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(generated from captions) This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Tonight - "dumb deal". Donald Trump's fiery exchange with Malcolm Turnbull over the US and Australia's refugee agreement. These conversations are conducted candidly, frankly privately. The Prime Minister defends his hefty pre-election donation. To the Liberal Party. Development or bust. The planning row threatening the future of the Curtin shops. Potentially, we've got eight businesses now which are potentially going to go the wall. And

Good evening. Dan Bourchier with ABC News. The Prime Minister is learning the hard way that Donald Trump's taken his unpredictability all the way to the White House. The US president's publicly branding Australia's refugee resettlement deal "dumb". And members of his team have briefed-out sensitive details of his weekend phone conversation with Malcolm Turnbull to undermine the deal. With a summary of today's extraordinary developments, here's national affairs correspondent Greg Jennett. With hindsight, we could have read the body language. Donald Trump, animated. His Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, distracted. And National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, brooding in the corner. All the President's men had had a long day in the Oval Office - the call to Malcolm Turnbull was the last of five with world leaders. And the Prime Minister gave a business-like report of its tone. I had a constructive call with President Trump yesterday. The White House had an altogether different version, and has briefed it out to the Washington Post.

"This was the worst call by far", the President is quoted saying after hanging up 25 minutes into a scheduled hour-long call. It was described to me as contentious certainly - and at times hostile. Hostilities had broken out when Malcolm Turnbull asked Mr Trump to honour his refugee resettlement deal, made with Barack Obama. All week, he's been convinced he would. These conversations are conducted candidly, frankly, privately. Not anymore. The exasperated President's taken to Twitter: "Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!" He's crab walking away from it? No, no I don't think that's - no that's not. Ben, this is not a deal that he would have done. Donald Trump's made that much clear - the leaked account of his chat with Mr Turnbull had him saying "this is the worst deal ever." Believing he's "going to get killed" politically. And suggesting Australia was trying to export the "next Boston bombers." We have never had a President in my memory who has bullied our friends in this way. The White House has been waging a determined campaign to cast doubt over the deal, starting with a call to the ABC's Washington Bureau Chief, following up with a written statement earlier today that "the President is still considering whether or not he'll move forward with this deal." The deal stands for now, and the government maintains officials in Washington are working on applying it. But even one of Mr Turnbull's ministers now concedes the obvious - that "Trump hates this deal", despite the public position that everything's locked-in. We have certainly received an assurance that the agreement remains in place. The President assured me that he would continue with and honour the agreement we entered into. The Government, like the refugees, has a helpless wait on the whim of a no-rules President. Greeters at Parliament House tonight, talk about mixed messages, how much jeopardy is this refugee deal in?We should answer your question with this question, if US president for a deal was done, would he go ahead and honour it anyway. The Australian government is in a position now where it is hoping against hope Donald Trump will do that. Therefore not as I reason that Australia is a special case, and a special friend across a lot of policy and cooperative fronts. But that carries risks of that sign obviously, because no-one in the Australian government could possibly know what this famed dealmaker might seek to extract from Australia in the form of favours going into the future. They could be in the Middle East, they could be in our region. There is attached their. There is also a lesson also for world leaders about just how brutal the Trump team, the administration broadly is prepared to be, to let its feelings be known when it feels it is backed into a corner, and we have seen that in this case, not just with President Tram' tweet today but also the conduct of the leaks, and so forth over the last 48 hours. Malcolm Turnbull has also had to defend his personal donations to the Liberal Party?It is not every day that a serving Prime Minister makes a record donation to his political party. Malcolm Turnbull has been trying to explain that today but, at the same time shrouding some of the big policy ideas that he had wanted to lay down, for as our political editor explains. The Prime Minister's drawing fire, after finally revealing a huge campaign donation. I contributed 1.75 million dollars. If Malcolm Turnbull thinks it's fine to buy the Prime Ministership, why wasn't he prepared to be upfront with people when he made this donation? The gift was a lifeline to a cash-strapped campaign, and came after the books closed on the financial year, meaning the declaration could have been buried for another year. Mr Turnbull loves to talk about transparency, but he acts tricky. The seven digit donation is also a gift to Labor. I don't think most Australians can contemplate spending 1.75 million dollars, full stop. Bill Shorten's attacks on the Prime Minister's wealth have clearly nettled Malcolm Turnbull. He hates that, and he calls me Mr Harbourside Mansion - well, he has lived off trade unions and government's all his life. And this became a very personal battle. I can't be bought by anybody. I'm not a wholly owned subsidiary of the CFMEU like Bill Shorten. Mr Turnbull likes to attack me because he's seriously annoyed that I say he's seriously out of touch. Malcolm Turnbull says he's simply putting his money where his mouth is. Standing up for the values that I believe are critically important for Australia's future. But the Opposition leader gave voice to a criticism that's being echoed by some in the Coalition. I think Mr Turnbull at the very least has exercised appalling judgement in the manner in which he has been forced to disclose the amount of money. It's been a tough start to the year for the Prime Minister, and Parliament resumes next week. The Berejiklian government is on the hunt for a new top cop after the police commissioner announced his retirement. Andrew Scipione has been in the job 10 years and will step down in April. The government has only just advertised his job, leaving only eight weeks to find a replacement. Here's state political reporter Brigid Glanville. After almost four decades in the force, Andrew Scipione is retiring. To be afforded the opportunity to be the commissioner, the 21st commissioner in the history of NSW has been simply outstanding. His contract says he finishes in July but the commissioner says he was always due to go in April this year. I advised government last year, I advised the former premier and his office in December of last year that I would be going. But there is no replacement. Well, obviously, we want to make sure that everybody in NSW and everybody across Australia who wants to put their hand up has that opportunity and we are formally saying we have escalated that process. The government has eight weeks to find the next top cop. So I find it remarkable that just a few months out from the finish of his commission, the government does not have a name to replace him with - this is really inept leadership. The leadership was also asked about plans to reverse forced council mergers. No decisions have been arrived at, we know for a fact that this is an issue which has got lingering concerns in part of our community which is why it's a topic of conversation. The government is considering reversing mergers for the councils which are fighting the amalgamation in court. It's also looking at plebiscites as a way of unpicking mergers that have already gone ahead. It really is finally an admission by the government that Baird, Grant and Toole got it wrong, wrong and wrong. But any reversal would be messy and costly. The majority of the locals on the northern beaches are in favour of the amalgamation, I'm pretty sure, and yet they're going to do another back flip, it's not a good start to her premiership is it? Today's police announcement didn't go according to plan. It was supposed to be a show of strength farewelling the state's top cop after 10 years, but because the Premier failed to detail the her decision about reversing council mergers, it looked like a distraction. A distraction the new Premier doesn't need less than two weeks in the job.

