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(generated from captions) 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.

This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services.

Tonight - the internet entrepreneur who has left a

who has left a trail of investors Any

He has been the subject of two inquiry by the corporate regulator ASIC. Jonathan Parker is still in business, raising questions about the efficacy of police and regulators.

There is big money to be made in connecting people to the internet. A Queensland entrepreneur claimed he had discovered a way of cashing in. He said the idea initially came to him one night when he was lying in bed and he just thought that he would like to create free internet. Jonathan William Parker raised nearly $3 million in private share offerings in 2011/12. Investors were deceived and the money vanished. Wag anything he told you true?Not now, no, no.I believed him. He was so damn believable, it is not funny. One of Parker's earlier business controversies was a plan to establish an IT company in Townsville in 2010. One group of investors paid hmm a total of $140,000 for a 35% share in a data centre to be built at this site. Only to discover Parker hadn't registered the share ownership with the corporate regulator. So they called in the lawyers who alleged...

The investors, based near Brisbane, didn't go to police, because Parker paid the money back. Parker told 7.30 he was in over his head and he apologised for all those involved. While negotiating this refund, Parker came up with a plan for a much more ambitious enterprise. He called Freenet.It is going to be the year 2000 and up. We believed him because he was so believable, he seemed genuine about it.Freenet was based on the concept of subsidising free internet to consumers at particular sites through non-invasive advertising.This is the original prospectus, is it?Yes thanks is the first one that he sent out to us.For Jonathan William Parker's father-in-law, Sid Jackson, it looked impressive, claiming a joint venture with communication giants Google and Motorola.Any questions you would put to him, he would come back with the answer straightaway without hesitation. Sid's partner and her family in Malta bought into the company. All up they parted with their life savings of more than $300,000.They got how many shares we purchased, the number holdings.Claims of a joint venture with Google and Motorola were false and again their shares weren't officially registered at the time.I feel betrayed now because I felt like I let down my guard because of him but he was so convincing.By early 2012, Parker had raised a further $2 million and he moved his family from Brisbane to this exclusive residence next to Sydney Harbour.We had a three storey house, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. We had quite a number of cars at that point. We only took the two BMWs in Sydney and anything that Jonathan wanted, he made available, made sure it was there for him. Other shareholders became suspicion about what was happening with their money. One of them, Ben White, became a joint director of the company on November 30, 2011. 16 months later he lodged a complaint with New South Wales police, detailing more than a million dollars in unaccounted for transactions. Including two payments totalling $15,000 to a cheer squad dancing school run by Parker's mother and more than $700,000 transferred directly into Parker's personal bank account, over a nine month period to June 2012.Bush

Parker denies this. He told 7.30

New South Wales police didn't press charges. A spokesman said the investigation was suspended and it is understood the file has since been forwarded to the corporate regulator ASIC. There was a direct complaint to ASIC in April 2013 by Parker's then wife and daughter of investor Sid Jackson.Jonathan had started to make up stories that were inconsistent with what I was seeing. Then that was when I did the company search on Freenet to find out that the shares that Jonathan claimed my family had, he never had.Yasmin Parker, who is now a practising property lawyer, was bitterly disappointed by ASIC's response. Initially they were interested, they asked me to forward through the documents that I had in relation to the share raising and the transfer of funds and things like that. Their response in the end was they didn't consider it to be in the public interest for them to investigate the matter any further.Freenet went into voluntary liquidation in November 2014. The liquidators report to creditors last month reveals the corporate regulator has since had a change of mind about the company.

In meantime, Parker has been looking for new business opportunities. Last July, he convinced this young Townsville couple to buy shares in his latest scheme, an unregistered company he called Redcat.He seemed really smart, screwed on. He told us he had worked in all these big places and that he knew everything and in IT, he knew he could run it and he said we didn't have to do anything in the business.The couple drew up their own contract for what they thought was a bitcoin mining company. They say they handed over $40,000 for a 40% share in a data centre to be built in this industrial estate. They soon had a falling out. Parker left town and they tried to report him to police. What happened when you reported the matter to local police?They told me to seek legal advice and it was a matter for the civil court, not a police matter.Did they take any official note of your complaint?No. Parker himself has declined to be interviewed on camera. He admits signing the contract but denies receiving $40,000. Parker is now living in Hobart and has registered a new aerospace company Green Tail Industries with this house in Sandy Bay as his registered place of residence. With regards to Freenet he told 7.30...

