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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today, Donald Trump defiant heading into the second presidential debate despite the storm over his comments about women.He's very apologetic about it and wants to move on to what's going to be a really important 30 days from now.

Treasurer Scott Morrison says a bid by Gina Rinehart for the Kidman cattle empire will still require foreign investment approval. An inquest begins in Sydney into the death of Phillip Hughes. Thousands remain without power after gale force winds lashed Victoria.

Hello and welcome to Mornings, I'm Joe O'Brien. Just on that story about the Phillip Hughes inquiry, that's due to get under way in about an hour's time but we are expecting a statement from Phillip Hughes' manager within the next few minutes. That's a statement on behalf of the family before that inquiry gets under way. We will cross live to Sydney as soon as that begins. A quick look at the weather first:

US Republican candidate Donald Trump is set to use today's second presidential debate to apologise again for those vulgar comments he made about women 1 years a -- 11 years ago. The debate will be Donald Trump's first major appearance since the tapes about groping women surfaced. Zoe Daniel is in St Louis where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will go head-to-head.The weight of expectation is on Donald Trump tonight. The question is what sort of tone will he take during this debate this evening which is in a town hall format. Half of the questions will come from members of the audience. A little bit more unpredictable, shall we say but Donald Trump has been on Twitter:

Many of those Republicans who are jumping ship would be concerned about those down ballot races for the Senate and the House being affected by Donald Trump's behaviour and his growing reputation in the wake of the release of that 2005 recording. Barack Obama, the President, has bought into this. It is not the first time he has been highly critical of Donald Trump and the Republican Party during this campaign.Unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket. I don't know need to repeat it - there are children in the room. (LAUGHTER) But demeaning women, degrading women but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans. That tells you a couple of things. It tells you he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office.Yes, and the question is whether he will go to Bill Clinton's reputation, his former indiscretions and the specific allegations by a number of women around sexual assault alleged against Bill Clinton from some years ago, one particular woman who has done an interview with a right wing web site Breitbart alleging Bill Clinton raped her about 40 years ago but also saying that Hillary Clinton intimidated her to try to get her to keep her story secret and saying that Hillary Clinton is an enabler. If Donald Trump goes down that track, the question will be just how that will play with women who are against him in the wake of the release of this 2005 tape a couple of days ago. It's a high-risk strategy if he decides to go down that path tonight. Particularly when you see those members of the Republican Party jumping ship and even Mike Pence, his Vice Presidential running mate, who is said to be mortified by these latest scandalous release of information in relation to Donald Trump and has said "We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity to show what is in his heart" when he goes before the nation this evening. If Mike Pence decides to jump out of this race, well, that would obviously have a huge impact on Donald Trump's campaign. Much to unfold here tonight. That debate gets under way in a little under three hours' time. We will have a panel discussion for about half an hour before going into that and a panel discussion afterwards as well. If you want to see that debate live, you can see it here on ABC News 24 in three hours' time. Some Australian MPs are weighing into the US politics condemning Donald Trump's comments. Jane Norman, good morning, very strong criticism in Canberra this morning.It is interesting because earlier this year MPs from both sides of politics were very careful, very wary about weighing into the presidential campaign, saying Australia will work with whoever the American people elect but, bit by bit, it is fair to say, MPs have begun commentating on Donald Trump's character and it appears the comments have been the tipping point. One Labor MP labelled Donald Trump a pig. The Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has described the whole campaign as filthy and said Donald Trump isn't making life easy for himself. The Prime Minister and Minister for Women have weighed in with their condemnation a short time ago.The comments were demeaning, disappointing and wrong full stop.I would add to that they are loathsome and deserve the absolutely universal condemnation they have received.They haven't received entirely universal condemnation here at Parliament House. This morning crossbench Senators Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch clashed over the issue during a morning interview on commercial TV. Let's hear what the two had to say about this. It was said not on camera. It was said behind the scenes and it was a tape-recording. There are a lot of men out there that say horrific things probably up to the same standard -No, Pauline. There are a lot of men. I am having my way.A normal man in a private conversation would not talk about this.Here you have.A normal man would never consider invading a woman's space in his mind or to his mates would say... I mean, that is sexual assault.Jane, Parliament is back after a three week break, what's on the agenda?It looks like the plebiscite will dominate headlines this week. The Labor Caucus will meet tomorrow to formally