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Prime Minister and Tony Abbott about the royal commission into youth detention. The former Federal MP Clive Palmer cops a grilling at the Federal Court over the demise of Queensland Nickel. Cable car emergency - dozens of people stranded in the air above the French Alps. Good afternoon, you're watching ABC News. You're watching ABC News. I'm Jeremy Fernandez. Also ahead on the program, swimmer Lakeisha Patterson takes out Australia's first gold medal at the Paralympics Games in Rio. And the Western Bulldogs open the AFL finals with a stunning upset victory over the West Coast Eagles. The former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised the snap decision by his successor to call a royal commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention system. The commission started hearings this week following the ABC's Four Corners report into abuse at the Don Dale Detention Centre in July. Matthew Doran joins us live now from Parliament House. Matthew, what is Mr Abbott's concern with this royal commission?Well, primarily, Jeremy, that this was a decision taken too quickly without a full examination of the facts. You will recall that the Four Corners episode, which showed shocking detail, shocking video of abuse at the Don Dale detention Centre including inmates being stripped, assaulted and tear-gassed in their cells caused widespread condemnation around the country and, indeed, around the world. It was early the next morning that the Prime Minister announced the royal commission into the Northern Territory youth justice system on the ABC's AMprogram which was met, roundly, with praise and also with more calls for it to be expanded beyond the Northern Territory. But Tony Abbott says that governments need to sit and examine all of the facts. He says that this report was somewhat one-sided in that it focused on the victims of this alleged abuse and didn't given as much time to the actual people running the system. And he has said that while it should still come to the same conclusion, it was a snap decision.I'm confident that this royal commission, given its terms of reasonable
reference, will come up with a reasonable report. But you're right, Alan, normally governments should not respond in panic to TV program. The royal commission is a very appropriate response to what appeared to be a systemic failure in the justice system in the Northern Territory and so appropriate was the response that the principal critique of it that's been made has been that it should have applied to all of Australia.The Prime Minister there speaking just a moment ago. Matthew, how is the Opposition responding to Mr Abbott's claim?There are two attacks. First, they say Mr Abbott is roundly out of touch with the community sentiment following this episode of Four Corners, following that vision coming to light, and the condemnation that was there and that this isn't a panicked response. Rather, it is an adequate response to what was seen to be quite a shocking situation. On the second front, they are saying that this is further evidence of tension within the Liberal Party, of Tony Abbott trying to reinforce his position from the backbenches and undermine his successor, Malcolm Turnbull, who, a year next week, will be celebrating his first anniversary in the job - a year since he rolled Tony Abbott as the Prime Minister of Australia. Here is some of what Labor frontbencher Wong -- Penny Wong had to say. I don't think anyone responded in panic but they rectaed to the dreadful -- reacted to the dreadful imaging shown in that program. It is pity that Tony Abbott wants to play internal party politics with that issue which should really be above politics. Matthew, this issue of reforming political foreign nations is generating political hit. What has the Opposition's response been?It is the Labor Party's policy to completely been all foreign donations. The Prime Minister has suggested a proposal whereby the only people on the electoral roll would be able to provide or pay political
political parties, donate to political parties. That there is a bit of a gulf between those two proposals because Malcolm Turnbull is suggesting there needs to be a ban on union donations and on company do Indonesians - something that the -- company donations - something the Labor Party does not agree with. They have suggested that proposal could be unconstitutional because there have been two recent High Court cases looking at the political donation system in NSW and one of them found that the New South Wales government's attempt at blocking union donations was unlawful. While there is some appetite to reform this, mainly because it is such a public spat, there is still a long way to go before the two major parties find some common ground on this issue. Thank you, Mathew. Australia has been warned not to put Britain ahead of the EU when it comes to trade. European politicians disappointed by the Brexit vote have confronted Australian ministers about a proposed new deal with Britain. Europe correspondent James Glenday reports from Brussels. In the Parliament in Brussels, the beating heart of European democracy, two of our nation's stop ministers held talks about an EU free-trade deal.My clear message from Australia's experience is that free-trade agreements drive economic growth and deliver jobs.But during a special hearing they were confronted by MPs who are concerned Australia is also discussing a future agreement with Britain - a country that recently decided to exit their organisation.You cannot dance with two people at once. If you want to get a serious trade deal with the European Union, you will have to focus on the Union and make that your -- European Union and make that your sole focus. You didn't have side deals.Australia seems onboard the Britain free-trade bus. They're upset that they've lost the refend -- referendum. They didn't think they'd be in this