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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Malcolm Turnbull sells the Government's changes to the temporary migrant work scheme.We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.

Britain's to go the polls three years ahead of schedule. Australians avoid injury from a chemical attack on troops in western Mosul. Australia's booming organic industry struggles to keep its credibility against fake organic claims.

Hello. Brigid Glanville with ABC News. The Prime Minister has declared that migrants must embrace Australian values as he flags more changes to the nation's immigration system. Malcolm Turnbull has been spruiking the Government's decision to abolish the 457 visa for overseas workers. Businesses who want to bring in labour will have to pay more for their privilege. New arrivals will face a more difficult path to citizenship. Here is political reporter Stephen Dziedzic. The principles might not have changed -We are putting Australians and Australian jobs and Australian value and Australia's national interests first.But the Prime Minister's language on immigration has shifted.Australia must continue to attract people who will embrace our values and positively contribute regardless of their nationality or religious beliefs.The Government announced yesterday it would scrap 457 temporary work visas and replace the program with two new, more tightly-restricted visas. Most business groups have already come to terms with the changes although some sectors are cautious.Of course we want to employ Australians, it is commonsense but at the moment that isn't a possibility. We hope it doesn't become more difficult in the short-term and we hope the benefits long-term are tangible.There is 750,000 people in Australia on temporary work visas. Let's see how Mr Turnbull's crackdown on one category of visa actually reduces the number of people from overseas with work rights in Australia. We'll be watching that.But the Government's set its course on immigration. There will be fewer people coming in and it will be harder for businesses to sponsor workers who want to come to Australia.The maximum age will be reduced from 50 to 45. Competent English will be mandatory, no exceptions. The pathway to permanent residency will begin at three years, not two years.The Government is contemplating broader changes, too. The Coalition wants people to value permanent residency and it could make new applicants wait longer to get it. They'd also have to improve they'd embrace Australian values. People who come here, we expect that they integrate, that they abide by our laws. All of that which every Australian, I think, would accept as commonsense.The ALP says the Coalition's announcement is nothing but a con job. It's crunched the numbers and says only one in 10 workers currently in Australia on 457 visas would be excluded under the new system. But the broad direction of this debate are clear. Immigration to Australia is becoming harder and not easier. For more on the changes, I'm joined by Patricia Fernandez who is the secretary of New South Wales branch of the Australasian meat industry employees union. Thanks for joining us. How important are 457 visas to meat workers or to abattoirs that employ these meat workers?In the State of New South Wales, it is an interesting question. I say they shouldn't be here although we have approximately 100 people in our sector in New South Wales working under 457 visas. When they first came in - it is a system that's been in for a very long time but when we started seeing them coming in, employers applying for them through the migration system, because they're a sponsored visa for four years, we were perplexed as to how on earth you could think there is a shortage of skill in the abattoir sector, in the red meat sector in particular, given the rationalisation of our industry in the 80s, during the 80s, when there were massive closures and a lot of people out of work. We put a lot of pressure on the government regarding the 457 system and we managed to get labour agreements so whilst those people are sponsored in Australia, there is a lot of rigorous stuff that has to go through before they can be employed under 457 system. 457 for us in New South Wales is not the biggest problem. When I saw the message from Malcolm Turnbull, you kind of ask yourself "What is this all about?". On the one hand, he is saying he is going to scrap it, but scrap it for what but the biggest scourge is the 457 visas.Malcolm Turnbull did say part of the reason is he wants more Australians to get a job first and to stop employers looking overseas. You just mentioned lots of your employees had lost jobs, there is not as many butchers, you would, in principle, support getting rid of this 457 visa? Absolutely. Anyone who is saying jobs for Australians, Australian jobs for Australian workers, no-one is ever going to say no to that but I don't believe that this is what the Government is saying is going to happen.Do you believe that the employers - is that where you talk about 417, do you believe employers will use the 417 visa?They will always go to the easier system. We put stumbling blocks with 457s and we saw a reduction in the number of 457s coming through our sector. Then what we saw is an enormous rise of 417 visa workers which have no control.What's the difference? The 417 is colloquially known as the backpacker visa?That's right. What we knew as the backpacker visa. Nobody ever had an issue with this because most of us travel around Australia and come across fruit pickers or hospitality sector people working around the country whilst they are seeing this beautiful country of ours. I don't believe anybody had any issue but when you are seeing them be brought in by the hundreds, by the thousands, and placed in regional areas for the whole time that the visa applies and be manipulated through the loopholes about how long they can stay here - What is the difference between 417 and the 457? Why is it so much easier, do you say, under 417?You have to apply for a normal visa to come in, there are no controls in regards - we have had meetings with the Immigration Department regarding 417 visas. Simple things. We asked people coming in under this visa be notified if they intend working in