Australia. As beautiful as these are, hopefully we'll see the maps very shortly. Snow comes down to 400m in Tasmania, 500 in Victoria and 900m in New South Wales. The cold front is quickly replaced by a high tomorrow. A dry but still cold air flow coming in. A new front approaches the south west. A trough deepens over the north T shifts east but in's not Australia much Rhine within the next system. In Queensland, the winds are humid along the trough. Light rain this morning in the south-east.

Thanks so much, Vanessa. It's 24 degrees at the moment in Townsville. That's where Michael Rowland it. You've opinion pretty smug this morning about the beautiful balmy weather, how great even
it is. I'd like to think - he's even cut out because the rain is plummeting down now. That's a little bit of a karma thing for Michael Rowland there! He has been in Townsville for us haul this morning. We just lost the link there. It's pouring down there. Speaking with lots of locals looking at the boarded-up shops, in that
the uncertainty around unemployment back
in that region. We will be crossing back to Michael as soon as we get him back. In the mean time that's been a huge vote going on of course in the European Union. This is about Brexit in the UK. Polls clotzed just 1.5 hours ago now. Those votes will be counted throughout the night. At around midday Australian eastern time there.
we'll probably know the result there. We'll go back to all those stories for you very shortly but in the meantime, Andrew Greene has been on the election trail here in Australia. And he's been travelling with Malcolm Turnbull.The Prime Minister's campaign has returned to northern Tasmania and here in Launceston, the government has three marginal electorates that it's hoping to hold onto in the election. The electorates of Bass, Braddon and Lyons and today Malcolm Turnbull will be campaigning in Launceston hand he will be relocate
unveiling a $150 million pledge to of
relocate and improve the University of Tasmania's campuses here in Launceston, as well as Burnie. Now, the Prime Minister's package is aimed at improving jobs in this State, which has struggled in recent times financially and economically. And he will also be talking about the coalition's plans for smarter cities. But of course, while the Prime Minister's campaigning he will firmly have an eye on the results coming in from Britain and the referendum on whether to leave the European Union. Now, yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull warned that a Leave vote, a successful Leave vote, would create a very big shock but he did say if Britain does decide to leave the EU the security implications feared.
won't be as bad as many have feared. He says the UK will still remain a part of NATO.Andrew Greene reporting there and staying with politics, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has spent the past week arguing the coalition has a plan to privatise the whole of Medicare. What's asked go this on 7.30 last night f the policy was actually on the cards, but the Labor Leader held back.They're increasing the price of medicine. And they are cutting and slashing bulk-billing incentives for pathology tests and diagnostic imaging.Can you put your hand on your heart and look Australians in the eye and say that 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. You can keep
vote Labor and make sure that we keep the price of our health care system down, and that we keep it in Liberal,
government hands. Or you can vote Liberal, and if you look at the range of their cuts and a range of their map nufrs and we will head down the path of an Americanised health care system.I started this by raising the issue of the trust. So why I keep going on about the privatisation of Medicare is 'cause you're using words like the Americanisation, the privatisation of Medicare. The Prime Minister has ex police itsly ruled Tutt0 and campaign
labelled it the biggest lie of the campaign and so why do you keep saying that Medicare's going for privatised?Because throughout this election, as I have travel around talking to tens of thousands of people, they keep telling me Bill, Liberals
make sure you don't let the Liberals harm Medicare.Mexican couple Freda Carlo and daig (a) Rivera were known for their iconic art and volatile relationship. But their artworks have rarely been exhibited together. Now a collection of their works has gone on dis play in Sydney. It's been 16 been
years since this collection has been in Australia. It was last on display in Canberra. It's been brought here from Brazil, and will be at the art gallery of New South Wales for the next four months. I'm joined now by senior curator speaking to
Nicholas Chambers. Thank you for speaking to us.No problem.What is it about the pairing of these two artists that is so intriguing to people?It's interesting. Because I mean, it may not seem like a terribly novel idea on face value to pair Frida and Diego, but it's interesting to note that until relatively recently there've been very, very fuj major museum exhibitions that have looked at them together. That's because their work is very different. Approach painting from very different places. Stylisticically their work is dwernlent yet they came to reflect on certain common themes, whether that be rather dramatic life events that they shared or perhaps their investment in the cultural life of Mexico.The collection involves more than 30 artworks, photographs, letters, quite a collection. What are the logistical challenges in setting up that in the art gallery?Well, it's interesting, because the Gulman collection around the show is based includes some absolute icons in both of the artists' collections. We wanted to frame those pieces by some photographs, by correspondence from Frida and vintage films to kind of weave a biographical thread around the paintings as well.What type of response, turn-out are you expecting from the public?The interest before we've opened has been phenomenal. We're preparing for enormous audiences.Thank you for speaking us toBack to Michael Rowland in towns ill vim. It was sunny all morning. He has letting but the
