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(generated from captions) protocols at Flinders are a monthly test. We do switch over to generator on a regular basis to make sure that the switch work, that we can actually get the generator up. It was working. And we do run a full load test at Flinders on that generator. We also have just Monday as a result of the predictions about the weather checked all of our generator relevance so we had that in place as well. So we had just checked. The fuel pump issue was not something that could have been predetermined. And in fact was dealt with very quickly once it occurred. REPORTER: People's lives were put at risk because this fuel pump failed, is that what happened?Not at all. All of the life saving equipment is battery back-up and has many hours of battery back-up. When we moved patients, we moved them connected to the battery-operated equipment and to some hand-held rest separators that we use during transport all the time.There were people who were manually rest separated?Yes, as we moved them.Is that an acceptable situation in a major hospital?It's absolutely standard in every hospital.Can you confirm this is the first time Flinders generators have not kicked in?I cannot confirm that.You can't say if they haven't worked previously?I haven't asked that question specifically yet.Are you able to find out and get back to us on that?Absolutely.I suppose there needs to be a further testing regime. You said this fuel pump couldn't have been picked. Does this mean we need to be doing testing more regularly?It's much like any piece of equipment you have, you yourself know, you can have all of your regular oil checks and things done in your car, you get in your car, turn the motor on and it stops. It's that sort of issue with us. We do the preventative maintenance, we test it regularly and make sure it can take full load. We do that in a controlled environment and watch it switches over in an emergency. It wasn't predictable, it couldn't have predicted and was replaced quickly. If the same thing happened at another private hospital, what would have been the outcome?We do have protocols in place at all the hospitals about where we would need patients if we needed an extended closure or evacuation. That's why the hand-held and hand operated rest separators are not unusual because we could have a number of those in operation while we transported patient. We can't take electrical equipment with you on these short trips so you do need something that's battery operated. You never want to be in the position where the battery dies and you have nothing else so you have hand-held manually operated equipment to replace it. Can you confirm how many patients were transported?We transported 17 patients and have moved back all but two at this point.Are there any other broader questions on any other topic?REPORTER: You said the system operated as intended. Is it acceptable this is occurring, regardless of the cause, should we not have a system to prevent the entire State blacking out.Can I give the example of New York. The whole of the east coast went down for 38 hours. It took that amount of time to recover. I don't know whether questions are being asked in the same way there as they are being asked here but this is certainly a system that was designed to get the system back up as quickly as possible and here we are within a few hours, we were beginning to restore power and now within a few more hours we have the lion's share of the system has been restored. These are weather events that the representative from the Bureau of Meteorology and in his whole career has not seen in this State. The effect it's had on a particular piece of infrastructure is unprecedented. That's been confirmed by the Australian energy market operator. This is a catastrophic natural event which has destroyed our infrastructure. I think what's happened is that the system, the community, all of the people that are in the emergency services sector have responded capably and effectively to what has been a massive challenge and I thank them for their efforts.Speaking of the challenge, Premier, is the challenge not trying to develop infrastructure that prevents this from happening again?There is no infrastructure that can be developed that can protect you against catastrophic events which take out not one, not two but three pieces of infrastructure that lead to massive fluctuations in fleck situate, which then could potentially put at risk the whole of the national electricity market. The national electricity market disconnected to protect itself and the generators disconnected to protect themselves. If they didn't and they were damaged, we wouldn't have the capacity to restore this system in hours or even days, it would be weeks.Premier, I guess more broadly on power, if the State had more thermal power supply, isn't it likely there wouldn't have been a more dramatic interchange?NoSome States have rushed ahead with very my and unrealistic energy targets. That is a dig against SA considering we have the highest amount. What do you say?I understand Josh had to tidy up something Barnaby said earlier in the day. But what we know is that both the Minister for energy Josh Frydenberg and the PM have both made statements which have confirmed what I have said to you, which is the advice from the Australian energy market operator, there was a weather event. There are other issues around price and stability which need to be addressed but it was not this event.He said because of the relians on renewables there is not good control of ancillary power. Do you agree that is the case?Mr Frydenberg has separated out his consideration of this event and what it caused from the other challenges to the energy market. He made that explicit in his remarks. He said today they were two sides of the same coin, they are very, very connected. He has not separated them out that they were connected items? He has. He said what occurred in SA and the advice to me, as I've been pretty unequivocal on this, from the Australian energy market operator, the weather event led to