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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Australia rejects claims it's been recruiting members of Indonesia's military as ties are suspended over offensive training materials. Certainly we have indicated our regret that this occurred and that offence was taken. I think that's appropriate when a significant counterpart raises their concerns with you, no matter who it is. PNG police defend their treatment of two asylum seekers injured in a New Year's arrest. South Australia unveils a new transgender student policy for the coming school year. And Canberra revs up as the 30th Summernats cruises into town.Hello. Defence officials are scrambling to respond to Indonesia's shock suspension of military cooperation with Australia. The Defence Minister is confident the relationship can be restored quickly but some training has already been cancelled and major military exercises next month are in doubt. The Defence Minister held a media conference earlier today. The details now.She's provided a few more details about when the Australian Government first knew about this and what the row is actually all about. Now, she said it's an unfortunate incident and that it occurred over some training material that was on display at the SAS headquarters in Perth. That's where flng's troops train with the SAS. -- where Indonesia's troops train with the SAS. West Papua had caused some concern to one of the Indonesia officers back in November last year who raised it with his superiors, they've raised it with Australia and an inquiry is under way. There were earlier concerns raised by an Indonesian Army chief about Australia potentially recruiting Indonesian soldiers training here as spies. The Defence Minister has repeatedly this morning dismissed that concern and outright denied it on ABC Radio and said that is simply not the case.During that media conference the Minister said that the relationship between the two countries is still constructive? That's right. Listening to some of the language she used there, it would appear Australian defence officials are scrambling to repair this relationship behind the scenes. She spoke about taking this concern very seriously. She said this relationship is of particular importance. She said she regrets this has happened and she will personally ensure that is the case that it is culturally appropriate. We hear Marise Payne's language there and it is very conciliatory and wanting to repair this very important relationship with Indonesia. Let's have a little listen to what she had to say in that press conference.I think if you understand that the concerns were raised through TNI and then back to the Australian military at the end of November, and then the beginning of December. The chief of the Indonesian military wrote to the CDF on December 9, I think. The chief of army here in Australia instituted an inquiry. That inquiry is under way. It's has had to receive information from the Australian side, from the Indonesian side. To be fair, I think you would also appreciate that we have had the Christmas and New Year period as well. But it is very close to finalisation. When that is finalised we'll go back to the Indonesians with that and proceed from there. When exactly did the Government first find out about Indonesia suspending military cooperation with Australia?Look, that's a very good question. Our defence reporter here spoke to some senior military officials yesterday who were taken completely by surprise at this announcement. But Marise Payne in that press conference indicated that she knew about this issue back in November. We know that. Then she also said there were some early indications that the relationship would be suspended. She pointed to a few things. One of them was the cancellation of a visit by some staff college students to Australia. And she expressed doubt or concern that perhaps the multilateral military exercises with Indonesia may not go ahead. So it seems like while she didn't answer the question specifically, it seems like Australia may have had some early indications that things were heading this way.Before we let you go, is there any idea on the timing of this inquiry?She's been at pains today to say it is very close to completion and that she expects to notify the Indonesians of the outcome very soon. We don't have an exact time frame but you'd imagine given the escalation in this situation that they would be placing this as a matter of the highest priority.Police in PNG have defended their treatment of two asylum seekers who were injured during an arrest on New Year's Eve. The men say they were badly beaten and are now terrified of staying on Manus Island. Our PNG correspondent reports. The bruising on these men is plain to see. The Iranian asylum seekers say their injuries are the result of a severe beating by Papua New Guinea police. TRANSLATION: I tried to cover my face to protect it and my eyes and my nose. They pulled my hands open so they could hit me in the face. TRANSLATION: When he punched me in the face I felt a bad dislocation in my nose. It was very painful and I became dizzy. I looked down and my pants were filled with blood.The two men were hurt while being arrested on New Year's Eve. Police say they were intoxicated and abusive. They've been charged with being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest.The two known refugees from Iran were drunk and walking along the same road, causing nuisance to the public.The Manus Island police comarnd said police used reasonable force to make the arrest.They were so violent at the time that the police had to use reasonable force to get them on to the police vehicle and bring theme the police station.Police say they're dealing with an increasing number of incidents now that asylum seekers and refugees are free to move around the island. This case comes just a week after the death of a young Sudanese refugee from the Manus Island detention centre. It's added to existing fears about the men's safety and their access to medical care. Some refugees have been told they'll have the chance to be resettled in the US but that process isn't going to start until next month. These two asylum seekers are unlikely to go to the US because their refugee claims have been rejected. Instead, they're headed to court to plead not guilty and strongly deny police allegations they were drunk and violent. 