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All eyes in the financial world are on the markets as traders ride the result of the UK referendum. In another news: A Sydney investment banker is sentenced to a minimum one year in prison for insider trading. Good afternoon, I'm Jeremy News.
Fernandez, you're watching ABC News. Also ahead on the program, in the US Democrats and their Congress sit-in over gun control while Republicans dismiss the protests as simply a stunt. And 19-year-old Australian basketball star Ben Simmons is the number one pick in the NBA draft.

Welcome to the program. As we go to air, Britons are having their votes counted. It's 2:00 am in the morning in the UK and votes are being counted in this historic referendum for whether Britain leaves or stays in the EU. Counting is currently at - the Remain camp, rather, has 50.1% of the votes counted so far, and is slightly behind, now that the votes from London are coming in - the vote in London expected to strongly favour remaining in the European Union. Let's go to our correspondent there. Steve Cannane is standing by in London. Steve, the numbers from London are coming in and they are strongly pushing that result even closer?That's right. Those London numbers are clawing back the vote for Remain. They were in real trouble - still could be in real trouble - particularly in the industrial north of the UK, they are voting to leave the EU. But we've just seen two very large boroughs in South London come through, Wandsworth and Lambeth. Lambeth was 79% remain. Wandsworth 75% remain. They are big boroughs so they carry a lot of votes with them. So that has been a big win for Remain but they need these boroughs to come in and vote big
remain, because they have been in big trouble. The polls were suggesting that this was going to be 52/48 to the Remain campaign. If you looked at the betting markets when we first started broadcasting tonight, it was suggesting an 86% chance that Remain would win this referendum. That recently dropped down to Leave being the favourite to win the election. Now, that has bounced back, thanks to those London boroughs coming in. What the big question is now - will the other London boroughs vote like Wandsworth and Lambeth have? Will Scotland vote remain or will we see the Leave vote, which we didn't predict being so big, dwarfing those numbers from London? It is really, really close.Is the sense that there are bellwether areas of local government going to swing this vote either way outside of London, of course?It's really hard to say that, because the last referendum of this kind we had was 41 years ago so it's not like the federal election in Australia where election.
we have an Eden/Monara style election. And this is really dividing the UK. When you see 75% seeing
and 97% in one borough and you are seeing a flip the other way in some of the northern areas where you are in other areas, you are seeing the figures dart around. There is a real division in this country along the lines of regional areas, geography, along of areas of age and also class and that is being reflected in the way the votes are coming in.Regardless of what the result is, there is no doubt that a major change is about to take place, whether Britain stays or leaves the European Union. Its conditions of whatever happens will change its relationship with the continent?Well, if they vote to leave there will be massive changes. If they vote to stay there still will be changes and there is the threat of contagion in other European nations, saying the UK has had a vote, why don't we have a vote? And what will it mean for the UK's relationship with other countries, what about Schengen and the Eurozone? There will be battlegrounds set up all around. We are seeing little fractures develop in the European Union, and I think this is just the beginning of something. There could be years.
repercussions for this down the years.Steve Cannane, reporting from London. Steve, we'll check in with you later. Let's go to the Australian Stock Exchange now, and David Spicer is standing by in Sydney. It has been a volatile day of trading so far - a big dip and then a recovery of sorts but certainly we are remaining in negative territory at this stage? Yes, it's very volatile and unusual direct
to have such an event having such a direct impact on the stock market going up and down. Now, when trading opened it was up slightly, as there was confidence that the UK would remain. Then there was a very steep decline, down 100 points at one point, as the Leave took an early lead. As Remain puts its nose in front for a while, the stock market went north sharply and now it has eased off again slightly. So where we stand at this moment is the Australian Stock Exchange is down 60 points. With losses across the board. And stocks which, in particular, are most adversely affected by the prospect of the UK leaving have suffered worse - ones with British links, ones with financial links - but across the board there's losses, in banks, in Qantas and BHP was down one dollar at one stage this morning. So extreme volatility, as this very unpredictable event unfolds.David, outline for us what the traders are concerned about? This is a very big structural change that's taking place on the other side of the world?Well, over the first two weeks of June, there was a 5% decline in the Australian stock market and that was only partially recovered in recent days and essentially, it has got to do with volatility, it has got to do with the fact that many jobs could be lost in Britain over the next few years if Britain does leave the -
European Union. It takes two years - it is a long process if that, in fact, eventuates. The British government has to invoke a special clause in the European constitutional union and it takes two years to unwind but that would lead to greater uncertainty and it would lead to job losses in the UK and, as we know, with the GFC, economic turmoil in one particular significant country can have contagions around the rest of the world.David Spicer reporting from Sydney, thank you. I want to bring our viewers up to date now. These figures, since we have been on air in the last eight minutes or so, have swung back in favour of the Leave camp. The figures show that the Remain camp has 4 million 2,756 votes, they had a lead when they started this program, and the Leave camp continues to be favoured again. Now, let's bring in our next guest, adjunct professor Nick Rowley, who is a visiting fellow of the democracy network at the University of stid. Nick Rowley, this is extraordinary how we're seeing these results swing back and forth as the results from the various local government areas come in.It certainly is. You would expect to be picking up a clear trend and yet there is no clear trend. I mean, you look at some of the results from the north-east of England, places of Newcastle and Sunderland and they've been very, very clearly in favour of leaving the EU and that wasn't expected to be a result quite that clear. You then go over to the other side of the country, you go to the north-west and somewhere like Liverpool, and you have 60% of people - 58% of people saying remain. You go to London - London, in many ways, it feels like I'm on a roller-coaster here looking at all these figures. It's hard to going
