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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Good p morning and welcome to News Breakfast. Great to have your company this morning.Glad you could join us. Making the news today: Cyber alert. Top US spies warn Russian hackers pose a threat to America's national security. Terror returns. Four dead in a car bomb attack in Turkey five days after a nightclub massacre. Indonesia back tracks on cutting military ties with Australia saying it will cooperate on everything, apart from language classes. A is there a safe way to introduce alcohol to teenagers? A new report looks at whether allowing the odd tipple can stop binge drinking? A Younis Khan century provides a mayor highlight for Pakistan as they have a rare have a rare whitewash against Australia in Sydney.More rain for Queensland and the Kimberley while the heat continues to rise in Adelaide.

The United States head of intelligence has told a Senate hearing that Russia poses a major threat to US interests and has promised to produce more evidence of the Kremlin's interference in the US election in the coming days. General James Clapper has defended his analysts in the face of Donald Trump and has told the committee Russian President Vladimir Putin's motives will be revealed neck week. Trump has publicly derided US intelligence agencies for concluding that the Russian state was responsible for hacking the Democratic Party's emails in the lead-up to the election. Last week, the United States announced sanctions against Russia, despite the Kremlin's denial it was responsible for the cyber breach. General Jam Clapper stopped short of -- James Clapper stopped short of saying it was an act of war.An even more aggressive cyber posture by increasing cyber espionage operations, leaking data stolen from the operations and targeting critical infrastructure systems. Really what we're talking about is if they succeeded in changing the results of an election, which none of us believe they were, that would have to constitute an attack on the you states of America because of the effects if they succeeded wooment you agree with that?First, we can -- would you agree with that? First, they did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort.I'm just talking about this.We have no way of gauging the impact that the intelligence... Certainly, the intelligence community can't gauge on impact of choices for the electorate. There's no way to gauge that. Whether or not that constitutes an act of war, I think is a very heavy policy call. There you go, that's James Lapper there and as Ali said, he's going to expand upon that next week and talk more about it.And we'll be crossing to Washington shortly and we'll get more on what's being said there. Plenty on the show today. Happy Friday to you. We'll be talking about short films this morning because Flickerfest starts up again tonight at Bondi in Sydney and it's the start of a 10-day run before going on a national tour. For those who don't know Flickerfest, you're missing out. It's an outstanding short Film Festival which has been running since 1991 back when it started at Balmain High School and it's built into one of the world's premiere short film competitions and there's a sample of the type of films that are going ahead tonight with the titles of Messiah, Tre pass, I Am Raymond and My Best Friend Is Stuck On The Ceiling.And it shows which films could be up for Oscar nominations. We don't know what they are yet.Fantastic looking films there and we'll be speaking to the director of Flickerfest. So look forward to that. A Turkish police officer and a court official are among four people killed in an attack outside a courthouse in Izmir in Turkey's west. Authorities say Kurdish militants clashed with police and blew up a car after they were stopped at a checkpoint. Police shot dead two of the attackers and are now hunting a third. The Turkish government believes the militants were planning a much larger attack based on the weapons found at the scene. The latest incident comes five days after a gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub. It appears that Indonesia has backed down on the suspension of military cooperation with Australia less than 48 hours after it announced the ties would be cut. A top Indonesian Cabinet minister said that the suspended operations will only apply to language training courses and the original decision to halt operations was made independently by Indonesia's armed forces chief general: Former Essendon coach James Hird is reportedly recovering from a major health scare. The 43-year-old is set to have been taken to hospital by ambulance on Wednesday night before being transferred. Last night, his wife returned to their Toorak home without him and did not make any comment to media. Hird has been largely out of spotlight since he left his coaching post with the Bombers in 2015. He left only to ferdsly deny any wrong doing over the -- fiercely deny any wrongdoing over the supplements saga. Four people have been arrested in Chicago over a video where a man was bound, gagged and assaulted. It was live streamed on Facebook and showed the 18-year-old attackers making derogatory statements against white people and President-elect Donald Trump. The man cuts the man's scalp with a knife and forces him to drink from a toilet bowl. Police say that the man, who has special needs, was a school acquaintance of one of the attackers and the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.I'm not going to say it shocked me but it did disgust me. A new study has found the European model of allowing teenagers the occasional sip of alcohol at home makes them more likely to drink full serves by the time they're 16. But the study by the National Drug and Alcohol Centre also found that supervised alcohol consumption makes teenagers less likely to binge drink. The research centre says that it presents a conundrum for parents trying to decide when to introduce alcohol to teenagers but the research also shows that drinking behaviour seems to depend on personality traits and whether the child's pierce are also drinking. In Thailand, an elephant sanctuary is going to extraordinary lengths to help a baby elephant recover from a leg injury. The 5-month-old has been given hydrotherapy in a swimming pool as part of his rehab for an injured foot. His front leg was caught in a trap in November and although the injury has heeled, she's been refusing to put weight on the leg. The doctors hope that a dip in the pool will help to put her back in action, just back in action, just like any professional athlete!Let's take a look at the finance:

Here's the weather around Australia today:

it's been a hot week in Adelaide with 40 degrees there.

Let's get more on the Russian hacking claims in the US. Our North America correspondent joins us from Washington. This Senate hearing that's still going on has been told that Russia is, in fact, a full scope cyber actor.That's right. US spy chiefs broadened the set of accusations against Russia and said that they're more resolute than ever that the Kremlin sought to influence the US presidential election. As you mentioned, those hearings went for quite a while today - just over two hours. Here's a little of what the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, had to say when he was spelling out exactly what Russia did.This was a multifaceted campaign. So hacking was only one part of it. It also entailed classical propaganda and fake news. James Clapper there. We've heard the allegations but what we haven't got yet is a motive. We have to wait until next week to hear what the security agencies are saying is the motive behind the hacking?That's right. They say today they gave President Barack Obama the classified version of the report and that he's getting briefings on it and we expect him to make comments on that over the coming days. A declassified version, that we expect to be highly reduced, the spies say to protect sources and the expensive infrastructure they've put in place, will be released next week. They've promised there will be a motive there. The intelligence agencies are also meeting with Donald Trump, the President-elect, tomorrow. He's cast doubt and been highly sceptical about claims Russia was involved in hacking and some of his aides have thought that it is just Democrats trying to delegitimise his victory. He appeared to get something of a rebuke from a senior Republic, from his own side today in the Senate, Lindsay Graham. Here's the advice that he had for Mr Temperature ahead of -- Mr Trump tomorrow.It is time now not to throw pebbles but rocks. I wish we were not here. If it was up to me, we would all be living in peace but Putin is up to no good and needs to be stopped. President-elect, when you listen to these people, you can be sceptical, but understand that they're the best among us and are trying to protect us.It's interesting that Donald tweet! Sorry, Donald Trump, he's had a couple of interesting tweets. Because initially he tweeted that he appeared to be supporting Julian Assange when he said that his leaks or the emails released by WikiLeaks didn't come from Russia, but overnight, there's been another tweet from Donald Trump saying that he didn't agree with Assange and in fact, he's a big fan of intelligence. I guess this underlines the risk of trying to talk to the public in 140 characters.That's right. Completely contrasting positions in a day. Just yesterday, President-elect Donald Trump was questioning how strong the case was and whether intelligence officials were adequately prepared and suggested that they were scrambling to prepare for his meeting with them. As you mentioned, he retweeted Julian Assange's comments that the source of the hacks was definitely not Russia, but then, just this morning, he said that he was a big fan of intelligence. So I suppose we can expect more tweets tomorrow after his meeting and we'll have to wait and see what he has to say.What next? What could come out of the hearings? We've already seen 35 Russian diplomats expelled from the US. Is there likely to be further action?Senior Republicans in the Senate are arguing for much tougher action. We heard there from Lindsey Graham earlier. He was saying that all Senator Obama did was throw a pebble Russia and they needed to take stronger action. Although he didn't say exactly what form that would take. But you know, there's rumblings and very strong urgings from within his own party for US to take a tougher line and build on the sanctions that Barack Obama announced recently.Everybody will be waiting to see exactly what they say the motive was. Thank you very much. The comments from the fellow Republicans have something to do with inspiring the second tweets from Donald Tweet! I like that. Donald Tweet, I like that. I apologise for that. It will be interesting to see what the intelligence agencies say is the motive and whether or not they can be very black and white about interference in the election as opposed to the general political scene.We'll wait to see just how much of the report is released as well. And talking about Connor there saying how much of it will be reduced. Speaking about shifting positions, Indonesia has apparently backed down over its suspension of military cooperation with Australia. . The move comes after a flurry of contradictory statements from Indonesia's leaders. Our Indonesia correspondent has more. The general's decision to suspend military cooperation surprised his own government and came as a shock to Australia. He's told Indonesian media how offended he was by material presented at a training course in Australia. Presented not just by the lecturers, but by the students as well. TRANSLATION: The curriculum and the lessons, as well as the result of the curriculum and the assignment paper of the students were insulting. It hurt so much, I don't need to explain it here. It was about an officer in the past. It was about East Timor, it was about Papua needing independence. It was about another manipulation.After the general's decision created headlines for 24 hours and prompted all sorts of confusion in two countries, top Indonesian Cabinet minister Wiranto said that the suspension was only ever about a language course. He blamed the media. Relations will now hopefully be reset, although the whole affair has prompted a closer look at the general. The ABC has uncovered these extraordinary comments he made about Chinese refugees. TRANSLATION: If they ever come to my place, they will come by sea. Once they cross the ocean, I will butter ten cows in the middle of the ocean. The -- butcher ten cows in the middle of the ocean and the sharks will be there. After that, they can all be eaten by sharks. Relations between Australia and Indonesia might be a bit banged up by all of this, but both nags are now free to take part in military exercises next month. Owning your own home is the great Australian dream, but for many, it's now one that feels out of reach. Property prices in Australia have been rising steadily for years, so is there any relief in sight? Finance presenter Del Irani put that question to the experts for the housing market in 2017? Noilt What will Australian house prices do in 2017? The answer depends on who you ask. Let's start with this report from one of Australia's most experienced property analysts, SQM Research. They're Research. They're forecasting price growth in 2017 of between 11% and 16% for Sydney and 10% and 15% for Melbourne. They say that the increases are taking place in market that is it believes are already massively overvalued. In fact, the firm estimates that Sydney might be overvalued by as much as 40% and Melbourne is almost as bad. For Australia's other capital cities, house price growth is not expected to be as strong, but we are being warned that large falls in the country's two biggest property markets could reverb rate around the nation. Here's SQM's outlook and property price growth for 2017 across the nation. Overall, the firm is predicting that Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra will post moderate price rises and Hobart may just sneak into double digit growth. In Perth and Darwin, the firm is forecasting that 2017 might be the last year of house price falls as the city slowly recovers from the end of the mining boom. But not everyone agrees. National Australia Bank paints quite a different picture. It says house prices will rise mostly in Brisbane, predicting an increase of 1.9% in 2017. That's followed by Hobart, then Adelaide and in stark comparison to SQM Research, NAB forecasts house price growth of just 0.3% in Melbourne and 0.1% for Sydney. NAB also predicts Perth house prices will continue to fall, down another 2.7% in 2017. Those are two very different sets of predictions for the Australian housing market. So why the big discrepancy in data? Let's ask the experts. Which one do we believe? Why the big discrepancy?We obviously believe the one that we put out. Generally what we're seeing at the end of this at the end of this year is a flattening out of the Sydney market and the Melbourne market and affordability is an issue. I think that people are nervous about the market. We don't expect to see any big falls. For that, you need high levels of unemployment and we haven't seen that. To actually expect to get double digit increases in house prices, that would really upset the Reserve Bank and APRA. What do prices do in houses and apartments are very different. Can you give us your predictions for apartment prices for 2017?We're basically expecting moderate falls in apartments right across Australia. If we're looking at the worst ones, you'd be looking at Melbourne and Perth.Is this again because of the issue of over supply? If you're looking at all of the capital cities in terms of supply and demand on the houses side, they're underbuilt. If you're looking at the apartment market, they're way overbuilt. So relative to the population, the Melbourne population is probably two and a half times over built.What is your advice to first home-buyers entering the property market in 2017?My advice would be to basically do your financial plan. Don't expect to see house prices go up a lot, but don't expect them to go down so, it is probably as good a time as any. Great advice, thank you. And thank you to Del Irani providing a good public service there with a preview of what's going to happen in the different financial sectors.I thought that the advice if you're going to buy a house is you're not allowed to have smashed avocado for breakfast. Wasn't that the big thing there for 2016.Count down on the avocado and we were talking about interest rates there.The risk of it going up and increased debt. It is a tough one and when to buy. Let's have a look at the front pages around the country. The Guardian leads with departing US intelligence chief James Clapper defending analysts about attacks by Donald Trump telling Congress he'll release more evidence of Russian interference in the election. Glitter trip. The Courier-Mail leads with the Health Minister spending nearly $4,000 of taxpayer money to a ministerial ministerial trip to the Gold Coast where they also bought an $800,000 investment property.The Herald Sun leads with fears for James Hird after the former Essendon coach was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night following a suspected drug overdose.That's the lead on the West Australian too with overdose fears and the headline saying that friends had raised concerns about his well being.The Advertiser says James Hird's friends are rallying around him.In the Financial Review, manufacturer fears. They're at risk of having the gas supplies curtailed to preserve stocks for customers despite some agreeing to 100% hike in 2017. The Australian wrids that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has backed his chief general's move to look at ties with Australia. And coverage of the story in the last 24-36 hours, the position has changed slightly. The diplomatic row leads the Sydney Morning Herald as well. President Joko Widodo saying that he believed that the two countries had believed to mutually respect each otherAnd the Northern Territory News has photoshoped Indonesia's military general as James Bond with a claim that he hired a tourist boat for a spying mission in Darwin harbour. That will go down well.Or did he just want to sneak into town and have a beer and enjoy Darwin's relaxed atmosphere. Youth crisis. The Age writes that two ten-year-olds have been charged with more than 20 crimes each in the past year.The Daily Telegraph leads with global bank HSBC upgrading its global growth forecast for the first time in four years on the back of Donald Trump's presidential victory. The heat is on in Tassie. The Mercury writing that it is beach weather this weekend with weather this weekend with tops of the high 20s. That's good weather for Tasmania there.The other conversation that we're having this morning and we're asking if you'd like to contribute to it is when, or if, you should introduce alcohol to your children at home? This is following a survey that's been basically looking at a couple of thousand kids over four years and trying to work out whether the odd sip at home under parental supervision changes behaviour later on and what they have found is that while it does mean that kids drink earlier, it also means that they're less likely to binge drink.And the European style where in the control of your own home, you give the kids a bit of a sip S that what they're doing in Europe? 14-year-olds drinking vodka?I would be more inclined to think that it could be a sip of red wine in Europe, in Italy or in France. But it is really... They're less likely to binge drink over there anyway? Are Australians more likely to binge drink?I think that the evidence would suggest that we are. But it is a conundrum for parents. If you look at the research, longer term research, it shows that the earlier someone starts to drink, the greater the risk of damage to health and yet, on the other hand, you have major research showing that binge drinking is incredibly damaging. So which way do you go? In a real conundrum and dilemma for parents trying to work out what to do and ultimately the study finds that it does boil down to a child's personality and what their mates are doing.Personality and peer groups. That was my experience growing up. I grew up and my mum and dad were very moderate drinkers but I always found myself in a football culture, pretty much at the end of high school which was binge drinking as the norm.It's just as well that you have to get up at 3:00 in the morning.I'm OK now! Don't worry. There were rough times there. And when you've got kids, the last thing that you want to imagine them doing is going out and getting off their face and not knowing their surrounds, given all the danger that is we always report on.It's a fascinating conversation. If you'd like to get involved, please do join like to get involved, please do join
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How have you enjoyed your first week on Twitter?Yeah, good, thank you. No dramas?No dramas! I'm not as prolific as Donald Trump! And nor do I have that many followers!Not yet. Watch yourself! The National Capital is rev head heaven right now.Car lovers from across Australia and overseas are in Canberra for the annual Summernats Street Car Festival which is celebrating his 30th anniversary. Our reporter has been speaking to one of the thousands of entrants. More than 2,000 vintage, classic and modern street machines are taking part in this year's Summernats Street Car Festival including in 1972 Ford wagon owned by Heather. How did you first come across this beautiful wagon?I was lucky enough to find her in Wagga Wagga about 15 years ago. I was looking for eight years for it. She had to come home with me so I was very lucky. Very lucky.Over the last 15 years, how have you modified it?I put the shaker on. The flutes in the bonnet and just gave her a bit of an update to look like a Fairmont GS model and kept her nice and tidy.There's also some skull door locks as well?Yes, that was my bad period but I kept them on there because they were fun And special rims too?I saved up for three years for these drag rims if Queensland and always wanted a set so they went on her.Would you ever part with her?No money in the world would let her come away from me. She's my pride and joy and my oldest child as I don't have children of my own and she's got a few siblings at home.You've got plenty more projects when it comes to classics like this?Definitely. A bit of fun and I love her.And it was the fourth year that you participated as a driver in the City Cruise that signals the start of Summernats. Why is it important to have more women drivers like you?It's fantastic. If you don't get behind the wheel and drive, you don't get the passion. And having a V8, there's nothing like it and this brings so many people out to see all sorts of drivers. So the girls come out and play.You know it's serious when they refer to cars as street machines.Have you ever drive driven a V8?I reckon that I have!I'm quite sure that I haven't.You haven't? My car is not a V8 but it is screaming like a V8 at the moment.Oh, dear!It needs to get fixed. G'day, Ben, you love Summernats, don't you?Love it! Maybe it has improved since I last went there.Very civilised. Absolutely.From high octane cars to high octane cricket. A century from Younis Khan helped them bat out for the Sydney day. He notched up his first ever hundred at the SCG but was let down by his teammates. Rain delayed play until the afternoon but it didn't affect mood at the ground. The Sydney cricket ground and the surrounds turned bright pink on day three for the McGrath Foundation. This is the time to make the commitment, show that love and support these wonderful breast care nurses.A day staged in honour of the late wife of former Australian cricketer Glen McGrath, whose battle with cancer inspired a nation. It was a day when only the weather was dull. Day three didn't start until after lunch. Pakistan's veterans picked up where they left off. COMMENTATOR: Starc to Younis Khan and the runs there. Fast bowler hats Hazlewood took advantage of the overcast conditions.Very well bowled.It almost paid dividends when Ali spooned the ball towards Hilton Cartwright. COMMENTATOR: Will they have a referral? Will they? They've all got their hands on the heads? The half volley, just short.Having added 11 to the overnight score, Younis Khan called for running repairs.Must be one of the favourites.The introduction of Nathan Lyon med to a mid-wicket mix-up. The powerful left arm of Mitchell Starc saws Azar caught there. COMMENTATOR: That could be out.With two spinners operating, the captain showed little patience as he held out for 18 and things looked ominous. A century from Khan followed. The veteran was left to back with -- to bat with the tail. To the Big Bash competition now and the Brisbane Heat has gone to the top of the table after a big win over Perth. Batting first, the Scorchers set the visitors a top of 174 for victory after Mitch Marsh top scored with 70 runs, including this massive six. But the Heat made the chase look easy as Chris Lynn stepped up with a stunning unbeaten 98 runs. Brendan McCullum broke his bat because he was swinging so hard as the Heat cruised to a comfortable win. The Sixes from Chris Lynn from a highlight in last night's match hitting 11 of them. Let's have a look at some look at some of the best. COMMENTATOR: He's got pace. Oh, that's pace too. It came in quick and went out quicker. That's way back. Around the ground there. Oh, it just keeps going! Bang! It's not all of it but you don't need all of it if you're Chris Lynn. You still get six. That's six of them. Another one on the bat. Sixth number one on the bat. Sixth number ten for Chris Lynn. He got eleven of them. Very exciting. To tennis and Nick Kyrgios has suffered his first loss of 2017 going down to American Jack Sock at the Hopman Cup last night. He couldn't match the rising American star who defeated the lacklustre Australian 6-2, 6 of-2. Nick Kyrgios was showing signs of that leg injury he's been suffering. Daria Gavrilova did earn a win in her match but Australia couldn't win the home team's first tie of the tournament going down to the Americans 2-1. Jack Sock was on fire in his match against Nick Kyrgios. Take a against Nick Kyrgios. Take a look at this shot during the encounter. this shot during the encounter.
COMMENTATOR: Can condense the points whenever he feels like it.Wow, get out of here! Sock is up. I don't think that that will be beaten the whole Australian summer. Take a look at this! whole Australian summer. Take a look
at this!Amazing stuff. To the A-League and the Perth glory have come from a goal down to defeat the Wellington Phoenix. Wellington looked like taking a lead into half time after notching the the game's opening goal but a long range strike from Rostyn Griffiths ecalled the stunning strike there and Adam Taggart scored the game winner in the second-half to help Perth to victory. And Perth keeping their top four hopes alive in the A-League there. Good stuff and Chris Lynn should play for Australia as soon as possible with his form in the Big Bash.All three formats at the moment I reckon. He's seeing it like a beach ball!He was hitting it out of the statement.I of the statement.I love that statement! Noimlet's have a look at the weather now and there's heavy rain that's going to be possible in Townsville.

