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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Good morning, and welcome to News Breakfast. It's Monday, great to have your company. I'm Paul Kennedy. And I'm Virginia Trioli. Making our news today: Election countdown. Hillary Clinton edges ahead with just 2 days left in the big race. Authorities warn that the bushfire threat in New South Wales isn't over yet, with another day of tough conditions expected.As Parliament resumes, confusion reigns in the Senate, with One Nation's Rod Culleton refusing to admit to this Parliament.Everything is a surprise. I don't know what's going on.Leading sport, Aussies on the ropes in Perth heading into day 5 of the first test against South Africa. A gusty start to the week. Damaging winds for Victoria and Tasmania. Well, as the bitter race for the White House enters the closing stages, the latest polling has Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump. There's been a surge of early voting. At least 41 million Americans have already cast their ballots. They include a significant number of Hispanic voters in Florida and Nevada, likely to boost Hillary Clinton's stocks. The 2 major candidates have targeting the key states over the next 48 hours.We'll be joined by our special correspondent in Washington DC.What is his name again?Hunter S thornson? Yes, maskerading as Michael Rowland. He's been taking the temperature, attending a new community event for some special reports.He has been at the junior sport? A hard habit to break. He needs to catch up with the soccer parents.Look, it's going to be a fascinating couple of days. So much that we can tell you right now, but we'll get to it with Michael. The New York Times, the newspapers are trying to get readers to make money. The only way is to have a maywall -- paywall up. The New York Times has put down the wall. It is open slather. Come and get it.Well, if you are not always paying so much attention to the politics, particularly abroad, most people will be swieching on, just for the sirs -- for the switching on, just for the kirkous alone. Fire authorities in New South Wales say major blazes in the Hunter region could still pose a threat to properties. The lone pine fire at Port Stephens is now a watch and act, white the race course Road race at Cessnock is in advice status. The Rural Fire Service says that residents must stay vigilant as the fires are not completely contained. The Pacific Highway is reopened.In Syria, forces backed by the United States says they are trying to retake the city of Raqqa. There are concerns the Kurdish forces will drive Arab citizens out of the city, as they have done in other towns. Meanwhile, 6 children have been killed and more than 25 others injured in an attack on a kindergarten.The Federal Government is working to confirm reports that an Australian aid worker has been kidnapped in Kabul. A woman was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday night. Kidnapping for ransom is a growing problem in Afghanistan, with several aid workers abducted in separate incidents.All schools have closed for 3 days in Delhi, as the city chokes in smog. The city's government called an emergency meeting as the level of dangerous particles in the air soared to 90 times above the safe level. They issued a temporary ban on construction work.In Hong Kong, police have used pepper stray to break up a protest against Chinese intervention. The protest, are angry that 2 approve democracy politicians can now be disqualified from Parliament after they used their swearing in ceremonies to protest goims Beijing's rule. The jury of 300 randomly selected people delivered their report to the Premier Jay Weatherill after two-thirds of the group voted against storing nuclear waste. There more public consultation planned. They've said no, but there's 50 pages of why they said no and we need to understand that. The technical issues about safety were less prominent than the issue of trust.A new study warns that 80% of scientists are thinking about leaving the profession. There's difficulties in obtaining research grants. The report blames the decline on 5 years of static funding for the national medical research Council.It's a warm start to the week. Sunny and hot in Sydney, 30, and Canberra up to 2016 degrees. Melbourne windy followed by showers. 18 the top in Hobart. A shower or two. A sunny day in Perth. And the chance of a storm in Darwin.Let's go to the US now, where it's going to be an intense 48 hours ahead. We sent the best of the best there. Our own Michael Rowland is in Washington to see it all unfold. He joins us with the latest.Good morning, everyone. I'm on the Washington mall, right in the middle of Washington DC. These impressive 3km strip of parkland, bordered by the Lincoln memorial, and the US Capitol on the other end. There's the iconic Washington monument. It's rising up right into the heavens in the middle of Washington DC. For a special treat, we are going on a Monday morning mall crawl. We'll take our viewers a bit closer to the other end. The Lincoln memorial, built in honour of the 16th president of the United States. For those you of -- who have been in there, the iconic getties burg address. A beautiful day in Washington, loss of locals, lots of foreign tourist tourists. Almost beautiful enough to forget about the election. And both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been barnstorming the country, from squing state to swing state, trying to secure as many votes as possible. It will be a close election indeed. Indeed. The final polls may be looking good for Hillary, but no-one is putting any store by that. What is the vibe, the feeling that you picked up? You've been out and about, visiting a knew communities. As well as being in the heartland of the political life of America. What feeling are you picking up?Longing for this to be over. Everybody is sick and tired of this US election. Democrat, Republican, independent, people here from overseas, as you'll see, I spoke to a few soccer mums and soccer dads in neighbouring Maryland, and they are also embarrassed about how all of this looks to the outside world, countries like Australia looking on. People are sick and tired. Spoke to quite a few Democrats and at a venue and they are a bit concerned about how their candidate is going to fare on Tuesday. The polls are tightening over the last few days. Nate silver, he's the US version of Anthony Green. He today said that Hillary Clinton is 1 state away from losing the electoral college and losing the election. So very high stakes indeed for Hillary Clinton.Finally, is to too early to start asking you about merchandise?Yes, a bit too early. I'm going to head up there a bit later on. You got your T-shirt, don't be greedy.I'm angling for another one. A girl's got to get a lookin.We'll come to you later in the program. Your turn, PK. It's been a big weekend. And all the comedians are out, doing their fine hurrah. Saturday Night Live, they have had the key actors to play those 2 roles. We'll bring you their final touchdown. You can see the special coverage on news Breakfast and right all 3 the day. You better watch that live. To domestic politics, and it's been a big week in Canberra. A big day in the capital and what are we expecting? Particularly from the High Court? That's right, PK. A big day, a big week coming up in Canberra. We'll make a small amount of history today, the Senate, if everything goes as expected, is expected to refer the election of not one by two Senators to the High Court. The first is Bob Day, in a bit of hot water over a complicated day he struck with the Commonwealth over his electoral office. The seconds is the ever-colourful One Nation Senator, Rod Culleton. He is facing himself a little bit of trouble because he managed to get a larceny conviction. That was annulled. At the time it stood, he was against his name. The government wants the High Court to decide if he should be booted out of the Senate entirely. Senator Culleton gave a couple of interviews when he arrived in Canberra. They were very interesting affairs. We are still not clear whether or not Senator Culleton will or will not vote if he gets referred to the High Court, and whether he will stay in One Nation. He was asked whether he had the backing of his leader, Pauline Hanson, and they declined to basically give a direct answer. This is what he had to say to reporters in Canberra.My gut feeling, I'll remain as an honourable Senator in the Senate. With One Nation?Representing my West Australian constituents.What we didn't pay attention to last week, focused on his future in the Senate but not his party. Tell us also, Stephen, about the future of a couple of pieces of key legislation? Quite a bit of interesting legislation. All eyes on the same-sex marriage plebiscite legislation. Passed the house. It will come up to the Senate. It's difficult to see how it will get through. Labor and the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have all indicated they'll vote no. It seems doomed on the face of it. The other interesting piece of legislation is on asylum seekers. The government's move to put a permanent ban with some cavates on asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Labor has called this legislation ridiculous. It will get put up to the lower house sometime this week. We expect tomorrow. And look for the government to ramp up as much pressure tot burnish its credentials as a tough on border protection policy. At this stage, the ALP is leave just a small crack of light. It may vote for it. It's difficult to turn around given its previous criticisms. Outside of the Parliament, but very much within the walls of the party room meetings and the like, this issue over rate hate laws. And section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. There's a concerted push inside the Coalition to water it down. Some ministers are on board, in the wake of a court case last Friday who handed it down. But other members of the backbench are uncertain, particularly those coming from more multicultural seats.Thanks for the update. We'll stay in contact throughout the program. And the Prime Minister will be speaking on AM. Members of the Northern Territory stolen generations have criticismed a proposed -- have criticised a proposed compensation scheme. E In the 1950s, Luke was taken from his mother in the Northern Territory's remote Gulf region, and placed in a mission on the Tiwi Islands. The harm caused by these removals and lasting family separations is still being ignored. According to Luke and other members of the Northern Territory's stolen generations.It's almost as if the government doesn't care what happened to us. And I think it's important, as I said, it's important that our voices be heard. The Federal Government on Friday announced a compensation scheme for survivors of the institutional child sexual abuse with payments capped at $150,000. I'm happy for the ones who will be getting compensation. But the point I'm making is, what about the rest of us?The stolen generations Aboriginal corporation has sent decades inside and outside of court fighting for compensation, and it says a broader injustice is not being addressed. She believes that many Indigenous people who have been sexually awned will miss out. It was a no-no. People couldn't talk about. There's people out there that haven't come forward. They are still feeling ashamed.The compensation scheme is opt-in, but the Territorys can be compelled to take part. Very interesting to see throughout the week. Because it was announced the redress scheme, on Friday, to see which states and also institutions want to opt-in for that. Some are resisting the pressure.The highway to northern Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, cutting through territory controlled by the Taliban and the Islamic State. On this week's Four Corners, Jamie Doran takeses a heart stopping journey. We've been told the snipers can hit us from a kilometre and a half away. We are anxious about losing a western reporter, but these guys are here every single day.

You are never quite as tall on the 49 as you are in -- on the frontline as you are in real life. Shall we go?

The snipers' bullets are just whizzing over our head at the moment. And these guys are allowed to react to that. The frontline over there, the frontline here, and if it's true, that the 10,000 Taliban Daesh, et cetera, then this is a very small force to be facing them. Four Corners, hard to look away when you're looking at a scene like that. That will be required viewing tonight, at 8:30 on ABC TV, and you can catch up on iview.We'll have a look at the front pages. The Sydney Morning Herald shows the moment that Donald Trump was bundled off stage by Secret Service agents during a security scare. It turned out to not be one at all. Shouts of gun in the crowd started the commotion, but after the suspect was detained and searched, no weapons were found. The guardian Australia is covering the US election, saying the Clinton campaign has hit the panic button is now defending the traditionally blue states. And the Courier Mail has heard how a court has heard how a Queensland nurse was suspended after allegedly giving her friend an excessive dose of morphine. The Mercury has comments from Richard Colbeck, saying the public perception of disunity in the party is killing them. Joko Widodo handling Islamic extreme. In the Age, one of the Chinese nationals detained alongside 4 Crown employees in China has a mansion in Melbourne. Nurses home killer Roger Dean has been New South Wales legal aid funding for a High Court appeal. 140 foreign-born criminals had their Australian visas cancelled as part of a government crackdown.The photo editors in the Herald Sun have been busy putting a virtual roof on the MCG. A youth was caught driving on the wrong side of the road while smoking a bong. And the Advertiser features Kyle Chalmers, who was last night named swimmer of the year at the Australian swimming awards. And most of them featuring Australia's which grin, whipped by South Africa. PK made reference to the glory days of the windies. I had flashbacks of that too. Equally thrilled they were coming and terrified they were arriving.It's been one sided. And a fantastic run-out. We'll show that again. And Ben Lisson will be joining us to talk about the sport. Why don't we talk about architecture?Evidence hoping you would say that, Paul!And every day. A new ABC TV show called Streets Of Your Town, Tim Ross, he is comedian, which many of us are on ABC TV these days, but in his private life, a big fan of therktsure. He's looking back -- fan of architecture. He's looking back at the great Australian landscape. But more importantly, PK, why.And we're interested in what you are thinking about the way you want to live. Are you forced national living in big houses on small blocks, if you could design your own, is that the way you want to go? Or do you long for ways gone by, the curiously named modernism of the '50s and '60s., we'll get to the heart of it when he comes in. The impression I get, he's not breaking it down into a kind of modernism good, everything else bad. He can see the moibt of view that why some people want to move to the outer suburbs and live in huge homes with a bedroom of every child. And you may want to tell us why. We want to know why you live the way you do. Why have you chosen the built environment that works for you. Or indeed, if you're living in the built environment that works for you.Those houses are close together.And a lot of pool. I would have a pool if I could.Really?I love having a pool. I would heat it to blazes so it was steaming all winter long. And I was going to say something rude. But hang global warming! I said it.You may require a cricket pitch in the backyard, like I have to have in my backyard. I was having this argument. Every single high paid, every single, I would argue, European football club member, of the entire European league, some of the most elite athletes in the world, they would have all grown up in apartments. And they still play sport to an elite level. The whole you have to have a cricket pitch in your backyard argument, I think there's other ways of cutting up that one.We'll read as many comments as we can this morning. Get them through.After more than a century, the Chicago Cubs finally won the US baseball world series. It was enough to move one of their most local fans, actor Bill Murray, to tears. Celebrations continued on Saturday Night Live, with the guy from stripes. No, why don't you guys duce yours for the audience and the viewers at home? I'm ant think Rizzo.I'm David Ros. And I'm determine at the Fowler. (APPLAUSE) I'm Bill Murray.And what song is it that you'll be performing.It's an original composition, entitled, go Cubs go.That sounds fantastic.Who are these guys? They are our backup singers. We don't know it was against the rules.Take it away guys.