our industry, they are placing themselves in danger to diseases transferred between animals and humans and they refused to even inform these people of this, which we find extremely perplexing as to why they wouldn't. We even offered to provide them with the information so it would be of no cost to the Government to supply people coming into this country to work in our sector. But we are seeing a huge influx. We are seeing agencies setting up in foreign countries such as Taiwan, Korea and pushing this visa and doing all the work for the people with the promise - they are coming from developing countries, third world countries. Even though they are on a two-tiered wage system here where they are being paid a lot less than the people they are working next to, their wages compared to what they'd a everyone in their own countries, are much higher.If the Government is getting rid of 457, replacing it with this new program, would you like to see more money being spent on skill training, trade and that kind of thing to encourage those Australian workers?Absolutely. The TAFE system has been destroyed in this country. It's been systematic over decades. The apprenticeship system, I always say how many kids do you think today are going through the blue-collar sector? We need blue-collar sector workers, we need the blue-collar trade. The money isn't being spent. Instead it is being spent on bringing foreign workers into this country. No-one wants to deny people the right to better themselves no matter where they are from but the reality is we have high unemployment in regional New South Wales, high youth unemployment in regional New South Wales and why aren't we training those people? Why aren't we putting incentives to get them on to the jobs? We are talking about the red meat sector. We are talking the white meat sector. These are blue-collar jobs. Why aren't we training people to do that, Australian workers? I don't even know why Malcolm Turnbull in the last 24 hours has done this. He hasn't provided anybody with what this other system is going to look like except it is going to be tougher on the English language. You'd expect if a worker comes in, 457, which is supposed to be a highly skilled worker like a doctor, you'd expect they'd want to speak English, you know! We don't see why they are working in the abattoir sector. We just don't. We don't see why any 457 person should work in the red meat sector. I notice in the news coming in that's not going to be accepted. They can still make application because there is a shortage. There is no shortage. There is a manufacturing shortage which can be fixed.Patricia Fernandez, thank you very much. Thank you.Deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash has announced a new decentralisation push. By December all ministers must report which of their departments, entities and functions could move to rural and regional areas. She says there will be a cost-benefit analysis before any department or agency relocates. Today I announce that, by midyear, I will, in consultation with others, create a criteria for government ministers to assess which departments, functions and entities in their portfolio are suited to decentralisation. All portfolio ministers will be required to report back to Cabinet by August on which of their departments, functions or entities are suitable. Departments will need to actively justify if they don't want to move, why all or part of their operations are unsuitable for decentralisation. The Minister for Finance will, in consultation with others, develop a template for business cases for decentralisation to ensure a consistent approach across government. Relevant ministers will be required to report to Cabinet with those robust business cases for decentralisation by December. Moving government functions to the regions means more people in our towns, more customers in our shops, more students in our schools and more volunteers for the local fire brigade. The High Court has declared Luci Gichuhi is free to replace Bob Day as the South Australian Senator in the Federal Parliament. The court has thrown out a Labor challenge to her eligibility based on her citizenship. Joanna Crothers has more from Melbourne. The High Court declared Luci Gichuhi as the Senator nor the seat of South Australia replacing Bob Day after lots of legal argument raised questions over her citizenship. She is from Kenya. Labor's legal team raised arguments whether she still held this Kenyan citizenship. However, a solicitor for the Commonwealth said Kenyan law states once someone was over 21 and had taken up citizenship in another country, their Kenyan citizenship was wiped out. This happened with Ms Gichuhi's case. Labor's legal team asked whether she had done enough to denounce her Kenyan citizenship. The High Court said this case had been going on long enough and that if these arguments wanted to be raised, they should have been three months ago when it looked likely Ms Gichuhi was going to be selected to replace Senator Bob Day - former Senator Bob Day. The High Court then dismissed Labor's application to go on and argue this case and declared Ms Gichuhi as the new Senator to replace Bob Day. Australian military advisers in Iraq have been caught up in an Islamic State group chemical attack outside of Mosul. It targeted a unit of Iraqi troops working with Australian and US advisers in an area outside Mosul. Here is Defence reporter Andrew Greene.The Operation Ochre task force that has been in Iraq and also operating into Syria at times has been in place for a couple of years now. It consists of 780 Australians roughly. Mostly involved in that air task group as well as the training of Iraqi forces, task group Taji. But we also have a small number of special forces soldiers, around 80 at last count, who are part of this secretive operation to advise and assist the Iraqi military as it continues to make advances against the Islamic State group. We do know that these special forces soldiers are currently helping in the battle to retake Mosul. We know that the Coalition-led effort to help the Iraqi Government forces has already recaptured the eastern part of Mosul but there continues to be heavy fighting in the western section of that city and that's where we understand Australian forces are getting