Plenty more coming up this morning, including gable gambling ads. They're hard to avoid if you watch a lot of sport and children are picking up on them. We'll be speaking to Deakin University's Samantha Thomas about the effect it is having on kids. First, here's PK with the headlines. The United States head of intelligence has told a Senate hearing that Russia's hacking program pose as major threat to US interests. General James Clapper has promised to produce more evidence of the Kremlin's intersopherns in the US election in the coming days coming after President-elect Donald Trump publicly derided intelligence agencies for concluding that Russia hacked the Democratic Party's emails in the lead-up to the election. It appears Indonesia has backed down in the suspension of military cooperation with Australia less than 48 hours after announcing it was cutting ties. A top Indonesian Cabinet minister has issued a statement saying that suspended cooperation will apply only to language training classes. The original decision to halt operation was made independently by the chief of Indonesia's armed forces. A Turkish police officer and court official are among four people killed in ae tack outside a courthouse in Izmir in Turkey's west. Authorities said that militants clashed. Police shot dead two attackers and are hunting a authority. It comes five days after 39 people were killed at an Istanbul nightclub. And James Hird is reportedly recovering from a major health scare. The 43-year-old is said to have been taken to a Melbourne hospital by ambulance on Wednesday night before being transferred elsewhere. Hird has been largely out of the spotlight since he left his coaching post at the Bombers in 2015 following the club's supplements scandal. With just two weeks to go until he leaves office, President Obama says he plans to release more inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre after originally vowing to shut it down. However, President-elect Donald Trump has different plans. The BBC's correspondent has more. The evening call to prayer from inside the cells of Guantanamo Bay. For everyone here, these are uncertain times. President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay when he first came to office, but he was frustrated by Congress and it was a promise he was unable to keep. He is still trying to transfer some of the remaining 60 men to other countries. But during our visit, the admiral in charge admitted no-one knows what's coming next.You know that the detainees have questions so are the transfers going to stop when the new president takes charge on January 20? We don't know. They don't know. Their lawyers may speculate, but nobody knows.But, in a tweet, Donald Trump has a tweet, Donald Trump has now made clear what he thinks. a tweet, Donald Trump has now made
clear what he thinks. 15 years ago, this is how it began. I watched some of the first detainees arrive at Camp X-ray in the hot Cuban sun. It was the early days of what was called the war on terror. This block in Guantanamo Bay used to house 100 detainees but since last summer, it has laid silent. Part of Barack Obama's push to close the camp. That's failed now and the question is now whether under President Trump, the cells will once again be filled with detainees.This morning I watched President Obama talking about GITMO - Guantanamo Bay. Which, by the way, we are keeping open. Which we are keeping open. And we're going to load it up with some bad dudes, believe me. We're going to load it up.President Obama has said Guantanamo Bay, because of its reputation around the world, undermines rather than advances America's security. But it will now be up to a new president to decide what to do with those America is fighting, where to put them, how to treat them. And so, for now, the future of this place hangs if the balance. Going to Perth now and authorities are investigating the death of a teenager on an -- a CBD work site. The 17-year-old fell to his death on the work site. This building was supposed to be filled with shoppers by now. Instead, police and investigators moved in to try to piece together what went wrong. The 17-year-old boy was installing a glass ceiling in the atrium of the old Post Office building when he fell 12 metres to his death. As the incident became public, strangers stopped by to pay their respects.To show that someone actually cares, you know. It is a life that's lost.It's understood that the accident happened shortly before the teenager was due to finish his night shift in the early hours of the morning. Contractors have been working around the clock to try to finish the fit-out for clothing behind H&M. The company released a statement extending its sincere condolences to the teenager's family as did the building contractor. Both companies say they're working closely with authorities. The union representing construction workers says it is conducting its own inquiries.We have got a list of questions a mile long that we'll be asking the builder, the subcontractor and Work Safe.The C FM EU says it is a tragic start to 2017 and follows a spate of construction fatalities in WA last year.What we want to see is an end of work place fatalities. This is just... It's hit me like a tonight of bricks.The death is being investigated by the coroner and WorkSafe. Family and friends are paying tribute to a 60-year-old man who drowned trying to stop people from driving through floodwaters. The good samaritan fell into a swol be creek in the Atherton Tablelands. He died trying to help others.He was a gentleman. He was a much-loved member of the community.The vegetable farmer was guiding motorists away from rising floodwaters when he lost his footing.In his efforts to do this, he's unfortunately ended up in the water.In hours, floodwaters swamped the small farming commune.We saw up there, an observation of 98mm in two hours and we're aware that there will likely be heavier rainfall than that that we haven't recorded on the official gauges.Police and rescue workers launched a desperate search to find the family man, but it was too late.Obviously the waters are powerful and the gentleman was doing his best to alert others.A family friend found his body close to there. The small crops farmer will be missed by the community. The rush of water was unexpected catching farmers like Andrew Sara by surprise.I've never seen p rain like that before and the effect of that. The water coming through the paddocks.The smaument community is dealing with the loss of a friends -- the small community is dealing with the loss of a friend. At the market, his fruit and vegetable stand is empty.He always put himself out there to help other people.A silent reminder of the tragedy. Very sad and you can only imagine how much rain there is given that the Atherton Tablelands is one of the highest rainfall areas in Australia anyway.10cm in two hours. That's extraordinary. Moving to something different and sport is all over the telly this summer as always and if you're watching it, it's hard not to notice ads around the grounds and during ad breaks for sports betting agencies. Samantha Thomas hand been studying the effects of the ads, particularly on children and she joins us in the studio now. Good morning. Your research has shown really extraordinary recall among kids for the ads?It does. With he do a lot of work out in the community at local junior football clubs and weapon stand outside the major stadiums talking to kids about what they know about gambling and what they particularly see about the marketing of gambling during sport. What we found in the research is that kids have not only an incredibly high recall of brand names of different companies but an incredibly high recall of the details, the creatives, the plotlines and the incentives within ads and that creates a real concern for us because what we're seeing is a quick normalisation trajectory for the product among children.When you sap inducements, talk to us about that and what you mean. Some people -- when you say inducements, talk to us about that and tell us just what you mean.Inducements would encourage people to bet more than they normally would, so things like bonus bets, cash back refunds. Most people watching TV will see those regularly during the ads within sport. And kids, we used to think, talked about sports in terms of the odds. When we first started having the discussion about gambling and the impact with kids. Now what we see with kids is kids will clearly tell us about the deals that they see and one of the things that we know with kids is that they generally say to us that they think they'll bet on sport not if they're good odds but if they get a good deal from a bookie to encourage them to bet.One thing that I haven't thought about is when you come to ads, and particularly on television, the parents will look at their p phones and go off and make a cup of tea but of course, the kids stay glued and actually absorb. Absolutely and this is one of the things that we found. Many years ago when Stephen Conroy of the minister, one of the reasons that they talked about getting live betting odds or stopping the ads during the match was that people would have the opportunity to then get up and walk away from the ads if they didn't want to watch them. What we find with kids is that kids stay locked in place. So like me, I have two little boys. I'll get up and I'll be on Twitter or social media or having a cup of tea or making dinner. My kids stay locked in place and that means that they have a high level of exposure to ads right the way through the sporting events and matches. We also know that there's a loophole in the moment in the regulation which we want to get closed and that means that gambling ads are banned during children's hours before the watershed.Which is 7:00?About 7:30 or 7:00, unless they're played within a current affairs or a sporting match. And when do we see most of them? On a Saturday afternoon watching the cricket with the kids.Or every night during summer, basically. And we just showed a little bit of vision there of Tom Waterhouse. You mentioned that the Labor Government was going to swing in and take action at the time when Tom Waterhouse was looking to be part of the Channel 9 commentary. There was a big crisis there. Nothing really happened z it? There were no important reforms to curtail the behaviour of advertising?No, you're right. And Stephen Conroy was on Lateline and said that there would be a massive reduction based on banning the promotion of live odds during matches. And at the time, he warned that actually, the very small change in the regulation actually wouldn't do much to actually reduce the amount of ads that we'd see. Don't forget that marketing isn't just formal commercial break advertising. It comes in the form of sponsorship and logos on the jerseys of NRL players and the boarding there. If you're a big fan of cricket at the Boxing Day test like my kids. We don't even have a cricket boundary rope in cricket any more. It's a logo for a betting company. So those promotions are satturated and everywhere and again, we're really concerned about the fact that this will have a major impact on kids and the way in which they view gambling.What do you want to see happening? I note that tennis Australia has actually banned one major company from being on the hoardings, if you like. On the main courts?What do you want, some sort of koored federal response? Absolutely. We know at the moment that 75% of kids aged 8 and over think that gambling is a normal part of sport. We need to start to think of policy measures to denormalise this for kids. So closing that loophole is really important but also making sure that we don't have the satturation of ads that we currently see. We also would really -- satturation of ads. We would also like the companies to stop having the relationships with betting agencies. They say that they need them for integrity. We say that they need to look after the fans and protect the welfare of the most vulnerable fans.The thing is that gambling is legal and that's where the difficulty is. You're working in an environment where it is perfectly legal.The other point is awe you mentioned your kids watching the ads. I bet that they have a good understanding of the dangers of gambling. I'm very much anti-gambling and my kids watch as much sport as any others but they know that I'm against gambling and they view it in a negative light. Isn't it more up to parents to talk to their kids and educate them adds well?That's a terrific question and we asked this of parents in some of the research and what we find is very similar to the findings in junk food and alcohol and tobacco research is that parents can't compete with the very seductive satturated messages from the bookies, particularly then they're alined with something that the kids value, such as sport. We know from kids that they think that promotions aligned with athletes are incredibly influential in making them think positively about gambling. So that certainly is something that we need to consider and think about and that's why, just like we did with tobacco, it was a legal product, it is a legal product but it doesn't mean that it isn't potentially harmful for people.That's the next challenge that you're looking at is the AFL women's league and what happens there.At the moment, being very focused on boys and young men. We're very keen to see what will happen with the new fantastic women's leagues, particularly in terms of looking at whether they will start to encourage women and girls to be involved in gambling.A fascinating study. Thank you for having us. If you want to get involved in the topic this morning and send us your thoughts, feel most welcome.Many of the country's top restaurants are featuring a new Australian fish on the menus.Known by fishermen as black kingfish, cobia is drawing plaudits from top chefs who dub it the wagyu of the sea. With three high-end restaurants and the catering contract for the Caulfield race track, this Melbourne chef feeds thousands of diners every week. The premium ingredients he buys have to tick a lot of boxes and he says cobia ticks them all.You want something on the menu that's sustainable and interesting and tastes fantastic. Because you know, no disrespect to barramundi or salmon or stuff like that, but it has kind of been done and also, I'm not a big fan of seeing stuff that I see in the supermarket. I think that it should be something that you can go to the restaurant and it should be special.Which is just what Maria wants to hear. For her family company, Pacific Reef, runs the country's only cobia farm. She's been inspired by her media shy father, a Greek migrant who started with one fish shop in outer Melbourne 40 years ago. Who went on to make millions in the gaming industry.What started out as an experiment, so to speak, ended up being a product that we now carry. And you can see more of that story tonight on Taste of Landline.I do reckon that cobia maybe sounds a little bit more enticing than black kingfish.Yes, they've pick the nicest sounding name there and Landline, a very popular series so check it out. Over the past 12 months, News breakfast has been lucky enough, or smart enough, to host top musicians. Among them, the lead singer of the Black Sorrows Joe Camilleri. Since forming in 1983, the Black Sorrows brought us many hits.Last year, they released their 20th album. Joe Camilleri spoke to us about why he loves performing.We come to play. That's the big thing. My whole thing is to be a musician. And so that's good. And also, it's the venue, it's the people that come to see you. So I don't have a song list. So tell the band what the first song is three seconds before we go on and then we go from there so it is the energy of the room. Because good things can happen. Something good can come out of an audience that makes everything turn inside out.Do you find that audiences vary depending on the location?I don't find that much variation on the things, but just the personality of someone. I remember saying - I'm going to play a song off the new album and someone said - don't bother! And then there are people who just want to hear the new stuff. They're connected with you ten years ago. I've been playing 53 years. And there are people who won't let go. So if I say Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, the place kind of goes a little bit weird. And I like playing songs, you know. There was a time when I wouldn't do that. You know - this belongs to this man and I figure, well, I've written or co-written all of these songs and they sort of belong to me.Let's speak about the new stuff, Faithful Satellite. What was the theme behind the new album? Where did st spring from?There's never a theme. Me and Nick Smith write songs.And sometimes I'll saying to him, I've get the Blues ideas and he want to do a blues kind of thing. But you might end up with one of the songs that style, one or two like that and then it just goes somewhere else. It's just about writing good songs that have some value, you know. Whether it is cinematic, whether it is just a lyric content or whether it's a groove. And putting it together is... Individually, it's always beautiful because you just listen to that song for a particular period of time and you record that and then you've got to put it all together and then all of the other processes come into play. So I slated this record for last year but I just couldn't... It just didn't feel right. So I ended up making a record, a fan-based record with some of the things that I liked over the... Over my journey as a musician. And so it was time to do it and it was fun to do.