really understand quite what's going on. Even if you look at metaphor
London, and I think the best metaphor is it is like a boxing match, that is the big right hand that might well come in favour of Remain. Very high percentages of people in London, it is expected, will go for Remain. But even in London, you look at east London, in Barking, I just looked at these results - if you are in Barking, Leave is 24 points ahead of Remain in Barking and it was expected to be only 8 ahead on a 50/50 split. That is massively different to what was being predicted. You look at Hammersmith in west London and you've got Remain with a 40 point lead and you expected Remain to have only a 30-point lead there. So even in London you have results coming from all over the place.How do you explain these differences in the one city? In the one, you know, relatively small country geographically speaking, how are there such huge differences regionally?I'm an academic so you would expect me to take six months to answer that question! But I will try and do my best. I think one of the things we can say is Britain is enormously divided on this question. If you look at some of the figures coming from non-urban areas, enormous, very, very high proportions of British people do European
not want to be a part of the European Union. You look at some areas in London and you have around 75% of people all saying they really do want to be a part of the European Union. And you have other divisions - you have a big division the
between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. In Scotland it looks like it's going to be a that
pretty big victory for Remain and that then begs the question, in terms of what the ramifications are - and of course there will be economic ramifications - but there will potentially be some very, very significant political ramifications as well.How deeply do you think the electorate understands the ramifications of staying or leaving? Because some people have contended, some analysts have contended, that the vote has been one about sending a message to the establishment, and the question about Europe is secondary, somewhat, to that?Well, I haven't been there, I haven't been in the UK through the whole campaign, so all I can do is look at what others are saying. Although it has been a very crude campaign, and immigration really has come to dominate the public discourse, and I think in a rather nasty and unpleasant way, speaking to other people who are actually out there, in some of those public meetings, people are pretty engaged, quite interested in trying to understand quite what are the implications going to be of both staying or leaving. So it's very hard to understand, it's very hard as we sit here, we would have expecting to be clearly predicting the outcome...Some of these elections are formed on impression?They are formed on impression and in that I very
think David Cameron has had a very, very difficult job. He is the person who decided we should have have
this referendum, and really they have been playing the card of the enormous economic risks in relation to leaving the EU, many senior business leaders, together with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, former prime ministers, really part of the political and business elites in the UK, have been as one in saying, "Our interests are best served in the EU". Now, there may well have been quite a reaction against that. We'll leave it there for now but as we go to air the Leave campaign remains in front. We will have more analysis on the impact on the market later in the program. To other news now. The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are continuing to trade bares as the election campaign approaches its final week here. Malcolm Turnbull says Bill Shorten has been caught lying over claims the government plans to privatise Medicare.The Opposition Leader is blitzing the marginal seats this week and today he is campaigning in northern Australia. He is focusing on the metropolitan Darwin seat of Solomon. It's held by the country Liberal Party member Natasha Grigson who has a margin of 1.4% and both Liberal and Labor agree it is an extremely tight contest here. We're coming to the pointy end of the election campaign now, with eight days left. As Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull fight for the top job of Prime Minister, they've both been criticised for using so-called scare campaigns to secure votes. Labor is trying to prosecute an argument that a re-elected Coalition government would privatise Medicare, which Mr Turnbull has continually ruled out. The Coalition is claiming Labor isn't as committed to asylum seeker policies, despite there being bipartisan support in that area. Both sides are accusing each other of lying to win votes.He has been lying about Medicare and he has been caught out. He was asked to put his hand on his heart and repeat his lies, and he wouldn't. He has been caught out lying.The truth of the matter is, this is a government who, in their DNA, believes in privatisation. We know that they've been caught out trying to pretend that something wasn't happening that really was happening and the government sort of hit the electoral panic button and said, "Oh, nothing to see here". But they are dismantling Medicare piece by piece and brick by brick.Labor is also promising to make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers on 457 visas, if it is elected on July 2. Under the plan, companies would be required to undertake Labor market testing and advertise jobs for four weeks in Australia before looking overseas. The Opposition Leader was today asked when Labor would outline its costings after he promised this campaign he would release them early. Mr Shorten says when Tony Abbott was the Opposition Leader, he didn't release costings until Saturday