situation. Brexit is a delicate balancing act - Julie Bishop pushing for closer ties with Downing Street, while simultaneously trying to gain new friends to help us on the continent. Because the EU involves 28 different countries, several of those simply don't care about Australia, so the many coming from many in here is get the -- so the message coming from many in here is get the EU deal down first before dealing with Britain. The former Federal MP Clive Palmer is being grilled at the Federal Court over the collapse of Queensland Nickel. Andrew Kos has been at the hearing in Brisbane. What we've heard this morning is a focus on when Clive Palmer was a director of Queensland Nickel. We heard he first stepped down in that position in 2013 when he took on a role to try and oust the then Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. He subsequently was a director again if 2014 and stepped down when he became a Federal MP. Then he again held a short directorship role in 2015, when his nephew and Managing Director of Queensland Nickel Clive Mensink was going through a divorce. Most of the hearing today has focused on a notepad or a diary that Clive Palmer kept regarding the joint venture agreement setup between Queensland Nickel and his other two companies, Queensland Metals and Queensland Resources. Now, that diary he's kept since 2009. We heard that he only wrote in that diary using a pencil, not a pen. It relates to any decisions made about that joint venture agreement. We heard that he would often sign off decisions either verbally or writing in this diary, signing off three different times for those three different companies. But he has constantly denying making drecs directly the -- directions to Queensland Nickel. He says all of the directions he has made has been through this joint venture agreement, of which he is chairman. This is a key in the case because lawyers are trying to ascertain if Clive Palmer acted as a director of Queensland Nickel in the lead-up to its collapse when he wasn't a listed director.Andrew, what's the court heard about the whereabouts of Queensland Nickel's Managing Director, Clive menace -- Mensink? We heard that Clive Palmer spoke to Clive Mensink last week an he was in Berlin. The laws for the Special Spurp Liquidators, they have been trying to serve Clive Mensink with a summons to appear at this hearing. They have been unable to do that because he has been in Europe for the past couple of months. Clive he'll
Palmer says he doesn't know when he'll be returning.Is it clear what will be happening for the rest of the day yet?We expect Clive Palmer certainly to be in the stand for the rest of the day. We expect to hear more about the financial dealings of Queensland Nickel. If and how money was moved between Queensland Nickel accounts and that other joint venture arrangement. So that's what we can expect from this afternoon. And, of course, Clive Palmer will be back on the stand on Monday. Jeremy. Andrew Kos in Brisbane, thank you. A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot near a school in Sydney's south-west. Our reporter Johanna Nicholson is at Greenacre. At 9:30 this morning there were shots reportededly heard in Greenacre in Sydney's south-west. Police arrived to find a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound to his knee. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Liverpool Hospital. We actually spoke to a man who was on this street at the time and he's, thankfully, a nurse and was able to treat the man who'd been shot at the scene. We spoke to him earlier.My brother came and woke me up. Said that he heard a few gunshots. I came running down, saw a guy lying on the floor in a pool of blood. Went and see him. Looks like he had a gunshot to the leg. Within a few more minutes, police had arrived and ambulance arrived at the scene.Jo, tell us about the area where this shooting happened. There have been similar incidents before? Yes, that's right. It is actually a fairly quiet residential street but, significantly, it took place right next to a primary school to my right. Now, that school was placed into lockdown following the incident, and was in lockdown for about an hour. Parents were told they were able to come and pick up their children if they felt the need to do so, but all the children are safe inside the primary school and it has gone back to normal now. The crime scene is still in place here on Pandora Street and investigations are continuing.The twin brother of the man who murdered Leeton high school teacher Stephanie Scott has been released from a jail in NSW. Marcus Stanford was sentenced to 15 months behind bars last month but had been in custody since his arrest in June last year. Melinda Hayter has the detail.Marcus Stanford left jail a short time ago. He was sitting in the rear of a silver four-wheel drive. The car left the complex quickly, sped off and turned left outside the jail and went down a dirt road. The car was followed by a number of media outleths and then a police car also followed, I guess, that contingent. Marcus Stanford has served a 15-month jail term for being an accessory after the fact to Leeton high school teacher Stephanie Scott's murder in April last year. Marcus Stanford has been in custody since his arrest. So even though he was only sentenced just over a fortnight ago, with time already served, he was eligible to be released today. His twin brother, Vincent Stanford, who as admitted to sexually assaulted and murdering Stephanie Scott is due to be sentenced in the Griffith courthouse in early October.A police officer who assaulted a man at a police station in Sydney has been placed on a good behave bond. Leading Senior Constable Shaun Moylan pushed Mark Adamski in a charge room cell last year causing him to fall backwards and hit his head. Shaun Moylan was on duty last year when Mark Adamski was in the charge room cell. He had been brought in several hours earlier and was affected by alcohol. That footage shows the officer aggressively throwing open the door to that cell and confronting Mr Adamski and pushing him backwards on two occasions. Mr Adamski did fall and hit the back of his head. Officer Moylan pleaded not guilty to all of the charges that he faced but, today, he was convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm and he has been placed on a 15-month good behaviour bond for that conviction.The magistrate also remarked about the severity of that assault, that it could have been much worse?She did. The magistrate said that the significant amount of have