those transmission towers being bowled over and the interconnector being shut down so there was a cascading effect across the network that was a weather event.He said energy policy and climate change are two sides of the same coin. (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) Absolutely. That's why we supported Malcolm Turnbull bringing together the energy portfolio and the climate change portfolio. We are talking about two different things. This is about harmonising our bid to have a clean energy system and also making sure that we have price stability and security stability across the system. What happened yesterday was a storm event. What it did was destroy infrastructure. What the system did was to protect itself so that we could get it up and running quickly and that's exactly what happened.What did you make when you heard of the incident last night. Is that a concern of events?It's frightening when you hear back-up systems have failed. Fortunately we have more than one back-up system which protects people's health and wellbeing. Obviously this is a worrying development and we will need to review this and all the circumstances.It's not the only - you have issues of power supply to phone towers, hospitals under the pump. Is the State genuinely prepared for events like this?We have, you have seen our hospital system work effectively and our water system operate effectively, you have seen our transport system operate effectively and the Australian energy market operator spring into action so 90% of the power has been restored this morning. Of course, there will be elements which have not worked perfectly and we will review each of those things and learn lessons from those things that have not worked perfectly.Do you think South Australians will accept that was an acceptable set of circumstances that was abroad in SA last night?I think most South Australians will understand this was a catastrophic weather event that caused massive damage to our infrastructure.We should lose the entire State's electricity supply?It's not simply a storm, it's an unprecedented weather event the likes of which have not been seen by the Bureau of Meteorology here. Two tornadoes ripping through the centre of our State, destroying not one, not two, but three elements of critical infrastructure, causing a massive change in the energy mix in the system which then dragged an enormous amount of energy through the interconnector, putting capacity constraints on that. It tripped to protect itself. Generate ors were tripped to protect themselves. If people understand that the facts of what occurred, I think they will understand that this is an extraordinarily rare event and the combination of not only a weather event which was extraordinary but it's striking critical infrastructure which is also extraordinary.What about the matter of compensation?They are all things that need to be grappled with but this is a natural event. At the moment we are focusing our attention on people that are suffering loss now. So we'll be travelling to the regions affected to the northern parts of our State that are being directly affected. We are already putting relief arrangements in place. I want to inspect them myself to ensure people are getting the support that they need.Do you think changes are needed to the way the Government and services respond to events like this? Do you think there will be a State inquiry?Of course, we will review everything. There will be three levels of inquiry. There will be the Australian energy market operator will conduct a technical review to clarify the sequence of events in cause and effect. The second element will be the national energy ministers, COAG energy council will conduct their own inquiry because this is a national electricity market. Thirdly, we will analyse our response and every element of it to understand what worked, things that weren't necessarily working perfectly so that we can improve them for the future.Would that be something done by a body independent of GovernmentThe technical review will be independent.Your own?If that's a review like the response of emergency services, the response of SA Water, it will be a review that will be conducted at arms length from those agencies.Can anything be done in the rebuilding of the system to make it more resilient, do you think climate change will make things like this more frequent?They are things we have to reflect upon. Our present advice is that this was an event which could not have been predicted. It is an extreme event but we need to reflect on that. That becomes the work after this event, as we work on the aftermath. At the moment, though, we are dealing with people that are suffering now. And we need to respond to their needs and that's our principle focus.Have you had reports of looting?There are isolated incidents perhaps the Police Commissioner would want to confirm or otherwise. If that's happening, it's disgusting. The overwhelming response has been wonderful. When all of the suburbs were out last night, we didn't see any evidence of looting. An isolated instance is disgusting and regrettable but I don't think it represents the overwhelming sense of community spirit which I saw on evidence yesterday evening as people were trying to grapple with this issue.Does the energy mix have any effect on the time the power came on? There has been a suggestion it might have been quicker?That's why I mentioned those numbers before. There is a miss conscience that all we have in south is wind power and maybe at Pelican Point. There is 2,850 mega watts of base load energy in the system.A capacity that wasn't fully utilised.It's ready to go. It's ready and available to be applied. It wasn't moth balled.How much was it producing? Not at full capacity?I don't know what it was producing but the market determines what is brought on in what proportion. You were talking about being brought back after the event occurred. Well there's 2,850 mega watts of power which was able to be commandeered which the Australian energy market operator to be applied into the system to actually bring it back. Now