the Thursday night before the Saturday election. Bill Shorten is promising that Labor will give details on costings well before next Thursday. Caitlyn Gribbin there. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has used a visit to Launceston to unveil a $150 million package to boost jobs and transform the University of Tasmania. Political reporter Andrew Greene is travelling with Malcolm Turnbull. In Tasmania, the Prime Minister has been joined by his entire parliamentary team and the Tasmanian Premier, who is kind of like a parliament ry speed dating as the Prime Minister met with all his MPs who are fighting for re-election in this double dissolution election, including the Liberal Party's number one Senate candidate, Eric Abetz, one of the Prime Minister's fiercest critics during the leadership contest with Tony Abbott.I believe that's what the opinion polls are indicating - that Malcolm Turnbull is more popular in Tasmania than Tony Abbott, and so that is why I see the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's contribution is adding to all the other factors.Now, the Prime Minister is in Tasmania again promoting his plan for jobs and growth and, to do that, he has announced $150 million for the cities of Launceston and Burnie. It's all about moving the campuses of the University of Tasmania and regenerating the city centres of these towns. The the Prime Minister has been joined by the Tasmanian Premier wojs -- Wil Hodgson for this event.It is a very clear choice. We are a week away from the eve of the election. It is a very clear choice - my government, my team. Stable Coalition government with a clear national economic plan based on investment, open markets, backing business.The Prime Minister is going to have a day of campaign engine Tasmania and he has also got one eye towards the official campaign launch in Sydney on the weekend. But of course, we're now a week out from election eve. The Sydney investment banker Oliver Curtis has been sentenced to a minimum one year in prison for insider trading. Reporter Karl Hoerr has been covering the case. He joins us now. What did the judge have to say?Jeremy, the judge said the seriousness of Oliver Curtis's offending Wasikowska high. She said he knew what he was doing was very wrong and that he was motivated by personal gain to fund a lifestyle of conspicuous extravaganza. This is all about 45 trades carried out by Curtis based on information that was provided to him by his friend, John Hartman, who was an equities dealer and it netted the pair some $1.4 million. Here's a little more of what the judge had to say.It is troubling that, unlike Mr Hartman, Mr Curtis has not embraced responsibility for his offending. While many people have spoken of and
his positive qualities in business and as a family man, he shows no sign of progression beyond the self-interested pursuit of material wealth which prompted his offending. On balance, however, I think the indications are that he is unlikely to reoffend.Now, this case has had a long history behind it?That's right, Jeremy. These trades occurred some nine years ago and it wasn't until 2009 that Oliver Curtis was reported to ASIC, but he wasn't charged until 2013 and the court heard today that he had a number of opportunities to cooperate with the ASIC investigation, but declined. It should also be noted that the $1.4 million that was the profit for both men has now actually been paid back by Oliver Curtis, but that was only done after the verdict and before the sentencing and it was done without any admissions and because of this, the judge said that it should be viewed with some cynicism.Karl, what were Curtis's lawyers' arguments against a that
custodyial sentence? They had said that he didn't deserve to go to jail?That's right. He pointed out his age at the time, he was only 21, they said he had matured a lot since then, become a husband and father. They said that his performance in business since showed that he could be trusted and was, in effect, already rehabilitated. But the, as we've heard, considered in all of this that it was still appropriate to send him to jail.A rare protest on the floor of the US Congress over gun control has been dismissed as a stunt by Republican opponents. Democratic party members sat on the floor of the House, gave speeches and sang songs, demanding the speaker allow a vote on tougher gun control legislation in the wake of the Orlando massacre. North America correspondent Stephanie March reports from Washington.(CHEERING) Yes, we're with you!After 24 hours, an extraordinary moment in US politics came to an end.We are going to win! We're going to win! (CHEERING) The fight is not over!(APPLAUSE) Among the crowd that greeted the House representatives was Colin Goddard. He was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. I've been involved in the fight to prevent gun violence and enact common sense gun laws for years and in my years of doing this work I have never seen a moment like this. So today we come to the will of the House...It started a day earlier, with a small group of Democratic congressmen and women opening the well of the chamber, demanding a vote on gun control legislation. When the House TV cameras were shut off, the members turned to social media to broadcast their message. In the early hours, Republicans returned and adjourned the House for two weeks.They ran out in the middle of the night. We were supposed to be working here in Congress until Friday and they decided to pack their bags and get out of town. But they're not going to be able to hide from the American people.Gun control advocates are describing what happened here as a game-changer. But Republicans are dismissing it as a publicity stunt. One that won't be tolerated.They're not trying to actually get this done through regular order. No, instead, they're staging protests. They're trying to get on TV. CROWD: We shall live in peace... Undeterred, House Democrats say they will be back when the house is -
recalled in July ready to stand up - or sit down - for their cause. In West Africa, witnesses have described seeing the ambush and abduction of three Australians on Wednesday. Along with some colleagues, they were taken at gunpoint on the way to work. 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 gunshot. We were approached
thinking as if Boko Haram has approached our area. But we came to know that it was militants that came.A driver was shot and killed during the early morning attack on Wednesday. About 30 militants are believed to have been involved. They escaped by boat on this river.

The men are working on a quarry site managed by the West Australian gangs are
company 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. IUp to yesterday, the town had been very, very peaceful. So we are reviewing our strategy what went wrong yesterday morning. And what steps we are going to take itself
to ensure that this does not repeat itself again.The Australian government says it is working with Nigerian authorities and both are taking the abductions extremely seriously.There are now seven people, employees of Macmahon's, and we are concerned for them. Of course our priority is their wellbeing and safety and to ensure that we can free them.If this is a kidnap for ransom, it could be days or even weeks before any demands are made by the krimsz. -- criminals.