very close to the frontline. They are not exactly up at the frontline but when an incident like this happens, we start to learn a bit more about precisely what's going on, otherwise we simply wouldn't be told what's going on. Typically we are learning more about the Australian forces from the Pentagon than our own military. What the Pentagon has confirmed to the ABC in recent hours is that there was a low-grade chemical attack on an Iraqi Government unit which which was being assisted by both US Special Forces and Australian Special Forces. Subsequent to the news from the Pentagon, we have heard from the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who has told the ABC that there was no direct attack on the Australians but they subsequently did help out with some assistance for the Iraqi troops. The way the Prime Minister phrased it in the advice he had been given was Australian forces were not affected but they did render assistance to some of the people that may have been hit by this chemical attack. Again, we don't know what sort of chemical weapon. We do know that Islamic State does have access to some chlorine gas and mustard gas-type weapons. They are considered very rudimentary and not entirely sophisticated weapons. We can say the fighting is still intense in western Mosul. Certainly from the reporting we get out of western Mosul, it sounds like there is still daily exchanges of even chemical weapons. There was certainly a report in the past couple of days that the Islamic State forces had tried to use chemical weapons against government troops and now we subsequently learnt that there was a similar attack that targeted a group that was being helped by the Australians. The fighting is, as we know, in the western part of the city but the eastern part did take about three months to retake. The coalition efforts there were difficult but they did manage to capture the eastern part of the city. As for Raqqa, the fighting continues across the border in Syria. We won't expect to see those two cities fall for some time but certainly the coalition is up-beat. It believes Islamic State is on the back foot and the victory is inevitable. Just when it will happen, we are not entirely sure.The secretary of the Department of Defence has resigned. Dennis Richardson will step down next month after almost half a century in public life. He has previously been the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ambassador to the United States and the Director-General of Security. He worked in the Departments of immigration and Prime Minister and Cabinet and served as principal adviser to Bob Hawke in the early '90s. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised Mr Richardson, saying he has made a significant contribution to Australia's national security and foreign policy. The top stories on ABC News - the Queensland Premier says she hopes regional hospitals won't suffer from the Federal Government's 457 visa changes. Australian military advisers involved in an Islamic State group chemical weapons attack in western Mosul have escaped unharmed. Britain looks likely to go to the polls in June after the Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for an early election. That vote will take place less than a year after the controversial Brexit referendum. The British Prime Minister says she wants to have the mandate to get the best deal out of negotiations with Europe. From London, Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports. It was a well-guarded secret. Barely a whisper before Theresa May delivered the stunning announcement.I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet where we agreed that the Government should call a general election to be held on 8 June.She had been adamant she would not go early. The next election wasn't due until 2020.But now I have concludeed that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take. Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the Prime Ministers, Presidents and Chancellors of the European Union.The last general election was two years ago and it's not even 12 months since Britain voted for Brexit.Not another one! Oh for God's sake. I can't - honestly, I can't stand this.I'm quite shocked really.From everything Theresa May has been saying, I wasn't expecting anything. Theresa May says she came to the decision only recently and reluctantly but her backers would have told her the stars are aligned. She is riding high in the polls and a Tory victory would give her another five years to clear any Brexit hurdles. The Opposition is weak and divided.We want to put a case out there to the people of Britain of a society that cares for all. An economy that works for all. A Brexit that works for all.Seven weeks to go until British voters deliver yet another verdict. The polls have opened in Jakarta amid tight security as millions of voters to turn out to choose the city's next governor. More than 64,000 police, soldiers and security officers have been deployed across the capital after one of the most polarising in campaigns in history. Here is Samantha Hawley in Jakarta. Given the number of police and soldiers that have been deployed across the city, it gives a pretty good sign police are concerned there could be unrest following this poll Today. As you mentioned, it has been bitterly fought. It has been fought largely but not only, of course, along religious lines, along the lines that one of the candidates, Ahok, the incumbent governor is a Christian. The other, Anies Baswedan, is a Muslim. Some Muslim groups have been urging voters in the capital not to vote for a non-Muslim leader. They say the Koran says that a non-Muslim should not lead them. This really has been a bitterly-fought campaign. The bulk of security that's been placed across this sprawling city would suggest to you that police are concerned but also hopeful, of course, this will go smoothly today. Very shortly, at this polling booth in central Jakarta, the President Joko Widodo will arrive to cast his ballot and he has urged for calm across the city, that voters should be able to go about their democratic right without intimidation and without any obstacles placed in their way.From polling booths you have been to, are you getting a sense of that fear of intimidation amongst voters?Not