2016 was officially the fourth hottest year on record for Australia in a year of extreme weather events that also saw above average rainfall across the country. The Bureau of Meteorology's annual climate statement has found Australia's national mean temperature was 0.87 degrees above the norm. 2016 was the warmest year on record for Sydney, while parts of South Australia recorded the wettest year on record. Annual rainfall levels were 17% above average. On a global level, 2016 is expected to be the warmest year on record.That's quite unusual whether we have that amount of rainfall over the continent. And it was a very wet period during the middle of the year. May to September we had record rainfall in the Murray-Darling Basin. Across Australia we've had rain at the start of the year. Then it went dry. During the middle of the year we had an influence from record sea surface temperatures around Australia and they were dragging moisture over the continent. Around the country we had record sea surface temperatures. Particularly in the Tasman and to the north of the continent and that forced a lot of these heavy rainfall event. In Tasmania, we had record amounts of at financial fearic temperature. -- of atmospheric temperature. For those people that experienced it operationally, so if you think of agriculture, water manage, health, emergency services, their experience of those weather events is important for what they do. So we basically tell them in the historical context where does that sit? Was it average or something that's never been seen before? Those sorts of numbers are very interesting to them.A man has been charged after setting fire to 40 pokies machines at a hotel. The clean-up is ongoing.Police arrested a 25-year-old local man after investigating the incident that happened here at the Royal Hotel last night. Now police will allege he had been spending time at the hotel before he left and then returned at about 8:30. They say that's when petrol was poured on top of pokies before they were set alight. Three of the pokies were completely destroyed and dozens of others were severely damaged. The man has faced court today and has been remanded in custody. The court heard that he had been making threats earlier in the week. Now the clean-up continues here today. Management of the hotel said that they did work to put out the fire as soon as they saw it happening and then they began the clean-up late into the night. They hope that the pokies' room will be up and running by this afternoon.A 34-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after falling down a rock face on Sydney's North Shore. Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. Police and paramedics were called here to Kirribilli on Sydney's North Shore this morning after receiving reports that a man had fallen down a rock face. Now you can see it appears as though he's tumbled down from the lookout just above me and police say he then became wedged between the rock face and this walkway. Neighbours we have spoken to this morning so they were woken up by one of the man's friends screaming for help.I remember hearing once in my sleep and that's weird and I woke up and came out. And it seemed like he had been going around for a little while trying to find someone to help.Paramedics treated the man here before taking him to Royal North Shore Hospital where he's in a serious condition with suspected head and internal injuries. Police are investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor and they were down here earlier, taking photos of where the accident happened and collecting empty alcohol bottles that had been left behind. One of the other neighbours we have spoken to said she asked a group of men to be quiet shortly before it happened because they were making too much noise.Laughing, yelling at one another because there was a group here on the seat and another group up there. I thought 1:00am in the morning, you don't do this kind of thing.Police have asked anyone who may have witnessed what happened to contact them. The body of a 60-year-old man missing in floodwaters in Far North Queensland has been found. The man slipped and fell off a bridge in to a swollen creek on the Atherton Tablelands at around 6 o'clock last night. Police say the man lives close to the bridge and had been trying to warn motorists on the Kennedy Highway of the rising water. The Weather Bureau has warned more flash flooding could hit the region in the next few days. Israel's PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, has backed calls to pardon a soldier convicted of the manslaughter of a wounded Palestinian. The Israeli Army sergeant fatally shot the 21-year-old Palestinian man in the head while he lay injured and unarmed on a road. The sergeant now faces a 20-year sentence after a military court dismissed the defence case that the wounded man