force used in this incident could have resulted in more serious injury. She noted that that the officer had claimed that he was acting in self-defence. That he perceived that he was going to be assaulted by Mr Adamski. She completely rejected that and, in fact, said that it was almost absurd. The court was told that the officer has been suspended and now faces the very real prospect of losing his career. But the magistrate appeared to have little sympathy in that regard. She said that that is what happens when real boundaries are crossed, and she noted that police officers are in a special position. She said that the footage shows that there had been a sudden rush of blood to the head with disastrous consequences.Karl Hoerr reporting from Sydney.A French policeman had been stabbed during an operation to arrest three women over an abandoned car found with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Authorities say the women aged between 19 and 39 had been radicalised and appeared to be preparing an imminent attack. The vehicle had its hazard warning lites flashing and no number plates when it was found metres from the iconic landmark on Saturday. 33 people are still stuck in a series of cable cars high above the glaciers of mont Blanc. A helicopter was deployed to rescue the 110 trapped but the operation was suspended at night fall. Those zuc inside had been given blankets and food. The cars stopped when high winds caused the cables to become tangled. Aid agencies working in Syria have condemned the United Nations and Syrian's Red Crescent's humanitarian response over concerns that President Bashar al-Assad is influencing relief efforts. The aid agency says they are withdrawing from from the information sharing program with the UN because they believe the Assad regime has interfered with the delivery of humanitarian assistance and medical aid. The UN has previously said its agencies must work with key government departments to deliver relief. Finance reporter Alisa Barry joins us now. Glenn Stevens has offered some parting words ahead of his departure from the Reserve Bank?One would imagine this is probably Glenn Stevens' last media interview as Governor of the Reserve Bank before he hands over the reigns to Phillip Lowe at the end of next week. In this interview he has admitted that he has some discomfort about the levels of home prices, particularly in Sydney. In the interview the Financial Review, he argued concerns about some hotspots in the housing market, particularly the likes of Sydney, had to be weighed up against the need to stimulate economic activity, and home prices in an isolated case couldn't drive the direction of interest rates alone. He said Australia has a new two-speed economy, with strong growth in the states like NSW, while, in contrast, the resource-rich states of Western Australia and Queensland have seen their growth rate slumped. The wide-ranging interview also covered Mr Stevens' worries about the complainsy that 25 years of straight economic growth are risks causing among policy-makers. He also hit out at central bank action across the globe, which has obviously been put in place to stimulate the global economy, saying that these measures must pass what he terms the Bunnings test. That is, they must start to stimulate consumer spending and with inflation rates as low as they are, it doesn't seem to be happening.Looking at the markets, it seems to be a weak old end to the week.It certainly is. The Australian share market is head toward a 2-month low and banks are once again out of favour. If we take a look at the movers, the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are among the worst of the big four banks, but they're all lower today. Gold miners like Newcrest are losing ground. Origin Energy is among the better performers after announcing its CEO Grant Hunt will resign next month. Across the region, the Nikkei has reversed earlier falls, a very strong session in Hong Kong at the moment, flat in Shanghai. Wall Street lost value with Apple shares sliding after the technology giant's latest offering, the iPhone 7, failed to impress investors. The markets overall falls were limited by gains in the energy sector after oil prices rallied. Crude oil surged by almost $2 US a barrel. Today there is some data out showing a bigger than expected fall in the number of home loans approved for owner-occupiers in July. This occurred before the owner-occupiers in July. This
occurred before the August rate cut, and the Australian dollar hasn't been too affected. It is currently buying been too affected. It is currently
buying 76.47 US cents. DeftLakeisha Patterson has claimed Australia's first gold medal at the Olympics public Games in Rio -- Paralympics Games in Rio. She won the S8 400m freestyle in world record time. Patterson trains at the Lawton aquatic Centreand the manager, Michael Fox, says there'll be a hero's welcome when the teenager comes home. For many of the athletes, competing in the Paralympics, Rio means much more than a stage for potential sporting glory. Two of them are Australia's Paralympic rowers. Ben Worsley found out. Early morning in winter on the Lake Burleigh Griffin - for four years, Gavin Bellis and Kathryn Ross have been training for Rio.He is definitely the engine in the boat. I lope to hold up a good rhythm and pace.I just be quiet and row as hard as I can. Georgia, Dad could be in with a chance here!Training for the Paralympics has kept Gavin away from his family on the Gold Coast for much of the past 9 months. The time they do spend together is increasingly precious. Gavin is living with a rare, degenerative disease. The symptoms first appeared 12 years ago while he was serving in the army.Going for a run around the airfield in the Solomon Islands and took off, started running. I ran 10m and my legs hit each other and I was on my hands and knees on the ground. Couldn't work out what was going on. So I got up, ran again. Another 10m. The same thing was happening again. And it wasn't until I got home, back to Australia, that I went and got it checked out.The diagnosis was spinocerebellar ataxia - a heredity disease which blocks communication between the brain and the spinal cord causing an increasing loss of physical control. Invariably, it leads to life in a wheelchair. There's no cure and, more often than not, it is fatal. Gavin was medically Discharge Parade the army -- discharged from the army.I was in a black hole, so to speak, for a few years.Then in 2008, life took a turn.I remember the day we were working the Paralympics, the Beijing ones. We were watching the swimming and he said, "Hey, look, they have ataxia." He pulled out his laptop and researched all the classifications and what potential sport he could do for the next two days.Gavin chose rowing and four years later he was competing at the London Games. But what drives him isn't success.The one reason why I'm doing it for my girls. Being a hereditary disease, they both have a chance of getting it. That was my driver, to show my children that it doesn't matter if they have this condition or not, life just takes you down a different path. It doesn't mean your life is over.I -- attention. Go.Competing in those Beijing Paralympics was Kathryn Ross - the other half of this team. Kathryn was two when she was accidentally run over by a ride-on lawnmower driven by her father. Her right leg was almost destroyed. 50 operations later she decided to be a Beijing.
Paralympian 15 months out from Beijing. She was warned that success in rowing was unlikely.Looking up in the stands, those people who assessed me at that talent search day were standing there, clapping their hands, going, "Wow, this doesn't happen very often." I'm like, "Hi, guys, told you. If I want to do something, I will do it."The two of them now share a bond far stronger than sport.I have the utmost respect for this man, almost above and beyond any other person I've met.

Without rowing, I don't know where I'd be or what would happen. So I've got a lot to be thankful for. A beautiful wife, two beautiful kids, around I can see that I am a London Paralympian, a 3-time world champion and I'm going to Rio. Life is pretty good, I suppose.Let's look at the latest sports news with Chris Glassock.We weren't seeing this one coming, the Bulldogs are through after defeating the West Coast Eagles in the AFL.

Eagles in the AFL. Through ferocious precious and unrelenting pressure up front, the little men for me were the stand outs, Luke Dahlahaus and Caleb Daniel. Only two weeks ago they were beaten on the same ground by lowly Fremantle. Now they're through to the next stage of the AFL finals. They go on to prepare to meet the loser of tonight's Geelong-Hawthorn qualifying match. Jeremy, in the Bulldogs' dressing room it says 'anything is possible' they have it up in their dressing room, and maybe it is because they're chasing their first flag in 62 years. It has been a long drought for the Western Bulldogs.The NRL finals kick off tonight with an all-Queensland match.What a match it will be, a packed-out Lang Park. It is the ols rivals between Queensland, the Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans. If you asked anyone at the start of the year where these teams would have ended up, they would have said complete opposite ends of the table. The Broncos, last year's beaten grand finalists, they're hoping to go one better this year but they'll start as strong favourites, having finished in fifth, and they'll take on the Titans, who have defied expectations to reach the finals in 8th spot. The Gold Coast fans will be looking to their late season recruit Jarryd Hayne. He'll be playing at fullback and his clash with Brisbane's Darius Boyd is one to look out for. And young gun Ash Taylor, who has had a sensational debut season, he takes on his old club and Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt. For the loser tonight, the season comes to an abrupt halt. It will be a packed-out Lang Park. I give the Titans some chance but I think the Broncos will be too strong.Turning to the tennis, Serena Williams has crashed out of the US Open. What happened? Absolutely gobsmackd with this one. Everyone thought she was cruising to another final but not to be. She has been beaten by Karolina Pliskova, the world number 10. Playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal. No signs of nerves, though. Williams had been serving so well right throughout the tournament. It just went a little bit awry in the crucial moments. Here she is serving an ace but when it really mattered on match point in the second set, unbelievably double-faulted. That's so uncharacteristic for Serena Williams. So crashing out. I think everyone at Flushing Meadows was gobsmacked that the champ has gone. She'll face either Caroline Wozniacki or Angelique Kerber, that's Pliskova, of course, in her first-ever grand final. Williams' loss means it has cost her a shot at her 23rd Grand Slam title but it is that 187th straight week record at world number 1. She'll be stuck as a joint record holder with Stefi graph on 186 weeks, which she also share it is 22 Grand Slams with. Kerber will be become the new world ranking 1 on Monday.And finally, some surfing news in California.Yes, they're back there in