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Tonight, plumbing new depths - claim, and counter claim, of sexual misconduct in the US presidential debate. Describe kissing women without their cosent, grabbing their genitals, that is sexual assault. No, I didn't say that at all, I don't think you understood. Will he or won't he? Is Mike Baird preparing to back down on his greyhound racing ban?

An inquest begins in Sydney into the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes. And the clean-up continues as thousands remain without power after gale-force winds lashed Victoria.

Good evening. Siobhan Heanue with ABC News. With his campaign on the line and his support evaporating, Donald Trump threatened to unload at the second presidential debate. And he did. Even before the night began, he'd appeared before the media with a group of women who claimed they'd been abused by Bill Clinton. He followed it up by calling Hillary Clinton everything from a liar to a disaster, even threatening to put her in jail. North America correspondent Zoe Daniel was in St Louis for another extraordinary day in this election campaign.

There's no warmth between this woman and her opponent. And there was no handshake either. After a diabolical 48 hours, Donald Trump was on the ropes. His campaign bleeding over his vile comments about women, revealed in an old TV recording. So he went low, taking her on over the affairs of her husband.If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine are words and Hughes was action. What he has done to women, there has never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that has been so abusive to women.She resisted joining him.I am reminded of what my friend Michelle Obama advised us all: when they go low, you go high.Trump continued his onslaught, calling the former Secretary of State a liar, labelling her the devil and suggesting she be put in jail over missing emails if he is elected.There has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it.It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.Because he would be in jail -- you.Before the debate, Donald Trump held an unprecedented press conference with women who accused the Clinton of sexual assault. Afterwards, one of them, whose side is warned 1998 affidavit saying there was no rape, justified her change of heart. Donald Chubb has been under fire last couple of days for his comments about women. Why did think he is any better than Bill Clinton?These are words that he said, that he has apologised for, and that we years ago. Bill Clinton raped me. Words, rape. Do you not see a difference here?Donald Trump did not front the huge media pack here tonight, which meant that other than the debate he has yet to answer direct questions about the events of the last few days. It will now be up to Republicans, particularly senior members of the party, to decide whether the night performance was enough. It ended more Cordelia than it began.-- would either of you name one positive thing you respect about one another?I respect his children. They are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.I will say this about Hillary. She doesn't quit, she doesn't give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She is a fighter, but I consider that to be a very good trait.It's a trait common to both candidates. And Zoe Daniel joined me a short time ago from St Louis. The big question, who won the second debate?As you'd expect, both parties claiming that their candid one, -- candidate one, and early polling shows Hillary Clinton might have just edged it, and after the week that Donald Trump has had she could have delivered a knockout Trump and -- punch and she didn't do that. While cute could say that he didn't win it, he didn't convincingly lose it either.Have we seen any shift in the polls in the wake of the week 's revelations?You would have seen last night that even before that was factored in, John Barron moved three states into Hillary Clinton is common -- column, Florida, Nevada and North Carolina. Today, pollsters have also moved another state into her column, Ohio. If that is right that gives a 340 election will vote and she only needs 270 to win. We are now seeing states like Texas, Arizona and Georgia coming into play as well.Do you think there is much hope left in Donald Thomas campaign?Given away this campaign has played out so far, I would not rule him out. One fact has been yet whether his running mate would stay in, and he tweeted after the debate tonight, congratulations on a great victory, make America great again. But it will be up to Donald Trump to stop the bleeding and Republicans leaving his campaign. The other thing that happened tonight was the last question from the debate floor from an audience member was, what do you respect in your opponent? Donald Trump said he respected Hillary Clinton is a fighter and that she doesn't give up will stop I think it is there to say he doesn't give up easily either. Donald Trump's lewd video comments about women have been met with almost universal condemnation in Canberra. "Pig-like" and "demeaning" are among the descriptions used by many, who've abandoned usual neutrality on US domestic politics. But Pauline Hanson's more muted criticism of the candidate led to a rolling skirmish with a fellow crossbencher through Parliament House. Political editor Chris Uhlmann.