That's a relief when they all start singing together.I love how neither of them can nail a note. Slightly that way or that way.The strange thing about baseball, they have baseball songs and they sing it in the middle of the game. Vince Vaughan did it during the world series and he was the worst singer have I heard, and I heard myself sing.It's a one-gag moment. It's Bill Murray turning around.Heaps of other sport to talk about this morning. Not as joyous at the WACA this morning.No Bill Murray to celebrate Australia at the moment. They are chasing a very unlikely 539 for victory after South Africa piled on the runs on day 4. The Proteas all but battered Australia of the contest. Leaving the hosts trying to complete the biggest day 4 run chase.South Africa pushed their lead beyond 400 early on day 4. Australia's cause wasn't helped by another missed catch on the field. The Proteas looked determined to bat Australia out of the contest as Michelle Dockery put on a stand.The tourists took a stranglehold on the contest. South Africa cake out swinging after the break. That's better, that's bigger, that's good. The declaration eventual came as the eighth wicket fell, as the Proteas set Australia the task of needing to pull off text cricket's biggest ever fourth day run chase. David Warner got hosts off a nice start. One quickly became two. They have got two! Back to back wickets. Marsh follows Warner.The opening pair falling before tea left Australia in desperate need for a big partnership. Usman Khawaja Smith showed promising signs. An edge landed between the keeper and slip. Smith wasn't so fortunate when he nicked one, leaving Australia staring at defeat. To the A-League now, and Perth have the Western Sydney Wanderers have been forced to settle for a draw. The Wanderers enjoyed a perfect start when Nicolas Martinez scored a goal within 30 seconds of the opening whistle. But Perth levelled the match only a few minutes later, and took the lead shortly after half-time, before the visitors levelled the match once again, when the sides ended up sharing the points. And the women's competition, the W-League is also under way, Adelaide and the Victory drew 3-3 to begin their campaigns. Adelaide got their season going with this lovely free kick. But the Victory continued to respond, and managed to earn a draw in the match. So a very massive match, that one, because League really does need to get going. A nice way to get going a 3-3 draw, very entertaining. Some good crowds.2,000 for that match. And the A-League, that had more people than the test cricket. It may be because of the scope of the game. Let's get a look at the weather now. Another nice day for the cricket, a sunny 23 degrees. A cold front. A severe weather warning for Victoria and Tasmania. Pikes of up to 100 chours. A low pressure trough is generating showers in the north. With those bushfires in the Hunter region, despite high temperatures, light winds and high humidity should help the conditions. A cooler chance will bring some rain but also the risk of thunderstorms and lightning. Rockhampton up to 36 degrees. Gusty thunderstorms in the north-west and northern interior. Very warm winds in New South Wales. Tending south-westerly in the south-west. Today in Sydney, a top of 30, that's 6 above average. And 3 above average in Canberra. The passing a front in Victoria, warm gusty winds until midafternoon. It reaches the east during the evening. Remains dry over east Gippsland, but showers from the south-west. Currently at 17 in Melbourne. A top of 24. In Tasmania, strong north-westerly winds, tending westerly and easing duration the afternoon. In the west once again is where we'll see the highest falls. South Australia, coastal showers extending into the north-west. Hot freshening winds. And in the west, some showers near the south coast. About it's a sunny day for Perth. Severe fire levels for Gascoyne, inland and the southern interior. But for the Alice, a gusty southerly change to come this evening. Up to 44 in Port Hedland. Brisbane, showers, a possible storm. And a sunny 24 in Perth.Stay with us. Plenty more on the show, including soccer mums and politics in the US. Do you really want it? Do you really want it? #Michael takes us to the sidelines of a soccer tournament in Maryland to see how ordinary Americans feel about election 2016. That's coming up shortly.As Michael says, they're not feeling happy about it. As the bitter race for the White House enters the closing stages, the latest polling has Hillary Clinton 41
just ahead of Donald Trump. At least 41 million Americans have already voted in this election. Campaigning will go down to the wire, with the two major candidates targeting the key states. Fire authorities in New South Wales say major blazes in the Hunter region could still pose a threat to properties, despite their status being downgraded. The lone pine fire at Port Stephens is now a watch and act. The fire at Cessnock is at watch and act status. Residents must stay vigilant. Legislation to set up a same-sex marriage plebiscite is set to be defeated in the Senate this week, but senior ministers still hope to pass the bill. Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have vowed to vote against the legislation, but George Brandis refuses to concede defeat. In Syria, forces backed by the United States are moving to reclaim the city of Raqqa. The US plans to conduct strikers while Kurdish forces move in on the ground. 80% of scientists say they're considering leaving the profession. 1 in 4 are uncertain if they would be employed in a year's time. The administrators of embattled steammaker Arrium say there's less than 5 possible bidders for the firm. A handful are short listed to buy Arrium with the sale hopefulfully final bifd by the end of January. It will sell their metal grinding firm to just over $1.6 billion to an American firm. They voted to go ahead with the sale of their steel and iron ore mining businesses. A case for a rise in US interest rates has been bolstered by strong jobs data in October. Job creation for the Motos of August and September was edged up. And the healthy labour market will support the view that the US Federal Reserve will raise rates next month. The uncertainty surrounding the US election continues to rattle investors. The Dow and Nasdaq lost 0.25%. And in London, the FTSE fell 1.4% on Friday. Checking the commodity prices:

Now the world's biggest coffee chain, Starbucks, has reported record annual profits. They made a income of $4.6 billion. That's up 16% on the previous year. The result was mainly due to strong demand in the Americas. But in the fourth quarter of its financial year, global sales rose only by 4%. The fastest growth was in China and the Asia-Pacific region, that recorded 23% growth for the year. And Samsung has been forced to recall nearly 3 million washing machines in the US, as the doors detached midwash. 34 models of top loading machines made between March 2011 and November 2013 may be faulty. There's been 733 complaints of excessive vibration. This is the latest scandal to hit Samsung after it was forced to halt production.The lids must flick open. I thought about the broader brand damage that is taking place at Samsung. Now it's single nom news with the Galaxy Note 7 explosion, the future of this company is going to be an interesting one it watch. Quite right. In terms of the impression is created and how broad the consumers' mind goes. That is their risk strategy. When a brand becomes sin nom news with something, it's a nightmare trying to break that.If we can't get our washing machines right, should we be handing things over to the robots?They're going to mix the colours with the whites. Everything is going to be pink.Had happens then?You sack the robot.For the latest on the fires that have threatened homes and businesses over the weekend, we're joined by the Rural Fire Service commissioner. That time of year when we usually day good day to you and not a good way.We have quite a number of fires still burning across New South Wales. Just over 50 fires and 13 of those are still not contained. Our concentration of effort remains in the thunt -- the Hunter region, near Port Stephens, Cessnock and up near Kempsey as well. Some particularly difficult firefighters that are posing the most threat or risk.The lone pine fire, the one that you're talking about. The high rating on your website. What are the threats there and what can be done in the next day or so? The lone pine fire is the only one at the watch and act level. The fire ground situation, the fire conditions are still quite volatile. We need meanwhile to remain vigilant in that local area and be monitoring radio, TV, website, using the smartphone app, staying abreast of the changing conditions. We're expecting warmer conditions today. Low to mid-30s. Very dry humidity. The winds will be dominating out of the west-north-west, typically dry, and you to 50km/h, that is quite problematic for firefighters. A stretch of 10km of the Pacific Highway, the M1, fire on both sides of the highway. We're working closely with police to manage the traffic flow over the region. Of course, that can cheque. And we'll only make interventions when we need to, in the interest of safety, for the travelling community, and our firefighters working on the fire lines. So briefly, and repeated that, the highway is now open, but I guess there's traffic management? Just to make sure that things are safe?Absolutely. We're watching that very closely. We still got a final permit of something like 80km on the way. Lots of communities still affected by the fire. But lots of firefighters out on the fire line, trying to bring that under control, before we see a relief in the weather, midweek.You say you got dozens of fires at the moment. And just looking at the website, is stretches the entire length of the New South Wales coastline. Are you worried about this fire season, more than you normally would be? You're quite right, Paul. The coastal strip is where the predominant fire activity is. We come through one of wettest winters on record. Much of the western side of the state is pretty green. We're mindful, that ones that moisture dissipates and we go into the heat of summer, most of New South Wales that is likely to expect or experience above normal fire conditions this year. That's because the winter rains has promoted so much growth, particularly grass fuel growth, when that tries out, as we move into summer, we got real risk of elevated fire dangers. And the tail end of summer. Thanks very much for the update. Hope all goes well today. And we'll say with the fires. And a man has posted video to social media, shofing himself dangerous he close to one of the bushfires. He was caught in the middle of a bushfire near Kundabung. I'm driving through a bushfire. I'm going to die. What the (BLEEP). (BLEEP). Hopefully I stay alive.

