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(generated from captions) or would he be able to push for a vote in the Parliament?That's a conversation they would have to have as a party room. You could guarantee it would be another long one, maybe as long as six hours which is the one Tony Abbott had on 11 August last year, Joe, and it's a difficult conversation to have particularly as you're approaching the next election due in 2019. Are you having that conversation as Prime Minister from a position of authority? Whichever way you cut it, whenever that conversation is held, it is going to be difficult and the Conservatives are going to push back against any change in position.Greg Jennett from Parliament House in Canberra. Stick with us on ABC News 24, your next bulletin is coming up shortly. We are expecting the NSW Premier Mike Baird will hold a media conference sometime in the next few hours after that landmark decision from him,the backflip on the greyhound racing ban, greyhound racing to continue in some form. More details through the afternoon. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today, achieving marriage equality appears doomed as Labor rejects the same-sex marriage plebiscite. This country does not have the right, in a plebiscite, to pass judgement on the marriages and relationships of some of our fellow Australians. It is not what Australia is about.

The royal commission into youth detention and child protection begins in Darwin. The New South Wales government scraps its controversial greyhound racing ban. Hello, you're watching ABC News. I'm Ros Childs. Also ahead on the program, the woman who broke the news of World War II and saved thousands from the Nazis. And on the road to Russia - the Socceroos prepare to take on Japan in tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier.

The royal commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory

The government's plans to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage have been killed off after Labor resolved to oppose the plebiscite. Bill Shorten says the plebiscite would cause harm to gay communities and their families, and the issue is likely to be off the agenda for the rest of this term. J Norman reports. We have released our proposed... Last-minute positioning.Today is the opportunity for the Labor Party to show that it really does believe in marriage equality.In the face of a Sime Blee immovable object.I do not think you need to be a genius to work out where the majority of feeling is in the Labor caucus on this.Labor has been wary of the plebiscite plan from the start, and after meetings with the government and offers of compromise, its position has only hardened.We have, I think, most of us, increased our level of concern about the potential harm of this plebiscite, rather than being reassured.Labor's caucus met for just over half-an-hour and finally confirmed the expected.The caucus unanimously resolved to oppose the marriage plebiscite.It means the government does not have enough support in the Senate to set up the plebiscite, and brings to an end a process that began 14 months ago. Tensions over same-sex marriage were boiling over, and a marathon meeting was called to settle the Coalition's Odyssey. -- policy. Roughly 60 backbenchers spoke. Roughly 30 backbenchers -- frontbenchers spoke will stop the result, the issue would be put to the people.The question is, what happens now? Labour will continue to push for a free vote in Parliament, but the government has made it clear there is no plan B. Its policy is to hold a plebiscite, and the internal politics are too fraught to change that and risk upsetting the conservative wing of the party. Marriage is a civil right!One coalition MP has already fired a warning shot to colleagues.The government that I am a part of, and will remain a part of, is conditional on the fact that the only way that there will be a change to be Marriage Act in this parliament is a plebiscite.And at this stage, neither is likely to happen. The royal commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory has begun its first public hearings in Darwin. It was set up after a Four Corners program exposed abuse at the Don Dale Detention Centre. Here's reporter Avani Dias. Avani, what did the commissioners say as the hearings got underway? Well, we have heard from Peter Callaghan, the counsel assisting the Royal Commission, and he has spoken of how quickly the Royal Commission has been set up. Usually, a legal inquiry of this nature would take years to create. He has also mentioned the numerous reports, Parliamentary, cranial investigations, as well is to make other royal commissions that have already been completed into some of these topics, and how this week especially will shed light on some of those specific inquiries. He mentioned some alarming statistics, especially about the Royal Commission into deaths in custody. Between the years of 1980 and 1989, 99 Indigenous people died in custody, and three of those were juvenile detainees. One was just 14 years old. He said lots of the recommendations of that royal commissioner specially will be looked at in depth, and especially why they have not been practically implemented in the community, and what has caused that to occur. He has also said that the Royal Commission should go beyond just the main centres of Darwin and Alice Springs and into some remote areas. Here is a bit of what he had to say. Much is already known about procedures applicable to and events that occurred in Darwin and Alice Springs. But this commission