His family and investors who lost millions are not sympathetic claiming Jonathan William Parker has fallen between the cracks of police and ASIC.It has been an incredibly difficult time and it has dragged out for so long and I think that has made it a lot worse.This is not a mistake that Jonathan has made once. It is an offence that he has done many, many times and knowingly he has made that.The Australian American alliance has endured, indeed strengthened through war, recession, political crisis but Donald Trump is testing it in ways, many say, are unseen before. There is so much uncertainty, volatility and questions about President Trump's impulsiveness but people with long histories in diplomacy and defence and security are seriously asking whether it is time to recalibrate what has been an essential strategic relationship. It is all tied to the extraordinary revelations this week of a tense phone call between Malcolm Turnbull and the President and the ongoing speculation about a deal for America to take asylum seekers Australia detains offshore. In a moment, we speak to senior Government minister Christopher Pyne, but first, Matt Peacock takes the temperature of Australia's ties with its most important ally. It is the phone call that reverberated across the globe.

In Washington, senior political figures have been quick to hose down the damage from the biggest public spat between two close allies in decades.

I know Prime Minister Turnbull, he was in my office a couple of months ago. He is a very important ally. Australia is an essential ally. They are and they will continue to be. It is important that Presidents and Prime Ministers, heads of State, are able to have candid and private conversations with one and another. The President should sleep more and Tweet less but that is his call. The relationship is strong, it will withstand the phone call but in a tense world, our President need to be firm, even with our allies but not present ourselves as a nation who doesn't appreciate all Australia has done.White House spokesman Sean Spicer was also making soothing sounds.The President is unbelievably disappointed in the previous administration's deal that was made and how poorly it was crafted and the threats to national security it put the United States under. He has tremendous respect for the Prime Minister and for the Australian people and has agreed to review that deal.His efforts weren't helped by an embarrassing stumble on the Australian Prime Minister's name.The President had a cordial conversation with Prime Minister Trumbell. He has respect for Prime Minister Trumbell.I welcome our own Prime Minister Turnbull to the studio.Today, Malcolm Turnbull was playing down the damage, assuring that the refugee deal with the US will go ahead.It is obviously a deal he wouldn't have done, he has expressed his views about it. He has committed to doing it.A lot of people taking advantage of us, a lot of countries...Was there a cost we have yet to hear about?He will expect something in return for this deal. There have been suggestions from the White House that the Americans will expect Australia to contribute a battalion to Iraq or Syria or perhaps to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol through the contested waters in the South China Sea. Neither of those, I would argue, are in Australia's national interest.I Lu Australia as a country.It is not the first spat between the two countries but according to Sydney University's James Curran, who has studied the history of the alliance, this one is different.It is not uncommon in the history of the alliance to have violent disagreements between American Presidents and Australian Prime Ministers. What is unprecedented is the fact that this telephone conversation has been leaked.Based on everything we know about Mr Trump, it is not surprising that he has a poor telephone manner or that he is rough and ready with his Tweeting. It is both, like everything Mr Trump does, it is shocking and yet unsurprising.