southern California. It was an entertaining first round. Here is Joel Parkinson. After a 9.1, he pulled out a 9.5 with his second wave. He was up against Mick Fanning, who is only surfing in a handful of events this year. But Parkinson, too good in the end. Beautiful waves on the Trestles beach line. He is safely through to the third round. Here is Fanning, who also surfed a 7.8. After that horrific 2015, he's having a more enjoyable 2016, but he'll have to go through the repocharge, Jeremy.Good to see you, Chris. A reminder of the top stories. A stoush has erupted between Malcolm Turnbull and his predecessor Tony Abbott over the royal commission into Northern Territory's youth justice system. Mr Abbott has accused the Federal Government of panicking over the Four Corners detailing abuse at the Don Dale Youth Detention Treasurer. Businessman and former Federal MP Clive Palmer has denied being Nickel
heavily involved in Queensland Nickel throughout last year. He is being questioned at a Federal Court hearing in Brisbane over the collapse of the company which left 800 people out of work. A number of people remain trapped on a series of cable cars high above the French Alps. A rescue helicopter operation has been suspended for the night and will resume at first light. The cable cars are stuck at an altitude of 3,800m. Swimmer Lakeisha Patterson has swon Australia's first gold medal at the Paralympics. The Queenslander broke the world record in the S8 400m freestyle. Sue Powell had earlier won a silver in the individual pursuit cycling. Possible changes to the rules covering political donations have been the big talking point this yaoec week -- this week. The issue came to a head with the resignation of Labor's Sam Dastyari after he asked a Chinese-linked company to pay the travel bill for him. Penny Wong is in Indonesia and spoke with political reporter Julie Doyle.I think there is always a risk or a tendency at times in foreign policy for us to focus on the day-to-day transactions, and they are important, but with Indonesia, it is always important for us to think longer term. We're living through a great time of change within the region. Indonesia is very important in terms of how that change is managed. Very important in terms of regional stability and prosperity, and also will be very important in the
terms of the economic development of the region. In terms of our economic relationship, it is still pretty thin, frankly. We could do a lot more. Australia invests more in New Zealand than we do in Indonesia, which, I think, is a useful fact to remind us that there is plenty more that can be done to broaden the relationship economically.You've mentioned neeb being a major -- Indonesia being a major regional power, do you see Indonesia taking a role in disputes in the region such as the South China Sea?Well, I think what's important in relation to the South China Sea for us to continue to articulate support for the International rules-based system for international norms of the law of the sea. This is what is important when it comes to the South China Sea. ASEAN is an important body in terms of articulating those principles. I mean, Australia doesn't take a particular position in relation to the range of territorial disputes. What we do say is, one, we support the international rules-based system. Two, we urge all parties to deescalate tensions, not to engage in unilateral action. And, thirdly, you know, we obviously continue to support freedom of navigation and overnight.On that issue --Over flight.On that issue, how do you see that being acted upon?I think that President Jokowi has spoken about Indonesia as a big country or a great country. And a country of that ilk, and Indonesia will become increasingly important globally as its economy continues to grow. It does have an influence in international affairs. It has an influence in articulating why the rules-based system is important. And also, an interest in working to ensure disputes, and there are disputes in the region, that those disputes are negotiated peacefully and without any unilateral action being taken to escalate them. Looking more broadly at the foreign affairs and trade area we have some discussion this week about Australia starting work towards a trade deal with the UK after their exit from the European Union is completed. We have seen some concerns from EU politicians about that, saying that the focus should be on a deal with the EU. Do you see that both can be done, or one should be done first? Well, Julie, it is a very good question because what it actually points to is not just the difficulty that the trade -- Trade Minister and the Government have got themselves into trouble but it points to a government being much more focused on press releases than a plan. 12 months ago we were told India was a priority. Then we were told the Indonesian trade agreement would be wound up pretty quickly. Then we were told the EU was the priority. Now, apparently, Britain, post-Brexit is the priority. I think Mr Ciobo should be focusing a little more on what the plan is. You've identified correctly that, clearly, the chopping and changing, certainly in relation to EU and Britain, appears to have engendered some concerns. Certainly, what the Government should be clear about is that this idea of pursuing an agreement with the United Kingdom, or with Britain, is not going to divert resources and attention from the market access Australia could gain in terms of an agreement with the European Union.So what do you think should be the priority?Well, I'm not in government but I tell you what, if I were, I'd outline what my priorities are. They'd probably be closer to home, probably within our region. But the problem here, I think, is not which is the best per se, but that the Government over the past 12 months have told us four different things that are their priorities.This morning, the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in