is as dedicated to learn as much as it can about issues which are of specific concern in regions beyond those areas.Who is due to give evidence? Well, today, first up, we will hear from the Ben Mitchell. She is from the Australian human rights commission, and she is also the National children's Commissioner. This week we will especially be dissecting reports that have already been made into this area. People such as Colleen Gwyn and Doctor Howard Bath, whom we saw arrive today, they will also be giving evidence on a report they made last year, the Northern Territory children's commissioners. We have also heard from Mr Callaghan that some groups are waiting on decisions about whether they will be able to appear, and so we might hear from some of these witnesses later in the year. Because they will have to be cross-examined by some of those other groups. I also spoke to the head of the Aboriginal peak organisations of the Northern Territory, John Paterson, ahead of the commission this morning. He said his group has been knocked back from giving evidence. They are considering whether they will actually reapply to do that. So that includes a number of organisations like the Northern Land Council, one of the most powerful Indigenous organisations in the Territory. He says he is quite concerned they only found out they were rejected two days ago. Everything is happening very much at the last minute.Thank you. The New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, has reversed his decision to ban greyhound racing in the state. The ban was due to come into effect in July next year and had provoked widespread opposition. Here's state political reporter Brigid Glanville. Brigid, the coalition party room met today. What happened? First, there was a Cabinet meeting this morning, and that is when Cabinet did sign off on reversing the greyhound racing ban. Details which have come out of that Cabinet meeting, that the industry will be restricted to only allowing 2000 dogs to be bred each year. They will have to close a number of racetracks. And there will be a reduction in the number of race events. We have also been told there will be a $1500 bond for every dog that is bread. The government is going to throw money at this. There will be money for the RSPCA and other groups, and money for re- homing greyhound dogs across the state. The ABC has also been told that Morris Emma, the former Labor premiere in New South Wales, is going to chair an oversight body into the greyhound racing industry. Mike Baird, the Premier, has not spoken to the media in days, in fact, more than a week, because he has been on leave. He is expected to hold a press conference shortly. Today, when the ministers emerge from that 2-hour Cabinet meeting, some of them were relieved, some of them were happier than others.Look, we have had a good party meeting and now we are going to discuss it in the party room.We had a great discussion and now we are going to go speak with the party room. A very good discussion this morning.It will be a good discussion we will have with the party room.You must be pleased, the owners have been calling for this?I think it is a good decision. I look forward to the Premier and the Deputy Premier's announcements later today.The Premier announced the spam through months ago. Why has in a changed his position? -- announced this ban. Three months of unrelenting pressure from the greyhound industry and the opposition, but also, really, a looming threat of revolt from within his own party from the Nationals, and also many within the Liberal Party. People have been getting such strong feedback from the industry and others, that Mike Baird made this decision without consulting, that giving the industry a chance to clean itself up, and that it was "The Liberal", as someone said to cut off people's livelihoods. -- -- "illiberal". Luke Foley, the Opposition Leader, has been campaigning very strongly.We got the right decision. It took the Premier a long time, but you cannot engage in collective punishment of an entire class of our fellow citizens. We need to throw the book at those who've done the wrong thing, but this sport and industry should keep going - it's part of the Australian way of life. How much political damage is this likely to do to the Premier? Potentially quite a bit. He has taken three months to make this decision and it is all that people have in talking about in New South Wales. He really sold himself and said he would never back down from this. Now that he has backlit, it could very well be seen as a sign of weakness. -- backflip. Day two of the inquest into the death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes is underway in Sydney. The hearing is expected to hear from his fellow batsman today. Reporter Lucy Carter is covering the inquiry. The first witness up today on the second day of the Phillip Hughes corona you'll inquest was Tom Cooper. He was the other south Australian batsmen at the crease with Phillip Hughes that afternoon at the SCG in November 2014 when Phil Hughes was fatally struck by a bald old by Sean Abbott. Tom Cooper testified that there was a noticeable increase in short pitch bowling that afternoon. But he says that Phillip Hughes was handling it well and looks comfortable at the crease. Tom Cooper denied hearing any sledging. He said allegations made yesterday that New South Wales bowler Doug Bollinger had said to either him or Phillip Hughes, "I am going to kill you", was untrue. But under questioning from Greg Melick, SC, the lawyer acting for the Phillip Hughes family, he said that at no point did he tell Jason Hughes, Phillip Hughes' brother, that the ledger made those comments. Greg Melick questioned him extensively about that. He put it to him, in fact, that he did say that to Jason Hughes, and that he was now denying it in the stand, something that Tom Cooper emphatically said no to in the courtroom. As Tom Cooper left the coronial inquest today he was in tears. The next witness that we have had up this morning was a match official, Ash Barrow, who also testified that he had no sledging throughout the day at the SCG when Tom Cooper and Phillip Hughes were at the crease. He also said that the bowling that day, to his view, was normal and he did not see any increase in short pitched bowling. The family of murdered New South Wales teacher Stephanie Scott will come face to face with her killer at a Supreme Court hearing today to decide his fate. A judge is hearing submissions about the sentencing of school cleaner Vincent Stanford. Stanford pleaded guilty three months ago to the assault and murder of the Leeton High School teacher on Easter Sunday last year. His twin brother Marcus Stanford is out of jail after serving a 15-month sentence for being an accessory. A former Country Fire Authority volunteer has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for arson and sabotage. In June, Nicholas Archer pleaded guilty to 21 charges, including setting fires near his CFA unit north of Melbourne and interfering with railway signalling devices, which resulted in a train derailment in November last year. Reporter Karen Percy has more. Karen, what did the judge say in handing down the sentence? It was a very telling sentencing indeed I justice John Smallwood, who said during his time as a lawyer and a judge he had never seen a rampage from an adult approaching this. As you say, 21 charges over a 7-year period, which judge Smallwood says was "Conscious and deliberate crimes which constituted a massive reach of trust". Not only was Archer a CFA volunteer, and he lit numerous fires, including one which destroyed the communications at his unit in northern Melbourne, he was also a Metro train employee, where he had worked for their disaster unit. And of course, that her speech derailment that you mention, it is not only disrupt the network and inconvenienced passengers, $2.5 million in damages were dealt on that day. He was also a volunteer at a local Railway museum, and there were hundreds of thousands of dollars, priceless and irreplaceable old railway carriages, that had been done up. So he had reached trust for so many people he had been close to four so long.Tell us more about the offences themselves.13 charges of arson, three of reckless endangerment. This was endangering the lives of a couple of security guards, certainly at the Hurstbridge derailment, and a cleaner who was on board. One of those carriages nearby the derailed train, he certainly got a huge fright when he saw, in the middle of the night in the darkness, a railway carriage moving that should not have been moving. There were also four cases of sabotage. This involved signalling systems that he cut through the electronics of. He would deactivate them and the like. He was tying up Metro resources, fire resources, police resources and ambulance resources. 15 per month is what Judge Smallwood said by the time this man was caught. He would light a fire, he would derail a train or a signal, and then call the Metro. A litany of offences you. A Brisbane court has heard a flight recording between Gebel tossed the end the woman he is accused of murdering. -- Tostey. He was accused of murdering a New Zealand woman in 2014. Yesterday we had the opening arguments of the prosecution and the defence and we heard that the prosecution purge Tostey used fear and intimidation to force the woman over the balcony and that is when she fell to her death. We have the beginnings of a three hour of recording on Mr Tostey's recording and we heard the beginning and ending of her death. He lists listening to music and chatting. We heard comments from Mr Tostey about him being hit by Miss Wright and we heard some wordy arguments between the pair. We heard from a witness. She was living in the apartment under Mr Tostey. She was woken by a loud thud and by screams of a woman saying," no, no." She went out onto the balcony and saw legs dangling from a bob. She saw a body fall on her balcony and then onto the ground. We then heard from the woman's sister and said she had dropped Miss Wright to the airport for her holiday in Queensland. We did hear the three hour recording was made on Mr Tostey foreign. -- Muster Tostey's phone. It was made after her death when he called his father. We expect a cease and CCTV vision of Mr Tostey and Miss Wright meeting in Surfers Paradise and going back to his apartment and the vision of Mr Tostey leaving his apartment. We may also hear from some will witnesses that lived in the apartment building where Mr Tostey lived. He will plead not guilty. Stay with us, we will look at the market is shortly. Coming up later, Samsung hits the off button, telling Galaxy seven owners to stop using the phones. A Syrian man expected planning a terrorist attack in Germany has been captured after fellow Syrians turned him into authorities. The 22 tier Alda sparked a 2-day international manhunt. Police discovered explosives and see the man was expected of preparing a highly violent act against the state. He was plotting an attack similar to the scale seen in Paris. Indonesian police say an Australian man on drugs charges in Bali has told them he used marijuana after being diagnosed with camera. 