still posed a danger. The tribunal said he acted out of revenge. The Palestinian had been involved in a knife attack on Israeli soldiers in Hebron. US President Barack Obama and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence have held dueling visits to Congress as the outgoing President fights to preserve his legacy. Republicans have long plotted to repeal the healthcare law, known as Obamaka, arguing it's too costly and stifles consumer choice. But even Donald Trump has warned hisperty to exercise care before scrapping it altogether. Republicans are waersing no time dismantling Barack Obama's legacy, 16 days before the new President takes office. They've already introduced a bill to repeal the outgoing President's healthcare reforms.The Senate is poised to pass a repeal resolution that will set the stage for a true legislative relief from Obamacare.Republican leaders say the measures have failed to deliver.This is about people paying higher premiums every year and feeling powerless to stop. It's about families paying the bills so high, it doesn't feel like you have health insurance in the first place. The affordable care acts is Barack Obama's single domestic accomplishment. Now in his administration's dying days, Democrats are fighting to preserve his legacy.The Republican plan to cut healthcare wouldn't make America great again, it would make America sick again.You don't destroy a house without having another house in which people to live. You don't throw 30 million people off healthcare without having a plan to provide healthcare to those people. Donald Trump has thrown in his two cents worth on Twitter, tweeting:

The President-elect has promised to preserve some elements of Obamacare, despite promising to repeal it entirely during his campaign. German police have arrested a Tunisian man over the Berlin Christmas market attack. The arrest follows raids on the man's home earlier this week. The 26-year-old is believed to have had dinner with the main attacker, Anis Amri, a day before he killed 12 people. A former flat mate of Amri is being investigated after a separate raid on a home in Berlin. Turkish authorities say they've detained 20 suspected militants from Islamic State as they continue to hunt for the gunman who killed 39 people on New Year's Eve. Turkish police say the men from central Asia and North forty-six were arrested in Izmir. Turkish media say the gunmen spent time in gizmer before he went to Istanbul to carry out the attack. In India police have detained at least six suspects after several women were molested during New Year's Eve celebrations in Bangalore. The arrests come after video emerged of bystanders watching a woman being attacked by two men. In a separate incident, several women complained they were groped and assaulted by a mob of men. Someone implied the victim's clothes had provoked the attacks, saying the women were acting like Westerners. 5.5 years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan is still grappling with the question whether to restart its fleet of nuclear reactors. This year after six more plants were due to open, but there are huge doubts about whether they'll ever be turned on. Japan has invested lot of money in nuclear power generation, dating back as far as the 1960s. By 2011, a third of Japan's energy needs were being met by its fleet of 54 nuclear reactors scattered around the country. But when disaster struck at Fukushima, the government ordered all nuclear plants to shut down for a safety review. Now, four nuclear reactors have restarted. 11 are being decommissioned. 22 are still under a safety review. While the fate of another 20 is yet to be decided. There's a plan to start five or six more reactors in 2017 but PM Abe and the government and the utility industry experienced a lot of difficulties this year. There was public opposition to restarting to reactors.That public opposition was amplified when a major earthquake hit that same region only a few months after the power plant restarted.I think the Japanese government will be forced to change its energy policy just because the reality. This can't go on indefinitely.The government has said very little in recent months about its energy policy. PM Abe hopes 20% of Japan's future energy needs will be met by nuclear power but that target is looking increasingly hard to achieve. While the nuclear authority has given the go ahead for some reactors to be switched back on, local people and politicians are raising their voices in protest. Now for what's making news in business. Good news for the Australian services industry?Yes. We've had a new survey out today and it shows activity in the services industry at nearly a decade high. So the performance of services index rose by nearly seven points to 57.7. Boosted by sales and new orders, personal and recreational services and finance were among the sectors that expanded. The Australian Industry Group says it's a good start to the year and says 2016 was a rough year for many businesses, with a weak patch in the middle of the year.Now there's fears of a trade war between the US and China. What's that all about?Donald Trump becomes President in just over two weeks. He's talked tough on trade and one of the issues is the Chinese currency is at an 8-year low against the greenback. Now Chinese authorities have intervened in the past two days to prop up the currency against the greenback. Mr Trump has threatened to impose steep tariffs on imports from China.It's been a fairly good day on the markets?It's at a 1-year high. It's been boosted on results from Wall Street and good figures from China about the services industry.