there is a certain days basis on which you need to bring back power generation after you have had a system that's down. Those generators were waiting patiently to be told when and how they should come back on. Remembering there was only 1,900 megawatts of energy that was being used just before the incident, we have 2,850 megawatts of base load generation here in SA to be applied. Just it's not always brought on all the time because some of it is peaking generation and is expensive but in emergency can be used.Can you tell us where the break down of the power was coming during the time?I can but I don't have the numbers right at my fingertips. I will supply that to you afterwards and anybody else who wants it.What has been the effect on industry? How has BHP and Arrium...We are grappling with that. That will be determined how quickly we can restore the lines. We are hoping the lines will be restored as we speak. That will have a big effect on these large industrial concerns. What's likely to happen is that all of the households will be able to be up and running reasonably quickly but the large industrial customers that are drawing very substantial amounts of power might take some time before they can have a particular amount of power restored to them, given that we've got three of the four substantial high voltage transmission lines taken down to the north of the State.How much damage has this done to the State's reputation, interest Nate, overseas, people's attitude towards investment being at third world country standards?I think it depends on the attitude of South Australians to this. It depends how we regard ourselves and how we regard ourselves in the world. I see this as South Australians being resilient and having the capacity to respond to what is a natural emergency. And I'm proud of the South Australians that have worked so hard over the course of the last 24 hours in responding to this. This should not be a source of any sense of inferiority about SA.After the troubles in July where several large companies were concerned about being able to maintain production, does this not reinforce a message of unreliability?No, I don't think it does. People understand these are extreme events that are isolated and rare and they could affect any jurisdiction and, as I said, the whole of the east coast of the US went down with a storm event and it took in the order of 38 hours for it to be restored. We are up and running in a relatively quick period after the event. Obviously there is still some people that are suffering abjectly and our attention turns to them now.Do you know or the Treasurer know which businesses are out and how long they will be out? We are working on the information. Our advisers were on the phone trying to identify those matters. As soon as it comes to hand we will supply it to you.There was some chat yesterday about the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Was there any brief interruption there and what was the con ten general situate?All our hospitals have generator back-up, it kicked in and worked very well. What was identified at the Royal Adelaide was the need to review what areas are actually on our emergency power and see if we have to change anything. So the CT scan, for example, wasn't on emergency power, that can be fixed. But this kind of, I think as we build things and add things to a hospital system, we have to be mindful about what's part of the emergency.Have you given any advice to the hospitals to cancel all non-emergency surgery?We advised the hospitals that they needed to think about where their patients were coming from. We don't want to compromise patient safety by asking them to drive in if it's not safe. So what we've advised, where appropriate, we will cancel elective surgery but all other elective surgery will progress.There are reports in people who might have medical devices suffering any problems?We did see a number of patients who have CPAC machines in their homes which are breathing machines that help them he get forced air. They didn't always have battery back-up. We did see a number of them arrive at our emergency departments asking to plug into our emergency outlets and we facilitated that. That was live from SA, Jay Weatherill with the latest on the situation after the storm which started hitting yesterday and is continuing right now. The State was completely blacked out for several hours and there are still 75,000 homes in the north and west of the State without power. Winds up to 100km/h hitting parts of the State and it's going to be another wild night. Relief centres have been set up in Port Pirie and Whyalla. The police started speaking at that media conference. We will listen now.There is one unconfirmed report from the south-east. Until such time as that is confirmed I wouldn't be commenting.What do you think of people's behaviour?As I said last night, I think the community generally should take some credit for supporting the emergency services in the patience they demonstrated and the tolerance with the circumstances and the inconvenience that went with that. I think it's to be commended we didn't see a rash of collisions or rash behaviour that resulted in people having their safety compromised. I'm grateful to those people because what it did was ease the burden on emergency services and enabled them to respond to other incidents that required assistance.Your powers expired at 5:30, did you say that? The determination regarding a declaration is my determination to make and the declaration for a major incident lasts for a maximum period of 12 hours. I made an assessment at the conclusion of that 12-hour period regarding the need to continue that or to create a new declaration and I am of the view, strongly of the view, that the declaration in the first instance was made on the basis that we were facing a statewide power outage coupled with a severe weather event and those two factors combined required the instigation of a major incident. We are now faced with a circumstance where 90%-plus of the State has power restored. We are facing a severe weather event but we