The US alliance has been the cornerstone of Australia's national security since 1942, when the Japanese invasion seemed imminent. It was to America the then Prime Minister Curtin declared that Australia had to look for support. The ties that formed then have lasted down the decades.My father was stationed in Australia during World War II and actually served in an Australian unit for a period of time in New Guinea. If politics is music, the President was off key. President Trump's Tweet has also produced a rare display of Australian political unity.I don't think you can run an American alliance - an American Australian alliance by Twitter. If the media reports are right, Mr Trump needs to show more respect to Malcolm Turnbull and to Australia than it would appear has happened.Every American and we are with Australia all the way.Australia's joined the United States in every major conflict since World War II, including Vietnam and more recently Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, though, it might be different.These are new and dramatic circumstances. This is a different kind of America and a very different kind of President to which Australian leaders are used to dealing with. They can't retreat into the assumptions of the past and think now that the old appeal to values and shared history will necessarily work.The alliance is larger than Mr Trump and I think the alliance will survive Mr Trump and the reason is that it is in our vital national interest and it is in America's national interest but equally, this is not business as usual. This is not normal behaviour and so I think Canberra will be recalibrating how it works within the alliance.Australia still has joint spy facilities and US marines stationed in the NT, neither of which are likely to be reconsidered any time soon. But, equally, there will be more distance now between Canberra and the White House.We will need to say no to President Trump, I suspect, a little bit more often.So, between leaks of phone calls and presidential tweets, this has been a busy week in the uncertainty and confusion persists. The Government has been on the defensive about the future of the asylum seeker deal and Malcolm Turnbull's handling of President Trump. Earlier I spoke to cabinet minister Christopher Pyne. It is good to have you with us. You have assured us that you are convinced Donald Trump will respect the asylum seeker deal but that doesn't tell us to what extent, does it?The deal with the Obama Administration was that they would run the vetting process over the asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and as many as passed the vetting process they would take to the United States. Donald Trump has reaffirmed that commitment on the weekend, as has his White House spokesman as recently as this morning and again earlier this week and the State Department did yesterday and the embassy in Canberra. We are convinced - I am convinced that the deal will be met and that will mean that the people will leave Nauru and Manus Island, which is what we all want to happen.Given he has described it as a "dumb" deal, he has questioned why and he has now upped the ante when it comes to the vetting process with the extreme vetting, what is the likelihood that any significant number will in fact be taken?It is not a deal that Donald Trump would have done, obviously, he has made that perfectly clear. He has also recommitted to the deal in a conversation with the Prime Minister on the weekend -There is no guarantee as to what that will ultimately mean, we could be talking about a very small number, if any? Extreme vetting to the United States is basically the same process that Australia and the United States have operated for many years, in concert with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and we are very confident that the work we have done and the American officials have been there since December, it will result in a deal that means that most people will leave...Most of the 1200?It was never the case that everyone on Manus and Nauru would necessarily fit within this deal with the United States but the figure that has been bandied about has been 1,250 and we have absolutely no reason to believe that that deal won't be fulfilled, as was the commitment by the Obama Administration and now the commitment by Donald Trump.Let's look at the relationship in general. There has been criticism of Malcolm Turnbull that he has not been stronger in criticising President Trump, as other leaders from other countries have done and criticising the travel ban, could he have been more forceful?What has been perfectly obvious, by the revelation of the conversation, is that far from not being strong enough with the United States, Malcolm Turnbull could not have been stronger.What do you mean by that? We don't have the transcript of that conversation, we don't know what Malcolm Turnbull said. What do you understand about how strong he was and what he actually said to President Trump? Quite obviously he was standing up for Australia's interests and, firmly putting the views of Australia about the deal that the Obama Administration did with the Turnbull Government, which resulted in Donald Trump recommitting to that deal. Bill Shorten, who likes to have a bob each way, earlier this week was saying that Malcolm Turnbull should be tougher and of course, now he is saying quite the opposite. He doesn't know whether he is Arthur or Martha when it comes to these issues. Whereas, Malcolm Turnbull has acted like a Prime Minister would. He has been statesman-like, firm, representing Australia's interests and getting outcomes. Thank goodness he is the Prime Minister. If Bill Shorten had been the Prime Minister, those people would still be in Nauru and Manus Island and maybe that is what Bill Shorten wants during a Turnbull Government because she a very cynical, dodgy Labor politician.You seem to be familiar with the conversation then that you know that Malcolm Turnbull was forceful in it. What did he say to Donald Trump?All I know about the conversation is what has been revealed by the Washington Post...So you don't know that Malcolm Turnbull was in fact forceful in that conversation, he hasn't told you that?You can read the same reports that I have read, Stan...The reports that I have read said that Donald Trump had blasted Malcolm Turnbull and ended the phone call abruptly. You're saying Malcolm Turnbull was forceful in the conversation but now you're saying you don't know what he actually said?No, I think you are splitting hairs. The reality is we got the outcome that the Australian Government sought because Malcolm Turnbull stood up for Australia's interests. What we want is for the people on Manus and Nauru to be resettled in the United States or elsewhere so that the strong message is sent to people smugglers that we are not open for business. On the other hand, Labor have undermined that deal from the very beginning and in my view, cynically want the refugees or asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island to stay there because it suits Bill Shorten's based political interests.You have made that point but we know that you don't actually know what took place in that conversation. I want to move on. Bob Carr, the former Foreign Minister is just one, others have said this as well, the rules have changed now with Donald Trump and the relationship has fundamentally changed and that Australia needs to look again, not at throwing out the alliance but how we relate to the United States. Do you accept that? No. Bob Carr is borderline anti-American and pro Chinese.He said he still supports the American alliance.He has said that all along.He says the times have changed.Bob Carr is the busted flush when it comes to policy. Our American alliance is important to Australia's interests. As defence industry minister, I can tell you our relationship has never been stronger. We are the maintenance, sustainment hub for Asia-Pacific, the Joint Strike Fighter program. Naval ship building program is closely aligned and inter operable with the United States' navy. We are building our capability by $195 billion over the next 10 years, thanks to the Turnbull government and we are working closely with maximising our involvement in the United States military build-up under Donald Trump. What has happened in the last week is what has been proven is we have a robust and strong relationship. Pro-Chinese, former foreign ministers will use this opportunity to try and, once again, undermine the US alliance. Quite frankly, they don't speak for the government and I don't believe they speak for the Labor Party.Just finally, in the lead-up to the US election, you described the prospect of a President Trump as terrifying, you said it makes democracy look kind of weird and that the election of Hillary Clinton would in fact be the best outcome for Australia. After the events of this week, have your worst fears been realised?I think I was commenting on the US election campaign and particularly on a report where Hillary Clinton and Obama and Barack Obama, being accused of being the agents of the devil. I was pointing out that US elections are weird in comparison to ours.No, but you said Donald Trump is terrifying and a win for Hillary Clinton would be the best outcome for Australia, is that what has been proven this week?The best outcome for Australia is that the Trans-Pacific Partnership remain in place with open markets, creating jobs and investment. Donald Trump hasn't supported that but we are still working on making sure that that TPP can stay in place. What is good for Australia is a strong US alliance. What has been perfectly clear this week is that Donald Trump has recommitted to an agreement that the previous administration made and, in my own portfolio, we are moving at pace to increase our exports to the United States, to increase our investments there and theirs here creating more jobs and investment.Thanks for joining us. Good to talk to you.It is a pleasure.Millions of students headed back to school this week, few will have travelled the hard road and endured the challenge of boy you're about to meet. Benjamin Akok is a Sudanese refugee and he has cerebral palsy. This week, he has been voted captain of his school in the troubled Melbourne suburb of Melton. As Lauren Day reports t is more than a popularity contest, it is proof that hard work does indeed pay off.