decide on the position on the plebiscite. We understand the Opposition Leader will vote MPs to vote against the plebiscite which means it is effectively dead. Overnight, Bill Shorten has issued a statement saying he has consulted and he has struggled to find anyone who thinks the plebiscite is a good idea adding the level of community opposition is quite extraordinary. Labor believes it will be a very divisive and damaging campaign. It is putting pressure on the Government to dump the proposal and allow MPs to have a free vote in Parliament. The Coalition says that the plebiscite was its election commitment and it is sticking by it. This morning LNP member Warren Entsch, who is also a very public same-sex marriage advocate, is making a last-ditch effort to call on Labor to support this proposal. He says it will give same-sex marriage the greatest level of legitimacy.I have got no doubt at all that it will be a resounding support for it. I have absolute confidence that that vote will be accepted by the Australian public and we can then move on. It will give it a level of legitimacy that we'll never be able to achieve by trying to force it through a political vote.One of the issues that crept into the Federal election campaign in Victoria was the stoush between the paid firefighters and volunteer firefighters over who was controlling what. The Federal Government got involved in that on the volunteer firefighters' side. That legislation will be discussed in this session of Parliament as well?It looks like the Government will have a win on that front. Overnight One Nation has confirmed that it will be supporting the Government's changes to the Fair Work Act which it says will protect volunteer firefighters. This all comes from that long-running industrial dispute between the volunteers and the union in Victoria. With One Nation's support, the Government should have the nine crossbench votes it needs to pass the legislation meaning it should kick off this week with a legislative win.Jane Norman in Canberra. Thousands of Victorians remain without power and a large clean-up continues after yesterday's gale force winds. The SES has received more than 3,000 calls for help just in the past 24 hours. James Dean joins me. Where are you and what's happened there?Good morning, Joe. I'm here at Menzies Creek Primary School here in Melbourne's outer east where, as you can see behind me, a giant gum tree has fallen on the school after record winds overnight across the State. The giant gum tree fell overnight on the playground and through a number of classrooms. Fortunately at the time there was no-one in the building so there were no injuries reported. But there will be no school today for any of the students turning up. They are still arriving early this morning only to be told to go home. We spoke to some of those people who arrived early this morning. This is what they had to say.The enormity of it, the damage it's done, it's just crazy. So much damage has been done to the fire refuge where the kids are supposed to take refuge if there is a bushfire in this area. It is also a classroom. Quite scary. That tree is massive. A lot of the time we are not allowed around it because it is too windy. The fact it has destroyed the whole classroom, it is not good.We are not going to school. There is not much we can do. I wish I could go to school.James, no injuries there but one woman did die in that storm and there were several people injured. What are authorities saying about the overall impact of that storm that swept through Victoria yesterday?It mentioned over 3,000 calls were received by the SES for assistance overnight with fallen trees and fallen powerlines. One person has died after a tree fell on her house early yesterday afternoon. Currently there are tens of thousands of people still without power but SES crews and emergency services are working hard to restore that power. James Dean reporting from Melbourne. The Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says it would be a good outcome if pastoral company S Kidman and Co could be kept in Australian hands. Gina Rinehart has made a joint $365 million offer for the cattle empire along with a Chinese company. If successful, Ms Rinehart would own two-thirds of the company and real estate conglomerate Shanghai CRED one-third, a significantly smaller stake than in previous foreign offers rejected by the Federal Treasurer. It still requires various State and Chinese Government approvals and must pass Australia's foreign investment review process. The Senator has welcomed the development but says the Government needs to wait for the review process to be completed.We do have an appropriate framework when it comes to foreign investment. Foreign investment is very important for our development as a nation. If we want to reach our full potential, we need to ensure we can continue to attract foreign investment but, of course, we need to have a process in place to ensure that foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest and we do have such a framework in place. Clearly it is obviously great if Kidman station of that national significance remains in majority Australian hands but there are processes to be followed through and I leave it to the Treasurer to do that in the orderly way.Tony Mahar is the chief executive of National Farmers' Federation. He joins me now. Welcome.Morning, Joe.Should the Foreign Investment Review Board approve this?The thing we have been keen to see the whole way through is certainty and transparency. What we will be looking for, we will be monitoring it given it is reasonably early days, this announcement just came last night so we are still coming to terms with it and getting our head around it but it will be around certainty and transparency in the process and making sure that the Australian agriculture sector gets the investment we think it needs. With the existing