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(generated from captions) This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Tonight, testing times - diplomatic moves to calm tensions over the US and Australia's refugee resettlement deal. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull maintains the agreement will go ahead. We secured the commitment from the US President that we wanted caught on camera. A destructive crime spree targeting Canberra businesses. And the end of the line - the High Court orders the replacement of former One Nation Senator Rod Culleton.

Good evening. Craig Allen with ABC News. It's a relationship forged on the battlefield now being tested by a new American President but after Donald Trump's heated phone call with Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee deal, Democrats and Republicans have spent the past 24 hours reassuring Australia the friendship remains stronger than ever. Mr Trump's top two advisors also hosted Australia's ambassador, Joe Hockey, for a special meeting at the White House. Tonight, we'll have special coverage as we make sense of an extraordinary week for the Australia-US relationship. We'll hear from political editor Chris Uhlmann. Eric Tlozek is on Manus Island, and we'll examine security issues with Andrew Greene, but our coverage begins with North America correspondent Zoe Daniel in Washington. He may be a rebel but he has a cause. Boy, would you like to see me fall off one of these! (LAUGHTER) Would that be a story! But there's no joking around for this president, especially when he thinks that America is being taken for a ride, including by one of its closest allies. We had one instance in Australia, have a lot of respect for Australia. I love Australia as a country, but we had a problem where, for whatever reason, President Obama said that they were going to take probably well over a thousand illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them in take them into this country and I just said, "Why?" The President says the Obama administration's agreement to take refugees from Australian offshore detention centres is a "dumb deal." But, you know a previous administration does something, you have to respect that. But you could also say "Why are we doing this?" That's why we're in the jams that we're in. And although it looks like he will honour the deal, it's still under review and the benchmark for refugee entry will be very high. So just for clarity, the deal itself is still under review so is not certain to proceed or it will proceed? No, no - part of the deal was - the deal allows for the US to vet the individuals that are being offered up to be processed. The President's goal is to make sure that every one of those people, in accordance with the deal and as discussed in the telephone conversation with the Prime Minister, is subject to extreme vetting to make sure no-one puts it... And in case there was any confusion about Donald Trump's views about the deal... But I cannot underscore how disappointed he was in the deal that was made and how he thought it was just a horrible deal that was offered up by the United States to this previous administration. While Donald Trump continues to talk tough in line with his America-first philosophy, there's a sense of mystification among others here in Washington about why he'd pick a fight with a mate. Why'd you pick a fight with Australia? The President's terse call with Malcolm Turnbull was national news. Also tonight - concerns of a rift with a key US ally after Mr Trump's tense and abbreviated phone call with Australia's Prime Minister. The top Republicans on Capitol Hill were in damage control. I don't think Australia should be worried about its relationship with our new President - or our country, for that matter. Senator Lindsey Graham reaffirmed the significance of the US-Australian alliance. Australia's bled in Iraq and Afghanistan. They're great allies. I also talked to the Australian ambassador and emphasised our long and close relationship. And by nightfall, the reassurances were coming from higher places. Ambassador Joe Hockey met with chief strategist Stephen Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus at the White House - a meeting the Trump administration described as "productive and positive." A relief to some apologetic Americans. We apologise, Australia. We apologise for