For Benjamin Akok, it has been a long way to the top of his school. We have finally made it to Year 12. Exciting.

He doesn't remember much about Sudan, which in 1998, the year he was born, was crippled by famine, drought and one of the longest civil wars on record.Sudan is good but a little bit...

Adding to their struggles, Benjamin Akok was born with a disability.

Despite his cerebral palsy, in Australia, Benjamin thrived.

He is an outstanding young man. I think we have many of them but I think through the circumstances that he is in, the adversity that he has experienced and challenges that he is someone who just personifies that idea of persistence and there being no excuses.

That persistence, practice and preparation extends outside of the classroom as well.

He is a very methodical thinker. He likes the challenges where he has to solve problems and chess, it is a game that attracts students who are interested in that kind of thinking. He has become quite a talented chess player.Police have charged four teenagers...Another violent carjacking.His successes came against a backdrop of media reports blaming a crime wave in Melbourne on Sudanese youths. It frustrates Benjamin Akok.

Last year, he nominated for the role of school captain, hoping to inspire others in his community to follow his lead. His peers and teachers gave him the job.He is a role model. We look for role models in our school captains. He is a successful student. He is a popular student, amongst others and his peers, he is popular because he listens to people, he doesn't impose himself on people. He allows people to come to him and he offers advice.

Those who have watched his journey, from a war-torn nation, to the top of his school, believe this is just the beginning for Benjamin Akok.I think he is going to be a leader that inspires other people. He shows what is possible when you take on challenges with enthusiasm and with energy and you deal with people in a respectful and nonjudgmental way.

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An amazing message for us all to finish the week. Leigh Sales will be back with you on Monday. Thanks for your company. Until next time, good night.

Hello, I'm Pip Courtney,
and welcome to A Taste of Landline.

A real treat, as you meet a fantastic
couple who are shearers' cooks. It astounds me,
even still sometimes, 'cause you'll get people
that just...you can't fill up. The outback oasis. And the bounty
of Queensland's Scenic Rim.

In the picturesque Scenic Rim,
an hour south of Brisbane, the area's farmers join forces
once a year to hold Eat Local Week. The event is a significant
financial boost to the region as well as a source of pride and could be the way of the future
for other farming communities.

Anyway, so, today... Brenda Fawdon calls herself
a 'recovering restaurateur'. That should make a nice shot,
with some... Yeah.
..blue cheese. After 33 years, she hung up her apron and moved to Tamborine Mountain,
an hour south of Brisbane. This is fresh as.
Beautiful. The producers in this area,
I had no... Honestly, Pip, I had no idea... I had no idea that...
what was going on out here.

Brenda wanted to share her discovery, so she and photographer
Christine Sharp approached the Scenic Rim Council
with a proposal - a coffee-table book
championing the region's farmers.

I wanted to highlight the producers because I think that
they're amazing. And I think people
don't know about them, particularly in our region. MAN: We'll prune... It's lovely to see them light up and be the star of the show.

A lot of them were very surprised that we wanted to tell
their stories, but once we got into it,
they were really proud because the people
that we interviewed, it's their life's work.