ownership, it is basically third foreign-owned anyway, so no movement on that?A little bit complex in terms of foreign ownership being around 40%. That goes back to 100 years with the original owners, the Kidman family, some of them being located offshore and some details around that. As I understand it, if this proposal was to go through, then the level of foreign ownership in this particular asset would decrease and it would be more Australian or domestic-owned. If that's the case, is there any real argument against this going ahead?Not really but, again, we have to make sure this is the right investment and, again, it will go through that process. What we are really looking at is the national interest test and what is good for the sector and the community and the overall economy, really, given the scale of this property. What we do know is agriculture has a huge future and huge opportunities so this should be good for the agriculture sector overall.What are you talking about in practicalities? How do you test whether this is a good sale or not?There is a number of criteria that the Government will look at as part of the FIRB process. That is around benefits to the local economy, benefits to the community more broadly. But, again, this will be, I think... Investment is needed in agriculture to take it to the $100 billion we think it can do. Whether it is domestic or foreign-owned, most people would agree and support that domestic ownership is a good thing but, as I think Mathias Cormann outlined, we need to be open to foreign investment, the overall investment piece is the critical factor for the industry going forward.Would you have been comfortable with the substantially greater foreign portion of this consortium buying the Kidman empire?Again, for us it is about the future of the industry. If that means a domestic or foreign purchaser, for us we are agnostic on that. It was about benefits to the sector, the community and the economy. If it turns out this proposal goes through and it is two-thirds Australian owned, that's a great thing.What are the concerns from some people in the community if it is foreign owned the profits will go offshore, we are selling the family silver?There is checks and balances in place and organisations are paying their taxes, they are employing people under the right conditions. All of those boxes are ticked. Then, really, as long as Australia's getting and the community and the business itself is getting their cut, it is not unusual for foreign investors to invest in all sorts of industries across Australia. Agriculture being no different really.Do you think Australians will eventually have to face up to the fact that there is a huge capital shortfall investment in agriculture in Australia and that portion of foreign investment will be increasing substantially over the coming decades?I think so. I think it is part of the global shift and the global community, really, people are looking for opportunities, investment opportunities, globally. Australia clearly has a comparative advantage in agriculture depending on which sector and we are really well placed to offer investment returns for global companies and organisations looking to make a return on that investment.But doesn't the discussion around this indicate that there clearly is not really the appetite for that at the moment?From a domestic point of view?Yeah.For me, we know there has been a lot of interest in this property, it has been drawn out over a period of time so, yes, we have had a level of Chinese interest but there also has been, as I understand it, a level of domestic interest. Whether they've come together - obviously the announcement last night appears to have a series of commitments and caveats in place but there always in my mind has been that domestic interest, it's been around an investment-ready package that is attractive to those domestic investors opposed to foreign investors. There has always been domestic interest, it is just whether it has been able to come together at the time.Some people pushing for tighter foreign investment laws, what do you think about the prospect of tighter foreign investment laws?We need to be careful and just consider what that might mean. If we agree that the Australian agriculture sector - and the economy more broadly, really - is looking for investment and that deliver growth and jobs and all of the things we know the economy needs going forward, we really have to be, in my view, open to foreign investment but not at the risk of domestic investment or not at the detriment to domestic investment. It's got to be that right balance. We've got to have the checks and the monitoring in place to understand how much foreign land, farmland in this case, is being bought off and to consider what the implications of that are.What are the lessons about the overall transparency of the process, or lack thereof?I think lack thereof is probably more to the point. This process has been drawn out over 24 months really, it has been dragging on a little while. From a business point of view, our point the whole way through this debate has been around transparency, certainty. Agriculture or otherwise, business needs certainty and I think this will be a learning experience going forward to make sure that we do have that level of certainty and transparency and equity, really, going forward.Specifically, what are you looking for in terms of transparency?Well, it's understanding what boxes need to be ticked really as part of the process. Clearly there were issues around Anna Creek as part of the Kidman property. That suspect will be a learning going forward...Was that proximity to defence land? Yeah, one of those properties and it's been well documented so I think that will be one of the learnings taken forward, if there are some considerations or issues that need to be detailed, then, that will be a learning coming out of