Police in Germany have shot dead a gunman who was holding hostages in a cinema. Heavily armed police stormed the movie complex in Viernheim, south of Frankfurt, after reports that four shots were fired. Inside, the masked gunman the
had ordered hostages to lie down on the floor. After police stormed the building, all the hostages were released unharmed. Authorities have ruled out any link to terrorism. A US court has cleared the British rock band Led Zeppelin of mraj reliesing the opening chords of its rock anthem, Stairway to Heaven. It was claimed the band ripped off the opening refuse from a song by Taurus. It took the Los Angeles jury less than a day to reach its Zeppelin.
verdict, ruling in favour of Led Zeppelin. Stay with us, we'll get an update on the markets shortly. And coming up later in the program, a five-game winning streak pushes the Adelaide Crows into the AFL's top six.

Let's get some more analysis now of the Brexit vote, as it continues to be counted and the potential implications. I'm joined by business editor Ian Verrender. The volatility on the markets there, here and all around the world continues?It does, indeed, Jeremy, and this was not really expected. Markets all this week have piled into buying stocks, buying all sorts of things, on the understanding that the UK would vote overwhelmingly to remain there's
within the European Union. Now, there's - it continued last night, the UK, Europe and Wall Street were up heavily. Our market is the first one in the world really to open and get this sort of reaction and what we've seen this morning has been quite incredible. Trading we've seen this morning has been
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quite incredible. Trading within a 3% band. I haven't looked at it for about 15 minutes but at one stage it was down about 2% and bounced back to be down 1% but as this vote rolls in we will see enormous amounts of volatility today.We're seeing the Nikkei opening down as well, so Asian markets are following the trend.Yes, volatility continues in the
medium-term this could be an event that financial
that sparks not quite a global financial crisis,, but a serious reconsideration of the value of stocks and bonds and currencies, because, you know, central banks around the world for the past few years, since the financial crisis, have been propping up asset markets with ultra-cheap interest rates so a lot of people think the markets were all overvalued. You get an event like this and it makes everybody reassess their view and we could end up with quite a serious market reaction.The reaction is not just about Brexit, though. This has been an impression, a movement, that has been developing over time and we've seen it globally as well.That's right. There's almost like a pullback from the forces of globalisation. After the financial crisis we saw that Occupy Wall Street move and that spread across the globe, really, and that was quite a left-wing kind of reaction crisis.
to what happened in the financial crisis. What we're seeing now is that is actually transcending the political spectrum. Over the past 30 years, you've seen an enormous increase in the concentration of wealth. The rich are getting much richer and the poor are getting much poorer and particularly in developed companies jobs are being markets.
exported, if you like, to emerging markets. That has created a lot of unemployment and particularly under-employment. There are a lot of people who aren't earning the kind of salaries that they would itself in
like to earn and it is manifesting itself in this kind of political reaction.That's manifesting itself in our election campaign, as well. We're seeing a lot of people relate to go that sentiment here in Australia. What -- relating to that sentiment here in Australia. What do you think the short- to medium-term impact is here in Australia?Well, we have a lot of companies listed on the UK stock exchange. BHP and Rio Tinto for instance. We have a lot of direct investment from Australia into the UK. If the pound drops remarkably - and it's likely to really fall quite heavily on an exit vote - you will see the income from the UK into Australia drop dramatically investments
for a lot of companies that have investments there. There's a whole lot of ramifications and repercussions that I don't think have been priced into the market as yet.Ian, as we go to air, the Leave vote is about 300,000 votes ahead. They've gotten within 6,000 votes. This is going to be a close one?It is going to be a nail-biter and there is a lot of people on Wall Street who will be up tonight really looking at this, worrying what they're going to have to do. Alright, Ian Verrender, thank you for joining us, much appreciated. Thanks.Let's turn to other news for now. It has been a great day for Australian basketball. As expected Melbourne teenager Ben Simmons has been named as the number one pick in the NBA draft, meaning he is rated the best newcomer in America's biggest basketball competition. But the big surprise came from a Sudanese-born top
Perth product, also picked in the top ten. It is the first time two ten.