This is not good. This is not good right now. This is a bit of a situation.Actually, Kevin, you just need to keep moving through there. The fire was fairly low. But you would be advised just to stay in your car and keep driving through. That was not posing that much threat to his car. Unless he wanted to step out and get some selfies. The RFS crews did manage to rescue him. The advice we are given is to stay in your car. Do make sure you got water on board, and the woollen blankets as well.It's particularly alarming they haven't been able to do as much backburning with all of what's going on.The rain they had, the incredible grass growth, it's a fuel load is unprecedented. The bad one coming up. All eyes on the US this week. Our very own Michael Rowland joins us from downtown Washington DC. G'day, Michael.Good morning, Virginia. The nation is awaiting the big day on Tuesday. The candidates have been barnstorming the country today, going to those very important swing states. I've been on the ground for a couple of days, getting the views of Democrats and Republicans. Lots of Democrats in this democratic stronghold of Washington. You only have to drive 40 minutes into Virginia, and the Trump-Pence signs are everywhere. I thought I would do what I normally do on weekends, going a kids' sporting tournament. I'm after the so-called soccer mums and soccer dads. I found them on a soccer pitch in suburban Maryland. The Republicans could put up Santa Claus and the Democrats would still win in Maryland. The soccer mums and dads have a broader observation about how the election is going and how it looks to the rest of the world. Let's have a look. Press well, it there's weekend before the election and while Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump travel the country securing the last-minute votes, for most Americans, life goes on as normal. For most parents, weekends are clock a block full of sport. We are asking the mums and dads about their thoughts on the big political fixture this week.What do you make of what America has lived through the last 12 months of this election campaign?I think it is a relatively bad commentary about where we are in this country right now.It feels like we have one very qualified candidate and one that isn't. He speaks to something because a lot of people are supporting him.Well I think the Obama coalition is going to come together. That's blacks, Hispanics, progressives, all across the country, is going to come together to elect a candidate to lead America to the future.Which candidate is that?Well, I'm supportive of Hillary Clinton. Perhaps, she would have handled things differently with regard to the email server. The fact that has become such a key issue in this election, to me, is silly. In my opinion.What do you think the rest of the world is thinking? Countries like Australia, watching on and thinking all this play out?I think they're surprised that he would get as far as he has. And maybe be a little concerned too.I think it's embarrassing for Americans. I am embarrassed. I'm concerned about a lot of things.I think it's a bit of an embarrassment to be honest. It's a very negative campaign.On Wednesday, do you think it will be over?That's my fear. It won't be over on Wednesday. I hope it's a clear result and we can move forward.Fingers crossed.Yes, exactly. USA! So, that's the view of some soccer mums and dads in neighbourer Maryland, just up the road from Washington DC. Lots of intense competition on the field. Each and every one of those kids knew the score.We're all counting the score this week. Did the parents get a bit toor agitated at the sidelines? A bit like yourself back home in Australia? Yeah, a fair bit of parental participation going on. Americans are a vocal lot. And there's lots of barracking on the sidelines for their respective future Ronaldos. Lots of furrowed browse about what is going on. And what may or may not happen. Some universal embarrassment as well. We'll take a look at the newspapers. We're joined by Alex Malley.Had are you focusing on this morning?The story you're all talking about. A concern there may be a gunman in the Trump era.A lot of the papers go with it today.That's right. As we keep focusing on the two candidates, your viewers and the media need to look at a possibly scenario, let's say that Hillary wins, she's ahead in the electoral votes and further ahead in the polls than Obama was at the same time. What happens if something goes wrong with the FBI issues? The president of the United States will be the Vice-President, and that is Tim Kaine. No-one is talking about Tim Kaine. His father-in-law is a former Republican from Victoriaa. That's the story we need to start thinking about.You think it's quite a likely scenario that Hillary Clinton would be impeached and have to set down -- step down?If you walk into an election campaign with something like this over your head, you couldn't return. For the FBI to pull it out, you need to take it as a serious issue. It would be worth taking a bigger look at the Tim Kaine, just in case.That will do people's head in.He's not a bad candidate. This could be the Bradbury of American politics.Falls over the line! ? But if Hillary guess in despite the investigation into the emails, there would be some goodwill there for her to carry through?Who knows? If the FBI is independent, let's see what happens. There's a very interesting set of events.Peter Costello still believes he's in charge of the superannuation system. Superannuation is a theme for all countries. We keep tinkering with and
the system. It's becoming so complex and the model is changing so much, people are starting to think why would we put our money in it.He and Keating are in lock step now. Don't you love the circularity that happens.I'm hoping to age and mellow. In the final wash, where will people put their money if they don't put it into super? They're likely to borrow more money and buy investment properties. We need to address this issue globally as well as locally.Back to the AFR?This as story that I think it not being told very much. It's a fascinating story, so go for it.David Gonski is the new chair of ANZ, and Shayne Elliot is the CEO. And they are confronting the issue of wealth management. They're now in the process of selling 5 businesses throughout Asia in the wealth and retail banking area. That's a big call in the global market. It's about consolidating. It's cool to be in Asia but if you're -- but are you getting the return that's appropriate? It would take a lot of heat out of the way that banks work. When they sell a product, and they advise on their own products, they're forever getting themselves in difficulty. It's a gutsy call and an isolated decision.The focus is back on home lending?And the credibility that you can rebuilt with the bank if you are not in the advice business.Can't you rebuilt with that credibility, because you can, turn around and say to the market, we are not promised? You can believe us when we give you any advice, because we haven't got a vested interest?Absolutely. To pull out the most challenging part of your business, when none of your comterse are doing it, is a huge advantage.Would the competitors look at it now? They have been looking at it.It's who has the guts too make a call. It's about saying leave the advice to advisors, and leave the products to the banks. You can advise also all products in the market.What are you seeing in the leadership of the Australian cricket team? Ready for heads to roll? Virginia is not going to say a thing. I'm going to smack you.This one is interesting. Cricket has now got 3 goal products. The test match, the 1-day game and the 2020. They are struggling with enough talent to go around. As a global business, they're told by many in the subcontinent how to go about their business. They've got the rotation of players. It's not because they love and care for things, there's legal liabilities attached. Australia expects to win every game they play. This is becoming a really complex global business. They're only part of the decision-making process, a long way back from the glory days.I don't think the administrators at the top level understand the problem they got. There's participation level problems with junior and amateur. And because the elites, you know, the CEOs deal with all of these numbers and they pump in 5 and 6-year-old programs they have, and they are probably losing numbers at club participation and not even knowing it.If you don't nurture the next generation, you don't have a business.Really interesting points this morning. And we're going to read out some of the comments about where you live, and why you live where you live and how and why.Let's go to Ben Lisson. Australia will need to make history if it's to claim victory in the first test against South Africa. The home side would need to completed a world record fourth innings chase after South Africa set the Aussies a big total. The loss of 4 wickets for 169 appears to have killed off any chance of victory. One of the great pieces of fielding took place when David Warner was ran out. He wants the single. They hit them. He's got there. The pickup and throw was quick. I tell you what, I think it will be close. This is going be out. He's in midair when he fired that thing. And he fired it very accurately and have a look at this. Is that one grateful captain or not? And to the A-League, and Perth and Western Sydney Wanderers have been forced to settle for a draw. The Wanderers enjoyed a perfect start after a goal just 30 seconds into the match. But the two sides couldn't be separated at the final whistle after a 2-2 draw. In the W League, the Victory and Adelaide played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. Mary Keitany of Kenya has claimed her third New York City marathon title in a row. She broke away with her competition and finished in a time of 2 hours and 24 minutes. In the men's race, 20-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won in 2 hours and 7 minutes. And that's all in sport. That's fast! 2 hours and 7 minutes. That's 2 minutes off the world record.I would still be going round now. We are chatting architecture because we've got an interesting about
show coming up on ABC TV, asking you about how you live. Listen to this, I have a 12-acre backyard. Can't see a neighbour and I still think that's too small. I can't understand you still people.We retired. We choose to live on 6 acres on the edge of Brisbane. The views, the peace and quiet, and the wonderful wildlife. All our tree changer viewers are on board. We'll get the suburbanites a little later on.Would like a nice big paddock so I can have a pony. Showers from a prefrontal trough from Western Australia along the coast of South Australia, down to from Western Australia along the
coast of South Australia, down to Tasmania's West Coast. It will weaken in a trough over the state's north-east. This generates race and thunderstorms -- rain and thunderstorms. Winton up to 41 degrees. Gusty thunderstorms in the north-west and northern interior. Very warm winds across New South Wales, tending south-westerly in the south-west. That brings the change of latest rain. Cool gusty change from the west late this morning, reaching the east this evening. Showers from the south-west this morning. Tasmania, strong north-westerly winds tend westerly. Showers mostly clear by midafternoon. South Australia, coastal showers extending into the north-west. Hot freshening north-westerly winds. And in the west, morning showers near the south coast. A few thunderstorms around the south-east, otherwise it's very hot if we head further north. 44 in Port Hedland. Some storms around the Top End. And a cool change for Alice Springs. Adelaide, Darwin, a possible storm. Coming up: We take you back to Washington DC, where our very own Michael Rowland is out and about, interviewing soccer parents, soccer kids. And the Prime Minister is going to be talking on AM shortly. We'll take that live. This program is not captioned.

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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Welcome back to ABC News Breakfast. Thanks very much for watching. Today on the program - authorities warn the bushfire danger in NSW is not over yet, with another day of tough conditions ahead.There is just over 50 fires and 13 of those are still not contained.The election countdown - Hillary Clinton edges ahead in the polls with two days left in the big race.As Parliament resumes, confusion reigns in the Senate with One Nation's Rod Culleton refusing to commit to his party.And also ahead - modern architecture - where did it go so wrong.Wave' gone from modernism to McMansionism.We catch up with the host of the new series, Streets of this
Your Town, comedian Tim Ross later this hour manyLeading sport, Aussies on the ropes in Perth heading into Day 5 of the First test against South Africa.A gusty start to the week - damaging wind warnings for Victoria and Tasmania. Fire authorities are fwrasing for another difficult day in NSW with major blazes still posing a threat. Fires in the Hunter region and Port Stephens on the Sen. Central Coast have now been downgraded overnight, but they remain volatile.Heat, low humidity and strong winds are fanning the blazes. Hundreds of kilometres are burn ago long the NSW coast. NSW rural fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons joined us a short time ago. This is what he said.We do have a number of fires still burning across NSW. Just over 50 fires and 13 of those are still not contained. Our concentration of effort, our focus of course remains in the Hunter region, near Port Stephens, Cessnock and up around Kempsey as well where we have particularly difficult fires that are posing the most threat or risk to local communities. The Lone Pine fire is the only fire we've got at the moment which is at a watch and act level which is indicative of the fact that the fire ground situation, the fire conditions are still quite volatile. We are expecting warmer conditions again today, low to mid-30s, very dry humidities and those winds are going to be dominating out of the west-north-west which are typically dry and they're going to be up around 30, 40, 50km/h which is quite problematic for firefighters.Yes, some really difficult fires there and also the spread, Paul. Good morning, PK is with us this morning. Morning.As Michael is away overseas and reporting from Washington in just a moment. Stretching right along the stretch of the NSW coast. If you look at the map and at all of those fires, it is incredible. goes
Starts at the border with Victoria, goes all the way to the Gold Coast. That is, of course, as Shane was explaining earlier, all of that rain in western NSW, it's OK there, but that just builds loads later in the is um Mers, maybe not worthying about this morning.No, a rough start to the summer and those winds don't help either, so we're staying across that this morning. If live in those fire areas and you would like to update us, tweet in your images and we will share them with the wider audience.In the US, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump. At least 41 million marijuanas across 48 states have already cast ballots in this election. The campaigning will go down to the wire with two major candidates now targeting key states over the next 48hours. In Syria, forces say they are claiming the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants. The US plan togs conduct air strikes while Kurdish forces move in on the ground. The Federal Government is working to confirm reports that an Australian aid worker has been kidnapped in the capital, Kabul. Afghan police say a woman was kidnapped by a gunman on Saturday night.All schools have closed for three days in the Indian capital, Delhi, as the city struggles with choking smog. Delhi's Government called an emergency meeting as the particles in the area soared to 90 times that level considered safe by the World Health Organization.At least 10,000 people Stooke to the streets overnight as protesters are angry that two pro-democracy politicians could now been disqualified from Parliament as they used their Swaining-in ceremonies to protest Beijing's rule Lths a new study reports 80% of scientists are considering leaving their profession. One in four scientists are un-Sen concern whether they would be employed in a year's time because of difficulties in obtaining research grants.Time for a look at the weather with Vanessa O'Hanlon.Thanks, Paul:

Election campaign without precedent - a new low in American politics, you can take your pick of the phrases being used. We are now moveg into the final two days of this election campaign in Washington in America, and Michael Rowland joins us now from Washington DC. Zoe Daniel is in Leesburg in Virginia this morning. Good morning to you both. Nice to see you. Michael, can you tap the mood for us? What sense are you picking up how Americans are feeling about this extraordinary election.They are waiting desperately for Tuesday night to roll around. They are really over this election campaign. We got that perception from back home, watching on from a far, but really that sentiment is white-hot and I've go the that from all sides, from Republicans, from Democrats and from those who are just so sick of the electoral process, they are not going to vote at all. Let's not in
forget voting is not compulsory here in America. It has been a long and toxic campaign, both sides have gone all out to get the last-minute votes. We've seen a big spike in last-minute voting. So what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton do over the next 24 hours might prove academic. But people are so sick and tired of not just Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but what many see as the broken electoral sis them in the first place that throws up lexicon tests like this one.Zoe, over to you, nonetheless, the major candidates are barnstorming through the key states and particularly the electoral college vote heavy states at the moment. Are they being greeted with open arms?Yes, they are, Virginia, and to call it a frenzy, I think would be an understatement. Donald Trump yesterday crossed three time zones to visit four states. Today another five states for Mr Trump - he will be in Io way, minute so ta, Pennsylvania and here in Virginia where I am. Virginia is not even a toss-up state according to the pollsters, but his campaign are calling it. He will at an event just behind me at the fair grounds. This event is 7 hours from now and already people are going in, such is the level of enthusiasm for Donald Trump, and last night again in the main city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton there with Katy Perry, the pop star, a kt Oscietraed 15,000 people to a rally, but I would have to agree with Michael, I think certainly on Hillary Clinton's side, the voters there just want it to be over. On Donald Trump's side, there is I a sense of excitement and enthusiasm amongst people who simply can't wait to cast their vote on Tuesday.It comes down to agent mettic or as they say in America, math, and how is the electoral math cutting up right now?I've never been really good at math, but I do know the American electoral system very well, and hoirnt still has pathways to the magical 270 number, the majority she needs to get in the 538-strong electoral college, there are many more rock solid states than those leading to the Republican party, but we've see the battleground shift to the safe Democrat seats. Still accords to the pollsters isn't a toss-up state, in Virginia. We've seen Donald Trump go to states like Minnesota, Michigan, also very reliably Democratic states where he feels he has a chance mpt They could be a head game, we don't know. Hillary Clinton has been surrogates to those states. Hillary Clinton will spend one of her final campaign events in Michigan, a State up until now is very much in the Democratic column. Whether this speaks to nerve, where Hillary Clinton thinks things may end up on Tuesday night, or just throwing everything at the big electoral college map on the wall, and hope it sticks, we don't know, but it's closer than you think.Zoe, we have been noticing, Hillary Clinton does seem to be slightly ahead in the polls. What has she got to say for herself about all of this?Hillary Clinton is in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire today and New Hampshire is an interesting one, part of a Democratic fire wall, Donald Trump currently up 1.6 points a day. At the end of the day, he has to flip a State, if he is going to Tahir get the States, like Michigan, places where they think she has vulnerability, he has to throw everything that that. He needs 270 win, he has to win somewhere, therefore she has to flip something back, but Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire trying to save, but let's list tone what she had to say this morning.This election is about much more than the two candidates. Our names may be on the ballot, but make no mistake, everything you care about, everything I care about and I've, woulded for is the stake. This election is about doing everything we can to stop the movement to destroy President Obama's legacy. Yes, very serious tone there as it gets so serious. Zone we Daniel, Michael Rowland, great to talk to you. Thanks so.The 'New York Times' has lifted its paywall for the next few days, very, very latest polling just maintaining Hillary Clinton's modest lead over Donald Trump, and those early votes coming through are counting on her side and the Hispanic community.That's right, and that key turnout, and I think there was a percentage figure I saw over the weekend which shows that the Hispanic vote in the early voting was up 159%. I think on the last general election there in the US, so significant turnout which most pundits say favours, of course, Hillary Clinton. As you mentioned earlier, Paul, our own PM Malcolm Turnbull is speaking on AM this morning. Let's have a listen Michael, before we come to that, can I just pay tribute to the efforts of the firefighters in NSW.Sure.Who have been battling fires around Port Stephens and Cessnock. The situation currently is watch-and-wait, but I want to urge everybody in those areas to follow precisely the directions of the emergency Management Authorities at all times. Clearly could be a bad season, obviously?Indeed, and again we owe so much to the courage, the professionalism and the dedication of the firefighters.OK. To the business ahead this week, you are pushing ahead with the asylum seeker bill, as I said. Why is it necessary to tighten this now?We need to send the clearest possible message to the people smugglers that if you seek to come to Australia by boat with a people smuggler, you will not be able to settle in Australia. This has to be a very clear message. We've believe it was a bipartisan message. This bill will serve to put that clearly into law.But haven't the boats stopped?Well, the boats have stopped thanks to the Coalition Government, but complacency and this is exactly what Kevin Rudd did. I mean, the question you asked, if I may say so, is exactly the complacency that led Kevin Rudd to unpick John Howard's border protection policy and that resulted in 1,200 deaths at sea. Now, I just say to your listeners, Michael, there is no humanity, there is no compassion in doing anything that the people smugglers will exploit to get vulnerable people on boats, get them on the water, seek to test our resolve and we know that people will drown. Now, if you want people - if you want to maintain your borders, the integrity of your borders, you need to send the clearest and most unequivocal message: If you seek to come here by boat, you won't succeed.I guess my point is the message has been sent. In your terms, the boats have stopped, why do you need to make it even tougher? If I took that suggestion seriously, I would be heading down the same road of complacency and catastrophe that Kevin Rudd did. We are dealing with a very agile, very determined enemy in the people smugglers. These are very sophisticated criminals. They have at their disposal, all of the resources of social media that John Howard didn't have to face a decade or more ago. This is a much more challenging environment than ever, and that is why our message has to be absolutely unequivocal, and you see this tough border protection policy is the foundation that enables us to have the most successful multicultural society in the world, that allows us to bring in refugees from Syria and Iraq, and indeed to increase our humanitarian program.Let's go to the politics of it, because clearly Labor haven't indicated whether they will support it or not. It seems clear that they don't like it. Bill Shorten has called it ludicrous, and he does suggest and I think many would agree with him that banning somebody perhaps who in 40 years' time wants to come here as a tourist does seem a little bit over the top?Well, this is a classic case of Bill Shorten pandering to the left of his party, that has always hated the Coalition John Howard's border protection policy, they've always hated it, and the problem is that when - if you remember, in 2007, Kevin Rudd went to the election and said he would maintain Howard's policy and he would turn back the boats. He did precisely the opposite. Despite my objections, despite my pleas as Leader of the Opposition, he unpicked it and we know what we got, 50,000 unauthorised arrivals, 1,200 at least deaths at sea. Who on the left of the Labor Party is prepared to take responsibility for that? You know, if you unpick a policy that works, if you undermine a policy that works, and you, as an inevitable consequence of that, get tens of thousands unauthorised arrivals and more than a thousand deaths at sea, surely you must take responsibility and Labor must do that, and Shorten has got to stop trying to walk both sides of the street. He either stands up for strong border protection, stands up for the foundation of the most successful multicultural society in the world, stands up for the foundation of one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world or not.OK. Others have said that it is a precoursor to a deal on resettlement. If it's not a precoursor to a deal on resettlement, how will you get the people out of Nauru and Manus?Well, a number of them are going home, hundreds of them.Still hundreds left, but?There are indeed, but they have gone home to the countries of origin, a number have been resettled in other countries and we continue to talk to them, but can I just deal with the 40-year issue, if I may backtrack to that in a moment, MichaelOK.Under the legislation we are proposing, the minister has a discretion in the public interest to allow somebody to come in, so let's say in 40 years' time, I think Bill Shorten said, "What if somebody is a citizen of Canada and has won a Australia?"
Nobel Prize and wants to visit Australia?"Exactly.Well, no doubt the minister of the day will look at that case on I its merits and grant the Nobel Prize winner a visa. See, the point is all of the rules and the provisions of the migration Act, almost without exception, are subject to ministerial discretion, so we aren't seeking to legislate for the rule, Shorten is looking at a hypothet kag exception. Now, I'm not saying that that can't occur, I'm not saying it's beyond conceivable, but what I'm saying is you've got the flexibility in the legislation that we are proposing to enable that case to be dealt with, and the minister in 40 years' time will no doubt make a sensible decision in the public interest. So this is a furphy, this is just an excuse of his to pander to the left because his party is not committed. They've proved it once before and they are proving it again, they are not committed to the strong border protection policies that have stopped the boats, got 2,000 children out of detention, closed 17 detention centres and are the foundation for the most successful multicultural society in the world. Let's move onto other issues. 18C - there is obviously a push to change from within your own ranks. You were publicly opposed to change before. You said in August you've had more pressing priorities. Have you changed your mind?Well, what we have in a strong public debate under way at the moment, and Senator Smith, as you know, Senator Dean Smith from WA has suggested that the matter could be usefully considered by a parliamentary committee, the human rights Committee, a joint committee, and the Cabinet in the Government is considering that. I think there is considerable merit in that. Look, the reality is that... So it has become authority now, has it?No, Michael, that's not what I'm saying.OK.There is and has been - and I have sympathy for this argument, and have expressed that in the past - there is a view that the test is - the bar that is set is too low, in other words in particular that prescribing conduct which insults and offends is too much a restriction on free speech. You're obviously trying to get the balance between ensuring that we maintain the courteous discourse and debate that again, mutual respect that underpins our strong multicultural society and on the other hand critical
freedom of speech which is of critical importance in a democracy. I think the Human Rights Commission has done a great deal of harm to its credibility by bringing the case against the Queensland students. You know, the reality...Doesn't it show that 18C works, though, because they ruled against the...What it shows. Shows the law works?What is shows is that the Human Rights Commission must urgently review the way in which it manages these cases. To have a case like that which will have involved the expenditure of considerable Commonwealth money, taxpayers' money, considerable money on behalf of the students, imposed enormous stress on them, and have it chucked out, struck out as having no reasonable prospects of success, what the court was saying, what the judge was saying to the Human Rights Commission is, "You've been wasting the court's time. You've been wasting government money." Now, frankly, what the Human Rights Commission needs to do is reflect on whether, in making its decisions as to which cases to pursue and which cases not to pursue, it has been doing so in a manner that enhances the reputation both of the commission and respect for the discrimination...Just to get back to the Act itself, is it about changing the words then, because you and others continue to say that the "offend and insult" are the two - the Act says it is lawful to offend, insult, hue militate and intimidate, and if you remove "offend and insult""?Well, the most common suggestion for reform has been to remove "insult and offend" and insert the word "vilify" - some would say to remove the word "humiliate" and insert "vilify" let me make this point to you, Michael: It's very important that any change in this area has strong public support and consensus because we are dealing with matters of great sensitivity, and this is where frankly again, the Human Rights Commission has not done itself or its reputation, or the respect for the law as service by bringing that case which again - which most people found extraordinary, that a case would be brought against three students making comments on Facebook, and now it has been chucked out as having no reasonable prospect of success. The commission has got - the Human Rights Commission should - it should meet and it should very soberly and carefully reflect on whether in their conduct of the administration of the Act they have actually been undermining respect for it, because that was a - this was not a case that was determined on the margin, it was not a close case, it was not a well argued case that fell down on the balance of probabilities. This is a case where a judge has said, "You've got no prospect of success. Out you go."But that's the legal process, isn't it?Well, it is very rare - you see, if you are a government and you've got the discretion to prosecute, you should do so with great care and with great deliberation, and you should be - you should exercise that discretion very thoughtfully and carefully and I think when a case is thrown out like this, it is a time for the Human Rights Commission to reflect on whether they have been managing the administration of the Act in a way that is likely to encourage support for its objects. Nonetheless, you want to change the Act and so do - well, some in your party have been advocating this very stongly.Of course they have been, yes.As have some on the crossbench. Yes.Is there also going to be a way of getting more support for some other legislation?Well, Michael, you've only got to read the media, to look at the newspapers, to list tone the ABC and there is a lively debate going on about...Off course many.. About section 18C and there it sets the bar too low, whether the Act is being appropriately administered. These are all issues that can quite properly - that's what parliamentary committees are for, quite properly be considered by a #35r89 ri committee and if the Government proceeds with that approach, then I would expect that people with different views would make their case and we'll see how the public debate and consensus reinvolves informed by the committee.Along the way it might help you secure some vital crossbench votes for your ABCC bill as well. Will you push ahead with that for a vote by the end of the year?We are certainly dedicated to that passage, it is critically important that we restore the rule of law in the construction sector, it employs a million Australians. This is a critical reform. Obviously my goal in the past I went to the extent of par rogueing Parliament to ensure - we had a double dissolution election for it, my commitment is to practical rut zbls. So all' put it in when you're confident you have the votes? Exactly, you see, that's right, that shows your keen political insight. The object of putting legislation into the Senate is to get it passed.Uhr yo' hopeful of getting the numbers?I am hopeful, as well.Tony Abbott, last week, written, saying in a column written by his friend Catherine manage grek gore. Bottas actually believes the best insurance against him being deemed a wrecker." What did you think when you heard that? Well, the reality is that I have an excellent Cabinet, I have a great ministry, I have great assistant ministers, I have a very talented backbench as well. I've got more people of Cabinet material than I can fit into the Cabinet, which is a good problem to have, as a PM, so I'm surrounded by lots of talent. I've got no plans to make any changes. When changes are made, when people retire or move on for whatever reason, in the future, I will be seeking to bring up fresher, you know, new faces, younger members, my belief is that ministries need to be renewed, and you need to be bringing in new talent, and I've demonstrated that already. I have more women in my Cabinet than any previous Coalition PM. In fact, I think than any previous PM with the exception of Mr Rudd's Cabinet when he came back briefly. We've promoted younger people, promoted more women, and we will continue to do that.Doesn't sound like you will be bringing him back to Cabinet then?I won't speculate about any individual, but again, even as you prepare to move on to Four Corners, your keen political insight, our% pe Cassty is there for all to see.It does sound then you will have to accept him speaking out whenever he feels that he wants to?Everyone is entitled to free speech, we were talking about that earlier. We have a strong commitment to free speech in our nation, in our party, in our Parliament.Alright. All eyes, of course, are not going to be just on what's happening here, but they certainly will be on...That's the understatement of the day.On the US. Donald Trump, you've described his comments on women as loathsome. Bill Shorten has described his views as barking mad. You both say the alliance with the US is bigger than one man, but it will be difficult to work with him if he does become President, doesn't it?Look, I've managed to get through this incredibly long American election campaign without commenting on the competing candidates, and now less than 48 hours till it's over, I'm not going to start speculating, but it is a very important campaign. It's been focused a lot on personalities and allegations flying back and forth, but there are huge issues, that the next president, whoever he or she is will have to deal with. Commitment to free markets and free trade and open markets. We believe that the ratification by the US Congress of the Trans Pacific Partnership is of enormous importance, not simply as a trade deal, but as a statement of America's commitment to the rule of law and the rules-based international order in this part of the world. We believe it has enormous strategic importance. We also believe America's continued engagement around the world particularly in this part of the world is of enormous importance, so we look forward to working with the next American president and I'm sure we will do so constructively and effectively, but a strong America, an engaged America, an America committed to free trade, open markets, rule of law is absolutely critical for our future prosperity and security.But again those concerns that you raise - free trade, engagement with the region - those are all things that Donald Trump in his rhetoric has basically signalled that...There you go, that's the PM speaking about US politics without speaking about US politics for the moment, and giving the longest don't hold your breath equivalent answer on Tony Abbott. Absolutely, which we all anticipated he would play it that way. But what does he mean, he has got through this long election campaign in the US without commenting once? When you call a candidate's observations and actions loathsome and disgusting, aren't you commenting?Isn't that an official comment?You know what, I will take that as a comment?It has been such a long campaign, people have forgotten what they've said on the way. Yes. Let's go to the weather with Vanessa O'Hanlon.The heat sweeping over Queensland, for those in Winton, 41 degrees and Rockhampton 36. In Brisbane, a top of 29, gusty thunderstorms in the north-west and northern interior. Very warm across NSW as well. Those winds will fend as south westerly in the south-west:

Now, still ahead, our American in Oz, Sarah James will be here as the US election enters the home strait and comedian Tim Ross joins us to look at the evolution of the great Australian dream. That suburban home has changed so much over the last 50 or so years. His new series, Streets of Your Town, takes us inside some exceptional and some unexceptional houses with questions whether we've lost our way in home design. That's all coming up, but PK with the New South Wales news.Fire authorities in NSW say blazes in the Hunter region could still pose a threat to properties despite them being downgraded overnight. Warm conditions and strong winds forecast today. There are currently fires burning along hundreds of kilometres of the NSW coast. As the bitter race for the White House enters its closing stages, latest polling has Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump. At least 41 million Americans across 48 states have already cast ballots in the election. Campaigning will go down to the wire with the two major candidates targeting key states over the next 48 hours. Legislation to set up a same-sex marriage plebiscite is set to be defeated in the Senate this week, but senior ministers still hope to pass the bill. Attorney-General George Brandis is refusing to concede defeat. In Syria, forces backed by the US say they are moving in to reclaim the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants. The US plans to conduct air strikes, while Kurdish forces move? On the ground. A new study warns 80% of scientists are considering leaving the profession. The Australian soet r Society for Medical Research has found that one in four scientists are uncertain about being employed in a year's time because of difficulties obtaining research grants.And now with the finance years here is Del Irani.The administrators of Arrium say that there are fewer than five possible bidders for the miner. KordaMentha say that a handle of local and overseas firms have been short-listed to buy Arrium with the sale hoped to be finalised by January next year. On Saturday, Arrium announced it will sell its subsidiary for just over $1.5 billion to a US consortium. They've voted to go ahead with the sale of its steel and iron ore mining business as well, but this could take some time. Overseas and a case for a rise in interest rates has been xwoofted by strongs jobs da the ta. The US created 161,000 positions last month and job creation for August and September was also revised up The US unemployment rate edged lower to 4.9% and this latest data indicates a healthy labour market in the US and it supports the view held by many analysts that US Federal Reserve may raise rates in December. Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding the US presidential election continues to rattle investors, so much so that US zoks notched up their longest losing streak in more than 35 years last Friday. Here is how the markets finished up:The ninth consecutive section that the S&P 500 has closed down.

Now, the world's biggest coffee chain, Starbucks has reported record annual profits. Starbucks made an operating income of almost $4.2 billion for the year to October which is up 16% on the previous year. The result was mainly due to strong demand in its biggest market, the Americas where net sales rose 11%, however, in the fourth quarter of its financial year, global sales at existing stores rose by only 4% lowest than many analysts expected. The fastest growth was in China and Asia-Pacific region which recorded 23% growth for the year. Finally Samsung has been forced to recall nearly 3 million washing machines in the uchl S after the doors detached mid-wash leaving one person with a broken jaw. The company said 34 models of top-loading machines made between March 2011 and November 2016 may be faulty. Nine people have reported washing machine-related injuries, while there have been 733 complaints of excessive vibration or detaching doors. This of course is the latest scandal to hit Samsung after it was recently forced to recall and halt production of its Galaxy Note 7 smart phone. So serious brand damage to take place. A lot of customers in the US now suing the firm. The gatcy noet 7 has hit a bottom line last quarter, reported a fall in the net operating profit, so the future of this company is a really interesting one to watch.We will watch it closely. Thanks so much Del many Breaking news which is really interesting, as if this election campaign in the US needed another bombshell, we are hearing again from the Director of the FBI James Comey and saying that investigators have reviewed the large volume of new emails, the controversial new drop that has been looked at in the last few days and has brought Hillary Clinton back no doubt. They've reviewed that use. And this is the key line:

Those conclusions, of course, PK, were good for her.That's right, so no answer to answer, roo Ellie is the way you look at that. Brian Fallon has tweeted - he is the press secretary for hoipt, just tweeting a few moments ago: "We were always confident that it won't be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it."Yes, and Sarah James is with us in Oz.Sarah James, are you in Sydney, but thanks for joining us, as always. What do you make of that decision for the FBI to make the declaration in Congress?I think if you hear the sound of cheering, it is the Clinton Tam cheering at this news. This could not have come at a better time, very important for them. Of course the around
FBI has said they have been working around the clock. This is on a batch of emails that they found on the laptop of a disgraced Congressman, Anthony wiener who is the husband of Huma Aberdeen, one of Hillary Clinton's most trusted aides. In the course of an investigation into wooener in for sexting, that's the charge or that's the investigation, whether he was sexting with a minor child, in the course of that investigation, they found some emails that were bleen Huma Aberdeen and Hillary Clinton, so the question was did this change the recommendation that they had back in July? The fact that the FBI Director has come out and said, "No, it doesn't change anything," is exactly what Hillary Clinton wanted and needed to hear. So this is great news for her, and obviously is going to be disappointing to Donald Trump, and it comes at a time, PK, where she is stabilising a bit. The polls now have her leading - the latest NBC News 'Wall Street Journal' knoll poll has her up 4 points in the popular vote. That's what they are saying is her lead at this stage. That's down from about 11 percentage thatten
lead in October, but it is better thatten it has been in some other polls in recent days.Sarah, different states have been targeted in these dying stages of the try
campaign. What are you looking at to try to find out who will win this race?Good question. I think what's interesting here is when we look at a couple of the polls - for example, if you look at politics and take a look at the numbers there, you will Hillary
see 216 electoral college votes for Hillary Clinton, 164 for Donald Trump, and here is the interesting thing, PK: 158 toss-ups. That is late. We are just obviously a couple of day as way from the election, to have that many toss-up states at this stage in the electoral college is very interesting, and then if you go to 538 which is another highly respected site and the polling has been pretty darn good all year long, they are showing her chance of winning at 64%, so are the states that I'm watching? I'm watching Michigan. She is pouring money into Michigan, she needs that State to stay blue, blue for Democrats of course. Obviously everybody is watching Florida. We know that happened in 2000 when Al Gore lost that State very narrowly, and again we had a third party and date in the year that year, so - in the race flor
that year, so you have to watch for flor dament Another one I'm paying close attention to is Pennsylvania because it is an interesting state. The cities are going in the one direction and the rural countryside in another, so she needs to keep Pennsylvania, so those are a couple. Of course, everybody always watches Ohio, that's one we always watch. Donald Trump - what will the Trump Team try to do in the last couple of days, barring another bombshell on either side?Yes, of course we have had so many of them, we have to say that, but I think he will do what he has been doing. He will rev up the crowds. He has been very disciplined in the last couple of weeks. We haven't seen those 3:00am tweets that always made news the next day. He hasn't done that, he hasn't been sounding off in the same way. I'm sure he will respond to what the FBI Director has released. I have no doubt there will be some spns from the Trump camp about that, but I and
think what he will do is go forth and just continue to campaign in the same way that he has. He looks like he is having the time of his life. He looks like he is enjoying that, and that's what he needs to do, that's what he has to do, because the reality is, even though Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls, this is all about the electoral college, and it is possible for either candidate to win the popular vote and lose in the electoral college and it is the electoral college that counts.Sarah, just before we let you go, I want you to be honest here. You've got the best job at the NBC by being the Australian correspondent.I love freelancing for NBC, I absolutely adore t I worked for them full-time for many years in the states, and I love this, it is a great, great game.So you don't feel like you are being left out?No, I feel like I have a ringside seat and it is a fantastic opportunity that I go et to do here for the ABC. I will be covering it all day with John Barron and Joe O'Brien and the team, really looking forward to it, no, I feel like I've got a really, really good gig here.Great to have you ringside for us, Sarah.Thanks, PK.As you said, special election coverage from Wednesday, and right throughout the day, on News 24 and iview, all working on the basis that, on the assumption that we may have a result on Wednesday, and fingers cross fd we do. We will let you know if we will roll into Thursday and Friday. Donald Trump has said he will already appeal.No matter what happens? If he wins he will appeal? He'll figure that out.Rural fires Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says more than a dozen fires are not yet contained ste start of what could be a long and tough bushfire season. Our concentration of effort, our focus remains in the Hunter region, near Port Stephens, Cessnock and up around Kempsey as well, where we've got some particularly difficult fires that are posing the most threat or risk to local communities. The fire ground situation, the fire conditions are still quite volatile. We need people to remain vigilant in that local area, and be monitoring radio, TV, website, using the Smartphone p a, staying a breast of the changing conditions. We are expecting warmer conditions again today. Low he to mid-30s, very dry humidities and those winds are going to be dominating out of the west-north-west which are typically dry and they are going to be up around 30, 40, 50km/h, which is quite problematic for firefighters because it elevates and increases the fire behaviour. We've got a stretch of at least 10km of the Pacific Highway, the M1 motorway, where we've got fire on both sides of the highway. We are working closely with police and the traffic management authorities to manage traffic flow through the region to limit the inconvenience, but of course that can change and will only make interventions where we need to in the interests of safety for the travelling community, but also for our firefighters working on the fire lines in thatter a.Shane, you say you've got dozens of fires at the moment and just looking at the website here, it stretches basically the entire length of the NSW coastline. Are you worried about this fire season more than you normally would be even?Look, you're quite right, Paul many The coastal strip is where the predominant fire activity is at the moment in NSW and that's indicative of the winter we've just come through. We've come through one of the wettest winters western
on record for NSW. So much of the western areas of the State are pretty green and affected by water, but we are mindful, as the outlook indicated several months ago, that once that moisture dissipates and we go into the heat of summer, we've got most of NSW that is likely to expect or experience above normal fire conditions this year, and that's because the winter rains has promoted so much growth, particularly grass-fuelled growth, across the State, that when that dries out, as we move into summer, woo he have' got very real risk of high elevated fire dangers and above normal fire season as we head into summer and the tail end of summer coming up the other side of Christmas.Shane Fitzsimmons there giving us the very latest. This week's Australian storey tells how Rwanda refugees found new life in rural Australia and revitalised their local areaA small rural town on the NSW-Queensland border needed to attract new residents and one community offered a solution. Largely tied to children. There is not much joy in a place with no children.Somehow we needed to get people in the area and we fwheeded people with families. We needed them
somehow to have something to get them back.I don't think we ever really in our wildest dreams expect that these people would really want to come so much and want to come so quickly, to get out of the city.

quickly, to get out of the city.
Manuel came back with the first two families who put their names down. They arrived the day before Anzac Day. One family was staying with us because their house wasn't ready. I did note that there were a lot of children in these families. I thought, "Well, there's a good thing."Some good hops on that young fella. I just imagined some talent scouts out there thinking, "How can we get in touch?" Well, you can start by watching ABC Australian Story at 8 o'clock, and watch it on iview as well.A lovely story and quite a common story for a lot of rural communities. They have been incredibly grateful to receiving refugees and welcoming them into their community. Catching wild bulls is apparently hard and dangerous work. I wouldn't know.It isIt is? Yes.I get guided by experts today. Bull catching and other stock work to help struggling young Indigenous people.Kristy O'Brien travelled to a new station on the Northern Territory-Queensland border to check it out: This is wild bull catching in the Top End. Clarry shad forth is behind the wheel. His grandfather, William shad forth was the first Indigenous person in Australia to own a cattle station. William shad forth's son Frank ran the station for many decades and now pass the man tell onto his son and what the families have achieved has been remarkable. The shad forths have taken hundreds of young people over the years.A lot of families don't like looking after kids and it makes you sad, really.It is not a recognised program and gets no funding.Doesn't matter kiddy, has to be work, none of this weekend business, 7 days a week, do 6 weeks and let them go for a week and they come back and enjoy it.18-year-old Zane Butler is one of those kids.I I've been on parole since I was 13, I think, whier.What types of offences?Robberies, burglaries.He just wishes he had found Frank and Clarry shad forth earlier.If I had god out of the station younger, I would have been a hard-working man snoomentWhat you're dealing with, you've got six generations of people sitting down, then the sugar and alcohol syndrome and that's all mixed. You cannot straighten a kid out within 3 weeks or 2 weeks.The legacy is now tracking six decades. I hope they have the nerve to carry on, I think they will.A station that merges a deep-rooted respect for culture along with old-fashioned hard work.Now, we are saying if you can't do it on horseback, then it can't qualify as an officially recognised sport.Worth looking at those programs like those where they get young people, particularly young people at risk.Absolutely.Get them into that sort of work on farms oer in the outback, have proved very productive.It is pretty exciting stuff, though, isn't it?Terrifying. Your heart rate would be right up. Only for the young.Comedians Alex Baldwin and Kate McKinnon, have played the entire campaign as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and it was their last hurrah on Saturday Night Live.They faced off for a last-pitch to voters but #24e7b the comedians broke character.Has the wold world insane? Donald Trump has ruined what so much of us Americans hold dear - kindness, decency, tick tacks, scitles, taco bulls, father-daughter dances, buses, bright red hats, the word "great", the colour orange, men,Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to run for President. She is a liar, she is a crook.No.And frankly she should be in jail and when I am President, I will assign a special prot causer.No, no, no,.To make sure that she never - oh, (sighs) I'm sorry, Kate, I just hate yelling all this stuff at you like this.Yeah, I know, right. This whole election has been so mean.I just feel gross all the time. Don't you guys feel gross all the time about this?Let's get outta here. What? Where will we go?You'll see.