44-year-old Guiseppe Sera-Fino was arrested on the weekend along with a British man. Indonesian military officers who work in Bali's narcotic divisions have been arrested. The charge carries a maximum 20 years. Protests at universities in South Africa over high fees have turned violent and spilt onto the streets. In Johannesburg, students are angry and have come under fire from police and private security forces. Officers fired teargas at demonstrators. Scuffles continued onto the streets with battles between students and armed troops. University fees in South Africa have jumped 80% in the past eight years. The top Republican in the US Congress has taken the extraordinary step to distance himself from Donald Trump. Paul Ryan says he will not defend or campaign for the struggling candidate with his decision to defend seats in Congress adding to the party's worst term -- turmoil. Back on the front foot and campaign trail but increasingly isolated. Donald Trump has fallen back on his anti- establishment rhetoric.I will never stop fighting for you against the Washington establishment that has betrayed you and the country. Our government has lost its virtue.It will not be easy to stop the broad especially with the parties are divided. New polls done after the release of tapes of Donald Trump talking about sexually dominating women have Hillary Clinton ahead by 14 points. This debate polls show she on last night. What is exciting to me is that we are getting more and more support, not just from Democrats but from independents and Republicans!-- won. Today, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan told colleagues he will no longer defend or campaign for Donald Trump. It is being interpreted as an admission that Donald Trump has lost. Paul Ryan should spend more time balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time, the candidate tweeted. A handful of pro- Trump protesters gathered in DC in response, reflecting splintering factions in the party and even within the Trump camp. After the Republican party chairman reaffirmed his support today, a staffer was sacked for participating in the protest outside the party headquarters without permission.If you love Mr Trump, please go home.Running mate Mike Pence, though not condoning the comments about women, has declared himself committed.It takes a big man to know when he is wrong and to admit it. And have the humility to apologise and be transparent and be vulnerable with people. Donald Trump last night, showed that he is a big man.With less than 40% of the vote on current polling, Donald Trump would be headed for a wipeout if the election was held today. Yet he is still talking about winning while other Republicans increasingly focus on preventing the party itself from imploding. Finance news. Alicia Barry, what are the conditions?Be financial survey has been released today and is being closely watched by the reserve bank to see how consumers are investing in the economy. The mining boom is dwindling away. The National Australia Bank survey says that confidence levels did stall last month while there was a modest pickup in trading. It is consistent with the long-run average and business conditions rose from seven to eight in the mother. It continues to indicate that confidence has not fallen despite uncertainties from events like Brexit and the upcoming US elections but they are still very few wins that they are BA's interest-rate has done much to lift confidence beyond what it did in the month of August. The survey shows the major services sector is outperforming while industry like retail are more subdued. Interestingly, in terms of the employment measure in the survey, conditions have deteriorated in the month, unwinding the improvement seen in May.Samsung shares have taken a fall.They have, in trade today, they fell 5%. They are triplets 7% at the moment after the electronics maker had to tell people to stop using its note seven phones which are being investigated for catching fire. It has asked all of its global partners to stop sales and exchanges. It is the second time in two months that the company has pulled the note 74 shelves and it has already to recall millions of the phones due to faulty batteries. There are now problems with the replacement devices. As reported yesterday, the company has had to halt production can really. We are seeing the share market supported by gains in the energy sector after oil prices jumped overnight after brusher -- Russia agreed to halt productions. Looking at the movers, Zempilas is the best performer in the energy sector. -- Santos. Telstra is losing ground. Across the region. Not such a strong day in Hong Kong. Energy stocks led US markets higher. The Australian dollar has been holding near 76 US cents for most of the day but it is starting to drop this afternoon. Check in commodity prices briefly. Crude oil is on the way up in Singapore.Now for sports news, here is Mark Douglas. Very important for the Socceroos. The Socceroo is always suspected that this group was going to be a tough group to get through against the World Cup top two. They are on top of the world at the moment, they started well, but this started well in Japan. They had a 2- two draw against Saudi Arabia. Japan shapes is incredibly important. If they win that game, they are well on their way to the World Cup in 2018. There is plenty at stake. We are expecting a few changes from the team that played Saudi Arabia. Tim Cahill is very keen to play but the coach is not giving any