us know just how wonderful it was, but the weather has turned on you. It's pouring! That's karma for you! Ha ha
You've been rubing it in all day! Ha ha ha! Yes, I guess I deserve it, don't I. I tell you what, this rain is monsoonal and it just erupted out of nowhere. Not news to anybody who lives in this region, up
because rain does happen a fair bit up here, but it is pouring down. It's still a fairly balmy 24 degrees, but let's not forget it's great for the area, we've been talking this morning about how the dam levels have been so low, so every drop helps. Just not at the moment. But anyway, we'll soldier on. One of the other big issues facing the electors in the seat of hert Bert in which Townsville is centred in this election campaign is jobs. We woke up this morning to the news that the Townsville unemployment rate stands at 13.3%, the second highest in the nation. Yesterday, a lot less rain a bit more sunny. I caught up with some local business figures, some small business operators too, I asked them about what they saw as the key economic issues facing this seat. It's a little frightening right now. It's a little sensitive. We have received a lot of attention in the federal election. We've received a lot of attention also in that
the State Budget. So we're pleased are
that there are some projects that are moving ahead. But confidence remains a really consistent issue. The confidence isn't quite there. So we're concerned that some of the projects that are in the pipe right now will be in two, three years' the
time, but what will happen to us in the meantime?The lack of confidence does have a devastating flow-on effect to all sectors of the economy?It does. Townsville has a diversified economy. Up until now, probably for the last generation, we've been able to get ourselves out of whatever problem we were. This time around, we can't quite do that. And we were seeking leadership from government to be able to inspire businesses to be able to invest, etc. So we're at that critical point now.David, services
good morning. You work in the particular.
services sector, in IT in particular. How is your business going?We're going alright. But the market is hard for the moment. It's very competitive. And people are taking a long time to make decisions about buying or improving their services.Why is that?I think it's just pure lack of confidence at the moment. It's not that people don't have the money. I believe that people do have the money but they're just not feeling confident in the market.They're echoing what David said, industry is not confident in Townsville and so we ITV had to put off a few last
staff of late, before Christmas last year, so that hasn't really helped. It's not nice to do that but that's just something a small business has to do to continue been hit
through.We all know Townsville has been hit by the downturn in the Clive
mining sector the closure of of Clive Palmer's nickel refinery.S that a had a flow-on effect to small businesses like yours?We did do work out at QNI there. That was money we couldn't recoup T cause as negative. It makes everyone a bit to
Ange shucks. People are not going to spend and buy new machines. There's been talk about having major projects and things that are going to bring jobs and more confidence back into town. Things like the integrated stadium will be a fantastic thing, but of course that's not instant. We need things much quicker. Things that can happen certainly within the next year.Kevin, you work in the mortgage broking business. How is the Townsville property market looking?The property market at the moment prices are down a little bit. But there's still a good level of business going through. First home buyers are taking the opportunity to buy now while the people
prices are low, and we've also got people who are upgrading. Yes, prices are low and it's a good time to get into the market, so yeah, volumes are down a bit but there's still a good level of business going through.Are there signs of the housing market coming out of the doldrums? The other way of asking this.. What will it take to inject some life into the market? Well, the houses are coming up a bit, as I said n certain places. In terms of what it will take to turn the market around, a lot of it comes down to confidence in the market. If people are confident that, yes, there's a good future mere in Townsville - and there is - people are taking advantage of that. We have seen a bit of an uptake in the commercial lending space, where business people are advantage
expanding their businesses, taking advantage of the fact that at the moment, prices are good.Some local business people speaking to me in central Townsville yesterday. So not surprisingly, based on that, there is really only one issue that final
will be front and centre in the final eight days of this campaign: them.