our president! An early test for an old friendship. For the refugees living in the Manus Island detention centre, uncertainty about their future remains. Even if the deal to send them to the United States goes ahead, they'll be subjected to the Trump Administration's extreme vetting procedures. PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek reports from Manus Island. The refugees on Manus Island spend their days waiting and wondering around town and now Donald Trump has left them wondering as well.The call this a done deal and these are the things that play with your mind and puts more pressure on you.The men on Manus Island say it looks bad for the refugee deal but they are used to bad news.Everyone is upset, they are helpless and hopeless and used does not work on people any more, people are having the feeling of numbness.If the deal fails, it will make it harder for the Papua New Guinean government to close the detention centre, and so what will the study the next?We had this question, what will happen for us and for the government, what is their plan?There are 870 asylum seekers and more than half of them are refugees. Those who haven't say they have been threatened with deportation.If I'm deported to Bangladesh, maybe someone will kill me and that is why I am worried and scared.The US government is proceeding with plans to resettle some of the men from Manus Island and has engaged a contract to prescreen the refugees and US immigration officials are expected in the next few months, but the refugees know that can change very quickly. All they can do is go back to the detention centre weight, watch Twitter, and hope. It might have been a tough 25 minutes on the phone, Mut malcom Turnbull is adamant he got what he wanted from Donald Trump. But some of Australia's best strategists are worried by what a transactional President might demand from the Prime Minister. Political editor Chris Uhlmann. Striding on as the echoes of a terse call with the American President continue to makes waves across the Pacific. It's obviously a deal he wouldn't have done. He's expressed his views about it. But the Prime Minister is adamant. President Trump agreed to take 1,200 refugees from Pacific Island detention centres. We secured the commitment from the US President that we wanted and that we sought and we thank him for making that commitment. The leaked details of the call have achieved that rarest of things - briefly uniting Australia's major parties. I am, as an Australian, a little offended by the treatment of Australia's Prime Minister. For Tanya Plibersek, an staunch ally should command some respect. We have stood beside the United States in every conflict this century and last, including some of the ones that we shouldn't have been involved in, like the first invasion of Iraq. But strategic thinkers in Australia are starting to consider what the transactional president might want in return for taking the refugees. And I think it may well have a military dimension - it could be an ask for more forces in Iraq. It could be for Australia to do a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. The horror scenario in the South China Sea - an American-led blockade - was avoided in the confirmation hearings of the new secretary of state. We're going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also not going to be allowed. Too many in Canberra's establishment have allowed themselves to believe that the US alliance was Donald Trump-proof and that deep ties would make the president behave conventionally with allies. But there is a revolutionary in the White House and this capital's brains trust must now war game the outrageous. That should include imagining the calculations of other nations. China is watching and may well engineer its own tests for Australia. With uncertainty growing over the US alliance, a retired general known as 'Mad Dog' is emerging as the most reliable contact for Australia inside President Trump's Cabinet. The ABC can reveal the new US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, was in regular face-to-face contact with Australian military figures before taking charge of the Pentagon. Here's Defence reporter Andrew Greene. This career soldier is the first of Donald Trump's team to venture into Asia. North Korea is often acting in a provocative way and it gets hard to anticipate what they'll do.

