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It's apparent that when Britain ultimately leaves the UN, there will be trade and economic opportunities for us, building on an already strong bilateral trade and investment relationship. But there will be opportunities for us to expand that, as I believe there will be countries of the EU. So we're focusing on economic issues, but also in security, intelligence-sharing, defence terms, we see many opportunities to broaden and deepen this already close relationshipYou now had the chance to compare and contrast the mood in the UK, would you say people are calm and collected over Brexit? Or not so much?I think after the initial reaction, the Europeans are seeing this as an opportunity to reconsider the European Union, to refresh, re-energise the union, and I have sensed a feeling of growing optimism in the EU that post-Brexit they would be a stronger and more dynamic union. I think that's an approach that is highly appropriate. Like here in Britain, they're looking forward to the opportunities that Brexit will present. They will continue to be a close partner of the EU. The details are still yet to be worked out and the timing which is still to be worked out but I think there's also a sense of optimism here that there can be a better relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and there will be greater opportunities. From Australia's perspective, we certainly see great opportunities with our relationship with Britain, but also with the European Union. And I'm quite buoyed by the feedback that I received from my counterpart ministers in Germany and Belgium and in the European Union. We had a very positive discussion with high representative Federica Mogherini about Australia and the EU becoming closer. We launched an Australia/EU leadership forum that will be held in Australia next year. This has been funded by the European Union and underscores the focus that they intend to put on a relationship with Australia. Minister, yesterday, there was a peacekeeping forum here in London, I know your counterpart attended that. She also spoke briefly about increasing the numbers of females in the Australian Defence Force. I'm just wondering - would you support that?Absolutely. Marise Payne is a champion of ensuring that we have the most efficient and effective defence force that includes our ability to take part in peacekeeping operations and I know she sees many opportunities for women to take a greater role in our defence force and I would certainly support that. I believe peacekeeping will also be the subject of discussions today as both Australia and the United Kingdom play a significant role in UN's peacekeeping operations. I'm expecting we'll also focus on how we can cooperate in consular matters, in sharing diplomatic premises overseas, a whole range of airs where Australia and UK will continue to cooperate and broaden our relationship.Is there any chance we might increase our numbers in our peacekeeping force?That would be a matter for the Defence Minister to comment upon, but Australia has opinion a long-standing committed contributor to UN's peacekeeping operations around the world.And finally there's been a bit of surprise Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister. He told you some interesting stories last night. How do you think he was fitting into the role?We had a constructive discussion at number 10 last night. He is an entertaining charming person and he takes his role very seriously. We had some constructive and positive discussions about how Australia and the UK can work together in regional challenges but also as partners globally. And I believe that he's a great friend of Australia, he has a particular attachment to our country. He's lived in Australia and that is great for a bilateral relationship. He's a very good country but he takes this relationship very seriously and I think it would be to Australia's benefit that we have someone of the calibre of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary of the United Kingdom. Thank you. And that's the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop there in London. Let's take you back home now. The daughter of Neville Wran has been granted parole. She has been held at she
Sydney's Silverwater prison since she was arrested over the murder of drug dealer Daniel McNalty in August 2014.Our reporter joins me now. Good afternoon, Harriet Wran has certained just over half her sentence? That's right. She was this afternoon granted par role at a private hearing at the state parole board which means that within the next seven days, she'll be eligible to be released from Sydney Silverwater prison where you can see I'm standing out the front of. She's been held here for just over two years, since her arrest in August 2014 over the fatal stabbing of drug dealer Daniel McNalty. That means she's just served over half of her 4-year prison term. And we have been told that at some point next week, she will be walking free from prison.And Jess, when will Harriet Wran actually be released from jail? We don't know that exactly, Kumi. It's going to be any time within the next seven days. We have been told by corrective services that it's likely to be early next week. We don't know the specific date or time yet. But it will be next week. It won't be over the weekend. No doubt Harriet Wran will have quite a long weekend here at Sydney's Silverwater prison as she waits for that release date. Ill comes more after more than 2.5 years. She's been in custody since the fatal stabbing of Daniel McNalty which happened in 2014. We heard a lot of the detail about that when Harriet Wran was sentenced. Now to take you back a bit, she was originally charged with murder over the fatal stabbing of Daniel McNalty at a public housing unit in inser Sydney. That charge was later dropped when she pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of robbery and harbouring the man who killed Daniel McNalty. Wran's co-accused, who both pleaded guilty to murder and robbery in company. Now we know from what was said in court when all three went through the Courts and entered their pleas, that they went to this apartment in Redfern in inner Sydney, they went - Ms Wran said she thought they were going to buy drugs. She knocked on the door. The court heard that Daniel McNalty was heard saying inside the unit, "Don't worry, it's just a girl." That's when she entered the apartment with Lee and haips and that's when Lee and Haynes admitted that they fatally stabbed Daniel McNalty and the court heard that she stayed in the lounge room. She tried to call 000 twice but quickly terminated those calls.

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