thing away. There is a bit of respect and respect thing Japanese football and knowing that at a national team level, we can move very well.We started at 2006 in the World Cup. We have not won against Japan.In rugby league, some rumblings about the future Bulldogs coach.It might come as a bit of a surprise to people who are not close but does has has taken the Bulldogs to two premierships. He has good credentials as a coach but there are rumblings at the Bulldogs that they are not happy with the direction of the club. They are not happy with the way the coach is taking the club. There is a meeting scheduled for Friday. He is still contracted for next season but there was a 2-year extension proposed in the year that he has not signed. There are some changes coming up. His future is up in the air.And the Sydney Kings, finally they have unveiled their new superstar.That is right, Josh Powell is a very well credentialled player. He has won two titles with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been all over the world plying his trade. He has played all over the world, Argentina, the NBA, he has good credentials. The Kings would be helping he can make a significant impact for them. He does not know much about Australian basketball. Nothing, that is the thing, I was able to be a teammate here for a short period of time. You know, I do know a lot of really good players come from Australia and I know that the brand of basketball is good here.The Kings are expecting him to be in action on Thursday when they played the Hawks.Good to watch. The 2016 US presidential campaign has been one of the most bizarre ever seen. Halloween celebrations seen in Florida a R also weird. Every October, divers drop 30 feet below the water of a marine Sanctuary and compete to create the best pumpkin head. They naturally buoyant fruit are carved into sculptures with some frightening facial features. A quick look at the National weather now. A possible show for Brisbane. A shower or two for Melbourne. A possible late show for Dhawan. Stay with us, bad to worse. Warnings that climate change is posing a great danger to Pacific island nations. -- Darwin. A reminder now of the top stories. The federal ALP caucus has formally decided to vote against the government's legislation for a same-sex marriage plebiscite, killing off the controversial plan. The coalition is still expected to introduce the legislation, despite lacking the numbers in the Senate. There's concern the royal commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory won't improve the system. The commission's first public hearings are underway in Darwin today. The family of teenager Dylan Voller, who was mistreated at Don Dale's youth detention centre, say they have been left out of the inquiry. NSW Premier Mike Baird has backed down on plans to ban greyhound racing just three months after announcing the policy. A new plan is being put forward that will see fewer races, fewer tracks and a suite of tougher animal welfare measures. The Socceroos face an important step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup when they face Japan in Melbourne tonight. Australia are on seven points, alongside Saudi Arabia, at the top of the group. Japan is only a point behind. The face of Australian terrorism has changed dramatically in the past two years. The perpetrators are young, they're radicalised quickly , and in New South Wales almost all of them are locked up in Australia's toughest prison, the Supermax. Suspects can spend years in the maximum security prison waiting to go to trial, all the while mixing with the worst of the worst. The ABC has learned authorities are planning changes in response to concerns from senior counter-terrorism figures that the current system radicalises young inmates further. This report from Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Suzanne Dredge.

On a trip to the supermarket, Junaid Thorn is certain he is being watched by counterterrorism authorities. offenders further. On a trip to the supermarket, this person is sure that they are being watched. ... Hello, just breaking into the bulletin there because the prime minister is at a media conference. Autonomy is being undermined by the Labour start government. It is supported by the Federal Opposition here at the behest of a militant trade union. There is the fair work act that is there to protect them. We have done that. The Senate passed the bill last night. The delivery is our mission in this term of government. The key element is about commitment to secure Australia's future. It is to secure it capabilities that the defence Minister needs to keep us safe. It is to secure our economic future with the advanced manufacturing and the jobs that our defence industry plan will deliver. To do that, we are making important structural decisions. They are about to 8 F C limit and the Australian submarine Corporation. Now, Senator Corman will take you through the details of that restructuring in a moment. I want to remind you that the way in which we have tackled this task of ship building. Of naval shipbuilding. We have commissioned, or we are commissioning, 54 able vessels. In 6 years of government, the Labor Party did not commission a single one. They neglected our industry. We are spending $195,000,000,000 on defence procurement over the next decade. That will give us the capability to be safe. But it will also secure our economic future because of these industries, these defence industries are at the cutting edge, of technology. This is critical investment for our future and for