at the ones I have been to but, of course, there are 13,000 or more than 13,000 polling boths. This is a massive city. More than 7 billion people are eligible to vote. The concern was that some of the members of these groups, these conservative Islamic groups, would turn up at polling booths. Police had warned against that. They had also made a decision to place one police officer and one soldier at each of the polling booths, something they didn't do during the first round. Again suggesting they are concerned about security. So far everything has been going smoothly. It's actually incredible that so many people in this city can vote in such a short time. They start voting at around 7 and the polls close at 1:00pm. A very short time to vote. We should have an idea, at least from exit polling, of the result by night fall.Also as you mentioned, just in itself in Jakarta, everyone knows how bad the traffic is so I can't imagine there must be a number of polling booths around so people can walk rather than sit in the car to get a polling booth?Yes, that's right. There are so many polling booths. It is interesting to see along minor streets or just normal housing streets, there'd be maybe three or four polling booths. They are basically tarpaulins. The one behind me is a little bit bigger because of course the President will vote here. Traffic is not too bad today because it is a public holiday, allowing people to move around the city a bit more freely as they, I guess, exercise their democratic right, a right they have only had for two decades and a right, I can assure you, that they thoroughly enjoy.You mention this has been a tight race and largely run on religious grounds. Take us through the main issues or the main points of the Christian and Muslim candidates?Of course, the major problem for the incumbent governor, Ahok, who has been or was incredibly popular for a long time for his cleaning up of the city, for improving infrastructure, for instance, for even opening up bus lanes and ensuring only buses were in that lane, he has been popular for that. During this campaign a charge of blasphemy was made against him for comments against the Koran. He has been appearing in a court on trial for blasphemy. He faces up to five years in prison for that. His supporters and himself say those charges are politically motivated. His opponents say they are not but some of his opponents do say that Muslims should only vote for a Muslim leader and not a Christian, as I mentioned before. That is why this election, for the first time, is really being fought along those lines but, of course, other things as well. Of course, the functioning of this very big, sprawling city, this chaotic city where traffic moves very slowly. All of those things come into voters' minds as well but religion has played a part here.Just finally, what are the opinion polls showing?Well, the porls are showing that this is too close to call -- polls are showing this is too close to call. The opinion polling in Indonesia is notoriously unreliable but pre-polling that has come out is showing this really is very close, too close to call. Whether or not the exit polling will show the same thing, we'll know within the hours ahead. As I said, the polls close very quickly, at 1:00pm local time. We'll have an idea of who may have won this election by night fall. Samantha Hawley, thank you very much. The US President has ordered a crack down on the temporary visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers into the United States. Donald Trump signed an executive order to tighten the H1B visa program during a visit to a tool manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. He told factory workers the review was part of his Buy American, Hire American policy.Together, we are going to do everything in our power to make sure that more products are stamped with those wonderful words "Made in the USA".The President says the system is currently open to widespread abuse by undercutting local workers but his order to review the program falls far short of a campaign pledge to end it all together. Archeologists have unearthed the tomb of a nobleman in Egypt. It is the tomb of Userhat. Archeologists found a collection of wooden figurines and masks. Ex excavation is continuing in the second chamber. Egypts hopes it will revive tourism hit by political instability. Finance news now with Alicia Barry. A rival bidder for gaming company Tatts?Tatts says that it's considering this offer from a consortium led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. It has made an all cash $7.3 billion bid for the wagering company. The offer values Tatts at $4.21 a share. It's an attempt to derail Tatts' agreed merger with Tabcorp. Pacific Consortium says the offer provides certainty for Tatts Group shareholders who are still waiting to see if regulators will give the Tatts/Tabcorp merger the green light. Pacific Consortium has been circling Tatts for around 12 months but with a couple of unsuccessful attempts at making a bid for the group or achieving an acquisition. The offer, though, could up-end the agreed Tabcorp/Tatts merger which is worth $11 billion and values Tatts at just slightly below this offer from Pacific Consortium at $4.20 a share. A way to go there.On to commodity markets. The iron ore price in free-fall today?It certainly is. We have seen it come down quite substantially over the last couple of months. The key export from Australia, iron ore, has continued its recent steep declines overnight. The benchmark price of the steel making ingredient has dropped another 4.5% or so overnight to around US$64 a tonne. That follows a 3.5% fall in the previous session and the price of iron ore is now down around 30% over the last two months. Worries about a glut in China certainly has traders unnerved and many are heading out of the commodity.Overall, you mentioned briefly what's happened on the markets and how has the commodity fall affected the general stock market?We did see big falls for the major miners in London. BHP-Billiton was down and so was Rio Tinto. Initially we saw falls but they have been turned around. Geo political tensions and the weaker commodity prices are the main factors weighing on the mood of traders. The All Ordinaries Index is off around 0.6% or so.