have contingencies in place and I'm confident the emergency services agencies are able to deal with that weather event within their normal command protocols. The State emergency centre remains active and is fully staffed and I have authorities under the Emergency Management arrangements to ensure that is properly coordinated and those authorities continue. Commissioner, I understand former Commissioner assistant has pleaded guilty to the crash he was involved in. Is that an appropriate decision by himself?I don't have that advice myself at this point.Is he suspended on full pay?No, he is not.Is he suspended at all?He is not suspended.So is he still an employee?He certainly is.Given he pleaded guilty, there will be a change to that?I don't think you are in any position to make any comment about what will happen. I will look at the circumstances regarding the guilty plea and the comments of the Magistrate who makes a determination on penalty and review the circumstances in the light of that information. Thank you.So police also speaking there at that media conference talking about the storm situation in SA today. And as I've mentioned, that storm, those storm conditions, those receiver weather conditions are happening right now. The SES has issued a warning for Brown Hill Creek, heavy rain is causing creek to rise. Stay alert and listen to radio in Hawthorn and Mitcham. That will continue over the next 24 hours in SA. If you want that detailed local information, you can go to the Bureau of Meteorology website, bom. Gov. Au and tune into CFS alerts at CFS alerts on Twitter and ABC local radio is a good source of detailed local information in these situations. Residents in many country areas of SA will remain without you power for days to come. Tom Fedorowytsch is at the site where the power infrastructure was torn down. Let's hear from Tom now. Standing outside of Melrose a town to east of Port Pirie where some of the electricity pylons have come crashing down. We understand there are more than 20 which have come down, which the problems across SA. Now these ones are in a field here. It doesn't look like there will be crews getting into them any time soon. The weather is absolutely atrocious and just down the road there are some of those wires lying across the gravel road there. Now the latest information we have is that the power is not going to be restored to places in the north of SA until 6:00pm tonight and with the weather the way it is, getting the power back on will be very important for all the authorities. So we'll wait to see what happens out here. Tom Fedorowytsch reporting from one of the transmission towers, one of 23 torn down by the storm yesterday. We will have more coverage of that during the day. The Western Australian Government is responding to a report into the Yarloop fire that swept through in January. Two people died and nearly 200 properties were destroyed and a blaze burned through around 70,000 hectares. The Premier Colin Barnett started speaking to the media in Perth a short time ago. Thank you for coming out to January der cot, our volunteer fire brigade, one of over 500 volunteer brigades around WA with 26,000 volunteer firefighters. I thank the volunteer brigades and firefighters for what they do for their communities in protecting both property and life and there is no doubt our ability to deal with fires would be so much less without their service. Obviously we are very much more prone to major fires in WA and we've seen that over recent years, the too Jay fires, the Perth foothills, rarg ret river and Waroona and Yarloop earlier this year. There has been examination and learning from those fires. The Kelty reports and more recently the Ferguson report into the Waroona and Yarloop fire which the Government received late in June. We made a commitment to respond to that by the end of September and that's what we are doing today. Obviously the reasons are many, we have a drying climate, there has been opposition and that continues to prescribe burning off and event tiff measures and also fighting fires is becoming far more complex. We are seeing more people living in rural and semi-rural environments, small land holdings, not only property but lives are increasingly at risk. We saw the loss of lives in Esperance and Yarloop earlier this year. One of the key recommendations of the Ferguson report was to establish a Rural Fire Service and the Government has decided we will do that. It will take some time to implement. Certainly won't be possible to implement for the coming summer. The Ferguson report made a number of other recommendations. They have also been accepted, some are already in place, others are being put in place and I will ask the Minister to comment on that a little further. With respect to the Rural Fire Service, it will be a highly independent part of our firefighting capacity. Obviously incorporating the volunteer fire brigades and having a prime responsibility for fighting bushfires. There are obviously different skills and experience relating to bushfires as distinct from fires in urban and built-up areas. The volunteer fire brigades have practical experience, local knowledge and we want to make greater use of that in fighting bushfires in both country areas and in outer metropolitan areas where similar conditions can exist. The decision that the Government is yet to make and an important one, is how it will be structured. While the Ferguson report recommended a Rural Fire Service, little was said about how you might structure that. There were two alternatives the Government is examining. The first is a separate independent Government department and in other words another Government department. The alternative is an independent unit or sub department within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. There are arguments for and against each of those alternatives. What we have to be guided by is how we can most effectively prevent through prescribed burning, prevent bushfire and effectively fight bushfires. That will be the guiding principle. If I can just mention some of the issues that need to be sorted out. Who has ultimate control over the air wing, over the helicopters and planes that are used for aerial bombing, how do you coordinate that. How do you distribute the funds raised through the Fire and Emergency Services levy, the emergency services levy. That's got to be managed. There are also issues about deploying equipment, control of major incidents and the like. Another issue is local Government. Most volunteer fire brigades report to their local Governments but increasing numbers report directly to DFS as a department. It's not a straightforward issue. Myself and particularly the Minister Joe Francis will spend the coming months talking in detail to other Government agencies, to local Governments, to volunteer firefighters and Department of Fire and Emergency Services itself. But I want to assure country people and the volunteer fire brigades throughout the State whichever structure is picked upon, it will be independent, it will have a high level of independence and headed by someone with extensive experience and knowledge of fighting bushfire. Again, can I stress, I think we get great service from all our firefighters, career and volunteer, but there are very different circumstances to fighting a fire in a residential, city, built-up area as distinct from fighting fires in rural areas. Most fires in rural areas tend to be smaller and are put out very quickly by volunteer fire brigades. But we do get as we have seen these catastrophic large fires that the whole resources of the State, including the Department of Parks and Wildlife have to be brought in to fight those fires and protect wildlife. There will be a rural fire service established. I will ask Joe Francis, one of the 26,000 firefighters to make some further comment.Thank you, Premier, thank you for everyone to coming out to the Jandakot volunteer fire brigade, the pre-eminent fire brigade in WA. Can I acknowledge the 39 State Emergency Services personnel that made it into SA overnight to help out that State with their catastrophic storm conditions at the moment. It's one of those situations where we all of the States come together and help each other out when they see a time of need and we wish them all the best. From the outset, I made it very clear that our first priority is to implement what changes can be done coming into this fire season that will make a practical difference. Establishing a separate independent Rural Fire Service will take some time. I acknowledge that and there is a lot of things in the Ferguson report that can be done quickly and there is a lot of things that will take some time, so my priority was always to ensure we did the things that could be achieved as soon as possible. The key things that we are doing that will make a difference going into this fire season is obviously the rollout of automated vehicle location, AVL, basically tracking of fire trucks. We expect to have around 500 of the fire trucks in the key risk areas installed with an AVL device by the start of December. What that does is significant. It firstly provides an extra safety measure for the crews in the trucks, they can press a duress button, we will know where they are if they get into trouble. Also we can manage their fatigue, measure their time on the fire ground but from an incident Commander control perspective, we will know where the fire trucks are, where the closest ones might be to a flair-up, where the fire front will be because essentially you are doing it at the moment, an incident command team by reporting over a radio rather than having an actual map where you can locate and pinpoint in realtime where a fire truck and fire front might be. That will hopefully make a significant difference to our coordination of assets, our fire trucks on the fire ground so we get the most bang for your buck, if you will, when it comes to fighting a fire and incident command team can have a brilliant perspective as to what is happening on a fire ground, in particular when you see very large fires that will obviously make a difference. The second thing we are doing that will make a difference is one of the other key recommendations of that report is preformed incident management teams. I acknowledge that in much of regional WA the people who know the terrain best, they know the fuel load best is the locals, the volunteers, they will be able to be part of an IMT, an instant management team so that when a fire gets out of control, hopefully we won't see too much of it, but I acknowledge we have got a very challenging season coming. When an incident does get out of control, we can have those IMTs on the ground to coordinate the assets and all of the resources that will go with combatting that fire. That was obviously a recommendation we've worked on. Some of the other things is to review the process to get people out of fire grounds and roll out ID cards for volunteers so we can establish who they are and we don't have anything that slows the down the ability...We will leave that there. The Greens Adam Bandt is starting a media conference in Melbourne.Storms, when they are fuelled by global warming and occurring in a warmer and wetter atmosphere. Unless we get global warming under control, we're going to see more severe storms happening more frequently, like we've just seen in SA. The events in SA over the last few hours are a wake-up call for this country that we need to get global warming under control and move more quickly to renewable energy. It's a testament to the services, the people in SA, that there has not yet been any reports of serious injury or loss of life as far as I'm aware, and that is a credit to the South Australian people and their preparedness. But the PM has chosen to intervene in this debate, in a way that is reprehensible. The PM has used the storm in SA to say that we need to go slower on renewable energy instead of quicker. That is a reprehensible statement from a man who should know better. Malcolm Turnbull is behold even to the reactionary rump of his party. Instead of doing what a true leader would and saying this shows us the need to take urgent action to global warming, he has Cravenly submitted to the Conservative rump of his party. Now a true leader would stand up and say that the events in SA remind us of the need to make sure that fewer of these storms happen in the future. A true leader who has, as their number one duty the protection of the Australian people, would say how can I make sure that these kind of storms don't happen with the devastation that they cause. And instead, instead, Malcolm Turnbull has chosen to use the severe storms in SA as a platform to attack renewable energy. Now the best way to prevent these kind of storms and this kind of damage from occurring in the future is to move more quickly to renewable energy and to take urgent action to tackle global warming. For Malcolm Turnbull to use this as an opportunity to urge governments around the country to slow down the up take of renewable energy is reprehensible and Craven and he should be condemned for it. The task for us all now is to understand how, as quickly as possible, Australia can become a zero pollution country and get the majority of its electricity supplied by renewable energy. Yes, this is a wake-up call but it's a wake-up call as to what will happen if we don't get global warming under control and quit coal and get on to renewable energy as quickly as possible. The Greens will be moving for an inquiry into the effects of global warming on infrastructure in this country and in particular on our energy infrastructure. What is becoming clearer is that global warming is doing massive damage to the infrastructure of this country, including our electricity infrastructure. We need to ask ourselves as a country, how we can take action to prevent global warming and develop an electricity system that is not only powered by renewables but is as resilient as possible. That may mean investing in more in battery storage or micro grids, it may mean investing more in upgrading the interconnectors but the key should be putting a foot to the floor and accelerating the uptake of renewable energy technologies. So the Greens will be moving for an inquiry to work out how we do it. That is the appropriate response to the global warming-fuelled storm that we are witnessing. That is the appropriate way to protect the Australian way of life. Malcolm Turnbull is failing in his first duty, which is to protect the Australian people by choosing this as an opportunity, taking this as an opportunity to attack renewable energy. Malcolm Turnbull is failing in his first obligation to protect the Australian people. REPORTER: We heard Josh Frydenberg speak earlier. He acknowledged that yes, this was a once in a lifetime storm but he also said that something needs to be done to look at ways to prevent that sort of an outage from ever happening again. Is there not merit in doing that or do you think the Government is (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)?The Government is using these severe storms which were fuelled by global warming as a way of attacking renewable energy. There is merit in looking at our electricity system and saying how can we make it run on renewables as quickly as possible in a way that makes sure the lights stay on and that everyone has the power that they need and maybe that means more investment in batteries and maybe it means investment in forms of renewable energy like solar thermal that can store the energy overnight and throw it back into the grid when the sun isn't shining. If the Government wants to say how do we increase the amount of renewables in the grid and make sure they are available 24 hours a day and that security and supply is maintained, that would be a good thing to do and that's what a real leader should do. Sadly, that's not what Malcolm Turnbull has done today. Now if calmer heads prevail when the energy ministers sit down over the coming months and they say look, we should learn from the lessons of the South Australian storm and learn how to put more renewables into the grid and do it more quickly but make sure, do it in a way that ensures that everyone gets the energy that they want, then good. But that's not what the PM has said today. The PM has opportunistically used this storm to attack renewable energy when really it's a wake-up call as to why we need more renewable energy, not less.A review by (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) earlier this year, once it failed yesterday, the State (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) fluctuating power supply, insufficient generation to keep it in check that. Would explain why the entire State went black. How do you fix that problem?The Federal Government has overseen a dismantling of renewable policy in this country. This Government cut the Renewable Energy Target. This Government has used every opportunity it can to attack renewable energy and then it wonders why state governments are taking the lead and building more renewable energy in their own State. They are doing it because of a complete lack of oversight at the Federal Government level. If the Government was serious about a national renewable energy policy, it wouldn't be cutting the Renewable Energy Target, it would be increasing it and saying how can we come up with a national plan to ensure we get as much renewable energy into the grid as we can and that has happens in an orderly and planned way. The Federal Government hasn't done that. The Federal Government has been asleep at the whole and that's why we are seeing a lack of planning for integration of renewables into the grid.Do you think black out points to realistic levels in SA?The blackouts show us we need more renewable energy, not less. The blackout was caused by storms and those storms were fuelled by global warming. If we want to avoid more blackouts like this in the future, if we want to avoid more storms like this in the future, we need more renewable energy, not less. If the PM is suggesting that the way of responding to this storm is to continue burning more fossil fuels which will mean more extreme storms, then he's out of his head because the PM should know, and I suspect in his heart does know, that global warming is fuelling these kind of storms and that the only way of protecting the people of SA and indeed protecting the people of Australia and making sure the lights stay on is to have a properly planned national rouble energy system. That's what the Greens will be pushing for.The PM has pushed for a national target, what is that? If the PM wanted to use this storm to push for a higher renewables target which is the only logical response to this climate change-fuelled storm, then that would be one thing but the PM is using this storm to push for slower action on renewables and urging States to slow down to meet the Renewable Energy Target at the local level he cut. This is a PM who, when they had the opportunity, they cut the Renewable Energy Target. This Government cut the Renewable Energy Target and wonders why people and States who want more renewable energy are going ahead themselves. Well they are doing it, PM, because you have been asleep at the wheel. Thanks very much. That was live from Melbourne. The Greens Adam Bandt criticising the PM for his comments this morning in the wake of the South Australian storm blackout, questioning how renewable energy might have affected energy security. Adam bant says the PM's comments are reprehensible. The boss of SA electricity says wind power was not responsible for yesterday's blackout or the ability of suppliers to reconnect people. The Victorian Government has announced $1.4 million to upgrade foetal monitoring equipment after the preventable deaths at babies at a country health facility. A review found 11 of the 38 stillborn and newborn deaths at Djerriwarrh Health Services in Bacchus Marsh over the past 15 years were avoidable due to deficiencies in critical clear. The Health Minister says 46 hospitals will receive better equipment to help identify risks during pregnancies. An Australian permanent resident at the centre of a murder trial in Indonesia has told the court she did not poison her friend. 27-year-old Jessica Wongso is accused of murdering Mirna Salihin by slipping cyanide into her coffee at a Jakarta cafe in January. Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley is outside Jakarta's Central District court. In a case that has captivated a nation, this was a moment a hungry television audience was waiting for. Australian permanent resident Jessica Wongso took to the stand for the first time. She faced details of questioning about the day she allegedly laced her friend's iced coffee with cyanide.TRANSLATION: We swer sitting and chatting until Mirna drank her coffee. She said it tasted awful. I can't answer.It's a case with various links to Australia. Jessica Wongso and the victim studied at a prestigious design school in Sydney. This week a NSW policeman gave evidence about the troubled mental health history of the accused. And three separate Australian forensic experts gave evidence to the court that there's no proof that cyanide caused the death. Jessica Wongso remained calm and measured throughout her questioning.TRANSLATION: A little lie needs to be covered up with a bigger lie so we did not make up anything. I told her to speak the truth and that's why she appeared very relaxed.Jessica Wongso denies she laced her friend's drink with cyanide. Australian police agreed to assist in the case after they received assurance from the Indonesian Government that she would not face the death penalty. Samantha Hawley reporting from Indonesia. Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk and North Queensland big man Jason Taumalolo have tied to win the Dally M Medal for the NRL's Player of the Year. They each scored 26 points to finish 4 clear of Cameron Smith and last year's winner Johnathan Thurston. This year's winners were tied going into the last round and had to wait to see which man would be awarded votes for the win. Neither man polled and so they both won. Canberra's Ricky Stuart was named best coach. Rookie of the Year went to the Gold Coast's Ash Taylor and Cameron Smith won best representative player. A criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has confirmed a BUK missile that had been trucked into Ukraine from Russia was responsible. Almost 300 people died in the crash in 2014, including 38 Australian victims and residents. Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports. The families were briefed in private after two years of wondering who and what brought down MH17.What we thought might be the truth has been confirmed.Confirmation from prosecutors not only that it was a BUK surface-to-air missile that hit the Boeing 777, but where it came from.TRANSLATION: This BUK was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation territory.These videos helped them plot the exact route of the missile launcher as it crossed the border into Ukraine and ended up in farmland in territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels. Radar data, eye witnesses and tapped phone calls provided further

BUK. Yes, I got it. 100 people may have been involved. Their names and nationalities are secret, for now.TRANSLATION: We cannot and do not want to tell you everything yet because that might jeopardise the investigation.If a missile is sent from Russia to the Ukraine for just one day, then there must have been a decision. The decision cannot be taken by just a soldier.The chain of command is critical to this case. Did the launch crew decide on a target or were there orders from above. TRANSLATION: We are not making any statements about involvement by the Russian Federation as a country or people from the Russian Federation. Russia has dismissed the report as biased and politically motivated. The investigation has been extended to 2018 with Australia's support. This includes investigations personnel, intelligence, forensics and specialist capability for as long as required.Some of the families are worried this could drag on for decades, just like Lockerbie. But these investigators are convinced they are building a criminal case that will stand up in court and bring justice for the victims.