it.Tony Mahar, thanks for coming in.Thanks, Joe.An inquest into the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is beginning in Sydney today. His former manager James Henderson is making a statement ahead of the hearing. This is live from Sydney.I was Phillip Hughes' manager and the family's asked me to speak to you this morning. Thank you for your interest in this inquest. As you would appreciate, this is going to be a very, very, very difficult week for Greg, Virginia, Jason and Megan. They haven't been looking forward to this week as you would imagine. They're hoping that perhaps there will be a positive come out of Phillip's death as we go through this next five days inside the coroner's court. We won't be making any further statements until the inquest has finished and the coroner's findings are handed down. I do ask that you respect the family's privacy during the week. I would really appreciate that. I know you have a job to do but if you could give them space coming in and out of the court, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.Apologies for that, that wasn't live. It was said in the last 20 minutes or so, Phil Hughes' former manager making a statement ahead of this inquiry which is getting under way in about 40 minutes' time. I understand that we are going to be able to bring you portions of the opening statements at the start of that inquest. We'll have that live for you here in about 40 minutes' time. The CEO of Cricket Australia has also made a statement there this morning in Sydney. Let's take a listen to what he's had to say.James Sutherland. This week is going to provide, I guess, a confronting reminder of the sad reality that Phillip Hughes is no longer with us and our thoughts are very much with the family and we, too, ask that you respect their privacy at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are also with Phillip's cricket friends, his teammates and best mates many of whom, I guess, have had to deal with the trauma of not only losing a mate but also being out on the ground at the time of the accident. Some of those will be asked to appear this week and to give evidence and I ask that you also respect their feelings and give them the space they need to do what they need to do this week. We never want to see a tragedy like this happen on the cricket field and to that end we have the utmost respect for the coronial inquest and I guess the process that we all need to go through this week. On that basis, we won't be providing a running commentary or dealing with specific issues during the course of the week and answering questions. But we do hope that something good comes from this process. It's an emotionally challenging time for those involved and I guess our role right now is to support those so they can assist the coroner as he works through the process and presents findings later on. Thank you.James Sutherland speaking a short time ago in Sydney. That inquest into Phillip Hughes' death starts in about 40 minutes' time. We will be able to bring you the opening statements of that inquest live on ABC News 24. An Australian man arrested on drugs charges in Bali could be facing a maximum life sentence. 48-year-old Giuseppe Serafino, who has lived and worked in Bali for the past five years, was taken into custody alongside a 54-year-old British man after they were allegedly found with 17 grams of hashish between them. If found guilty, they face between five years and life in jail. A 3-day mourning period has begun in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew killed 900 people. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and aid workers are struggling to reach remote areas. The storm has badly affected supplies of drinking water giving rise to outbreaks of cholera. In North Carolina, the US Coast Guard has rescued eight people from roof tops as the State reels from the damage accused by the -- accused by the hurricane. Matthew has killed at least 17 people in the US. The United Nations says more than 140 people have been killed in that air strike on a funeral ceremony in Yemen. Saudi Arabia described the attack in the capital Sanaa as a regrettable event and said it would investigate. A Saudi-led Coalition of Arab countries has been involved in air strikes in Yemen for the past year and a half. Dense black smoke billows from what was a funeral hall packed with civilians. Some survivors can be glimpsed trying to escape from the wreckage. Then this. (EXPLOSION) A second strike on the wounded. This amateur video appears to show how the funeral of one man became the slaughter of many. Here the aftermath of the carnage and the rush to find the wounded and the dead who, minutes earlier, had been mourning the father of a Houthi rebel official.TRANSLATION: We came here after the first hit happened. While we are trying to help the survivors and get the people out, the second hit happened. It created a massacre.The Foreign Office said the images from the scene were shocking and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said if civilians were deliberately targeted, Britain would review its criteria for selling arms to Saudi Arabia. The conflict in Yemen escalated in September 2014 when the Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran, seized control of the capital Sanaa. In March last year, the Saudis and their allies began a controversial campaign of air strikes against the Houthis. The United Nations says more than 4,000 civilians have been killed since then. Most in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition. Saudi Arabia has promised to investigate the latest strike having initially denied involvement. It says its troops have clear instructions not to bomb populated areas but the White House has begun an immediate review of its support for the Saudi coalition which has already been cut back. Time for a check of the weather. Very good Monday