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(generated from captions) The foreign investment push calls for increase to overseas ownership of Australian farms.That is what drives economic growth in Australia and that is important because that is what drives jobs for Australians.

Prepared but not scared. The Government reassures the public over the latest terror threats. The Syrian Government accused of dropping chlorine bombs on civilians. And the Socceroos earn a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over the United Arab Emirates.

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The Government is calling for more foreign investment in Australian agricultural land. The newly released register of foreign-owned farmland has revealed just under 14% of Australia's total agricultural land is foreign-owned. Companies from the UK own the largest amount, followed by the United States, the Netherlands and Singapore. China owns just half a per cent of agricultural land in Australia or 1.5 million hectares. Federal Trade Minister Steve Ciobo says the register shows fears over Chinese investment have been exaggerated and more foreign capital is needed.The fact is China is just not at the level where a lot of Australians would think it is based upon what they are seeing portrayed in the media on a regular basis. I reinforce we must have foreign investment to a country. That is what drives economic growth in Australia and that is important because that is what drives jobs for Australians. We need to embrace investment into our country. We have for more than 100 years and it is a vital ingredient to the continued economic growth of our country. Chief executive of the National Farmers Federation, Tony Maher, says further foreign investment should be explored if Australia wants to become more competitive globally. Foreign investment has been good for agriculture. It will continue to be good. If we are going to take the next step as an industry and be $100 billion industry, which we think we can, we need a range of further investment. Domestic and foreign, and that will allow us to be more globally competitive in some of these growing markets where consumers are seeking chaention in their diets and food and fibre. This register allows us to have that discussion and address any fears that are out in the community.Do the figures need greater examination, at face value we can see who owns what but does it actually come down to how the land is used, is that the most important factor here?It is. We want to make sure we understand what the land is being used for and the most important thing is we remain or retain the capacity to continue to produce food and fibre that the markets need. Suggestions around productivity tests on foreign investment would have to be examined pretty closely. What we don't want is an asset to be exploited or flogged and then it not be able to continue to produce food and fibre for the global markets. This register is a good thing. It allows us to know where the investment is coming from, what sectors and what states. It does to a certain extent bust a couple of myths around who is investing and where.Just under 14% of total farmland is foreign-owned. What do you think is an appropriate level of foreign ownership?I don't think we can have a number on the level. We need to focus on the productive capacity in Australian agriculture and the competitiveness of the agriculture farm sector in Australia. We need to keep an eye on what is investing and how much. To draw a line around what is the total level of foreign investment, I don't think that will be any value to us. We need to keep an eye on it duty I don't think limits will be helpful in this regard. It is about the capacity, investment and innovative nature of the industry and its global competitiveness and growth. You think the Government needs to be vigilant as far as who owns what in what sector still, in case there is strong foreign ownership in one particular sector, such as crops for instance?Well, yes. We come into the issue of whether we are talking about foreign investment or competition policy. Sometimes they interact. This register is all about foreign investment in the sector. We need to be clear about that and continue to monitor it. There are concerns but what it will do, and what it has done is to show the levels of investment, the trends, what countries they are coming from and what sectors, so we can monitor and manage it.The Government says recent calls for terrorist attacks in Australia should be taken seriously, however security organisations are well equipped to deal with the threat. An Islamic State magazine has called for lone wolf attacks at locations in Sydney and Melbourne. Michael Keenan, the Justice Minister, says Australians should be prepared but not scared about the threat of an attack in public places.We do know they have been successful in inspiring people around the world to undertake attacks. As the PM made clear in his statement to the parliament last week on national security, as we are more successful against ISIL in the field and we are destroying them in Syria and Iraq, that magnifies the threat that they will seek further lentcy by propagating attacks in the west. Unfortunately, Australia won't be immune from that.The Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is still facing pressure over his links to China. The powerbroker has been forced to apologise for allowing a Chinese-linked company to pay back a debt for him. The government has targeted the Senator since the payment was revealed claiming he should step down. There has been growing calls to ban foreign donations to politicians and political parties. Liberal Senator, he says the idea has merit - Eric Abetz.I expressed that view whilst I was special minister of state in the Howard Government. I was in a minority and it was not the accepted view. I accepted that and we move on. As a matter of principle, I think it is important that those that involve themselves within the body politic of Australia should be within Australia.Overseas, activists are again accusing the Syrian Government of using chemical weapons in Aleppo. They say at least one person has been killed and more than 