Everyone in Australia's parliament has strong views on Donald Trump. I think it is disgusting and vulgar, what he said. But few would have a better feel for what drives anti-establishment rage than Pauline Hanson. The people of America are fed up with the major political parties. She knows he's the Republican candidate but sees him as a fellow outcast. I'm looking at the end result. Is this man going to be good for America? And it's up to the American people to make that decision, not me. That found a ready critic.

That found a ready critic.
The man is vulgar, he's vile. He is a creep, a pig, and his words need to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Outraged at Trump 's latest atrocity is the one thing that has united the parties. Well you know Donald Trump is a pig. He is an absolute repugnant animal who absolutely deserves to apologise and to have every single Republican who is well respected over there walk away from him. The comments were demeaning, they were disappoining and they were wrong. And I would add to that, they were loathsome and they deserve the absolutely universal condemnation that they have recieved. Across most of the political spectrum the insults flew thick and fast. The man is vulgar, he's vile. He is a creep, a pig, and his words need to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Donald Trump deserves every rebuke, but he is also a symptom, not the disease. He thrives not just because some people are sexist or racist, but because - across the entire western world - there's a working class revolt against the elite consensus on globalisation, free trade and mass immigration. Politicians can condemn the candidate, But it would be wise to try and understand that the system breaking rage that sustains Trump is a sign of a failure of the political class.

The ACT Greens have unveiled their policy to address problem gambling in Canberra if elected this weekend. The party's plan would limit bets to one dollar, and make gamblers commit to how much they plan on spending before they start playing. They'd also reduce poker machine numbers across the ACT by 30% over the next ten years. We're open to discussing other measures with the clubs to help them reduce their reliance on poker machine revenue, and transition to a new business model that doesn't carry the social harm that poker machines do. ACT Labor used today to announce $5 million for lollipop officers at twenty school crossings around Canberra if re-elected.

The New South Wales greyhound industry may be thrown a lifeline. In a major political backdown, Premier Mike Baird is expected to reverse his government 's decision to ban greyhound racing. It comes after he said the industry had lost its social licence to operate. From July 2017, this was meant to be history. Now, not so fast. The industry might have a second chance if an unrelenting Premier executes, as expected, a spectacular backdown. I'm delighted that anybody is prepared to look at the industry on a fair go basis in July. Mike Baird said the greyhound industry's treatment of the dogs was "chilling, confronting and horrific". The only human response is to shut the industry down. Just last month, he was steadfast. The date has been locked in. That's firm. But now, a reversal will be discussed when cabinet meets Tuesday morning. For a self-described "conviction politician", that'll throw his credibility into question. Backing down on such a massive commitment that he has stood strong on for weeks does mean that Premier Baird's leadership is questionable. Labor has legislation sitting in the parliament that would regulate the industry to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare - mandatory life bans for anyone in animal cruelty, jail terms. Animal rights groups say anything short of a complete ban is unacceptable. You're still going to have live baiting, you're still going to have high killing, you're still going to have all the high injury rates and we're going to become a dumping ground for all the greyhounds. I would guarantee that any participant in this industry that partakes in animal cruelty going forward will have no place beyond that action. Mike Baird was nowhere to be seen today - his ministers unsure of the message. We've made it clear the decision of the cabinet, and as a member of the cabinet I support those decisions. As with all issues of public policy, there are always opportunities at every cabinet meeting to reflect on the views of the community, where your government listens. A community that's as divided on this ban as the government.

A coronial inquest into the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes has heard concerns from his family that he was deliberately targeted with short-bowled balls, known as bouncers, before he was fatally Former NSW captain Brad Haddin denied the suggestion, saying there was no ungentlemanly behaviour or sledging of Hughes. The inquiry heard that Hughes' death was "inevitable" from the moment he was struck on the neck by a fast ball. Phillip Hughes was killed playing the sport he loved. The coroner described his death as a terrible accident. Cricket is not generally seen as dangerous or violent, and the death was therefore completely unexpected and shocking. For the distraught Hughes family, the inquiry is an opportunity to learn whether the 25-year-old's death could have been avoided. They're hoping that perhaps there will be a positive come out of Phillip's death. The inquest was told it took more than half-an-hour for an ambulance to reach Hughes. It was another half-an-hour before he reached hospital. Counsel assisting, Kristina Stern, said that while lessons may be learned from the emergency response... None of the chronology set out above had any impact upon the death of Phillip Hughes, which appears to have been inevitable from the point of impact. The inquiry is also focusing on the nature of play during the match between South Australia and New South Wales. The Hughes family has raised concerns about bowling tactics. Saying Phillip Hughes was being targeted 'in an ungentlemanly way' by short balls, known as bouncers. New South Wales captain Brad Haddin denied this.

He told the coroner...

Concerns were also raised about on field sledging during that match. New South Wales bowler Doug Bollinger has been accused of saying to either Hughes or his batting partner Tom Cooper 'I'm going to kill you'. The paceman denied this, saying...

But under cross examination from the Hughes family's barrister Bollinger conceded...

Since Phillip Hughes' death Cricket Australia has altered matchday medical plans and updated helmet requirements. Coroner Michael Barnes will this week decide whether more can be done to make cricket safer.

Thousands of Victorian households will be without power for at least another day, with emergency services flat out repairing the damage caused by yesterday's gale-force winds. The big clean-up continued across the state today. Some of the worst damage was in the hills east of Melbourne, and the community of Millgrove is in shock after a falling gum tree killed a local woman in her own home. Others are counting their blessings after a narrow escape. The people in Menzies Creek can't believe how powerful the weekend winds were, and how much damage was done. The local kindergarten was smashed. Wow! It was scary, it was really scary. A lot of roads were blocked, so it took me a while to get here. They said it was a one in five event, and I've never seen anything like it really. Obviously it's horrible it has happened, but if it is going to happen you want it to happen on the weekend, because clearly you wouldn't want to have had kids in that classroom. Gusts of up to 120km/h brought down 2000 trees and 365 powerlines. This is how powerful the gale-force winds were over the weekend. It didn't just snap over the top of this tree, it ripped it up from the root system, leaving this tremendous hole, and of course, the entire tree smashed into two properties. Well, we saw that our kitchen was destroyed and our fridge was heading towards the bedroom. Then we knew that the house was destroyed. It was a narrow miss for this family. Surreal, yeah, it was like my partner said to me, we could have been killed. But the woman in the second home was killed - crushed in her own living room. Neighbours heard and felt the crash streets away. Those who rushed to her aid say she was killed instantly.

Emergency services had 5000 calls for help. 30,000 properties still don't have power. Towns like Healesville were effectively shutdown. You can't do business, look at the whole town, it is all quiet. Power companies say it could be at least another 48 hours before electricity is restored to all homes.

Authorities in Haiti say they're still unsure of the full extent of the damage left by Hurricane Matthew, with remote communities cut off. Local officials say the number of people killed has now reached 1,000. Communities across the country have started the massive task of clean-up and repairs to their devastated villages. Tens of thousands of homes were obliterated and crops have been destroyed. Many are still in desperate need of building materials, and aid agencies are struggling to reach remote areas.

A drug used to treat melanoma has now been used to tackle lung cancer in what some doctors are describing as a game changer.A global study found the treatment worked on around half of the State -- patients and was three times more effective than chemotherapy without the side-effects. # Happy birthday to you... Turning 70 is a milestone for anyone. But for this family, today is a special cause for celebration. It's a miracle - for me anyway. William Ward was given just six months to live when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. That was two years ago. It's reduced the cancer, given him a longer life, and continuing on the treatment will extend that hopefully a lot longer. The treatment, known commercially as Keytruda, was trialled on hundreds of lung cancer patients around the world, including many at Sydney's Westmead Hospital. All of the patients involved had incurable lung cancer. The drug prevented cancer from spreading in almost half of them. I really think this is game changing and a turning point in the way we treat this number one cancer killer in the world. This drug breaks that down, allowing the immune system to resume its attack, shrinking or even eliminating the tumour. A living example is Michael Gordon. The tumours in his lungs were too advanced for chemotherapy. But after two and a half years of treatment, they're now gone. It's a miracle, it's a life saver, it's mind-changing, everything. The drug is only available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to treat melanoma. It costs in excess of $6,000 per patient every three weeks. And there are now calls for the subsidy to be expanded to include lung cancer treatment. I'm absolutely aware that if you have inoperable cancer, your access to drugs early can be life-changing, and we don't need bureaucratic processes slowing that up, so it's something I'm personally very committed to. Researchers expect it will take about a year before the drug is considered for the taxpayer subsidy. In the meantime, early trials are under way to test the drug on other types of cancer. It's not a cure-all. In the lung cancer trial, about half of the patients stopped using the drug. But for the people who've benefited, it's a second chance. Blow out the candles.