jobs and ways of creating more of them.Absolutely. And a long election campaign it has been, only eight sleeps left to go. Not nearly as long as the 4-month campaign that's been going on in the UK. Yes, that's right. So thank heavens for small mercies, eh? Eight days to go. We heard from Ewen Jones, the local Liberal member here. He's over T I think everybody's over it. There has been a big spike in pre-poll numbers mere in Townsville as there has been right around the country and bring on election day! And almost as quickly as it you
started, this rain has stopped!And you look way too...Rainy one day... , fine the next.You look way too happy there. We'll chat to you in just a moment. Let's take you back to that Brexit referendum, four month of campaigning and those results are just starting to trickle in. Remain has easily won the vote in Gibraltar with more than 19,000 votes compared to the 823 for Leave. Today's vote is the culmination of a very long and intense campaign period. Let's take a look back.I believe that this Independence
Thursday can be our country's Independence Day. SONG: # Should I stay or should I go #Will there be job losses? There might or there might not. That is not good enough. That is not good enough! SONG: # Should I stay or go # If you stay -- if you say that you are mine... #Brits don't quit. They say we have no choice but to bow down to Brussels. We say they are woefully underestimating this country and what it can do. (APPLAUSE) SONG: # It's always tease, tease, tease # You're happy when I'm on my knees # One day is fine the next it's black #Celebrate immigrant bs and immigration, everything they do for our country.Your campaign hasn't been project fair, it's been project hate as far as immigration is concerned. (APPLAUSE) SONG: # Should I stay or should I go #This is what people are going to vote on in the referendum. Getting back control of our borders, easing the pressure on public services. SONG: # If I go there will be trouble # And if I stay it will be double # So come on and let me know #... #We've also seen all those polling stations, 43 million people eligible to vote there. It wasn't only people, though, heading to the stations there's been label of a taking
trend on Twitter going on, people taking their dogs to the polling stations. That one looking a little bit indifferent there, actually. This hashtag has been really flying, dogs at polling stations has been that BBC article. We think we should get this going in Australia, actually. So that hashtag has to continue come July 2. Dogs, rackets, cats, take them all. All those pictures from the UK. Those voting - eligibility for voting closed nearly two hours now. All those votes trickling in. Gibraltar votes already very much saying that the Remain camp has won in that area. I wonder what Michael Rowland thinks about that? Dogs at polling stations. Get that going on July 2, please! Some of the leaders of Australian's biggest companies meanwhile have been giving up the comfort of their beds for a night. They've been taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleep-out taking place in Sydney. Johanna Nicholson went along and met some of those who took part earlier this morning. 350 business and community leaders slept out here last night. They're now of having breakfast after a very cold evening. They did so to get a very small taste what have it's like to be homeless and to raise money for homelessness as part of the St Vinnies CEO sleep you. Joining me now is the CEO of St Vincent De Paul, Dianne Lucas. Why hold they this event each year? 17,000 people are homeless each sort
night, many of those under 12.What sort of difference does it make to the people who are participating in this event?I think it gives them a real understanding of what it's actually like to be sleeping out and homeless and I think it's one. have
Few opportunities that people would have to really understand, so we're really proud of this event.It's also a lot about raising money. How much money have you raised and also where does it go towards?For us, about
at a national level, we've raised about $5.4 million. And here tonight, we've actually raised $1.6 million so we're really pleased. We have a tar guest we industrial a little way to go. There's still time to dough ghait and the money goes towards early intervention services, crisis accommodation, meals, living skills, educational skills, so all opportunities to actually help people get out of homelessness.Dianne, thanks very much and also joining me here is the Managing Director of the ABC, Michelle Guthrie, who slept out last night. How was your night last night?It was sobering, actually and very enlightening, to really get as you said a small taste of what it's like to be homeless.Did it change - is it did it meet your expectations did, it change your never
insights at all?I think you can never be really prepared for it, and I think Vinnies did a fantastic job last night of really having us walk in the shoes of homeless people as they tried to navigate the bureaucracy and access services and have some insight into what really confronts people as they face homelessness.You trialed a new swag last night.I did. It was extraordinarily warm so I was very grateful for T it was actually designed by TAFE students, and I was - David from TAFE and I were the two trialists of the swag. It was fantastically warm. TAFE will be donating those swags to Vinnies for distribution and hoping to actually, you know, produce more of them.Michelle, thanks very much for that. These business community leaders will go back to their normal days now, but as for the money raised at this event, it will go towards helping people who experience homelessness every night.Johanna Nicholson reporting children
there. It's the fish which most introduced to
children catch when they're first introduced to fishing in Western Australia but the iconic and once ubiquitous herring is officially in recovery with new restrictions aimed at halving the amateur and also the local commercial catch. It's about as old-school as it comes in the fishing game. John is chasing herring with the same methods his Greek immigrant grandfather introduced to the south-west of Western Australia 100 years ago.I started going out with my grandfather and uncles at the age of 10. As soon as I learnt to swim. And been doing it off and on ever since then.And now at almost 70, he's just as excited with every new shot off the beach.The the minute you see fish, your heart just about jumps out of your chest. You get excited. And there's always a chance thaw might miss them or there might be rocks out here you have to try to miss otherwise you're out there spending hatch the day diving on it, getting them off and yeah, there's a lot goes through your mind, but - and it doesn't change from the first time I did it to today, you know. Still that feeling is there. And every one of us are the same. You can see - my wife, as soon as I pull in the driveway at home, knows we've got fish just by the look on my face. This time, his crew has yielded barely enough to feed their families. But John says that's fishing.