The Australian organic industry continues to grow but it is struggling to keep up with demand, both at home and overseas. Australian Organic says there is a huge potential for growth but tighter labelling laws are needed to ensure fake organic claims don't damage the industry's reputation. National rural and regional correspondent Dominique Schwartz reports. This is one of Australia's largest organic grain mills. It is part of a burgeoning organic industry which in Australia next year is estimated to be worth $2 billion. Australian organic exports rose 20% over the past year but demand outstripped supply, both globally and domestically. For example, the grain industry faces chronic shortages. The other major challenge is food labelling. In Australia, to sell a product as organic, you don't have to have it certified as such. Producers and processors in the industry want legislation to change that. They say this would reduce consumer confusion and protect against possible fraud. A quick look at the national weather:

The top stories on ABC News - the Queensland Premier says she hopes regional hospitals won't suffer from the Federal Government's visa changes. The 457 visa scheme will be replaced with temporary visas. Annastacia Palaszczuk says she would always prefer locals to fill jobs. Britain looks set to go to the polls in June after the Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for an early election. Ms May is hoping an increased majority will give her a fresh mandate to pursue her Brexit plans. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the early election but faces a huge challenge in the campaign. Australian military advisers involved in an Islamic State group chemical weapons attack in western Mosul have escaped unharmed. Australian and US advisers were with an Iraqi military unit when the attack happened. The foreign advisers were medically screened before returning to duty, showing no sign of exposure. Australian Organic is calling for tighter labelling laws to ensure that only products certified as organic can be sold as such. Australia's certified organic industry is fore cast to be worth at least $2 billion next year. The chairman wants tighter legislation to guard against fake organic claims. The Prime Minister has blamed Labor and Bill Shorten for the need to replace the 457 visa program, saying it was intended to filled skills shortages but was abused to provide foreign workers in sectors such as fast food. Mr Turnbull says Australia's migration program needs to be about the interest of Australians first and a replacement scheme would better prioritise Australian workers.Australian jobs for Australians first. That must be the commitment, that must be the objective, that is our obligation. Labor not only mishandled this aspect of migration but, under Bill Shorten as the Employment Minister, it up-ended the usual practice and put foreign workers first. As is often the case with Mr Shorten, he doesn't practice what he preaches. Despite claiming he wants to protect Australian jobs, as Employment Minister, he granted a record number of 457 visas. He even did special deals for fast food restaurants. He blames the 457 explosion during his time on the mining boom. He increased 457s by two-thirds. Said it was all about the mining boom. Less than 10% went into the mining industry. Two-thirds of them went to Sydney and Melbourne. The 457 visa was designed originally to fill gaps in the workforce that couldn't be filled by Australian workers. Labor used it to fast track foreign workers into jobs ahead of Australians. Jobs like auctioneers, driving instructors, workplace relations advisers. The reality is the system was abused, it was abused by Labor, it was discredited, it lost its credibility. We have already reined in Labor's excesses including reducing the 457 visa grants, we have stopped the rorts like the fast food labour agreements. At the same time we have helped create 500,000 jobs for Australians. But that's only the start of the overhaul. We are making this as part of our push to build a more competitive economy, creating opportunity and security for all of us. So, this week we have announced important changes that mark another milestone in our efforts to ensure our migration system is working in our best interests. The 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with a new temporary visa underpinned by skills lists that are focused on critical skills shortages and more stringent conditions. We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians. The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the Prime Minister as changes won't make a difference to the number of foreign workers in the country.You see Mr Turnbull loves to make big and bold and brave pronouncements. He is going to do this and that. While he says he is reducing the number of categories of occupations which will be eligible for temporary work visas from overseas, most of those occupations have not been used for 10 years. This is a guy who will be tough on antique dealers and deer farmers but still allow mechanics and nurses to come in from overseas. What real difference will Malcolm Turnbull's announcement make? Let's see in 12 months' time how many people will still be here on temporary work visas? There are 750,000 people in Australia on temporary work visas. Let's see how Mr Turnbull's crackdown on one category of visa actually reduces the number of people from overseas with work rights in Australia. We'll be watching that. The fact of the matter is he has scrapped one visa and replaced it with two new visas. When you look at the list of occupations he is seeking