The young man who captured attention after his treatment in a dour when used jail has been released to attend a rehabilitation program. Vision of the young man strapped to a restraint chair prompted the royal commission into youth detention. His lawyers today successfully argued he should be released from prison eight months early because of his treatment in custody. The criminal justice system gave him an opportunity that's probably a little bit overdue. It's come at long last and it's a chance for him to prove himself. He's away from the system that's hurt him for so long now and he's got that chance to be away from bullies and people that torment him. Voller will spend 16 weeks at the Bush Mob Rehabilitation Program in Alice Springs. His bail conditions require him to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. The heart of another Canberra suburb has become embroiled in a planning stoush after conflicts in Woden and Girralang. A new showdown is looming over the planned redevelopment of the Curtin shops. Residents and businesses are angry about the proposal but if the owners don't get their way, the building will be closed and boarded up. For decades, the Curtin shops have been a successful example of Canberra town planning. It's the outcome of 50 years of place making and people coming here, and we would like to keep it like this. But change is on the horizon. The ACT Planning and Land Authority is considering a development application for a six-storey residential building on the site, set back from single storey shop fronts. The number one concern is that it's clearly contrary to what the community said they expected in the Curtin master plan. the Curtin master plan.
The draft master plan set a maximum height of four storeys, height of four storeys,
with two storey shop fronts. The square has a character to it, an urban village with a nice character, so we don't want a looming building over it. But the developers say adhering to the plan would not be viable and their proposal will cast a smaller shadow. This is because the proposal has one storey across the entire site and the other five levels are deeply set back in an l shape. The developers have warned that if their application is not approved, they'll be forced to close the site by October. Businesses could be left stranded. Potentially, we've got eight businesses now which are potentially going to go the wall simply because one business owner wants to grow their business. Unfortunately, it's not an unprecedented situation in Canberra. The site of the Giralang shops has remained unused for more than a decade, due to another long running planning conflict. This is a system that's broken. The loss of a shopping centre can have a huge impact on a community. Totally unacceptable. The loss of the shopping centre has taken the heart out of the suburb, it was a focal point for people. The planning authority has to make a decision on the Curtin proposal by the 17th of February. Long hours are often the key to success in the workplace. But does it take a personal toll? A new study by the Australian National University warns spending any more than 39 hours a week at work could be bad for your mental health. Elise Scott reports. Julie Okley doesn't get a lot of time to pamper herself. I think I would absolutely not cope without my diary. The hairdresser and mother of two works at least 60 hours a week. I just love what I do, I'm really passionate about seeing outcomes, I'm goal driven. According to new research, Julie is working too much. The three-year study of 8000 men and women found people working long hours are risking their mental health. At that point, people start to increase the likelihood they're going to report things like feeling anxious, starting to feel a bit depressed, feeling stressed, keyed up nervous, blue. A century-old international standard set the maximum work week at 48 hours. This study finds that should be wound back to 39. The problem we've got with how we think about work time is that we think about it based upon the preconceptions we've had once upon a time when our Labor market was pretty much all men who had women working behind the scenes to support them. Now, those women are also in the workforce and still picking up the bulk of the domestic load. It's for that reason, the study says women should limit their work week to 34 hours. It probably is possible, but is it something that's going to happen? No, it's not going to happen. But time spent at the office could be just one factor. There are things that weigh far more heavily on workers things like bullying, peer relationships and fair targets. Even one of the study's authors admits her findings are a little hard to swallow. I try and work 40 hours a week because I believe that's the right hour limit to work. But it does cost me in terms of my career. A difficult choice when colleagues want to jump ahead. Overseas again and America's new Secretary of State believes Russia is a threat and NATO and its allies are right to be concerned. Despite those comments, there are many in Washington who are troubled by the appointment of Rex Tillerson because of his close relationship with Vladimir Putin. Our Chief Foreign Correspondent Philip Williams reports. For President trump the swearing in of the Secretary of State Rex to listen was great for his administration and the country. >> This is where you were meant to be right here today and this crossroads in history.But most Democrat senators opposed to this appointment, unnerved by his relationship with the Russian president, who awarded in Russia' highest civilian honour during his years as CEO of Exxon Mobil.Right now when we are trying to hold Russia accountable, for its illegal aggression in Eastern Europe, for its war crimes in Aleppo, and its interference in our own nation his election, how on earth can we trust someone with such a cosy relationship.Rex Tillotson had already distanced himself from Luton' Russia during his confirmation hearings.It has invaded the Ukraine is a broad and Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.And while Trump says he wants to work closely with Russia against Islamic State, Ukrainians are burying their soldiers killed in the upsurge in fighting with Russian backed rebels in the west of the country.He was a very good man. Very good. He was a good father and a good son.The grief felt he is repeated on the other side of this seemingly intractable conflict. So far the calls for a lasting cease-fire had been met with heavy shelling, and more casualties. The new US Secretary of State may have to confront his old friend in Moscow, sooner than he thought Topley. Britain is formally on its way to leaving the European union. The British parliament has overwhelmingly supported the Brexit bill, meaning break-up talks could begin within weeks. Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports.