The US President Barack Obama has criticised Congress for overriding his veto of a controversial bill. The new law will allow the families of those who died in the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabian officials. The US Senate voted 97 to 1 to pass a law that shields countries from American lawsuits. The bill now allows victims to sue members of the Saudi Arabia Government. But Mr Obama says it could open the way for similar lawsuits against US soldiers overseas. A 14-year-old boy has shot and injured two children and a teacher at a primary school in the US State of South Carolina. Police say the boy entered the playground at Townsville elementary school and began firing a handgun. None of the injuries are life threatening. One of the children has been released from hospital. Earlier the attacker shot and killed his father at their home 3km from the school.He died from a gun shot wound and we believe at this time it is connected to the incident at Townsville. There is a relationship between the victim and the shooter. This appears to be the victim's son.The shooter was arrested within minutes of the alarm being raised and students were evacuated from the school. Parents were notified of the incident by text message but most didn't know if their children had been injured until they collected them from a nearby church. Now here is Paul Kennedy with a look at the day's sport. It was an exciting finish to the Dally count last night. It was Cooper Cronk and Jason Taumalolo both side on 26 votes each and it came down to the last round. They both had to stand and wait to see if the other man was going to get one, 2 or 3 votes. In the end neither got any votes and both won the prize. Cooper Cronk winning his second Dally M to put him in rare company and Jason Taumalolo. The league MVP voted by his peers now wins his first Dally M. Let's look at the final moments of that count and then hear from those two winners.Cooper Cronk, no points. In their final game of the regular season, the Cowboys defeated the Titans, Taumalolo, no points.Oh! . For the second time in three years, we have joint winners, Cooper Cronk and Jason Taumalolo are the 2016 Dally M Medallists.I have a lot of mixed emotions at the moment. I'm more grateful for my teammates than anything, you know and in saying that, a lot more winning the award with the great man himself.I was speaking to Jason and he didn't know and I didn't know, I said I hope I share it with you. It's a humbling honour to stand here, but also to share it with a guy who - I know a lot of kids playing junior rugby league aspire to be Johnathan Thurston and the guy that scores the tries. There is a lot of kids that want to be like Jason Taumalolo and I think he's done that by the way he has played and carried himself. I hope he doesn't run any faster next we are, I will be getting out of the way.The Coach of the Year went to Ricky Stuart and Cameron Smith won the representative Player of the Year. Let's look at the Team of the Year now Year. Let's look at the Team of the
Year now and the Melbourne Storm Which featured heavily last night, Smith and Johnathan Thurston by the way finished tied for third in that count. Jack odd Croker is the captain and count. Jack odd Croker is the
captain and star-studded team there. All that is left is for the grand final to be played on Sunday. Moving away from local football, just for the moment, we will head overseas and take a look at the European Championships.ars Neale beat Bazil 20. Let's look at the goals from Arsenal. COMMENTATOR: Sanchez with a delivery! Wilcott. Alexis Sanchez with a return, Walcott, 2-0. There you go, some overseas football. The Socceroos will be leaving on Saturday to head to Saudi Arabia for another match in the World Cup qualification and Ange Postocoglou reckons his team is fit and firing for that one. But let's come back to the AFL now. The Swans have their injury concerns. Today the Swans will travel to Melbourne to get ready for the grand final. Jarrad McVeigh, Callum Mills yet to prove their fitness. Aliir Aliir is unlucky. He was ruled out yesterday, that medial ligament in miss knee was worse than first thought. He won't play but mills was frustrated by his injury. He may get a chance. They will announce the team later this evening but it may not be the final team. They can make changes until the game. The Bulldogs will be training today in front of their faithful and they have no such injury concerns. Mat Suckling is coming back and he might force out Fletcher Roberts that played better than quite well against the Giants. The Giants, Lin Jong may have to sit the game out, such is the depth of the Bulldogs. They are opposite to Sydney. Sur fving news, Tyler Wright has moved into the quarterfinals of the surfing competition in Portugal at the moment. There she was when she won in California, setting herself up as the world No.1 and favourite for the World Championship. She is into the quarters. Only a couple of good waves now away from winning the World Championship. If she wins that event in Portugal, which she may do in the next 24 hours, she will be the World Championship for the very first time. That's it from me. Now for the weather with Kirsten Veness.

There is wild weather ahead. A complex low pressure system is shifting east, bringing rain, storms and strong winds over SA, Victoria, southern NSW and right down to Tasmania. It will also cause temperatures to drop in those regions. Meanwhile an associated front and trough will generate showers over Queensland and NT. The weather conditions today, Brisbane, showers and a possible gusty storm:

Checking the rainfall for tomorrow, rain ahead for Victoria and Tasmania. Heavy falls in the east of Tasmania, particularly around Hobart. A bit of rain in the south-east of SA with conditions easing, although flooding remains a risk. A little bit of rain over the east coast of Queensland and for the Top End. A quick look at tomorrow:

Cheers Kirsten. Three leopard cubs have made their first public appearance at a wildlife park in Beijing. The cubs are now two months old and are in good health. The cubs are still feeding on their mother's milk while she gets a diet of eggs, beef and other supplements to keep her healthy. The cubs are not letting mum out of sight and have attracted plenty of interest as you would expect. Stick with us on ABC News 24 for more of the day's top stories. Stay safe in SA with those wild weather conditions continuing through tonight. Listen to ABC Local Radio for very detailed local information and you can also take a look at the Bureau of Meteorology website as well. Www. Www.bom. Gov. Au. Stick with us, we will be back with more in a moment.

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