One of London's former Olympic sites is being given a new attraction. It's being billed as the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. It's been added to an existing sculpture which is a landmark in its own right. The slide is 178m long and it takes only 40 seconds to ride from the top to the bottom and reaches speeds of around 24 kilometres an vertical. And
hour.First of all, it's slightly vertical. And then it twists and it turns around a coil which is called the bed-vetter which is yaerman for bed spring, not bed wetting at
although you may that feel that way at the Then a 50m run-off that brings you back down to the ground. Everybody thought it was a helter skelter anyway. But the artists have embodied the themes of disorientation, from dark into light, it's quite a ride but it's also an artistic sculpture.Another slide that's just opened is in Los Angeles. If you're prone to a feerp of heists look away now. A glis slide has been installed on the exterior of a 73-floor skyscraper T begins on the 70th floor and ends on the 69th floor. No it's particularly long but it gives daredevils a full view of the world below of it's been built by the Singapore-based developers an owners of the building. They're expecting a steady stream of visitors to shell out $30 US to terrifying
experience that slide. That's terrifying to me! Nike ale Rowland, calm
stay up in Townsville! Looks like calm and nice, a lot ever issues there, obviously, for that region, though, heading up to the election? Yes. Very calm now. The rain's gone, it's a bit cooler. Still about the early 20s. Absolutely world.
magical up in this part of the world. We were talking about the election campaign. The world's longest election campaign seemingly here. Perspective on Twitter from Grant. He said "Eight-week campaign here, four months in the UK, States.
17-plus months in the United States. We are still the lucky country. #fewerPollees." A message there as well. Yes it's been long but you wouldn't like to be a vote grer in the United States compared to what we're going through here. What have you got for sport? Flagging in over an hour they will have the NBA draft. Ben Simmons is expected to be picked No. 1. Lenard Copeland was with us. I loved his work in the 90s. I did mention that his teammate, Dave Simmons, the father of Ben Simmons, another guy called Cecil Exun whose son Dante Exum is in the NBA. I mentioned to Lenard that he won't have any sons daughters,
in the BA but he does have four daughters, to clear that up, they don't play basketball. I'd like to share with everyone my orange laces today. This is for a Step Back Think campaign. It's a group that tries to raise awareness about the dangers, the causes and the consequences what have they call social violence. That is, those one-punch incidents that we hear by
too much about. And brought about by a guy called Kyle Matthews, who is a footballer down my part of the world. He has recovered from one of those injuries and talking to people about this. I reckon it's a great cause. And the other thing to explain for non-footballing people. If your football laces are longer than normal, you wrap them around. You wrap them underneath. I did that for about 20 years. I did it this morning and had all sorts of pangs of nostalgia. Good to wrap 'em around gene for another morning.

morning.What's the weather looking like, Vanessa O'Hanlon?Very, very cold weather, lots of snow around that will be good if you're heading up to the ski fields. A always
high-pressure system comes in, always the ideal conditions up on the alps. Sunshine around but very cold temperatures. As for Queensland, it's going to get cooler there if we look at the maps down
we'll see that Brisbane will drop down a little bit over the weekend but 22 degrees today.

Michael, you will be coming back, the
you're back in the chair in here in the studio in the chilly Melbourne studio on Monday with Virginia. fantastic
Yes, thank you very much, it's been you,
fantastic as always working with you, but just to make you even more jealous, and all the team there, we can show you some live shots of magnetic island just off the coast of Townsville. How are you feeling now?!Thanks, Michael! !We're cutting you off! Bye! (LAUGHTER) I'm here, you're there. Thanks everybody This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services.

Today, Britain's EU results are coming in. We will have a result in the next few hours.If we do stay part of this union, it is doomed, it is finished anyway.And global stock markets optimistic ahead of the final result. More than 100 firefighters battle fierce flames at a factory in Sydney's south-west. And Australian basketballer Ben Simmons set to become the number one draft pick in the NBA. Hello and welcome to look
Mornings, I'm Joe O'Brien. Taking a look at the weather:

Polling stations are closed, the initial counts are coming in but Britons still have a while to find out if their country will leave or remain in the EU. First blood has gone to the Remain campaign with to
Gibraltar strongly backing Britain to stay. 96% of voters there want Britain to remain in the EU. A result in Newcastle is expected shortly. Indications are not too good there though for the Remain campaign, just a slightic victory apparently. The British pound has surged on the initial indications that the Remain side had won. High profile Leave campaigner and UKIP leader Nigel Farage said earlier he thought the Remain campaign had edged it is remaining defiant.The your sceptic genie is out of the bottle and it will now not be put back but perhaps even more