to change, only one in 10 visa holders will be affected. I mean, this is cosmetic. It's not real. The fact of the matter is that, for bakers and builders, for cooks, for nurses, for mechanics, they can still come in from overseas. These jobs should be going to Australians full stop. I'm worried that Mr Turnbull's - I'm sceptical Mr Turnbull's crackdown is actually a con job and it will make no real difference and he should answer this question - how many - how fewer number of people will be working here on temporary work visas from overseas in 12 months' time than there are now? When you look at what he's done to local training, 130,000 fewer apprentices in Australia, big cuts to TAFE, this fellow I don't take seriously when it comes to standing up for Australian jobs. The Royal Commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory has resumed looking at the evidence of the former Don Dale detainee Dylan Voller. A former guard at the centre as appeared and denied he humiliated Dylan Voller by encouraging him to perform degrading acts. Here is reporter Ben Millington in Darwin.This morning we have heard from former guard Conan Zamolo who gave evidence to the Commission last month as well, where it was revealed that he took Snapchat videos of the detainees and posted them to the Snapchat social media site including daring some of the detainees to eat what looked like animal droppings and also using some pretty foul language to the detainees when they were trying to go to sleep or using the bathroom. Now today it was put to Mr Zamolo that, in Dylan Voller's evidence, he says Mr Zamolo encouraged him to skol a whole lot of milk. When Dylan Voller skolled the milk, he found out it was full of salt. He also said Mr Zamolo flicked snot into the mouth of another detainee and said he was encouraged to eat things like shaving cream and toothpaste in order to be rewarded with chocolate and drinks. It was put to Mr Zamolo that, given the previous history that has been presented to the Commission of him taking videos of these types of incidents, it is not a far stretch to imagine that what Dylan Voller is saying was correct. Mr Zamolo denied these events ever occurred, saying that if he did these things, he would just simply admit to it but that he didn't do them and that Dylan Voller is making them up, basically.Of course, the Royal Commission was sparked after the ABC's Four Corners program. What's been said about that today? One of the incidents in that program was of two guards, one of them being Conan Zamolo, the other being Ben Kelleher, going into the cell of Dylan Voller when he was housed in the back cells, the behavioural management unit in Don Dale. The lead-up to this incident - Ben Kelleher worked very closely with Dylan Voller and tried to help him apparently but Voller allegedly said that he would rape Ben Kelleher's children, which got him very angry and he wanted to have a talk to Dylan Voller. They went into the - he asked Conan Zamolo to go into the cell with him while this talk occurred. Conan Zamolo agreed. Ben Kelleher weekend -- went into the cell and wet tissue paper and threw it at the camera to possibly cover it up. This was the footage seen in Four Corners. He failed to cover it up. Then had a very aggressive kind of conversation with Dylan Voller. The evidence that we went through today was initially Conan Zamolo said that he believed Ben Kelleher was simply trying to clean the camera lens because detainees often cover the lens with food and other substances but, in a statement tendered to the Commission today, he admitted that this wasn't the case, that he was dishonest the first time he talked about this and that he now admits that Mr Kelleher was, indeed, trying to cover the camera. It was put to him that possibly Mr Kelleher was going to be violent towards Dylan Voller, which he denied. But then, interestingly, in his evidence today, he said that he wasn't, in fact - he is now not sure whether Mr Kelleher was trying to clean the camera or cover it up. There was a bit of contradictory evidence given between his statement and what he said to the Commission this morning. Ben Millington, I'm sure we will speak again when Dylan Voller appears tomorrow. Mystery surrounds the death of a woman who drowned in a pond on Sunday in Adelaide's parklands. Police are still trying to piece together what happened to the 67-year-old who was in a wheelchair. Nicola Gage reports. Veale Gardens is on the southern edge of Adelaide's city centre and it was here on Sunday night that a woman in her late 60s drowned in the pond behind me. Emergency services have spent the morning draining the 1.5m of water inside as police continue to work out exactly what happened. The woman was in a wheelchair at the time and with her husband and her death has so far been ruled as unexplained. The police have also been door knocking nearby properties and have asked anyone who may have been in the area on Sunday night, or who may have seen anything, to contact them. Autopsy results have confirmed that the woman did drown and authorities are awaiting toxicology reports. The Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek is speaking to the media in Sydney. Let's go to that now.The confirmation today that all States and Territories, Catholic and independent schools, will be boycotting NAPLAN online this year is an admission of gross failure from the Federal Government. This is a proposal that had $21 million of taxpayers' money spent on it and it's turned out to be as big a debacle as the Census collection which saw so many millions of Australians unable to answer the Census when it was