our security. There is a lot of investment that needs to be undertaken and it is being undertaken. We have shipyards that do not have the capacity to undertake the scale of destruction that we need. We need to expand ship lift capacity. We need to upgrade infrastructure. We need builders, technical experts, metalworkers to in store this infrastructure. They need to look ahead to the shipbuilders themselves, beginning with the offshore patrol vessels. We need to support the structural aspects of the work. We need a supply chain managers and engineering expertise from right across Australia. It stands in stark contrast to the neglect of the Labor Party. They failed to commission a single naval vessel from an Australian yard during the entire time in office. This led to the downturn of our shipbuilding industry. It saw the industry was hundreds of jobs, skills and experience. During their time in government, labour cut $18.8 billion from the defence budget. They delayed a defence capability projects. They reduced 43 projects in scope and they cancelled eight more. They risked critical security and capability gaps. We are cleaning up that mess, making up for that neglect, commissioning the vessel and setting out in our defence white paper, our plan and a way forward to secure our future and to secure Australians with the capabilities of our defence force needs. We will secure our economic future. The technology, the skills, the employment, the jobs, the advanced many factoring that will ensure that we are and that we become an even more advanced 21st-century economy. Thank you, Prime Minister. The structural separation of ASC into shipbuilding, submarines has been an -- sustainment, is necessary to support the government's naval shipbuilding objectives. Shipbuilding and in the structure asset support future submarine programs. Shipbuilding will employ a workforce and it will complete a destroyer project. It will employ the submarine sustainment workforce. This structural change will not impact a FCC employees terms and conditions. It is a structural separation which is designed to ensure that the ASC is in the best possible position. Reform is built on the successful work that we have done for the destroyer program and the sustainment reforms. Specifically, this reform will deliver a more efficient and fixable approach to facilitate the necessary investment and infrastructure and workforce capability and a significant wrap up in shipbuilding related in jobs that is required to better support naval shipbuilding. The intention is for the full structural separation of ASC to be completed by the middle of 2017. Thank you Prime Minister and midtier. -- Mathius. We signed a contract with the C and S to do with the mobilisation of the submarine. We chose Lockheed Martin to be the integrator for the submarines. We promote Australia as a maintenance and a sustainment hub for the joint strike fighter. Today, this announcement about the structural separation of ASC is a really important foundation in stone. All the things that will happen for offshore patrol vessels, frigates and submarines mean that it is a very significant day. We will have one of the most modern and busiest shipyards in the world. Osborne North will have one of the most modern and busy submarine shipyards in the world. It will bring to Australia a significant multinationals sub contract involving DC and S. It will drive jobs and growth and create high technology advancement in jobs. The infrastructure will make Australia one of the centres of naval antisubmarine shipbuilding in the world. It will create a new export industry for our country and it is a red letter day for the defence industry. It has been great to be part of this team.Thank you, Prime Minister and colleagues. This afternoon, we are talking about the structural reform of ASC and it is a fundamental part of the reform of Australia's naval shipbuilding industry. This is a structural reform which will support the government's shipbuilding industry objectives and very significant investment in naval shipbuilding in South Australia. This goes across many decades to come. It is absolutely vital that we have the right ship building structures in place to deliver on what are very ambitious plans to deliver historic, continuous naval shipbuilding programs. It is absolutely essential. Whether it is our offshore patrol vessels, or our future frigates, or the Pacific patrol boats being constructed in advance of those. These platforms which not only for a core of our naval capability, but they provide engagement and support in our region and they will do that for many decades to come. The government has taken the decision that we are announcing today in relation to the Australian submarine Corporation to ensure that we have the best possible structure in place to achieve that in the timeline that we have advanced in the budget that we have clearly advanced in integrated investment program. Given the scale and the complexity of the shipbuilding program, this foundation is absolutely pivotal. Get that manager get. -- get that man a jacket.Let us have some questions on the announcement. The short answer, is no.As I indicated in my opening remarks, the reason we are pursuing a structural separation is to give the ASC the best possible opportunity to participate in the opportunities that come with the very substantial labour shipbuilding plan that the government has previously announced. All other decisions in relation to procurement in relation to submarines or other shipbuilding programs are for defence.

defence.Well, Paul, all the decisions that the Cabinet has made have been designed to negate the Valley of death that labour left us in terms of ship building. Ships are being built at Osborne right now and they will be complete by the end of 2017. In 2018, the offshore. In. In 2020, the future frigates begin. We are trying to make sure to keep as much of the workforce in place as possible. We need to have a lot of infrastructure built. That will be to begin. Assured that we will need is taller and wider and longer than the Adelaide Oval stadium. It is a must. You will not get from will be pretty big. -- you will not see

One of these businesses will be an infrastructure business. The other will be a shipbuilding business. The entire area at Osborne will be owned by the Commonwealth and will continue to have ownership of the infrastructure, despite the fact that the minister said the assets will remain in the public's cans. To that end, Brendan, we will be negotiating with the South Australian government to take over the camp port, news facility. As of their contribution. -- temp. So that infrastructure will be part of that business.Has he expressed an interest -- having expressed an interest, is this something you would consider, acquiring infrastructure?No, the Government is very clear. This is a strategic choice of significance. It is the government's Browaty to maintain -- priority to maintain, of ownership. -- Commonwealth.This is original issue, Senator Payne. You spoke about the deal last week about expansion of the trip rotation through Queensland. Have either a few got anything to say about the original importance of this?I will make a point and then Maurice can add to it. The regional security is more important than ever. It is the... The relative peace and harmony in our region is the foundation upon which the greatest economics transformation in the history of mankind has been based. We would not have seen hundreds and hundreds of millions of people lifted out of poverty, right across the region, without that relative peace and harmony. Now, that is why all of our efforts are focused on that. That is why it Prime Minister Lee's efforts are focused on that, and ours as well. The closer cooperation and integration, and the expansion of facilities that we provide to the Singaporean armed forces are critical element in that. We will just let the defence minister...Which side is going to be paying with this?We will make formal announcements on this later. If you do is hold your horses... Importantly, in relation to the development of the conference is strategic partnership, this is a seminal change in our relationship with Singapore, who is already an extremely important part. In terms of the capacity of them members of the defence Force to train and to exercise, as they are currently doing in exercise Wallaby... To train in Australia in this reciprocal effort is remarkable for us. This seems positive signals in the region about our preparative is to engage and to support, as the Prime Minister said, the keys of security and stability in the region. This is a move that has been applauded amongst our partners in the region. And we will see, in terms of its impact in Townsville, which is one of our major areas. The mere presence of the based members of the Singaporean Defence Force, who are the development team, plus the visiting members who will be here for 18 weeks, that is given to be a huge game changer in the region.Paul Keating has rebuked Richard Marles are suggesting that defence chiefs, the decisions about the South China Sea should be outsourced to defence chiefs. Do you have any issues with what Richard Marles at about that?I agree with former primers to Paul Keating on this. Decisions of that kind should be taken by Governments. They should be taken by defence ministers, commitments, and premises. Outsourcing that to naval officers, no matter how distinguished, Mrs the point. -- cabinets and Prime Minister 's. These are political decisions that it be taken by the people. -- People's representatives. Can you clarify if the Australian Navy is qualified and authorised to conduct operations like this?I hope it won't surprise you to learn that I am not going to canvass matters are this kind in public. And frankly, while being in opposition gives you certain liberties, it is not very promising for a party that claims to be an alternative government to be canvassing matters like this in the highly political way they are. It shows a real immaturity and unreadiness to take responsibility for these issues. So I will just leave it there. Our position on the South China Sea is very well-known and very well understood. By all the parties, including China. And that is simply this. We urge all parties to comply with international law. Where there are disputes, or differences of opinion, to resolve peacefully and in accordance with international law, and to refrain from any actions, of any kind, which are likely elected to increase all add to tensions. -- which are likely to add to or increase.Do you have anything to say about the plebiscite?We have the opportunity to take this to the people. Nobody had any doubt that this was our policy. The Bill is in the house. It should be passed this week. It will then go to the Senate. We as the senators, and all the members of the Senate, including the Labour Party, to support that Bill and to give people their say on fairy 11. -- February. -- Labor. Our policy is the bill is before the house. I am not going to follow your short and down his highly political road. In trying to subvert a straightforward democratic process, trying to say to the Israeli and people that you should not have a say. There is a mechanism here that can be undertaken on 11 February. -- Australian. Mr Shorten supported a plebiscite of this kind a few years ago. And we are set to publicly and privately that if there are matters that you feel... Features that you feel should be changed to enable you to support it, let us know. He has decided he does not want a plebiscite on any terms. He does not want the Australian people to have any say on any