(Laughs)(Laughs)Which is more frightening, when they are in character or out of character?Alec Baldwin's voice is exactly the same as Donald Trump. I miss that one.He has refined it and refined it and now done it so beautifully. A great turn. Well doneStars of the campaign and inspiration, too, for the real deal this week. Maybe to come together at the end, maybe not. Maybe not.Let's get a look at the sporting news and over to Ben Lisson.Thanks for getting moo he to back up off that. We'll go from political theatre to sporting one and Australia is chasing an unlikely 5/- 539 for victory after South Africa piled on the runs after the Fourth test in Perth. The Proteas all but batted the Australians out of the contest with the hosts left to chase the biggest run chase in test cricket history. That task is nearly impossible. Blake Kagi reports. South Africa pushed its lead beyond 400 early on Day 4. Australia's cause wasn't helped by another missed opportunity in the field, this time from Josh Hazlewood.COMMENTATOR: Dropped right on fence.The Proteas looked determined to bat Australia out of the contest, as Quentin de Kock and Vernon Philander put on a stand. The only wicket for the first session as the tourists took a stranglehold on the contest. With quick runs the focus, South Africa came out swinging after the break.That's better, that's bigger. It's good. The declaration eventually came when the 8th wicket fell as the Proteas set a task of needing to pull off the biggest 4th innings run chase, an unlikely 539. David Warner hoped to get the hosts to a solid start. But a sensational piece of fielding brought about his downfall manyCan you believe it, a run-out?One quickly became two.And out, they've got two, back-to-back wickets, Marsh follows Warner.The opening pair falling before tea left Australia in desperate need of a big partnership. Usman Khawaja and, Khawaja received a let-off when an edge landed between the keeper and sweep. Smith wasn't so fart nat when he nicked one, leaving Australia staring at defeat. To the A-League and Perth and the Western Sydney Wanderers have been forced to settle for a draw after their Round 5 contest in WA. The Wanderers enjoy a perfect start after a goal just 30 seconds into the match. The two sides couldn't be separated at the final whift knell a 2-all draw. While in the W-League, the Victory and Adelaide played out an entertaining 3-all draw in their Round 1 match. In basketball, Melbourne United has replaced Illawarra at the bottom of the NBL ladder following the Hawks 82-73 win in Wollongong yesterday. The Hawks took advantage of United's injury woes to lead by 11 points at half-time. David Anderson led a Melbourne comeback with a game-high 23 points, but an influential final quarter from Hawks guard Mitch Norton secured Illawarra's third win of the season. Mary Keitany of Kenya has claimed her third New York City marathon title in a row. She broke away from her competition early in the race and finished in a time of 2 hours and 24 minutes. In the men's race, 20-year-old Ghimay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won in 2 hours and 7 minutes and he hardly looks tired, which I think is a bit rude, actually.Look, he keeps running, keeps running. Stop it!He could at least make it look difficult.With a famous name, too. No relation and a different country. To the weather with Vanessa O'Hanlon.Looking lovely around Port Stephens, although not so great at the moment with bushfiring burning around that region. The lingering smoke affected the sunrise. Thank you, Jenny, for sending it in. The risk of storms on Wednesday. To around the nation and a heat trapped over the Pilbara and Kimberley. Perth heads for 23 but a low pressure trough is pushing the warm winds across to Queensland and some storms as well. A pre-frontal trough generating showers a Ng low the South Australian coast down to Tasmania. Gusty winds will turn south westerly on the front up to 100km/h across Victoria. On Wednesday, the front weakens to a trough as it heads over the north eastern parts of NSW. That's where we could see rain and thunderstorms and it brings the risk of lightning as well for the bushfire areas. To Queensland:

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And welcome back to News Breakfast and thanks for WA watching. Another twist in the election dying moments. The FBI says the agency won't recommend charges against Hillary Clinton after a fresh review of those email practices.

Local authorities warn the bushfire danger in New South Wales is not over yet. With another day of tough conditions ahead.There's just over 50 fires and 13 of those are still not contained.As Parliament resumes, confusion reigns in the Senate, with One Nation's Rod Culleton refusing to commit to his party.Also ahead, robots and artificial intelligence. Their successes and stumbles.No, they don't always work perfectly, but robots are taking over key jocks. We'll have more about how it means for us, and will they can be trusted. With Martin Ford joining us later this hour. And leading sport, Aussies on the ropes against South Africa. And it's a gusty start to the week, damaging wind warnings for Victoria and Tasmania. Good morning again. There's been another dramatic twist in the US election campaign with just two days to go. The FBI announcing it will take no action in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. James Comey told Congress that investigators have examined the emails, that sparked the renewed investigation late last month.He says the bureau has not changed their conclusions relating to Mrs Clinton. It announced the conclusions back in July, that there was no case to answer.With the latest, Michael Rowland joins us now from Washington, and Zoe Daniel is in Leesburg, in Virginia, this morning. Good morning to both of you. Another bombshell in this late stage of the election campaign.A campaign remeet with bomb shells, massive twists and turns. The intriguing timing, it being only 4 o'clock in the afternoon on a Sunday here. James Comey's letter releaseded to Congressional lawmakers. He said he looked at the emails, found to be on the laptop of a Clinton staffer and her estranged husband. He said no reason to lay any charges against Hillary Clinton. A move already warmly welcomed by the Clinton campaign. The big question is how much damage had this initial damage, that has already had on Hillary Clinton's campaign, how many damage has it had on her vote in some of the key states. And very big news, the one that Hillary Clinton is warmly embrace. It remains to be seen.The Monday morning papers will be full of it. Who is paying attention, so much of the mud that was flung is flung some time ago. Will it make any difference with those who have made up their mind with Hillary Clinton? Yeah, I think the timing is quite key. Friday afternoon was the day when the drop first dame, around this review that was taking place and that's what 8 or 9 days ago now. And here we are, Sunday afternoon, not drop, saying, we don't think there's anything in it. In that time, Hillary Clinton's national polling has gone from a fairly stable sixish points to around 1.8. Many of the battleground states that will be key to victory are now extremely tight, having been quite stable in Hillary Clinton's favour. And both candidates are barnstorming the country. Donald Trump doing five states today, one of them in Virginia, where I'm standing. His campaign is calling Virginia a tossup. And the lead in New Hampshire, part of Hillary Clinton's so-called Democratic firewall. 48 hours out, what can be factored in now? Hard to tell. And many people have voted early.And on that point of voting early, what are the figures around that and what does it mean for the last few days of the campaign?I think when the dust settles, we'll see compared to last election, there was a big increase in early voting. Lots of early voting in key states like Florida and Nevada. Lot of Latinos, lots of Hispanics coming out in large numbers, casting their votes. The Democrats are quite confident it will be in their column, in particular as a result of what Donald Trump has said about Hispanics over the course of this election. This bombshell, even the Donald Trump, what he said on that bus 12 years ago, that bombshell may not have had the impact it may have, if there wasn't a big spike in early voting. And let's not forget the key factor, lots of people are so over this election campaign, they don't want to wait until Tuesday, they want to vote as soon as possible. Zoe, back to you. What are the two key candidates up to today? And where are they heading in the! Few hours and day? As I said, Donald Trump with a very punishing schedule today. He's in Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and here in Virginia, trying to counter, as Michael was saying, the early voting from the most dynamic and diverse communities. Hillary Clinton today in Ohio, in New Hampshire, she's done. Also in Pennsylvania, a state she really must win, a state that is divided, rural communities, industrial communities for Donald Trump, cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for Hillary.This election is about more than the 2 candidates. Our names may be on the ballot, by make no mistake, everything you care about, everything I care about and work for is at stake. This election is about doing everything we can to stop the movement to destroy President Obama's legacy.Very serious tone from Hillary Clinton. Nice to talk to you. Fire authorities in New South Wales say that major blazes in the Hunter region should still pose a threat to properties, despite their status being downgraded overnight. Fires in the Hunter region and Port Stephens on the Central Coast remain volatile with warm conditions and strong winds forecast today. Currently fires are burning along hundreds of kilometres on the New South Wales coast.In Syria, forces be backed by the United States say they are moving to reclaim the city of Raqqa.All schools are closed for 3 days in the Indian capital, Delhi, as the city struggles with choking smog. Delhi's government called an emergency meeting after the level of dangerous particles in the air soared to 90 times over the level considered safe by the World Health Organization.A woman has been injured after crashing her car into a house. Police say she lost control of the car at Kealba, the car mounted a gutter and crashed into a home. Those inside the house were not hurt.The South Australia, a citizens jury has urged the State Government not to store high level nuclear waste. The jury delivered their report to the Premier Jay Weatherill after two-thirds of the group voted against storing the waste. The Premier says the jury's decision is not the end of the debate.They said no, but there's 50 pages of why they said no and we need to understand that. Interestingly, when the jury seemed to be discussing this, the technical issues about safety were less prominent than the issues of trust. Jay Weatherill there. A new study warns that 80% of the scientists in this country are considering leaving the profession. The Australian society for medical research has found that one of four is uncertain about whether they would be employed in a year's time because of difficulties in obtaining research grants. There's the weather around the country today. We'll give you an update on the fire situation in just a moment.