Critics of the nation's resource rent tax say unless it's changed, Australians won't see any benefit of the growing gas boom for at least another 20 years. Australia will soon be the world's largest exporter of liquidifed natural gas, but critics say loopholes in the tax scheme means gas companies are paying little for the precious resource they're mining from underground. Within a few short years, Australia is set to become the world's biggest gas exporter. But it will be a long time before this delivers a revenue bonanza. There will be no new revenue from the primary tax on oil and gas for the next two decades, and perhaps even longer. The north-west shelf gas fields used to be exempt from the petroleum resource rent tax. When the Gillard government extended it to these rich deposits, a huge tax windfall was promised, but it looks unlikely. Into the future, we could be losing hundreds of billions of dollars on the gas boom that's coming through WA. Treasury documents obtained under freedom of information confirms the major LNG projects off the WA coast are unlikely to raise significant income from the PRRT over the next few decades. The problem we have at the moment is that the international oil prices, and gas is effectively pegged to that, has crashed, more than halved. A super profits tax is only paid when you are making super profits. But generous tax concessions to the oil and gas industry are under fire. We want our parliamentary inquiry to identify where the loopholes are and what changes need to be made to the laws. Credible figures suggest Qatar will receive 26.6 billion dollars in royalties from its gas reserves in three years time, while Australia will gain just 0.8 billion. It's hard to think that Qatar is doing a better job of managing its natural resources than Australia currently is. This is important because we want a decent society that can fund our schools, our hospitals, our universities, our aged care system. Don't rely on what Malcolm Turnbull declared the golden age of gas to deliver it.

The local sharemarket edged higher today, despite falls in the US and Europe. The Australian dollar had another rise against the British pound, but was otherwise flat. Here's Alan Kohler. Here is a graph of the Australian dollar versus both the US dollar and British pound this year. Quite a difference. Thanks to the British vote to leave the EU, this is what it looks like. For Australian travellers, London is the place to go, and not Paris either. The euro exchange rate to the AEU dollar is virtually flat this year. And there is no change to the norm, the Australian dollar is up against the pound and down against the US dollar and the euro. Solid gains by oil -- all the big insurance companies while the ASX 200 salt will ease have the biggest fall. Alice thought the Feds would like to raise interest rate this year and there was a decent race in Shanghai today for those hardy souls with some money there. On commodity markets, oil fell 1%, precious metals and copper went up, but nickel fell. And to finish with a funny football graft, Melbourne 's water usage during the AFL grand final. Higher and higher during quarter time, half-time and grand -- three quarters time. The start of National Mental Health Week has come at a bitter time for workers and volunteers at the Darwin Lifeline service. The suicide counselling call centre says its been forced to close because of Northern Territory Government funding cuts. The Northern Territory has the highest suicide rates in Australia. Lucy Marks reports.

You've got a For Lease sign outside of Lifeline house, it's a very sad situation. A lot of history, too. Lifeline Top End chairman Andrew Warton and volunteer Mark Dodge are overseeing the centre's final days in Darwin. The organisation has serviced the community for 10 years and its predecessor, Crisis Line, supported Territorians since the days following Cyclone Tracy. Ready to help people, to save lives, and we can't do it, we can't contribute to the overall good of Lifeline, which is to achieve a suicide-free Australia. The organisaton has struggled financially, surviving on $200,000 a year in government money. Despite community and corporate fundraising efforts, it has now gone under and successive territory governments are being blamed. We've done everything humanly possible to try and keep this business alive and we've lobbied two successive governments and, unfortunately, none of that lobbying has been successful and that's why we're at, where we are now. The NT Health Minister, Natasha Fyles, says Lifeline services in the Territory won't be interrupted, and the government is still negotiating with Lifeline Australia.