terms. We say we have a mandate on it and we are asking the Senate to do their job and support.But the plebiscite bill... In August, you said one of the attractions was that it would resolve it quicker so that you could focus on other issues. So it is not a good day to you?The Bill is before the parliament and the parliament has to do its work.So what is your plan B?What you say about questions about the ability for the Osborne to hold a plebiscite? We've seen mental health experts like Patrick McGorry express the thought that this could be harmful.You summarise my views earlier. I have great faith in the ability of the Australian people to have a respectful discussion about this, and indeed many other issues. As we have done and as we will do in the future. Now, perhaps...We know as of today that there are not the parliamentary numbers there.OK. With great respect you, we do know that today the numbers are not there for the plebiscite to pass the parliament. So it really is a simple question. The plebiscite will fail. Will you allow a free vote in this parliament?With great respect not just you, my interrogator, but to the Senate, Christopher and I are cased by two distinguished senators. It is all very well to say the Senate will not vote for it. We respect the Senate. The Bill is not even in the Senate yet. The Senate has to deal with the bill. It will come through and I am confident that it will pass the house. Then it will come to the Senate and the Senate has to deal with a bill. So that is the focus. That is the focus on delivering, as I said earlier. This is a matter of delivery. We are delivering on our commitment to the German people to bring a plebiscite before the parliament and advocate for its passage. -- the Australian people.That was live from Parliament House. The Prime Minister and several college there. Announcing the separation of the Australian naval operations into several different companies. And further information on the plebiscite on same-sex marriage. The primers and not counting on seeing any discussion on what happens if the Senate does reject that. Mike Baird has made statements on the reversal of his plans on the greyhound racing ban. Here is what he is had to say the 20 minutes.We made a decisive decision on the systemic animal cruelty that we have seen in the ground racing industry. Many revelations came out that were disturbing and horrific. As we considered that report, we believe that the only response -- we believed that the only response was to shut down the industry. We also thought that as the community looked at those findings, and revelations, that they, too, would see that the only course of action was to close down the industry. Now, the feedback that I have received, my cabinet colleagues, MPs across government, have received from the community is that yes, they were horrified by the findings in the special commission of inquiry into what was going on in the industry. But they have also said why did you not give the industry one last chance's that is what they have said consistently. Again and again. As we reflect on this, we got it wrong. I got it wrong. Cabinet got it wrong. The Government got it wrong. Clearly, we need to address this, and we will. I previously did not think the industry could change. It is clear the community wants to get that opportunity. But in addition, in terms of the transition task force, Doctor John Kerry has consulted hundreds in the industry. He has advised the government that there is now a a deep appetite for change and reform in the industry. A significant change. Resistance has gone away. There is a deep desire to commit and to deliver on reforms. My personal convictions on the animal cruelty have not changed at all. Have not changed. But it is clear, listening to the feedback, and on reflection, that we did not give the good people in the industry a chance to respond, a chance to reform. And I have to say on behalf of that, I am sorry. That is something we should have done. And we need to address it. So today, I can announce that the greyhound industry will be given that one last chance. It will be given an opportunity to reform as it needs to. We will be ensuring the toughest animal welfare standards and regulation are put in place. In order to fracture that, we are at establishing a special panel. That will be led by former premier Morris Iemma. He will work with industry, and obviously worked with animals will -- animal welfare groups, to make sure that we deliver the appropriate arrangements and penalties to effect what we want to do within the industry. The industry has clearly put forward a number of reforms. We obviously want to hold them to account on those reforms. That is the starting base for the panel to consider as they put this together. I do want to be very clear on this. We are not returning to the status quo. The barbaric practices we have seen have two end. There is a determination within the industry, and we're sure that is the case. We need to ensure that all the government arrangements and animal protections are there and are done with a single intent in mind, which is insuring animal welfare and ensuring that the cruelty that we saw is not repeated in New South Wales again. Look, I know that a lot of people will be disappointed in this decision, but I strongly believe that on to bases, we have come to change our minds. The first is that we have listened. And we have listened. Every single MP. Not just individual meetings with constituents. It has been walking the main streets and hearing from the community. Their strong view. They think we got this wrong. Two approaches to take. We took one option, but the other might have been better. So that is what we are doing today. Every government needs to make sure that it listens. At the same time, Doctor cannily's advice, having consulted across the industry, it is clear that there seems to be a strong intent in the industry, now, to reform. And that gives us a basis to go forward. And while this government will continue to take decisions that I believe in the long-term -- are in the long-term interest of the state, we