distributed. This is a project that was always rushed and the Federal Education Minister should stand up this afternoon and explain just how badly he has mishandled this and what he is going to do to fix it. He is trying to cover his tracks by saying that it will happen anyway sometime in the future but the fact that States and Territories have had to pull out of letting their students sit the test this year shows a gross amount of incompetence from the Federal Government. REPORTER: Given it is 2017, is it simply ineptitude that this test isn't online?I think it is for the Government to explain why they thought tests children in so many locations in so many schools across Australia would be able to be delivered online quickly. The experience with the Census shows we have a Federal Government, despite all the stuff they say about being interested in the future and up-to-date with the latest technologies, they really don't have a clue.What are going to be the implications of the fact that all the States and Territories have said they are not going to be doing the online component?I think it is important that the States and Territories have said that they won't allow this test to proceed this year because it's just plain that the test wasn't ready for rollout. We were having timeouts - the internet connections were dropping, there were even suggestions that some questions had wrong maths in them, that the questions themselves were problematic. I think it's very wise of the States and Territories that have pulled the pin on this this year to have said that they won't be proceeding with the test. I think it is much better to wait and get this right but the fact that the Federal Government have managed to stuff this up in the same way that they stuffed up the Census collection really should have taxpayers asking "What are these people doing with our tax dollars?".On to other matters, forgive me for my pronunciation, I'm not going to be great at it, but the High Court has overturned Labor's challenge to the nomination of the South Australian Family First Senator. Was it a mistake for Labor to challenge the eligibility of the new Senator? Has it stymied Labor's chances of getting - (INAUDIBLE QUESTION) I think it is very important to be confident our electoral processes are absolutely watertight. If there was a question about the citizenship of the Family First Senator, then we had to explore all avenues. But, as the court has ruled, we accept the ruling of the court and we'll get on with making sure that we explain Labor policies and seek her support for those policies.It is a pretty fraction Senate, though. If Labor was to win the next election, has it made it difficult for it going forward?No, I don't think so. I think Senators will decide on the basis of their political beliefs and ideology whether they will vote with the Opposition or vote with the Government on each issue as it comes up.Lastly, on the 457 visa changes, there has been some commentary from the Labor Party that these changes are overstated. What is your reaction to the changes?It's a rebranding exercise. The 457 visa changes seem little more than a rebranding exercise. We haven't really seen details that would give us confidence that this is a government committed to training Australians. In fact, we know that $2.5 billion has already been cut from training and apprenticeships and this year the TAFE national partnership agreement will run out. That means a further $500 million every year cut from TAFE around the States and Territories. If this Government is really serious about training Australians for Australian jobs, let's see them invest in our schools, in our TAFEs and in our universities.Do you think that this exercise in rebranding of the 457 visas is to just appease conservative elements of the Liberal Party?Oh, I think most commentators are speculating this is a rebranding exercise designed to prop up some Newspoll results that will come out at the end of the weekend and early next week.Your assessment is it won't have much of a difference to the wash of skills and migrants coming into Australia?I'm yet to be convinced this will make a great deal of difference to the temporary skilled immigration stream of migration but what concerns me much more than that are the cuts to schools, the cuts to TAFE that mean that we're not training young Australians for these jobs. Those cuts stay. We have lost 130,000 apprentices and trainees since the Liberals came to office. Unless they are going to start reversing those cuts to schools, to TAFEs, to universities, then we aren't training a generation of young Australians to take up those employment opportunities. Figures released today show domestic violence is the leading reason Australian women and girls are hospitalised for assault. The report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found more than 6,000 people were treated in 2013 and 2014. More than half of the cases were committed by a partner or spouse and 8% of victims aged more than 15 years were pregnant at the time of the assault. Rosie Batty is a tireless advocate who has put the issue of domestic violence on the national agenda in Australia. Tonight she meets comedian and painter Anh Do for his series Ahn's Brush With Fame. VOICEOVER: Rosie Batty is an incredibly inspirational woman. When her 11-year-old son Luke was tragically killed by his father in 2014, Rosie was thrust into the national spotlight. Her advocacy and courage earned her the Australian of the Year award just one year later. I'm not sure what I hope Ahn captures but I guess I hope he captures something that's really uniquely me, that maybe not