Many thanks for the update.Thank you.South Australia's Education Department says a new policy for transgender, gender diverse and same-sex attracted students will be in place for the new school year. Under the policy students will be able to use the toilets of the gender they identify with and they'll be able to be called by their preferred name and they can choose to wear the uniform of the gender they identify with. More now. They are about ensuring that students can actually have gender neutral uniforms, they can have opportunities to be able to live in their preferred gender. And but to clarify these are usually small groups of children who have moved through the gender transitioning. So we're wanting to be supportive and inclusive so that in a school setting they're supported in those day to day activities such as, as you suggested, toilets, going on camp and also just being treated appropriately.Will this be across all schools in South Australia? Well, this is for the state education system. So it's across all schools in the state education systemSo not just high school?The legislation that is behind this policy applies to all schools but more likely it will be enacted in secondary schools. How will a school decide if a student qualifies as transgender? Yeah. And that's not the decision of the Education Department. Often this is a Health Department issue. So we work with our health colleagues where there has been a child or a young person that is transitioning and they've been under the care of health professionals who determine that this is a really important issue that they now need transition gender. And we've had stories of this in the media where children have successfully transitioned. A small number. That's when the Education Department steps in and provides the support the student requires. We don't do the diagnosis or get involved in the early stage of it. But we provide the support later.What have some of the concerns been in formulating this policy and some of the barriers in successfully formulating this policy?Some of the concerns would be that because it is a small number of students, the reasons why we did the policy was because for many schools or principals or families or teachers, they don't see this very often. They felt they wanted to be consistent. Many parents and teachers would contact the department saying not sure what to do, how do I enjoy I do the right thing for this student and their family? That was one of the real reasons that we went forward to have some really clear policies and procedures linked to the discrimination legislation. The barriers can be we want to have this as part of our antibullying suite. It's part of a broader anti-bullying policy. We know from all the research this cohort of young people are more like likely to be bullied ipa school setting. We want to set the scene to make sure it's an in-nclusive school setting.Do you think the legislation will be followed by other states?I wouldn't be surprised. We all sit under the same Commonwealth legislation. We all enact it differently. I'm pretty sure Victoria already has and some of the other states will follow suit, I'm sure.Briefly, before we let you go, what's the reaction been to this?Mixed. It's seen as a controversial subject. We've got some people that think it's a great idea and thinking it's about time and we've got students saying that as well. But we have some other parents expressing concern about a policy they feel may impact adversely on their children. Parents will be part of enacting the policy and it's not about fear, it's about making a safe and supportive environment at a school setting. Thank you for the chat.Thank you. Queensland women in regional and remote areas are 40% to 60% more likely to experience delays in breast cancer diagnosis than women in the city, according to a recently published study. The research also found that for some women it's possible that work commitments are hindering making and keeping medical appointments. More now.The stud eaf looked at a range of women and to put it in context it was a population-based study and recruited 3,300 women from around qhuld had been diagnosed with breast -- around Queensland who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. People who are in an area of social disadvantage or who were Indigenous were, as you just mentioned, 40% to 60% more likely to experience a delay in definitive diagnosis of breast cancer.What sort of days are we talking in these delays?The delays vary. I think some of the studies, some of the women experience delays of over 30 days. What's important I think is to recognise that in Queensland as around Australia most women are diagnosed within 14 days. What was important for us was try and understand the ifr dential between what happens in the -- differential between what happens in the capital cities and rural areas. And whether women detected a lump themselves or whether they were diagnosed through a screening mammogram. There were delays of women in the country, the regions or Indigenous women.What are the ramifications of these delays?There are ramifications. Previous studies have shown a delay in diagnosis is more likely to lead later stage sde.z now we need to get women diagnosed and treated as soon as possible so we get the best possible outcome from that treatment. What we need to do is to make sure that we translate the findings of these research into locally based initiatives to ensure women, no matter where they are in this, if they're in this target group, are diagnosed with this disease as soon as possible.Before we go on to the initiatives, why are these women experiencing almost double the amount of time of diagnosis in the bush than those women in the city? Well, it's a good question and the answer's a complicated one. It's not just one thing. For those women who we spoke to 3,300 women, as we said. For those women who detect a symptom themselves and present it at their GP office, what we found was that many of them knew about a lump but weren't fully familiar with all the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Things like a change in the shape of their breast, a change in colour, discharge or pain that's unusual. What we need to do is make sure that we continue those educational programs and practice it so that women are aware of all the signs and symptoms. We need to make sure if women detect something, they report as soon as possible to a local GP. These are some of the reasons we need to address.Some of those initiatives - the research really highlights the need target women mest at risk of delays in diagnosis. -- most at risk of delays in diagnosis. Is it nor about getting more people out to this women? What's the solution?The solution will be men eaf facetted. It's fornt to understand that some of the things are -- many facetted. It's important to understand that some of the things are about women understanding their own health and programs. Some of the other answers are about system-related things. Access to primary health care in rural Australia and rural Queensland. Further to that, if a GP detects something which they feel is suspicious, then to make sure that those general practitioners have access to the next step of diagnostic procedure, to make sure you get a definitive diagnosis as soon as possible.This is always very costly, access to GPs and diagnostic resources in remote areas. Is there enough money coming from government or the states to improve the situation?What this study tells us is there are things we can do. What we need to do and that's the whole community - the Government, health care provide, primary health people, universities, researchers, everyone - need to look at the finding of this research and work out novel ways to educate these women, ensure there's access for GPs and to make sure GPs have access to those downstream diagnostic procedures which will help get the earl yrs possible diagnosis. -- earliest possible diagnosis.Many thanks.My pleasure.

These are the top stories. Australia's Defence Minister, Marise Payne, has rejected claims Australia has been recruiting members of the Indonesian military as agents of influence after a surprise suspension of military cooperation. An investigation is under way into what's been described as insulting training material on display at the SAS headquarters in Perth. But an Indonesian Army chof has also raised concerns Australia is trying to recruit his troops as insiders. Senator Payne says the fears are unfounded. Police on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have defended their treatment of two asylum seekers who were injured while arrested on New Year's Eve. The two Iranian men are to face charges today. Both men said they had not been drinking and were beaten after they argued with immigration officers. The body of a 60-year-old man missing in floodwaters in Far North Queensland has been found. The man slipped and fell off a bridge into swollen creek on the Atherline Tablelands. Police say the man lives -- Atherton Tablelands. Police say the man lives close to the bridge and was trying to warn people of the rising water. 2016 was the fourth hottest year on record for Australia. The bureau has released its annual climate statement which shows Australia's national mean temperature was 0.87 degrees above average. 2016 was the hottest year on record for Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Hobart. The report also shows there was above average rainfall across the country last year. A driver has been fatally hit by a semitrailer after being pulled over by police in Sydney's west. The truck drive was pulled over by patrol officers after 10 o'clock this morning. He was hit after he got out to secure his load. The knock from the 22 wheel semitrailer left him with critical injuries and he died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics. The driver of the semitrailer has been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests. A 2. 5m saltwater crocodile has given new meaning to the term water has ,d making its home at a North Queensland golf course. It's been removed but thru are fears the croc snared might be the wrong one. Affectionately known as Willow, the saltwater crocodile has been a regular sight on the fairway and in the water.We've seen it a couple of times.The croc had his head out of the water, looking at the trap they had set.It took a 6-member team to remove the salt eaf. Relief for some golfers.It's not really a joke. You want to have a pretty quick cart, hey? Most definitely.The reptile is believed to have come from a nearby river and will be auctioned to a zoo or crocodile farm. The crocodile had plenty of food in this lake with an abundance of fish, turtles and eels. While one crocodile may have been caught, they think there could be another.Early indications show it might not be the one we're chasing. Willow was bit bigger than the one we pulled out. Willow has been estimated well in excess of 3m. There's already been one unconfirmed sighting since this croc was caught. You will have a potential croc sighting.A 2m reptile was spotted on the banks of Coolum Creek, 400km south of official crocodile country. Locals say it could be a giant monitor lizard. Scientists have finally unearthed a way to determine the age of lobsters and giant crabs. Normally these creatures shed their exo stelcon, leaving no clues of their age until now. -- skeleton, leaving no clues of their age until now. Now more on the how the age of giant crabs and lobsters was discovered.When they take their exo skeleton off when they grow or when they don't grow very much, they have stuff on their outside skin or skeleton and there's nothing even to measure. Even fish you have the ear plugs which have got little rings on them which you can tell the age. People were perplexed about how you could find this. A professor was wondering about this when he found a student who worked out what might be a clue. Student are faculous. He had been looking at crayfish and found there was a little bit of skeleton, what's called the gastric mill, in the tummy. And that grew by a little bit each year. They then had to do a test. You have to wait two years to see whether the thing actually grows. This was the clue and it shows you how you can meshther age of lobsters and giant crabs as well. The secret's in the tummy?Yes. You ask yourself why do you want to know this?Why is it so important we know the age?One of them is generally ecological. If you have a population, and you want to find out whether it is flourishing or not. If you're culling the drop of lobsters, you want to know how much can take out without depleting the population. What they did with orange roughy fish which turned out to be twice as old as your grandmother, the ones you used to see in the supermarket. If they're very slow breeding you can wipe out the crop in no time if you're not careful and work out how old they are. Which in this case turns out to be 