100 injured? The latest attack. Rebel fighters in Aleppo say Government forces carried out another chemical attack. Two barrel bombs filled with chlorine are reported to have been dropped on the rebel held neighbourhood of Sukari. The UN is already investigating reports of previous toxic chemical attacks. They will be considered war crimes if the reports are confirmed. Elsewhere in Aleppo, rebel fighters are encircled and outgunned. Desperately, they are trying to breakthrough the siege. When their push is stalled, they turn to remotely controlled car bombs. This one exploded at a military check point. As the army building collapses, the rebels renew their offensive.TRANSLATION: Our aim is to cut the supply route to put pressure on Government forces stationed at the military compound they have recently retaken.Aleppo is a divided city. The rebels control the eastern part. Western Aleppo is held by the Syrian army. The two sides fight street to street to try and gain control. The Free Syrian Army is also fighting in Aleppo. But the al-Nusra front and Harasham have the upper hand. A local commander explains how the battle is being fought. Rebel fighters move in small numbers. Their biggest concern is being targeted by Russian war planes on patrol above. The Russian military intervention is thought to have stalled the rebels' momentum. The rebel push to break the siege in Aleppo failed in the past because of divisions among the different rebel factions and the growing Russian involvement. Many are now calling for a merger of the different factions to form one army and fight to take over the city of Aleppo. An Australian man has died after a shark attack off New Caledonia. The 50-year-old West Australian man fell into the water while kite sub finger near Koumac and was bitten on the thigh. It is the second fatal shark attack in the past six months in New Caledonia. There were 98 shark attacks globally last year, the highest ever recorded. Mission Australia is calling for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to have a greater say in the social and welfare support services they use. A report has found young indigenous Australians are far more concerned about issues such as depression and suicide than the rest of the population. Professor Tom Calma is the cochair of Reconciliation Australia and the man who wrote the forward to the report.The survey was conducted across Australia, about 19,000 people were surveyed and just over 1,000 were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were predominantly living in urban and inner regional areas. It is not a picture of those living in very remote areas. What we did find from the report that Mission Australia has been doing for the past 14 or so years, they do this annual report after doing the survey, was that yes, we see very big disparities between indigenous and nonindigenous people, particularly around the area of hope and homelessness came out very high. Areas of discrimination. So there was disparity and it is an issue that we and policy makers need to consider when we look at the high levels of people taking their own lives in remote and very remote communities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and nonindigenous peoples. We have to get into an environment where we can, firstly, allow the youth to be engaged in policies that affect them and, secondly, to create an environment where there is hope. This goes for all youth but particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as that came out in the survey. If we don't create the environment now that can be inclusive and can address the issues that they can identify as major issues, then these issues will just com pund into the coming years. It is incumbent on all Governments to take a much fresher look at the way they go about their business.Tap and go technology may be a more convenient way to pay for things but it has made it easier for criminals to get your money. In SA Police have noticed a rise in petty theft offences, something that had previously been in decline.We identified there is an increase in the number of thefts occurring in relation to wallets and handbags. When we look back at our data, we identified that between 2011-2014, there had been a significant reduction in the number of handbags and wallets that had been stolen. However, in 2014, that appeared to have changed and between 2014 and now, we have identified there has been a 10% increase in the number of handbags and wallets that have been stolen. When we analyse that data further, we identified on about 40% of occasions when wallets and handbags had been stolen that the credit and debit cards within the wallets and handbags had been used in the tap and go function and where people had stolen the cards and had used those cards to receive money and services. Crime continually is changing and where people may have committed other sorts of crime to receive that cash, now they can see there is an opportunity very quickly just to pick up that wallet or handbag left unattended in the licensed premises or the retail shop and then very quickly use that - those cards and actually receive a significant amount of money in a very quick time.The top stories from ABC News - the Federal Trade Minister, Steve Ciobo, has called for more foreign investment in farmland after the Government's new register revealed under 14% of agriculture land is foreign-opened. The Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, says Australians should be prepared but not scared about the threat of a terror attack after Islamic State propaganda magazine called for lone wolf attacks. There are more claims of chemical warfare in Syria, with activists saying the Government has dropped barrel bombs filled with chlorine on civilians in Aleppo. The Australia China Business Council says companies here are well placed to reap the benefits from China's rebalancing economy but they need to be prepared. The council's latest report predicts China will continue to be Australia's largest trading partner, transforming Australia's economy in the years to come. John Brumby is the President of the Australia China Business Council and he joins us now. Welcome.Good morning.I wanted to get your reaction, this