He'll soon discover many in this region think the same of his new boss. The US Defense Secretary's touring South Korea and Japan reassuring allies and discussing shared security concerns such as China. Just months ago, he was doing the same as a private citizen, and retired commander. My name's 'Jim' when I come to Australia! Over the past two years, General Mattis has come to Canberra for meetings with Australia's military community and offered hints on how he'll now handle the ANZUS alliance from the Pentagon. I hope strongly that Australia's voice is heard loud and clear. Senior Australian figures say the general known as 'Mad Dog' is better characterised as a warrior monk who thinks deeply about strategic issues, and knows this country well. I don't forget the debt I owe you, America doesn't forget the debt. He joins National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn and Homeland Security boss General John Kelly as the former military members of Donald Trump's cabinet. All three are well known to Australia's top brass. For close to 70 years, the ANZUS alliance has been the most crucial pillar of Australia's defence and security policy and in the Trump era, the boss of the Pentagon will be more important than ever. Australian military leaders are hoping their long association with General James Mattis will help guide the relationship through very uncertain times and that a mad dog will keep the top dog on a leash. Canberra businesses have been targeted in a destructive crime spree across the city. Doors have been smashed and cash and property stolen, some of the brazen robberies caught on camera. It took just minutes. Armed with a sledgehammer, the thief cases the Campbell bar before smashing his way in. He heads straight for his target but unwittingly leaves the loot behind. Determined, he returns for another go. He takes a look around and then get's what he's looking for. Knowing that someone has been in here when you're not here, it's pretty disgusting. Owner Rachel Bell says she feels violated. Adding to that is the cost of shutting up shop for the clean-up. We're only a brand-new business. We've only been open five months. The man got away with about $500. Everybody is a little bit nervous. It's a small businesses and, again, people with families. The total amount pocketed from the spree is unknown. On Thursday morning, the target was bike shop at Majura Park. $1,000 was taken from the tills, about $40,000 worth of brand new bikes were loaded into the company's van and stolen. It's a bit of a kick in the guts for a local businessman to be working hard, running a small business and just to have that happen is terrible. The company did get their van back, but is still counting the cost. The ABC has confirmed at least eight businesses have been broken in to across the city. Targets include Campbell, Ainslie and Watson, Targets include Campbell,
Ainslie and Watson, in the inner north, Majura Park near the airport and Kingston and Yarralumla, south of the lake. and Yarralumla, south of the lake.
Rachel Bell wants to warn other business owners to be vigilant. We were watching the news all morning. There was absolutely nothing mentioned. Then I posted something saying, "You're not the only ones it's happening to, so be careful." Businesses looking out for each other.