morning to Vanessa O'Hanlon. Gidday. Hot air around today but there is a clear line between where it's hot and not. 32 in Sydney, only 17 in Canberra. That's right. It comes from this trough we can see coming down from the north at the moment. Anything to the north of that and just to the east is very warm. That 32 degree day Sydney is expecting won't last. There is a late afternoon change coming through. The south-westerly winds will make their way up but 32 degrees will make it the hottest day since April. Hot winds through the interior over Queensland. A very hot day for parts of the Kimberly as well. A severe fire level for the West Coast of the Kimberly. As you can see, lots of blue down the bottom, a lot of speckled cloud moving through at the moment. That is our cool change. It promises to bring snow tonight. Low levels around Tasmania already but down to 500m this evening, 800m in Victoria and we'll see some in the alpine regions as well.What about the south of WA?A high-pressure system is pushing the ridge in front. Frost around inland areas. Showery and cloudy around the South Coast but Perth in for spring-like temperatures. The peak of the heat comes Wednesday, 32 degrees, then a cooler change comes through.Around the States and Territories today:

The top stories today - the US Republican candidate Donald Trump is set to use today's second presidential debate to apologise again for those vulgar comments he made about women 11 years ago. Donald Trump took to social media to thank those who have stuck by him and suggest Republican politicians who have abandoned him will lose their upcoming battles for re-election. Gina Rinehart has made a joint $365 million offer for the Kidman cattle empire along with Shanghai CRED. If successful, Mrs Rite's Hancock Prospecting -- Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting would own two-thirds of S Kidman and Co and Shanghai CRED one-third. Previous foreign offers have been rejected by the Federal Government. An inquest into the death of Philip Hughes begins today in Sydney. Hughes died after being hit on the neck by a cricket ball at the SCG two years ago. The coroner will examine the manner, cause of death and emergency response. Thousands of Victorians remain without power after yesterday's gale force winds. The SES has received more than 3,000 calls for help just in the past day with about a thousand of those overnight. Several hundred powerlines are down along with thousands of trees. In America, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton are preparing to go head-to-head in a televised debate that's shaping up to be one of the most acrimonious in broadcasting history. Mr Trump is under intense pressure over past lewd comments about women but has been on the attack today. His team says he may raise sexual abuse allegations against Mrs Clinton's husband Bill when the debate gets under way. Crisis? What crisis? That seemed to be Donald Trump's approach as he came down from Trump Tower in New York to talk to supporters.Are you staying in the race? 100%.But crisis there is. He had been due to be standing alongside this man, the most senior elected Republican in the country, the Speaker of the House but Paul Ryan disinvited him from campaigning in Wisconsin as a host of senior Republicans condemned their candidate for President.There is a bit of an elephant in the room. It is a troubling situation. I'm serious, it is.Donald Trump is still reeling from publication of those lewd comments he made on a bus journey a decade ago.

A sure sign of the turmoil, key aides pulling out of TV interviews they'd agreed to.We had booked the campaign manager for this morning but late last night the campaign pulled her.But others were there to speak up for Donald Trump.Doesn't reflect the man that I know. I have had many conversations with him and never had a conversation like that with him. I know a man who has been a wonderful father, who has brought up remarkable children including two wonderful daughters.Are you not entertained?The satirists can't believe their luck.OK, this was way back in 2005. It was 11 years ago. Back when I was just a young childish 59-year-old man.Donald Trump is fighting back, calling his Republican critics:

And using Twitter to repeat sexual assault allegations against Bill Clinton, claims that have always been denied. Hillary Clinton arrived in St Louis a short time ago, conscious these allegations will be thrown at her this evening. So far she has said nothing but there was no such restraint from the President.One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket. I don't need to repeat it - there are children in the room. It tells you he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down.But though the condemnation for Donald Trump may be loud, a lot of Trump supporters are asking: What's all the fuss about?Everybody has flaws and things they do that's inappropriate. It doesn't mean he can't be President.I compare to JFK, Bill Clinton, every politician in the past, they have loved women, women are attracted to power.There has never been an election campaign like this, it looks like there will never have been a debate like this, it won't be pretty. After months of political wrangling the future of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage should be decided tomorrow when Labor meets to resolve its final position on the issue. Liberal backbencher Warren Entsch believes a plebiscite is the only way forward as there is potential for things to get nasty from both the 'Yes' and 'No' sides.Some of the emails and communications I've had coming through to me personally attacking me and some of the vile and undignified comments that have been made from those from the 'Yes' side sort of negates any argument from the other side. There is guilt on both sides of the extreme. There will be greater level of acceptance. If you say that two-thirds