Now, it's the beginning of a big week in Canberra, with Parliament returning today and major issues on the agenda. Good morning to you. Going by what the Prime Minister was talking about earlier in the hour, there may be some extra talk about refugees and the future of asylum seekers?That's right. The government is expecting to focus this week on its bill, that it plans to introduce, we believe, probably tomorrow, that would essential ban all asylum seekers that come to Australia by boat from ever getting a visa of any type to Australia. There's one or two cavates in place but that's the gift of it. The Prime Minister is really trying to lay the pressure on Labor about this. Labor is quite scathing about the legislation, calling it ridiculous, but they haven't yet ruled out voting for it. The Prime Minister says they have got an obligation to do so, in order to send an unambiguous message to people smugglers in the region.Shorten has got to stop trying to walk both sides of the street. He either stands up for strong border protection, stands up for the foundation of the most successful multicultural society in the world, stands up for the foundation of one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world or not.The Prime Minister speaking a little earlier, laying down the challenge to Labor. And the Prime Minister talking about Racial Discrimination Act and making some changes there. That's right. This has been at real live issue inside the Coalition for months. There's a hefty body of MPs who want to water down the laws. They believe it's an infringement on free speech, and they want to get rid of the words "insult" and "offend" in the Act. This is in the wake of the case that was handed down on Friday, the Prime Minister was previously very let content to move on this, he looks likely, though not yet certain, to move in some form on this matter. The most likely thing, to get a parliamentary committee to look into the law. There's several months before any actual change, but it quiet his backbenchers, who have been a little bit restive, pushing for movement on this issue. Another person pushing for a bit of movement is the Liberal Democrat Senator, David Leyonhjelm. Currently in a very powerful position, he's one of the crucial votes that the government needs on their industrial relations bills. David Leyonhjelm was asked about whether he may bargain his vote on ABCC, in return for some movement on 18C, the Racial Discrimination Act. He didn't give a hugely definitive answer, but he did give a fairly revealing insight into the nature of negotiations.How could you say I'm holding the government to ransom? I've got them by the balls and squeezing. That's not holding them to ransom. What are you talking about?That's federal politics in 2016 in a nutshell.Yeah, very, very classy, Stephen, thanks very much for that. Let's go to in bushfire situation and bring you an update. We've joined by Rob Rogers. We've been looking at the maps. Fires of some sort all along the New South Wales coast. What is your particular concern today? Well, there's 50 fires burning around New South Wales, 14 are uncontained. There's a fire concern up of Kempsey. It has the potential to affect the Pacific Highway. The alert level at Cessnock has been dropped. It threatened Kitchener and Abernethy. We're concerned about that doing the same thing today. The big fire at Karuah, threatening areas of Karuah, Limeburners Creek. Burning both sides of the Karuah River, real concern there again. What is happening with the highway at the moment?The highway is open and traffic is moving, it has been overnight. But the real danger is when the winds pick up after lunch. We've got on stand-by the large air tanker and very large air tanker to hit that fire if it starts to break out. Those tools are very, very useful and proved very beneficial over recent days. We won't hesitate in bringing them forward again.Did the fire service do well enough yesterday?Absolutely. So many firefighters on the ground and they were literally battling to save people's homes and they did a wonderful job. All the agencies worked together very well and it's a credit to them there weren't serious losses.Thanks very frch the update. Rob Rogers from the Rural Fire Service.And we'll keep you updated if we hear anything new from them. It's not in any way solved, that situation right up and down the New South Wales coast. But changing gears, and I guess it intersects with this, given the way we live and where we live. What does a typical Australian sunshinian home look like? That depends a lot on whether it was built. A new ABC series is coming out, it's called Streets Of Your Town. Tim Ross shows us some gems in Australian suburbs, and charts the development of home design. Modernism may have had its birth in Europe and its glamour in America, but it found the purpose in Australian suburbans. Harry is a classic European immigrant successful story. When he came to Australia, it was a planning canvas for his ideas. He built this place for his parents. People came from everywhere to check it out. It's not hard to see how this house changed the way we started building houses in Australia. That's the home that you see right through Australian suburbia.Harry wasn't a heavy drinker?He a particular way of seeing the world.He has the vision. Tim Ross is the guy to put together this series. He's a priefrt architecture nut.Good morning. Where did this idea come to you? You are well known for your comedy and radio stints. I didn't know you had a private passion for architecture. It's been a long time coming. It's almost 10 years ago I thought about doing the series highlighting houses from the 50 '50s and '60s. There's a secret world to our suburbs, we had some of the best domestic architecture anywhere in the world. And now today, unfortunately, some of the worst.Contemporary architecture is divided into good and bad. Can you take us through what that is?We got less design choices. In the '50s, we had a program called the small home service, you would get the best architects of the day and buy a plan for your home for about £5. If I say you could get a home designed by Robin smart, you can get one of the best architects in the country and buy a plan for $50, you would lose your mind. We had a better time, where design was a bit more valued. When I was a kid in the '70s. We had the best merchant builder houses, and also across Australia, you could buy well designed project homes. They were into great design as well. Today, we got less options and people were less interested. We demand great design in things like iPhones and cars, what we wear, but we don't demand the same for our homes.There's fewer choices unless you want to pay top dollar. That will cost you a bomb. The key issue, the build isn't as good as it was. We're talking about solid brick walls, sometimes double brick, even triple brick walls, we're talking about natural timber being used in hardwood floors, and well insulated homes. We don't have that now.We got lots of things better from an environmental viewpoint. We turn our baulks with our homes. Some of the worst homes in the country he have bi-fold doors. They're prominent in a McMansion home. Essentially, it's all about space. And what people today, they think that, they think that space is design. They're two very distinct things. People go to buy new houses and they get sold on you need all these new things. We block ourselves off from the street. Most people in the suburbs today, they'll drive straight into the car port and never use the front door. So you don't interact with people next door. We called it a for tress australis. We are staired. The world is not as safe as it used to be and somewhere along the line we feel like we need to bunker down. We live in a country with such great climate but we feel we need to block it out. The way we embrace Australiana has changed as well. I miss those. Tim, how do you avoid with a show like this, given that we live in different ways, and many people do prize a particular way of suburban living, they want big spaces and a bedroom for every child. How do you avoid your program being snobbish? Perhaps we haven't. I don't know. What I love about modernism, it's the concept of great design should be for everyone. At the moment, it's not on the table for everyone. That's the sadness of it. I don't believe in telling people how to live. I think our suburbs should look like a mixture of all houses. They should be wonky and they shouldn't be perfectly designed you taupian visions designed just by architects. That's not Australia and that doesn't work either. We should at least be having the discussion and people should be considering good design. Great design makes you feel better. It makes you happier. You live a better life. And the best way to describe that is the way, the desire we have to wear things that are well designed and that gives us great joy on the daily basis. It's not a story about McMansions are bad, modernism is great. It's about design can make us all feel better on a daily basis. And my desire is at least it's on the table for people.Just watching footage go to as we were speaking. Is that you driving through Palm Springs in the United States?That was terrific. I will there doing a show called mad about the house. I perform in architecturally significant houses all over the place. We filmed for the series. I suppose because everyone talks about Palm Springs being this sort of Mecca of modernism. One of the things that we touch on in the series. We have our own Mecca, and it's called Canberra. It's go somest best civic buildings in the world. We don't value that in the way we should.Thank you, Mr Burly Griffin. Great to talk you. Thanks so much for your support.You can catch Streets Of Your Town tomorrow night. And what do our viewers have to say? Sally has written, I need space inside and out. I live on an acre in town. Still enough for a large chook pen. The way that we have to live our life seems to be really influencing the environments in which people are living. Shaun says, I live in a city unit in Townsville, walking distance to work, shops and beaches. Can go weeks without driving. Why would you live anywhere else?Josie has written, outer suburbia but by the bay. A small house just for me and the dog.Listen to Natalie. I listen to a terrace in inner west Sydney, because that's where my daughter could get day care.The built environment in which we live.Also, I need to be close to the CBD for our employees to come to the home office easily.The majority of people, living where they're living because of requirements.Yeah, exactly right.We can't all sit and look at a forest or a stretch of the ocean.And we can't all live in a Robin body house. Damn!A look at the finance news.Leading the finance news, the administrators of Arrium say there are four than 5 possible bidders for the miner. KordaMentha says a handful of local and overseas firms are shortlifted to buy Arrium with the sale hoped to be finalised by the end of the January. They will sell their metal grinding subsidiary to a US private equity firm called American Industrial Partners. Arrium's creditors have voted to go ahead with the sale of the steel and iron ore mining business. Overseas, and the case for a rise in US interest rates has been boosted by some strong jobs data in the US for the month of October. It created 161,000 positions last month. And job creation for the months of August and September were also revised upwards. This latest data indicates a healthy labour market, and supports the view that the US Fed may race rates in December. Here is how the stocks finished on Friday. The Dow and Nasdaq lost 0.25%. The S&P fell, the 9th consecutive session it has finished down. Checking the commodity prices.

The Australian dollar is currently buying just under 77 US cents.For more on finance, the chief exist at colonial first state is joining us. Can we expect more volatility in the coming days?I think so. The markets are telling us as the election has got closer and closer, people are getting very nervous about that. The US equities is down 9 days in a row. And European markets are weaker as well. The global investors are concerned about the election and the outcome. And I understand you were recently in the states. What are people there telling you? How the markets are going to react to a Trump or a Clinton victory? I was in the US a week ago, New York and Washington, as well as San Francisco. The investors are quite concerned about the policies that might come from a Trump presidency. Hillary Clinton is seen as a continuation of the policies of the Obama administration. No surprise there. Perhaps a little more anti-trade in term of the TPP, but some wage increases, a bit of tax reform. But people, as we've been saying, the investors are quite worried that Donald Trump's policies, which may be very, very stimulatary at the start, could actually be quite stimulatory for the economy, but the anti-trade stance is a concern. You may get a short term negative on the markets, but as the policies develop, you could see some strength and then higher inflation, we'll likely see higher interest rates, which I think would then lead to very, very weak economic conditions.We had some interesting data out of the US, those pretty good US jobs figures. Do you agree with the view that the Fed will raise rates next month?A rate rise in December is a high probably. If Donald Trump wins this week, that could change the possibility. Given the economic data, I think there will be a rate rise in the middle of December. Let's remember, they rose the rates in December 2015, and this is the first rate hike since then. It will take it from a range of 1-half to three-quarters of a per cent. Still extremely low.What are we looking at in Australia this week?We got the business confidence and consumer confidence this week. The local economy is doing a fair bit better than the pessimists may have led us tot believe.Great talking to you. Paul and Virginia, back to you. Let's get a look at all the sporting news.From some daunting forecasts there to another big one for Australia. A big daunting total they need to chase over the Perth. They'll need to make history if they're to claim victory in the first test against South Africa in Perth. They'll need to complete a world record fourth innings chase of 539. The loss of 4 wickets for just 161 appears to have killed off any slim chance of victory. One of the great pieces of fielding took place yesterday, when Temba Bavuma ran out David Warner. He wants the single. He hit them. He's got there.And the pickup and throw was quick it's going to be close. This is sensational fielding from Bavuma.He's in midair when he fired that thing. And he fired it very accurately. Is that one grateful captain or not? Doing something that every kid would have loved to have done at least once. And the Western Sydney Wanderers have been forced to settle for a draw after their round 5 contest last night. Just 30 seconds into the match the Wanderers had scored. Come the final whistle, the who sides couldn't be separated. In the W League, the Victory and Adelaide played out a 3-3 draw. It was time for the New York City marathon overnight and Mary Keitany left her running mates in the dust, cruising to the finish line in a time of 2 hours and 27 minutes. In the men's race, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea became the youngest winner of the men's race in history, at just 20 years of age. He finished in 2 hours and 7 minutes. Just 20 years old.A few marathons in him to go. Is he even panting?He was blowing kisses down the finish straight.You and I would be on the oxygen mask 2K back.And Michael Rowland will be joining us again shortly. He will spent the whole weekend chasing soccer mums. But it's over to you. It's very hot in the north and a little stormy. Showers from a prefrontal trough from South Australia down to Tasmania's West Coast. It crosses New South Wales tomorrow, before weakening into a trough over the north-west on Wednesday. It will generate rain and thunderstorms. A hot day for those in Queensland. As high as 34 in Winton, 36 in Rockhampton. Today in Brisbane, a top of 29. Very warm north-east to north-westerly winds for New South Wales. Tending south-westerly in the south-west and the recent chance of late patchy rain. Showers coming in from the south-west, spreading across the state, but not quite making it into east Gippsland. In Tasmania, strong north-westerly winds, tending westerly and easing during the afternoon. Showers mostly clear by midafternoon. South Australia, coastal showers extending into the north-west. And a cool change extends northward throughout the day. Adelaide for a top of 23. Thunderstorms in the Eucla and southern interior. It's a sunny day for Perth. Severe fire levels for the Gascoyne, and southern interior. Gusty storms for the Top End, and with a gusty change for Alice Springs. Tomorrow in Adelaide, a top of 20. And a little bit cooler for the Alice. Now back to our top story, and what's likely to be the major story of the week, the US election. And that breaking news that the FBI has decided to take no further action over that renewed Hillary Clinton email investigation. For more, let's return to Washington and Michael Rowland joins us now. An astonishing turn of events in an election, well, we ran out of cliches to describe the bombshells and the twists and turns. We have one more.The political landscape is so deeply scarred, you think there's no bombs left to drop. That released statement from James Comey saying he looked at the new emails, those emails found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic Congressman, an estranged husband of Hillary Clinton advisor Huma Abedin. He looked at the emails and came to the conclusion there is no grounds for charges to be laid at all. The Clinton campaign has leapt on the news, saying it confirms what they said all along, she did nothing wrong when handling the sensitive emails. A very different view coming from the Republican camp. Paul Ryan put out the statement, regardless of the decision, the undisputed finding is that Hillary Clinton put our nation's secrets at risk, and doing so, compromised the national security. The decision announced by James Comey, the big question, how much damage has that initial drop had on the Clinton campaign and how much it's going to depress the vote? It's going to be a very close election on Tuesday.According to Speaker Ryan, still bitter bitter fought until the end. We can bring up a live shot of Hillary Clinton, still chaining. She's in Ohio. Appearing together with Matthew Lobbe and some other aluminium -- with LeBron James and some other aluminiumaries. Will she get a boost from this?I think she will. There's only one day, mercifully, one day of campaigning left to go. That's Monday US time. You have to say, a lot of damage this has done to her, the Hillary Clinton brand, would've been baked in by this. And equally, people's perceptions about Donald Trump would've been baked in many months ago, given some of the outrageous things he said. I did try to get to the source of how some of these swinging voters will vote on Tuesday. I went into suburban Maryland, in search of the so-called fabled soccer mums, they ferry their kids to soccer matches every weekend, often swinging between Democratic and Republican. I spoke to as it turns out, some very worried and very embarrassed parents. Let's have a look. Well, there's weekend before the election and while Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump travel the country securing the last minute votes, for most Americans, life goes on as normal. As a parent, weekends are normally chock a block full of sport. We're just outside of Washington. Checking out the form of some potential future Ronaldos. Asking the mums and dads their thoughts on the big political fixture this week. What do you make of what America has lived through the last 12 months of this election campaign?I think it is a relatively bad commentary about where we are in this country right now.It feels like we have one very qualified candidate and one that isn't, but clearly he speaks to something because a lot of people are supporting him.I think the Obama coalition is going to come together, that's blacks, Hispanics, progressives, all across the country are going to come together to elect a candidate that can lead America to the futureWhich keapd is that?I'm supportive of Hillary Clinton.