And just a handful of protesters holding out slim hope they can change the course of history. Even MPs who campaigned against leaving the EU at the last year referendum promised to vote for this Brexit Bill.We do not want to give the sense that people voting for the Brexit are being ignored once again. The way British parliamentary democracy is meant to work well actually be able to work.Dozens of Labour MPs defied their leader to vote against the bill, but then in the numbers were overwhelming.498, the left won 14.There were more votes to calm and plenty of debate but this is significant because it is the first time we have seen the Parliament act knowledge it will follow the will of the people, putting in place what Reddish voters demanded seven months ago. But the former ambassador to the EU is predicting this divorce will be costly.The total financial liability, as they see it, might be in the order of 40- 60 billion euros on exit.Are you in a muddle over Brexit, Prime Minister? Far from it, this is a Prime Minister still on track to pull the Brexit trigger before the end of March. The federal government is promoting a new generation of low emission clean coal-fired power plants as the answer to Australia's energy needs. But as Stephen Long reports, the initiative is scant on detail, including how much it will cost and who will pay for it. It's the fossil fuel industry's holy grail, burning coal without producing the carbon emissions. But so far, clean coal has proven elusive. Calling it clean coal is really just a marketing exercise, a political marketing exercise. It's not at all clean. The Governmment doesn't see it that way. With household power bills skyrocketing in recent years, the Environment Minister is trumpeting a new generation of ultrasupercritical power plants that burn coal more efficiently. This clean coal tehcnology is hopefully provide base load power just as gas does. It's a little fishy to label it clean, cleaner maybe. The industry is being very misleading, it's a few percent, maybe up to 10% more efficent. More than 40% of emissions can be reduced by this new technology. But that's still far more emissions than gas - another stable electricity power source. And it's expensive, while zero emissions technologies, like wind and solar, are falling in price. Right now, clean coal doesn't look like it's got a place in the Australian energy mix. The clean coal dream started with carbon capture and storage. Trapping the emissions and burying them underground was great in principle, difficult in practice. There's barely anything on a commercial scale in the world. And the head of Australia's peak employer group for heavy industry can't see banks or investors funding the new coal-fired electricity either. What makes coal a difficult proposition is the emissions it puts out, the political risk around coal, and the bankability of coal, so you've got price, emissions and risk all working against coal. So if the Government wants the new cleaner coal power, it may have to pay for it - that is, we'll all have to pay for it. Australia has just reported a record monthly trade surplus and as Alan Kohler reports, the Aussie dollar jumped in response. The Australian dollar started the day quite strongly after the US Federal Reserve Board did not raise interest rates this morning and then broke through 76 just before lunch because of this - a whopping trade surplus, the most whopping in history in fact - a billion dollars more than the previous record eight years ago. Maybe that's why Donald Trump was so mean to Malcolm Turnbull, because he's jealous! The surplus was $1.5 billion more than the market expected, and was due to a 5.8% increase in exports due in turn to a huge lift in exports of iron ore and coal to China, both prices and volumes, and gold. The dollar is sitting at around US76.5 cents tonight, a full cent higher than this time last night. The share market was roughly steady today, and the highlight was the engineering firm, downer, up 13% after a better-than-expected profit result, thanks to lots of infrastructure contracts with governments, and apart from that, the leaders mostly fell, led by CSL, Telstra and Wesfarmers. Wall Street was steady, European markets up, and Tokyo down. By the way, investor sentiment in the United States is at a bullish extreme at the moment, which is very bearish. That is, when everybody is optimistic, that's when markets fall. And on commodity markets oil, nickel and wheat all went up quite a lot while the gold price eased. And you might be interested in the news that Google has in the news that Google has
overtaken Apple as the world's most valuable brand, according to this annual estimate, and that's because the value of Apple as a brand has collapsed, because apparently the company over-exploited the goodwill of its customers. As for the Australian brands on the global league table, the most valuable is Telstra, followed by Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Woolworths and Coles, but interestingly, all of them have slid down the ladder this year. 22 year-old Jordan Thompson will make his debut for Australia in this weekend's Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic. And as Peter Lusted