a radio interview, has made some comments about the royal commission into youth justice in the Northern Territory. He said that, normally, governments should not respond in panic at TV programs. Do you think the Government rushed in to calling this royal commission?I don't think anybody responded in panic. I think people responded to the dreadful images that were shown in that program. And to the, you know, ethical response, which was this is not something that should happen in our country. It is a pity Tony Abbott wants to play a bit of internal Liberal Party politics with an issue which really should be above politics. But I would say this - whether it is on this issue or on donations reform, Tony Abbott is off the leash. He is openly undermining and openly attacking his Prime Minister. He's pretty clear about it. It's regrettable that he's used an issue, which I think would benefit from continued bipartisan support across the government - that is a royal commission to look into these matters - but it is quite clear what his game plan is. He is is out there attacking Turnbull.He has likened it to a former Labor Government responding by banning the live cattle trade to Indonesia, because of a Four Corners program. What do you say to that comparison?First, I'd say to him, please don't play politics with the treatment of young Australians in detension. I think all of us who watched that were horrified. He has made comments about the live cattle issue before. We've responded to them before. That issue has been dealt with. Rather than looking into the past, what I'd say to him is, "Please don't use the...please don't use this issue to progress the internals inside the Liberal Party."Let's talk finally about the big issue this week about foreign political donations. Labor wants to ban foreign donations. What about donations from unions and the business community?We went to the last election with a plan about banning anonymous donations, reducing the threshold for disclosure. Labor discloses voluntarily donations at a far lower level than the Liberal Party. We also said we wanted to look at how you might lesson the time for disclosure. The key thing here is, I think, transparency. There are donations sources where you think there is a good policy argument to ban them. I think anonymous donations but also donations from foreign entities, I think, there are obvious pollie -- policy arguments for that. In terms of other matters, I think, really, the focus should be on greater disclosure. The Liberal Party has consistently avoided more disclosure on this issue, they've voted recently against it.Would it be more transparent if donations were limited to Australians who are on the electoral roll who can have a vote?Well, I mean, I think that entities donating should be able to donate, as long as they are open about it. I mean, no-one could suggest that disclosure and transparency aren't good things. I think when it comes to foreign donations, there is a good case to be made as to why they ought not be permitted. But I think the Government is trying to have an argument about unions and, you know, obviously for ideological and partisan reasons to avoid a discussion about a very simple proposition - why are you so frightened of disclosing who donates to you.This issue has dragged on... Sunlight is a pretty good disinfectant, isn't it, Julie? You can't make a system which is -unless you ban everything, you are going to have donations in Australia's system of democracy. The most important thing...We're talking about this this week, Senator, because the issue of Sam Dastyari came to light with the fact he got a company with Chinese links to pay a bill for him. Sure.So this did drag on all week. Was Bill Shorten too slow to act on this?Look, first the issue in relation to Sam is not an issue about disclosure. He did disclose. The issue is he made the wrong judgement about sending this bill to another entity to pay. I mean, he's fronted up, he's made his decision to resign from the frontbench. I think the matter has been dealt with. I think the more important issue is to use these circumstances to improve Australia's system of disclosure and transparency. That would really benefit the Australian democracy, I think.To some news just in, Harriet Wran, the daughter of the late former Premier Neville Wran, has been granted parole. She has served more than two years in jail for robbery and accessory to murder. The US President has hit back at comments by Republican candidate drumpb that Russia's Vladimir Putin is a better leader than Barack Obama. Mr Trump praised the Russian President at a forum about American military leadership. The current Commander-in-Chief said the media needs to scrutinise Donald Trump's wacky ideas.I don't think the guy is qualified to be President of the United States. And every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed. Mr Obama says his meetings on a tour of Asia, including the G20 summit in China showed how important it is for the US President to be well-informed and have cohernt policies. An international study says there is evidence that one-tenth of the world's will derness areas has been lost to land clearing in just the last two decades. One of the report's contributors is Kendall Jones from the University of Queensland.We analysed the lost and we found that during a short period we have lost one-tenth of all wilderness around the globe. It is about the size of Western Australia and NSW combined.Why is it happened and for what purpose is the lander being cleared? -- land being cleared? Are they being created and an consevered on the other side of the ledger as well?Wilderness loss has been happening for a number of reasons - for Forrest clearing for timber products and timber-based goods. It has been cleared for pasture, and for mining of fossil fuels and minerals. You can't really create new wilderness areas to offset the loss that's happening or that