They are not willing to come down from their figure of $490,000. It is absolutely disappointing but we will continue to negotiate.Last financial year it was on $200,000 a year and we need almost double that to be able to properly and efficiently, and lawfully run the business.Even to the point where some of the stuff you were cleaning the building because there wasn't enough funding. A Lifeline service remains in Alice Springs but it's not part of the national phone network. From here on in, the national Lifeline phone network will not receive any contributions from the Top End. Apart from the national call centre which is the same number, we won't be a presence here, we won't have Lifeline house here we won't have people here to talk to them face-to-face. We will not have that anymore in the Top End of Australia and this is a place where we stand, with the highest suicide rate in Australia.

Australian wicket keeper Matthew Wade has been charged with contrary conduct after his side's one day loss to South Africa. Wade was involved in a heated clash with leg spinner Tabraiz Shamsi as the team was thrashed by the Proteas. South Africa reached Australia's target in the 36th over, to take a 4-0 series lead. It will go down as one of South Africa's easiest victories against an old foe. There he goes! Pierces the off side. And South Africa onto a win. Another win. Yeah, it didn't start very well. Losing a wicket in your first over and when you score 167, you are not winning too many games, are you? Bowled him! Kyle Abbott wreaked havoc. The others did the rest. That hits the pad. He's gone! Australia's top order failed as the team lost their first five wickets for 49. And hit him around that knee roll. This wicket probably wasn't as good as the other one. I think 250 would have been around par. Mitch Marsh provided some resistance. That will help, top shot. And a fiery Matthew Wade also notched up a half century. Into the deep and just over! But the Port Elizabeth crowd didn't appear too worried, even when things heated up. Oh, there is a bit of verbal happening out there. I enjoy that side of the game. It got me in the contest straightaway. Wade's stoush with Tabraiz Shamsi almost got physical. The pair was later charged. Oh, that is not really called for. I hope it all stays out there there wasn't much in it to be fair. Chris Tremain struck in the third over of the Proteas' run chase but that was as good as it got. Adam Zampa won't live this down anytime soon. Catch it! The pressure has told! Oh dear! Oh no! Can't believe that! Still plenty for us to play for in Cape Town. We don't want a white wash, so we have to be good enough to turn up and get a win. The final match of the series is on Wednesday night. The Socceroos are expected to make several changes to their line-up ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Japan in Melbourne. The Socceroos will play in front of a home crowd after earning a point in a 2-2 draw in Saudi Arabia on Friday. Striker Tim Cahill played just five minutes of that game, but could play a bigger role in tomorrow's match, as the coach forecast several changes to the team. We'll train today and everyone is training, there won't be anyone who doesn't train, so from my perspective I've got a full list to choose from. I think we'll probably make a couple of changes, but I think we were always going to regardless of the travel aspect. The Socceroos sit atop their qualifying group after three matches, but haven't defeated Japan since 2009.

To the weather, and tonight's photo from Ian Pearson is of a rather bedraggled looking gang-gang doing his best to get a feed in the rain. Go ahead and send your weather photos to us at the email address on the screen. It was a pretty miserable day. on the screen.
It was a pretty miserable day. The skies opened after midday and we got some light but steady showers. A top of 19 degrees. Across the border... Nationally... Sydney had a late shower and cool change. A shower or two in Melbourne. A low pressure trough and cold front is causing gusty winds and rain over southern New South Wales. Onshore winds in the wake of the front are bringing thundery showers to the southern states. In the capitals tomorrow...

Locally...

For Canberra tomorrow...

Looking ahead, mostly fine but cool in coming days, with top temperatures staying in the teens.

Before we go, a brief recap of our top stories tonight. In the second debate between the presidental candidates in the US, Donald Trump has tried to shift the focus from himself to Bill Clinton regarding the treatment of women. Mr Trump apologised for remarks he made in a video tape in which he boasted about groping women, but said the husband of his rival, Hillary Clinton, was much worse. And that's the latest from the Canberra newsroom. I'm Siobhan Heanue, thanks for your company.

This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Welcome to 7:30. Tonight: dangerous liaisons, the supermax prison where dangerous terrorists are influencing inmates. A radical preacher reveals what it is like on the inside.They gave me these orange overalls and they shackled me and cuffed me et cetera. That is when it hit me hard that I'm actually going to spend time in one of the most notorious facilities for some of the most serious offenders.He was in a cohort of extremely dangerous and influential people.We don't want these inmates becoming martyrs.

That story coming up but first