35, 40 years for a really old lobster.Apart from looking after certain populations and making sure we don't wipe them out, what else can scientists do with this information?You can actually look, apart from the fact it is extremely interesting working out how these creatures that we've taken for granted so long actually age, but also you can see how the ecology, how they're linked to all sorts of other creatures. In Western Australia, suddenly the population of lobsters crashed and the fishers didn't know why. There's a whole living to do with a population of knhem depend on these creatures. They need to make sure that they crop just what you need and no more to sustain it.Would it be crass to ask whether or not restaurants or chefs might want to know a 10-year-old lobster is better than a 20-year-old lobster for taste?Their experience is it doesn't really matter. You can't tell the difference. They continue being, lobsters are different from prawns. Prawns taste much the same and don't live all that long by the time you've cropped them. They can't tell much of a difference between an old lobster and a new one.Before we move on, how old are the biggest lobsters and the crocs?The crabs they work -- crabs? The crabs are at least 50 years old plus, the big ones from Tasmania. When you're measuring thi, imagine you're in a laboratory and want to make sure of this, you can't hang around for 50 years to do this. They've waited two years. They're estimating now roughly what they might be. An upper limit of 35, 40 for lobsters and about 50, 60 for giant crabs.You mentioned this all about about with the help of a student called Jesie and scientists often rely on the public to help them gather information. Some citizen sign tstz are feeling a little bit used and abused?Here you have the turn around where as you gelt scientists being de -- get scientists being depleted, these students at universities, even though our scientists are fantastic in Australia, nonetheless the numbers are depleting. We're depending on more and more of the public. Vicky Martin finishing her Phd the other week, at Lismore Southern Cross University, has found this wonderful resource of asking members of the public between the ages of 6 or 60, or 96 even, to record what's around them. This was pinired in Tasmania. If you take pick -- pioneered in Tasmania. If you take pictures of what's on the shoreline - birds, crab, seaweed - you're beginning to notice change. You record that and the scientists have kept a record which started in Tasmania and went for the whole of Australia. That's a fantastic record which they've got in any number of subjects to track what's going on. Far more than scientists on their own could use. When you've got thousands of members of the public taking part, you have to give them some sort of feedback, otherwise they feel apuzed. Many of them feel burned and they're making sure our resources are maintained of this wonderful public brain and to make sure that they're recognised and they're in touch with each other and the scientists. This seems to be the way forward.Keep twhoupway relationship and support each other. -- up the 2way relationship and support each other. We're out of time. Thank you very much.Lovely. Thousands of Australia's spectacular cars are turning up to Canberra for the annual Summernats. Officials are expecting their biggest-ever event. More now in Canberra.Summernats has just kicked off. We've had the city crews roll down. It is one of the most impressive events of Summernats. 300 of thexz trordinary cars rumbling -- of these extraordinary cars rumbling down Canberra. A record number has registered. 1900 only a few years ago. We're expecting more than 100,000 people to flock into Canberra just to check them out. Things will really kick off this afternoon when the burnout competition starts up. I've been told that's one of the real highlights of Summernats. There is the Horse Power Heroes, Miss Summernats, the Body andn ink Competition as well. -- Ink Competition as well. There are bands to sing. It will bow a huge four days down here in Canberra.Now how is Canberra handling the arrival of Summernats for another year?Yeah. You can't really help but notice Summernats when it turns up in Canberra. Canberra can empty out a bit over the summer months. The cars are colourful and the people can be just as colourful as well. Summernats has had reputation issues. Some bad behaviour here and there. The organisers have tried to make it a family friendly event and the police have said it's worked well. They haven't had many issues at all. They're looking forward to a really smooth, really fun four days down here.Many thanks. 