morning we had this register of foreign-owned farmland which shows that Chinese companies own less than half of agricultural land in Australia. Have you been concerned about the commentary of Chinese ownership of land in this country? Has it been damaging?It has been useful to get the report out today and what it shows is that US and UK and other investors from Europe are the biggest investors in agricultural land in Australia, after Australians of course. But I would make a general point that Australia has always needed foreign direct investment. We would be a nation with mountains of wheat and wool and iron ore and coal if our back yards if we weren't able to export. Foreign direct investment gives us the investment, it gives us the capacity to increase productivity and so I have always been one, a person who has favoured foreign direct investment. It is not so much who owns the land, it is the investment that is made in it. It is the jobs that are created from it. As I say, I think the release of the report today, it is useful, it creates more openness and more transparency and I think it is obviously a good thing to have a discussion about.Do you think this goes part way to address the the concerns that Chinese investors may have about investing in Australia? You get people beating the drum occasionally about Chinese investment. This report shows, in terms of agricultural land, China is well down the list and the biggest are our traditional long standing trading partners of the US and UK and Europe.Let's move to the issue of China's rebalancing economy. Your act is that Australia Neates to follow suit and rebalance and take advantage of that?This is a forward looking report and we have done this in conjunction and trying to fast forward on the Australia China relationship over the next 10 years. It shows China's rebalancing, moving to a more consumer-led economy will mean potentially huge benefits for Australia in education, in tourism, in financial services and then in all of the construction jobs that will come from the new hotels, new tourist accommodation, the new classrooms, lecture theatres and universities and so on. This is an immense opportunity for Australia, even on a conservative estimate our reports suggest there will be hundreds of thousands of new jobs generated by the rebalancing in China. It means we have to be nimble, we have to be agile, we have to take advantage of the new opportunities and if we are good enough, there are hundreds of thousands of new jobs which will flow to Australians.You are arguing that Australia needs to understand the preferences in the Chinese market and how they are changing and then look at investing in skills and capabilities to suit that?Yes, absolutely. I couldn't have said that better myself. That is what the report says and if you look at tourism, a decade ago, China barely rated on the dial. The Chinese are now the most internationally travelled people in the world. They are just 1% of Chinese tourists come to Australia. What our report shows is that by 2025, between 30 and 35% of all tourists who come to Australia will come from China. If you think about the number of direct flights into Australia from China today, there are something like six different airlines. It is completely different to what it was a decade ago. Those tourists, they are mainly middle class. You have a rapidly growing middle class in China. They want the same things as the middle class anywhere around the world. They want to travel, take their families on holidays. They want good standard tourism accommodation. They want quality service, value for money and they want tourism attractions. Australia is a very attractive proposition. We have got very positive feed back from tourists who come to Australia but we will need more high quality hotels, more tourism attractions and we will need good friendly Australian service but also good value for money and efficiency.Is that how Australia should position itself? Certainly in sectors such as education and tourism, it is not as if Australia has cornered that market in China, it will have international competitors. So how does Australia set itself up to be perhaps the most competitive in that sector?The key there is quality and it is value for money also. If you are a Chinese family and you are paying $30,000 a year to send your child to an education in Australia, you will want to know that the degree that they have earned is a quality degree. You want to know that your child is safe and secure but also getting a good mix of cultural education. They want to send their child to Australia so they can learn about Australia and make Australian friends and hopefully learn to either stay here as a resident in the future or trade and engage if they go back home. I think for me, the key issue is quality. Australia is - we are 1% of the global economy but we have been spectacularly successful in education. We get something like 6% of the international education market. We punch way above our weight now but what our reports show is that we can punch even more above our weight in the future. We have got to keep the focus on quality. We have to keep the focus on value for money and I think we have to make sure that the students who come here, whether they are from China or Indonesia or India or anywhere around the world get a great cultural experience as well and don't just mix with people from their own country.In terms of being internationally competitive, certainly the cost of production has always been an issue in Australia and also wages. Do you feel as though that will continue to be a problem in the future?I think Australia is always going to be a high cost country. We are in the top 10 of countries around the world in terms of our standard of living. That is not likely to change in the short-term. If we are good and nimble and agile and take advantage of the opportunities around us, as we have said in this report, we can have even stronger economic growth in the future. We are a higher cost location but I think that means, if you are a tourism coming from here from Shanghai or Shenzhen, Beijing or wherever you're coming from in China, what the tourists will want is, they will want value for money but they will want, most of all, a good experience. Quality service, friendly service, quality accommodation and they will want to see the best of Australia has on offer. That can range from arts and culture, right through to wildlife and the outback.President of the Australian China Business Council, John Brumby, thanks very much.My pleasure.In Mexico, Hurricane Newton has battered the upmarket resort area of Los Cabos, tearing roofs, uprooting trees and forcing 1,500 people to spend the night in shelters. The powerful storm had wind speeds of 145km/h when it made land fall at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. About 14,000 tourists are staying in the region but so far there are no reports of injuries. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has dlvrd a blood thirsty anti-terror speech vowing to personally tear apart and eat Islamic militants. While telling an audience at the ASEAN summit in Laos he planned to target terrorist groups, President Duterte said "Give me vinegar and salt and I will eat you". This crackdown on drug dealers in the Philippines is gaining momentum with new police data showing an average of 44 people are being killed every day. Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in antidrug operations since June. There has been a serious breach of security at London's city airport. Antiracism activists stormed the runway halting flights for six hours. They were trying to draw attention of the impact of climate change of black people. On the runway at London's city airport just before 6 a.m. This morning, nine protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement grounded all flights. Police arrived to find the group locked together and attached to a tripod. It took officers nearly six hours to remove them and make arrests. The antiracism group says it is highlighting the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people. When we say Black Lives Matter, we also mean the black lives and the families that live in proximity to facilities like airports, like the busiest roads, like power plants and we are also talking about the black lives that are far away from here in some of the countries that are most affected by climate change and the least resilient to it.It is not yet clear how the protesters made their way onto the runway here but there are suggestions they used a dingy and crossed the water, which in itself has raised serious security concerns. London's city airport is investigating how this security breach happened, which left big delays in a terminal used by around 10,000 people each day.I have been waiting for four hours, I am trying to get home to my wife. I am tired and I would like to get back now. Just absolutely frustrating. We have been here for hours and those nine protesters, they may have a good cause, but we are the ones who are suffering, all these hundreds of people.This isn't the first time Black Lives Matter has caused disruption, last month blocking the M4 at Heathrow and the group say they will continue to highlight their cause. A judge in the American state of Pennsylvania has set Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial date for June next year. The 79-year-old entertainer is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his Philadelphia home 12 years ago. At least 50 women have accused Mr Cosby of sexual assault and prosecutors want 13 of them to testify. The former star faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The Australian Paralympic athletics team has had its first training session at the competition venue. Guy Stayner caught up with 3-time Australian Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley ahead of the Opening Ceremony tomorrow. I am out the front of the athletes village here in Rio with the captain of the athletics team, Kurt Fearnley. Kurt, do you ever get used to being at a Paralympics?You take every single one in a different lot of emotion and a different vibe. This one, this is the closest unit that I have ever been associated with. To share the role of ten with Danny, one of the most beautiful people I have met. She has set a tone in our team and it is a lovely one, a great one. There is talk your training form is as good as ever. How do you rate your form?You got my text messages? I did, yes. The word was from you actually.I am pushing good. I am pushing good. My old man always said "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" you have no idea what will lap on race day. I have entered the village fresh, well motivated, healthy, fit and as fast as I ever have been. Now you have to let the racing unfold.Where do you see your best chance of your different races? I love that marathon. Love it. Hour and a half out there. You get to hurt and you get to hurt other people. You get to work your way into that race much the 5km as well is a lot of fun. I have had some of the most interesting races and some of the most action-filled races over the last four Games has been the 5km race. Nowadays it is an intense battle just to make it through to the final, Friday night is a big one. I have to turn up and make sure I get to have a crack at the medals on Sunday. I can't wait for the night before that race when I will be terrified and nervous and barely sleeping because that is one of the things I will miss the most, the marathon is a hell of a race.We wish you well in the marathon. Kurt Fearnley talking to us, just like the Chef de Mission Kate McLachlan says, all of Australia is looking forward to watching Kurt Fearnley's last race in the marathon at the end of the Paralympics. Let's take a look at business and finance news, Alicia Barry joins us. We will get a good idea of how the Aussie economy is travelling today with the release of GDP figures?That is right, the figures for the June quarter will give us a snapshot of how much the economy created over the three months to the end of June. Analysts are expecting today's national accounts will show the economy has grown its fastest pace in four years. Economists are are tipping GDP grew by 0.6% in the June quarter. That would see annual growth accelerate to three and a third per cent, the fattest pace since 2012. Household spending, home building and Government spending are likely to have fuelled the economy. Net exports in contrast are expected to have dragged on growth after having been a key driver at the start of the year. Business investment also remains weak.I am joined by the chief economist at National Australia Bank now. The figures out today are important, why is that?I think they give us an idea about what has happened over the last three months. They are not generally the most important numbers that come out and certainly for the Reserve Bank and for interest rates it is more important what is happening to inflation and what is happening to unemployment. They will give us a picture of what is happening. I think there is a few things to remember. One is that obviously the Reserve Bank has cut interest rates in August and they cut interest rates in May. Those wouldn't - neither of the cuts would have affected these numbers. That is important to remember, that the numbers are a little bit dated. They are likely to show the economy being quite varied, depending on what industry sector you are are in or what part of the country you are working in. Mining is weaker. WA's struggling. NSW, Victoria and non-mining and services sectors are doing better. There will be lots of different indications in these figures.The market is expecting anywhere between 3.3 and 3.7% for GDP figures over the course of the year. That would put it at its strongest level in four years. Even if this headline figure is strong, people across the country aren't necessarily feeling that wealthy themselves.I think so. There has been one of the other affects is that incomes have been slowing down. Part of this - remember GDP measures the volume of production and a lot of that volume is the new LNG gas exports. That is contributing a lot to growth, as is more iron more exports. That doesn't affect that many people around the country. There is that affect going through. Having said that, growth in Australia anywhere around that three and a third mark will put us very strong compared to most of the rest of the world. Ooerp though we don't feel things are doing particularly well, they are doing a lot better than they are in much of the rest of the world.That net disposable income measure fell over the course of the year to March. Is it expected to fall again in the course of the year to June?I think over the year, yes, in this quarter, it wouldn't surprise if it actually improved a bit. We have seen export prices move up, the terms of trade has moved up for the first time in around three years. I think the income measures won't be quite as weak as they have been over the last three years. This will be the first quarter with some relief there. You are seeing that in company profits for mining companies have gone up a little bit. That drag from the income side of the accounts won't be as big this quarter. FORCEDYELLOW In the first quarter of the year we saw the growth figure. This time around it looks like government spending is going to push growth higher.Yes, that is probably the surprise. We don't get much information on government spending each quarter. This is really the major release, whereas obviously in housing we get building approval, retail sales. We have a lot of monthly readings and other indicators. That seems to have been a bit stronger. Consumer spending is OK. The services, tourism is quite strong. But we still have that drag as those major mining projects complete and that is going to be there for the next year or so as well. So governments paying I'd say a use -- playing a useful role in helping support the economy as that mining investment slows down.But looking ahead, is it possible that the government can't keep spending at that same rate and where is the growth going to come from in the next couple of months and toward the end of the year?One thing in that government figure is there was a second-hand asset where the government has bought it off the private sector so that inflate the figures so to a certain extent. There may have been some end of financial year spending as well. Where is the growth going to come from? Certainly over the next year we will still see a lot of construction activity along the east coast in apartments in particular. But increasingly also in hotels, infrastructure, so that is the main impetus for the growth in the next year or so.So we have gone from the west coast to the east coast then. Yeah.Thanks so much.Thanks.The Australian share market is managing modest gains

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As the Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens left the cash rate unchanged at his last meeting, he justified his confidence that the property market wasn't overheating. In August, Mr Stevens said most recent information suggested house prices had only been rising modestly. This month, that language was adjusted to say the best available information suggests that prices overall have risen moderately over the past year. Analysts say the heat in capital city property markets is still firmly in the RBA's sights.We had a big lift in house prices in the last year, particularly in the capital cities Melbourne and Sydney in particular. It would appear they've flattened off a little bit. We are about to go into the spring sale season as the real estate agents call it. This will be a really key indicate or of how high house price can go. There's a whole lot of people out there who think housing is expensive but can't go higher but there's other people who think housing, particularly through affordability, is very cheap. So it will be very interesting to see over the next four weeks in particular what happens in those markets. You should expect fairly high clearance rates. You will see a lot more listings but how high prices go will be a key indicator of what happens to affordability. That will impact how people retire and it will affect newly married and/or if they can afford to buy a house. That will be something to watch and something the RBA is keen to look at too. It may look at lifting rates next year just to choke off that lift in house prices. What we may see is a cut on one hand if we think the 50 economy is weak but if house prices get out of hand we may see them lift it.

Federal Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has been meeting his British counterpart hoping to breakary new trade agreement with the UK. Previous talk os cured before Britain's decision to exit the EU.I was pleased today to join with Secretary of State Liam Fox, the UK, my UK counterpart, and the two of us issued a joint announcement that we would be forming a giant working group to cope -- joint working group to cope out a what a free trade agreement agreement will look like post Brexit. That is important because the UK until they formally exit the European Union, are not in a position to commence formal negotiations. So it's important that we have a lot of preliminary discussions and a scoping study for that point in time in which the UK finally exits the EU. If you look at 246 day terms of trade, the UK -- 2-way terms of trade, the UK is our large est trading partner, if you look at our pool of investment from the UK into Australia and vice verse ait's about $150 billion. There's a lot of strong high ties between Australia and the UK and strong historical bonds as well. Committee we can build off that and make sure that Australia and the UK have an even brighter future together and that is what I'm wanting to capitalise on in Australia's national interest.Bilateral group will meet twice yearly from 2017 and scope out parameters for a potential free trade agreement between the two countries. Analyst Guy de Jonquieres says any free trade negotiations could take years to come to fruition.I won't be quick because first of all the UK has to agree what its strayed arrangements with the European Union are. No countries are going to want to do a deal with the UK until that is clear. Then it's going to have - and it is not clear whether those trade negotiations will be in parallel with the negotiations on Brexit more generally or as the European Commission says will have to happen afterwards. Then the issue of the World Trade Organisation membership, the UK is currently a member as part of the EU. But it will have to become a member then in its own right, that doesn't mean to say it will renegotiate entry but it does mean that all the arrangements it has with all 163 other WTO members are going to have to be renegotiated and they're going to have to be agreed unanimously by all those members.The Victorian Farmers' Federation is launching its own brand of milk to raise funds for dairy suppliers hit by price cuts. The VFF says 40 cents from every 2 litre bodle of the farmers fund milk produced by Murray Goulburn and Coles will go into a fund to provide grants of up to $20,000. The VFF President David Jochinke says he is not concerned an't the supermarkets involvement. PM Malcolm Turnbull says our region needs to focus its energy on countering violent extreme ism. He was speaking shortly after arriving in Laos for the ASEAN summit. Chris Uhlmann is travelling with the PM.With one summit scaled the PM flew from China to Laos and another formal welcome on another red carpet. He's joining leaders from across Asia for a meeting of ASEAN and the East Asia summit. I brings together the reed leading regional and global powers but here the focus is much more on security. This is the premiere forum for discussing and resolving issues of national security, economic security in our region.And the PM focused on a call from Islamic State for lone wolf attacks on significant sites in Australia.Australians can be put at risk if and indeed have lost their lives. So it's we're all in it together. Ut it's got to be a very strong, full court press against terrorism. We're committed to that. And I'm looking forward to some very candid and constructive discussion over the next few days.But the security backdroped to this meeting is growing nervous nessant China's fortification of islands in the South China Sea. No doubt it was among the talking points when the PM met his Singaporean counterpart who has said if ASEAN can't bell Deale with the major problem on its door step then in the long run no-one would take it seriously. But for the cameras all the talk was about the strengthening ties between the two nationed. -- nations. The National Trust is ramping up pressure on the South Australian government over its proposal for local heritage reforms. The organisation says it fears the review could lead to the destruction of some of Adelaide's oldest buildings. Once a bustling bakery for one of SA's most particular brands, and later a live music lounge, the 140-year-old building was reduced to rubble in 2013 to become a car park. The head of the State's National Trust fears a number of Adelaide's oldest homes and buildings could end up the same way.It's just an amazing treasure. It's its only protection is its local heritage.The State Government wants to change how places of historical significance are recognised an managed. Among the proposed reforms is bringing in accredited heritage professionals to determine local heritage listings. For 40 years, the identification of local heritage places has been in the hands of community and local councils. The government now proposes to take it away from the communities and to put it in the hands of so-called experts within the Department of Planning.The government's proposed changes are open for consultation. It points out rules around local heritage listings haven't been reviewed since 1993, describing the current system as fragmented, in consistent and out of date.Last thing that we need right now is hysteria when it comes to the discussion around local heritage listing.The State's property industry believes it's time for change.What we have seen anecdotally up to this point is a third parties, anonously putting forward nominations for heritage listing without any consultation of the owners of these buildings or the owners of these sites. That applies a handbrake on investment in SA. There was a time when the lot of the wonderful old pubs that we treasure in Adelaide were getting very run down and dilapidated and some were empty. As soon as heritage protection went on those places, the owners began to invest in them because they knew they weren't going to go anywhere.The State Government says it's extended the public consultation period for another four weeks.

The top stories from ABC News - the Friday Trade Minister has called for more foreign investment in farmland after the government has revealed under 14% of Australian agricultural land is foreign owned. More than half of that involves to UK -- belongs to UK investors. There's concerns about Chinese investment which have been exaggerated. The Justice Minister Michael Keenan says Australians should be prepared but not scared about the threat of a terror attack. The Islamic State has called for lone wolf attacks at locations in Sydney and Melbourne. Authorities have the resources and power to deal with the threat. Syrian activists say the government has dropped barrel bombs filled with chlorine on civilians in Aleppo. Rescue workers in the -- workers in the city say helicopters bopped the bombs on the Sukkari neighbourhood. 80 people are said to have been affected. The Socceroos have continued their unbeaten start to the finals stage of qualification for the World Cup with a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Tim Cahill scored the winning goal in the 75th minute, shortly after coming off the bench. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed regret for insulting the US President at the ASEAN summit. Duterte was issueding a warning to Barack Obama to not criticise his human rights records. The US President Cannes responded by cancelling the first meeting with the leader. President Duterte was leaving for the ASEAN summit when he was asked about what he would tell Barack Obama if he was questioned over the extra judicial killings.I am the president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any anything else except for the Filipino people. You must be respectful, do not just throw a way questions and statements.Obama described Duterte's personality as colourful and cancelled scheduled meetings. But I always want to make sure if I'm having a meeting that it's productive and we are getting something done. We recognise the significant burden that the drug trade plays not just in the Philippines but around the world and fighting narco trafficking is tough. But we will always assert the need to have due process.Duterte released a statement saying he regretted that his words came across as personal attack against the US President. He blamed a Filipino journalists for asking distressing questions. His public image has always been dominated by his rough language. He cursed Pope Francis for causing traffic jams in Manila. He also made a joke about the rape of an Australian missionary during the presidential campaign. At least 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been killed since Duterte launched a war on drugs after becoming President on June 30. The campaign pledged help propel him to an election victory but it's provoked criticism both at home and abroad. The former mayor of the city in the southern Philippines ruled with an iron fist for more than 20 years. He is is uncompromising when it comes to fighting crime and corruption.TRANSLATION: At least 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been killed since Duterte launched a war on drugs after becoming President on June 30. His actions, whatever he wants done in the Philippines fighting crime I think it's effective.Laos is the first official international visit by the new Filipino President. Many see his very public tiff with Obama as unfortunate. His controversial remarks against Obama over shadowed the dispute between members of ASEAN organisation and the Chinese government in the South China Sea. But with the public approval rating of more than 90%, it's unlikely the latest international controversy will affect his particularity. -- popularity. Three divers including an Australian have been rescued after they went missing off on island on Colombia's west coast. The men were greated by family on the mainland but two other divers are still missing. The Colombian pair disappeared about a week ago. Authorities say they're still hopeful of finding them. Tonne inhabitive Islet is about 500km off Colombia's coast and is famous for its colony of hammer head sharks. The World Health Organization has revised its guidelines for people visiting areas of the world affected by the Zika virus. It now says those returning from such areas should practice safe sex or abstinence for six months. A dramatic rise from the previous 2-month recommendation. The virus is primarily spread by mosquitos but experts say there is mounting evidence that sexual transmission is more common than previously thought. It is described as the world's first flat flak van which can be assembled in hours an travel more than 90km on one tank of fuel. The Ox is the brainchild of British Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray and it's hoped the vehicle can be used in remote areas of Africa and Asia. It doesn't look like it could tackle sof of the worst roads on earth. On the surface the Ox could be any other truck until you put it through its paces.

It's just an ordinary looking van, it has these tiny little wheel, it's 2-wheel drive but I am driving over what could easily be a dry river bed in Africa, really rockind and frankly it's doing it as well as a 4 by 4 would do it. Believe it or not, the man who designed it also made this. The McLaren F1 is a car for the super rich. Ox drivers have very different needs.When we studied the requirements for where this vehicle is going to ends up, there is a requirement for loading livestock and barrels of fuel and water. I know tit's probably difficult to meeft but for me this ranks above everything else I've done. Designing expensive sports cars reaching a few people. If this goes into mass production this will help thousand of people with mobility.Crucially flat packs like furniture, three semi skilled people can build it in under 12 hours with basic tools. Every part is designed to be easey to fix it could make a huge difference for rural farmers.This is the main driver of development and the poor farmers look are in the remote areas where it's difficult for them to kind of transport their commodities to the market and also imports into the market.They're now hoping to make 1,000 or so without making a profit. Let's catch up with news in sport. Here is Paul Kennedy: Let's start off with the Socceroos. And the people has had a great morning defeating the U AE1-0 in Abu Dhabi, this comes after Australia beat the Iraq team to get off to a flyer in the qualification for the next World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018. The goal in Abu Dhabi came from a familiar name, Tim Cahill. He lad only been on the field for four minutes and it was his seconds touch of the ball and this is

Cahill! He's there again! One touch from Timmy Cahill! One small step towards Russia for Australia perhaps.75 minutes into the most energy sapping conditions you can imagine, somehow he pulls out an effort to support Luong oh r: He hits the cross of the night.In the end I get the rewards for believing in the system and a rewarded by a beautiful cross by Brad. But everyone has created an effort and we have created a real togetherness. Prolific scorer there Tim Cahill. To the cricket and the Australian team has made a world record 263 in a Twenty20 game, and - it was Maxwell who made the bulk of the runs. He made 145 not out. 3/263 the final score and Maxwell was revelling in opening the batting. He had been left out of the 1-day international team in that series that Australia won so he had a point to prove and he really thought that opening the batting suited him well. Let's hear from him.It was nice to get a chance and bat up the top. It's probably a slightly easier place to bat and to get through that first 6 and carries oh on was really pleasing.Let's go to the AFL, the Bulldogs are getting ready to play against the West Coast Eagles. They're up against it but eastern Wood is back in the team and Jack McCrae might be a chance to play, so says Luke Beveridge. It's been an elimination final they will get all the senior players they can out on to the field. That is maybe four really top line players back. In they will start as the underdogs, pardon the pun. Let's go to the NRL because Jack Wighton is smiling as broadly as anyone in the sport this morning, maybe as well as the Canberra Raiders fans because he was able to beat that shoulder charge at the judiciary last night. Jen Browning has more.It's good news for Raiders fans here at the NRL judiciary with the news that Jack Wighton has been cleared to play in this year's finals series. He risked a 4-match ban by challenging the shoulder charge here at the NRL judiciary but his lawyer Nick Ghabar has successfully argued him off that charge, the charge being overturned meaning he can play in this weekend's match against the Sharks. Here is what Jack Wightoned that toe say after the verdict was handed down.Very excited, it's been a rough start to the week but I can't wait out there to try to do more: Were you sweating bullets?I it's been a long day.With so much riding on the Raiders' finals campaign, a number of fans even drove up from Canberra to the judiciary to see how it unfolded and I can tell you they are very, very excited. Here is a little of what they had to say.I'm very excited. I was a bit worried. We now know that he will be there and a full squad pretty much and there should be no excuses.So Jack Wighton cleared to play. He will return to train with the Raiders ahead of Saturday's qualifying final against the Sharks at Canberra #125idium. .-- Stadium. That is what you call a finals reprieve. Not too far away all of that finals action. That is it from me.Now here is Vanessa with the weather.

Another cold front rush pushing into the south-west it brings rain, wind and also the risk of hail and thunderstorms. Some light showery weather amongst the cloud. A low pressure trough drawing that heat into the eastern parts of the nation and we will see warmer weather again tomorrow ahead of those cold fronts moving through, passing into SA tomorrow on their way to the south-east, a very wet day on Friday that could lead to flash flooding. Tomorrow, as far as the rainfall goes, we will see it mainly over the eastern parts of SA, being drawn to the western areas of NSW and Victoria and reaching the central parts there and down into Tasmania. High rainfalls especially on Friday over northern Tasmania and up over north eastern Victoria could lead to flash flooding. Temperatures tomorrow, 24 degrees. The chance of a shower or two in Brisbane. Sydney 22, I will cloudy and 20.

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The foreign investment push - calls for increased overseas ownership of Australian farms.That is what drives economic growth in Australia, and that is important because that is what drives jobs for Australians.

Prepared but not scared - the government reassures the public over the latest terror threats. The Syrian government accused of dropping chlorine bombs on civilians. The Socceroos at a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over the United Arab Emirates.

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