# Take the stars from the night # Got to feed from his money # Always turned # Always turned out right # dredge up all the ship wrecks # From the deep Black Sea # It ain't ever gonna happen # Between you and me #

# get some out there # Get some tears from a shark # Lay one hand to another # Screaming out in the dark # He'll get those demons off his back # Wake up and find the key # It ain't ever gonna happen # Between you and me

# Between you and me
# The Tibetan snow falls on the mountain # Bullets mounting down the side # No more Roman coins in the fountain # A life free this time # There will be bread for the hungry # There they'll be safe with their young # And keep them trouly inspired # And lock on it # From the family tree # It ain't ever gona happen -- gonna happen # Between you and

Beautiful. Joe Camilleri there. There you go. Let's take a look at the sport now. That's your entre there, Ben! To the cricket and the Pakistanis have their work cut out for them attempting to avoid the follow-on in the third test at the SCG. On a rain-affected day three in Sydney, play didn't start until after lunch when it did resume and Pakistan couldn't build on the resistance its batsmen had shown on day two. Younis Khan did notch a century but he is running out of friends. They'll resume on 8-271. In the Big Bash competition, the Brisbane Heat has gone to the top of the table after a big win over Perth. Batting first, the scorchers set the visitors a target of 174 for victory after Mitch Marsh top scored with 70 runs including a mass yifer six. But the Heat made the chase look easy as the star batsman stepped up with a stunning 98 not out. Brendan McCullum broke his bat. He was swinging so hard as the Heat cruised to a very comfortable win. To the tennis now and Nick Kyrgios has suffered his first loss of 2017 going down to American Jack Sock last night. He couldn't match the rising American star who defeated the lacklustre and injury hindered Australian. Daria Gavrilova did have a win in her match but the pair couldn't win the home team's first tie of the tournament as the Australians went down to the Americans 2-1. To the A-League and the Perth glory have come from a goal down to defeat the Wellington Phoenix 2-1. Wellington looked like taking a lead into half time after scoring the game's opener, but a long range strike from Rostyn Griffiths equalled the scores and Adam Taggart scored the game winner in the second-half as the Perth glory earned a valuable win. Thank you and Younis Khan was terrific yesterday. A great century there. Let's see whether the weather there. Let's see whether the weather
will be any good today. Still wet over the tropics with a monsoon low and a trough generating rain storms and strong winds. That's in the north-west and in the north-east of Queensland. Hot in the south. Weaker troughs are drawing hot winds to WA, South Australia and western New South Wales. A front is bringing strong winds to south-west WA. Let's take a look around the states:

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Good morning. Welcome back to ABC News Breakfast. It is great to have your company. Well, let's look at the news of the day. Indonesia backtracks on cutting military ties with Australia, saying it will cooperate on everything apart from language classes.

Cyber alert - top US spies warn Russian hackers pose a major threat to America's national security. Terror returns - four dead in a car bomb and gun attack in Turkey, five days a of a nightclub massacre. Of And is there a safe way to introduce alcohol to teenagers? A new report looks at whether allowing the odd tipple can stop binge drinking.A Younis Khan century provides a rare highlight for Pakistan as the tourists face a sear res whitewash at the hands of Australia in Sydney. More rain for northern Queensland and the Kimberley, while the heat continues to rise in Adelaide.

Let's go to the major story now. The United States head of intelligence has told a Senate hearing, Russia poses major there et to US interest and has promised to produce more evidence of the Kremlin's interference in the election over the coming days. General James Clapper has defended his analysts ins face of major criticism that President-elect Donald Trump has been offering in the last couple of days and has told the committee Vladimir Putin's motives will be revealed as early at next week. Trump has publicly derided US intelligence agencies for concluding that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic Party's emails in the lead-up to the election. Last week the United States announced sanctions against Russia, despite the Kremlin's denial it was responsible for the cyber attacks.Now, General James Clapper stopped short of saying it was an act of war. Let's take a listen to that exchange.Russia has clearly assumed an even more aggressive sigh per posture, by leaking data stolen from the operations and targeting critical infrastructure systems. Really what we are talking about is if they succeeded in changing the results of an election which none of us believed they were, that would have to constitute an attack on the United States of America because of the effects if they had succeeded. Would you agree with that?First, we cannot say - they did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort.Yeah, I'm just talking about...We had no way - we had no way of gauging the impact that certainly the intelligence community can't gauge the impact it had on choices that the electorate made. There is no way for us to gauge that. Whether or not that constitutes an act of war, I think is a very heavy policy call.The situation in the US there. Let's look at Indonesia now, and apparently Indonesia has backed down over its suspension of military cooperation with Australia.The move comes after a flurry of contradictory statements coming out of Jakarta yesterday, but our correspondent Adam Harvey has the very latest.General Gatot Nurmantyo's intention to suspend military cooperation spliced his own government and came as a shock to Australia. He told Indonesian media how offended he was at training material presented at a course in Australia, presented not just by the lecturers but the students as well. TRANSLATION: The curriculum and the lessons, as well as the sum of the papers of the students was insulting. It hurts so much I don't have to explain here. It was about an officer training in the past, about East Timor,After the general's decision created headlines for 24 hours and prompted all sorts of confusion in two countries, top Indonesian Cabinet Minister, Wiranto, came in over the top and said the su spention was only ever about a language course. He blamed the media. Relations will now hopefully be reset, although the whole affair has prompted a closer look at General Gatot. The ABC has uncovered these extraordinary comments he made about Chinese refugees.TRANSLATION: If they ever come to my place, they will come by sea. Once they cross the ocean, I will butcher 10 cows in the middle of the ocean. The sharks will definitely gather. After that I will use small weapons so that they leak and they can all be eaten by sharks. Relations between Australia and Indonesia may be a bit banged up by all this, but both nations are now froo he to take part in military exercises next month.Yes, Adam Harvey there, bringing you the latest in what can be a confusing flurry.Well, banged-up relationship pretty much has it, but I still a fair bit to go with that particular story. It's not all as clear as it could be.No personnel changes there, so those relationships are ongoing and have to be managed by both side sz. Good morning to you. Happy Friday, you've made it almost to the end of the week. You might be at the end of the hoal days and staring down the barrel of going back to work next week. We will be talking about Flickerfest with I which is the world-class short Film Festival and we are gearing up to nominations for different categories in the Academy Awards. That's how good some of these films are. It's going to premiere - that is Flickerfest, as a production, if you like, on Bondi Beach tonight, it will run for 10 days and then go on a national tour many What you're looking at there is a briefest snapshot of some of the films.Yes, the shorts are amazing, some of them entice you in, just like you would be watching a trailer for a long film, if you like.Yes.But what I didn't know about Flickerfest, I didn't know it started in a Balmain high school and I didn't know it had been going since 1991.Yes, a real success story, one the, it is the longest running short Film Festival in the world.There is lots of interesting questions about short films in the context of everyone having a smart phone or a device, just like everyone can be a journalist, everyone can be a film director.Yes, 10, 11 minutes, the ones we were watching there, a real snapshot that people could access while they're going to work, or just moving around on their phone, as you say.Yes, talking to a director later on.Four people have been killed outside a court ho us in Izmir. Authorities say Kurdish militants clashed with police and blew up a car. Police shot dead two of the a being takers and are now hunting a third. The Turkish Government believes the militants were plan pg a much larger attack, based on the size of the weapons at the scene. This comes five days after a nightclub attack.James Hird is reportedly recovering from a major health scare. The 43-year-old is said to have been taken to Melbourne's Cabrini Hospital on Wednesday night before being transferred. Last night his wife returned to their Toorak home without him and did not make a comment to the media. Hird has been largely out of the spotlight since 2015, he emerged only to fiercely deny any wrongdoing over the club's supplement scan dam.Four people have been arrested in Chicago over a video which shows a man bound, gagged and assaulted. It shows the 18-year-old attackers making derogatory statements against white people and also Donald Trump. They cut the man's scalp with a knife and forced him to dreng from a toilet bowl. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.I won't say it shocked me, but it was sickening. Some of it was just stupidity, you know, people just ranting about something that they think might make a headline.A Newcastle lawyer has written an open letter to the retiring Anglican archbishop of Perth, urging him to for fit his right to a church pension. Roger hirth gave evidence last month, admitting he had let down survivors when he was Bishop of Newcastle. Lawyer, Peter Kelso, who represents abuse survivors, want the archbishop to sacrifice his entitlements in retirement. The ABC has sought comment from the archbishop.A new study has found the European model of allowing teenagers the occasional sip of alcohol at home, makes them more likely to drink full serves by the time they hit 16, but the study by the National alcohol and drug Research Centre also found that supervised alcohol consumption makes teenagers let likely to binge drink. The research presents a conundrum for parents, but the research also shows that the drinking behaviour seems to depend on more on personality traits and whether the child's peers are also drinking.Now to a story that is happy-making. In Thailand, a baby elephant is recovering from his leg injury. The 5-month-old has been given hydrotherapy in a swimming pool as part of her rehab for an injured foot. Her front leg was caught in a trap in November, and although the injury has healed, she is refusing to put weight on the leg, like any small child who has been injured. She will be back running 100 metre sprints any time now.On the mend. To the weather:

Overseas now and almost 40 prisoners who escaped from a Philippines prison have been recaptured.But authorities say more than 1 hub remain on the run in the region which has been a hot bed of conflict with Muslim rebels. Scott Long Muir has more.It is the biggest prison break in Philippines' history. More than 100 men with links to rebels stormed this prison. During the 2-hour firefight, a guard was killed and more than 150 prisoners escaped. TRANSLATION: The jail guards were trying to stop the a being takers and then our police responded. Unfortunately because of the commotion, some inmates escaped using a wooden lad didder that they stuck to the wall at the back of the prison.Authorities say they received intelligence that a jail break was planned on New Year's Day and security had been on alert since then.TRANSLATION: They planned this for a long time, when our alert status was down and less than 100% of personnel were there.Officials believe the attack was carried out by Muslim rebels. They say attackers tried to free members of their own group, but 13 key rebel leaders and organised crime figures remain in the prison. Police say most escapees appear to simply have taken advantage of the chaos.Traness trance we will still need to identify them, who these 158 are. It is possible that there are high-valued prisoners among them who were the subject of the attack or rescue in the jail.The MILF has denied involvement and has helped -- has volunteered to help search for the escapee.People who live near major roads could be at greater risk of dementia. One in 10 cases have been found to be linked to a busy road.But researchers say more work is needed to understand the link. Air pollution and noise - two of the downsides of living near a major road. But a greater likelihood of getting dementia? Well, that's the theory behind a new study.This research shows, I think from pretty much the first time, there is a link between living near a busy main road - so we're talking a busy A road or dual carriageway - and having an increased risk for dementia, which I think shows this could be a new risk factor we hadn't really studied before. -- considered before.A study of 2 million Canadians found 10% of dementia cases could be linked to heavy traffic. The research found living 50 metres within a major road increased the risk by 100%. Keeping the mind active is one of the benefits of this crossword club, so are members worried that city living might be harming them?I try to live a healthy lifestyle - I eat very well, I exercise regularly - and yet you can, just by living near a main road, you can do yourself a great deal of damage.Last year, British scientists found tiny pollution particles in samples of brain tissue, another hint there may be a link between traffic and neuro degenerative conditions. For now, the best advice to reduce your dementia risk is to exercise and eat healthily.Fergus Walsh reporting there many Well, the annual Harbin Ice Festival in north eastern China is under way. It's cold and there are spectacular sculptures to you whering more than 40 years high.And with it comes the tradition of ice swimming. An icy gateway to a winter palace - hundreds of workers have spent weeks preparing for the 33rd Harbin Festival, dragging up chunks of ice from the nearby river and meticulously carving them into dazzling structures.TRANSLATION: I feel happy, especially after completion. I feel so excited when I look at the ice Castle with the lights on many Ice-building is the pride of the Harbin people.At night, lights inside the creations make the display all the more spectacular. The sculptures are spread out over an area of 600,000 square meets and include giant snowmen and even a steam train. TRANSLATION: I heard that Harbin is a city of ice. I saw ice sculptures of different sizes. It felt totally different from the cities in southern China. It felt exotic, like a world of snow.But not everyone is content to just look at the ice. Some dive right in, braving the freezing waters to compete in one very cold swimming competition. Over 400 swimmers from 34 clubs across China take part in the tradition. Many say it's good for their health. TRANSLATION: Our city only has stagnant water, there is no flowing water. I feel more energetic after swimming in flowing water. Very exciting and pretty happy. My body feels super cool.The only thing cooler than being cool is ice-cold. Super-cool? That's an understatement.Maybe bloody freezing.You know if you would ask an Aussie after jumping into one of those pool whas it would be like, they would say, "A bit brisk."Yes. Departing chief James Clapper he will reveal more evidence of Russian interference next week.Glitter trip. The Courier-Mail leads with Health Minister Sussan Ley spending nearly $4,000 of taxpayers' money on a trip to a Gold Coast where she also bought an $800,000 investment property.And the Herald Sun leads with "fears for James Hird" after a suspected drug overdoze.And the West Australian says friends are raised concerns about his wellbeing. And the Advertiser says friends are rallying around him.In the Financial Review, manufacturers are at risk of having their gas supplies curtailed, despite to some agreeing to a 100% rise in prices in 2017The 'Australian' writes Indonesian President Joko Widodo has backed his armed force's chief's moves to suspend military ties with Australia, saying it is a matter of principle, and we know now, since going to print, there has been a change, with Adam Harvey reporting that that ban only applies to language classes.But it does a pooer that the row is ongoing and it certainly leads in the Sydney Morning Herald as well, with President Widodo quoted as saying he thought the two countries had agreed to mutually respect each other.And the Northern Territory News - Photoshoped James Bond over a spy mission in Darwin Harbour.Youth crime crisis - The Age reveals two 10 years have been charged with more than 20 crimes each in the past year.The Daily Telegraph leads with global bank HSBC upgrading its global growth forecast for the first time in 4 years on the back of Donald Trump's presidential victory. And the heat is on in Tassie, the 'Mercury' writing that it's beach weather this weekend, with tops in the high 20s.High 20s - that's good for Tassie.Better than 40 or the high 30s which is what the west has been having.Yes, hot again in Adelaide today. Just cropped up in our news bulletin was the research that the so-called European style of introducing youngsters to alcohol in the home with the hope that that might teach them how to drink moderately, and respect alcohol, and its harms, might actually be a good thing in one way, but might urge them to have full drinks earlier as well, by the age of 16.It is a real con nun drum, this research, and I suppose everyone wants to know the correct answer.How are you doing? Well, every family is different, and it depends very much on the child. I personally is of the view that it's best not to hide something because it does tend to make children want it moreYes.But it's all a question of moderation and how your family goes about things. The argument is, according to this research, a little bit of alcohol introduced to younger teenagers on the plus stops binge drinking in following years. On the negative, it's more than likely to make them drink - be a solid drinker, if you like. So you have to weigh that up. The lesser of two evils. Do you just ignore alcohol altogether? Natasha says that, "Yes, I will let my 15-year-old have half a beer from time to time. I would rather he try it is at home. Having said that, I think it's important as a parent to drink responsibly in front of children and set an example."Tony Bartone, who was on our program this week talking about gun control, the Vice President of the a. MA, he says, "No safe level of alcohol for developing teenage brains. Damage, brain cells extremely sensitive," which is a message from a few others as well. But we're also getting the message that kids are drinking any way.Hugh says, "A high tax on alcohol is partly responsible for bidge drinking. People can't afford a big night out, so to bidge drink before going out, and the prices, anyone would pay at pubs or clubs is a valid point and also encourage them to get intoxicated on other things as well.Phil writes, "We're so immature about alcohol in this country." Keen your thoughts coming. Its a good discussion, and important as well.It is, and maybe you've had great success in your family and tell us what you did that turned out the right way. Send your emails to:

Time for a look at the sport with the dark clouds in Sydney and an update on the cricket and everything else, here is Ben. G'day, mate.Yes, g'day men, hopefully no celebratory drinks going on for either side yet. Not yet.But we'll see how it goes. Pakistan has its work cut out for it, attempts to avoid the follow-on at the third test at the SCG. After a rain-affected Day 3 in Sydney, play didn't start until after lunch. When it did resume, Pakistan couldn't build on the resistance its batsmen had shown on Day 2. Younis Khan notched a century, but he is running out of partners. The Pakistani team will resume on 8/271. To the Big Bash competition now and the brdz Heat has gone to the top of the table after a huge win over Perth last night. Batting first, the Scorchers set the visitors a reasonably strong total of 174 for victory after Mitch Marsh top-scored with 70 runs, but the Heat made the chase look incredibly easy, as star batsman Chris Lynn who is in fantastic form stepped up with an unbeaten 98. Brendon McCullum broke his bat, hitting so hard. But the highlight was Chris Lynn's inning and its 11 sixes. Let's take a look at some of the best.COMMENTATOR: He has got pace and it came in quick, it went out quicker. That's way back!Oh, that's despatched as well. 6.Oh, it is. Just keeps going. Bang! It's not all of it but you don't need all of it if you're Chris Lynn, you still get 6.12 to win. Oh, there is 6 of them, another one in the bank, deposited. 6 No. 10 to Chris Lynn.To tennis and Nick Kyrgios has suffered his first loss of 2017 going down to American Jack Sock at the Hopman Cup last night. Kyrgios wept into the Ma much with a slight leg injury and he did look hindered gains the American star. The lack-lustre Kyrgios lost 6-2, 6-2 to Sock. Ashton Agar did earn a win in her match, but Australia couldn't win the home team's first tie of the tournament, going down to the Americans 2-1. And to the A-League now and the Perth Glory has kept its top 4 hope as live with - coming from behind with a goal down to defeat the Wellington Phoenix 2-1. The Phoenix looked like taking a lead into half -time, after notching the game's opening goal, but a long-range and very impressive strike from Rostyn Griffiths equalled the scores, and Adam Taggart scored the game-winner in the second half to ensure the Glory got the win. A nice effort there and we'll have a little bit more about the cricket later and also a little bit of NBL action last night. Terrific. Chris Lynn, a big star. He must play for Australia when they come up with the limited overs games.That's right, one-dayers coming up after the test series finish against Pakistan. The one-dayers start next week, so Lynne sure to be considered.And Jack Sock, not just a name anymore.Yes, we weren't sure if he would go on with his young talent, but he has developed into a player that defeats the best so one to watch.You miss sitting there, don't you?Always to watch sport.I will just leave.I have been watching that a lot over summer.As have a lot of us.Tennis and cricket, always good.Hopefully not too much rain around Sydney today, but we'll see, I guess of the Kirsten might be able to tell us at some stage about the weather in Sydney.Hi, Kirsten, hi, you guys love talking about your sport. This is a beautiful shot and this is showing the Kimberley A flood watch as a tropical low moves over the Kimberley into the Pilbara. To the 15 the lite, still wet over the tropics with a monsoon trough generating rain and strong winds. Hot in the south. Weaker troughs are drawing hot winds to WA, SA and western NSW, and strong winds in south-west WA. Taking a look around the states:

Now, the national capital is revhead heaven right now. Car lovers from across Australia and overseas are in Canberra for the annual Summernats street car festival which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Adrien Francis has more.More than 2,000 vintage, classic and modern street machines are taking part in this year's is um Mer nats, including this 1972 Ford wagon, owned by Heather Sherlock. Heather, how did you first come across this beautiful wagon?I was lucky enough to find her in Wagga about 15 years. I had been looking for 8 years for an XA wagon, because I've got XCs as well, so, yeah, she had to come home with me. I was very lucky.Over the last 15 years, how have you modified her.Just given her an update to look like a Fairmont model, just kept her nice and tidy with blankets in the shed.Yes, and skull as well. Yes, that was in my bad period, but I kept on there because they are are a bit of fun.And some mags?Yes,. Would you ever part with her?She is my pride and joy, my eldest child, I don't have children of my own, and she has a few siblings at home, so I will get them on the road one day. Plenty of prospects when it comes to classics like thisYes, a bit of fun and I love her. I love her.You were the driver in the City Crews which signals the start of Summernats. Why is it important to have more women as drivers like you?Because, having a V8, nothing like it, and the City Cruise brings out all sorts of drivers, so come out, girls, it's fun.I love the skull door buttons, if that's what you call them. Good fun in Canberra. Still ahead on the program, talking about anniversaries, we will be chatting to some of the very talented dancers behind Burn The Floor, 20th anniversary show. That's all coming up. Plenty of ballroom dancing-inspired fun, but let's get the news with Ali.It appears Indonesia has backed down on its suspension of military cooperation with Australia, less than 48 hours after announcing it was cutting ties. Top Indonesian Cabinet Minister, Wiranto, has issued a statement, saying suspended cooperation would apply only to language training classes. The original decision to halt cooperation was made independently by the chief of Indonesia's armed forces. The United States' head of intelligence has told a Senate hearing that Russia's hacking program poses a major threat to US interests. General James Clapper has also promised to produce more evidence of the Kremlin's interference in the US election in the coming days. It comes after President-elect Donald Trump publicly derided intelligence agencies for concluding that Russia hacked the Democratic Party's emails in the lead-up to the US election. A Turkish police officer and a court official are among four people who have been killed in an attack outside a courthouse in Izmir in Turkey's west. Authorities say Kurdish militants clashed with police and blew up a car after they were stopped at a checkpoint. Police shot dead two of the attackers and are now hunting a third. This latest incident comes five days after a gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub. Former Essendon coach James Hird is reported to be recovering from a major health scare many. The 43-year-old is said to be taken to Cabrini Hospital on Wednesday night before being transferred elsewhere. Hird has been largely out of the spotlight following the club's supplements scandal.Let's get more on the Russian hacking claims in the US. North America correspondent Conor Duffy says President Barack Obama has been given a classified investigation of the latest intelligence support into cyber hacking and the declassified version will be released to the public next week.US spy chiefs broadened the set of accusations against Russia and they say think are more resolute than ever. As you mentioned, those hearings went for quite a while today, just over two hours and here is what the Director of national intelligence, James Clapper, had to say when he was spelling out exactly what Russia did.This was a multi-facetted campaign, so the hacking was only one part of it, and it also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.They say today they gave President Barack Obama the classified version of the report, and that he is getting briefings on it, and we expect him to make some comments on that over the coming days. A declassified version that we expect to be highly redacted, the spies say, to protect resources and expensive infrastructure that they've put in place will be released next week, and they promise there will be a motive there. The intelligence agencies are also meeting with Donald Trump, President-elect, tomorrow. He has cast doubt and has been highly sceptical about claims that Russia was involved in hacking and that some of his aides thought it was Democrats just trying to delegitimise his victory. He appeared to get something of a rebuke from one of his own side, Lindsay Graham. Here is what he had to say ahead of the intelligence meeting tomorrow.Ladies and gentlemen, it is time now not to throw pebbles but to throw rocks. I wish we were not here. If it was up to me, we would all live in peace, but Vladimir Putin should be stopped. Mr President-elect, when you listen to these people, you can be sceptical, but understand they are among the best among us and they are trying to protect us.An interesting summary of what happened last night and - well, the President-elect has a lot of people that he has to choose to listen to within his own party as well.Yes, we are going to hear a lot more on that story, particularly when we get the further report about potential motive or official motive, according to the AmericaningYes.We're now joined by James you,G'day. Good morning.Let's kick off with the industrial dispute, the Herald Sun, the firies.Yes, part of an ongoing dispute between the State Government and the UFU. The real issue is that the UFU has called for and the CFA is backing strike plans, so there is going to be some rolling stoppages over the next few weeks. Of course, given that we are in the middle of January, this could cause some pretty significant issues. Having said that, the UFUs had said it won't stop them from being able to respond to operational issues, that means being able to fight fires, but a pretty significant concern for the State Government at a time when fire danger is pretty high.They are talking about two-hourly strikes, aren't they?Yes, they are, rolling stoppages of two hours each.What are they after?They are after a resolution to a pay dispute. So negotiations with going on before the Fair Work Commission at the moment, and those have been going on for a while. They are in a position now where they've said, "Well, we want a resolution to this dispute." What"better time for the ooh unyoen to press its claims.Well, the workers will appreciate it.I fi if you are going to do it at any time, December, January, February is the time to do it.We hope they will have a quiet summer, anyway, as we do every year:Matt Canavan, senator from Queensland, I think really is a breath of fresh air. He says things in the public debate that people aren't willing to say and one of the thisings that Matt Canavan is talking about at the moment is, look, we can't transition from coal to renewable energy overnight, so what are the areas that we can look at in terms of transition, and are there technologies that are available that mean that you can reduce emissions from coal-fired power while managing that transition? Of course it's going to happen. I think people are asking for it and I think over the next few decades we will see that transition occur, but while we still have a lot of coal in the ground for us to dig up in Australia, it is still a really cheap, reliable source of energy. Is there a way for us to transition to new technologies around coal? And so Matt Canavan has come out and said, "Yes, I think this is something we should consider. This is a next-generation technology and certainly when it comes to Australia being able to keep providing that cheap, reliable fuel, this is one way to do it." This is the second day that the Oz has been focusing on this story. We had a look at it yesterday.It's interesting that this one comes underneath a story about climate change and climate change accelerating, talking about the temperatures of last year globally as well.Yes, indeedSo a big balancing act there.If we move to The Age, the this Centrelink debt clawback, another story that has been running for quite a few days. Yes, quoo it a few days. Linda Burney, the spokesperson on these issues has come out and said that the Australian National Audit Office should have a look at this. Look, what she is saying essentially is that 80% of the letters that are sent out relate to an existing debt, so that means that 20% of these letters that are sent out relate to debts that aren't owed and there are people who are receiving these letters who owe nothing to Centrelink. That's certainly true, but I would have thought that given that all of the letters that are being certainty out are being sent out because of data that the goo of the has from the ATO, it is pretty reasonable for Centrelink to be sending these letters out, even if it results in someone coming back and saying, "Well, no, here is actually the proper information. The information that you've go the is incomplete and therefore I would... "The point would be, though, why should they have to? That's enormous stress on people and they don't deserve it?Yes, but there is no way for the goo of the at that point to decide, well, these are the people for whom there is a debt owed, and these are for those who are not.Not if the system was automated.This is the issue, the automation - if you read the process, it sometimes goes back to the fact that the system simply hasn't been able to collect and then cross-reference all the information, so when they say, "Oh, our systems haven't changed." Well, perhaps the systems haven't changed but the person doing it versus the machine that does it is different. And they've ramped up the number of letters that are sent out. Gone from 20,000 per year, to a 20,000 per week.S Is substantial, and it is because they are trying to claw back all this money they are owed.You can see the aim behind it, to get as much money back as they can, but for one person who doesn't owe that money and gets that letter, and suffering the stresses of paying bills, that's very traumatic.I don't understand that the amount of information Centrelink does collect when making payments, why they don't have the system in place, it is not rocket science, surely, to build a system that does cross-reference. Well, government projects can end in pretty serious disasters, so I'm not all that surprised quite frankly. The Financial ReviewThis really interesting crunch point that is coming in LNG in Australia. Not the sexiest in the world, but a lot of them use liquid gas and we are exporting a lot of what we're digging up at the moment out of Queensland. At the same time, a lot of gas is being relied on when you've got emissions that are being reduced through State Government policies in particular. They are moving from coal to gas, and that's creating this real pinch point, so there is not a huge amount of extra gas that we're actually able to pull out of the ground, but we're also exporting a lot, plus we're using a lot more domestically, so that means the retail market will probably be looked after, but industry is really worried about whether or not they are going to have cheap gas to be able to fund - to be able to run their operations, particularly in manufacturing.This is really very interesting story when you look at it, because hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on the North Queensland Peninsula basically, and in order for that money to go in for these massive LNG plants which are largely fed by coal seam gas in Queensland, they have had to have long-term contracts from overseas, so it's not Newcrests that the gas was going to be available for domestic consumption.Exactly, and because of the contracts overseas, a lot of the domestic supply has increased in price, so if you want gas in Australia, you can still get it, but you've got to pay a huge premium. MptAnd it sounds like the businesses in Queensland are prepared to pay the premium. It's whether they can get the product. Exactly.Simon, you are sporting a new beard. You are looking to change things up in 2017I don't think so. I'm not sure hog I can keep this going. A few people snickering in the corner. But it is a bit better than Michael's effort. I will take a photo and sent it to you, because your effort is pretty poor.He has sent out a photo of him on holidays, three weeks, and it looks like he hasn't had a shave for three hours: Thanks very muchWhen a Thai musician was forced to sell her prized instruments to fund the treelts heifer dying mother, she feared it would be the end of her career.But one person rekindled her dream: She had just released an album and was on top of the world when the awful news came. Her mother had been diagnosed with late-stage cancer.TRANSLATION: I tried everything. The modern medication and the alternative treents. I told doctors to provide her with the best medicine they have.But the treatment was expensive, and she decided to cash in on her most precious possessions.TRANSLATION: I started to sell my guitars and I thought, "I will keep at least one it play," but in the end, it wasn't enough, so I had to sell them all. The sad story reached 79-year-old Australian, Ray Ingram who lives in thooid land.I could understand the loss of losing instruments.He was also coming to terms with not being able to play his most lived guitar, after an infection left him with no feeling in his fingertips.I thought, "Well, I'm sure this young lady would like the guitar." I do know it's very old. My mother gave it to me when I was quite a young man.The offer of this vintage Spanish-made guitar came the day before her mother died.It is a gift from his mother and I know it's very important to him.I have to say that it has a beautiful tone which you do not get in a modern guitar, and I'm sure that my late mother would be very pleased to know that it's gone to someone who is extremely talented.While the old guitar gets some minor repairs, its new owner is practising on another donated instrument for a fundraising concert for cancer.

Lochl music there. Now, 20 years ago a group of ballroom dancers created a short stage performance for Elton John's 50th birthday. It became the inspiration for Burn The Floor, which has become an international hit.Their latest performance Fire, is coming to audiences and here is what to expect. # The music was soothing # As they all started grooving # Yes, yes, yes #