you've done. Wilderness is defined as naturally intact areas uninunderstand flooed by human activities. With understand they're gone, they're gone forever. If you destroy wilderness you're losing areas that have been evolving in that place for hundreds of millions of years.One of the bright spots in the report is that most wilderness areas calculated are still made up of large contiguous blocks which is environmentally significant for their size.Yes, that's right. So we found that about 80 President % -- 80% of remaining wilderness is found very large blocks. Some of the great megafauna we see around the world need those large intact spaces to live. They contain a lot of genetic variation within those large intact landscapes.Take us through some of specifics of which parts of the world are affected and how Australia compares.The Amazon, for example, lost 30% of its wilderness. Central Africa, home to the chimpanzee, the gorilla, lost 15%. These places are under the most threat. Australia does contain some significant areas. We have the largest intact Savannah landscape in the world and the largest intact Mediterranean woodland system in the world but Australia has unfortunately been heavily modified already. There is not a large amount of wilderness left apart from in the centre where there is a desert and not that many people.One of the aims study was to also measure how conservation policy keeps up with a loss of wilderness. What have you found?Unfortunately, again, we found that while wilderness protection did actually protect wilderness in the 20 years, we found it was about half the rate of wilderness loss. So we're destroying double what we're protecting.What are the consequences of thatThe consequences are many. Wilderness is incredit why fortunate biodiversity so when you destroy it you're losing that. But it is also fortunate per people. It supports Indigenous cultures around the globe. It is important for climate change. They carbon.
capture and store massive amounts of carbon. When they're destroyed the carbon is released into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change. The effects we are seeing withen moth after month and year after year of continuous temperature records being broken. Thank you for joining us, Kendall. Now to most people a giraffe is a giraffe, but scientists have discovered that, in fact, there are four separate types. In genetic terms it means the differences between some African giraffes are surprisingly large. They're Africa's gentlist giants but these animals are in decline as their natural habitat is shrinking. So geneticists and conservationists worked tolt gsh - together to study the DNA of the giraffe. They found there are four different species of giraffe. The animals you will see here at the zoo is just one of the four species - they're reticulated sir ravice. The others -- giraffes. The others are rn -- are northern, southern and Masai giraffes. Understanding they look different is just a start. Now understanding there are real genetics differences perhaps will help us understand there may be changes in breeding patterns and those are critical to conserving a species and understanding how threats may impact upon it and help save a specie from extinction. The world population of giraffes has declined by 40% in the last 15 years. Looking deep into their DNA could help conservationists work out exactly what these animals need from their environment, to help protect the habitat that the world's tallest mammals rely on. Let's Let's look at the latest market figures now. Local shares are on track for their fourth week of losses. The Aussie dollar is track for their fourth week of
losses. The Aussie dollar is stronger against the Green Bay. The first major demolition works have begun on South Australia's former coal-fired power stations in Port augsa. I am across the Spencer Gulf from the closed Port Augusta power station where dozens have gathered to watch the first milestone in its demolition. It took only seconds for explosives to bring down the 80-metre tall smoke stack. Small explosionives were used to weaken the structure to ensure it fell in a designated area. Restrictions have been put around the site for safety, but that didn't stop people coming to have a look.Fairly bittersweet, nos stall gic. A -- nostalgic. Sad that I haven't got a job anymore but hopeful we'll have a new era in electricity generation in Port augsa.Power -- Augusta.The power station has gone. I'd like some record of it.The smoke stack was part of the area already decommissioned in the 1980s. The Port Augusta power station and Leigh Creek coal mine closed because they were no longer financially viable, putting hundreds of people out of work. As the nation's cities go upwards with more and more people living in apartments, public open spaces are increasingly important. It's one of the topics Gardening Australia is looking at this weekend, with more, here is the host, Costa Georgiadis, who this week has been looking at a local skate park.Most people would think what does a skate park have to do with planting and composting, but gardens are part of the urban environment. And what's really interesting about it is the whole process of involving the community in designing these rare spaces, which are very valuable in cities now.So what is significant about this particular skate park?I think what's significant about it is that there was an entire consultation process and it was actually designed by the youth for the youth. And what I like most about it is that it's not on some derelict piece of land on the outskirts of the city...It is prime real estate. That's the waterfront in Freo?Exactly. It youth