Rod Culleton's political career is officially over. The High Court today ruled he breached the Constitution by standing for election when he had a criminal conviction against his name. Technically, he'd already been disqualified from office after being declared a bankrupt by the Federal Court but, today, his final chance for a return to Capital Hill disappeared. Political reporter Matthew Doran. Senator Culleton has gone. He's never been camera-shy but, after the Federal Court confirmed his bankruptcy this afternoon, he slipped away, leaving his chief of staff to do the talking. Democracy has died. I don't think, by any stretch of the imagination, this is the last of Rodney Culleton. Hours earlier, the highest court in the land was deciding his political future. He had a conviction for stealing the keys to a tow truck against his name at the time of last July's poll. It was later annulled but, in a unanimous decision, the High Court ruled that didn't matter and he was disqualified. The job of replacing the colourful West Australian now falls to the Electoral Commission. They take all the ballot papers, they treat him as though he wasn't on the ballot paper, distribute his preferences, and then conduct the count again. And, even though Mr Culleton resigned from One Nation after a bitter feud with his leader... Rod, excuse me, I'm party leader. ..his heir apparent is the party's second candidate, his brother-in-law, Peter Georgiou. It was all quiet at his Perth home today. He left it to a statement issued through his new boss's office:

Late last year, Senator Hanson wasn't too sure about her potential colleague. I'm also hearing that his brother may be a guarantor for him in that bankruptcy. Today an entirely different tune, saying she was looking forward to welcoming him to the fold. While this decision ends a particularly theatrical dispute for the Senate, the fate of another of those red leather seats remains unclear. The High Court is still deciding how to replace former South Australian Family First Senator Bob Day. So, the Upper House will be without its full compliment of members for some time yet. In news just in, almost every one of the Catholic Church's bishops in Australia are to give evidence in a Royal Commission next week. The senior church leaders from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and along with the Canberra and golden region, will appear before a full panel of commissioners and asked what action they took to protect children in their care and to explain the extent of abuse that has taken place. The only archbishop not being called is the church leader from Hobart. It is the Royal Commission's 50th commission dealing with abuse in the Catholic Church. Farmers in Central Queensland are not getting any guarantees they will not be forced to sell their land for military expansion. The Deputy Prime Minister met landholders at Shoalwater Bay today and Barnaby Joyce said he would try to convince his Canberra colleagues to rule out compulsory acquisitions. For generations the Geddes family has called this home, but the Defence Force want to claim it for war games. The house here is the only house I ever lived in. I'm actually the fourth generation. More than 60 farmers could lose their land for training facilities for the Singaporean army. Mr Geddes personally invited the Deputy Prime Minister to meet with those in the firing line. Most graziers don't want to leave. This morning, on ABC radio, Mr Joyce all but guaranteed farmers wouldn't be forced to hand over their land. At this point of time, there is no intention of compulsory acquisitions and I don't know whether there ever would be any compulsory acquisitions. But his leader wouldn't rule it out. To ensure that acquisitions as far as possible are done consensually, so by agreement. So, compulsory acquisition is a last resort. And, by lunchtime, Mr Joyce was toeing the party line. We are going to be purchasing property here, but I want it to be between willing sellers and willing buyers. The Federal Government does not know from one day to one week what's going on and I think the people deserve certainty. Landholders says the losing agricultural land would cripple the regional community and many have already lost hope. When you're left in the middle and all your neighbouurs, they sell or are acquired, they're going to have to force you off. Support for landholders is growing across the country, as some farmers plead with the government to find a different location. Farmers will have to wait another fortnight before they find out whether they'll be forced off their land. Budget airline Tigerair Australia has quit its Bali service after suspending flights to the island last month. Three weeks ago, the airline stopped flying to Bali citing regulation changes but Indonesia said Tigerair had breached its licence conditions flights were due to resume, but the airline has permanently cancelled the route, saying it would need to adopt a new business model to comply with the changes and may not be able to offer low-cost fares. Tigerair have been embroiled in an Indonesian bureaucratic nightmare. It's very unfortunate, it is not of their making. Parent company Virgin Australia will help any Tigerair customers stranded in Bali and full refunds will be offered for bookings already made. Donald Trump's unpredictable behaviour is taking a toll on investor sentiment. The new US President's style and higher Chinese interest rates saw the equity markets under pressure. Here's markets under pressure.
Here's Phillip Lasker. The Reserve Bank board considers interest rates next week but its decision, revealed in a 500-word statement, won't be half as exciting as a Donald Trump tweet. The heat generated from the Oval Office is starting to generate investor heartburn, given Donald Trumps aggressive posture on international relations and trade. China also lifted short-term interest rates to combat inflation and debt, which didn't help sentiment. Inflation expectations are rising in many developed countries, particularly the US, and it'll flow through to the global interest rate architecture. The Australian market finished lower, dragged down by both the banks and resources. Virgin was hurt by a big fall in second quarter earnings and news that Tigerair is quitting Bali flights. The Seven West Media board cleared chief executive Tim Worner of wrongdoing, following allegations of drug use, inappropriate staff relationships and unauthorised credit card spending. We're all bracing for a trade war between China and the US. America may not have the bargaining power many might expect because China is doing more business in the Asian region. Chinese exports to Asia have grown far more rapidly than exports to the United States during the past 15 years. Japan, on the other hand, has a lot to lose. Mexico is in Donald Trump's bad books. Japanese investment in the central American country has grown considerably since 2010, and much of that investment is in the car industry. 40% of Japanese vehicles made in Mexico are headed for the US market. That's a major concern for Tokyo. The Australian dollar has weakened during the past 24 hours but it's still well above 76 US cents. And that's finance.