say they support a plebiscite, that one-third that is totally opposed to it, let me tell you, that if we go down a political vote, do you honestly think they are just going to roll up their marbles and walk away? There will be absolute challenge, there is no question about it. Whereas if the vote is by the Australian people, and you know yourself, it says that the majority of Australians agree with it, they own the vote then and it's not going to... I have no doubt like the Irish, it will be accepted and we can have it as law starting after 11 February. Mathias Cormann told Radio National this morning the Government is committed to delivering that plebiscite. We went to the last election with a commitment to put this to the Australian people in the form of a plebiscite. The Coalition is totally committed to delivering on the commitment we made to the Australian people at the last election. Bill Shorten says he is concerned about the length of this debate. It will take longer if he decides to vote against the plebiscite and decides to deny the Australian people a say. The reason we went to the last election promising to put this to the Australian people is to facilitate a more permanent resolution of this issue. What we say to Bill Shorten is if he is concerned to get this issue dealt with, if he is interested in getting the issue dealt with, the most immediate way to resolve it once and for all is to put this question to the Australian people.Mathias Cormann speaking this morning. The NSW Premier's Office is refusing to comment on speculation he is preparing to back down over his greyhound racing ban. Until now, Mike Baird has defied his critics saying the ban was the right thing to do but News Corp is reporting the Premier could announce a reversal as early as tomorrow. A fire has caused extensive damage to a large factory in Melbourne's north. Crews found the abandoned building well alight 7 o'clock last night. It took firefighters hours to bring the blaze under control. It is being treated as suspicious. A new poll from the Australian National University has revealed Australians want tougher action against terrorism but many are concerned Muslim people are being singled out for increased surveillance and monitoring.It is a considerable amount of concern about security across Australia and that is largely arise from the fact people do not make a clear distinction between what constitutes Muslim extremism and what constitutes Muslim terrorism. In other words, they have conflated the concept of terrorism with extremism and there is concern, even if somebody speaks in a radical language, that person will cause harm to the Australian society. Terrorism in general involves violence and discriminate killing of people whereas extremism does not necessaryly involve violence, it does indicate certain thinking on part of the individual which may or may not be implemented. That's where the problem is. It is not only the Australian public that is confused but political leaders and leading opinion makers. They do not necessarily make a distinction between Islamic, Islamism. They use them interchangeably. The use of language is extremely important in this respect. There are many Muslims who feel stigmatised. The attitude of the public does not really tally with the position of the Government. For example, Prime Minister Turnbull has used a very nuanced language and has tried to call for cooperation between the Muslim communities and Australian authorities and I think if the Australian public remains hostile towards Muslims, that does not only cause more division and stigmatisation but could produce a backlash against government policies.The South Australian Government is putting $10 million on the table to encourage the development of driverless car technology in SA. SA was the first State to legalise testing of driverless cars on public roads. The Government is offering grants to companies and researchers around the world as long as they agree to work in SA. The Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan hopes the first grants will be awarded at the start of next year. As South Sudan's civil war rages on, its economy is in crisis with an over-reliance on oil production for revenue badly hit by a global fall in prices. Inflation has soared to more than 700% leaving the currency worthless and many people struggling to pay for basic goods. Sarah works in the Government's Cabinet affairs ministry. She says she earns 2,000 South Sudanese pounds in a month, it is now worth $25.They will not take you for two days. I will sign my name. I will look for something. I will work because I will die.South Sudan has been in civil war since 2013 with tens of thousands killed and more than 2. 5 million displaced. Oil production accounts for more than 90% of the budget. The global fall in oil prices led to a shortage in hard currency. That's a major problem for the country which imports nearly everything. South Sudan's economy has been spiralling downwards since the devaluation of the currency in December, that's resulted in an inflation rate of more than 700%. This bag of rice is worth 600 pounds, equivalent of $7 and a half. That's more than a quarter of the salaries of workers such as Sarah. Prices have become so unaffordable that many families live on one meal a day or no meal at all. Many suffer more and don't see the value of the currency they hold. Have a lot of money in the pocket, you can't buy anything.TRANSLATION: There is nothing you can buy. If you come to the market with $15, it finishes and you don't buy anything. The UN says while many continue to struggle to afford basic commodities, the Government continues to buy more weapons. The Government says it has to increase security but is looking for alternatives to strengthen the economy rather than relying on oil alone.If there is war, we have to stabilise the political situation. You have to strengthen your army. The Government now is trying very hard to make use of the resources, not the oil.One analyst, however, says that looking for alternative resources is not the only solution. Inflation itself is affected by how much currency we carry in our hands. That's one of the very, very fundamental things. You want to control your inflation, you control the cash flow. In South Sudan, there is a lot of cash flow.Cash that has become almost worthless and for people like Sarah who are already struggling, it is becoming harder and harder to buy what they need to survive. The top stories - the US Republican candidate Donald Trump is set to use today's second presidential debate to apologise again for those vulgar comments he made about women 11 years ago. Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has made a joint $365 million offer for the Kidman empire along with Shanghai CRED. Inquest into the death of Philip Hughes begins today in Sydney. Hughes died after he was struck on the neck by a cricket ball at the SCG. Motor Neurone Disease destroys the nerve cells that help people move, speak, breathe and swallow. Eventually it leads to death. The disease can strike anyone and there's no cure but scientists in Sydney are optimistic one day there will be one. These tiny zebra Fish could lead to a big breakthrough in Motor Neurone Disease. They're injected with human genes that cause MND and they are helping scientists learn more about it.This year, nearly 800 Australians will die from this disease. That's more than two people a day.Macquarie University has become an MND research hub with 60 dedicated scientists and now two world-first clinical trials. The first started this month using HIV drug Triumeq for patients with sporadic MND.This is the first time in the world this ret rah viral therapy has been trialled. We are excited and hopeful.The second clinical trial starting next month will use Australian-made copper for patients with inherited form.We are the only site in the world that has approval to use this therapy. We are hopeful we will see good things out of this.I heard about Dom, then I met him and said to myself "We need to do something to help that guy". This firefighter didn't just think about it. He organised his colleagues to climb the 1500 stairs up Sydney Tower Eye last year. They raised $180,000 for the professor's team. In a fortnight they will do it all again and have already collected $235,000.It became a race to see what we could do to slow the disease down, to support people working so hard to try and end MND or at least slow it down and give patients more time.Matthew was inspired by best mate Adam who was diagnosed three years ago.This is a game changer what the firies have done. It's gonna pave the way to a better future without Motor Neurone Disease.James is one of 450 firefighters taking part in the stair climb. His inspiration will be fiancee Nicola's mother who lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease two years ago.Dom Ray was her treating professional. I hope they can find a cure. That's what Lorraine wanted as her final wish. Every step taken in the stairwell and in the lab will certainly help. A Far North Queensland man is giving away his two hectare property on the Atherton Tablelands but there's a catch. The new owners will have to care for 1200 injured or orphaned native animals. If it is wild, from the tropics and been injured, chances are Harry has cared for it. From koala, to emus, to dingos, any kinds of birds, marsupials, from rats to lizard.The Eagles Nest Wildelife Hospital has a 70% survival rate. They treat more than a thousand each year at a cost of $60,000. He says it is money well spent.You're my baby. You're my baby. There is nothing better in my experience in liech than to save a helpless animal what cannot help himself et cetera. What is there better? You get them injured, you fix him up, a couple of weeks, months later, release him back in the wild.But at almost 70, the carer says he is too old to continue and he is looking for a successor to continue his work. He will even sign over the deed to his two hectare property for free but the animals are part of the deal. The wildlife hospital has received dozens of offers to take over the property but Harry says it's not for everyone. They are looking for someone very specific.You need the patience and the love for our wildlife, the animals and for environment. Everything else, he says, he can teach. The Labor Caucus will this week decide if it will support a same-sex marriage plebiscite. As the debate intensified in recent months, the ABC's Four Corners team was given behind-the-scenes access to many of the key players.Hello. Good to see you again.Back in Parliament, in the heat of the debate, leading marriage equality advocates have come to lobby Warren Entsch. They know each other well but the mood is tense. Entsch has changed his position and now sees a plebiscite as the only way forward.How's it going?Interesting. Very interesting indeed. Getting very frustrated at the moment but I'm hoping we can get something done. You've seen what's proposed?Yeah. I've seen your comments. Pretty disappointed. Warren Entsch tells the group that, while some MPs have said they won't be bound by the result of the plebiscite, Tony Abbott has assured the party room he will.At the end of the day, what I want to do is get a bloody outcome here. I can see now with the way this is structured on the 11th, there is no more debate. In fact, in there, they are making it very clear that whatever the outcome... Even Tony Abbott stood up and said "If the answer is yes, I will vote yes". That is pretty important.I hope all your colleagues follow his example.They will. You will get a handful. Let them be answerable for their own actions but when Abbott stands up... Because he was the architect and says "If it says yes, I will vote yes".