everybody sees. The real me.Rosie has been through such tremendous suffering but she's come out of it showing so much strength and courage. She refuses to let Luke's death defeat her. I need to consider all that and capture it. The US Vice President has told Japan the United States wants results from trade talks in the near future. Mike Pence is visiting Tokyo where trade is supposed to be the focus of his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was supposed to be a visit to talk mainly about trade and the broader economic relationship between Japan and the United States. Instead, Mike Pence's first official visit to Tokyo as the US Vice President was dominated by how to handle North Korea.All options are on the table. There they will remain. President Trump and I and our Administration believes the most productive pathway forward is dialogue among the family of nations that can isolate and pressure North Korea into abandoning permanently and dismantling its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program.There is no sign that North Korea is willing to do that. It says it will continue to test missiles and develop its nuclear program. The US has called on North Korea's ally China to apply pressure on Pyongyang. The Chinese want all sides to tone down the rhetoric. TRANSLATION: I can see that the US is also emphasising and re-affirming their willingness of a political and diplomatic solution. They agree it's their first choice. Of course, they've said all the choices are on the table. I believe all countries will agree that the political and diplomatic solution is the first choice.Japan is one of the countries potentially in North Korea's firing line with many of its missile tests aimed at Japanese territory. Japan is on alert and the Government agrees with the US stance that the time for strategic patience is over. TRANSLATION: Of course we should seek a peaceful settlement of the issue. Although I think dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless. It is necessary for us to exercise pressure against North Korea to engage in serious dialogue.With the North Korean issue discussed, the respective governments talked trade but with the most significant announcement being an agreement to keep talking, this was another day dominated by North Korea. When Donald Trump won the US presidential election, there was a lot of concern in this region that his America First policy could undo much of his predecessor's so-called pivot to Asia. Mike Pence is trying to provide assurance the the US won't turn its back on its partners militarily or physically. Police say Kori Ali Muhammad yelled God is great in Arabic while being taken into custody. Authorities say the suspect told him he hates white people. All three victims in Fresno, California are white. He is also wanted for the shooting death of a motel security guard last week. The FBI is investigating.These individuals chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got. These unprovoked attack was by an individual intent on carrying out homicides today.Police say the man they wanted for a murder posted on Facebook has killed himself. A huge search had been launched for Steve Stephens after he shot a grandfather dead in Ohioo and shared the video online. Police received a tip-off their suspect was in a car park of a fast food chain.Those officers responded. The vehicle fled from that area. There was a short pursuit where the vehicle stopped. As the officers approached that vehicle, Steve Stephens took his own life. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the incident at the company's annual conference in San Jose.We have a full road map of products to help build groups and community, help build a more informed society, help keep our communities safe and we have a lot more to do here. We are reminded of this this week by the tragedy in Cleveland. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Senior and we have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening. Three Australian satellites are on their way to the International Space Station for deployment next month to study the upper atmosphere. The three cubesats are part of a research project led by the University of Sydney and were launched overnight in the US. The tiny satellites will last about 15 months in orbit and will send scientific data from space directly to Australia. An alligator has put up a fight while it was being removed from outside a home in Texas. Game wardens from Fort Bend county were able to secure the animal after a struggle on the front lawn of the house. Authorities say the alligator will be released into a pond nearby. Straight into the back of the ute! (LAUGHS) They need some help from the Australian crocodile wranglers that we have! Anyway. Now it's time for a look at the weather with Nate Byrne. Starting for a look at the weather with Nate
Byrne. Starting with Byrne. Starting with the satellite picture, a large mass of cloud over the centre of the country. That's associated with a broad area of low pressure and a few troughs bringing showers and thunderstorms to the interior. Looking to the synoptics, a high in the Tasman that's staying still. That's directing a broad ridge up the Queensland coast and also into the Bight. Whilst a ridge on the west is doing much the same. That's keeping conditions fairly stable over the next few days. Let's look at the temperatures for today:

the high remains stationary in the Tasman. That will continue to direct showers along the east coast of Australia whilst not much else changes. Temperatures for tomorrow:

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