2016 was a good year for animation, supernatural flicks, eccentric characters and the return to quirky. Our film critic has taken his best and worst movies of last year, starting off with a New Zealand film.This is a New Zealand film. Sam Neil delivering this extraordinary Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. Without trying to be too patronising, no-one knows what next will come out of New Zealand but it's always good. The director went from this and directing something else and delivered this extraordinary pose. It's got so much heart and comedy. It blew everyone who saw it away. It hasn't quite managed to get international attention for awards season. But it is such a great film and everyone should be looking this up. Best film of last year in my opinion.It is a big one for my kids. They enjoyed it. Something that's getting a lot of international attention and more recently released, you are talking about LaLa Land.This was, this especially was my other favourite film for the year. La La Land is Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. People are calling it a '50s style musical. But it is so much more than that. He has brought this knowledge of jazz to this, both in the style of music and the storytelling as well. It starts in a traditional music format and you know where it's going. Then it grows organically into this complicated thing that you can see exactly why they're dubbed for Oscar honours. The film is looking like an Oscar favourite. And it doesn't have that meaningful, woeful thing that quite often drags a lot of audiences down when they're watching a good film.Not twee at all?It starts like that and it intentionally starts there. A lot of poem are calling it this '50s musical, a nod to that style and era. It starts big and empty. But then it gets smaller and more complicated and is much smarter. By the end of it you are surprised but loving it so much more because it has real substance.Best animated movie is a little known title.It was such an amazing year for animation. There are so many good films. We had Finding Dory, Sing, Trolls, Moana. You could go on and on and on. Zootopia was a brilliant film as well. A film that got very little box office attention was this. It feels like a Japanese animation. It is made by a North American studio. It's now getting awards attention. What I can say is anyone who likes playing along at Oscars time, this is a great twun look up on home entertainment. The heart in this is extraordinary. You will cry like an absolute baby in this one but in that way that you love to do. It has captured a Japanese style story telling and it feels between computer graphics and clayimation. Totally original story telling. I love this to bits. There was a great animated documentary last year about the way Disney films helped an otistic child.The good tick. Let's talk about the bad and the ugly. Suicide Squad hits your top of the list for the worst blockbuster?It was such a terrible north American summer last year. Ies that May June time comes around every year, we're expecting the big popcorn flicks out of North America. We got this dirge of awfulness. The only sort of good thing you could say was at least it wasn't a seekeral. This was a Dirty Dozen concement. It looked so good in the trailer which is why I think so many critics just attacked it once we saw how unfunny and how unfun it was. They they didn't manage their expectations well?Fans heard the critical reaction, assumed all the critics couldn't take a good joke. Then went and saw the film. It did quite good box office and then the fans started going online and saying, "This is a terrible film." Maybe the popcorn flicks we don't recognise as much as we should but this was a health warning for everyone.Your other two that come down to the bottom of the list, X-Men and Ben Hur.A terrible seekeral and a terrible remake. The X-Men franchise has occasionally been good. No-one has yet been able to explain to anyone why Ben Hur was needed to be made. It was a series of more questions which began with why, why, why?Member that will never be answered?We're not going to get Ben Hur 2.Thank you very much. Play is finally under way on day three of the third test against Pakistan at the SCG. Scattered showers have caused havoc for grand staff early on in the day with officials calling for an early lunch to be taken. Pakistan resumed at the crease on 2/126, chasing Australia's mammoth first innings total of 538. For more sport news now, here is Chris with the latest from the Big Bash.The Thunder were pretty good last night. It started well for the Stars. Kevin Pietersen on the attack. The former England star scored 60 off 37 deliveries. He was brilliantly caught and bowled by Shane Watson when he was eventually dismissed. Wotton impressed with 3/23. Another English player, Eoin Morgan, certainly didn't miss out. It ended up being a final ball. He needed four to tie. A six to win. Morgan struck it sweetly for a six. The Thunder reached their victory target to keep their slim hopes alive. It was Morgan's final appearance for the Thunder before he ref joins -- rejoins thengland squad.Let's move on now to the EPL. Tottenham hosted Chelsea. How did it pan out?It was a beauty. A match of high intensity. That's what panned out. Such a big