Australia has taken a 2-0 lead in its Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in Melbourne, thanks to an impressive debut performance from Jordan Thompson. The 22-year-old upset his higher The 22-year-old upset his higher
ranked opponent with a straight sets win before Nick Kyrgios cruised through his match. Peter Lusted reports. It was a relaxed Australian camp ahead of the tie and it rubbed off on Jordan Thompson, who broke Jiri Vesely's serve in the first game. The Czech was struggling and made a series of unforced errors on his forehand. The Australian broke again to take the set. COMMENTATOR: Great stuff what an opening set from Jordan Thompson! Vesely started to find his range in the second set as his backhand came to the fore but Thompson broke late in the set to win it 6-3. It all started to fall apart for the world number 54 in the third. Hitting his quad there which is a sign that he feels like he's slow, not moving. What about hitting his head then? Thompson wasn't at his best but far too consistent for his opponent. What a way to make your debut! I think it's the biggest in my career. The summer's been pretty good but playing for your country is amazing and getting us off to a 1-0 lead's just even better. Nick Kyrgios then took on Jan Satral whose world ranking is 142 places below him, and it showed. The Australian was rampant on serve and was rarely troubled. And a love game to close out the second set! So dominant was the 21-year-old, he had some of the country's tennis royalty trying to copy his modern ways. The world number 15 completing a routine straight-sets win in 97 minutes. It's Kyrgios that seals the deal for Australia. The Australians can clinch the tie with a win in the doubles tomorrow. It's a long way back for the Czechs. History will be made tonight when Carlton and Collingwood kick off the AFL's inaugural women's competition. Ben Lisson is at Princes Park and I spoke to him short time ago. Then, is this big occasion for women's sport?Absolutely, Craig. It is obvious to see when you were down here at the ground and thousands are arriving at Princes Park hours before the game got under way. Carlton and Collingwood are traditional rivals in Melbourne but this rivalry will be given a new chapter tonight when easily get under way, plenty of excitement and interest in how the league will unfold and what it will look like.I think it will be a momentous night in Australian sport and we are just, we want to be part of it and we are big football fans.We hope it's big and they get the support they deserve because they have worked hard for it.I hope they defeat the Collingwood supporters!What is competition be different from the men's competition?It will not be all that different, there will be fewer players on the field and the quarters will be shorter, 15 minutes in total and there are only eight squads, and they will play each other once before the two teams play each other at the MCG inmate might have all of them tried to become the inaugural AFL Women's Competition winner. Canberra United's semifinal against Melbourne city on Sunday has been moved from a 2pm kickoff to 8pm due to concerns about heat. The side had previously been critical of plans to move the match to Canberra Stadium, and play it before an A-League fixture it will still be played at Canberra Stadium but will start after the A-League fixture between the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United. It really changes our tactics if the weather is too hot, and it helps the spectators as well. So hopefully we'll still get a good crowd out there at 8pm. The side held a late training session this afternoon, and will train again tomorrow before Sunday's game. The NRL is pushing for all players to study at university or do some training, during their rugby league careers. The game's boss, Todd Greenberg, has told the ABC he'd like to see compulsory study form part of the code's new player pay deal. It's a move designed to stop players getting into trouble off the field. The premiership-winning Sharks fullback Ben Barba turned his back on rugby league this week to sign a lucrative deal with French rugby. Out of contract and with no formal training to fall back on, he said he had no other choice but to leave the country. It's a situation the NRL doesn't want to see happen again. Really, their playing careers are small and definite, and we have to make sure we look after them more broadly. So, the code is looking to introduce a mandatory education clause into player contracts. I would expect that will be a big part of the collective bargaining agreement. 80% of NRL contacted players are engaged in meaningful career development off the field, but the remaining 20% are overwhelmingly the ones playing up - four in five have been investigated by the integrity unit. It's a worrying statistic that the NRL wants addressed. We want to help them become fitter, faster and better footballers, but we must make them better people, better men, better educated. Ben Barba is one of the players the NRL's integrity unit has investigated. The Players' Association agrees the game has a responsibility to help those athletes. The players and the sport have to bind together. We have been doing a lot of that but we still have our issues. Wests Tigers player Matt Ballin is an example of a player who's prepared for life after football. I've gone and educated myself, I'm a high school teacher. It took me 12 years to do a 4-year degree, so I can't see why other people can't do it. A worthy initiative to safeguard the futures of the game's stars.

Taronga Zoo's latest family member has made its first public appearance. The newborn fennec fox was clearly ready to explore the world, keeping its parents busy. It's been three years since the last time one was born at Taronga. The fennec fox is the smallest fox species in the world. At this stage, zookeepers aren't sure of the little one's sex, but they think it's a female.

Tonight's viewer photo is a little-seen outlook from near the top of the ACT's second highest peak, Mt Gingera, and comes courtesy of Eva Van Gorsel. Thanks, Eva. Thanks, Eva.
We had a partly overcast day with a top of 30 degrees. It was slightly warmer down south. Things were cooler along the coast, with easterlies keeping temperatures down.

There've been heavy rains through northern Australia, bringing Darwin some showers, but it's been largely fine through the other capitals:

A tropical low pressure trough is bringing heavy cloud to the north. Another low is drawing cloud across southern Australia. A high pressure ridge will weaken over the south, while a cold front is moving through the Bight. The north will suffer under some severe heat over the weekend.

Before we go, a brief recap of our top stories tonight. Democrats and Republicans in the US have moved to reassure Australia the relationship between the two countries remains strong, despite Donald Trump's anger over a refugee resettlement deal.

And several ACT businesses have been targeted in a destructive crime spree. Cash and goods have been stolen from eight businesses across the city. And that's the latest from the Canberra newsroom. For more ACT news you can follow us online or on Facebook at ABC Canberra. I'm Craig Allen. Thanks for your company. Coming up now, 7.30 with Stan Grant.

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