players have made it in the top ten.After months of hype the young Australian finally got the answer he was waiting for.The Philadelphia 76ers select Ben Simmons from Melbourne, Australia, and Louisiana State University.A moment of joy for his family as well.I'm glad, you know, I've made history, not only for myself, but my family and Australian basketball.A lot of hurdles to jump and you have to maintain whatever position you have and Ben has done a fantastic job of maintaining that number one ranking over multiple books in the past few years.He is well aware of the expectations upon him. Now he has signed a minimum 2-year deal worth more than $10 million.Everything is not going to be perfect. You have to learn to fight through whatever happens
adversity, the struggles or whatever happens during the season, but you have a he -- you have got to play through it and keep working. Things change, players get hurt but you have to play through it. His goal now is to help a team who have been bottom dwellers for many years. It was also a night to celebrate for another Australian. With the 10th pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks Thon Maker.I feel like I'm ready because I trust my game, I really worked on my game for a short-time period but I put a lot of work into it.There are now a total of nine Australians in the NBA. Four have won championships in the past three years. Ben Simmons knows he will have his work cut out to help his locally-ranked team even reach the play-offs.Let's get more sports news now with news radio's Shannon Byrne and the Adelaide Crows have made it five in a row to move into because
the top six.And it was a big one, and
because it was over North Melbourne and North Melbourne have now dropped to fourth on the ladder and good news for the Adelaide Crows starting this round - they've jumped up to six on the ladder. They've won by 33 points but they won't be impressed with their accuracy because it was 12/28 behinds to 100, to North Melbourne's 10/7/67. So they compared
actually had 40 shots on goal They
compared to 17 by North Melbourne. They won't be impressed with that percentage of finishing there. But it was a fast-finishing Adelaide that held on to that 33-point win. North Melbourne, though, they've now lost their past four games in the last five matches so not so good news there as they had quite a good period on top of the ladder. So they will be looking to get back Crows,
to the basics there. Adelaide Crows, a big win at home to start off the AFL round. Tonight, though, all eyes on Collingwood. Travis Cloke is back in the side for his sixth match of the season and they are 14th place at the moment, taking on Fremantle, who had a 0/10 three
start but they've won their last three games so this will be a big clash for Collingwood and Fremantle tonight at the MCG. Big hopes for Fremantle, as well. Now talk about a quick turnaround in the NRL - three players backing up after OriginIt was meant to be four but adom Reynolds, the half-back for the NSW side, injured his shoulder. Some reports coming through this morning that hopefully he will only miss three weeks and that is big news for his club side sitting 13th at the moment. They are taking on the Penrith Panthers and Matt a the screen here will return together with Josh Mansour for their clash tonight, against South Sydney and they will take a Greg Inglis taking on the captaincy for the Souths side. A much-needed win for Souths. Big game for Peter Wallace, playing his 200th NRL games which is great, but I think it will be a big one for Souths because Adam Reynolds is out but hopefully that shoulder injury is only out for maybe three weeks.Just quickly, Nick Kyrgios is heading to Wimbledon and is sounding pretty confident.Tonight is
the draw will be announced and it is big news because he is ranked 18th in the world but he has been seeded 15 so if you are top 16 seeds, you don't play any of the top players until the fourth round. So this is huge news for Nick Kyrgios and let's hope the draw is kind to him tonight, 7:00. There has been rain around and he has come out and said he is confident about that but what it means for Matt Barton and Luke sabl sabl, it has been rained out in Wimbledon with torrential rain around London can take
so let's hope after the draw they can take to the court and join not only Nick Kyrgios, who's 15th seed, Sam Stosur will be 15th seed and Bernard Tomic will be 19th seed. So three players, men's and women's in the top 20, at Wimbledon. It all starts Monday night, and Nick Kyrgios is feeling confident.Let's look at the national Kyrgios is feeling confident.Let's
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look at the national weather now. In Brisbane possible rain today. A windy day, mostly sunny in Sydney. Showers clearing in Canberra. In Melbourne, a shower or two with local hail and thunder as that front passes through. A similar forecast for Hobart, a few showers. A shower or two easing in Adelaide. A partly cloudy day in A shower or two easing in Adelaide.
A partly cloudy day in Perth, 18 degrees and mostly sunny in Darwin. Stay with us. Coming up later in the program, five years since it was launched, NASA's Juno destination
spacecraft finally approaches its destination - Jupiter. M a reminder now of the top stories. Britain's future in the European Union is on a knife edge with swings to both the Leave and Remain camps during early counting. The early results have seen a stronger than expected Leave vote, particularly in northern and eastern England. The voter turnout has been high, about 70%. Investment banker Oliver Curtis has been sentenced to a minimum one year in jail for insider trading. Curtis was given a maximum sentence of two years for conspiring to commit insider trading on 45 separate occasions. Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum said white collar crimes were serious offences. And the US Democrats have ended an unprecedented sit-in protest in Congress to demand tighter gun laws. They occupied the floor of the House of Representatives through the night. Republican speaker Paul Ryan was shouted down when he attempted to resume normal proceedings. He called the protest a publicity stunt. And two Australians have been chosen in the top ten in the NBA draft in Brooklyn. Simmons biments was chosen by Philadelphia 76ers as the number one pick. Thon Maker was drafted as the number 10 pick to mitigate walk key Bucks. Returning now to our top story and the result in Britain's Brexit referendum is expected within the next few hours with the outcome still too close to call in the early counting. There has been a high turnout despite many voters having to deal with a deluge. Rain swamped areas of the south-west. From London, Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports.The rain came down - a month's worth in just one night, swamping streets and farms, causing chaos on public transport, and turning polling stations into puddles. Britons have been building up to this day for a year - umbrellas were the essential accessory. The chief campaigners joke
were out voting early, and having a joke despite the pressure.I'm thinking about it. I've been undecided up until now, but I don't think it will take me terribly long!Nigel Farage has been waiting a while...I've wanted this vote, you know, all my adult life, because I was 11 the last time we had a referendum on this subject. So, yeah, I'm pretty excited about it.The Prime Minister has a lot riding on this vote. He was in early. So was the Labour leader, side
Jeremy Corbyn. They are on the same side in this fight - both arguing for the UK to remain in the European Union. So many campaign events, so many speeches - and yet some people were still pondering their vote.One is I'm worried about how it affects me personally, financially, versus Europe, someone remote, telling us what to do.I'm really not quite sure. I had been thinking about out because I didn't think that David Cameron had given a strong enough argument for why we should stay in but there's so much about what the impact would be in the short-term that I'm quavering towards the in vote.The magnitude of this referendum was screamed across the English headlines - all vote,
of them urging people to at least which
vote, even if they differed on which way. European newspapers got in on the act, mocking the British. Germany's biggest selling paper offering to stop making jokes about Prince Charles's ears and promising to reserve the British places by the hotel pool early in the morning if only they would vote to stay. But this is no laughing matter - 46.5 million people, a record number, are registered to vote. Unlike previous elections, there are no exit polls, when people are asked how they voted as they're leaving the polling booth. We're in a
unchartered waters, so it could be a long night waiting for those votes to come in. The result, though, is unlikely to end the divisions throughout the UK - that will take much longer. Let's get more analysis on Brexit now with Philomena Murray, a professor in the school of social and political sciences at the University of Melbourne. She's a former diplomat and expert in EU affairs. Philomena Murray, thank you for joining us. This vote still looks very close. They've swung within 6,000 votes, the Remain and Leave campaigns. Does the closeness of it so far surprise you?I beg your pardon, sorry?Does the closeness of the vote so far, the count, it has come within 6,000 votes between Leave and Remain, does that closeness of the vote surprise you so far?No, it had
doesn't. I think that Brexit have had more strident and even more aggressive campaigners and have been able to put forward arguments based on the protection of British identity, fear about foreigners, fear about economic insecurity, and playing to that fear vote, the sense of scarce resources, not having enough, too many people coming into Britain - all of these issues have really played into the campaign for the Brexiteeres, though who wish Britain to exit from the European Union.In your view, are those fears reasonable?I think that there has been a lot of misuse of facts during this campaign. I think definitely there is a sense of insecurity within British society about immigration, for instance, and that's not just about, for instance, refugees coming from Syria, but also about EU citizens from eastern and central European countries who are considered to be coming in and taking scarce jobs, for example. So there is that sense of insecurity there. There also is an insecurity about how much money the British are putting into the European Union and it must be admitted that the UK is a net contributor to the European Union budget. However, the less fortunate parts of the UK have done extremely well out of the European Union and this would be the deindustrialised zones of the north of England, for instance, and a great deal of Northern Ireland as well as Scotland and Wales.How did it come to this? Because, you know, when Britain joined the EU, it was sold as a positive decision moving forward, it would be part of a greater bloc, it would share the identity and all the economic features of being part of the larger grouping. How did it come to this?The benefits in 1973, when the UK joined, were particularly emphasised the -- emphasised as economic benefits. There was the loss of the British empire, there was the change in relationship with example.
the British Commonwealth, for example. It was considered that working with the six original Member States of the European Union would be very beneficial because the British economy was not doing well at the time. This changed over time, when the European Union became a more political entity. It always had to be in the peace community, of course, bringing about peace among its member countries, but really it became more of a political entity, it began to have more impact on people's lives, particularly in policies that many in Britain found quite intrusive. So there has always been an element, a strong element, within the Conservative Party which wished to leave the mid-1970s.
European Union, even from the mid-1970s.At this stage, Philomena Murray, the Leave campaign is 500,000 votes in front. I think they are just nearing the halfway point in counting. What is your view on the scale of change either way, whether Britain votes to stay or leave?Air way, Britain won't remain the same. It will either remain an awkward partner within the European Union with difficult relations with some of its partners, or if it is to leave, it will find that it is not easy to negotiate new agreements with its former partners, the other 27 countries, particularly on trade and particularly relating to the mobility of its citizens, its subjects, within the other countries of the European Union. It will have a significant impact on those people who are working in other European countries and who are residing there, who will suddenly find that they don't have the same rights that they had as European citizens. It's going to including
also have an effect on trade, including with Australia. Australia is now in discussions about a negotiation with the free trade agreement, for instance, with the European Union and so Britain, if it leaves, will not be part of those discussions and will not be part of that free trade agreement of the European Union with Australia.Philomena Murray, we appreciate your analysis on the program, thank you for joining us. Thank you.Let's turn to some other news for now. A large fire has gutted two businesses in Sydney's south-west. More than 100 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze, which started in a car-wrecking yard. Johanna Nicholson reports from the scene. Emergency crews were called here to this
Greenacre in the early hours of this morning. The fire actually started in a car-wrecking yard which is just behind this damaged building here and then, because of the power of the fire, it spread into this blind and awnings business. Fire crews who were here in the early hours of this morning described the scene as incredibly intense.We had about 100 firefighters here at the height of the blaze and that involved about 20 fire trucks from around Sydney and they were able to work together to extinguish the fire. They had to be mindful of wall collapse and some of the walls did collapse, which meant the firefighters had to operate outside of an exclusion zone. It was a very intense fire. The fire was through the roof in both premises and the fire was then spreading into an adjoining property and the firefighters had to go into those adjoining buildings and fight it very aggressively to stop it spreading. Because of safety concerns, crews had to use large truck ladders to fight this blaze from above. Now, both these premises were destroyed in this fire. The two buildings either side, they had small amounts of damage, but it was largely contained to these two businesses here - the car-wrecking yard and the blind business. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this blaze. There were some road closures around Greenacre this morning, and that caused some heavy traffic delays. ApproximateIt has taken nearly five years to get there but NASA's Juno spacecraft has nearly made it to its final destination - Jupiter. On July 4, the space probe with a Titan yum heart will fire its rocketed and enter one of the most challenging orbits. Here to discuss this is Fred Watson. What is the significance of this mission? Why is the rocket headed to Jupiter?To find out more about the planet itself. We had a space mission that explored the satellites of Jupiter and looked at some of the details of the planet but this is really to get to the nub of the matter of how a giant planet like that, ten times the diameter of the earth, how it forms. Whether it has a rocky core, whether it has a metallic hydrogen envelope, which is one of the postulates that we have. How its enormous magnetic field is sustained.How much do we know about Jupiter as it is?We know a lot about the fact that it is a gas giant, we know its magnetic field is something like 60 million times what we feel here on the earth, and that brings its own problems for the spacecraft. It means it has to be protected against the radiation that Jupiter spawns.So that's what the titanuim is all about?Exactly. How do you build a spacecraft to go into such foreign territory?What you are looking at is something almost like walking into a nuclear reactor and the titanium is there to protect the core electronics and computers, which will suffer damage, because the charged particles, the energetic particles that populate this radiation field will certainly penetrate the titanium, it's just a question of how long it takes before the electronics start to degrade.How does that mission then unfold over the next little while?Couple of years, that's right.What does it actually do? The rocket doesn't come back, I suppose?No, it doesn't, that's right. The space contract will go into what we call a polar orbit, meaning it goes over Jupiter's poles and orbits in that way, in and out of these radiation belts. So the idea is to protect the space contract as much as possible by keeping it out of harm's way for as long as possible. It will sample the magnetic field, it will look at the shape of Jupiter's gravity field, which we hope will tell us something about the structure within the gas giant itself. It's our best opportunity to study what we believe are relatively common planets throughout the universe in great detail.In some other news there has been a significant launch in India?That's right, yes, the Indian Space Agency, the Indian Space Research Agency continues to do a great job in succeeding in the missions it sets itself. So the news this week is a couple of days ago they launched 20 satellites into orbit and that, in itself, is no mean feat. Some of them are quite big, most of them are relatively small, but many of them are commercial payloads so that you've got agencies like Google launching a spacecraft using the Indian launching facility.Great to talk to you Fred Watson.Great to talk to you.US presidential hopeful Donald Trump touches down in Scotland tomorrow to open his revamped £200 million golf resort. Police and security teams in Ayrshire are preparing for protests against the controversial billionaireGuess who's coming to town? The chandeliers are sparkling. The champagne is on ice. No expense has been spared. Donald Trump likes being the centre of attention - his visits here have never been low-key.Good to be back in Scotland again?Great to be back in Scotland.And while The Donald has always courted publicity, his rhetoric has ramped up since he launched his presidential ambitions. Security is already tight at Turnbury and hundreds of demonstrators are expected here tomorrow to protest against the comments Mr Trump has made about Muslims and Hispanics during his campaign. Controversial as he is, many locals welcome the money he has pumped into this Ayrshire golfing resort and the hundreds of jobs it brings.I doubt if there is a single political view that Mr Trump has that I would agree with. But he has invested in this constituency and those jobs are important.Mexican flags are flying in Scotland, in protest against Donald Trump's views. But this is unlikely to faze a politician who has never shied away from reach
confrontation during the race to reach the White House. Stay with us, coming up we meet the youngest reporter on the campaign trial, Maya from the ABC's behind the news hunts down the big stories with the rest of the media pack at just 12 years old.Why should young people vote for your party?Let's take a look at the latest market figures now. It take a look at the latest market
figures now. It is a volatile day on the local share market. Add in currencies, the All Ords and ASX Kingdom
200 down over concerns the United Kingdom may leave the European Union. The Leave vote in that Brexit referendum is slightly ahead of the Remain campaign. The Brexit referendum is slightly ahead
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of the Remain campaign. The Nikkei is also lower. Let's check now what's trending in opinion and analysis with The Drum online. Editor chip Rowley is with us. We begin with Barry Cassidy's analysis of the election campaign. We started it with a positive outlook and positive messages and things have turned south towards the end of the campaign which is not entirely unexpected?Not entirely unexpected, it is day 48 of this campaign and still that needle is stung somewhere at 50/50 or 51/49 so it's natural at that things are getting scrappy out there. Barry Cassidy writes in his column that even if you accept that Labor can't win at this point, and the Coalition are gaen ijed in an increasingly desperate campaign to obtain enough seats to govern in their own right. So even if Labor doesn't get it the Coalition has a dreaded fear they will end up with a minority government and what is diabolical about this is if you look it's pages in the local chronicles. Labor is sitting on 53/47 according to to ReachTEL polling for seats and those are all looking like healthy wins and if they are in play Cassidy is saying others might be in play. There are three good prospects up in Queensland so it's starting to look like Labor could get into at least the double digits. So not winning government but at least getting into the double digits and on top of that, if you look at the success Nick Xenophon looks to be having, he could win three seats in South Australia so how is the government going to put together anything but a minority government if these polls hold out?Let's move on to Medicare because that has been the core of one of these so-called scare campaigns from those watching Labor from the other side. It may not be fair but it certainly works, the
just as the scare campaign about the carbon tax did.Absolutely. Look, both sides are doing scare campaigns, as Barry points out in his column, but Mike Stekerty looks specifically and drills down into the scare campaign that Labor is doing and the allegation that the Even
Coalition will privatise Medicare. Even if that is not fair, as we said, even if it is not backed up by the policies that the Coalition has taken to this government, nevertheless it has form as being very, very effective. They run these scare campaigns for a reason. One of the very interesting things in Mike's piece is that he mentions back in 1993,ing if you remember that campaign, those who remember or who have read about it, that was the unlosable election that John Houston lost. We have had it drilled into our heads throughout the years that the reason for that was the GST but research actually show the GST swung people to Labor at about 0.2%, but it was healthcare and Medicare and the scare campaign that Keating ran then again John Houston's policies that accounted for much more, 1%. So a huge impact on that. So that's the reason why this stuff is palpable. Plus, the Liberals do have form for being against Medicare from its very beginning. They've been fighting against it, watering it down, Fraser got rid of it to begin with. So there is a real palpable thing here. But the thing is, of course, there isn't much difference between the and
policies between the two parties and it will just be a test of the electorate to see how effective this will be this time around.Very quickly I want to mention a funny piece about people just getting sick of political correctness generally.Well, apparently, there's something called gender fatigue!(LAUGHTER)I didn't know about this until Jerry wrote this column. We've all heard about how we need to make our workplaces more diverse and have to increase the representation of women in our ranks and there is this study, again another study, from Melbourne University, that shows that the CEOs, the male CEOs who get it nine times out of ten, they've got a daughter and times out of ten, they've got a
daughter and that's why they get it. And this article went, hang on, can't you just be a decent bloke? Isn't it enough to Isn't it enough to say we need gender diversity and get it?Chip, nice to see you as always. Thank you.Thanks.Being on the election campaign trail is tough enough for even the most hardened political reporter, so what must it be like if you are 12 years old? Well the ABC show behind the news has had a rookie reporter on the election campaign trail chasing down all the big interviews. We will talk at that Maya in just a minute, but first a look at her in action.We are driving to the Facebook building and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are going there for an interview. I'm really nervous. Everybody seems really rushed so I kind of feel a bit nervous as well. I can't open the door!Go, go go! Off we go! Everybody is getting ready to attack them with questions. This is the first time press
I'm ever going to experience...A press pack?Yeah.So it's normally a bit more hectic than this.The coming
Prime Minister will probably be coming from there. Is he? I don't know! Or that way, I don't know! I'm so confused!They're about to come.

Prime Minister, I'm Maya from BTN, why should young people vote for your party?Yes, thank you.Mr Turnbull, why should young people vote for your party? I pushed back security but he didn't answer my question. I know that -- I know what to expect, I know that security are pretty pushy and don't like 12-year-olds.I caught up with Maya earlier to talk about her experience on the campaign trail. been
Maya, welcome to midday, this has been an extraordinary experience for you over the past two weeks and funny highlights in there as well. What have been the best parts of your experience over the past couple of weeks?Getting into a press conference with Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, that was a great experience. I've never been in a press pack before so all the cameramen were cooperating and talking and it was really interesting to see how it worked. Did you get your questions answered? We just saw a clip then of the Prime Minister saying thank you very much and walking away, which is not actually that unusual. I did actually get my questions answered. I went to another press pack in Campbelltown with Malcolm Turnbull and I asked him a question about science and technology subjects, so he did answer my question and he did - he answered really well.Your questions were all structured around the feedback that you got from your audience. Tell us how that worked?So we actually launched a survey to ask people from Australia, sorry, children from Australia, what mattered to them the most and we came up with sport, education and different factors like that. So we based our questions and we asked politicians questions based on those factors.It's very unusual to see someone your age and of your stature in a press pack.It is, but I felt like I was a bit lost there, as well, I didn't know what it was, I didn't know what to do, but everybody slowly just gave me advice and told me where to stand and where to be and what was going on and I kind of had time to situation but
understand and get used to the situation but it was really fun. From the feedback you've received from the BTN audience, what do you think young people think about the this
issues that are on the table for this election?I think some issues are a little confusing and hard to understand. But I think I like this rookie reporter job because it gives me the chance to understand them better and gives me the chance to explain them better to the rest of the kids.And it also helps them engage with what's taking place on the coming weekend?And I guess when you put a kid in a reporter's shoes and get the kid to do what a normal reporter would, it is interesting to other kids because they think someone my age is doing this and they take an interest as congratulations.
well.Terrific, well done, congratulations.Thank you so much. That's Maya from BTN, the BTN rookie reporter, you will find more of her interviews and clips on the website. Let's national
website. Let's take a look at the national weather now. In Brisbane, a possible shower today. Windy and sunny in Sydney. In Canberra, showers clearing. Showers and local thunder in Melbourne. A wet day in Hobart. In Adelaide the showers will ease. A partly cloudy day will ease. A partly cloudy day in Perth and mostly sunny in Darwin. That is ABC News for now. The next 5:00pm.
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