clash. Chelsea were chasing their 14th win in a row and could have extended their lead to eight points but Spurs showed great aggression. They met the intensity of Chelsea and were rewarded right on the stroke of half-time. Great lead-up play here. Look at that. He's about to head home a beautiful powerful header. And left the keeper with gho chance. The defence were too keen to push out on that occasion. The play-maker is flying at the moment because his quick feet - you forget he is 6 foot 3 - and he popped up for a second goal, a second header and put the result beyond doubt. A second goal and he has seven goals in his last four EPL games. Tottenham remain unbeaten this season. At White Hart Lane. Roger Federer was beaten?By a 19-year-old. It's the second time he's got him. Switzerland managed to win their Hopman Cup tie. Roger Federer suffered a shock loss to the 19-year-old in three sets. He certainly has beaten Federer twice on the circ. A second loss to the German and he went down in three sets. He relied on his teammate who had a win. The Swiss pair then won a mixed doubles to claim their second victory of the Hopman Cup. At the Brisbane International, the women's number one won. And the Russian saw off the challenge of the exciting 16-year-old Australian. Look out for her at the Australian Open. And the Australian wildcard here, Jordan Thompson, he beat David Ferrer. The 22-year-old number 79 in the world, beat the former world number three 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.Qhils tennis is a great love of mine -- qhils tennis is a great love of mine, I think this is my favourite sports story for the year. A new cycling world record.A 105-year-old ever-young gentleman, a Frenchman. He has created a new world record by cycling the furtherest distance in an hour. He holds the unique cycling record for someone aged over 100 and aged over 105. He holds the double. Hundreds of people cheered him on as he travelled more than 22km. Look at him go around the velodrome. He puts his health and long life down to a low meat diet and an hour of exercise on the bike every day. What a champion.Thank you. Severe weather and flood warnings have been issued for many parts of the continent. Adam Morgan says more severe thunderstorms are expected in central parts of Victoria later this afternoon.Through the Melbourne area we could see severe thunderstorms, anywhere around 2:00pm and 8:00pm. But probably in that later afternoon period around four to six to so. Through NT, right across the tropics we're likely to see thunderstorm activity continuing and we did have severe thunderstorms this morning. Any thund storm that happens across the northern parts of Australia is a candidate for heavy rainfall particularly. The moisture is extremely high. We've seen the monsoon in the region for a couple of weeks now. So over the Kimberley at the moment we do have a severe weather morning for a tropical low that's moving through the south-west parts of the Kimberley, close to the coast. We've seen widespread rainfall in the past couple of days. The past 24-hour widespread inland totals through the Kimberley. We could see up to 200mm over the next couple of days. That low is likely to continue moving parallel to the coast overland. There's a possibility it could move a little further west over water in the coming days. We would have to watch out for a tropical cyclone formation.Just briefly, Western Australia fire and flood warnings there and Queensland flood warnings as well?The flood warnings in Western Australia are associated with that tropical low. For the Fitzroy River and the Ord River in the Kimberley. We have got flood warnings for the Connors River. In Western Australia, to the south of the tropical low through the inland, it is very dry and hot and gusty with temp retchers into the 40s. We have catastrophic fire danger. Expected through the eastern parts of the south-west land division. Adam Morgan there. For more on the weather now, here is our report. Adam Morgan there. For more on the
weather now, here is our report. There's thick cloud in the tropics and an active monsoon and it's generating heavy rain and storms, mainly in the Kimberley and north-east Queensland. Cloud over the New South Wales coast is bringing showers. In Western Australia, troughs are drawing hot winds to the south of the state. Warm winds and thunder to South Australia and Victoria today.

More rain for tropical Queensland tomorrow and across the north. Some very heavy falls possible in the Pilbara, around Broome. Rain also for the North Coast of New South Wales.

That heat really continuing around the south of the country, South Australia and Victoria to the south of the country, South
Australia and Victoria to warm up Australia and Victoria to over the weekend. Thank you very much. Thank you for your company today. That's the latest from ABC News. I look forward to your company again tomorrow.

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