He has got a big serve, he is consistent from the back, he beat Novak last year so he is obviously a quality player.Nick Kyrgios will play world number 157 in the second match on Friday. Australia has named Sam Groth and John Peers as the double spearing. Former Dally M medal winner Ben Barba has turned his back on rugby league to accept a lucrative offer to play rugby union in France. He's signed a two and a half year deal with Toulon, effective immediately. Ben Barba is bound for France but he doesn't want to talk about it. Instead he released a statement through his manager, saying the factors I am a father of four little girls and like other fathers, I am the primary income earner for my family.

The former medal winner was said to spend the second half of the French season with two long while simultaneously serving a 12 match in RL suspension for using cocaine. The planned to start playing for Cronulla in May that the NRL threatened to delay his suspension until he returned to Australia. So, overnight he extended his Toulon deal to two and half years.I think it is more about him sorting himself out of the field, moving countries is probably the best thing for an. The Australian rugby union has also stepped in, banning Barber from competing for Toulon at the upcoming global teams event in Brisbane.If there are existing sanctions in place and one code, and the player chooses to change to another code, the code is generally carry, generally always relentlessly carry those sanctions across.But the AIU and NRL has no jurisdiction half Barber playing in France, allowing him to resume his foot hauling career, once he arrives. Canberra United is not phased over forecast sweltering conditions for this weekend's w-league semi-final. Temperatures are expected to climb to around 37 degrees on Sunday afternoon as United takes on Melbourne City at Canberra Stadium. A-league players complained of heatstroke after a match in Adelaide last weekend but coach Rae Dower says policies are in place to protect players if the Canberra heat becomes too much. If the conditions are deemed too hot, then the game will just be delayed. It's not the first time that's happened in the w-league and the A-League, it's happened a number of times over the last 10 years. So we've just got to be guided by what all the officials say. Dower also said it will take a miracle for the side's injured star striker Michelle Heyman to take the field on Sunday.

To weather now. We received this stunning photo from Darren of the Corinthian at sunset, those photos are beautiful. You can send the weather photos to the address on your screen.

A cold front will pass over Tasmania tomorrow directing warmer north-west wind over the region keeping skies clear.

Those temperatures are starting to creep up across the region.

It looks like another cool one tonight for the ACT before the mercury rises on a cloudy Friday.

We are looking at a hot weekend.

It is likely to warm up again by Thursday. Before we go, a brief recap of our top stories tonight. Us President Donald Trump has cast fresh doubt on the refugee deal with Australia. Calling it "dumb" and vowing to examine it but Malcolm Turnbull insists Mr trump has promised to honour the agreement . Prime Minister has defended his decision to donate $1.75 million to the Liberal Party ahead of last year' election. Labour has accused Mr Turnbull of trying to buy votes. And that's the latest from the Canberra newsroom. For more ACT news you can follow us online or on Facebook and ABC Canberra. Stay with us now for 730 with Stan Grant.

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