means the city is alive and the youth are there for everyone to see them. They're not railroaded to the edges of town and then seen as 'what are they doing out there'. It is like 'hey, come join us, we're here'. The results have been phenomenal.How does that interact with the life of the city generally speaking? You don't want to cater to just one group of people but this has applications across the residents who live there?Exactly. Because there is some reality sensitive and creative landscaping, people can come there, families, parents can walk their children, you can walk your dogs around, watch what's going on. But I think the most important thing is that it's encouraging people to be outside. And so these young people, instead of them being at home and perhaps on computers and on tablets and things they're actually outside. They're using it at night as well. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the country, Gerry has been taking a look at tropical fruits and flowers. In particular, some little heard of natives?Yes, whenever I go up into the tropics I feel like I need a visa because having grown up in the south, there is so many fruits and variety of plants that I look at and think I have to go back to hort school to learn all these things. When you combine the interest in food and cooking, we're starting to discover a huge palate of fruit that most people wouldn't even know the name of.Give us some examples? Probably one people would start to see now is the Buddha's hand. It is a citrus. It looks like...It looks like a hand with a bunch of fingers. That's right. As people latch onto these different varieties, it starts to push their palate and starts to push, you know, the opportunities for horticulture because more people grow them, more nirsryes supply them and you start to change -- nurseries supply them and you start to change not only eating habits but appreciation.An eventful for you weekend?Yes, Bush Care's Big Day Out. Landcarewas established by Bob Hawke back in the 19990s -- 1990s predominantly to look after agricultural land. Bush Care is for people or for Landcarein the city. Anyone can jump onboard. Go to the website...I know weeding is one of the big things to do with the bush, isn't it?Yeah, that's right. If the weeds are controlled, slowly, slowly, by local people, they take ownership, they take pride, there is less waste and rubbish, people look after it.Costa, always good to see you. The artist Wendy Sharpe has drawn inspiration from many quarters over a colourful and successful career. Wendy's work has won numerous awards but it was her victory in the Archibald Prize 20 years ago that brought the most dramatic change.Nothing gets the attention of the Archibald. The year I won, I think there was a novelty of being a young woman. And I was on the colour cover of every newspaper. I was everywhere. It was really extraordinary. And it's just, as an artist, you're usually trying to get some kind of attention because you want people to come and see your work, so you need to have some kind of publicity. But I just couldn't believe that. It is a shock. Friends of a friend of a friend, who I met at a party 10 years before, contacted me. Everyone who slightly met me, somebody who met me at a bus stop contacted me. There was an incredible amount of attention. After a while, I felt a fraud because I was doing interviews and talking about what I was doing as a painter or an artist and I wasn't actually doing it because I didn't have time to do it.Do you think you were treated differently because you are a woman?Yes. Look, there's always questions about become a woman and there's also a novelty because there has hardly been any women who have won that prize. Of people who've won it, there's not many paintings of women. So that's certainly a novelty. And there still know, there still certainly is an attitude where if you say an 'artist', people think of a man. If you say 'artist and model', you think of a man probably a beard and a nude woman. You always think of that. So there is still cliches. And although things have certainly improved, there is still some disadvantages of being a woman in a way. One of the things that I've found is that people say 'a leading woman artist or female artist. You can always context if something sexist by substituting it the other way around.The full interview is tomorrow at 5:30pm on News 24. A routine audit of one of Perth's little known Museum collections has unearthed some artefacts that haven't been seen for 75 Museums. It has one of the most culturally Aboriginal
significant collections of Aboriginal art and objects in the world. It has more than 12 exhibits and 30,000 photographs and documents, all bequeathed to the University of WA by the anthropology gists Catherine and Ronald Bird. Scientists couldn't believe what they were seening when they were unpacking. I was hopping from one leg to another, it is just layer after layer of outstanding material. All in very good condition.I don't think they've actually seen since Ronald and Catherine put them in the flower band. I think it's been there since the 1940.It is estimated the items in the bin alone are worth $2 million but the gallery items in the bin alone are worth $2
million but the gallery says the artefacts are priceless. From northerly winds to a southwesterly change a deepening low pressure system moving over the south-east and bringing lots of rain as it passes on through with flood watchings and warnings from Tasmania all the way up to NSW. We have a high pressure system that comes in for South Australia. Our next band of cloud is part of a cold front that heads up to the south-west. Behind that, is speckletd cold cloud.

Tomorrow, that band of rain moves over to the eastern parts of Queensland, mainly up into the northeastern areas of NSW, and clears off the NSW coast away from Tasmania and Victoria. There's our next weather system that will travel through the Bight. It will affect everybody by Monday with very cold temperatures.

And that is ABC News for now. On ABC News 24, the latest news and analysis is next. I'm Jeremy Fernandez. Thanks for your company.

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