Not what you thought when we said ballroom dancing.Exactly. Burn The Floor's cocreator on dancer join us in the studio. Absolutely. Not exactly what I thought of.You were bopping along.Yes, I haer it so often, but I absolutely love it. Fort the uninitiated, sell it to us. OK. Burn The Floor is obviously based on ballroom and Latin-American dancing. In the show you will see come completely different agents. Act 1 is very fun, vivacious, typical of what you see in the footage.Act 2Act 2 is very thought-provoking. It is seductive, uses your imagination. It's very rebellious. There are two completely different perspectives of life, and I think both are stimulating, exciting, fun.And Nancy, you've been with Burn The Floor for one year now. What brought you to this show?Oh, it was my dream.YesYes. For how long?A long time. The first time I heard Burn The Floor, it was 2003. My dance teacher told me they have like huge ballroom dance group in this world, they have a show. You should watch how to do the performance. I said, "Oh, OK." That was the first time I heard of scpb burn The Floor, but then it was my dream to watch the show, so in 2012, it was the first time I watched the show in horng cong. It was so exciting many I couldn't control myself and I joined Burn The Floor last year. I was in America, so I went to see the first show and then I joined, because before I never heard they had Chinese people can join like Western people, the dance group, so I thought I would have no chance, but I really wanted to try. I know ballroom dancing is very popular in China, certainly, literally at a street level, whether it is in Shanghai or in a park in Beijing, people are out there ballroom dancing. But not this sort of ballroom dancing. This is very different?It is very different, but when we joined the competition, we all heard of Burn The Floor, but it's totally different between the performance and dooing the competition. So for me I'm enjoying that moment, but I'm enjoying all the moment when I'm on the stage, when I do my performance and it's different, because when you're dog the competition, you are focused on technique, everything is like push, push, push, but when you are on the stage, sometimes you can relax and you always have fun with the whole group.Looks fun.They have a minute and a half to perform, and on the stage it is a 2-hour show, so they actually get to develop, I guess, the artistic side of what they spend their life learning.I was going to say the sport and the art - that's what we are talking about, the two sides to it.Tell us how it's developed over 20 years?Really I think dance itself has developed over the last 20 years, over the last 10 years and the last 5 years. I think the mixing of the genres of dance is quite unbelievable and I think extremely progressive in the world of dance. It has obviously affected the ballroom dancing. These days when I audition the cast, it is not just the ballroom and Latin skill I'm looking for. I'm looking for contemporary ability, a lot of these kids have other backgrounds now - it's not just straight ballroom-Latin.Contemporary as in can you just dance?Can you just dance?Sorry about the terminology, just to do it like we see on the TV shows.Have you got rhythm outside the ballroom.So you think you can dance?Their flexibility, everything becomes an important aspect to exist in a 2-hour show, The actual physical strength of them is an important part - it is choreographed back stage as much as it is on stage, so these aspects are all things to look for.How did you get into it?I started in ballet when I was a child. My parents did ballroom dancing. My dance partner of 35 years, Jason Gigles on, his grandparents taught my parents, so it was a long history of sort of in the family and eventually I swapped into the ballroom dancing, and danced with quite a famous family, and we had great success. We were very goal-driven and...It's highly competitive, isn't it?Yes.It might all look...Have you ever done it? No, and I have two left feet. I know my limitations.Nancy, how many shows, because you start today, you had a dress rehearsal last night. Must be very exciting?Yes, and for me it is, because dancing here is kind of like a dream, you know.Yes. They have just been touring in China so they've arrived this week from China.Brilliant.Yes, and the whole group, we are so excited about today and last night at dress rehearsal was so good.The State Theatre theatre is just beautiful.Yes, a great venue.You've done great things of ballroom dancing more than the sense of just bringing it to people who say, "I don't want to have anything to do with that," but you've turned it into a show that is just brilliant?Yes, 20 years ago the dream was to bring it to the general public and no shows on at this point, and all these shows have come up that have made us much more accessible to the general public, so we dance to a much more knowledgeable audience which is great, it's inspiring, the competitive background of these guys in the company also pushes the boundaries of what they do every single day. Every day progresses with their dancing and how they can push each other.You have to hang about and give PK a few tips. What were you doing in Rio?Sum ba. Fantastic.Samba. Fantastic. Have you go the it down pat now?Yes, but only in Rio. There you go.He is a natural!Get it off.Doesn't get any better than that, does it?No, that was in the wrong part of town. Show the other part where we did the cool. We don't do the cool part of time. Sorry about that.That might have been an audition.Yes, OK. Shall we move on inYes, yes, loo he have it to the professionals. Congratulations.Thank you. Hope it goes really well.Thank you.Enjoy dancing in Australia.Thank you so much.Nice to see you. Oh, dear, you have to recover from it.Yes. I wish I could dance.Yeah, I think it takes a lot of time to get it right. Well, families of people who rely on medical cannabis to relieve chronic pain are fearing for the health of their loved ones after police raided a South Australian supplier of cannabis oil.As Alina Eacott reports, many say their supplies will run out, leaving gravely ill people at risk.Steve peaks' 8-year-old daughter sfnlt uli uses cannabis oil to help control seizures.It has helped her, given her the only chance of quality of life, and on two occasions now, once in hospital and once at home, it has actually saved her life.The pique family is one of many across the country who receive their cannabis supply from Jenny Hallam.It led to a raid on Jenny Hallam's house and the seizure of a substantial quantity of cannabis and cannabis oil and equipment.Ms Hallam took to social media today showing images of Suli before and after the use of cannabis oil, saying she could die without it. Mr Pique says their supply of oil will only last until next week. After yesterday's raid, they tried to cut back on her doses. 10 o'clock last night she started to have seizures.21-year-old suffering from stiff person's syndrome. He and others are now rallying around Miss Hallam.In the short time that we've known her for about a year and a half, she is family. We will do whatever we can to make sure that she is not going to get charged because we love her dearly.Laws surrounding medicinal cannabis are confusing. Late last year, the Federal Government made it legal to cultivate and manufacture the drug, but it's up to the states to decide if it will be allowed and who can use it, and currently there is no legal supply to dispense. Many fear it will be years before it's widely available.If you look at the restrictions they've put in place, it's not legalised. The amount of hoops you've got to go through to actually get it, it's beyond ridiculous.Police say the substances seized from Miss Hallam's home are being forensically analysed and the investigation is ongoing: And now let's get a brief look at sport, to talk about what will happen in the test today maybe, Ben, what do you think?I think Pakistan is on the ropes at the moment. A disappointing Day 3. They didn't get a lot of play in, but when they did, it didn't go too well. Younis Khan, the only highlight, we will talk about him straightaway. The Pakistani team will try to avoid the follow-on today. It wases a rain-affected day and play didn't start until after lunch. When it did resume, Pakistan doesn't build on the resistance that some of their batsmen did show at the end of Day 2. Khan notched a century, but he is running out of friends of course. They will resume on 8/271. In the Big Bash competition and the Brisbane Heat are at the top of the table over a big win over Perth. Batting first, the Scorchers set the visitors a target of 274 for victory and Mitch Marsh top scored with 70 runs, but the Heat made the chase look easy. Chris Lynn stepped up with a stunning 98 not out. Moving onto the tennis now and Nick Kyrgios has suffered an unfortunate loss to Jack Sock at the Hopman Cup in Perth last night. Kyrgios couldn't match the rising American star who defeated the lack-lustre Australian, 6-2, 6-2. Ashton Agar earned a win in her match, but the pair couldn't win the home team's first tie of the tournament. They went down to the Americans 2-1. I will just quickly show Jack Sock's amazing effort against Kyrgios. Take a look at this shot during the match.

COMMENTATOR: Can condense the points whenever he feels like it.Wow! Get out of here! Sock is up.I don't think that will be beaten the whole Australian summer.No, he has got it. Australian summer.No, he has got
it.Early contender for shot of the summer.Yes, I think so. Let's have a look at the weather now. Hi Kirsten.A trough generating rain, storms and strong winds in the north-west and also north-east of Queensland. Looking at the rainfall and heavy falls are possible particularly in a pocket around Broome, as the tropical low moves over the Kimberley and into the Kimberley later today tanned tomorrow N the south, hot, as winds are being drawn to WA, SA and western NSW and a front is bringing strong winds to south-west WA. A quick look around the nation:

Lots of really good and insightful opinions coming through about when to introduce kids to alcohol.If to introduce kids.Yes, This program is not captioned.

This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Welcome back to News breakfast the and thank you for watching. The Indonesian government say that they will cooperate on everything apart from language classes. Cyber alert: Top US spies warn Russian hackers pose a major threat to America's national security. Terror returns: Four dead in a car bomb and gun attack in Turkey five days after a nightclub massacre. And is there a safe way to introduce alcohol to teenagers? A new report looks at whether or not allowing the odd tipple can stop bring drinking. And refugee advocate and refugee advocate, Paris Aristotle joins us on the couch. The tourists face a series whitewash at the hands of Australia in Sydney. More rain for northern Queensland and the Kimberley while the heat continues to rise in Adelaide. Indonesia has apparently backed down on the military cooperation with Australia less than 48 hours after announcing it was cutting spies. Top Indonesian Cabinet minister Wiranto issued a statement saying suspended cooperation will apply only to language classes. The original decision to halt cooperation was made independently by Indonesia's arm d forsed forces chief, Gatot Nurmantyo. The move comes after a flurry of statements from Indonesia's leaders. Our nearby correspondent has the latest. General Gatot Nurmantyo's decision to suspend military cooperation surprised his own government and came as a shock to Australia. He's told Indonesia media how offended he was by material presented at a training course in Australia. Presented not just by the lecturers, but by the students as well. TRANSLATION: The groups and the lessons as well as the results of the curriculum and the assignment paper was insulting. It hurt so much I don't need to explain it here. It was about an officer in the past. It was about East Timor. It was about Papua needing independence. It was about manipulation. After the general's decision created headlines for 24 hours and prompted confusion in two countries, top Indonesian Cabinet minister Wiranto came in over the top and said that the suspension was only ever about a language course. He blamed the media. Relations will now hopefully be reset although the whole affair has prompted a closer look at General Gatot. The ABC uncovered these extraordinary comments about Chinese refugees. TRANSLATION: If they ever come to my place, they will come by sea. Once they cross the ocean, I'll butcher ten cows in the middle of the ocean. The sharks will gather. After that, I will shoot at them, just by using small weapons so they leak and they all can be eaten by sharks. Relations between Australia and Indonesia might be a bit banged up by all this, but both nations are now free to take part in military exercises next month. The United States top spy chiefs said that Russians used fake news to influence the presidential election. The head of intelligence, General James Clapper, told a Senate inquiry that Russia's hacking pose as threat to US interests. He promised to produce more evidence of the Kremlin's interference in the election. It comes after Donald Trump publicly derided intelligence agencies for concluding that Russia hacked the Democratic Party's emails in the lead-up to the election. A Turkish police officer and court official are among four people dead in an attack in Izmir in Turkey's west. Authorities say that militants clashed with police and blew up a car after they were stopped at a checkpoint. Police shot dead two of attackers and are hunting a third. The Turkish Government believes the militants were planning a much larger attack based on the weapons found at the scene. In Syria, at least 11 civilians have been killed in a car bomb attack in the province of Latakia where two Russian bases are located. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast which injured 35 people. Former Essendon coach James Hird is reportedly recovering from a major health scare. The 43-year-old is said to have been taken to Melbourne's hospital by ambulance on Wednesday night before being transferred. Last night, his wife returned to their Toorak home without him and did not make any comment to the media. Hird has been largely out of the spotlight since leaving his coaching post in the Bombers after the 2015 season following the club's supplements scandal. A Newcastle lawyer has written an open letter to retiring Anglican Archbishop of Perth demanding he for fit his right to a church pension. He announced his retirement last month after giving evidence to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse admitting he'd let down survivors when he was the bishop of Newcastle. The lawyer, who represents abuse survivor, said if the amp bishop was remorsement, he would d Nate his entitlements to -- donate his entitlements to victims. In Thailand, a group are going to extraordinary lengths to help a baby elephant recover from a leg injury. The 5-month-old elephant is being given hydrotherapy and the doctors hope that a dip in the pool will help her back into action. Now for a at the weather:

As we just heard, the United States head of intelligence has told a Senate hearing further evidence of Russia's interference in the US election can be released in the coming days. But General James Clapper stopped short of calling the Kremlin's acts an act of war.Russia has clearly assumed an even bigger posture by assuming cyber espionage operations and targeting critical infrastructure systems.Really, what is there, if they succeeded in changing the results of an election, which none of us believe they were, that would have to constitute an attack on the United States of America because of the effects if they had succeeded. Would you agree with that?Intelligence cannot say that they changed any vote tallies or anything like that. At this time, we had no way of waging the impact that... Certainly, the intelligence community can't ganl the impact it had on choices the electorate made. There's no way for us to gauge that. Whether or not that constitutes an act of war, I think is a very heavy policy call.James Clapper there. Back home and a day of extreme heat is forecast for South Australia with temperatures hitting 40 degrees. That's prompted the State Emergency Service to hand out advice packs to incoming international travellers. Our reporter joins us now from Adelaide Airport and that's an interesting move and a sign of just how serious this is being taken. That's right. Yes, I am here at Adelaide Airport. We have a flight arriving from Hong Kong behind us here and as you mentioned, the passengers here are landing in the middle of a heatwave here in South Australia. Yesterday, it was 36. Today, it should hit 40. And tomorrow, it should hit 41 here in Adelaide. And that's just in the city. Elsewhere around the state, it could be even hotter. So the State Emergency Services down here are handing out information about how to beat the heat to international arrivals and handing out bottles of water. Joining me now is David from the SES. What's the message you're trying to get across to people? We're encouraging all South Australians to stay safe gur during the heat, particularly international tourists. Extreme heat can kill more people than any other natural hazard so we want people to be safe.What should they be doing?Some of the things are about staying hydrated a for the general public, not to leave animals or kids in cars and we want people to check on the vulnerable, elderly and relatives who may not get a check-up. Let them know it is OK to use the air conditioning.If travellers are arriving here, they might not be used to the heat. We have flights arriving from Asia but some of the passengers have come all the way from Europe. What sort of people are you targeting?Targeting the people who could be dressed in scavels or woolly jumpers who may not be aware that Adelaide is about to go into 40 plus heat.Can it be difficult for people who haven't experienced that before?It may be difficult. Some of the heatwaves overseas don't meet what happens in Adelaide.In South Australia so far, we've had more rain and heat and wind storms here and the only 40 degree day here in Adelaide was at Christmas. Are we maybe a bit out of practice here ourselves? Sno we may be. It's been an unusual --We may be. It's been an unusual year. Even on Sunday as it starts to cool down, we need to look after ourselves. You'll be back here tomorrow. Is it unusual to have the SES here handing out pamphlets here to visitors.It is not unusual. But we want to make sure that everyone who comes to South Australia is safe and well and we'll aim to do this whenever it is necessary.As I mention, the SES will be out here tomorrow as well and it's expected to be hot again. And they'll be out here until midday today and I guess the main thing if you're visiting South Australia, you probably want to head to the beach or the pool or something like that to escape the heat. Thank you very much. Stay cool is the major lesson there. Now, people who live near major roads could be at greater risk of dementia, it seems. A decade long study by scientists in Canada found one in ten cases could be linked to living close to a busy road.But as the BBC reports, researchers say that more work is needed to understand the link. Air pollution and noise - two of the downsides of living near a major road. But a greater likelihood of getting dementia? Well, that's the theory behind a new study.This research shows, for pretty much the first time, there is a link between living near a busy main road, we're talking a busy A road or a dual carriageway and an increased risk of dementia. This could be a new risk factor we hadn't considered before. A study of two million Canadians found around 10% of dementia cases in urban areas could be linked to exposure to heavy traffic. The researchers found that living within 50 metres of a major road increased the risk of dementia by 7-11%. At 100 metres, the increased risk was 4%. Keeping the mind active is one of the benefits of this crossword club, so are members worrieded that city living could be harming them?I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I exercise regularly and yet, you know, you can... Just by living near a main road, you can do yourself a great deal of damage.Last year, British scientists found tiny pollution particles in samples of brain tissue. Another hint that there may be a link between traffic and neuro degenerative conditions. For now, the best advice to reduce your dementia risk is to exercise and eat healthily. Good advice to finish off that story which is otherwise a worrying story. Now, time for a special guest on the couch. In three weeks time, the Australia Day council will announce the 2017 Australian of the Year. In the running is Paris Aristotle who spent decades advocating for the rights of refugees and survivors of trauma.He's already in the running for the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year. Fair to say congratulations. Forget the national goal, a state gong was quite good. It was quite a surprise to me but it's great to have the work recognised. It's not just my work, it's the work of everybody else for my organisation and everybody else who works in the field. So it's terrific in that sense.I guess the work that you do is selfless, by nature. And winning an award like this and got together with all of the other finalists in Victoria and had a function as well. Was that humling for you?It was very humbling and to be in the same place as those other people who were all doing extraordinary things themselves. All-in-one place at one time, was humbling but also quite exciting in many respects. You get to see these incredible programs and activities that people are doing on a voluntary basis or even if they're well paid, they're going well beyond what they're paid to do and it's making a great contribution to Victoria and at a national level, it's all over the country.How important is it a gong like this, whether it is state or federal, to put the spotlight on the causes that you're so passionate about? Hopefully, it will help raise awareness of the issues. In the field where I work in, there's a lot of misunderstanding and the information that's often presented varies in how accurate it is and it is also a very emotive and sometimes divisive topic. So, I guess, at one level, I would hope in this area, it would help generate a calmer, more reasoned and better informed discussion across all sorts of groups because when you're dealing with issues that are this complicated, constant trench warfare or an adversarial approach to discussing them doesn't really get you very far. So hopefully, the recognition of this is an area of work that's worthy of this and the attention at this level can help improve the account of the discussion. When you start out adds a young person and heading into advocacy and I guess you think you'll be able to make a big change. Does it dismay you that there is still a trench warfare debate about this and the most recent commentary with the New York Times covering the situation in Manus Island and people really struggling?The issue when you deal with asylum seekers much more complex than how we deal with the refugees who we bring into the country. And there is the question of the resettlement program and in the next two years, the number will go up to 18,750. That's a big contribution to this issue around the world and we're considered the best in the world at how we settle people in that situation. But it's not clear-cut for us. When you're dealing with asylum seekers and you have things like people smuggling, syndicates and activities coming into play driving people on to boats that are very risky, you have children, babies, women, men, drowning at sea, and all of the complications that all of that creates and how you deal with that on the scale of it which is now occurring globally becomes much more difficult. And so that's an area where I think we need to have a much more sensible discussion and it kind of needs to be a clear-eyed view of all of the evidence. You can be very good at identifying what the problem is or what you don't like in this situation, but coming up with viable alternatives or how to deal with it is a much more complicated part of the question.As you said, clear-eyed evidence. If this has been a debate which has not been necessarily mired in fact and impartial consideration, whose fault is that? Where is the responsibility for getting this debate in a place that removes the noise?I think everybody has got to take responsibility because especially these days with social media and the ability to get information out on a massive scale very quickly, whoever puts that information out and whoever that information is then subsequently treated will have an impact on the quality of the information. So obviously governance and the Parliament as a whole have to take primary responsibility for how they lead us through these sorts of complicated policy issues. With people like myself and others in this sector and other people who are concerned about these issues, also need to think hard about how they contribute to the discussion and what facts and information they throw into the mix and how you do it. You have choices in how you engage in these issues. You can do it in a constructive way that tries to project the real plight of these people and the importance of the need to provide protection to them while also dealing with the fact that people smuggling is a hideous enterprise. Often times, many people don't know. The figure of 1200 is used many times of people drowning. Well, I'm positive that that figure is dramatically higher than that. That's just the figure that we know of.Is there one... Is there any individual or a program that you're most proud of? Is there something that jumps out at you? Often when people reach the level of recognition that you're getting now for your work, they look back at their career and look for some highlights for want of a better term?My area of specific expertise is working with people with human torture, helping refugees who were tortured before they come to Australia. Helping the people here with their familiaries. When I started almost 30 years ago, there were no services. So we built a national network of agencies. There's one in each state and territory now. They all work independently but we work together as a group. And it is recognised as one of the best national net werks of services of this type -- networks of services of this time anywhere in the world. And when you work with people who were detained, they may have been through electric shock treatment, they have been through systemic beatings, sexual abuse and sexual assaults, the worst that you can imagine, they have been through it. And you see them struggle with surviving that experience and then with the assistance that your staff and others are able to provide, find the courage to overcome that and make Australia home and go on to make a contribution to Australia in later years. That's a pretty special thing to be a part of. I'm very privileged to have been a part of that.As you say, you started to build this organisation nearly 30 years ago. What started you off?I think it was a momentary lapse in concentration. Look, there was a group of dedicated people back then, people like Pat McGory was one of them, trying to get the organisation established. They got a small grant from the Myer Foundation and then we were subsequently able to get another grant and those two approximate, hilanthrop -- those two philanthropic donations were able to help.Before that, what was your influence? Was it your family?Not so much my family. I had always worked in areas of social justice and public housing areas in Flemington and a lot of people from El Salvador and Chilean communities. I went on a holiday and I was going to go on my big youthful trip overseas and before I did, I read a book about a Guatemalan woman who won a Nobel Peace Prize about her experience of torture and her family. And it basically moved me to the point of thinking - they've got money for six months, I'll take on the job and see if I can help them get started and then I'll go overseas but that bit didn't quite eventuate.You never got overseas. What an amazing inspiration.Must have been a great book. I'll look it up.It is a tremendous book but heart-wrenching, don't read it at night.You talk about dealing with victims of trauma, but what about the issue of the camps and I know that you look at Nauru and you look at Papua New Guinea and you were part of the expert panel that recommended reopening the centres and you're a regular visitor to Nauru. How different is the situation that we have now to the one that that expert panel thought of and recommended?Well, for the panel, for Angus Houston and I and Michael. Nauru and Manus Island were interim measures along a path to building what we saw as the most critical thing of a regional framework for dealing with these issues. So how do we put things in place in the region that would stabilise populations, that would get them processed in those regions and have a timely outcome produced for them? So we put a package together of 22 recommendations that would lead us towards that. Nauru and Manus were never going to be the answer to the issue. We also knew that because of what happened last time, there were serious risk sos we recommended a series of safeguards. The first one, for example, was no arbitrary detention. No-one was meant to be detained on the basis of the panel's recommendation. So a number of those recommendations got pulled apart because the Parliament couldn't agree. So some parties wouldn't support the legislation necessary, for example, to be able to transfer people back to Malaysia and build a response through Malaysia. We knew if you got Malaysia onboard, you would get Indonesia eventually and then Thailand and then you would be away, but it takes time and it takes a lot of cooperation and that cooperation didn't exist.In fact, it's been a dismal failure, regional cooperation? In any meaningful, long-term sense?It has been at one level. But there's now some work progressing through the Bali Process that may, hopefully, lead us to something more constructive down the track. With the panel, with the expert panel's report, there were 22 recommendations. There were a series of safeguards recommended. And we presented those as a package that you couldn't pull apart. Once different political parties and others pulled the different recommendations apart and only supported the bits they wanted, the package no longer could be held together. And so what is in place now is not actually what was recommended at all. It's bits and pieces and dealing with an issue like this can't be done in a piece way.We've run out of time. What are the chances of the people going to the United States when Donald Trump is president?I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine with what's going on in Donald Trump's mind. I feel fairly confidentable that we have a sensible multilateral decision in the US and the decision will be based on all sorts of different factors and his main concern is knowing where people have come from and being able to assess them. These people are some of the best screened. There is more information about them than anywhere else, so hopefully he would feel reassured by that.You spent years navigating your way through this and advising both sides of politics and being a reasonable voice so fingers crossed for three weeks time.Thank you very much. Enjoy and enjoy Australia Day as all of the great Australians get together, which is a very special event. Well, owning your own home is the great Australian dream, but for many, it's now one that feels out of reach.Property prices in Australia have been rising steadily for years so is there any relief in sight? Who better to ask than our finance presenter, Del Irani, who also put the question to experts. What will Australian house prices do in 2017? Well, the answer depends on who you ask. Let's start with this report from one of Australia's most experienced property report from one of Australia's most
experienced property analysts, SQM Research. SQM is forecasting price growth over 2017 of between 11%-16% for Sydney and 10% to 15% for Melbourne. SQM says that the increases are taking place in markets that it believes are already massively overvalued. In fact, the firm estimates that Sydney might be overvalued by as much as 40% and Melbourne is almost as bad. For Australia's other capital cities, house price growth is not expected to be as strong, but we are being warned that large falls in the country's two biggest property markets could reverb rate around the nation. Here's SQM's outlook on property price property price growth for 2017 across the snation. Overall, the firm is predicting that Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra will post moderate price rises and Hobart may just sneak into double digit growth. In Perth and Darwin, the firm is forecasting that 2017 could be the last year of house price falls as the cities slowly recover from the end of the mining end of the mining boom, but not everyone agrees. National Australia Bank paints quite a different picture. It says house prices will rise mostly in Brisbane, predicting an increase of 1.9% in 2017. That's followed by Hobart and then Adelaide. And in stark comparison to SQM Research, NAB forecasts house price growth of just 0.3% in Melbourne and 0.1% for Sydney. NAB also predicts Perth house prices will continue to fall down another 2.7% in 2017. Those are two very different sets of predictions for the Australian housing market. So, why the big discrepancy in data? why the big discrepancy in data?
Let's ask the experts. So which one do we believe. Why the big discrepancy?We actually believe the one that we put out. Generally what we're seeing at the end of this year is a flattening out of the Sydney market and the Melbourne market and affordability is an issue. I think people are basically quite nervous about the market. We don't expect to see any big falls. For that, you need high levels of unemployment and we haven't seen that. To actually expect to get double digit increases in house prices, that would really upset the Reserve Bank and APRA. What prices do on houses versus apartments is very different. Can you give us predictions for apartment prices for 2017?We're expecting moderate falls for apartments across Australia. If we're looking at the worst ones, you would be looking at Melbourne and Perth.Is this again because of the issue of over supply?If you look at all of the capital cities in terms of supply and demand on, on the houses side, they're under built. If you're looking at the apartment market, they're way over built so the best guess would be relative to the population, the membering market is probably two and a half times over built.What is your advice to first home-buyers wanting to enter the property market in 2017? . I think that my advice would be to basically do your financial plan, don't expect to see your house prices go up a lot, but don't expect them to go down.So it is probably as good a time as any.Great advice, thank you. And thank you to Del Irani there. Let's get more on the morning's finance news and Apple has withdrawn the New York Times from its app store in China following a request from Chinese authorities. Apple says it has been told that the app violated Chinese regulations but hasn't specified which rules it has broken. The New York Times has asked them to look at it saying that it prevents readers in China from accessing independent coverage.Law experts say that meta data under the data retention scheme here in Australia could be uses in cases like divorce and piracy claims. The scheme which was to combat terrorism, required internet service providers and phone companies to retain data for two years. They're now looking at whether the information could be used information could be used in civil casesful no to the banking stocks now. Wall Street was pushed to the first session of losses for the new year.

Time for a look at sport and Ben is back. An exciting night in the cricket, in the Big Bash in particular.It was spectacular.I have a bit of a man crush on Chris Lynn after that performance.He had a lot of sixes. We'll go to that in a moment but first to the test cricket. And Pakistan has its work cut out attempting to avoid the follow-on at the SCG on a rain-affected day three in Sydney. Play didn't get under way until well after lunch. When it did resume, Pakistan couldn't really build on some of the impressive showing that they had late on day two. In the end, Younis Khan did notch a century and he's still at the crease but he's running out of friends. They will resume at 8-271. To the Big Bash competition now and Chris Lynn's impressive form has continued with a starring role in Brisbane's big win over Perth last night. The scorchers had set the visitors a target of 174 for victory after Mitch Marsh top scored to are the home side with 70 runs. But Lynn stepped up with a stunning unbeaten 98. Brendan McCullum broke his bat he was swinging so hard. They were looking in fine form, Brisbane. And they went on to a very comfortable win. As I mentioned, Chris Lynn's sixes were the highlight of the evening. Let's look at some of the best. best.
COMMENTATOR: He's got pace. He's got pace too. It came in quick and it went out quicker. That's way back. Oh, that's bashed as well. Oh, it is. Just keeps going. Bang! It's not all of it but you don't need all of it if you're Chris Lynn. You just need six. 12 to win. There's six of them. Another one on the bank there. Sixth Sixth number ten for Chris Lynn. Looked all a bit too easy there. To tennis and there are injury concerns for Nick Kyrgios after his loss to American Jack Sock at the Hopman Cup in Perth last night. Nick Kyrgios lost 6-2, 6-2 but appeared to be struggling with a leg injury. He insists he'll be ready for the Australian Open which starts in a little over a week in Melbourne. Daria Gavrilova did earn a win in her match but the pair couldn't win the home team's first tie of the Hopman Cup going down to the Americans 2-1. To the NBL now and the Adelaide 36ers have made light work of Illawarra with a 34-point win. Jerome Randle starred for the top of the table side scoring 25 points. The 36ers emphatically returned to form after suffering a big loss to Melbourne earlier in the week. To the national cycle championships now which are under way in Ballarat and Rowan Dennis has won the men's national time trial. Dennis was three seconds behind halfway through his ride but he clawed back the advantage to win. While in the women's event, Garfoot dominated the event to win her second consecutive title and the road race will take place in the weekend. Caleb Euan trying to do that.Garfoot, what a cyclist! She gets the spoils from that prize as well! Let's look at the weather now. Let's look at the weather now. We have pictures here.A baby turtle in the warm Pilbara sun. That's cute there. But I'm using this to tell you about a severe weather warning for heavy rain in the east Pilbara while an extreme fire danger rating on the west coast. A monsoon low and a trough generating rain and storms across the tropics today. Heavy falls are possible. If I bring up the map now, it's particularly in this pocket around Broome as the tropical low moves over the Kimberley and into the Pilbara. It's hot in the south. Weak troughs drawing hot winds to WA, South Australia and western New South Wales while a front is bringing a front to south-west WA. Showers and storms over the northern districts. Heavy falls possible for Townsville. Showers in the south-east and a slight chance of showers over much of the west of the state.