Perhaps she would've handled things differently as Secretary of State in regard to the email server. The fact that has become such a key issue in this election is, to me, silly, in my opinion.What do you think the rest of the world is thinking, countries like Australia, watching on and seeing all this play out?I think they're very surprised he would get as far as he has and be a little concerned too.I think it's embarrassing for Americans. I'm embarrassed. I'm concerned about it. About a lot of things.I think it's a bit of an embarrassment to be honest. It's a very negative campaign.On Wednesday, do you expect this to be over or the drama will continue in some way?That's my fear. That it won't be over on Wednesday. I hope it's a clear result and we can move forward, hopefully.Fingers crossed.Yes, exactly. Love those kids. Very, very cute. So Virginia, PK, that's where we wrap up. It's quite festive in the Washington mall. You may hear a choir swing onto the steps of the mall. What is the weather like at the moment? I saw some bloke jogging with his top off behind you. I thought he was going to tackle you. It's very nice. It's been 15, 16 degrees all afternoon. The temperature is starting to drop. Daylight savings ended yesterday. The darkness will fall even sooner. A beautiful day, you can't complain about that. In this part of Washington, lots of people coming out. I have seen quite a few Australians over the course of the afternoon. A shout-out to them. It's always fun here and always a fantastic scene. I'm going to be and check out the music behind me. You need to hit the DC bars and get the good oil from them. We'll check in with you a bit later. Nice to see you this morning. Looks beautiful around there.You're picturing Michael tonight at some sort of dingy bar, with his port inform hand, speaking to some Washington insiders. I was thinking the beer bars. I listed 3 or 4 of those, divided them into blue state and red state bars and doing a crawl. Writing it all down on the back of beer coasters. Some great coverage in the next couple of days. The best way to get your American politics. The next best way to get it, Saturday Night Live. This was their performance over the weekend.Is the whole world insane? Donald Trump has single handedly ruined so much of what we as Americans hold dear. Kindness decency. Tic-Tacs. Skittles. Taco balls. Father-daughter dances. Buses. Bright red hats. The word "great". Men.Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person to ever run for president.No.Frankly, she should be in jail. When I'm president... I will assign a special prosecutor to make sure she never... I'm sorry, Kate. I just hate yelling all this stuff at you light thick.Yeah, I know, right? This whole election has been so mean.I just feel gross all the time. Don't you guys feel gross all the time about this?Let's get out of here.What? Where will we go? You'll see.

Aww! If only! If only American politics could end in this kind, gentle, frankly terrifying way. They have given themselves a bit of licence to maybe inspire a great finish.They nailed it through a very, very difficult campaign.It was once the stuff of science fiction, but robot technology is used in everyday lives. How are they changing our world?Martin Ford is a leading expert in the robot revolution. And he joins us now in the studio to talk about robots, robotics and the way they're taking over our lives.So tell us about the work you do as a futurists?I have written a couple of books, specifically focused on the impact that robots and artificial intelligence is going to have on in economy and the job market. We're quite lightly headed towards a disruption. And most people are not prepared for it.To some extent, it's playing out already. It's causing stagnant wages and that is what leads to Donald Trump and Brexit. That's creating a lot of frustration frustration. That would get a lot worse.What industries are being taken over?It's the kind of work. Are you doing something that is predictable? If it is, that is going to be susceptible to this technology. The other thing, it's not necessarily tied to the skill level either. We have this convectional view that it impacts blue collar type jobs. That's increasingly coming for more skilled work. We know that our cars are made by robotics. At a very elevated refined level, in microscopic surgery, the robotics are used there as well. That element, when it comes to one of the most highly skilled jobs you can do, you got to be a bit alarmed. A better example is radiology or pathology. That is analysing information. Computers are getting quite good at.What about failure and error making in robotics versus humans?It has different implications. If one doctor makes a mistake, we know who to blame. If a machine is doing all of that, the liability is concentrated into one area, and thatmakes one difference. In time, the error rate of machines will exceed humans. They'll make more mistakes? It will be lower. The machines will be better.Have you had a good look at Australia's economy and how this may impact Australia specifically?There's been estimates that suggests a lot of jobs will be impacted. Most countries, the estimates are 30 tot 50% of the jobs could potentially be automated because they're routine and predictable in nature.What is one of the treatments? To get better at educating for the future?I do think we're heading to a time where it's not going to be enough. We can't beicate everyone to be a robotics engineer.Your more general comments, are quite more alarming. You talk about the stagnant wage situation, leading to the issues of Brexit and the like. How do we address that? We understand job losses, what about stagnant wages? Labour is being devalued. The other thing that technology can do is deskill a job. That can take a job that required lots ofise and experience, and turn it into a job that a low skilled person can do. It decreases wages and increases inequality. All the benefits go to the people who design the machines. We design the machines. So surely there's some way that we can turn it more to our advantage and elevate everyone to works?You would think so. The thing is, this intertwines with capitalism. There's a powerful incentive for businesses to become more efficient. We want to continue to have that progress, but we got to adapt to it. Valely, we need to look at a guaranteed income. To make sure everybody has a income, regardless of whether they find a full-time job or notIs there something to look forward to?I tend to be a long-term optimist and a short term pessimist. If we look into the future, it could be a better world, where nobody has to do a dangerous job or a job they hate.You have to guide us along the way. Very nice to meet you. Enjoy the conference.This week's Australian Story tells how Rwandan refugees found a life in rural Australia and revitalised their area. The life of any community is largely tied to children. There's not much joy in a place with no children. Somehow, we needed to get people into the area and people with families. We needed somehow to have something to get them back.I don't think we ever expected these people would really want to come to much, and come so quickly. To get out of the city.

Manual came back with the first 2 families who put their names down. They arrived the day before Anzac Day. One family was staying with us because their house wasn't ready. I didn't know they were a lot of children in those families. I thought, there's a good thing.Some of the loveliest people I ever met, when I was lucky enough to go to Rwanda once. Beautiful people and so great to see them here. Stay in the regions now, and catching wild bulls is hard and dangerous work, but the son of Australia's first Indigenous station owner wants to use bull catching and other stock work to help young Indigenous people. Kristy O'Brien travelled to Seven Emu Station to see the work firsthand. Have a look at this. This is wild bull catching in the Top End. Clarry Shadforth is behind the wheel. His grandfather, William Shadforth, was the first Indigenous person to own a cattle station. His son ran the station for many decades. He passed the mantle onto his son. What the family has achieved has been remarkable. The Shadforths have taken in lots of young people.A lot of people don't like looking after kids.It's not a recognised program and doesn't get any funding.It has to be any sort of kid. None of this weekend business. 7 days a week. You let them go for a week then they come back.18-year-old Zane Butler one of those kids.I've been on parole since I was 13, I think.What type of offences? Robberies, burglaries. He wished he found frank and Clarry Shadforth earlier.I would've been a hard working man.You got six generations of people sitting down. Then you got the sugar, and then the alcohol symptom. You cannot straighten a kid out within 2 or 3 weeks. The Shadforth legacy is now tracking six decades. I hope they will carry on. A station that merge as deep-rooted respect for culture along with old-fashioned hard work. Great story and great to see young lives can be turned around by the hard work. Let's go to the sporting headlines. Ben Lisson is telling us how Australia can win test today. South Africa need just six wickets for victory. The Proteas made light work of the Australian bowling, setting the home side a chase of 539. Their chances of victory or a draw are pretty slim. Usman Khawaja and Mitch Marsh will resume the badding for Australia. To the A-League, and Perth and the Western Sydney Wanderers settled for a draw. The Wanderers enjoyed a perfect start when Nicolas Martinez scored a goal within 30 seconds of the opening whistle. But then Perth levelled a few minutes later from a set piece. The home side took the lead shortly after half-time. The visitors levelled the match and the sides shared the points. In basketball, Melbourne United has replaced Illawarra at the bottom of the NBL ladder, following the Hawks' win in Wollongong. They took advantage of United's injury woes to lead by 11 points. Anderson led a Melbourne comeback. But an influential quarter from Norton secured the Hawks' third win of the season. And finally, Mary Keitany has claimed her third New York marathon title in a row. In the men's race, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won in 2 hours and 7 minutes. A very impressive run from him.And Kurt Fearnley missed out by one metre again in that race. Marcel, the two go all the way. It seems that he is one metre quicker than him. Disappointing.Thanks so much, Ben. We got a look at the weather now.We got 2 different scenarios. One is the hot weather all up on the top of the nation at the moment. It sparked biefrs over the weekend more gustily winds. Let's have been a look at Queensland. As high as 34 in Winton, 36 the top in Rockhampton. New South Wales, very warm north-east to north-westerly winds. The chance of late patchy rain with that change. The passing of a front for Victoria. Cool gusty change from the west late morning, and showers across most of the state, although east Gippsland remains dry. In Tasmania, rain across most of the state, but especially in the western area. And 18 degrees in Hobart. South Australian, coastal showers extend into the north-west. Hot north-westerly winds in the north. Over in Western Australia, and morning showers near the south coast. A sunny day for Perth. And further north, extremely hot. 44 degrees at Port Hedland. 34 with the chance of a storm in Darwin. Around the nation tomorrow:

So we'll paint a portrait of suburbia this morningment following our chat with Mr Ross.Him of her rick and Rosso fame.They were good. But he's done a new show for ABC TV, looking at the way that Australians live now. And he's contrasting the great modernist Australia, the great suburban Australia of the classically built modernist home, the quarter-acre block. Homes that are edged. And not a blade of grass in sight. How did we grow up?I grew up in a house. An apartment. A house with a backyard and a cricket bat. Me too. I tried all of them.Which one suited you best?I much preferred the backyard. I wish I had that.As you have reflected, so many communities, generations grow up in apartments and they manage to do it. A very interesting discussion with our viewers. A good-sized block was important to us. Ron says, I live in a tiny unit. I like about what Ross said about getting the most out of the light.Look forward to that series. That premieres tomorrow night. This program is not captioned.

This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today - yet another twist - the FBI clears Hillary Clinton over the email scandal at the 11th hour of the US presidential campaign.Are you ready to choose our next President! (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

A dangerous bushfire day ahead in NSW with particular concern over a blaze near Port Stephens. US-backed forces begin an operation to seize Raqqa from Islamic State. And South Africa needs just 6 wickets to claim victory against Australia in the opening cricket test in Perth. Hello and welcome to Mornings. I'm Joe O'Brien. Taking a quick look at the weather first in the capital cities around the nation:

The FBI has found no evidence of criminality in that new batch of Hillary Clinton emails much the investigation had thrown her presidential campaign into turmoil, but in a statement released just over an hour ago, the bureau concluded that no charges are warranted. Hillary Clinton has just delivered a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, one of those battleground states. She didn't directly address this latest announcement by the FBI, but here is a bit of what she had to say and she is definitely fired up now manyThis election really is about the future, and it's about your kids and grandkids and every child in this country that we hope will have their own shot at the American dream. They may not all become champion basketball players,