Paul Kennedy joins us with a look at the day's sport. The Australian cricket tour of South Africa is turning out to be a bit of a disaster. What's going wrong?Big thumbs down for the Aussies in South Africa. They've played the first three matches and lost them all. Only one was close. In this fourth match, which they played last night, they came in with basically the same line-up. South Africans, having won the series, facing a couple of dead rubbers before coming over here for a test series, played their B string bowlers. Kyle Abbott is a good bowler, of course, but such is the strength of South African bowling he didn't even get a game in the first three matches. He took a swag of wickets as Australia was bowled out for 167. There was more movement in the pitch, a couple of excuses there but the Australian batting has not been up to par in this competition so far. Only once did they make an impressive score. Then they weren't able to defend 370-odd. There you go. Abbott tearing through them now. Steve Smith, just listen to the interesting language he used here, we will pick it apart in a moment. Still plenty for us to play for in Cape Town. We don't want a whitewash so we have to turn up and try and get a run."We've got to turn up". It must be so hard after a big loss. I think he was stunned. They got totally whipped.It is such a surprise, isn't it? Because Australia is world No.1 1-day team. I don't think they will be after this but they were coming into this. This 1-day competition, this five-match series, really, can rival only what Australia did against Sri Lanka in the tests. Another whitewash. Imagine two whitewashes in a few months in two different forms of cricket. It is a real worry for the Australians. They'll come back. They can't win either way. If they come home and dominate on the Australian pitches, people will say "You can do well at home but can't do well abroad". They've missed a couple of opportunities. I'm not sure what's going on. I'm watching from afar thinking it is all a bit strange.Enough of the bad news, what's happening in the netball?The netball team are the opposite. Maintaining standards to be the world No.1. Absolute the best against the Silver Ferns yesterday. What a start by the Australian team. Got off to a flier. No contest after that. There was a different combination in the shooters. Gretel Tippett came into the squad. She played in the circle with Caitlin Bassett for 47. That would send shivers down the spine of nif any defender in world netball. Tippett and Basset in conjunction. The Australian team was outstanding throughout. Lisa Alexander was able to use her bench. They won by 12. Record-equalling 68 goals. Madi Robinson had 28 feeds. The mid court was superb. Australia will play New Zealand in the second test of the Constellation Cup in Launceston. That is midweek. They are heading down to Tasmania and that will be a treat for the fans as well.Surfing action for us?Tyler Wright's that close from winning a world title moving into the semifinals in the competition in France. Courtney Conlogue is only person who can prevent her from winning a world title. She is not forfeiting that position. She won through and beat Nikki van Dijk in quarterfinals. She is through to the semis as well. Conlogue needs to win this event to maybe have a chance of being world champion by the time they go to Hawaii and compete there. If Tyler Wright wins the competition, of course, she will be the world champion before they get to Hawaii. If they see waves and conditions like that tonight, they'll go ahead and the semifinals will be crucial to the world championship. Fingers crossed Tyler Wright will get it done and be the first Australian to win since Steph Gilmore.The Iron Man has been on. A special story out of that about an Australian?Turia Pitt must be on the most inspirational athletes in Australia at the moment if not ever. Her achievement to come back from 65% body burns at that doomed ultra marathon race in WA five years ago, doctors said she wouldn't run again. Not only did she do an Iron Man and complete that in May, she has done it in Hawaii, the toughest place on earth to do that event, on the lava fields. Her burns and her injuries prevent her from being able to control her body temperature so I don't know how she's done it. That is one determined athlete and just an almost unthinkable achievement there. Over 14 hours in the Iron Man. It is hard for anyone to understand how you could complete that task anyway.Hopefully we can hear from her in the next couple of days.See you, Joe.Here is Vanessa. Queensland:

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Treasurer Scott Morrison says a bid by Gina Rinehart for the Kidman cattle empire will still require foreign investment approval. An inquest begins in Sydney into the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes. The clean-up continues and thousands remain without power after gale force winds lashed Victoria.

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