Thank you, I agree, Tassie looks the pick of it today! Sport is all over the telly this summer and if you are watching it, it's hard not to notice the ads around the ground, during the ad breaks of the sports betting agencies.Associate Professor Samantha Thomas has been studying the effect of the ads, particularly on children, and says parents can't compete with the seductive gambling messages embedded in sport.So we know at the moment that 75% of kids aged 8 and over think that gambling is a normal part of sportment we need to think of policy measures to denormalise this for kids. So closing the loophole is important but also making sure that we don't have the saturation of ads that we see. And we ask the major sporting codes to reconsider their working with the companies. At the moment, they say that they need to have the relationship with the betting agencies for integrity. We say that it is time to look after the fans and protect the welfare of some of the most vulnerable fans. It is similar to the findings in junk food and alcohol and tobacco research. Parents can't compete with the seductive messages that come from the bookies and particularly when the messages are aligned with something that kids really value, such as sport. So we know from kids that they think that promotions aligned with athletes are incred blep influential and making them -- incredibly influential in making them think positively about gambling and that's why, just like with tobacco, it was a legal product, it is a legal product, it doesn't mean that it isn't potentially harmful for people. Well, from gambling to ice, and I'm not talking about the drug here, but I'm talking about the weather!I hope not, it's a festival!The festival is under way in China with sculptures up to 40 metres high.And with it comes the chilly tradition of ice swimming. An icy gateway to a winter palace. Hundreds of workers have spent weeks preparing for the 33rd festival dragging up chunks of ice from the nearby river and carving them into dazzling structures. TRANSLATION: I feel happy, especially after completion. I feel so excited when I look at the ice castle with the lights on. Ice building is the pride of our people. At night, lights inside the creations make the display all the more spectacular. The sculptures are spread out over an area of 600,000 square metre and include giant snowmen and even a steam train. TRANSLATION: I heard that this is the city of ice. I saw ice sculptures of different sizes. It felt totally different from the cities in southern China. It felt exotic, like a world of snow.But not everyone is content to just look at the ice. Some dive right in braving the freezing waters to compete in one very cold swimming competition. Over 400 swimmers from 34 clubs across China take part in the tradition. Many say it's good for their health. TRANSLATION: Our city only has stagnant water. There's no flowing water. I feel more energetic after swimming in flowing water. Very exciting and pretty happy. My body feels super cool.The only thing cooler than being cool is ice cold. You're not allowed to rip off Bruno Mars lyrics in ABC. Is that in the editorial policies!Somewhere, I'm sure. Since it began in 1991, the flickerfest short Film Festival has attracted people from around the world with some winning Academy Awards.Tonight, it is on at Flickerfest at Bondi Beach. Here's a look at what audiences could expect from this year's entrants.

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How is he still standing up? He wants us to follow him. Hey. Fella. Some great looking films there. The festival director Bronwyn Kidd joins us from Sydney. And just a snapshot there but they all look great. Very slick and some very funny by the looks of it?There's a real mixture. We've had over 2,500 entries and whittled it down to around 122 films and competitions so very much a curated experience and some very exceptional talent out there in the short film form both here in Australia and across the world for the academy accredited competitions. We'll get back to that in a moment. Take us back to the Flickerfest and remind people where it began back in 1991?It began in the grounds of the Balmain High School in Sydney with nine short films and it's undergone a little bit of a metamorphosis since then.Over the years, what sort of successes have sprung from those who have entered?Well, so many Australian directors who we know and love have had their short films screen at Flickerfest. People like Chris Tenders who made Red Dog and has the film Red Dog Blup Dog out now. Wayne Blair who did the Sapphires and is doing Cleverman on the ABC. David Misho who made Animal Kingdom. Kate Shortland who did Law and Somersault. Rachel Ward who won a directing award back at Back at 1991. Justice so many Australian directors who cut their teeth on short films coming through the festival.What gives you boost bumps in a short film and how early can it happen that you go - wow, this is good?Very early the magic needs to set in with a short film. And thankfully with these, so many do. I'm really looking for inspired stories for creativity. We're not looking for Hollywood remakes. Stories that are human and say a lot about the contemporary experience, be it here in Australia or across the world and of course, that are creative as well. The magic of cinema when all of the elements come together.What lengths... I think the one that is we're showing snippets from this morning are between 10 and 17. Is that the norm for the area?That's around the standard for a lot of the entries that we get but there are films from 4 minutes up to 30 minutes so it is a wide range.Has it changed, the making of short films in the last 10 years where accessibility to equipment has become much cheaper if people want to do it on the cheap and are smart enough and clever enough. Has that changed anything?I think it's certainly made the entries that we receive a lot more diverse. I've been doing Flickerfest for 20 years now so I hark back to the day when we were getting entries on 35mm film. And certainly the digital revolution has meant a lot more entries and accessibility. A lot of diverse cultures. We have films this year from Myanmar that are screening in the festival so that would not have been possible without the influx of digital technology. And it's created diversity to the entries we get here in Australia and from across the world.And I suspect that the makers of short films, beginen that there might not be immediately a great financial benefit in it are true lovers of their craft. Am I right in assuming that?Absolutely. I think what keeps me passionate about Flickerfest every year is that it is learn I not about the box office but having a passion br telling a story. About being able to grab a camera and tell a story that you immediately want to tell and get on the screen and it's certainly not about the financial end of the industry, it's about the creativity and that's really inspiring and really fantastic to see those films on the screen.And the best of the best, what are the opportunities there as far as awards go? You mentioned the Academy Awards and how Flickerfest links to that?Well, we have an Australian and international and documentary competition, all of which the top awards for the competitions are a pathway to the Oscars, so when you see a short filmmaker take home the gold statue, they've come through a festival accredited from there and we're recognised by the BAFTAs for all UK films. So there's many opportunities for the festival to recognise filmmakers and I think for the filmmakers to go on and be recognised by the larger industry, which is fantastic, because we are a platform for developing and recognising talent and bringing it to the attention of audiences.Bondi tonight, what sort of set-up do you have for the big screen and the launch of the festival?It's a wonderful big screen. Under the stars.On the beach?It's looking fantastic, which we're really thrilled about. We're screening highlights tonight and we'll have a bit of a party celebrating the filmmakers and we have some visiting filmmakers from across the world who will be able to see this. And after Bondi, we go on a 52-venue tour across Australia. So there will be many opportunities for Australians to see Flickerfest over the next few months.Brilliant, thank you for letting people know about it and we can all keep an eye for it as it tours around the country. That's good news that it is going on tour because some of the shorts are very enticing and incredibly professional too. Particularly the one from Messiah, I was very taken by, the cinemaing to rafy. I thought - that looks like I'm -- cinematography. I thought that I was about to watch a big blockbuster. I'm sure that Hollywood is always watching what's coming out of Australia.Absolutely. When a Thai musician was forced to sell her prized instruments to fund the treatment for her dying mother, she thought it would be the end of her career.But a twist in faith saw an Australian man with a love of music rekindle the dreams. Arin had just released an album and was on top of the world when the awful news came. Her mother had been diagnosed with late stage cancer. TRANSLATION: I tried everything. Modern medication and the alternative treatments. I told doctors to provide her with the best medicine they have.But the treatment was expensive and she decided to cash in on her most precious possessions.I started to sell my guitars and I thought - I'll keep at least one to play. But in the end, it wasn't enough. So I had to sell them all.The sad story reached 79-year-old Australian Ray Ingram who lives in Thailand.I could understand the loss of losing instruments.He was also coming to terms with not being able to play his most loved guitar after an infection left him with no feeling in his finger tips.I thought, well, I'm sure that this young lady would like the guitar. I do know that it is very old. My mother gave it to me when I was quite a young man.The offer of this vintage Spanish-made guitar came the day before her mother died.It is a gift from his mother and and I know that it is very important to him.I have to say that it has a beautiful tone. Which you do not get in a modern guitar and I'm sure that my late mother would be very pleased to know that it's gone to someone who is extremely talented.While the old guitar gets some minor repairs, the new owner is practising on another donated instrument for a fundraising concert for cancer.

And some nice music there. As we wine down to the end of News Breakfast but here's another musical number. A group of ballroom dancers created a short stage performance for Elton John's birthday and it became the inspiration for Burn the Floor, a dance sport show which has become an international hit.The latest production is Fire in the Ballroom - not exactly what you might expect. Have a look at this. Sneer # Everything was fright anyoning # And the music was soothing # And they all started groovingBurn the Floor's Australian co-creator and the dancer explain the show's unique style of dance. Burn the Floor is based on Latin American dancing. You'll see in the show two completely different acts. Act one is very fun and vivacious and probably like what you would see in the footage. Act two is very thought-provoking. It is seductive, it's... It uses your imagination. It's very rebellious. There are two completely different perspectives of life and I think both are stimulating and exciting fun.And Nancy, you've been with Burn the Floor for one year now. What brought you to this show?It was my dream. Yeah, for how long?Oh, a long time. As a girl. The first time that I heard Burn the Floor, it was 2003. My dance teacher told me that they had a huge ballroom dance group and the show. And she said I should watch how they do the performance and that was my first time. So it was like my dream to watch the Burn the Floor show. So I watched it for the first time in Hong Kong. I was so excited. It was like... I could not control myself. And I joined Burn the Floor last year. I was in America so wanted to join the show. Because before, I never heard that they had Chinese people who could join the dance group so I thought that I would have no chance. But I really wanted to try.Nancy, one of dancers there for Fire in the Ballroom.You're jealous, aren't you. You wanted to get up and give us a little bit of a demo, didn't you!I would if I could dance. I'm always regretting the fact that I can't dance! But anyway, you can't do everything. And let's get a look at sport now and watch the cricket. I'll do that today! Speaking of people who can't do everything. The Pakistanis are struggling with cricket at the moment and need a bit over 60 more runs with two wickets rep maining to avoid the follow on in the third -- remaining to avoid the follow on in the third test at the SCG. Plain ve play didn't get under way until after -- play didn't get under way until after lunch. Younis Khan did end up notching an unbeaten century but he's running out of partners. Pakistan will begin on 8-271. In the Big Bash and the Brisbane Heat are at the top of the competition table after a big win over Perth. Batting first, the Scorchers set the visitors are target of 174 for victory. Mitch Marsh top scoring there with 70 runs but the Heat made the chase look very easy. Batsman Chris Lynn stepped up scoring an unbeaten 98. Brendan McCullum broke his bat because he was swinging so hard as the Heat cruised to a comfortable win in the end. And in tennis, Nick Kyrgios has suffered his first loss of 2017 going down to American Jack Sock at the Hopman Cup in Perth last night. Nick Kyrgios couldn't match the rising American star's efforts after he defeated the lacklustre Australian 6-2, 6-2. Daria Gavrilova did earn a win in her match but Australia ended up going down to the Americans 2-1. And for any of you who do think that cricket is not a contact sport, take a look at what happened yesterday. We did have a few unfortunate incidents. Hilton Cartwright was... Unfortunately, hit right where you don't want to be hit. And went down. He is welcomed to the test arena He is welcomed to the test arena in the most unfortunate fashion. It was more serious for Renegades who copped a blow to the helmet and he actually left the field with a bit of a headache yesterday. Here's hoping that he is alright after that.He might have concussion. He looked a bit crook there.The second helmet had to be replaced there. He survived for longer on the field but survived for longer on the field but
had to be taken off there. Hilton Cartwright was reminiscent of the Homer Simpson short fillment. If you don't know the reference, check it out.Kristen, this is your last weather!Hopefully I'll be back one day!So day!So until you take it out again. Crazy weather in the north.

Thank you very much.Until next time.You're not off to join some sort of waterslide troupe are you? No, I got stuck halfway down so I don't think that this is going to be a career move for me. They had to send someone down to knock me further!Some people were not happy with the bangs along the way! The bang along the way! Supposed to take a running jump.I was supposed to take a run and jump.But there was no ability to take a run and jump. Thanks to Daniel by the way. What's cooler than being cool. Ice cold was not Bruno Mars.Who was it?Outkast! Got that wrong too!Ten years ago, that song, Hey ya!Over the past 12 months, this program has been lucky enough to host some really top musicians and amongst them was show bits's hardest working musician, the Black Sorrows founder, Joe Camilleri. We'll be back tomorrow but have a listen here. See you Monday. # Lay a hand to another # Screaming out in the dark # He'll get the demons off his back # Wake up and find the key # It ain't ever gonna happen # Between you and me

# The Tibetan snow falls on the mountain # No more Roman coins in the fountain a life free this # There will be bread for the hungry # More for the cold and tired # They'll be safe # To keep them truly inspired # Then a look at the family tree # It ain't ever gonna happen # Between you and me

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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today: The US intelligence boss hits back at Donald Trump over scepticism about Russian cyberattacks on the electionThere's - this was a multi-facetted campaign. So, the hacking was only one part of it.

An apparent back down from Indonesia on the suspension of military cooperation with Australia. A Government Minister faces questions over an impulse property purchase on a taxpayer-funded trip. And: Striking results from a study that's found a link between living close to major roads and dementia.

Hello and welcome to Mornings. I am Joe O'Brien. Taking a quick look at the weather: